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Kylo Ren's lightsaber was a crossguard lightsaber constructed by Kylo Ren, an agent of the First Order, sometime before or during 34 ABY. The lightsaber, based on an ancient design dating back to the Great Scourge of Malachor, contained a cracked Kyber crystal, requiring it to have lateral vents on either side of the handle in order to divert the extra heat generated by the crystal.

During the cold war, Ren wielded the lightsaber to kill Church of the Force member Lor San Tekka, and his father, Han Solo. He later dueled the former stormtrooper known as Finn, and the Force-sensitive scavenger Rey, though he lost to the latter.

DescriptionEdit

Kylo Ren's lightsaber was the personal crossguard lightsaber of Kylo Ren, an agent of the First Order serving as Master of the Knights of Ren.

The weapon was built sometime before or during 34 ABY.[4] The lightsaber was crudely assembled based on an ancient design dating back thousands of years to the Great Scourge of Malachor.[5][6] Despite being an ancient design, the lightsaber had modern components inside it. A single cracked Kyber crystal, barely able to contain the weapon's power, necessitated the lateral vents which diverted the extra heat produced by the crystal to either side of the hilt, and gave the weapon's red plasma blades an unstable, serrated appearance. To balance the weapon's power, the crossguard blades emerge after the main blade appears.[1]

HistoryEdit

Kylo kills Solo

Ren used his weapon to impale his own father, Han Solo.

"Ben!"
"Han Solo. I've been waiting for this day for a long time. [...] Will you help me?"
"Yes. Anything."
―Han Solo and Kylo Ren[src]

Ren wielded the crossguard lightsaber while working alongside the Knights of Ren and the First Order. During the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, he used the lightsaber to kill Lor San Tekka, a member of the Church of the Force, as well as his own father, Han Solo. It later crossed blades with the lightsaber that formerly belonged to Ren's grandfather, the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. Although he defeated and injured the former stormtrooper known as Finn in a brief duel, he was in turn defeated by Rey, who successfully channeled the Force within herself to fight back, striking Ren's lightsaber and knocking it from his hand.[2][7]

Sometime later whilst in the presence of Supreme Leader Snoke's Elite Praetorian Guards, the lightsaber came into the possession of Rey.[8]

Behind the scenesEdit

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The mechanics of Kylo Ren's lightsaber.

Kylo Ren's lightsaber was introduced in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The trailer, released on November 28, 2014, showed Ren walking through a snowy forest on Starkiller Base and igniting the lightsaber. The introduction of the lightsaber was well-publicized in the media, including on The Colbert Report and @Midnight on Comedy Central. The lightsaber was also the subject of a number of pieces of fan art released in the days after the trailer premiered.[9]

It appeared twice in the second trailer that debuted at Celebration Anaheim 2015. The trailer showed Ren swinging the lightsaber, and later holding it in his left hand while he holds out his right. The concept of a crossguard lightsaber was first introduced in Star Wars Legends, previously known as the Expanded Universe.[10] The lightsaber, which had two beams rather than three, made its first appearance in the 2004 comic book Republic 61: Dead Ends.[11]

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Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  3. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens to 34 ABY. Considering Ren had constructed his lightsaber by then, he must have built it in that year or sometime prior.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Desc
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
  7. The Force Awakens: Rey's Story
  8. TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter. "In VIII days, see Star Wars: #TheLastJedi. Get tickets now: http://www.fandango.com/lastjedi"
  9. Dickens, Donna (December 1, 2014). 13 Stunning Pieces of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Fan Art. HitFix. Retrieved on December 2, 2014.
  10. SWCustom-2011 The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page on StarWars.com (backup link)
  11. Republic 61: Dead Ends

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