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Summary

"An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi giving Luke Skywalker his father's lightsaber


Technology Specifics

Description The lightsaber, also referred to as a laser sword by those who were unfamiliar with it, was a weapon usually used by the Jedi, the Sith, and other Force-sensitives. Lightsabers consisted of a plasma blade, powered by a kyber crystal, that was emitted from a usually metal hilt and could be shut off at will. It was a weapon that required skill and training, and was greatly enhanced when used in conjunction with the Force. Though also used by the Sith, the lightsaber was synonymous with the Jedi, with some in the galaxy believing only Jedi could use lightsabers.

Lightsabers were generally used for both offense and defense. A lightsaber could cut through virtually anything, from flesh to blast doors. The only ways to block the incoming attack of a lightsaber was with a weapon made with material that conducted energy, such as an electrostaff, a Z6 riot control baton, some rare metals, or another lightsaber. When used defensively, a Force-sensitive could deflect blaster bolts with a lightsaber, and with skill, could even reflect the shots back toward the shooter or some other target. Experienced Jedi could even employ their lightsabers to absorb Force lightning. Most practitioners used one single-bladed lightsaber, though some used double-bladed lightsabers or even multiple lightsabers at once.

Lightsaber combat was divided into seven Forms: Form I, Form II, Form III, Form IV, Form V and Form VI.

Lightsabers, and other weapons used by experienced Force Users, are both tools, and weapons. They are an extension of one's being and depending on the type of Force Crystals used in the lightsaber, they can further empower the Force User.

First-time constructing can take a simple design well over a month for many non-Tech savvy younglings, while more complex designs and different/unique types of Force User weapons can take several months to get right.

Rushed designs are known to go badly wrong in duels. Namely, the weapon exploding due to poorly-designed/constructed power cell modules, or emitter energy circuitry. When this happens, severe injury and death are the likely outcomes.

Crystal Chambers and Focusing Lenses


Most Force Weapons have a Crystal Chamber that houses 1 Primary Crystal, and 2 Focusing Cystals - though some Crystal Chambers will have a single Focusing Lens instead of 2 Focusing Crystals.

The Focusing Lens is a singular, large crystal that has been cut into a small lens. Those wishing for a more damaging blade, will go for these type of crystal chambers.

With a Focusing Crystal Chamber, the Force User typically looks for smaller, non-Kyber crystals with interesting properties designed to enhance a Force User's physical attributes, blade performance, and/or specialized Force potential (certain Force Powers).

Longer Force weapons like saber pikes, light tridents, and saberstaffs house 2 Crystal Chambers - each with 1 Focusing Lens and 1 Primary Crystal. They aren't supposed to use Focusing Crystals due to the complexity of constructing these weapons, as well as the greater potential to overload them.

Lightsaber-compatible crystals are also extremely powerful, even when not attuned to a wielder. So a longer weapon with 2 crystal chambers can be extremely dangerous and not advised for first-time weapon builders.

Primary Crystal Attunement


No matter how well one constructs their Force weapon, if the Primary Crystal isn't attuned with the weilder, the weapon will not perform optimally. On first-time activation, it may not work at all.

During the entire build process, Force Users are encouraged to meditate with their crystal. In doing so, the Primary Crystal and Force User embue each other and form a symbiotic relationship. Without this vital bond, a brand new weapon cannot work.

Force crystals know who they are meant to be with. This is why places like Ilum are so special to Jedi, and Mustafar is so vaunted by Sith. Some Force crystal caverns are naturally attuned for specific types of Force Users.

Once a Primary Crystal is bonded to a Force User, and their weapon finally is able to function properly, anyone can use the weapon. But it will perform best with the one who constructed it.

Note that a crystal’s color does not always reflect the color of a weapon’s energy beam. For most Force Users, the color of the energy reflects their personality.
Force Foci/Weapon Crystals
NameGem PropertiesLocation(s)Color(s)Rarity
DantariHelps recover Force Power faster, they are also malleable to any aspect of The ForceDantooine kinrath caves.Various. Rare Saber Crystals can be found hereCommon
KathraciteStun-Like Training BladesAdeganGoldCommon
Krayt Dragon PearlAmplifies Weapon’s Damage.TatooineOve-WhiteCommon
KyberAids in Focusing, Attunes/Imbues to Non-Evil Force UserIlum, VariousTranslucent BlueVery Rare
ObsidianTakes in and imbues Force energies that surround it. Produces red saber blades.Bassadro, Mindor, Mustafar and Nam Chorios.BlackCommon
StygiumAmps Stealth PowersAeten II, 244Core and Maramere.Translucent BlackRare
Synthetic KyberVolatile, Extremely Powerful Crystals that Imbue on a Force UserLab-MadeVarious (Mostly Red)Very Rare
ThontiinAccelerates Force Healing PowersIlum, VariousEmerald GreenCommon


The following is a list of all known blade colors (see images also).

Blue crystals


Azure
Cyan
Frost/Silver
Indigo
Light Blue
Medium Blue
Medium Blue with blue core
Medium Blue with black core
Medium Blue with cyan core
Deep Blue

Green crystals


Emerald
Green
Green with black core
Lime

Yellow and Orange crystals


Yellow
Yellow with black core
Acid Yellow
Amber/Gold
Orange
Orange with black core
Orange with yellow core
Fire Orange/Blood Orange/Bronze
Fire Orange/Blood Orange/Bronze with yellow core

Red crystals


Crimson
Red with black core
Red with orange core
Red

Purple crystals


Pink
Magenta
Violet
Violet with black core
Amethyst
Purple
Purple with black core

Other crystals


White
White with black core
Black
Brown
Silver

Additional information can be located in our Lightsaber Specifics section of the website, or on Wookieepedia.
Affiliation Jedi and Sith Orders