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Ignoring the Mortis arc, I would like to know from canon, who is the most powerful Jedi based on strengths, weaknesses, how long it took to become a Jedi Master, how many fights they got into and won, etc.?

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    Midi-chlorian count is an objective indicator of a user's potential power. If you want something other than that, then you should provide specific criteria by which to judge "most powerful." Currently it's a vague opinion-based question.
    – Misha R
    Feb 21 at 21:57
  • This doesn't appear to be a direct dupe. One is asking about Force Users and includes Legends. This one is about Jedi and only relates to Disney Canon.
    – Valorum
    Feb 21 at 22:08
  • Concerning the edit: I'm not clear that the ability to resist the dark side is in any way correlated with pure Force power; if they're not absolutely correlated, then this needs to be split into 2 questions. Also, how do you measure ability to resist the dark side? How do you rank people on it?
    – DavidW
    Feb 21 at 22:09
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    @DavidW - Agree. 'resisting the dark side' seems like the airy-fairy sort of thing that a Jedi Master would say when they're trying to point out that being powerful isn't the end-goal of a Jedi
    – Valorum
    Feb 21 at 22:22
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    Re: current edit. How does how many fights a Jedi got into reveal anything about their strength? How do you rank thousands of battle droids vs. Vader? What "weaknesses"? How does time to become a master relate to their strength? Adding more things to this question just makes it more confusing and harder to answer.
    – DavidW
    Feb 22 at 14:35

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Probably Anakin, depending what you mean by "powerful".

This is Anakin Skywalker:

The most powerful Jedi of his generation. Perhaps of any generation. The fastest. The strongest. An unbeatable pilot. An unstoppable warrior. On the ground, in the air or sea or space, there is no one even close. He has not just power, not just skill, but dash: that rare, invaluable combination of boldness and grace.

Revenge of the Sith: Official Novelisation

He certainly has more midi-chlorians even than Master Yoda and was spawned by the midi-chlorians themselves, which seems a good indication that he's the POAT.

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    Yoda himself says that true power is the ability to resist the Dark Side. By this definition of power, Anakin is the weakest Jedi. Feb 21 at 21:24
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    @OrionNexus - As I said, it depends on where you put the goalposts.
    – Valorum
    Feb 21 at 21:37
  • I went through several acronym dictionaries and couldn't find a single definition of "POAT" which would make sense here?
    – Stef
    Feb 22 at 14:19
  • @Stef - Powerfullest Of All Time
    – Valorum
    Feb 22 at 14:22
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I wrote an essay a while back for a class answering this question. I may have had some of the facts wrong because I didn't know as much about Star Wars then as I do now. If you notice anything absolutely incorrect, please let me know. Also, my apologies for the incorrect grammar.

Who was the most powerful Jedi in Star Wars History? Some would say Anakin Skywalker, since he was the Chosen One, or Yoda, due to his immense knowledge of the Force. However, this is incorrect. Obi-Wan Kenobi was the most powerful Jedi, due to many reasons.

In the prequels, Obi-Wan kills Maul and General Grievous while maintaining the low ground. However, in Revenge of the Sith, he claims that due to the high ground he has the tactical advantage. This is because of his patience. He knew that if he hauled off and attacked Anakin on even ground, they would be evenly matched. When he said, “It’s over Anakin, I have the high ground,” he knew that this would burn Anakin’s pride, thus causing him to jump, giving Obi-Wan the low ground. It appears that Obi-Wan uses the low ground to his advantage, however, in Obi-Wan's point of view, the high ground was not something which could be possessed; it was something that could only be used by him, because he always has the intellectual and strategic high ground.

Obi-Wan was one of the fastest and greatest thinkers in the Jedi Order. For example, during Order 66, when the clones fired the proton torpedo at the cliff, causing Obi-Wan and his Massif to plummet to their seeming deaths, Obi-Wan uses the force to propel himself away from the rock wall, and land into the lake, thus saving him from yet another near-death situation.

Obi-Wan asks Yoda to allow him to challenge Sheev Palpatine to a single combat. However, Yoda denies him this, because Yoda knows that Obi-Wan would use the multiple levels of the Senate chamber to use his high ground ability and easily defeat Sheev. Had Yoda not denied his request to battle the Senate with typical Jedi arrogance, Obi-Wan could have defeated Palpatine in the Senate building, which housed a variety of different altitudes; this building was designed so that the Chancellor could always have the higher ground physically in political debates. But Obi-wan did not fight The Senate, and Yoda soon learned that you cannot cleave the Sheev in a normal single combat duel. Only through an act of self-sacrifice could Sheev be killed, as we are shown in The Return of the Jedi.

It took the Tusken Raiders years of conflict against Old Ben Kenobi to grasp his superiority in terrain advantage, as you see them visibly flee in ANH when they realize he holds the low ground; this was the optimal strategy against the Tuskens; a near-invincible opponent. We all know that Anakin hated sand, but every Jedi hated sand; Obi-Wan especially. The sand on the Dune Sea was constantly shifting, in a way like an ocean would create waves, infinitely changing the terrain. This was one reason that Obi-Wan was able to defeat Maul so swiftly. Maul, unaccustomed to the change in terrain caused by the ocean of sand, thought that he was on level ground with Obi-Wan, however, he was soon proven wrong. Obi-Wan calculated his exact strategy, using the same moves Qui-Gon used in his final, and fatal encounter with Maul. Unlike Qui-Gon, however, Obi-Wan knew exactly what to do when Maul parried his attack, and quickly sliced through Maul’s chest.

We only see one space-battle that has Obi-Wan flying his Interceptor battleship. This is because in space, there is no gravity, and thus there is no high ground or low ground. Therefore, in the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan always stays in the command ship, and commands the fleet. In Obi-Wan's final stand, he and Vader are on level ground, so Anakin shows how he has become a master, by killing Obi-Wan and not falling for the high ground. However, he does not realize that Obi-Wan sacrificed himself, first, so that Luke could escape, and second, because becoming one with the force would allow him to gain the greatest high ground of all, the intellectual high ground, thus being able to train Luke from within the Force itself.

Whether you believe Anakin is the most powerful Jedi, or you believe Yoda is, it is clear that Obi-Wan possesses the most skill within the Jedi Order. Up till the very end, Obi-Wan used the high-ground/low-ground ability to defeat his enemies, whether they realized it, or not.

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  • The problem here is mostly scope. The question is asking for an expanded universe sized answer and while Yoda in his prime may be correct - your answer is limited to the two movie trilogies. Feb 21 at 20:37
  • I agree, but I had a maximum word count allowed, so I couldn't add all that I wanted to. I would have brought up Starkiller, but I had already gone a hundred words over the max... Feb 21 at 20:40

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