Does one's ability to use the Force depend on distance?

2018-02-02 21:27:37

In all the action scenes I'm familiar with, the Force is used only on people or objects nearby within visual sight of the Force user.

However there are situations where force users can sense something outside their own physical perception limitations, such as when Vader knows that Luke is on a particular space craft, or when a million voices cried out and were silenced.

Given that Vader force chokes someone who failed him, is it possible for him to force choke someone who failed him, but isn't in the same room, or on the same planet?

Does Luke's ability to sense when his friends are in danger also suggest that he is able to help them at a distance, or communicate with leia at a distance?

The Force can be used from very far away

The Force can be used at a considerable distance, both for communication and for attack.

For attack:

It is possible to Force Choke someone from far away. Darth Vader famously choked Admiral Ozzel from another ship after the latter “f

  • The Force can be used from very far away

    The Force can be used at a considerable distance, both for communication and for attack.

    For attack:

    It is possible to Force Choke someone from far away. Darth Vader famously choked Admiral Ozzel from another ship after the latter “failed him for the last time.”1

    More notably, in “The Lost One,” Darth Sidious choked Count Dooku from Coruscant while the latter was on Serenno:

    Mother Talzin was able to use Nightsister magick, drawn from the Dark Side, to torture Dooku from a distance.2 She is on Dathomir and he is on Serenno. To do this, she needed a lock of his hair.

    Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus tried to influence or otherwise mentally attack Yoda when the latter was on the Sith world of Moraband,3 and the former two on Coruscant. This also required a connection to Yoda (don’t forget, Sidious studied with Talzin in his youth!)

    SIDIOUS: Only the presence of someone significant to you would allow you to

    sense this ripple t

    2018-02-02 21:58:01
  • The Joorus C'baoth (be aware of spoilers) clone that appears in Thrawn trilogy is capable of maintaining mind contact with operators in ships across the galaxy, giving them orders during a battle. He is also capable of using the same contact with Luke, who felt it similarly to a Force ghost (I don't have a quote right now, but it happens in the first book of the trilogy.

    Also, in the first book Mara Jade is able to locate Luke when he is lost in a dead space zone.

    Force can probably be used on large distances, but not on the most physical ways.

    (also I'm not sure about that but still: doesn't Vader chokes an imperial officer from a ship to another in ESB, when the officer goes out of hyperspace too close to hoth right bifore the imperial attacc? )

    2018-02-02 22:19:41
  • communicate with leia at a distance

    Definitely yes, at least in exceptional cases:

    Luke sensed Joruus C'Baoth's call from different part of the Galaxy in the Thrawn Trilogy.

    From the same trilogy, Mara Jade, in her time as Emperor's Hand, was able to hear Emperor's communication via the Force pretty much anywhere.

    In Stark Hyperspace War comics, Plo Koon was able to communicate with his cousin Sha Koon, when he was on planet Troiken in Outer Rim and she was in Jedi Temple on Coruscant. But on top of his own (as per Qui-Gon) exceptional telepathic ability, he was helped both by kinship with her, AND by being Force-supported by a couple other Jedi.

    he is able to help them at a distance

    I don't think it's known outside the planetary system scale. In-planetary scale, ships in orbit could be pushed by combined power of several Jedi in "Champions of the Force", but it was a difficult task resulting on one Jedi's death as per Zoredache's comment

    2018-02-02 22:51:27
  • Based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you can conclusively say that the Force can easily be used over a distance, however, it may depend on the Force strength of the individual.

    Kylo Ren initiates contact and has conversations with Rey as if they are sitting in a room next to each other even though Kylo is on a Star Destroyer chasing the Resistance fleet and she is on Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker.

    And later in the movie

    Luke Skywalker appears on Crait with his sister and the rest of the Resistance in order to defend them from his nephew. But we learn that Luke never left Ahch-To and was projecting himself across the light years via the Force. That effort does take a toll on Luke however as he vanishes at the end of the movie, presumably dying and joining the Force as Obi-Wan and Yoda did previously.

    2018-02-02 22:52:37