- "A red saber is no different than any other except... it has been made to bleed."
- ―Darth Sidious informing Darth Vader about Sith lightsabers
Sith lightsabers, also known as Sith sabers, were lightsabers wielded by members of the Sith. They were constructed through methods similar to those used by other Force-sensitives, but the underlying philosophy was different. Unlike users of the light side of the Force, Sith couldn't establish a mutual bond with kyber crystals. This was due to the hate, fear and other emotions associated with the dark side that clouded their concentration.
In the construction of a Sith lightsaber, individuals partook in a process known as bleeding. By ways of the Force, they would pour negative emotions such as rage, hate, fear and pain into kyber crystals. The process would result in the crystals gaining a distinctive crimson or red hue. Any kyber crystal could be bled for use in a Sith lightsaber, though some Sith believed that the proper method to gain a crystal involved capturing one from a Jedi lightsaber.
The materials, length and shape in which Sith lightsaber hilts were composed of varied. Darth Sidious's lightsabers had nearly indestructible phrik with a flat aurodium blade emitter and were finished with electrum due to Sidious having discerning tastes. The two hilts each had a length of 19 centimeters. Darth Vader's lightsaber was made out of alloy metal and carbon composite with a hilt length of 28 centimeters.
Sith lightsabers could be of various designs. They could be a standard-hilt like Darth Sidious's lightsabers, dual-phased like Darth Vader's lightsaber, double-bladed like Darth Maul's lightsaber, have a curved-hilt like Darth Tyranus' lightsaber or be cross-guarded like Darth Atrius' lightsabers.
Age of the RepublicEdit
The lightsabers of the Sith became a rare collector's item after the supposed Sith disappearance from the galaxy for a millennium. Thus, the Jedi Order sought out the surviving lightsabers such as Darth Krall's blade, as well as other Sith artifacts and stored them in the Bogan Collection, located in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
The Imperial EraEdit
The Galactic Empire hired out the smuggler Sana Starros to recover the lightsabers of the ancient Sith Lord Darth Atrius, but both of the weapons ended up being destroyed by Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. After the fall of the Sith at the Battle of Endor, Darth Vader's lightsaber became an object of worship for the Acolytes of the Beyond, and, on Taris, the cult obtained what they believed was the weapon, so they could destroy it and return it to Vader in death.
Kylo Ren's lightsaber was a Sith lightsaber, designed as a crossguard, although Kylo Ren was not a Sith himself. He used it to kill his father, Han Solo, and engaged the scavenger Rey in a lightsaber duel. It was retained by Ren upon his accession as Supreme Leader of the First Order. However, Ren was ultimately swayed back to the light side of the Force. He cast his Sith lightsaber into the ocean of Kef Bir, rejecting the dark side and reclaiming his identity as Ben Solo.
Behind the scenesEdit
Sith lightsabers were first introduced into the new Star Wars canon through the Lightsaber article in the Encyclopedia of StarWars.com. Sith lightsabers also existed in the Star Wars Legends continuity.
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First
- William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second
- William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Zander's Joyride"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Kyber Saber"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "A Perilous Rescue"
- Star Wars Epic Yarns: Return of the Jedi
- William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Exit from Endor" (Appears in flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Crisis on Coruscant" (Appears in flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Mission to Mos Eisley" (Appears in flashback(s))
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- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Gambit on Geonosis" (Appears in flashback(s))
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- (First identified as Sith lightsaber)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
- Star Wars: Destiny – Spark of Hope (Card: Recovered Sith Lightsaber)
- Gadgets and Gear
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Directing"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Legacy"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Practical"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Score"
- (First identified as Sith saber)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dooku: Jedi Lost
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars states that kyber crystals form the heart of a lightsaber.
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Star Wars Annual 4
- ↑ Star Wars: Complete Locations
- ↑ Aftermath
- ↑ Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force