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The Water Reaver was a temporary elemental enhancement for the Wraith Blade that was planned for inclusion in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, but was ultimately cut due to time constraints.

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The Water Reaver was a temporary enhancement for the Wraith Blade associated with elemental Water. It was intended to be discovered by Raziel in the Water Forge, but both the forge and Reaver enhancement were ultimately cut due to time constraints[1][2].

The blade would have been a temporary enhancement, lost when entering the Spectral Realm and re-imbued by sources of water (or possibly waterfalls).The blade was intended to be have several special abilities; being able to stun enemies in a single strike, and burn enemies to death with Water in both its finishing strike and Force bolts[1].

Despite being removed, the blade can be activated in game through the use of the debug menu, revealing it as a pale-blue Wraith blade enhancement (like its successors) - however none of its abilites were present in-game[1][Soul Reaver][3].

A similar temporary Water Reaver was planned for inclusion in Soul Reaver 2, but also ended up being cut due to time constraints[4]. The Water Reaver would eventually debut in a more permanent form in Legacy of Kain: Defiance[Defiance/8][Defiance].

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The Water Reaver in the alphas

The Water Reaver was present in the Soul Reaver alphas publicized in 2020 where it is an orange-yellow blade. The forge for the blade was located underneath the Drowned Abbey in the place occupied by the Fire forge in retail.The blade could kill enemies with strikes or projectiles - the animation used is reminiscent of the burning animation but no effect is present.

Some beta versions have an unlabelled yellow-orange Wraith Blade present in the code which had previously been attributed to the Stone Reaver. Given the evidence of the alphas it may instead have represented the alpha colorscheme of the Water Reaver - or alternatively the colors of the blades may have been reshuffled between alpha and betas.[1] The colour of the Water Reaver here is similar to that of the finished Fire Reaver, which started out as cyan before switching to a much more red tone and finally shifting to orange.[1]

The orange color of the Reaver suggests that the RGB color values were unintentionally mixed up during development - correcting this makes the Water Reaver a pale blue. A similar color mix up apparently occurs with the Fire Reaver.

Once Raziel has visited the Water Forge and baptized the Reaver in the elemental altar, the blade has the potential to be imbued with water. When manifest in the material plane, the blade can be imbued with water by passing it through running water (e.g., fountains, spouts, waterfalls).

A single blow with the Water Reaver blade stuns the enemy; a second blow kills (as though the enemy were burned by immersing it in water). An enemy struck only once will advance to a damaged state, then eventually recover. The Water Reaver projectile does water (e.g., burning acid) damage to a single enemy, stunning/damaging it.

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Once Raziel has visited the Water Forge and baptized the Reaver in the elemental altar, the blade has the potential to be imbued with water wherever it appears in the environment. Once manifest in the material plane, the blade can be imbued with water by passing it through running water (e.g., fountains, spouts, waterfalls).

A single blow with the Water Reaver blade stuns the enemy; a second blow kills (as though the enemy were burned by immersing water). An enemy struck only once will advance to a damaged state, then eventually recover.

The Water Reaver projectile does water (e.g., burning acid) damage to a single enemy, stunning/damaging it.
―Steve Starvis (Eidos)[5]

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