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"I'm never going to be able to build my lightsaber."
"Patience, young Mace. The secret is that the pieces never needed to be "built.""
―Mace Windu and Huyang[src]

Mace Windu's lightsaber was a Jedi weapon constructed by Jedi Master Mace Windu following his appointment as a senior member of the Jedi High Council. One of the most distinctive lightsabers in the Jedi Order due to its amethyst plasma blade, Windu would carry this weapon into battle on multiple occasions during the Clone Wars in which he served as a Jedi General in the Grand Army of the Republic. The lightsaber was ultimately lost when it fell out a window during a confrontation between Windu and the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, who then killed the Jedi Order's champion through the use of Force lightning.


Windu's lightsaber was unique.

As one of the most notable members of the Jedi Order, Jedi Master Mace Windu carried a lightsaber distinguished by its unique amethyst plasma blade. Its distinctive color served as warning to adversaries that the Jedi Order's greatest champion was ready to fight.[2]

Serving as his final lightsaber,[4] Windu constructed it in his youth[6] after many years of experience, and used the highest standards to make a superior weapon. In addition to a specially designed handgrip, the lightsaber's electrum finish indicated Windu's status as a senior member of the Jedi High Council.[1]


Construction and early use[]

"It's moving by itself!"
"No...not by itself! Kill him!"
Quia and Guattako[src]

Mace struggled to construct his lightsaber as a young Jedi under instruction from Master Huyang. Feeling unable to fit the elements of his weapon together, Mace despaired until the architect droid reminded him that it was the Force that bound the pieces together through Mace himself. Thanks to Huyang's wisdom, Windu completed the construction, finishing the purple-bladed weapon he would carry for many years.[6]

On a mission to Oosalon carried out during the chancellorship of Finis Valorum, Mace was captured by Guattako's army and his lightsaber was destroyed. The pieces were kept in a box which Kyossk displayed to Guattako when Windu was brought before the warlord. Though Guattako believed the Jedi defeated, Mace sent a call to his fellow Jedi through the Force and revealed it had been his intention to get captured all along. As he spoke, he used his telekinetic powers to reassemble his lightsaber, using it to chop off Kyossk's hand and battle Guattako's forces. He engaged Guattako in single combat until one of the warlord's young Padawan captives shot him in a bid for freedom. Windu used his saber to cut his bonds, and reunited with his fellow Jedi.[6]

Separatist Crisis and the Clone Wars[]

"In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you're under arrest, Chancellor."
―Mace Windu, to Darth Sidious[src]

Windu was confronted in battle by Jango Fett, an act that would lead to the latter's death by decapitation.

At the height of the Separatist Crisis in 22 BBY, Mace Windu led a Jedi assault team to the Separatist world of Geonosis in an effort to rescue the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, resulting in a confrontation between the Jedi and a force of battle droids.[3] During the battle, Windu was confronted by Jango Fett, a bounty hunter employed by the Separatist leader Count Dooku.[7] The expert swordsman[8] calmly deflected Fett's blaster shots and killed the mercenary by severing his armored head with one slash of his lightsaber.[7] Afterward, Windu carried his lightsaber into the main battle where he led the newly-formed clone army of the Galactic Republic against the Separatist Droid Army.[3]

Following the First Battle of Geonosis, Windu helped to oversee the overall war effort as a Jedi General of the Grand Army of the Republic. He also took his lightsaber into battle on multiple occasions,[9] helping to liberate Ryloth[10] and defend Malastare against Separatist forces.[11] After three years of war however, the Jedi discovered that the Republic's leader, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, was in fact Darth Sidious—the Dark Lord of the Sith who conspired to destroy the Jedi in order to take over the galaxy.[12] Knowing that the Jedi Order's fate hung in the balance, Windu attempted to arrest the chancellor before his plot came to fruition.[9] Although the Sith Lord succeeded in killing three of Windu's colleagues in an ensuing lightsaber duel,[12] the Jedi Master ultimately prevailed[9] and disarmed Sidious of his weapon.[12]

Prior to the end of the Clone Wars, Windu fought Darth Sidious in a last-ditch effort to save the Jedi Order.

Refusing to accept defeat, Sidious attacked Windu with a blast of Force lightning, forcing the Jedi Master to block the lightning with his lightsaber. As a result, the lightning was redirected to its source, leaving Sidious' face disfigured in the process.[12] Before he could strike down the Sith Lord, the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker used his own weapon to sever Windu's hand in order to save Sidious' life, leaving the hand, alongside the lightsaber it carried, to fall into the streets of Coruscant.[9] With Windu injured by his former ally[13] and bereft of his lightsaber, Sidious renewed his attack by unleashing torrent of Force lightning,[12] resulting in the death of the Jedi Order's great champion.[9]


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