The lightsaber has become an unmistakable symbol of the Star Wars franchise, representing the eternal battle between the light and dark sides. Originally there were only two lightsaber colors, blue for the Jedi, and red for the Sith.
Since then, the spectrum of lightsaber colors has expanded to include nearly the entire rainbow. The color of the lightsaber comes from the kyber crystal that powers it. This article will cover a brief description of every known lightsaber color in Star Wars canon, and what they might mean for the greater story.
One of the most common lightsaber colors is blue. When Star Wars was first created, blue was going to be one of only two lightsaber colors, along with red. The blue lightsaber is most commonly used by Jedi.
While blue is common, there can be some variation in the hue, from light blue to deep blue. There may also be differences in the core colors, from blue to black. Blue can symbolize calm, trust, stability, and loyalty, all traits important to the Jedi.
In the Star Wars franchise, two famous welders of blue lightsabers are Obi-Wan Kenobi and Rey.
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The second most common lightsaber among Jedi is green. You would most often see green lightsabers in the hands of more diplomatic Jedi, such as Yoda and Qui-Got Jinn. Green can represent nature, growth, and safety, which is fitting for Jedi who only draws their lightsabers as a last resort.
For some color variations, green lightsabers can range from emerald to lime. Ahsoka Tano used a lime green off-hand saber when she was a young Padawan.
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Red is the lightsaber color of the Sith, and force users who have embraced the dark side. Even is a force user previously had a different color lightsaber, they will be made red when the user accepts the dark side.
Jedi often bond with the kyber crystal inside their lightsaber, but Sith go about this in a different way. They opt instead to pour their hatred and anger into their kyber crystal, which taints it and turns it red. This process is known as bleeding a crystal.
The color red can represent passion, blood, power, danger, and anger. All of these are emotions that represent the Sith. Some famous welders of red lightsabers include Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Kylo Ren.
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There has only been one known user to have an indigo lightsaber. Cal Kestis had an indigo lightsaber in the Star Wars video game Jedi Fallen Order. Indigo is a shade that lies somewhere in between blue and purple, which means that it can sometimes be difficult to tell apart from blue lightsabers. Indigo can represent wisdom, spirituality, and intuition.
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Yellow lightsabers are usually only seen when the user undergoes a change in identity. It is an extremely rare color, that has only been seen a handful of times in the Star Wars universe.
Most recently, the yellow lightsaber was seen when Rey took on the name Skywalker at the end of The Rise of Skywalker. In doing so, her lightsaber which was previously blue turned gold.
Jedi Temple guards on the other hand give up their identity for their position, and in doing so their lightsabers all change to yellow. Yellow can represent energy, warmth, sunshine, and optimism. Some other famous yellow lightsabers welders are Asajj Ventress, and the twins Arcann and Thexon.
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White is among one of the rarest lightsaber colors. In the official canon of the Star Wars universe, there has been only one known wielder of the white lightsaber and that was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano. White no hue, not blue or red.
As such, most force-sensitive people who have a white lightsaber have forged their own path, not choosing the Jedi or the Sith. In the case of Ahsoka Tano, she once was a Jedi but was cast out for a crime she did not commit.
In finding her own path, Ahsoka built her own lightsaber from salvaged parts, including a Sith corrupted kyber crystal. In building her own lightsaber, she purified the kyber crystal, leaving it white. White can represent purity, beginnings, neutrality, and positivity.
Black lightsabers are so exceptionally rare that there is only black lightsaber known in official canon. The lightsaber in question is the Darksaber and was a legendary weapon of the Mandalorians.
The Darksaber was also unique in that instead of the traditional lightsaber shape, its blade was flat and sword-like. The Darksaber was seen in the series The Mandalorian, wielded by Moff Gideon.
Outside of the accepted Canon, Star Wars Legends saw a black lightsaber being welded by Galen Marek, also known as Starkiller, who was the secret apprentice of Darth Vader. The color black represents darkness, mystery, power, aggression, and absence.
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There are no characters in the official Star Wars canon who weld a cyan lightsaber. Cyan is a color in between blue and green, the two most common lightsaber colors often employed by the Jedi.
The only place where the color Cyan has been seen in a lightsaber was in the game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In the game, the character Cal Kestis can obtain a cyan lightsaber.
His lightsaber is can be double-sided, much like Darth Maul’s. The color of cyan can represent calm, peace, and water. As it is a blend between blue and green, the symbolism behind those two colors may also apply.
Unfortunately, until we see more canon use of a cyan lightsaber, it will be difficult to know what parts of the symbolism apply in this case.
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Magenta is another color that comes up in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Once again, Cal Kestis is able to obtain a magenta lightsaber, while still using the same double-sided lightsaber that he is known for.
Star Wars Legends however does have a couple of other examples of the magenta lightsaber. We see it being used by Mara Jade during the Old Republic era, and also the Scions of Zakuul. Magenta lies somewhere in between purple and pink and can represent charm, harmony, femininity, and compassion.
For the final lightsaber that can only be found in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, we have Orange. The color orange can once again be wielded by Cal Kestis. This color is rare even in the game as it was only available to players who pre-ordered the game.
Outside of the Official canon, there are several more characters who have been known to use orange lightsabers. There is the Jedi Master Yaddle, the Sith Lord Talak Hord, and finally, Mandalorian Knights are all found in Star Wars Legends. Orange can represent energy, fire, and sunshine.
Purple is the color of royalty and power, so it would make sense that purple lightsabers would most likely be seen in characters who are not willing to conform to a higher power.
The most famous among these is Mace Windu, who was a powerful member of the Jedi council. During the High Republic era, there were two other characters who used a purple lightsaber.
First, there was Vernestra Rwoh, a young Jedi prodigy, and second, there was Ty Yorrick, a saber for hire. Interestingly, during the Old Republic era, there was a Jedi who turned to the dark side and back again. As purple is found between red and blue, perhaps it was perfect that their lightsaber stood in the middle of the two factions.
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