A lava lightsaber crystal originates from a lava planet or moon like Mustafar. Mustafar is a small, erratic lava planet in the Outer Rim Territories. Fire rats, a create native to Mustafar, are known to nibble on lava crystals.
When harvested as a kyber crystal and installed in a lightsaber, the weapon ignites a heavy and extremely hot blade that resembles lava. The orange blade’s traits mirror the volatility and raw power of lava itself. Sometimes lava and fire may spill from the unstable blade, potentially posing a danger to opponents and wielders of the lightsaber alike.
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Mustafar, a once a lush and vibrant world, turns into a volatile, volcanic wastland thousands of years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. Lava seas, river, and pits create a hot and inhospitable landscape, covering 35% of the planet’s surface.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi duels his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker (now known as Darth Vader) in the hellish landscape of the lava flows. After Kenobi defeats his former student, the Jedi leaves the severely injured Sith Lord behind. The Sith Lord manages to survive. Once treated for his injuries he dons his black cybernetic suit of armor for the first time.
Vader returns to the planet to construct his Sith lightsaber. Vader does not use a lava crystal in his lightsaber. Instead, the Sith Lord bleeds a crystal he had taken from a Jedi, bending the crystal to his will and turning the blade red. Vader eventually establishes the stronghold Fortress Vader in a site near the location of an ancient Sith temple.
Behind the Scenes
The lava lightsaber crystal is first mentioned in Star Wars Canon in the comic book Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle 1 (2019). The crystal first appears in Star Wars Legends in Trials of Obi-Wan (2005), an expansion pack for the Star Wars Galaxies Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game. In the game the player must form their own crystal. First, the player collects a Warmly Glowing Engine, Warmly Glowing Skull and Warmly Glowing Artifact. The player then combines the items using a Chu-Gon Dar cube, a powerful device capable of transforming physical items into items that are totally different. The process produces the lava crystal.
Mustafarian lava crystals appear on display in the Hyperspace Lounge. The immersive, Star Wars-themed lounge is aboard the Disney Wish cruise ship. The adult-exclusive lounge serves the notorious $5000 Kaiburr Crystal Cocktail and other Star Wars-themed signature cocktails.
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