Posted by Liam on April 26, 2022 at 08:46 AM CST
Hey there, Rebelscum fans! This week we’ve been talking about the lava rock of Mustafar, which is inspiring our countdown today of the best lightsaber duels in the franchise. Check out our “Expand Your Mind” article from earlier in the week to read more about the Mustafar sequence in particular. Throughout the week we’ll be dropping more articles, insights, videos, and information on the best merchandising content that you’ll want to look out for.

Anakin and Obi-Wan's lightsaber duel is certainly an epic sequence, and many fans may cite it as the greatest lightsaber duel in the franchise’s history. It’s certainly tough to narrow it all down! The Expanded Universe and Legends timelines have only expanded the great options, but today we’re focusing on the twelve theatrically released films. The shows, games, books, and comics will have to wait until another article!

We want to share our top picks, but more importantly, we want to hear from you! Which duel is your favorite? Here are ours, ranked:

Honorable mentions:
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. General Grievous (Revenge of the Sith)
  • Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dooku (Revenge of the Sith)
  • Anakin Skywalker vs. Count Dooku (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dooku (Attack of the Clones)
  • Rey vs. Kylo Ren (The Rise of Skywalker)

10. Yoda vs. Count Dooku (Attack of the Clones)
Yoda reveals his lightsaber skills for the first time to duel Dooku, who's just been revealed as his fallen former padawan.


9. Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader (A New Hope)
While it's not quite as fast paced as the later highs the franchise would soar to, but Obi-Wan’s first duel with Vader is pivotal in showing what lightsaber content looks like for the first time.


8. Yoda vs. Darth Sidious (Revenge of the Sith)
Yoda’s second duel sees him finally facing off against the Emperor. We rank this one *slightly* lower, simply because the majority of the battle is using the Force.


7. Rey and Finn vs. Kylo Ren (The Force Awakens)
After Kylo Ren brutalizes Finn, Rey finally unleashes her Force abilities when she takes hold of the Skywalker family’s heirloom weapon.


6. Anakin Skywalker vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)
The most ambitious and most violent battle between master and apprentice is an emotionally devastating experience.


5. Rey and Kylo Ren vs. the Praetorian Guards (The Last Jedi)
Perhaps every fan wouldn’t count this one as an official “lightsaber duel,” but the aftermath of one of the saga’s greatest twists features stunning choreography as the new allies Rey and Kylo Ren work together to defeat Snoke’s guards.


4. Luke Skywalker vs. Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi)
Luke bests his nephew without violence and manages to give the Resistance a chance to escape. A true tribute to the lessons he learned from Yoda on Dagobah decades earlier.


3. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul (The Phantom Menace)
The most elaborate stunt work in the entire franchise is on display during this relentless fight, which for a while seemed like it was the end of Darth Maul.


2. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi)
This was actually the first lightsaber duel to use music; John Williams’s score echoes as Luke battles his father, the Emperor, and his own Dark side.


1. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back)
It’s the pinnacle moment of the entire franchise and the greatest twist in film history. Luke’s eagerness to rush into battle gets him in over his head as he hears the truth.

What do you think, Rebelscum fans? What is your favorite lightsaber duel? How does the Mustafar battle rank for you? Let us know in the forums, and as always, may the Force be with you!

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