After being unable to for so long, Naofumi finally gets to upgrade his party's classes. He then takes part in a meeting of the Four Cardinal Heroes, held under the guise of a celebratory banquet. There, he learns of the existence of a bonus stage, with increased XP earnings. Meanwhile, Raphtalia gets into a fight at the party.
Tropes for this episode include:
- Ballroom Blitz: One of Itsuki's knights drunkenly insults Naofumi to Raphtalia's face at the party. It eventually breaks out into a brawl between most of the patrons there.
- Fantastic Racism: One of the knights in Itsuki's party drunkenly insults Raphtalia, proclaiming that demihumans don't belong at a table in the castle and that the Shield Hero isn't worthy of his name. She responds by pulling her sword on him.
- I Reject Your Reality: Motoyasu tries to defend Bitch when she was caught trying to poison the Shield Hero's party in-spite of everything that happened at her trial, saying that she would never do such a thing.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: When the Queen finds out that Melty and Naofumi's party had met Fitoria, the Queen gushes over it.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Unable to comprehend that Naofumi became so powerful with hard work, the three heroes are convinced that he only became so powerful because he "cheated."
- No, You Go First: When the Queen convinces the three heroes that they need to share information to improve, they all immediately demand that Naofumi goes first and explain how he got his "cheat shield."
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Queen has the four heroes gathered to exchange info so that they could better work together. While Naofumi learns a lot (that he and his party can teleport to previous locations, that he can have his shield craft items for him, that he can copy other shields just by touching them, etc.), the three heroes don't seem to agree what the best way of managing their weapons is and devolve into pointless squabbling.
- Pet the Dog: When Naofumi copies all of the shields in the Blacksmith's shop, he has it put on his tab instead of just getting away with it.
- Reality Ensues: Only so many ships set sail everyday. By the time Naofumi and his party make it to the ship, the three heroes are still there waiting at the docks.Naofumi: Only so many ships set sail in a day. Those morons, look at 'em.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When the three heroes are uninterested in learning anything new, the Queen bluntly tells them that if they continue things the way they do, Naofumi will be the most likely to survive.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Melty catches Bitch trying to poison a pie meant for the Shield Hero's table.