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 mysterious Darksaber, 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.