Star Wars is a worldwide phenomenon with a massive fanbase. So it’s highly unlikely for anyone to have not heard of a lightsaber or the iconic character called Yoda.
Blue and Green are the main identifying blade colors of the Jedi Order. Fittingly so, Yoda wields a green shoto style lightsaber, an appropriate color to match his position of Grand Master.
The hilt is a 15cm straight and cylindrical alloy metal. And like most Jedi, it is powered by a Kyber crystal which was harvested from the planet Ilum.
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Because of his small stature, a shoto lightsaber is a practical choice. This saber was a smaller version and was normally used as supplementary, especially for those who practiced Jar-Kai as their fighting style.
Because of the compact size, it’s much more manageable for Yoda. Imagine him using a regular-sized saber, it’s completely impractical and could cause some serious detriments during duels.
Others who have wielded shoto sabers as their main lightsaber are Yaddle and Toki Tollivar. In their instances, they also chose the shoto because of their scant size.
The Gathering is a rite of passage for Jedi Younglings to qualify as Padawans. In this ritual, they learn about lightsabers and go through multiple tests where they ultimately have to acquire a Kyber crystal in order to pass.
Yoda is no exception in this case. After passing and achieving a Kyber crystal, he constructed his lightsaber under the guidance of Huyang.
Who is Yoda?
If you ask people who Yoda is, they’ll tell you that he’s the small green alien. But that description completely devoid of his true character and importance.
Yoda is known as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. This position is given to the oldest and wisest member of the Jedi Order.
There is no record of what species he is. But what we know is that he was born in the year 896 BBY and when he passed away, he was over 900 years old.
As a leader, he trained over 20,000 Jedi and was extremely wise. We see this in his opposition to having Anakin Skywalker be trained as a Jedi.
Eventually, he also trained Luke Skywalker. He later died but he did return as a Force ghost thanks to Qui Gon Jinn’s help.
How Powerful is Yoda?
In Kanan’s description, Yoda is small, green, and wrinkly with pointy ears. But don’t let it fool you, his small stature is the complete antitheses of his prowess as a fighter and his influence as a leader.
He is also a master of Form IV but is also capable of other fighting styles. His vast Force abilities were not only for battle but also for non-combative purposes.
Yoda vs. Darth Tyranus
During the first battle of Clone Wars on Geonosis, Yoda engaged in a lightsaber duel against Darth Tyranus. Starting with a display of Force powers from both sides, the audience anticipates the intense build-up leading to the inevitable epic duel.
Seeing as their abilities with the Force were evenly matched, Dooku states that they must battle with their sabers. Soon after, we see Yoda’s Form IV against Count Dooku’s Form II.
However, Dooku creates a diversion and flees from the battle. You can watch the full duel here:
Yoda vs. Darth Sidious
This was the unforgettable duel in the Imperial Senate Chamber. Sidious was first able to topple over Yoda with Force Lightning. But with Force Push, Yoda propelled his enemy across the room.
Lightsabers drawn, they fought as the podium rose up to the heart of the Imperial Senate Chamber. With speed and skills for up-close fights, Yoda’s dynamism caused Sidious to struggle.
However, when Sidious started to hurtle senate pods to Yoda’s direction, the tables were turned. The Jedi Master tries his best to leap from one pod to another in an attempt to get back to a close-up battle, but the architecture of the senate chamber made it difficult.
Yoda was forced to retract his lightsaber and use his Force powers to deflect the pod that was thrown in his direction. He maneuvers the senate pod to spin and he sent it flying back in the direction of Darth Sidious.
The enemy no was forced to jump down to another pod and Yoda intercepts him, lightsaber out. But Sidious quickly uses Force lightning and completely disarms Yoda.
His saber knocked away from his grasp, he had to absorb the foe’s lightning attack and compress it into an orb. This caused an explosion between them and thrust both parties in opposite directions.
Unfortunately, Yoda fell to the bottom and had to retreat.
In our list, he is the second strongest Jedi. Read more about the 10 strongest Jedi.