[Star Wars] Orange Lightsaber Meaning – Jedis Who Wield Them – Yaddle, Plo Koon, Rey
The orange lightsaber was initially found in Legends. It wasn’t recognized as part of the Star Wars canon until The Rise of Skywalker came out.
Before, only 2 characters were seen with a lightsaber of this color. But now, Rey being the first official character to have an orange saber in canon can have many implications.
A lightsaber makes use of a Kyber crystal which is colorless until it is owned. The true owner of the crystal will hear it “sing” to them.
When they acquire the crystal and use it for their lightsaber, the color will change depending on the owner’s affiliation with the Force. For instance, the Jedi’s use a blue or green one because of their spiritual alignment.
It’s quite natural for Kyber crystals to be aligned to the light side of the Force, while the Sith actually force these crystals to their will by making them “bleed”. Thus, red is seen as an unnatural color for Kyber crystals.
However, an orange lightsaber has never been seen wielded in the dark side. Because of this, we can only infer what it represents based on the lore and the pieces of evidence shown by the two Jedis who have orange lightsabers.
Colors play a huge role in the Star Wars universe. In the Republic and Imperial societies, we see how different colors might symbolize various things.
During the era of the Galactic Republic, the color red was affiliated with Diplomacy. In the Galactic Empire, it was favored by Emperor Palpatine so we see it in his family crest, interior designs, and the Red Guard uniforms.
It was also a sign for Royal authority and for murder. The Grand Army of the Republic used this color for Major or Captain Ranks.
Blue was used by the Jedi Guardians in the days of the Old Jedi Order. But at the end of the heydays of the Republic, this color was worn by Supreme Chancellors.
It was also used for Lieutenants and Second Lieutenants in the Republic Grand Army. Yet, in Imperial culture, it’s a sign of humiliation or dishonor.
The color green was a positive emblem that symbolized peace, which is why the Jedi Consulars usually had this lightsaber color. Aside from peace, it also signified plant life and youth.
It was also used in the army for sergeant-majors. On the other hand, sergeants used olive-green as their distinguishing hue.
For the Sith, black was the attributed color for it not only symbolized night and darkness, but also their ancient dread. However, the Galactic Empire also associated black with triumph.
Gray was used for inducing recognition of the Imperial presence. They used this for their ships and their stations.
White was the color of the Force and was also the appointed hue for stormtroopers. What yellow symbolizes is the deceit of the Imperial culture.
Orange, according to the planet Naboo, is known as a symbol of birth and renewal. This color has the least information when it comes to symbolism.
What Rey’s Orange lightsaber represents
The final scene of Episode IX showed Rey burying Luke and Leia’s lightsabers. I first thought that it was a symbol of the end of the Jedi because they were no longer needed.
However, I was surprised to see her take out her orange lightsaber. Immediately, I was scrambling to think what it could mean.
I already knew that the orange lightsaber was in Star Wars Legends and it already had some meaning to it. But I never would have thought that Rey would have an orange one.
I have some assumptions but because the movie ended there, I don’t really have any evidence to back it up. It only showed that she had an orange lightsaber, but how she made it and how she uses it wasn’t shown.
My theory is that it’s symbolic of who she is. It’s a direct representation of her lineage and the juxtaposition of the path she chose.
Rey was always confused about her identity. However, after she finds out that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter, there’s almost a disbelief and disgust.
The Sith use the color Red because the crystals for their lightsabers were corrupted through bleeding. It might be a stretch, but the orange color of Rey’s lightsaber might have something to do with this.
Owning an orange lightsaber would mean that she has finally accepted that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter. But at the same time, she does not need to support his ideals.
In a way, this lightsaber confirms her identity. She was Rey Palpatine but she’s not a Sith.
She’s a Jedi and will live according to the light side of the force. Because of this, the Red hue is transformed into an orange one.
Who uses an Orange Lightsaber in Legends?
In the Star Wars Legends, the only known characters who have used Orange Lightsabers are Master Yaddle and Plo Koon. Both are Jedi but only the former used an Orange saber as their main weapon.
To be fair, Plo Koon’s weapon was mainly a blue saber. We rarely see him wield an orange one, and the times when he did wield this color is no longer canon.
The only one who truly owned an orange lightsaber as their main weapon was Yaddle. And the only way we can infer why the Kyber crystal turned to this color, is if we get to know more about her character and her story.
In order to understand more about this rare hue, our best attempt would be to get to know Yaddle.
Jedi Master Yaddle was also known as “The One Below” and was also part of the Jedi Council. When you see her, you will know that she’s the same species as Yoda but she’s not as old as him.
When she was a Padawan and was yet to make her lightsaber, she and her master, Polvin Kut engaged in a mission on the planet Koba. They were tasked to free the locals from the tyrannical rule of Tulak, an Advozse Warlord.
Unfortunately, Polvin Kut was killed and Yaddle was imprisoned for 98 years underground. This is why she was also called “The One Below.”
For about a century, she was tortured but she never did surrender and give answers to Tulak’s interrogations. Her faith in the Force was what helped her survive through this whole ordeal.
She was mocked by the natives of Koba until massive earthquakes brought vast carnage to their planet. During this time, an opening was made for Yaddle to escape.
Seeing the downfall of those who held her captive, she felt pity and chose to help them. And without a shadow of a doubt, Yaddle forgave them.
She chose to stay on that planet in order to free them from their warlord’s oppression and the destruction of the earthquakes. Eventually, Koba was able to rebuild and they flourished.
However, the son of Tulak returned to conquer Koba again. Unfortunately for him, Yaddle was there to prevent him.
Of course, Yaddle did not choose violence immediately. Instead, she warned him and urged him to turn around.
At his refusal, both parties engaged in a fight where she beats the conqueror despite being armed with a humble and plain staff. Afterwhich, she returns to the Jedi Order.
Her days as a Leader
When she returned, she was able to create her orange lightsaber. And more importantly, having heard her story, she was immediately appointed Master and ultimately a member of the council.
As a leader, she was motherly and loved by many younglings. She inspired many with her amazing past experiences.
Being such a sympathetic soul, she was always willing to listen and give guidance to her students. But what I find to be so endearing is how she stealthily slips sweets into the pockets of Jedi younglings.
Three years before the Clone Wars, Yaddle passed away. It happened on the planet Mawan, where she was sent with Anakin and Obi-wan as peacekeepers.
However, things took a turn for the worst when Anakin’s imprudence and impatience caused him to be held hostage by their enemy, Omega. He then threatens to kill Anakin and release a biochemical weapon to harm a whole city if Yaddle didn’t surrender to him.
Yaddle meets with Omega but she does not surrender. She uses her Force powers to free Skywalker. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attack Omega quick enough as he launched the biochemical weapon toward the city.
Selflessly, Yaddle lunged at the weapon, caught it, and used the Force to absorb the deathly bomb into her body. She was able to save the city at the cost of her life.
Anakin witnessed her death and he carried this guilt with him despite being consoled by Obi-Wan and Yoda. He believed that his reckless actions led to the demise of the beloved Jedi Master.
Yaddle’s Orange Saber
We’ve established that orange is an extremely rare color for a lightsaber. Perhaps it has something to do with the wielder’s self-restraint against the use of violence.
Logically, if a Jedi is averse to violence, their weapon will remain unused unless it is absolutely necessary. We only see this bright tangerine blade in three instances:
- On a mission on planet Asmeru
- During a fight against the Red Iaro
- On her final mission to Mawan
Moreover, we can also theorize that this color is for those who were compassionate fighters who resorted to violence as a last resort. It is for those who pity their enemies and faithfully follow the light side of the Force.
For all one knows, it could also be for those who are truly diplomatic and advocate peace above all else. But it’s truly a testament to Yaddle’s compassion, as it is a rarity in a universe riddled with wars.