Black Lightsaber Blade Color Meaning and History

A black lightsaber is one of the rarest lightsaber blade colors in Star Wars Canon. The Darksaber is the only known black bladed lightsaber to exist. The mysterious Darksaber is an ancient, black-bladed lightsaber with a flat, sword-shaped blade.

Players of the Star Wars Legends video games Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Star Wars: The Old Republic may elect to wield a black lightsaber.

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Black Lightsabers in Star Wars Canon

The black-bladed lightsaber entered Star Wars Canon in “The Mandalore Plot”, a 2010 episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The episode introduces the Darksaber, the only black-bladed lightsaber in Star Wars Canon.

Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian Jedi, is attributed with constructing the black-bladed Darksaber. The ancient weapon emits a short, flat blade similar in shape and appearance to a sword. Mandalorian tradition stipulates that the only legitimate way to earn possession of the Darksaber is to defeat the weapon’s previous owner in battle.

Black Lightsabers in Star Wars Legends

Black lightsabers appear in several Star Wars video games. Players of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II may find and use a black kyber crystal to modify the Galen Marek / Starkiller lightsaber to emit a black blade. Also, players of Star Wars: The Old Republic may construct lightsabers with a black core instead of the standard white core.

Star Wars: The Old Republic enables players to wield lightsabers with black core blades. IMAGE CREDIT Disney/BioWare (Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic Wiki)

Black Lightsaber Color Theory

A black lightsaber blade may connote darkness, absence, death, mystery, power, aggression or elegance.

List of Black Lightsaber Wielders

Star Wars Canon
Darksaber wielders
Tarre Vizsla
Pre Vizsla
Darth Maul
Kanan Jarrus
Sabine Wren
Bo-Katan Kryze

Star Wars Legends
• Galen Marek / Starkiller (in the video games Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II)
Players may modify the blade color to black during gameplay
• Star Wars: The Old Republic
Players may select a lightsaber with a black core blade. The game features seven black core color variations including: red with black core, orange with black core, yellow with black core, purple with black core, blue with black core, green (Rakghoul) with black core, or green (Razer) with black core.

Lord Starkiller (left) may wield a black lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II | IMAGE CREDIT Disney/Lucasarts

Image depicts Pre Vizsla wielding the black-bladed Darksaber (left) and Lord Starkiller (right) wielding a black-bladed lightsaber.

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