Lightsaber combat

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"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Vader, before the two engage in lightsaber combat — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Kenobi Mustafar

Obi-Wan Kenobi duels Anakin Skywalker, newly christened Darth Vader, on Mustafar

Lightsaber combat occurred when two or more opponents using lightsabers engaged in a lightsaber duel. Such opponents were often, though not always, Sith and Jedi. Though lightsaber combat decided the results of some important conflicts throughout the galaxy, often when two Force-sensitive opponents were nearly evenly matched, they had to resort to other means to settle the conflict, such as drawing on other Force powers.

There were seven known forms of lightsaber combat: Form I, Form II, Form III, Form IV, Form V, Form VI, and Form VII.[1]


"My powers have doubled since the last time we met, Count."
"Good. Twice the pride, double the fall."
Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku as they engage in lightsaber combat — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Jedi circle

The advent of the Clone Wars brought about a resurgence in the use of lightsaber combat.

The Jedi Order generally eschewed war, preferring to solve problems through peaceful negotiations whenever possible. Upon the advent of the Clone Wars, however, pushed by the militant stance of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine (secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious manipulating matters for his own ends), "aggressive negotiations" through lightsaber combat became commonplace.[2]

Skilled duelists in lightsaber combat fighting on the side of the Jedi and the Galactic Republic included Plo Koon,Kit Fisto, Obi-Wan Kenobi,[2] Ahsoka Tano,[3] Shaak Ti, Saesee Tiin, Quinlan Vos, Luminara Unduli, Mace Windu and Yoda.[2] Those fighting against the Jedi, either for their own reasons or in support of the Sith and/or the Confederacy of Independent Systems included General Grievous,[4] Darth Maul,[5] Savage Opress,[6] Darth Sidious,[4] Dooku,[2] and Asajj Ventress.[7] Still others fought at one point for the Jedi, but later fell to the dark side of the Force. These included Pong Krell[8], Barriss Offee[9] and Anakin Skywalker, who became the feared Sith Lord Darth Vader.[4]


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