Star Wars: Top 6 Dark Side Powers

Updated on August 11, 2018
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Jeremy hopes the Force is with him as he pursues a forensics career in the swamps of Louisiana.

The Dark Side offers power - but corrupts one's own body.
The Dark Side offers power - but corrupts one's own body.

The Dark Side

"The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural" - Darth Sidious

A life-long fan, I've been contemplating the nature of the Force since before I could ride a bike. The Force is a powerful energy field, divided into two hemisphere - Light and Dark. Jedi practice the Light Side, emphasizing peace and calm, while Sith brandish the emotions and fury of the Dark.

Today, we'll be delving into the dangerous depths to discover deadly dark powers. So don your black cloaks, vocalize your best Darth Vader impression, and ignite your crimson lightsabers - we're about to learn many secrets of the Dark Side.

A Force Shadow
A Force Shadow

6. Force Shadow

Notable User: Xesh

Force Shadow may not be the most helpful ability in combat, but it offers 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 the projection.

Force Shadow may not directly help in battle, but no other technique allows you to so easily monitor numerous areas.

Force Rage
Force Rage

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. Interestingly, in the Legends timeline, Jedi Jaden Korr mastered the ability and managed to wield it while only channeling Light Side energy.

Force Destruction
Force Destruction

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, amassing 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 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.

A Force Net-esque eruption
A Force Net-esque eruption

3. Force Net

Notable Users: Lomi Plo, Sarasu Taalon

Force Net may not sound very impressive, but it's a 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.

Escape 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.

A victim of Memory Walk is interrogated.
A victim of Memory Walk is interrogated.

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. 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 power, try Flow-Walking, a technique learned by Jacen Solo that allows users to see visions from the past or future (but not alter them).

Thought Bomb
Thought Bomb

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 you want to stay away from it. Thought Bomb has to be one of the strongest Force techniques ever imagined; it's so taxing that it requires the combined efforts of numerous Dark-Siders just to conjure!

The user join their minds as one with a ritual 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. The Dark Side inevitably corrupts its wielders as well as its victims, and Thought Bomb is the epitome of this taint.

Your Favorite

Which power would you employ?

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The Future of the Dark Side

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.

The Last Jedi seems to be hinting at a balance between light and dark (rather than the opposition seen in the first two films), and episode 9 might end with mastery over both elements of the Force. But speculation aside, as we eagerly await the next entry in the galaxy far far away, vote for your favorite power and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!

Questions & Answers

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        Jeremy Gill 

        13 months ago from Louisiana

        @John Razgriz

        Fair point, though an exceptionally cunning Sith like Sidious could possible manipulate others into using Thought Bomb on Jedi. Two birds with one explosive stone.

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        John Razgriz 

        13 months ago

        Thought Bomb is counter-intuitive so I wouldn't given it number one. It's the most deadly but not the most useful since you die from it. I'd choose the master form of Force Suppression. Disabling a targets Force abilities completely is amazing, while you can still use yours.

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        17 months ago

        pretty cool methods!

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        Kuan Leong Yong 

        2 years ago from Singapore

        That's why it's cooler to be a Sith. :)

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        Jeremy Gill 

        3 years ago from Louisiana

        I can respect that opinion, Titus. Lightning has many uses, but all it takes to block it is a lightsaber (as Obi-Wan showed in Episode 2) or stronger Force abilities (like Yoda demonstrated again in Episode 2). Still, it's an effective ranged move.

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        Darth Titus 

        3 years ago

        As cool as all of these sound, I'd have to say that the best dark side power is force lightning. Certain users incinerated the target, and unlike thought bomb, there was no damage done to themselves. Also, it's a lot more precise than force destruction

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        Jeremy Gill 

        3 years ago from Louisiana

        Thank you, khanimamba. That would be interesting. If I'm not mistaken, similar powers exist in the Legends timeline; I'm pretty sure either Luke or Jacen used the Force to give off the appearance of another person, though I don't know if that was accomplished by bending light or not.

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        3 years ago

        Awesome hub Jeremy. As someone who's knowledge in the Star Wars universe is limited I really enjoyed it. I think I remember seeing "Memory Walk" being used in Episode 7, I would definitely use that ability.

        Wouldn't it be a cool ability though if you could use the force to bend light ? You could become invisible , or maybe create illusions to trick or confuse your opponents. Even more cool to bend the light from the light sabre to different shapes.

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        Joseph Ray 

        4 years ago

        Good hub and interesting look at the various powers.

      • Jeremy Gill profile imageAUTHOR

        Jeremy Gill 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        Thanks, lyoness, glad he enjoyed it!

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        Summer LeBlanc 

        4 years ago from H-Town

        I am not much of a Star Wars fan, but my son is an absolute fanatic and he's counting down the days for the new episode. I showed him your article and he was very impressed- just thought I would tell you that! :)

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        Jeremy Gill 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        Appreciate it, Christy! Hopefully the upcoming Episode 7 will show us more amazing powers.

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        Christy Kirwan 

        4 years ago from San Francisco

        As someone who's only seen the original trilogy, it was super interesting to read more about some of the other powers that are canon in the Star Wars universe. Thanks for this!

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        Jeremy Gill 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        Agreed, FreakyV, the KOTOR games are a blast!

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        4 years ago from Canada

        So awesome, makes me want to play some KOTOR !

      • Jeremy Gill profile imageAUTHOR

        Jeremy Gill 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        Thank you, Cornelia! Memory Walk sure sounds impressive; I'd take either it or Force Shadow.

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        Korneliya Yonkova 

        4 years ago from Cork, Ireland

        Cool hub. I myself voted for Memory Walk. Really useful power :)


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