Star Wars: Lightsaber Colors Meanings Explained


Historically, the Jedis have created lightsabers in every hue imaginable. However, a range of lightsaber colors are more common than others.

The most common lightsaber colors are:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Orange
  • Magenta
  • Bronze
  • Black

The most common lightsaber colors are blue, red, and green, followed by yellow and purple.

Lightsaber color meanings

Lightsabers color meaning

In the official Star Wars canon, lightsaber colors don’t have a meaning per se.

That being said, Siths usually use red lightsabers, and the good guys use blue, green, or yellow. That’s why those colors are the ones we see the most on-screen.

However, in the Star Wars Legends (a.k.a. Expanded Universe, i.e., licensed background books, comics, animated movies, etc.) there’s an elaborate system of lightsaber colors and their meanings.

In Star Wars Legends, the Jedi are divided into three branches: Guardians, Consulars, and Sentinels.

Here’s a table that compares the major lightsaber color classes, their meaning, and some examples of characters who uses them:

Lightsaber colorLightsaber meaningCharacter classUser examples
BlueProtection and
justice through
action & battle
Jedi GuardianAnakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi
GreenPeace through
knowledge &
Jedi ConsularYoda, Qui-Gon,
Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker (as Jedi Knight)
Yellow (sometimes dual wielding)Middle-road between battle skills, practical skills & knowledge
Jedi SentinelMorrit Ch’gally, Bastila Shan, Kam Solusar, Kyle Katarn, Jaden Korr,
Red (sometimes double-bladed lightsabers)Evil,
SithDarth Sidious, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren
JediMace Windu,
Jaina Solo Fel
White (with a blue tint)CalmnessJediTera Sinube
MandalorianPre Vizla
JediMara Jade
OrangeStealth, Negotiation,
Kyle Katarn
JediLowbacca (Chewbacca’s nephew)
Ood Bnar
Lightsaber color meanings

What is the rarest lightsaber color?

The rarest lightsaber color is black and is known as a Darksaber. Tarre Vizsla created it – the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi order. For years it was kept safe at the Jedi Temple.

The lightsaber was shorter than most and shaped like a sword with a pointed blade.

When the Old Republic fell, Mandalorian warriors stole it, and many Jedis died by its blade. During the Clone Wars, it fell into the hands of Pre Vizsla, the leader of the terrorist organization Death Watch.

How does a lightsaber get its color?

Most lightsabers get their colors from the Kyber Crystals at their core.

So, what exactly is a Kyber Crystal?

Kyber crystals are used as focusing crystals, the power source in a lightsaber. Therefore, they’re also known as lightsaber crystals.

Each crystal is attuned to the force – just like a Sith or Jedi is attuned to the force.

A crystal is just a rock in someone not attuned to the force. In Legends, both Jedis and Sith lords use other materials – from Kunda stones’ physical remains to glass – as power sources.

But in the Star Wars canon, lightsaber crystals are all Kyber, as far as I know.

Each material gave the lightsaber different colors and special powers.

Kyber crystals in Rogue One

Kyber crystals are used for the Death Star’s super laser weapon.

In Star Wars: Rogue One, Kyber crystal mining on Jedha is the source of the battle between Imperial and Partisan forces. Our hero, Jyn Erso, wears a Kyber crystal pendant on her necklace.

So there you have it, my young Padawan.

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3 thoughts on “Star Wars: Lightsaber Colors Meanings Explained”

  1. I think that the black crystal maybe represents pride and honor and maybe specific towards Mandalorians. Since he was the only one who held the darksaber. If not a cyber crystal then something else? I also think the design of the dark Saber looks similar to ancient Mandalorian swords

    • Yeah, it’s definitely something else. It has more of a traditional blade than the round blades, we’re used to.

      I’ve not seen any evidence that it shouldn’t be made from a Kyber crystal. It was made by Tarre Vizsla after all, who became a Jedi.

      But then again, there might be a novel that dives into this in the extended universe, that I haven’t read.

      Thank you for your input, btw. It’s really appreciated 🙂

  2. Ah, this is exactly what I needed! I’ve always wondered the symbolism behind lightsaber colors in Star Wars. It’s fascinating to learn that blue represents wisdom and knowledge, while red symbolizes power and aggression. Now I’ll be paying closer attention to the colors of lightsabers in future films. Thank you for shedding light on this aspect of the franchise!


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