Whether you are a Jedi Knight or walking the path of the Sith, we can all agree on a good and mostly-fair fight. While the original Star Wars trilogy only has a handful of lightsaber action, the prequels did not disappoint. There are roughly seven main battles within the prequel trilogy, five of them being from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. With some of the most recognizable action scenes, we’ve thrown together a list of our favorite moments between episodes one and three in no particular order.

Of course with a list like this there is bound to be spoilers. Readers: you have been warned.

Duel of the Fates (Episode I: Phantom Menace)

Sith Apprentice Darth Maul at the Duel of Fates in Episode I: Phantom Menace
Sith apprentice Darth Maul at the Duel of Fates in Episode I: Phantom Menace

One of the first intense lightsaber duels we see in the prequel series holds its legacy throughout the entire Star Wars universe. At the end of Episode I: Phantom Menace, we see one of cinema’s most iconic fights between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. This fight is both emotionally and visually intense and is referenced heavily throughout the series up until the original trilogy.

Avid Star Wars fans can clearly see Qui-Gon and Maul’s lightsaber techniques; these techniques are later seen when Obi-Wan copies and then counters at Maul’s final demise. More than the killer visuals, viewers are thrown into an extremely emotional battle as it becomes more apparent that Qui-Gon will lose against his duel with Maul. Leaving both Obi-Wan and little Anakin without a master, and The Order with the loss of a great Jedi.

Of course, this specific duel sparks great debates and leaves fans with an unending amount of questions, theories and what if’s. Why did Qui-Gon not use his force speed to catch up with Maul? What would happen to Anakin if Qui-Gon survived and trained him as his mater instead of Obi-Wan? Would Qui-Gon eventually have joined sides with his former master like Dooku claims?

We may never truly know. However, one thing we do know is this duel will go on to haunt Obi-Wan for decades until Maul’s final and rather quick end in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels S3 Ep. 20.

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Battle of Coruscant (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)

Planet Coruscant from Star Wars
Planet Coruscant, home of the Republic’s capital.

This is the only non-lightsaber based battle on this list and for good reason. Between the visuals, music and classic banter between our favorite bickering brothers, this fight is one to be remembered. Visually the twists and turns of this battle gives a similar vibe as the mirror dimension from Marvel’s Doctor Strange (2016), without space turning into a giant kaleidoscope.

In this sequence of events, all sides of Anakin’s character are really flushed out. Viewers are taken back to Anakin’s pod racing roots, as well as also heavily reminded of Vader’s skills as well during the original trilogy at the Battle of Yavin. We also get a glimpse of his rebellious nature and defiance as he chooses to stay and protect Obi-Wan instead of keeping focus on the mission. A recurrence viewers really only get to see throughout the Star Wars: Clone Wars series.

Many fans express that the time actually spent in space in the prequel trilogy is pretty limited. This makes The Battle of Coruscant stand out, especially getting to see different types of battle ships, cruisers and droids using the best of their programming (of course, R2-D2 has his golden moment as well).

The reality of the scene is it is in space, meaning it should be dead silent as they are surrounded by a vacuum however it would lose so much of it’s impact if it didn’t have the classic laser effects Star Wars is known for.

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Battle of Geonosis (Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

Mace Windu and the Jedi Order at the Geonosis Colosseum
The Battle of Geonosis on Planet Geonosis in Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Every scene placed on the planet of Geonosis from capture, to the battle shown above, to the first real face off with Count Dooku is all one large action pact moment in the timeline. However, this battle is pivotal to the defeat of the Jedi Order as this is where the first mass genocide of the Jedi began.

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The battle consist of a sea of colors shining from over 200 Jedi Masters and Knights, surrounded by battle droids and beasts on this desert planet. All of this was organized by Count Dooku as a set-up to eradicate the Jedi Order. This is after Padmé Admidala, Anakin and Obi-wan already escape their gladiator style execution. The action doesn’t end here. Anakin, Obi-Wan and later Master Yoda go on to duel Count Dooku before he makes a quick escape.

After this day, it is theorized to be 30 Jedi left. With the mass genocide of the Jedi, this is where the the Sith gain an extreme upper hand over the Order.

Yoda vs. Count Dooku (Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

Yoda dueling Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones
Moments after the first Battle of Geonosis, Anakin and Obi-Wan chase after Sith Lord Count Dooku.

Both Anakin and Obi-Wan were heavily unmatched in this duel. Their styles clashing, their attacks incompatible, and inevitably failing to stop the Sith Lord. This should have resulted in two more casualties within the Jedi Order, if it hadn’t been for Jedi Master Yoda‘s intervention.

This scene is the first viewers actually see Master Yoda’s skills as a Jedi. The tension between Count Dooku and his former Jedi Master are strong. Dooku goes on to warn Master Yoda of his new strength within the force and tries to win the upper hand by using Force Lightening attacks. However, Yoda is able to avert this attempt and goes on the offense.

Viewers see how Yoda uses his small size to flip around his opponent, doing multiple summersaults in the air while using lightsaber combat, with ease and still having enough mental and physical strength to save unconscious Anakin and Obi-Wan from being crushed to death.

While there is no clear victor in this duel, Master Yoda did save two Jedi lives and getting out virtually unscathed.

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Battle of Heroes (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)

Anakin Skywalker and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi moments before the Battle of Heroes.
Anakin Skywalker and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi moments before the Battle of Heroes in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

The last epic duel within the prequel trilogy is arguably the most iconic within the Star Wars universe. After three movies set across roughly a 13 year dynamic, we see the first of now-many battles between the legendary duo: Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. The last time we see Anakin before being reborn as Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

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This fight perfectly reflects the agony and rage filled between the two as Anakin has slipped into the dark side of the force in hopes to cure the world of the Jedi’s poison and save the life of his beloved, and Obi-Wan’s attempt to save his padawan and dear friend from the darkness within.

Set in the outer rim on planet Mustafar, the battle is mostly fills the background with exploding molten lava as tensions rise and light sabers clash together. Psychologically, the color usage of reds and oranges are symbols of anger and passion which are meant to show the anguish and pain of the duelists. To contrast, The bright blue sabers reflect the light side surrounded by the inevitable dark side of the force. The choreography between the two use the setting perfectly as they are pushed between splashing lava, jump between floating wreckage from the former-separatist base, and now-paraplegic Anakin sliding down the volcanic sand as he is literally burning to death.

Finally, bringing the fight to an end with Obi-Wan’s final most iconic phrases as he turns his back on a fully turned Anakin with the hatred of a Sith seen through his eyes. He is unable to watch his Jedi-brother die and leaves after winning the battle, believing Anakin to dead before finding out Darth Vader’s true identity in Disney’s spin-off series Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022).

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