Star Wars: Top 6 Dark Side Powers
The Dark Side
"The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural" - Darth Sidious
Welcome to our next Star Wars countdown! I've been contemplating the dark side since I was a wee lad. If I had dollar for every time I've watched Star Wars, I could probably happily retire in a luxury mansion! My favorite Sith include Darth Vader, Maul, Caedus, and Plagueis.
Today, we'll be delving into the dangerous depths of the dark side to discover deadly dark powers. Alliterations aside, let's review a few aspects of the mystical "Force", the energy field encountered in the Star Wars universe. Most Jedi (light side users) believe the Force to be divided into two hemispheres - light and dark. Light side powers and users are calm and benevolent; dark are passionate and vengeful.
Beings who use the dark side, Sith, often fight with rage and raw power, quickly overwhelming their opponents. It should be noted that dark side powers aren't exclusive to Sith; some Jedi are willing to use them, believing it's all relative to the situation. For example, Luke Skywalker uses the dark power Force Choke in Episode 6. Theoretically, all of today's techniques could be used by Jedi; it's just that the light siders prefer to abstain from such risky abilities.
But we're not here to talk philosophy, we want to know the six strongest "dark" powers. Well, don your black cloaks, vocalize your best Darth Vader impression, and ignite your scarlet lightsabers - we're about to learn many secrets of the dark side.
6. Force Shadow
Notable User: Xesh
Force Shadow may not be the most helpful ability in combat, but it demonstrates incredible power. The user of the technique creates a mystical projection, or "shadow", with their mind. The shadow may be cast vast distances (even onto far-off planets) from its host; the user will then be able to see through the shadow's eyes. Sith can use this rare ability to scout lands, hunt targets, and obtain information. Additionally, shadows are physically invisible to most species, making their spying very effective. A strong Jedi or Sith may detect the act of conjuring a shadow, but it would hardly matter - you'd be safely away from your projection. Force Shadow may not directly help in battle, but no other technique allows you to so easily monitor numerous areas.
5. Force Rage
Notable Users: Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, Jaden Korr
Fifth place goes to the powerful Force Rage ability (also called Force Fury). You can use this move to tap into your own negative emotions (fear, pain, hate) and channel the resulting energy through your body. The result is increased speed and physical strength, usually allowing you to overwhelm any opponent with a ferocious assault. However, Rage possesses a drawback - it'll weaken your body when the surge ends, leaving you fatigued. If it fails to overpower an enemy, a tactical retreat would be advised. Force Rage is notably used by the Jedi Jaden Korr, who has mastered the ability and may use it without falling prey to the dark side. A mentally stable Jedi can indeed wield dark side powers, it seems.
4. Force Destruction
Notable Users: Jerec, Kyle Katarn
Next, we have the devastating Force Destruction. This move involves the user harnessing the dark side within themselves, harnessing powerful energy, then suddenly discharging it, typically by way of the palm. The resulting blast obliterates anything in a large radius. Even targets who narrowly escape the range are forcefully (no pun intended) shoved back. Force Destruction seems to be one of the hardest force abilities to block or counter, likely due to its immense strength. If it were me, I'd probably just get the heck out of its way. A few Jedi use this move, but it's chaotic nature classifies it as dark power.
3. Force Net
Notable Users: Lomi Plo, Sarasu Taalon
Force Net may not sound very impressive, but it's a mighty (and cruel) addition to any arsenal. The user summons the dark side to create several strands of energy that ensnare a target in a painful web. Escaping is nearly impossible. First, the mesh of strands is nearly indestructible. Second, a target has its stamina sapped when ensnared. Third, force users have their connection to the force temporarily severed when afflicted with this power. Once a target's energy is sufficiently drained, the web will tighten and cut into the flesh of its victim. Ruthless, powerful, and ensnaring, Force Net reflects all the characteristics of the dark side.
2. Memory Walk
Notable Users: Rokur Gepta, Cade Skywalker
Don't let the almost-nostalgic sound of this move fool you. Memory Walk involves a force user delving into their target's mind using their power. Once inside, the user summons the target's most painful memories, and makes them relive them over and over. Imagine continuously living your most embarrassing, painful, and terrifying experiences - that's what Memory Walk would do to you. And being a Jedi or Sith doesn't automatically guard against the probe; even force wielders can fall victim to it. There exists a machine that enhances the nature of this power, enabling the user to actually alter the memories into even more painful experiences. As a powerful method of persuasion and torture, Memory Walk is a move to be avoided at all costs.
For a gentler and somewhat similar power, try Flow-Walking, a technique that allows a force user to see visions from the past or future (but not alter them).
1. Thought Bomb
Notable Users: The Brotherhood of Darkness
When a group titled "The Brotherhood of Darkness" invents an ability, it's a safe bet to assume you want to stay away from it. Thought Bomb has to be one of the strongest force powers ever imagined. It's so powerful that it requires the combined efforts of many Sith to conjure. The followers of dark perform a ritual and join their minds as one while reciting a chant. Dark energy clusters, amasses strength, and eventually bursts in an immense explosion. Thought Bomb is almost like a black hole - it absorbs sound, heat, and light. If you get hit by this, you're dead. Even worse, it'll fragment the soul of any target, collecting the fractured soul and condemning it to an eternity of pain. That's right; this move not only obliterates your body, but restrains you from joining the afterlife (or the peaceful rest of death, whichever you believe in). The summoners of Thought Bomb, who are also within the blast radius, suffer the same fate as its designated victims; their flesh and spirit are torn asunder. After all, the dark side inevitably corrupts its wielders as well as its victims. Thought Bomb is the epitome of the taint of darkness.
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The Future of Darkness
We've now explored several powerful and dangerous force powers. The conflict between light and dark remains one of Star Wars' most interesting aspects; hopefully, future films, novels, and shows will further examine the mysterious nature of the Force. For now, feel free to join the dark side - I hear they have some great incentives.
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