Crimson Reign explains Yoda lightsaber mystery from The Book of Boba Fett

Marvel’s Star Wars: Crimson Reign #1. Photo:
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett and Crimson Reign #3. 

In the sixth episode of The Book of Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker presented Grogu with the choice to be a Mandalorian or to be a Jedi. If Grogu chose the beskar armor Din Djarin had made for him, Grogu would be choosing the Mandalorian way. If Grogu chose a green lightsaber that once belonged to Yoda, he would be choosing the Jedi way.

While it was a compelling idea for Grogu to be able to choose Yoda’s lightsaber, some fans were confused about how Luke had the lighsaber in the first place. Yoda lost his lightsaber during his duel against Emperor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. The weapon was recovered and then publicly destroyed by Mas Amedda in the Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith comics.

Crimson Reign #3 has provided a simple answer to this mystery. The latest issue of the Qi’ra comic mentions that “Many lightsabers were melted down in Imperial Plaza–including one of Yoda’s.” It is stated in a panel that once again shows Mas Amedda publicly destroying Yoda’s lightsaber, just as he did in the Darth Vader comics.

The line confirms that Yoda had more than one lightsaber. While the one he wielded against Emperor Palpatine was lost and then melted down, he clearly had more than one lightsaber, one of which is the same lightsaber that Luke presented to Grogu in The Book of Boba Fett.

There is still the question of how Luke acquired the lightsaber. Yoda most likely had it on Dagobah and Luke retrieved it after his death. There is also the possibility that Palpatine was in possession of Yoda’s other lightsaber and that Luke acquired it along with many of the other Jedi and Force-related artifacts that he has recovered in the Star Wars Battlefront: 2 story campaign and in some of the comics.

Regardless of how Luke got the lightsaber, Crimson Reign answers the most important part, that Yoda had more than one lightsaber. This is a logical and straightforward answer that didn’t have to be addressed, but it is was a quick and easy thing to mention in a story about the Archivist searching for Yoda.

All of this should remind fans that something that initially seems like a plot hole may not be a plot hole after all. The scene in The Book of Boba Fett was about Grogu having to choose the Mandalorian or Jedi path. Getting bogged down in explanations of how Yoda’s lightsaber ended up there would’ve detracted from the focus of the scene and the answer has now been largely addressed in another story.

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Crimson Reign #4 will release on April 6th, 2022.  All episodes of The Book of Boba Fett are streaming on Disney+