Is there any weapon cooler than a lightsaber? Ever since the weapon burst onto the scene back in 1977, the lightsaber has remained ingrained in pop culture. The iconic blue and red lightsabers wielded by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader captured the imagination of audiences in ways few mythical weapons had. With Return of the Jedi, the team at LucasFilm expanded on the concept and conceived numerous colors outside the original blue or red. While numerous lightsaber colors exist, only blue, red, green and purple have appeared on the silver screen.
What makes Star Wars games so special is that they provide players tons of customization options, including the ability to select their lightsaber’s color. From the basic colors to more rarer various, Star Wars games have a proud history of giving players to the tools to create their own Jedi and Sith weapons. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is no different. While initially limiting, the game eventually opens up, allowing Cal Kestis to equip several different colored blades.
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Lightsaber blades are powered by Kyber Crystals. While quite a few places in the galaxy naturally produce the crystals, Jedi specifically acquire theirs from Ilum. An ice planet in the Unknown Regions, Ilum hosts “The Gathering.” As seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode of the same name, a Gathering takes place when Jedi Younglings travel to Ilum to acquire Kyber Crystals to create their lightsabers. Kyber Crystals are initially colorless and it’s only after a Youngling finds the right one that the crystal changes to the color corresponding to the younglings spiritual alignment.
In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, towards the end of the campaign, Cal arrives on Ilum and acquires a Kyber Crystal. At this point, additional color options open up.
Acquired at the Start of the Game
- Blue (Default color)
- Green (Find a workbench to swap colors)
Acquired through Pre-Order
- Orange (Available at the start of the game; find a workbench to swap colors)
Acquired on Ilum
What Colors Didn’t Make the Cut?
Despite the long list of available colors, three canon colors didn’t make the cut. The following colors either wouldn’t work within the story confines or are so rare that it’s unlikely Cal could ever acquire them. Still, it would be cool to see Respawn add the colors in at some point as fun, non-canon additions post-launch.
The crimson blades most often associated with the Dark Side of the Force, red Kyber Crystals are unnatural. To turn a crystal red, a dark side user would need to make the Kyber Crystal bleed by filling it with all their hate and emotion.
As Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order doesn’t feature a storyline where Cal turns to the dark side, it makes sense why the color isn’t available at launch. It’d be cool, however, to get it added post-launch or through a New Game + mode. Considering there’s a brief sequence where Cal does obtain a red lightsaber, this is more than possible. Also, why not throw in his Inquisitor outfit as well as a cool bonus.
Famous Users: Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Second Sister, Ninth Sister
If red lightsabers are acquired by bleeding a Kyber crystal, then what happens when one purifies them? The answer would be the pure white Kyber Crystal. Emitting a white blade, this lightsaber color is so rare that there are only two white lightsabers in the current Star Wars canon. Both are held by Ahsoka Tano.
Due to the rarity and circumstances required to get a white-bladed lightsaber, it’s clear why it was left on the cutting room floor. As Cal never gets his hand on a corrupted Kyber Crystal, it’s impossible for him to get a white blade. That’s not to say Respawn couldn’t add the color into the game as an unlockable bonus.
Famous Users: Ahsoka Tano
Of all the colors, none are as mysterious or rare as black. In all of canon, there’s only one black lightsaber, the Darksaber. Wielded by Tarre Vizsla, the only Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order, the Darksaber manifests as an actual blade, giving it a distinct appearance compared to typical lightsabers. At this point in time, there’s no explanation in canon about how to turn a Kyber Crystal black.
The black crystal is extremely rare and at the time of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the Darksaber is in the hands of Darth Maul. There’s no plausible way for Cal to canonically get his hands on it. It’s still plausible, however, for the black lightsaber to be offered as a non-canon reward. As the rarest lightsaber color, perhaps tying it to beating the game on the highest difficulty? No matter what, it would be sweet to get this lightsaber color added to the game.
Famous Users: Tarre Vizsla, Darth Maul, Sabine Wren
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.