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Star Wars Theory: Why Did Darth Maul Stop Using The Darksaber?

By Ishita Chatterjee
February 19,2022

Warning: The following contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett. 

Tragedy is part of a galaxy far, far away. Whether it’s Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader or even Darth Plagueis’ story, it’s hard to ignore the tragic tales set in the Star Wars universe.

Darth Maul’s story is also one of the worst tragedies set in Star Wars. Even though he was physically powerful and mentally skilled, he still failed to defeat Kenobi on Naboo.

So Darth Sidious left Maul and then replaced him. After this failure, Maul spent most of Clone Wars trying to get his place back as Sidious’ apprentice.

But Sidious didn’t want him anymore. Being discarded defined Darth Maul’s life. So he never quite reached his potential. Knowing this, it’s ironic that even a key weapon of Maul abandoned him.

Darth Maul And The Darksaber

Darth Maul and Darksaber

Darth Maul and Darksaber

Darth Maul and his red double-bladed lightsaber are synonymous with each other. But once upon a time, he had a different weapon- the Darksaber. In The Clone Wars season 5, Maul worked with the Mandalorian Death Watch.

Maul was a team player for a while, but eventually, he murdered Pre Vizsla and took Darksaber. So he became the Death Watch’s leader. Using a Jar’Kai style, Darth Maul used the Darksaber with the working half of his red lightsaber and then used it to take over Mandalore.

When he faced Ahsoka in season 7, he had already made his second double-bladed lightsaber and abandoned the Darksaber. Years later, we got to know during Star Wars Rebels that he had made a new lightsaber.

This boggled many fans because he could have just used the Darksaber that was with him. Now, that question might have finally been answered.

Why Did The Darksaber Feel Heavy To Din Djarin?

Din Djarin with the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett

Din Djarin with the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett

In Chapter 5 of The Book of Boba Fett, it’s revealed that Mando is having trouble using the weapon. We know that it’s important to align one’s emotional and mental energy with the blade; otherwise it would feel heavy.

But the actual reason the Black saber felt so heavy was that even though Din had won the lightsaber by Creed, he had tried to give it to Bo-Katan. And the saber didn’t like his actions.

Since the sentience of the weapon intertwined its fate with Mandalore’s rulers, there was just no way Mando could have been able to align with the blade.

This is because he tried to shun the responsibility of leadership, and as a result, the Darksaber didn’t approve of him and fought his moves.

Why Did The Darksaber Abandon Darth Maul? 

Darth Maul vs Ahsoka Tano during Seige of Mandalore

Darth Maul vs Ahsoka Tano during Siege of Mandalore

It’s possible that something like this happened with Maul. When he got the Darksaber from Pre Vizsla, he accepted Mandalore’s leadership and ruled over the people.

He wasn’t a Mandalorian, but he did win the blade. And this is why Darksaber aligned with him, just like it did with Moff Gideon.

Over time Maul stopped using the Black saber, and the most probable reason for thwas is that it started disapproving of him as a master.

And maybe that’s why it became unwieldy and heavy. Maybe the saber didn’t accept him anymore after he lost to Sidious. However, he did use it in the Son of Dathomir comics.

But maybe the answer is more simple- Maul stopped working for the good of Mandalore. When he started planning the downfall of the planet, the blade could probably feel his selfish desires.

And so it abandoned him. Maybe this is why Maul ultimately used a new double-blade in his fight with Ahsoka.

Check out season 1 of The Book of Boba Fett streaming on Disney+ now.

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