ALL of the Wookiee Jedi and Their Remarkable Lightsabers
Although Wookiee Jedi are extremely rare in Star Wars, at least 6 Wookiee Jedi are known to exist. These exceptional Wookiee Jedi own intriguing lightsabers with rare and exotic features and uncommon blade colors as well. Let’s take a closer look at all of the Wookiee Jedi and the remarkable lightsabers that they wield in combat.
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1. Lowbacca and His Salvaged Parts Lightsaber
First Appearance Junior Novel Star Wars Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force (1995)
The mechanically-minded Wookiee Jedi Lowbacca, nicknamed “Lowie”, is the nephew of the legendary Chewbacca in Star Wars Legends. A contemporary of Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo’s twins, Jacen Solo and Jaina Solo, Lowbacca learns the ways of Force at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4. He earns the rank of Jedi Knight serves the New Republic and the Jedi Order during the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Tech-savvy and resourceful by nature, Lowbacca constructs his bronze-bladed lightsaber using salvaged parts from a former Rebel control room on Yavin 4. The hilt is sized for Wookiee hands and emits a wide, club-like blade. A spherical enhancement jewel serves as the lightsaber crystal.
2. Tyvokka and His Wooden Curved-Hilt Lightsaber
First Appearance Comic Book Star Wars #36 (1996) (flashback)
The formidable Wookiee Jedi Tyvokka is a Rise of the Empire era Wookiee Jedi Master in Star Wars Legends. He serves on the Jedi Council until his death. Tyvokka commands a contingent of Jedi during the Stark Hyperspace War, a pre-Clone Wars skirmish against the Stark Commercial Combine. The Jedi Master is killed in battle.
Tyvokka constructs his yellow-bladed lightsaber using hardened Wroshyr-wood, a type of wood native to his homeworld Kashyyyk. The lightsaber hilt features a curved-hilt design.
3. Gungi and His Wooden-Hilt Lightsaber
The lovable and patient Wookiee Jedi youngling Gungi undergoes the ritual known as the Gathering along with four fellow Jedi younglings in Star Wars Canon. During the rite of passage, each Jedi youngling harvests their kyber crystals on Illum and constructs their first lightsaber. Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano oversees the progress of the younglings.
Gungi finds his lightsaber crystal across a body of water on Illum. He mediates and patiently waits for the water to freeze before crossing and acquiring the crystal for his lightsaber. Jedi Master Yoda commends him for his patience.
Gungi and the other younglings construct this lightsabers under the guidance of Hyung, an architect droid professor. The pirate Hondo Ohnaka attacks the younglings due to high black market value of their kyber crystals. The younglings manage to escape and finish constructing their lightsabers. Gungi constructs his lightsaber using Brylark, a rare wood durable enough to be uses in the construction of a lightsaber.
Although the fate of Gungi and his green-bladed lightsaber is currently unknown, the Disney is teasing the return of the character in a trailer for Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 (2022).
4. Burryaga Agaburry and His Ancient Crossguard Lightsaber
Appears in the novel Star Wars The High Republic: Light of the Jedi (2021)
The compassionate Jedi Padawan Burryaga Agaburry serves the Jedi Order during the High Republic era in Star Wars Canon. Agaburry is the apprentice of Jedi Master Nib Assek. When Jedi Master Nib Assek takes on Agaburry as her Jedi Padawan, she learns the Wookiee language, Shyriiwook.
Burryaga Agaburry wields a blue-bladed crossguard lightsaber. The lightsaber emits a single blade and does not have side blades. A metal crossguard extends perpendicularly across the hilt near the blade emitter.
5. Kirlocca and His Yellow-Bladed Lightsaber
The skilled Wookiee Jedi Kirlocca is a Rise of the Empire era Jedi Master in Star Wars Legends. Skilled in the ways of lightsaber combat, he serves the Jedi Order as an instructor of lightsaber technique during the waning years of the Republic. He instructs many up and coming Jedi during his tenure.
Little is know about the design of the Kirlocca lightsaber, aside from the fact that the weapon emits a yellow blade.
Honorable Mentions from Star Wars Legends
An unidentified New Jedi Order era male Wookiee trains as a Jedi at the Jedi Temple on Ossus. The Wookiee trains as a Jedi during the Swam War in 36 ABY.
Not technically a Jedi, Ruhr is a Force-sensitive Wookiee who serves an ancient organization called the Je’daii Order. Ruhr is one of the appointed Temple Masters of the Je’daii Order. The Je’daii Order collapses in 25,783 BBY and becomes the Jedi Order.
What about a Wookiee Sith Lord?
As tantalizing as a “Darth Chewbacca” concept may be, sadly, no Wookiee Sith Lords or dark side Force-users are known to exist.
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Image depicts Wookiee Jedi and their lightsabers in Star Wars Canon and Star Wars Legends