Kylo Ren is an incredibly powerful dark side user in the Star Wars sequel trilogy – which dark side powers did he use in his cinematic appearances?
By David Miller
Published Jun 17, 2021
Kylo Ren was one of the Star Wars sequel trilogy’s main antagonists and was a deadly Knight of Ren with powerful dark side abilities – here are all of the Force powers he used in the movies. Before his fall, he was Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia and grandson of Darth Vader. Ben was trained as a Jedi by Luke Skywalker, a legendary Jedi in his own right. Upon joining (and soon leading) the Knights of Ren, Kylo studied under Snoke, a mysterious strand-cast who served as a proxy to Emperor Palpatine. Kylo Ren was a master of many different dark side powers, with most being shown throughout the sequel trilogy.
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As explained in the original Star Wars trilogy, the Force is a fundamental energy field, generated and nourished by the natural balance of nature, life, and death. The dark side is an unnatural corruption of the Force’s natural balance, promising its victims unlimited power but taking their humanity in the process. Using the dark side is a Faustian bargain that turns beings into the worst versions of themselves. Like his grandfather, Ben Solo was a good man before the dark side putrefied him into the genocidal fascist Kylo Ren. Like Vader, however, Kylo returned to his former self and helped defeat?Palpatine before dying.
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Alongside his dark side abilities, Kylo Ren was a deadly lightsaber user, having been trained by Luke Skywalker, a master of lightsaber combat Form V. Kylo’s powerful and aggressive fighting style closely resembles Form V, which also happened to be Darth Vader’s form. Kylo was also a skilled pilot, as shown in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, having likely learned his skills from his father, Han Solo. Though his various skills and dark side powers made him a dangerous individual, it was Kylo’s astounding intrinsic Force potential that Luke and Palptaine both sought to have on their side.
Kylo Ren makes creative use of the ubiquitous telekinetic Force abilities. Since Kylo draws upon the dark side rather than the Force to use these powers, they’re far more violent and destructive than when used by a Jedi. In the finale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo sends Rey hurtling into a tree, stunning her for several minutes. On Mustafar, Kylo pulled an Alazmec of Winsit cultist into his lightsaber blade with ease. While pushing and pulling objects and people are common Force abilities, Kylo’s most creative application of telekinesis is freezing people and objects.
After his troops cleared out the opposition on Jakku, Kylo Used the dark side to freeze both Poe Dameron and a blaster bolt in midair. Kylo’s proficiency with this ability was strong enough for him to hold the high-powered bolt in place for minutes as he interrogated Poe. Kylo let go of the bolt as almost an afterthought as he left the immolated village. Later, Kylo froze Rey in their first encounter on Takodana, keeping her immobilized while he searched her mind for information. In The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo used his freezing ability multiple times during his duel with Rey on Kef Bir to stop her lightsaber blade from striking him. Like his grandfather, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren was adept at choking people with the dark side, brutally punishing First Order officers in each sequel film.
Another of Kylo Ren’s signature powers was telepathy. Like many other dark side users, such as Darth Vader and Maul, Kylo could read minds and forcibly extract information from even the strongest individuals. Kylo first used this power in The Force Awakens, where he reads Poe Dameron’s mind and discovers the location of Lor San Tekka’s map to Luke Skywalker. Poe endured all other First Order interrogation methods and successfully overcame them, but Kylo’s power proved too excruciating for even the seasoned Resistance pilot. Kylo later used this ability twice on Rey, the first time successfully, but the second resulting in Rey turning the mind probe against him, revealing Kylo’s deepest fears to the scavenger.
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Kylo’s mind powers were used for more than interrogating people. On Takodana, Kylo entranced an immobilized Rey into a deep sleep, allowing her to be taken captive by the First Order. Despite Rey’s lack of training at the time, she’s an incredibly strong-willed and intrinsically powerful Force-sensitive individual, proving Kylo’s strength in the dark side. Kylo’s telepathic powers also connected him to his mother, Leia, who reached out to him as a means to bring him back from the dark side in both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Kylo’s mental skills were so honed that he managed to trick his master, Snoke, into thinking he’d execute Rey when he was using her weapon to bisect the Supreme Leader.
Throughout The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren and Rey communicate across time and space through a Force bond, a unique Force ability introduced in the Legends continuity and brought into canon by the sequels. Similar to Kylo’s telekinetic abilities, his Force bond with Rey allowed the two Force-users to exchange thoughts and feelings. Neither Kylo nor Rey initiated this bond, however, as Supreme Leader Snoke connected their minds. The bond still existed after Snoke’s death, proving not only how powerful that the Force bond was between Kylo and Rey, but also that there was more to the bond than it seems. The Rise of Skywalker followed up on this by establishing their bond as a Force dyad.
Kylo Ren and Rey shared more than a Force bond, the two formed a dyad in the Force, a prophesized Force bond in which two individuals were essentially one, as far as the Force was concerned. While Force bonds could connect two individuals on a cognitive and emotional level, a Force dyad also affected whatever objects surrounded the individuals. Kylo and Rey engaged in a lightsaber duel on Kijimi (while Rey was aboard Ren’s Star Destroyer in orbit of the planet), causing items and debris to teleport between locations. On Exegol, after Kylo became Ben Solo once more, Rey transferred Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber to him, allowing the two to face Palpatine’s forces together. Though his potent Force powers made Kylo Ren a deadly antagonist in the Star Wars sequels, the Force dyad he’d formed was beyond anything he’d imagined.
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David Miller is an author for Screen Rant, indie comic writer, and life-long lover of all things Star Wars, Marvel, and DC. He was born and raised in New York and has a degree in English from Rider University. He relates to Peter Parker maybe a little too much.
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