Dauf, tankōbon 18 front jacket face

VIZ Media name

Dauf[1] (en-us Speaker.svg)


Dauf[2] (de Speaker.svg), Dav[3] (es-es Speaker.svg), Duff[4] (fr Speaker.svg), Daf[5] (it Speaker.svg), Дафф Daff Speaker.svg (ru), 達夫[6][7] Dáfu Speaker.svg (zh-hk, zh-tw)

Original name

ダフ[8] Dufu Speaker.svg

Rank No.

3 of Initial Male Era[9]

Present status

Awakened, killed by Priscilla


Organization, Riful






I'm gonna strip ya naked, tear off your hands and feet, rip open your belly and suck out your guts.[11]

Anime voice

Gunnar Helm (de),
Chris Ayres (en-us),
Pietro Ubaldi (it),
Kenji Hamada (ja)

First appearance

Scene 42, Anime Scene 15

Etymology[edit | edit source]

ダフ transliterates from "Duff," an anglicized form of several proper names that ultimately derive from the Scottish-Gaelic dubh (black, dark). Possibly alluding to the inner psyche of the character. VIZ Media and FUNimation use "Dauf."

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Claymore[edit | edit source]

Physical[edit | edit source]

Large and muscular. Short blond hair and silver eyes. Has strong body odor.

Uniform[edit | edit source]

Early basic Organization uniform. A plate buckle hold 3-layer spaulders on the shoulders. Instead of the later carrier, a simple hook attached to a back plate holds the sword.[12]

Rudimentary faulds only cover the hips. Vambraces protect the forearms up to the elbow.

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Dauf in uniform
Warriors of the Initial Male Era wear neither a dicky with a symbol, nor a cape.

Awakened[edit | edit source]

Human form[edit | edit source]

Usually shirtless, Dauf wears trousers and sabatons. In Mucha he wears a sheepskin-like vest.

Awakened[edit | edit source]

Normal[edit | edit source]

Thick-armored humanoid giant. Dauf fires veined Yoma rods from his hands, arms and mouth. A band of tissue support either side of his mouth. In colored manga illustrations Dauf is depicted as brown. In the anime he appears blue.

Infected[edit | edit source]

In the Lautrec sequence with Priscilla, he attacks Priscilla. He is infected by three huge, phallic-shaped rods, His eyes appear pupil-less, while his body bears serrated ridges like Luciela's Hellcat form. During the combat with Priscilla, he develops arms resembling Hellcats.

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Dauf infected

Personality[edit | edit source]

Uncouth, irascible, with loud, arrogant speech, often punctuated with unfulfilled threats. Consort of Riful of the West. Insecure about relationship with Riful, who occasionally threatens to leave him.

Datasheet[edit | edit source]

From Yoma War Record II.[13]

Baseline[edit | edit source]

  • Solidity: SSS
  • Intellect: C

Class[edit | edit source]

Dauf is an offensive type[14] warrior, his specialized ability is undescribed by the Organization.

Awakened, Dauf can fire veined Yoma rods of various sizes.[15] His armor's solidity has the highest rating of all awakened Beings. Possibly due to this solidity and being an offensive type, his regeneration ability is limited.[16]

History[edit | edit source]

Early life unknown.

Vinci Hill[edit | edit source]

Meeting[edit | edit source]

During the Initial Male Era of Claymore warriors, Isley (No. 1), Rigaldo (No. 2) and Dauf (No. 3) meet on Vinci Hill.[17]

Isley announces that No. 4, Chronos, is the fourth single-digit to awaken.

Rigaldo realizes that all the warriors will awaken and suppressing Chronos is futile.[18] But before he awakens himself, he challenges Isley to a sword-fight, as he never accepted the No. 2 rank given by the Organization.[19]

Interloper[edit | edit source]

But before Isley and Rigaldo can fight, a young female warriors appears.[20] She introduces herself as Riful. Caught unaware, Rigaldo puts away his sword and leaves, as does Isley. Dauf is left alone with Riful.[21]

New friend[edit | edit source]

Dauf is smitten by Riful.[22] When he offers his hand in friendship, she refuses and says that Dauf needs to bathe. This embarrasses Dauf. Riful is already dominating Dauf.[23]

Witch's Maw[edit | edit source]

In abandoned castle, Riful, from her throne, supervises Dauf in awakening members of Zakol hunt, Jean and Katea. After Katea awakens, Dauf tests her power, but finds her too weak. Riful orders Katea destroyed, despite awakening 29 previous subjects.[24]

Dauf senses Clare's arrival. Riful orders him to deal with Clare.[25]

Round I[edit | edit source]

Upstairs, Clare destroys Yoma pack.[26] Dauf bursts through floor. Clare attacks Dauf, who captures her. Then Galatea arrives.[27]

Round II[edit | edit source]

Using Yoma Energy Alignment and Control, Galatea makes Dauf drop Clare into her waiting arms.[28] Galatea tries to leave. But Dauf caves-in entrance. But all his rods miss Galatea. In the ensuing battle, Galatea cuts off Dauf's hand.[29]

Dauf attacks

Riful appears and couches Dauf on circumventing Galatea's technique.[30]

To break the stalemate, Galatea orders Clare to retrieve Jean, while she holds off Dauf.[31]

Round III[edit | edit source]

Clare discovers Jean awakened butterfly form. Clare uses Galatea's technique to revert Jean to normal.[32]

Upstairs, Galatea is exhausted, but Clare and Jean arrive in time. Galatea and Clare distract Dauf, while Jean attacks his throat with Drill Sword. In the ensuing battle, Dauf slams Galatea and Clare together, then strikes down Jean, but losing most of his fingers.[33]

Round IV[edit | edit source]

Clare asks Jean to try once more. This time, Clare's Quicksword—guided by Preemptive Sensing—prevents Dauf from slamming his arms together on the warriors.

Jean bores through Dauf's throat.[34] But Riful stops Jean from beheading Dauf. Riful addresses Galatea and Clare: "You held me off and didn't break, despite my efforts." Then she rewards Galatea and Clare by giving back Jean.

One mistranslation has Riful speaking to Dauf instead: "Someone like you who can accept me without breaking." Mistranslation repeated in English dub of anime.

Riful awards the warriors their freedom.[35]

Northern Army[edit | edit source]

Riful and Dauf kill 12 members of the Northern Army. But this is misdirection by Isley.[36]

When Riful and Dauf go to Mucha to support Luciela, they arrive too late. Luciela is defeated and dead. When Riful meets Isley and Priscilla, she orders a retreat.[37] But Riful finds the merged sisters and brings them back to Lautrec.[38]

But Riful recovers Luciela x Rafaela. But to awaken the entity, she needs someone skilled in Yoma Power sensing.[39]

7-year timeskip[edit | edit source]

Witch's Maw II[edit | edit source]

Dauf helps Riful in forcing Renée to awaken Luciela x Rafaela.[40]

Baited by Rubel, Clare, Cynthia and Yuma search for Renée and Rafaela. In forest, they encounter Dauf, who grabs Yuma's leg—Clare cuts it off. While Cynthia regenerates Yuma's leg, Clare follows Dauf into Witch's Maw II. Fight inside castle results. But Clare escapes.[41]

Renée takes suppressant and flees. Dauf tries to pursue her, but she loses him. While Riful and Dauf are distracted by Renée, Clare reenters castle.[42]

Destroyer[edit | edit source]

At a safe distance, Riful and Dauf watch the Destroyer rise sky-high. Dauf urges Riful not to engage Destroyer. Riful and Dauf are attacked by Abyss Feeders,[43] then Alicia and Beth.[44]

During the 3-way combat, the Destroyer fires a volley of rods, hitting all three parties. In the confusion Riful retreats, dragging along Dauf. He asks that she abandon him, so she can flee to safety.[45]

Priscilla[edit | edit source]

After defeating Alicia and Beth, Priscilla finds Riful and Dauf, who are too injured to defend themselves. Priscilla feeds on both.[46] But Dauf survives and gives in to infection of rods, allowing him to regenerate at the cost of his consciousness.[47]

Dauf pursues Priscilla, as she pursues Deneve, Helen and Clare. He attacks Priscilla. But during the fight, Riful's upper torso slips from his hand. When Dauf glances at it, Priscilla destroys his right arm, then left. When Priscilla regains her memory, she kills Dauf.[48]

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 8, Scene 42, p. 90
  2. Claymore 8, Tokyopop, Scene 42, p. 90
  3. Claymore 8, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 42, p. 90
  4. Claymore 8, Glénat Editions, Scene 42, p. 90
  5. Claymore 8, Star Comics, Scene 42, p. 86
  6. Claymore 8, Culturecom, Scene 42, p. 90
  7. Claymore 8, Ever Glory, Scene 42, p. 90
  8. Claymore 8, Shueisha, Scene 44, p. 100
  9. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 3, "Yoma War Record III," p. 731
  10. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 3, "Yoma War Record III," p. 731
  11. Claymore 8, Scene 44, p. 145
  12. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Special Scene, p. 420
  13. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 692
  14. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 3, "Yoma War Record III," p. 731
  15. Claymore 8, Scene 43Scene 49, pp. 128–147; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  16. Claymore 9, Scene 47, p. 65
  17. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 420
  18. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 420
  19. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, pp. 421–422
  20. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 422
  21. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 423–424
  22. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 425
  23. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 426
  24. Claymore 8, Scene 41, p. 96; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  25. Claymore 8, Scene 42, p. 100; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  26. Claymore 8, Scene 43, pp. 106–108; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  27. Claymore 8, Scene 43, p. 132; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  28. Claymore 8, Scene 44, p. 136; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  29. Claymore 8, Scene 44, p. 155; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  30. Claymore 8, Scene 45, pp. 159–160; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  31. Claymore 9, Scene 46, pp. 21–22; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  32. Claymore 9, Scene 46–Scene 47, pp. 30–38; Claymore, Anime Scene 16–Anime Scene 17
  33. Claymore 9, Scene 46, pp. 61–63; Claymore,Anime Scene 17
  34. Claymore 9, Scene 48, p. 93; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  35. Claymore 9, Scene 49, p. 110; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  36. Claymore 11, Scene 62, pp. 150–153
  37. Claymore 13, Scene 82, pp. 50–57
  38. Claymore 13, Scene 82, p. 61
  39. Claymore 15, Scene 82, p. 143
  40. Claymore 16, Scene 83, pp. 18
  41. Claymore 17, Scene 90, pp. 20–50
  42. Claymore 17, Scene 91, p. 61
  43. Claymore 17, Scene 93, p. 117
  44. Claymore 17, Scene 94, p. 132
  45. Claymore 17, Scene 95, p. 180
  46. Claymore 18, Scene 99, p. 112–115
  47. Claymore 19, Scene 102, p. 30–33
  48. Claymore 19, Scene 103, pp. 60–61
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