Diving Into What Is A Padawan

From Youngling, Padawan, Knight, to Master throughout their life a Jedi is constantly growing, learning and unlocking their Force. What does “Padawan” actually mean to a Jedi? dug in deeper into this questions recently and we found it fascinating.


Right away they looked at what is a Padawan. A youngling graduates to more mature and rigorous study and reach the level Padawan. A Padawan was an apprentice paired with a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master for teaching and training. Most wore a Padawan braid to denote their status in the Jedi ranks.

A Padawan does a variety of different duties. Meditation and lightsaber training are top of the list as well as instruction and assignments specific to their master.

Padawans often accompanied their masters on missions for hands-on, practical experience. Notable masters and apprentices over the centuries include:

  • Loden Greatstorm and Bell Zettifar (The High Republic)
  • Sskeer and Keeve Trennis (The High Republic)
  • Jora Malli and Reath Silas (The High Republic)
  • Yaddle and Oppo Rancisis (Age of Republic)
  • Yoda and Dooku (Age of Republic)
  • Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn (Age of Republic)
  • Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Age of Republic)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker (Age of Republic)
  • Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee (Age of Republic)
  • Jaro Tapal and Cal Kestis (Age of Republic)
  • Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger (Age of Rebellion)
  • Yoda and Luke Skywalker (Age of Rebellion)


A Padawan goes to Jedi Trails once they are deemed ready to become a Jedi Knight. They are tested on their power and intellect. Each trial is unique to the Padawan.

You can find more information on regarding Padawans and their importance in the Star Wars stories.


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My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.