he Star Wars Saga is a global phenomenon that has grown exponentially since its first release. It has created some of the most memorable characters in pop culture while winning the adoration of legions of fans. It has given us heroes like General Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker as the Galaxy’s greatest heroes. Most recently, it gave us notable figures like Rey, Poe Dameron, and Finn who have even challenged the status quo of what people thought made a Star Wars film. But it’s also got a dark side. Literally.
The Galaxy has been plagued by the dark side of the Force. Planets have been blown out of space by weapons of mass destruction, created by a ruthless and unimpeachable empire that imposed its will on the galaxy. However, among all of the Empire’s figureheads, and in direct contrast to those heroes we mentioned before, is the nefarious Darth Vader. He was one of the most feared villains of the dark side and murdered many people while brutalizing others with his famous powers. But Lord Vader has powers that are not as well-known, not as famous, but they are just as destructive. What follows is a list of his more insidious abilities, each more terrible than the last!
15. FORM V STYLE
This did not change when Anakin switched over to the dark side and became Darth Vader. He used the style to obliterate his opponents while simultaneously, his rage consumed him. While he mastered the Form V styles in his training, he grew more brutal in his use of it. It is a form of combat used only by those who wish to destroy their enemies completely, which is the very definition of Darth Vader.
14. FORCE LIGHTNING
Force Lightning is a well-known attack used by those who practice the dark side of the Force. In fact, if a practitioner of the Force is seen utilizing this technique, their affiliation towards the dark side is almost certain. Figures like Darth Sidious and Count Dooku overpowered their opponents with this maneuver every chance they had.
Darth Vader is someone who can also use Force Lightning, though he rarely ever does because half of his body functions on electrical circuits and other mechanical means. Its use could put his suit out of commission and kill him. However, when he was near the Force-enhancing Kaiburr Crystals during a battle with his son, Luke Skywalker, he used a maneuver called “kinetite,” or “Force energized lightning.” In so doing, he proved capable, if cautious, of the move
13. FORCE FLIGHT
In the case of Darth Vader, it is a feat that he can accomplish tenfold. Vader was long considered the Chosen One by a galactic prophecy because of how powerful his use of the Force can be. This, coupled with his ability to telekinetically lift others with the Force, can only mean that if he targeted himself, then he would be able to levitate against gravity and achieve flight. It is largely speculated that he used this move in his classic battle against Luke in the bowels of Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back.
12. BEAST CONTROL
11. FORCE SPEED
Darth Vader is no exception to this rule. He has on many occasions used the Force to enhance his speed to gain an edge on many of his opponents. This is not a new behavior for the Sith Lord as he has relied on this technique since he was a child. It compliments his use of the aggressive strength-based Form V variants that he loves to use to kill those who fight him.
10. EXTREME PAIN RESISTANCE
The iconic black suit has a lot of practical applications beyond simply being armor. It houses the body of Anakin Skywalker and keeps him alive, of course, after the damage he sustained against his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi left him in permanent and excruciating pain. For this reason, the suit gives Vader doses of a synthetic neurotoxin named Kouhunin, which raises his pain tolerance beyond that of a normal Jedi or Sith. It gives him a slight advantage when damage is inflicted on him.
9. FORCE HEALING
That’s right, Darth Vader has the ability to heal himself using the Force. He does so to fix the damage done to his lungs in his battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi. It takes a considerable amount of concentration from the Sith Lord to achieve this technique, of course, and healing only ever grants him a sliver of relief for an extremely limited time. Also, an alleviation of pain also quells the anger necessary to use the dark side for healing, so he does not like to use it often, even when he needs it most.
8. EXCEPTIONAL MECHANIC
With this ability to fix mechanical things, Vader has undoubtedly used his prowess in his efforts to impose the Galactic Empire’s agenda. It also comes in handy as half of his body is now mechanical and is in constant use to keep the Sith Lord alive. Coupled with the majority of Anakin/Darth Vader’s time spent on spacecrafts, his technical knowledge is not only sound, but exceptional even among the Jedi or Sith’s most elite engineering minds.
7. UNDERSTANDS BINARY
In addition to having an incredible understanding of advanced technology, the young Vader-in-the-making also had another ability. He could understand the electronic language known as binary in the Star Wars Universe. This allows Vader the ability to communicate with droids and others that use the low-density form of communication. This is a skill he learned as a boy working in the pit crews while he was growing up on Tatooine, where the young Anakin actually developed an ear for many foreign languages.
The ability to interface and communicate with droids, like R2D2, gave Vader insight into how they work. The same Force sensitivity that gives him an advantage on repairing mechanical things also gave him the natural ability to utilize this language for other applications. These applications are important for his next skill set.
6. AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEER
This is evident in the build of his own TIE-fighter, which he designed with custom specifications. He gave it larger wings, a bigger engine, and support struts larger than the average TIE-fighter. These specifications gave Vader the upper hand in combat because when the Rebels expected a regular TIE-fighter, they’d get a brutal surprise instead.
5. FORCE ABSORPTION
4. FORCE CLOAKING
Darth Vader has used this capability of the Force as a young Jedi as well as when he was a Sith Lord. He also taught it to the Dark Apprentice, more popularly known as Starkiller. With this ability, Vader can easily slip past any of the Rebels whether they are Jedi or not.
3. FORCE BARRIER
Vader has also used his Force barrier ability to protect himself from getting killed on occasion. After the bombing of Coruscant, he had to fight off Rebel forces in order to escape and continue his work for the dark side. During his escape, he used a partially visible Force barrier to keep the Rebel forces from overwhelming him.
2. FORCE SENSE
When you’re one of the most feared Sith Lords in the Galaxy, you become a major target for the Rebel forces trying to overthrow you. This gives Vader an added advantage during combat as he can anticipate shots from blasters even while he is fighting directly with someone else. He has also used this technique while in his pod-racer as a child and his TIE-fighter later. He senses when his ship is going to be hit and maneuvers it out of the way.
1. FORCE VISIONS
While his Force sense allows him to anticipate attacks as well as give him the upper hand during pod-races as a child, this ability grants him visions of the people he loves during times of great stress or danger. He predicted the deaths of his mother and future wife with this ability well before they met their ends, although ironically, it directly led to their deaths at his hands.