A young hero, an exalted heiress, a troubled rogue, and a party girl- These are the four members of RWBY, a team brought together and trained for the sole purpose of combating the rampant evils that plague the fantastic world of Remnant. If these four girls want to graduate Beacon Academy they'll have to learn to work together both on the battlefield and in the classroom.

Volume 1 is the first season of RWBY. It premiered on July 18th, 2013 on the Rooster Teeth website, and ran until November 7th, 2013. It was preceded by the "color" trailers. It was followed by Volume 2.

There are sixteen episodes in the volume. However, the episodes vary greatly in length, with episodes 1, 8, 15 and 16 being around eleven minutes long, with all the other episodes running approximately six minutes.

The DVDs and Blu-rays of the first volume were released on November 12th, 2013, which included a "Complete" movie version of the volume. The Complete version was later posted to the Rooster Teeth website on September 29th, 2019 and to YouTube on September 30th, 2019.


The first Volume of RWBY introduces the main characters of Team RWBY and Team JNPR and side characters like Sun Wukong and Penny Polendina that appear throughout the show. It also introduces some antagonists such as Roman Torchwick and hints at bigger antagonists such as Cinder Fall and Jacques Schnee.

The Volume is dedicated to the main characters starting their school year at Beacon Academy with the Beacon Academy Initiation and later with attending classes. The end of the Volume is dedicated to expanding the world and the larger story such as the Schnee Dust Company and the White Fang.


Major Characters

Other Characters

Minor Characters


Main article: Episodes
Chapter Episode Title Original Air Date Run Time External Link
Trailer Volume 1 Trailer November 15th, 2013 2:15 Rt-favicon.png Volume 1 Trailer
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RC1 "RWBY Volume 1 Complete" November 12th, 2013 1:54:00 Rt-favicon.png Volume 1
1 "Ruby Rose" July 18th, 2013 12:20 Rt-favicon.png Ruby Rose
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2 "The Shining Beacon" July 25th, 2013 6:15 Rt-favicon.png The Shining Beacon
3 "The Shining Beacon, Pt.2" August 1st, 2013 6:39 Rt-favicon.png The Shining Beacon, Pt.2
4 "The First Step" August 8th, 2013 7:36 Rt-favicon.png The First Step
5 "The First Step, Pt.2" August 15th, 2013 4:33 Rt-favicon.png The First Step, Pt.2
6 "The Emerald Forest" August 22nd, 2013 7:15 Rt-favicon.png The Emerald Forest
7 "The Emerald Forest, Pt.2" August 29th, 2013 4:48 Rt-favicon.png The Emerald Forest, Pt.2
8 "Players and Pieces" September 5th, 2013 13:45 Rt-favicon.png Players and Pieces
9 "The Badge and The Burden" September 12th, 2013 5:32 Rt-favicon.png The Badge and The Burden
10 "The Badge and The Burden, Pt.2" September 19th, 2013 6:58 Rt-favicon.png The Badge and The Burden, Pt.2
11 "Jaunedice" September 26th, 2013 4:50 Rt-favicon.png Jaunedice
12 "Jaunedice, Pt.2" October 3rd, 2013 7:25 Rt-favicon.png Jaunedice, Pt.2
13 "Forever Fall" October 10th, 2013 6:09 Rt-favicon.png Forever Fall
14 "Forever Fall, Pt.2" October 17th, 2013 6:09 Rt-favicon.png Forever Fall, Pt.2
15 "The Stray" October 31st, 2013 10:41 Rt-favicon.png The Stray
16 "Black and White" November 7th, 2013 15:30 Rt-favicon.png Black and White


Main article: RWBY Development


  • Volume 1 was originally planned to only be a 4 episode mini-series about Team RWBY forming in the Emerald Forest, but the positive reception of the 4 character trailers extended it to the full volume.[1]


  1. The World of RWBY: The Official Companion, Page ---