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Top 10 Semblances in "RWBY"

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Yang's Burn Semblance

Yang's Burn Semblance

Auras and Semblances in "RWBY"

In RWBY, souls manifest as auras, an energy that forms protective shields, heals wounds, and more. Trained warriors develop their auras to unlock a semblance, a power unique to each huntsmen. Some semblances are clearly battle-oriented, others are more versatile—which reign supreme? These are the ten best semblance abilities in the RWBY show!

Tock using Invulnerability

Tock using Invulnerability

10. Invulnerability

Used By: Tock

True to its name, invulnerability renders Tock completely invincible—for 60 seconds. After the minute is up, her aura shatters, leaving her little to defend herself if she drops her guard, but one minute of ultimate protection lets her focus completely on offense, with no need to block or dodge attacks. She also uses a stopwatch to alert her when the shield drops.

May Marigold

May Marigold

9. Invisibility Field

Used By: May Marigold

May creates domes of invisibility, making everything inside, well, invisible. She can adjust the size of the dome, and we've seen her concealing six people without much strain. The dome also muffles noise, letting people within communicate without alerting foes, at least if they do so quietly.

Ren's semblance, Tranquility, functions similarly by masking people's presence, but he seems more drained with its usage, while May can keep her power active with little stamina loss.

Clover casually catches Dust

Clover casually catches Dust

8. Good Fortune

Used By: Clover Ebi

This passive semblance remains active with little to no aura drain. Effectively the opposite of Qrow's Misfortune, Good Fortune provides enhanced luck, whether it's saving Clover from cave-ins to mundane activities like good poker hands.

The only rel downside is that it can cause a sense of overconfidence, as it doesn't always guarantee protection from serious injury or death, but keeping that in mind, it's an amazing and always-active benefit.

Jaune healing Weiss

Jaune healing Weiss

7. Aura Amp

Used By: Jaune Arc

Jaune took his time unlocking his semblance, but the wait paid off, and it's a versatile ability, albeit one that works far better with allies. Amp can boost Jaune's own aura, but he usually uses it to strengthen others', which can heal grievous wounds or strengthen their own semblance.

The downsides are limited offensive potential and a need to physically touch the recipient, but as both a healer and semblance booster, Jaune's perhaps the best support assist in battle.

Neo and one of her disguises

Neo and one of her disguises

6. Overactive Imagination

Used By: Neopolitan

Useful both in battle and for subterfuge, Overactive Imagination lets Neo create illusions visible to everyone. This provides easy disguises, and her illusions can mask entire airships. Neo's strong enough to rarely need retreat, but she can also distract foes with illusion copies while she withdraws, and she's been known to transform into loved ones to confuse opponents.

Ruby's Petal Burst

Ruby's Petal Burst

5. Petal Burst

Used By: Ruby Rose

Like Harriet's Super-Speed, Ruby's semblance lets her move incredibly fast, great for positioning herself in battle or rescuing allies. It also has the benefit of limited flight capabilities, she can bring allies along with her, and she can create gusts of winds strong enough to blow foes back.

Using Petal Burst quickly drains aura, so Ruby only applies it in brief bursts, but it's still a practical power for a huntress.

Maria as the Grimm Reaper

Maria as the Grimm Reaper

4. Preflexes

Used By: Maria Calavera

Maria's Preflexes gives her acute awareness of her surroundings and a sense of what movements her foes will make, and it remains active without need for devoted concentration. Back when she was the Grimm Reaper, Maria could kill enormous monsters on her own, take on multiple mercenaries at once, and even defeated Tock after being blinded by using her semblance for a sneak attack.

Even in her old age, she managed to hold the advantage over Neo in their brawl thanks to her skill and reflexes.

Weiss's Queen Lancer summon

Weiss's Queen Lancer summon

3. Glyphs

Used By: Weiss Schnee, Winter Schnee

Unlike most unique semblances, Weiss shares hers with her family. Thankfully, it's an excellent power, letting Weiss create glyphs for various magical effects, and once trained, summon various creatures to help her fight. Weiss often uses the glyphs to propel herself or allies, increase their speed, and more.

This is simply one of the most versatile combat semblances able to create shields, launch ranged attacks, summon spirits, and effectively fly (by summoning flying creatures).

Glynda's telekinetic shield

Glynda's telekinetic shield

2. Telekinesis

Used By: Glynda Goodwitch

Glynda's telekinesis lets her move objects with her wand, and she's lifted things as heavy as buildings with relative ease. Effective at both offense and defense, Glynda can block projectiles or launch objects, and it's great for repairing structures damaged in battle.

Glynda's exact limits remain unknown since we rarely see her battle, but we did witness her take on a half-Maiden Cinder (with minor assistance from Ruby), showcasing her skill.

Polarity moving several metal cans

Polarity moving several metal cans

1. Polarity

Used By: Pyrrha Nikos

Remember how big a threat Magneto is to the X-Men? Well, Pyrrha basically has his power to control metals (specifically magnetism), which in tangent with her amazing sword and lance skills, makes her the strongest of her class. Pyrrha often uses the ability sparingly, which not only conserves her aura, but also makes her look invincible for a psychological edge, as if she's operating on skill alone.

RWBY x Justice League Semblances

Today, we focused on powers from the actual show, but also consider the traits in RWBY x Justice League Semblances, where Justice League characters are reimagined into the RWBY world, with their powers manifested as semblances, including Superman's incredible strength, speed, and flight (though he needs sunlight). Check these out for more interesting effects, but for now, vote for your preferred ability and I'll see you at our next RWBY countdown!

© 2021 Jeremy Gill

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