What is a wayfinder? | Lightsaber Terminology

Sith wayfinder | IMAGE CREDIT Lucasfilm/Disney

A wayfinder is an ancient, Force-activated navigational device used by both Jedi and Sith. Upon activation, a wayfinder may connect to a ship’s flight and navigational systems in order to help guide the vessel to a destination.

As a safeguard and a security measure, a wayfinder requires a Force-user to activate the device. A wayfinder may be similar in appearance to a holocron, although the shape of the wayfinder may vary.

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Wayfinders in Star Wars Canon

Wayfinders joined Star Wars Canon in Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Two Sith wayfinders appear in the film: Darth Vader’s wayfinder and the Emperor’s wayfinder. Both Sith wayfinders, which are pyramid in shape, are comprised of a Kathol resin frame with Cybotaro waxen glass faces. The plasmatic interior contains a lodestone attuned to hyperspace vectors. The two Sith wayfinders contain sought-after navigational information to reach the planet Exegol, the hidden world of the Sith and the presumed location of the resurrected Darth Sidious.

Behind the Scenes

In real life, the word “wayfinding” refers to the means and methods people use to navigate through physical space. Basic wayfinding is comprised of four steps: orientation, route decision, route monitoring, and destination recognition.

Image depicts some pyramid-shaped Sith wayfinders

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