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Gentle Sword
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Deflecting Riful

VIZ Media name

Gentle Sword[1] (en-us Speaker.svg)


Klinge so sanft[2] (Sword so gentle de), Épée Flexible[3] (fr Speaker.svg)

Original name

柔の剣[4] yawara no ken Speaker.svg (sword of the soft)[5]


Defensive:[6] unknown ability


Sword ricochets attack to attacker

Current status




Associated technique



And the other meets all attacks without resistance or strength...and turns their strength against them to form her own attack, using a gentle sword.[7]

First appearance

Scene 69


柔の剣 translates as "sword of the soft"—a description, not a proper name. VIZ Media uses "Gentle Sword." Unnamed in Italian and Spanish translations, which describe only as in the original Japanese text.[8][9]

Riful describes sword ricocheting her tentacle attack, causing them to pierce Riful's body.[10]


Unknown sensing ability enables technique: detect oncoming attack, then deflect attack back to source.

Reminiscent of medieval deflection techniques, in which sword blows are deflected, rather than blocked in modern manner.


Audrey's Hunt[]

Riful greets Audrey's hunt.[11]

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Gentle Sword

Hunt leader introduces herself as No. 3, Audrey. And the next ranking warrior as Rachel, No. 5. Rachel proceeds to use Strong Sword on Riful, while Audrey uses Gentle Sword. Riful pretends to be hurt as she tests the two warriors for sensing ability.[12]


Miria sees that Audrey and Rachel are no match for Riful. She orders Deneve, Helen and Clare to follow her. The Ghosts rush to save Audrey and Rachel from themselves.[13]

All attacks, including Rachel's, prove ineffectual.[14]


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 12, Scene 69, p. 184
  2. Claymore 12, Tokyopop, Scene 69, p. 184
  3. Claymore 12, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 69, p. 184
  4. Claymore 12, Shueisha, Scene 69, p. 184
  5. Claymore 12, Scene 69, p. 184
  6. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 3, "Yoma War Record III," p. 731
  7. Claymore 12, Scene 69, p. 184
  8. Claymore 12, Star Comics, Scene 69, p. 180
  9. Claymore 12, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 69, p. 184
  10. Claymore 12, Scene 69, p. 184
  11. Claymore 12, Scene 68, p. 157
  12. Claymore 12, Scene 69, pp. 165–179
  13. Claymore 12, Scene 69, pp. 180–181
  14. Claymore 13, Scene 70, p. 16