In Star Wars, only characters who are Force-sensitive have the power to obtain a kyber crystal that will enable them to build a lightsaber. But there are also some who aren’t Force-sensitives who have wielded the weapon, with General Grievous serving as one of the most popular examples.
Characters with a grudge against the Jedi, like Grievous, also kept lightsabers as trophies. Boba Fett was another character who held animosity toward Jedi after Mace Windu beheaded his father, Jango. So you may wonder if Boba Fett also had at least one lightsaber in his trophy case.
In Star Wars Legends, Boba Fett once wielded a green-bladed lightsaber in a duel against Darth Vader. This occurred in the 2002 comic Star Wars Tales 11. The bounty hunter also had at least three additional lightsabers encased in his home, as shown in Star Wars Tales 18.
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Was Boba Fett Force-Sensitive?
Born in 32 BBY, Boba Fett was Jango Fett’s cloned son and he was born to be a bounty hunter. Since Jango was not Force-sensitive and Boba was a clone, he was also not Force-sensitive. However, this doesn’t mean he didn’t have a lightsaber.
Although lightsabers are best-suited for Force-sensitives, there are more than a few examples where those without the ability to wield the Force were able to get their hands on and use them.
General Grievous is perhaps the most well-known example, and we saw how skilled he was with lightsabers during his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Grievous also wielded not one, but multiple lightsabers at once, proving those without Force-sensitivity could be skilled with them.
Guys like Grievous are few and far in between, and despite his skill with four lightsabers, Obi-Wan was still able to sever two of Grievous’ artificial limbs holding the weapons with relative ease.
Even if Boba Fett wielded a lightsaber, he was still better off with his EE-3 carbine rifle, ZX miniature flamethrower, and wrist gauntlets, among other gadgets in his arsenal.
Being a non-Force-sensitive, Boba Fett, like Grievous, would not have been able to maximize the properties of a lightsaber, such as blocking shots from blasters, because of his inability to wield the Force. However, he could still use a lightsaber as though it were a traditional sword.
How Could Boba Fett Get a Lightsaber?
We know Jedi Younglings must obtain a kyber crystal to build their lightsaber. This occurs during the Gathering on the planet Ilum’s caves. Also known as a Rite of Passage, the experience in the caves is unique to each Jedi, and they will face personal obstacles.
Once they beat these obstacles, they will discover a kyber crystal adapted for them. If you ever read the Harry Potter Series, you will know wands choose witches and wizards. In Star Wars, a kyber crystal chose the Youngling.
Therefore, since Boba Fett and other characters like Grievous were not Force-sensitive or raised in the Jedi Temple, they did not go on this Rite of Passage in Ilum and no kyber crystal ever attuned to them.
We know, however, that non-Force-sensitives could still use lightsabers to a certain degree. But to get their hands on a lightsaber, they had to steal them from a Force-sensitive. And Boba Fett was no different, taking them from Jedi who had died in battle.
Boba Fett’s Green-Bladed Lightsaber
One of these lightsabers was a green-bladed one, which Boba Fett used at least once when he engaged in a duel with Darth Vader in the comic Star Wars Tales 11 in the year 2002. The duel occurred shortly after Grand Moff Tarkin deployed him to capture Han Solo in 1 ABY.
However, Vader also went after Solo, causing the Sith Lord and the bounty hunter to clash. Vader slowly wore Boba Fett down in the ensuing duel, but in the process, Solo escaped. Boba Fett eventually tracked and apprehended the smuggler on Bespin.
Also in Legends, Boba Fett was also known for occasionally carrying either the green-bladed lightsaber or another from his collection with him and he would, as a final resort, use the lightsaber in combat.
Why Would Boba Fett Keep Lightsabers?
Boba Fett grew resentful of the Jedi in 22 BBY, when he saw Jedi Master Mace Windu decapitate his father during the Battle of Geonosis. When this occurred, Boba wished for nothing more than to exert revenge on Windu and the Jedi Order.
Since Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker killed Windu in 19 BBY, Boba Fett never got to avenge Jango’s death. But he still became a powerful bounty hunter and even admitted to killing several Jedi in Star Wars Legends.
In Star Wars Legacy of the Force: Revelation (2008), Jaina Solo once stated, “Fett, you can teach me to bring down Jedi. You’ve done it often enough.” And in Star Wars Tales 11 (2002), Boba Fett even told Darth Vader, “You’re not the only one who’s killed Jedi.”
These lightsabers served as Boba Fett’s trophies, and Star Wars Tales 18: Being Boba Fett (2003) revealed that he had at least another three lightsabers besides the green-bladed one he used to duel Darth Vader with in Star Wars Tales 11.
What Were Boba Fett’s More Popular Weapons?
Since he was a non-Force-sensitive bounty hunter, lightsabers were not Baba Fett’s most popular weapons. Instead, he held the EE-3 carbine rifle in higher regard, as did many bounty hunters.
He also had a set of handmade wrist gauntlets, which contained weapons like retractable blades, a ZX miniature flamethrower, an MM9 projectile, and even a Dur-24 wrist laser.
Boba Fett also kept a pair of kneepad dart rocket launchers. These weapons were known for throwing off opponents since they looked like nothing more than another piece of armor.
Defensively, his Mandalorian armor held up well in battle, and he possessed outstanding agility thanks to his Z-6 jetpack.
Sion Fawkes has been covering Star Wars since January 2022, expanding his expertise in both Star Wars Canon and Legends. When not writing, you can find Sion in the gym or running trails. He also likes watching sports and listening to audiobooks.