It was clear from the first trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber is truly unique and has a quality that sets it apart from the other sabers. Though the sequel trilogy didn’t get too explore much of the character’s history, the Rise of Kylo Ren comics had given some answers to the fans’ lingering questions, including the origins of his lightsaber.
This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #4.
While his modified weapon featured an ancient design that harkened back to the Great Scourge of Malachor, most of the details about his saber remained unknown. In The Rise of Kylo Ren #4, the story sheds light on how Kylo’s saber came to fruition.
After his first mission with the Knights of Ren that ended in a very dark way, Kylo takes apart his lightsaber at his quarters in the Night Buzzard. He grabs the kyber crystal inside, which is naturally blue, then clenched it in his fist in order to “bleed” it. These crystals don’t naturally conduct the dark side, which is why there is a method that the Dark Side users do to bend it. In doing so, Kylo sees visions of his parents, his uncle Luke Skywalker, as well as Chewbacca, Lando, and even Tai. However, he still proceeded with bleeding the crystal, pouring all his rage into it. When he opened his hand, he finds the crystal red and cracked.
With the crystal placed in the blade, it became unstable, which burned Kylo’s hand when he tried to ignite it as a single beam. He then modified the weapon, ending up with a unique design such as the crossguard, which serves as exhaust ports to vent out the produced energy to keep it from overheating. So while it does look cool, it wasn’t exactly intentional, instead, it made for a functional design.
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