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The Ten Strongest Jedi in ‘Star Wars’ Canon, Ranked

Have you ever wondered which Jedi was the strongest of them all? We'll put that debate to rest right here.
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If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve probably wondered about the ranks of the Jedi Order. While the Jedi preach nonviolence and say they’re just peacekeepers, it’s common knowledge that Jedi can lay down a beating when the need arises. You only need to hear a few notes of Duel of the Fates to imagine Obi-Wan Kenobi and Gui-Gon Jinn crossing lightsabers with the villainous Darth Maul. 

But, among the Jedi, who is the strongest? We’ve seen countless Jedi knights battle Sith lords and other evildoers, but the Jedi rarely engage in competitions or give viewers the impression that raw physical prowess is something they even rank. 

Today, we’ll break down the ten strongest Jedi in Star Wars canon, ranking them in ascending order. The power scaling in Star Wars has always been a bit weird, so we’ll give our explanations for why each Jedi lands where they do in the list and then break down what scenes drew us to those conclusions.

Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn
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At the start of our list, we’ve got Qui-Gon Jinn. We don’t get to spend a lot of time with Obi-Wan’s master. He’s only in The Phantom Menace, and he gets some brief appearances in a few books and comics. However, most of what we know about Qui-Gon is that he’s a weirdo. The guy believes in “midichlorians,” supposedly microscopic creatures that grant living things the ability to manipulate The Force. He’s one of the only characters in the series ever to mention this… and it’s best to just leave it at that.

We get to see Qui-Gon mix it up with some dangerous enemies throughout TPM. He cuts down countless battle droids and even holds his own against the deadly Sith assassin, Darth Maul. We know that he must have been an accomplished duelist, if only because he helped train Obi-Wan Kenobi, who would grow to be one of the best lightsaber duelists in history. 

However, Jinn was far from a fighter. He was more interested in the mysteries of the Force than the finer points of sword fighting. This would prove to be his undoing in his final battle with Maul.

Count Dooku

Poggle the Lesser with Dooku
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Darth Tyranus wasn’t always a Sith lord; he was originally a Jedi knight. He even trained Qui-Gon Jinn years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Dooku was a master of the Makashi lightsaber form, a form dedicated to the art of disarming opponents and bypassing lightsaber defenses. This made him a deadly duelist in one-on-one fights.

If you need any evidence of how dangerous Dooku was, look no further than his numerous battles with some of the franchise’s strongest characters. He defeated Master Yaddle in a clandestine fight on Coruscant around the time of TPM. In Attack of the Clones, he held off Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Yoda in a marathon series of encounters.

It’s possible that, had Dooku been a younger man, he could have beaten Anakin in their final confrontation during the Battle of Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. However, he would eventually find himself outmatched by the upstart young Jedi and would lose his life as the villainous Chancellor Palpatine manipulated Skywalker into executing his enemy.

Yoda

Yoda
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The Grand Master of the Jedi Council helped train Luke Skywalker and kept the Jedi Order rolling for hundreds of years. However, he wasn’t the most adept duelist in the Order. That title likely belonged to Anakin Skywalker or perhaps Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The few times we do see Yoda in combat on-screen, he either fights his opponent to a stalemate or loses outright. Yoda himself would point out that his ability to wage war and slice opponents into ribbons is no fair measure of his worth as a Jedi, though.

As an ancient Master of the Force, Yoda understood that wisdom and nonviolence were both more important than his lightsaber forms. Still, had he possessed a better mastery of his lightsaber, he might have averted the rise of the Empire altogether. 

Mace Windu

Mace Windu and Darth Sidious lightsable battle, confrontation in Palpatine's office
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Mace Windu was one of the sole remaining masters of the Vapaad form of lightsaber combat by the era of the Clone Wars. The no-nonsense Jedi Master was reportedly unparalleled in combat, and audiences saw that in action in his deadly duel with Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. Despite Fett being a fearsome bounty hunter, Windu makes short work of him.

Later, we get an even better look at just how dangerous Mace Windu can be. Upon realizing that Palpatine is actually Darth Sidious, he takes three Jedi knights with him and storms into Palpatine’s office. The Sith Lord springs over his desk and demolishes the knights, but Windu is able to defend himself and nearly bests Sidious in a one-on-one battle.

This leaves Mace Windu in rare company as one of only a handful of Jedi who could have survived the full force of Palpatine’s attention. 

Ahsoka Tano

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian
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Ahsoka trained under some of the mightiest Jedi to ever live and eventually found herself cast out of the Order and forced to survive on her own. Even after the events of Order 66, she was more than capable of defending herself against traitorous Clone Troopers and murderous Inquisitors. 

Ahsoka defeated Darth Maul in a solo fight, something only Obi-Wan Kenobi managed to do after her. She was pivotal in forming the early Rebellion and single-handedly defeated numerous Inquisitors while on the run from the Empire. 

Ashoka had the benefit of learning from Anakin Skywalker. He was a harsh mentor, but his training prepared her for a brutal, unforgiving galaxy. Without his intense drills, she might have been among the numerous victims of Order 66.

Ben Solo

Ben Solo was a seasoned fighter before he came back to the Light Side of the Force during the Battle of Exegol. As Kylo Ren, he displayed uncommon berserker fury with his lightsaber, viciously tearing opponents apart and using the Force to bluntly stop blaster bolts and paralyze opponents.

Upon his return to the Light, Ben proved himself a capable brawler. In a completely unfair matchup, he bested the entire order of the Knights of Ren before rushing to Rey’s aid in her final battle against the Emperor. 

Ben’s lightsaber mastery can be entirely chalked up to his training under Luke Skywalker, himself a student of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Grand Master Yoda. Without his help, the Resistance would have likely lost the Battle of Exegol. 

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker holding Anakin's blue lightsaber in A New Hope
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Luke performed unbelievably well throughout the original trilogy despite receiving minimal “proper” Jedi training. He trained briefly under Obi-Wan before his mentor lost his life in a duel with Darth Vader. He then spent a few days (or maybe weeks) on Dagobah training under Master Yoda, who himself had mostly sworn off fighting and using the Force for anything but meditation by that point.

Still, Luke managed to hold his own in battles with opponents like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and even the Emperor himself. In the end, it wasn’t Luke’s lightsaber skills that won the day during the Battle of Endor, though, but his mercy. By throwing his lightsaber aside, he proved that he still had faith in the goodness within his father’s heart.

Later films and shows would expound on Luke’s later ability. In The Mandalorian, we see Luke carving up Dark Troopers like it’s nothing and leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. In The Last Jedi, he uses the Force to send a projection of himself across the galaxy and buy the Resistance enough time to flee–an impressive feat for any Jedi, let alone one with such little true training.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Alec Guinness in the Star Wars Original Trilogy
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How good is Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, he managed to defeat Darth Maul, General Grievous, and Anakin Skywalker in fair duels. He beat Maul twice, albeit only one of those fights was entirely solo. He defeated Anakin on Mustafar and then again during the early Imperial era before losing to him on the Death Star years later.

Obi-Wan was a master of Soresu, the foremost defensive style of lightsaber combat. Ironically, his student Anakin trained in Djem So, an aggressive combat style that made him a poor match for his master’s patient fighting technique.

While Obi-Wan didn’t manage to stop the rise of the Empire, he proved himself time again as one of the finest warriors in the Republic and an unbeatable Jedi… up until the day he faced Anakin again on the Death Star, at least.

Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith
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While it might seem odd to list Anakin above the man who beat him on two separate occasions, it’s hard to overstate the sheer power that Anakin brought to the battlefield. Aside from Obi-Wan, no one was capable of besting him in a one-on-one duel–one could even argue that he barely fought back against his son Luke on the second Death Star due to not wanting to harm the boy. 

Throughout the canon TV shows, comic books, and novels, Anakin defeated numerous dangerous opponents who would have proven unstoppable for lesser Jedi. He killed Admiral Trench in a climactic space battle, defeated numerous Force-sensitive rivals who wanted to serve as the Emperor’s apprentice, and single-handedly faced down an entire Rebel platoon.

One could argue that, since Vader only lost in duels when he had an emotional attachment to his opponent, he might have been unbeatable had it not been for the very human heart beating in his very robotic body.

Rey

Rey's yellow lightsaber
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Rey is the strongest Jedi to ever wield a lightsaber. Her raw talent with the Force is on display from the moment she shows up in The Force Awakens, already capable of resisting Kylo Ren’s mind reading and instinctively using a Jedi mind trick to get the Stormtroopers to let her free. 

As she receives some proper training from Luke and then Leia, she comes into her own as an unparalleled fighter. She proves herself capable of defeating Kylo Ren in a climactic battle over the ruins of the second Death Star before bringing the fight directly to the resurrected Emperor.

Then, she does something no one aside from Anakin managed to do throughout the franchise: she beat Palpatine in a duel. While she had help from the reformed Ben Solo, her battle against the monstrous villain at the heart of the Sith Eternal was nothing short of legendary. As such, she’s easily the strongest Jedi warrior to have ever lived, having faced down the avatar of evil and walked away unharmed.