What do the colors of lightsabers mean in the world of Star Wars?.
In the world of Star Wars, only the red and blue and later the green lightsaber appeared at first, but in recent years the palette has been expanded with a bunch of new colors. We’re talking about them now.
Slowly, Star Wars ’new official canon is also filled with all the colors of the rainbow, with more and more special lightsabers being introduced to us not only in books and comics, but also in movies and series. We felt it was time for an commentator to deal with the lightsaber colors currently recognized as canons. It is important that this article or video be massive spoilers will be for Skywalker’s early film and the first season of The Mandalorian series, so just and exclusively with that in mind, start the video or read on.
As much as we can, we try to stay on the Canon timeline, as on the one hand we would be sitting here tomorrow to list all the lightsaber types of the Legends (although perhaps one day later a video like Lowbacca’s bronze blade and similar oddities would be worth it) and on the other hand there are serious differences between the Legends and the Canon at several points, so it will be just enough to play the piano on one. Let’s start the color analysis!
If you want to get to know the different lightsabers in video form, you can just push the big Play button, and if you prefer to read about them, of course you have the opportunity to do so from the next paragraph.
In the stories of the old extended universe, the Legends, for example, swords had separate crystals of light and focus, but in the Canon they solved the matter much more elegantly. This is because, according to the official timeline, cyber crystals are essentially colorless and only become colored when their future user forcibly soaks them. But what color can they become in such cases, what color lightsabers exist according to the Canon?
Let’s start with the basics: the best-known lightsaber on the bright side is blue, such a blade used by Obi-Wan Kenobi, or just Anakin Skywalker. In many places you may have heard of the triple division of the Jedi order, that is, within the order the Jedi Knights may be Blue Guardians, mostly trained in melee combat, consulars who rotate the green blade, study the Force in depth, or Sentinels just between the two roads. . However, in the new official canon, this classification introduced in KOTOR games no longer exists, which is perhaps not a problem, as the creators have not been able to remain consistent in this regard in the stories of the Legends either.
In addition to the blue blade, green is the other most common among the Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Yoda also used it, and even Luke Skywalker’s second, now self-made lightsaber was already such. It is important to mention, at least at the level of mention, that these lightsabers have different shades. Both lightsabers of Ahsoka Tano are green, for example, but the shorter blade has a slight yellowish tinge. A great example of such a unique version is the sword of Tera Sinube, which has a much lighter blue blade than usual. The unique lightsaber colors available in the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, i.e. cyan and indigo blue, as well as magenta, can only be considered shades.
By the way, did you know that very few people have passed since the birth of the Green Lightsaber? George Lucas originally intended a blue blade for Luke in the sixth episode as well, and the film’s first promotional materials also featured a blue sword. At the last minute, however, the father of Star Wars changed his mind as the blue blade melted into the blue of the sky during the fight at the Sarlacc stack.
On the dark side, we have an infinitely simple thing to do: every Sith, as well as the power users associated with them, such as the Inquisitors, use a red lightsaber. The color of a cyber crystal can change to red if it is “bled” i.e. corrupted by the power of its strong dark side. Be it originally a crystal of any color, upon completion of the ritual, its color will eventually change to red. However, it won’t stay red forever anyway, but let’s get back to that a little later.
And now there may come more special colors than Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber. We’ve already had explanations for this unique color in the Legends, and many have also built on the assumption that the purple color (being a mixture of blue and red in the color palette) comes from Jedi who are just swaying on the border of dark and light. The reality, however, is that the new, official Canon did not give us a regular explanation until 2019. Last year, the novel Master and His Disciple was published, which hid a lot of useful knowledge on the subject. For example, this book revealed that although purple lightsabers are rarer than blue and green, they are actually created in the same way: when a young Jedi makes his sword, the cyber crystal may even turn purple during the procedure.
In reality, of course, there is a much more prosaic reason for the purple sword: Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Mace Wind, wanted to stand out from the crowd in the finale of Attack of the Clones during the Battle of Geonosis, so she had an explicit request for the purple blade, and Lucas fulfilled that desire.
Speaking of the Master and His Discipleship, we may even turn to the orange lightsaber that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order players may have encountered as a pre-ordering extra. The special feature of orange blades lies in the fact that they did not incorporate cyber crystals into them, but so-called kohlen crystals. These can only be found on the moon of Pijal and are far rarer than even one of the greatest treasures of the universe, cyber. It is very difficult to make a lightsaber from Kohlen crystal because it is a rather unstable material. Of course, it’s worth a try, because the crystal is even suitable for creating an energy shield, and the shields made in this way can only be cut by an orange blade with a kohlen crystal, we don’t go anywhere with ordinary lightsabers.
Turn back to the aforementioned Jedi Sentinels for a moment. In the Legends, though, they wore yellow lightsabers, but in the Canon they are no longer mentioned, nor have any mention been made so far that a cyber crystal would be able to turn yellow, but we have already encountered yellow lightsabers in several places. The Dark Disciple revealed that this was the sword of Asajj Ventress, a Nigerian Jedi who appeared in the Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi comic, Tosan also used such a sword (he was raised from the mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, his blade also known from there), and at the end of the recently released Skywalker early movie, Rey also took out a gun of that color. Hopefully later on, a book or comic will tell us exactly how the protagonist of the new trilogy got this unique weapon. In any case, we already know that the guards of the Jedi Temple also wore yellow-folding, folding, double-bladed swords, but these weapons were not made by them, but were quasi-borrowed from the order itself when they were in service, so the exact circumstances of their making are unknown.
Did you still remember how red-bladed lightsabers are created? However, using the energies of the dark side, the bled, corrupted cyber crystals can still be saved. It is possible to clean them, but after that they do not regain their original colors, but change to snow white. According to the Canon, we only know one character currently fighting such weapons: he is the adult Ahsoka Tano, who acquired the swords of a Sith inquisitor named the Sixth Brother and freed him from the deterioration of the dark side. These two swords, by the way, align with Ahsoka’s blades rotated as padawan, meaning a normal version and a shorter so-called shoto lightsaber.
Finally, there is no way to miss from our video the only officially existing black lightsaber in the Star Wars Canon, the Darksaber, i.e. the Dark Sword, which we saw in the last scene of the season finale of The Mandalorian series and which made the average viewer scratch. The Dark Sword was made more than a millennium before the events of the films by the first and so far only Mandalorian who was admitted to the Jedi Order, namely Tarre Vizsla. The legendary weapon was kept in the Jedi temple for a long time, and from here the members of the Vizsla clan finally managed to steal it. The weapon passed down from generation to generation and then fell into the hands of Pre Vizsla, who wore the sword to return Mandalor, who flirted with pacifist ideas, to the path of warriors. To do so, he founded the Death Guard, but clashed with Darth Maul, who killed him and obtained the Dark Sword. In possession of the sword, he became the leader of the Death Guard and then the lord of the entire planet Mandalor. During the reign of the Empire, the sword went to a rebellious Mandalorian, Sabine Wren, but she eventually handed it over to Bo-Katan Kryze, who thus became the leader of the Mandalorian people. In our commentary on the Mandalorians, we will tell you more about these events, you can access this video by clicking here.
For now, we don’t know exactly how the Dark Sword got to Gideon Moff, who met in the last parts of The Mandalorian, but he’s sure he’s using it right now and is pretty grumpy about what happened in the finale, so not much good for baby Yoda and the tight-spoken Mandalorian protagonist.
So by the beginning of 2020, we could meet these lightsaber colors in the official canon, but as we know, new live-action series will arrive on the Disney + streaming platform, from 2022 we can count on new movies again every two years, while of course comics and books will appear non-stop. a thousand and one opportunities arise in the future to expand the canonization of the Canon. In the first round, it would be great to know how Rey made his own yellow-bladed weapon. Do you have any good tips for this? Be sure to tell us about the comments below as well!
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