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"I just transferred a bit of life, Force energy from me to him."
―Rey after healing a vexis[5]

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


The user of Force healing would place their hand over the wound 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.[1] 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.[2]

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[3] in 34 ABY.[7]


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.[8] Jedi Padawan Barriss Offee could also use this ability.[9] 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.[10] Grandmaster Yoda was so skilled with this power that he could heal all in his immediate vicinity with just a wave of his hand.[11]

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

In 9 ABY,[12] 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 Skirmish 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.[1]

In 35 ABY,[13] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

The dark side–aligned Nightsisters used magick to heal.[14]

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,[10] which aired on February 4, 2011.[15] The power was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity in the role-playing game rulebook Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and the first time this power was used in a novel was in The Truce at Bakura.

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.[16]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The-Mandalorian-logo.png The Mandalorian – "Chapter 7: The Reckoning"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  4. 4.0 4.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"
  5. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  6. The Rise of Skywalker (book)
  7. 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.
  8. Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Stass Allie (★★★))
  9. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  10. 10.0 10.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Altar of Mortis"
  11. Star Wars Battlefront II
  12. According to StarWars.com 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Unlimited Power
  15. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Altar of Mortis on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  16. Ahsoka