Orange Lightsaber Blade Color Meaning and History
An orange lightsaber is an extremely rare lightsaber blade color in Star Wars Canon, only appearing in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019) as one of the blade color options.
The Mandalorian Knights, an Old Republic era group of rogue Jedi, wield orange lightsabers in Star Wars Legends.
Orange Lightsabers 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.
Other than the optional Cal Kestis orange lightsaber, we actually don’t see orange lightsabers anywhere else in Star Wars canon. At least not yet.
Orange Lightsabers 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”.
Orange Lightsaber Color Theory
Orange is blend between red and yellow. An orange lightsaber blade may connote energy, fire, warmth, citrus, and sunshine. The color in general is often also commonly associated with safety (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.
List of Orange Lightsabers and Their Wielders
Star Wars Canon
Orange is a playable blade color 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)
Polvin Kut lightsaber
Lar Le’Ung lightsaber
Torhaa Phaa lightsaber
Yoshi Raph-Elan 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
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Image depicts an Ultrasabers Bellicose lightsaber with a fire orange blade