Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduces fans to the rugged, yellow-bladed Rey Skywalker lightsaber, assembled using scavenged parts from Rey’s quarterstaff. Lightsabers with yellow blades are exceedingly rare, but not unheard of, in Star Wars Canon. Jedi Temple Guards, mysterious protectors of the Jedi Temple, wield lightsaber pikes with yellow blades. A handful of additional characters in both Canon and Legends wield yellow lightsabers as well.
But Rey’s yellow lightsaber isn’t quite the same color yellow as some of the existing lightsaber blades, prompting Star Wars fans to debate the specific blade color name. Is the blade color yellow? Yellow-Orange? Orange? Amber? Golden Yellow?
Insider talked to four members of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker visual effects team about the color of new Rey Skywalker lightsaber.
“That specific color yellow,” Patrick Tubach told Insider, “if you go too pale…and you make it too light, it’s going to look white a lot of times,” Tubuch is the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) visual effects supervisor. “Making [the blade color] that more golden yellow gives you that optimistic feeling, and it also allows you to make it supersaturated and still feel like it’s in the ‘Star Wars’ universe.”
Many of the interviewed crew members referred the yellow lightsaber blade color as setting a tone of optimism. “We definitely went for things like golden and sun and optimism,” Tubach said.
What color is the Rey Skywalker lightsaber?
One of the biggest blade color hints may originate in Rey’s name itself. “Rey” is both the Spanish word for “king” (connoting royalty and gold) and a homophone of “ray” (as in “ray of sunshine”).
Whether Rey’s lightsaber blade is Golden Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Sunshine, or simply Yellow, the optimistic blade color signals a fresh start and launches a new chapter in Star Wars history.
Acuna, Kirsten. “The ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Visual Effects Team Explain Rey’s New Lightsaber and the Small Detail You May Have Missed in It.” Insider, Insider, 7 Jan. 2020, www.insider.com/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-rey-new-lightsaber-explained-2020-1.
COVER IMAGE CREDIT Lucasfilm/Disney
Image depicts Rey with her quarterstaff.