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"Energy constantly flows through the crystal. You're not fighting with a simple blade as much as you are directing a current of power. Your thoughts, your actions, they become energy. They flow through the crystal as well and become a part of the blade."
―Kanan Jarrus, to Sabine Wren[src]
Kenobi Mustafar

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader engage in lightsaber combat on Mustafar

Lightsaber combat occurred when two or more opponents using lightsabers, or at least one of the combatants used a lightsaber while the other used a different bladed weapon, engaged in a duel. Such opponents were often, though not always, Sith and Jedi. Though lightsaber combat decided the results of some important conflicts throughout the galaxy, often when two Force-sensitive opponents were nearly evenly matched, they had to resort to other means to settle the conflict, such as drawing on other Force powers.

There were seven known forms of lightsaber combat: Form I, Form II, Form III, Form IV, Form V, Form VI, and Form VII.[1]


Fall of the RepublicEdit

"My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count."
"Good. Twice the pride, double the fall."
―Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku as they engage in lightsaber combat — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]
Jedi circle

The advent of the Clone Wars brought about a resurgence in the use of lightsaber combat.

Upon the advent of the Clone Wars, however, pushed by the militant stance of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine (secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious manipulating matters for his own ends), "aggressive negotiations" through lightsaber combat became commonplace.[2]

Skilled duelists in lightsaber combat fighting on the side of the Jedi and the Galactic Republic included Agen Kolar, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Obi-Wan Kenobi,[2] Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano,[3] Shaak Ti, Saesee Tiin, Luminara Unduli, Mace Windu and Yoda.[2] Those fighting against the Jedi, either for their own reasons or in support of the Sith and/or the Confederacy of Independent Systems included General Grievous,[4] Darth Maul,[5] Savage Opress,[6] Darth Sidious,[4] Count Dooku,[2] and Asajj Ventress.[7] Still others fought at one point for the Jedi, but later fell to the dark side of the Force. These included Pong Krell,[8] Barriss Offee[9] and Anakin Skywalker, who became the feared Sith Lord Darth Vader.[4]

Age of the EmpireEdit

"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Darth Vader, before the two engage in lightsaber combat — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]

Following the destruction of the Jedi Order, Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were known to have survived.[4] Kanan Jarrus, formerly Jedi Master Depa Billaba's Padawan (then under the name Caleb Dume) survived as well.[10] During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Jarrus trained Ezra Bridger, a young Force-sensitive from Lothal, in the ways of the Force and to use a lightsaber,[11] and he later trained his fellow rebel the Mandalorian Sabine Wren in using Tarre Vizsla's darksaber.[12]

There were many Jedi survivors who used their lightsabers in combat to battle the empire or protect themselves from Inquisitors, for example, Cal Kestis utilized his lightsaber to defend himself against inquisitors when he was discovered on Bracca and Vader.[13]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

Duel · Form Zero · Jar'Kai · Whirlwind of Destiny
I (Shii-Cho) · II (Makashi) · III (Soresu) · IV (Ataru) · V (Shien/Djem So) · VI (Niman) · VII (Juyo/Vaapad)
Cho mai · Cho sun · Dulon · High block · High strike · Low block · Low strike · Middle strike · Mou kei · Ready position · Sai cha · Sai tok · Shiim · Sun djem · Velocities
Broadsaber · Cane lightsaber · Contained energy axe · Crossguard lightsaber · Curved-hilt lightsaber · Darksaber · Double-bladed lightsaber (Double-bladed spinning lightsaber · Hinged double-bladed lightsaber) · Dual-phase lightsaber · Great lightsaber · Guard shoto · Lightfoil · Lightwhip · Lightsaber pike · Lightsaber pistol · Lightsaber rifle · Proto-saber · Shoto lightsaber · Sickle-bladed lightsaber · Sith lightsaber · Split saber · Training lightsaber
Lightsaber-resistant materials:
Armorweave · Beskar · Cortosis · Phrik · Zillo Beast
Blade emitter · Diatium power cell · Kyber crystal · Pommel cap
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