Although I haven't read many novels which feature Leia dueling I have yet to find one that references her lightsaber style.

Is there reference to any media that states her style?

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    Might help narrow the search if there were any specific references where she does duel. Can't think of one offhand.
    – joshbirk
    Mar 7, 2014 at 3:14
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    Does Han Solo count? Mar 7, 2014 at 3:33
  • She used the 'bludgeon them with the dangerous end' style. In all honesty, she's not well-trained enough in lightsaber combat to have a style. She knows the basic techniques, I'm sure, but she would probably lose to one of the Younglings in Episode II, were they to spar.
    – Jeff
    Mar 7, 2014 at 6:04
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    @JamesKhoury - that's what I'm asking. If there was a reference point to her actually using a lightsaber, someone might have a chance at guessing the form. But her using the Force itself is rare - a lightsaber even rarer. And by reference point, I'm suggesting the author should research a quote of some kind.
    – joshbirk
    Mar 7, 2014 at 6:28
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    @JamesKhoury - Looking for expert knowledge here is not odd. Asking for someone to guess a lightsaber form without even describing so much as an actual event when she used said lightsaber is probably expecting a bit much. The way the question reads right now it is hard to determine she ever really seriously used one. So my guess is her form is "holding a lightsaber".
    – joshbirk
    Mar 7, 2014 at 6:44

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There are multiple occasions where Leia uses a lightsaber in combat, notably against her brother (in training) in Ambush at Corellia and against Alema Rar on two separate occasions during The Dark Nest Trilogy.

There has never been any mention of which lightsaber style Leia uses, possibly because the idea of lightsaber "combat styles" is a relatively new invention from the Clone Wars era of the EU, possibly because they are a stupid idea in their own right, and possibly because Leia's training is haphazard and prolonged, keeping her from ever developing an established style.

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    Stupid idea? Can you explain that one? Mar 7, 2014 at 6:52
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    If all Jedi train together, why would they have separate lightsaber styles? You'll notice that mixed martial artists who train together don't continue to 'switch' between styles, as both Obi-Wan and Anakin do in at least one EU story; The Revenge of the Sith novelisation, which is actually surprisingly good). I can understand Jedi, Sith, Nightsisters, etc., all having different styles, but the idea that a single monastic order would train in different fighting styles is unsupported by real world examples. Mar 7, 2014 at 7:05
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    @JamesSheridan - How many styles exist merely within Kung-Fu? Mar 7, 2014 at 14:40
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    The wikipedia page for Shaolin Kung fu lists about 15 styles currently taught at the Shaolin Temple. I don't believe there are schisms within their order either. If the Shaolin can live with teaching 15 distinct styles, why can't the Jedi do the same with less than 10?
    – Dungarth
    Mar 10, 2014 at 15:14
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    Well, it seems to me they were often paraded before dignitaries, but that's beside the point. Different Jedi Masters will have different personalities and will face different foes that use different weapons and tactics. It seems very likely to me that that some masters will thus specialize in different areas of lightsaber combat. Those Jedi will become references for these specific kinds of missions where their skills are most useful. Their padawans take on their training and a few generations down the line, complete styles have sprung up. Sounds a lot like developping martial arts to me...
    – Dungarth
    Mar 12, 2014 at 1:20

I don't remember any specific mentions of her light saber form.

In the rare case that the book covers got it right:
The Dark nest trilogy: The unseen Queen cover and the Legacy of the Force: Exile cover both have her holding a saber.

Also on wikia there is a Leia fighting Vader picture

This is a total guess: Form I: Shii-cho
Reasoning: This was the form taught to younglings and one would assume she might be taught it first. This image depicting a Shii-cho blaster deflect. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Shii-ChoBlastDeflect.png

  • Why would Luke, who had a limited training doctrine, even have a concept of different lightsaber styles, let alone the ability to teach multiple styles to his students? Mar 7, 2014 at 11:25
  • Leia was not taught that much by Luke. She had another master complete her training. Mar 8, 2014 at 13:16
  • I am aware that Leia completed her training under Saba Sebatyne. That wasn't until several decades after the Battle of Endor. In the meantime, Luke taught her. Mar 8, 2014 at 23:11

Luke would have the concept of styles from the old Jedi holocrons. I'm sure there's plenty of them from the Old Republic order. As for her training she did complete it. However, it's actually really rare she uses her lightsaber, as I'm sure her kids have seen more combat action than she has.

  • There's a lot of "I'm sure" in this answer but no citations. Can you cite any sources?
    – Null
    May 5, 2015 at 1:56

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