|“||This is the part where you lose.||„|
|~ Cardin Winchester|
Cardin Winchester is an attendee of Beacon Academy, and the leader of Team CRDL. His weapon of choice is a large, black mace.
He was first seen in the episode "The First Step," in which he prepares to be launched into the Emerald Forest. In "Players and Pieces," Cardin is made leader of Team CRDL.
As of "Jaunedice," he is shown to be physically superior to Jaune during their battle, as he overpowers him easily, able to swing his weapon one-handed and disarm Jaune's shield in one hit; that being said, his current weapon is a mace. However, he is overpowered by an Ursa in "Forever Fall, Pt.2" while trying to escape, and most likely would have been killed by the Grimm if not for Jaune's intervention.
Cardin is also rather opportunistic, as he quickly noticed an exploitable piece of info to use against Jaune. In addition, Cardin was shown in the battle against Pyrrha to wait for his allies to create an opening before making his attack; however, he unwittingly knocks out Dove Bronzewing during one of his assaults.
In "Extracurricular," Cardin was seen to have a high degree of skill with his mace, as shown in his battle against Pyrrha. Cardin is also shown to be quite durable, taking several direct hits from Pyrrha without being knocked down until the end, reflecting a Tank-like approach to combat.
Powers and Stats
Tier: High 8-C
Name: Cardin Winchester
Classification: Human, Huntsman-in-training, Leader of Team CRDL
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Aura (Able to use his Aura for numerous purposes), Forcefield Creation (Aura can be used as a full-body forcefield), Statistics Amplification (Can use Aura to enhance his striking power), Enhanced Senses (Can use her Aura to sharpen his senses), Regeneration (Mid-Low), Potential Realization (Can unlock the Aura of another person), Weapon Mastery (Skilled mace wielder)
Speed: Hypersonic (Deflected bullets off of his mace in his spar with Pyrrha, and easily kept up with Ruby Rose in the RWBY manga)
Lifting Strength: Class K (He can hold his large mace with one hand and swing it around with ease)
Striking Strength: Large Building Class
Durability: Large Building level (Was able to tank a couple of attacks from Pyrrha, albeit an Alpha Ursa dealt with him as well)
Stamina: Above Average
Range: Extended melee range with Mace
Standard Equipment: Mace
Intelligence: He is a rather opportunistic, as he quickly noticed an exploitable piece of info to use against Jaune. In addition, Cardin was shown in the battle against Pyrrha to wait for his allies to create an opening before making his attack; however, he unwittingly knocks out Dove Bronzewing during one of his assault
Weaknesses: Continual use of his Aura will cause it to decay to the point where he can be left weakened or even incapacitated
Cardin's Mace - Cardin's Mace is a large, black mace, with the flanges being extended farther outward than a regular mace would and a red Dust crystal placed at the center. It also has a button above the hilt, suggesting this activates the Dust function. Cardin is capable of wielding it one-handed, suggesting either stunning strength on Cardin's part, or that the mace is relatively lightweight. When Cardin fights, he uses the mace in combination with his own impressive strength, not relying solely on his weapon.
In "Jaunedice," Cardin effortlessly disarms Jaune Arc of his shield during their practice match. He then uses the shaft of his mace to block Jaune's attack before hitting Jaune hard with his knee, downing him and effectively ending the fight. In "Forever Fall, Pt.2," Cardin attempted to defend himself against an Ursa Major using his mace but was disarmed with a single swipe from the Grimm.
In "Extracurricular," Cardin's mace is shown to be able to discharge explosive blasts, even being able to fire off a series of explosions in quick succession all along the same line in certain situations, going towards in whatever direction it's currently aimed at that time.