Pong Krell Lightsabers (Hinged Double-Bladed Lightsabers) | Lightsaber Profile
The Pong Krell lightsabers are a pair of two hinged double-bladed lightsabers wielded by Jedi Master Pong Krell in Star Wars Legends. One lightsaber emits blue blades and the other emits green blades. Pong Krell is a Clone Wars era Besalisk male Jedi Master. During the Clone Wars Krell begins having visions of a new order rising to power. He secretly joins the dark side as an act of self preservation.
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Pong Krell Lightsabers in Star Wars Canon
Each of the two Pong Krell lightsaber hilts are comprised of a cylindrical hilt that folds in the middle. The hilts have a slanted emitter and one lightsaber emits blue blades and one emits green blades. When the hilts in the folded position they may be clipped to Pong Krell’s utility belt.
Pong Krell wields two hinged double-bladed lightsabers during the Clone Wars era. After Krell has a premonition of the Republic and the Jedi Order falling from power, the Jedi Master abandons and betrays the Republic and the Jedi Order. He falls to the dark side, serves Count Dooku and the Confederacy, and begins serving as a double agent.
While maintaining the facade of serving the Jedi Order, Krell takes temporary command of the 501st Legion during the Battle of Umbara. When the 501st Legion troopers discover Pong Krell’s secret alliance with Count Dooku, the troopers mutiny and attempt to arrest the Jedi Master. Although Krell ignites his lightsabers, kills multiple clone troopers, and tries to escape, the clone troopers capture Krell. The clone trooper nicknamed “Dogma” ultimately kills Pong Krell for betraying the Republic.
Behind the Scenes
The Pong Krell lightsabers first appear in “Darkness on Umbara” (2011), an episode of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Pong Krell lightsabers also represent the first appearance of a hinged double-bladed lightsaber (i.e. folding lightsaber) in Star Wars Canon. A Force vision of a dark side Rey wields a hinged double-bladed lightsaber in the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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Image depicts the Pong Krell hinged double-bladed lightsaber
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