The Star Wars universe has had its fair share of lightsabers. These plasma-filled energy swords are the chosen weapon of the Jedi (and even the Sith) for defensive, offensive and celebratory purposes. Lightsabers are also incredibly unique weapons in that no one lightsaber is exactly like another, even if it appears similar in size, shape and colour. There are two reasons behind this; the first is the nature of the kyber crystal used to power the lightsaber, while the second reason is the type of skill and Force relationship the owner has.
From slicing through almost any substance to deflecting blaster bolts, lightsabers are incredibly powerful weapons; however, some are stronger and more powerful than others. In this article, we shall be taking a look at what lightsabers are the strongest. Bear in mind that this ranking is based on considerations like the features (style, hilt, shape) of the lightsabers, their creators/users, and the purpose and significance that they serve within the Star Wars universe.
Without further ado, here are the lightsabers that are deemed the strongest in Star Wars.
Mace Windu’s Purple Lightsaber
One of the things that caught the eye of fans in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones was the unique purple-bladed lightsaber that Jedi Grandmaster Mace Windu was wielding. This lightsaber colour was very different from the blue or green colours that were typically associated with the Jedi order, thus, making it unique to him. The purple colour, which is a mix between blue and red, is most likely an indication of Windu’s connection to the Force, which is stronger in him than in any other. It also represents moral ambiguity which is something that is associated with Force wielders who have had extensive experience with both the light and the dark side of the Force.
Windu’s purple lightsaber is considered to be one of the strongest for a number of reasons. First, he is one of the most skilled and powerful Jedi in the galaxy, and in his hands, the weapon became very deadly (he even came really close to killing Palpatine). Secondly, the unique combination of both the dark and light side of the Force in this lightsaber makes it stand out from the others.
Kylo Ren’s Crossguard Lightsaber
Although Kylo Ren doesn’t really display the full potential of his lightsaber in the movies, there is no doubt that his saber has a lot of destructive power. This unique crossguard lightsaber features a cracked and reconstructed kyber crystal that is so powerful that Kylo had to divert some of its generated heat through lateral vents, which he created for either side of the saber’s handle.
The design of this saber makes it quite versatile in close-range combat as it can be used in ways never before seen in the Star Wars franchise, thus, making its owner Kylo Ren, a force to reckon with.
Darth Vader’s Red Lightsaber
The dual-phase red lightsaber that Darth Vader used was another incredibly powerful lightsaber. The saber, which was heavily modified to fit Vader’s physical limitations and style as a Sith Lord, featured a single red-coloured blade with an adjustable length, quite similar to Anakin Skywalker’s original lightsaber. The design of the Darth Vader lightsaber was also specifically for battle purposes, as the modifications to its exterior allowed Vader to have more control while fighting with his newly rebuilt mechanical body.
The blue lightsaber constructed by Anakin Skywalker is one of the most storied and strongest lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. It was a weapon that was unique in both its design and capabilities. This lightsaber is deemed one of the strongest because apart from being constructed out of a powerful and rare kyber crystal, the many characters (Anakin, Luke and Rey Skywalker) who took ownership of it through the course of many generations also added their own personal touches and modifications to make the weapon even more deadly.
The Mandalorian Darksaber
The one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted Mandalorian Darksaber is another incredibly strong and powerful lightsaber in the Star Wars universe. Custom-crafted by Tarre Vizsla, this lightsaber features a design primarily for close combat (both for offence and defence). The design of the Darksaber also honours the Mandalorian heritage, with its ownership being mainly through victory in combat. Characters who have wielded the Darksaber include; Pre Vizsla, Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren, Darth Maul, Bo-Katan Kryze and Ezra Bridger.
Rey’s Yellow Lightsaber
Another highly impressive lightsaber is Rey Skywalker’s yellow lightsaber. The weapon’s unique and uncommon yellow colour is something that represents Rey’s connection to the living Force and her hope for a better future. Like purple, this colour doesn’t exactly represent either the light side of the Force or the dark side. The lightsaber is also made from powerful materials that make it strong and powerful.
The Strongest Real-Life Lightsaber
For fans of Star Wars, replica lightsabers are the closest thing to the real deal, and there are several different types and models available on the market. Like the lightsabers in the movies, not all replica lightsabers are the same. The strongest replica lightsaber is the one that comes with all the right features, such as; a durable and quality hilt material (metal or aluminium alloy), high-quality heavy-grade polycarbonate blade, blade lights, colour-changing effects, sound effects and good power-saving abilities.
At the end of the day, Star Wars lightsabers are incredibly powerful weapons. However, what truly defines the strength of each lightsaber is the user’s skill, their bond with the kyber crystal and the Force and the quality of the materials used to construct the lightsaber.