Literature and Mythology

The Things You Need to Know About Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber from Star Wars

Lightsabers as featured in Star Wars -The Force Awakens

What is a Lightsaber?

The Lightsaber is one of the famous swords ever presented in movies. In Star Wars films, Lightsabers come in several colors, including blue, yellow, green, and other colors, which were usually used by Jedi’s.

On the other hand, those Lightsabers with red color were typically used by the Sith Order or the dark side. Red Lightsabers, which indicates evil power, is also most famously wielded by the Darth Vader. There had been many other colors of Lightsabers that range from white to black, although not all these colors have specific meanings.

These Lightsabers were powered by crystals called the Kyber Crystals. Additionally, Kyber Crystals were Force-attuned crystals that were found on planets across the galaxy. Kyber Crystals were used by Jedi and Sith to construct their Lightsabers.

Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber’s Power Source

As mentioned above, Lightsabers were powered by Kyber Crystals. A Jedi or a Sith can only use these crystals after they channel their force into it. Jedis could meditate on the crystal for days; however, it’s a different story for the Sith.

The Sith have this process called the ‘bleeding.’ Using this process, they channel all their anger and hatred, as well as other negative energies into the crystals. With this process, the crystal will be red in color, and the crystal’s color influences the Lightsaber’s beam.

The origin of Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber’s crystal is unknown. However, some stories suggested that his crystal came from Luke Skywalker or Anakin (Darth Vader).Regardless of the crystal’s origin, Kylo Ren’s crystal is cracked, which didn’t help him in the bleeding process. This is why his Lightsaber looks the way it is.

Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber

Kylo Ren in Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Although Lightsabers have various colors, there are still some othercharacteristics that Lightsabers share in common. However, Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber is unique that it doesn’t have similar characteristics that other Lightsabers have. Some of these were:

His Lightsaber’s Beam – All Lightsabers usually produce stable beams, while Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber beam seems unstable and produces a crackling sound, which is probably because of its design.

Part of the training of wielding a Lightsaber is also to learn how it is created. From the process of attuning the crystal, up to the Lightsaber’s construction, it is also essential for the wielder to understand the mechanics of the weapon.Otherwise, you’ll end up destroying your Lightsaber.

Unfortunately, Kylo Ren doesn’t have the knowledge to make a Lightsaber, partly because he left his former master, Luke Skywalker, before he was even taught how to make a Lightsaber. Subsequently, Kylo Ren then turned to the dark side, with Supreme Leader Snoke as his new master. However, he killed Snoke before he was taught anything about the Lightsabers.

In the earlier times, before he turned to the dark side, Kylo Ren was seen using a blue Lightsaber, as the apprentice of Luke Skywalker. Nevertheless, there was no mention of his old Lightsaber after turning to the dark side. But there was speculation that he did not abandon his old weapon, nor create a new Lightsaber.

Aside from being not knowledgeable about Lightsabers, Kylo Ren’s seems like he wasn’t evil enough for the bleeding process. Yes, he was conflicted, but it appears that he is not evil enough to do the bleeding process. Also, it was mentioned recently that Kylo Ren’s crystal was cracked, which is probably one of the causes of why his Lightsaber’s beam is unstable.

His Lightsaber has Cross Guard –Second is that Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber seems to have an additional cross guard –which is not really a crossguard made from beams. Consequently, when the sword was first seen in films, a lot were confused as to why Ren’s Lightsaber has them.

Some also said that thiscross guard beams seem impractical and dangerous for the wielder. It is an advantage, however, in some cases. Kylo Ren could use this guard to harm his opponents. However, the downside is that, with one wrong move, he could cut his arms instead.

Interestingly, that is not really a cross guard beams. It is an exhaust. His Lightsaber is unstable, so it needed to have an exhaust for the weapon to be manageable, or the Lightsaber may explode. These were also the assumed reason why his Lightsaber has a crackling sound.

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