Model: Training Lightsaber
Type: Melee weapon
Availability: 4, X
Game Notes: A training lightsaber is in most respects like a standard lightsaber, with a few exceptions. Firstly, while the blade can be used to block blaster bolts (with the Lightsaber Combat Force power), these bolts cannot be deflected at targets. It is also much less lethal than a standard lightsaber, and can only inflict a maximum damage result of “Wounded” to any target struck (any result greater than “Wounded” is treated as a Wounded result). Last of all, training lightsabers do not focus their power strongly enough to cut through objects. When used against inanimate objects, the damage of a training lightsaber is reduced to 2D. If an attacking character misses the difficulty number by more than 10 points (the base difficulty; not their opponent’s parry total), the character has injured himself with the lightsaber.
Background: Training lightsabers, also known as Youngling lightsabers, practice sabers, or training blades, were training implements used to practice lightsaber combat. Training lightsabers of various kinds were most often used by Jedi younglings before they underwent the Gathering and built a weapon of their own. These range from very simple wooden swords to small lightsabers of limited power and thus limited danger.
It was also possible for normal lightsabers to be tuned down so they could be used in this fashion.
During the High Republic Era, training sabers were used in conjunction with training tunics for Jedi Padawans to practice dueling. Training sabers were sufficiently low-powered so as not to be lethal or risk dismemberment, but still powerful enough to cause pain if a sentient was struck with one. The training tunics were white and sensitive to heat, and direct hits from a training saber would show up as a scorch mark.