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At time of writing, there’s discussion/ranting in G&G Fan’s thread about Yoda using a lightsaber, and about Jedi and Sith use of lightsabers in general. I thought of this thread idea a while ago but it feels relevant now.

I’m one of those people that believe Yoda shouldn’t have fought with a lightsaber - I don’t want all Jedi knights to be samey, and Yoda, as an ancient, sage master of the Force (who also happens to be very short), should have progressed beyond such weapons.

I think although it felt right for Palpatine to duel Mace Windu and the other Jedi with a red lightsaber, after his got knocked out of his hand and out of the window, that should have been the end of it. He would be much the same as Yoda, drawing on unique magical abilities befitting his mastery of the dark side of the Force. I think it would be better if we never got to see Yoda at full fighting capability in AOTC, then in Episode III the long-awaited duel between the Emperor and Yoda would get to be a demonstration of exactly how much power an individual can wield. The only trouble is, outside of lightsaber combat, we have… telekinesis, force lightning, repelling force lightning…jumping about like a maniac… is that it?

This might be a controversial idea, but if you HAD to introduce new and powerful Force abilities, what could they be? Off the top of my head, I thought playing with the elements like in Avatar would be nice, Palpatine conjuring destructive fire and Yoda being able to conjure water - but that’s getting into Harry Potter territory, like the fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix. Good examples of new and inventive abilities are The Last Jedi’s Rey and Kylo connection and Luke’s force projection, I thought those were very in-line with what the Force is all about.

Interested to see how this thread will do. Perhaps terribly.

“Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”

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They should have looked at all the ones in Dark Forces II and brought in things like Destruction, Blinding and Deadly Sight.

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Mocata said:

They should have looked at all the ones in Dark Forces II and brought in things like Destruction, Blinding and Deadly Sight.

Ah. I’m still on Dark Forces I.

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Yeah, while the sequel trilogy has plenty of faults, I though the new force powers it introduced (especially the “JediSkype” where even environmental elements like rain drops transferred and of course Luke’s force projection) were really great and felt very in keeping with the right “feel” of the Force.

I also think looking to the Jedi Knight games as a source of inspiration would be great. I was happy to see Force healing implemented in TRoS and The Mandalorian. It was implied by Ben Kenobi’s actions toward Luke in ‘77 but never explicitly shown or dealt with.

I don’t like the idea of conjuring elements so much (it’s a bit too magic) but I love the idea of being able to command or control the elements and think it would feel like a natural extension of the force. So, for example a Jedi couldn’t make fire or water appear out of nowhere, but if it was already there they could manipulate and control it to a certain extent. Which I guess we technically saw with baby Yo… er, Grogu in season one of Mando.

Basically, since the force is a natural, elemental type of mysticism created by living things and intertwined with the physical world around them (the tree. The rock.) those are the types of powers I like to see. It should be able to enhance, expand, and manipulate the mind, body, spirit, and natural world in and around the user.

If I had to invent a new force power… hmm. I don’t know if I can come up with one that hasn’t already been at least touched on in official media. Maybe something like the ability to put your enemies to sleep? I could see that being a cool scene for a hero hopelessly outnumbered in a critical situation to reach out with the force and watch a whole platoon of stormtroopers start feeling very drowsy and struggling to stay focused and awake until they give in and all fall asleep. Has something like that been done before?

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canofhumdingers said:

If I had to invent a new force power… hmm. I don’t know if I can come up with one that hasn’t already been at least touched on in official media. Maybe something like the ability to put your enemies to sleep? I could see that being a cool scene for a hero hopelessly outnumbered in a critical situation to reach out with the force and watch a whole platoon of stormtroopers start feeling very drowsy and struggling to stay focused and awake until they give in and all fall asleep. Has something like that been done before?

I like this. I also feel like hypnosis would be a natural extension of the mind trick power.

In response to the OP, I hate the force-projection thing. I thing it would have been better if it was a bit more limited. Like if it was instead a “force hallucination” power. Luke could have caused Kylo Ren to think Luke was there, without anyone else being able to see it, and it would have undermined Kylo’s credibility a bit as well as providing just the right amount of confusion needed for the Resistance to get a leg up.