Volume 5, Chapter 2: Dread in the Air

RWBY: Volume 5, Chapter 2: Dread in the Air

Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are each entangled in journeys of their own, but they all share one destination: Haven Academy. Whether it's the promise of ancient relics, mystical maidens, or simply more power, it's clear that the stage for the next great battle for Remnant has been chosen. The question is, with so many players in this game, who's going to come out on top?

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  • vlau909

    3 days ago

    im thinking adam's semblance is something totally op like being able to cut through pretty much anything and completely rendering aura super useless

  • AofAJ

    2 weeks ago

    I'm curious about Hazel. He doesn't seem to horrible or evil compared to the rest of his group. Wonder what is he all about.

  • use_r_name

    2 weeks ago

    I don't understand why the White Fang would reject their old leader.  As hateful as they are, they (at least the senior gaurds) started out as pissed off people in a non-violent organization.  And the leader, who wanted to execute any human who merely set foot in her work place, was in no way a human sympathizer.  Meanwhile anyone could see how Adam's accomplishments missed the mark.  I don't even understand how Adam could come to this.  He has to have had a fair amount of respect for the lady to have followed her to begin with, and to turn around and kill her to join forces with humans who ultimately do not even have the same goals?

  • Pookmeister FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I have to hand it to Cinder, she's certainly a sight for sore eyes. After what happened at Beacon, I almost thought there won't be much of her left, but it seems she's turned out alright.

  • Gofigure75

    1 month ago

    Dang Weiss, what happened with your landing strategy?! Also, you couldn't grab some clothes to help you blend in a little?

  • rainyaesthetic

    1 month ago

    I NEED the v.5 soundtrack. It's been so good so far!

    • JohnAlvinHol FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      The song that was playing while Weiss was fighting the Queen Lancer was the end of This Life Is Mine from the V.4 Soundtrack, just so you know

  • teamcajj93

    1 month ago

    Hey, are those crystals jutting out from the bottom of those floating islands? Looks like the black ones, as in gravity. 

    • SKy_the_Thunder

      1 month ago

      You mean as in the gravity dust explicitly mentioned by the captain to naturally occur there? Not sure how that was ever in question.

  • HewleyNights FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Enabler

    1 month ago

    Loving Weiss at the moment. She's come so far! 

  • JROY FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gaurdian Lvl.1

    2 months ago

    YOU KILLED SIENNA YOU TEAM KILLING FUCKTARD!!!

  • yee4dawin

    2 months ago

    @deltacypher Blake used her semblance when she was going to get decapitated by Adam, but not when she was stabbed

  • harrymoriarty

    2 months ago

    I find it interesting how the floor pattern in the school's secret room somwhat matches the pattern of Salems winows.

  • jdr733552 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I feel like if Yang and Blake confront Adam and beat him, their not going to kill him. I feel like Hazel's just going to walk up and say "somebody has to die today" when everything is said and done and just kill Adam.

  • camp53

    2 months ago

    so... what animal is Adam? I could never tell form volume 1-3. 4 and 5 looks like he has horns maybe? is he a bull? like Taurus the bull, the star constellation? I hope he gets killed by a guy named Ryan then (Orion). that would be cool

    • byebyebirdie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I'm pretty sure he's a bat, but i might be wrong.

    • mel_the_black_rose

      2 months ago

      He's a bull. His horns are coming from just above his forehead.

    • KingArthur13

      2 months ago

      easy he the beast from Beauty and the Beast.

    • WonderRaptor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      His last name is Taurus, so a bull is the best bet.

  • covbrown FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    volume 5 episode 2 appears to be broken

  • Queenagentnewtexy

    2 months ago

    this was great and looks like Mama Just Knocked her out.

  • blakhoel616

    2 months ago

    I'm probably the only one that's been picky about this, but I'm really glad that Sienna's ears are animated the way they should be. Blake's ears in Vol. 4 behaved more like dog ears than cat ears. Also, obligatory "please give Sienna more screen time" comment

  • jcurse FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    OK, wow I know I'm super late to this party but holy god. That was a good episode. I am really upset the Sienna was only in one scene, would've loved to see her be dethroned then our heroes return her back to her place. Also Weiss is such a badass now, I love her. 

  • Operation-KeepGavinAlive FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian 2k17

    2 months ago

    I kind of wish that Sienna had been introduced before honestly. She was interesting, and it sucks that she had to die so that Adam who objectively, at least to me is ,a more boring character, could take the throne. She was smart and knew what she was doing. And he obviously has the forethought of a 2 year old. 

  • valishd

    2 months ago

    Hazel: y u kill Sienna

    Adam: to put it shortly...

    I don’t give A-dam

  • Kerisato

    2 months ago

    This was a good episode. Lots of questions answered about the White Fang, Watts, Hazel and even the relations between Atlus and Mistral.


    Still have questions about Lionheart. Was he simply afraid for his life? What turned him to Salem's side? It seems a little odd that Ozpin's most trusted ally would turn for such a simple reason.


    Is that all we're going to see of the White Fang's former leader, Kahn? I mean, that model is way too unique to let go to waste like that. I can't help but draw parallels between Malcom and her. He also advocated the right of the oppressed to resist, with violence if needed. (FYI: So did the Founding Fathers) At the same time, Sienna Khan also didn't want war, instead seeking to make it clear that the faunus wouldn't tolerate the abuse. I can see why Blake followed her for a time. Passion and Zeal can motivate as well as blind.

    Hazel, though. Wow. In just a few sentences, he instantly became one of the most interesting villains in Salem's club. Cinder just wants power, while Tyrian is clearly insane and loves violence, but Hazel and Watts don't prescribe to either reasoning. Not only rejecting senseless violence, but insisting on cooperation, honesty and reasoned debate, Hazel is a diamond in the rough. I can't wait to learn what motivates him to follow Salem. (I also suspect he's not someone Adam should try provoking)

    As for Watts, it's pretty clear he's one of the more amoral figures in RWBY. I'm guessing he views the struggles, desires and fears of people with apathy, being more intrigued by curiosities than anything else. He probably doesn't even care about Salem's plans but is fascinated by her tools (Grimm) and just wants to learn all he can without interference from things like morality.

    Already these villains are a cut above others in anime, and I'm growing more and more exited as Volume 5 progresses. Excellent work RT.


    Also that pilot transporting Weiss is my new favorite nameless-person in RWBY:


    "You're carrying dust, right?" Weiss

    "Offically no. Actually? Yes." Pilot


    Hope he survived that crash.

  • Partju

    2 months ago

    Five minutes in and all my beautiful theories have gone down the drain. Damnit. Well, at least people who celebrated about finding the cowardly lion in Leo were right! Good for them! 11 minutes in and I'm in love with that pilot. that's some S-grade piloting right there!


    Yeah, rest of the episode shows this was a WHAM episode. damn good one too!

  • fb_1683992684954048 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Javid73

    2 months ago

    Wait a minute, remember that line that salem said, "You must make it dread you" and the episode is called dread in the air, plus an exclusive shot of said creature that creates dread. How dreadful.

    • fb_1683992684954048 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Javid73

      2 months ago

      Plus the fact that said dread creature floats in the air? Anyone? Are the puns/theories worse than yang's?

    • bswenzel

      2 months ago

      yes. yes they are.

  • tatya-black FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Weiss had such an awsome fight scene, that was so cool, it's too bad they still had a crash landing, and who knows if the drivers ok. at least Wiess is alive but honestly this is a turn i didn't expect with raven showing up, i guess yang will be the first to see Weiss when she finds "mommy" somehow i feel like that family reunion will be interesting. i kind of dislike cinders new voice, she was so seductive and sinister before, when she was the portrayed evil mastermind, i suppose the new voice goes with her more subservient role now that salem is in the picture more, and  with the damage rwby did, i'll get used to it i suppose. she clearly has a grudge. also we saw the leader of the white fang, i almost liked her, she was very good looking, and well i don't like her ideals, it's unfortunate she's gone, but she has quickly joined the dead, and now adam's in charge. i still hate that sadistic baste*d. he's a sociopath, who now has a highly trained group of deadly people under his command. and wants to start a war, a war, he clearly is forgetting the ever important grim factor that will happily kill both sides in the fear and terror fest. I do wonder what the previous fang leader was trying to do reaching towards adams head neck. well till next week to see the others, and weisses song playing during her fight was a great tuch.

    • deltacypher

      2 months ago

      wHERES THE DARNED PILOT

    • bswenzel

      2 months ago

      still in the cockpit..... like Wash in Firefly's finale.
      [ps: spoilers]

  • henrycool01

    2 months ago

    I just had a thought what if Cinder becomes so inpatient that Salem won't let her head out for Ruby that she try's to kill Salem and actually succeeds. Then Cinder becomes in charge after some purging of the ranks of Salem's crew. 

    • Kerisato

      2 months ago

      Short answer: No. Cinder is just a pawn, all the Maiden power in the world wouldn't raise her status beyond Tool, in Salem's eyes.


      Long answer: Salem's war has been waged for longer than Cinder has been alive, against Ozpin and his predecessors, and if what we saw of Ozpin was any indicator he is leaps and bounds above Cinder in terms of skill. It's why Salem doesn't believe Ozpin was defeated. Did he lose, yes. But was it because he was outmatched? No.


      It helps if you've read Harry Potter, because there's a very similar event that happens in there where *SPOILERS* Dumbledore is killed by a much less talented and powerful magician. Only for it to turn out that it'd been his plan all along, in order to cause Voldemort to become arrogant leading to V's downfall. *End SPOILERS*


      This also goes back to the first Volume of RWBY where Ozpin and a woman (we now know is Salem) trading barbs about power, heroes and the way of things.


      So it seems to be here. Salem is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful beings in Remnant, and certainly the oldest. Maidens don't even come close in terms of power and Cinder knows it. It's why she responds dutifully to her, and not just her but the entire evil council (for lack of a better term). They show proper respect (Watts and Hazel), adoration (Tyrian) and fear (Cinder) because they know their place.

  • QueenEtna

    2 months ago

    wooooooww!!!! this episode was amazing!

  • cinnadrom

    2 months ago

    So, when Sienna was reaching for something on Adam's head, neck or face, was she reaching for his mask? And if so, why? Why does Adam always wear a mask? He hasn't shown any animal resemblances, except for his hair, which if you look at you can see animal ears of some kind. But, they start from inside his mask. So, could he not be a faunus? Just a theory.

    • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      He has bull horns. It's super hard to tell most of the time, but if you look closely during his close ups they're a different color from his hair.

    • henrycool01

      2 months ago

      She want to strangle him or hit him but she couldn't because he took the sword out of her. Doesn't matter now Sienna is dead.  disappointed_relievedSienna is dead and I won't be able to see her pretty ears again disappointed_relieved

    • sethofdale FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I had the very same thought... I was trying to see what she could be reaching for, and then... Adam seemed to want to finish her very quickly then.  Good catch.

    • techstop777

      2 months ago

      the "ears" you see are horns. Adam is a bull faunus. Some people think Sun is destined to fight him because of an old Chinese legend where the monkey king fights the bull king, Wukong vs Bull Demon King.

  • betanite

    2 months ago

    THE WHITE FANG SEND THEIR REGARDS!

    SIENNA KHAN WAS POISONED BY OUR ENEMIES!

  • Sacath

    2 months ago

    Salem is just getting better and better. She's the evil mastermind that has this condescending tone when she is forced to babysit one of her subordinates. Also, Tyrian is going to get a new tail. Uh-oh.

  • adonias FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    why is it MOST the time my phone doesn't offer to steam to Chromecast? I have to reload the screen several times for the button to maybe appear...

  • perko995 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Adam is a cult figure within the White Fang and a known sadist. WHY WOULD YOU LET THAT SLIDE!

  • girls_with_guns FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Did anyone notice at 18:28 during the Sienna Khan death scene, as she is hanging on his sword about to die, she quickly glances over at Adam, and with intense determination, reaches up and touches his ear just as he throws her off his sword - you can even hear a brief, audible sound right at that moment - did she perhaps prick him with a poisoned claw as a last revenge act, or even better, inserted a bug into his ear, ala the "Wrath of Khan?" Perhaps now he'll actually go insane from the bug in his head, Heheh.... 

  • PasvSmkng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Worst ever, of all time

    2 months ago

    I guess Sienna Khant after all.  Amirite?  Eh?  Eh? 

  • vlk27

    2 months ago

    So, what are the chances that Hazel's seemingly endless patience will run out and he will just snap Adam's neck? He doesn't seem particularly fond of the man and his methods...

  • jackfrostx4

    2 months ago

    The first 14 minutes of chapter 2 with Weiss was great but the last 6 minutes made me want to flip a table because we got introduced to Sienna who has a badass design and is voiced by Monica Rial a very talented voice actress and seems like she could’ve been a really cool character but they had to kill her after only 6 minutes of screen time now that’s just fucking brilliant.

    • Explanoite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      It's not as if the show has a shortage of awesome characters. And it showed that the White Fang wasn't lead by some incompetent loser who makes Cobra Commander look good. She was a talented, passionate, intelligent and dedicated leader. It makes what Adam did all the more impressive.

  • xxxroseanistarxxx

    2 months ago

    i really hope the pilot dude comes back at some point in the show.


  • Aclan

    2 months ago

    Well that escalatet quickly...

  • WyAwaitsPennysRebirth FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Can anybody confirm that Sienna Khan's semblance is cheating death, meaning we have not seen the last of her? Though you don't need to confirm that stereotypical rich, bratty mean girls are more redeemable than Adam, I already knew. Thank you.

    • Gh0st962

      2 months ago

      You know what they say: cats have nine lives

    • PasvSmkng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Worst ever, of all time

      2 months ago

      And there's also that Schroedinger fella with his cat that's alive and dead at the same time.  

  • madmarcus91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    can someone explain how the (ex) leader of the white fang, who apparently was one of the first to justify force decides its a good idea to TURN THEIR BACK on an underling who is making it damn clear they are usurping them?!

    how did she become a leader?! she cant read the situation occurring right in front of her how could she manage a (presumably) global fighting/political force

    • sethofdale FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Sad to say, that sort of thing happens in RL history over and over again. How many times were Ceasars of ancient Rome killed by their very own Praetorian guard? 

    • madmarcus91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      being betrayed is nothing new your right about that, but being surprised about it when the guy is giving a soliloquy about how hes better and is popular comes off as kinda lazy to me.

  • omegarwbyfox

    2 months ago

    Yang is going to be mad af at her mom if she finds out she hurt whiesse

  • BubbaThe1st FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Based on the two songs I’ve heard so far, i can tell I’m gonna love this soundtrack. Also, that song during the Queen Lancer fight was the song Weiss sang at the recital where she met Marigold, if anybody was wondering/didn’t catch it. :)

  • Gavrai FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I'm looking forward to more Raven. Also, waiting on rematch Yang v Adam! Or Bumblebee v Adam, that'd be an epic fight action-wise and plot-wise, but I'd be much more excited if Blake or Yang could take Adam independently.

  • rwbyfan5019 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    Is Adams semblance cutting through other people’s aura?


    • alexpanda46 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      I think so, also do you know if there is going to be a new episode today?

    • agentjfm FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Moonslice, but yeah, kinda. It also disintegrates whatever he cuts. If it's a lethal blow, the whole enemy disintegrates (Black Trailer), and if it's a non-lethal blow, it disintegrates the injury (Yang's arm  cry).

    • yee4dawin

      2 months ago

      no, his semblance is Moonsclice. It works exactly just like Yang's. He can absorb energy and he uses that energy in only one strike, and when he uses it he glows and everything turns black,red and white. He cant cut through aura, he's just too strong so when he strikes he just breaks people's aura

  • allenwl

    2 months ago

    Ciena was it? How the heck did you manage to become high leader or whatever it is when you can't even realize your own freaking guards won't listen to you anymore?

    I think Hazel is wondering why he's was even there.

    Also, RIP cargo pilot guy.

  • SKy_the_Thunder

    2 months ago

    You see, Salem, controlling people with fear and bribaries only works so long they don't get a chance to rebel. Once you show even a little sign of weakness you'll have them all at your throat...

    • tatya-black FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      give them just a little bit of hope and it al unravels. after all isn't that the weapon your trying so hard to destroy, hope and unity between people, thats what will bring her down, those who have overcome so much, and so many differences, those who have been held down, held back before those who fought at the fall of becon or other eqally big / important battles, those who have already overcome and become so strong, those who hold on too hope in the dark and inspire and unite people

    • SKy_the_Thunder

      2 months ago

      Yes, but hope and unity is only a part of it. All the negative aspects will well up against her too, like greed and hatred. You don't believe Adam won't eye Salem's throne next, right? Or that Cinder would help her torturer in a life-or-death situation instead of saving her own butt.

  • dtk2000

    2 months ago

    3:40 Damn woman! Salem is savage! I really like her as a villain. She was how I wanted Cinder to be in the past volumes. Gentle and level-headed but takes her business very seriously. Just look at how she showed her displease to Leo just because he didn't behave the way she wanted by CHOKING HIS NECK. 

    RWBY is really upping their game with the villains. Cinder is more interesting, Tyrian is entertainingly crazy, Watts is super charming with his wits and sarcasm, Hazel is just all-around badass and moral. Adam tho edgy but he has a great potential. He is the Magneto of RWBY right now. The fact that he would go all the way to kill someone close to him just to serves his idea is so sadistic and evil.

    • alexpanda46 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      OMG I agree!  blake

  • linafox_fairytale

    2 months ago

    Adam is hot

    • Andresumiel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      FINALLY SOMEONE AGREES

  • curvingfire

    2 months ago

    that FUCKING SWORD

  • Nintendoentersoft

    2 months ago

    Umm... giant Beedrill Grimm the size of possibly humans with multi use stingers? I'd like a one-way ticket aboard the express "Screwthis* Train straight to Nopeville USA please. 

    • saffysparkles

      2 months ago

      You mean the Nope Train to FuckThatville in New Zealand?

  • thatpersononlyhereforrwby

    2 months ago

    *Sees Sienna's*: oh, what a really interesting character, I hope we get to see-


    *Adam shoves sword straight through her stomach*: welp. that's that. .__. 

  • iisupergoldenii

    2 months ago

    OMG WTH ADAM!!!!!