While we know that the lightsaber in Star Wars is a powerful weapon in the hands of a Jedi or a well-trained swordsman, we also know that different Jedi have different lightsaber colors. This was made clear during the prequel trilogy when different lightsaber colors were introduced after some fans thought that only blue, green, and red saber colors existed. So, with that said, different Jedi use different lightsaber colors. But which is the most powerful lightsaber color?
The color of the lightsaber doesn’t dictate the power of a lightsaber, but there are lightsaber colors that only the strongest Jedi use. For example, Mace Windu, the strongest swordsman of the Jedi Order before Order 66, had a purple lightsaber exclusive to him in canon.
To reiterate, the color of the lightsaber doesn’t mean anything at all except for the red and white colors. The colors don’t dictate the power of a lightsaber. But we know that certain saber colors were used only by some of the galaxy’s strongest Jedi or Force users. So, with that said, let’s look at this topic in greater detail to understand it more.
Does Lightsaber Color Matter?
One of the things that we know about the world of Star Wars is that the Jedi use lightsabers that have different colors. In the original trilogy, the blue lightsaber color was mostly used as that was the color of the sabers that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker (using Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber) used. Of course, we also know that Darth Vader and the Sith used red sabers. Meanwhile, in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke introduced his new green lightsaber.
Things changed, however, during the events of the prequel trilogy movies, as this was the time when the Jedi Order was still alive and thriving. That was when we saw different lightsaber colors outside of the usual blue, red, and green colors introduced in the first three movies.
As such, different Jedi had different lightsaber colors, which only made our screens more vibrant whenever there were different Jedi engaged in combat. But did lightsaber color actually matter when it comes to the strength of a lightsaber?
Essentially, the color of a lightsaber doesn’t mean anything other than adding a layer of coolness to the weapon. All lightsabers are essentially the same in terms of their power and capabilities, which means that the saber’s color doesn’t really matter regarding the blade’s strength. Subtle differences in the design of the saber’s hilt can matter depending on the fighting style of the one wielding it. But the color of the lightsaber itself doesn’t change anything at all.
So, regardless of the color of the lightsaber, it doesn’t change the fact that the one wielding the lightsaber is the most important factor in a fight. The color of a lightsaber is almost completely random, according to the current Star Wars canon. Of course, the lightsaber color in the past depended on the type of Jedi wielding it. But ever since Disney acquired the Lucasfilm rights, lightsaber colors have no inherent meaning and are almost completely random.
The only lightsaber colors that have meaning are red and white. A red lightsaber had its crystal “bled” through the dark side of the Force. Meanwhile, a white lightsaber color could only be achieved by cleansing the corruption of a red lightsaber crystal. However, while both saber colors have meanings, they don’t have special properties that make them stronger than other lightsaber colors.
Which Lightsaber Color Is the Strongest?
We have established that lightsaber color doesn’t determine the strength of a lightsaber, and that’s because the saber color doesn’t add any power to the saber at all. In that regard, no lightsaber color can be considered stronger than any other color.
Nevertheless, certain lightsaber colors are attached to certain Jedi that are a lot stronger or, at the very least, more special than others regarding their importance to the storyline.
We know that Mace Windu wielded a purple lightsaber exclusive to him in the current canon. The real-world reason he has a purple lightsaber is that Samuel L. Jackson, the actor portraying Windu, simply wanted to have a purple lightsaber because purple was his favorite color. He has a purple lightsaber in canon simply because that was what the saber’s color turned into when he constructed his lightsaber.
Mace Windu was arguably the strongest combatant of the Jedi Order before its fall. While Yoda was the most powerful out of all of the Jedi Masters then, Windu’s place as the mightiest combatant could not be questioned. As such, the purple lightsaber color is synonymous with his abilities as a swordsman and his incredible prowess in the Vaapad lightsaber combat style, which is a form that only Mace Windu was able to use successfully without getting tempted by the dark side.
Meanwhile, Ahsoka Tano, after leaving the Jedi Order, ended up with two lightsabers with blades that were white. While Ahsoka isn’t the strongest Jedi, she was one of the strongest Force users alive during the Empire’s reign, as there weren’t a lot of Jedi left in the galaxy. Her white lightsabers were acquired after she purged the corruption from the red lightsaber crystals of the Sixth Brother after she defeated the Inquisitor.
Of course, there’s the Darksaber, which is the only lightsaber with a blade that’s color black. It is an ancient weapon that dates back more than a thousand years before the events of the mainline Star Wars movies. Forged by Tarre Vizsla, the only Mandalorian Jedi in known history, the Darksaber is unique in design and color. It eventually became a special weapon for the Mandalorians because it symbolized leadership among them, as whoever wielded the weapon was the rightful leader.
None of the abovementioned lightsaber colors are stronger than any other lightsaber colors. But they do have special meanings that are attached to their colors. And those who wielded those lightsabers were also strong warriors that stood out.
Nevertheless, a lightsaber’s strength depends on its user, which means that the most important factor is still the one wielding the lightsaber. As such, even though some people believe that the purple lightsaber is the strongest, the fact is that it only became synonymous with that notion due to Mace Windu’s strength and not because it was inherently stronger than any other lightsaber color.