In the Star Wars series, the Jedi have "mind tricks" that simply put a suggestion in another person's mind.

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You will remove these restraints, and leave the cell with the door open

As from these examples, the trick is fairly simple, and clearly even a novice is able to do it. However, Kylo Ren is not your average Padawan. He clearly has quite a bit of strength to do such things as immobilize his opponents and laser bolts, and even survive a blast from a Bowcaster.

How strong does a Jedi need to be to be able to forcibly extract information from another person's mind?

  • I think you're putting the Jedi mind trick and Kylo's mind reading on the same shelf. They're not. – Gallifreyan Dec 24 '16 at 11:32
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    You need to be at least 7 powerful. 6 powerful won't do it. – Valorum Dec 24 '16 at 11:35
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    So far, the lowest in-film plank seems to be Rey-strong. – Gallifreyan Dec 24 '16 at 11:38
  • @Gallifreian - I actually think she’s closer to the top of the power scale. – Adamant Dec 24 '16 at 11:38
  • @Gallifreian yes, I do understand that. I am merely comparing the two because they both fall under the "power over the mind" category. – Ben Dec 24 '16 at 11:41

Probably about as much as the Grand Inquisitor

This power is often called a mind probe. The mind probe is often invasive and painful, as seen in some of the following cases, and is thus probably a dark side force power (or most often employed by the dark side). Although it might appear that Rey used it, she was more likely simply deflecting Kylo Ren’s attempt, much as Yoda deflected, say, Dooku’s Force lightning. As such, the question of how strong a Jedi must be is likely somewhat ill-posed: a Jedi would probably not use or learn this power.

With regard to the strength of the practitioners we’ve seen employ this trick, we have (in likely descending order):

  1. Kylo Ren

  2. And by Vader, who seems to have dispensed with the hand gestures (probably just an aid, in any case):

    “Give yourself to the dark side,” urges Vader. “It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes…your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong, especially for…”

    Vader pauses. Luke grimaces. The Emperor rises from his throne to hear what Vader will say. This is unexpected.

    “Sister! So…you have a twin sister. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. But now his failure is complete. Your feelings have betrayed her, too. If you will not turn to the dark side, perhaps she will.”

    Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

  3. Maul:

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  4. Crucially, we have also seen it used by the Grand Inquisitor.

    While fairly strong, the Grand Inquisitor is not on the level of Maul, Vader, or Kylo. He represents likely the least powerful person we’ve seen who can perform a mind probe.

  • we see it also in rebels when the viceroy of the trade federation got captured (or was it cad bane?) one of the two....ashoka, mace windu and anakin I think was it trying to force probe him there (even stating that they have to stop else they would destroy his mind) – Thomas Dec 24 '16 at 15:13
  • @Thomas - I think they are actually trying an extra strength mind trick. But similar, yes. – Adamant Dec 24 '16 at 15:17

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