Angel Blades were weapons carried by most angels. They were long, silver, triple-edged daggers (cross section of the blade would be a three pointed star) that can be used to kill angels, Nephilim, hellhounds, demons, and possibly other supernatural creatures. However angel blades were not capable of killing an archangel. When an angel blade was used to kill an angel, intense light exploded from the vessel, leaving the body withered. This weapon was considerably powerful as it was one of the few weapons that could kill angels and reapers, making them one of the most powerful weapons in existence.

Overview

Despite Uriel's claim that only angels could kill other angels, other beings had been able to successfully use these blades against angels at times. Dean used one to kill Zachariah, but needed to trick him in order to get close enough to do it. Sam failed in the same task earlier with a different blade. Dean later tried to kill Raphael with one, but he caught the blade. After Castiel absorbed all the power of the souls of Purgatory, Sam tried to kill him with one, but it was to no avail because, as Castiel stated, he was "not an angel anymore." Dean was later able to kill an angel with one of these blades to save Gadreel, but did so by stabbing the angel through the back.

Even demons, such as Meg, made use of these weapons. Meg used an angel blade to kill a pack of Crowley's hellhounds, and in a later episode, used one to kill the angel Hester to protect Castiel. Crowley somehow acquired one and used it to torture Samandriel, without killing him. He later threatend Castiel with it, but never gets to use it on him. In Torn and Frayed, it was shown for the first time that angel blades could, in fact, kill demons, when Sam killed two with one of these blades. In Goodbye Stranger, three demons were killed with angel blades, and Meg used an angel blade to stab Crowley in the arm, which caused him pain, but did not kill him. Meg was then killed by Crowley with an angel blade. Dean later stabbed Crowley through the hand with an angel blade, causing him great pain and pinning his hand to a wall. However, he was able to quickly free himself of the blade while Dean was away without even pulling it from the wall. It was also shown that the blades can kill Reapers in Taxi Driver, and that they could kill Nephilim in Clip Show.

According to Castiel in Good Intentions, angel blades are "touched by God."

As seen in Let the Good Times Roll, angel blades can kill monsters as well. Castiel was able to kill a werewolf by stabbing him in the heart with his angel blade.

Immunity

The only type of Angels immune to angel blades were Archangels, as many melted down bullets barely affected Lucifer, and he survived being stabbed by Castiel. The Prince of Hell Ramiel was also shown to be immune to angel blades, as he survived being stabbed in the back with one by Mary Winchester.

Castiel briefly gained immunity to angel blades when he absorbed 30-40 million souls from Purgatory, surviving a back stab by Sam Winchester. He lost this immunity after he returned the souls.

While the Nephilim Jane was killed by being stabbed through the throat with an angel blade, Jack, as the son of an Archangel and a human rather than the child of a regular angel, was unharmed when stabbed through the heart with one.

While usually immune to the effects of an angel blade, Lucifer appeared to have lost some of this immunity in his currently weakened state. When Castiel stabbed him outside of the Needham Asylum, it caused Lucifer obvious pain and his glowing red eyes flickered a few times before going out. However, he suffered no lasting or serious harm. In this state, Asmodeus believed Lucifer could be killed with a stab to the heart, but he recharged his grace enough that it wouldn't work by the time an attempt was made.

Archangel Blades

A far more powerful version of the angel blade carried by archangels. Can kill everything an angel blade can kill, but it can also kill an archangel where a regular angel blade can't. However, only an archangel can use an archangel blade to kill another archangel. In the hands of a non-archangel, it can kill demons and presumably regular angels, but won't work on an archangel. Unlike with angel blades, the archangel blade is designed only to kill the possessing archangel and thus the vessel may survive while with angel blades, they die every time with the possessing angel.

Angel Swords

AngelSword

Tamiel's angel sword.

An angel sword was a sword version of the angel blade. It presumably had the same properties as an angel blade and was carried by the Grigori who had their names inscribed upon the hilt. After killing Tamiel, one of these fell into the hands of Claire Novak.

Other Uses

  • A melted angel blade
  • Crowley's angel killing gun.

An angel blade could be melted and the pieces fashioned into bullets which were just as fatal to angels. Crowley pioneered this method in The Great Escapist. He used it to great effect to kill or send angels, including Naomi, fleeing, other users were the humans of a alternate universe. Like a regular angel blade, fatality of the bullets depended on the manner of use. To create fatal damage, the bullets had to target vital organs. Bullets fired from a gun could also be reused as Castiel was able to kill Ion by manually shoving one of the bullets into his eye.

An angel blade could also remove an angel's grace as shown by Metatron using it to steal Castiel's grace by slicing open his throat, Castiel stealing Theo's grace and Crowley Adina's. In an ironic twist of fate, Castiel later uses it to remove Metatron's grace from him. Castiel was later able to use an angel blade to open Lucifer's throat and continuously drain his grace in order to power a ritual.

Known Users

Appearances

  • Uriel reveals a concealed Angel Blade
  • Anna kills Uriel with an Angel Blade
  • Castiel using an angelic blade to kill an angel
  • Young Mary Winchester with an Angel Blade
  • Castiel kills an Angel with an Angel Blade
  • Dean kills Zachariah with an Angel Blade
  • Gabriel with an Archangel Blade
  • Castiel clashes blades with another Angel
  • One of Raphael's soldiers armed with an Angel Blade
  • "Hey, I got one of those, too!" - Sam
  • An Angel holds Sam at Knife point
  • Castiel about to throw his angel blade
  • An Angel killed by Castiel's thrown blade.
  • Meg prepares to fight Crowley's hellhounds with Cass's Angel Blade
  • Castiel kills Rachel with an Angel Blade
  • Raphael catches an Angel Blade thrown by Dean
  • A blood-stained angel blade
  • Sam stabs Castiel from behind with an Angel Blade; it doesn't work.
  • Meg with an Angel Blade
  • Hester tries to kill Castiel with an Angel Blade
  • Hester is stabbed from behind.
  • Meg holding her bloody Angel Blade after killing Hester
  • Castiel and Crowley threaten each other with Angel Blades

Trivia

  • Despite initial claims that an angel could only be killed by another angel, it had been shown that anyone who wielded an angel blade could kill one. It could be inferred that the statement meant that because only angels naturally had access to angel blades, that they are the only ones who could kill other angels.
  • Demons that were stabbed with the blade died with the same glow as when they were stabbed with the Demon-Killing Knife.
  • It was revealed in I'm No Angel that when an angel died after being stabbed with this blade, it caused all of their vessels' insides to be vaporized, presumably from their grace exploding. Contrary to angel blades, archangel blades are shown to be capable of killing the possessing archangel without killing the vessel as seen in Stranger in a Strange Land.
  • The official episode summary named the blade as Sword of Lucifer.
  • Dean killed three different angels and two Reapers with an angel blade and several demons. For most of the series, Sam only used an angel blade to kill demons until he killed Miriam in Lost & Found.
  • Mary Winchester was the first one in the Winchester family to use an angel blade. She used it in an attempt to kill Anna Milton but did not succeed. She was later able to successfully use it to kill Ms. Watt and one of Arthur and Charlie's Captors.
  • Despite the Winchesters originally being the only hunters to have access to these weapons, both Asa Fox and Eileen Leahy were able to somehow get one. Upon seeing that Asa had one in Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox, the Winchesters commented that it meant he was a real hunter.
  • Jensen Ackles said that an angel blade was his favorite prop and compared them to fidget spinners.
  • In Lost & Found, when Conrad was banished by Sam Winchester, his angel blade was left behind. Once Conrad was gone, the angel blade dropped out of midair to the ground. This effect of the banishing sigil was never seen before that.
  • In The Rising Son, Dean flung an angel blade like a throwing knife to kill Harrington and save the life of Donatello Redfield. Dean's throw left Sam and Donatello highly impressed.
  • When Mary Winchester wields an angel blade, she tends to use a two-handed grip when stabbing her enemies as seen when she killed Ms. Watt and one of Arthur and Charlie's Captors. In contrast, Sam and Dean generally use angel blades one-handed though Sam used the same two-handed maneuver Mary used on Ms. Watt on Sierra.
  • Unlike in previous seasons, the Winchesters wield angel blades primarily against demons over the demon-killing knife in Season 13 with the knife only appearing in The Scorpion and The Frog. In that episode, the knife was only used by Luther Shrike to kill a demon. All demon kills by the Winchesters in that season were done with angel blades. In the Season 14 premier Stranger in a Strange Land, Sam returns to using the knife against demons, wielding it against Kipling while his companions use angel blades and devil's trap bullets.

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