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Haven Academy is the Huntsman Academy of the Kingdom of Mistral.[1] Students from Haven are able to participate in the Vytal Festival. The Academy's Headmaster was Leonardo Lionheart.

Following the Battle of Haven, the academy has been rendered inactive due to the deaths of its staff and Professor Lionheart.

The Academy is referred to as Mistral Academy by Theodore.


80 years before the start of the series, Haven Academy was founded in the Kingdom of Mistral following the end of the Great War, to train Huntsmen and Huntresses to slay the Creatures of Grimm.

At some point in recent history, Leonardo Lionheart became the Headmaster of Haven Academy at the request of Ozpin, in order to reduce the Kingdom of Mistral's hatred of Faunus.

Following the events of RWBY: The Grimm Campaign, Lionheart sided with Salem out of fear, as he believed she could not be stopped.

As the 40th Vytal Festival neared, exchange students from Haven began arriving at Vale and Beacon Academy. Sun Wukong being the first, and later the rest of Team SSSN and Team ABRN. Cinder Fall, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black and Neopolitan also posed as students from Haven entering the Vytal Festival due to Lionheart forging documents for them.

Following the Battle of Beacon, Ruby Rose, Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie and Lie Ren set out for Haven in hopes of investigating the conspiracy that led to Beacon's downfall, following up on a possible lead from Qrow Branwen's prior investigations.

The academy was later targeted by Salem's Inner Circle. In "A Much Needed Talk" Qrow told Team RNJR that its Headmaster, Leonardo, was aware and would be on his guard. However, in "No Safe Haven", Lionheart was seen meeting with Arthur Watts, revealing he was working with Salem's forces.

In "Welcome to Haven", it was revealed that the negativity of witnessing the events of the Vytal Festival caused the Grimm to attack all over the Kingdom, prompting the council to use all of the Kingdom's active Huntsmen in its defence, though many were killed in action. Lionheart also stated most of his staff was away until classes resumed. However, this was later revealed to be a lie.

In "The More the Merrier", it was revealed that Lionheart had given Salem the locations of the Huntsmen dispatched throughout the kingdom, to which she has sent Tyrian Callows and Hazel Rainart to slaughter them. The academy staff was not exempt from this.

In "Haven's Fate", the academy's impending destruction was thwarted thanks to the efforts of Ruby and her friends and allies. Lionheart, however, was killed by Salem for his cowardice, leaving Haven without a Headmaster. Following the attack, Lionheart's betrayal was covered up by Ozpin to make it seem that he died heroically protecting Haven instead so the Kingdom would remember him for all of the good he did in his life.

Due to the deaths of Professor Lionheart and the academy staff, Haven was forced to temporarily shut down with it's students either transferring to Shade Academy or just quit altogether. After this, Teams ABRN and SSSN transferred to Shade Academy rather than waiting for the academy to reopen, with Theodore confirming eight new arrivals being ABRN and SSSN from Haven.


Students from Mistral, as seen during Ozpin's speech

Haven's school uniform consists of a black jacket with a light gray outline around the edges, a white undershirt and a white band around the student's left arm.

The female outfit consists of a gray and black checkered skirt, whereas the male uniform has a pair of black trousers.


Headmaster's Office

Lionheart's office entrance is that of a small waiting room with black leather couches for those who have appointments with the professor.

The office itself is shaped as a half-circle, with another, smaller half-circle jutting out to the room's front door.

A large desk made of mahogany dominates the space of the autumn-colored office. In the right-hand corner, for a more comfortable setting, are a small table and chairs for guests. On the table is a tea set Ozpin gifted to Lionheart.

To the right of the front door is a wall containing a secret passage to a small chamber, in which a Seer resides to facilitate communication between Lionheart and Salem.

Two tall bookshelves flank the front door. Spanning the far wall of the office and above the windows is a single shelf lined with books, boxes and lamps. Ladders are present to provide access to the high shelves. Much of the floor is open, and a large, rectangular green rug leads from the door to the desk. There are many boxes, books and papers scattered about the floor. The ceiling is slanted, declining from the front to the rear of the room. In the center of the ceiling is a chandelier of four lights with square shaped shades.


The quad.

The quad is a large, spacious area in Haven Academy. It is surrounded by forests and there is a fountain at the center of it, with some shrubbery, wooden benches and lamp posts lined along the perimeter. Flanking the quad are the Kingdom of Mistral's two Cross Continental Transmit towers. The quad leads up to Haven's Grand Hall.

Grand Hall

The Grand hall is a spacious building leading up to the Headmaster's office which contains a statue of a woman that conceals the Haven Vault. The interior is colored with greens and browns. The statue leading to the vault is flanked by two stairways that join together at the top. There is an upper walkway that can be accessed by flanking stairways near the hall's entrance. The walls are decorated with various paintings and blue banners bearing Mistral's symbol. The lower floor also has some trophy cases.


The dorms in Haven Academy echo how luxurious it is in comparison to the other academies, as well as its high class structure in Mistral. As stated in RWBY: Before the Dawn student is shown to have their own, individualized room within the team dormitories which they can use at their own leisure, as well as a common room for each team.


Main article: Haven Vault

The Vault

Like the other academies, Haven is also in possession of a Vault. It is a large cave under the school, accessible via a hidden elevator in the Grand Hall. The Vault formerly housed the Relic of Knowledge.

When the Spring Maiden is present, the circles on the ground and the Relic chamber's doorway glow brightly. When the Relic chamber's doorway is unlocked, it leads to another dimension with a vast desert and a path where the Relic of Knowledge rested on a stone pedestal. When Cinder Fall and Neopolitan returned to the Vault, the doorway of the Vault was missing.

Staff Members


Known Teams

Known Graduates


  • As seen with Haven and Sanctum, combat schools in Mistral seem to be named after places of privacy, safety and refuge.
    • Haven's name is ironic due to it being comprised by Lionheart after he turned against Ozpin in order to save himself.
  • By the time Ruby's Group arrived in Haven, there were no students there because it was in-between semesters.[3]
  • The statue in the grand hall resembles Jinn, the magical being who resides in the Relic of Knowledge. The statue also functions as an elevator to the Vault where the Relic is hidden.
  • Haven Academy has a celebration party after its initiation ceremony.[4]
  • One of the glass vitrines in Haven Academy contains a Vytal Festival Tournament trophy.


  1. RWBY Livestream
  2. Eddy Rivas' Twitter
  3. Volume 5 Directors' Commentary Chapter 1
  4. RWBY: Before the Dawn Chapter 6
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