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The Mandalorian: What Is The Darksaber?

The “Darksaber” first appeared in the finale of The Mandalorian Season 1, but many “Star Wars” fans were already familiar with the special black lightsaber from the previous series. Many questions surround the darksaber. Why does it look so different from other lightsabers? Where does it come from? And why does it seem so terribly difficult for its current bearer, Din Djarin? We have answered all questions about the “Darksaber” for you.


Where Does The Darksaber Come From?

The Darksaber is thousands of years old and was forged in the days of the Old Republic. At the time, it belonged to Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order. After his death, it was kept in the Jedi Temple but was stolen by Vizsla’s descendants. The Mandalorians of House Vizsla used the sword for generations to slay many Jedi and secured dominion over the Mandalorians’ home planet with the Darksaber: Mandalore.

Then, in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Darksaber made its first appearance in the hands of Pre Vizsla, the leader of the Death Watch and governor of one moon of Mandalore. The Death Watch (also called “Death Guard”) was a faction in the Mandalorian Civil War. The Duchess of Mandalore, Satine Kryze, wanted the Mandalorians to turn their backs on war and combat; the Death Watch, led by Vizsla, opposed it. Vizsla allied with the Sith Lord Darth Maul to seize rulership of Mandalore but was subsequently challenged by Maul and died. The darksaber became Maul’s possession.

Eventually, in Star Wars: Rebels, Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian, stole the sword from Maul and used it in the battle to liberate the planet Mandalore from the Empire. She gave it to Duchess Satine’s sister, Bo-Katan Kryze, as the darksaber has become a symbol of rulership of Mandalore over the years. Armed with the weapon, Kryze should be able to exercise her claim to the throne. But the sword was not to remain in her possession for long.


Because in “The Mandalorian” Moff Gideon, an officer of the Galatian Empire, possesses the Darksaber and challenges the Mandalorian Din Djarin to a duel at the end of season 2. The bounty hunter is able to defeat the Moff and thus unintentionally, becomes the rightful ruler of Mandalore. Kryze, who has tried everything to regain her possession of the Darksaber, must now decide whether to challenge Djarin to battle. 

According to old Mandalorian tradition, the dark sword must be won in a duel and may not be handed over voluntarily. For this reason, many Mandalorians questioned her right to the throne of Mandalore even back when the sword was still in her possession, after all, it was given to her by Sabine, not won in battle.

Why Does The Darksaber Look So Different?

The Darksaber is an ancient lightsaber with a black blade that is shorter than many other lightsabers. The sword’s hilt is made of beskar, a metal also used in Mandalorian armor. While most lightsabers are made by Jedi (or Sith) and look similar, the Darksaber is based on Mandalorian forging. The crystal inside the hilt is unlike the lightsaber crystals used by Jedi and Sith: it serves as a channel for the energy of the Force.


Behind the scenes, the sword’s appearance can also be traced back to The Clone Wars writer Dave Filoni’s original plan, the darksaber was not supposed to be a lightsaber, but a vibroblade (also a Mandalorian sword). However, George Lucas, the inventor of “Star Wars”, who still had a say at the time, spoke out against it, since a lightsaber would no longer be anything special if someone with a simple vibroblade could fight it. This is how the Darksaber and its special appearance came about.

Maria Gaspar
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