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FAIRY TAIL (officially spelled in all caps) is a turn-based JRPG based on the manga and anime franchise of the same name by Hiro Mashima. It is published by Koei Tecmo and developed by its subsidiary Gust Corporation, known for the Atelier series, from which this game draws numerous gameplay elements. The game was released worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 31, 2020, and for Steam on July 30.

Covering the plot from the Grand Magic Games to the Tartaros arcs, the game picks up around the time the Fairy Tail guild's best wizards return after going missing for seven years, only to discover that their guild has severely diminished in prestige in the meantime. Players assume the roles of Fairy Tail's members, as well as allies from other guilds, as they take on missions and battles to help rebuild the guild's reputation, expand its resources, and ultimately reclaim its former glory as the greatest guild in the Kingdom of Fiore.

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This game marks a number of firsts: for the Fairy Tail franchise, it is the first video game to be released both for home consoles and outside of Japan, while it's Gust's first game to be based on a licensed property.

Official website: English, Japanese

Previews: Reveal Trailer, PV1, Character Reveals & Official Release Date Trailer, Story Trailer, Guest Character Trailer, PV2

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FAIRY TAIL provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Curves: While Fairy Tail is a World of Buxom, the game exaggerates this to the point that every busty character from the manga has breasts the size of their head now. Even Levy now sports a normal sized chest compared to her flatter self, though it still means she suffers from A-Cup Angst in the Pool scene.
  • Adaptation Deviation:
    • The order of events at the Grand Magic Games are changed, as are some of the challenges themselves:
      • Erza's Pandemonium challenge and Wendy's match with Sherria are moved to the second day, with the former being Team A's first decisive victory in the Games, rather than Elfman's match with Bacchus. Furthermore, instead of the MPF challenge, the contest they get to replace it is an undisclosed event where Cana scores 6th place, not 2nd behind Erza.
      • The third day's event is replaced with 2-on-2 battles with two different guilds teaming up, with the victors getting five points instead of the usual ten. The only matchups we get to see are Gray and Lyon vs. Kagura and Ichiya.
      • Ivan puts Laxus through a Zerg Rush of warriors and monsters with Flare instead of siccing his guild's five-man team on him.
      • The MPF event becomes the default contest of the fourth day, and the rules are changed so that each guild's team has to destroy the titular device within a single turn, not one member per team dealing one attack each.
    • Jellal doesn't get unmasked by Mest/Doranbalt and Lahar while hunting the source of Zeref's magic, with Kagura catching a glimpse of his face and keeping it to herself. Instead, he teams up with Erza, loses his mask in a struggle, and personally runs into Kagura, who tries to kill him on the spot. Despite this change, however, the rest plays out as it does in the original story, with Kagura calming down after Erza and Jellal make a getaway so she can settle the score during the Games.
    • Cana is able to prevent Elfman from destroying the guild hall with Seliah's explosive lacrima by successfully containing it within a card while in the manga/anime she was only able to protect everyone else when it went off. This also allows Fairy Tail after Cube's destruction and being freed from Algeria to regroup at the guild to hash out a strategy against Tartaros before the final battle.
    • The game changes Makarov's reasons for disbanding the guild from an uncertain attempt at protecting them from the Alvarez Empire to quashing the new outcropping of dark guilds and organizations that were after Fairy Tail's heads until the Council was restored, having every intention of seeing Fairy Tail rebuilt by then.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • In addition to covering the Grand Magic Games and Tartaros arcs, the game also features original in-game episodes for Sidequests.
    • One of the game's selling points is the presence of never-before-seen Unison Raids created exclusively for the game by Mashima himself, including one for Natsu and Lucy.
    • The game doesn't just jump straight into the Grand Magic Games once Natsu's team gets their Second Origin awakened. Instead, Crime Sorcière puts them through more training so they can properly break out their new powers, culminating in a battle against Jellal and Ultear.
    • Due to appearing earlier than she does in the source material, Hisui gets an extra interaction with Arcadios during his debut scene where she expresses her utmost trust in him while he's still playing the part of Silent Scapegoat. To players unfamiliar with these characters, this makes her appear oblivious to Arcadios's intentions; to more seasoned fans, it alludes to their collaboration.
    • Kagura's character arc is expanded so that she actually meets Jellal face-to-face and makes an attempt on his life in the middle of the Games, but stops thanks to Erza's involvement, which gives her further incentive to attack Erza on the final day. She also begrudgingly teams up with them against Motherglare's dragonlings, making it clear that she has no intentions of forgiving Jellal. Eventually, the tension between them finally begins to cool when Erza has them work together in Kagura's Post-End Game Content character story, albeit with some distance between them.
    • After Ultear falters in trying to kill the innocent Present Rogue to stop Future Rogue, she doesn't immediately decide to cast Last Ages to atone like she does in the manga and anime. Instead, she stumbles across Gray's team and decides to keep fighting, only making her sacrifice once Gray's death prompts her to do so.
    • More of Natsu's friends team up with him in the battles against Future Rogue and Mard Geer, respectively, with Lucy letting Natsu in on the plan to destroy the Eclipse Gate during the former battle, rather than Natsu destroying the gate by coincidence. Future Rogue gets some backup of his own with Motherglare aiding him.
    • The battle with Seliah is extended via her not getting knocked out by Elfman's Big Damn Heroes punch courtesy of Mirajane using Macro, resulting in one final phase where Mira has Lisanna and Elfman's help in fighting her (represented by Lisanna giving Mira random buffs and Elfman becoming a new powerful attack Mira can use).
    • After getting pulled into a Duel Boss with Silver, Gray will be joined by whatever three characters the player chooses for his team (among Kagura, Sherria, Ichiya, and Jellal) during the second phase of their battle, though Silver traps them all in blocks of ice during the final phase when he freezes the whole area to keep Gray from using any rubble.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication:
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • Darton's realization that Princess Hisui used Fairy Tail to help free Arcadios from the dungeon is brought up in the game, but loses most of the sense due to Natsu's team finding him in a regular cell and freeing him entirely on their own without any involvement from Hisui. The most the game suggests is that he always suspected but couldn't confirm that Hisui was connected to Arcadios and so he chose to wait and watch her unsurprised yet satisfied reaction to learning about Fairy Tail's break-in and prison rescue to be certain.
    • Doranbalt first appears in-game when he saves Wendy and Carla from the first Face's self-destruction like he does canon. However, the moment loses impact since his appearances during the Grand Magic Games were cut, meaning that if you didn't already know who he was (or just looked at his Encyclopedia entry that only updates after this appearance) he would come off as a flat-out Deus ex Machina.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Downplayed with Plue/Nikora, who's is borderline useless in combat in the manga and anime, but here, he has the ability to restore HP to a single target.
    • Ichiya's status as The Chew Toy is practically non-existent in the game, which lends much more credence to his true image as a highly eccentric yet genuinely powerful wizard. Case in point, he doesn't suffer a One-Hit KO from Jura in the Grand Magic Games, but rather stands toe-to-toe with Erza and Gajeel, the former being the series' paramount example of an Action Girl.
    • Seliah was already a powerful demon on her own, but in this rendition of her fight with Mirajane, she stays conscious despite Elfman's Big Damn Heroes sucker punch and keeps going against all the Strauss siblings before being defeated.
    • As an Extreme Magic character, Mavis gets to show off her mastery of all Three Great Fairy Magics in battle (albeit with the original prototype Law in place of Fairy Law), being far less passive than she normally is as a spirit. Special mention goes to her version of Fairy Glitter, which she casts without any need for an incantation like Cana does.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Many characters' abilities and outfits that only appear during the Avatar and Alvarez Empire arcs, like Lucy's Star Dresses and Mirajane's Seilah Satan Soul, appear in this game.
    • Princess Hisui's debut is moved up from the last day of the Games to the first, putting her in the same room as Arcadios during his own debut.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the anime version, Flare shows up to save Lucy from dragonlings for a single scene before slinking back into the shadows. Here, she actively fights by Lucy's side against Zirconis, due to the Sun Village arc being omitted and reduced to just a narrated recap courtesy of Lucy.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Any scenes with Lucy being completely nude, such as when she gets her clothes vaporized by Zirconis's magic, are replaced with her wearing a swimsuit instead. The same applies to Gemini, who appear in a bath towel when they copy Lucy.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Although the actual outcome isn't shown, Cana winds up scoring sixth place in the backup contest after Pandemonium, rather than taking the second place spot behind Erza, indicating that Mavis didn't loan Fairy Glitter to her for the games like she did in the main series.
    • In the game, Kagura defeats Yukino the exact moment she attempts to summon Pisces and Libra at once. While their match is a Curb-Stomp Battle in all iterations of the story, Yukino at least puts up a fight in the manga and anime, using her two Zodiac spirits Pisces and Libra in quick succession before falling back on her strongest spirit, Ophiuchus, whom she never gets the chance to use.
    • The dragons aren't invulnerable to different forms of magic like they are in the main story, allowing non-Dragon Slayers to deal damage to them, though this one is clearly a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation.
    • Jackal doesn't assume his Etherious Form when he's on the losing end of the fight with Natsu and when Lucy and Wendy jump into the fray.
    • Ezel doesn't use his Etherious Form against Wendy's Dragon Force, and is ultimately defeated by her Scattering Light: Sky Drill, whereas in the manga/anime, he manages to cut through it before he uses his Etherious Form (the technique he instead cuts through is the weaker Sky Dragon's Wave Wind).
  • Adapted Out: Zig-Zagged, as several characters make no onscreen appearance in the game as a result of the Compressed Adaptation, but whereas several are removed completely, others are still stated or implied to be there, but have zero presence otherwise.
  • All There in the Manual: The game contains an encyclopedia accessible from the pause menu that updates frequently with relevant information on characters and story elements. This also includes synopses of previous Story Arcs not featured in the game, which begins smack dab in the middle of the manga and anime's main events.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Barring the first Scripted Battle, players start out with parties no greater than three, which gradually grows to five over the course of the games.
  • Assist Character: A non-playable character can sometimes appear at the end of a Magic Chain and perform bonus damage with Extreme Magic, such as Makarov and his Fairy Law spell.
  • Beef Gate: Downplayed. There are certain areas on the map blocked by debris that can only be passed after hitting a certain damage cap in a nearby battle. These areas tend to lead to shortcuts or treasure.
  • Call-Back: Many quests that require certain party members will often have them encounter events or go to locations that have them reminiscence about past arcs not covered by the game's story itself, such as Lucy taking a quest to recover a man's stolen book reminding her of the Daybreak arc, or Erza and Juvia talking about their battle during the S-Class Exam when tasked with observing the ecology of Tenrou Island.
  • Combination Attack:
  • Composite Character: Mato pulls double duty as the Grand Magic Games' referee and sole Combat Commentator across all tournament days due to the usual commentator, Chapati Lola, getting Adapted Out.
  • Critical Status Buff:
    • If the Awakening Gauge for a character is filled up, it's possible during battle that once they hit a certain HP threshold and they're targeted during the enemy phase they'll have the option to immediately activate their Super Mode to heal themselves, avoid the attack, and immediately counter-attack, which can be useful especially if that attack would have KO'd them. In exchange, however, the Awakened state activation time will decrease by two turns.
    • Certain characters have special skills or can equip specific lacrima that buff stats once they hit an HP threshold.
  • Defeat Means Playable: In order to unlock Gildarts, players must defeat him in a Duel Boss fight after getting Natsu promoted to S-Class.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Doranbalt's role in the game is diminished to his Big Damn Heroes scene where he saves Wendy and Carla from Face's self-destruction. Compare this to his meaty role throughout the Grand Magic Games and Tartaros arcs, where he has several key interactions with Jellal and the Adapted Out Oración Seis.
    • Out of all the Nine Demon Gates, Tempester and Torafuzar only appear in very brief shots lifted from the anime, and their battles are only described through Lucy's brief narrative recaps. Franmalth and Keyes are downplayed examples, since they are instead made into The Unfought.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Instead of simply killing Hades, Zeref flat-out destroys any trace of him. This seems to have been in service to how the fight with Franmalth and his usage of Hades' soul as his One-Winged Angel form were reduced to an Offscreen Moment of Awesome for Natsu and Lucy.
    • Downplayed with former Council chairman Crawford, who still gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Kyoka, but instead of Kyoka using a single finger, she thrusts her whole claw through his chest, according to their silhouette.
    • After getting pierced by Gray's Ice Devil: Zero Destruction Bow, Mard Geer simply fades back into the ether before Zeref can show up, rather than getting turned back into a book and burned by Zeref. This also means he doesn't live long enough to witness the utter failure of the Face plan, instead dying fully confident in Tartaros's victory.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The game features a method of breaking out of this. Due to falling from grace over the past seven years, the guild starts out with only the simplest of job requests, while opening the rank chart at the start of the game will show comments from the general populace either mocking Fairy Tail, ignoring them in favor of other guilds, or outright not knowing which guild Fairy Tail is. By raising the guild's rank, the guild will receive better work and more favorable comments.
  • Duel Boss:
    • It's possible to challenge the other members of the guild to duels, where you control the selected character of your choice against another one in a one-on-one contest. The first-ever victory against said character will yield a reward.
    • Zig-Zagged with Silver, which starts out as a one-on-one match with Gray as it does in the original story until the battle's second phase, where Gray can be joined by any members the player may picked for his team, only for Silver to freeze them all solid for the third and final phase.
    • To unlock Gildarts as a playable character, he must be battled in a Bonus Boss fight with no one else in the party besides Natsu, harkening back to their battle in the S-Class exam.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: enemies and playable characters have weaknesses and resistances based on the abilities that they use. The exceptions among the playable cast are Gildarts, Laxus, Erza, and Kagura, who are all examples of The Ace and have no weaknesses, along with Ichiya, who is weak to every element as well as physical attacks.
  • Evil Is Hammy: One quest has Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and Gajeel receiving a request from Arcadios to stage a mock battle for the guards to train them following the dragon attack. While Erza's acting is as wooden as ever despite her efforts, Gajeel and especially Natsu take to the roles as villains with gusto.
  • Fanservice: Every character in the game gets a swimsuit as an alternate costume, allowing players to turn each party member into a Walking Swimsuit Scene for the whole duration. Several female characters' swimsuits get unlocked after the Pool Scene on the second day of the Grand Magic Games.
  • Final Boss: Mard Geer fulfills this role in the game, though instead of the matchup of Natsu, Sting, and Rogue before switching the latter two out with Gray, the player's party gradually builds to include all of them, Wendy, and Lucy (who takes Gray's place once he starts Playing Possum).
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Certain moves and Super Modes are only accessible at the point in which the characters canonically learn or use them.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Although Lucy and Wendy are required to win their respective Boss Battles against Flare and Sherria for the story to advance, the cutscenes that follow ensure that the outcomes remain the same (i.e., Lucy losing thanks to Raven Tail's last-second cheating, and Wendy getting a tie after the time limit runs out).
    • In-Universe, dragons can't be harmed by anything except Dragon Slayer magic and other dragons. This is certainly not the case in gameplay, where any character's magic is just as effective against dragons as a Dragon Slayer's.
    • An important point in the manga/anime is that Wendy can't use her Sky Dragon Slayer Magic to heal herself, which is one of the noted biggest differences between herself and Sherria (who can). In-game, likely because it would annoying to have the team healer be unable to do this, Wendy can indeed heal herself.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: A bizarre example occurs in which the game shows a silhouette of Crawford getting stabbed in the back by Kyoka on the floor, instead of showing his death on-screen. The thing is, Crawford never makes any on-screen appearance to begin with, so the discretion shot ends up being the one time he has any screen presence.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Different characters join your party in specific battles as "guests" that are only controlled by the game's AI. While most of these characters can be unlocked later on for full playability, four of them—Flare, Lyon (barring future DLC), Minerva, and Ultear—are exclusively guest characters.
  • Hub Level: The city of Magnolia serves as this, since it's where Fairy Tail's guildhall is located and all in-game mission requests are posted. Crocus, where the Grand Magic Games are held, serves as a secondary hub from Fairy Tail's inn.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • One talk between Gajeel and Gray and another with Gajeel and Lucy reveals the former actually likes taking jobs that involve teaching and babysitting kids, and he almost never gets any complaints from the clients either, with the pay being good as a bonus. The game also further shows just how much he adores Lily and gushes over him as an Exceed partner.
    • Minerva is revealed in Erza's Post-End Game Content to actually be a skilled baker.
  • In Medias Res: The game takes place in the middle-to-late portions of the manga's storyline, opening with Fairy Tail's final battle against Hades in the Sirius/Tenrou Island arc as a prologue sequence, while the bulk of the game focuses on everything from the Grand Magic Games arc to the Tartaros arc.
  • Invading Refugees: One quest has Natsu and Lucy being tasked with dealing with a breed of monsters suddenly attacking Akane Beach that the ecologist quest giver wants to study. While they complete the task, Lucy notes this type of monster doesn't normally appear around Akane; later, they hear roaring coming from deep in the jungle that doesn't sound like the monsters in question, leading her to believe that they were running away from something and attacked the resort since it was in the way. Since they were only tasked with clearing out the monsters, however, they leave whatever it was alone until they get a latter request to deal with it specifically.
  • Item Crafting: Players can synthesize Lacrima and make drinks at the guild's Laboratory and Bar, respectively, which increase a character's stats. Each character has their own unique Lacrima that gives them bonuses to two of their stats while also adding a secondary ability on top of it.
  • Leaked Experience: Characters not in your party will still receive 50% of available EXP from battles, ensuring that it will be generally possible for them to quickly catch up to active party members once switched in. Building and upgrading a certain guild facility will increase the maximum amount of EXP inactive party members get to a maximum of 80%.
  • Level-Up at Intimacy 5: The game uses a platonic variation; by putting specific characters in your party, players will increase those party members' affinity for each other, which improves those characters' Magic Chains and unlocks special interactions.
  • Licensed Game: This game is the first Gust has based on a pre-existing property, namely a manga series and its coinciding anime adaptation.
  • Love Confession: Erza's Post-End Game Content has her receiving an anonymous letter from someone wanting to talk to her alone in private about their feelings, which leaves her wondering if it's a secret admirer wanting to confess. It's actually Minerva, who wanted to apologize formally for everything she's done to her and offer a homemade cake (and no, it wasn't a Love Confession, with her even admitting Erza isn't her type, to Erza's embarrassed relief).
  • Megaton Punch: During one request for Natsu to take care of bandits on Mt. Hakobe, Lisanna convinces him to let her come and act as reconnaissance with her Animal Soul. When she gets shot down and captured by the remaining bandits, Natsu confronts them and when one of them tries to make threats Natsu casually punches and sends him flying away, bluntly stating that he's going to kick their asses and make them let Lisanna go.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: A rather minor request Erza, Gray and Natsu take to pick up excess litter left by the tourists in Crocus's streets for the Grand Magic Games ends up leading them into taking down a crime ring that had been stealing valuables from said tourists when they stumble onto one thief loaded with stolen goods during the cleaning and initially think he's part of the clean-up brigade too.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Hades's magic chains and finger beam are given the names "Grimoire Chain" and "Grimoire Ray", respectively.
    • Zig-Zagged with Erza's hakama, which was given the name "Clear Heart Clothing" in one of the earlier, Japan-exclusive games of the franchise, but is given the new name "Crimson Hakama" here.
    • The S-tier monster that Erza faces during Pandemonium is called the Pandemon Beast.
    • Atlas Flame and Motherglare are given the proper titles of "Hell Flame Dragon" and "Diamond Dragon", respectively.
    • The dragon monsters laid by Motherglare are known as dragonlings, and more specifically "Motherglare's Brood".
    • The spell that Zirconis uses to strip humans of their clothes, which he claims get in the way of the taste, is fittingly called "Meal Prep".
  • Never My Fault: In Natsu and Lucy's follow-up quest to deal with the threat that caused the Invading Refugees scenario, they discover that the culprit was in fact Golems created by a rogue wizard who claims he was making them to have a powerful weapon, but he was excommunicated from his guild by the Magic Council due to his actions. When Lucy brings up that he's been causing destruction by displacing the wildlife to test his creations, he claims that he's not at fault for whatever wild animals do as a result, and he further claims that he's only committing self-defense when Natsu and Lucy reveal they're there to defeat him as per their guild request, not caring at all for all the lives he's put at risk.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: All promotional material for the game has stated that it covers the plots of the Grand Magic Games and Tartaros arcs, with the climactic battle against Hades serving as a prologue. After the end credits, however, the story continues with an abridged version of the Avatar arc and the very early portions of the Alvarez Empire arc, focusing on Putting the Band Back Together.
  • Panty Thief: One quest involves Wendy, Erza and Juvia working together to hunt down a laundry thief stealing from the Fairy Hills dormitories. They decide to bait the thief with some of their own underwear in order to lure them out. While we don't get a visual of what they look like, Wendy is apparently quite mortified at what exactly Erza and Juvia like to wear as well as having to offer up her own (even with Erza complimenting their plain but comfortable-looking appearance). As it turns out, it was actually a pair of bird monsters who stole the underwear because they wanted to line their nests with pretty objects (Wendy's plain underwear was left alone for this reason).
  • Pool Scene: One of the Animation Bump cutscenes features the girls clad in skimpy swimwear at the pool in Ryuzetsu Land.
  • Post-Final Boss: After the Final Boss fight against Mard Geer, the last proper boss fight in the epilogue sequence is Ikusa-Tsunagi, the War God summoned by Avatar, while the final enemy faced in the story itself is one of three types of powerful Ogre-type enemies that characters must face for their S-Class promotional trial. If Natsu becomes S-Class, players will get to challenge Gildarts in an optional Duel Boss, resulting in Gildarts becoming playable.
  • Pretender Diss: Natsu, Rogue and Sting take a mission that has them hunting down what are described as dragons in the Mikage Forest. In reality, they're magical knockoffs called Wyrms created by a dark wizard. All three Dragon Slayers admit they're not really impressed by these fakes before defeating them and their master.
  • Promoted to Playable: Lyon, Levy, Lisanna, and Elfman—the first being an AI-controlled Guest-Star Party Member, and the rest all being NPCs—can be unlocked as playable characters via Downloadable Content.
  • Purposely Overpowered: Gildarts is the most powerful character in the game when everyone is brought to an equivalent level, with base stats far outstripping everyone else's and his personal Lacrima stands above everyone else's too. Specifically everyone else's personal Lacrima boosts two separate stats and provides a bonus effect under certain circumstances, but Gildarts boosts all of his stats and doesn't provide any bonus effects because he doesn't need them. To keep him from breaking the game over his knee, he's also only possible to unlock past the epilogue of the game when you've unlocked the ability to do the S-Class missions, to unlock him requires actually beating him with Natsu alone after he himself becomes S-Class, and his Lacrima is only available by beating him in a duel where the Recommended Level to fight him is 90 (for reference, the next strongest duel is in Jellal, at a mere Recommended Level of 53).
  • Rank Up:
    • The game features a guild ranking system that determines the kinds of missions and merchandise available to you, with Fairy Tail starting at the bottom with Rank D, with the goal being to climb through Ranks C, B, A, and finally S. The guild's rank also determines how much recognition and respect they get from the populace.
    • At the end of the epilogue, players are allowed to retake the S-Class exam on Tenrou Island, this time simply requiring the party to defeat a Brutal Ogre. Doing so will promote all characters in the party (barring those who already have the rank for Fairy Tail in-story) and make them eligible for S-Class, 10 Year, and 100 Year Quests.
  • Required Party Member: Certain characters are locked into your party for story chapters and guild missions that request them specifically, with all remaining spaces up for grabs.
  • Running Gag: In Lucy's Bond Rank-Ups, there's a trend where she asks the other Dragon Slayers about whether or not they eat their own magic, just like she once asked Natsu. And like him, they look at her like she's an idiot without common sense.
  • Shopkeeper: Levy, Lisanna, and Cana fulfill this role at the guild's laboratory (for Item Crafting), shop (for standard items), and bar (for Status Buff drinks), respectively.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • In the initial release of the game, Cana Alberona's name is spelled as "Kanna Alperona" instead, whereas "Kana" is usually the alternative of her first name in Japan. This was corrected in later updates.
    • Merudy/Meldy is called "Meredy", the preferred fan translation of her name. Incidentally, this marks the very first usage of this spelling for her name in any official capacity.
  • Standard Status Effects: There are six specific status ailments that certain attacks have a chance to land, each one lasting for three turns. Equipping certain lacrima can both increase the chance a character's attacks will land a status ailment on contact, as well as decrease the chance they themselves will receive that status ailment. Mard Geer's Memento Mori and Ichiya's Ichiya Virus are the only attacks in the game that have a chance to inflict all of them, often at the same time.
    • Poison: Will take damage based on remaining HP each turn.
    • Burn: Will take damage based on remaining HP each turn.
    • Freeze: Will go later in the turn order.
    • Curse: HP cannot be recovered.
    • Fear: Only able to defend.
    • Paralysis: Occasionally unable to act.
  • Super Mode: All characters can enter an "Awakened" state where their stats are increased for a certain number of turns after their Awakening gauge fills, which also replenishes their HP and MP. Specific characters undergo a "Mode Change" with exclusive attacks when they awaken, such as Dragon Force for any of the Dragon Slayers, or dual elemental Dragon Mode for certain characters such as Lightning Fire Dragon Mode for Natsu, and Devil Slayer mode for Gray.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Any instance of using a Magic Chain will result in your character(s) "overdoing it" with their magic as usual, as they continue to wail on enemies after the Finishing Move is done, causing bonus damage. There's also a random chance where an Assist Character like Makarov will show up and perform their own devastating Extreme Magic.
  • A Taste of Power: The first-ever activation of a new Super Mode in-story (Gajeel's Iron Shadow Dragon Mode, Wendy's Dragon Force, Lucy's Star Dress Aquarius) will usually result the permanent activation of that form for the remainder of the fight, increased power, and the enemy's attacks doing at best Scratch Damage, and at worst actually healing your character over.
  • Turn-Based Combat: The game is a turn-based RPG with overworld encounters against enemies.
  • Uniqueness Decay: An interesting example is brought up in a quest where Natsu and Wendy have to go and hunt down a bunch of creatures known as "The Beast", which is the identity of Elfman's initial Beast Soul Takeover form. Where it gets interesting is that the manga/anime implied that the Beast was the only one of its kind (with only one ever actually seen), which he and Lisanna have to clarify to a confused Natsu is not the case, though they also note that this doesn't make the Beast any less of a threat to unprepared fighter, speaking from personal experience.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One quest has Natsu and Lucy having to hunt down a monster called a Mimic, which has the ability to turn into other people so perfectly it can fool Natsu's Super Senses and forces them to get creative in making it reveal itself. First, Natsu pretends he can smell it, causing it to drop its guard in panic. Then Natsu and Lucy are forced to pick out the real Mimic from other humans by watching how it acts while they're around, such as a person who's acting unusually defensive and confrontational.
  • World Building: Numerous locations from the manga, anime, and movies are now fully realized and explorable locations. Special press attention being given to Fairy Tail's home city of Magnolia, including Lucy's apartment, which any character can enter at any time.

Alternative Title(s): Fairy Tail

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