Luke Skywalker is the main protagonist of the original trilogy. He was the real ‘Chosen One’ who defeated the Empire and built the New Republic as the prophecy foretold. Luke changed an entire era. Still, he only appeared in the original trilogy and had almost no appearance for 3 decades. Many mysteries about the Luke Skywalker were left unattended during that time.
After Luke’s appearance in the ‘Mandalorian.’ series, the hardcore fans are coming up with all those questions again. One famous question these days is about Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. He appeared recently with a green lightsaber, but we have also seen him with different lightsabers. So, what color is Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber? Let’s dive into the canon story to find out.
Luke Skywalker’s Blue Lightsaber
Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber was the first-ever lightsaber to appear on the screen in the 1970s. But was it Luke’s lightsaber? No! When Obi-Wan gave him this lightsaber in ‘A New Hope.’ He told him that it was his father’s, Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. Anakin created this blue lightsaber in the era of the Old Republic, but he lost it after turning to the Dark Side.
Obi-Wan kept Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber safe and gave it to Luke when Luke was old enough. Luke wielded this lightsaber in the first two movies. In the “Empire Strikes Back.” Luke lost his lightsaber in Cloud city during the fight against Darth Vader. It was the last time Luke used this blue lightsaber.
So, did the next movie feature Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber? Yes! But, he owned another lightsaber very few people know about.
Luke Skywalker’s Yellow Lightsaber
After Luke lost his blue lightsaber on Cloud City, he came back and tried to find it. Although he could not find his lightsaber, he saw Force vision guiding him to an old outpost of the High Republic era. This era was the best era for the Jedis, and they created great lightsabers during that time. This vision guided Luke to an outpost where he found a yellow lightsaber.
Luke Skywalker’s yellow lightsaber did not appear in any series of movies. But, it is a part of the canon stories. This yellow lightsaber had an ancient hilt design and was wielded by the High Republic Temple guards. The yellow lightsabers of the modern Temple guards look like double-bladed lightsabers, but this lightsaber was a single standard lightsaber.
Luke Skywalker used it for some time before creating his own lightsaber, known as Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber.
What happened to Luke’s yellow lightsaber is unknown. He may have kept it to himself. As we know, Rey ignited a yellow lightsaber in the sequel trilogy finale. It is possible that she got her hands on Luke’s Yellow lightsaber while getting the Jedi training from him on the Ahch-To planet.
Luke Skywalker’s Green Lightsaber
Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber is one of the most iconic weapons of Star Wars. After losing Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, he appeared in the “Return of the Jedi.” with his green lightsaber.” No one knows where he got this lightsaber. He likely learned how to build a lightsaber from Master Yoda and created his own lightsaber.
It was a single standard lightsaber with a cylindrical hilt and a green Kyber crystal infused inside the hilt. The hilt design resembled the hilts of the Old Republic. Some say that he used Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber after finding it in Obi-Wan’s hut. But, there is no canon evidence for this theory.
Luke demolished the Empire with his green lightsaber, and he continued to use it even after the Empire. Almost 2 decades after creating the New Empire, Luke Skywalker abandoned the Republic after failing to train his Nephew properly. His Nephew turned to the Dark Side, and Luke blamed himself for it. He left the Jedi Order, and we did not see him using his green lightsaber again. You can watch it in the sequels trilogy.
What Happened to Luke’s Green Lightsaber?
When Luke abandoned the Republic, he went to a hidden planet known as Ahch-To. Luke was planning to spend the rest of his life on this planet. He quit being a Jedi and stopped using his green lightsaber. But what happened to his lightsaber? Did he just abandon it too? No!
No explanation about this issue was given in the sequel trilogy. Although, the canon story from comics gave us a satisfactory answer.
Luke was a responsible Jedi, and it was highly unlikely that he just threw his lightsaber away. So, according to the story, Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber was in a safe place. After Luke decided to abandon the Republic, he collected all the Jedi relics and gave them to the caretakers of Ahch-To for caretaking. His green lightsaber was also amongst that Jedi stuff.
These caretakers are supposed to keep every Jedi stuff safe. Even after Luke died, his green lightsaber stayed protected by the caretakers.
How did Maz get Luke’s Lightsaber?
Now we know what happened to Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber. But, the mystery about his father’s, Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, is still to uncover.
After Luke lost his blue lightsaber on Cloud City, this lightsaber stayed lost for almost 2 decades. It appeared again in the first movie of the Sequels. One of the Han Solo’s friends, Maz, kept this lightsaber in his castle.
How did Maz get Luke’s lightsaber? Well, when Han Solo asked him the same question, he said, “This is a story for another time.”
No definite answer is given in any canon movie or the novel. So, I have a theory derived after searching the legend stories.
Maz was once a squad member of Han Solo. They explored the galaxy and collected everything they found, including the precious relics. They also used to buy stuff from different planets as a hobby and business.
So, Maz may have found Luke’s lightsaber while traveling through the galaxy. Most likely, he bought it off from some space junk dealer after recognizing the lightsaber. The lightsaber ultimately went into the hands of Rey, so it does not matter where Maz found it after all.
Rey used this blue Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber to kill Darth Sidious, and then she buried the lightsaber in the desert of Jakku planet.