- “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Force is an energy field in the Star Wars universe; used by both the Jedi and the Sith for power. There are two sides to the Force; the Light side (or Ashla), and the Dark side (or Bogan). Those that harness its power gain access to various psychic abilities and enhanced physical attributes. Users of the Force had the potential to have any ability it bestowed, though they needed to be skilled or powerful enough to use such abilities to better extent. Both the Light and Dark sides of the Force are technically neutral. Individuals who possess the power or potential to use the Force are known as Force-sensitives, Force-wielders or Force-users.
Most practitioners of the Dark Side of Force are noted to become physically altered by the Dark side, with their eyes turning yellow with fire-shaped red rims, as well as orange or reddish. This alteration can progress through intense immersion in the Dark side's power and teachings, especially for extended periods of time, leading to the user becoming deformed, gaining a diseased, corpse-like appearance, such as the likes of Palpatine. who naturally had potential for good and was thus, fully corrupted by the Dark side.
Manifestations of the Force
As shown in Star Wars Rebels, certain creatures have also been shown to have an affinity for the Force, such as the Convor, a type of bird. What this affinity is is not known. The Lasat species also can use their Bo-Rifles to tap into the Force's power, indicating that they have knowledge of it and can make use of it. In Marvel Comics' Star Wars series, it is revealed that a certain type of mysterious blue rocks originating from a sacred living mountain alive with the Force can grant individuals the ability to use the Force. This ability, known as Stonepower, can further be strengthened in consuming thin slivers of these rocks, as discovered by Yoda. There also exist physical embodiments of the Force, such as the Bendu, who represents the center of the Force between the Light and Dark sides of the Force. Other physical embodiments of the Force, each representing a different aspect (i.e.; the Father (representing order and balance), the Daughter (representing the Light side of the Force), and the Son (representing the Dark side of the Force), also once existed, but have since become deceased due to the actions of the Jedi, in particular, Anakin Skywalker. Prophecies in the Force also exist; the prophecy of the Chosen One, an individual meant to bring balance to the Force was one of these, and was fulfilled when Anakin Skywalker (the prophecy's focus) destroyed the Sith, bringing balance to the Force once more.
List of Known Force Powers and Abilities
A form of mental manipulation, Mind tricks are the hypnotic ability to influence and control weaker willed individuals using verbal ideas, orders or suggestions, which the victim then repeats and then acts upon without hesitation. Some users could even control animals by reaching out empathically with the Force, though they did not need to use verbal ideas, orders or suggestions. If the user used this power with others, they would be able to overwhelm and control the minds of people with strong wills, however, this variant was, if misused or prolonged, capable of destroying a person's mind, leaving them insane. A highly powerful and skilled can have full control over a victims thoughts, memories, perception, and emotions to an extent.
It is revealed in "Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow", that a Force-user does not need to use verbal ideas, orders or suggestions, as Padawan Ezra Bridger mentally control the mind of a Walker Pilot to attack his fellow Stormtroopers, by simply thinking of the commands, and the Walker Pilot did not repeat Ezra's commands. However, this ability, is derived from the Dark side of the Force.
Skilled users in the Force can use their mental abilities to sedate others telepathically. An advanced version of the Mind Trick, it allows a skilled or powerful user to command a user to become tranquil, dazed, stunned, or unable to act or feel. A user can even induce sleep in a victim and cause a victim to instantly collapse into unconsciousness. This ability requires focus, mental balance, and discipline, with the user also being mentally centered and calm. A user can remove panic from a victim with a command, as well as physical contact or a hand gesture.
The Force gives its users with discipline and subtlety of mind an extra sensory awareness that the user can use to gain, analyze, and interpret direct visual information about an people, location or physical event in the future, present or past. Users gain psychic and supernatural abilities of precognition, retrocognition, intuition, telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, scrying, dowsing, psychometry, divination, enhanced empathy, and the ability to experience visions. They can sense and scan the minds, thoughts and emotions of others and the nature of memories that others around them are experiencing. Their abilities allow users to sense the presence of others, especially other Force users and even track them. Blood relations can further enhance these abilities. Also, users could feel negative occurrences happening or sense that danger would personally effect the user in the future. Unfortunately, this awareness is limited and what information that is found is not always in full detail and in fragments. Those who where not skilled with their enhanced awareness would possibly not experience such vision or senses at all.
Alternatively, users can feel immediate danger in their present, usually when it is in their vicinity and can react to it quickly. This gives them instinctive reactions that allows them to easily dodge or counter danger. Sense abilities allowed Force users to immerse themselves in the environment, Which can allow them to use the Force to operate as their senses when their own physical senses are strained, blocked, or impaired. Such way resulted in Jedi learners where helmets that blocked their eyes and had them use the Force to see and react quickly during lightsaber training. Force users could combine their mental and extra sensory powers to enhance them, to the point of creating clearer visions or overwhelming strong minds and controlling them. This ability can be strengthened if users combine their powers with other users, thereby enhancing the clarity of their visions and their ability to interpret them. Additionally, visions of the future were known to happen while a user was dreaming, though this was rare for some.
In addition to this, when the Force was out of balance and the Dark side went rampant, the result this was Light side practitioners becoming diminished in power with these skills, as they would be rendered virtually unable to sense other force-sensitives across the galaxy, including Sith or other Dark side practitioners.
Force users could utilize their powers to tame or mentally connect with various types of animals in order to control them or communicate with them. However, this power could only be mastered by fully opening oneself to the Force and letting go of one's inhibitions. Animals such as reeks, fyrnocks, purrgils, and Tibidees were among the many animals Force-users could connect with. Some animals, such as krykna spiders, could not be controlled and remained dangerous to those who tried to connect with them unless they were seen through the Force for what they were, rather than with fear and apprehension. Skilled practitioners, such as Ezra Bridger and Kanan Jarrus could understand the creatures they connected with, and would use the Force to communicate with them.
Certain Force-users had the ability to deduce information about events, people, and places simply by touching the objects they held. However, this power could also prove dangerous, for using psychometry on a weapon could bring the person using psychometry closer to the Dark Side of the Force. Jedi Master Quinlan Vos had an affinity for this ability during the time of the Clone Wars, using it for primarily for tracking. Rey seemingly utilized this ability when she touched Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, resulting in her seeing a vision of the Knights of Ren slaughtering most of Luke Skywalker's Jedi apprentices.
Such an ability allowed a user with discipline and subtlety of mind to mentally transmit or receive information to and from another. Force user, even from vast distances, including from one end of a galactic system to another. A strong enough transmission could allow a user to project their own ideas and will into that of a victim with a weaker mind and therefore control the victims mind, though an order or idea needed to be verbally conveyed to the victim. This hypnotic suggestion, or mind control, came to be called the Mind Trick. However, through the Dark Side, the potential for this ability is furthered, allowing an individual to essentially possess another and manipulate their actions like puppets from a distance rather than simply influencing them and making them susceptible to verbal commands. Some users could even forcibly extract and transmit information, thoughts, ideas, orders, and visions to and from others minds, which could be painful for the victim. This technique came to be known as a Mind Probe, which could only be resisted by skilled or powerful Force users, and possibly more mentally resilient people in general. Users can feel memories and feelings accompanied by them, to the point where the user can scan the thought and memories of those close to them, especially other Force users. Blood relations, emotional attachment and a significant bond towards another individual can further enhance these abilities and the connection of individuals through the Force. Sensory abilities allowed Force users to better immerse their senses into their environment.
The general ability to move and otherwise exert force on physical matter without physical interaction and from a variable distance through force of will and mind. Those who use this ability could potentially manipulate even large starships in accordance to their mental strength and focus, which could be achieved by letting go of the distinction of the targets size, mass, or weight, though this was difficult for most users. The abilities versatility, precision, accuracy, magnitude, intensity, range was
Telekinesis allowed a user to apply great force on a target usually as a way of attack or telekinetically lifting or pressing small to medium sized objects or mechanisms. This limitation may cause telekinesis to manifest as an extension of the users own strength, meaning all the strength they have may be used to telekinetically affect matter. It may also limits uses to short burst of strength, which amplified by will and awareness of a target, can cause great feats of telekinetic strength. For a sufficiently skilled or powerful practitioner, the size, number, or weight of the target did not matter, with some users being able to manipulate large structures with this power. It is utilized through intense concentration when a practitioner began using it, but it became much easier with time, learning, and practice.
The effect will always wear off eventually, much like the exhaust of stamina or endurance, and the user may be limited on how many times it can be used or how many targets it can be used on. As the target is influenced by mental effort and physical senses, the user may be naturally unable to focus upon multiple targets for long periods and may be unable to manipulate a target when out of line of sight or being unable to hear or otherwise have awareness of the targets presence or position in relation to themselves. The ability can also cause physical and mental stress and exhaustion, especially when using it on objects that are larger or heavier than the user or that have greater amounts of force already being exerted on it, such as falling objects or moving vehicles. The telekinetic abilities of the user could be enhanced by intense emotions such as anger or fear, which lessened the effort of maintaining hold on a targeted object or allowing a user to apply abnormally precise or extreme amounts of force beyond their limit.
Basic and weaker uses are summoning or repelling small objects, cease the motion and mobility of a moving object, causing objects to fly or float in the air, manipulating inner workings and controls of objects, as well as of certain mechanisms, such as a door, telekinetically use controlling mechanisms such as switches, buttons, levers, or power source and control technological systems, including lightsaber controls, causing objects to fly or float in the air, slow a fall from an otherwise dangerous height, and physically moving others with the intent of harm, which could physical strike them, or simply knock them down.
Telekinesis results in variants and used in an offensive or defensive manner. A primary variant Force push that can repel, propel, hit, destroy, or break the user's target. Utilizing a physical impulse and explosive force in a certain direction, unlike its sub-variants Force Wave and Force Repulse, both of which are multi directional. It can be used to varying degrees, from simply moving or nudging a targets to physically repelling the target, sending them flying through the air and causing serious injury. Using this power with others can enhance its effects beyond either of the participants natural ability. Using this ability is usually accompanied by loud rumbling or crashing noise, possibly due to expansion of rapidly heated air, just like thunder. Truly gifted practitioners could generate a concussive blast that would radiate from them for dozens of meters in all directions, detonating with the force of a conventional explosive. With practice, a skilled Force user could increase the range and arc of the blast, creating a blanketed wave of physical force instead of a focused impulse.
Force users could shield themselves from incoming matter and energy with telekinesis, as well as to block matter and energy, resulting in a Force Barrier or Force Field. It created an invisble field that was as strong as the users willpower and focus, as well as alertness. While not tangible and, usually not airtight, these strong barriers could stop physical objects from hitting the user or anyone near them. Unfortunately, the barrier can be overwhelmed and penetrated by physical forces stronger than itself and can usually only protect against physical matter of almost any type, leaving a user vulnerable to many types of energy based attacks. In combat, these barriers were capable of absorbing and defending against a wide variety of physical and some energy attacks usually physical forces weaker than itself. Force barriers were only used as defense and couldn't be used as a wall against attacks. Depending on the strength, concentration and awareness of the individual, if the user doesn't focus, the barrier could only withstand a few attacks before collapsing. Also, these barriers could be used as or transformed into a Force Repulse or Force Wave.
A variant of Force grip, it is a technique of telekinesis commonly used by Dark Side users due to its malevolent and brutal nature. It is used to grip, squeeze, or crush the neck or throat and choke or strangle the victim with the Force, rendering them unable to act. Sometimes, the person would be lifted off the ground by the neck. The user did not need to squeeze or crush the neck or throat to do this, as they could simply restrict or block air ways and therefore restrict, disrupt, or even cease the victims breathing and speech, as well as quickly exhausting the victims remaining air, thereby suffocating them. On rare occasions, a users telekinetic grip could be used to inflict fatal damage to a victim after releasing them or be aimed to break the neck of the victim by bending, twisting, or crushing it with enough force. Using this ability is usually accompanied by loud rumbling like thunder. The power is generally used at close range, but in rare instances the target could be choked at a greater distance if they are seen through a viewscreen. Depending on the degree or power applied, the effects of a Force choke would result in either death, unconsciousness, or simply leaving the person gasping but still conscious.
Particularly skilled practitioners of the ability were capable of attacking victims with the ability without being physically near them, though they were still required to know where their victim was in relation to themselves. This allowed a user to affect a victim from another room, or even another planet, viewing the target only through a video screen or a hologram. It commonly required great amounts of concentration and mental effort to maintain hold of their victim, especially from a great distance. However, the effort of maintaining the ability could be lessened through the use of dark, negative or aggressive emotions, which allowed the user to not even have to look at a target that was near them to hold them with the choke.
A Force user of highly advanced skilled and power had the ability to dissipate, convert, diffuse, channel, assimilate, negate, absorb, deflect, harness or redirect concentrated energy such as blaster bolts, lightsaber blades, or even Force lightning, with physical contact. Such abilities were called Tutaminis, otherwise known as Force absorb, or Force deflection, the latter purely entailing shooting the captured energy back or channeling it away completely. This ability can allow a user remove the magnitude and vectors of an energy that comes into physical contact with them. A user could touch or catch this energy with their hands and then manipulate it by either dissipating, deflecting or absorbing it into themselves, the last effect could actually partly heal or otherwise strengthen the body to some extent. While some could be overwhelmed by the energy they tried to manipulate, others managed to control it. Some users could even convert the energy they held into another energy, such as turning a blaster bolt into electricity. Force lightning is one of the more difficult energies to deflect or dissipate due to its purely degenerative nature. Some Force users, such as Darth Vader and his grandson, Kylo Ren, could also use this power to freeze blaster bolts in midair or completely dissipate them.
A Dark side power, this ability created or shot blue or purple electricity from the hands or fingers. With its purely degenerative nature, the electricity could deform, shock, electrocute, and otherwise severely harm the victim, with such harm potentially being fatal. The amount of power, lethality, and overall shock from the electricity could be determined by the user, who could use it to cause agonizing pain to the victim. It could simply be used to stun or knock out a target, as well as physically repel them in the same manner as Force push, all the while delivering an incapacitating shock to the target. Skilled or powerful Force users could deflect, absorb, harness, negate, disperse, dissipate, or redirect the electricity with physical contact, such as touching or catching it with their hands. Lightsabers could also be utilized to deflect Force lightning and suffered no ill effects to their inner workings from deflecting it.
Force users of any age can enhance their stamina, endurance, strength, and overall physical capabilities throughout their lives by using the Force, to the point where all or most users have naturally high acrobatic abilities, even while disabled or elderly. These abilities remain potent with little or no physical maintaining, as they come from the Force. This makes them able to physically exert themselves for extended periods of time, though they can eventually become exhausted from the effort and need rest and sustenance. As previously stated, skilled, and powerful users can possess unnatural vitality and physical abilities even in old age or while being severely crippled or otherwise disabled. Not even the degenerative power of Force Lightning can weaken this vitality.
The ability for the user to generate far greater force through physical contact and exertion. Force users can use this, and even combine it with telekinesis, to jump several feet in the air, as in a Force Jump and to not be affected by a fall from an otherwise dangerous height or at great velocity. These abilities remain potent with little or no physical maintaining. Using telekinesis, a user can reduce or enhance their own momentum and motion, and therefore exert greater force. They can also use it to some extent in their attacks, to enhance their striking force, to the point were a skilled and powerful user could harness their power to strike or kick a target and send them flying backwards without much physical exertion. A skilled and powerful user can resist weight to some extent and can lift objects and people several times their own weight with ease. In addition, many skilled and powerful Force users can exert themselves for longer periods than normal while not being truly strained by effort. Intense, uncontrolled, and aggressive feelings such as distress, pain, anger, hatred, frustration, and rage could enhance physical and telekinetic strength and performance, but mostly for Dark Side users and at the cost of awareness, reaction time, mental strength, and analytical thinking capabilities, as the user was overwhelmed by their intense and controlled feelings and unable to think clearly, resulting in overall poor judgment, especially in combat.
Force users can naturally have enhanced speed, agility, reflexes, dexterity, balance, equilibrium, coordination, and momentum. They need to develop such abilities through establishing a stronger connection to the Force. These abilities remain potent with little or no physical maintaining. Users are able to perform acrobatic and gymnastic feats with ease and develop the ability to do them by simply using the Force. Most users therefore had a basic skill of jumping to inhuman heights and distances. Their physical abilities allowed Force users to wield the lightsaber, a highly unweildy weapon known for its odd balance due to the usually weightless blade and omni-directional cutting edge, with almost inhuman efficiency, as well as precision and accuracy, though both of these required a user that controlled their emotions and thoughts and did not give way to intense, aggressive, and uncontrolled feelings. Some users learned to use their mobility in conjunction with telekinesis, allowing themselves to consciously resist the effects of gravity, friction, inertia and other physical forces, notably to lessen the impact of a fall, slow themselves down, or even to levitate and glide, which was commonly only possible through extreme levels of concentration through meditation.
Users of this have great stamina, endurance, tolerance, and overall survivability. Physically, a skilled and powerful user is less vulnerable to physical damage and has a slightly greater resistance and tolerance to injury, stress, pain, sickness, exposure, lack of air, or otherwise harmful trauma, temperatures, exposure to harmful environments, or toxic substances, all the while still functioning normally and slightly undeterred. They could withstand and survive with the effects of such trauma, unsafe environments and abstinence for longer periods and with less recovery. They can withstand physical and mental pain and trauma and can even resist its effects if they are strong or skilled enough in the Force. A skilled user can still fight and act as if uninjured, despite great pain. Since Dark Side users are empowered by strong and negative emotion, feelings of pain can actually make them stronger, both physically and telekinetically for a time, though it can also make them fight with less thought and make them vulnerable to more skilled users. In most extreme cases, users are able to survive for days or longer in isolation without sleep, shelter, food, or water by relying on the Force alone. A user was even able to influence the amount of air their body needed and survive without it for extended periods of time. Despite this, a Force user could not become invulnerable through the Force, though Dark side users could learn to siphon energy from other powerful Force users and significantly prolong their lives. Age does not seem to hinder any such abilities at all for most users.