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Two years before the events of "RWBY", the leader of the Wave Crime Syndicate Lemon manages to control a Beringel and gets it into the city of Kuchinashi using a Magic Necklace and has it infiltrate the main compound of the Hana Guild.
One of them is the main enemy of the "Volume 4 Character Short", in which it fights Ruby Rose. Another one also makes a short appearance in "Taking Control" where it leaps toward and attacks an exhausted Cinder Fall, who nevertheless manages to kill it.
After Salem arrived in Atlas, the flying Beringels were shown flying through the skys of the Kingdom. Later, Beringels are among the Grimm used by Salem during the Battle of Atlas. Despite the majority of them being killed with the Monstra in "Ultimatum", some of the flying Beringels survived and were shown flying above the capital city of Atlas in "Risk".
Like many Grimm, Beringels are covered in black skin, with bone-like plates covering their bodies at certain places like armor. A red pattern or symbol resembling an eye is present on their back. The one Ruby fights in the Character Short appears to have "burnt" skin, with an internal red glow visible from within, where the skin is thinnest. They have well-developed hands with opposable thumbs. They are quite large, at almost twice the height of a Human on all fours.
In the post-credits scene of "Our Way", dozens of Beringels are given feathered wings by Salem.
Powers and Abilities
They are one of the stronger known types of Grimm as well as surprisingly durable and aggressive foes.
The Beringel proves to be quite a difficult opponent for Ruby to defeat. It is very durable, able to take multiple slashing attacks from Crescent Rose without being appreciably incapacitated; and displays impressive strength, destroying structures with blows from its bare hands. The Beringel also manages to take Ruby off guard on several occasions, at one point plucking her out of the air and hitting her, sending her flying.
One of the Beringel's more unique moves is throwing or propelling other Grimm at an enemy, which it does with a Beowolf at one point during its fight with Ruby.
As shown in RWBY: The Grimm Campaign, Beringels are surprisingly stealthy despite their sheer mass. One of these Grimm at some point was able to sneak past Kuchinashi's high defenses, and go about the city undetected until it made it's way into a Hana Guild warehouse.
The Beringels modified by Salem are able to fly using the wings she gave them.
- The name "Beringel" is indicated on the concept art. The name may be a corruption of the species name of the Eastern gorilla, Gorilla beringei.
- The motion capture for the Beringel was done by animator Joel Mann. He used children's crutches (acquired off Amazon) to emulate the characteristic gait of a gorilla in the motion capture. Miles Luna also tweeted a video of Joel Mann re-enacting his mocap performance at RTX 2016.
- Salem giving Beringel wings is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, wherein the Wicked Witch has flying monkeys to carry out tasks for her.
- The Beringel skull makes a guest appearance on the Youtube comedy drawing show Drawfee episode Artists Design Original RWBY Characters (ft. Pat from Rooster Teeth), alongside its creator Patrick Rodriguez.