Rippling Sword
Rippling Sword
Ophelia attacks

VIZ Media name

Rippling Sword[1]


Wellen-Klinge[2] (Wave Blade de), Espada Ondeante[3] (Rippling Sword es-es), Épée Ondulante[4] (Undulating Sword fr), Spada Onda[5] (Wave Sword it), Вьющийся Клинок[6] Vʹyushchiysya Klinok (Wavy Blade ru)

Original name

漣の剣[7] Sazanami no Ken (Rippling Sword)


Offensive:[8] Slashing Distortion[9]


Attack using Slashing Distortion. Sword is vibrated, blade creating an undulating, snake-like illusion





Associated technique



But it's not too well known yet. Because most of the people who've seen it are dead.[10]

First appearance

Scene 35, Anime Scene 13


"Rippling Sword" translates from 漣の剣.

Ophelia's datasheet names and describes technique in Yoma War Record II.[11]


Slashing Distortion[12] enables technique: flexible arm vibrates sword, which creates undulating, snake-like illusion, reducing target's ability to dodge or deflect blows.

Yoma power usage approximately 45–66%,[13] Yoma power control approximately 18%,[14] attack speed 55%.[15] Technique sixth fastest, power mid-range.[16] See Yoma power chart and sword chart.


Making a nameEdit

After the Gonahl hunt goes awry, Clare flees with Raki. The two separate.[17]

Clare and Ophelia finally confront each other. Ophelia realizes Clare is using Preemptive Sensing. She switches to Rippling Sword. By vibrating the blade, Ophelia creates an optical illusion of undulation. Now Clare cannot anticipate Ophelia's moves.[18]

Ophelia mocks the pretentiousness of Claymore warrior nicknames. In a deliberate burlesque, She proclaims herself "Rippling Ophelia." But says that her "nickname" is not well known as people who have seen the Rippling Sword are dead.[19]

Claymore Ophelia00:35

Claymore Ophelia

Ophelia's Rippling Sword

Clare charges Ophelia, who cut off her right arm. Clare falls over the cliff into river.

Later, Clare emerges downstream. But Ophelia finds her. Ophelia guesses that Clare let her cut off her arm and cut her torso—a gambit to make Ophelia think Clare was finished.[20]

Ophelia shreds Clare's arm, so she cannot reattach it.[21]

Mysterious intruderEdit

Ophelia corners Clare. Without her right arm, Clare is helpless. Ophelia then cuts off Clare's left hand. She is about to kill Clare.

But a hooded figure in a witch cape approaches the pair. Clare tries in vain to warn away the stranger. But the stranger ignores the warning.[22]

Ophelia cannot forgive being interrupted. She attacks the mysterious woman. But the stranger counters the Rippling Sword with a seemingly invisible force. The stranger compliments Ophelia on her sword technique, but against the mysterious woman, the Rippling Sword is nothing. Wounded by thousands of cuts, Ophelia is defeated.[23]

The witch cape falls away, the stranger revealing herself—"Quicksword" Ilena.[24]


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 35, p. 50
  2. Claymore 7, Tokyopop, Scene 35, p. 50
  3. Claymore 7, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 35, p. 50
  4. Claymore 7, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 35, p. 50
  5. Claymore 7, Star Comics, Scene 35, p. 46
  6. Claymore 7, Comix-ART, Scene 35, p. 50
  7. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  8. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  9. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  10. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 50
  11. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  12. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 688
  13. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 683
  14. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 683
  15. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 682
  16. Fragments of Silver Omnibus 2, "Yoma War Record II," p. 682
  17. Claymore 7, Scene 34, pp. 25–31; Claymore, Anime Scene 12
  18. Claymore 7, Scene 35, pp. 36–37; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  19. Claymore 7, Scene 35, pp. 49–50; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  20. Claymore 7, Scene 35, pp. 58–61; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  21. Claymore 7, Scene 35, p. 65; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  22. Claymore 7, Scene 36, pp. 78–79; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  23. Claymore 7, Scene 36, p. 80–86; Claymore, Anime Scene 13
  24. Claymore 7, Scene 36, pp. 88–89; Claymore, Anime Scene 13

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