beskar

What is beskar (Mandalorian iron)? | Lightsaber Terminology

Beskar, sometimes referred to as Mandalorian iron, is an extremely durable, lightsaber-resistant alloy used to make Mandalorian armor in Star Wars Canon and Star Wars Legends. The rare and resilient alloy, which is silver-colored, is strong enough to endure a direct hit from blaster fire. Beskar can even withstand a cut or glancing blow from a lightsaber, making the alloy a rare example of a lightsaber-resistant material. Although the material is incredibly strong, beskar is not without weakness. A direct lightsaber thrust could penetrate the alloy.

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Beskar was commonly used by Mandalorians. Mandalorians are a predominantly human group of people from Mandalore, a planet in the Outer Rim Territories. The lead character in the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian (2019) is a bounty hunter from Mandalore.

Beskar Origins and Behind the Scenes

The alloy first appears as Mandalorian manacles in the Star Wars Legends comic book Tales of the Jedi 5: The Saga of Nomi Sunrider, Part 3 (1994). The alloy is not named. Later in 1994, the Star Wars Legends comic book Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising identifies the material for the first time as ‘Mandalorian iron’. The name ‘beskar’ first appears in a 2006 Star Wars Insider magazine article entitled The Mandalorians: People and Culture.

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Image depicts a Beskar ingot in the TV series The Mandalorian (2019)

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