Black Clover Swords Breakdown: All About Anti-Magic Weapons
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Black Clover swords haven’t gotten as much press as their Demon Slayer sword counterparts, but these blades are also imbued with magic power that allows their owners to overpower high ranking devils. But because of their relative lack of popularity, you won’t see a lot of info going in-depth about these anti-magic swords, barring the ones used by the show’s leading swordsman and protagonist, Asta.
In this article, we’ll be going over all of Black Clover’s swords and how anti-magic works in the world of Black Clover. We’ll also touch on the abilities that Asta’s swords are able to give him while pointing you in the direction of the best places to get your own Black Clover swords.
What Are Anti-Magic Weapons and Why Are They Important?
Anti-magic is a rare and poorly understood ability in the world of the Black Clover anime and manga. As you can guess from the name, it’s capable of nullifying other forms of magic by repelling mana, the mystical energy that Black Clover’s magic wielders rely on.
The Clover Kingdom, which is where most of the anime is set heavily relies on magic and its mages to protect it to the point that its government and military are dominated by magic users, as in the case of the Magic Knights and the Magic Emperor a.k.a Wizard King.
Anti-Magic weapons render these magic users relatively powerless. Fighters capable of wielding an anti-magic weapon can cut through magic, undoing the magical spells that summon and control them.
Black Clover Asta is one of the few people in the franchise capable of using anti-magic weapons, thanks to his Five Leaf Grimoire which is possessed by an anti-magic demon. This special type of grimoire is imbued with the negative emotions of its owner, opening it up to demonic influence that the typical Four Leaf Clover Grimoire, which people rely on for casting magic spells, can resist.
Asta’s grimoire allows him to summon anti-magic swords which get more powerful as he himself grows more powerful. Because of this, he was able to secure a spot among the Black Bulls, a squad of magic knights led by Captain Yami Sukehiro.
The Strongest Black Clover Sword Abilities in the Anime and Manga
In a world of dark magic and ominous reincarnation magic, the only way Asta can stand a chance against the evil forces of Lucifero is with the anti-magic abilities given by his swords. Here’s a brief look at all the abilities that Asta’s swords let him use, though be warned as there will be spoilers ahead.
1. Black Asta
Black Asta is the most powerful ability in Asta’s magical arsenal and is used in conjunction with the Demon Slayer Sword, the first sword that he summons from his grimoire. This form lets Asta fully adopt the powers of Liebe, the anti-magic demon residing within his grimoire. While in his Black Asta form, Asta is able to disrupt the mana of any foe, effectively debilitating them.
2. Black Meteorite
Black Meteorite is another ability that comes with Asta’s Demon Slayer sword. Using the blade, he can transform his anti-magic energy into a black meteorite that he can shoot at enemies. Rather than exploding like one might expect, it cuts into magic and any type of magical attributes, as shown when Asta cut Langris and his team’s crystal during the royal knight selection tournament.
3. Black Hurricane
The Demon Slayer sword also makes Asta capable of condensing his anti-magic into a hurricane that rips its path through and between enemies. Functioning much like a real hurricane, it’s capable of restraining foes (think of the eye of a hurricane) while causing damage.
4. Causality Break
Causality Break is an ability granted by Asta’s third sword, Demon Destroyer. Because Demon Destroyer is currently Asta’s most powerful sword, it is the only one capable of cutting the threads of fate binding reincarnation magic, a type of magic that causes the souls of fallen Magic Knights to be reborn as elves.
This is a fate worse than death in the world of Black Clover as the people of the Clover Kingdom believe all elves are mana-hungry beings who wish to destroy their kingdom, something that the Elf Tribe leader Licht once tried to do.
Using Causality Break, Asta lets his fallen comrades transition into the afterlife instead of being trapped in long-lived bodies. Whether elves are actually bad is yet to be determined as Black Clover’s anime implies there’s more to elves than meets the eye, meaning that Causality Break may not be the act of mercy that Asta thinks it is.
5. Black Slash
We’re not likely to see Asta with a demon slasher katana soon given its medieval European inspired setting, but the Black Slash is close enough. It’s an ability granted by the Demon Dweller Sword, Asta’s second sword. It is capable of shooting black slashes of anti magic energy that cut spells from a safe distance. In one episode, it lets him sap mana from Noelle’s water magic, resulting in a blue instead of a black slash.
How and Where to Get Black Clover’s Coolest Swords
Black Clover swords are a little rarer to come by compared to other anime replica swords such as those from One Piece. However, getting one online is as simple as surfing the web with the following key criteria in mind: purpose and price.
The primary reason for choosing a specific replica sword is its purpose. Swords meant for HEMA fighters should be battle-ready, meaning that they are forged with high grade stainless steel and have sharpened edges.
Meanwhile, replica display swords can be made from materials such as cast stainless steel, bamboo, ABS plastic, and polyurethane foam. These materials will be cheaper, but none of them, including cast steel swords, are designed to withstand the stress of a duel. Under no circumstances should you try to sharpen a stainless steel decorative sword and use it for fighting.
The cheapest replica swords will be made of ABS plastic, bamboo, and polyurethane foam, all of which are typically well-suited for cosplay. For a more lasting display piece that you intend to add to a collection, go for a stainless steel sword. This will be around double or more the cost of a bamboo-based replica sword, but will still be affordable compared to true battle-ready swords.
With these factors in mind, here are some replica Black Clover swords for you to checkout.
Yami Sukehiro’s Katana
Asta may be the main protagonist, but Yami Sukehiro doesn’t fall far behind in terms of skill. This katana is one of the few Japanese blades in the manga and anime because the setting depicts Yami Sukehiro, a native of Hino Country as a foreigner in the Clover Kingdom.
Still, that hasn’t stopped him from climbing the ranks of the Black Bulls, eventually becoming captain of the squad. He uses this katana to fulfill his duties as captain by channeling dark magic into the blade and using it to absorb other types of magic.
This replica of Yami Sukehiro’s katana embodies its original owner’s understated coolness. Made of PVC plastic, the sword has a black and gold detail hilt and a slender curved blade ending in a tapered point. The sword comes with its own saya, so you can store it neatly when you’re not out cosplaying Yami.
- Material: PVC plastic
- Length: 110 cm
Asta’s Demon Slayer Sword
The Demon Slayer sword is Asta’s biggest sword. The immense size of this blade is a reference to Guts’ sword from Berserk. Asta uses it as a hoverboard in the anime and manga by powering it using anti-magic.
Fortunately, this Demon Slayer sword replica doesn’t need magic or superhuman strength to lift as it is made of high density foam. The sword copies the black stained edges of the original fictional sword to depict the aura of anti-magic. The handle on this replica is long enough that you won’t have a problem holding it with two hands as you chase down people dressed as demons at your next anime convention.
- Material: High density foam
- Length: 119 cm
While the only one who can negate magic with a sword is Asta, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a Black Clover themed sword of your own. These replica blades may not have magic attributes, but they will remind you of nuances of Black Clover’s lore and story, all while we fans wait for the upcoming seasons of Black Clover.