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Palpatine's lightsabers
Production information
Model

Electrum Lightsaber[1]

Type

Single-blade

Culture

Sith

Creator

Palpatine

Date created

c. 65 BBY

Date destroyed

19 BBY, Coruscant (original weapon)[2]

Owners

Palpatine

Physical and technical specifications
Hilt shape

Cylindrical

Hilt length

19.00 centimeters

Hilt material
Crystal

Synthetic lightsaber crystal

Blade color

Red

Usage and history
Purpose

Lightsaber combat

Era(s)
Affiliation
"The Sith grew past the use of lightsabers. But we continue to use them, if only to humiliate the Jedi."
―Darth Sidious[src]

Palpatine's lightsabers were two Sith lightsabers created by Palpatine, also known as the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious.

SpecificationsEdit

Being a patron of the arts, Darth Sidious designed his original weapon with a high level of craftsmanship, clearly influenced by the Sith Lord's love of antiquity. The body of the lightsaber was fashioned from nigh-indestructible phrik alloy while the flat emitter was composed of aurodium.[1] The whole of the weapon possessed a refined and elegant electrum finish. The weapon utilized a synth-crystal as the focusing crystal.[3]

Ever the pragmatist, Sidious already had prepared a backup lightsaber. This weapon was initially identical to his first lightsaber with the electrum and phrik finish of his original weapon,[4] but it was later retrofitted with an unknown black alloy.[2]

Sidious himself felt that the Sith had outgrown the use of lightsabers, and only continued carrying them to mock the Jedi. He ultimately viewed his own lightsabers as little more than an affectation, and rarely wielded them in combat.[5]

HistoryEdit

Creation and early usageEdit

"Within a long, slim, rod-shaped cavity around which the sculpture had been forged rested a device that had lain, waiting, in absolute darkness - darkness beyond darkness - for decades."
―Palpatine's thoughts while retrieving his lightsaber.[src]
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Palpatine wielding the lightsaber during his training under Darth Plagueis.

Darth Sidious created his lightsaber during his apprenticeship, and used this weapon throughout his Sith training under Darth Plagueis. When he began his political career, he concealed his lightsaber within a neuranium statue of Sistros, having the piece fabricated around his lightsaber. The weapon remained hidden within the statue for at least two decades, waiting until Palpatine needed it. During this period, the Sith Lord was forced to use back-up weapons when he needed to wield a lightsaber. On one occasion, he even needed to wield his Master's lightsaber in lieu of his own weapon.[6][7][8]

Clone WarsEdit

In 20 BBY, Darth Sidious used his lightsabers during two separate occasions during the Clone Wars.

MandaloreEdit

When Darth Sidious learned that his former apprentice Darth Maul was alive following a twelve year exile and was on Mandalore with his brother Savage Opress having conquered the planet, Sidious took his two lightsabers with him and travelled to the Sundari Royal Palace in his personal shuttle and confronted the two Zabrak brothers. After exchanging brief words with Maul, he pulled out and used two lightsabers to combat the two. He used erratic, however fluent, movements during the duel, even going out of his way to cut up the floor of the palace.

Strained only once in the duel only very briefly, Sidious managed to separate Maul from his brother. When Opress recovered from a kick he received from Sidious, the two dueled to the point where Sidious sidestepped Opress and impaled the Nightbrother with his lightsabers, killing him.[9] Sidious - again exchanging brief words - leapt down with both lightsabers and continued to duel Maul. After disarming the Zabrak Sith Lord, he put his lightsabers away in the folds of his robes having won the duel and incapacitating Maul.[4]

MorabandEdit

On Coruscant, Darth Sidious plans to attack Yoda on Moraband with Sith sorcery; he utilizes his second apprentice Darth Tyranus's relationship to the elderly Jedi Master to his advantage in order to do so. With Tyranus's blood, Sidious creates an illusion that is fed by the Force lightning of both Sith Lords.

After failing to fool Yoda with an illusion of Sifo-Dyas, another illusion formed where Yoda is aboard a gunship landing in The Works. After Anakin Skywalker takes engages Tyranus in a lightsaber duel then the elderly Sith Lord is defeated, Yoda and Sidious duel on an outdoor walkway when each put out one lightsaber. Although Sidious fights Yoda evenly, Sidious uses Force lightning to incapacitate Anakin. Sidious continues to fight Yoda despite things taking a turn for the worst when Anakin's unconscious body begins to fall off the walkway destroyed by Sidious. Despite Sidious's claims, Yoda uses the Force to prevent the young Jedi Knight from falling (despite being an eventual threat) as the elderly Jedi was willing to sacrifice everything, including himself, in order to save his friend. After Yoda and Sidious both fall to the ground below and finds himself holding nothing but Sith Lord's empty robes, his final trial complete and awakens from his nightmarish vision.[10]

The Galactic Empire's riseEdit

Showdown on CoruscantEdit

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Palpatine brandishing his original lightsaber against the Jedi.

In 19 BBY, Palpatine revealed to Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker that he is a Sith Lord. As Mace Windu and his Jedi entourage rushed to the Senate Office Building to confront him, Palpatine retrieved his lightsaber in advance, so as not to be unarmed when they arrived. He retrieved it telekinetically by igniting it within the statue and seizing it once it burned its way out. Hiding the weapon within his sleeve, Palpatine awaited the Jedi. After a quick dialogue for the benefit of an audio recording device hidden in his office, the Supreme Chancellor brandished the weapon. With a cry more animal than human, the Sith Lord leapt at the Jedi, cutting down Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin, leaving both of them dead without blocking so much as one of his strikes. The Nautolan Kit Fisto managed to survive for mere seconds before it was a duel only between Palpatine and Windu.[2]

Gaining the early advantage, Palpatine gained ground on Windu. However, Windu's Vaapad technique allowed him to counter the Sith Lord's rage-fueled frenzy. The Jedi guided the battle towards the bay window of Palpatine's office and out onto the wind-blown ledge outside. The precarious position of the battle prompted Palpatine to channel some of his power into a Force-grip on the permacrete, marginally decreasing his speed. Windu briskly disarmed the Sith Lord with a surgically precise kick to the face, throwing Palpatine off-balance and causing the Sith Lord to drop his lightsaber as he flailed for purchase. The lightsaber fell out the window into the bottomless streets and alleyways of Coruscant below just before Skywalker shows up.[2] Consequentially, it also forced him to only rely on one lightsaber.[11]

Showdown within the SenateEdit

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Palpatine wielding his backup lightsaber against Yoda.

"From the shadow of a black wing, a small weapon - a hold-out, an easily concealed backup, a tiny bit of treachery expressing the core of Sith mastery - slid into a withered hand and spat a flame-colored blade of its own."
―Palpatine brandishing his backup lightsaber.[src]

Like his first weapon, Palpatine concealed this lightsaber up his sleeve. When the Jedi Grand Master Yoda confronted him in the aftermath of Order 66, Palpatine brandished the weapon. During their lightsaber duel, they were seemingly matched in combat. To tip the odds, the Galactic Emperor abandoned lightsaber combat and assaulted Yoda telekinetically. Leaping onto one of the delegation pods in the Senate arena, Palpatine attempted to inundate the Jedi Master, and though they proved evenly matched, the diminutive master was forced to retreat. [2]

Later usesEdit

When his third apprentice Darth Vader went about constructing his own lightsaber, Palpatine provided his elegant weapon as a model, as well as the synth-crystal that powered Vader's weapon. Vader regarded Palpatine's lightsaber as little more than an antique, and while respectful of its high level of craftsmanship, he preferred a weapon with more ballast. Vader's resulting weapon was little more than an enlarged version of his first Jedi lightsaber, machined out of a black alloy.[5]

Palpatine carried the lightsaber for a great deal of his life afterward, though he only rarely wielded it in combat, as his position as Emperor made battles with other Force-users few and far between, and he preferred to rely on his raw ability with the Force in any case.[12] Notably, he did brandish his lightsaber during the rebellion of the Sa Cuis clones, though he never actually used it, as Vader dealt with the uprising himself.[13]

StolenEdit

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Rahm Kota wielding the lightsaber against Palpatine.

When Galen Marek confronted him and Darth Vader in 2 BBY with the intention of rescuing the recently captured Rebel leaders, Palpatine sat back and allowed Vader to confront the Force-adept. When Marek bested the cyborg, Palpatine began appealing to him to slay Vader and replace him as his apprentice. As Marek mulled over the idea, captured Jedi and Rebel leader Rahm Kota sprang into action. Telekinetically seizing Palpatine's lightsaber from the Emperor's very sleeve, Kota killed the guards holding him and leapt at Palpatine.[14]

Palpatine brought Kota down with a blast of Force lightning. However, Kota's actions prompted Marek to attack the Emperor rather than Vader, and had a lengthy battle, during which Palpatine fought unarmed, Marek brought down the Dark Lord.[14]

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Combat:
Duel · Dun Möch · Fast style · Jar'Kai · Medium style · Strong style · Form "Zero" · Lus-ma · Mounted · Sokan · Three rings of defense · Trispzest · Tràkata
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Techniques:
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Variations:
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Lightsaber-resistant materials:
Amphistaff · Armorweave · Cortosis · Force weapon · Mandalorian iron · Neuranium · Orbalisks · Phrik · Sith alchemy · Songsteel · Ultrachrome · Vonduun crab
Technology:
Activation stud · Bifurcating cyclical-ignition pulse · Blade power adjustment knob · Blade emitter · Crystal · Diatium power cell · Discharge energy cell · Emitter matrix · Enhancement jewel · Fibercord · Field energizer · Flux aperture · Focusing lens · Force-activated · Hilt · Inert power insulator · Ion energy cell · Locking activator · Pommel cap · Power pack · Pressure grip · Stabilizing ring · Trapped grip
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