Disney’s Top 10 Star Wars Lightsabers, Ranked According To The “Rule Of Cool”


  • Ahsoka Tano’s white lightsabers had an incredible meaning.
  • Kylo Ren’s crossguard saber was the best in the sequel trilogy.
  • Vernestra Rwoh’s lightwhip is the coolest Disney Star Wars lightsaber.

Disney Star Wars may continue to receive backlash and negativity online, but, in truth, since Disney’s acquisition, the franchise has seen the introduction of some of the coolest lightsabers in all Star Wars movies and TV shows. Since the red, blue, and green options of the original Star Wars trilogy, lightsaber colors and their meanings have grown exponentially. In fact, even more than the movies, Star Wars’ best TV shows have included incredible lightsaber adaptations.

Many of these innovative additions were done in animation (which arguably is easier than live-action when it comes to getting creative with lightsaber designs). However, more recent live-action shows, such as Ahsoka and The Acolyte, have featured new lightsabers as well. Here are the 10 coolest lightsaber designs throughout Disney Star Wars’ movies and TV shows.

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10 Ahsoka Tano’s White Lightsabers

First Appeared In: Star Wars Rebels


Ahsoka Tano

Created By George Lucas , Dave Filoni Cast Ashley Eckstein , Rosario Dawson First Appearance Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) Alliance Jedi

Although Ahsoka Tano had already wielded two lightsabers, a standard blade and a shorter shoto saber, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the introduction of her white lightsabers in Star Wars Rebels was fascinating. Specifically, the reason Ahsoka had white lightsabers earns them the status of one of the coolest lightsabers in Disney Star Wars. In addition to being a cool new color—as there always seems to be pressure to have a new design in Star Wars projects—Ahsoka’s white lightsabers confirm that she falls outside the Jedi/Sith binary.

Ahsoka’s Jedi journey has been an incredibly complicated one, and not just because she was Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan learner. Rather, her dismissal from the Jedi Order, survival of Order 66, and involvement in the Rebellion against the Empire all make her stand out as truly unique among the rest of Star Wars’ Jedi. However, Ahsoka’s journey grappling with whether she truly is a Jedi is the most compelling, making her white lightsabers all the more meaningful.

9 Baylan Skoll’s Orange Lightsaber

First Appeared In: Ahsoka


Baylan Skoll

Created By Dave Filoni Cast Ray Stevenson First Appearance Ahsoka Alliance Dark Jedi

Yet another innovative color, Baylan Skoll’s orange lightsaber in Ahsoka is among Disney Star Wars’ coolest lightsaber designs. Baylan Skoll is a wonderful addition to the franchise because he represents the type of moral ambiguity that makes Star Wars interesting. Yes, Baylan is clearly comfortable using the dark side of the Force. However, he has a reverence for the Jedi that makes him much more complicated than a typical Sith or even one of the Imperial Inquisitors.

Baylan Skoll is a wonderful addition to the franchise because he represents the type of moral ambiguity that makes
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The meaning of an orange lightsaber remains unclear, although there is some suggestion that orange was a color wielded by Dark Jedi. This would make sense in Baylan’s case, as he does seem to be closer to a Dark Jedi than any other categorization of Force-sensitive beings in Star Wars. Nevertheless, the upcoming Ahsoka season 2 may reveal more about this color and its meaning.

8 Ezra Bridger’s Blaster Lightsaber

First Appeared In: Star Wars Rebels


Ezra Bridger

Created By Dave Filoni Cast Taylor Gray , Eman Esfandi First Appearance Star Wars Rebels Alliance Rebel Alliance, Jedi

As mentioned, Star Wars TV shows have been the sources of some of the most innovative lightsaber designs in the entire franchise, and Star Wars Rebels is no exception. In fact, Rebels was the show to introduce several lightsabers on this list. One such design is protagonist Ezra Bridger’s blaster lightsaber, which, as the name suggests, combined a blaster with his lightsaber hilt.

While Obi-Wan Kenobi may have disliked this design, as he found blasters “so uncivilized,” this saber was certainly among Star Wars’ coolest and was in keeping with Ezra’s character. Ezra was a far cry from a conventional Jedi, and he’d lived on his own as a scrappy, troublesome kid during the Dark Times. It makes sense that he would still rely on a blaster even after acquiring a lightsaber. Sadly, this design didn’t stick around for long, and Ezra’s lightsaber has changed multiple times since.

7 Rey’s Sith Lightsaber

First Appeared In: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker


Rey Skywalker

Created By J.J. Abrams , Lawrence Kasdan , Michael Arndt Cast Daisy Ridley First Appearance Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Alliance Jedi

The Star Wars sequel movies have received plenty of flak, some of it legitimate and some of it just trolling, but even naysayers tended to like the style of both Sith Rey and her lightsaber in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Many had hoped that The Rise of Skywalker would see Kylo Ren and Rey switch places, with Kylo Ren embracing the light side and Rey turning to the dark. Ultimately, this didn’t come to pass (although, arguably, that could’ve made the Palpatine twist work better), but audiences did get a glimpse of what that could have looked like.

Haunted by the mounting evidence that her origins were more nefarious than Star Wars: The Last Jedi led viewers to believe, Rey had a vision of herself as a Sith, complete with sharp teeth and a red, double-bladed lightsaber. Unlike other double-bladed lightsabers, though, Rey’s Sith saber could have the two blades side-by-side or extended in the more traditional sense. The scene including Sith Rey was very brief, but this design was nevertheless one of Disney Star Wars’ coolest.

6 Kylo Ren’s Crossguard Lightsaber

First Appeared In: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Ben Solo/Kylo Ren

Created By J.J. Abrams , Michael Arndt , Lawrence Kasdan Cast Adam Driver , Matthew Wood First Appearance Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Alliance Jedi, First Order

While Rey’s double-bladed Sith lightsaber may have been cool, many agree that Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber was the coolest lightsaber design in the sequel trilogy. In fact, especially compared to Star Wars TV shows, the sequels didn’t get all that inventive when it came to lightsaber design. However, Kylo Ren’s crossguard stands out as cool even when compared with Star Wars shows and movies.

The best aspect of Kylo Ren’s design is the way it mirrors his character.

The best aspect of Kylo Ren’s design is the way it mirrors his character. Like Kylo Ren, the crossguard lightsaber is unstable, which gives it the chaotic-looking blade and satisfying sound. This instability is seen in Kylo Ren throughout the sequel trilogy, right up until he accepts the light side of the Force once again and returns to Ben Solo. Prior to that transformation, though, he was prone to bouts of anger, unpredictable, and dangerous.

5 Jocasta Nu’s Lightsaber Rifle

First Appeared In: Darth Vader #10 (2017)


Although this lightsaber has yet to appear on-screen, either in animation or live action, Jocasta Nu’s lightsaber rifle, seen in the Star Wars comics, is one of Star Wars’ best lightsaber designs. In Darth Vader #10 (2017), written by Charles Soule, it is revealed that Jocasta Nu, the former Jedi archivist, is one of the survivors of Order 66. Sadly, this discovery ultimately ends in her death when she faces Darth Vader, but not before she gets to show off her incredible lightsaber rifle.

In addition to being an amazing design, this lightsaber comes as a surprise. In the prequel movies, Jocasta Nu’s character was minimally involved, and she mainly seemed like a soft-spoken librarian—albeit one who was obstinate in her insistence that her archives couldn’t possibly be missing Kamino or any other planet. However, she was clearly concealing a much braver, more capable nature, as this lightsaber rifle is one of Star Wars’ most intimidating.

4 Qimir’s ‘Dagger’ Lightsaber

First Appeared In: The Acolyte


Star Wars’ newest Sith has already made a splash in The Acolyte and not only because he brutally murdered multiple Jedi in one episode. In addition to shockingly being introduced as a love interest to protagonist Osha, Qimir/the Stranger revealed a number of tricks that make him a very compelling villain. In addition to using cortosis armor, a Legends concept that shorts out lightsaber blades, Qimir also uses Forbidden Forms in his lightsaber duels and has an incredible lightsaber design.

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In fact, because his main lightsaber blade conceals a second, smaller ‘dagger’ blade, Qimir was able to use the element of surprise to cut down Jedi Padawan Jecki Lon. Shorter sabers aren’t new to Star Wars, as Ahsoka, Yoda, and other major characters have wielded them. However, this concealed weapon and the way Qimir uses it make this dagger blade one of Star Wars’ coolest lightsaber designs.

3 Kouru’s Lightsaber Parasol

First Appeared In: Star Wars: Visions


Star Wars: Visions sadly didn’t gain much traction in the franchise, perhaps because it wasn’t canon, but the iconic look of the lightsaber parasol cannot be denied. As the name suggests, the parasol lightsaber has the shape of an umbrella with multiple blades that can spin simultaneously. Essentially, it is a much more intimidating take on General Grievous’ four lightsaber technique seen in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Visions also introduced a number of creative lightsaber designs, including a lightsaber shaped like a machete, a version of a lightwhip, and an odd microphone lightsaber. In fact, as the show was automatically non-canonical, it may have been more free to create entirely unique lightsaber designs than other Star Wars projects. Of all the Visions lightsabers, though, the lightsaber parasol is the absolute coolest.

2 The Inquisitor’s Spinning Lightsaber

First Appeared In: Star Wars Rebels


The Inquisitors were a terrifying (but excellent) addition to Star Wars, serving Lord Vader and doing his bidding by hunting down and killing Force-sensitive beings, children included. In fact, their prominence in Star Wars shows has only increased with time, suggesting their popularity. While their nature is therefore compelling enough, their lightsabers make them even cooler. Specifically, the Inquisitor’s red lightsaber blade, which contains a circular center, allowing the lightsaber to spin, is one of Star Wars’ coolest.

This blade has been shown in animation and in live action, and it is equally intimidating in both. While Obi-Wan Kenobi may have been criticized for the live-action versions of the previously animated Inquisitors, their lightsabers translated to the live-action screen perfectly. Notably, this is yet another lightsaber design that has a spinning mechanism, suggesting that this lightsaber capability is particularly favored in the franchise.

1 Vernestra Rwoh’s Lightwhip

First Appeared In: The High Republic: A Test Of Courage


Vernestra Rwoh

Created By Justina Ireland Cast Rebecca Henderson First Appearance Star Wars The High Republic: A Test of Courage Alliance Jedi

The coolest lightsaber design in all of Disney Star Wars is Jedi Master Vernestra Rwoh’s lightwhip, which just made its live-action debut in The Acolyte. In addition to how incredible the design of a lightwhip is in and of itself, Vernestra’s is also magnificent because of its bright purple hue. Following Mace Windu’s purple lightsaber in the prequel trilogy, this color has rarely been seen, making this lightsaber all the more epic.

The best of this lightsaber is also yet to be shown, as Vernestra has only pulled it out once and hasn’t used it in battle. However, The Acolyte is heavily hinting that a massive battle between Vernestra Rwoh and Qimir/the Stranger is coming, meaning this lightsaber is about to shine even more. While Disney Star Wars will no doubt continue to create brand-new, thrilling lightsaber designs, thus far, these 10 stand out as the very coolest.

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