15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Becoming A Jedi

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Ever since the release of Star Wars, people have been fascinated with the Jedi. There's a real-world religion built around the franchise's core mythos, and anyone who's ever held a flashlight has pretended it's a lightsaber at least once in their lives. While the movies go into some detail about how a person goes from being a random galactic citizen to becoming one of the strongest people in the galaxy and part of the Jedi Order, a lot has been left unsaid.

Unless you've read all the books, comic books, and other media pertaining to Star Wars, odds are, there are plenty of things you didn't know about what is needed to become a Jedi. After all, while it's mentioned plenty, there's not a lot of detail splashed on the screen for viewers to pick apart. Most fans know that Padawans are trained by Masters who instruct them in the Jedi Code, but many fans are left wondering, who gets to become a Jedi?

Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fan base doesn't know about what it takes to become a Jedi. There are plenty of fan theories out there, but the lore has been detailed in numerous comic books, tie-in novels, and animated series. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about becoming a Jedi in Star Wars.

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    Jedi Trials Are Different For Each Person Undergoing Them

    When Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn first brought Anakin Skywalker to the Jedi Council, he offered to train the boy. As a result, Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi said he was ready to undertake the Trials, but he was rebuffed by Master Yoda. Ultimately, Obi-Wan completed his Trials to become a full Jedi. Although the details of this process weren't shown in the movies, it is implied that his duel with the Sith Lord Darth Maul played a part in the council's decision.

    Jedi Trials are a process by which a Padawan finishes their training to attain the rank of Jedi Knight. There are nine steps: anger, fear, teamwork, isolation, instinct, betrayal, forgiveness, protection, and focus. The Trials typically come during a Padawan's early adult years, but some teenage Padawans have been known to complete them.

    A Padawan's Trials are assigned by their Master, but they can be accomplished in other ways. If a Jedi Master feels their Padawan has accomplished their Trials through circumstance, they can become a Jedi Knight. This might occur if a Padawan finds themselves engaged in conflict or if they take part in the duties normally assigned to someone above their station.

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    Force Sensitivity Is Incredibly Rare Across The Galaxy

    Becoming a Jedi is no easy feat, but most Padawans who go down that path ultimately become Jedi Knights. One thing that's not discussed in the films is how incredibly rare it is for anyone to become a Jedi. At the height of the Clone Wars, the Jedi population numbered around 10,000. While that may seem like a lot, it's a minuscule number compared to the rest of the galaxy.

    According to Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, the galaxy's population during the Clone Wars was around 100 quadrillion. That's a one with 17 zeroes after it. With only 10,000 Jedi, the odds of finding someone with enough Force sensitivity to become a member of the Order is insanely small. That's why the Jedi Order kept files on all Force-sensitive children in the galaxy - they are extremely rare.

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    Some Jedi Knights Were Tapped To Become Temple Guards

    Jedi Temple Guards were a special security force the Jedi Order employed to protect the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Each Temple Guard was chosen from the ranks of Jedi Knights to abandon their identities and become Guards. It was considered to be one of the highest honors a Jedi Knight could achieve.

    Each Jedi Temple Guard donned ceremonial robes and a face covering, rendering them anonymous. None of the Guards retained their identities as long as they worked in the Temple, which separated them from the rest of the Jedi Order.

    A Jedi Temple Guard carried a lightsaber pike, which is a special type of double-bladed lightsaber. All of the Guards' lightsabers formed yellow plasma blades, and there was no variation on this. After the fall of the Jedi Order, most of the Jedi Temple Guards were slain.

    The one that remained fell to the dark side of the Force. He swore his allegiance to Palpatine and became the Grand Inquisitor - a Sith operative specially trained to hunt down and kill the Jedi.

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    Younglings Begin Training With Lightsabers Around Age 4

    A lightsaber is probably the most dangerous weapon in the Star Wars galaxy (that isn't a planet-destroying battle station). A lightsaber can defeat an Empire in the right hands, and in the wrong hands, it can create one. While every Jedi Initiate must learn to handle one properly, they begin operating them at an insanely young age. Jedi Initiates are given training in the use of a lightsaber at the age of 4.

    While it may seem insane to give a child that young something that can cut through anything, it does make sense in the Jedi Order. These are children who have been conditioned to understand the scope of what they are doing, and their connection to the Force makes them far more advanced than other younglings their age.

    There is a caveat to that, though, and the 4-year-olds aren't given standard lightsabers. Instead, they are given low-powered training sabers to practice with. A training lightsaber is far less dangerous than a fully powered one. A youngling wouldn't get their hands on that until they undertook the Gathering, which was a trial designed to help them find their own Kyber crystal, which they would fashion into their own fully powered lightsaber.

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    Everyone Who Trains To Become A Jedi Doesn't Always Become A Jedi Knight

    It's reasonable to assume that everyone who trains to become a Jedi eventually joins the Jedi Order and attains the rank of Jedi Knight. While that makes sense, it isn't always true. The best example of a Jedi-trained non-Jedi is Ahsoka Tano. She trained through her Initiate Trials and then became the Padawan to Anakin Skywalker. She underwent numerous trials under his tutelage and even perished at one point (she was resurrected). Ultimately, she never undertook the Jedi Trials to become a Jedi Knight.

    This was a choice that Ahsoka Tano made after she had to defend herself against accusations that she had orchestrated a terrorist plot against the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. She was booted from the Jedi Order and put on trial. When she was proven innocent at the end of the trial (the real culprit came forward), she was welcomed back into the Jedi Order. Ahsoka refused and chose to walk away from the Jedi and start a new path.

    While she never undertook the Trials, Ahsoka Tano was trained to the point that she would have easily passed her Jedi Trials. She would have become a Jedi had she chosen to, but in the end, she didn't want to belong to an organization that would abandon her so easily. She continued to fight the good fight and was instrumental in building the rebellion against the Empire, but she was not a Jedi.

    There are other examples of people who are associated with the light side of the Force but who never became a Jedi. One example is Maz Kanata, who went out of her way to explain that she wasn't a Jedi. Still, she had a strong connection with the Force and could have trained as one had she wanted to or had the opportunity. Being associated with the light side of the Force doesn't automatically make a person a Jedi, and some have chosen to walk a different path.

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    Before Being Assigned To A Master, Younglings Go On A Pilgrimage To Build Their First Lightsaber

    One of the most important moments in a Padawan's training comes when they undertake the Gathering. The Gathering is a rite of passage that comes in the form of a trial meant to teach them to overcome their fears. If they can accomplish this, they are able to find a Kyber crystal in the Crystal Caves of Ilum.

    Kyber crystals can be found elsewhere, but during the Clone Wars, the Crystal Caves of Ilum served the Jedi Order well. Once a youngling retrieves a crystal attuned to their Force presence in the cave, they then learn to construct their lightsaber.

    Building a lightsaber is done telekinetically, so there is no touching of components. There is also very little instruction. The lightsaber is constructed while the Padawan is in deep meditation. The components come together to form a lightsaber attuned specifically for them.

    During the Clone Wars, the Gathering and lightsaber construction was overseen by Professor Huyang, a droid who had been helping young Padawans with lightsaber construction for more than 1,000 years.