Uncovering the events that lead to Ahsoka Tano wielding rare white lightsabers requires a few steps back in between the events of the Star Wars universe timeline.
Big fans of the franchise are likely to have not only watched the movies, but also watched the animated films and TV-series, played the games, and read the books and comics. However, for the average viewer, who isn’t keen on keeping up with each of these mediums, there are plenty of details that require clarification.
In season 5 of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka decides to leave the Jedi Order after she was framed and exiled. After Anakin proves her innocence, the council exonerates her. They ask her to come back to the Order but she refuses and leaves of her own free will.
Her next appearance would then be in Rebels. What happens in between these events is told in the novel Star Wars: Ahsoka, written by E.K. Johnston.
After leaving the Order, she was unarmed. She eventually returns to Raada and fights a member of the Inquisitorius, the Sixth Brother. By using the Force, she defeated the Inquisitor by blowing up his weapon.
Like a true victor, she takes and embeds the Sixth Brother’s red kyber crystals in the twin lightsaber hilts she had made. When she had done this, the crystals turned white.
Kyber crystals are colorless in their purest form. They also adapt to the Force thus causing the color change depending on the wielder’s affiliation. This is why Jedi’s would often have blue or green lightsabers, while the Sith use red ones. The red crystals are corrupt because they are made unnaturally.
In the novel, Ahsoka makes mention of how she restored or healed the red crystals which briefly explains why they turned white. She then also clarifies how the dark side corrupts the crystals by “making them bleed,” thus the red hue.
White is also symbolic of Ahsoka’s connection to the force. Remember, kyber crystals adapt to its wielder. Because she is unaligned, neither a Jedi nor a Sith, the crystals remain white.
When Does Ahsoka Tano Get Two Lightsabers?
In her earlier days as a Padawan to Anakin Skywalker, she fights with a single green lightsaber using the Shein or reverse grip style. Her way of holding her sword was already out of the ordinary, but her unorthodox fighting style doesn’t stop there.
When the promotional clip for season 3 of The Clone Wars rolled in, character designs were altered. Using the twin-blade fighting style called Jar’Kai, Ashoka leaps into frame with a yellow-green shoto or a lightdagger which she brandishes in tandem with her original green one.
What makes her fighting style so unique is that she employs Jar’Kai, a difficult technique to master on its own, and on top of that, she incorporates the unorthodox Shein grip. It’s a deadly one-of-a-kind combination.
Mysteriously enough, exactly when she got her second weapon wasn’t disclosed in the actual series. However, it is definite that she obtained her shoto when she was still a Jedi.
In the episode Heroes on Both Sides for season 3, it is first shown that she has 2 lightsaber hilts. But only in the 16th episode, titled Altar of Mortis, did she actually fight using both lightsabers.
How Does Ahsoka Get Two Lightsabers?
Ahsoka isn’t the first character to have a change in their design without any clear backstory. Luke’s skywalker’s green lightsaber in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi was also unexplained.
To give clarity to this, the scene where Luke finishes assembling his lightsaber was deleted. The only scene that gave a hint to how his green saber came to be was when Darth Vader said to Luke, “I see you have constructed a new lightsaber.”
The Star Wars franchise is a continuously expanding universe. Answers we’re looking for might not have been written, yet.
Instead of looking into possible future explanations, looking into the past events in the story can bring questions into the light. Logically, we must first know how Jedi’s get their lightsabers.
Jedi younglings are taught to make their lightsabers as part of the ritual called the Gathering. The younglings are tasked to finish a series of tests and lessons on the planet Ilum.
The final test is unique to each youngling as it targets their self-doubt. Those who pass this last step obtain their kyber crystal.
After that ordeal, the younglings are taught how to make their lightsabers using their kyber crystals and components that they hand-selected. Each one would be designed according to what they want and what is befitting to their traits.
With this knowledge, Jedi’s will be able to create their weapons in the future. Although it wasn’t explicitly mentioned in The Clone Wars, with this prior knowledge and pattern of mystery, Ahsoka is understood to have made the yellow-green Shoto herself.