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"Do you mean using the Force? It can indeed be used to heal, but that is a rare ability. Master Roy and I certainly can't do that."
―Padawan Enya Keen, to an injuried Goi Ganok[5]

Force healing was a rare Force ability to heal oneself or others through use of the Force.


Aiding another[]

"I just transferred a bit of life, Force energy from me to him."
―Rey after healing a vexis[1]
BabyYoda Force Heal

Grogu using the Force to heal Greef Karga's arm wound.

Force healing was a rare Force power wielded by only some Force-sensitives.[5] The user of Force healing would place their hand over the wound,[6] or wave a hand towards the wounded person,[7] and pour their own life energy into it, healing the target, although at the expenditure of the user's own vitality, which could be later recovered by resting or meditating.[6] The ability was also capable of curing the user's target of poisoning.[8]

At least in the rare case of a Force dyad, the user was able to transfer enough of their own Force energy to bring their target—the other half of their bond—back to life, though at the cost of their own.[1] By going into a trance, a Force user trained in the art could heal more quickly.[9] While the Force was a mighty tool for healing, sometimes technological means of mending wounds were faster and more efficient.[4]

Alternate Applications[]

An alternate usage of Force healing was described in the sacred Jedi texts, specifically the Chronicles of Brus-bu. The method in question detailed the ability to heal a damaged kyber crystal through the use of Force healing. Rey used the technique to heal the crystal of Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which had been cracked during the Battle of Crait[2] in 34 ABY.[10] There also existed talismans, such as necklaces, that were imbued with the Force, that would improve the healing of those who possessed them.[9]

Many alchemists who studied the healing arts fell to the dark side.[9] The art of healing, as well as harming with the Force, was of particular note to the Sith Lords.[4] In practice, as seen when Darth Sidious forcefully drew from the powers of a Force dyad to heal himself, at least one Sith-aligned power that acted like Force healing would see the Sith individual forcefully take the energies of another in the name of healing themself. Meanwhile, Jedi-aligned Force healing saw the Jedi willingly offer some of their own life to aid those in need.[1] The dark side–aligned Nightsisters used Force magick to heal.[9][11] The Nightsister style could be used to cure mental ailments as well.[11] They could also wield the dark side to craft potions to cure the wounded and revive the recently deceased.[9]


Jedi Master Char-Ryl-Roy and his Padawan, Enya Keen, of the High Republic Era did not have the power of Force healing. When they encountered Goi Ganok, someone who was secretly a member of the radical anti-Jedi Path of the Open Hand and thus believed the Force was not to be used by any living being, Ganok recoiled at the suggestion that the Jedi would heal him, only for Keen to reveal she nor her master had access to Force healing and that they would instead offer medicine. Ganok's reaction helped key the Jedi into his true allegiances.[5] During the Fall of the Republic, Jedi Master Stass Allie was a notable practitioner of Force healing. She was a member of the Circle of Jedi Healers and served as the overseer of the Medical Corps. Even during her deployment as a Jedi General during the Clone Wars, Allie continued to hone her healing abilities.[12]


With the help of the Daughter, Anakin was able to bring back his apprentice Ahsoka Tano

Rig Nema was learned in Jedi healing arts, especially a risky meditation intended to open the mind.[11] Padawan Barriss Offee could also use the ability[13] and was credited with the quick recovery of all Jedi injured in the First Battle of Geonosis.[14] Knight Iskat Akaris was capable of limited self-healing.[15] Anakin Skywalker used a variation of this ability on Mortis, with help from the mortally wounded Force-wielder known as the Daughter, and drained her Force energy to revive Ahsoka Tano.[16] Grandmaster Yoda was so skilled with this power that he could heal himself[17] or all in his immediate vicinity with just a wave of his hand.[7] At least by the end of his life, Obi-Wan Kenobi also had the skill of Force healing.[17]

In 9 ABY,[18] the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and his allies traveled to Nevarro to put an end to the bounty placed on the Force-sensitive infant Grogu. In preparation for a Clash on Nevarro, Djarin and his allies camped out in an uninhabited region of the planet. During the night, several native reptavians attacked the party. Although the creatures were fought off, Greef Karga sustained a venomous wound to his right arm. In response, Grogu healed Karga's wound using the Force, although the effort greatly strained the infant.[8] Luke Skywalker studied the techniques of Force healing, among other powers.[19][2] Rey sought to use the Force to recover from being slashed by a guard while she and Kylo Ren fought for their lives against Snoke's protectors, keen on avenging their lord.[20]

In 35 ABY,[21] the Jedi Padawan Rey and her comrades in the Resistance encountered a vexis on Pasaana after sinking into an underground tunnel system through the Shifting Mires. Rey's companions C-3PO and Poe Dameron feared the creature, believing that there was no way past the vexis and that it was hostile. However, Rey realized the vexis was injured and approached the creature. Using the Force, Rey healed the vexis' wound and soothed its mind. The creature subsequently slivered off, revealing a passageway back to the surface that it had initially been blocking.[1]

Rey heals Kylo Ren

Rey healing Kylo Ren's wound on Kef Bir after she impaled him.

Later, during a Mission to Kef Bir, Rey dueled Supreme Leader Kylo Ren on the ruins of the second Death Star. Although Ren was dominating most of the duel, he was caught off guard when he sensed the death of his mother Leia Organa, allowing Rey to impale him with his own weapon. Realizing she had attempted to slay Ren in an act of rage, Rey immediately regretted her actions. Rey then proceeded to heal Kylo Ren's wound using the Force, before fleeing the planet in Ren's TIE whisper.[1]

Shortly after the Mission to Kef Bir, Rey lost her life in battle against the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious during the Battle of Exegol. Ben Solo, who had since discarded his Kylo Ren identity and opposed Sidious alongside Rey, was a dyad in the Force with the aforementioned Jedi. As such, he was able to use Force healing to restore Rey's life. However, the amount of vitality required for her resurrection completely drained Solo, who subsequently vanished into the Force. Similarly, as shown by Rey's grandfather, the power Force drain could be used to mend flesh, eyes, and more by stealing health from others.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Force healing first appeared in Star Wars canon in "Altar of Mortis," the sixteenth episode in the third season of the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars,[16] which aired on February 4, 2011.[22] The power was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity in the novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye. The role-playing game rulebook Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game gave game rules for Force Healing and retroactively established it to have been used in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Similar to the method prescribed by the Chronicles of Brus-bu, it is possible to restore a corrupted, red-colored kyber crystal. Ahsoka Tano purified two such crystals she recovered from the fallen Sixth Brother's lightsaber following their duel on Raada. With the presence of the dark side removed, the healed crystals turned white, following which the former Jedi incorporated them into her new lightsabers.[23] The idea of purifying dark side crystals was first introduced into Star Wars in the Legends novel Riptide.[24]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  3. 3.0 3.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Revenge"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Disciples of Harmony
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The High Republic: Cataclysm
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Rise of Skywalker French junior novelization
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars Battlefront II
  8. 8.0 8.1 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Unlimited Power
  10. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in 34 ABY. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi takes place immediately after the end of The Force Awakens.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  12. SW Force Collection Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Stass Allie (★★★))
  13. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  14. Queen's Hope
  15. Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade
  16. 16.0 16.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Altar of Mortis"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Allies and Adversaries
  18. According to StarWars SWCC 2019: 9 Things We Learned from The Mandalorian Panel on StarWars.com (backup link), The Mandalorian is set five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY, meaning that The Mandalorian is set in 9 ABY.
  19. Shadow of the Sith
  20. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  21. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker must take place in 35 ABY.
  22. StarWars The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Altar of Mortis on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  23. Ahsoka
  24. Riptide
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