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A combination of savagery and unpredictability make Sabrewulf one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet.

— Sabrewulf's story mode description

Baron Konrad von Sabrewulf, often just known as Sabrewulf, is one of the signature characters of the Killer Instinct franchise, and has appeared as a playable character in every title of the series since his debut in the original Killer Instinct (1994). A German aristocrat who is afflicted with the rare disease lycanthrophy, the werewolf is desperately seeking for a cure to his condition before the beast within him takes over, and the last vestiges of his humanity are lost forever.

Biography

Appearance

In the original Killer Instinct, Sabrewulf is a purple/blue-furred, humanoid werewolf with yellow eyes and long claws on his hands and feet, wearing only a tattered, green shirt. He had an abnormally small waist and a massive, upper body. However, if one reaches the end of his arc in the game, his human form is revealed to have tattered, green pants.

In Killer Instinct 2/Gold, Sabrewulf has had his arms replaced with cybernetic implants and lost his shirt, now wearing torn, red pants and a yellow sash. In both games, he has three bats accompanying him.

In Killer Instinct (2013), Sabrewulf's fur has grown longer and more ragged, and he has regrown his original arms, although they're much thinner, with needle-marked veins bulging along his biceps, and he has torn straps around his wrists and a tied cloth knot on his upper left arm. He now wears torn, gray pants instead of his red ones from the previous game.

Sabrewulf's retro costume largely mirrors his original KI outfit, but with less changes: He has white shirt instead of green and has additional belt and blue loincloth which is supposed to be pants torned up.

Personality

Sabrewulf Arcade Intro

A torturous existence

Sabrewulf is portrayed as a tortured soul who has been through a string of bad luck ever since becoming a lycanthrope. He feels no closer to regaining his humanity as his mind is swinging back and forth between clinging to his sanity and the memories as a wealthy aristocrat or succumbing to the rest of his life in isolation as a vicious, mindless animal. He cannot speak as a werewolf and instead resorts to animalistic grunts and howls. His only desire is to find a way to become human again, and therefore, this would drive most of his decisions.

In the rebooted universe, when he was human, Konrad was a carefree aristocrat who tarnished the von Sabrewulf family name with his lack of interest in monster hunting. He was an alcoholic and an addict and enjoyed lavish parties, even by himself, although this eventually led to his downfall and transformation. After escaping from Ultratech, his addictions grew more and more and soon, he finds that he cannot escape the life of a wolf, for it calls to him like an endless drug.

Abilities

Sabrewulf possesses the usual abilities of a wolf, fighting mainly with his powerful claws and fangs. He has impressive speed and a very unpredictable and feral fighting style. In Killer Instinct he could throw flaming bat projections as projectiles, and in Killer Instinct 2 he had bionic arm upgrades that gave him heightened strength and electric powers, but in the rebooted universe his bionic upgrades were removed and his original arms were restored using black magic.

Killer Instinct

Story

Sabrewulf is afflicted with the rare disease, Lycanthropy. Although he has spent most of his life as a recluse, he enters the Killer Instinct tournament on the promise of a cure if he is victorious.

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Sabrewulf in Killer Instinct (1994)

Extended Story

Since the day when a wolfbite left him afflicted with a particularly virulent strain of lycanthropy, Count Von Sabrewulf has lived in exile in his remote mountain tower, shunned by society, and struggling with insanity as his disease grows steadily worse. A handful of years back his worst nightmare was realized when he failed to revert to human form at all. Every rumor of a possible cure has been at best a hoax, so when a message arrives promising salvation should he enter and win the Ultratech contest, Sabrewulf is highly suspicious but obliged to seize any chance that comes his way.

Ending

With victory, Sabrewulf obtains the cure he sought for so long from the hands of Ultratech. Cured at last of his curse, Count Von Sabrewulf can return to leading a normal existence.

Stage

Main article: Interior Castle

Moveset

Special Attacks

  • Flaming Bat
  • Sabre-Spin
  • Reverse Sabre-Spin
  • Sabre-Roll
  • Sabre-Slap
  • Sabre-Pounce
  • Fast Sabre-Pounce
  • Howl
  • Combo Breaker

Shadow Moves

  • Double Sabre-Spin
  • Double Sabre-Roll
  • Long Sabre-Pounce

Finishers

  • No Mercy- Claw Stab
  • No Mercy- Screen Punch
  • Humilation

In-Combo Finishers

Killer Instinct 2

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Sabrewulf in KI2

Story

Unwilling to succumb to the beast within him, Sabrewulf was badly beaten in the KI tournament. Captured by Ultratech, he is driven berserk by their "repairs" and now has only revenge to live for.

Extended Story

Defeated early in the KI tournament by his reluctance to unleash the beast within, Sabrewulf was heading home, injured and despairing, when he was caught and beaten by an ignorant, sadistic country lynch mob. Barely alive, he ended up back in the hands of Ultratech who set about making their ungodly ‘repairs’. But the pain, loss and humiliation rapidly drive the Count over the edge: breaking free of the company’s clutches, he lopes back into the world with only revenge to live for.

Endings

Kill Glacius

With Gargos defeated Sabrewulf pursues his search for a cure. There is nothing left for him in this time, so Sabrewulf grasps the opportunity to return home. Hope has finally vanished and life is emptier than ever. Having still found no cure, his only achievement was a petty revenge.

Don't Kill Glacius

With Gargos defeated Sabrewulf pursues his search for a cure. Sabrewulf bitterly regrets leaving alive a member of a race he made his mortal enemy. Bereft of all hope, Sabrewulf finally succumbs to the madness of the beast. All that was once human to him is finally gone.

Stage

Main article: Sabrewulf's Castle

Moveset

Command Moves

  • Sabre Wheel - Back, Forward, Medium Punch [Great Opener]
  • Sabre Spin - Back, Forward, Medium Kick [Great Opener]
  • Sabre Spin - Forward, Back, Medium Kick [Great Opener]
  • Sabre Pounce - Back, Forward, Fierce Punch [Great Opener]
  • Sabre Flip - Back, Forward, Fierce Kick
  • Sabre Howl - Back, Forward, Quick Punch
  • Fake Sabre Howl - Back, Forward, Quick Kick
  • Sabre Hop - Tap Forward, Forward, Or Back, Back
  • Air Double - Forward, Back, Any Punch
  • Parry Move - Back, Hold Quick Punch
  • Pressure Move - Forward, Fierce Kick

Special Moves

  • Combo Breaker - Back, Forward, Any Punch And Any Kick
  • Ultra Combo Breaker - Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Kick [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Mini-Ultra Combo - Forward, Back, Quick Kick
  • Ultra Combo - Back, Forward, Quick Kick
  • Ultimate Combo - Hold Fierce Kick For 2 Seconds And Release
  • 0-Combo Ultimate - Hold Quick Punch For 2 Seconds And Release

Super Moves

  • Super Sabre Spin - Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Medium Kick [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Sabre Wheel - Forward Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Medium Punch [Requires 3 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Fireball - Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Punch [Requires 4 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Sabre Stomp - Jump In Air, Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Fierce Punch [Requires 4 Super Bar Blocks]
  • Super Sabre Flip - Forward, Quarter Forward, Down, Quarter Back, Back, Forward, Fierce Kick [Requires 6 Super Bar Blocks]

End Specials

  • End Special 1 - Back, Forward, Medium Kick, Medium Kick
  • End Special 2 - Back, Forward, Fierce Kick, Fierce Kick
  • End Special 3 - Back, Forward, Fierce Punch, Fierce Punch
  • End Special 4 - Back, Forward, Quick Punch, Quick Punch
  • End Special 5 - Back, Forward, Quick Kick [After First 4 Enders]

Killer Instinct (2013)

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Sabrewulf in KI 2013

Story

Having endured agonizing procedures to remove his freakish cybernetic implants, Sabrewulf feels no closer to reclaiming his humanity. Barely clinging to sanity, he nurses an addiction to ancient medicines and artifacts which seem to slow his descent into savagery.

Extended Story

The Lycanthrope’s Tale:

Main article: The Lycanthrope's Tale

Endings

Spare Thunder, ULTRA Fulgore:

Sabrewulf recognizes another restless spirit in Thunder, who admires the wolf for being one with his spirit guide. Sabrewulf comes to realize he is not a man with the body of a wolf, but a wolf with the heart of a man. He accepts the beast within, and resolves to remain a lone wolf.

Spare Fulgore, ULTRA Thunder:

Bloodlust reawakened in combat, Sabrewulf directs his savagery towards the relics and medicines which promised a return to human form. Seeing them as a source of weakness, he smashes them to dust, surrendering his last vestiges of humanity. The Age of the Wolf begins.

ULTRA Both Thunder and Fulgore:

A wolf knows only survival, but a man can know victory. Triumphant against every adversary, Sabrewulf feels more human than he has in years. As the moonlight ebbs away, he feels a transformation sweep over him, and begins to wonder if he should put on a shirt.

Stage

Main article: Alchemical Lab

Similarity of Interior Castle (KI) and Sabrewulf's Castle (KI2) During an Ultra Combo, an electric orb strikes all the equipment, completely wrecking the laboratory. During the slow music due to characters not moving, his remixed classic theme, "Tooth & Claw" will play.

Moveset

Combo Trait - Rapid Doubles - Sabrewulf can follow up a double with the same double of the exact same strength. Other Attributes: Sabrewulf can also dash through opponents, switching sides on the screen with them.

Instinct Mode - Feral Rage - Sabrewulf will do 25% damage to his opponent, especially if he/she blocks, which will cause a normals to chip damage his/her health; he will do normal damage once the Instinct Mode is finished. In Season 2 during the Instinct Sabrewulf gains a new mechanic known as the Feral Cancel. By pressing Heavies he can cancel any grounded move and return to his neutral stance.

Command Moves

  • Overpower - (Back + Heavy Punch) - Sabrewulf has his hands back and lunges forward when the Fierce button is let go. Can be charged for a while to make the attack unblockable.
  • Throw Forward
  • Throw Backward

Special Moves

  • Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + Punch) - Sabrewulf claw swipes his opponent twice.
  • Run - (Back, Forward + Kick) - Sabrewulf starts a running animation which can be followed up 3 ways.
    • Hamstring - (Run + Lights) - Slides below an enemy swiping his opponent's legs. Must be blocked low and can go under projectiles.
    • Jumping Slash - (Run + Mediums) - Jumps over the enemy for an overhead swipe. Must be blocked high and can go over projectiles.
    • Running Uppercut - (Run + Heavies) - Does an uppercut slash to an opponent to catch them out of the air or pop them into the air.
  • Eclipse - (Down, Up + Punch) - Sabrewulf claw slashes a cresent above his head to catch enemies out of the air.

Shadow Attacks

  • Shadow Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + Two Punches) - Sabrewulf does a series of five slashes to his opponent.
  • Shadow Jumping Slash - (Back, Forward + Two Kicks) - Sabrewulf does a leaping overhead slash that low crushes and goes through projectiles. In Season 2 causes a Recapture, allowing you to continue a combo.
  • Shadow Eclipse - (Down, Up + Two Punches) - Sabrewulf does a large crescent slash over his head and has start up invincibility.

Combo Openers

  • Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + Punch) - Sabrewulf claw swipes his opponent twice.
  • Hamstring - (Run + Lights) - Sabrewulf slides below an enemy swiping his opponent's legs. Must be blocked low and can go under projectiles.
  • Jumping Slash - (Run + Mediums) - Sabrewulf jumps over the enemy for an overhead swipe. Must be blocked high and can go over projectiles.
  • Shadow Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + Two Punches) - Sabrewulf does a series of five slashes to his opponent.
  • Shadow Jumping Slash - (Back, Forward + Two Kicks) - Sabrewulf does a leaping overhead slash that low crushes and goes through projectiles.

Combo Linkers

  • Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + (Hold) Light or Medium Punch) - Sabrewulf claw swips his opponent multiple times.
  • Hamstring - (Back, Forward + (Hold) Light Kick) - Sabrewulf slides below an enemy swiping his opponent's legs.
  • Jumping Slash - (Back, Forward + (Hold) Medium Kick) - Sabrewulf does a leaping slash towards an opponent.
  • Shadow Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + Two Punches) - Sabrewulf does a series of five slashes to his opponent.
  • Shadow Jumping Slash - (Back, Forward + Two Kicks) - Sabrewulf does a leaping overhead slash that low crushes and goes through projectiles.

Combo Enders

  • Ragged Edge - (Back, Forward + Heavy Punch) (Wall Splat Ender) - Sabrewulf does a series of slashes, the last one with force to wall bounce his opponent.
  • Running Uppercut - (Back, Forward + Heavy Kick) (Launcher Ender) - Sabrewulf does an uppercut slash and pops the opponent into the air.
  • Eclipse - (Down, Up + Punch) (Damage Ender) - Sabrewulf does a multitude of kicks and launches them leading to his crescent slash above his head.
  • Shadow Eclipse - (Down, Up + Two Punches) (Shadow Damage Ender) - Sabrewulf does a large crescent slash over his head and has start up invincibility.

Ultra Combo

  • 28 Hits

Ultimate Combo

  • TBA

Gallery

 

Killer Instinct (1994)

Killer Instinct 2

Killer Instinct (2013)

 

Killer Instinct Comics


Trivia

  • Before the 2013 reboot that changed his entire backstory, Sabrewulf used to be known in the original universe as "Count von Sabrewulf".
    • However, certain missions on Season 3's Shadow Lords mode do call him as such.
      • Even Mira during her story debated whether he was a Count or a Baron.
  • Sabrewulf's name comes from a ZX Spectrum game called Sabre Wulf, which was made by Ultimate: Play the Game, a company that was later to become known as Rare. Rare & THQ released a new Sabre Wulf game on the GameBoy Advance in 2004. This game also features Sabrewulf's distinct howl.
  • Sabrewulf is the only character whose opponent in the first KI tournament was never revealed. It also isn't known which opponent badly injured Sabrewulf in the first Killer Instinct, the cause of his bionic arms, either. However, considering that every other character had their opponents revealed (Glacius vs. Cinder, Thunder vs. Spinal, Jago vs. Fulgore, and TJ Combo vs. Riptor), it can be assumed that Sabrewulf's opponent was Orchid. However it is stated in his KI2 ending that Glacius was a member of a race he made his mortal enemy, making Glacius a likely candidate for who maimed Sabrewulf.
  • Kevin Bayliss, an artist of the original Killer Instinct, claimed in his Twitter hashtag #killerinstinctfacts that Sabrewulf was originally going to transform back into his human form as a weakness. However, the mechanic proved too complicated and was scrapped.
  • Jean-Edouard Miclot, the sound designer at Double Helix, performed Sabrewulf's voice in the 2013 game. A YouTube video by Miclot explains that the voice was created by blending his gritted human vocals with animal sounds, which included an english bull terrier, labradors, jaguars, lions, lynx, elephants and bears.
  • Sabrewulf's emblem in Killer Instinct (2013) interestingly shows a razor-clawed werewolf's paw. This is undoubtably the same werewolf paw that Konrad, back when he was human, accidentally cut himself with during one of his drunken stumblings. The mounted and severed paw passed on its lycan curse to Konrad, turning him into a werewolf.
    • The paw would later reappear in the fourth chapter of the KI Novella as Mira tried to use it to kill Sabrewulf, however, it instead amplified his lycan powers and increased his muscles, claws, and body mass; she had inadvertently activated his Instinct Mode.

External links

Killer Instinct (1994) Characters
Playable Jago ·Black Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Chief Thunder ·Sabrewulf ·Spinal ·Cinder ·Riptor ·Fulgore
Boss Eyedol
Killer Instinct 2/Gold Characters
Playable Jago ·Black Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Sabrewulf ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Maya ·Kim Wu ·Tusk
Boss Gargos
Killer Instinct (2013) Characters
Season 1 Jago ·Sabrewulf ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sadira ·Orchid ·Spinal ·Fulgore ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 TJ Combo ·Maya ·Kan-Ra ·Riptor ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·Cinder ·ARIA
Season 3 Kim Wu ·Tusk ·Arbiter ·Rash ·Mira ·Gargos ·General RAAM ·Eyedol ·Kilgore ·Shin Hisako
Killer Instinct Universe
Playable Characters
Killer Instinct Logo HD Jago ·Orchid ·TJ Combo ·Glacius ·Thunder ·Sabrewulf

 ·Spinal ·Riptor ·Cinder ·Fulgore ·Eyedol

Killer Instinct 2 Kim Wu ·Maya ·Tusk ·Gargos
Killer Logo copy Season 1 Sadira ·Shadow Jago
Season 2 Kan-Ra ·Omen ·Aganos ·Hisako ·ARIA
Season 3 Mira ·Rash ·Arbiter ·General RAAM
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako
Non-Playable Characters and Organizations
Minor Characters Eagle ·The Chairman ·Ryat Adams ·Babylonian King ·The Master ·Yeouiju
Organizations Ultratech ·Red Eyes of Rylai ·Disavowed ·Night Guard ·The Coven ·The Alliance
Others
Comics KI Nintendo Power ·KI Issue #1 ·KI Issue #2 ·KI Issue #3 ·KI Special #1 ·KI Special #2 ·KI Special #3
Extended Stories The Secrets of the Tiger ·The Lycanthrope's Tale ·The Ice-man Cometh ·Murder of Crows ·The Widow's Bite ·The Firecat's Summoning ·The Quest of the Searing Skull ·Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L ·Glory Days ·Temperance and Vengeance ·Death is no Obstacle ·You and Your Riptor Unit ·The Herald of Gargos ·Peacemaker ·The Everlasting Child ·The Third Degree ·Evolve or Die ·Kim Wu's Extended Story ·Tusk's Extended Story ·Mira's Extended Story ·Gargos' Extended Story ·The Reawakened ·Rash's Extended Story ·Arbiter's Extended Story ·General RAAM's Extended Story
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg ·The Watchman Awakes ·Dragon's Choice ·Conflux ·ARIA for Noömorph ·Shadows at Dawn
Soundtracks Killer Cuts ·Killer Instinct Gold Cuts ·Killer Instinct Season 1 Soundtrack ·Killer Instinct Season 2 Soundtrack ·Killer Instinct Season 3 Soundtrack
Gameplay Combo & Counter Breaker ·Ultra Combo ·Ultimate Combo ·Combo System ·Instinct Mode ·Shadow Meter ·Shadow Moves ·Shadow Counter ·Knockdown Value ·Lock out ·Frame Data ·Character Accessories ·Arcade Mode ·Rivals Mode ·Shadow Lords Mode
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