Besides all the miraculous power given to them by the Force, the Jedi are known for their unique and distinctive weapon, the lightsaber. To quote the wise words of Obi-Wan, then of course known as Old Ben Kenobi, “This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” These advanced weapons are a Star Wars classic and are integral to the lore and the culture of the Jedi. But with all of the colors out there, some might be wondering what these colors mean. Well, wonder no more.

Red

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Starting with the most obvious, the red lightsaber; the meaning of this color is known to anyone who’s been a Star Wars fan for more than five minutes. While the Jedi sport all sorts of different colors for their lightsaber blades, a red blade is unique only to the Sith. All lightsabers get their color from extremely rare naturally occurring crystals known as Kaiburr (or Kyber) crystals, most of which are found on the planet of Ilum, a location on which a revered Jedi temple resides.

A Sith’s crystal, however, is not natural, but rather owes its color to one of two factors: Firstly, it can be the result of the crystal being synthetic–created artificially, forged, rather than naturally occurring. Secondly, the red coloration can be due to the lightsaber’s wielder turning to the dark side, the crystal becoming twisted and corrupted by its user’s evil desires, a process called ‘bleeding.’ It’s been said that those with red crystals aren’t always necessarily Sith, nor do they always have a connection to the dark side, but these exceptions are rare.

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Blue

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Jedi with blue lightsabers are fairly common, many seen throughout the Clone Wars and other periods of Star Wars history, famous examples being, of course, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka, even possessed a pair of blue blades for a short time after leaving the Jedi Order. These blades typically mean that their wielder has a proficient lightsaber technique, being particularly skilled in close combat.

Green

Green lightsabers are also fairly common, but in contrast with blue, these Jedi are known for their connection to the Force. This color was famously the primary color in use by Ahsoka during her time fighting in the majority of the Clone Wars, prior to her leaving the Jedi Order and switching briefly to blue, then to white after the fall of the Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire. Other famous wielders of the green lightsaber include Qui-Gon Ginn, Obi-Wan’s own master and mentor, as well as Jedi Master Yoda himself.

Purple

A rarer color, but classically seen in the hands of Jedi Master Mace Windu, this color is similar to blue, but a shade closer to red, representing the Jedi user learning a lightsaber form that requires them to stray dangerously close to the dark side.

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Yellow

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A less than common color of lightsaber, yellow lightsabers have been seen in the hands of various characters throughout the Star Wars universe, including the fallen Jedi Master, Kazdan Paratus, seen in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game series, who was banished to the junk planet Raxus Prime. Other characters include the guards of the Jedi Temple of Coruscant, and the fabled Jedi Sentinels. This color is one that represents both its wielder’s skill and unyielding dedication to the Jedi Order.

Orange/Amber

Another color seen a bit closer to red than others, these crystals indicate their user is dedicated to the Jedi Order, extremely skilled, but also willing to take risks and waver a step closer to the dark side than many other Jedi would dare to tread. Users of this crystal include characters from certain Star Wars games, such as Fallen Order’s Cal Kestis and Kyle Katarn of the old Jedi Knight series, as well as other lessor known characters.

White

One of the most rare colors of lightsaber in the galaxy, these were seen wielded by Ahsoka Tano after the fall of the Jedi Order, while she aided the Rebellion against the Empire. Fittingly, these crystals are thought to represent freedom from order and bureaucracy, as Ahsoka was no longer a part of the Order that had once spurned her. This color is also said to be representative of peace, specifically free thought, and freedom of emotion. While there may be other characters, Ahsoka is currently the only one recognized by the official Star Wars canon as wielding white lightsabers.

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Black

A color so incredibly rare that such a crystal has only ever belonged to a single saber, the Darksaber is a powerful and fabled artifact among the Jedi. The Darksaber has a connection to the ancient warriors known as the Mandalorians, first introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, wielded by the Mandalorian warrior Pre Vizla, who then handed it down his family line. As seen in The Mandalorian TV series, the Darksaber can be passed to another user if the old user is defeated in battle, and was wielded by Din Djarin for a short time, before being passed to Bo Katan.

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