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- Throughout the main story, six demons of the Ars Goetia have been thrashed through by the player with a team of Heroic Spirits. And for the final battle, all of them get thrashed by the player and their Servants!
- The very concept of the game can be considered one, with every canon Heroic Spirit under the sun and then some, all in here and fighting together. Ever wanted to see Gilgamesh fight alongside Enkidu against a corrupted Jeanne D'Arc; or Siegfried, Sasaki Kojirou, and Saint Martha all duel against Fafnir? Here's the place to be.
- While a certain character not being included goes on a different list, the concept behind the "5* F/SN heroes" CEs is awesome, they're all really well-drawn, and the CEs are incredibly popular because of it. They show Shirou, Rin and Sakura as adults (with some implication that, since the game launched 11 years after F/SN, this is meant to be the three as they are in their mid-20s in 2015). They're an incredibly popular target for fanart, and L/ZO Shirou is even getting his own figure!
- Even individually, their concepts are awesome, and the descriptions make them moreso. Each one is focused around how each one overcame their personal trials or embraced the best part of themselves, and it shows:
- Shirou: "The binding is the proof of one's ideals."note It shows a Shirou with a shroud over his arm (and a slightly off-color hand), with his magic circuits visible on his skin, which might worry anyone familiar with Heaven's Feel... except he's also gripping his white cloak tight, meaning he's got full control of that arm. Whatever trials he's undergone, he's still Shirou and he's still going to try to make his ideals a reality. He's also looking a bit more tanned than usual. After Shimosa's release, it is argued that this is Sengo Muramasa himself. Which is even more awesome.
- Sakura: "Fantasy is the proof of freedom." Showing Sakura with trimmed hair and both a gorgeous kimono and her Mystic Code on top of it, it's clear that Sakura has made it past the shadow she once lived under and is now free to actually have dreams, and can now use the incredible power of her imaginary number magecraft to bring wonders into being - as she fairly glows with power amidst a shower of (possibly self-created) sakura petals.
- Rin: "Mastery of fundamentals is the greatest proof of excellence." Showing Rin in a very fancy dress and with five of her glowing power gems, the art and description make it clear she's become quite possibly the greatest of the Tohsakas and a more than worthy successor to the name, elegant and magnificent.
- The best part? Even after two years, with CEs being subject to way more power creep than Servants, these CEs are still highly coveted, Rin and Sakura especially, because their effect - 25% additional effect to a card type - affects everything a card does and can still make Servants focused around one card type into absolute monsters.
- Even individually, their concepts are awesome, and the descriptions make them moreso. Each one is focused around how each one overcame their personal trials or embraced the best part of themselves, and it shows:
- The opening cinematic. As it is compulsory for any other Fate series to have one such awesome opening, Grand Order is no exception, with Maaya Sakamoto's "Shikisai" playing on the background (which is also used in all of the main story Trailers). There are several stand-outs:
- Altria duels Gilgamesh in a straight up Sword Fight, which never occurred in canon. Here we can see quite a difference: Gil's moves are more wild compared to Altria, fighting with this odd, dance-like quality using the momentum of his or his opponent's strikes to dodge or block attacks respectively, as well as fuelling his own attacks and counters. He also uses the force of his strikes to launch himself over and around Altria regardless of if she blocks or dodges, and remains almost stuck in the same spot as Gil attacks from many angles.
- EMIYA goes up against Jeanne d'Arc. What makes this awesome is that, both historical fact and in-game lore states that Jeanne did not fight with a sword (she is mostly a standard-bearer, after all). Here, she could put up against EMIYA, a Dual Wielding badass in canon.
- Iskander goes mano a mano with Darius III. Fans jokingly note it is more like a brofist rather than exchanging blows with fists.
- Fans noticed that the cinematic would be more fitting if it used the second opening song of Unlimited Blade Works anime, "Brave Shine". See for yourself.
- Some Servant animations for attacks and Noble Phantasm are so over-the-top it's awesome. For example:
- Karna's finisher for a Brave Chain, his Brahmastra Eye Beam. Attacking in his level 3 Ascension also feels good, using his god-killer spear Vasavi Shakti! It's also a reminder of just why Jinako insisted he was a "Launcher" - seeing this, it's hard to argue!
- Arjuna on his trial quest. He faces backward and somehow his arrows are on target! This is actually a bug, however.
- Santa Alter using Vortigern.
- Nobunaga spamming her muskets in conjunction with her katana.
- Mysterious Heroine X. With her Star Wars-level swordplay animation, then jet-streaming with Excalibur and Excalibur Morgan.
- Mysterious Heroine X Alter keeps up the Star Wars references by fighting like a Sith Lord, with Force powers and Darth Maul-esque double-ended Excalibur lightsaber.
- The Count's attack animations, warping around and beam spamming just like a Dragon Ball character. His NP is even more awesome.
- Jeanne Alter. Besides dual wielding, she actually uses her La Pucelle, that is deemed Too Awesome to Use by vanilla Jeanne. Her animations have her using flame slashes, flame pillars, and burning stakes.
- Da Vinci's animations are funny as hell. She can use a Rocket Punch, spewing flame and ice, and smashes enemy with her Saint Quartz-topped staff. Her NP on the other hand... is literally a nuke.
- Iskandar's Ionioi Hetairoi, while looking somewhat-plain compared to the rest of the examples here, manages to invoke awesome nonetheless by summoning the desert and Iskandar's army in almost the same fashion as the Fate/Zero anime, and then playing "You Are My King". Manly Tears must be shed. In addition of that, there's also an awesome Battlecry he threw in just because. "AAAAAAALALALALALAIE!!!"
- Xuanzang's attack animation and NP is awesome. She attacks with the Journey to the West party's weapons, and her NP has her use Buddha's Divine Hand to seal the enemy in Five Fingers Mountain!
- Rider Kintoki's NP is hilarious and awesome! To star it off, he summons a golden-bear-motorcycle thing. Then he uses it to ram the enemy all while yelling "GOLDEN BEAR CRASH!!!" at the top of his lungs. Then golden flames consume the enemy. To top it all off, badass rock music plays while using it.
- Minamoto no Yorimitsu's NP is also awesome. She summons 4 copies of herself, each one wielding Yorimitsu's Big Four's weapons, imbued with an element. After spamming elemental attacks, she finishes it off with her lightning-imbued katana slash.
- Mash's true Noble Phantasm, Lord Camelot, comes with an awesome new animation and a Theme Music Power-Up of a remix of the game's title theme. Watch it in action here (WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS).
- Ozymandias is pure awesome, from his normal attacks, shooting light from the sky, using magic, to his EX Attack, where he summons a Sphinx to rain down pain, to finally his Noble Phantasm, where he summons his Reality Marble and has his pyramids ram each other into the enemy!
- Illya and Chloe's animations are very awesome. Illya spams her magical attacks from the anime and even uses her Zwei Form to fire the Quintet Fire that had defeated Gilgamesh's Enuma Elish! Also, Chloe's animations utilize several techniques unused by EMIYA from sword spam, actually using her bow, even Crane Wing Three Realms! For bonus points, use Kuro against Saber Alter to recreate "Sparks Liner High".
- If you're a fan of classic RPGs, Saber Bathory is going to make you geek the fuck out. She's well-animated, her normal animation set is replete with shout-outs to classic games of the 80s and early 90s, her outfit is a massive Dragon Quest shout-out, and her NP is, of all things, the Combattler V Choudenji Spin! And that can even double as a Super Robot Wars reference, completing the gag!
- King Hassan's animation emphasizes just how powerful he is especially when he weakened Gawain in Camelot for you, with stylish and visceral animations like he's from Dark Souls or Devil May Cry. His Noble Phantasm is merely a single, powerful slash... preceded by a Power Walk and a Death Glare. Truly worthy of his title as Grand Assassin.
- Musashi. Just... Musashi. Dual-wielding aside, her animations are really graceful, and her NP is flashy! She summons an Ashura to slice her enemy, then fuse her katanas and creating a giant energy blade for finisher!
- EMIYA (Alter). His NP is Unlimited Lost Works (which is essentially the same as UBW)... which manifests inside his enemy from a single origin bullet shot into their body, to skewer them from the inside!
- Archer of Shinjuku. He carries around a giant coffin-shaped machine gun that also shoots lasers and missiles, and his Noble Phantasm has him unload its entirety upon the poor enemy with awesome animations and dialogue, to boot.
- Arthur. Differing from Altria's gracefulness, Arthur's swordplay is powerful, with heavy swings and stabs. Then there's his NP. Proto Merlin (with Kawasumi's voice!) unlocks 6 Seals of the Round Table and Arthur declares that he will fight to protect the world, before unleashing an earth-scorching Excalibur!
- Hijikata's NP deserves a mention, especially when he transformed from a calm commander into an epically ROARING madman that delivered powerful slashes and then shooting the enemy with a Wave Motion Gun coming from his musket, all while yelling "THIS IS!! SHIN! SEN! GUMIII!!!"
- Suzuka. Her animations are very fluid, using telekinesis for attacking with her three katanas. She can even use them as platforms for an overhead attack! Then there's her NP, Tenkiame, which is derived from Daishintou, raining all enemies in a rain of blades!
- Berserker of El Dorado, just like Herc, is incredibly brutal. The Epic Flail with huge spiky ends aside, her attacks cause explosions everywhere! And her NP has her go absolutely bonkers on the poor person...
- Swimsuit Nobunaga is AWESOME! She has a concept of a rock girl with a huge-ass rock guitar, which she uses as an axe. The NP is even more awesome: she plays the guitar to summon a huge skeleton to deliver Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs to the enemy!
- Abigail's Noble Phantasm (spoilers, obviously) is so awe-inspiring, as it's one of the most impressive super attacks in the history of the entire game!
- Not to be outdone by Abby, Hokusai also has impressive attack animations, especially her NP that recreates one of her most famous painting! Also, she has two sets of animation like her fellow Foreigner, Abby.
- Sieg. His attack animations have him transforming parts of his body or sword into Siegfried's own (who received his own attack animation updates just days prior), and his Noble Phantasm has him transforming into Fafnir himself before unleashing a deluge of blue flames upon the enemy, all while the main theme of Fate/Apocrypha blares out.
- Some previously released Servants have had their animations updated as well, and they're nothing short of stunning.
- The Fate/Accel Zero Order pre-event comes with new animations for Altria and Gilgamesh's Noble Phantasms. Excalibur is now much more visually stunning and includes the Pillar of Light at the end, and Enuma Elish is now more based on its animation in Fate/Extra CCC, which was awesome enough to land itself on that entry's Moment of Awesome page.
- EMIYA's animation update finally lets him use Projected weapons such as Hrunting and Caladbolg II, and his Extra attack becomes Crane Wing Three Realms, complete with Kanshou and Bakuya's Overedge forms. And Unlimited Blade Works is even more visually stunning.
- Heracles' updated animations are savage in every sense of the word. He attacks with so much power, dirt ends up flying everywhere. Even his roaring damages the enemy!
- Robin Hood now performs more acrobatics, rushing up to enemies and kicking them, or attacking the opponent from several angles in rapid succession. His Extra Attack ends with him using his Wall of Thorns attack from Fate/Extra to strike the opponent from below.
- Medea attacks with lightning, ice, fire, lasers, and even summons Dragon Tooth Warriors to strike the opponent. Her Extra Attack has her restrain the opponent while she rains laser beams on them, and the new animation of Rule Breaker finally averts its Gameplay and Story Segregation by having her strike them with magic first before closing in.
- Medusa's Extra Attack has her kick off the opponent and then rush at them, appearing back at her original spot at the end. And rather than ramming them straight on, Bellerophon has her fly up into the air before divebombing the opponent, and it looks as beautiful as you would expect.
- The original Cu Chulainn finishes his Extra Attack by throwing Gae Bolg at the opponent. He also uses Gae Bolg like a vaulting pole, flipping into the air during some attacks.
- Saber Alter powers up Excalibur Morgan while executing her normal attacks, and fires blasts of dark energy from her hand. Using Excalibur Morgan now ends with a pillar of dark energy.
- Carmilla's animations are awesome in their own terrifying way. She summons explosions of blood, or teleports in front of opponents to strike them up close, even stepping on them with her Combat Stilettos. The Phantom Maiden also flies in out of nowhere and closes on enemies, or drops out of a portal directly on top of them in her Extra Animation. Even her skills cause pools of blood to bubble up beneath her. And Phantom Maiden itself has a much smoother animation to go with all of this.
- Cursed Arm Assassin shrouds himself in darkness as he rushes around the enemy for his Extra animation, and he jumps behind enemies to throw knives at their backs or gets in close to slash with his knife. Using Zabaniya causes him to draw energy into his arm, before the bandages on it rip apart, and then the hand comes flying straight at the screen before spattering it with blood.
- Okita's animations were already impressive, with her Flash Stepping around the opponent and striking them repeatedly each time. The update somehow makes them even more beautiful by adding trails of light to her attacks and having the camera follow her more closely as she moves.
- Francis Drake pistol whips and kicks opponents, performs combat rolls to get in close, and seemingly has more explosive rounds in her guns. The Wild Hunt also looks that much more beautiful just by being put in an actual stormy sea rather than a black abyss. But the real highlight is her Extra Attack, where she summons the Wild Hunt's cannons to shoot the opponent!
- d'Eon has a new stance mirroring their artwork more closely, and their swordplay has become more graceful to match. The new Fleur de Lis is gorgeous, showering the opponents with lights that turn into lilies.
- The renewed Tamamo also has two sets of animations: a combination of melee and magic for her first and second Ascension and the full brunt of her jujutsu for her third Ascension. Her NP also has more flair now.
Chapter 1 — Observer on Timeless Temple
- Fuyuki: The pre-battle cutscene against Saber Alter, where she decides to be a Combat Pragmatist and unleash her Noble Phantasm, Excalibur Morgan, from the get-go. As shown in the Heaven's Feel route, Excalibur Morgan's Sword Beam is nigh-unstoppable - and yet, Mash manages to block it with her Noble Phantasm, which she has only recently awakened, putting her all into it with a yell. It helps that the Grand Battle theme is starting up as this happens, which continues playing as the cutscene segues right into the battle itself.
- In a moment of inspiring bravery, Marie Antoinette stayed behind to guard the evacuating townsfolk, allowing Jeanne and Georgios to escape and go on to heal Siegfried. First she defeated Sanson and then fought Jeanne Alter to delay her, despite knowing that she was drastically outmatched. Vive La France, indeed.
- In a moment of villainous willpower, Charles-Henri Sanson, in-game a lowly two-star Servant, manages to shrug off his Shadow Servant state he was reduced to after being defeated by Marie Antoinette so that he can talk to Mozart.
- Jeanne figuring out that Jeanne Alter isn't any aspect of her just by asking one question - namely, if she still remembers her family as Jeanne did. The fact that Jeanne remembers so much of her former life as a French country girl was precisely why her betrayal by the King of France hurt so very badly for her. The fact that Jeanne Alter doesn't even remember this and cannot answer her question is what clues her in (or rather, confirms her suspicion) that not only is Jeanne Alter not an aspect of her at all, but that she was not the holder of the Grail or the one behind this singularity, which leads to the final battle against Caster Gilles, who created Jeanne Alter as his weapon of revenge against France after he sought to resurrect Jeanne using the Grail but was denied.
- Okeanos, especially the second half, is closer to an epic movie than a game.
- After stealing Blackbeard's Grail, Jason announcing his true intention to sacrifice Euryale to the Ark of the Covenant in his attempt to be the king of the world. Unfortunately, sacrificing an earth goddess will destroy the fragile singularity, but Jason doesn't know that and Medea Lily kept that little fact secret. Jason then sics Heracles, with God Hand activated at that, on the Golden Hind. Asterios intercepts him and wrestles with a hero whose specialty is slaying monsters to a draw, all while declaring his love to Euryale. Seeing the fight in a stalemate, Jason orders Hektor to tip the scale to their favor. Hektor pierces both Berserkers and throws them off to the sea, confident that Heracles will survive because of God Hand. As it later revealed in Tamamo Cat's interlude, Asterios also survives.
- Heracles swims all the way to the protagonist's camp, still chasing after them. Seeing there's no other way to kill him, the protagonist volunteers to be the bait by carrying Euryale around as the other Servants are trying to push him into the Ark. They shoot him with all of their Noble Phantasms simultanously and he still doesn't die from it. The Ark is basically their only hope against Heracles at this point!
- When questioned by Jason why Medea Lily didn't say that the singularity will be destroyed if they sacrifice Euryale, Medea answers that she was defeated and cursed to be silent by another mage stronger than her. This girl is a magus from the age of Gods and can cure anything except death. It wasn't until the next chapter we can see how strong that mage is, and it's not pretty.
- After Medea Lily turns Jason into Demon Pillar Forneus, everyone begins to lose hope that they can face it... Until Drake just shoots it with her guns to prove that it can be killed. This inspires everyone and allows them to fight and defeat the Demon Pillar.
- Ever wonders how Drake got the Grail? She just happened to stumble upon Atlantis, where the wraith of Poseidon was using the Grail to cling on whatever remaining influence he has on the world which is the city of Atlantis itself. Poseidon attempted to defeat Drake, who is the representative of humanity taming the sea, as to reinstate his dominance. Drake then proceeded to defeat him, stole the Grail, and re-sunk Atlantis back to the sea. As this is not an event changed by the presence of the false Grail that creates the singularity, this entire fight canonically happened in the Nasuverse's history and is one of the reasons why Drake has a Star attribute.
- Mordred not giving a shit about Mephistopheles's word games before cutting him down where he stands after the party finds out he murdered Victor Frankenstein and defeats him.
- Makiri Zolgen, aka Matou Zouken. In his prime days on this game, he trashed the Mage Association with his boosted Servants: Charles Babbage, Paracelsus, and Mephistopheles. In his final moment, he managed to summon Nikola Tesla as well.
- Andersen gets a big one involving Solomon as well. Solomon releases a magic blast that kills every single Servant it hits such as Kintoki and Tamamo, a fragment of Amaterasu (albeit in one of her less powerful forms, having only two tails). He then turns his attention on Mordred and fires it again, and Andersen blocks it. The normal human survived a strike that killed a fragment of a goddess. What does Andersen do after this? Insult him to his face. Andersen, a Servant with a rank of E in nearly every single stat, insulted the King of Magic. Badass Normal at it's finest, even if Solomon was more amused than anything before annihilating him with his next shot.
- The infodump of the Servant system from Andersen while dying from Solomon's magic blast. Apparently, the original ritual is used to summon 7 Grand Servants and unite them against a threat to humanity. The Fuyuki system is a toned-down system.
- Solomon. He resurrected himself as a Heroic Spirit and is now actively incinerating human history bit by bit.
- The final battle is this as well. The battle is against Solomon with Four Ars Goetia demons... only, you defeat the demons but Solomon still kicks your team's collective asses.
- The very concept of this Order is this. A full-scale Holy Grail War that pits American Servants against Celt Servants with the Indian Servants in-between.
- Cu Chulainn Alter is made of this. After becoming Fate's chew toy for so long, he gets to expend his pent-up frustration and is the most dangerous Servant of this chapter, causing many Servant deaths! And he did all this before he used the power of Ascension...
- Rama coming out (albeit barely) alive after getting NP'ed by Cu Alter, staying alive with practically half of his heart for days... and after he is recovered, he defeats Beowulf instantly with Brahmastra. Yes, all Indian Servants are badasses.
- Special mention to the protagonist. More especifically, when Edison is declaring that they should ally with him or be considered enemies, he gave them 3 minutes to choose. After those minutes passed, their answer towards Edison can be basically the equivalent of giving a Servant the bird:Protagonist: Better give up on the grail, President Lion.
- Cu against his teacher, Scathach. Scathach tries to seal off Cu with her other NP, the gate to the Land of Shadows... but Cu breaks free and seemingly kills her with a technique she never taught him.
- Karna vs Arjuna's duel. It is so awesome, they made all present at the battlefield stop fighting to witness it, even Rama said that they should sit back and enjoy the awesomeness. Then Karna is backstabbed by Cu (with an Anti-Army thrown Gae Bolg!) and seemingly dies... only for it to be revealed that he's survived having his spiritual core destroyed through sheer willpower and manages to become the first Servant to seriously injure Cu, nearly killing him with a weakened Vasavi Shakti despite it only grazing Cu, who was forced to retreat and heal despite his Grail and runes providing near-instant regeneration.
- Li Shuwen duels against Beowulf in a hand-to-hand combat in which Li Shuwen, a relatively modern Heroic Spirit, manages to tie with Beowulf. Granted, it's only because Beowulf is too accustomed to fighting monsters, and his brute force is not as effective for fighting human, but it's still impressive. In the end, Li Shuwen got the fight he always dreamed of, against Scathach.
- In the final battle, Edison working with Tesla against 28 Demon Pillars to deliver a System Keraunos boosted WFD, and to end it all, Arjuna launchs a full-powered Pashupata against them.
- The player's own final duel against Cu Alter is just as awesome. Cu is an enemy who has laid waste to many of the powerful NPC allies of the player, up to and including Karna. The protagonist manages to put him on the ropes to the point that he has to resort to Ascension to make himself stronger, and fights them in his second and later third forms as if he were a Dragon Ball Z villain. Finally, when it seems that he's on his last legs, he uses the power of the Grail to achieve his final form - that of Demon God Halphas, a powerful demon with a different appearance from those fought before. And as the player still keeps continuing to fight, eventually coming out on top again, with an epic reprise of the main menu music playing all the while.
- Bedivere being able to destroy a sphinx permanently. Remember that sphinxes in the Fate universe are Divine Beasts with almost infinite regeneration.
- Arash being able to block Lion King's Rhongomyniad's blast using Stella at the cost of his life to protect Hassan of the Cursed Arm's village.
- As this needs elaboration: Arash had already been ambushed by Lancelot while trying to fend off Tristan's platoon of knight-enforcers. This included eating an Arondight Overload dead on, and as a reminder, this is a move where Lancelot holds back on his Anti-Army blast until it will all be focused on one target. Arash survives this. Once Tristan is driven off by the player party, Chaldea detects an incoming Rhongomyniad blast that reads as being around a thousand times more powerful than most normal Noble Phantasm attacks, including Excalibur (a hint that there is something very strange about this Altria). Arash tells you all to hide in the caves with the rest of the civilians of the town, he'll handle this. He then proceeds to invoke his NP fully, chant and all, and uses a single arrow to deflect a magical blast with the power of a nuclear weapon, giving his life in the process.
- Crossing over with Heartwarming, Tawara Touta chooses to stays outside and risk his life, because as he says, every man deserves to have at least one witness to their last and greatest moment.
- There's also his full chant for Stella.note It is easily as cool as any of the other lengthy invocations for NPs in Fate works.note O sacred Lord. O radiant Lord who bestowed wisdom, sanctity, and strength upon me.I call upon thee to witness my heart, my thoughts, and everything I've achieved.Now, creator of the moon and stars. Behold my deeds, my death, and the Spenta Armaiti which I must carry out.After I unleash this last arrow with all my strength--Even my iron body shall shatter, and annihilate me where I stand!Lone Meteor - STELLA!
- Xuanzang manages to defeat Ozymandias inside Amon-Ra using her Buddha palms, with a battle of Divine Spirit-level NP vs. actual Divine Spirit!
- Mash reaches her Rage Breaking Point upon learning that Lancelot knew about the Lion King's plans and went along with them anyway and ascends to her third ascension. She then challenges Lancelot to a duel, and wins.
- King Hassan curbstomping Gawain, first by blocking out the sun with a sandstorm to weaken him, then taking down the sandstorm and letting him use a fully-charged Excalibur Galantine, which he effortlessly parries. It's implied (and later confirmed) that he's the Grand Assassin.
- Hassan of the Cursed Arm taking down Tristan by releasing the demon Shaytan sealed in his arm to possess Tristan, nearly killing them both. Hassan of the Cursed Arm is saved by King Hassan by killing the Shaitan, along with Tristan and releases him from his service for him to live a normal life with his son.
- Agravain managing to kill Lancelot using the drug made for their Mooks and delivering a What the Hell, Hero? speech to the Hypocrite. Note that he, a seemingly normal, non-magic knight, is able to defeat Lancelot, who's stated to be the best warrior of the Knights of the Round Table!
- Ozymandias and Nitocris taking down Rhongomyniad's barrier around Camelot by throwing a PYRAMID at full power at the cost of their lives.
- Xuanzang brings down the gates of Camelot, which can only be harmed by good, using her Buddha fist. Sadly, she dies as well.
- Mash unlocking the full potential of her Noble Phantasm, Lord Camelot during the fight with Altria Lancer . All the servants that went up against the full power of Rhongomyniad had to blow themselves up just to stop it. With Lord Camelot, Mash was able to tank it.
- Bedivere slowly walking toward the Lion King as Dr. Roman begins to freak out at his readings, delivers the Wham Line of the chapter, and retroactively makes everything Bedivere has done so far even more impressive:Dr. Roman: Gudao, is the Sir Bedivere there real!? The observation results are off! There's no Spirit Origin signature at all! The Magical Circuits are on the level of a human's...Dr. Roman: He's just... a regular human!
- Related to the above: Bedivere's soul should have undergone a Cessation of Existence at the end of Camelot. Being alive for a millennium and a half stretched his soul to its limit, and each use of Dead End: Airgetlam further consumes his soul. By the time he hands Excalibur back to the Lion King, his soul should have died. However, the World preserved a record of his deeds in the Singularity, and used that record to preserve him within the Throne of Heroes. Despite, or perhaps because of the risks and sacrifices he made to accomplish his goal, he was able to go Beyond the Impossible. And the game mechanics recognize this — he is given the Star attribute, an attribute only given to Heroic Spirits who were known not only for their heroic deeds, but also for changing the course of human history. He's the only Heroic Spirit recorded as preventing the Incineration of Humanity by the Throne of Heroes.
- Babylonia: It was teased that the seventh singularity would be long and challenging, and it delivers:
- The villains in this chapter is the alliance of three goddesses trying to overthrow Gilgamesh from Uruk: Tiamat, Ereshkigal, and Quetzalcoatl. You're now fighting against gods!
- The Axe of Marduk is a gargantuan weapon hundreds of meters long. It requires three groups of hundreds of Wyverns to transport it to the Northern Wall. Once there, Quetzalcoatl simply hurls it all the way to the Bloodfort, shattering the entrance and allowing the rest of the group to take on the final goddess.
- Gorgon manages to put up an excellent fight against the protagonists. When confronting her at her temple, after having already lost Ushiwakamaru and Benkei, the team throws everything they have at her only for her to shrug it off moments later thanks to her Complete Immortality. It takes Ana wielding the immortal-killing scythe that slayed her in legend to finally take her down. Then, the real battle begins...
- Siduri. Not only does she manage to actually retain part of her consciousness despite being forcefully transformed into a Laḫmu, she also refuses to fight the protagonists and single handedly takes out a horde of other Laḫmus that are trying to kill Kingu. It may have been her Dying Moment of Awesome, but it still shows just how amazing a person she was and why Gilgamesh chose her as his advisor.
- Tiamat, full stop. The Goddess of Primordial Chaos and Beast of Humanity is not fucking around. The Mother of Life that can destroy the world on her whim is more a natural disaster than a living being, and displays that by completely and effortlessly razing several cities to the ground and even killing the summoned version of Merlin before she's even fully awake. It takes everything the group has to simply slow her down and the entirety of the fight against her is nothing short of amazing.
- Even in her weakened and restrained Femme Fatale form, Tiamat still gathers enough power to wipe Uruk off the map in an instant and is only stopped because she allows herself to be.
- Once Femme Fatale is defeated, its revealed that the chains that were binding her were Tiamat's own doing. She was trying to restrain herself from harming Humanity, her children, but now that you've killed her motherly form she no longer has to hold back. Tiamat then rises from the primordial sea as a draconic entity so large as to be easily seen on the singularity's map before advancing the Chaos Tide and wiping out several cities, only failing to immediately destroy Uruk because of a last minute interference on Gilgamesh's part.
- Quetzalcoatl uses her second Noble Phantasm to unleash a miniature sun on Tiamat's Chaos Tide, drying up the primordial sea in an effort to halt the Beast's advances, only for the mother goddess to reveal she can fly. The Mesopotamian Goddess then uses her second Noble Phantasm and manifests herself as a falling meteor before striking Tiamat. It doesn't leave a scratch.
- As Tiamat ascends to the skies to lay waste to Uruk, a horde of snakes emerge from the Chaos tide and slam her back into the ground. Gorgon then emerges from the tide, but not the one we knew. Ana has returned in her adult form, and she rips off Tiamat's horn, grounding the Beast of Regression for the rest of the singularity.
- Even before Tiamat even reaches Uruk, the city has already been overrun by Laḫmus with only Gilgamesh and eight soldiers still standing. Once Tiamat does reach Uruk, she immediately shows why she is so feared and delivers Gilgamesh a mortal wound. This being Gilgamesh, it doesn't slow him down a second.
- The Laḫmus then stage a direct attack on the Ziggurat and pummel it into the ground before eight-thousand of them charge at the party. Just when all hope seems lost, Kingu arrives and instantly kills six-thousand of the deranged beasts before transforming himself into the Chains of Heaven and binding Tiamat.Kingu: Mother's fury is a thing of the past. Now I will awaken the breath of stars— Enuma Elish! Humans, let us bind the gods!!!!!
- Kingu's sacrifice bought Ereshkigal the time she needed to complete her preparations. With Gilgamesh himself acting as bait, Ishtar fires a conceptual copy of Venus onto Tiamat, driving the primordial goddess into the heart of the underworld where she can be killed.
- Forcing Tiamat into the underworld also forced her to revert to her true form◊ in which she quickly unleashes her Chaos Tide upon the land of Kur in an effort to claim it as her own. Just before it overtakes the protagonists, its advancement suddenly halts as flowers sprout from the blackened mud. Merlin's back, in the flesh this time, and he brought backup...
- Ziusu-dra reveals himself to be the Old Man of the Mountain, the First Hassan-i Sabbah, and has surrendered his title as Grand in order to fight alongside you. With a single stroke, he cleaves Tiamat's wings from her body and bestows the concept of Death onto an immortal being, showing once again that he is the first and greatest of all Hassans.Ziusu-dra: All that begins must end. So, too, all that lives, dies, and in dying, value finds. Thy vaunted eternity is but hollow slumber. Beast of Disaster, evil born of mankind's folly, thy desperate wish that thy love not go unrequited is itself thy rejection's root. Of rank, nor station, nor the title Grand have I need. Bear witness, goddess of life, to the testament writ with mine own blade. Thou fallen god, to beasthood turned, if Primordial Mother be thy title, attend, and hear my name. From the mountain abyss, I come, and only death do I bring. I am the Old Man of the Mountain, the First Hassan-i Sabbah. The bell of evening tolls thy name. Touch not the sky, for by heaven's will I shall strip thee of thy wings!
- Remember when Gilgamesh got serious at the end of Fate/hollow ataraxia? Before dying to Tiamat's injury, with the last of his power and using his own body as a catalyst, Caster Gilgamesh summoned his Archer self who decides to go all out to defend what's left of Babylonia and finally strikes down the corrupt goddess. His attitude is even reflected in-game, with the support Gilgamesh having unique sprite and dialogue compared to his summoned counterpart.
- Because of your success in this order, Solomon has finally decided that you're a threat and has invited you to come fight him in his fortress in the year 2016. The final battle is nigh!
- The Final Battle: Solomon's Grand Time Temple:
Flauros, the Information Center - Information Center, Terminated
- Solomon sends all of his Demon Pillars to attack Chaldea and humanity: 63 of them scattered through time-space and 8 attacking Chaldea.
- Several Servants from every singularity show up to help you fight them off, with Jeanne making her speech from the first trailer. You have to fight the eight attacking Chaldea, each pillar representing all the singularities you've visited, with each fight having an awesome remix of each singularity's map theme.
- The playerbase was not playing around. Within 48 hours, the combination of the playerbase's pure greed and anger finally killed all of the Demon Pillars.
- Then Solomon unleashes another Demon Pillar, Andromalius. This time, almost all of the event Servants arrive to give you backup! This demon also ends up dead before the day's over. Dantes deserves a specific mention here as the protagonist and Mash push forward he's fighting Andromalius on his own and winning. All while the demon pillar curses at their choice to ever try to include Dantes in their plans to begin with.
- The victory scenes against the Demon Pillars are all one big collection of post-mortem one-liners.
Forneus, the Observatory - Observatory, Closed
Barbatos, the Control Tower - Control Tower, Collapsed
Halphas, the Armory - Armory, Impasse
Amon, the Gazing Star - Gazing Star, Extinguished
Sabnock, the Chamber of Life - Chamber of Life, Dead
Andromalius, the Trash Heap - Trash Heap, Shutdown
- Culminating in the victory scene after defeating the Big Bad: Singularity, Collapsed.
- And then there's the final battle. Whew. Epic would be an understatement for describing that event. Let's see...
- Mash manages to shield the Protagonist from Solomon's Noble Phantasm with her own at the cost of her own life.
- Dr. Roman reveals himself to be the actual Solomon and promptly uses his final Noble Phantasm, Ars Nova, to completely remove himself from the Throne of Heroes, rendering the fake Solomon vulnerable. The protagonist and their Heroic Spirits then launch all their might at the Big Bad, defeating him, all with an orchestrated version of Shikisai playing in the background.
- The fake Solomon, who is actually one of the Beasts, Demon King Goetia, first tries to directly attack you but you manage to defend yourself against his blows with Mash's shield and use a Command Spell to strengthen yourself and punch him back. This scene is interspersed with others showing that Goetia's control over the Demon Pillars is totally falling apart, with some shutting down, others surrendering and begging for mercy, one losing its mind and eating its companions as it goes on a self-destructive rampage, many choosing to fight on to the bitter end, and a few even outright defecting to the heroes side.
- As the Timeless Temple collapses Goetia gathers all of his remaining willpower and challenges the protagonist one last time, using Solomon's shattered corpse as a vessel. After another climactic battle he fails once again and dies for good. Consider that Epic of Remnant's events are driven partially because of a Demon Pillar seeking revenge not just because Goetia was defeated, but also because it wasn't a Servant who did it. Goetia, who was still powerful enough to give many a run for their money even in his dying throes, was canonically defeated by a near-completely average Master who just happened to be at Chaldea the day he set his plan into motion, using nothing but their Command Spells, their kouhai's shield, and a pure, overwhelming desire to not give up. God damn.
- Fou, who is revealed to actually be Beast IV and Primate Murder, gives all his power to resurrect Mash, a feat that not even True Magic could accomplish. And with that and your return to Chaldea, the future was saved by a lowly magus (now promoted to the rank of Cause) and their Servant and the Grand Order is complete.
- A bit of meta-awesome is that, thanks to how the timing shook out and how fast the Pillars died, the final battle was unlocked, for Japan, on Christmas Day. Team Chaldea literally saved Christmas by defeating Goetia, a fact that fanart did not miss.
Chapter 1. 5 — Epic of Remnant
- Holmes and Moriarty can understand the animal language which is demonstrated when they translate the chat between Fou and Cavall II. They say it can be learned with a little bit practicing.
- Moriarty finally gets a victory over his hated nemesis by backstabbing Sherlock at the opportune moment.
- One of the most awesome moments in mystery works is when the culprit was revealed and the one doing it after the final battle is you.Protagonist: "James Moriarty! You're the culprit!"
- Altria and Emiya Alter team up to destroy the giant asteroid summoned by Moriarty, complete with a Theme Music Power-Up for Saber Alter as she unleashes Excalibur Morgan on the debris of what remains of the asteroid after Emiya used Unlimited Lost Works to break it up.
- SE.RA.PH is filled with all kinds of awesome, whether it be the big moments or the little things.
- Gawain manages to hold his ground against Passionlip all by himself and when you meet up with him, he's battered but not defeated.
- Meltryllis has fallen into the waste disposal area defending you from a Demon Pillar and Beckman is trying to call you back to the church to regroup. When you refuse and he starts trying to threaten to report you for insubordination when everything is over your response is to simply cut the line on the entitled asshole.
- The final boss battle against the Demonic Bodhisattva is awesome. She's a Beast which means you can't defeat her normally and have to debuff her like mad with the Kiara Punishers you've farmed in the event. But even if you buy every debuff, it's still a very challenging fight! She has 3 HP bars, very fearsome attacks, and her NP removes any buffs you've stacked before dealing damage. This is all set to an awesome and intense battle theme. All in all, a very intense battle and satisfying ending to the event.
- The two times when Passionlip and Meltryllis use Virgin Razor Palladion
- The first time is during an alternate timeline where Kiara won, since only Meltryllis and Passionip were left to stop her. Since all was lost, rather than being aimed at Kiara, it was aimed upward, towards the surface. Due to the unique nature of SE.RA.PH, this resulted in Meltryllis traveling back in time to the beginning, allowing her to pass on her memories to her past self before the strain of traveling at light speed killed her.
- The second time this time Kiara is losing and she tries to escape by shutting off the gravity field, sending the heroes floating away while Kiara is drifting away with the still sinking SE.RA.PH. Empowered by Command Spell, Meltryllis and Passionlip once again fire off Virgin Razor Palladion, this time in order to deal the finishing blow to Kiara.
- Kiara tries to hijack Melt's body in a desperate last grab at survival only for EMIYA Alter, at this point in his death throes, to muster enough strength to shoot Melt free long enough for Tristan to pull her away and then once again kill the deranged cult leader turned Beast.
- Meta. A popular Self-Imposed Challenge among the players is to see if it is possible to beat Kiara without using any KP points, facing her Demonic Bodhisattva form instead of Beast III/R. Some players actually beat her in that form. Here's one example.
- Astolfo using Casseur di Logistilla and d'Eon using Fleur-de-Lys in tandem to nullify the Amazons' battle cry.
- Megalos is Heracles taken Up to Eleven, with da Vinci calling him less a person and more of a force of nature as he wrecks his way through everyone.
- Christopher Columbus is about to revive Megalos after a long hard fight. Cue one normal man sniping Columbus, and uses his own words of "never giving up" against him, allowing Young!Fergus to finish Columbus off.
- Young Fergus shatters Laputa, a floating island, with his Caladbolg.
- Shimosa Province:
- Caster of Limbo tries to win irony points by implanting a Curse of Annihilation on Musashi. The protagonist, someone he's done nothing but look down on, responds with Rain of Isis, shattering his ancient brainwashing curse in one second. Limbo's subsequent Villainous Breakdown is well-deserved.
- Sengo Muramasa's Badass Boast against Amakusa Shirou, with a brand-new remix of EMIYA playing.Why I, a swordsmith, out of all people, was summoned
instead of the invincible swordsman, Juubei
instead of the one praised as a master of espionage, Hanzo
instead of the renowned caster Abe no Senmei.
For being unable to foresee that, this is your defeat.I once sought to create the ultimate blade.
Not a blade of steel to sunder flesh, or bone, or life.
No, what I sought was to bury hate.
A blade that would sever bonds. Sever fate. Sever karma.Upon one's arrival are countless tools.
Carved over a thousand blades, forming a pile of swords.
This is the place where all paths cross.
This is the place where all desires flow.
This is the place where all deaths await.
My whole life was for this single swing.The heart of the blade is right here!
Take this, this is my Tsumugari Muramasa!!!
- The final boss battle is not against any of the new Servants or any new character. No, it's a Duel Boss with Musashi against Sasaki Kojirou. Not only that, but he appears as a Saber for the battle, has brand new artwork by Takeuchi himself and updated animations what were not announced beforehand, including a brand new animation to Tsubame-Gaeshi. For a Servant who had before that point went unnoticed in the story, he came into the spotlight with an impact.
- Salem: The Chaldea Crew fight someone possessed by an OUTER GOD. The big shots in the Nasuverse, The Magocracy, The Church, etc., were trying to help hold it in and failing. It takes the combined efforts of the Queen of freaking Sheba and the Great Witch Circe to contain the target long enough to quell the host. They barely succeeding, before your team pummel it to submission. If you fail? The Counter Force itself is winding its arm to defeat her.
- Said boss has type-disadvantage against Alter-Ego servants. While this means you can ruin the atmosphere of the final battle by bringing along the Mecha Eli-Chans, it also means you can take Okita Alter and Kiara to take her down. Suddenly, an Anti-Climax Boss swings back around to an epic showdown between a cosmic horror from beyond time, and an actual agent of the Counter Force or a (sort of) reformed Evil of Humanity.
Chapter 2 — Cosmos in the Lostbelt
- We have a new opening for the second part, and it's way better than the first! The artwork and animation are sharp and clean as expected from Studio Troyca with the protagonist and Mash, ready to fight for the future once again!
- Turns out that Sherlock Holmes is an unregistered Servant at Chaldea. This comes to his (and Chaldea's) advantage that he is not banished like other servants, allowing him to smuggle their Saint Graphs and themselves away in advance. His reason for doing so? He already saw the crisis coming.
- Mash, despite being unable to fight as a result of being unable to use any of her Servant abilities for a year, urges you to use a Command Spell on her so that she can fight again. Servant or not, she is a brave girl.
- After the group makes a hasty escape from Kirei Kotomine, Anastasia and their army via the emergency shelter, we find out what Da Vinci has prepared for this occasion: a Shadow Border that takes the form of an APC which can travel through dimensions! Coupled with her Body Double, it's quite clear that Da Vinci has a few "aces in the hole" for such a disadvantageous situation.
- Kotomine impaling Da Vinci through the chest is pretty awesome too. Seems like everyone's favorite Sinister Minister still has it.
- Anastasia: A big highlight of the battle is Avicebron's Adam vs Ivan the Terrible's Giant Mammoth◊, which wouldn't look out of place in a Godzilla show. Because Avicebron sacrificed himself to bring Adam to full power, the player is the one controlling the Golem Keter Malkuth; this is represented in gameplay by your Master Skills being overwritten by suitably overpowered Golem Skills with quick cooldowns, as you support your Servants who are taking on Ivan himself. Finally, to make Ivan vulnerable, Avenger is using his hatred-imbued Magic Music to debuff him - and he plays a frantic piano version of Mozart's Dies Irae, which goes on as the battle plays! Afterwards, Ivan is still standing and is about to fire his Noble Phantasm, a massive Wave Motion Gun from his mammoth. Cue Mash, who has been depowered since Solomon, use Ortenaus to partially reform "Lord Camelot" into "Model Camelot", forming a barrier that tanks the blast much like what happened all the way back in Fuyuki. Our kohai is back.
- Götterdämmerung :
- The prologue gives us Kotomine (with a rocket launcher at hand) chasing down the Shadow Border just by running; even though he's now a Demi-Servant, not many proper servants can achieve this feat. He then catches up to Kadoc (who tried to escape) from behind, faking his death and bring him back to Russia. Not only did he cheat Holmes under his nose, it clearly shows he's one of the greater threats you and your team will face in the future.
- As soon as you enter the Nordic Lostbelt, there are quite few moments for both the protagonists and the antagonists:
- After the protagonists defeated a group of Jotunn, a masked Servant wielding a demonic sword quickly approaches the Shadow Border. While Goldorf proposes to avoid it by diving into the imaginary numbers space, the Servant simply stops the Shadow Border during its dive, by lifting the whole thing and throwing it around like a ragdoll, with his bare hands.
- The masked Servant proceeds to cut through the external armor and the inner multi-layer barrier of Shadow Border - a barrier strengthened by Da Vinci, Paracelsus, and Nitocris in the past with magecraft from the Age of Gods, which Holmes compares to a fort made of divine steel - easily, with his demonic sword. Even Holmes is impressed about it.
- The masked Servant proceeds to overwhelm Mash and Holmes - not with his demonic sword, but with a simple short sword. He keeps it up for a while before Holmes deduces his identity as Sigurd, the Warrior King of Norse myths and son of Sigmund, and points out a few oddness on him. At which point Sigurd decides to hack the detective's right arm clean off with his demonic sword - Gram - and silently cast a Rune of Death on Holmes, which is powerful enough to force Heroic Spirits to stop all movement lest they face certain death. Both Da Vinci and Holmes quickly realize that such a powerful Rune Magic originates from the Primordial Runes created by Odin himself, passed to Sigurd by Brynhildr. It further cements Ophelia's claims of Sigurd being "the strongest knight".
- Then there is the reveal that Sigurd wasn't even trying to kill the protagonists. Da Vinci noted that if Sigurd's intention was the Border's destruction, he would not have attacked them the way he did. This is even more impressive when the player knows that as per its myth where it was broken and reforged, Sigurd's Gram is a redesigned version of the original one Gilgamesh used back in Fate Stay Night, which would be broken and reforged into the strongest demonic sword, only equaled by the strongest holy sword Excalibur. In other words, it is an Anti-Fortress Noble Phantasm, and Sigurd could have demolished Border with it if he had wanted to.
- On the Chaldea's side, the fact that they didn't even consider giving up despite being told repeatedly by Sigurd about the difference in their power impresses even Sigurd himself - as well as the entity currently occupying and operating Sigurd's body. Sigurd even manages to stop his body from executing the protagonist at the last second, leading the entity within Sigurd to spare the Chaldea and leave as soon as he gets what he came for: Chaldea's imaginary navigation system, the compass Paper Moon.
- Napoleon is able to cripple Surtr significantly with his cannon and even when stabbed by the giant, he manages to get in one laugh at how it couldn't even kill him directly with one fell swoop. This act also inspires Ophelia to stand up against Surtr, using her Sirius Light to sever the link between them, finally giving Chaldea a chance to take down the King of the Giants.
- The enemy summons a giant meteor to destroy the village where Chaldea is parked. The tank can escape, but the villagers cannot evacuate in time. What happens? Spartacus asks the Protagonist to use a Command Spell on him, ordering him to "Jump!". He tanks the meteor with his NP, saving the village at the cost of his Saint Graph being irreparably damaged, and he fades soon after he hits the ground. It's later revealed this moment is so awe-inspiring that people have begun to wish for Heroic Spirits just on the basis of this one act.
- Koyanskaya finally gets her just desserts when Li Shuwen incapacitates her with a sudden surprise attack and Qin Shi Huang imprisons her.
- Speaking of Li, the fact that he's able to fight you at all later on is impressive in of itself. Why? He's not a Servant! Aside from the magic Qin used to keep him alive, this Li is a completely normal old man capable of fighting Servants to a standstill and nearly killed Koyanskaya on the spot. Even Bedivere needed his enchanted arm!
- Unlike our history, Jing Ke actually succeeds in killing Qing Shi Huang. The two had a heated debate about humans' responsibility and future beforehand, while the Emperor boasts his Lostbelt is better because he managed to unify the Earth under absolute peace; she then taunts him with the inability to produce mobile phones, saying that while pan-history humans are flawed, they will never stop marching on against their hardship and strive for a better future as a whole, no matter how limited their possibilities are. It's then revealed that the mobile phone talk is a ploy for allowing a virus to infect his mechanical body, shutting him down. Sure, the Emperor gets better and kills Jing Ke on the spot, but that she actually induces fear in him and kills him for once is nothing short of impressive.
- Yuga Kshetra:
- Karna gets a proper showing with one of his most heroic acts being his sacrifice against Arjuna Alter by completely blocking his world destroying attack with Kavacha and Kundala.
- The Captain reveals himself to be Nemo. That Nemo as he enhances the Shadow Border with his Noble Phantasm to sail across a toxic sea to the final battle.
- The Grand Battle between Arjuna Alter and Super Karna, which is preluded by an absolutely gorgeous CG of the two fighting illustrated by pako as they finally, finally are allowed to go all out with nothing restraining them.
- The follow-up battle of Chaldea vs Pepe's servant Ashwatthama and Fantasy Tree Spiral.
- Garden of Order: One of the bonus areas you can traverse contains 3 ghosts with 6,666,666 HP. Normally, this would be a That One Boss or even a Hopeless Boss Fight... but Ryougi Shiki (Saber) shows up and becomes your sole support. Play your cards right and watch as Shiki utterly annihilates all three ghosts with her Noble Phantasm.
- "Fate/Accel Zero Order":
- Future Waver taking Kayneth for a ride by tricking him into thinking he's important in the future and the Holy Grail War is a conspiracy against him. Kayneth ends up falling for it and leaves Fuyuki with his wife, leaving Diarmuid free to help the heroes.
- El-Melloi II's Crazy Enough to Work plan to take out Gilgamesh consists of assembling a few Servants together and having them simply walk up to his face and challenge him to combat. El-Melloi II's reasoning is that Gilgamesh's ego will lead him to hold back against someone who's fighting head-on to assert his dominance, whereas if he was ambushed he would reflexively use his full power to defend himself. And it worked.
- The third and final battle against the mystery Assassin. Fed up with your constant interference, Assassin doesn't even bother using his Presence Concealment to ambush you, instead simply walking right up to you and challenging you to one final, all or nothing duel. In the fight itself, Assassin pulls out all the stops, using his full power against you all while "The Battle is to the Strongest" plays in the background.
- Iskander charging through the Matou Manor, rescuing Sakura and burning the place to the ground. Then he uses Sakura as a bargaining chip to convince Kariya to cut off his Command Seal arm, saving his life from the Crest Worms since they only want mana.
- Iskander (even after knowing the truth of this War) doesn't want to go down without fighting, so he challenges your party. Old Waver (Zhuge Liang), joins your party, making this the fight of the greatest King of Conquerors versus the Legendary Tactician of Three Kingdoms. In the end, El-Melloi II defeats Iskander's Ionioi Hetairoi with his Stone Sentinel Maze. Iskander then disappears after praising old Waver, that he has finally surpassed him.
- At the Greater Grail cave, Lancelot, with Zouken as his Master, injuring old Waver so he can't fight anymore. Your party fights him, but Zouken immediately uses a Command Spell to make Lancelot use his Knight of Honor NP! This is the second scripted battle scene, after Saber Alter's back in Zeroth Order.
- The final Grand Battle against Dark Irisviel, with Point Zero playing full-force in the background. The buildup in the preceding cutscene is also awesome, with many Fate/Zero tracks building up the atmosphere for the imminent fight and El-Melloi II giving the younger Waver his own fusion with Zhuge Liang.
- The Stinger, where Angra Mainyu reveals his presence to the mystery Assassin after the heroes have defeated Dark Irisviel and left for Chaldea. After exchanging a few words, Assassin removes his hood, revealing himself as Emiya Kiritsugu, before charging into battle against All The World's Evils. All while the battle theme during his fight with Kirei, "The battle is to the strong", peaks up!
- A meta example: Sayaka Ohara gave her voice to four different boss versions of Irisviel that only appear after the main story is over. While she could have just recycled the lines of Dark Irisviel for them, she instead gave lines that give each of these bosses their own personality, potentially to the point of each being a One-Scene Wonder.
- The "Subdue Ibaraki-douji" Event is proof of what happens when an entire game server fights together against a common enemy. Ibaraki's HP as a raid boss is clocked at an impossible 2 trillion (that's right, 13 digits of HP)... and players depleted them in less than 48 hours!
- Being split into 7 phases, the very last one takes it further by having 10 trillion HP, and got depleted by more than half in less than 12 hours.
- The "Onigashima" event also includes raid battles, only this time the raids unlocked 10 minutes after defeating the previous raid. In about 3 days, the community breezed through the entire event.
- The June 2017 Rerun is even crazier due to the inclusion of Merlin, with Ibaraki losing her Day One 3 trillion HP in just around 3 and a half hours. Fans summed up the event saying that she was bullied so hard even more than Barbartos, that the later players woke up to an Oni already beaten black and blue all over before they even started playing the event!! Let's see the rest of the days:
- Day 2 has her HP at 6 trillion... which is depleted in around 8 hours.
- Day 3 has her HP at 8 trillion... which is depleted in around 12 hours.
- Day 4 has her HP at 10 trillion... which is depleted in around 13 hours.
- Day 5 has her HP at 12 trillion... which is depleted in around 20 hours. It's a Monday, cut the players some slack.
- Day 6 has her HP lowered a bit at 10 trillion... which is depleted in around 19 hours. What makes this day stand out is that the enemies are Rider class, supposedly destroying the main damage supports who are Caster class. This didn't slow down the players at all!!
- Day 7 has her HP at 8 trillion... which is depleted in around 11 hours.
- Nobunaga strikes again!! In the span of less than 12 hours into the event, he cleared the entire 200 million damage point ladder!!!
- When the event was coming to the North American server, many were wondering whether or not the developers would modify Ibaraki's health pool to account for the NA playerbase being roughly half the size of Japan's during their first raid. The developers responded by...raising her HP on the second day by five-hundred billion. Even with these handicaps, the players still managed to defeat Ibaraki at every stage of the event.
- Chaldea Summer 2016:
- Scathach can create almost anything with runes. Her creations range from a rocket ship to an interdimensional portal.
- Martha's personal quest on part 2, beside full of memes, is actually awesome. It's Beowulf vs. Martha, a (technically) one-on-one fisticuff battle. Martha shows how awesome her hand-to-hand combat technique that she inherits from Jacob (that can wrestle an angel), and defeating Beowulf with a cross-counter. This shows that Martha is not a pacifist saint that prefer to preach to her enemies, but punch them into submission (just like what happened to Tarrasque).
- The Exhibition Matches of Nero Festival 2016 pits you against Servants at peak performance.
- The first against Heracles is pure awesome (albeit difficult). This is the peak power of Heracles as a Berserker-class Servant, with God Hand and its' 11 times resurrection, Eye of the Mind, and Nine Lives.
- In the same vein, the fourth exhibition match is Siegfried with his Armor of Fafnir (200% defense on top of a 90% damage cut) and Das Rheingold (full NP on turn 1). Who's "sumanai" now?
- The fifth against Medb in her full capacity as the Mother of Warriors. She has an army that buffs her to high heavens and permanently Charms any males you decided to bring.
- The sixth is Gilgamesh. His "King" version is him without mercy, breaking out a bunch of buffs that make him incredibly powerful. His "Hero" version is him fighting a worthy enemy. Nothing more needs to be said.
- And the last one pits you against six Servants with various buffs and debuffs. This fight was so damn hard, DW had to nerf it a day after release.
- Exhibition Matches 2017:
- Spartacus. We face his massive regeneration from Crying Warmonger at its full glory, as he heals an absurd amount of HP each turn and his NP is unblockable by any defense. This is his peak power, to destroy all oppressors!!
- Arash's Guts buff lets him unleash the true power of Stella without worrying about dying.
- Arjuna and Karna work in tandem, showing off what they can accomplish when not being bitter rivals.
- King Hassan goes after everyone without remorse, even his own Hassan allies, using Azrael and his ability to instantly kill everyone, any Servant could be at risk of up and dying even from a light attack.
- Inheritance of Glory:
- The premise is that the protagonist, with the help of Sieg, Achilles and Chiron, managed to gather up and unite both the Red and Black Factions of Apocrypha to eventually team up against a common foe. It's nothing short of awesome.
- The finale of the event. Who eventually lands the final blow against the mastermind, Darnic? It's none other than Vlad III, as payback for forcing him to violate his honor by turning into Dracula, which resulted in them both being eliminated by Amakusa in the original story.
- Tokugawa Kaiten Labyrinth Ooku:
- The way Kama/Mara is ultimately taken down. Even though she effectively has infinite versions of herself, Munenori is able to cut them down at a consistent pace, and with help of Kasuga tries to go for the kill. Knowing that the fake Muramasa Munenori he has can kill her due of being a fake Tokugawa, Kama/Mara removes the Tokuwaga and Ooku traits from herself. Except by doing that, she lost her Authority over the Ooku, meaning that Kasuga is the one with absolute Authority over the Ooku, which she uses to kick Kama/Mara out of the castle and thus allowing Parvati to use Trishula Shakti to finish her off.
- Meta. A popular Self-Imposed Challenge among the players is to see if it is possible to beat Kama/Mara without using the cards obtained throughout the event to actually beat her by lowering the event gauge. Her full power has her HP exceed 1 million...per bar (her health is basically equivalent to fighting Goetia FOUR TIMES IN A ROW), and also comes with a slew of insanely crippling debuffs. A couple of absolute madmen actually beat her at her full power. Watch here and here.
- Lady Reines Case Files:
- Reines/Sima Yi can find the weakness of any enemy. Using her ability on Barbatos; she reveals that because the main character has been instrumental in killing so many Demon God Pillars, they are the official weakness of them ingrained in reality itself.
- The trailers, especially ones that detail new releases. They are 15 seconds of servant characters either engaging in battle, prepping their weapons, or performing dramatic poses in order to encourage the already building hype.
- The trailer for the Okeanos release shows Jeanne, Caster Cu Chulainn, Altria, and Nero preparing for battle as well as a flash of other important Servants.
- The trailer for London shows Babbage, Jekyll, Jack the Ripper, and Mordred vs Tesla.
- The reveal trailer for the Kara no Kyoukai crossover. From the moment Ryougi Shiki turns her knife to the camera and delivers her Blasphemous Boast, to Mash, Diarmuid and Scathach fighting against one of Caster Cu's Wicker Men, and ending with Shiki charging at Altria, all with Shiki's battle theme playing in the background. And as an added bonus this trailer was made by the ever-awesome ufotable.Ryougi Shiki: If you're living, then even if you're a god, watch me kill you.
- The trailer for America shows Billy the Kid going up against Fergus and ''Saber'' Diarmuid, Scathach vs. Fionn, Thomas Edison, Florence Nightingale, Queen Medb and finally, Karna vs. Arjuna, which deserves special mention as both are shown to casually destroy mountains from a great range, Arjuna with an arrow, and Karna with the pressure from a spear swing, a feat which puts both on a completely different level to most Servants.
- The trailer for the Fate/Accel Zero Order event has Adult Waver standing among Kayneth and his younger self, Lancelot saving a falling Mash in the middle of his dogfight with Gilgamesh, Iskander and Darius clashing at each other, each with the biggest grins on their faces, and a mysterious servant in a red cloak charging at Irisviel with dagger in hand... did we mention this trailer was made by ufotable?
- Behold, the Camelot preview trailer! The preview features Bedivere, Gawain, Xuanzang, Nitocris, Ozymandias, the Hassan of Serenity, and regular Lancer Altria wielding Rhongomyniad.
- The Prisma Illya crossover event, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya End Sacrifice's PV! It's Illya and Chloe versus every magical girl-themed Servant (Helena, Medea Lily, Nursery Rhyme, and Medb). And Mash!
- The PV for the Shinjuku chapter is sooo edgy! It features all the new Servants (the bare-handed Assassin, the headless Avenger, and EMIYA Alter) in battle, finishing with the female protagonist's "edge" party (Sherlock Holmes, Edmond Dantes, Saber Alter, her, and Jeanne Alter), with black-themed suits in front of screens with Archer watching them, looking very ominous.
- The PV for the CCC collab is done BB Channel-style as fit for the Extra universe. We can see the Alter Egos squaring off with Robin Hood and Tristan, Gawain vs. Suzuka (and it's her animated debut too!) finishing with Nero Bride crossing swords with BB. Oh, and Suzuka's Daishintou looms above them all in a zoomed-out shot. Oh, do we need to mention that it was made by SHAFT?
- The trailer for the 3rd GUDAGUDA Event, GUDAGUDA Teito Seihai Kitan ~Far East Demonic Front 1945~ is a full 30 seconds of concentrated awesome. Featuring gorgeous shots of Nobu herself, a fierce clash between Shuwen and the new Assassin Izou Okada, followed by the new Rider Ryoma Sakamoto clashing with Nobu, and an incredible extended duel between Okita and her Alter self. All animated beautifully by A-1 Pictures!
- The 4th anniversery CM. A-1 went all-out with this one, making 68 seconds of footage to show off the Servants, Masters and some more dangerous mobs like Chimeras and Orochi. Even the more comedic or event Servants like Mecha-Eli-chan or Ruler Martha look cool here.
- A one-shot manga adapts Mash unlocking her Noble Phantasm, and the battle against blackened EMIYA. Awesomeness ensues for everyone involved.
- To start off, the blackened EMIYA doesn't engage up close as he tends to do, instead using his bow and sniping from an order of kilometers away.Protagonist: Where are they attacking from!? Is it Archer!?
Cu Chulainn: Yeah. But to think he'd be using a bow...
- Olga Marie, stuck with a broken ankle forcing Protagonist to Bridal Carry her, starts shooting at the monsters ambushing them so that Mash can focus on EMIYA.Olga Marie: (thinking to herself) As if I'd be mere dead weight!
- The Protagonist figuring out how EMIYA is sniping them wherever they go because her set up mirrors everywhere and then coming up with the plan to defeat him. Said plan is leaving him and Olga Marie sitting ducks inside a reinforced truck so that Mash can charge forward towards EMIYA without having to worry about them. Talk about guts.
- EMIYA projects an imitation of Excalibur, heavily implied to be Excalibur Image, to wipe everyone out. Mash, determined not to let everyone die, activates her Noble Phantasm and completely tanks it before charging in for the kill.
- Cu Chulainn showing back up just in time to save the Protagonist and Olga Marie from one last arrow.
- To start off, the blackened EMIYA doesn't engage up close as he tends to do, instead using his bow and sniping from an order of kilometers away.
- Tsuruoka Satoshi (Arash's voice actor) recites Arash's full chant for Stella in a livestream. It. Is. Glorious. Here he is doing it again in an NA event, but this time he put down the microphone before unleashing an epic "STELLA!" that had the audience cheering!
- Sega is making FGO Arcade, a 3D versus game that pits teams of Servants in a huge battlefield. That's right, the fighting game all Fate fans dreamed of is becoming real!!
- China's Bilibili-Moe is an annual popularity contest for the best male and female characters, and in 2017, Dr Roman and Mash are the finalists in a 1000+ character roster that consists of the most popular A-listers in anime, using the First Order OVA as their eligibility ticket into the contest!!
- How did this happen in the first place? Because in the sweet-sixteen girl division, Mash was pitted against KANNA KAMUI and was understandably losing ground. Suddenly, the whole voting became Serious Business when someone noticed how Mash was losing and asked the local FGO forum to vote for Mash, effectively knocking Kanna out of the running with a 20 thousand votes lead in the final tally of 113 thousand (Mash) versus 93 thousand (Kanna). This has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the anime community, a good portion claiming that mobage characters do not count, turning the whole affair into a Type-Moon versus Everyone else voting Flame War!!!
- The results are in. After 24 hours of voting, both Mash and Dr. Roman won their respective battles and is crowned Number 1!!
- There are players out there who forgo the team composition and go solo with a single Servant against bosses and win!! With the help of Saint Georgios and Leonidas to absorb the first few turns worth of damage. Here are their channels:
- Cu Chulainn. There's a reason why he's Ireland's version of Hercules.
- King Hassan. There is a reason why he is the founder of the Assassins.
- Marie Antoinette. MLG Marie says "Whassup? My Homies"
- Remember that moment in the original VN where Archer managed to kill half of Hercules's lives? This video has him kill all of them.
- Merlin's limited gacha for the 10 Million Download Campaign was a top twitter trend for Japan, overshadowing Namie Amuro's retirement announcement!
- Ereshkigal's announcement became trending topic in Japan. Even more awesome, her misspelled name is also trending, so the actual tweet count is higher!
- An NA player wrote a 1 hour and 40 minutes story of his Grand Order journey until the climax of Camelot Singularity, using his experience with the gacha to act as the storyboard. According to Word of God, it's supposed to be simply around 30 minutes worth of snippets and it ended up spiraling out of control and bloated up to a full movie. The same player also posted videos of his Grand Order gameplay where he wrote his own stories taking place in the Singularities and Events. They are very well done and shows viewers some interactions between the servants (Eg:Emiya interacting and fighting against the 2 Heroic Spirits whom he made Hrunting II and Caladbolg II from in E Pluribus) and Master that definitely wouldn't seem out of place. Ritsuka himself is also well developed as a character you don't just play as. Even better, from based on the Camelot preview, FSN!Artoria Pendragon WILL face off against Goddess Rhongonmyniad (with both of their Noble Phantasms clashing each other).
Fate/Grand Order: First Order
- The anime adaptation First Order provides many such moments for both Master and Servants alike, though the crowning achievements have to go to Mash and Caster Cu Chulainn.
- Mash's first act upon obtaining her Servant powers is to bring up her shield and block a hail of arrows from the corrupted EMIYA, not at all moved by the dozens of arrows smashing into her. Her second act is delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to the group of skeleton warriors attacking Olga Marie, swinging her shield about and using it like a giant claymore or club while they can't even hit her. Her crowning achievement, however, would be the adaptation of her moment against Saber Alter detailed above. While in-game she used her Noble Phantasm to block Excalibur Morgan, here she first blocks it (albeit losing ground) with just her shield alone, and once she activates it with the help of Ritsuka, she not only stops the attack, but sends it right back into Alter's face.
- Caster Cu showing up to rescue the Chaldea group from Medusa Alter and then, with Mash's help, luring her into a trap to finish her off. He then fights EMIYA in both a long-range and melee fight ala their battle in UBW before winning, and then pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment to keep Saber Alter from killing the Chaldea group. By the end of the Singularity, he basically has defeated all the other Servants in the Grail War with the exception of Berserker.
- Cu probably gives one of the best examples of someone using their knowledge of an enemy Servant's identity and abilities to their advantage, which despite all the talk about it hardly shows up in the franchise. According to the old Fate guidebooks, Cu's Protection from Arrows skill won't save him from explosive arrows, meaning EMIYA's Broken Phantasms should normally be super-effective against him. However, because Cu knows about EMIYA's abilities, he is able to easily and deftly counter them by setting up an imitation of Scathach's Gate of Skye, allowing him to warp away Broken Phantasms before they have a chance to detonate.
- On a meta level, being free from his Lancer class in an animated adaptation means Cu has also finally dropped his infamous bad luck and we really get to see what he can do. Not only is he not a comedic and non-comedic Butt-Monkey anymore, but, as stated above, he's already beaten all the others except Berserker, THREE of which we see onscreen, and one of whom is Altria Alter (an unrestrained Altria), even if she was weakened thanks to Mash and Ritsuka. Likewise, while it's difficult to fully tell who's the more powerful mage, Cu has one thing over Medea: he may not have Gae Bolg with him, but he still has his spear skills, so he's far from helpless up-close and personal.
- It's complete nuts compared to everyone else's achievements, but watching Medusa messily killing what appears to be a petrified Matou Shinji is very satisfying to watch for any Fate fan.
Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom
- This OVA chronologically happens between the Christmas 2017 event and Chapter 2's Prologue, which means Nasu planned the story way ahead, as always.
- In Olga Marie's dream, she's fighting in an alternate America singularity against Li Shuwen, Rama, Nightingale, Caster Gilgamesh and Ishtar, to protect the Age of Man against those who want to return the Earth to the Age of Gods. On her team are EMIYA (Alter), Suzuka Gozen, Mephistoteles, Queen Medb, and most importantly, Cu Chulainn (Alter).
- Cu Alter's debut has him storming Rama with a battle-hungry smirk, until Nightingale uses her NP... and Medb blocks it with her own.
- Caster Gil and Ishtar opts to strike Olga Marie first, but she, being a superior magus than Ritsuka, prepares a magic shield that can block even magic attacks from the Age of Gods and an arrow shot by the Sumerian Goddess of War. Then she instructs EMIYA (Alter) and Mephistoteles to strike back and Meph use his NP to detonate Caster Gil.
- Galahad defeats all of Ritsuka's Servants single-handedly, and just like in First Order OVA, he deflected Saber Alter's Excalibur Morgan with his NP, this time the true Lord Camelot.
- The Stinger. Seeing Solomon's throne floating in infinite emptiness and then someone just takes one of Solomon's rings. Only one. The fanbase can only think of one person that would do that...