While we do know that there are a lot of different lightsaber colors in the world of Star Wars, one of the newer colors introduced in the continuity is the orange lightsaber color, which made its debut in the ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ video game, which was released in 2019. However, we are yet to see this lightsaber color in a show or movie because it will make its first live-action appearance in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series. So, what is the meaning of the orange lightsaber color?
We aren’t really sure what the orange lightsaber color means, but we can assume that this is a lightsaber color that flirts with the dark side of the Force. That’s because the wielders of the orange lightsaber in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series don’t seem to be quite friendly.
Of course, it goes without saying that different lightsaber colors could have different meanings, which depend on the nature of the person who constructed the lightsaber. In that regard, the orange lightsaber color might mean something deeper than we think. So, with that said, let’s try to look at what the orange lightsaber color in Star Wars means.
What does the orange lightsaber color mean?
Even though we’ve seen our fair share of lightsaber colors in the past, the orange lightsaber seems to be a new addition to the canon. We know that common colors, such as blue, green, and yellow, have always been around. But the orange lightsaber color was never introduced until the events of ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,’ a canon video game series that tells the story of Cal Kestis and his journey as a Jedi that survived Order 66.
But one of the things that we also found out was that the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series will feature two new Jedi-like characters that wield orange lightsabers. The trailer may have fooled some people into thinking that the lightsabers they wielded were bright red. But series creator Dave Filoni, in an interview, confirmed that the lightsaber colors were actually a darker shade of orange, saying:
“I made it a little bit more orange. That’s really good eye. You’re the first person to catch that. That was very intentional. I didn’t make them just a stark red. I remember as a kid that Vader’s lightsaber kind of fluctuated from visual effects to being a little bit more orange. I didn’t want to go straight up orange, but it’s identifying a little bit of something to kids that they might not straight up be what you think they are in the beginning. It’s good you caught that. Nothing is accidental.”
In that regard, there is no longer any doubt that these lightsabers that the new characters in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series are going to wield are orange lightsabers. But what exactly do these orange lightsabers mean?
When you look at the orange, it is a combination of two colors: yellow and red. In most cases, orange symbolizes a perfect harmony between those two colors. That means that it combines yellow’s optimism with red’s passion. And this can be related to the characters in the ‘Ahsoka’ series and the orange lightsabers they wield.
These orange lightsabers tend to be on the darker side of the color, which means that Filoni might have deliberately designed them to look that way because we know that orange is very close to red, especially the darker shades of orange. These new characters may still be Jedi, but the fact that they wield dark-orange lightsabers might suggest that they are closer to the dark side than the light side. And we know they are not entirely friendly because they attacked the good guys, including Ahsoka.
So, going back to the meaning of the color orange, the orange lightsabers in the ‘Ahsoka’ series might indicate that these characters are not exactly Jedi but aren’t entirely Sith as well. This combines the optimistic approach of the yellow color with the passionate energy of the red color. And we all know that the color red symbolizes how the Sith are able to draw power by using their emotions and passions.
At this point, we don’t really know a lot about these new characters in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series. But there’s a good chance that Filoni and his team chose their lightsaber color for a very good reason that may be symbolic.
Most famous orange lightsaber users
The first canon character in Star Wars to ever wield an orange lightsaber is Cal Kestis. Although this isn’t his original lightsaber color, Cal can easily change lightsaber colors by swapping out the Kyber crystal in his saber to get the color he wants. And one of the colors that were introduced in ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ was the orange lightsaber color.
Cal’s orange lightsaber, however, isn’t exactly the darker one that will be featured in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series. Instead, his orange lightsaber color is undoubtedly orange, so no one would ever confuse it for being red. That means that his orange lightsaber is different from the one the next two characters will have in the ‘Ahsoka’ series.
Baylan Skoll was first shown in the trailer of the ‘Ahsoka’ series. He was seen as a robed figure attacking a group of soldiers while wielding an orange lightsaber on the darker side. According to what we know about Baylan, he was actually a former Jedi during the time of the Jedi Order, considering he is actually on the older side of the calendar.
We also know that Baylan is set to duel Ahsoka in the upcoming series. That means that Baylan isn’t exactly a friendly character. And the reason why he has a dark orange lightsaber could be related to the possibility that he might be flirting between the light and the dark sides of the Force.
Shin Hati is the other Jedi-like character that will be featured in the upcoming ‘Ahsoka’ series. She is the apprentice of Baylan Skoll and is a young woman that is probably in her 20s. She also wields the same dark orange lightsaber that her master wields. This suggests that they are similar in terms of their alignment in the Force.
Of course, we can’t blame Shin if she is indeed bordering the dark side of the Force. That’s because, due to her youth, she probably wasn’t even born yet when the Jedi Order existed. As such, there’s a good chance she only became who she is due to her master’s teachings. And that means that what she knows about the Force is a product of what her master taught her.
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