5 Reasons Why Anakin CHANGED His Lightsaber Colour

In Star Wars Episode II, Attack of the Clones, we get our first look at Anakin Skywalker as a Padawan. Under the tutorship of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the young Jedi is shown to be reckless and impulsive throughout the movie, all while wielding a green lightsaber

Skip forward to Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, and Anakin is now a Jedi Knight in his own right. During Revenge of the Sith, Anakin wields a blue lightsaber, even after he turns to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader. 

Many Star Wars fans wonder why Anakin changed his lightsaber colour from green to blue between the two movies and we’re here to tell you the reasons why!

Why did Anakin change his lightsaber colour?

There are a number of concrete reasons for this switch in lightsaber colours between the two movies, while there are also some speculative theories. We’ll cover them all, starting with the most obvious one – the green sabre wasn’t actually his to begin with. 

Anakin never owned a green lightsaber

The reality is, Anakin only wielded a green lightsaber during Attack of the Clones after his original one broke during the factory scene on Geonosis. This part of the film is towards the end of the movie, meaning that Anakin actually had a blue blade during other key moments of Attack of the Clones, including the pursuit of Zam Wessell and his attack on the Tusken village

After his lightsaber was destroyed in the droid factory on Geonosis, he was captured by Jango Fett. Along with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé, he was sentenced to die in front of a crowd of Geonocians. Using their Force abilities and battle skills, the three of them managed to evade death until the rest of the Jedi Order show up to save them. 

During this rescue mission, an unnamed Jedi threw Obi-Wan and Anakin new lightsabers to fight with. From that point onwards, until Count Dooku chopped off his arm, Anakin fought with a green lightsaber. However, in reality, this was a really short period of time – both in-universe and in the film itself. 

Therefore, instead of carrying on using the green lightsaber which was given to him as a spare, Anakin decided to construct a new one and went back to his preferred colour of blue. 

Source: Inverse

You can find out more about Anakin and Padmé’s secret marriage here.

Anakin kept losing his old lightsaber, so he constructed a new one 

During Attack of the Clones, it is implied on two separate occasions that Anakin is known for losing and/or breaking his lightsabers. During the chase scene at the start of the movie when Anakin and Obi-Wan hunt down bounty hunter, Zam Wessell, the latter reprimanded his Padawan for losing his lightsabre during the pursuit. He tells Anakin – “this weapon is your life”.

Later on in the film when Anakin breaks his lightsaber in half in the droid factory on Geonosis, he infers that it’s not the first that this happened. He commented – “Not again. Obi-Wan is going to kill me.” 

The fact that Anakin has a habit of losing/breaking his lightsabers means that he had no choice but to construct a new one after the events on Geonosis. 

Perhaps building a new blue one was his way of engaging in a fresh start away from the green blade.

His lightsaber has to be blue in Revenge of the Sith to match up with A New Hope

One final concrete reason for Anakin having a blue lightsaber in Revenge of the Sith is all to do with A New Hope. When Revenge of the Sith was released, George Lucas had to tie up a number of loose ends to make the events of A New Hope make sense. At this point in time, Rogue One didn’t exist, so this was to be the final bridge between the Prequel trilogy and the Original trilogy.

In A New Hope, Obi-Wan gives Luke Skywalker his Father’s old lightsaber. When Luke turned the weapon on, the blade is blue. Therefore, during this film, Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber simply had to be blue, otherwise that particular scene wouldn’t have made any sense! 

This particular lightsaber is undoubtedly the most iconic in all of Star Wars. It was wielded by Anakin in the Prequel trilogy, Luke in the Original trilogy, and Rey in the Sequel trilogy. It’s only right, therefore, that it played a prominent role in one of the franchise’s best movies. 

Source: Wookieepedia

Alternative theories for the lightsaber colour change

Special effects

Some people point to special effects as the reason why certain lightsaber colours are chosen for certain scenes. The only reason Luke had a green lightsaber in Return of the Jedi was because during scenes on Tatooine, the blue blade didn’t blend well with the blue skies. Therefore, George Lucas gave him a green blade instead so that the scene looked better on screen. 

With that in mind, perhaps Lucas did something similar during Attack of the Clones. Or perhaps, it was a piece of foreshadowing by Lucas for Luke (Anakin’s son) wielding his famous green lightsaber later down the line. 

Emotional symbolism

One final point to make relates to the potential of George Lucas using blade colours as symbolism. As Anakin gets closer to the Dark Side, his colour goes from light green to a darker blue. 

This is a stretch, but a point worth considering!

Source: Wookieepedia

You can find out why Anakin killed the younglings here.

Final thoughts

Despite what many people think, Anakin Skywalker only ever wielded a green lightsaber temporarily. It is understandable that the blade sticks in people’s minds, though, because it’s what he was using when his arm was cut off by Count Dooku.

Therefore, the main reason why he switched back to a blue blade for Episode III was that he needed to construct a new one and blue was his preferred kyber crystal colour.

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Andrew Delaney

Andy is an experienced writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Star Wars. Look out for explanations from both a canonical and legends point of view.

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