Jeremy hopes the Force is with him as he pursues a forensics career in the swamps of Louisiana.
The Light Side of the Force
The Force's light half (sometimes referred to as Ashla) advocates tranquility, serenity, and knowledge over anger, passion, and possession. The light side's most notable practitioners were the Jedi, who used their powers to defend the Republic for millennia.
While the dark side hastens a user's growth, it doesn't actually increase their potential, meaning to those with patience and talent, the light is just as formidable. This is especially true when examining traditional light-aligned techniques, many of which can't be used by fallen Jedi. But with dozens of abilities available, which reign supreme? These are the ten strongest light-sided Force techniques in Star Wars!
Notable Users: Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda
Many forms of meditative trances exist in Star Wars, with Serenity being one of the fiercest, stated to restore "focus and power". Supposedly, only Jedi Masters are capable of harnessing this trance, as seen by Qui-Gon in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.
Sadly, despite his meditation, Qui-Gon ultimately falls to Darth Maul's blade, but we see Yoda use Serenity to great effect during the animated Clone Wars series, easily destroying several Separatist tanks after emerging.
Notable Users: Luke Skywalker, Kreia
Similar to other curative Force abilities, Revitalize can both restore energy and heal wounds. Luke offers to rejuvenate future-wife Mara Jade in one of their early counters, and during the Old Republic, the mysterious Kreia (despite not being fulled devoted to light) heals the Wookiee Hanharr with the technique.
8. Electric Judgment
Notable Users: Plo Koon, Luke Skywalker, Jacen Solo
Sometimes called Emerald Lightning, Electric Judgment is essentially the light's counterpart to dark-sided Force Lightning. It's a recent addition to the Jedi repertoire, having been discovered by Plo Koon during the last days of the Republic.
Many years later, Luke Skywalker used the technique to kill the overlord of the invading Yuuzhan Vong aliens. While controversial, the ability emphasizes quickly knocking its victim unconscious or outright killing them, avoiding the prolonged torture caused by a Sith's Force Lightning.
7. Force Light
Notable Users: Nomi Sunrider, Yaddle, Luke Skywalker, Jacen Solo
Force Light was a powerful ability that suppressed the dark side, diminishing or completely eradicating its presence. Used against a dark-sider, it reduces their connection to the Force and can potentially kill them.
The power might also be related to Oneness, a state of perfect harmony with the Force that grants enormous strength.
6. Wall of Light
Notable Users: Nomi Sunrider, Kam Solusar, Jaina Solo
As useful as Force Light is, it can potentially kill, something Jedi avoid where possible. Wall of Light requires several individuals working in tangent but creates a more-humane cage of blue energy that traps and incapacitates any within. Dark-siders find their ability to utilize the Force lessened or even completely evaporated after being struck with the Wall.
While taxing, the ability has an impressive success rate, being a staple among both ancient and modern Jedi. With it, Odan-Urr disabled Naga Sadow's Sith warriors during the Great Hyperspace War, and Luke Skywalker's first batch of pupils sealed away the revived spirit of Sith Exar Kun.
5. Force Meld
Notable Users: Jorus C'baoth, Jaina Solo
Force Meld is similar to the infamous Battle Meditation technique, but rather than empowering all soldiers in an army, it only affects Force-sensitive individuals (usually Jedi). While this lessens the number of boosted troops, it reduces the strain and lets all Jedi act in perfect cooperation. It's also helpful for preventing a conflicted Jedi from falling, as their wavering darkness will be outmatched by the majority's light affinity.
While Meld increases Force sensitivity and thus power, its potential drawback magnifies any disturbances felt, increasing receptiveness to negative stimuli. In an infamous statement, former president Barack Obama once referred to a "Jedi mind meld"; even our commanders-in-chief need their sci-fi cravings filled.
Notable Users: Yaddle
Morichro resembles a trance, slowing the bodily functions of its user, but unlike trances, it can also affect other individuals, suspending enemies to the brink of death. Improper form can inadvertently kill the target, and the power is so tricky that it's a rarity even among Jedi Masters.
Still, when performed correctly, the ability offers a great non-lethal alternative to violence, and Jedi Council member Yaddle (seen briefly in Episode 1) is known to have perfected the ability.
3. Sever Force
Notable Users: Vrook Lamar, Odan-Urr, Nomi Sunrider, Meetra Surik
Described by Odan-Urr as the most powerful light side offensive power, Sever Force shatters its victim's ability to brandish the Force. With a sufficiently strong wielder, a Sever only requires one individual and forms a semi-permanent block that almost completely negates a threat.
Severing can last days or decades based on the power applied, and even if a target eventually regains their sensitivity, they'll need additional time to reach their former skill level.
2. Beam of Light
Notable Users: Ood Bnar, T'ra Saa
Harnessing the entire energy from a planet, this costly technique is only available to members of the Neti species, and it's essentially a suicidal move, killing its wielder. But before they perish, Neti can create massive rays large enough to destroy entire fleets or even planets.
While truly a last resort, Beams of Light have never failed to eradicate their targets, successfully killing Executor Sedriss and devastating a Sith fleet, paving the path to victory in the Second Imperial Civil War.
1. Force Spirit
Notable Users: Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker
Ironically, what the Sith most crave—eternal life—is available only to Jedi who develop this power, which can't be utilized by dark-siders. Qui-Gon Jinn died before fully mastering the ability, only allowing him to return as a voice, but his spirit guided Obi-Wan and Yoda, who perfected the technique.
Witnessing Obi-Wan's usage, Darth Vader began his own study, and since he returned to the light before death, Anakin Skywalker was revived. Not only does the power offer eternal life, but its wielders can also even interact with their environments, seen when Yoda evoked lightning in The Last Jedi and Obi-Wan took control over Luke's body to battle Darth Vader in an Expanded Universe clash.
Advantages of the Light
In addition to today's Force powers, perhaps the light's biggest strength lies in cooperation, with its followers generally agreeing to unite against common threats. Darth Bane once noted that's how the ancient Sith empires kept losing to Jedi; Sith were divided by greed and betrayal while Jedi pooled their abilities into a mighty coalition.
The light side remains a mysterious entity, with some Force sects believing it actively guides galactic fate while others consider it a passive energy source with no individual will. Obi-Wan once noted it partially controls one's actions, but also obeys their commands, an interesting contrast. But for now, as we eagerly await more light-sided abilities, vote for your favorite power and I'll see you at our next Star Wars countdown!
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 21, 2019:
I remember the great power Mace Wendu had shown in the novel "Shatter Point," the ability to find the weakest part of an object and destroy it. I also liked the physical and sensitive abilities of the Jedi in the novel: Star Wars Ahsoka, But these are great light-side abilities. A truly enjoyable article. May the Force be with you and the rest of us.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 21, 2019:
Seeing this list reinforces how much the Star Wars franchise has developed from its early beginnings.