Abyssal One
Riful awakened.jpg
Riful of the West

VIZ Media name

Abyssal One[1] Speaker.svg


Creature of the Abyss[2] (en-us), 深淵[3] Shin-en Speaker.svg (Abyssal)

Original name

深淵の者[4] Shin-en no Mono Speaker.svg (Creature of the Abyss)[5]

Rank No.


Current status



Initial Male Era, Riful Era of the First Generation, Luciela Era of the Old Generation






In the history of the warriors known as "Claymores," there have been three terrible instances of a Number One becoming awakened.[6]

First appearance

Scene 42, Anime Scene 15

Abyssal Ones ↓

  • Isley.jpg Isley of the North
  • Riful link.jpg Riful of the West
  • Luciela Awakened link.jpg Luciela of the South

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

VIZ Media replaced the earlier "Creature of the Abyss"[7] with "Abyssal One" from Scene 110 onward.[8]

Dietrich uses both names in her report to Miria: "In the southern lands the two of us encountered Isley, the Creature of the Abyss. Helen was wounded in an unexpected conflict with the 'Abyss Feeders,' the Organization's new weapons against the Abyssal Ones."[9]

"Creature of the Abyss," 深淵の者, figuratively means someone hidden deeply. Literal translation "People/Person of the abyss." FUNimation also uses "Creatures of the Abyss" Speaker.svg in the anime.[10]

Definition[edit | edit source]

One of three awakened beings, each a former No. 1 warrior. First mention by Galatea.

Asked for a definition of an Abyssal One, a Man in Black says "The name given to some former No. 1 warriors that have awakened" (かつての戦士のナンバー1が覚醒したのにつけられた名だろ).[11]

だろ (daro) means "isn't it ?" or "right ?". The Man in Black never says any or all former No. 1s.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Isley resembles a centaur.[12] Riful resembles a half-mermaid, half-octopus.[13] Luciela is a more elaborate version of a Hellcat.[14]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Being former No. 1s, self-assurance seems common trait. Sometimes displays noblesse oblige to lesser beings. Almost always in charge, regardless of situation.

Datasheet[edit | edit source]

Typical awakened being ability, but of greater magnitude.

History[edit | edit source]

In the Witch's Maw, Galatea explains the origins of the Creatures of the Abyss.

By coincidence, each Abyssal settled in one of the five regions of the island—Isley in the North (Alfons), Riful in the West (Lautrec), and Luciela in the South (Mucha). The east (Sutafu) remains under control of the Organization.[15]

Origin of Creatures

The central region of Toulouse, unmentioned by Galatea, appears unaffiliated.[16]

A status quo existed among the Abyssals. Then Isley, under the influence of Priscilla,[17] raises an army to expand into the western (Riful's) and eastern quadrants (Organization's). Isley himself invades Mucha and defeats Luciela.[18]

Alleged Abyssals[edit | edit source]

Awakened Beings never formally designated as one of the three original Abyssal Ones by the Organization, due to ranks less than No. 1, or an unknown awakened state.


Being a former No. 1 alone may not guarantee Abyssal status. See Etymology

Former No. 1, Rosemary, is demoted to No. 2, due to Teresa's promotion. Later, Teresa kills the awakened Rosemary.[19]

Priscilla[edit | edit source]

Organization's intended replacement for Teresa. The captain of the purge team, Priscilla, partially awakens and kills Teresa.[20] Fully awakened, she destroys her own purge team.[21] Years later, she kills Riful of the West.[22]

Destroyer[edit | edit source]

The awakened form of Luciela x Rafaela, this Yoma-entity has combined with Clare, Priscilla and Riful's daughter. Though its rods, it has combined with Beth and Dauf.

Alicia and Beth[edit | edit source]

No. 1, Alicia, almost destroys Riful, before her sister, No. 2, Beth, is struck with a parasitic rod. Both in awakened form are killed by Priscilla.[23]

Reanimated No. 1s[edit | edit source]

Dae gets permission from Limt to reanimate former No. 1s.[24] Dae eventually reanimates Cassandra, Hysteria and Roxanne.[25] Organization members fear their awakening, which comes to pass.[26]

Dae, the Men in Black and the Ghosts refer to these three awakened No. 1s as "Abyssals."

Riful's daughter[edit | edit source]

"Riful's daughter" first appears as a female torso wandering through the forest. The original Jump SQ narrative refers to her as the remnant of Riful. Fleshy strips form a young girl.[27] During combat with Priscilla, the young Abyssal taps into the remnants of the Destroyer for endless energy. [28]

Dae refers to this entity as an Abyssal.

References[edit | edit source]

Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Claymore 17, Scene 90, p. 15
  2. Claymore 8, Scene 45, p. 181
  3. Claymore 20, Shueisha, Scene 110, p. 79
  4. Claymore 8, Shueisha, Scene 45, p. 181
  5. Claymore 20, Scene 110, p. 79
  6. Claymore 8, Scene 45, p. 180
  7. Claymore 8, Scene 45, p. 181
  8. Claymore 20, Scene 110, pp. 79–85
  9. Claymore 17, Scene 90, p. 17
  10. Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  11. Claymore 20, Shueisha, Scene 110, p. 80
  12. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, p. 145
  13. Claymore 9, Scene 49, pp. 108–109
  14. Claymore 11, Scene 63, p. 178
  15. Claymore 8, Scene 45, p. 180
  16. Claymore 15, Scene 83, p. 170
  17. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 3, pp. 158–159
  18. Claymore 11, Scene 62, p. 154
  19. Claymore 13, Extra Scene 1, pp. 154–155
  20. Claymore 5, Scene 23, pp. 62–63
  21. Claymore 5, Scene 24, pp. 82–87
  22. Claymore 18, Scene 99, p. 113
  23. Claymore 18, Scene 98, pp. 96–100
  24. Claymore 20, Scene 110, pp. 86–87
  25. Claymore 20, Scene 113, pp. 160–161
  26. Jump SQ, January 2012, Claymore, Scene 121, p. 181
  27. Jump SQ, December 2012, Claymore, Scene 132, pp. 263–265
  28. Jump SQ, June 2013, Claymore, Scene 138, pp. 674–677

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