List of RWBY episodes
There are sixteen episodes in Volume One. Episodes vary in length, with the first episode, mid-volume episode, and finale around eleven minutes long, and other episodes as short as five minutes long. Volume one concluded in November 2013, and is scheduled to be released on DVD in the same month. Episodes premiere to the public at 7PM CST on the Rooster Teeth website and are released two hours early for sponsors. They are uploaded to YouTube a week later. Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series starting with episode 6. 
|No.||Title||Length||Original air date|
|1||"Red"||3:30||November 7, 2012|
|Ruby visits a grave site for "Summer Rose" on a snowy cliff and then heads into the forest. She encounters a pack of Beowolves in a clearing and engages them in combat, defeating them all.|
|2||"White"||3:48||February 14, 2013|
|Weiss is performing a song in a concert hall. During her song it switches to a scene of her engaged in a combat with a giant suit of armor. She struggles and is struck in the head, causing her to bleed around her eye, but ultimately defeats the armor. The scene returns to her finishing the performance, revealing a scar across her eye.|
|3||"Black"||5:18||March 22, 2013|
|Blake sits on a stone in a red forest when she is approached by Adam and the pair head down a cliff to a train passing through the forest. Inside the train they fight off numerous armed robots. After Adam sets explosives to blow up the train car, Blake inquires about the crew, but Adam shows no concern. Adam and Blake are then faced with a large spider-like robot and fight it on an open-air train car. Blake holds the robot off so Adam can prepare an attack, which he uses to take it out. He then notices Blake on the car ahead just as she is separating the cars.|
|4||"Yellow"||5:45||June 1, 2013|
|Yang arrives at a club and heads to the bar inside. She forcibly interrogates a man there named Junior about the whereabouts of a girl. After Junior admits to not knowing anything, she lets him go. Yang then offers to "kiss and make up", but knocks him out when he lets his guard down. She then fights off the armed men in the club and defeats a pair of girls, Melanie and Miltia, who confront her. Conscious again, Junior attacks Yang, but is gradually overpowered. He manages to pull out some of her hair, causing Yang to fly into a rage and blast Junior out a window. Yang then exits the club and runs into Ruby.|
|No.||Title||Episode length||Original air date|
|1||"Ruby Rose"||12:21||July 18, 2013|
In the prologue, the narrator (voiced by Jen Taylor) explains how humans originated into this world, and began a battle against the creatures known as the Grimm. Humans eventually discovered a power called "Dust" and used it to repel the Grimm and build civilization, but the narrator warns that this time of peace may be coming to an end.
Cutting to the present day, Ruby is in a Dust shop when a group of men, led by Roman Torchwick, attempt to rob it. Upon noticing them, she fights and defeats every member of the group except for Torchwick, who heads to the roof of a building to flee in an airship. He launches an attack at Ruby after getting on board, but a blonde woman arrives to protect her. A woman on the airship then begins attacking, allowing the airship to escape. Ruby is later scolded by the blonde woman, a Huntress named Glynda Goodwitch. Glynda reluctantly introduces Ruby to Professor Ozpin of Beacon Academy. When Ruby muses to him about her aspiration to also become a Huntress, he accepts her to Beacon Academy. In the final scene, Ruby joins her sister Yang on an airship in transit to their new school.
|2||"The Shining Beacon (Part 1)"||6:15||July 25, 2013|
|Yang and Ruby arrive at Beacon Academy, but Yang quickly leaves Ruby alone to hang with friends. Ruby subsequently bumps into Weiss after knocking over some cases of Dust. Weiss starts scolding Ruby for this until Blake intervenes, noting Weiss is an heiress to a major energy company. Blake then criticizes the company's practices, irking Weiss. Weiss leaves in frustration, while Blake casually walks away. Alone again, Ruby then meets Jaune, who was throwing up on the airship in the previous episode. Together, they walk around the campus, showing each other their weapons, before realizing they don't know where they need to go.|
|3||"The Shining Beacon (Part 2)"||6:39||August 1, 2013|
|Ruby arrives with Jaune at the opening assembly and meets up with Yang. As Ruby rants about Weiss, Weiss sees her and begins scolding Ruby again. Professor Ozpin gives a brief speech at the assembly, and Glynda announces their initiation will be tomorrow. That night, the new students gather together in the ballroom with their sleeping bags. Ruby is writing a letter to her friends at Signal and laments to Yang about her trouble making new friends at Beacon. Yang encourages Ruby to become friends with Blake. Initially more interested in reading, Blake connects with Ruby's interest in books. Weiss walks up to complain about the noise and begins arguing with Ruby again.|
|4||"The First Step (Part 1)"||7:36||August 8, 2013|
|Nora wakes up Ren, and continually monologues about being teammates with him as he goes about his morning. They walk by Yang and Ruby, who are at their lockers also talking about teams as well. Instead of teaming up, Yang suggests Ruby be more outgoing and find a team of her own. In the meantime, Weiss is nearby, having a similar discussion with Pyrrha, when Jaune shows up to flirt with both of them and asks about having them on his team. After they both rebuff him, the students are ordered to head out for their initiation. At the top of a cliff, Glynda and Ozpin confirm the rumors about teams. Ozpin informs them that the first person each of them make eye contact with upon landing in Emerald Forest below is their first team member. The students are then launched into the forest by pads to begin initiation.|
|5||"The First Step (Part 2)"||4:30||August 15, 2013|
|The students propel through the air. While most of them are finding ways to land, Jaune is falling aimlessly until Pyrrha uses her spear to pin him to a tree. When Ruby lands she begins searching for Yang and contemplates other desirable partners, only to run into Weiss. Despite the rules, Weiss walks away from Ruby, but returns when the next person she sees is Jaune stuck to a tree. Soon afterwards, Pyrrha arrives at Jaune's location. To prove her worth to Weiss, Ruby shows off her speed. However, Ruby then seemingly disappears, leaving Weiss alone as black monsters—the Grimm—surround her.|
|6||"The Emerald Forest (Part 1)"||7:14||August 22, 2013|
|Yang is walking through the forest and encounters two bear-like Grimm, Ursas. She defeats one, while Blake eliminates the other. Elsewhere, Weiss is also fighting the Grimm surrounding her, when Ruby gets in front of an attack. Weiss redirects her strike at a tree, which sets the forest on fire and forces Weiss and Ruby to retreat. After escaping, they begin arguing over how each of them handled the fight. Meanwhile, Pyrrha teaches Jaune about using his Aura, the manifestation of his soul, for protection. She explains the nature of Auras and the Grimm to Jaune and helps him unlock his Aura. During her explanation, Ren is shown battling a large snake-type Grimm, a King Taijitu, demonstrating the power of his Aura. Eventually, Ren kills the King Taijitu and its partner. After the fight, Nora appears beside him, hanging upside-down from a branch.|
|7||"The Emerald Forest (Part 2)"||4:47||August 29, 2013|
|Glynda and Ozpin monitor the students as they fight through the forest. Glynda expresses doubt about Jaune's ability and the effectiveness of Ren and Nora as a pair, while Ozpin focuses on Ruby and Weiss with trepidation. A displeased Weiss is pacing, unclear of the forest temple's location, and the two argue again. Elsewhere, Yang and Blake manage to locate the temple and find several chess pieces, which appear to be the relics. Meanwhile, Jaune takes Pyrrha through a cave he thinks is the temple and they encounter a giant scorpion Grimm, a Deathstalker, which bursts out of the cave and flings Jaune through the air. Back at the temple, Ruby is falling through the air towards Blake and Yang.|
|8||"Players and Pieces"||13:45||September 5, 2013|
The eight featured students end up meeting each other at the temple: Ruby and Weiss fall off a Nevermore (a giant Grimm bird), Nora and Ren come out of the forest after taking down an Ursa, Jaune collides with a falling Ruby and still manages to catch a falling Weiss, and Pyrrha soon appears as well, chased by the Deathstalker. Ruby initiates an attack on the Deathstalker, but the Nevermore pins her down with its feathers. After Weiss saves Ruby, she concludes that they need to cooperate. To complete the mission, the pairs collect the temple chess pieces.
In order to return to Beacon, the eight characters must now fight a battle with the two major Grimm creatures: the Nevermore and the Deathstalker. Working together, they make their way to a stone bridge crossing. However, the Nevermore rams the bridge and splits the eight characters. Eventually, the battle separates into Team RWBY vs. the Nevermore and Team JNPR vs. the Deathstalker. After some ineffective long range strikes, Ruby comes up with a plan against the Nevermore. In the meantime, team JNPR use their combined strengths to take down their enemy. Likewise, team RWBY use their combined power to pin the Nevermore and give Ruby the opportunity to behead it.Afterwards at Beacon, the teams are ceremoniously formed, with Jaune appointed leader of JNPR and Ruby leader of RWBY. Elsewhere, Roman Torchwick is seen plotting when a henchman gives him a case of Dust crystals.
|9||"The Badge and the Burden (Part 1)"||5:31||September 12, 2013|
|The following morning, the members of Team RWBY decorate their room. After arranging their other furnishings, they fashion their beds into bunk beds. As Ruby starts to talk about classes, Weiss realizes that it is time for their first class. Immediately, the team rushes over to class, alerting the members of Team JNPR to do the same. During class, Professor Port lectures about the Grimm and starts relaying a story, while Ruby quietly kids around. Frustrated with Ruby's behavior, Weiss volunteers for the professor's test for a 1-on-1 fight against a Boarbatusk.|
|10||"The Badge and the Burden (Part 2)"||6:58||September 19, 2013|
|Weiss takes on the Boarbatusk but is often distracted by Ruby as she yells out unneeded advice. After some trouble, she takes down the Boarbatusk, and Professor Port compliments her. After class, Weiss expresses her displeasure to Ruby about her leadership position and claims that she would be better as leader. Just as Weiss leaves, Ozpin walks over and talks to Ruby. Outside the class building, Weiss talks to Professor Port in disagreement with Ozpin's choice of Ruby as the group leader, but the professor disagrees, expressing faith in Ozpin's decisions. At the end of their respective discussions, both of the girls are advised to improve their attitudes and accept their respective roles. That night, Weiss awakens a sleeping, but studious, Ruby, and this time, Weiss acts considerably nicer towards her.|
|11||"Jaunedice (Part 1)"||4:50||September 26, 2013|
|Jaune is having a staged match with Cardin in the assembly area and is soundly defeated. Following the match, Glynda Goodwich advises a dispirited Jaune about the efficient use of his aura during combat. After Nora describes a recurring dream during lunch, the other members of JNPR and the members of RWBY express concern about Cardin bullying Jaune. They point out various incidents of bullying and offer some help, but Jaune dismisses it. In the meantime, Cardin and his teammates are bullying a bunny-eared Faunus girl named Velvet. As Jaune leaves the table, Cardin is shown eyeing Jaune.|
|12||"Jaunedice (Part 2)"||7:25||October 3, 2013|
|Professor Oobleck is conducting a lecture on the Faunus War and follows up with a series of questions. Cardin gets an inattentive Jaune called upon to answer one, and Jaune struggles to answer. Pyrrha tries to signal the answer to Jaune, but he misunderstands and answers incorrectly. Cardin is asked the same question and gives a mildly offensive answer. In response, Pyrrha gives the proper answer. After class, Oobleck assigns Jaune and Cardin extra work to address their poor grades. Pyrrha talks to Jaune on the roof about his struggles and wants to help him. He responds that he does not deserve to be there, confessing that he used fake transcripts to get into Beacon. Pyrrha leaves at Jaune's request, but Cardin shows up and says he heard the confession. In turn, Cardin blackmails Jaune to be his "friend" and do his class work in exchange for silence.|
|13||"Forever Fall (Part 1)"||6:09||October 10, 2013|
|In their dorm room, Team JNPR is concerned about Jaune's recent tendency to be home late. Jaune is peeking in when Ruby comes up to Jaune from behind and asks him about he has been doing. Jaune vaguely describes his situation and says he is a failure, but Ruby tells him failure is no longer an option now that he is a leader. Jaune then receives a message from Cardin asking him to collect some wasps. The next day, the students are with Glynda Goodwitch on a class field trip to the Forever Fall forest to collect jars of sap from the trees. After Jaune does the work for Team CRDL, Cardin orders him to throw an extra jar at Pyrrha to get the wasps to go after her. Jaune refuses and throws the jar at Cardin instead, prompting the members of CRDL to grab Jaune.|
|14||"Forever Fall (Part 2)"||6:08||October 17, 2013|
|Cardin and Lark are beating up Jaune when an Ursa shows up and starts attacking Cardin, attracted by the red sap. As his teammates flee, a disarmed Cardin is left behind with the Ursa. When the fleeing members of CRDL run past the RWBY team and the other members of team JNPR, Pyrrha, Weiss, and Ruby go to help Jaune and find him fighting to protect Cardin. Weiss prepares to intervene, but Pyrrha holds her back and instead uses her magnetic ability to move Jaune's shield so that it blocks the Ursa's paw swipe and allows Jaune an opening to cut off the Ursa's head. After helping Cardin up, Jaune orders Cardin to leave his team alone. Later that night, Jaune and Pyrrha reconcile on the roof, and Jaune accepts her previous offer to train him.|
|15||"The Stray"||10:41||October 31, 2013|
Team RWBY walks around the city of Vale during preparations for the Vytal Festival. Weiss leads them to the port, where a ship from one of the other kingdoms had just arrived. When they arrive, they notice the scene of a dust store robbery. The officers speculate the White Fang are responsible for the crime, though Ruby suspects Torchwick. At the mention of the White Fang, Weiss becomes incensed and gets into an argument with Blake about the group and the Faunus. In the meantime, Sun Wukong, a monkey Faunus stowaway from the incoming ship, creates a scene and runs past them while being chased by the police officers and the team follows suit, but Weiss collides into a girl named Penny. She introduces herself and says she is planning to participate in the combat tournament. Her odd behavior puts off the girls, and Weiss questions her ability.Afterwards, Weiss remains motivated to find the "filthy Faunus rapscallion", but her attitude offends Blake. Their argument resumes and continues into the evening, even after they get back to their dorm room. Weiss then explains that the violence against her family's company is the source of her distrust and hostility. In the heat of their arguing, Blake accidentally lets slip her association with the White Fang. Fearful, she quickly dashes out of the room and goes to Beacon's courtyard. Staring at the statues, she removes her bow to reveal a pair of cat ears. In the day, the team are seen looking for Blake, who is revealed to be with Sun Wukong.
|16||"Black and White"||15:30||November 7, 2013|
Blake explains to Sun her history with the White Fang and how she was a member since she was a child, but left some time after a change of leadership five years before turned the group violent. Elsewhere, Ruby and Yang are looking urgently for Blake, though Weiss is more ambivalent. Penny appears, prompting Yang and Weiss to leave, with Ruby remaining to explain the situation to Penny and acquire her help. Blake and Sun discuss the robberies and decide to stake out a cargo shipment of Dust to see if the White Fang are really involved. That night they are watching the cargo when an airship descends. Members of the White Fang emerge from the airship along with Torchwick. Blake jumps down and threatens Torchwick, demanding an explanation for why the White Fang are working with him. A fight ensues, drawing Ruby's attention from several blocks away, and Blake and Sun fight Torchwick and the White Fang members as more airships arrive. Ruby shows up to help but is struck by a blast from Torchwick. Penny begins fighting them alone and takes down several airships, defeating most of the White Fang members as well, but Torchwick escapes in an airship.Later, the police are on the scene when Weiss and Yang arrive. Weiss walks up to Blake and as Blake tries to explain that she is no longer a member of the White Fang, Weiss cuts her off, insisting she does not care and instead reprimands Blake for not coming to her team. Back at Beacon, Ozpin is watching a live feed of Ruby on the scene, when he receives a message from Qrow. Following the credits, Torchwick is seen at a warehouse, where he complains to Cinder and two of her associates about having to work with the White Fang, though she rebuffs his complaints and says they have big plans for him.
- Rush, Amanda (2013-07-12). "FEATURE: Inside Rooster Teeth's "RWBY"". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- "RWBY Pre-Show Live Stream". YouTube. Rooster Teeth. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- "Rooster Teeth Podcast #227". YouTube. Rooster Teeth Productions. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Crunchroll to simulcast “RWBY”". 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- Halliday, Luke (10 August 2013). "Hanabee’s SMASH 2013 Announcements". Capsule Computers. Retrieved 10 August 2013.