Star Wars: Top 6 Dark Side Powers

The dark side offers power - but corrupts one's own body.
The dark side offers power - but corrupts one's own body. | Source

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.

A Force Shadow
A Force Shadow | Source

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.

Force Rage
Force Rage | Source

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.

Force Destruction
Force Destruction | Source

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.

A Force Net-esque eruption
A Force Net-esque eruption | Source

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.

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

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).

Thought Bomb
Thought Bomb | Source

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.

Your Favorite

Which power would you employ?

  • Thought Bomb.
  • Memory Walk.
  • Force Net.
  • Force Destruction.
  • Force Rage.
  • Force Shadow.
See results without voting

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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CorneliaMladenova 18 months ago from Cork, Ireland

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

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Jeremy Gill 18 months ago from Louisiana Author

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

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FreakyV 18 months ago from Canada

So awesome, makes me want to play some KOTOR !

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Jeremy Gill 18 months ago from Louisiana Author

Agreed, FreakyV, the KOTOR games are a blast!

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Christy Kirwan 17 months 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 17 months ago from Louisiana Author

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

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lyoness913 17 months ago from Overland Park, KS

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 17 months ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks, lyoness, glad he enjoyed it!

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Anate 17 months ago

Good hub and interesting look at the various powers.

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khanimamba 9 months ago from Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

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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Jeremy Gill 9 months ago from Louisiana Author

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.

Darth Titus 8 months 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 8 months ago from Louisiana Author

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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