During times of great conflict, Jedi would sometimes require the use of battle armor. Armor-clad Jedi were a common sight on the battlefields of the New Sith Wars, while the ancient Jedi of the era of the Old Sith Wars would often wear parts of armor to protect certain areas of their bodies, as would many Jedi of the New Sith Wars era. Shoulder guards were especially common among the ranks of the ancient Jedi.
Jedi armor was designed to be light and comfortable, giving the wearer as much freedom of movement as possible. However, the freedoms provided by Jedi armor were very limited compared to those provided by traditional Jedi robes. In the ancient wars between the Jedi and the Sith, the battlefields were often so packed with combatants that moving about freely on the battlefield would be difficult even without armor. This would result in immobile and poorly protected combatants, which may be why the Jedi of those eras chose to prioritize armor to mobility.
Finding particular use in the Army of Light under Lord Hoth during the New Sith Wars, Jedi armor was designed to be comfortable for the wearer, light and give the wearer the ability to use the Force as much as possible.
At the time of the Pius Dea Crusades
During the Pius Dea and early Ductavis eras, Jedi Knights wore full-body metal armor with horned helmets. This type of armor was immortalized in history, as Luke Skywalker was familiar with it as a young man, more than 10,000 years later.
During the Great Galactic War and Cold War
During the Battle of Ruusan
Throughout the New Sith Wars, Jedi would customize and modify their armors while some preferred not to wear any armor at all.
After the Ruusan Reformation, the Jedi, having disbanded their armies, also gave up the use of the armor.
During the Clone Wars
Around one thousand years later, the Clone Wars broke out. On certain occasions, Jedi, fighting side by side with clone troopers, would wear modified clone trooper armor. General Obi-Wan Kenobi wore clone trooper armor in the Battle of Muunilinst to protect himself from the lances of Durge and his army of swoop-riding assassin droids.
Later into the war, many Jedi wore chest plate armor that resembled modified clone armor designs. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were examples of Jedi that wore these designs. Often, many Jedi continued to wear modified clone trooper gauntlets with chest plates.
After the Clone Wars, those few Jedi that survived Order 66 went into hiding so as not to fall victim to the Great Jedi Purge. Some of those ceased to wear traditional Jedi garments and would start wearing battle armor so as not to give themselves away as Jedi. Bultar Swan, for instance, started wearing battle armor, but eventually fell victim to the Jedi Purge. Other Jedi, like Drake Lo'gaan, would supplement their robes with bits and pieces of clone trooper armor. A clone of Galen Marek also came into possession of a set of Hero's Armor, as well as a set of Experimental Jedi Armors developed on Kamino.
New Jedi Order
Behind the scenes
- "You won't see Jedi wearing a lot of armor, and there's a reason for that. So we make sure no one's running around looking like King Arthur from Excalibur. That's not the way of a Jedi."
- ―Dan Thorsland
This is in contrast with the way that the Jedi are depicted in Jedi vs. Sith—set in the New Sith Wars—where most of the Jedi are armor-clad. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Saesee Tiin are both featured in full armor in Star Wars: Clone Wars, although Tiin's armor's primary function is that of a spacesuit. The Knights of the Old Republic games, on the other hand, preserve consistency with the typical Jedi apparel in that, even though Force-sensitive party members (including the player) may wear battle armor, doing so blocks the use of many Force powers, such as Force speed, while others don't. This may be seen simply as a game mechanic designed to balance a Force-sensitive character's abilities, yet it is remarkably in line with Thorsland's statement about the inconsistency of armor and the way of the Jedi, though there are still armors available that don't restrict Force usage.
- Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Dark Lords of the Sith
- Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi — The Sith War
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- The Old Republic: Deceived
- The Old Republic: Deceived audiobook
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan
- Jedi vs. Sith
- Star Wars: Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Blind Fury! (First appearance)