Orange Lightsaber Blade Color Meaning and History in Star Wars

An orange lightsaber is an extremely rare lightsaber blade color in Star Wars Canon, first appearing in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019) as one of the blade color options. The first live-action orange lightsaber debuted in the trailer for Ahsoka, a 2024 Disney+ series.

In Star Wars Legends, Jedi Council member Yaddle, the Sith Lord Tulak Hord, and The Mandalorian Knights wield orange lightsabers. The Mandalorian Knights are an Old Republic era group of rogue Jedi.

Mandalorian Knights orange lightsaber
The Mandalorian Knights wield orange lightsabers | IMAGE CREDIT Dark Horse Comics

Live-Action Orange Lightsaber in the Ahsoka Series

The first ever live-action orange lightsaber debuted in a trailer for Ahsoka. In the trailer Baylan Skoll and his apprentice Shin Hati each wield an orange-bladed lightsaber. Skoll duels Ahsoka in the trailer, too.

The Ahsoka Disney+ series is slated for release in 2024 so we’ll have to hang tight to get more details about these new mysterious characters and their equally mysterious orange blades.

In an interview with Screen Rant, Dave Filoni elaborates on his creative process for choosing the lightsaber colors for the characters. “I didn’t make [the lightsabers] just a stark red,” Filoni says. “I didn’t want to go straight up orange, but it’s identifying a little bit of something to kids that [Baylan and Shin] might not straight up be what you think they are in the beginning.”

Baylon Skoll wields an orange lightsaber

Other Orange Lightsaber in Star Wars Canon

Orange is one of the eight playable blade color options in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019). In the game the player plays as Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan and survivor of Order 66. During Kestis’ post-Clone Wars adventures he constructs his own lightsaber. The player must select a blade color from 8 different lightsaber colors! The rare orange blade color, however, was originally only available to those who pre-ordered the game. In 2020, however, a game patch made the elusive orange color widely available to everyone.

The optional Cal Kestis orange lightsaber is the first orange lightsaber to appear Star Wars canon.

Cal Kestis wielding an orange lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Cal Kestis wielding an orange lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | IMAGE CREDIT Lucasfilm/Disney

Orange Lightsaber in Star Wars Legends

Orange lightsabers are mostly commonly depicted during the Old Republic Era up to the Rise of the Empire era. The Mandalorian Knights use orange lightsabers in the comic book series Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War (2012). Founded and lead by ex-Jedi Council member Dorjander Kace, the Mandalorian Knights are group of rogue Jedi who sabotage Republic war efforts during the Mandalorian Wars. Jedi Master Yaddle wields an orange lightsaber in legends as does her master Plovin Kut. Yaddle, who is the same species as Yoda, wields a more conventional green lightsaber in Star Wars Canon content, however.

Kyle Katarn is also depicted wielding an orange lightsaber in Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith (1998 video game). The Dark Jedi Yun originally constructed the lightsaber.

Orange lightsabers are not reserved only for the Jedi, however. Even though the Sith and other dark side Force users most commonly wield red lightsabers, some Sith choose a less common path. Tulak Hord, an Old Republic era Sith Lord, notably wields an orange bladed lightsaber. Many years after his passing Kreia, the master of Revan, characterizes Hord as “the greatest lightsaber duelist of the Sith Lords”. The orange-bladed Tulak Hord lightsaber is a very rare example of a Sith lightsaber that emits a blade color that is not red.

Orange Lightsaber Color Theory

Orange, a secondary color, is blend between the primary colors red and yellow. The term “orange” is named after the citrus fruit of the same name. An orange lightsaber blade may connote energy, fire, warmth, citrus, and sunshine. The color in general is often also commonly associated with autumn (i.e. pumpkins and tree leaves) and also with safety and caution (i.e. cones, safety jacket, road construction signs). We’re not sure we get too much of a ‘safety’ vibe from a glowing orange energy beam, however.

According to Confusionism, the ancient Chinese religion and philosophy, orange is a color of transformation. In Buddhism, orange signifies a state of perfection. Buddhist monks commonly wear orange robes.

Within the context of Star Wars, the characters who wield orange lightsabers tend to have a bit of vibrant rebellious streak.

List of Orange Lightsabers and Their Wielders

Star Wars Canon
Baylon (from the Ahsoka Disney+ series)
Shin (from the Ahsoka Disney+ series)
Orange is a playable blade color for Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019 video game)

Star Wars Legends
Soon Bayts lightsaber
Tulak Hord lightsaber
Mandalorian Knights members
Dorjander Kace lightsaber
Zayne Carrick lightsaber
Jaska lightsaber
unnamed female felinoid lightsaber
unnamed female Chagrian lightsaber
Kyle Katarn/Yun lightsaber (in 1998 video game Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith)
Plo Koon lightsaber
Polvin Kut lightsaber
Lar Le’Ung lightsaber
Torhaa Phaa lightsaber
Yoshi Raph-Elan lightsaber
Yaddle lightsaber
orange is a playable blade color in Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011 video game)
Includes blade color variations: orange with black core, orange with yellow core, hot orange, burnt orange

Image depicts an Ultrasabers Bellicose lightsaber with a fire orange blade

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