The armor itself seems to have been

much better able to withstand direct lightsaber contact than most other materials such weapons encounter.

I remember reading somewhere that

Mandalorian armor was specifically designed to withstand lightsabers. Could this be of the same type?


No. This armour is not of Mandalorian design, as far as we're aware. The film's Visual Dictionary describes it thusly;


The layered armour of the Praetorian Guard is a high tech onion-skin of laminate, impregnated with conductive wirepaths that, once powered, create an intense local magnetic field. Once this energy-intensive field activates, the powered plates can deflect blaster fire. Even a lightsaber will glance off, though a directed thrust will penetrate the shell.

The mag-coils are costly, the plates heavy and mag-field exposure is ultimately painful to the wearer, but such are the sacrifices of protecting the Supreme Leader.

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