Just weapons? They're an extension of ourselves! They're a part of us! Oh, they're so cool.

The weapons of Team RWBY in use.

The weapons of various characters in RWBY are used to fight enemies and monsters throughout Remnant.

Most often, they are based on real-life weapons, but they can be combined with other weapons or given additional features to increase their versatility and effectiveness in combat.

Design[edit | edit source]

Transformations[edit | edit source]

Though standard weapons exist, the majority of weapons shown in RWBY are usually designed to be transformable, using a foldable frame - a framework capable of shifting various sections to change the weapon from one form into another in mere seconds. Weapons with a foldable frame possess two or more selected forms, and the wielder is capable of freely swapping between each weapon state depending on their needs.

Typically, such weapons would have both a melee state and a ranged combat state, but are not necessarily limited to those specific types of attacks while in each state. Weapons can also have an inactive state known as a "sheathed" form, locking and securing the weapon while outside of combat, similar to the safety catch of a firearm. For example, Crescent Rose and Ember Celica shrink down to be holstered and carried easily, while Crocea Mors and Gambol Shroud both have separate sheaths to make them easy to carry.

Dust[edit | edit source]

Myrtenaster and some Dust

Some weapons are shown to be fueled by Dust for a more "magical" style of combat. By doing so, Huntsmen combine the brute force of the weapons themselves with effects like object enchantment and elemental attacks such as weather and nature manipulation.

Most of the known weapons incorporate Dust into their designs, either by utilizing Dust into an attack, as seen with Myrtenaster, or using Dust in the form of bullets or ammunition.[1] It is implied that all "firearms" in Remnant use Dust ammunition.

Personalization[edit | edit source]

These weapons, while nearly impossible to create in reality, seem to be moderately easy to construct for the citizens of Remnant. Ruby had to design and build her weapon during her time at Signal Academy, and she expressed surprise at Jaune Arc for not making his own, indicating this is a common practice among future Huntsmen in Remnant.

Storage[edit | edit source]

When not in use, some people carry their weapons attached to magnetic clamps on their body. Ruby has one on her belt, Ren has two hanging from his hips and Nora, Blake and Neptune have one on their backs.

Beacon Academy students store their weapons in rocket propelled Lockers that can be called when needed.

List of Weapons[edit | edit source]

Name Owner Type Weapon Derivation
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Crescent Rose Ruby Rose Melee, Ranged, Dust Scythe, Sniper-Rifle
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Myrtenaster Weiss Schnee Melee, Ranged, Dust Rapier, Revolver
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Gambol Shroud Blake Belladonna Melee, Ranged, Dust Katana, Cleaver, Pistol, Kusarigama
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Ember Celica Yang Xiao Long Melee, Ranged Gauntlet, Shotgun
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Yang's Prosthetic Arm Yang Xiao Long Melee, Ranged Prosthetic Arm, Gauntlet, Shotgun
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Crocea Mors Jaune Arc Melee, Defensive, Dust Longsword, Shield, Sheath
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Magnhild Nora Valkyrie Melee, Ranged War Hammer, Grenade Launcher
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Miló and Akoúo̱ Pyrrha Nikos Melee, Ranged, Defensive Javelin, Xiphos, Rifle, Shield
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StormFlower Lie Ren Melee, Ranged Dual SMGs, Wind and Fire Blades
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Ren's Dagger Lie Ren Melee Dagger
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Gianduja Coco Adel Melee, Ranged, Dust Handbag, Minigun
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Sharp Retribution Fox Alistair Melee, Ranged Tonfa
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Anesidora Velvet Scarlatina Melee, Ranged, Dust Box, Camera, Copy
YatsuhashiWeapMug.png
Fulcrum Yatsuhashi Daichi Melee Sword
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The Executioner Cardin Winchester Melee, Dust Mace
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Shortwings Russel Thrush Melee, Dust Daggers
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Hallshott Dove Bronzewing Melee, Ranged Sword, Revolver
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Feather's Edge Sky Lark Melee, Ranged Halberd
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Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang Sun Wukong Melee, Ranged, Dust Staff, Nunchaku, Lever Action Shotgun
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Hook and Darling Scarlet David Melee, Ranged Flintlock Pistol, Cutlass, Grappling Hook
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Pilgrim Sage Ayana Melee Sword
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Tri-Hard Neptune Vasilias Ranged, Melee Guandao, Trident, Rifle
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Arslan's Weapon Arslan Altan Melee Rope Dart, Dagger
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Bolin's Staff Bolin Hori Melee Staff, Blades
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Reese's Hoverboard Reese Chloris Melee, Ranged Hoverboard, Dual Revolvers
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Nadir's Gun Nadir Shiko Ranged, Melee Assault Rifle, Sword
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Brawnz's Claws Brawnz Ni Melee Claws
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Roy's Saws Roy Stallion Melee, Ranged Circular Saws
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Nolan's Cattle Prod Nolan Porfirio Melee Cattle Prod
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May's Rifle May Zedong Ranged, Melee Sniper Rifle, Axe
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Nebula's Crossbow Nebula Violette Ranged, Melee Crossbow, Sword
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Dew's Spear Dew Gayl Melee, Dust Spear
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Gwen's Knives Gwen Darcy Ranged, Melee Knives
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Octavia's Dagger Octavia Ember Melee, Ranged, Dust Kris
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Flynt's Trumpet Flynt Coal Ranged, Dust Trumpet
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Neon's Nunchaku Neon Katt Melee, Dust Nunchaku
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Ivori's Whip Ivori Melee Whip
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The Long Memory Oscar Pine Melee, Magic Walking Stick
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The Disciplinarian Glynda Goodwitch Dust Riding Crop
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Blowhard Peter Port Melee, Ranged Axe, Blunderbuss
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Antiquity's Roast Bartholomew Oobleck Melee, Ranged Thermos, Club, Flamethrower
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Due Process James Ironwood Ranged, Dust Revolvers
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Winter's Swords Winter Schnee Melee, Dust Sword
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Floating Array Penny Polendina Melee, Ranged Swords, Guns, Puppet Strings
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Kingfisher Clover Ebi Melee, Utility Fishing Pole
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Fast Knuckles Harriet Bree Melee, Utility Gauntlets
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Fetch Marrow Amin Melee, Ranged Boomerang, Rifle
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Timber Elm Ederne Melee, Ranged Hammer, Launcher
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Thorn Vine Zeki Melee, Ranged Throwing Star
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Gravity Bolas Ace Operatives Utility Bolas, Handcuffs
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Wind Dust Grenade Oscar Pine Trap, Dust Mine, Granade
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Hard-Light Shield Grenade Jaune Arc Utility, Defense, Dust Shield, Grenade
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Robyn's Crossbow Robyn Hill Melee, Ranged, Dust Crossbow, Shield
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Happy Huntresses' Weapons Happy Huntresses Melee, Ranged Crossbow, Staff
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Omen Raven Branwen Melee, Dust Ōdachi
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Harbinger Qrow Branwen Melee, Ranged Sword, Shotgun, Scythe
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Stalwart Leonardo Lionheart Defensive, Ranged, Dust Shield
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Amber's Staff Amber Melee, Ranged, Dust Staff
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Ozma's Staff Ozma Ranged, Magic Staff
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Life and Death Maria Calavera Melee, Ranged Scythe, Kamas, Pistols
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Vernal's Weapons Vernal Melee, Ranged, Dust Wind and Fire Blades, Gun
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Junior's Bazooka Junior Xiong Melee, Ranged Rocket Launcher, Club
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Melanie's Heels Melanie Malachite Melee High-heeled Boots
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Miltia's Claws Miltia Malachite Melee Claws
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Tock's Swords Tock Melee Swords
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Midnight (Formerly) Cinder Fall Melee, Ranged, Dust Blades, Bow
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Cinder's Weapons Cinder Fall Melee, Ranged, Magic Various
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Melodic Cudgel Roman Torchwick Ranged, Melee Cane, Flare Gun, Grappling Hook
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Thief's Respite Emerald Sustrai Melee, Ranged Dual Revolvers, Sickles, Kusarigama
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Talaria Mercury Black Melee, Ranged Boots, Guns
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Hush Neopolitan Melee, Defensive Umbrella, Estoc, Shield
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The Queen's Servants Tyrian Callows Melee, Ranged Wrist Blades, Guns
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Watts' Revolver Arthur Watts Ranged, Dust Revolver
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Watts' Rings Arthur Watts Utility, Defensive, Dust Rings, Hacking, Shield
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Wilt and Blush Adam Taurus Melee, Ranged Rifle, Chokutō
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Lieutenant's Chainsaw White Fang Lieutenant Melee Chainsaw
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Lightning Lash Ilia Amitola Melee, Ranged, Dust Blade, Whip, Gun
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Cyclone and Inferno Corsac Albain, Fennec Albain Melee, Ranged, Dust Dagger, Wand
SiennaWeapMug.png
Cerberus Whip Sienna Khan Melee, Ranged, Dust Blade, Whip
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Carmine's Weapons Carmine Esclados Melee, Ranged Sai, Double-sided trident
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Rhodes' Weapons Rhodes, Cinder Fall Melee, Ranged Maces, Swords, Guns
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Rasen Pyke Rite Melee, Ranged, Dust Drill cannon
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Windlass Arrastra Skye Melee, Ranged, Dust Pickaxe, Crossbow
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Fortune's Fangs Asher Mora Melee, Dust, Utility Swordbreakers, Glaive, Grappling Hook
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Pandora's Aegis Fenix Nemean Melee, Defensive Brass claws, Arm shields

Other Weapons[edit | edit source]

Li Ren's Bow[edit | edit source]

Li Ren holding his bow

Li Ren was the father of Lie Ren and a resident of Kuroyuri. He and his bow appeared in the episode "Kuroyuri". He was a hunter that gathered food for the city and used a bow. He used the bow when the Nuckelavee and other Grimm attacked the city. He faced the Nuckelavee, but it was ineffective and he was killed. Years later one of his arrows was found by Ren and Nora in the Nuckelavee's cave.

The bow is green, brown and gold and shares the aesthetic that Li, An and Ren all have. The arrow resembles a fleur-de-lis.

Shay's Pistol[edit | edit source]

Shay D. Mann is a member of the Branwen bandit tribe and uses a crude pistol cobbled together from different parts.

The revolver appears to have been damaged multiple times as it has scratches all over and is partially held together by bits of wire. The handle is a brass knuckle and the bottom features a blade for melee combat. The entire handle section is held together with string and wire.

The pistol has a tendency to jam, which happened when he attacked Yang Xiao Long with some other bandits.

Shay D. Mann uses a revolver in "Lighting the Fire" and "Rest and Resolutions".

Image Gallery[edit | edit source]

Dee's Club[edit | edit source]

Dee was a Huntsman seen in "Argus Limited" that worked on the Argus Limited train. He used a large club that was able to expand, spin and generate electricity. The weapon was ineffective against the fast, flying Manticores which lead to his death at their claws.

The club resembles the Japanese Kanabō club.

Image Gallery[edit | edit source]

Dudley's Rifle[edit | edit source]

Dudley is a Huntsman seen in "Argus Limited" that works on the Argus Limited train. His weapon of choice is a rifle, and he uses it to defend the train against the Manticores.

Image Gallery[edit | edit source]

Minor Weapons[edit | edit source]

Firearms[edit | edit source]

Swords, Knives and Axes[edit | edit source]

  • Swords - Used by White Fang Goons
  • Foldable sword - Atlesian soldiers.
  • Fire Sword - Mentioned by Ruby in "The Shining Beacon" as being wielded by an unseen Beacon Academy student.
  • Shotel - Used by White Fang member in "Battle of Beacon".
  • Swords and axes - Used by people in the ancient past.
  • Axes and red swords - The various weapons wielded by the Henchmen.
  • Sword - Used by the Branwen Tribe.
  • Knife - Trifa's weapon of choice.
  • Switchblade - Sold in Menagerie.

Polearms[edit | edit source]

  • Collapsible Staff - Mentioned by Ruby in "The Shining Beacon" as being wielded by an unseen Beacon student.
  • Spear - Used by the Menagerie Guard.
  • Spear - Used by the White Fang Royal Guard.
  • Club - used by the Faunus of Menagerie.

Heavy Weapons, Emplacements, and Vehicle Weapons[edit | edit source]

  • Chaingun - The Atlesian Dropship is equipped with chin-mounted Gatling cannons.
  • Cannons - The Ship has port cannons and a heavy cannon for dealing with Grimm out at sea.
  • Turrets - Used by the Argus Limited as a defense against Grimm.
  • Atlesian Beam Turret - Developed by Atlas after the Fall of Beacon.
  • Atlesian Burrow Gun - Developed by Atlas after the Fall of Beacon
  • Dust Cannon - The right arm of the Colossus.
  • Missile Laucher - On the Colossus' right arm.
  • Minigun - RWBY: World of Remnant - Between Kingdoms.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Bombs - White Fang used bombs in their attack on Vale and on Haven.
  • Bomb - Doctor Merlot uses a large scale bomb to destroy his island after Team RWBY defeats him.
  • Hammer - Used by Tock's associate
  • Bow - Used by people in the past.
  • Gauntlet - One of Lil' Miss Malachite's men uses a gauntlet in RWBY: Combat Ready.
  • Atlesian Arachna Mines - the Atlesian military used Ada technology for target acquisition and threat detection to create the Atlesian Arachna Mines, bombs that could scuttle towards enemies.

World of Remnant[edit | edit source]

  • Handgun - the representation of the Atlas in the World of Remnant episode "Vytal Festival Tournament".
  • Bladed weapons - the representation of Vale in the "Vytal Festival Tournament", a yellow and four gray figures representing huntsman in "Huntsmen".
  • Staves - Used by Vytal Festival Tournament contestants in "Vytal Festival Tournament".
  • Spears - Used by Vytal Festival Tournament contestants and the representation of Vacuo in "Vytal Festival Tournament".
  • Flail - A "ball-and-chain" was used by a Vytal Festival Tournament contestant from Atlas in "Vytal Festival Tournament".
  • A large two-handed double-bladed axe wielded by a neutral huntsman in "Huntsman"
  • Kunai - Used by a mercenary in Mistral (WoR episode).

RWBY Chibi[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When asked by a fan at the RTX 2013 RWBY Panel if there were going to be any weapons that would not double as a gun, Kerry Shawcross asked why they would want that, and then the panel continued on to state that they should actually create a "Gun-Gun".
  • There is an entire weapons magazine that seems to be dedicated on articles regarding weapons, of which Ruby is apparently a fan, as she reads through Issue 228 at From Dust Till Dawn.
  • In the original version of chapter 5, as the students are participating in the race, Glynda can be seen wielding a revolver almost identical to an original weapon made by Chriss Lee. This was later redrawn to have her holding her crop.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. RWBY Volume 1 Director's Commentary
  2. Reddit
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