Star Wars FAQ – Why Did Yoda Walk With a Cane? (Legends)
As someone who lived for nine hundred years, it only made sense for Yoda to walk with the aid of a gimer stick. However, when forced into lightsaber combat, the little green guy displayed incredible levels of agility, seemingly disregarding his age in the process. So, did Yoda equip the cane to simply fool and surprise opponents, or is there a perfectly logical explanation for his surreal outbursts? Well, let’s find out.
To no surprise, given his age, Yoda genuinely needed a gimer stick to walk. But the reason why he could suddenly jump around like a hyper toddler was due to his combat form and the Force. Form IV, also known as Ataru, was an aggressive combat form that relied upon a combination of strength, speed and agility. As a result, its practitioners constantly called upon the Force to aid their movements and attacks. By allowing the Force to flow throughout his entire body, Yoda was able to overcome his physical limitations, hence the somersaults and backflips. Other notable practitioners of the Ataru combat form include Qui-Gon Jinn, Kyle Katarn, Plo Koon, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Aayla Secura, Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade, Shaak Ti, Quinlan Vos, and even Darth Maul.
While we’re on the topic of Yoda’s walking cane, let’s take a look at its second and often overlooked purpose. Made from the gimer bush, a plant that grew on worlds such as Kashyyyk and Dagobah, the gimer stick offered Yoda a source of nutrients, which was vital for surviving his post Clone Wars isolation. Speaking of which, in his old age, the Jedi Master chewed on the gimer stick to release its natural anaesthetic, helping him meditate. So, when you think about it, Yoda was a bit of a stoner…
So, there we have it. Yoda utilised the Ataru combat form to overcome his physical limitations. If you have a question about the Star Wars universe that you would like answered in this series, then leave a comment down below.