It's been several months since the Fall of Beacon, and the world of Remnant is still recovering. Tensions are high, lives have been lost, and the members of Team RWBY... are divided. Each of our heroines now faces a journey of their own.

Volume 4 is the fourth season of "RWBY ". It premiered on October 22nd, 2016 on the Rooster Teeth website. It featured 12 episodes. It was preceded by Volume 3. It was followed by Volume 5.

Volume 4 followed a similar release schedule to Volume 3, being released on Saturday for Rooster Teeth FIRST members followed by the release for registered users on Sunday, 24 hours later. It was then released to the public and uploaded to YouTube the week following the FIRST members' release.

The Volume 4 premiere was preceded by the first season of "RWBY Chibi" and the " Volume 4 Character Short". The character short featured an original story and animation which were not cut from upcoming volume, making it the first non-editorial trailer since the four character trailers for Volume 1. The character short also served as the Volume's main trailer.

Volume 4 was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 6th, 2017. This release featured a "Complete" movie version of the volume. This "Complete" version would be released to the Rooster Teeth website and YouTube in parts starting on October 14th, 2019.


After the Fall of Beacon everybody is separated to different parts of the world and dealing with their own problems. Ruby, Jaune, Ren and Nora decided to go to Mistral, unknowingly followed by Qrow. Weiss is taken to Atlas and forced to deal with her family. Sun accompanies Blake as she goes home to Menagerie and Yang deals with her loss of her arm and her defeat with Adam Taurus at her home on Patch with her dad. Meanwhile Cinder heals her wounds with her master and their faction.


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Main article: Episodes
Chapter Title Original Air Date Run Time External Link
RC5 "RWBY Volume 4 Complete - Part 1" June 6th, 2017 1:31:56 Rt-favicon Volume 4 - Part 1
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RC6 "RWBY Volume 4 Complete - Part 2" June 6th, 2017 1:43:06 Rt-favicon Volume 4 - part 2
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"Volume 4 Character Short" October 3rd, 2016 5:10 Rt-favicon Character Short
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1 "The Next Step" October 22nd, 2016 19:51 Rt-favicon The Next Step
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2 "Remembrance" October 29th, 2016 14:20 Rt-favicon Remembrance
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3 "Of Runaways and Stowaways" November 5th, 2016 18:17 Rt-favicon Of Runaways and Stowaways
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4 "Family" November 19th, 2016 16:29 Rt-favicon Family
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5 "Menagerie" December 3rd, 2016 12:38 Rt-favicon Menagerie
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6 "Tipping Point" December 10th, 2016 16:23 Rt-favicon Tipping Point
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7 "Punished" December 24th, 2016 16:44 Rt-favicon Punished
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8 "A Much Needed Talk" December 31st, 2016 20:38 Rt-favicon A Much Needed Talk
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9 "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back" January 7th, 2017 15:25 Rt-favicon Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back
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10 "Kuroyuri" January 21st, 2017 18:54 Rt-favicon Kuroyuri
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11 "Taking Control" January 28th, 2017 15:37 Rt-favicon Taking Control
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12 "No Safe Haven" February 4th, 2017 27:03 Rt-favicon No Safe Haven
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Main article: RWBY Development

Volume 4 was announced by Gray G. Haddock on April 1st, 2016, the 13th anniversary of Rooster Teeth's founding. At RTX 2016, the release date was announced as October 22nd, 2016.[1] The shot list and initial storyboarding for the first episode were underway by May 2016.[2] Voice acting recording sessions for key characters also began by May to June 2016.[3][4][5]

Volume 4 was animated in Autodesk Maya, unlike previous volumes of RWBY, which were animated in Smith Micro's Poser. Kerry Shawcross cites scalability as one of the advantages of the switch, expanding the number of people capable of working on the team. The new software also made real-time lighting, shadows and other effects feasible.[6]

In addition to the improvements in animation, the visual style of the show was also overhauled, with all character models remade and many of the Grimm redesigned by Erin Winn and remodeled. Concept artist Eileen Chang, who worked on the original concepts for the 4 main characters, was also brought back to create their new time skip outfits and designs.[6]



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