Questions tagged [lightsaber]

An energy blade weapon from the Star Wars franchise often wielded like a sword or pike. Use this tag for questions about the properties of lightsabers, how they are constructed, etc. Use this tag with the [star-wars] tag.

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Why doesn't Anakin's lightsaber explode when it's chopped in half on Geonosis?

We see that lightsabers can create considerable explosions when Luke's is Force-pulled in half in the throne room fight in The Last Jedi, but when Anakin's is chopped in half on the conveyor belt in ...
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Why does Darth Tyranus have a quillon on his lightsaber?

Why does Darth Tyranus have a quillon-like spike sticking out of one side of his lightsaber? See that metal spike sticking out next to the business end of the lightsaber? The quillons on a metal ...
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Do lightsabers absorb blaster energy?

Do lightsabers absorb any of the energy shot at them by a blaster, or is it all deflected away?
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Do Jedi knights take the lightsabers of enemies they have defeated?

As another answer shows, after Anakin defeats Count Dooku in a lightsaber duel at the beginning of Episode III, he drops Dooku's lightsaber and leaves it there. He doesn't just ignore it, he ...
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What happened to Count Dooku's lightsaber?

In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Dooku fights Kenobi and Anakin in front of the 'captured' Palpatine. At the end of the duel, Anakin disarms (and dis-hands) Dooku and takes his ...
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Do laser blasters shoot plasma rays like lightsabers? [duplicate]

I know that lightsabers consist of a plasma blade, powered by a kyber crystal, but do the Blasters in Star Wars work by shooting out plasma rays, too?
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What is the process of making a black lightsaber/Darksaber?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, we see a Black lightsaber much like a real sword or katana and it was supposedly stolen from the Jedi hundreds of years prior to the Clone Wars by ...
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Why don't lightsaber users turn off their lightsaber midfight to pass through their enemy's defense? [duplicate]

Theoretically if two lightsabers clashed, couldn't one of them quickly switch off and on to "phase" through the other lightsaber and insta-kill the opponent?
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Who taught Kylo Ren to bleed his lightsaber?

Who taught Kylo Ren how to bleed his lightsaber. Did he read about it in former Sith writings, did Snoke teach him (which seems possible but unlikely considering Snoke is not seen with a lightsaber of ...
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Can a lightsaber's length change? [duplicate]

Can a lightsaber's blade length be changed after it's built or is it fixed upon construction of the lightsaber?
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Could a lightsaber be used as a cane?

I recently came across this cover art while reading through The Other Lost Missions: Rare Clone Wars Comics and Literature, Part 2, and I couldn't help but notice the way the guy in the picture, ...
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Do lightsaber blades/blaster bolts cast shadows?

Do lightsaber blades and/or blaster bolts cast shadows? (I know it's possible to see a blade's shadow on the ground during Episode VI, but that was clearly due to technical limitations, not ...
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Does the kyber crystal used in a lightsaber have an effect on the user?

Is there any evidence of a force user using a kyber crystal that is wrong for them in their lightsaber and this having an effect on their ability to use it? How does it impact them?
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Why don't Force users control their lightsabers with telekinesis all the time?

They would be able to attack from a much greater distance and it would definitely decrease the risk of having their limbs chopped off by other lightsaber users.
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Is it possible to construct a multi-colored double-bladed lightsaber?

I was just watching this video of some SW dueling at the 2015 World Fencing Championship, and wondered if it's actually possible in the SW universe to construct a multi-colored double-bladed ...
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Why do some Jedi have red lightsabers in Star Wars: Republic?

In the Star Wars: Republic series, multiple Jedi have red lightsabers. Given the association between red lightsabers and the Sith, why is this? I'm looking for both the in-universe and out-of-universe ...
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How could Kylo Ren move Luke's lightsaber in The Last Jedi when he couldn't in The Force Awakens?

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before the battle between Kylo Ren and Rey we watch Kylo trying to force pull Luke's blue lightsaber but without success. Now, in The Last Jedi, Kylo uses the Force to ...
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Was it illegal for a non-Jedi to use a lightsaber in the Republic?

In this answer, @Will mentions: Believing in the Sith Religion and philosophy is legal. However, using an offensive and lethal weapon (lightsaber) without being authorized to since only Jedi are ...
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Who turned on the lightsaber?

Spoilers for The Last Jedi: It could have been Or...
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What happened to Luke's green lightsaber?

When Luke goes to pay his nighttime call to Ben he uses his green lightsaber as a night light but it appears to be too bright and loud and so wakes Ben up. Throughout The Last Jedi I can't remember ...
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What happened to Ben Solo's original lightsaber?

In The Last Jedi, we see a flashback of: There are plenty of questions and answers about Kylo Ren's spitting red lightsaber with the vents because it's an imperfect Kyber crystal (also the impressive ...
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Why did Luke call the lightsaber by a different name?

In The Last Jedi, I thought it was a little odd that Luke referred to the lightsaber as a "laser sword". Given that the lightsaber identifies a Jedi, why did he refer to it as such?
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Why aren't (ex-)Jedi lightsabers more common?

It seems to me that many of the Star Wars movies show Jedi dying in some way or another. Some are obviously destroyed in battle (Plo Koon, for example) but many aren't and are simply left with the ...
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Why did Luke have his father's lightsaber? [duplicate]

Near the end of The Last Jedi, During the scene, Luke is equipped with Anakin's old lightsaber. Given that why did Luke equip himself with that lightsaber instead of the one he'd been using for ...
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Did Luke teach the traditional lightsaber forms or the “Strong” etc. styles

Was reading an article a couple of months ago that stated that because all material of the old republic had been destroyed Luke had no knowledge of the 7 forms of lightsaber combat other than form IV ...
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Is it possible to protect oneself from a lightsaber with bare hands? [duplicate]

The Father held Anakin's lightsabers with his hands. Ok he's really powerful. But the point is, as maybe using the same Force protection from Force lightnings, one could hold the light of a ...
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Why do Jedi practice lightsaber dueling, and not blaster fire deflection techniques?

I recall reading somewhere that many of the Jedi practice lightsaber techniques that are specifically for dueling with other lightsabers. It went on to say the fact that they utilized fencing ...
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Why don't lightsabers have guards?

When the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens came out, there were many jokes made at the expense of Kylo Ren's lightsaber and its silly guard. And whilst that particular guard ...
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Why are kicks so effective in a lightsaber duel?

From reviewing various movie clips, I tend to notice a 100% kick attack success rate, but a nearly 0% lightsaber attack success rate. Is there a canon explanation for this, or is it simply theatrics? ...
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Is giving lightsabers to young children safe? [duplicate]

Yoda is teaching a group of younglings in AotC: Isn't that equivalent to handing them chainsaws without protection?
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Why didn't Luke use his lightsaber during his mission on the first Death Star?

This weapon is your life Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C3PO, and R2-D2 arrive at the Death Star I. Their mission was originally to go to Alderaan - unfortunately that didn't ...
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What happened to Darth Tyranus' Lightsaber?

When Anakin incapicated Dooku on the Invisible Hand, He(Anakin) cuts off the both hands of the Sith Lord. As a result, Dooku loses his lightsaber to Anakin. The Sith Lord is dead. Afterwards,When ...
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Could Chirrut Îmwe have constructed a lightsaber out of Jyn’s kyber crystal?

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chirrut Îmwe and Jyn Erso have a conversation where they explain that kyber crystals power a lightsaber. Chirrut: What do you know of kyber crystals? Jyn: My ...
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What determines a lightsaber's length? [duplicate]

The blade (for want of a better term) length does not appear to be standard. I remember an expanded universe story featuring a character using lightsaber with an incredibly long reach, and let us not ...
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Do lightsabers smell?

In real live plasmas give off some odor. The closest to a reference I find is this. But one can easily check for himself. It's mostly ozone what one smells (smell of thunderstorms). So I was ...
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Was possession of a lightsaber grounds for arrest in the Empire?

During the reign of the Empire (episodes III-VI) it's conceivable that the lightsabers of dead Jedi survived even if their owners did not. Say a weapon smuggler were to be stopped at a checkpoint by ...
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Has a Jedi ever set a trap off with their lightsaber?

If I smelled a gas leak in my kitchen and the lights didn't work, I could use a lightsaber as a light source. But the kitchen explodes as soon as I turn it on. Does anything bad happen like this? Are ...
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Was lightsaber physics planned from the start, or was it retconned later, possibly due to a “Discovery” episode?

Today apparently I'm being inspired by other answers. In Star Wars, is there a pretend-science explanation of how lightsabers work (like midi-chlorians for The Force)? describes that the ...
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Where did Kylo Ren learn how to make a crossguard lightsaber?

I'm aware the design is an old one, not something Kylo came up with himself, and doesn't even always correlate to a cracked crystal (the Malachor crossguard saber seemed fine). So, where did Kylo ...
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Does a lightsaber have to be intentionally kept on during use? [duplicate]

In the answers to this question it is noted that when the user dies a lightsaber goes off and that the activation button on a lightsaber may be a safety feature so that it will go off if the user ...
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Why is count Dooku's lightsaber red?

It has recently been revealed that the act of a sith building a lightsaber will turn the crystal red. A Jedi turning Sith will not in itself turn the blade red. This is why the Skywalker saber is ...
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Why isn't Luke's lightsaber red?

According to the Ahsoka novel (written by E. K. Johnston), Kyber crystals choose Force users and present themselves to their desired owner, but dark siders don’t experience this same connection to the ...
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How common are lightsaber training accidents?

A lightsaber is a pretty unforgiving weapon. Everyone cuts themselves at least once learning how to wield a sword. How common are lightsaber training accidents?
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Whose lightsabers does General Grievous use to fight Kenobi? [duplicate]

I was watching Obi-Wan fight Grievous in this clip and happened to pause right after he cuts off Grievous's second hand as the saber falls away (the 2:36 mark): Here'...
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Who makes all the other lightsabers?

According to this no-longer-canon answer you don't have to be a Force user to build a Lightsaber, and this answer states that there is no outside company that builds them, so who's in charge of ...
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What does the color of the darksaber mean?

When I ask "What does the color of the darksaber mean?", I am referring to its kyber crystal color. In the Disney canon, kyber crystals change color depending on the wielder's place in the Force. Dark ...
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Are there any lightsaber forms specific to the dark side?

Most of the discussion of lightsaber forms presents them as Jedi forms, although many dark side Force users, Sith or otherwise use them as well. In particular we have Vaapad which is described as ...
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Powering lightsabers with the Force instead of a switch

Has there ever been a time in the Star Wars mythos in which lightsabers are only able to be activated and used by the power of the Force? (Not turned on by the Force by means of flipping a switch but ...
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Why do lasers from Kyber crystals in lightsabers repel noisily but lasers from Kyber crystals in the Death Star combine?

Rogue One introduced the idea of Kyber Crystals in the Star Wars movie Canon. In the 1977 movie A New Hope - we see Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader battle with lightsabers and the blades repel with a ...
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How does kyber crystal purification work?

Wookieepedia suggests that Ahsoka's lightsabers are white because she took red crystals and purified them: "Ahsoka obtained the kyber crystals used in these lightsabers one year after the end of ...