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Using the Force, the Jedi[7] and the Sith had the ability to deflect energy-based attacks like blaster bolts[3] and Force lightning.[7] A few even could block melee attacks, such as those performed with lightsabers.[4]


In 232 BBY,[9] during the High Republic Era, Jedi Master Porter Engle fought a pair of Nihil on Elphrona when a party of the raiders attempted to kidnap the wealthy Blythe family for ransom. During the skirmish, Engle temporarily parted with his lightsaber when he threw it to eliminate one of the raiders. Before he could retrieve his weapon, the other raider fired at him, forcing Engle to deflect the shots with the Force.[10]

In 40 BBY, Qui-Gon Jinn contemplated employing this power, but ultimately rejected the idea as too hard, for plasma responded poorly to being commanded by the Force.[11]

In 22 BBY,[12] Jedi Grand Master Yoda confronted his former Padawan learner Dooku, secretly the Sith Lord Darth Tyranus, in a hangar on Geonosis during the First Battle of Geonosis. Tyranus, who had previously defeated Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, exclaimed his superiority over his former Master and fired a blast of Force lightning at Yoda. Yoda deflected the blast back at Tyranus, who in turn used the Force to deflect the blast into the ceiling of the hangar. The Jedi Master then absorbed another bolt of the Sith's lightning into his body without any harm, prompting Dooku to turn to his lightsaber for combat.[7]

In 19 BBY,[12] Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus used the dark illusion power on Yoda in an attempt to corrupt the Grand Master. As a result, Yoda experienced a Force vision where he fought Sidious. During the vision, Sidious fired a blast of Force lightning at Yoda. Yoda was able to successfully deflect Sidious' Force power, sending the Dark Lord of the Sith tumbling off of the structure they were situated on.[13] Yoda also was able to deflect melee attacks.[4]


The Father holding Anakin's lightsaber in his hand.

The Mortis Gods like the Father and the Son were so powerful that they not only able to block Force lightning but also lightsabers with their hands and arms.[8]


Maul deflects Kryze's blaster bolts with the Force.

Sometime later, former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano confronted the renegade Sith Lord Maul in the Grand Salon of the Sundari Royal Palace during the Siege of Mandalore. Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, who was accompanying Tano at the time, charged at Maul while firing multiple blaster bolts at him. In response, Maul effortlessly veered the bolts with waves of his hand before briefly levitating Kryze to dissuade further attacks.[14]

Shortly after the formation of the Galactic Empire, Yoda confronted Darth Sidious in the Senate Building on Coruscant, intending to destroy the new Galactic Emperor and the Sith Order (along with Obi-Wan). Mirroring the dark illusion Sidious had previously subjected Yoda to, the Sith Lord fired a blast of Force lightning at the Jedi Grand Master. Just like before, Yoda was able to deflect Sidious' lightning as he lost his lightsaber, although he coalescing the energy of Sidious's Force lightning into a blue orb between the two of them, slowly redirecting the lightning back onto an astounded Sidious, who was slowly being pushed back by the strength of Yoda's counterattack. However, the combination of both of their powers caused an explosion of Force energy, blasting them both apart, he fell off of the repulsorpod he was standing on in the process.[15]

During the Invasion of Mon Cala in 18 BBY,[16] the Sith Lord Darth Vader fought in the Battle of Dac City. In the battle, the Mon Cala planetary defense services fired upon Vader, who used the Force to deflect a blaster bolt.[17] In 14 BBY,[18] Governor Wilhuff Tarkin remarked that one of the reasons it was difficult to kill Vader was because he could deflect blaster fire with the flick of his wrist.[19]

Less than a year before the first Death Star was destroyed[20], Ahsoka Tano briefly employed this technique to defend herself and Ezra Bridger from the Fiery energy Darth Sidious employed in his effort to enter the World Between Worlds.[21]

Later in 0 BBY,[22] during the Battle of Scarif, Vader boarded the rebel cruiser Profundity in pursuit of the stolen Death Star plans. The Sith Lord received resistance aboard the star cruiser from the Alderaanian consular security. Vader cut through the soldiers, using Force deflection to redirect a blaster shot into a rebel, however the plans escaped aboard the corvette Tantive IV.[23]


Darth Sidious deflects Eneb Ray's blaster bolts

In 3 ABY,[12] Lord Vader prepared an ambush for Han Solo and the crew of the Millennium Falcon on the Tibanna-mining colony Cloud City. When the Administrator of the city Lando Calrissian led Solo into the trap, the rebel smuggler immediately fired on Vader. Vader proceeded to block the blaster bolts with the Force and telekinetically yank Solo's blaster out of his hands.[3] Following Vader's revelation that Luke Skywalker was his son and their subsequent duel on Cloud City, the dark lord sought to learn about his son's past. His search eventually led him to the planet Vendaxa, where he encountered a look-alike of his deceased wife Padmé Amidala. Upon learning that Vader was a servant of the Emperor, the look-alike, who was actually Amidala's former Handmaiden Sabé, fired her blaster at the Sith. Vader deflected the laser with the Force and pulled the blaster rifle out of Sabé's hands.[24]

In a display of this power being used against non-energy attacks,[5] in 4 ABY,[25] Luke Skywalker deflected thrown grenades back at the Imperial soldiers who attacked him, killing them.[5] In 9 ABY,[26] Grogu used this power to protect Din Djarin from a flamethrower by returning the flames back onto the Stormtrooper.[6]

In 35 ABY, Rey Skywalker used Force deflection to block the Sovereign Protectors' blaster bolts during her confrontation with her grandfather Darth Sidious during the Battle of Exegol.[27]


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Notes and references[]

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A Junior Novel
  2. SW Legion template Star Wars: LegionDin Djarin & Grogu Operative Expansion
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Star Wars Battlefront II
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Shattered Empire 4
  6. 6.0 6.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 8: Redemption"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  8. 8.0 8.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Altar of Mortis"
  9. The Star Wars Book dates the launch of the Starlight Beacon, depicted in The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states those events began in 0 BBY, everything in Light of the Jedi, including the Raid on Elphrona, must occur in 232 BBY.
  10. The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  11. Master and Apprentice
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  13. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Sacrifice"
  14. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Phantom Apprentice"
  15. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  16. According to Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition, the occupation of Mon Cala took place a year into the Emperor's rule. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the beginning of Imperial rule to 19 BBY, the occupation of Mon Cala took place in 18 BBY.
  17. Darth Vader (2017) 14
  18. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Tarkin to 14 BBY. As Darth Vader knows about Wilhuff Tarkin's past on Eriadu in Darth Vader (2017) 18, which he only learned about in Tarkin, issue 18 must take place after the novel. The later issue Darth Vader (2017) 19 featured the Second Sister, who was killed in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Fallen Order takes place five years after the Great Jedi Purge, which is dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Therefore, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is also set in 14 BBY. As Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 18 is between both Tarkin and Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 19, the events of the issue must take place in 14 BBY
  19. Darth Vader (2017) 18
  20. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
  21. A World Between Worlds
  22. According to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, Jyn Erso's mission to steal the plans of the first Death Star, which concluded with the Battle of Scarif, occurred in 0 BBY.
  23. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  24. Darth Vader (2020) 2
  25. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Shattered Empire 4 to 4 ABY.
  26. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of "Chapter 8: Redemption" to 9 ABY.
  27. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
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