In The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5, “The Jedi”, Ahsoka Tano struggled to beat Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth in a duel, but there are good reasons why.
Ahsoka Tano dueled with Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth in The Mandalorian season 2, episode 5, “The Jedi”, and although she won, it looked like she was struggling for a while. A lot has happened in The Mandalorian season 2 so far, with many characters either returning after many years or appearing in live-action for the first time after first being introduced elsewhere. The latter was an enormous deal for Ahsoka, who was created for the Clone Wars animated series back when George Lucas was still running Lucasfilm.
Ahsoka later appeared in Star Wars Rebels and helped the Rebellion, as well as the Jedi Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger, fend off Darth Vader and his Inquisitors – and she was successful in almost every instance. Everyone she fought, including Maul during the Clone Wars‘ Siege of Mandalore, lost to her. She even took on two Inquisitors at once, while other people ran, and defeated them without breaking a sweat. But things were a bit different in The Mandalorian, when Ahsoka seemed to be struggling in her fight with the magistrate.
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What made Ahsoka’s duel with the magistrate different from the rest of her fights was that her opponent wasn’t using a traditional weapon and, therefore, wasn’t following a regular fighting style. Jedi are trained to fight with specific styles that work well against blasters and other lightsaber-trained people (Ahsoka uses Form V, particularly Shien), such as the Sith. But when it comes to dealing with a beskar spear and an opponent who doesn’t practice any style Jedi are familiar with, Ahsoka struggled. It’s why the duel was slower and the magistrate was able to knock one of Ahsoka’s lightsabers out of her hand.
Furthermore, according to Star Wars Rebels, lightsabers are initially heavy when people first wield them, but then they become lighter as the user becomes one with the sword. Comparatively, beskar steel, which lighter compared to other elements, is still much heavier than a lightsaber, and Jedi don’t have much experience fighting against weapons that can stop a lightsaber. All in all, as Ahsoka so aptly put earlier in the episode about experiencing “firsts”, this was yet another instance that might’ve been a first for Ahsoka, which is why she transitioned into her old fighting style by flipping her lightsaber backwards in order to defeat the magistrate.
The final reason behind Ahsoka struggling in her duel is that she wasn’t trying to kill her opponent this time – unlike at the start of the episode when she was using Form IV (Ataru) to kill the guards in the forest. She needed information from the magistrate on Grand Admiral Thrawn’s location, so killing her would mean her mission was all for naught. Still, Ahsoka beat her in the end and gave the beskar spear to Din Djarin, which could certainly come in handy if he decides to take on Moff Gideon and his Darksaber.
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