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"Corrupt the kyber crystal. Teach it your pain. Teach it your anger. Hear it sing a hymn of darkness. Make it bleed."
Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader[src]

Bleeding was the process that a dark side adept used by way of the Force to bend a kyber crystal to their will. Any kyber crystal could be bled by a Force user, including one's own (for example, if they were a former light side practitioner and kept their lightsaber). However, some Sith believed that the proper method was to take a kyber crystal from a Jedi's lightsaber and bleed it.[4]

The process was accomplished by the individual pouring rage, hate, fear and pain into the crystal via the Force until the crystal changed, resulting in the crimson-bladed lightsabers associated almost exclusively with dark side adepts. Since kyber crystals were inherently aligned with the light side of the Force, they usually attempted to resist the forced corruption; when Darth Vader first attempted to bleed the green crystal within Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a's lightsaber, he experienced intense light side Force visions which nearly drove him insane.[3] Vader later traveled to Galen Erso's Office on Coruscant, where he found a stash of kyber crystals left behind by Galen Walton Erso, and bled them.[5]

It was possible to "heal" the effects of bleeding on a kyber crystal by using the light side of the Force, thus changing the crystal's color again[6]. Ahsoka Tano performed this on the Sixth Brother's lightsaber during an encounter with him, and in this case turning the crystals white.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

In Star Wars Legends, Jaden Korr changed a red synthetic lightsaber crystal into a yellow one; the process was called cleansing.[7]



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