|Powers||Can kill Angels, Archangels, Hellhounds, Demons, Reapers and Nephilim.|
|Location/Owners||Most angels carry this weapon.|
|Episodes|| 4.16 On the Head of a Pin|
5.01 Sympathy for the Devil
5.13 The Song Remains the Same
5.18 Point of No Return
5.19 Hammer of the Gods
6.03 The Third Man
6.10 Caged Heat
6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much
7.21 Reading Is Fundamental
8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin
8.10 Torn and Frayed
8.17 Goodbye Stranger
8.19 Taxi Driver
8.21 The Great Escapist
8.22 Clip Show
The existence of the weapon is revealed when Uriel first attempts to kill Castiel. In subsequent episodes many angels carry the blades, including Castiel himself. Demons such as Meg and Crowley have also taken to carrying these blades.
The weapon could be described as a long dagger or a short sword. It can be used to kill angels, demons, hellhounds and archangels. It has not been revealed how an angel creates a blade. It also can drain an angel of their power, as shown with Castiel when Rachel's sword causes him to lose most of his angelic power. It is also an efficient tool for torturing an angel as shown when Crowley tortures Samandiriel with one.
Although Uriel stated that the only thing capable of killing an angel is another angel, it seems that the blades are still effective in the hands of a human or demon. Castiel gives his blade to the Winchesters to use on Anna, and Dean Winchester kills Zachariah with an Angel Sword. Sam is later able to use Castiel's sword to kill two demons. During an angelic fight, Rachel manages to pierce Castiel in the chest with her blade, but he survives, and he kills her. Meg is later able to use one to kill Hellhounds and Hester.
It may be that the higher the rank of an angel, the more powerful the sword he carries. Kali refers to Gabriel's sword as "an Archangel's Blade". Gabriel's sword was capable of killing Archangels, including himself. When an Angel is killed by this weapon, they explode with an intense white light and their wings are burned like ash onto the ground where their body lies. Archangels may only be vulnerable to archangel blades, and are immune to regular angel blades because the Winchesters never attempt to kill Lucifer with an angel blade. However, Dean and Bobby attempt to kill Raphael with an angel blade in 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much.
After 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much episode the angelic blade is ineffective against Castiel after he becomes the new God. Presumably it is now effective against him again now that he is an angel again.
In 8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin, Castiel pulls his sword on Crowley, indicating that these swords are effective against demons as well as angels. Crowley dismisses the threat, but Castiel later confirms it in 8.10 Torn and Frayed and it is seen when Sam kills two demons with one.
Uriel, a supporter of Lucifer, is trying to recruit angels to his cause, which is to help free Lucifer from Hell. When they refuse, Uriel kills them with his angel sword. When Castiel realizes Uriel's betrayal, he draws his sword from his sleeve, but quickly loses it in the ensuing fight. Anna eventually picks it up and stabs Uriel through the throat with it, killing him.
Castiel carries the blade with him when he meets with Anna. It is also one of the items that Castiel puts in the bag he gives to Sam before they travel through time. A young Mary Winchester uses this blade to defend herself against Anna, but it is knocked out of her hand.
Castiel uses the blade to kill two fellow angels who are also carrying swords at Adam Milligan's grave. He later brings them to Bobby's house. Castiel later uses his blade to kill an angel who is guarding the Green Room, but drops it before banishing himself and four other angels (all carrying their own angel swords) with an Angel Banishing Sigil cut into his chest. In the Green Room, Sam fails to kill Zachariah with a sword, presumably one of the ones Castiel got from the angels he killed, but Dean, after nearly assenting to Michael, tricks Zachariah into getting close and kills him with another sword by stabbing it through his head.
Kali takes what she believes to be Gabriel's sword and kills him with it. However, this is merely a trick on Gabriel's part as he is still alive, having given her a fake. He does confirm that the blade of an Archangel can kill Lucifer. Gabriel confronts his brother with the sword but is himself killed (for real this time) when Lucifer turns it on him.
A number of swords are seen in this episode. Castiel and the soldier of Raphael use them in the fight in the Winchester's motel room, though the fight ends with a fall out a window, rather than in death. At Balthazar's house, Sam threatens another soldier, who has his own sword, with one of the weapons to distract him. The angel holds his sword to Sam's throat, but Dean banishes him instead of trying to kill him. Castiel throws his sword into the chest of a third armed soldier after pleading with him to lay down his weapon. Finally, Raphael intends to kill Castiel with a sword, but is stopped by Balthazar.
Rachel confronts Castiel in a warehouse over his tactics. She attacks, and stabs him in the abdomen with a sword. He manages to pull it out and fight back, eventually killing her with her own sword. His wound does not immediately heal, and light emanates from it. He seems severely weakened by the injury.
Castiel uses a blade to kill Balthazar after he finds out that he has helped the Winchesters. Then Dean tries to throw a blade and kill Raphael, but he fails as Raphael easily catches it with his back turned. Later Sam stabs Castiel with the same blade, but Castiel pulls it out of his back and tells them that the blade won't kill him as he is not an angel anymore, but their new God.
When Hester orders Inias to attack her, Meg reveals that she has acquired one of these swords and slashes Inias' palm with it. Before the situation can deteriorate too far, Dean banishes the angels and Meg reveals that she got the sword as "a lot of angels have died this year," but is cut off by Kevin before she can explain further. After finding the group, Hester attacks Castiel and beats him badly while holding a sword in her grasp. As she prepares to kill him with her sword, Meg stabs Hester from behind with the sword she acquired, killing her.
Crowley has acquired one of these swords and uses it to torture the locations of the future Prophets out of Samandiriel. He eventually stops the torture when he learns the next generation of prophets hasn't been born yet, but doesn't kill Samadiriel as he may still be useful.
When confronting Crowley, Castiel draws his angel sword to use on the demon and Crowley summons his own, believing that in Castiel's weakened state he doesn't stand a chance against him. Holding the sword, Castiel starts to use his powers on Crowley who believes he is bluffing but ultimately flees instead of attacking, getting only half of the demon tablet as Castiel breaks it and gets the other half.
When invading Crowley's base, Castiel gives his angel sword to Sam, telling him it can kill demons too. While Dean distracts a demon, Sam stabs it from behind with the sword, killing it. He later kills another demon with the sword after it attacks him. Sam gets attacked by a third demon, but is unable to break free and stab it with the sword, but Dean kills it with Ruby's Knife. After seeing how weakened Castiel is by the Enochian symbols in the building, Sam gives him back his sword to protect himself with.
During a test by Naomi, Castiel ruthlessly stabs and kills a copy of Dean with his sword, proving the changes Naomi has instilled in him and her control over him. Hundreds of other Dean copies are seen dead of sword wounds as well.
While interogating a demon that has possesed a woman who knows a lot about a certain town, Castiel stabs her in both hands to torture her for information. The demon eventually breaks and tells them that they are looking for Lucifer's Crypts and that they are getting the locations from a hostage at the Murray Hotel. As the demon is about to reveal that the demons are actually searching for the angel tablet rather than a translating parchment as Castiel claims, he kills her with his sword on Naomi's orders.
After learning that a demon has failed him in the search for the angel tablet and that he has also lost Meg, Crowley kills the demon with an angel sword.
When two demons attack her and Sam outside the warehouse where the crypt is, Meg pulls her angel sword to fight and eventually kill one of the demons. Eventually Crowley shows up and he and Meg face off armed with their swords.
After finding the angel tablet, Castiel, under Naomi's orders, beats Dean to get the tablet while holding his sword, but resists killing him with it. Ultimatly Dean breaks through to Castiel who drops his sword and picks up the tablet which breaks Naomi's control over him.
Crowley easily defeats Meg, but after seeing that Sam and Dean are leaving without Castiel who she realizes has the tablet, Meg stabs Crowley in the shoulder with her sword, only slightly injuring him. In retaliation, Crowley stabs Meg with his own sword, killing her.
Ion and another angel capture Castiel and hold him with their angel swords. When Crowley arrives, he possesses a gun that has bullets made of a melted-down angel sword and he is able to kill an angel and force Naomi to retreat. Crowley shoots Castiel in the gut and gets the angel tablet from inside him, but must leave when Kevin Tran figures out the truth. Castiel digs the bullet out of himself and uses it to escape by knocking Ion down and shoving the bullet through his eye, killing him. Castiel is left badly wounded by the bullet.
Castiel still hasn't fully recovered from the angel sword bullet Crowley shot him with, saying he's healing from the wound slower than he expected.
When Castiel and Metatron go after a Nephilim to kill her and cut out her heart as part of the first trial to seal off Heaven, Castiel arms himself with his angel sword. The Nephilim overpowers both Castiel and Metatron, but while she is distracted with Metatron, Castiel stabs her through the throat from behind with his angel sword, killing her.
Naomi appears in a bar with two other angels to confront Castiel and Metatron. Naomi holds Metatron at sword-point while Castiel and the other angels all point their own swords at each other. Naomi orders an angel to kill Castiel, but the situation is diffused when the bartender shoots the angel with a shotgun to no effect and Metatron tells Castiel to stand down. The angels leave with Metatron without a further fight.
After learning that Gail is the Cupid they are after, Castiel draws his sword to confront her, but Dean convinces him to talk first. As Heaven is in such chaos, Gail willingly gives them her bow, but Castiel must cut it out of her hand with his sword.
After learning what Metatron is really planning, Naomi comes to Earth to warn Castiel who immediately draws his sword. Naomi doesn't and insists she is just there to talk, not fight, so Dean gets Castiel to hear her out, though he keeps the sword out the whole time.
Upon returning to Heaven, Castiel finds Naomi dead and Metatron armed with her sword. Metatron holds Castiel at sword-point and tells him Naomi was telling the truth. He later uses the sword to make a small cut on Castiel's neck to remove his Grace and use it as the final ingredient in his spell to expel all angels from Heaven.
Gallery of Angels Killed with This Weapon
The pictures below highlight the wing outline left behind when an angel is killed with a sword.
- This angelic weapon is referred to as the Sword of Lucifer in the official episode summary released by The CW, although it is never referred to as this in canon.