We’ve been waiting since 1977 when the first Star Wars movie came out to find out why the bad guys only use red lightsabers. Almost 40 GD years we’ve been wondering this.
We’ve seen green lightsabers, blue lightsabers, white lightsabers and even a purple lightsaber used by Samuel L. Jackson. But they were all used by good guys. Only the baddies have ever had red lightsabers and that’s ALL they’ve used. WHY?
Now, thanks to a new Star Wars novel entitled Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, we FINALLY have our answer.
Screen Rant put together a list of 15 secrets that are revealed in the new novel, but the only one I care about is about the red freaking lightsabers.
Here’s what they had to say…
Star Wars has always made the affiliations of its Force users very clear: the dark side has red sabers and the light side has all the others. This is useful from a visual perspective, it helps the audience know who’s who, but is there a functional reason? Why doesn’t a Sith ever choose to use a blue or green lightsaber? Ahsoka provides a very clear answer to this question: because they can’t.
Kyber crystals choose Force users and present themselves to their desired owner, but dark siders don’t experience this same connection to the crystals. The only way the Sith and other dark side Force users can collect kyber crystals is by stealing them or plundering them off the bodies of their fallen foes. Even if a dark sider were to acquire a kyber crystal from a green or blue, the act of bending the crystal to their will in a new lightsaber will cause the crystal to “bleed,” turning it red.
If you want to learn even more secrets about Star Wars that were revealed in the book, do feel free to head on over to Screen Rant.