General Grievous’ lightsaber collection is arguably one of the most famed collections of lightsabers throughout the galaxy. Or is it?
The lightsaber collection in question here is none other than the famed trophies of the fearsome General Grievous. A source of fear for the Younglings of the Jedi Order and a constant thorn in the sides of the Jedi Knights all through the Clone Wars, General Grievous was a commander of the Separatist forces during the times before the rise of the Empire.
So, among the many questions surrounding the collection, the one that nobody can be sure of is how many lightsabers were in it. But fear not, this article will answer that question and all the others that you could possibly have about one of the most gruesome trophy collections in Star Wars.
By the time you reach the end of this Jedi-slaying, trophy-collecting, fear-inspiring story; you will know all too well why General Grievous was the only non-Force sensitive person that the Jedi considered a threat. And how he was able to defeat so many members of the Jedi Order.
Table of Contents
- How did the General start his Lightsaber collection?
- How was Grievous able to face the Jedi?
- How many Lightsabers did the General have in his collection?
- How does General Grievous fight with a lightsaber?
- How does General Grievous have Anakin’s lightsaber in Episode III?
How did the General start his Lightsaber collection?
“These will make a fine addition to my collection” – General Grievous to Anakin and Obi Wan in the start of Revenge of The Sith when he captured them and took their lightsabers.
Grievous was the only non-Force user that was able to match the Jedi blow for blow in a lightsaber duel. Despite his lack of connection to the force, Grievous was cybernetically enhanced to allow him to match even the most skilled Jedi blow for blow.
So how did General Grievous acquire so many lightsabers? The lightsabers he collected served as more than just weapons in his arsenal against the Jedi. They served as gruesome trophies that he collected from the Jedi that he bested and killed.
Every time that the General would face and best a member of the order, he would take their lightsaber off of their corpse and use it in future battles. They would serve as a mental weapon against his opponent at times, when another member of the Order would recognize the lightsaber of their friend or even their Padawan.
How was Grievous able to face the Jedi?
At the beginning of the Clone Wars – when the Separatist Alliance was formed as a cover for the Sith to control the events unfolding in the galaxy – the Sith Lord, Count Dooku began his search for a competent leader for the droid army. And it was during this search, that he stumbled upon a Kaleesh warrior named, Qymaen jai Sheelal.
Inside Qymaen, the Count saw a deep hatred for the Jedi Order and the conviction required to wage a war against them. Qymaen, due to his extensive physical injuries, willingly submitted to a procedure which would fit him with a series of cybernetic enhancements that would allow him to match his Jedi opponents in strength.
During this procedure, most of his limbs and organic parts were replaced by metallic implants, with the sole exception of his brain, heart, and few other organs. It was also during this procedure, and before his promotion to Supreme Commander of the Separatist Droid Army, that he was renamed Grievous and given the rank of General.
But now that we know how the collection was made, and how General Grievous was able to defeat the Jedi; the question becomes,
How many Lightsabers did the General have in his collection?
Throughout his time spent fighting Jedi in the Clone Wars, the General was responsible for slaying quite a few members of the Order, both on and off the screen. So, stay with us as we list through all of the lightsaber duels that he won.
1. Nahdar Vebb (Star Wars: The Clone Wars 1x10)
This was one of the more famous duels that the General fought and won during the Clone Wars, and also one of the few that made it into the animated series. Nadhar Vebb was a newly knighted Jedi, who fought the General in his own lair and fell when separated from his former master and friend, Kit Fisto
The notable fact here is that this lightsaber was one of three that were reclaimed from the General while he was alive; that too by Kit Fisto in a duel that followed the one featuring Nadhar’s demise.
2. Ur-Sema Du (Legends)
Ur-Sema Du was the first Jedi to encounter Grievous after the surgery that gave him his cybernetic enhancements. She fought Grievous at the Battle of Geonosis, although not shown on-screen and fell to him due to underestimating his strength and skill as a warrior.
While being the General’s first kill, Ur-Sema’s lightsaber was not the start of Grievous’ collection, and her lightsaber, as the second addition to his collection, grew to be a weapon that he would use whenever he could to strike fear into the hearts of his foes.
3. Sha’a-Gi and Daakman Barrek (Clone Wars 2003)
This Padawan and Master duo was sent by the Jedi Council on a scouting mission to the planet Hypori. It was here, after reporting the secrets they discovered back to Obi Wan Kenobi, that the duo was ambushed by an army of droids led by General Grievous.
Daakman Barrek was slain almost instantly while Sha’a-Gi fled in terror. He regrouped with a few other Jedi and although the Padawan was told to remain calm, he once again ran to save his own life, which led to the General attacking and killing him.
4. Tarr Seir (Clone Wars 2003)
Tarr Seir was among the other Jedi that Sha’a-Gi hid with on Hypori after the death of his master. Tarr was also struck down by General Grievous soon after Sha’a-Gi.
5. Shaak-Ti and Foul Moudama (RoTS Deleted Scene)
At the beginning of Revenge of The Sith, Jedi Masters Shaak Ti and Foul Moudama were sent to rescue Chancellor Palpatine after his fake capture at the hands of Grievous and Count Dooku. Both Jedi were captured and killed, and their lightsabers became fearsome weapons in Grievous’ hands.
6. Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi (RoTS)
In the first act of Episode III, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi were sent to rescue Chancellor Palpatine after his intentional capture by Count Dooku. It was during this mission that, after the defeat of Count Dooku at the hands of Skywalker, that the duo was captured by General Grievous.
It was in these brief few minutes that the lightsabers of Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi made it into the collection of General Grievous. Despite their capture, the Jedi would use the force to pull their lightsabers out of the General’s cape and back into the possession of their rightful owners.
7. Sifo Dyas (Legends)
This lightsaber was not acquired by Grievous himself and was instead given to him shortly after his cybernetic enhancement surgery. The lightsaber was given to him by his master, Count Dooku, and belonged to Jedi Master Sifo Dyas, who was defeated by Dooku prior to the Battle of Geonosis.
- Roron Corobb
- Roth-Del Masona
- B’ink Utrila
But despite possessing his impressively huge collection, not all of which is documented, a lightsaber is not a weapon that can be wielded by just anyone.
How does General Grievous fight with a lightsaber?
“I have been trained in your Jedi arts by Count Dooku” – Grievous to Obi Wan Kenobi when he was confronted on Utapau.
General Grievous was trained and informed of the forms of combat that the Jedi preferred to use and master ranging all the way from Form I to Form VII. Due to the variety of opponents that he would be facing, the General developed his own form of lightsaber combat.
His unique combat style uses the abilities of his cybernetic enhancements to their full potential as he uses four lightsabers at a time. He wields them with his separable limbs that allow two of them to be spun at extremely high speeds and form a shield while the other two are used to cut down opponents.
This combat form, infamously labelled as the “Unrelenting Advance”, is a true force to be reckoned with when paired with Grievous’ lack of weak points and extremely tall build. This allows for an unrivalled reach and certain attacks that would not be possible with organic limbs.
How does General Grievous have Anakin’s lightsaber in Episode III?
In Episode III, there comes a scene before the famed duel between Obi Wan and Grievous where the General gets into the stance required to commence attacking using Unrelenting Advance. It is during this scene that a few eagle-eyed fans spotted Anakin Skywalker’s famed lightsaber in one of Grievous’ hands.
This observation led to many fans asking how the lightsaber came to be with Grievous, given that Anakin was alive and well of Coruscant, almost half a galaxy away.
During the making of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the animators for General Grievous’ design used the same model as the hilt of Anakin’s lightsaber, so it really boils down to an issue of laziness more than anything else.
So, at the end of our exploration into the history surrounding the finest lightsaber collection in any galaxy, we hope that all your questions have been answered. Do you think your collection is more impressive? Tell us below if you think so.