Some of the highlights of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney + are watching Obi-Wan’s regather his strength and his sense of hope, his willingness to help those that need, and his ongoing connection to the Force.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was a great Jedi warrior, but unlike Anakin Skywalker, he was not one born with the most natural ability. Instead, he is someone who worked hard to become one of the most powerful Jedi of the Skywalker Saga era. Obi-Wan boasts an array of consistently used weapons and Force powers, which helped create some of the best and most iconic Obi-Wan moments and Star Wars fights ever.
Obi-Wan did not like using blasters, but that does not mean he was not proficient with them. His skill with blasters is shown on multiple occasions, including as recently as episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The most famous use of a blaster from Obi-Wan came when he killed General Grievous in Revenge Of The Sith. Perhaps his most impressive use of a blaster was when he disguised himself as Rako Hardeen and masterfully utilized a sniper rifle in what Moralo Eval called ‘the box.’ Obi-Wan did not own a blaster, but he was still a skilled marksman.
Obi-Wan’s fighting ability was slightly rusty in Obi-Wan Kenobi and he may be better known for epic lightsaber battles, but, like many Jedi, he was a skilled hand-to-hand combatant.
This is perhaps best seen in The Clone Wars, where he took on multiple opponents without a lightsaber, namely Pre Vizsla and Jango Fett, whom he equaled as a fighter. At the Temple, Jedi got hand-to-hand combat training alongside their lightsaber training.
Mouth And Mind
Through his skills in conversation and persuasion, Obi-Wan earned the moniker of ‘the negotiator,’ something that helped the Republic win many battles, such as on Christophsis in The Clone Wars movie.
While Obi-Wan would not want his mind to be a weapon, nor any Jedi for that matter, his intellect, studiousness, and skill as a strategist were invaluable to the Jedi and the Grand Army of the Republic. It also helped him in matters outside the direct Clone Wars conflict, such as his battles with Maul and infiltrating the Death Star. Obi-Wan spent a lot of time in his life studying and taking in knowledge, whether it be prophecies, military strategy, Galactic history, or the Force, while also experiencing the underbelly of society, which made his mind quite the melting pot of knowledge and wisdom. As a bonus, he also understood hand signals and multiple languages.
Taming beasts, known by other names such as animal kinship or beast control, is not an ability seen too often in Star Wars and is perhaps best associated with Ezra Bridger from Star Wars: Rebels or when Grogu used it to tame the Rancor in The Book Of Boba Fett.
Obi-Wan, however, proved it was in his arsenal in The Clone Wars. While on Ryloth with his clone troops, Obi-Wan was able to tame a pack of Gutkurrs and lead them into a trap and out of the way of his men. The ability took its toll on Obi-Wan, but he could perform it brilliantly, and it is a fascinating Force power.
Augmented Physical Attributes
This umbrella power allows the Force user to enhance their physical capabilities and athleticism beyond their natural limit and is why they can survive falls from great heights – the same heights they can reach because of these powers.
Obi-Wan was skilled in Force dash (used by Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace) and Force jump (used on many an occasion), which are both under the banner of physical augmentation through the Force. Even untrained Force-users could sometimes utilize these powers, so it makes sense that Obi-Wan was able to perform them with ease.
The most basic of Force powers is Force sense, another of the first Force abilities fans get treated to in A New Hope, which can be used by Force users of any affiliation. Obi-Wan uses this ability across various pieces of Star Wars media.
The ability can be utilized in different ways. One is in sensing the feelings of others, such as what Obi-Wan does to Anakin numerous times throughout the prequel era. Another is sensing ripples in the Force, significant, traumatic events such as the destruction of Alderaan. Users could also feel the presence of others with this power, detect danger, find hidden objects, and see through the dark. Heightening senses through the Force is taught to Jedi early in their time at the Jedi Temple and gets continuously developed and used throughout their lives.
Jedi Mind Tricks
Arguably the most iconic Force power in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s arsenal is the Jedi Mind Trick which is one of the first instances of the Force fans see in Star Wars as he famously employs it on a group of stormtroopers.
Obi-Wan’s iconic Star Wars quote, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for,” is not the only time he uses the skill. He brilliantly does so on Coruscant in denying Death Sticks from Elan Sel’Sabagno as well as a few other times. The ability allowed the practitioner to influence or even control the mind of an individual who, typically, was of a weaker mind, with the power being implemented as not working against the strong-minded and highly intelligent – although this could be achieved if multiple Jedi were to do the ability at once, a dangerous feat performed on Cad Bane in The Clone Wars.
In the new canon, Obi-Wan has lost his feat of being the first person to become a full Force Spirit, with Qui-Gon previously having regained consciousness but unable to physically manifest. Nevertheless, Obi-Wan still achieved the feat following his training with his Jedi mentor.
These Force Spirit manifestations are made possible from energy from the Living Force flowing through the Cosmic Force. Despite appearing numerous times as a Force Spirit in the original trilogy, it is unclear if Obi-Wan possesses the level of skill as Yoda, who can manipulate the Force in the living world.
Telekinesis is the umbrella ability that encompasses many of the most iconic Force powers, of which Obi-Wan is very well versed and able to utilize expertly throughout Star Wars.
Telekinesis generally is the ability to manipulate physical matter in various ways. Force push (seen from Kenobi repeatedly) sees the user push back their opponent, often to a distance far exceeding the capabilities of a hands-on shove. There is Force pull which is just the opposite. Then there is the Force barrier, which is used by Kenobi in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s finale in defending himself from Vader’s rock barrage and is a basic defensive ability that blocks harmful or deadly attacks or elements.
Other powers that fall are offshoots of telekinesis that Obi-Wan would be able to perform, including Force repulse (an advanced version of Force push, sending multiple opponents back with a pulse action through the Force,) Force stasis (using the Force to immobilize objects and people, and Force choke (which pretty much does what it says on the tin) which Obi-Wan would not use, but probably could.
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber is one of the most iconic weapons in Star Wars. In fact, all three of them are. His first was constructed when he was a Padawan and got kicked down a reactor shaft on Naboo by Maul. His second was a replication of his first and got lost to Geonosians in Attack Of The Clones. His third stayed with him for the rest of his life and is his most iconic.
Emitting the iconic blue of various other Jedi, Obi-Wan’s first lightsabers were based on the design of Qui-Gon Jinn’s, whereas his third was uniquely built. Obi-Wan was one of the greatest lightsaber duelists of his time and learned multiple Forms, specializing in Form III (Soresu, the Resilience Form). Obi-Wan was defensive and intelligent in combat, but that does not take away from the brilliance and excitement in his battles, with Obi-Wan having some of the greatest lightsaber duels ever with the likes of Maul and Darth Vader.
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