• Mattie Stu

5 Jedi Who DID NOT Wield Lightsabers (Legends)

Lightsabers were the weapon of choice for most Jedi and Sith, but not all. While some Gray Jedi preferred to use blasters, a small group of regular Jedi chose to sparsely wield the ancient plasma-bladed weapons. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at 5 Jedi Who DID NOT Wield Lightsabers.

Number 05. An Unidentified tree-like Jedi

Although the female tree-like member of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4 was capable of wielding a lightsaber, her species did not have the endurance to engage in real duels. Instead, she used the Force and alternate methods to defeat enemies, like when she crushed members of the Shadow Academy with a dying Massassi tree trunk.

Number 04. Thon

As a large and well-muscled Tchuukthai, Jedi Master Thon more often than not used his nearly impenetrable armour, long horns, strong jaw, sharp teeth and deadly claws to dispose of enemies. Despite carrying a lightsaber everywhere he went, the Jedi Weapon Master felt no reliance upon his ancient weapon.

Number 03. Skippy the Jedi Droid

R5-D4 was unusually skilled in the Force, so much so that he was able to leave his life as a servant in Jabba’s Palace to pursue his destiny. After removing his restraining bolt with the Force and Force persuading the Gamorrean guards to let him leave, R5-D4 wandered the desert until a Jawa sandcrawler picked him up, where he met R2-D2 and C-3PO. When Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker stopped by in pursuit of a servant droid, Skippy persuaded Owen to choose him, sensing the Force in Luke. However, R5 soon envisioned that, without Skywalker, stormtroopers would apprehend R2 and take him to Vader, which would lead to the death of Leia Organa and the destruction of the Rebel Alliance. Realising that it was not his destiny to serve the Lars family, rather sacrifice himself for R2-D2, the droid set off a mild explosion inside himself, leading Luke to believe he had a busted motivator. Skippy then used the Force on C-3PO, instructing Skywalker to buy R2 instead. R5-D4 was later destroyed by a stray stormtrooper blaster shot from the subsequent raid on the sandcrawler, with no one ever knowing the great deed he had made. Of course, as a droid, he was unable to wield a lightsaber throughout his lifetime. However, as he was so skilled in the Force, and because nobody ever expected him to have the Force, R5-D4 didn’t need to use the traditional Jedi weapon.

Number 02. Fay

The near-Human Jedi Master Fay was known for having an incredibly strong connection to the Force, which allowed her to retain a youthful appearance. Believing that her destiny lay away from teaching, Fay allowed the Force to guide her to wherever she was needed. As a result, the Jedi Master travelled to many worlds and resolved many conflicts, even ending wars. Fay achieved all of her successes without the use of a lightsaber as she never felt any need to use one in combat.

Number 01. Vodo-Siosk Baas

Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas was a warrior, historian and an expert lightsaber craftsman, yet he hardly ever used the traditional Jedi weapon. Renown as the greatest of a species of formidable fighters, Baas was able to wield a long wooden quarterstaff, that was imbued with the Force, to the same level of success as a regular lightsaber. The unusual weapon was strong enough to shatter stones and withstand repeated strikes from opposing lightsaber blades. Due to his incredible speed and skill, Baas was able to disarm underestimating opponents, such as Exar Kun. However, the Jedi Master’s staff caved under the pressure of Kun's relentless Jar'Kai onslaught, which led to his death.

So there we have it, 5 Jedi who did not wield lightsabers. Let me know in the comments below who your favourite non-lightsaber-wielding Jedi is.

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