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Ravagers are bat-like Creatures of Grimm that first appear in RWBY: After the Fall, where they are encountered by Team CFVY. They later appear in the main series at the end of "Worthy" attacking the refugees from Atlas and Mantle outside the main city of Vacuo.


Ravagers have a strong resemblance to bats. Typical to the Grimm, they have bone-like masks with red markings on them, as well as spikes protruding from their backs, and a bone-like ribcage over their pitch black fur. Additionally, they also have large fangs that interlock over their jaws. Ravagers have red wings that are described as leathery in texture and are considered to be uglier than Nevermores.

Young Ravagers are referred to as Baby Ravagers, shown to be tiny in size as opposed to their full sized counterparts, who were described as "fruit bats with swords for claws".[1]


In RWBY: After the Fall, Ravagers were one of the species of Grimm that invaded and ravaged the settlement of Gossan. During their travels in Vacuo, Team CFVY was stalked and harassed by a colony of Ravagers, eventually slaying them all in Feldspar. Other colonies of the Grimm followed the Huntsmen-in-training but did not attack them.

A swarm of Ravagers appears in RWBY: Before the Dawn, attacking Velvet Scarlatina and Octavia Ember in the Shade Academy Initiation. They use their sonic screams to cause an avalanche that shifts an entire section of the Vacuan landscape.[2]

They later attack Shade Academy as The Crown launches their assault, targeting Gillian Asturias and throwing her into the air at one point.[3]

They make their full series debut in "Worthy", attacking the evacuants of Mantle and Atlas in Vacuo.

Powers and Abilities

In After the Fall, Ravagers are shown to bite and claw at opponents in large swarms. RWBY: Amity Arena notes that these Grimm are faster flyers than Nevermores or Griffons. They are shown to be able to emit sharp sonic screeches.

Adult Ravagers are able to lift humans into the air with ease.


  • The Ravagers' design was first revealed in RWBY: Amity Arena.
  • RWBY: Amity Arena Card Bio
    • The Ravager Grimm are terrors in the desert sky. They may not be as big as Nevermores or as strong as the Griffons, but they are quicker and make up for strength in numbers and viciousness. Even the tiniest Ravagers can tear you to shreds if there are enough of them.
  • The Ravagers allude to Camazotz, a Mayan bat-god whose name means "death bat." Their names were originally going to be the same as their allusion, though this was later changed.[4]


  1. RWBY: Amity Arena Twitter
  2. RWBY: Before the Dawn Chapter 6
  3. RWBY: Before the Dawn Chapter 20
  4. RWBY: After the Fall Special RWBYCast Podcast featuring EC Myers
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