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 , claws are implied to be a natural development of Legacy of Kain series Vampires, which provide them with a basic weapon when unarmed; [ Soul Reaver 2 manual] [ Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)] as such claws are featured as a 'weapon' in [ Blood Omen 2/1] , Soul Reaver and Soul Reaver 2
Blood Omen 2.
Claws were first able to be utilized as a weapon in
(the first game in the series to allow the protagonist to be 'unarmed'). Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Raziel was able to extensively use his claws against enemies in Combat ( see also: ), where claws were faster than other weapons, but lacked much of the power. Combat (Soul Reaver) 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 in
, once again utilised as Soul Reaver 2 Raziel's default weapon whilst unarmed. [ Soul Reaver 2 manual] Like their appearance in [ Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)] , they were the quickest but also the weakest of the weapons at Raziel's disposal. Soul Reaver Raziel could use claws extensively in combat against enemies ( see also: ) if he was not armed with any of the more powerful Combat (Soul Reaver 2) weapons. Unlike their use in , claws were now powerful enough to penetrate and 'impale' an enemy (as he mostly fights humans, rather than vampires) enabling Soul Reaver 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] Kain 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
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)
was instructed in their use in combat by
Chapter 1:the Slums
[ Blood Omen 2/1]
Similar to previous appearances, claws were quicker than many
but were considerably weaker.
 [ Blood Omen 2 manual (UK)] [ Blood Omen 2 manual (US)] 
Blood Omen 2
lacking a waver state (and thus 'finishing moves'), Claws could also comfortably kill an
Soul Reaver 2 [ Blood Omen 2]
Kain baring Claws and fangs (BO2)
was able to use his claws to attack
using three of his
both used his claws into striking attacks, as well as the
Mist Dark Gift
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
, the Nosgoth vampires of the mid- events of battling Soul Reaver Humans in the War for Nosgoth used claws as their primary weapons, using them extensively to melee opponents from close-range.
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 and [ Blood Omen] Defiance , the protagonist cannot lose their weapons.
Claws are implied to be a by-product of Vampires long lifespans, probably developing from Human nails - it is not revealed however, how long this change takes and this may be an alternative reason for Kain only wielding weapons in , as his claws were yet to develop. Blood Omen Many other species, including the  Hylden, Sluagh, Shades, Mutants, Poltergeists, Tentacles, Demons, Werewolves and many Animals have also developed claws.