The History of White Lightsabers

In the beginning, there were only two colours of lightsabers. Blue for the honourable Jedi, and on the dark side of the force, red for the Sith. Since then several other colours have been added to the Star Wars canon, including green, purple, and even black. However, the rarest lightsaber colour is white. The white lightsaber is best known for its association with Ahsoka Tano, the only canon character to use a white lightsaber. The colour has a deep significance to her character and to her journey that will be further explored below. We’ll also look at the meaning of the white lightsaber and who else might have used it.

Ahsoka Tano with white lightsabers

Ahsoka Tano

While Ahsoka Tano is the most well-known owner of a white lightsaber, she didn’t always use white. As a young Padawan under Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano initially used a pair of green lightsabers. Her primary lightsaber was full length and was a true green, while her off-hand lightsaber she held with a reverse grip was a yellow-green. The offhand saber was a smaller and less detailed copy of her primary lightsaber.

When Ahsoka was framed for a murder she did not commit, her lightsabers were taken from her and she was expelled from the Jedi Order to be put on trial. Anakin Skywalker took care of the lightsabers for her while they were in Jedi custody, and took the opportunity to improve them. Once the true murderer was found, the improved lightsabers were returned to her, but now they were blue. At that time Ahsoka was offered the chance to return to the Jedi Order, but she chose not to. She felt that her faith in the Jedi Order was broken and that she could no longer trust them as she once did.

Ahsoka kept the blue lightsabers throughout the Clone Wars until a defeat against Darth Maul. While travelling on a ship that contained many clone troopers that Ahsoka refused to kill, Maul caused the ship to crash into a moon. While Maul, Ahsoka, and a handful of others survived, the clone troopers were all killed. After that defeat, Ahsoka left behind her blue lightsabers which helped to fake her death. At some point later, Darth Vader, previously known as Anakin Skywalker, found his old apprentice’s lightsabers. They were heavily corroded but still worked.

It was one year after the Clone Wars that Ahsoka obtained two new Kyber crystals to make new lightsabers from. She took the crystals from the lightsaber of the Sixth Brother. The Sixth Brother, also known as Bil Valen, was an Inquisitor who hunted force-sensitive children and any Jedi who survived Order 66. The Sixth Brother had previously received a tip that a Jedi was spotted on the remote farming moon Raada. Upon investigation, he found Ahsoka Tano. The two battled, and Ahsoka heard the Kyber crystals within his double-bladed lightsaber sing to her. Ahsoka used the force to pull the crystals from his lightsaber, causing his lightsaber to become so unstable that it exploded in his face.

These Kyber crystals, coming from a Sith blade, were originally red. Ahsoka was able to purify the crystals using the force, turning them white. Using scrap parts she had found during her travels, Ahsoka built two new custom lightsabers using the white crystals. These original white lightsabers looked very rough, but she eventually had them remade. The new lightsabers had a more functional and sleek curved design with more decorative elements.

Why Did Ahsoka Tano Use White Lightsabers

The white colour came to represent her personal autonomy, as she was free from the dark side of the Force and free from the Jedi order. White is a neutral color so represents a neutral stance with the Force.

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Which Characters Wielded White Lightsabers

As part of the official Star Wars canon, Ahsoka is the only character to wield the white lightsaber. However, if you look into Star Wars Legends, there are a few more. Namely, the Imperial Knights all use white lightsabers. They are a group of force-users who are loyal to the Empire and the Empire-in-exile.

In Star Wars video games, Star Wars: The Old Republic has a playable white lightsaber with a black core blade.

Imperial Knights White Lightsaber

The Origin of Lightsaber Colours

When Star Wars was first being created, all lightsabers were going to be white. There is surviving early Ralph McQuarrie concept art that shows battles between the Sith and Jedi with all white sabers. Ultimately, the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, decided to use blue for the Jedi, and red for the Sith.

Ralph McQuarrie concept art white lightsabers

When a lightsaber is made, the force-user would imbue the Kyber crystal with the force, which creates the color. Jedi will meditate with their Kyber crystal for several days before they place it inside the lightsaber. This will create a mutual link between them and their lightsaber. While the original Jedi colour was blue, several others have since become canon.

Sith however have a different approach. Due to their connection with the dark side of the force, they are unable to create that mutual connection with their Kyber crystals. Instead they pour their feelings of hate, rage, and pain into the crystal which “bleeds” it and causes the red colour. It is because of the bleeding process that no Sith lightsaber can be any other colour but red. (In Legends there is the possibility of Sith with orange or magenta lightsabers as well.)

In the case of Ahsoka, the white lightsaber came to represent her neutrality and not a member of the Sith or the Jedi, but while still having the force mastery necessary to create and wield a lightsaber.

The location of where to find Kyber crystals was a closely guarded Jedi secret for years. The most common place to find them are in the Crystal Cave on the snow planet of Ilum. However there are many other places across the galaxy where they occur naturally.

The Kyber crystals, before they are attuned with the force, do not have any colour. When a young Jedi is brought to the Crystal Cave, they will search for their Kyber crystal. The crystal will choose them, and the young Jedi will be able to hear the “song” of the crystal. If the Kyber crystal does not choose the Jedi, then the crystal will be cold to the touch.

Where We See The White Lightsaber

The very first appearance of the white lightsaber is in Star Wars Rebels. In the season one finale, Fulcrum, a Rebel informant, is revealed to be none other than Ahsoka Tano. After that episode there have been many other appearances of the white lightsaber in Star Wars Rebels.

The white lightsaber has also appeared in:

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

– Star Wars: Force Arena

– Ahsoka

– Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 25

– Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

– Maul: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic

– The Mandalorian

What do you think of the white lightsaber? We think it’s the perfect representation of Ahsoka’s journey as a character between the light and dark sides of the force. Do you think we’ll see any more characters join in the canon lore who are able to use one? Leave your opinions in the comments!

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