With Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the horizon, there have been plenty of rumors about Force powers that Luke Skywalker has developed. With so much mystery surrounding Skywalker after the events of the Battle of Endor, only recently have we gotten some hints about how the galaxy viewed Skywalker. He was a legend to some, a ghost to others, and practically a god.
We put together a list of his best and most notable Force powers. A few are well-known, but others could lead to questions about Luke Skywalker’s intentions in The Last Jedi.
In Legends, Force repulse was when one gathered their energies in the Force inward, and then propelled them outward as quickly and violently as possible. The attack was meant to create space, and in some cases thrash subjects about. Those that utilize the ability with the dark side most often incorporated Force lightning and energy-based attacks into their repulse, and their enemies would be torn apart because of it.
This Force ability is canon and leads to more questions about Luke possibly turning to the dark side in The Last Jedi.
Next: This power is most commonly associated with Darth Vader and the Sith.
It’s most commonly associated with Darth Vader and the Sith, but Luke has used Force choke — and it has even been seen on the big screen. In an early scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke breaks his way into Jabba’s Palace but is confronted by the green, pig-like guards. To move past them, he uses the Force choke power.
This is kind of a big deal as far as Star Wars canon goes, because Force choke is considered to be a dark side power — not to be used by Jedi. However, more than just Luke and Vader have used the power in official canon. Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, and Count Dooku are three dark side users that have applied the power, while Anakin Skywalker — before becoming Darth Vader — and Ahsoka Tano utilized it during Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Next: Another dark side power
Force rush is an ability that some Sith utilize while locked in combat with an enemy. In a sense, it’s really just the ability to move quicker than you normally would. Some versions of Force rush include teleporting or creating a dark cloud that helps transport the Force user. While we never saw Luke Skywalker use this ability in the original trilogy, it’s listed right alongside Force repulse in Battlefront II as one of his main Force abilities.
But again, this is a dark side ability. Mark Hamill has denied that Luke has turned to the dark side in The Last Jedi, but we’ve also heard rumors that he wears a necklace with a red kyber crystal around his neck. Not to mention, some of the movie posters look pretty ominous, and his character proclaims that it’s “time for the Jedi to end” in one of the trailers.
Is this all a red herring, or has Luke really turned to the dark side?
Next: How Luke has a true understanding of his opponents.
You might not think that enhanced empathy would be a Force power, but it’s one in which Luke is particularly strong. Here is what Screen Rant had to say about how Skywalker uses this power against his enemies.
Deeply rooted in the Force, Skywalker’s empathy is something that enables him to sense other people’s feelings and use that to his advantage. Rather than just having some lame type of empathy that, say, allows him to feel someone’s pain when they get a paper cut, Skywalker’s empathetic powers let him pick up on people’s hidden motivations, feelings, and closely-held secrets.
You could see how the ability to understand what his opponent is feeling might come in handy against, say, an emotional and homicidal nephew who has an obsession with finding him?
Next: This is one of the earliest Force powers we saw Luke use in the movies.
Premonition is one of the earliest Force powers that we saw Luke use in the movies. While he was learning under Master Yoda on Dagobah, he saw a vision of a city in the clouds where Han and Leia were in trouble. This was confusing and upsetting for Luke, to say the least, and it caused him to give in to his emotions and rush off to Cloud City to face Darth Vader.
Luke became very strong in this ability, which is very special. Only a rare number of very strong Force users were able to see visions of the future, and one of those included Luke’s father — Anakin Skywalker. In reality, it was this ability that drove Anakin to obsess over losing his wife, Padme, in childbirth and sent him right into the manipulative arms of Darth Sidious.
But Luke apparently has mastered this Force ability without allowing it to control his mind.
Next: Luke can phone a friend.
Not only did Luke have the Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi as a mentor, he has the ability to receive revelations from him. Of course, this was a vital role for Obi Wan Kenobi in Return of the Jedi, when he comes to Luke and informs him of his troubling family tree.
Next: Redirecting sure does come in handy.
Redirecting blaster fire
For the Star Wars viewer, this should be an familiar ability. Darth Vader blocked the lasers from Han Solo’s blaster in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back using just his hand, and we saw him actually deflect the blasts back at a rebel soldier in the pinnacle scene of Rogue One. But apparently, Luke also holds this ability. The Force skill of deflecting and redirecting blaster fire, turning an opponent’s weapon back on him, is referred to as Form V, also known as Djem So.
According to Star Wars Wiki, “The Djem So variant of Form V was also based on defending with solid blocks and parries, then immediately countering with strong counterattacks and ripostes, and was geared toward, and created for lightsaber to lightsaber combat, but also still reasonably useful for blast deflection.”
Much like with Vader, this made attacking Luke Skywalker with a blaster practically pointless and often downright bad for your health.
Next: Stormtroppers definitely don’t have this ability.
This Force skill was never more apparent than at the very end of Star Wars: A New Hope, and it’s one that seemingly came naturally to Luke. With the fate of the galaxy resting on his young shoulders, he turned off his targeting computer and used his feel to shoot proton torpedoes into an exhaust port about two meters in size. How did he do it? Enhanced accuracy.
This wasn’t some rabbit they pulled out of a hat, either. It was suggested throughout the movie that Luke was an accurate shooter, from his blasting Stormtroopers on the Death Star, blowing up TIE fighters during their escape, and even his mention of bulls-eyeing wamp rats in his T-16 back home on Tatooine.
Luke’s very earliest and probably strongest skill within the Force was his excellent accuracy.
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