It’s no secret that the mysterious black kyber crystal is the rarest of the seven kyber crystal color available at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World. Secondhand black kyber crystals have sold on eBay for around $300-$500 each [affiliate link] since Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland on May 31, 2019. Let’s take a look at what makes black kyber crystals so special…and controversial.
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What are kyber crystals used for?
According to Star Wars canon, a kyber crystal is the heart of every lightsaber. A Galaxy’s Edge kyber crystal is a collectible plastic crystal, equipped with RFID technology, that interacts with other Galaxy’s Edge products like Savi’s Workshop lightsabers and Jedi and Sith holocrons. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge sells kyber crystals in seven different colors: red, blue, green, purple, white, yellow and the elusive black.
Although a kyber crystal could be collected as a stand-alone item, more commonly, the kyber crystal is installed in a Savi’s Workshop lightsaber or elecronic holocron from Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. The kyber crystal color determines the lightsaber blade color of the Savi’s Workshop lightsaber (the only exception is the black kyber crystal, which unlocks a red blade). Each crystal, depending on the color, also unlocks the wisdom of a different Star Wars character when the crystal is installed in a Dok-Ondar’s Den holocron.
How to get a black kyber crystal
The black kyber crystal is the rarest type of kyber crystal. Kyber crystals are packaged in small canister tubes. The outer tube color usually corresponds to the kyber crystal color, except in the case of black. Black kyber crystals are packaged in the same style of red tube as the red kyber crystals. In other words, if you purchase a red canister, you’ll likely get a red kyber crystal, but it’s possible you’d get the rare black kyber crystal.
The odds of getting a black kyber crystal in a red tube were originally, reportedly, only 1 out of 100. Park attendees, however, quickly discovered an easy hack to hunt down scarce black kyber crystal. A buyer could identify a black kyber crystal by shining a cellphone flashlight at the tube. A black kyber crystal would look darker on the inside than a red kyber crystal. Galaxy’s Edge has since eliminated the flashlight hack by adding an extra black layer inside of the red tube. Now purchasing a kyber crystal secondhand is the only way a buyer could guarantee they’d receive a black kyber crystal.
Booming black kyber crystal resale market on eBay
Although eBay resellers are selling many Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge items at marked up prices, black kyber crystals in particular have been selling at astronomically high prices. A kyber crystal costs $13 (plus tax) at Galaxy’s Edge. Since July 2018, over 100 black kyber crystals have sold on eBay for around $300 to $500 each. On July 2, 2019, one black kyber crystal sold for a staggering $1,675.00 at auction. The demand for black kyber crystals is so high that one eBay seller has been selling red kyber crystals that he custom painted black (he has sold at least two so far).
Prices on the black kyber crystal may soon taper. Some park attendees have speculated that getting a black kyber crystal seems more common than before. It’s possible, but unconfirmed, that Disney may have increased the odds of getting a black crystal.
What’s so special about a BLACK kyber crystal?
The black kyber crystal is the only kyber crystal that unlocks Snoke’s voice when it’s installed inside a Dok-Ondar’s Den holocron. When the black crystal is installed in a Savi’s Workshop lightsaber, the blade will illuminate red, just like it would with a red kyber crystal. Overall, the black kyber crystal is special mainly due to its artificial scarcity. The kyber crystal functions the same as the other other colors, it’s just harder to find.
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