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Blue vs. Green Lightsabers

Blue vs. Green Lightsabers

If you are here, you have probably found your way from the Extended Universe of Star Wars, also known as Star Wars Legends. You have watched the movies multiple times, and now you are in a zone where little details in the film interest you.

It is only common for the fandom to delve into details and find answers to their little queries, or even better, design new queries that baffle other fans for days.

One such question that came up long ago, that was not answered in the films, is the reasoning behind the color of the lightsabers. We are all incredibly and profoundly in love with Lightsabers.

You cannot be a fan if you have not desired to have one at some point in your life.

Lightsabers, which are also called laser swords, are used in Star Wars by their characters, the Jedi Order, and their nemesis the Sith. These lightsabers were used on battlefields in the films.

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However, we see in the movies that gradually, the color of lightsabers started moving beyond forward from the more common blue and green.

There was even one moment where the colors were amalgamated to create an aqua-blue colored lightsaber, rather than a blue or green lightsaber.

This was when Galen Marek had to use the green crystal of Rahm Kota’s Lightsaber and the blue crystal from his father’s lightsaber to make an aqua-colored one for himself.

So, we have seen all kinds of progressions with the blade and colors. Let us first discuss the preparation of Lightsaber crystals and go down a refreshing memory lane to revise our basics.

How are Lightsabers designed?

a green lightsaber

Lightsaber crystals, also known as Kyber crystals, were different kinds of gemstones and crystals that were responsible for the illuminating power behind lightsabers

 They were also the energy source behind the lightsaber.

However, we do know that some of the Jedi and Sith even used other materials in replacement of the crystals. Like the Kunda stones from the planet Kadril.

Why do lightsabers have colors?

We are also aware of the fact that the Sith preferred to use dark colors as a reason to showcase their negative energies.

The Jedi, on the other hand, favored the light colors more, like blue or green. This is why our favorite hero, Luke Skywalker, had a blue crystal at the beginning of the films.

purple, blue, green and red lightsabers

It was known that if the crystal used in the lightsaber was rare, the more powerful the weapon would be in those hands.

It was also known that when a Kyber Crystal would bond with a Force User, the crystal would develop a unique hue to match its connection with the Jedi. And while ost crystals were Green or Blue, there were other examples.

The reasons behind the different colors, including what they used to represent and represent now, will be discussed below.

The reason behind colored lightsabers

Initially, the colors represented significant statuses in Star Wars. There were specific Jedi who had certain colored lightsabers, and it was used to identify them. I am sure you remember all three of them.

six different color lightsabers

If the Jedi had a blue lightsaber, he was known as a Jedi Guardian. He used to have more assertive power in terms of his Force and could demonstrate it physically. This usually meant more skill with the lightsaber and less use of the Force.

If the Jedi had a yellow lightsaber, he was referred to as the Jedi Sentinel. This particular status meant that the skills had been acquired through various training and combats. These colors were usually reserved for Jedi Temple Guards.

If, however, there was a green lightsaber in the hands of a Jedi, he was called the Jedi Consular. This person was more acquainted with the spiritual and mysterious power behind the Force.

But we can see in the later movies that the popularity of these lightsabers grew significantly. And the actors decided that they would prefer specific colors for their lightsabers.

Hence, the colors eventually made their way into the cinematic platform of Star Wars, and we all enjoyed a bit of color and personality associated with that Jedi or Sith.

Difference Between Blue and Green Lightsabers

They are in multiple colors, like blue, green, and red.

The blue or green lightsaber was used by the Jedi, while the red saber was used by Sith wield that distinguish themselves from the Jedi order.

Luke Skywalker with his green lightsaber

As we can see, blue lightsabers were the most common color found in the series. The decorator of the movie, Roger Christian, often termed it as the iconic image he knew would blow up with the launch of lightsabers.

And boy, was he right? We observed a pattern at the beginning of the movies that indicated the blue lightsabers belonged to younger Jedi.

But we were wrong about this headcanon as soon after, Obi-wan Kenobi used a blue-colored lightsaber for most of his professional life as a Jedi Master.

We can, however, make one judgment that has proven to be true. It was the Jedi Guardians that preferred their weapons to be illuminating the blue color.

Some of the blue-colored lightsabers that were used by Ben Solo, Kanan Jarrus, Cal Kestis, Agen Kolar, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Ferren Barr, Aayla Secura, Kai Justiss, Ezra Bridger, Sora Bulq, and Barriss Offee.

Apart from the fact that Jedi Consular used green lightsabers, we are not sure much of what is going on with this color.

These users were prompted to be more with their mysterious side of the Force, focusing on meditation and wisdom.

It probably feels like you should go to them to have a deep conversation about why the colors were different in lightsabers and what they meant.


While we have discussed in detail what these colors could mean, and the differences between a blue or green lightsaber, we feel that a conclusion is necessary.

In simple words, the blue lightsaber was representative of a Jedi or Force User that relied on combat more than his abilities with the Force. These Jedi “Guardians” would use the Force very aggressively when they actually would.

Force Users that used a Green Lightsaber were usually associated with a deeper connection with the Force and passiveness. This means that they would usually end up preferring a peaceful solution rather than combat.

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Thursday 7th of July 2022

green was used in return of the jedi for the first time as the blue did not work with the background colours and darker sets. it was the only reason.


Sunday 14th of May 2023

@dan, yeah but they then had to write back story to explain the colours of lightsabers because of that