The Mandalorian: What is the Darksaber?

Your full briefing on one of the galaxy's most infamous weapons.

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Giancarlo Esposito stars in The Mandalorian as Moff Gideon

Fans were thrilled to see the Darksaber in live-action for the very first time in the first season of The Mandalorian, wielded by Giancarlo Esposito’s formidable Moff Gideon.

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The iconic weapon will be back when the Star Wars spin-off returns later this month, which is bad news for Mando and his pint-sized sidekick if the latest trailer is anything to go by.

Those looking to brush up on their knowledge of a galaxy far, far away need look no further than RadioTimes.com, where you’ll find everything you need to know about the Darksaber ahead of the season two launch.

Plus you can check out our The Mandalorian season one recap if you need a refresher.

Read on for all your essential information on the ancient Mandalorian weapon.

Where does the Darksaber come from?

The Darksaber was created by Tarre Vizsla, a Jedi knight during the time of the Old Republic and the first Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi Order.

After his death, the weapon was stored in the Jedi Temple until the fall of the Old Republic, at which point the descendants of House Vizsla reclaimed it as their own. They went on to amass great power using the one-of-a-kind blade to eliminate their enemies, at one point ruling over all of the clans of Mandalore.

The weapon made its first appearance in the 12th episode of the second season of animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, titled The Mandalore Plot. It went on to become a recurring story element in the later seasons, as well as in its follow-up show Star Wars: Rebels, which recounts the Darksaber’s origin in a scene available below.

What makes the Darksaber special?

So, how has the Darksaber garnered such a legendary reputation over the years? Well, it looks cool as hell so that accounts for some of it.

Unlike other lightsabers, it has a flat blade similar to that of a traditional sword and absorbs the light around it to give it that gothic black glow.

In addition, the weapon has been known to give its user an advantage over a standard lightsaber, offering opportunities to parry attacks by how it draws in other blades (almost like magnetism).

Culturally, the Darksaber is very important to the Mandalorian people as a symbol of their esteemed Tarre Vizsla, meaning that Mando may have personal stakes in reclaiming it from Moff Gideon.

How does Moff Gideon have the Darksaber?

The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito
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That’s an excellent question, but one that we don’t have the answer to just yet.

Prior to its reappearance in The Mandalorian season one, the weapon had last been seen in Star Wars: Rebels, where it was entrusted to Mandalore leader Bo-Katan Kryze (voiced by Katee Sackhoff).

Notably, Sackhoff is returning to the role for The Mandalorian season two, where she will portray the character in live-action for the first time and could perhaps reveal how the Darksaber fell into the hands of the Empire.

Giancarlo Esposito has also teased more information on that matter in the upcoming episodes, during an interview with Deadline.

“You’ll see more of the Darksaber, you’ll get the explanation of this ancient weapon to the modern world, a collapsed world,” he said. “Where did this saber come from and how was it revived? It’s a key in our second season, which will be back sooner than later.

“[It] is a key to Moff Gideon’s past, which possibly has a lot to do with where he comes from and his desire to build a planet and bring it back together.”

Are there any Darksaber toys?

Star Wars fans young and old may get a kick out of the Darksaber toy currently available for purchase from Amazon.

The electronic toy features light and sound effects, mimicking the look and feel of the ancient Mandalorian weapon from a galaxy far, far away.

At the time of writing, the toy is listed as taking between two and five weeks to dispatch, so it may be wise to order now if you have Christmas presents in mind.

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