THAT New Force Power Explained | The Rise of Skywalker (Spoilers)
Force Heal – it's the new ability all the cool kids are now doing. Rey used it on both a vexis snake and Ben Solo. Ben later used it on Rey to bring her back from the dead. Palpatine used a modified version on them both, fully restoring his physical self, as a result. And even Baby Yoda got in on the action, healing the injured leg of Greef Karga in the latest episode of The Mandalorian. But what exactly is this Force power? And where did it originate? It can't have just popped up from nowhere, right? Well, gather round my friends and listen close as I'm Matt from Inside Star Wars, and this is Force Heal, Dark Transfer and Drain Life explained.
Kicking off with the ability used by Rey in The Rise of Skywalker and Baby Yoda in Chapter 7 of The Mandalorian, Force Heal isn't exactly new. In fact, it was a prominent Jedi power used throughout Star Wars Legends. In Star Wars: The Jedi Path, for example – which, yes, is the same reference book Rian Johnson took the idea for Luke Skywalker's astral projection – Jedi Healers used the ability on a regular basis:
“Jedi Healers use their connection to the Living Force to save the lives of the dying and to cure the infected. They work closely with the Jedi Medical Corps but are full-fledged Jedi Knights and Masters (as opposed to most MedCorps Jedi, who never achieved the rank of Padawan). In this leadership role, they oversee the Temple's infirmary and practice their curative trade on worlds such as Rhinnal and H'ratth.”
This was not an ability exclusive to Jedi Healers, though. Ki-Adi-Mundi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and even Darth Vader all practiced this art at one point or another, finding ways to heal minor and major injuries alike, depending on their skill levels. Those less able in the Force required longer meditation and rejuvenation times to pull of such a feat. As for Ben Solo's power...
The ability to transfer life from one being to another has long been associated with the dark side. This probably means Ben was acting as a Sith rather than a Jedi during his final moments, which is an intriguing thought. Similar to Force Heal, Dark Transfer could bring those on the brink of death back to life, but only through the dark side of the Force. Cade Skywalker, a descendent of Luke Skywalker, was able to heal mortal wounds doing just that.
And last but not least, Drain Life
In Star Wars: Book of Sith, the power Palpatine used to restore his physical being is described as:
“A delicate procedure that saps the life energy of another and funnels it directly into your own essence. It is extremely difficult to employ in combat and is derived from the teachings of Zelashiel the Blasphemer in the Holocron of Darth Revan.”
Unlike the other two powers, however, this ability has some footing in Star Wars canon. In “Altar of Mortis”, a season three episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker transferred the remaining life force of the dying Daughter to revive his deceased Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. Likewise, Mother Talzin in Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir 4 attempted to manifest her physical form once more by drawing upon the life energy of Count Dooku.
All in all, the Force powers seen in both The Rise of Skywalker and The Mandalorian aren't anything new. So hopefully you now know a little bit more about their origins and aren't so confused when you rewatch the film and TV series. Let me know what you think about these Force powers in the comments below!
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