Darksaber was first introduced to Star Wars lore in The Clone Wars. It is an ancient weapon that belonged to Mandalorian Jedi Tarre Vizsla. But over time it became so that possessing the blade meant that they were Mandalore’s true rulers.
We saw the Darksaber for the first time in live-action in The Mandalorian, and by the end of season 2, Mando himself had the sword after defeating its previous holder Moff Gideon, in single combat.
Episode 4 of The Book of Boba Fett heavily hinted at Din Djarin coming into the show. They played The Mandalorian theme after Fennec Shand said that they needed hired help for their fight.
In episode 5, that foreshadowing paid off, and we got to see Don Djarin in the show. When he arrived it’s like The Book of Boba Fett stopped its usual programming to bring viewers another episode of The Mandalorian.
The episode picked up with Mando after season 2’s finale. There the bounty hunter found that The Armorer was looking to make a special present for a little pea-green Jedi.
The two of them discussed the history and dangers of the Darksaber that Din now had with him. He complained that the blade seemed to be getting more and more heavier with every movement.
The Armorer said that he was fighting the Darksaber rather than fighting with it. This explains the issue in a nutshell, but there’s a better explanation for this phantom weight increase in the Star Wars canon.
In season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels, titled “Trials of the Darksaber,” we see Sabine Wren training with this weapon for the very first time. Viewers of the animated series will also know that Kanan Jarrus was her instructor.
Upon igniting, Sabine says that the saber feels:
“heavier than [she] thought.”
And Jarrus explains why it feels like that:
“Energy constantly flows through the crystal. You’re not fighting with a simple blade as much as you are directing a current of power. Your thoughts, your actions, they become energy. They flow through the crystal as well, and become a part of the blade.”
So anyone who can’t control and accept their feelings and thoughts, or anyone with an undisciplined fighting style will find the saber hard to control. This is because the holder’s internal baggage will channel into the blade and weigh it down.
Din Djarin has endured great turmoil in his life. He had to let Grogu go with Luke Skywalker. Also, his ship was destroyed by the Empire. Also, he learned that the Mandalorian creed he knew all of his life was an extremist cult.
Not to mention that with Darksaber, he accidentally inherited the responsibility of his people. Also, as a warrior, Din is more accustomed to explosives and blasters than lightsabers.
It needs to be noted that Kanan Jarrus made Sabine learn about lightsaber form before beginning her training with the Darksaber. So Mando’s struggles with the Darksaber aren’t surprising, and the heaviness of the blade is to be expected.
The longer he will use it, the more of his energy will flow into the Darksaber crystal. But fortunately, Din Djarin can learn to use the Darksaber soon enough.
During her training with Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren faced her anger and fear over the fate of Mandalore. This affirmed her determination to tame saber so that she could protect her family and friends. As the training continued, Sabine eventually acknowledged that:
“The blade feels lighter.”
Jarrus attributes this to making a connection with the blade. So if Din wants to use his black blade to the full, he needs to overcome his hangups and form a similar bond.
If he can successfully channel his emotional energies correctly, he can connect with the blade. So he needs to figure out his priorities now that Grogu is no longer in the picture.
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