Why Is the Darksaber Heavy for Mando and Not Bo-Katan?

The following contains spoilers for The Mandalorian Season 3, Episode 2, “Chapter 18: The Mines of Mandalore,” streaming now on Disney+.

Mandalorians have always been known for their impressive weapons caches, and Din Djarin is no exception. He started The Mandalorian sporting an IB-94 blaster pistol and an Amban phase-pulse blaster. As the series continued, Mando improved his arsenal a few times. The Armor made him a whistling bird, and he acquired a spear made of pure beskar. However, Mando’s greatest weapon was the Darksaber, which he earned by defeating Moff Gideon.

Mando got the Darksaber in The Mandalorian‘s Season 2 finale, and fans got to see it in action during The Book of Boba Fett. Unfortunately, there was a problem. It was too heavy for Mando to effectively use. There were a few theories why a supposedly weightless blade was so heavy. Yet there was no definitive explanation. Now, “The Mines of Mandalore” has further complicated the issue.

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Why the Darksaber Fought Against Mando

Lightsaber blades are weightless, but that doesn’t mean that they always feel that way. They have a gyroscopic effect that makes them feel heavy to an untrained wielder, but Star Wars Rebels gave more of an explanation. In “Trials of the Darksaber,” Kanan told Sabine Wren that when someone wields a lightsaber, his or her thoughts fuel the blade’s energy. So, if they were off-balance or conflicted, then the blade would feel heavy. The Armorer said as much when she told…