The record for the number of different lightsabers seen in one single Star Wars movie is easily held by what is — most likely — you’re least favorite Star Wars film, Attack of the Clones. When an army of Jedi crash a Separatist party, everyone has a lightsaber, which, at the time was thrilling. But, when it comes to lightsabers is less more, or is more actually more? The Rise of Skywalker is set to end the Skywalker saga, but it also means that this is likely the last time we’ll see new lightsaber battles on the big screen until at least 2022, if not longer.
So, just how many lightsabers will J.J. Abrams and company actually cram into this epic? In the prequels, George Lucas managed to get lightsabers into nearly every shot (recall, General Grievous alone fought with four lightsabers) but will Rise of Skywalker be low-key about this? The trailers indicate we’re getting at least three distinct sabers, but is that really it? Pop in that kyber crystal and fire up your saber. Let’s speculate about lightsabers.
A lot of speculation follows. So, some spoilers could be ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
All the confirmed lightsabers in Rise of Skywalker
Rey’s blue lightaber (aka, the “Skywalker” saber)
We know Rey has “her” lightsaber back in Rise of Skywalker because we’ve seen it in the trailers. We also know that after it was torn-into two pieces, she’s seemingly fixed this saber with some kind of cool gold strap. With Rise of Skywalker, this exact lightsaber will have appeared in six of the nine saga films. Meaning this is probably the last time we’ll see it, ever.
Kylo Ren’s red crossguard lightsaber
We know Kylo’s signature saber is back in this movie. The question is, will this saber also end up making it through the movie? And, hopefully, we’ll get some onscreen confirmation that Kylo Ren built this saber from the remnants of his first lightsaber hilt. Basically, the going theory is that Kylo Ren’s blue lightsaber (from the flashbacks in The Last Jedi) eventually became his crossguard saber. It’s possible Rise of Skywalker could provide a concrete answer.
Rey’s double-bladed red lightsaber
This one is a little trickier because there’s obviously still some debate if this is even a “real” lightsaber. If Dark Rey is just a Force vision, then it’s feasible that her nifty and menacing double-bladed saber is part of that vision. But, if the saber is real — and there’s another explanation for Dark Rey — then we have at least 3 separate and distinct lightsabers in this movie.
Rumored lightsabers in The Rise of Skywalker
Kylo Ren’s blue lightsaber
Some “leaks” and rumors strongly suggest that Kylo Ren will, at some point in the film, wield a blue lightsaber. Take this with a grain of space salt, but this could mean that Kylo Ren becomes a good guy again, or we could be looking at another flashback. Or a Force Vision!
Leia’s blue lightsaber
Some really wild rumors have suggested that one flashback to the Return of the Jedi-era will feature a digitally de-aged Carrie Fisher as Leia, training with a lightsaber with Luke on Endor. This rumor suggests Leia has a blue lightsaber. Now, it’s possible this could be the reclaimed Skywalker lightsaber or a new lightsaber that Leia has of her own. In the 2015 Marvel comics canon (which is still canon) Leia briefly wielded a borrowed lightsaber which had been stashed inside R2-D2. Presumably, this blue saber still exists.
Speculative lightsabers for The Rise of Skywalker
Palpatine’s red (or blue?) lightsaber
Obviously, the return of Emperor Palpatine is 100 percent confirmed, but we don’t know if he’ll fight with a lightsaber again. The last time we saw Palpatine with a saber (in canon) was in Revenge of the Sith. But, notably, when Palpatine returned from the dead in the 1991-1992 Dark Empire comic book miniseries, he wielded all sorts of lightsabers, including a blue one!
Luke’s green lightsaber
Luke is obviously a Force ghost at this point in Star Wars canon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t ignite his old green lightsaber. After all, Luke Skywalker used a Force projection to create a faux-living-ghost version of his blue lightsaber in The Last Jedi. So, the idea that Luke’s green lightsaber from Return of the Jedi could appear, even in spirit form, it’s nuts. Also, if Rise of Skywalker gives us another flashback to Luke’s time as a Jedi master before the events of The Force Awakens, his green lightsaber could easily appear that way, too.
Darth Vader’s red lightsaber
Is Darth Vader in this movie? Is the ghost of Darth Vader in this movie? Does Kylo Ren have Darth Vader’s lightsaber? Also, because we see Rey and Kylo Ren in the Throne Room of the second Death Star, it’s possible that one of them could pick up Darth Vader’s lightsaber laying around in the rubble.
Another Knight of Ren, who has a lightsaber
In the flashbacks (or flash-forwards?) in The Force Awakens, the only Knight of Ren we see with a lightsaber is Kylo Ren. But, that doesn’t mean other Knights of Ren don’t have lightsabers. In fact, if some of the Knights of Ren are former students of Luke Skywalker (this is vaguely suggested in The Last Jedi) some of them could have lightsabers.
Then again, a cover of an upcoming Star Wars comic book seems to suggest that the Knights of Ren predate the events of The Force Awakens. Still, there’s every reason to believe that cover is a Force-vision, and the Knights of Ren are former-Jedi-students, all with lightsabers.
The lightsabers of Luke Skywalker’s students
The flip of the Knights of Ren potential lightsaber idea is the idea that some of Luke Skywalker’s former students survived Kylo Ren’s revolt, and did not turn to the Dark Side. If some of those Jedi students are still around, it stands to reason they could have lightsabers. It wouldn’t mean we’d be in Attack of the Clones territory in terms of lightsaber count on screen, but if there is a clutch of extra Jedi hiding out there, things certainly could get a lot brighter and even more colorful.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out everywhere on December 20, 2019