Chapters: 47-69, Episodes: 21-29
Short SummaryFairy Tail declares war on rival guild Phantom Lord due to several unprovoked attacks.
Main SummaryAfter returning home from the Galuna Island mission, Team Natsu finds their guildhall damaged. Marakov confirms the culprits to be a rival guild, Phantom Lord, but is willing to overlook the slight since it's just a building. However, when three of their own members are attacked the following day, Marakov declares war between the two guilds. Lucy is targetted by Phantom Lord for kidnapping, who claim it's their main purpose in the attacks, but the guild rallies in her defense, causing the war to escalate including an attack by Phantom Lord's Transforming Mecha Base On Legs, and a summoned army of shades. Team Natsu and a few Ensemble Darkhorses shut down the base and defeat Phantom Lord's best wizards, and Makarov ends the fight with a Fantastic Nuke on the leader of Phantom Lord and his summoned army.
Phantom Lord Arc has the following tropes
- Adaptation Expansion: Lisanna's death is more elaborated upon in the anime.
- And This Is For...: Natsu yells out all of the who suffered at Phantom Lord's hands as he deals the finishing blows to Gajeel.
- Base On Legs: Phantom Lord's headquarters.
- Big Bad: Master Jose.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Elfman vs. Sol when he does a Full-Body Take Over; Erza vs. Aria; and Makarov vs. Jose.
- De-Power: Looks like it's happened to Makarov, but he got better.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Sol.
- Evil Is Petty: Jose starts the whole war once he finds out Lucy is part of the Heartfilia clan and is ordered to retrieve her by her father. He thinks that her funds were benefiting Fairy Tail, not knowing that she is a runaway. To make things worse, Jose decides that by keeping Lucy hostage for a certain amount of time, he'll obtain her family's whole fortune and make his guild the top guild in the country.
- Fantastic Nuke:
- The Abyss Break spell the Phantom Lord Headquarters attempts to cast is implied to be this.
- Downplayed with the discriminate and non-lethal (in this instance) but devastating Fairy Law spell.
- Five-Bad Band
- Big Bad: Master Jose
- The Dragon: Gajeel Redfox
- Evil Genius: Totomaru and Sol
- The Brute: Aria
- Dark Chick: Juvia Lockser
- Holy Hand Grenade: Fairy Law.
- Humongous Mecha: Phantom Lord's guildhall can turn into one.
- It's Personal: Marakov is willing to let the building go, but attacking his guild members? Big no-no.
- Making a Splash: Juvia.
- Mind Rape: Sol vs. Elfman.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Jose is willing to both fire a huge cannon and preform a spell that would wipe out the whole town just to destroy Fairy Tail.
- Offhand Backhand: Makarov does this to Aria when he tries to ambush him again.
- Oh, Crap!: The members of Phantom Lord have this reaction when Fairy Tail busts into their guild.
- One-Man Army: Mystogan manages to defeat all of the Phantom Lord subdivisions offscreen.
- Punched Across the Room: Exaggerated when Natsu beats Gajeel.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Gray during his fight with Juvia when, in trying to freeze one of her attacks, accidentally grabs her breast by mistake.
- Transforming Mecha: the Phantom Lord Headquarters.
- War Arc
- Wave Motion Gun: the Jupiter Cannon.