Now, I know that pyrokinesis is an actual thing in the Star Wars universe. I know that Force-users can manipulate fire to their advantage.

But can they do the "create fire out of nothing" type of pyrokinesis? Since Force-users can manipulate things on a molecular & subatomic level, I've been thinking that a Force-user can somehow generate fire from their hands if they're skilled enough at molecular manipulation. But I'm not sure.

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    If you can manipulate with the force on a molecular level, it would be very scary. Forget pyrokinesis. Thermonuclear heat would be where it's at. Just bring protection.
    – Trioxidane
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 20:04
  • Yep. There's so much capabilities with molecular manipulation. I think it's just a bit difficult to do in the SW universe, but I suppose it can be mastered to be done easily. And to top it off; force-users from Star Wars can also manipulate things on a subatomic level, maybe even smaller than that.
    – i AM the high ground
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 20:06
  • Sort of? Lightining and electricity can cause fire.
    – IloneSP
    Commented Aug 24, 2020 at 6:44
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    Does rubbing two sticks together with the Force count?
    – workerjoe
    Commented Aug 24, 2020 at 22:04

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Within the main canon there don't appear to be any examples of this, although Wookieepedia does label Palpatine's energy rope thing as "fiery energy". It seems highly debatable whether this counts or.

Within the EU we see this power on multiple occasions.

Leia uses the Force to light some candles in Children of the Jedi.

She hit the light switch by the bed. Nothing happened. In a panic of confusion her mind reached out, groped for the candles that had illuminated the room earlier with such soft, romantic light. Luke had taught her…

Fire sprang to life again on the floating wicks.

The Nightsisters of Dathomir show the ability to create balls of flame in Fate of the Jedi - Backlash, suggesting it's a general Force power rather than one aligned to either side.

Dresdema turned back toward the shuttles, dropping her spear, her hands weaving a spell of flame that she intended for the man who dared try to trick her.

And we see how this trick is done in The Crystal Star

She imagined the molecules of air all around her. She imagined one molecule. She imagined it moving, faster and faster. She felt the molecule respond.

Hethrir’s power did not react. She knew it was around her, she could feel its attention off in the distance. But it did not notice the tiny motion she created.

She added another molecule, another, doubling and redoubling the number she affected. Soon a small handful of air vibrated with her energy. Its warmth took the chill from her cell.

The swirl of air glowed red, then yellow, spreading light into the corners of Jaina’s cell.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars:

In the episode "Massacre," Nightsister Mother Talzin waves her hand and appears to start a fire from apparently nothing.

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