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Memory rub
Technical information
Alternate name(s)

Memory wipe[1]


Dark side of the Force[1]


Control, Sense, and Alter[1]

Historical information
Notable practitioners
  • Dark Side of the Force[1]
"I don't…remember."
"I have erased that time. We shall never know."
―Ben Skywalker, and the Father[src]

Memory rubbing was a Force technique that allowed an individual to use the Force to alter or erase both the memories and/or learned skills of another.[4]


Luke Skywalker used the technique while infiltrating a Dathomiri prison complex, using it to alter a pair of stormtroopers memories to forget their presence "for a couple of years".[9]

Jacen Solo learned this technique from the Fallanassi during his five-year journey of Force exploration after the Yuuzhan Vong War. He used it twice on Ben Skywalker, once to distort Ben's knowledge of his and Tenel Ka Djo's newborn child, Allana, and a second to distort Ben's knowing of the truth that Brisha Syo was Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya.[2]

Cade Skywalker used this technique on Darth Maladi during their confrontation at her lab on the planet Wayland to erase her memory of what she'd learned there. [7]


  • The Old Republic: Revan
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Template:TCW
  • Republic Commando: True Colors
  • Imperial Commando: 501st (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Apprentice (First appearance)
  • Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
  • Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
  • Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
  • Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines
  • Legacy of the Force: Tempest (Mentioned only)
  • Legacy of the Force: Exile
  • Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice (Mentioned only)
  • Legacy of the Force: Inferno (Mentioned only)
  • Legacy of the Force: Fury (Indirect mention only)
  • Legacy of the Force: Revelation (Mentioned only)
  • Legacy of the Force: Invincible (Mentioned only)
  • Crosscurrent
  • Fate of the Jedi: Conviction (Indirect mention only)

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tales of the Jedi Companion
  2. 2.0 2.1 Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
  3. Dark Apprentice
  4. 4.0 4.1 Template:TCW
  5. Revan
  6. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Legacy 46: Monster, Part 4
  8. Republic Commando: True Colors
  9. The Courtship of Princess Leia

See also

  • Renewal – a way to achieve a similar effect without the Force