Ilena kills two Yoma

VIZ Media name

Quicksword[1] (en-us Speaker)


Wirbelklingen-Technik[2] Speaker (Swirling Sword Technique de), Espada Fugaz[3] Speaker (Fleeting Sword es-es), Saber Véloce[4] Speaker (Swift Sword fr), Spada Veloce[5] (Quick Sword it)

Original name

高速剣[6] Kōsoku Ken Speaker (High-speed Sword)[7]


Offensive: 高速連撃[8] Kōsoku Ren Geki Speaker (High-speed Continuous Attack)[9]


Attacking target using High-speed Continuous Attack: full release of Yoma power into sword arm. Berserking arm strike unpredictably on target

Current status



Ilena, Clare, Teresa

Associated technique



We didn't even see you draw.[10]

First appearance

Scene 18, Anime Scene 7


高速 translates as "high-speed." VIZ Media uses "quick."

On page 139 of Claymore 7, Scene 38, the VIZ Media translation, the technique is actually spelled as one word, "Quicksword." But the term is usually divided with a hyphen to fit speech bubbles.

In real life physics, quickness is the rate of acceleration between two points in space, speed is the magnitude of velocity at one point in time.

Ilena's datasheet names and describes the technique.[11] In the VIZ Media translation, Noel mentions Ilena's nickname, "Quicksword," in Scene 18.[12] But only in Scene 37 does Ilena actually name the technique,[13] as she does in other translations.

In some translations, Ilena's nickname and the technique name differ. In the Tokyopop edition (de), Ilena is named "Irene die Wirbelklinge"[14] Speaker. Quicksword is named "Wirbelklingen-Technik."[15]



High-speed Continuous Attack[16] enables this technique: attack target by releasing all Yoma power into the sword arm, while paradoxically controlling the berserking arm through sheer will.[17] This ability resembles the Mind Share/Full ControlMind Share/Full Release abilities of Beth and Alicia, in which another warrior fully awakens, instead of a body part of the controlling warrior.

Less precise than other techniques, unpredictability of strikes makes Quicksword harder to counter.

Yoma power usage low-70–100%,[18] Yoma power control 70%,[19] attack speed approximately 88%.[20] Mental baseline is A+. Ilena is the fastest warrior on record.[21]

See Yoma power chart and sword chart.


With Mental Baseline aloneEdit

Mental baseline is D.[22] But with Ilena's arm, Clare can still attack at superhuman speed.

Yoma power control low-50%,[23] attack speed 50% (pre-Witch's Maw).[24] Yoma power usage 70–100%,[25]

With Preemptive SensingEdit

Using Preemptive Sensing to guide the arm, Yoma power control high-80%,[26] attack speed 80%.[27]

Clare using Quicksword with Preemptive Sensing second fastest warrior.[28] Clare's Sensing baseline improvises for lack of high Mental baseline.



Marked for deathEdit

Yoma nestEdit
Two warriors—Sophia (No. 3) and Noel (No. 4)—meet in a Yoma nest, devoid of all humans.[29] As they kill Yoma, they argue who should be No. 3.

Claymore Ilena and Quick-sword

Claymore Ilena and Quick-sword

Quicksword in action

No. 2, Ilena arrives. She instantly kills two Yoma. Neither Sophia nor Noel see Ilena unsheathe her sword, cut the Yoma, nor resheathe her sword.[30]

At another village, the purge team locates Teresa at a local inn.[31]

Ilena burst into Teresa's room. But Teresa immobilizes Ilena's Quicksword. The Organization evaluation to the contrary,[32] Ilena states that Teresa never uses Detailed Yoma Energy Sensing or any other specialized technique against the purge team.

As Teresa defeat the warriors without Yoma power or specialized technique, Ilena admits underestimating Teresa's pure technical skill.[33]

Last fightEdit

Teresa and Clare leave town. But Priscilla awakens and pursues them. On plateau, Priscilla fights Teresa. Execution party arrives. Priscilla beheads Teresa.[34]

Priscilla becomes into one-horned, winged awakened. The purge team attacks. But Ilena loses left arm, despite her Quicksword. Priscilla then kill both Sophia and Noel.[35]

Fit for battleEdit


After escaping Ophelia in Gonahl, Clare and Raki are forced to separate.[36]

Clare lures Ophelia in opposite direction of Raki's path. Clare loses her right arm to Ophelia's Rippling Sword. But Ophelia is defeated by Quicksword of Ilena, disguised in witch-cape.[37]

Ilena's hidden valleyEdit

Later, in Ilena's hidden valley, Clare convalesces in Ilena's cabin.[38]

Ilena guesses Clare's intent to kill Priscilla. She tries teaching Clare the Quicksword. When Ilena realizes Clare can never master Quicksword in her condition, Ilena cuts off her arm and gives it to Clare as a "parting gift."[39]



The awakened Ophelia throws Clare into lake. Ophelia plays another contest, only this time to deliberately lose. With Quicksword, Clare minces serpentine body. "Contest" ends with Clare euthanizing Ophelia.[40]

3-month timeskipEdit

Witch's MawEdit

Outside abandoned castle, Clare uses Quicksword on both ordinary and Winged Yoma.[41]

Fight with DaufEdit
Round IEdit

In entrance hall, Clare destroys Yoma pack, then attacks Dauf, but gets captured. Dauf's armor is too thick for Quicksword. But Galatea arrives.[42]

Galatea uses Yoma Energy Alignment and Control to free Clare, then tries to leave. But Dauf caves-in entrance.[43]

Round IIEdit

Riful couches Dauf, who then defeats Galatea.[44] Galatea orders Clare to retrieve Jean, while she holds off Dauf.[45]

Round IIIEdit

In dungeon, Clare uses Galatea's technique to revert an awakened Jean to normal.[46]

After Jean recovers, Clare and Jean go upstairs. Galatea and Clare distract Dauf, while Jean attacks throat with Drill Sword. But attack ends in failure.[47]

Round IVEdit

Clare and Jean try again in last desperate attempt. Clare realizes her error—her Preemptive Sensing must guide her Quicksword. As Jean attacks Dauf, Clare reads Dauf's moves, her Quicksword preventing his arms from smashing Jean.[48]

This time Jean nearly kills Dauf.[49]

Battle of the NorthEdit


During first battle, Team Flora fights Armadillo awakened. Flora, Lily, Wendy and Clare are pinned to roof by technique resembling Yoma Energy Alignment and Control. Armadillo then remote controls Carla to execute Team Flora.[50]

Clare asks Ilena's arm for help. The arm on its own volition destroys the roof, toppling everyone to the floor below.[51] Team Undine reinforces Team Flora. Deneve and Undine sever Armadillo's head. When head tries to escape, Flora and Clare cut it to pieces.[52]

Later, Flora tests Clare's sword fighting abilities to see if Clare can replace Flora as team leader.[53] Anime version has Jean preventing fight.[54]

Northern ArmyEdit

Manga and anime diverge here.


Northern Army invades Pieta. Flora and Clare ambush Stegosaur awakened.[55]

Rigaldo kills Veronica and Undine, then wounds Jean. Clare awakens and attacks. But Rigaldo repels Clare and kills Flora.[56]

Clare further awakens. Rigaldo finally captures Miria. But Clare cuts off his arm.[57] Clare awakens her upper torso. With bladed appendages and Quicksword, she kills Rigaldo.[58]


Northern Army invades Pieta, but retreats. Rigaldo sequence similar to manga.[59]

Raki races to town, followed by Priscilla. She awakens and Clare gives chase. Miria leads Deneve and Helen to volcano, where Clare and Priscilla fight.[60]

After Clare's defeat, Priscilla fights and defeats Miria, Deneve and Helen.[61] Clare returns to fight. Her Quicksword finally defeats Priscilla.[62]

7-year timeskipEdit


Clare is one of seven Ghosts who desert Organization. Hiding in mountains, they train with Yoma power-less techniques. Clare seals away Quicksword during those years. Clare uses a Yoma power-less version of Windcutter.[63]


In Rabona, Ghosts fight Agatha. When Agatha holds Galatea hostage, Clare, at Galatea's suggestion, uses Quicksword to attack Agatha.[64]


Witch's Maw IIEdit

Baited by Rubel, the warriors search for Renée and Rafaela. Clare follows Dauf into Witch's Maw II. Fight inside castle results. But Clare escapes.[65]

While Riful and Dauf are distracted by Renée's escape, Clare reenters castle.[66]

Clare enters mind of Luciela x Rafaela. In dream world, Clare and Jean meet Rafaela in replay from.[67] Jean disappears. Rafaela attacks and kills Clare. But Clare wakes from dream within dream. Switching from Windcutter to Quicksword, Ilena's arm kills Rafaela.[68]


Clare confronts Priscilla for first time since childhood. Clare is ready to abandon friends and her humanity to avenge Teresa's death.[69]

But mental "block" prevents Clare from awakening, causing her Quicksword attacks to fail.[70]


Round IEdit

Outside Rabona, Clare and the Ghosts confront the awakened Cassandra, who launches her tentacled heads. While Clare's comrades take evasion action, Clare stays her ground and confronts Cassandra alone. Immediately Clare is surrounded by four tentacled heads.[71]

Clare fully awakens Ilena's arm and counterattacks with Quicksword. Clare first minces one head, then two, then the fourth. Cassandra attacks with her locomotive tentacles, but Clare minces these too.[72]

In a final lunge, Clare tries to destroy Cassandra's vital core, but only damages the awakened body's left breast and Cassandra's real left arm.[73]

Clare lands nearby as Cassandra regenerates. Clare estimates that after the 7-year timeskip, her Quicksword technique is the equal of Ilena's.[74]

Round IIIEdit

Priscilla–Cassandra defeats Octavia's party in the second round.

The three female and two male awakeneds weaken Priscilla–Cassandra enough for Clare to attack. She eviscerates the thorax of Cassandra's body, destroying the pilot torso of Priscilla.[75]

Scene 137b

The old Cassandra pilot torso returns, as does Cassandra's sense of self. Helen notices that Cassandra is not moving as slowly as before. Miria suspects that under Priscilla's spell, Cassandra's movements were restrained—Cassandra took far more injuries here than when fighting Roxanne in Sutfafu. But by destroying the Priscilla pilot torso, Clare inadvertently unleashed Cassandra's true power.[76]


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 7, Scene 37, p. 110
  2. Claymore 7, Tokyopop, Scene 37, p. 110
  3. Claymore 7, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 37, p. 110
  4. Claymore 7, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 37, p. 110
  5. Claymore 4, Star Comics, Scene 18, p. 80
  6. Claymore 4, Shueisha, Scene 18, p. 84
  7. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  8. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  9. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  10. Claymore 4, Scene 18, p. 84
  11. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  12. Claymore 4, Scene 18, p. 84
  13. Claymore 7, Scene 37, p. 107
  14. Claymore 7, Tokyopop, Scene 36
  15. Claymore 7, Tokyopop, Scene 37, p. 110
  16. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  17. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  18. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 682
  19. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 682
  20. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 683
  21. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  22. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 506
  23. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 682
  24. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 682
  25. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 683
  26. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 683
  27. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 683
  28. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 506
  29. Claymore 4, Scene 18, pp. 72–73; Claymore, Anime Scene 8
  30. Claymore 4, Scene 18, p. 82; Claymore, Anime Scene 6
  31. Claymore 4, Scene 19, p. 120; Claymore, Anime Scene 7
  32. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 1, "Yoma War Record I," p. 514
  33. Claymore 4, Scene 21, pp. 188–189; Claymore, Anime Scene 8
  34. Claymore 5, Scene 23, pp. 39–63; Claymore, Anime Scene 8
  35. Claymore 5, Scene 24, pp. 71–87; Claymore, Anime Scene 8
  36. Claymore 7, Scene 34, pp. 25–31; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  37. Claymore 7, Scene 36, pp. 82–87; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  38. Claymore 7, Scene 37, p. 91; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  39. Claymore 7, Scene 38, pp. 142–143; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  40. Claymore 8, Scene 40, p. 34; Claymore, Anime Scene 14
  41. Claymore 8, Scene 42, pp. 72–79; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  42. Claymore 8, Scene 43, pp. 115–133; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  43. Claymore 8, Scene 44, pp. 137–144; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  44. Claymore 8, Scene 45, pp. 160–171; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  45. Claymore 9, Scene 44, p. 22; Claymore, Anime Scene 16
  46. Claymore , Scene 46, p. 35; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  47. Claymore 9, Scene 47, pp. 51–63; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  48. Claymore 9, Scene 48, pp. 86–93; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  49. Claymore 9, Scene 49, p. 97; Claymore, Anime Scene 17
  50. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 29; Claymore, Anime Scene 18
  51. Claymore 10, Scene 52, p. 31
  52. Claymore 10, Scene 54, pp. 80–81; Claymore, Anime Scene 19
  53. Claymore 10, Scene 55, p. 108
  54. Claymore, Anime Scene 20
  55. Claymore 10, Scene 57, pp. 162–166
  56. Claymore 10, Scene 57, pp. 174–184
  57. Claymore 11, Scene 58, pp. 34–36
  58. Claymore 11, Scene 59, pp. 68–69
  59. Claymore, Anime Scene 23
  60. Claymore, Anime Scene 24
  61. Claymore, Anime Scene 25
  62. Claymore, Anime Scene 26
  63. Claymore 12, Scene 67, p. 122
  64. Claymore 15, Scene 77, pp. 34–37
  65. Claymore 17, Scene 91, pp. 39–50
  66. Claymore 17, Scene 91, p. 61
  67. Claymore 9, Scene 50, p. 65
  68. Claymore 17, Scene 92, pp. 84–86
  69. Claymore 18, Scene 100, pp. 150–151
  70. Claymore 18, Scene 100, p. 170
  71. Jump SQ, January 2013, Claymore, Scene 133, pp. 760–764
  72. Jump SQ, January 2013, Claymore, Scene 133, pp. 765–767
  73. Jump SQ, January 2013, Claymore, Scene 133, pp. 767–768
  74. Jump SQ, January 2013, Claymore, Scene 133, pp. 769–771
  75. Jump SQ, May 2013, Claymore, Scene 137, pp. 218–234
  76. Jump SQ, June 2013, Claymore, Scene 138, pp. 679–680
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