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"A disturbance in the Force, can not be ignored."
— Yoda to Nightmare

Yoda (ヨーダ Yōda) is a character from the Star Wars franchise, appearing as a playable character in the Xbox 360 version of Soulcalibur IV. However, Yoda was later made available for purchase in the PlayStation 3 version before eventually being removed from the Playstation Store.

Yoda fights using the Form IV of Lightsaber combat, Ataru, Way of the Hawk-Bat. It is a style that heavily relies on Force-enhanced acrobatics.

What lies in his soul is Hope.


Yoda appears as a dwarf-like humanoid with balding white hair, green skin, eyes and long ears. His hands feature long nails and instead of feet, features digitrade talons. His attire is based on the prequel trilogy, wearing a flowing light robe made of a silk-like material and a darker uniform. His secondary outfit recolors the robe to a brown shade, matching his appearance from the original trilogy.


Star Wars Film Series

See Yoda's entry on Wookiepedia.

Soulcalibur IV

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Jedi Master Yoda, who was considered to be a living legend, remained hidden on the planet Dagobah in order to evade persistent pursuers after the rise of the Empire.

For many years, Yoda had lived on that planet of mud and swampland. One day, he notices a faint wave of power that shook the very foundations of the universe. He looked up into the sky to try to see what was happening, but had no means of discerning it. The wave of power was weak and quickly became undetectable. Though it had been an unmistakable disturbance, he surmised that it was not a huge problem. The movements of the Galactic Empire were of more concern. The Empire had taken control of the galaxy, and many suffered under its tyranny.

However, as the days passed, the strength of the wave increased. It could now be felt constantly as a distortion in the universe. Soon after, Darth Vader, the Empire's Dark Lord, made his move. Yoda sensed that it was time for him to act as well, for if the Empire was becoming involved, then so must he.

Leaving Dagobah meant that his safety would be compromised, but there were no Jedi left with the power to stop Darth Vader.

In the course of his journey, Yoda sensed that Darth Vader had become involved with the disturbance. Vader's motive was now clear. There was something on the other side that created the disturbance, and the Empire was attempting to gain control of that power, if left unchecked. Vader may return to their universe with a huge calamity.

Without hesitation, Yoda made his decision and jumped into the disturbance himself. No matter what may lay waiting for him, he knew he had to stop the Empire's scheme.

Soulcalibur IV Ending

Yoda releases the energy of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur from within the defeated Algol, who disappears without a trace, leaving both swords behind. His mission complete, Yoda returns to Dagobah in his escape pod. The text-only epilogue then says "Yoda took a quiet breath, but this was not the end. The battle against the Empire would still continue."

Fighting Style

Being a user of the Ataru Style, Yoda's using a lot of jumping attacks. He is capable of executing surprising moves due to his small size and acrobatic talent. Unlike Darth Vader or The Apprentice, Yoda does not use the force to attack with, but to enhance his jumping and fighting. He has good throws and most of his moves come out fast. However, Yoda definitely has many downfalls. Some of them include having poor range (and lack of good matchups against most other characters), low damage output, an unsafe moveset and the worst step / 8 way run movement. In addition, he cannot be grabbed. He cannot guard certain moves, moves with 2nd low subsequent hits, and he has the lowest Soul Gauge and is easily Critical Finished. He is banned by most of the tournament community and is possibly the worst character in the game overall with many regarding him as one of the worst in the entire series.

Critical Finish

Force Judgment: He stabs his opponent in the gut, slices them vertically with a backflip, then throws his lightsaber into his opponent's chest, then jumps up and removes it from the opponent as they fall.



Soulcalibur IV

  • The dark side, I sense in you. — to Raphael
  • More important, to know yourself. — to Kilik
  • A disturbance in the Force, can not be ignored. — to Nightmare
  • One thing there is, that remains. — to Algol
  • Not ready for battle, were you. — Spoken with perfect victory
  • Learn the way of the Force.
  • Judge me by my size, you should not.
  • Run you may. Judge you, I will not.
  • Show you, I will. 
  • Clear your mind of questions.
  • Now powerless you are. Farewell.
  • Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.
  • My ally is the Force.
  • Once you start down the dark path, consume you it will.
  • Strong you are with the Force.
  • My burden, lifted has been.
  • With this, it ends.
  • My task it is, to stop you. — Spoken when engaging in battle against Darth Vader
  • Your destiny, this is. — Spoken during Critical Finish
  • No desire have I to fight you.
  • No choice. You leave me.
  • Fear is the path to the dark side.
  • What is it you seek, youngling?
  • No! — When the force meter is empty
  • Escape you shall not. - Spoken before Critical Finish
  • With strength alone, succeed you will not.  You must feel the Force around you. - Critical Finish victory
  • For now, one less worry there is. But over it is not. Return I must. - Yoda's Soulcalibur IV Ending.
  • Failed, I have.



Qui-Gon's Noble End

The music played when you selected as him in any of the three Star Wars stages. It was also used in his ending. As it suggests, it is the music from The Phantom Menace (composed by Star Wars and legendary composer John Williams) where Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) fights his final duel against Darth Maul (Ray Park) during the Battle of Naboo.


  • In Soulcalibur IV's Chain of Souls, Yoda is only shown to be the enemy of Darth Vader. He doesn't show any interest in neither swords or neither characters.
  • In Soulcalibur IV, Yoda is voiced by Tom Kane rather than Frank Oz.
  • The gameplay reason that Yoda's attacks throw him into the air is to counter the advantage of having high attacks go right over his head (although it also reflects how Yoda fights in Episode II and Episode III). In addition, because the animations would have to be altered for his small size, Yoda is completely immune to grab attacks (only exception is Darth Vader's force grabs, however, 4A+B A+B will not launch as high as it is supposed to). However even though he has this advantage, Yoda is generally regarded as one of the weakest characters in the entire series.
    • Yoda is one of the few characters (alongside others such as Colossus and Will-o'-the-Wisp) in the Soul series that cannot be grabbed due to his size.
  • All Critical Finishers performed on Yoda are different than the character's original finisher because of his extremely small size, all characters will perform an unblockable attack on him as a Critical Finish.
  • On October 23, 2008, Yoda became available as downloadable content to PlayStation 3 owners in Japan, North America and Europe. However he, along with Soulcalibur IV and its other DLCs, has since been delisted sometime around October 2016[3].
  • If two players were to be Yoda, they will remain immune to grabs because he usually jumps above his own height and grabs his opponents. This makes him fully immune to grabs even in a mirror match.
  • Yoda's Force Judgement Critical Finish's conclusion is similar to a scene from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in which while fighting clone troopers guarding the Jedi Temple, Yoda dispatches one of them by throwing his lightsaber into his chest, then jumps up and retrieves it.
  • Yoda is probably one of the wisest characters to appear in Soulcalibur, due to his being one of the most powerful and longest-lived Jedi.
  • One of Yoda's 8-Way Run moves is Whirlwind Strike, a move that has the same name as one of Count Dooku's moves in the Xbox/PS2 Star Wars: Episode III game. Due to Yoda and Dooku's master-student relationship, it's possible Yoda taught Dooku this move.
    • Yoda can also perform an aerial variant of it, demonstrating mastery of this technique-passed-onto-Dooku.
  • The version of Yoda and Darth Vader are based their Star Wars Legends continuity counterparts, instead of from Star Wars Canon continuity, due to the appearance of Legends exclusive character The Apprentice.
  • In Soulcalibur IV, the Versus screen normally transitions to gameplay with a fade transition. However, if either player is Darth Vader, Yoda or The Apprentice, then it does a wipe transition instead. Wipe transitions were used extensively throughout the Star Wars films.


External Links


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Chain of Souls, Soulcalibur IV.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Deats, Adam; Epstein, Joe (July 17, 2008). SOULCALIBUR IV Signature Series Fighter's Guide. BradyGames. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-7440-1006-0.
  3. ^ "SoulCalibur IV – Delisted Games". Delisted Games. March 2, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2023. "SoulCalibur IV was most likely delisted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in mid-to-late October of 2016 based on captures."
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