When it comes to weapons of pop culture, nothing can beat the influence and attention garnered by one of the most famous sci-fi weapons of all time, the lightsaber.
Lightsabers are energy-powered swords popularized by the one and only Star Wars franchise. They’re melee weapons used by Jedi and Sith when fighting with each other, and they’re famous for the buzzing sound produced when being moved. In addition, they’re an elegant weapon for a more advanced and civilized culture.
Every Star Wars fan has probably dreamed of carrying such a cool weapon they can call their own. However, not even a single one has been produced to this time yet. But science and technology experts may be able to produce one in the near future.
So, if you can’t enjoy the real lightsaber, how about drowning yourself in knowledge and fun facts about these swords of pure energy?
In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about this iconic weapon in pop culture and impress your friends and other Star Wars fans with what you know. Let’s get started.
How To Start Your Own Lightsaber Battle?
Starting a lightsaber battle is one of the best ways to channel your inner Jedi or Sith spirit.
First, look for a lightsaber fighting arena in your area. If you can’t find anything with the help of your friendly search engine, you may search using your social media for community groups within your area.
Second, find someone who can be your sparring partner, probably those with experience and knowledge of lightsaber combat. They’ll help you be a better lightsaber master and dueler. Once you have found the right person to practice with, it’s time to get your own lightsaber.
You can buy a realistic lightsaber toy online, and have your own lightsaber duels with your friends. You may also visit other community groups to find out if they’re selling lightsabers that fit your budget and needs.
“NeoPixel lightsaber from Galaxy Sabers”
What Are The Seven Forms Of Lightsaber Combat?
Have you noticed the difference between the movements of Jedi masters Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ki-Adi Mundi? That’s because they’re using different forms of lightsaber combat.
Here are the seven forms of lightsaber combat you might consider learning for your lightsaber duel:
1. Form I: Shii-Cho
This is the first form usually taught during the early days of becoming a Jedi. All Jedi and Sith have complete mastery of this form, but they rarely use it because it lacks proper movements for extreme-level combat.
2. Form II: Makashi
This form was developed to correct the mistakes of Form I. It’s being used to focus on heavy attacks while preventing being disarmed by the opponent. Its most notable user is Count Dooku.
3. Form III: Soresu
This form was created to address the need to defend themselves against laser beams and guns. It’s the best form to use when deflecting gun blasts. Its most notable user is Obi-Wan Kenobi.
4. Form IV: Ataru
This form is the most aggressive and acrobatic among other forms, making the master quite invincible and impenetrable. It’s characterized by leaping strikes and continuous somersaults. Its most notable users are Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn.
5. Form V: Shien And Djem So
This form is designed to develop Soresu or the blast-deflecting fighting stance. This will help the user launch an attack before they get hit by their opponent. Its most notable users are Adi Gallia, Aayla Secura, and Anakin Skywalker.
6. Form VI: Niman
This form is developed to combine different stances from other forms above. But the goal of this form is to use every form in moderation. Hence, it’s called the moderation form. Its most notable user is the former Jedi and Sith Lord Exar Kun.
7. Form VII: Juyo And Vaapad
This form allows users to channel their inner darkness and use it to have an advantage over their enemies. Such mastery is required to gain control of this form without falling into the dark side. Its most notable user is Mace Windu.
What Are The Colors Of Lightsabers?
Lightsabers often come in green in blue colors, primarily for the Jedi order. For the Sith lords and apprentices, it’s usually red, thanks to Darth Revan’s influence and Darth Malak’s influence. But sometimes, it’s violet, especially for Mace Windu. This is because he’s someone who has full control of both sides of the force without getting corrupted (a mix of red and blue).
On top of that, it can also be black, but there’s only one in the entire history of Star Wars, the darksaber. This is a black-bladed lightsaber used by Mandalorians as a way to protect their planet from invaders. Over the years, it has been with many owners, including Tarre Vizsla, Pre Vizsla, Darth Maul, Sabine Wren, and Bo-Katan Kryze.
Who Are The Original Creators Of The Lightsabers?
Who do you think are the original creators of the lightsaber? The Jedi Order? No, they’re not. In fact, it’s not the light side that first uses them. It’s the wielders of the dark side of the force.
Long before they became the lightsaber people know today, they used to be called forcesabers created by the ‘Force Hounds’ of the Rakatan Infinite Empire, the builder of the infamous Star Forge.
Because the forcesabers are tied to the dark side of the force, many of those on the light side are hesitant to use them. They thought these could corrupt their minds and turn them into dark side users.
Can It Cut Through Anything?
Previously, lightsabers were thought to slice down and pierce through anything they touched. Not until they discover that there are materials way stronger than they had expected.
A Zillo beast’s hide, for example, is impenetrable and invulnerable to many attacks, including lightsabers. Another one would be the fire serpents or lava dragons of Eon Sha, which have scales made of crystals. And the last one would be Cortosis; an element used to create armors that can deflect lightsaber attacks.
After that discussion, you probably realized how worthy lightsabers are to be an iconic weapon in pop culture.
Because of these facts, many people are interested in wielding their own lightsaber and starting a duel with other Star Wars fans. Even if you can’t enjoy the real thing, such as those in movies, you may still do so by applying what you have learned with the coolest lightsaber you have.