Volume 4, Chapter 1: The Next Step

RWBY: Volume 4, Chapter 1: The Next Step

It's been several months since the Fall of Beacon, and the world of Remnant is still recovering. Tensions are high, lives have been lost, and the members of Team RWBY... are divided. Each of our heroines now faces a journey of their own. While some must search inward if they ever hope to move on, others will venture out into the world in search of answers. Alongside the remaining members of Team JNPR, Ruby Rose has begun the long trek to the kingdom of Mistral, but the road ahead is full of surprises. New friends and enemies await, while the threat of an even larger catastrophe draws near.

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  • xBlackCat13

    4 months ago

    I was thinking about the boy at the beginning...and Ozpin is missing... could the boy be a young version of Ozpin?(eye color is pretty close and Oz has dark eyebrows, hinting of a former hair color) He did mention the story of the maidens be around since he was a boy and the boy is farming much like the "old man" from the story. This is of course possibly adding to the theory that Ozpin is the old man in question. Just a thought.

    • Henrycool

      4 months ago

      maybe that boy is loyal to Salem i think Ruby and that boy are going to cross paths very soon

    • SebastianSve

      4 months ago

      Maybe that boy have one of the power of the maidens

    • UberManDan

      4 months ago

      I think the boy is merely a representation of the simple lifestyle of the village

    • cielskystrider

      4 months ago

      The boy may be the brother of one of the maidens 

    • Kerisato

      4 months ago

      That's a theory I was just entertaining. Salem says Ozpin is dead, but is she trying to defend Cinder's performance or is he actually gone? It's been all-but stated that Ozpin's semblance may have had something to do with time control or even travel. Maybe he can restart his life at any point, inserting himself into Remnant but in a new form, because the body itself is mortal?



  • FlamingAmarant

    4 months ago

    "

    They see you as small and helpless;

    They see you as just a child.

    Surprise when they find out that a warrior will soon run wild.

    Prepare for your greatest moments;

    Prepare for your finest hour.

    The dream that you've always dreamed is suddenly about to flower.

    We are lightning,

    Straying from the thunder,

    Miracles of ancient wonder.

    This will be the day we've waited for.

    This will be the day we open up the door.

    I don't wanna hear your absolution;

    Hope you're ready for a revolution.

    Welcome to a world of new solutions.

    Welcome to a world of bloody evolution.

    In time, your heart will open minds,

    A story will be told,

    And victory is in a simple soul.

    Your world needs a great defender.

    Your world's in the way of harm.

    You want a romantic life; a fairytale that's full of charm.

    Beware that the light is fading;

    Beware if the dark returns.

    This world's unforgiving, even brilliant lights will cease to burn.

    Legends scatter.

    Day and night will sever.

    Hope and peace are lost forever.

    This will be the day we've waited for.

    We are lightning.

    Welcome to a world of new solutions.

    This will be the day we've waited for.

    This will be the day we open up the door.

    I don't wanna hear your absolution;

    Hope you're ready for a revolution.

    Welcome to a world of new solutions.

    Welcome to a world of bloody evolution.

    In time, your heart will open minds,

    A story will be told,

    and victory is in a simple soul."

    This song has already said it all...This is the day we've waited for, and Volume 4 is Opening Up the Door; don't know why everyone's complaining about "departures"...the song has already said all of this would happen, and the team has already said that Monty Oum left enough material behind for them to finish the show...it's all following the original intent.

    That being said -  I love it guys! I have some reservations about the way RWBY darts around now, but it's not a biggie, and I'm loving it all thus far :) I look forward to seeing how everyone grows, and their probable reunion into a new super ultimate team RWBY!!!

    • Henrycool

      4 months ago

      it is a world of bloody evolution

    • OmegaAzuleWereWolf

      4 months ago

      Yes this three volumes is about striking out on your own. If you study the music, the show & the map its easy to guess what happen along the way but not when.

  • DaemonTheGamer

    4 months ago

    The new animation looks so clean and awesome

  • zenzilla143

    4 months ago

    i feel for jaune he gonna hgetet through it i know he will 

  • crazyterran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    They gave that bitch a Thunder Hammer! Emperor protect!

  • vince1996

    4 months ago

    Really loving animation, it's so much of an improvement. You guys really out done yourselves with this!!

  • mbewi1

    4 months ago

    To all the anime people out there, doesn't Tyrian resemble Kimbley from Fullmetal Alchemist?

    • Henrycool

      4 months ago

      never finished full metal alchemist so i wouldn't know

  • Caboose1240

    4 months ago

    I need Tyrian's laugh as a ringtone

  • AnimeGirl7007

    4 months ago

    I think that Salem's group is the cause of Summer Rose's death!!!!!!!!!

    • Henrycool

      4 months ago

      i think the same and Ruby is going to definently want revenge when she finds out

  • widgetdog

    4 months ago

    Opening scene ruined the bad guys' mystique. Hope you have a way to make them mysterious and unknown again.

    • OmegaAzuleWereWolf

      4 months ago

      True but they have NOT reveled the last two members of the CONSEL OF E-V-I-L!!!

  • Blackx4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Ooooh, spooky wraith. Just found my cosplay

  • Aceofblock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    who else suspects Emerald and Mercury are going to try to defect?

    • Henrycool

      4 months ago

      they do look like there having second thoughts but they would get hunted down for defecting

  • Aceofblock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Loved the wraith. Hope we get to fight one in Grimm eclipse! The death stalker fight was awesome, but now I want to try this thing. Also, hope teams SSSN and CFVY become playable 

  • conchors

    4 months ago

    Is it me, or does the area around that boy's farm look a lot like where amber was ambushed?

  • Kiirbyy

    4 months ago

    My mom says that Nora's voice is annoying...

    • cool141dude

      4 months ago

      Congradulations! you've just won FREE access to the newest model of mothers! your old one was defective, but don't worry! we can send in the replacement (non-Nora hating) mother within the week!

  • Fonstw

    4 months ago

    And again either the voice acting is way too soft or the sounds are way too loud, I can't follow anything they're saying unless I watch it subbed at YouTube, waste of making an account here!

  • Greeps

    4 months ago

    Hey anyone notice that when they are looking down at the Grimm and we see their reflections at the start first we see it from between them and then there's a wooden window frame right there blocking it?

  • thatwunguy05 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Am I the only one that thinks the farm boy is Ozpin?  

    • Myeyo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Yea u are 

  • MrMegaMeat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    So..... when are we getting Jaune's hoodie in the RT store?

  • AnimatrixTheGod

    4 months ago

    I found Tyrian's theme song! 

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  • LeifAshryver

    4 months ago

    I notice two empty seats on salem's "council".

    • NinjaRen315

      4 months ago

      there will probably be two more bad guys joining her side

    • Davids13246

      4 months ago

      Anyone remember Yang's mother? There could be a chance there.

    • cool141dude

      4 months ago

      Somewhat convenient that ironwood now holds 2 seats on a council... makes you wonder what happened to the other one, and also to what council is he referring?

    • keymaster151

      4 months ago

      to all: this refers to the next episode.

      to cool141dude: i'd assumed he was referring to the atlas ruling council. he has a seat as the headmaster and head of army which gave him two votes to start a dust embargo in atlas. then again, your theory is a viable plot twist.

    • OmegaAzuleWereWolf

      4 months ago

      Finally some one pointed that out

    • OmegaAzuleWereWolf

      4 months ago

      Finally pointed that out

  • Clover_Jevins

    4 months ago

    how did they get Phyhhas armor to reforge it

    • LeifAshryver

      4 months ago

      i believe they just took what's left of her sword and shield.

    • jase15843 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Wasn't the only thing left her headpiece? 

    • Gil-kun FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Kill the Director

      4 months ago

    • I_am_here_to_watch_ruby

      4 months ago

      like proper soldiers, she also could've had a back up suit if it ever broke

    • user-55b6ebb3d99c1

      4 months ago

      i believe it was penny not pyrrha 

  • Henrycool

    4 months ago

    it would be the same for Ruby Ruby would kill Cinder for killing Pyrria eye for an eye

  • mryupjup

    4 months ago

    Im a huge fan of the new animation quality in everything EXCEPT the fightscenes. Its really aparent that the soul of RWBY, its amazing choreography (impact, creativity) in its fightscenes were enough on its own to love the characters, its story and watch the show. I dont mind the improvements elsewhere, but how did we take such a nose dive from the eaglefight in season 1? I would face another bully arc to get that shit back. Season 3 had a small dip in quality which wasnt very aparant and easily explainable, but this is staggering. I hope this volume will keep me engaged with other things except action, and perhaps keep action to a minimum, unless some drastic changes are made. Glad to hear the soundtrack is still as great as ever and I want to say here i do NOT take the hardwork and better production quality for granted, im simply -as a rwby fan- sad to see the charm and greatest aspects of this show dissapear so early. Hopefully the trailer and this fightscene were done by the regular animators because the fight choreographer was still on vaca.

    • k417

      4 months ago

      well for one thing Oum is no longer with us to choreograph the fight scenes and this is the general point that me and my friends agree on with the new series too, everything else is still there just not the awesome fight scenes, Ruby seems like a novice, and uses her weapon as if it where two separate ones  rather than a single complex weapon, similarly, the blinky-darty thing is a bit out of place, while it works with Ruby's semblance it isn't a good substitution for using her weapon for acceleration. other than that though i really can't complain.

      P.S. the big eagle things are Nevermore,

    • mryupjup

      4 months ago

      Im sure the team working on it now can see the same things im seeing, anyone with animation experience should see the difference. Im just sad because it is left potential. Do people honestly think the fightscene in this episode had anything on ANYTHING on volume 1 and 2s fightscenes and most of volume 3s? Even the much higher quality trailer for this volume was generic through and through and dropped in animation quality the moments it mattered most.

      Just sad, tho im invested enough in the characters to keep watching for sure.

  • CephasRed

    4 months ago

    Great way to start off the season RT. :) I'm a new fan of the show and I'm happy to have watched all the episodes from Volume 1-3, all of RWBY Chibi and the World of Remnant before this episode came out. The funny thing is, I knew this show was on YouTube for a long time, but I never gave it a chance until now. 


    As for this episode: well paced, great introduction of the new villains and characters, and seeing Cinder, Emerald and Mercury there was a treat. Unsurprising to see Cinder in the shape she's in after what Ruby did, but blinded and not being able to speak? Yeowch! For the rest of the episode, loved Ruby's new outfitNora's new upgrade, Jaune's battling strategy and armor upgrades, and the tearful remembrance of Pyrrah .The music is absolutely lovely too. Just perfect!

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Welcome to the RWBY community

  • ParanoidInPink FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I just found my new favorite hoodie.  When will Jaune's hoodie be available for purchase at the RT store????  MUST.  HAVE.  NOW.

  • ZeroTheGrimm FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    They crammed everything, spoilers, all the characters and all for possible stuff into one episode. Should have spread it out over the volume. Still, good to see Cinder and love her knew look but a bit quick showing her right away.

  • WillyBob FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I think the farm kid at the beginning might be the spring "maiden". I know they look like a dude, but I think I remember at one of the RWBY panel that there is going to a character that was not going to "straight". 

  • wedwarrd45 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Genius bonus time! Tyrian, Cinder, Watts, and Hazel are all wearing white, red, black, and gray-green respectively. You know who else wears those colors? Go on, guess.


    It's the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse.

    • TimothyHeddl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      How do you people notice these things? Bravo sir.

  • TheJersy

    4 months ago

    Such mixed feelings... The aesthethics and combat movements look... weird. A lot of it is nostalgia effect I suppose, but I can't help but think that even if the animators had to adjust for working just under Maya instead of Maya/Poser combo, it should at least be on the same level as the combat sequence in Red Trailer - this looks more like marionette theatre, with weird changes in momentum and stuff... Much less appealing. That being said, I'm looking forward to watching the story unfold further, and I sincerely hope that once the animators find their groove, it's going to get a lot better ;-)

    (PS: Still think they should go for RRNG - Orange as their team name)

    • A-hardie

      4 months ago

      I feel that is a very fair point to make. However, it must be remembered the Red trailer was a solo effort on Monty's part, with him remaining lead animator through seasons 1 and 2, and a large portion of his work made it into volume 3. It will take a fair amount of time before the current animators (none of whom have the experience of Oum or Newville) can come close to matching up.

  • SirLucidus

    4 months ago

    Wait...If Oz is dead, Qrow must have seen his body and taken his sword bc we see him holding it post-credits Volume Three. And if he did, why does he lie to Ruby (and presumably anyone else who asks) that he's "missing"? Lying to people is a bad way to keep them calm and from panicking.

    • ladygrimblossom FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I don't think Ozpin is dead. But is now in a position where he can't affect the world and has to rely on the instructions he left behind for his agents.


      Its possible Cinder believes she disintegrated the man in her volley, and told Salem he's dead to save face.

      Or its possible Salem knows he's still alive and used the lie to defuse a potential falling out between her subordinates.

    • Emm.CHan

      4 months ago

      Maybe Qrow doesnt actually know if ozpin is dead. Ozpin has time semblance, so its possible he did something to keep himself alive :/

  • rens_ponytail

    4 months ago

    In his defense I probably would have bought it too.

  • forever_otaku

    4 months ago

    I wonder who's that boy in the barn?

    • thatwunguy05 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Ozpin.  He may have used the last of his power to rewind time on his own body causing him to become young again.

    • BrianneRiff FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      thatwunguy05 maybe the boy is Ozpin. All that I know though is if Ozpin is really dead then they need to show proof. After all Ozpin seems like the guy who would have a back up plan.

    • I_am_here_to_watch_ruby

      4 months ago

      He could also be a "successor" to ozpin's magic(the ozpin is the wizard theory) and will soon meet with one of team RWBY where he has a other vision (like the nightmare thing that happened with the council of six (hazel, Tyrian, watts, cinder, the unknown two)) that is like a warning from pass sucessors. 

  • Chugga1fan

    4 months ago

    Ruby, it's not nice to laugh at other people's clothes.

  • LoserLightGamer

    5 months ago

    so goooooooood!!!!!

  • LuckyDarms FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Biker

    5 months ago

    Loving Salems intro music. I know we've heard a variation of it in an earlier volume but I can't remember the song. Anyone?

    • josoi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 months ago

      It's "Divide". First song to play during the end credits of Vol 3.

    • Yellow_Beauty_Burns_Gold

      4 months ago

      It's a slower, creepier piano version of Divide from Vol. 3

  • ninjanoto

    5 months ago

    holy shit they stepped up there game. this is way better

  • AzorAhai

    5 months ago

    One episode in and I already hate Tyrian. He's so fucking annoying.

  • Remnance

    5 months ago

    Oh my lord.  That was so cringe worthy and painful to watch.  What sixth grader doesn't know how to spot a weakness in a monster.  They covered that in first season.  This whole episode was an insult to the series and the original creator.

  • normalguycap

    5 months ago

    I'm not expecting fireworks or even improvement anymore so my comments should be easier on them since my standards are lower. I doubt I'll even stick with the show very long since they want to milk it for 8-9 volumes allegedly. 


    This is almost a completely different show now and almost all relevance to the previous ones is practically irrelevant except for old character memories. I honestly wonder if the first three volumes will have much relevance at all over time due to such giant and radical changes after only 3 volumes. This isn't Final Fantasy 6.


    Marvelous improvement on art and animation, but it would a terrible thing if they didn't improve so it is expected. But they are the hardest workers so excellent on them anyway, facial stuff was greatly improved but they still need to correct animating weight and impact. Writing is still very cliche and it's still style over substance and coherence, but whatever, it's supposed to be mindless fun right. Kinda dumb that they defeated the monster just by hitting it really hard.

    Sound quality was great and interesting. New voices were well cast. Wow, they really got Chris Sabat huh. Wish I could have heard how that conversation went down. They lost Yuri Lowenthal which is good in my opinion. Now Mercury won't have guaranteed plot armor.


    I swear to god though if Naruto-rabbit-mom turns out to be the root of all Dust or some shit...

    • SirLucidus

      4 months ago

      "This is almost a completely different show now and almost all relevance to the previous ones is practically irrelevant except for old character memories." 


      Well ya know, except for small stuff like Pyrah's death, Yang's arm, the destruction of Beacon and the CCT, Weiss's entire character arc from being conceded to being open, Ruby seeing her friend LITERALLY TORN APART, Everything Blake cares about being slowly killed by a monster she used to know as her friend... ya know, minor, irrelevant details.


      Also I mostly agree with what you said but that part especially kinda bothered me, I don't mean to spread hate

    • Clover_Jevins

      4 months ago

      Good criticism would be nice if the Rooster Teeth team took this in 

  • RRTGP

    5 months ago

    Don't get me wrong, I could wait for this to come out and I enjoy watching it but there were some points that made me cringe a couple times. First at the fight scene being that it was sort of drug along too long. The second being when Ruby's face got really big while laughing at Jaune's hoodie. I can't complain with the rest of it because of how well done it is and how much they have improved and hope they continue to do so just not so bad anime-y. 

  • mnc0009 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 months ago

    Now I just need ruby's scythe to have an on board computer that powers up to say "No worries Ruby, I'm combat ready." :'(


  • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 months ago

    Interesting now. Cinder's song (RWBY Vol 2 Soundtrack, Sacrifice) makes more sense...


    "...What if all the plans you made

    Were not worth the the price they paid?

    Even with the lives you stole,

    Still no closer to your...

    Goal..."

    Maybe I'm overthinking it, but it's probably directed towards Salem? Funny how it foreshadows...RWBY has a lot of that.

    • donut70

      4 months ago

      One of my favorite things about RWBY is the incredible foreshadowing so far.

    • Clover_Jevins

      4 months ago

      Or directed towards Adam because it's Blake's song and makes sense

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      @Clover_jevins, Sacrifice is clearly Cinder's song :p do some research.

  • Boot-knife

    5 months ago

    just a couple observations:

    1) in keeping with the wizard of oz theme, I think the young boy is this story's Dorothy. 

    2) salem's theme sounds a whole heckin lot like a minor key "twinkle twinkle little star ". Maybe hinting that she's responsible for the crumbling moon?

  • LordOzma

    5 months ago

    Waaaait a minute... It just occured to me... When Hazel says that "they dealt with their kind before" (talking about maidens with silver eyes... talking about Ruby) then... erm... but didn't Ruby's mother have silver eyes too? Could they have been the ones to have killed Ruby's mother? Just a thought...

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 months ago

      Great theory but we have to assume that there are other silver eyed warriors currently alive On this present day in the world of Remnant. They seem to know/be familiar with the silver eyed warriors and their capabilities, so just 'one' silver eyed warrior (Summer) isn't enough to gather the amount of data they have. It's a rare trait, but it doesn't mean there's literally one person left with it.


      Although I wouldn't be surprised if that's what RT goes for.

    • LordOzma

      4 months ago

      Well, that goes without saying. But, still this grants the possibility that they might be behind Summer's death, and so they might become targets of Ruby's rage. Also, I sure as hell wouldn't be surprised if one of the quatuor (probably Hazel, whaddya know?) would be some sort of infiltrated agent on Ozpin's account. That'd be seriously badass.

      I kinda thought about some sort of character that would be exactly that, some ill-mannered hunter who would've been a friend of Krow's, and it just turns out the looks of the character I had in mind back then (just after the end of S3) was almost the exact same as Watt's. To be honest I was kinda surprised to even see such a character, can't wait to see how it all turns up! :)

    • MrWeezy2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      im convinced that they are responsible for summers death as well, which wasn't my issue. Was just saying that we can't assume that summer is the only silver eyed warrior salems group has encountered and killed. They just seem to know too much about these warriors. Even called Ruby a 'novice' (Hazel).


      As for episode 2...I got hit hard...

  • Darkblade27

    5 months ago

    i theorize that the farm kid is a reincarnation of ozpin


    Or something like that xD

    • mildevon

      5 months ago

      I feel more like it has to do with the Spring maiden due to the eyes, Farming, and just general placement in the episode. Is that really a dude? 

    • Leon_Mercury

      5 months ago

      @mildevon I hope so with a voice that deep. Also, the chest looks more brawny than flat-chested.

    • WyrdWizard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I was thinking pied piper cause of his patchwork cloth

  • Raideog_Glas

    5 months ago

    Good work Jaune! Rather than save Pyrrha's circlet, the last piece of her, to give to her parents when you will inevitably run into them in Mistral this volume or the next, you melted it down for yourself! Good job! Have fun explaining that to them! Tbh though I really wish he had waited to give it to them and then they could have decided to let him keep the circlet, the scene would have been a lot more poignant than the weak "From a friend."

    • Omegafire18

      5 months ago

      Considering the fact that Pyrrha gave her life to try and stop an evil individual, it'd have been more appropriate for what's left of her to continue in that same fashion; trying to stop the rising tide of evil

      Pyrrha's parents would know that much. And also, not everyone actually keeps the keepsakes of lost loved ones, or wants to - sometimes it's just too painful, or it ties into the point above, among other reasons; Jaune's decision is pretty reasonable all-in-all

      It's perfectly poignant as is too imo

  • origamipete

    5 months ago

    this was so awesome! The animation quality is amazing, the character designs are fantastic, the sound design was wonderful and the music fit perfectly, it was a great way to start off the new volume after the long wait! I'm so happy!

  • SirGorilla

    5 months ago

    Why won't the video play in IE11 ? Only works in Edge browser..

  • Dragonheart51

    5 months ago

    The Merc has been irked.