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"Okay, this shouldn't be a problem. You Jedi can fly, right? So just fly us out of here already."
"We can't fly. Some of us can levitate—"
"Same difference!"
"—but it's a complicated thing to do, and difficult under stressful situations."
"So you're telling me you can only fly when you don't need to? What good is that, exactly?"
―Affie Hollow and Dez Rydan[3]

Levitation was a telekinetic Force power that allowed a Force-sensitive individual to suspend themselves in the air for extended periods of time without making physical contact with the ground.[3]


High Republic Era[]

Cohmac Vitus, a Jedi Master during the High Republic Era, had a natural talent for levitation.[3] Master Douglas Sunvale tried to encourage his Padawan Imri Cantaros to levitate during the latter's training.[4] In 232 BBY,[5] Master Avar Kriss led an emergency rescue operation deployed to the Hetzal system to protect it from fragments of debris emerging from hyperspace during a catastrophe that became known as the Great Hyperspace Disaster. Aboard the Third Horizon, Kriss levitated a meter above the ground in a meditative state while coordinating the rescue efforts through the use of her rare power that connected the natural bonds of Force-users.[6]


Jedi Master Estala Maru uses levitation while performing his duties on Starlight Beacon.

Shortly after the Great Disaster, Vitus used levitation aboard the Amaxine space station to float eight meters above the floor. He did so as a demonstration of power to quell looters causing havoc throughout the abandoned station. The display was affective, as the troublemakers laid down their weapons and returned their plunder. Days later, a group of people exploring the Amaxine station were attacked by a swarm of 8-T droids with pruning claws. Affie Hollow, who had witnessed Vitus's levitation, suggested that the two Jedi present could fly everyone to safety. Jedi Knight Dez Rydan explained that levitation could only be used during less stressful situations, prompting Hollow to remark that the ability seemed pointless if it couldn't be used in dangerous circumstances. Padawan Reath Silas agreed with Hollow's point, albeit internally.[3]

After resolving the incident on the Amaxine station, Vitus returned to the Jedi Grand Temple on Coruscant where he levitated while meditating in a meditation chamber. He was eventually interrupted by Padawan Silas, who wanted to talk to him.[3] Estala Maru, a Jedi Master and the head of operations on the space station Starlight Beacon, frequently used levitation while coordinating and monitoring the station's numerous tasks and departments.[7][8][9][10]


A blue-skinned Force-user meditates while levitating in the ruins of an unknown world.

Imperial Era[]

Shortly after the beginning of the Imperial Era, Jedi Master Kirak Infil'a levitated slightly above the ground while meditating on Al'doleem. His meditation was interrupted by the Jedi training droid Arex, who attacked Infil'a as his programming dictated.[11]

First Order-Resistance War[]

Rey meditates

Rey levitating while meditating on Ajan Kloss.

In 34 ABY,[12] during the First Order-Resistance War, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker levitated in a meditative state on Ahch-To while using Force projection to project an illusory version of himself from across the galaxy to the planet Crait where his allies in the Resistance were engaging in a losing battle against First Order forces. The diversion he provided allowed his allies to escape, although the strain of Force projection caused Skywalker to collapse and become one with the Force.[1]

In 35 ABY,[13] Skywalker's former Jedi Padawan Rey levitated a few meters above the ground on the jungle moon Ajan Kloss while she attempted to commune with the spirits of past Jedi via meditation. She returned to the ground after realizing that her efforts were in vain and reported her failure to her new master Leia Organa.[14]

Behind the scenes[]

Levitation was first identified in the 2019 audiodrama Dooku: Jedi Lost, by Cavan Scott.[15]

The technique was originally introduced in the Star Wars Legends continuity in the sixth issue of the comic series Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Dark Lords of the Sith, written by Tom Veitch and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Art Wetherell, and published by Dark Horse Comics[16] on March 14, 1995.[17]


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