If you were left wondering what exactly Moff Gideon used to cut his way from his downed TIE fighter at the end of the Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian on Disney+, StarWars.com can help you out with their guide to learning more about the Darksaber. The saber made its animated debut in The Clone Wars TV series and then later re-appeared in Star Wars Rebels. So if you aren’t familiar with the events from either of those Star Wars animated series, the Season 1 finale of The Mandalorian may have left you scratching your head and eagerly wanting to learn more about the black-bladed weapon.
Few weapons have as long and storied a history as the Darksaber of Mandalore. Star Wars fans first set eyes on the extraordinary black-bladed lightsaber in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and it has since played a vital role in Star Wars Rebels — and made a surprise return in The Mandalorian.
Why was the reappearance of the legendary weapon such a huge moment in the Disney+ series? Let’s take a look at the history of the Darksaber, from the warriors who wielded it during the long history of Mandalore to what it means to see it again in the galaxy after the events of the Galactic Civil War.