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"How does one defend against such power?"
"A wise master does not reveal all his secrets at once. In due time, my apprentice."
Savage Opress and Darth Tyranus, after electrocuting Opress with a barrage of Force lightning[src]

Force lightning was a Force power utilized by the Sith.[5] The technique involved a discharge of electricity from the practitioner's fingertips,[1] resulting in electrocution and even disfigurement if the target was hit with it.[6]

Targets could deflect the discharge using a lightsaber. Some powerful Force-users were also capable of absorbing it using only the Force,[2] but only for a short while, and at the price of immense effort.[7] Gungan personal energy shields were also capable of repelling Force lightning.[8]

In some cases, the lightning intensity was so high that the victim's skeletal system started glowing and could be seen through his or her skin—as demonstrated with Mace Windu[6]—or even through heavy armor.[1]

Behind the scenes

Adventures of Luke - Force Lightning

Sidious blasts Luke Skywalker with lightning in Ralph McQuarrie artwork seen in The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Force lightning first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the final film of the original Star Wars trilogy. In the Expanded Universe, now re-branded as Star Wars Legends, Force lightning had a number of useful variants and could be summoned even by Jedi. These uses, however, are no longer considered canon and in canon media only practitioners of the dark side of the Force have been observed using the skill.


Non-Canon Appearances


Notes and references

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