Many Star Wars fans don’t know the story behind Ahsoka’s white lightsabers, which is why in this piece, we shall be taking a deep dive into the lore behind the twin white Ahsoka Tano lightsabers. But before we get started, let’s take a brief look at the evolution of Ahsoka Tano’s lightsabers in Star Wars.
The Evolution of Ahsoka Tano Lightsabers
Ahsoka Tano made her debut in Clone Wars as a Jedi Padawan under Anakin Skywalker. At first, she trained using a standard green-bladed lightsaber, which she liked to hold in an unconventional reverse grip. With guidance from Anakin, Ahsoka continued to develop her combat skills and eventually started wielding a second shoto-style lightsaber as a secondary weapon for defense (blocking and parrying attacks, deflecting blaster bolts).
After she was falsely accused of treason and exiled from the Jedi Order, Ahsoka leaves her twin green lightsabers with Anakin, who then modified them and turned their blades blue. Anakin would later return these twin blue lightsabers to Ahsoka whose name had since been cleared. Although Ahsoka receives the blue lightsabers, she doesn’t return to the Jedi Order.
Following the Siege of Mandalore, Ahsoka abandons her blue lightsabers at the burial site of Captain Rex, fakes her own death, and chooses to live a life in the shadows. She would later resurface in Star Wars: Rebels as the mysterious Fulcrum, wielding two white-bladed lightsabers.
Where Ahsoka Tano Got Her White Lightsabers
As mentioned earlier, Ahsoka Tano’s twin white lightsabers first appeared in Star Wars: Rebels. At first, the Star Wars franchise gave no explanation for why the colour of Ahsoka’s lightsabers had once again changed, but after a while, Disney did offer an explanation for the new white lightsaber colour.
In the current Star Wars canon, lightsaber colours are determined by kyber crystals. These kyber crystals start out as colourless, but after a Force-user attunes and bonds with them, they take on different colours (usually blue or green). It is the colour of a kyber crystal that then determines the hue of a lightsaber blade.
Unlike the Jedi and most light side users, the Sith cannot bond with kyber crystals, so they would typically steal kyber crystals from fallen Jedi and corrupt them through a ritual known as bleeding. During this ritual, the Sith would pour their negative emotions into kyber crystals until they bleed and turn red. These bled crystals are what the Sith use for their lightsabers.
The 2016 Ahsoka novel reveals that the Sith bleeding ritual can actually be reversed, and bled kyber crystals can be healed and purified with the Force. This purification process would return the bled kyber crystal to its natural state, and its colour would change from red to pure white. It is this purification process that Ahsoka used to get her white kyber crystals.
While on a quest to Radaa, Ahsoka Tano encountered an Inquisitor known as the Sixth Brother, and after slaying him in battle, she extracted the kyber crystals that were in his lightsaber. With the help of the Force, Ahsoka was able to heal and purify these kyber crystals (which turned white) before using them for her own lightsabers. The pure white colour of the kyber crystals then caused the blades of Ahsoka’s new lightsabers to become white.
Ahsoka Tano is a beloved Star Wars character, and her distinctive twin white-bladed lightsabers definitely add to the uniqueness of her character. Over the course of her journey, Ahsoka has wielded different lightsaber colours, and her most popular white lightsabers got their colour from the purified Inquisitor crystals she used for their construction.