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"It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force, but by our skills with a lightsaber."
Count Dooku, preparing to engage in a lightsaber duel with Yoda during the First Battle of Geonosis[src]

Kylo Ren and Rey engage in a lightsaber duel.

A lightsaber duel,[1] also known as a lightsaber clash,[2] occurred when two or more combatants, at least one of whom was armed with a lightsaber, engaged in lightsaber combat. The Jedi and Sith were the archetypal duel combatants, though there were exceptions, such as the duel between the renegade Sith Lord Maul and the Death Watch leader Pre Vizsla for the rule of Mandalore.[1]

Examples of duels with combatants who did not use lightsabers included Finn's battle with FN-2199, who used his Z6 riot control baton to block the traitor's blows,[3] and Rey and Kylo Ren's battle with the Elite Praetorian Guard, where the Praetorians used various high-tech melee weapons such as vibro-voulges, electro-bisentos, Bilari electro-chain whips, and double bladed vibro-arbir blades to counter the lightsaber attacks.[4] Though lightsaber duels were rare during most of the Republic Era, lightsaber dueling was nevertheless taught as part of Jedi training.[5]

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Lightsabers
Combat:
Duel · Form Zero · Jar'Kai · Whirlwind of Destiny
Forms:
I (Shii-Cho) · II (Makashi) · III (Soresu) · IV (Ataru) · V (Shien/Djem So) · VI (Niman) · VII (Juyo/Vaapad)
Techniques
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
Variations:
Broadsaber · Cane lightsaber · Contained energy axe · Crossguard lightsaber · Curved-hilt lightsaber · Darksaber · Double-bladed lightsaber (Double-bladed spinning lightsaber · Hinged double-bladed lightsaber · Split saber) · Dual-phase lightsaber · Great lightsaber · Guard shoto · Lightfoil · Lightwhip · Lightsaber-blaster hybrid · Lightsaber pike · Lightsaber rifle · Proto-saber · Shoto lightsaber · Sickle-bladed lightsaber · Sith lightsaber · Training lightsaber
Lightsaber-resistant materials:
Armorweave · Beskar · Cortosis · Phrik · Zillo Beast
Technology:
Blade emitter · Diatium power cell · Emitter matrix · Kyber crystal · Lightsaber hilt · Pommel cap · Stabilizing ring
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