White Lightsaber Blade Color Meaning and History

A white lightsaber is an uncommon, neutral lightsaber blade color. In Star Wars Canon, Ahsoka Tano first wields a pair of curved-hilt lightsabers with white blades in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. In Star Wars Legends, a group of Force-users called the Imperial Knights wield white-bladed lightsabers as well.

Behind the Scenes

In the first Star Wars movie, all lightsabers were originally going to emit white lightsaber blades. Early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Star Wars (1977) depicts characters using white lightsabers. Star Wars creator George Lucas ultimately decided that the heroes Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker would wield blue lightsabers and the villain Darth Vader would wield a red lightsaber in the film.

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Early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Star Wars (1977) depicts characters wielding white lightsabers

Dave Filoni, co-creator of the animated series Star Wars Rebels, states that Ahsoka’s lightsaber blades are white in order to denote her non-affiliation. “[Ahsoka’s] blades are basically white because she’s not a Jedi and she’s not evil,” Filoni said in Rebels Recon #1.14.

White Lightsabers in Star Wars Canon

Ahsoka Tano first wields a pair of white lightsabers in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Tano’s white lightsabers are the first and currently only white lightsabers in Star Wars Canon. Ahsoka Tano’s white lightsabers use the crystals from the red-bladed Inquisitor lightsaber of the Sixth Brother. Tano purified the tainted crystals from their darkness, enabling the her lightsabers to emit white blades rather than red ones.

White Lightsabers in Star Wars Legends

The Imperial Knights, a group of Force-users loyal to the Galactic Empire and later the Empire-in-exile, wielded white lightsabers. A white with a black core lightsaber blade is a playable blade color option in the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.

White Lightsaber Color Theory

A white lightsaber blade may connote positivity, neutrality, purity, cleanliness and a new beginning. White is achromatic, meaning the color has not hue.

List of White Lightsaber Wielders

Star Wars Canon
Ahsoka Tano

Star Wars Legends
Imperial Knights (a group of Force-users loyal to the Empire and Empire-in-exile)
white with black blade core is a playable lightsaber blade color in Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011 video game)

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Cover image depicts a custom Ultrasabers Apprentice lightsaber with a white blade

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