Sabyrs[2] are Creatures of Grimm that resemble saber-toothed cats. They first made their appearance in the first Volume 7 episode, “The Greatest Kingdom”, attacking the city of Mantle after a wall was breached.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Sabyrs are large predatory cats resembling the now extinct genus of saber-toothed cat, Smilodon. Their namesake are the large canines with which they can deliver a powerful bite. They possess small bone plates on their shoulders and hips, ribs on their sides and spines coming from their backs. Their black skin appears to be somewhat frozen and has white patches, most likely due to the fact that they inhabit the cold tundras of Solitas. They also have bony tails. Sabyrs in Solitas are referred to as Ice Sabyrs.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In RWBY: The Grimm Campaign, it is revealed that the Sabyrs were transported and introduced to Anima by Javi Pastel two years prior to the start of RWBY. After he found a magic necklace in the mountains, he experimented on these Grimm and learned that it could control them after he made one kill someone. After this, the Sabyrs managed to escape and kill almost everyone under Pastel's Estate. Team SAFR later encounter some of these Sabyrs when they start investigating the strange incidents happening around Kuchinashi. They manage to kill a few of them before Team SMMK show up and kill the remaining ones. After the Kuchinashi Huntsmen reach the secret passage under Javi Pastel's Estate, they find traces of Sabyr claw marks on the doors and walls of the passage.

Soon after Ruby's Group's arrival in Mantle in "The Greatest Kingdom", a pack of Ice Sabyrs attack the city after a wall in its defenses had been breached. The pack attacked a group of Atlesian Knight-200s and was defeated by the group of Huntsmen.

A large, loose Ice Sabyr is later referenced in "Pomp and Circumstance", and it is later killed in "Sparks" by Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long. The Sabyrs continue to try and breach the city, being slayed by the Huntsmen as they prepare to launch the Amity Communications Tower.

Once Arthur Watts turns off the heat in Mantle and citizens in Mantle began to riot, various Grimm, including the Ice Sabyrs invade and breach the city en masse, causing the Huntsmen, aided by the Atlas Military and Ace Operatives, to evacuate citizens.

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

They are incredibly fast and are capable of jumping large distances. Their mass alone can incapacitate an Atlesian AK-200 robot.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It was stated at RTX that Grimm on the icy continent of Solitas are based on prehistoric and ice age animals.[4]
  • RWBY: Amity Arena Card Bio:[5]
    • These Sabyrs seem to have somehow adapted to Mantle's environment. Gone are the days when the cold kept the Grimm at bay, and now we deal with the ice crusted versions of the Sabyr. Still, there is a burning question in our minds. Didn't these Sabyrs... adjust a little too quickly?

References[edit | edit source]

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