Star Wars fans have always wondered how Palpatine killed three Jedi Masters in moments. The answer lies in your skill and deception.
the Star Wars The prequel movies give fans a detailed look at topics that were only touched lightly in the original trilogy. This includes different ways the Force can be used and why certain characters use and don’t use lightsabers. One of the biggest surprises in the prequels is when Palpatine wields his own lightsaber and takes out three Jedi masters in just moments.
Emperor Palpatine has always shown great strength in the Force, to the point where he never needs a lightsaber. However, that doesn’t mean he’s lacking in sword skills. In fact, his constant training and accumulated strength in the Force make him a deadly precision time bomb. When attacking the first two Jedi, his speed is unmatched, even confusing the likes of Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin, the latter of whom is a telepath.
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Aside from Palpatine’s power in the Force, he is also a master strategist. Before the battle in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, met with Jedi Masters Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin, Kit Fisto, and Mace Windu. These are four of the best swordsmen in the order, with Kolar and Mace working exceptionally well together.
Palpatine knows that he has to dispatch all three quickly if he has any chance of winning this battle. It stands to reason that with your speed and fighting style, you use the best strategy to eliminate Kolar first and separate Mace from his partner, then eliminate Saesee Tiin due to his telepathy, leaving Kit Fisto and Mace to defeat. Sadly, Kit’s style is no match for the Emperor’s ferocity.
The Emperor is one of the few practitioners of the Sith style, Juyo. This style relies heavily on the user’s anger and ferocity, utilizing erratic movements and a large amount of Force power. The Emperor is a Juyo master and knows that the element of surprise mixed with his erratic movements will confuse and overwhelm the weaker Jedi.
Amove called the “assured hit” allows a Juyo user to focus his Force ability on a near-unblockable hit that could potentially leave him vulnerable. This seems to be the move Palpatine uses on Kolar. Palpatine also makes sense to quickly take out one Jedi after another, because Juyo isn’t very effective against multiple enemies. Also, the only Jedi who really has a chance against the Emperor is Mace Windu.
Windu is a master of a style he created, called Vapaad. This style is a perfected form of Juyo and puts the user dangerously close to the Dark Side. However, his power and effectiveness make him a powerful fighter. Mace’s abilities in Vapaad allow him to feed off an opponent’s anger and passion to fuel his own, so for every move Palpatine makes, Mace is able to double back. This is dangerous for the Emperor, due to his sheer excitement and rage at finally facing the Jedi. If Anakin hadn’t intervened, Palpatine would have lost this duel.
The novelization of Revenge of the Sith tells a detailed and more violent version of the battle that changes some events. However, it still ends the same way. In the novel, the author highlights how much the Emperor has trained for this fight. His enthusiasm while playing with the Jedi is exemplified in the mind game he plays with Tiin. Ultimately, the telepath is beheaded before he can react to the betrayal. The book also allows Kit Fisto to live much longer before Palpatine’s duel with Windu. The novel does an incredible job portraying the evil and cunning of the Emperor.
The Visual Dictionary reminds the reader that fighters like Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin are the only ones who can defeat the Emperor. With one dead, two offworld, and the other a future Sith, it shows just how powerful he is against other highly trained Jedi. His ability to kill three in moments may seem like luck on the Emperor’s part or poor planning on the part of the Jedi, but in reality, it’s what happens when prey lands on a web.
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