With the upcoming Ahsoka series on Disney Plus, there are a lot of questions regarding Ahsoka and her history. Whether you are a casual viewer, a new viewer, or a Star Wars veteran you may find yourself asking some of the very same questions you see in articles out on the internet and on fan sites such as Reddit.
One of those questions that we can talk about here today is the history of Ahsoka Tano’s lightsabers. How did she go from one green saber to two white sabers? Fortunately, this is not a complicated journey and it really does make sense as we travel along her history.
So here we go, from Ahsoka’s entry into canon with the Clone Wars movie up to her live-action debut, this is what you need to know about Ahsoka Tano and her sabers. Ahsoka Tano was introduced to us in 2008 in the full-length animated movie The Clone Wars. Ahsoka was introduced as the new padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Although not granted the title of Master, he was now able to take on a padawan learner to train in the way of the Jedi. In that movie, we meet Snips, as Anakin would go on to call Ahsoka because of her snippy responses to his remarks, she is using one single green lightsaber.
And then there were two … sabers
Ahsoka uses that single green lightsaber for the entirety of the Clone Wars movie, and the first 2 full seasons of the Clone Wars animated series. It’s not until the 3rd season in the episode entitled “Heroes on Both Sides” that we see Ahsoka first wields the dual green lightsabers.
You may have noticed that Ahsoka wields the second lightsaber in what seems to be a non-traditional fashion. There is a reason for that, however. Ahsoka begins training in the discipline of Jar’Kai and wields the second lightsaber with a smaller Shoto hilt held in reverse fashion. Ahsoka comments to Anakin at one point that she is struggling with her ability to dual wield and he encourages her telling her it takes time to learn this skill.
Ahsoka uses these blades up until she is framed for a crime she didn’t commit and expelled from the Jedi Order. Although the charges were proven false and the Jedi welcome her back, she chooses to remain outside the order and no longer calls herself a Jedi, turning her green blades in and walking away from the Jedi Order for what seems to be a permanent move.
Going from green to blue
Ahsoka remains without lightsabers and outside the Order, but in season 7 she finds herself in an alliance with Bo-Katan Kryze to try and free Mandalore from the rule of Darth Maul. We also see her reunited with her former Master Anakin Skywalker. Although not coming back to the grand army of the Republic, she is given a battalion of troops to command and she is given a gift from Anakin Skywalker, two blue lightsabers. One standard hilt, one smaller Shoto hilt.
Ahsoka uses these lightsabers for the remainder of season 7, until the last episode, and spoilers for those who haven’t watched, she survived Order 66 and the purge of the Jedi. Ahsoka leaves her new blue sabers in the debris of dead clones and a crashed ship to make it appear that she has died. We see Anakin, now Darth Vader, collecting her sabers and thinking her to be dead. Ahsoka is again without sabers.
Once a rebel …
We next see Ahsoka in the subsequent animated series called Star Wars Rebels. In the Rebels episode “Fire Across the Galaxy” we see her wielding two white lightsabers. The same white sabers are used throughout the remainder of Star Wars Rebels and into the episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. We also see those same sabers in the trailers for the upcoming Ahsoka series. But, why white sabers?
According to the Holy Filoni (hallowed be thy name), the purpose of the white sabers is to show that she is neither Jedi nor Sith. She has no allegiance to any faction or group. Although Ahsoka does live by Jedi tenets and principles, she is free to help who she wants, when she wants. She is not guided by any group or organization any longer. This should prove helpful in the Ahsoka series as we see her confront the new Dark Jedi characters Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati, and whatever else we are yet to discover in the new series.
Ahsoka premieres on Disney Plus on August 23, 2023, with 2 debut episodes.