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 the 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 father and brother while dealing with the Schnee Dust Company. 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.
During the course of the Volume, the concept of the Relics, The Gods and the origins of the creatures of Grimm are introduced. While this is all happening, a young Mistral farmer named Oscar Pine begins to hear the voice of the deceased Professor Ozpin in his head. During the trip to Mistral, Ren and Nora are forced to confront their past demons.
- Winter Schnee (Photo)
- Willow Schnee (Photo)
- Summer Rose (Photograph)
- Leonardo Lionheart (Cameo)
- Glynda Goodwitch (News Report)
- Lisa Lavender
- Village Official
- Dying Huntsman
- First Mate
- Crew Member 01
- Crew Member 02
- Reporter 01
- Reporter 02
- Reporter 03
- Oscar's Aunt (Voice)
- Higanbana Waitress
- Trophy Wife (First Appearance)
- Husband (First Appearance)
- Young Blacksmith
- Tall Boy
- Medium Boy
- Short Boy
- Mistral Pilot
- Atlas Pilot
- Train Announcer
- Main article: Episodes
|Chapter||Episode||Title||Original Air Date||Run Time||External Link|
|RC5||"RWBY Volume 4 Complete - Part 1"||June 6th, 2017||1:31:56||Volume 4 - Part 1|
|RC6||"RWBY Volume 4 Complete - Part 2"||June 6th, 2017||1:43:06||Volume 4 - part 2|
|—||"Volume 4 Character Short"||October 3rd, 2016||5:10||Character Short|
|1||"The Next Step"||October 22nd, 2016||19:51||The Next Step|
|2||"Remembrance"||October 29th, 2016||14:20||Remembrance|
|3||"Of Runaways and Stowaways"||November 5th, 2016||18:17||Of Runaways and Stowaways|
|4||"Family"||November 19th, 2016||16:29||Family|
|5||"Menagerie"||December 3rd, 2016||12:38||Menagerie|
|6||"Tipping Point"||December 10th, 2016||16:23||Tipping Point|
|7||"Punished"||December 24th, 2016||16:44||Punished|
|8||"A Much Needed Talk"||December 31st, 2016||20:38||A Much Needed Talk|
|9||"Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back"||January 7th, 2017||15:25||Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back|
|10||"Kuroyuri"||January 21st, 2017||18:54||Kuroyuri|
|11||"Taking Control"||January 28th, 2017||15:37||Taking Control|
|12||"No Safe Haven"||February 4th, 2017||27:03||No Safe Haven|
- 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. The shot list and initial storyboarding for the first episode were underway by May 2016. Voice acting recording sessions for key characters also began by May to June 2016.
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.
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.
- Miles Luna stated that the Apathy Grimm were originally meant to first appear during the events of Volume 4 as one of the Grimm species encountered by Team RNJR during their journey to Mistral.