Over the course of history in Star Wars, nothing has been more iconic than the lightsaber. This advanced weapon has aided Jedi and Sith alike in their struggle for power. Energy is emitted from the blade whenever it is activated by its user and can cut through almost any material in existence. It is truly a weapon to be reckoned with.
Though the lightsaber is a universal weapon wielded by many, they have come in many unique designs over the years. These lightsaber designs sometimes give the user a tactical advantage, while other times may simply be the owner’s flair they wish to show off. Let’s take a look at some different lightsaber designs and where they have appeared before.
These lightsabers are the original weapons that we fell in love with during the original trilogy. It is a basic hilt that emits an energy blade when activated from it. When deactivated, it can be conveniently concealed on a person to be used in battle later. The design is very simple and the hilt and energy that flows can be customized per the user’s preference.
The Star Wars prequels introduced us to brand new characters such as Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu. However, no one quite left a mark such as Darth Maul when he first appeared in the Phantom Menace. This silent antagonist wielded a dual-bladed lightsaber that gave him a tactical advantage when it came to combat.
Darth Maul could swing his dual-bladed lightsaber and cover more area than a traditional lightsaber could. It took the combined effort of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn to defeat Darth Maul during Episode 1’s climactic ending. His weapon was not something to be trifled with and delivered the killing blow on Qui-Gon Jinn.
Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber
One of the newest additions to the Star Wars universe was Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. This unique weapon had two crossguards on each side of the hilt, mimicking a traditional longsword. This enhancement to his lightsaber allowed him to engage in combat more aggressively since his crossguards would allow him to catch and deflect incoming strikes from him his enemy’s lightsaber. This lightsaber was tinted red to represent the darkness that was surrounding the sith lord and truly struck fear to those who opposed him in battle. It is currently one of the most popular lightsaber designs out there in the Star Wars canon.