In the Fate series, a Servant is a reincarnation of an ancient Heroic Spirit, summoned by a Mage later called Master, with the help of Fuyuki’s Greater Grail to participate in the Holy Grail War. Servants are very powerful familiars, defined as “the most powerful beings” summoned by Mages. Normally, a Mage cannot summon a more powerful familiar than himself, so limiting himself to only small pets performing simple tasks for them, however, Servants are different.
And it is exactly because of that that we have decided to bring you a list of the strongest servants in the Fate series. We have decided to analyze the large list of known servants and select the 15 strongest among them. You’ll find out a bit about them and when they first appeared.
15. William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, though a wizard with minimal combat abilities, excels in using illusions and chaos through the “theatre troupe.” While lacking direct damage potential, his fame and writing empower his master in a Holy Grail War. Shakespeare’s strategy involves enhancing his master’s character, making them a formidable assassin. Despite slim chances, there’s a legendary instance where he brought about an unlikely victory in a Holy Grail War of the Subspecies.
14. Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper, symbolizing madness, identifies with the Berserker class due to his chaotic nature. Unaware of his true identity, Jack communicates telepathically with his master, Flat Escardos. The voice lacks unique characteristics, making gender, age, and other features indiscernible. Possessing the ability to take over his master, Jack is surprised someone summoned him, acknowledging his lack of hero-like power or human morals. If not for his current class, he might have unleashed madness, slaughtering everyone in the vicinity.
13. Vlad III
Elizabeth Báthory summons Vlad III with a Grail fragment and introduces him to Ritsuka’s party. Vlad comments on Kiyohime’s claim of elegance in berserkers, noting their inability to stray from wicked paths. As the ruler of a nation, he sees the importance of entertainment and decides on a blood dance. Despite being offended by being called the only reasonable person, Vlad showcases his talents in embroidery, offering to teach Mash. After the group defeats his monsters, he thanks Elizabeth for the event, praising her ability to shamelessly spread sweet delusions.
Debut: Fate/stay night
Medusa is the fearsome monster from Greek mythology who had a nest of poisonous snakes for hair and eyes that turned anyone who encountered them to stone. The story in which the hero Perseus slew Medusa is famous even in Japan. Since she was originally an earth goddess, Rider is an existence closer to a divine spirit than a heroic spirit. However, calling her “an anti-hero who resembles a monster” is better than a true Divine Spirit.
Although Medusa is not a true Heroic Spirit, she is not a true Anti-Hero either. Because she has the Monster Attribute, Rider is very incompatible with Servants like Cú Chulainn, who fought monsters in their tales. Due to her status as a former Earth Goddess, she has a strong connection to Earth and is sensitive enough to sense disturbances in Fuyuki’s leyline.
Mordred boasts high parameters in strength, endurance, agility, and mana, with a rare modifier that multiplies her exceptional strength. Despite being the strongest in her class, Mordred falls short of her father, the King of Knights, particularly in overall stats. Even Gawain, who claims he could easily defeat Mordred, acknowledges her incredible power and unparalleled strength, requiring a significant amount of magical energy.
Atalanta is a famous huntress from Greek mythology who gained notoriety by being the first to hit an arrow in the extermination of the Calydonian boar. After being raised by a bear and later adopted by a hunter who took to the mountains, she has strikingly developed her skills, perhaps due to her latent talent. As such, Atalanta is a peerless huntress and the greatest in Greek mythology.
She has mastered the ways of the forest, can easily traverse it by leaping between branches, knows how to subdue wild animals, and can become one with the forest, easily disappearing from anyone actively watching her. She is more animal than human and her senses are far more powerful than others.
Lancelot, born with exceptional skills, surpasses the realm of specialization, gaining a reputation as the “Knight of the Lake” for his outstanding deeds. Renowned for fighting Gawain as his equal, he’s considered the strongest among the Knights of the Round Table. Although best suited as a Saber, Lancelot’s compatibility with the Berserker class stems from his struggles with Guinevere, leading to bouts of madness. As a Berserker, he experiences a boost in raw power due to Madness Enhancement, despite the sealing of some abilities and Noble Phantasms, making him formidable in combat.
8. Frankenstein’s Monster
Frankenstein is a relatively recent mystery. Even though Mad Enhancement has increased her parameters, nothing about her particularly stands out as making her a suitable servant for Caules, who is ill-suited as a master. Instead, her true value lies in her unique, innate ability.
Since she is a berserker who rages in madness on the battlefield without taking orders and eventually falls, Darnic has few expectations for her in the Black Faction’s battle plan.
He plans to use her to cause massive destruction on the battlefield, using Caule’s command spells at the right time to confuse the Red Faction. Normally slow to react in the interpersonal realm, she displays surprising agility and tenacity in battle; in Berserk mode, she carries out orders with extreme fidelity.
7. Cú Chulainn
Debut: Fate/stay night
Despite heavier armor compared to the other Lancer, Lancer excels with A+ agility, potentially stemming from his “youthful mentality of charging forward.” A master of beasts, he bonds well with dogs and familiars. Proficient in rune magic, he shares the same Noble Phantasm, Gae Bolg, with his counterpart, possessing the ability to reverse causality for an inevitable heart strike and an anti-army function. In the prototype world, Misaya seals this technique, leading Lancer to use a green makeshift spear. Through Ascension in the Great Orders, he regains the Gae Bolg.
The heroic spirit Iskandar has done great deeds in his lifetime and is a top servant. Because of this fact and his personality, he eventually becomes Saber’s rival in the Fourth Grail War. During the same war, Gilgamesh recognizes Rider as a true enemy and someone worth using all his strength against.
He is said to be Altera’s equal but loses easily when he fights her to warm up. In combat, Iskandar uses his Noble Phantasm Gordius Wheel to trample enemies with lightning strikes that generate the same magical energy that Artoria or Diarmuid would use in an attack where they use their full potential.
When used as a surprise attack, it is powerful enough to nearly incapacitate Lancelot in one blow, forcing him to retreat.
To summon the chariot, Iskandar slices the air with his sword. Iskandar can also ride his horse, Bucephalus. Although he seems to prefer riding, Iskandar does not hesitate to fight on foot as well, showing amazing skills despite being more geared towards fighting on horseback.
5. Jeanne D’Arc
Jeanne D’Arc, renowned as the most famous female saint, entered history at seventeen and was burned at the stake at nineteen after saving France miraculously. As a heroic spirit, she can be summoned in the Ruler and Saber classes. In the Ruler class, she serves as a special Heroic Spirit summoned by the Holy Grail itself, acting as a steward in the Grail War with confidential information. In the Great Grail War, some abilities are impaired due to the existence of the previous ruler. Jeanne possesses a unique scanning ability within a 10-kilometer radius, allowing her to locate Servants and even overcome the concealment of Assassins.
Although Astolfo was one of Charlemagne’s twelve paladins, he is a “weak” knight whose skills are inferior to those of the others, and as such, he is praised in several legends. While Astolfo is certainly weak, the many Noble Phantasms he has obtained (or borrowed) amid his adventures are extremely powerful, so he can be fully considered a war hero.
If his Noble Phantasms were not considered, Astolfo would be a second to third-rate heroic spirit in terms of strength and skill.
Astolfo has a high degree of luck that is not just for show; most of the time, everything Astolfo does turns out well. Unlike many other Servants, he is a Heroic Spirit whose True Name carries no inherent weaknesses when revealed.
Debut: Fate/stay night
EMIYA, in life, made a pact with the “world” to become a hero capable of miracles. Post-death, he became a Counter Guardian, a defense mechanism emerging from humanity’s collective subconscious, tasked with preventing self-destruction by sacrificing a few for the majority. His unique basis sets him apart from other Heroic Spirits, making him not a legitimate one. Despite being proven as a Knight of the Bow, he was originally a Magus, not an Archer. His default weapon, the bow, reflects his settled preference for ranged shooting rather than an inherent strength as a Heroic Spirit.
Debut: Fate/stay night
In all heaven and earth, Gilgamesh is the only “king of all heroes.” Although he has adjusted his standard powers and abilities a bit to fit the world of EXTRA, he is more or less the same as his counterpart. Gilgamesh differs from the normal Heroic Spirits in that he is not limited to a single class. He was manifested as a Servant like other Heroic Spirits, but his power was too great for the goal of “participating in the Holy Grail War of the Moon Cell.”
The Moon Cell reincarnated Gilgamesh after reconstructing him, but Gilgamesh was still unable to be controlled, so the Moon Cell sealed him away by sending him to the other side of the moon. The Moon Cell did not want the “strongest master”, but the “last surviving master”. It felt that the winner would have been determined from the start if he had participated, so he was disallowed and locked away.
1. King Artoria Pendragon
Debut: Fate/stay night
Artoria Pendragon, the legendary king of knights, commanded the greatest knights, the Knights of the Round Table, in the Age of Legends. Even among these legendary heroes, Artoria stands at the top, boasting undeniable glory and strength. While Mordred is a top-notch Saber-class Servant, her overall attributes are inferior to her father’s, with Gawain claiming he would easily defeat Mordred. Lancelot, famed as the strongest Round Table knight, acknowledges Artoria’s invincibility, emphasizing her unrivaled stature. Despite Morgan le Fay’s immense power as a witch, Artoria sees her as a small obstacle in the king’s path.
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