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«Laughing Coffin» (笑う棺桶(ラフィン・コフィン), Rafin Kofin?), frequently abbreviated as LaughCof (ラフコフ?), is an infamous Player Killing orange guild in «Sword Art Online», but due to the intensity of their Player Killing activity, are dubbed by the players as a "red guild".


Laughing Coffin is a guild started by PoH and other orange players. Before the foundation, they were simply orange players that surrounded solo players or small player groups they ambushed to steal their items in exchange for their lives, however, such encounters did not result in murder. At some point, PoH started spreading the belief that it was all right to kill others. As the orange players admired PoH for the opposite reason that the clearers admired Heathcliff, more orange members joined their ranks.[1]

On New Year's Eve in 2023, the guild, who already had 30 members, decided to make themselves publicly known and to do so, they attacked a small guild having a party in the field and killed all of the players, causing the first murders in Sword Art Online's history. The next day, January 1, 2024, information about the guild reached the main information providers in Aincrad.

The guild was known for torturing and killing their victims.[2] One method of killing players involved inflicting paralysis on a player and then killing them slowly and painfully. Most if not all of the members are skilled in potion mixing, as Kuradeel stated that he learned how to poison (paralysis) water from another member in the guild, hence why they are well known for paralyzing and then killing their victims.


Aincrad Arc

A Murder Case in the Area

Sword Art Online - 06 - Large 20

Laughing Coffin Members.

On April 19, 2024, the guild was hired by Grimlock to kill Schmitt, Yolko and Caynz to close the case of Griselda's death as he was worried that they would eventually find out that he had hired the guild earlier to kill his wife. PoH, XaXa and Johnny Black were sent to kill the three, but were eventually foiled and driven away after Kirito told the three reinforcements were coming soon.

August, 2024

Crusade ambush

Laughing Coffin ambush.

By August 2024, the guild had already killed hundreds of players, thus they were now the number one threat against the Clearers. The Clearers tried to negotiate with them via messengers, but the guild killed every one that they sent. After realizing that they would never stop killing and finding out the location of the guild's headquarters from a member of the guild, the clearers formed a high-level crusade party to wipe the guild out. Fifty high-leveled players (including Kirito and Asuna) went to attack them, however, just before they reached the designated location, the Laughing Coffin members were warned about the incoming party, so they decided to ambush the crusaders instead. Although some of the crusaders were unable to kill the red players, as the guild would not yield, some of the crusaders finally took the initiative of finishing off the Laughing Coffin members. At the end of the battle, twenty-one Laughing Coffin members and eleven crusaders had died, with most of the remaining Laughing Coffin members, including XaXa and Johnny Black, being arrested by the clearers and sent to the Black Iron Palace prison. Somehow, PoH was not found in the list of deceased or captured members, making him the only one to escape the crusade.

October, 2024

PoH watching Kirito vs Kuradeel duel

PoH (Right) watching Kirito and Kuradeel's duel.

Although the guild was vanquished during the crusade, PoH, who avoided the crusade, watched Kirito and Kuradeel's duel on the 74th Floor. After hearing that Kuradeel wished to kill Kirito, PoH approached Kuradeel some time prior to Kirito's mandatory training session with Kuradeel and Godfree. PoH then invited Kuradeel to his guild and taught him how to make paralysis poison.

Known Members

Image Name Rank Notes
PoH LN PoH Guild Leader
XaXa XaXa Unknown Imprisoned after the Clearers assaulted the Laughing Coffin base in August 2024.
AnimeJohnnyBlack Johnny Black Unknown Imprisoned after the Clearers assaulted the Laughing Coffin base in August 2024.
Lux Lux Spy Forced to join the guild after being rescued from a group of monsters in a dungeon on the 32nd Floor. As a green member, assigned to enter towns for shopping and spying.
Kuradeel Laughing Coffin BD Kuradeel Infiltrated member Killed by Kirito on October 23, 2024.



  • Although called a guild, it is not registered in the system[2], thus all of its members are not recognized as being part of an actual guild and may even infiltrate other guilds.
  • Most Player Killers in Laughing Coffin fail to totally understand that PKing is equal to actual murder, as their leader motivated them by spreading the message "As the system does not prohibit this, doing so is okay" among them.[3] However, their leader has believed that the death game rule was real ever since the beginning.[4]


  1. Volume 8, A Murder Case in the Area, Part 11
  2. 2.0 2.1 Volume 5, Chapter 6
  3. Kunori's Tweet
  4. Another Kunori's Tweet


Major Characters
Alice Zuberg - Asada Shino (Sinon) - Ayano Keiko (Silica) - Eugeo - Kayaba Akihiko - Kikuoka Seijirou - Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) - Kirigaya Suguha (Leafa) - Shinozaki Rika (Lisbeth) - Tsuboi Ryoutarou (Klein) - Yui - Yuuki Asuna (Asuna)
SAO Players
Aincrad Liberation Force/ALS Joe - Kibaou - Kobatz - Liten - Okotan - Thinker - Yulier - Yakumo
Divine Dragon Alliance/DKB Hafner - Lind - Morte - Schmitt - Shivata - Yamata
Fuumaningun Isuke - Kotaru
Fuurinkazan Dale - Dynamm - Harry One - Issin - Klein - Kunimttz
Golden Apple Caynz - Grimlock - Griselda - Schmitt - Yolko
Knights of the Blood Asuna - Daizen - Godfree - Heathcliff - Kirito - Kuradeel
Laughing Coffin Johnny Black - Kuradeel - PoH - XaXa
Legend Braves Beowulf - Cu Chulainn - Enkidu - Gilgamesh - Nezha - Orlando
Moonlit Black Cats Ducker - Keita - Kirito - Sachi - Sasamaru - Tetsuo
Titan's Hand Rosalia
Agil's guild Agil - Wolfgang
Others Argo - Ashley - Ceba - Coper - Diavel - Gin - Gwen - Hokkaiikura - Kein - Lisbeth - Lux - Mina - Nishida - Rossa - Ryufior - Sasha - Silica
Beta-Tester Argo - Coper - Diavel - Isuke - Kotaru - Morte - Kirito
NPC Angel - Kizmel - Lion - NPC Orchestra - Pina - Ruru - Scarecrow - Tilnel - Tin - Toto - Yui
Non-Canon Aaaa - Alberich - Leafa - Philia - Rain - Sinon - Strea - Yuuki
ALO Players
Cait Sith Alicia Rue - Silica - Sinon
Gnome Agil - Tecchi
Imp Yuuki
Leprechaun Lisbeth - Ceba - Talken
Pooka Sasha
Salamander Eugene - fastuosa - Gtacs - Jun - Kagemune - Klein - Mortimer - UxperXJ
Spriggan Kirito - Kuro - Nori
Sylph Erika - Fukaziroh - Leafa - Lux - Recon - Sakuya - Sigurd
Undine Asuna - Chrysheight - Siune - Thinker - Yulier
NPC/Navigation Pixie Angel - Emely - Hraesvelg - Leviathan - Nerakk - NPC Orchestra - Pina - Skuld - Thiazi - Thor - Thrym - Tonky - Urðr - Verðandi - Yui
Others/Unknown Ashley - Fairy King Oberon - Gwen - Marinca - Saitou Shouichi - Slug Researchers
Non-Canon Argo - Black Lotus - Philia - Rain - Seven - Strea - Sumeragi
GGO Players
Dyne's Squadron Arashi - Dyne - Ginrou - Jin - Miso - Sinon
BoB Participants Blackwood - Colonel Liberty - DA*LU - David - Dyne - E.J. - Fernil - Garrett - huuka - Jack Reacher - JIGEN - Kakouton - kaeeeede - Kakameposu the II - Keith - Kirito - Lion King Richie - Masaya - Musketeer X - No-No - Pale Rider - Pancho - Raiden - Licoco - Setsugekka - Shishigane - Sinon - Sterben - Stinger - Subtilizer - Ten-Q - Uemaru - Usujio Tarako - Yamikaze - XeXeeD - XYZ
Death Gun Victims Garrett - Pale Rider - Usujio Tarako - XeXeeD
Squad Jam Participants LPFM Fukaziroh - LLENN - M - Pitohui
SH-NC Anna - Eva - Rosa - Sophie - Tanya - Tohma
MMTM Bolt - David - Jake - Lax
KKHC Shirley
ZAT Benjamin - Casa - Frost - Koenig - Yamada - Let's Play Host
Others Clarence
Others Behemoth - Spiegel
Underworld Resident
Human Empire Rulid Village Algu - Alice Zuberg - Bercouli - Donetti - Doyke - Eugeo - Garitta - Gasupht Zuberg - Ivenda - Jaina - Jink - Kirito - Nigel Balbossa - Orick - Ridack - Sadina Zuberg - Selka Zuberg - Sister Azariya - Sulinea
Zakkaria Banou Wolde - Egome Zakkalight - Kelgam Zakkalight - Telin Wolde - Telulu Wolde - Toriza Wolde
Centoria Azurika - Cardinal - Quinella - Sadore
Sword Mastery Academy Azurika - Eugeo - Frenica Szeski - Gorgolosso Baltoh - Humbert Zizek - Kirito - Raios Antinous - Ronye Arabel - Sortiliena Serlut - Tiese Shtolienen - Uolo Levanteinn - Zobun
Central Cathedral Cardinal - Charlotte - Chudelkin - Elevating Operator - Fizel - Linel - Quinella
Integrity Knight Alice Zuberg - Bercouli - Dakira - Deusolbert - Eldrie Woolsburg - Eugeo - Fanatio - Fizel - Giro - Hobren - Jeis - Linel - Renri - Scheta
Dragons Himawari - Hinageshi - Hoshigami - Kazenui - Shimosaki - Takiguri - Tsukigake - Yoiyobi
Others Almera Woolsburg - Eschdol Woolsburg
Dark Territory Black Iums D.I.L - Dampe - Fu Za - Iskahn - Lengil Gira Scobo - Lipia Zankale - Shasta - Viksul Ur Shasta - Yotte
Orcs Fulgrr - Renju - Rilpirin
Giants Sigrosig
Goblins Aburi - Hagashi - Kubiri - Oroi - Shibori - Ugachi
Underworld Visitors
Agil - Alicia Rue - Asuna - Eugene - Gabriel Miller - Hirono Takashi - Jun - Kirito - Klein - Leafa - Lisbeth - Moonphase - Nori - Sakuya - Silica - Sinon - Siune - Tecchi - Vassago
Asuka Empire Players
Players Clevel - Koyomi - Merida - Nayuta - Ran - Yanagi - Yuuki
NPC Kitsune-masked child
Reality/Other Games
Rath Aki Natsuki - Higa Takeru - Hiraki - Ichiemom - Kikuoka Seijirou - Koujiro Rinko - Nakanishi - Niemom - Yanai
Others Alicia Klingerman - Cel - Clovis - Critter - Doctor Kurahashi - Eiji - Endou - Fujita Shin - Kirigaya Midori - Okano Kouji - Sada Akiyo - Satou Rei - Shigemura Tetsuhiro - Yuna - Yuuki Kouichirou - Yuuki Kyouko - Yuuki Shouzou
Non-Canon Genesis - Premiere - Richter - Tia

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