Shade Academy is a Huntsman Academy, situated within the Kingdom of Vacuo. Students from Shade participate in the biennial Vytal Festival combat tournament.


Shade Academy was founded in the Kingdom of Vacuo following the end of the Great War, in order to train Huntsmen and Huntresses to slay the Creatures of Grimm. According to Qrow Branwen, it is the only real source of order in the Kingdom due to the lack of a formal government.

Eighty years after the Great War, students from Shade Academy participated in the 40th Vytal Festival, including teams BRNZ and NDGO.

After the Fall of Beacon, Team CFVY transferred to Shade.[1] Likewise, following the attack on Haven, Team SSSN transfers as well.

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Uniquely among the main four Huntsman academies, Shade appears to lack a uniform. At Ozpin's speech, students from Shade are seen attired in a range of casual clothes.

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  • During the August 21st, 2014 RWBY livestream, Monty Oum forgot the name of Vacuo's Huntsman academy due to being mentally exhausted from the RWBY crunch. To jog his memory, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross began miming "shade".[2]