No, Yoda did not have a purple lightsaber in Star Wars canon. Throughout the Star Wars films and other official media, Yoda has only been depicted using a green-bladed lightsaber.
Some key points on Yoda and his lightsaber color:
- In the prequel films, Yoda wields a green lightsaber in his duel with Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones and when he fights Emperor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.
- In the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, Luke Skywalker inherits Anakin’s blue lightsaber, showing that Jedi can wield lightsabers of different colors.
- Mace Windu, another Jedi Master on the Council, famously used a rare purple lightsaber throughout the films.
- Green is the most common blade color used by Jedi Knights and Masters in the Star Wars films.
- There are no canon sources showing Yoda using or owning a purple lightsaber at any point in his life.
So while Jedi can potentially wield lightsabers of different colors, all official media depicts Yoda with only a green blade. The purple lightsaber is uniquely associated with Mace Windu in the films.
Background on Lightsaber Colors in Star Wars
Lightsaber blades come in many different colors throughout the Star Wars universe, though green and blue are the most common hues used by the Jedi. Here is some background on the meaning behind different lightsaber colors:
Blue: The most common blade color used by Jedi Guardians and pilots. Examples include Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker. The blue crystal is one of the easiest to find and construct for a lightsaber.
Green: Most often wielded by Jedi Consulars focused on using the Force. Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Cal Kestis all used green sabers. Green is another very common blade color among Jedi Knights and Masters.
Purple: Extremely rare and associated with Jedi Council member Mace Windu, the only film character to use this hue. The purple crystal provides a balance between the contemplative green and combative blue.
Red: Universally used by Sith Lords and Dark Side adepts like Darth Vader due to the red synth crystals. Red sabers are fueled by rage and passion.
Yellow: Typically wielded by Jedi Sentinels tasked with seeking out and destroying emerging Dark Side threats. Examples include the Jedi Temple Guards.
White: Exceptionally rare color with unique purifying properties, used by Ahsoka Tano and the Light Side Inquisitors known as Kyber Guardians.
As we’ll explore next, Yoda specifically chose to wield a green lightsaber crystal throughout his life as a Jedi Master focused on the Force itself.
Why Did Yoda Have a Green Lightsaber?
Yoda’s green lightsaber color represents his focus as a Jedi Consular. The wise Grand Master devoted himself to contemplating the deeper mysteries of the Force through intense meditation and teaching. Other notable Jedi Consulars who used green lightsabers include Qui-Gon Jinn and the High Republic era Jedi Orla Jareni.
As the leader of the Jedi Council, Yoda spent most of his time on Coruscant teaching younglings and Padawans about the ways of the Force. He was not often sent on dangerous missions across the galaxy like other Jedi Knights and Masters. This helps explain why his skills with a lightsaber deteriorated in his old age compared to his mastery of Force abilities.
Yoda’s green blade underscores his role as the ultimate Jedi mystic and sage. He served as a spiritual guide and source of wisdom for nearly 900 years of Jedi history. His attunement to the Living Force granted him a perspective and patience far beyond other Jedi.
Ultimately, the green lightsaber represents Yoda’s focus on nonviolent understanding, introspection, and connection with the Force itself. This is contrasted with the blue lightsabers of action-oriented Jedi like Anakin charging into battle and duels.
Did Yoda Ever Use Another Lightsaber Color?
There are no canon sources showing Yoda using any color lightsaber other than green throughout his life. Even in stories set centuries before the Skywalker Saga, Yoda’s blade is consistently green when he is depicted wielding a lightsaber.
For example, in The High Republic novel Light of the Jedi, Yoda uses his green lightsaber aboard a Jedi cruiser when helping rescue passengers after a hyperspace disaster. This is set 200 years before The Phantom Menace, showing that Yoda chose a green lightsaber crystal even as a younger Jedi Master.
The only time Yoda is depicted with a lightsaber besides green is in the Legends continuity story arc Dark Empire. In this comic series, Yoda returns as a Force spirit and manifests a blue lightsaber blade when aiding Luke Skywalker. However, this story is no longer canon after Disney purchased Lucasfilm.
It is theoretically possible Yoda may have constructed different lightsabers with various crystal colors during his training as a youngling or Padawan learner centuries ago. But throughout the modern era, all official canon sources show him using only a green blade.
Did Any Other Jedi Use a Purple Lightsaber?
In the current Star Wars canon, Mace Windu is the only Jedi depicted with a purple lightsaber. His unique amethyst blade first appeared in Attack of the Clones and was an important part of his character’s identity.
Samuel L. Jackson, who portrayed Mace Windu, specifically requested the purple color to make his character stand out onscreen. Lightsaber expert Bob Anderson then handpicked a rare purple crystal to construct Windu’s prop lightsaber based on Jackson’s request.
Purple is meant to represent Windu’s blend of proficiency with both physical combat and Force abilities. As he created a new lightsaber form called Vaapad, Windu toes the line between the Light and Dark Sides. This moral ambiguity is symbolized by the purple color, between the peaceful blue and aggressive red.
In the Legends continuity, a handful of other Jedi also wielded purple lightsabers, including Jedi Council member Saesee Tiin and Imperial Knight Te Corso. But in current canon, Mace Windu remains the sole purple-bladed Jedi thus far. Yoda, like most Masters, chose to wield the more common green color instead.
Could Yoda Have Chosen a Purple Lightsaber?
Hypothetically, Yoda could have constructed and used a purple lightsaber if he wanted to. As a leading member of the Jedi Council for centuries, he would have had access to various lightsaber crystals and holocrons documenting their unique properties.
However, purple and amethyst-hued kyber crystals were extremely rare, valued for their unusual balancing attributes. It’s unlikely the pragmatic Yoda would have sought out such an unconventional crystal when more common options like blue and green suited him just fine.
Moreover, the purple hue was uniquely tied to Mace Windu’s dual focus on combat and meditation within the Jedi Order. Yoda was first and foremost a contemplative mystic, making green the ideal color representing his mastery of the Force itself.
While Yoda technically could have made a purple lightsaber, he did not have Windu’s same need to outwardly display his balance between physical and metaphysical abilities. The Grand Master’s green blade reflected his role as the ultimate Jedi sage and teacher focused solely on the Force.
Could Other Colors Have Fit Yoda’s Jedi Role?
Based on his personality and skills, Yoda potentially could have used other lightsaber colors besides green:
Blue – Associated with Jedi Guardians focused on combat, a blue blade may have fit the younger Yoda who served as a general in the Clone Wars. But blue represents action over meditation, contrasting Yoda’s role as a contemplative guide.
Yellow – Often used by Jedi Sentinels, yellow may have matched Yoda’s experience with tracking down and defeating Dark Side enemies. But he spent relatively little time on such solitary missions compared to training Jedi.
White – As the Grand Master, Yoda theoretically could have purified a green crystal to become white like Ahsoka Tano did. However, he had no need to represent a cleansing of the Order or connection to cosmic Force like Ahsoka’s white sabers.
Ultimately, green seems to be the perfect match for Yoda’s personality, skills, and role within the Jedi Order. The sage-like Master chose his crystal and blade color specifically to align with his identity as the ultimate contemplative guide of the Light Side.
In summary, Yoda did not have a purple lightsaber in Star Wars canon. His green-bladed saber represented his focus as a contemplative Consular guiding the Jedi Order through the Force itself. The rare purple lightsaber uniquely belonged to Mace Windu, who crafted it to represent his balance between physical and metaphysical skills. While Yoda could theoretically have chosen any color, green fits him perfectly as the ultimate Jedi mystic of the saga.