We’ve come a long way from the original trilogy and the handful of lightsaber designs it offered. Now, Star Wars lightsabers come in a plethora of shapes and sizes and colors. What’s remained constant, however, is the importance of a Force wielder’s lightsaber and the bond between blade and owner. As Obi-Wan tells Anakin, “This weapon is your life.” The weapon is a reflection and an extension of whomever wields it. For example, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is powered by a fractured crystal, mirroring his own split loyalties and instability.
Since much of the Star Wars Legends narratives are no longer considered canon, Star Wars lightsaber history has gotten a little more confusing. Vader’s lightsaber is no longer powered by a synthetic crystal, for example. In the case of lightsabers that appear in Star Wars canon and Legends, canon lore takes precedence.From the iconic Skywalker lightsaber to the downright bizarre lightwhip, there is no shortage of light-based weaponry in the galaxy far, far away. Here are some of the most important and unique lightsabers in the Star Wars universe.
History: Kylo Ren constructed his lightsaber using an ancient design from the Sith planet Malachor.
Characteristics: Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber is powered by a cracked red kyber crystal, which gives it its unstable appearance.Status: It was last seen being used by Kylo Ren as he was getting totally owned by Rey.
History: Vader built a new lightsaber after he lost his second one during his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar.
Characteristics: In the Expanded Universe, Vader’s new lightsaber was powered by a synthetic crystal given to him by Emperor Palpatine. The new weapon emitted a red blade which better reflected his new Sith status.
Status: It was last seen tumbling down a reactor shaft aboard the Death Star. It was quickly followed by a wailing Palpatine.
History: Anakin constructed his second lightsaber after he lost his first one, along with his arm, at the Battle of Geonosis.
Characteristics: This lightsaber has a single blue blade. It’s very likely that it holds the record for killing the most Younglings. Probably Sandpeople, too.
Status: At present, the lightsaber resides with Rey, who was last seen offering the weapon to its second wielder, Luke Skywalker.
History: Maul based his lightsaber design on an ancient Zabrak weapon called a Zhaboka.Characteristics: Maul’s double-bladed lightsaber was powered by four red crystals.
Status: His lightsaber was cut in half (like the Sith Lord himself) by Obi-Wan Kenobi during their duel on Naboo. Maul held on to and used one half of his lightsaber until he lost it in a duel with his former master, Palpatine.