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Why The Mandalorian’s Darksaber Gets Heavier During Combat
Why The Mandalorian's Darksaber Gets Heavier During Combat,With the Darksaber making a prominent return in the Mandalorian's possession, here's why its wielders struggle with the blade's varying weight.

Why The Mandalorian’s Darksaber Gets Heavier During Combat

Star Wars' other iconic bounty hunter, Din Djarin, made an appearance in The Book of Boba Fett wielding the mythical Darksaber he earned at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2. He finally got the chance to unleash the Darksaber as more than a symbolic weapon. While the bounty hunter held his own with the blade, both he and his fellow Mandalorian Paz Vizsla were shown struggling to wield the Darksaber's surprising weight. But the reason behind the legendary weapon having visibly varying weights is explained in a different Star Wars series: Star Wars Rebels.


While collecting a bounty on a villainous butcher running a brutal syndicate, Din wielded the Darksaber against the crime lord's small army of henchmen. Though Din emerged triumphant, he struggled with the blade's weight, going as far as to accidentally burn himself on the thigh as he swings it around the battle. After learning Din wields the Darksaber, Paz challenged his associate to a duel over ownership of the blade — feeling that the weapon was his by ancestral rite. In the resulting skirmish, Paz managed to get his hands on the Darksaber but also had noticeable difficulty lifting it despite being more physically imposing than Din. This complication gave Din enough of an advantage to defeat Paz and reclaim the Darksaber.

Why Is the Darksaber Heavy for Din?

The Armorer mentions in passing during The Mandalorian that the difficulty related to wielding the Darksaber is driven by its user fighting against the blade itself rather than letting themselves go with the natural flow of combat. A less esoteric explanation was given in the Star Wars Rebels Season 3 episode "Trials of the Darksaber" when the exiled Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus trained Sabine Wren in wielding the Mandalorian weapon. After Sabine observed that the Darksaber is deceptively heavy, Kanan explained that energy follows through the blade, with the wielder directing its current of power. The wielder's thoughts and actions flow into the Darksaber to fuel this energy, affecting the weight.

Din came into both Darksaber battles preoccupied with his thoughts on Grogu, whom he had left with Luke Skywalker at the end of The Mandalorian Season 2. This was potentially what caused the Darksaber to feel so heavy when he hoisted it in combat. Paz came into the fight with a lot of resentment towards Din for claiming the Darksaber, insisting Clan Vizsla forged the blade long ago, making it his by birthright. This, along with whatever other emotional baggage Viz was carrying, made the blade that much heavier for him to lift, regardless of that familial connection.

Din Still Has Time to Master the Darksaber

The Darksaber has been established as one of the most powerful weapons in the Star Wars universe. It commands so much respect that those who have won the right to wield it become recognized as the true ruler of Mandalore. In addition to that importance, the blade has its own set of unique properties that make the Darksaber more than another lightsaber. That's why fans have come to enjoy every time that it appears on screen.

Din still possesses the Darksaber in The Mandalorian Season 3. But unless he learns to empty his mind in combat, he is still a long way from mastering its power. The third season has illustrated that Bo-Katan Kryze doesn't share Din's difficulty wielding the weapon. The show has also made clear how much she covets it. Din will have to do some serious work to wrangle the Darksaber if he wants to keep it in his hands and out of hers… or anyone else's.

To see Din Djarin return with the Darksaber, The Mandalorian Season 3 releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.