Boba Fett’s Darksaber Book Explained: The History of The Mandalorian Lightsaber


Warning: This article contains major spoilers for The Mandalorian: Season 2 and The Book of Boba Fett: Episode 5!

The Mandalorian season 1 introduced a weapon with major legacy to the Star Wars universe. The Darksaber returned to the hands of Moff Gideon in the Season 1 finale, with Season 2 then introducing one of the Darksaber’s former owners in the form of Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze. And with the Darksaber now in the hands of Mando himself after The Mandalorian season 2 finale, it’s safe to say that this blade will continue to play a big part in the series and spinoffs like The Book of Boba Fett.

If you don’t know why everyone seems so obsessed with a black lightsaber, fear not. Here’s everything you need to know about the Darksaber and how it connects the series to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

What is the Darksaber in The Mandalorian?

The Darksaber is unique among all lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. It has a flat katana-like blade rather than the traditional saber shape. It emits a particular and weak hum. Even its color is unlike any other – a deep black with a bright white halo.

The Darksaber is one of the most important artifacts of Mandalorian culture. It was created by an ancient warrior named Tarre Vizsla, the first (and as far as we currently know, alone) Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi Order. This event occurred at least 1000 years before the time of the movies, with Vizsla’s existence forgotten by all but the most devout Mandalorian warriors and historians.

The Jedi kept Vizsla’s iconic blade as a museum relic, at least until the Mandalorians took it back from him. Since then, the Darksaber has become a symbol of power for Mandalorians. He who wields the blade is considered by Mandalorian traditionalists to be the rightful ruler of Mandalore, as explained by Moff Gideon in the Season 2 finale. Defeating the owner of the blade in ritual combat is the true path to power. – which could pose a problem between Mando and Bo-Katan.

Learn even more about the history of the Darksaber in our Star Wars Wiki Guide!

How did Moff Gideon get the Darksaber in The Mandalorian?

Unfortunately, the Darksaber has a habit of switching hands over and over again. During the Clone Wars, Tarre Vizsla’s descendant, Pre Vizsla (voiced by Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau) used the blade to rally his Death Watch recruits against Mandalore’s political boss, Duchess Satine Kryze. Pre Vizsla made the mistake of forging an alliance with the ex-Sith Lord Darth Maul, who killed him in ritual combat and became the new leader of Death Watch.

At some point during the final days of the Clone Wars, the Darksaber fell into the possession of the Nightsisters of Dathomir. It was later claimed by Sabine Wren, an expatriate Mandalorian and member of the Rebel Alliance. Sabine used the blade to rally her people against Viceroy Gar Saxon, the Empire-appointed ruler of Mandalore. Sabine then granted the Darksaber to Bo-Katan Kryze, sister of the late Duchess Satine.

This act seemed to open up a brighter future for Mandalore and its people. Unfortunately, The Mandalorian has repeatedly hinted at a dark fate for this planet, with several characters alluding to the Empire’s purge of Mandalore and the survivors being forced into hiding. The fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett even includes a flashback to that purge, showing a fleet of TIE bombers and a platoon of assassin droids devastating Mandalore.

In The Mandalorian season 2 finale, Moff Gideon hints that he himself may be responsible for overthrowing Bo-Katan and stealing Mandalore from its rightful ruler, which would explain the animosity between the two that has been discussed. during Bo-Katan’s first Mandalorian appearance in the episode. 203. We’re sure to learn more about the Darksaber’s history and previous encounters between Gideon and Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian Season 3.

Is the Darksaber cursed?

Din Djarin returns wielding the Darksaber in The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5, an episode that practically serves as Season 3’s first backdoor for The Mandalorian. It’s here that fans better understand why Bo-Katan was so adamantly opposed to accepting Din’s Darksaber.

In this episode, Emily Swallow’s character, The Armorer, talks about the legends surrounding the Darksaber. According to her, when the owner of the Darksaber claims the blade through honorable combat, he becomes worthy of leading Mandalore to a brighter future. But if they are simply given the blade without proving their warrior prowess, the Darksaber becomes a curse that dooms all of Mandalore.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the Darksaber is literally cursed (although that’s Star Wars and Jedi and Sith are capable of some pretty weird things). The Armorer and his faction of Mandalorians are very bigoted and obsessed with old ways. But this legend explains why Bo-Katan’s reign ended so badly. She didn’t earn the blade in battle during the events of Star Wars Rebels, and that likely hurt her standing among her fellow Mandalorians. She is clearly aware of her failure and determined not to make the same mistake twice. Whether the Darksaber is truly cursed or not, she won’t wield it again unless she can take it by force.

If they simply receive the blade without proving their warrior prowess, the Darksaber becomes a curse that dooms all of Mandalore.

How The Mandalorian Connects To The Clone Wars And The Siege Of Mandalore

The Mandalorian season 1 finale has revealed the titular character Pedro Pascal’s real name and origin story. We saw a young Din Djarin narrowly survive a Clone Wars battle that claimed his parents’ lives. Although Din was not a Mandalorian by birth, as a “foundling” he was recruited into their culture and raised to be an honorable warrior and hunter. Although, as Bo-Katan revealed in “The Heiress”, Mando is considered a “Child of the Watch”, a cult of religious fanatics who are likely an offshoot of Death Watch, who want to return to the tribal past of Mandalore and insist that adherents to their creed never remove their helmets in the presence of another living being.

Din’s origin helps tie the series more firmly to the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As this series unfolds, Mandalore and its surrounding worlds become a hotly contested battleground in the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists. It culminates in one of the Clone Wars’ most destructive final battles – the Siege of Mandalore.

The Mandalorian Season 2

Star Wars fans finally got to see the Siege of Mandalore unfold thanks to The Clone Wars: Season 7. The Siege of Mandalore is the last of three major arcs in this final season. While the final episodes don’t show Din Djarin or other characters from The Mandalorian Season 1, it does reveal how Ahsoka Tano’s good intentions in leading a Republic strike force to capture Darth Maul ended up opening Mandalore up to imperial occupation. With Ahsoka herself appearing in Season 2 (played by Rosario Dawson) and an Ahsoka Tano spin-off series announced, the franchise could explore Ahsoka’s lingering guilt for her role in Mandalore’s sad fate.

Even as The Mandalorian forges new ties to projects like The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, it also forges an unexpected connection to a much more distant part of the Star Wars timeline. Emily Swallow’s character, The Armorer, recalls ancient battles between the Mandalorians and the Jedi, a conflict that directly set the stage for the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

This is actually the second time since the release of Episode IX that a Star Wars project has hinted at the events of KOTOR. The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary reveals that one of Emperor Palpatine’s Sith Trooper Legions is named after former Jedi Master turned Sith Lord Darth Revan.

The timing of these twin KOTOR cameos is no coincidence. After years of ambiguity over whether KOTOR and other stories from the Old Republic era are still included in Disney’s official Star Wars continuity, this beloved game is officially becoming canonized. In 2021, Aspyr finally confirmed rumors of a KOTOR remake, which will be exclusive to the Playstation 5 at launch and will feature at least some of the original voice cast.

For more on The Mandalorian, check out all the clues about Sabine Wren potentially joining the show, read Ahsoka Tano’s timeline before she made her The Mandalorian debut, and see what to expect from Star Wars in 2022. .

Note: This article was originally published on December 18, 2020. It was updated on January 26, 2022 with the latest information on The Book of Boba Fett.

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