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Claws are curved appendages, sharpened to a point, that grow on the ends of the limbs of many animals. Typically claws are used in the animal kingdom to grip surfaces and attack prey. Within the Legacy of Kain series, claws are implied to be a natural development of Vampires, which provide them with a basic weapon when unarmed;[Soul Reaver 2 manual][Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)][Blood Omen 2/1] as such claws are featured as a 'weapon' in Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2 and Blood Omen 2.

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Claws were first able to be utilized as a weapon in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (the first game in the series to allow the protagonist to be 'unarmed'). Raziel was able to extensively use his claws against enemies in Combat (see also: Combat (Soul Reaver)), where claws were faster than other weapons, but lacked much of the power. Raziel's claws, whilst allowing Raziel to perform several combos and effectively 'stun' a Vampire, were not powerful enough to finish them outright - instead Raziel had to take advantage of the surrounding environment to kill Vampires (using one of the 'finishing moves'), or alternatively impale the vampire using a Spear or other weapons. Raziel's claws were insufficient to permanently cleave and impale a vampire in themselves[Soul Reaver].

Claws returned inSoul Reaver 2, once again utilised as Raziel's default weapon whilst unarmed.[Soul Reaver 2 manual][Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)] Like their appearance in Soul Reaver, they were the quickest but also the weakest of the weapons at Raziel's disposal. Raziel could use claws extensively in combat against enemies (see also: Combat (Soul Reaver 2)) if he was not armed with any of the more powerful weapons. Unlike their use in Soul Reaver, claws were now powerful enough to penetrate and 'impale' an enemy (as he mostly fights humans, rather than vampires) enabling Raziel to execute a 'fatal blow' when the enemy was stunned, by ripping out their heart (possibly a nod to the fate of Janos Audron later in the story)[Soul Reaver 2].

  • BO2 Claw Moves - Grabs - Throat Squeeze
  • BO2 Claw Moves - Grabs - Backhand Slap Throw
  • BO2 Claw Moves - Stealth Kills - Heart Rip
  • BO2 Claw Moves - Stealth Kills - Neck Crank
  • BO2 Claw Moves - Fury Strike
Kain was also shown to use his claws in Blood Omen 2, where he used them in combat when unarmed [Blood Omen 2](see also: Combat (Blood Omen 2)) and Kain was instructed in their use in combat by Umah in Chapter 1:the Slums.[Blood Omen 2/1] Similar to previous appearances, claws were quicker than many weapons but were considerably weaker.[1][Blood Omen 2 manual (UK)][Blood Omen 2 manual (US)][2] With Blood Omen 2 lacking a waver state (and thus 'finishing moves'), Claws could also comfortably kill an enemy as in Soul Reaver 2[Blood Omen 2].
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Kain baring Claws and fangs (BO2)

In addition Kain was able to use his claws to attack enemies using three of his dark gifts; Fury and Berserk both used his claws into striking attacks, as well as the Mist Dark Gift's Stealth Kill ability, which used Kain's claws to rip out an enemies heart (and twist their neck)[Blood Omen 2].
  • Vampire claws close-up
  • Gloved Vampire Claws Close-up

ApocryphaEdit

In Nosgoth, the vampires of the mid-events of Soul Reaver battling Humans in the War for Nosgoth used claws as their primary weapons, using them extensively to melee opponents from close-range.

NotesEdit

  • Claws are only used as a weapon in games which allow the protagonist to drop, break or otherwise lose their weapons; in both Blood Omen[Blood Omen] and Defiance[Defiance], the protagonist cannot lose their weapons.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Claws: GameFAQS. Players Guide to Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 (2002)(by CelticWolf).
  2. Claws: GameFAQS. Blood Omen 2 Strategy Guide (2002)(by Chetflavin).
  3. "Blood Omen 2 Observations #14.". A Comprehensive Plot Guide to the Legacy of Kain series at GameFAQS. (2005)(by LOKFanatic).

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