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The Mandalorian: 5 Ways The Darksaber Differs From Other Lightsabers

By Ishita Chatterjee
January 31,2022

The Darksaber was first seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s a legendary weapon unlike any other. The black saber has played a significant role in The Mandalorian, Rebels, and The Book of Boba Fett.

Din Djarin currently has the sought-after weapon. Right now, he is struggling to use the blade, and enemies are coming to get it. The Darksaber is essentially a lightsaber.

But it’s unlike any other weapon in Star Wars. Want to know how the Darksaber is different from the regular lightsaber? Here are 5 major differences between the two:

1.) Created By Tarre Vizsla, The First Mandalorian Jedi

Tarre Vizsla

Tarre Vizsla

The Darksaber was created by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to be a Jedi. This saber was made about a millennia before the events of the Skywalker saga.

There isn’t much information about Tarre Vizsla, but it can be assumed that he was a noble and cunning warrior who was admired by both the Jedi and the Mandalorians.

But even back then, relations between Mandalore and the Jedi were tense. After Tarre became one with the Force, the Darksaber stayed in the Temple until members of House Vizsla stole the weapon from there.

After the Mandalorian-Jedi war, the sacred weapon stayed with House Vizsla and was passed down in the family.

2.) The Darksaber’s Hilt Is Beskar

Sabine Wren with the Darksaber

Sabine Wren with the Darksaber

The Darksaber, like all other weapons made by Mandalorians, was created out of beskar. However, Din Djarin says that he hasn’t encountered a quality like that before.

The Armorer then says that this is because it was made by a Jedi. In animated Star Wars shows, the hilt of the Darksaber is rectangular and sharp.

The color seems to be light shades of gray. However, in live-action, the saber is mostly black and curved around the hilt. Knowing Beskar, the hilt is likely heavier than the run-of-the-mill lightsaber.

However, Tarre Vizsla clearly had no issues using the weapon. It should be noted that the Darksaber should be indestructible as a result of the material it is made out of.

3.) The Only Black Lightsaber

Din Djarin with the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett

Din Djarin with the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett

To date, the Darksaber is the only lightsaber that has a black blade in the canon of Star Wars. It also has a pointed tip that is different from the curved ends of the weapons of other Force users.

The kyber crystal isn’t black by itself, but current lore says that all crystals are clear initially, and the color of the blade is dependent on the builder who connects with it.

Presumably, the black color in a lightsaber is extremely rare, and maybe only Tarre Vizsla was able to produce it since he was a Mandalorian.

4.) It Determines The Mandalorian Ruler Through Combat

Din Djarin vs. Moff Gideon

Din Djarin vs. Moff Gideon

Season 2 of The Mandalorian made it clear that claiming ownership through victory in combat made one Mandalore’s rightful ruler.

Star Wars Rebels made things a little hazy in this regard since Sabine Wren just took the Darksaber from Darth Maul’s cave and later gave it to Bo-Katan Kryze.

But The Book of Boba Fett made it clear that accepting the weapon without legitimately fighting to get it cursed Bo. This led to the Night of a Thousand Tears.

So after Maul, the legitimate ruler would be Moff Gideon. But we don’t know if he got it through honorable means from Bo. However, right now, Din Djarin is the one who has the Darksaber and the throne. But it looks like he doesn’t want the latter.

5.) Connection With The Blade Is Necessary

Din Djarin and the Armorer

Din Djarin and the Armorer

Multiple stories have shown that the Jedi have a special bond with their lightsabers. As they are strong with the Force, they don’t face any issues while making that connection.

But the Darksaber is different. Both MandoVerse and Rebels clarified that non-Force users need to have the emotional and mental clarity to wield the weapon.

Both Sabine Wren and Din Djarin complained of feeling the weapon get heavier with each use. This was because their minds weren’t clear, and they couldn’t connect with the blade.

More will be explained about the Darksaber in new episodes of The Book of Boba Fett every Wednesday on Disney+.

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