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Dusteater in action

VIZ Media name




Original name

塵食い[2] Chiri-gui (Eating Dust)




Attack target from indefensible angle: swing sword at ground-level





Associated technique



She swings her head like a pendulum, right, left...[3]

First appearance

Scene 117


Derived from Roxanne's nickname for Cassandra.[4]

Her nickname, usually translated as "Dusteater," can also be translated as "bite the dust," a cliche of of Hollywood Westerns, alluding to both Cassandra's fallen opponents, as well as her technique, in which she attacks at ground level.


Cassandra's agile ability enables her technique: feet anchored in ground as pivot, head begins bobbing like metronome (inverted pendulum).[5]

As body collapses to ground-level, swinging to and fro, sword swings scythe-like, wide and close to ground—blade striking target's limbs.[6]

Roxanne describes Cassandra moving her head and body like a 振り子 (pendulum).[7]

Efficacy of attack based on unexpected angle, rather than speed or strength. During sparring matches, Roxanne notices Cassandra—using ordinary sword technique—did not even measure up to No. 5, Elizabeth.[8]



Roxanne meets No. 1—Cassandra—when Roxanne is No. 5. Roxanne is infatuated.[9]

Roxanne repeats her "Black Widow" routine—idolizing a lonely, friendless mentor, imitating her technique and mannerisms. She even copies Cassandra's left handedness. But Cassandra keeps her technique a secret—even from Roxanne.[10]

Roxanne stalks Cassandra, who always hunts alone. She discovers Cassandra's secret.[11]


Flash forward to present. During warrior rebellion, Roxanne watches Cassandra fight Audrey, Rachel and Nina. She again witnesses Cassandra's technique. Surprised rebels unable to counteract, due to unusual angle.[12]

Additional details[]


  • In Western literature, "bite the dust" and "Cassandra" first appear in Homer's Iliad. In the story, Agamemnon—leader of the Greeks—promises that the Trojans will "bite the dust"
  • Agamemnon also makes a Trojan princess—Cassandra—his mistress. His wife Clytemnestra kills him and Cassandra. Hence both "bite the dust"
  • Cassandra's nickname in the original Japanese reflects both technique and fate of target[13]


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 20, Scene 110, p. 82
  2. Claymore 20, Shueisha, Scene 110, p. 82
  3. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 127
  4. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 133
  5. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 127
  6. Claymore 21, Shueisha, Scene 117, pp. 128–129
  7. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 131
  8. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 117
  9. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 115
  10. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 118
  11. Claymore 21, Scene 117, p. 119
  12. Claymore 21, Scene 117, pp. 127–130
  13. Claymore 21, Scene 117, pp. 128–133