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Yoda's lightsaber was the personal lightsaber of Yoda, the last Grand Master of the Jedi High Council. In keeping with its owner's stature, the green-bladed weapon had a shorter hilt and shorter blade, making it a shoto.


Yoda wielded a scaled-down lightsaber with great skill.

What made Yoda's lightsaber unique was its scaled-down size.[1] Aside from that particularity, the weapon had a simple design, consisting of a studded chrome handle with black trim and an emitter shroud. It contained a kyber crystal that put forth a bright green plasma blade.[2]


Like many Jedi did for hundreds of years, Yoda built his lightsaber under the aegis of Professor Huyang,[7] an architect droid who had been with the Jedi Order since its nascent days.[8] As a first step, Yoda managed to acquire a kyber crystal from the icy caverns of Ilum, a mission that proved to be very eventful.[7]

Yoda duels his former apprentice Dooku on Geonosis

The lightsaber was put to good use on Geonosis, when Yoda was forced to confront his former apprentice Count Dooku while the first battle of the Clone Wars was being fought outside.[9]

In the years of the Clone Wars, the green-bladed saber served its master well on multiple occasions.[1] However, Yoda eventually lost his weapon when he dueled the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious in the Senate Building. When Sidious unleashed bolts of energy to disarm him, the Jedi Master lost his lightsaber, which fell to the ground below.[2]

Yoda battled Sidious in the Senate

With that, Yoda lost the lightsaber he had treasured.[10] After the rise of the new Galactic Empire, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda spoke to a gathering of citizens on Coruscant about the end of the Jedi Order and the supposed freedoms that the Empire would bring to the galaxy without the Jedi. He had a collection of lightsabers from fallen Jedi, including Yoda's lightsaber. These lightsabers were burned as part of the public demonstration, and their kyber crystals caused a large explosion of energy during the gathering.[4]

Subsequently, Yoda didn't want to wield another lightsaber.[11] However, he kept another lightsaber in a box in his hut[12] in 3 ABY.[13] After Yoda's death in 4 ABY,[14] that lightsaber ended up in the possession of Yoda's last Jedi apprentice, Luke Skywalker.[15]

Behind the scenes[]

Yoda's lightsaber was originally created for the Star Wars Legends 1999 reference book Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary.[16] It later made its first canonical appearance in the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, the second installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[9]

The 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations depicts the lightsaber as being stored in a box in Yoda's Hut by the time of the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.[12] However, the 2017 comic Darth Vader (2017) 1 states that it was destroyed during a celebration of the eradication of the Jedi Order.[4] When asked about this, writer Charles Soule mused that perhaps Yoda built a new one, that he had more than one or that Darth Sidious built a fake to make a point.[17] Lucasfilm Story Group's Matt Martin then stated that they are aware of that but that it isn't an error as Yoda likely had more than a few lightsabers during his lifetime.[18] The discrepancy was later solved in The Book of Boba Fett episode "Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger" with Yoda having another lightsaber in his possession,[15] as well as the 2022 comic Crimson Reign 3, which stated that one of Yoda's lightsabers was destroyed during the celebration.[19]


Non-canon appearances[]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. Darth Vader (2017) 1 takes place right after Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Darth Vader (2017) 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
  6. StarWars-DatabankII.png Kyber Crystal (Lightsaber Crystal) in the Databank (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "A Necessary Bond"
  8. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Huyang in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  10. "There is Another"—From a Certain Point of View
  11. "The Trial of Dagobah"—Age of Rebellion Special 1
  12. 12.0 12.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  13. Star Wars: Complete Locations depicts Yoda's second lightsaber present during the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 3 ABY.
  14. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Book of Boba Fett logo.png The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger"
  16. Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
  17. TwitterLogo.svg Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) on Twitter: "He built a new one. Or he had more than one. Or Palpatine made up a fake one to make a point. Y'know? Errors, seek not. Stories, enjoy you should!" (backup link)
  18. TwitterLogo.svg Matt Martin (@missingwords) on Twitter: "Yup we were aware of that. It's not an error though, it was clear from RotS that he didn't leave Coruscant with that saber. A 900 year old Jedi has probably had more than a few sabers in his life." (backup link)
  19. Crimson Reign 3