The final scene of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker showed Rey on Tatooine in possession of a different color lightsaber. Here’s what that color means.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
While there have been a variety of lightsaber colors in Star Wars media outside of the movies, in the live action features prior to The Rise of Skywalker, we have only ever seen a total of four colors: Blue, Green, and Purple for Jedi, and Red for Sith.
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In the Star Wars Universe, a Jedi’s lightsaber color is said to be indicative of their personality and character, as the Kyber Crystal that powers the lightsaber chooses the Jedi, not the other way around.
The Crystals start out colorless and do not begin to show color until a connection to their Jedi has been forged.
Blue lightsabers mean that users focus more on their skill in combat with a lightsaber rather than their use of the force. Green lightsaber wielders prefer focusing on their force abilities rather than their lightsaber skills.
Purple has only been used by one Jedi, Mace Windu, representing that he has a connection to both the dark and light side of the force, and that he is very aggressive in battle.
Kyber Crystals are not naturally Red, and dark side force users are unable to forge a connection with normal crystals, so in order to achieve this red color, they much pour their hatred and anger into a stolen crystal to cause it to “bleed”, turning it red.
Up until The Rise of Skywalker, these were the only four colors we had seen on the big screen, but at the end of the movie, we were shown Rey was now in possession of a Yellow bladed one.
This is not the first appearance of this color blade in canon, as Asajj Ventress and Ahsoka have wielded one in the Clone Wars TV show, but this is the first live action appearance.
While it has yet to be revealed where and when she came into possession of this lightsaber, we do know what the color of the blade says about her personality.
Yellow bladed sabers represent that their users “wield the force with the perfect blend of knowledge and power” and have traditionally be used by Jedi sentinels, guardians of the Jedi Temple.
Rey’s use of this color blade means two things: 1) Disney wanted to try to sell more toys. 2) Rey is now the guardian of the knowledge of the Jedi Order.
Going forward, it is now her responsibility to protect the knowledge of the Jedi. While she is not in charge of protecting the Jedi Temple, as the sentinels were before her, she is the sole owner of the teachings of the Jedi and the one responsible for passing those teachings to the next generation.
Rey has essentially taken on the role of the Sentinels, hence which her new lightsaber has taken on the color of theirs.
While how she got this new lightsaber is yet to be revealed, I’m sure that it will eventually be revealed in tie-in comics or any upcoming Star Wars expanded media.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently playing in theaters.