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Lightsaber
Production information
Manufacturer

Largely self-fabricated

Model

Largely custom-make

Type

Melee

Physical and technical specifications
Size

Usually 8-12 inches

Usage and history
Era(s)
Affiliation

Generally Force-users

"This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary."
Obi-Wan Kenobi

Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber, also referred to as the "laser sword", was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsaber also became synonymous with the Jedi Order's values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endured, despite the many conflicts with lightsaber-wielding Sith and Dark Jedi.

The weapon consisted of a blade of pure plasma[1] energy emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape.[2] The hilt was almost always self-fabricated by the wielder to match his or her specific needs, preferences and style. Due to the weightlessness of plasma and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it, lightsabers required a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield, and was extremely difficult—and dangerous—for the untrained to attempt using. However, in the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber was a weapon to be greatly respected and feared. To wield a lightsaber was to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force.

Contents

History

Origins

"According to the Holocrons, the earliest lightsabers were crude devices that utilized an experimental "frozen blaster" technology to create an energy beam of fixed length."
Tionne Solusar

With the formation of the Jedi Order after the Force Wars, ceremonial weapons became an integral part of their order. For millennia afterwards, the Jedi used bladed weapons like swords, as lightsabers had not been invented yet.

The first lightsabers came into being when Jedi combined advanced offworld technology with a forging ritual, learning how to "freeze" a laser beam. By the time of the Duinuogwuin Contention around 15,500 BBY, their studies and researches with this "frozen blaster" technology yielded success; they developed a method to generate a focused beam of energy that arced circumferentially back to its source, creating a controlled energy circuit and leading to the first portable high-energy blades. However, these preliminary lightsabers were highly unstable and inefficiently guzzled power from a belt-mounted power supply; they could only be used for a brief duration before overheating. As a consequence of these flaws, the first lightsabers were little more than ceremonial objects, seldom worn, and much less utilized.

Early Refinements

Jedi and Dark Jedi battle one another with protosabers.
"…these archaic lightsabers were barely portable; their energy requirements necessitated a flexible cable that connected a lightsabers handle to a power pack worn on a Jedi's belt."
―Tionne Solusar

The extreme lack of stability that plagued the weapons early designs were gradually corrected through the ages, and the cumbersome and rarely used siege-weapons gave way to elegant and much more commonly used lightsabers. However, while these archaic lightsabers were far more stable than their ungainly predecessors, they still suffered from energy consumption issues, still requiring the belt-worn power pack of previous generations. The power-cable tended to restrict the wielders movements in battle and prevented the usage of force-powered and long range telekinetic saber combat. However, despite the shortcomings, the highly stable blades granted them a superior advantage in hand-to-hand combat against heavily-armored foes, and saw a great deal of use during the period of the Hundred-Year Darkness.

Sith Usage

"Although lightsabers are a superior weapon, there is still nothing quite as satisfying as feeling the warm spray of blood when one cleaves through one's enemy with a real sword."
Komok-Da

It seems the Dark Lords of the Sith Empire were ultimately responsible for the advancement of lightsabers, replacing the belt-mounted power pack with a power cell within the hilt. An internal superconductor was introduced, which transferred the returning looped energy from the negative-charged flux aperture back into an internal power cell. With this modification, the power cell would only expend power when the energy loop was broken, such as when the lightsaber cut something, solving the power supply problem. According to the Tedryn Holocron, the Sith also created the schematics for the first Double-bladed lightsabers.[3][4] Wielders of these original modern lightsabers include Karness Muur, a Dark Jedi who had wielded an archaic lightsaber, but later switched to a curve-hilted modern lightsaber.[5]. The Sith crew of the Omen were also equipped with modern lightsabers.[6]

Muur also appears to have been one of the Sith Lords to establish the tradition of wielding lightsabers with synthetic lightsaber crystals, which was maintained until its resurgence in 3,653 BBY. However, this tradition was disregarded by Exar Kun during his reign, as he and his followers opted instead to continue using their Jedi lightsabers in combat, though at least one follower used a lightsaber with a red crystal. However, this tradition was reestablished by the Sith acolyte Haazen and the Dark Lords Revan and Malak.

Despite the advancements in lightsaber technology apparently pioneered by the Sith, most Dark Lords of the era spurned the use of lightsabers in favor of Sith swords.[4]

Adoption by the Jedi

Jedi wielding modern lightsabers during the Naddist revolt.

With Naga Sadow's invasion of the Republic in 5,000 BBY and the subsequent start of the Great Hyperspace War,[4] the technological innovations pioneered by the Sith Empire were brought to the Republic and the Jedi. However, the majority of Sith forces held to the use of Sith swords, while the Jedi continued to use the protosabers, as they had not yet had time to adapt and implement these new designs. With the Sith defeat at the end of the war, modern lightsabers were adopted by the Jedi order. By 4,800 BBY, they were almost universally utilized by Jedi.

During the Great Sith War, Jedi converts who flocked to Exar Kun continued using their Jedi lightsabers, disregarding the tradition lain down by the original Sith Empire. However, other innovations entered their ranks, with Kun modifying his lightsaber into a double-bladed lightsaber, using schematics from a Sith holocron.[3] While Exar Kun's insurrection ultimately failed, he did introduce the double-bladed lightsaber to the Jedi, and it began to see relatively widespread use during the period leading up to the Jedi Civil War.

Jedi Civil War

Darths Revan and Malak wielding red-bladed lightsabers.

The Jedi Civil War was a conflict started by former Jedi Revan and Malak in the aftermath of the Mandalorian Wars. During their conflict against the Mandalorians, Revan found evidence regarding the survival of the Old Sith Empire. In order to prepare the Republic for conflict with the Sith, Revan decided to attack the Republic himself in order to unify it. Creating a new Sith Empire of his own, he waged war for several years, attracting numerous rogue and Dark Jedi to his cause. When he resurrected the Sith under his own banner, Revan observed the tradition of using red-hued blades laid out by the original Sith. Many of his followers followed suit, and red lightsabers became recognized as the mark of a Darksider. Double-bladed lightsabers also saw common usage among the Dark Jedi and Sith Lords.[7] The usage of red lightsabers continued among the surviving Darksiders after the fall of Revan's Empire.[8]

This era saw a surge in the usage of personal energy shields by armed forces, rendering blasters partly obsolete. As blaster usage experienced partial decline due to the shields, melee weapons such as swords became more common. In order to make the weapons more durable, almost all weapons of the era were created using cortosis woven into the blade, allowing them to stand up against lightsabers.[7]

Great Galactic War

The lightsaber of Lord Baras.

In 3,681 BBY, that which Revan feared took place, and the Old Sith Empire invaded. Eventually the conflict culminated in the Sacking of Coruscant. After the Sacking of Coruscant came the Treaty of Coruscant. During this time period, the Sith Empire made lightsabers much more common than before, with Sith swords being almost completely abandoned. As lightsaber usage among them became more common, the sight of red Sith blades also became more common, as they held to the traditional red color. Another typical design feature on Sith weapons was the usage of dual-blade guards.[9]

Aftermath and Sith Rebirth

The crystal cave on Ilum.
"Toward the end of the Old Republic era, Ilum was the primary source of most crystals used for lightsabers; this dramatically limited the color range, as the crystals harvested from Ilum produce only blue and green blades."
―Tionne Solusar

Eventually, the Republic managed to reclaim its lost territory. During this period, lightsaber usage and technology remained largely unchanged, although it should be noted that the usage of naturally formed crystals from Ilum became almost universal among Jedi, causing the variety of lightsaber colors to drop, as the vast majority of crystals that formed on Ilum took on either a blue of green hue.[3]

It is notable that during the reign of Kaan, Sith apprentices were provided with stock lightsabers rather than having to create their own.[10] After the institution of the Rule of Two, this policy was reversed, and apprentices had to create their own lightsabers, although synthetic crystals were often provided.[11] However, a notable exception to this rule was Darth Maul, who self-fabricated the four synth-crystals required for his saberstaff after several days of nonstop work. Maul considered the creation of the crystals he used as a mark of Sith superiority over Jedi.

Jedi Purge and Reformation

Darth Vader, one of the Emperor's servants and authorized to wield a lightsaber.
"Most sources for lightsaber crystals were razed or quarantined during the reign of Emperor Palpatine."
―Tionne Solusar

With the occurrence of the Great Jedi Purge and the founding of the Galactic Empire, lightsabers became rare antiques. The few lightsabers that could be found were either hidden away or circulated on the black market, as Emperor Palpatine made their possession and use illegal among all but his own servants, such as Darth Vader, the Emperor's Hands or the Emperor's Shadow Guard. In order to make it more difficult for surviving Jedi to create lightsabers, he also had most of the sites where Jedi procured crystals razed or quarantined, and he placed strict controls and sanctions on any crystals or gems available on the open market that could be used in a lightsaber.[12] These acts and precautions forced many later Jedi to start relying on self-fabricated synth-crystals for their lightsabers, though few actually used red ones. This practice became very common during Luke Skywalker's tenure as Grand Master.[13]

Dark Side Resurgent

Palpatine wielding a blue lightsaber against Luke Skywalker's red-bladed weapon.

After his death and resurrection, Palpatine let slip the usage of traditional Dark Side blades, wielding a blue blade in combat himself and only forcing Luke to wield one during the latter stages of his brief apprenticeship under Sidious. However, most of his Force-using servants were only Dark Jedi, not true Sith, and so were not bound by tradition.

After Palpatine's final death, there remained several Dark Side cults and groups either formed by surviving Dark Jedi. A notable group were the Reborn. Due to the large number of Dark Jedi within the Reborn, supplied by a special cloning method that granted Force-sensitivity, Desann was forced to manufacture lightsabers for the group. This resulted in a notable innovation in lightsaber construction techniques, as beforehand lightsaber manufacturing was impossible due to the non-uniform nature of the crystals, which required painstaking, individual fine-tuning.[3] These manufacturing processes also appeared to have been applied by the Disciples of Ragnos, a Sith cult formed by Desann's apprentice, Tavion Axmis, and surviving members of the Reborn. Also, as all the lightsabers were identical assembly line creations, they all utilized red crystals.

While the development of lightsaber-manufacturing techniques was a significant advancement in lightsaber technology, the Jedi, as well as most other Force-using traditions, kept to the old methods where lightsabers were self-fabricated by students in order to individualize the weapons, and test the abilities of the adept in question.

Imperial Knights with silver blades vs. Darth Krayt with a set of coral lightsabers.

Many years later, as the Imperial Remnant recovered in strength, they also formed a new Force Order; the Imperial Knights. The Knights were noted for their self-fabricated weapons, although they all followed the same design and used silver crystals in their weapons. This helped individualize their weapons but still mark them out as Imperial Knights.

Emperor Roan Fel eventually formed an alliance with the Sith, led by Darth Krayt. While the Empire and the Sith worked together, the Sith turned on the Empire and usurped the throne, causing a civil war within the Empire.

The lightsaber construction methods of the Sith differed from the Jedi and Imperial Knights in that many of their lightsabers were apparently constructed from a material similar to the Yorik coral used by the Yuuzhan Vong. They also utilized synthetic crystals, in observance of tradition.

Mechanics and Specifications

"Tell me…how does it work?"
"On the same principle as my whip…when you activate that stud on the hilt, it releases a beam of coherent energy which forms the sword blade."
Den Siva and Lumiya

Mechanics

The schematics of Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber.
"The components are fairly simple. Every lightsaber has a standard power source, the same type used in small blasters, even in glowpanels. They last a long time, though, because Jedi should rarely use their lightsabers... [] One of the other crucial pieces is a focusing crystal. The most powerful and sought-after gems are rare Kaiburr crystals. However, though lightsabers are powerful weapons, their design is so flexible that practically any kind of crystal can be used."
Luke Skywalker to his students.

The typical lightsaber hilt consisted of a metal cylinder between twenty and thirty-five centimeters in length. However, the size of individuals hilts varied drastically, as the weapon was tailored to the creator's specific needs and preferences. The lightsaber mechanisms were contained within the hilt. High levels of energy generated by a high-output Diatium power cell was unleashed through a series of focusing lenses and energizers that converted the energy into plasma. The plasma was projected through a set of focusing crystals that lent the blade its properties and allowed for the adjustment of blade length and power output. The ideal number of crystals was three, though only one was required.[3]

Once focused by the crystals, the plasma was sent through a series of field energizers and modulation circuitry within the emitter matrix that further focused it, making it into a coherent beam of energy that was projected from the emitter. The blade typically extended about a meter before being arced by the blade containment field back to a negatively charged fissure ringing the emitter, where it was channeled back to the power cell by a superconductor, completing the circuit. Below is a list of the primary parts almost all lightsabers needed to use to function properly:

Cutting Power

"By the Force! I thought a lightsaber could cut through anything. The walls are barely scratched. The only thing that can resist a lightsaber is… Mandalorian iron!"
―Exar Kun, regarding Freedon Nadd's tomb(audio)Listen (file info)
Qui-Gon Jinn cuts through a blast door.

A lightsaber blade was a mass-less form that neither radiated heat nor expended energy until it came into contact with something solid. The power of the energy blade was so great that it could cut through almost anything, although the speed through which it cut depended on the density of the subject. One important note about lightsaber wounds is that they rarely bleed profusely, even when a limb had been severed. This is because the energy blade cauterized the wound as it passed, and thus even a severe wound did not tend to bleed heavily.

When cutting through dense material, the immense electromagnetic field generated by the arc causes resistance rather than letting solid matter enter and interrupt the arc. This gives the blade a feeling of being solid when immersed in dense material. Rarely, some solid materials can actually pass through the electromagnetic field and short out the arc. Other Electromagnetic energy fields and coherent energy are also repelled by lightsabers' arcs. These include most force fields, blaster bolts, and other lightsaber blades.

Lightsaber Resistant Materials

Aside from the blade of another lightsaber, there were rare materials that could withstand a lightsaber blade, but with varying degrees of success:

  • Cortosis, although a rare and expensive metal, was a popular defense against lightsabers. Purified cortosis ore had the ability to momentarily "short out" a lightsaber blade, rendering it inoperable for a brief period of time before the wielder could reactivate it. Cortosis alloy was sturdier than purified cortosis ore, but was only capable of deflecting a lightsaber blade and not deactivating it. One reason why cortosis was so expensive was the need to refine it. Pure, unrefined Cortosis ore was—for unknown reasons—dangerously ionized and anyone who touched it would be killed instantly. There were multiple methods of forging cortosis armor and weapons, each with varying effects.
  • Phrik, was a rare metallic compound that could withstand a lightsaber blade, although unlike cortosis, Phrik did not possess the ability to cause the blade to short out. Phrik was most notably used in the construction of the electrostaffs wielded by General Grievous's MagnaGuards. Other notable uses of Phrik included elements of Palpatine's lightsaber and Dark Trooper armor.
A tikulini's skin could withstand a lightsaber strike
  • Darkswords were an ancient type of sword made from a special material that could parry lightsabers. Unlike cortosis, this material did not possess the ability to temporarily deactivate a lightsaber blade it made contact with.
  • Armorweave was a cloth said to give some resistance to lightsabers, although the protection the reinforced material afforded was limited.
  • Sith Alchemy was employed during the eras of the first Sith Empire to augment the properties of metals so as to counter the seemingly unstoppable lightsaber. The Sith also made use of such elements as cortosis in the forging of their Sith swords. After the original Sith Empire, the most notorious use of Sith alchemy was in the construction and reinforcement of Darth Vader's armor.
  • Mandalorian iron: A metal found on the planet Mandalore—known as beskar in the Mandalorian language—Mandalorian iron could be forged into several configurations to take advantage of its exceptional lightsaber-resistant qualities. Commonly used in the creation of Mandalorian armor or weapons, the metal was also used to construct the door sealing Freedon Nadd's tomb.
  • Force Weapon: Weapons imbued with the power of the Force could be used to parry a lightsaber's blade without harm.
  • Water: All lightsabers, unless specially made,[14] would short out when they were submerged in water, due to rapid chain reactions and the instant overpowering of water on the blade. In rain, a lightsaber would steam up, but not short out.[15]

Other counteracting materials existed in the galaxy, such as various energy shields. Some animals, such as lava dragons, were possessed of natural armor that reflected the blade. Superconductive materials (such as Ultrachrome) have a degree of resistance to lightsaber strikes.[16] The skin of the Tikulini worms of Jazbina was able to withstand a lightsaber strikes.[17]

Variations and Specializations

Hilt Variations

Standard Lightsaber

The standard lightsaber consisted of a straight hilt approximately 20 to 30 centimeters long. As it is the standard make, it has no defining features other than details on individual hilts, as each weapon is often self-fabricated by the wielder and customized to suit their specifications.

Electrum Lightsaber

Sidious' electrum lightsaber.
The only difference electrum lightsabers have compared to the standard is that their casing is built of the golden electrum metal. A purely cosmetic accessory, this feature is only allowed to high-ranking members of the Jedi Order, being a prestigious honor bestowed on masters who have demonstrated their strength and skill.[18]

Protosaber

Odan-Urr wielding a protosaber.
Main article: Protosaber
Before the advancement in lightsaber technology after the Hundred-Year Darkness, lightsabers had significantly higher power requirements, necessitating belt-mounted power packs; these packs were connected to the hilt by a cord. While a massive advancement over the highly unstable original lightsabers, protosabers were eventually rendered obsolete by miniaturized power cells and the inclusion of the superconductor technology that allowed the energy of the blade to return to the hilt, creating an energy loop that only lost power when interrupted, such as when a lightsaber cut.[18]
Enthusiasts would later mimic this design using modern parts, citing aesthetics and improved cutting power as benefits of these "retrosabers".[18]

Double-Bladed Lightsaber

Darth Maul's lightsaber.
Also referred to as saberstaffs and Sith lightsabers, double-bladed lightsabers consisted of a single hilt that projected a blade from both ends, resulting in a deadly staff-like weapon. Most saberstaff hilts were of increased length, as they usually consisted of two separate lightsabers connected at the pommels.[4]
According to the Tedryn holocron, saberstaffs were first invented by the Sith Lords of the old Sith Empire.[3] The first recorded usage of the weapon was by the Sith Lord Exar Kun, who obtained the schematics for the weapon from a Sith holocron, using them to modify his existing Jedi lightsaber.
The usage of double-bladed lightsabers eventually gave rise to the use of paired lightsabers. As many double-bladed lightsabers were simply two separate lightsabers joined at the pommel, this was taken advantage of and the connection was done with a locking mechanism rather than a solid weld, allowing the two weapons to be wielded together or separately. Many duelists used the paired function to surprise enemies in combat.[10] Other versions of the paired lightsaber had the weapons joined by a fiber cord instead of a locking mechanism. Being wielded meant they flailed about by the cord, exchanging control for unpredictability.[19]
One of Maris Brood's guard shotos.

Guard Shoto

Main article: Guard shoto
A variation on the standard shoto short lightsabers, guard shotos featured an elongated hilt with a secondary handle built angling 90 degrees out from the main hilt. They were built to be carried by the second handle, with the blade parallel to the forearm, allowing the weapon to be easily used for blocks. Due to the defensive nature of the weapon, it is recommended that the casing be machined out of lightsaber-resistant phrik alloy.[18]

Crossguard Lightsaber

Main article: Crossguard lightsaber
An extremely rare variant only seen in the hands of skilled duelists, crossguard lightsabers, also known as forked lightsabers, feature a specialized hilt that emits two blades. One blade is the standard lightsaber blade, but the second is a significantly shorter and thinner blade projected by a secondary emitter next to the main at an angle. The secondary blade is used as a guard to protect the hand, and on occasion to catch attacks between it and the main blade.[18]

Curved-Hilt Lightsaber

Darth Tyranus's curved-hilt lightsaber.
Main article: Curved-hilt lightsaber
Curved-hilt lightsabers are a type of hilt that features hilt with a built in curve. This is usually done to allow the hilt to fit better into the palm, facilitating the use of one-handed fighting styles such as Makashi, or to provide variable blade angle to confuse opponents.[10][20]

Long-Handle Lightsaber

Main article: Long-handle lightsaber
Built to cater to specific fighting styles, long-handle lightsabers featured a lengthened handle that provided the duelist with more surface area to place his hands, and providing more leverage for attacks.[18] The length of long-handled lightsabers varies considerably, with some examples, such as the weapon of Warb Null simply being double the length of standard hilts, and others, such as Darth Nihl's weapon, being staffs with a lightsaber blade on the end.[4]

Lightsaber Pike

Kazdan Paratus' lightsaber pike.
Main article: Lightsaber pike
Resembling pole-arms in many respects, lightsaber pikes feature extremely long handles, up to two meters long, with a somewhat shorter and thicker lightsaber blade. The handle is machined from phrik alloy to prevent it from being cut in two, as the purpose of the weapon is to provide vastly increased range.

Blade Variations

Training Lightsaber

Jedi Initiates practice with Training lightsabers.
Main article: Training lightsaber
Training lightsabers were essentially regular lightsaber, only engineered with a permanent low-power setting, rather than the adjustable setting featured on standard weapons. As their name indicates, training lightsabers were used for instructional purposes, teaching initiates how to wield a lightsaber. Due to their permanent low-power setting, training lightsabers were extremely limited in the type of damage they could cause, the most severe injuries being burns and serious bruises. In fact, the weapon was so weak that an individual could physically grab the blade and suffer no injury besides the burns and bruises.[21]

Dual-Phase Lightsaber

Darth Vader wielding his dual-phase lightsaber.
Main article: Dual-phase lightsaber
While most lightsabers featured a built-in length adjust, dual-phase lightsabers allowed for rapid transitions between two sets of preset lengths. The dual-phase lightsaber was originally conceived early in history, being used for the purpose of lightsaber dueling. The most common usage at the time would be to switch between a standard length and one of increased length as a surprise tactic during lightsaber duels. In more contemporary times, however, it is more common to have the secondary length be shorter for precision cutting.[3]
Known wielders of dual-phase lightsabers include Darth Vader, whose blade increases in length by approximately half a meter,[11][22] and Dooku, whose blade drops in length in order to be wielded as a short sword for surprise attacks.[20]

Shoto

Gorc wielding his lightclub.
Main article: Shoto
Essentially, a shoto was a short lightsaber. Featuring a shortened blade length and diminuative handle, it was basically a miniaturized lightsaber. Shoto's were usually used as the secondary weapon in dual-blade combat, as their smaller blade length resulted in a less intensive gyroscopic effect, making the weapon easier to handle. Shotos were also used a primary weapons by some duelists, most who did so being of diminuative size, making a full sized lightsaber impractical, though this is not always the case. Examples of this would be duelists such as Vandar Tokare, Picaroon C. Boodle or Yoda.
Other duelists known to have wielded shoto's in combat include Kavar, Sora Bulq, Luke Skywalker, and many others.

Lightclub

Main article: Lightclub
Essentially the opposite of the shoto, lightclubs were massively oversized lightsabers that projected overlong blades. They were almost universally wielded by individuals of overlarge stature to accomidate their size. An example of such a being is the mutated Gamorrean Dark Jedi; Gorc.

Lightwhip

Githany wielding her lightwhip.
Main article: Lightwhip
Lightwhips were exotic variations on the typical lightsaber that saw only rare usage. Like a lightsaber, it emitted a coherent beam of energy, but instead of a straight meter-long blade, it was several meters in length and flexible. Wielded in a whip-like manner, they were used to attack opponents at a range and provide an element of unpredictability in combat. However, they were significantly weaker than standard lightsabers, and their blades were ineffective defensively. Lightwhip wielders include Githany, Lumiya, Silri.

Lightfoil

Main article: Lightfoil
Lightfoils were small and elegant energy swords based upon lightsabers. They were popular among certain nobles of the Tapani sector, especially those that called themselves "saber rakes". Lightfoils were weaker than authentic lightsabers due to the poor quality focusing crystals used in their manufacture and the relatively low level of craftsmanship compared to Jedi artisans. They did not require any connection to the Force to create, and were fully usable by non-Force sensitives.

Underwater

While most lightsabers shorted out when the blade touches water, this blade was made to operate underwater due to two crystals employed in a bifurcating cyclical-ignition pulse.[3] Generally only Jedi from aquatic races would go to the trouble of constructing a waterproof saber, as only they had the mobility to use it effectively underwater. However, there were several other non-aquatic lightsaber-wielders who modified their weapons, so they were functional underwater.

Darksaber

Pre Vizsla wielding his darksaber
Main article: Darksaber (lightsaber)
This ancient style of lightsaber had a unique black blade that was flattened and came to a point like a traditional sword, rather than the rounded beam of more standard lightsabers.

Usage and Applications

Combat

Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku engage in lightsaber combat.
"These weapons are not playthings. A lightsaber is a dangerous and destructive instrument, a powerful blade that can strike down an opponent-or a friend, if you're not careful."
Luke Skywalker to his students.
Main article: Lightsaber combat

Lightsaber combat was the preferred fighting method used by lightsaber wielders, many of the forms and styles being designed to compensate for the gyroscopic effect inherent in lightsabers, and take advantage of the Force-sensitivity common in most wielders. The different styles of lightsaber dueling were initially based on ancient sword-fighting techniques. Throughout the millennia, these many combat styles were refined into the seven "classic" forms that serve as the standard, and numerous other fighting methods that call for advanced levels of skill. Lightsaber combat was difficult to master for a number of reasons, one of them being that all of the weight a lightsaber had was in its hilt, and the gyroscopic effect caused resistance to changes in motion, or built up momentum so quickly than an untrained wielder could lose control of the weapon.

Rituals

Knighting Ceremony

Anakin Skywalker's knighting ceremony.

Lightsabers were an integral part of the Knighting Ceremony of the Jedi Order. During the ceremony, a Padawan would have his Padawan-braid ritualistically severed by the presiding Jedi master. This event would often be witnessed by a number of fellow Jedi, who would stand in a circle around the Padawan with their lightsabers ignited.[23]

Only three Sith "knighting" ceremonies are known, and a lightsaber was only used during one of them. The only Sith 'knighting' ceremony that utilized a lightsaber was Galen Marek's. Marek was made to kneel before his master while Darth Vader simply lowered his lightsaber next to both sides of Marek's head, formally declaring the Force Adept his apprentice.[24]

Concordance of Fealty

"Master Eeth Koth, I have something to return to you. It is a product of your own hands which you once entrusted to mine. In returning this lightsaber, I return your trust."
―Mace Windu

The Concordance of Fealty was a Jedi tradition of entrusting one's lightsaber to a fellow Order member. This exchange represented a serious, even sacred bond—the establishment of a reciprocal, master-less learning relationship.

Behind the scenes

Early Concepts

Early concept art of lightsabers.

The usage of the lightsaber was originally inspired by many of the serials that George Lucas watched and enjoyed as a child, which featured many characters wielding swords. When he began conceiving Star Wars, he wished to include swords, creating the "lightsaber" to allow them to better mesh with the futuristic setting.[25]

In the early incarnations of the Star Wars storyline, lightsabers were not exclusive to the Jedi and other Force-users, but were in fact very mundane. Early concept art depicts lightsabers being wielded by Rebel and Imperial soldiers alike. George Lucas later limited the lightsabers to exclusively the Jedi in order to make them feel more unique, and heighten the mystique of the Jedi.[26] Also, in early drafts of the script, lightsabers were referred to as "lazerswords".

Crystals first appear in Star Wars simply as an embedded decoration on the hilt in the A New Hope novelization.[27] Aside from this single instance, there are no crystals mentioned in any of the movies or their novelizations.[27]

Prop Design and Effects

During the original trilogy's filming, the Anakin/Luke lightsaber was made from a Graflex camera side-attach flash, while the Vader lightsaber was made from a Micro Precision Products flash attachment. The handle grips were made of rubber windscreen wipers, and D-rings were attached to the bottoms of the units so that they could be worn on belts. The Obi-Wan lightsaber was the most complex hilt at the time. It was assembled from parts of an Armitage Shanks Starlite model Handwheel, Browning ANM2 machine gun booster, WWI No.3 Mk.1 British Rifle Grenade and a Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.8/Mk.9 Jet Engine Balance Pipe.

The lightsaber effects during the original trilogy started out in a very complicated manner. During the filming or Episode IV, the blade was made of a three-sided rod covered with reflective material. The rod was then rapidly spun by a compact motor in the hilt, reflecting the lights on set and creating an in-camera glowing effect. However, these props were highly limited; they were cumbersome and fragile, often breaking during fight scenes. Also, the glowing effect was not absolute, as whenever the blade moved out of the light or pointed at the camera, the glow disappeared and the actual spinning rod could be seen. In order to partially compensate for this, the blade was rotoscoped and an animated glow was added by tracing onto a blown-up copy of the frame with pen and colored ink, one frame at a time. It was at this phase that blades were given colors, as the props were simple white blades.[25][26]

During the filming of Episode V, it was decided creating an in-camera glowing effect was more trouble than it was worth, so the spinning rods were swapped for carbon rods. While these new blades were less cumbersome than before, they were still very fragile and frequently broke. However, they continued to be used for Episode VI.[25]

When filming began for The Phantom Menace, the new lightsaber blades were steel and aluminum rods, which were highly durable, but frequently bent and flexed, requiring constant replacement.[28] Despite this, these rods still saw usage during the filming of Episode II, as they had no alternative at the time. However, for the filming of Episode III, the blades were replaced by carbon fiber rods laminated with glass and plastic. These new props were highly durable and didn't flex, though due to this, they were extremely hard, often causing bruising and leaving scars. While lightsaber effects was still done by rotoscoping for the prequels, it was done digitally.[26]

Choreography

While the usage of lightsabers was originally inspired by the rapiers featured in the old serials George Lucas enjoyed, the final choreography in Episode IV looked nothing like rapier fencing. As Jedi and their Sith counterparts were heavily inspired by Japanese Samurai, the fighting styles utilized were based more off of Kendo, a Japanese martial art.[29] The slower, more strength-oriented moves of Kendo used in the duel also helped mesh with George Lucas' concept that it was a battle between what were essentially two old men.[25]

During the filming of The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas began ramping up the speed of the lightsaber duels, making them "faster and more intense", the idea being that Luke Skywalker was becoming increasingly proficient with the lightsaber.[25] Also, rather than utilize David Prowse, the actor within the Darth Vader costume, for the duels, they instead had professional swordsman Bob Anderson perform the fights, due to Prowse's tendency to repeatedly break the fragile prop blades. Anderson continued to serve as Prowse's fighting-double during the filming of Return of the Jedi.

When filming began for the prequel trilogy, the new stunt coordinator Nick Gillard ramped up the speed and agility the Jedi characters demonstrated in lightsaber duels. The idea being that the prequel trilogy took place when the Jedi Order was in "full flower", at least in terms of combat techniques.[25] Gillard was careful to avoid giving the fight scenes a choreographed look, drawing upon his extensive knowledge of martial arts to create the moves.[30]

The end result was a very fast-paced style of fighting, which Gillard described as being like a chess game between grand masters, with every move being a check. This style of choreography was continued on throughout the prequel trilogy.[30]

Appearances

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  • Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: Fall of the Sith Empire
  • Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising
  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
  • Tales of the Jedi: Redemption
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 44: The Reaping, Part 2
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  • Jedi vs Sith
  • Bane of the Sith
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  • Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
  • Legacy of the Jedi
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival
  • Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Mark of the Crown
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Defenders of the Dead
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Captive Temple
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning
  • Episode I Adventures Game Book 4: Jedi Emergency
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Hidden Enemy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film / novel / junior novel
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies"
  • The Clone Wars: Wild Space
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Gungan General"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Jedi Crash"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Trespass"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  • The Clone Wars: No Prisoners
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  • The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Legacy of Terror"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Brain Invaders"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lightsaber Lost"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation"
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars: In Service of the Republic
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars 11: Hero of the Confederacy, Part 2
  • Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  • Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  • Imperial Commando: 501st
  • Star Wars: Purge
  • Star Wars Dark Times 14: Blue Harvest, Part 2
  • The Force Unleashed video game
  • The Force Unleashed novel
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Trailer)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (novel)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Dark Apprentice
  • I, Jedi
  • Shadows of Coruscant
  • Star Wars Invasion: Refugees
  • Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
  • Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
  • Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
  • Betrayal
  • Bloodlines
  • Tempest
  • Exile
  • Sacrifice
  • Inferno
  • Fury
  • Revelation
  • Invincible
  • Crosscurrent
  • Outcast
  • Omen
  • Star Wars Legacy 39: Tatooine, Part 3
  • Star Wars Legacy 40: Tatooine, Part 4

Non-canon appearances

Sources

Notes and references

  1. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
  2. Outcast
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
  5. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 25: Vector, Part 1
  6. Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named KOTOR1
  8. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  9. Deceived cinematic trailer
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  12. Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows
  13. Shadows of the Empire
  14. Clone Wars Chapter 5
  15. Clone Wars Chapter 19
  16. Shatterpoint (novel)
  17. Vader's Quest
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 Jedi Academy Training Manual
  19. Star Wars: Battlefront II (Xbox Live content)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Attack of the Clones Visual Dictionary
  21. Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
  22. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  23. Clone Wars Chapter 21
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named TFU
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 The Birth of the Lightsaber
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2  Lightsaber in the Databank
  27. 27.0 27.1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (novel)
  28. StarWars.com The Lightsaber Armory on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  29. Empire of Dreams
  30. 30.0 30.1 StarWars.com Jedi Swordplay on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)

External links

Lightsabers
Combat Duel · Dun Möch · Fast style · Medium style · Strong style · Form "Zero" · Mounted · Niman/Jar'Kai · Sokan · Three rings of defense · Trispzest · Tràkata
Forms I: Shii-Cho · II: Makashi · III: Soresu · IV: Ataru · V: Shien / Djem So · VI: Niman · VII: Juyo / Vaapad
Techniques Cho mai · Cho mok · Cho sun · Dulon · Faalo's cadences · Faalo's Will · Falling Leaf · Flowing Water · Jedi ready · Jung · Jung ma · Kai-kan · Lus-ma · Mou kei · Sai · Sai cha · Sai tok · Sequence · Shiak · Shiim · Shun · Su · Sun djem · Twin Suns · Velocities
Variations Crossguard lightsaber · Curved-hilt lightsaber · Dual-phase lightsaber · Double-bladed lightsaber · Imperial Knight lightsaber · Lightclub · Lightfoil · Lightwhip · Long-handle lightsaber · Lightsaber pike · Protosaber · Shoto / Guard shoto · Training lightsaber / Sith training saber
Lightsaber-resistant materials Armorweave · Cortosis · Darkswords · Force Weapon · Mandalorian iron · Neuranium · Orbalisks · Phrik · Sith alchemy · Ultrachrome
Technology Blade emitter · Crystal · Diatium power cell · Emitter matrix · Focusing lens · Hilt · Inert power insulator · Pommel cap

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A Jedi lightsaber.

Designed as much for elegance in combat as for ceremony, the lightsaber, also referred to as the "laser sword", was a distinctive weapon, the very image of which was inextricably bound with the mythos of the Jedi Order and their polar opposites, the Sith. The lightsaber also became synonymous with the Jedi Order's values to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. This perception endured, despite the many conflicts with lightsaber-wielding Sith and Dark Jedi.

The weapon consisted of a blade of pure plasma energy emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field. The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape.The hilt was almost always self-fabricated by the wielder to match his or her specific needs, preferences and style. Due to the weightlessness of plasma and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it, lightsabers required a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield, and was extremely difficult—and dangerous—for the untrained to attempt using. However, in the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber was a weapon to be greatly respected and feared. To wield a lightsaber was to demonstrate incredible skill and confidence, as well as masterful dexterity and attunement to the Force.

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A Jedi wielding a Lightsaber

The weapon of choice of Force Sensitive/Jedi has always been the Lightsaber. This weapon can only be used and crafted by those sensitive to the Force. Except for the Training Lightsaber given by the Jedi Artifact quest, and the lightsaber they receive at Level 30, Force Sensitive/Jedi can only use Lightsabers that they craft.

Table of contents

Crystals & Pearls

Every Lightsaber requires one Color Crystal to activate. Power Crystals may be added, as can Krayt Dragon Pearls to increase the damage of the lightsaber, but only 1 Color Crystal can be in a lightsaber.

Lightsaber resources

Resources vary for each Lightsaber. Plus, the names, spawn times, spawn areas, and stats for each resource vary from server to server. To find the best resources for crafting a Lightsaber on your server, try SWGcraft.org.

Training Lightsaber

A Training Lightsaber

Combat Level Required: 26
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: None

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: 167-333
  • Base DPS: 250
  • Elemental Type: Depends on Color Crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color Crystal

How to obtain

This Lightsaber is gained when the Jedi successfully completes the quest Searching for a Jedi's Weapon.

First Generation

Schematic Granted at: Force Sensitive Essentials V
Combat Level Required: 38 (Update: Jedi now receive a 1st generation lightsaber at level 30, but cannot craft their own until level 38)
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: none
Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~200-400 when empty)
  • Base DPS: varies (~300 when empty)
  • Elemental Type: Depends on Color Crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color Crystal & 1 Power Crystals or Pearl

This Lightsaber comes in 3 different types:

  • 1-Handed
  • 2-Handed
  • Double-Bladed

Notes: Post-NGE, there has not been any evidence to suggest that there is a difference with damage and speed between the One-Handed, Two-Handed, or Double-Bladed

Resources needed to craft

. 1-Handed 2-Handed Double-Bladed
Mineral 15 20 25
Metal 14 16 24
Chemical 17 18 40
Gas 20 20 40
Metal 14 18 40

Second Generation

Schematic Granted at: Force Sensitive Expertise III
Combat Level Required: 54
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: none
Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies
  • Base DPS: varies
  • Elemental Type: Depends on Color Crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color Crystal & 2 Power Crystals or Pearl

This Lightsaber comes in 3 different types:

  • 1-Handed
  • 2-Handed
  • Double-Bladed

Notes: Post-NGE, there has not been any evidence to suggest that there is a difference with damage and speed between the One-Handed, Two-Handed, or Double-Bladed

Resources needed to craft

. 1-Handed 2-Handed Double-Bladed
Mineral 25 25 30
Non-Ferrous Metal 18 18 42
Inert Petrochemical 20 20 20
Known Inert Gas 22 22 42
Non-Ferrous Metal 20 20 42

Third Generation

Schematic Granted at: Force Sensitive Mastery I
Combat Level Required: 70
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: none
Socket Possible:

  • 1

Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: 494 - 1020 (full)
  • Base DPS: 799 (full)
  • Elemental Type: Depends on Color Crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color Crystal & 3 Power Crystals or Pearl

This Lightsaber comes in 3 different types:

  • 1-Handed
  • 2-Handed
  • Double-Bladed

Notes: Post-NGE, there has not been any evidence to suggest that there is a difference with damage and speed between the One-Handed, Two-Handed, or Double-Bladed

Resources needed to craft

. 1-Handed 2-Handed Double-Bladed
Ferrous Metal 35 35 35
Titanium Aluminum 20 20 28
Polymer 25 25 44
Culsion Inert Gas 25 25 45
Polysteel Copper 25 25 45

Fourth Generation

Schematic Granted at: Force Sensitive Mastery III
Combat Level Required: 78
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: none
Socket Possible:

  • 1

Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~594-1190 when empty)
  • Base DPS: varies (~892 when empty)
  • Elemental Type: Depends on Color Crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color Crystal & 4 Power Crystals or Pearl

This Lightsaber comes in 3 different types:

  • 1-Handed
  • 2-Handed
  • Double-Bladed

Notes: Post-NGE, there has not been any evidence to suggest that there is a difference with damage and speed between the One-Handed, Two-Handed, or Double-Bladed

Resources needed to craft

. 1-Handed 2-Handed Double-Bladed
Duralloy Steel 40 40 40
Titanium Aluminum 22 22 30
Polymer 28 28 46
Culsion Inert Gas 28 28 58
Polysteel Copper 28 28 58

Fifth Generation 1 Handed

Combat Level Required: 90
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods:

  • None

Socket Possible:

  • 1

Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~689-1379 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation)
  • Base DPS: varies (~1034 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation) (seen as 1090 if you put your crystals in then remove them without loging out 10min before looking again)
  • Elemental Type: dependent on type of color crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color crystal & 5 Power Crystals or Pearls

How to obtain

All Fifth Generation Lightsabers can be obtained through one and the same collection quest, but the requirements vary.

  • Questgiver: Matareno is located on Corellia (Tyrena) /way -5520 -2643.
  • Requirement 1: A crafted Jinsu Razor. Once obtained from Restuss hand over the crafted saber to Antaria Wellos on Rori /way 300 -980 Antaria Wellos.
  • Requirement 2: Loot Ten Jedi Relics (From Elite Force Sensitive NPCs & cl Lvl 90 Treasure Map Chests)

Resources Need to craft

75 units of Duralloy Steel
45 units of Titanium Aluminium
60 units of Polymer
60 units of Culsion Inert Gas
60 units of Polysteel Copper
(Same resources as a Fourth gen. saber.)

Fifth Generation 2 Handed

Combat Level Required: 90
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods:

  • None

Socket Possible:

  • 1

Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~689-1379 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation)
  • Base DPS: varies (~1034 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation) (seen as 1090 if you put your crystals in then remove them without loging out 10min before looking again)
  • Elemental Type: dependent on type of color crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color crystal & 5 Power Crystals or Pearls

How to obtain

All Fifth Generation Lightsabers can be obtained through one and the same collection quest, but the requirements vary.

  • Questgiver: Matareno is located on Corellia (Tyrena) /way -5520 -2643.
  • Requirement 1: Kill the Clenched Fist of Hate, (Fourth boss within Exar Kun Instance) Collection Kills are not retroactively tabulated.
  • Requirement 2: Kill 10 Blackguard Grenadiers from ISD Instance Collection Kills are not retroactively tabulated.

Resources Need to craft

75 units of Duralloy Steel
45 units of Titanium Aluminium
60 units of Polymer
60 units of Culsion Inert Gas
60 units of Polysteel Copper
(Same resources as a Fourth gen. saber.)

Fifth Generation Doublebladed

Combat Level Required: 90
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods:

  • None

Socket Possible:

  • 1

Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~689-1379 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation)
  • Base DPS: varies (~1034 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation) (seen as 1090 if you put your crystals in then remove them without loging out 10min before looking again)
  • Elemental Type: dependent on type of color crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color crystal & 5 Power Crystals or Pearls

How to obtain

All Fifth Generation Lightsabers can be obtained through one and the same collection quest, but the requirements vary.

  • Questgiver: Matarmeno is located on Corellia (Tyrena) /way -5520 -2643.
  • Requirement 1: Kill Suin From Axkva Instance Collection Kills are not retroactively tabulated.
  • Requirement 2: Kill 10 Tusken Warlords from Tusken Instance Collection Kills are not retroactively tabulated.

Resources Need to craft

75 units of Duralloy Steel
60 units of Titanium Aluminium
90 units of Polymer
120 units of Culsion Inert Gas
120 units of Polysteel Copper
(Same resources as a Fourth gen. saber.)

Old Republic Lightsaber

Old Republic Lightsaber hilt

Combat Level Required: 88
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods:

Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~667-1333 when empty)
  • Base DPS: varies (~1000 when empty)
  • Elemental Type: dependent on type of color crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color crystal & 4 Power Crystals or Pearls

How to obtain

The schematics for this coveted weapon are looted from the Champion of Mustafar final battle with HK-47 (One-handed) on Mustafar, or from Sher Kar (Two-handed), also on Mustafar.

Resources Need to craft

40 units of Duralloy Steel
22 units of Titanium Aluminium
28 units of Polymer
28 units of Culsion Inert Gas
28 units of Polysteel Copper
(Same resources a Fourth gen. saber.)

Jinsu Razor

Jinsu Razor hilt

Combat Level Required: 75
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: none
Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~694-1398 when empty)@ 98% experimentation
  • Base DPS: varies (~1100 when empty)
  • Elemental Type: dependent on type of color crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color crystal & 4 Power Crystals or Pearls

How to obtain

Introduced with the Battle of Restuss, the Jinsu Razor is obtainable during Phase 3.

Warning: To be able to get the hilt schematic, you must enter Restuss, which will turn your character Special Forces!
Aralina Silk

To obtain the Jinsu Razor, you must get the schematic from a NPC called, Aralina Silk (Emperor's Hand). This NPC is a CL 90 Boss and spawns anywhere from 4-7 hours behind the destroyed Starport (5283, 5746) in Restuss.

The best time to ensure she will be there is right after the servers reset every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. But you'll need some help from friends. Speculated spawn times of Aralina Silk (Emperor's Hand) are, in GMT:

  • Approximately 1400hrs
  • Approximately 1900hrs
  • Approximately 2400hrs
  • Approximately 0500hrs
  • Approximately 1000hrs
schematic

To obtain the schematic from the NPC, you must be playing a Jedi. Once the NPC spawns, you will need to hit her at least once. Don't worry about getting the "killing blow" or even "outdamaging" other players, only one hit is required. Once the NPC is dead, use the radial menu (using the "~" key) and a third option should appear for the schematic. You may get an error message when trying to obtain the schematic via the radial menu. Don't worry, just check your inventory, and an item called "Technical Readout of a One-Handed Lightsaber Hilt (No-Trade)" should be there.

Note: The schematic is a 1-time use only.
Note: If you get at least one hit on aralina, you can get the schematic. If you die and are within close range of her when she dies, then use the radial menu to get the schematic. You must get one hit on her before you or she dies.
Note: if you find it hard to find Aralina, when the server is about to go down, go and log out behind the starport. wait for the server to come back up (depends on your server) and you must log in RIGHT WHEN IT COMES ONLINE! or you will miss it. she will spawn at the same time as the server comes up and most people will also go for it. so be quick

Resources needed to craft

40 Ditanium Steel
22 Link-Steel Aluminum
28 Polymer
28 Mirth Inert Gas
28 Plantinite Copper

Juyo Saberstaff

Juyo Saberstaff schematic

Combat Level Required: 86
Profession Required: Jedi
Skill Mods: +5 Constitution +5 Strength
Damage:

  • Base Type: Energy
  • Attack Speed: 1
  • Damage: varies (~691-1391 when empty - 98% experimentation)
  • Base DPS: varies (~1053 when empty - 99.75% best cross-server experimentation) (seen as 11?? if you put your crystals in them remove them without loging out 10min before looking again)
  • Elemental Type: dependent on type of color crystal
  • Elemental Damage: varies

Type: Melee
Range: 0-5m
Can Hold: 1 Color crystal & 4 Power Crystals or Pearls

NOTE : With All premium pearls and a Windu's Guile, you will get over 1300DPS if you have around the 98% experimentation.

How to obtain

This lightsaber one use schematic is looted from the IG-88 and Axkva Min instances. It is a rare drop for the Tusken King instance.

Resources

The same as a 5th Generation saber staff.

Appearance

When crafting a lightsaber, a jedi can choose an appearance from a gallery of lightsabers.

One and Two-handed lightsabers

Hilt Style Blade Length Blade Width Inspiration
Type: 1 Medium Thin Anakin Skywalker (Episode III), Luke Skywalker (Episodes IV-V), Mara Jade (The Thrawn Trilogy)
Type: 2 Medium Thick Darth Malak (KOTOR)
Type: 3 Long Thin Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode III)
Type: 4 Medium Medium Komari Vosa (Bounty Hunter)
Type: 5 Medium Thick Asajj Ventress (The Clone Wars)
Type: 6 Long Medium Luke Skywalker (Episode VI)
Type: 7 Long Thin Plo Koon (Episode II)), Mace Windu (Episode I)
Type: 8 Medium Thick Exar Kun (1st version The Sith War)
Type: 9 Medium Thick Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode I)
Type: 10 Medium Thick Qui Gon Jinn (Episode I)
Type: 11 Medium Thick Luke Skywalker's first lightsaber construction experiment in black
Type: 12 Medium Thick Luke Skywalker's first lightsaber construction experiment in white
Type: 13 Long Thin Darth Vader (episodes IV-VI)
5th Gen 1h Coleman Trebor (Episode II)
5th Gen 2h Rahm Kota (The Force Unleashed)

Double-bladed lightsabers

Style Length Width Inspiration
1 Longest Medium  Darth Maul (episode I)
2 Longest Medium Bastila (KOTOR I)

Star Wars Lore

The first lightsaber duel ever really seen...
... and the first chronologically
a lightsaber schematic from A New Hope
Younglings begins lightsaber training

The lightsaber (less formally, the laser sword) was more than just the distinctive weapon of the Jedi, it was a segment of the order's history and its ultimate symbol for millennia. There could be no Jedi without a lightsaber and no lightsaber without a Jedi in the eyes of galactic denizens. Over the years, it came to be associated with gallantry and elegance otherwise lost in an age of blasters. Jedi traditionally constructed their own lightsaber as part of their training. To carry a lightsaber was an example of incredible skill and confidence, dexterity and attuning to the Force. Since its plasma blade was essentially weightless, the weapon produced a gyroscopic effect, and so it was very difficult to handle safely. Yet this made the weapon ideal for force-sensitive users who's ability to predict the various energy pulsations through the force allowed him or her to compensate for them. They also served as a means by which a Jedi's focus was attuned to the force during lightsaber combat. For the same reason, it was also a very quick weapon, and superhuman reaction times were necessary to capitalize fully on this advantage. Only a handful of non-Force-sensitives have been known to master it, and none of them has ever presented a challenge for a fully-trained Jedi, save the lethally effective General Grievous.

Millennia in the past, about 9,990 BBY, the Jedi discovered that a super-heated plasmoid substance could be generated and held in place with a field around the plasma. The field could be set so that the plasmoid-like substance could not escape, but other objects could pass into the ultra-hot core. This created a deadly blade of energy that could slice its way through almost any substance. Such fields blocked one another, so the best defense against one blade was another blade. The field could be maintained almost indefinitely if linked to the generating device, because it functioned as a closed loop.

Thus the lightsaber was invented. The first lightsaber-like weapons were developed for siege purposes, using "frozen blaster" technology. The separate power pack they required was often worn on the back. The lightsaber eventually evolved to have a smaller energy pack that could be worn on a belt. In time, the power pack was miniaturized enough to fit into the weapon’s hilt. This smaller lightsaber gave the advantage to hand-to-hand troops whose adversaries (with high-density armor and even personal repulsor shields) were impervious to primitive slugthrowing weapons. Further advances in the science of field technology allowed for a self-sustaining bubble of containment to be generated. A plasmoid could be generated and flung out at an opponent for quite some distance before it finally dissipated. This gave way to the invention of the blaster. From then on, lightsaber combat evolved to include forms that could counter blaster bolts as well as other blades.

After the Great Jedi Purge, lightsabers became rare relics. However, lightsabers remained prized by some collectors, and some black market sales occurred. They only truly re-entered the galactic scene with the rise of the New Jedi Order. Since that time various dissenting force-able factions have arisen and the mass production of lightsabers has resurfaced, as it seems to have done in the past, during the Clone Wars, when the need for lightsabers was greatest. Such groups that made use of mass production outside the Jedi Order were the Reborn followers of the fallen Jedi Desann, and the Disciples of Ragnos. The traditions of personal construction or customization of lightsabers has come back into vogue among the New Jedi, as in times past, but also bourne partially out of necessity, due to the initial scarcity of the weapons following the Empire's purge. With the discovery of previously "lost" Old Republic Jedi documents and resources, the personal craftsmanship of Lightsabers has become less a case of necessity but perhaps more one of the personal self-discipline so characteristic of Jedi ideals.

See also

Sources

Equipment
Armor Assault  ·  Battle  ·  Reconnaissance  ·  Faction  ·  Cybernetics
Clothing Jedi (robes, cloaks)  ·  Ithorian  ·  Wookiee ·  Wearable containers
Jewelry Necklaces  ·  Bracelets  ·  Rings  ·  Sets
Weapons
Melee weapons Unarmed  ·  One-handed  ·  Two-handed  ·  Polearms  · Lightsabers
Ranged weapons Pistols  ·  Carbines  ·  Rifles  ·  Heavy

This article uses material from the "Lightsaber" article on the SWG Wiki wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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