|“||Well, Donatello said that Gog and Magog can only be killed by a weapon touched by God, so angel blade.||”|
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 can only harm but not kill 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.
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.
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. In Back and to the Future, Castiel used one to slay several zombies. However, these were not true zombies and instead were corpses animated by souls from Hell possessing them. Blows from iron fence posts were also capable of easily stopping them. In Golden Time, Castiel was able to kill a djinn by stabbing him several times in the chest with an angel blade.
Archangels cannot be killed by an angel blade, as many melted down bullets barely affected Lucifer, and he survived being stabbed by Castiel and having a cage of gigantic angel blades pushed on him, although on both occasions he showed some visible pain. Michael was also able to extract Lucifer's grace with a regular angel blade. In addition, Raphael chose not to be hit by an angel blade when Dean threw it at him, opting to catch it, suggesting the younger archangels, being weaker than Lucifer, are more susceptible to angel blades. 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.
The Darkness, when seeing Castiel draw an angel blade, laughed at him for believing it could affect her even while weakened by Heaven's mass smiting, suggesting even at a weakened state, an angel blade would not be able to harm Amara.
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.
In his currently weakened state, Lucifer became more vulnerable to angel blades, as when Castiel stabbed him outside of the Needham Asylum, it not only hurt Lucifer more than ever but also caused his glowing red eyes to flicker a few times before going out, though he didn't suffer any lasting or serious harm, and 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.
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 and harm a Nephilim spawned by 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 possibly 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.
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.
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.
Creatures Affected By Angel Blades
- Angels - All angels with the exception of the Archangels can be killed with angel blades if stabbed in a lethal area.
- Hellhounds - Hellhounds can be killed with angel blades.
- Demons - Demons can be killed with angel blades if stabbed in a lethal area.
- Reapers - Reapers can be killed with angel blades.
- Nephilim - Nephilim can be killed by angel blades. Jack is immune to angel blades.
- Werewolves - An angel blade to the heart can kill a werewolf.
- Djinn - Djinn can be killed with angel blades as demonstrated when Castiel was able to kill one by stabbing him several times in the chest with an angel blade.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Anna Milton
- Mary Winchester
- Raphael's Spy
- Rogue Angel
- Farmer Angel
- Pharmacist Angel
- April Kelly
- Glee Club Angel
- Shaylene Johnson
- Rowena MacLeod
- Tamiel (Angel Sword)
- Claire Novak (Angel Sword)
- Trucker Cupid
- Asa Fox
- Lily Sunder
- Eileen Leahy
- Alternate Michael
- Arthur Ketch
- Bar Attackers
- Kaia's Abductors
- Shipyard Attackers
- Castiel and Lucifer's Attackers
- Bunker Incursion Demons
- Arthur and Charlie's Captors
- Season 4
- On The Head Of A Pin (first appearance)
- Season 5
- Season 6
- Season 7
- Season 8
- Season 9
- Season 10
- Season 11
- Season 12
- Season 13
- Season 14
- Season 15
- It's unknown if Raphael's blade was an archangel blade or a angel blade.
- 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.
- When first introduced angel blades were used specifically to kill angels. In later seasons it is revealed they can harm other species such as demons and monsters.
- 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.
- As seen in Lebanon, the Winchesters now carry angel blades in sheaths on their belts.
- When Castiel kills Duma in Heaven using an angel blade, there is no blood left on the blade, presumably because Duma was killed in Heaven itself.
- In Proverbs 17:3, after seeing Dean draw an angel blade while Sam draws the demon-killing knife, Lilith comments that Dean "upgraded."