For the other uses of "Vacuo", see Vacuo (disambiguation).
See, there's only really one, unspoken rule in Vacuo: If you can survive here, then you're welcome here.
Qrow Branwen, about Vacuo

Vacuo is the capital city of the Kingdom of Vacuo.

The city of Vacuo is where Shade Academy is located. It is described as being a labyrinth of alleyways that all look identical.


Unlike Vale or Atlas which had been planned before their constructions, Vacuo was an improvised city, having been built from a constantly growing amount of settlers in one area. As a result, it takes the appearance of being a labyrinth of alleyways that all look identical. 

Regardless, the city of Vacuo had some order to it, with different districts for residences and businesses, and a wide street down the center for the market. 

The outer edges of it were periodically wiped out, because of sandstorms or sinkholes or earthquakes. Occasionally a big enough Grimm burrowed under the wall, churned up the sand, and knocked everything down, or attack from above. At times, a rare and heavy rainstorm would last for days, a mixed blessing that both brought water and washed shelters away. Vacuo's Cross Continental Transmit System Tower is located in Shade Academy.[1]

City Vacuans hold a large resentment towards other kingdoms in the city. Beacon students were only begrudgingly accepted, which had an ugly reaction from Vacuo citizens - Coco Adel notes this is reminiscent of the Great War in which people were discriminated against by kingdom of origin.[2]


Pre-Great WarEdit

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In the center of the vast desert of Sanus was an oasis unlike anything you've ever seen: A jungle bursting with natural resources, geographical defenses, and the world's largest recorded deposit of Dust. Nomads that survived the journey across the scorching sands settled down in this little hidden gem, and over time, the Kingdom of Vacuo thrived.

Unfortunately, comfort breeds weakness. While the rest of Remnant had to learn and adapt in order to survive, Vacuo's ancient society kicked back and lived a life of complacency. But when other, more developed Kingdoms set their eyes on everything Vacuo had to offer, its citizens couldn't do anything to stop them from taking it.

Years of human conflict, unrestricted mining, and ecological disasters have changed Vacuo. The paradise that was once there's now practically indistinguishable from the surrounding deserts. Citizens live in makeshift homes, uprooting and traveling frequently in response to the fleeting resources and occasional attacks from the creatures of Grimm.

After the Great War, a formal government was finally established, but by that point the folks living in Vacuo didn't care to uphold its laws, making Shade Academy the only real source of order in the Kingdom. But order isn't everything.

Shade AcademyEdit

Main article: Shade Academy

Shade Academy was founded by the King of Vale. It serves to train future Huntsmen and Huntresses and secretly houses one of the four ancient Relics.

RWBY: Before the DawnEdit

During the Crown's attack in RWBY: Before the Dawn, the city of Vacuo is united under Sun Wukong's message, revealing that the criminal organization had been responsible for the mass abductions throughout the kingdom. They band together and fight the Crown's army, celebrating in victory.



  • Downtown Vacuo - a city hotspot known for the clubs and restaurants that entertain the locals at night.[3]
    • Starr Sanzang's Dojo
    • The Weeping Wall
    • Bug Burger
  • The Old District
    • The Pits
    • Grimm Watch
  • Gust Winds

Major EstablishmentsEdit

  • Shade Academy - Huntsman Academy
  • Grimm Watch - A loose partnership between local authorities and low-rent Huntsmen to keep the monsters from breaching the city.[4]
  • The Weeping Wall - The Weeping Wall is a large 10 feet long, 3 feet thick, and 40 foot high wall in the city, which is build out of a porous stone that draws up water from the ground. Vacuans sell the water, branding it as “Vacuo’s Tears." Nearby, there is a shrine filled with items such as toys, flowers, etc. with posters of missing people of all ages and groups.[5]
  • Starr Sanzang's Dojo - a dojo owned by Sun Wukong's cousin, Starr.
  • The Pits - a nightclub in the old district referred to as such by locals due to all the sandpits and traps that could grab someone who didn’t watch where they were going.[6]
  • Green Spaces - The Green Spaces are reserved parks scattered throughout the city of Vacuo, used ro replicate the kingdom’s original lush, tropical geography.[7]

Minor EstablishmentsEdit

  • Nightclubs - Sun Wukong faces Pink, Brown, and Green outside a nightclub, after the trio stalks a woman in the middle of the night.
  • Bug Burger - a restaurant hotspot known for serving burgers.[8]
  • Finn Asturias' Home


Minor Locations

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