Lightsaber Throw: Is It an Actual Canon Move
Fighting styles and skills are well thought-out in the Star Wars universe. There is a complete lore that encompasses how the Jedi and the Sith fight.
Granted, there are mysteries and plot holes which are pointed out by fans now and again. Still, the lore continues to grow.
This means that as other Star Wars media are published, more fighting skills becoming canonical is more likely to happen. Surely, viewers will be excited to see new moves on the big screen.
The lightsaber throw, for instance, has been greatly popular in the games such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Considering this, more fans wonder if it’s an actual canon move.
As a matter of fact, it is a canonical move and was actually featured in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. During the epic battle between father and son, we see Darth Vader throw his lightsaber at Luke.
The lightsaber throw defined
At the end of the day, this move basically utilizes telekinesis. This allowed a Force-sensitive individual to use the Force to lift and move objects.
We already know that Darth Vader’s Force abilities are immense. As he fell into the Dark Side, we saw more of his Force powers used in action.
His infamous Force Choke was greatly feared. As theorized, Anakin’s Force Choke on Padmé Amidala’s was the primary cause of her early and tragic death.
In an instance when he was driven into the ocean, he was able to create a barrier to push the waters that surrounded him. But these are just a few examples of his Force powers, the video below showcases more of his abilities.
There’s no doubt that he was so powerful that he was able to come back as a Force ghost after he had died. Highlighting all these accomplishments shows how easy it was for him to perform the lightsaber throw.
The user could use the Force on the lightsaber to throw it at a great distance, and even maneuver and change its course. Knowing this, eluding this attack would be extremely difficult.
Other sources say that the scene in which Vader throws his saber at Luke is actually the lightsaber boomerang move. I think that this is simply because of a lack of terminology revolving around this technique.
It’s also called lightsaber boomerang because Darth Vader made use of his Force powers to not only throw the saber but also to pull it back into his hands. This is why he easily got his saber back even though it wasn’t explicitly shown on camera.
In one instance, he throws his saber at Luke, but then later, we see the lightsaber back in his Darth Vader’s hands. With his Force powers, he wouldn’t have walked to where he dropped his saber.
He would have simply used his powers to get it back. Hence, the name “lightsaber boomerang”.
Lightsaber throw in the scenes
Aside from the scene in Return of the Jedi, the lightsaber throw was also featured in other shows, movies, and media. Many of the Star Wars fight scenes are very quick, so it’s easy to miss it.
The video below is a compilation of instances when the Lightsaber Throw was featured. But it’s important to know that some of these aren’t canon.
Of course, the fanmade videos such as Vader: Shards of the Past, and SC 38 Reimagined are not canon. But the following scenes from Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars, Rebels, Return of the Jedi and The Last Jedi are considered canon.
As can be seen in the video above, Darth Vader isn’t the only one who can use the lightsaber throw. Yoda, also a powerful Force-sensitive, can perform this technique, too.
This means that anyone who has good control over their powers can definitely perform this move. Of course, I think it will take tons of practice, too!
Other lightsaber moves in legends
In general, there are so many classifications when it comes to the art of lightsaber dueling. But in canon, we just have the 7 Lightsaber Forms.
While the lightsaber throw is part of canon, it also falls under the Telekinetic lightsaber combat which is part of legends. In fact, the throw is the most basic move under this category.
However, there are many other moves in legends, as shown in the list below:
- Jung - This is simply a 180° turn.
- Jung ma - This 360° spin is used to propel attacks.
- Shun - A 360° turn where the lightsaber was in one hand.
- Sai - Leaping to avoid an attack aimed at the legs.
- Flowing Water - Synchronizing one’s lightsaber to follow an opponent’s motion when they withdrew their lightsaber. This causes the opponent to draw the user’s saber to them.
- Falling Leaf - By spinning and quickly slashing at an opponent behind the user and then going back to their initial position before the attack.
- Dulon - This is a quick slash that starts with holding the hilt’s pommel to the midsection and directing the blade about 30° upward.
- Kai-kan - Simply reenacting a past duel.
While the term Lightsaber Telekinetic combat is from Star Wars legends, the Lightsaber Throw is a technique accepted in canon.
It’s first seen in Return of the Jedi but also featured in other movies, shows, trailers, games, and even comics. The name isn’t quite established so it’s also sometimes referred to as the Lightsaber Boomerang.