There is a scene in The Clone Wars where Ahsoka is in the middle of hallway, deflecting blaster fire from two directions while carrying on a conversation ("Cargo of Doom", I think) and it got me wondering...

In the original trilogy, lightsabers are mostly used for dueling - but we see Luke successfully ward off blaster fire with 100% success (amended: see Kyle Jones' answer... nearly 100%). He never gets hit.

In The Clone Wars, there are many examples like Ahsoka's where the Jedi are defending against an amazing amount of blaster fire. Often from multiple angles. Usually while talking.

But in the prequels, we see the defense effective - with the notable exception being when Sidious starts speed dialing Clone Troopers to murder Jedi:

Even then:

  • Master Mundi is clearly shocked at the betrayal and not defending himself fully
  • Secura is shot in the back while she is unarmed. Repeatedly.
  • Plo Koon is shot down while in a Starfighter
  • A Jedi is killed by speeder bike cannon fire (no lightsaber involved)

Obi Wan and Yoda make dramatic escapes. We basically see one lone nameless Jedi get gunned down in what looks like a fair fight. While conjecture might assume there were many more... what we see onscreen is that the best chance you have to beat a Jedi that is ready and armed with a lightsaber is to bring a cannon.

Are there other notable times when a blaster beats a lightsaber?

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    Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
    – user8719
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 7:49
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    Boba Fett's Father (Jango Fett) supposedly killed 6 jedi with nothing but his bare hands. You just have to know how to beat a Jedi.
    – dxVxb
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 19:13
  • I don't know the numbers but didn't many Jedi get killed by battle droids with blasters in the battle in the arena towards the end of Attack of the Clones? Commented Jun 28, 2020 at 18:49
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    Obi-Wan v. General Grievous. Hey, you never said who was holding the lightsaber and the blaster. Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 4:00
  • According to my runs in Jedi Knight. There were a looot of time blasters beat my lightsaber
    – dna
    Commented Jun 29, 2020 at 6:53

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Luke was shot in his artificial hand in Return of the Jedi, so forget about 100% success.

Luke's artificial hand getting shot in the wrist by a red blaster shot

At the time he was shouting at Leia trying to get her to point the huge cannon at the deck of the Jabba's flying junk, sail barge or whatever that thing was. So a distracted Jedi can get shot.

  • Good catch. One could argue that the net result is the same - but I can't really disagree that the distraction doesn't justify / cause the outcome.
    – joshbirk
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 4:15

Absolutely. Throughout the EU, there are cases where Jedi are overwhelmed by blaster fire. Usually they are alone, and often attacked by many others. But the most notable event outside Order 66 was at the Battle of Geonosis:

Of the 212 Jedi who were part of the strike team, an unknown number fought in the arena. Only an estimated thirty of those survived the initial battle, of which at least one more died during the battle that followed, making the losses suffered by the team grave. All of the leaders of the strike force except Coleman Trebor survived, while some others were captured and others (Barriss Offee and Pablo-Jill) escaped the battle. Only the timely arrival of Jedi Master Yoda and the newly-created Grand Army of the Republic saved the strike team from impending destruction. Despite the high casualties suffered by the Jedi, their mission was successful, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padmé Amidala were rescued from execution. (emphasis mine)

Jedi Knights Sta-Den Eekin, Sarrissa Jeng, Sar Labooda, Sephjet Josall, Ichi-Tan Micoda, Khaat Qiyn, Que-Mars Redath-Gom, Fi-Ek Sirch, Nicanas Tassu, and Lura Tranor were all slain by droid blaster fire.

Also, as noted in the EU novel Labyrinth of Evil, which takes place immediately before Star Wars Episode III, droids were effective at killing Jedi:

As droids could not be sensed through the Force due to their inorganic nature, and could have their physical attributes extraordinarily augmented, they could be extremely effective Jedi hunters.

The Wookieepedia article on Jedi Hunters described beings and droids that were effective at killing Jedi.


Somewhat related to @Ssumner's answer: during the battle of Geonosis, Jango Fett killed a Jedi Master, Coleman Trebor, with a blaster:

Jango Fett shooting at a Jedi Master wielding a green lightsaber, who is sent flying back by the impact

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    Also in "The Mandalore Plot", The Clone Wars - two Mandalorians bring down Obi-Wan with blasters. He is clearly armed and ready in the scene. Perhaps the shooting skills of a Mandalore matches the dueling skill of a Jedi?
    – joshbirk
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 4:58
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    @joshbirk - Mandalorians were very good with blasters. Some, like Fett, were known to be able to hold their own in one-on-one combat
    – The Fallen
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 10:47
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    @joshbirk Coleman Trebor was a practitioner of Soresu, a lightsaber combat form that is meant as a defensive form and very good at deflecting blaster fire. Given that Jango managed to get the drop on him, I think it's because of Fett's skill that he won that fight. Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 9:03

During the Siege of Ryloth, Jedi Master Ima-Gun Di, after fighting for several days and losing his entire unit, is gunned down by a hoard of battle droids shooting at him from all angles. This is a scene quite similar to the scenes of Order 66, which the exception that it's droids and not clones that are shooting at Master Di.

Master Di about to Di


A "Force-sensitive" with a blaster can get trained to beat a Jedi. Let's not forget Knights of the Old Republic 2, where we discover that our pilot Atton is a former (VERY skilled) Jedi hunter.


A lightsaber can deflect a blaster shot, but only if it comes into contact with it. If the saber's blade doesn't hit the shot, then it can't do anything. Skilled swordsmen can defend themselves from multiple angles of fire with their saber by deflecting it all. However Jedi have been beaten by blaster bolts because they didn't deflect them. Having a lightsaber doesn't make you immune to blaster fire. However if a lightsaber comes into contact with a bolt it will render it useless-ish.


The lightsaber deflects the plasma from a blaster-shot rendering it useless. That combined with a Jedi/Sith's extensive training and ability to tap into the Force gives them the ability to block most shots even when under heavy fire. However, everyone makes mistakes every once in a while, and less experienced Jedi/Sith could be shot.

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