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 named Sabrewulf or just Wulf, and known as hímiinhaama (the Wolf-man) to the Nez Percé tribe of Thunder and Eagle[1], is one of the signature characters of the Killer Instinct franchise, having been playable in every game of the series since his debut in the original arcade game Killer Instinct (1994). A German aristocrat who has been afflicted with lycanthrophy, the werewolf desperately seeks a cure to his condition before the beast within takes over completely, and the last vestiges of his humanity will be lost forever.

Biography Edit

Appearance Edit

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 appearance, although he now wears a white shirt instead of a green one, and he additionally has a belt and a blue loincloth which is supposed to be pants that have been shredded and torn up.

Personality Edit

Sabrewulf Arcade Intro

A tortured and conflicted soul

Throughout the series, Konrad von Sabrewulf is portrayed as a conflicted and tortured soul who is trapped inside the body of a monster. Desperate to keep the beast within him at bay, he's willing to do anything for the chance to regain his lost humanity; from participating in the original tournament on promises of a "cure" from Ultratech, to subjecting himself to gruesome experiments, to seeking out the Nez Percé tribe in hopes that the native lore of the Americas can offer him insight into his rare condition as a "skin-walker".

The promise of a cure, however, proved to be a false hope--a pretense by ARIA to have an opportunity to study and weaponize the werewolf's features. Worse still, Thunder told "hímiinhaama" (the "wolf-man") that the spirit dwelling inside him was dark and violent in nature, and was not a "weyekin" (or spirit guide) known to the Nez Percé.[1] With desperation taking hold, Sabrewulf turned to forlorn measures to try safeguard the outside world from his alter ego's mad bloodlust. He sealed himself away within his family's estate in Germany, only to awaken and find it half destroyed and its gates busted open with unnatural ferocity. He'd malnourish himself to the brink of starvation, hoping the beast within would become too weak to wreak havoc come his next transformation; only to discover a wolf is never more dangerous than when it's starving. Now nourishing an addiction to ancient medicines which seem to slow his descent into the werewolf's savagery, Konrad lives in the terrifying knowledge that his chances of being human again grow dimmer with every passing moment...

During the events of Shadow Lords, it grew apparent that the dire presence which resides inside Sabrewulf neither fears nor answers to the demon lord Gargos, and is a spirit so ferocious it hunts even powerful evil in its blind thirst for bloodshed. This rendered the werewolf into the ultimate wildcard amidst the struggle for humanity's survival.

Abilities Edit

Suffering from one of the most virulent strains of lycanthrophy on record and being the longest-lived werewolf who is known to exist, Konrad von Sabrewulf has been studied extensively by ARIA over the years. These observations led her to reach a troubling conclusion: An elderly werewolf represents a much greater threat than a younger one. While the loss of strength and dexterity a lycanthrope suffers in advanced age is negligible, the ancient instincts and heightened animality they've mastered more than make up for it. This has caused Ultratech to summarily classify Sabrewulf as "one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet."

Ultratech is not alarmist in that assessment. Even with his body now left in an elderly, dilapidated state, Konrad exhibits a frightening physical prowess; steered by decades of experience in hunting and devouring any living things unlucky enough to cross his path. Sabrewulf not only is highly unpredictable and savagely feral, but he displays a strange sense of self-preservation as well as moments of deadly patience. These traits have turned the aging werewolf into a grizzled survivor, and the apex predator of almost any environment he finds himself in.

Killer Instinct (1994) Edit


Sabrewulf's original appearance in Killer Instinct (1994)

Story Edit

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.

Extended Story Edit

Sabrewulf Classic Costume - Render

Sabrewulf's retro appearance in Killer Instinct (2013)

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 Edit

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 Edit

Main article: Interior Castle

Moveset Edit

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


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

In-Combo Finishers

Killer Instinct 2 Edit


Sabrewulf in Killer Instinct 2 (1996, arcade)

Story Edit

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 Edit

KI 2 1996 Sabrewulf's Character Bio

Still from Sabrewulf's character bio in KI2 (arcade)

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 Edit

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 Edit

Main article: Sabrewulf's Castle

Moveset Edit

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]

Finishing Moves:

  • Ultra Combo: (Charge Back) Front, Quick Kick
  • Ultimate 1: Hold Quick Punch by 2 seconds or more and release it
  • Ultimate 2: Hold Fierce Kick and release it during a combo

Killer Instinct (2013) Edit

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Baron Konrad von Sabrewulf's new appearance in Killer Instinct (2013)

Story Edit

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 Edit

The Lycanthrope’s Tale:

Main article: The Lycanthrope's Tale

Endings Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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

There wasn't enough left of you to feed the birds with

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

  • Sabrewulf twitches and roars at his defeated opponent and slashes through the victim four times before he buffs up causing his eyes and claws to glow in rage; he then dashes towards his victim and jumps towards the screen for the final slash, leaving claw marks on the screen — signifies that the victim has been instantly killed. The screen then fades back to Sabrewulf heavily breathing in relief before looking at the screen growling while the deceased victim is laying lifeless behind Sabrewulf.

Gallery Edit


Killer Instinct (1994)

Killer Instinct 2

Killer Instinct (2013)


Killer Instinct Comics

Quotes Edit

I must either cure this curse... or master it.

— Konrad von Sabrewulf reflects on his grim destiny

Am I truly beyond redemption?

— Hope is waning...

Is this instinct, or bloodlust? What power do you possess that calls to the beast inside of me?

— Konrad addresses Mira Fallegeros during the events of Shadow Lords

You and I are nothing alike. Begone from my castle, vixen!

— Sabrewulf to Mira (Shadow Lords dialogue)

The beast within will disembowel you!

— Sabrewulf warns his bite may be far worse than his bark

By tooth and claw, I'll shred this minion of Gargos!

— The grizzled lycanthrope starts taking sides

This is the Age of the Wolf!

— Sabrewulf bears witness to the chaos and destruction wrought by Gargos' invasion

Trivia Edit

  • 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 after he defeated Cinder.
  • 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 Edit

Media Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Briefing for the Sabrewulf-specific mission "The Wolf Weyekin" during Shadow Lords gameplay mode
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
Season 3+ Kilgore ·Shin Hisako ·Eagle
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 ·Eagle
Non-Playable Characters and Organizations
Minor Characters The Chairman ·Ryat Adams ·Babylonian King ·The Master ·Yeouiju ·True Tsar
Enemies Mimics
Organizations Ultratech ·Red Eyes of Rylai ·Disavowed ·Night Guard ·The Coven ·The Alliance
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 ·The Dragon Spirit ·The Watchman Of The Gods ·Blood For My Blood ·Flayer Of Souls ·The Reawakened ·Rash's Extended Story ·Arbiter's Extended Story ·For The Queen
Killer Instinct Novella The Road to Ravensburg ·The Watchman Awakes ·Dragon's Choice ·Conflux ·ARIA for Noömorph ·Shadows at Dawn
Gameplay Combo & Counter Breaker ·Ultra Combo ·Ultimate Combo ·Humiliation ·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