Also known as:
The Oldest King
Wedge of Heaven
Gilgamesh (ギルガメッシュ, Girugamesshu?), Class Name Archer (アーチャー, Āchā?), is the Archer-class Servant of Tokiomi Tohsaka in the Fourth Holy Grail War of Fate/Zero. He later forms a new contract with Kirei Kotomine that lasts ten years later into the time of the Fifth Holy Grail War of Fate/stay night. He is one of the Servants summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru of the Grand Order conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.
The great half-god, half-human King of Heroes born from the union between the King of Uruk, Lugalbanda, and goddess Rimat-Ninsun. He ruled the Sumerian city-state of Uruk, the capital city of ancient Mesopotamia in the B.C. era. He was an ultimate, transcendent being so divine as to be two-thirds god and one-third human, and no others in the world could match him. He was a despot possessing high divinity who believed he was invincible. He is not merely a legend, and is said to have actually existed and ruled during the Sumer Dynasty five thousand years ago. He was the King of Heroes (英雄王, Eiyū-Ō?) who possessed all things in the world, whose tale is recorded in mankind's oldest epic poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh which portrays Gilgamesh as a hero, destined to be king and achieve great feats, who is driven to meet his destiny, facing challenges together with his best friend Enkidu.
His title, King of Heroes, is not meant to call him a king who is a hero, but instead implies that he is the king over all heroes. He is mankind's oldest hero, the origin of all myths and model on which heroes are based, so his story is copied within the mythologies of all the countries of the world. The heroes of various myths are derived from his legend, so his Gate of Babylon possesses all of their Noble Phantasms. Though there are numerous kings with titles such as the King of Knights or the King of Conquerors, he is the only one in all of heaven and earth crowned with the title of "King of All Heroes."
Born with a body that was of the highest grade by mortal standards and knowledge reaching truth, Gilgamesh was born, designed, as king and the Wedge of Heaven to connect the rising humans and the fading gods. He was sent to ensure the humans and bind the earth slowly leaving the Age of Gods. He was a being embodying the two life sets of life forms, with the blood of those who had ruled and the blood of those who would rule from thereon. He was to be the ultimate neutral party able to discern their respective failings, adjudicating from their respective positions. During his childhood, he loved the gods instead of humanity, but the gods created Enkidu at that time to punish the arrogant king.
Enkidu observed the young Gilgamesh, but could not understand the need to punish such an amiable, ideal king who was praised and lauded by his infatuated subjects. There could be no flaw that required correction, and the only problem was that he did not submit to the gods even if he did respect them. Enkidu was forced to admit that the gods had been correct as he watched the boy grow into a young man. Practicing absolutism, oppression, duress, levies, and the utmost decadence from self-interest, the people of the kingdom lamented the change, and even the gods were perplexed at the extent of the expected transformation.
The reason was simply that he had been born with the conclusion already drawn, existing independently as a being neither fully divine or human. He acquired the characteristics of both, so his field of vision reached even past what the gods were able to comprehend. His overwhelming power bred overwhelming isolation, but his strength of self kept him from abandoning his kingship or fleeing from the mission imposed upon him. Through revering the gods and loving humanity, he decided to follow the path to its conclusion by deposing the gods and loathing humanity.
Gilgamesh encountered Enkidu for the first time outside of the Temple of Uruk, who immediately stated that he would reprimand the King and rectify his arrogance. They entered a battle that spanned several days, and Gilgamesh was forced to use all his strength to match his transforming opponent. He was either angered or surprised at having found his equal for the first time, insulting Enkidu as a clod of mud. He was forced to draw out his treasures that had been carefully stored away, marking the first use of the Gate of Babylon as a weapon, and although it was a reluctant and forced humiliation at first, he eventually began to enjoy it and brought them out without regret.
He eventually emptied the vault, and Enkidu was left with only a tenth of his clay. Rather than continue, Gilgamesh let himself fall backwards onto his back while bursting with laughter, Enkidu following in suit. He remarked that there would only be one chance to strike for each of them, and without any means of defense, it would leave only two foolish corpses. Enkidu was never able to interpret if that meant it was a tie or if Gilgamesh wanted to make it so that there would only be one corpse. Enkidu asked, "Do you not regret the treasures you have spent?" to which he replied in a bright voice, "Why, if it's someone I should use it on, then it's not unthinkable to do him the favor."
Gilgamesh and Enkidu became close friends afterward, marking the one and only story of eternally unchanging worth in all the world. They worked side by side, and Gilgamesh noted that his vault started to become disordered after having begun utilizing weapons as projectiles, calling it a bad habit. Looking towards Humbaba, the guardian of the forest and beast of the gods, Gilgamesh decided to seek out and defeat it. They did so with their combined strength, but Enkidu was left confused by the action. It had not been an order from the gods, and it could not have been for his people who suffered under him.
Gilgamesh told him that it was part of purging the evils of the world to protect Uruk, but Enkidu could not understand why he would care about those he tyrannized. Gilgamesh explained his way of protecting humanity, causing Enkidu to fully realize the source of his isolation. Enkidu stated that Gilgamesh took the path of observation, causing Gilgamesh to smile embarrassedly like in his childhood and speak of it. In response to his passion, Enkidu pledged himself as a tool to Gilgamesh afterward, but Gilgamesh reprimanded him, explaining to him that he was his friend. Enkidu believed it was the only time Gilgamesh had ever shown relief.
He became the greatest and richest king on Earth, who eventually acquired all the treasures of the world. Uruk became unprecedentedly prosperous, and Gilgamesh was considered so powerful that even the gods could not ignore his existence. One goddess, Ishtar the goddess of fertility, even fell in love with Gilgamesh and proposed marriage to the perfect king. He rejected her immediately because he knew her to be a witch who was unfaithful, cruel, and the corruptor of all men. She became furious, feeling that he had insulted her, and went to her father, the god Anu, to get revenge. She begged him to unleash the Bull of Heaven.
The unopposable beast of the gods caused seven years of starvation and destruction on the earth. Working together, Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeated it after binding it with the Chains of Heaven, causing the dark clouds covering the world to fade and saving the land from the flood. Ishtar's reputation was once again crushed, and her fury did not abate. She requested they be put to death for the sin of slaying a beast of the gods with the body of a human. Her request was granted, and Enkidu, created by the gods, was unable to defy the decree.
He slowly weakened and was returned to clay, as Gilgamesh desperately held onto the crumbling clod in his arms. He was angered by this, believing that he was the one who deserved retribution should it be required. Enkidu attempted to assuage him by telling Gilgamesh that he was only one of the many treasures in Gilgamesh's collection, that he would find countless more greater than him in time. Gilgamesh instead declared, "You do have worth. You alone have this worth. I hereby declare: In all this world, only one shall be my friend. Thus---not for all eternity shall his worth ever change." Enkidu returned to his original state afterward, leaving nothing behind but Gilgamesh's thunderous cry.
Up until that point, Gilgamesh had lived by his own standards, collecting riches, bedding women, fighting with his friend, and purging the earth of banes. Enkidu returning to dust, meeting death, greatly changed his views. Death had never inspired grief or fear in him until that moment, and it had never once even been in his mind though he knew that it awaited all. Seeing the one who held equal power to him perish before his eyes let him register the true reality of death for the first time. The despair that Gilgamesh felt was because he saw death as an escape from his duty as the observer of humanity; in order to fulfill his mission completely, he was to observe humanity's path until its eventual end. Falling into depression and with his vigor gone, he sought out the Herb of Immortality, a spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
He had known of it even before Enkidu's passing, and had planned to obtain it eventually in order to complete his collection. With a reason to search for it, he left for the underworld, Ereshkigal. He sought out the sage, Ziusudra, who had lived since placing a large amount of animals upon an ark before the coming of a deluge that assailed the Earth. He was said to have been the only one of the Earth to escape from death and live until the present. Gilgamesh loathed and feared the death that took away his friend, making him frightened for his own life for the first time since birth. He went on his journey, that he later called a farce, that lasted the same amount of time as he had lived up until that point.
He wandered the wilderness for decades as described in the epic, "grovelling along pathetically" while thinking nothing other than not wanting to die. He had the same motive as all humans, as not even a child of the gods was any different when faced with death. With "idiocy exceeding that of humans", he continued to attempt to overcome death, flinging aside the pride, authority, and power of the king, without knowing a purpose to do so or someone for whom to do it. His fear of death was one of the reasons for his actions, but he also loathed death because he could not forgive himself for abandoning his role of observing the future.
He eventually reached the realm of the dead, and found upon meeting with Utnapishtim that his form of immortality was not special at all. Utnapishtim had gained longevity by joining the ranks of the gods, half-becoming a plant in the process. Gilgamesh rejected such an immortality because he had to be immortal with the desires of a human still intact, rather than simply living eternally in a body with no appetition. He had simply planned to leave the underworld and return to Uruk to bring his vault to completion, but Utnapishtim, having grown doubtful of having his way of existence rejected or possibly wanting to condemn one who had denied immortality from the gods to the same existence, told Gilgamesh a secret.
He told Gilgamesh a method of becoming immortal without seeking the mercy of the gods, the root of a herb that grew in the deep. Though he would not consume it himself, as he would only become a plant, he collected it as a rare treasure to decorate his vault. Stopping within the deep, he jarred the herb and returned above ground. Unable to put words to his state of mind at the time, there was some part of him that was hopeful even though he declared that there was no need of immortality modeled on the gods. He smiled at his accomplishment upon returning above ground, believing that he could overthrow death and avenge his friend.
With the ability to rise above the "death" that had taken even Enkidu, the voices and acclaim of the people of Uruk would have reached unprecedented level upon returning with immortality. Describing himself as being in the "rashness of youth", vanity soon followed and he became bothered by his ragged state to which he had not spared a single thought until that moment. He wished to cleanse himself before returning to Uruk to test the fruits of his labor in perfect condition, so he rested at a spring close by to recover from the fatigue accumulated over decades of searching. He experienced a certain feeling at that point that he believed to be his first true feeling of joy.
As the water healed him, he felt a peacefulness like being released from a prolonged malaise in both body and mind. It was the first time he had been so ecstatic about any of his accomplishments because the act of amassing treasures is like an instinct similar to breathing that does not bring joy to him. The action of obtaining immortality was the first time he was thankful for being born into the world because, despite claiming to have the perspective of humans, he believed he was not human until that moment. He felt free from everything, no doubts, fears, fixations, or duties. Overwhelmed by the sensation of omnipotence, he describes the feeling as élan vital, the reward of his self desire and the belief that he could do as he pleased with that joy for all eternity.
It was then that his carelessness caused it to be snatched away from him, brought down by the desires, simple appetition of "hunger", of a serpent that crawled the wilds. The snake with an empty stomach was drawn by the herb's smell, and although a panicked Gilgamesh emerged from the spring, it was too late. The snake gained the property of shedding, having been the restoration of youth instead of immortality, and all that was left was its shed skin. He then was struck with laughter at the event, the absurdity of the conclusion in all he stood to gain and all he took pride in being "naught." He laughed at his own foolishness until his sides ached.
Though it was not that he was unable to obtain anything, he understood that his sole reward was that not one thing would remain for him. The fulfilment in life and joy that he obtained for the first time vanished instantly, causing him to realize that was the nature of the human world. Realizing that immortality was unnecessary to his duty, he had been born as a human at that moment and died as a human after learning of joy. Though he had been "complete since birth", he also had his times of inexperience. Taking nearly the entirety of his life to complete his development, he reached physical maturity in the time with Enkidu and mental maturity at that moment, marking the end of his youth.
Having laughed away the theft, the sun had risen, and smiling at the fleeting moment of human joy, he returned to Uruk. Marking the end of his adventures, he governed Uruk as the ruler of heroes and brought it to completion. He later also returned to the deep to retrieve the herb once more simply to complete his collection and for the off-chance he would ever be in a situation he could only tolerate as a child. Though he was still severe, he ruled Uruk quietly, entrusting it to the next king before going to his eternal rest without telling the whereabouts of the herb. He became humanity's most ancient hero and the illustrious king who was the first in this world to have "become a story."
It is said that the snake begins its life again in a new body after shedding its skin because it stole Gilgamesh's medicine and drank it. The way snakes went about their life appeared to the ancient people as a kind of perpetual youth and eternal life that was not available to humans. The skin shed by the first snake in the world in ancient times was later fossilized and remained in existence for countless eons before being used as a catalyst by Tohsaka Tokiomi to summon Gilgamesh as Archer in the Fourth Holy Grail War.
Gilgamesh is a dignified man with golden hair standing up like a blazing flame. His face is described as handsome, and his eyes, crimson like blood, are visibly not those of a human and give off a mysterious radiance that makes people wither. He has a "perfect, Golden-proportioned body" described as emanating majesty that makes flames surrounding him afraid to come close, and his very soul glows golden. He normally wears golden armor that makes a heavy first impression on those he encounters. While fighting at full power in Fate/hollow ataraxia, he gains a number of red tattoos on his body that are not normally present.
He is often referred to as the "golden Archer" and the "golden-sparkling Servant," and Rider generally calls him "Goldie." He is similarly called Gold-glitter (金ピカ, Kin-Pika?) due to his hair, armor, and golden soul, but Rin Tohsaka's reasoning behind the name has less to do with the color of his hair and more simply due to the fact that she thinks he looks like he is living a rich and luxurious life. He looks like a regular foreigner to both Rin and Archer, and he does not openly give off the impression of a Servant or Master due to his body being made of flesh after the Fourth Holy Grail War.
He likes to wear casual clothes, "playing attire" to ward off boredom from being in spirit form, when not in battle, later becoming knowledgeable on the latest fashion trends after living in modern society for ten years. He has collected a number of casual outfits.
- Fate/Zero: The clothing he wears in during the Fourth Holy Grail War is a fashionable white v-neck with three quarter sleeves, and python print pants.
- Fate route: During Fate, he wears a white jacket with a fur collar, a black shirt, and black pants.
- Biker outfit: The "biker outfit" worn at the beginning of the game and in the Unlimited Blade Works route and Heaven's Feel route is his favorite outfit, liking it enough to ignore Shirou's group when presented with the possibility of the ashes from the burning Einzbern Castle dirtying it. It can be said Shirou's life is worth less to him than his coat. He dons this clothing in the first Fate/stay night Manga adaptation of both the Fate route and Unlimited Blade Works route.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia: Upon returning to his adult form in hollow ataraxia, he boasts what he calls his "official outfit", "an extremely rare article, reserved for the select few." Shirou's first thought upon seeing it is to call him the "golden pervert", and although Gilgamesh finds nothing wrong with it, Shirou concurs in that there can be nothing wrong with the minor details because the entire outfit itself is wrong from the start. Breaking the fourth wall, Gilgamesh describes it as something that was "truly embarrassing, thus forbidden" and removed from Fate/stay night until being used in hollow ataraxia. As it is a "unique item", he says it has the "downside of only allowing one pose."
- Child form: After drinking his Potion of youth, he takes the form of a young child that is referred to as Child-Gil. He has the same blood-red eyes and golden hair that makes him stand out from others. Shirou is unable to identify him from sight, and he finds it hard to believe they are the same person even after being told.
In Fate/Grand Order, Gilgamesh's attire, much like that of other Servants, changes with each Ascension:
In his First Ascension, Gilgamesh presents himself with the golden armor he bears in both Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero, but without the red waist-cape.
In his Second Ascension, the outfit is complete with the red waist cape, making him one-for-one the same in terms of appearance for battle in Fate/Stay Night's Fate Route and Fate Zero.
In his Third Ascension, Gilgamesh's hair flows down as opposed of spiking upwards, and the upper-half of his armor has been removed, with the exception for the right glove. Removing his armor exposes the red tattoos that he bears when at full power. In addition, he now wears a golden necklace. In this Ascension, instead of being empty-handed, he holds Ea. Bar the exception of the Chains of Heaven being nowhere to be seen, this form is the same in appearance to the Genesis Mythology Mystic Code present in Fate/Extra CCC.
In the Babylonia Singularity, Gilgamesh in the Archer Class appears with the attire of his Third Ascension but with his hair spiking up as it usually does in the other Ascensions.
Gilgamesh greatly differs from most of the sovereigns and leaders in the history of humanity. He placed himself before his nation and the people, and he had neither the curiosity nor desire to conquer, possibly because he had too much in the beginning. He takes the time to enjoy himself, mastering every treasure and every pleasure. With conviction to treat good and evil equally, he has no need for other ideologies and ways of life when the absolute basis is "himself." His actions and way of life left him alone, so Enkidu compared rectifying his attitude to rectifying his solitude.
He follows a simple style of ruling, acquiring worthy treasures and guarding them. He exterminates those that stand in the way of his enjoyment without exception. All living beings are "something that is about to die" or "something that will one day die." If he decides that there is a "being that should die this moment", he will simply execute the sentence no matter if they should be a sage or a god. If it is an astute judgment synonymous to universal truth, or even a misrule during a drunken stupor, anything carried out by him, the absolute king, becomes the indisputable sentence of the king.
He is extremely arrogant and selfish, believing himself to be the sole potentate and only king of the world even many millennia after his death. He cannot acknowledge the authority of anyone, including that of other kings and especially that of the gods. He considers all those around him as inferior due to this fact, viewing all other kings and heroes as a collection of mongrels, and loathes any individual who would try to be on the same level as him. The only exception is Enkidu, who he considered to be his equal and only friend. He responds to Iskander's request to form an alliance with him by saying "It is unfortunate, but I do not require a second friend. Past and future, my companion will only be one."
He believes that all who look upon him, when he honors them with his presence, should be able to recognize him instantly, and feels that the ignorance of not knowing him is worthy of death. If anyone so much as looks upon him with a "lowly and filthy" gaze, it is an intolerable disgrace for a nobleman who claims the title of king more so than anyone else. This is enough to make that person a complete malefactor in his eyes, instantly marked for death. He doesn't view the modern world as worthy of having him rule over it because humanity has become too weak. After finding out the nature of the Holy Grail, he plans to use it to exterminate most of the world's population and rule over those who survive. Despite that, he is not incapable of respecting Servants that he deems worthy, such as Iskander and Artoria. In Fate/Grand Order, he and Ozymandias "unexpectedly get along", occasionally complimenting each other (in fact they are complementing themselves, but they are too proud to realize it). He also has a genuine liking towards Kirei Kotomine to the point of deeming him as his most beloved person alongside Artoria.
Gilgamesh has a natural disposition to collect items for his treasury, which lead to collecting all the treasures of the world. The treasures he amassed went without use until his fight with Enkidu, causing him to develop the "bad habit" of utilizing them as projectiles. The act of collecting is something that has never brought him true joy due to essentially being on the same level as breathing to him, but he still persists at it nonetheless. He compares gambling as simply moving money from his treasury to his purse. He lives by 'his' Golden Rule, only accepting the finest of luxuries, and others who fall to it are utterly blinded by money.
Despite his treasury having been dispersed all over the world, he still holds that it all belongs to him. As its contents even exceeded his knowledge, if an item is labelled as a "treasure", it is obvious that it belongs to him. He has absolutely no interest in the Holy Grail before finding out its true nature because competing for his own treasure is a pointless action. He doesn't have a wish, but he cannot allow people to rob his treasury as a matter of principles. The only reason he needs is that it was the law he set down as king. Only if he agrees to give someone the Holy Grail would he allow them to obtain it, but the rats trying to steal his treasure are not worthy of reward. He doesn't mind rewarding his own subjects and people, and would even allow Rider a "cup or two" if he were to bow down to him.
He takes a great interest in Saber and her ideals, and proposes that she becomes his wife. He becomes enthralled with her stubbornness, believing there has to be at least one person in the world to deny him. Should he actually "obtain" her, he comes to realize that the outcome is not very satisfying. Normally people consider flowers at their most beautiful as their petals fall, but he only feels disappointment if he ever manages to have her because she only shines brightly to him when she is opposing him. He decides to "show her his love" until he grows tired of her. He has no interest in Saber Alter because she has lost sight of her ideals.
He is prone to underestimating his opponents and views combat as a game of amusement. His gigantic ego prevents him from acknowledging his opponent as a real threat and he does not battle them seriously. He will properly fight those he respects, or simply utilize more power than necessary on a whim depending on the situation. If his Master happens to grow on him, or he decides that their battle is worth fighting for, then he could become somewhat more willing to use his full power should they will it.
He is influenced by the era in which he is summoned, and in the case where he achieves incarnation, his blood as a human will stir and gravitate towards that of the humans of the era. The consumption society of the early 2000s sullied his property, the world, so he is in a worse mood overall. Even with his personality, Gilgamesh was able to blend into the society without a problem. While he will always retain his core self-centered traits, he will be more stable and like he was in life when summoned in a place without any alteration like the Moon Cell. He is quite different between the Fourth and Fifth Holy Grail Wars due to his priorities. He simply enjoys the events of the Fourth, but the Fifth is utilized to fulfill his goals of making humankind worth governing and coercing Saber to become his bride. Kinoko Nasu describes the variation in his personality as the "prideful Boss King of Heroes" and the "not very prideful Horny King of Heroes."
Gilgamesh speaks with the notion that nothing is greater than himself, using a commanding pronoun (我, ore, written as "ware"?). He is the type of person to become angry even if someone is to simply try to converse with him, thinking something like "A plebeian dares to speak with the King? Such insolence!"
In Fate/Grand Order his profile states that his nature is cruel and heartless. Never hearing people's opinions, a tyrant who holds only his own standards as absolute. Pretentiously displaying an extremely gaudy golden armor, this exceptional Heroic Spirit releases his excessive treasures as if abundant water.
Gilgamesh seems to have tolerance and in some rare cases soft spot towards children. In Fate/strange Fake, he shows some degree of leniency towards his master Tiné Chelc and takes measures to protect her from harm. He even addresses her by her real name although he initially refers her as "mongrel girl." He also tells her in Uruk, there are many those of Tiné Chelc's age that have already found themselves, showing his respect towards the children of his kingdom. In fact, he is popular among the children of Uruk as shown in Babylonia Singularity, as he plays the Royal Game of Ur with them and win even though he plays it for the first time, much to their awe. In Fate/hollow ataraxia, he is seen fishing with his children admirers at the Fuyuki Dock, although he good-naturedly calls them mongrels.
Gilgamesh is a collector of treasures. His favorite phrase is "I've assembled all treasures in the land", but that is not a metaphor. He has assembled, stored and sealed away every sample of technology that were developed in his age. His argument is "humans are foolish, but there is value in the tools, civilization that humans create".
Gilgamesh's sole source of enjoyment is in the hearts of humans. His most beloved humans are those who possess dreams far surpassing their own capacity but constantly work towards them regardless without giving up. Both Artoria and Kirei are included in this category.
Gilgamesh was born as a guardian of humanity, so it is his duty to lay the foundations for the future civilization of the planet. He does not view sheltering as his way of guardianship, but instead a harsh form resembling the north wind. He is the adjudicator of humanity who is an observer and sentencer at his core, punition personified and uncolored by human values. He lives by the ideal that later became Code of Ur-Nammu and Code of Hammurabi, that it is law for humans to prosecute humans. He had been brought forth by the gods to secure humanity for them, but he did not fulfill his role. He considered his own desires first, and he controlled the kingdom as a person. He rejected the gods as something from a past age, telling them that he will obey and respect them and at the same time telling them to be destroyed. He believed they lost their positions through their own actions the moment they brought him forth into the world.
Although he was created for a specific purpose, he did not feel contempt for being artificially manufactured life for the sake of being used by the gods, and although his every cell was designed before birth, he was born from his mother's womb like a normal human; therefore, he was both "born" and "created" at the same time. It matters not if a being is an animal or a puppet, as all life is created through the intentions of the parents. He was brought forth by predecessors like all living things, the only difference being that his predecessor was the planet, the gods. The "self", the soul, is the only naturally occurring and unique part of life, awaking to individual originality that cannot be thought of as having been created. Whether the body was manufactured or the product of reproduction, the shape of life is always brought forth by predecessors, so only the naturally occurring soul matters to him. The gods' countermeasure was correct, but it was that, being born as a new life with a new will, that he did not behave in accordance with their wishes.
While he was designed as the wedge for the gods, he became the tip of the spear that put an end to the old age. He decided upon reaching adulthood that he would not live as a king governing his people, but would instead act as a storm that reprimanded them. Ignoring the will of the gods, he ruled Uruk because it was something worthwhile. Collecting and seizing as he willed it, the nation and the people were his all for the reason of judging them. He considers humanity to be the epitome of ingenuity, but says it lacks a shared standard. It is for this reason that humanity continues to bring forth new advancements, and the reason that an absolute standard is indispensable. It required someone human while more than human and belonged to the gods without being a god. It would have simply taken a human to govern and a god to menace, but the gods never understood that even in the very end. To better become this absolute standard, he collected all the treasures of the world and judged the worth of humanity.
Enkidu believed that his actions, his tyranny over his people, extended from his ability to see even what the gods were unable to comprehend. His overwhelming power bred overwhelming isolation for him, but his strength of self did not allow him to abandon his kingship or flee from this mission imposed upon him. The reason that he favored isolation is that he chose that path and needed to advance down it alone. He needed to hate the gods and dislike the people while keeping the future in mind, so he needed to be isolated. The more favorably he regarded the future of humanity, the farther he had to remove himself. The only thing he stood to gain was the result of it because, being more than human, he could not interfere with the brilliant course it would bring about. He personally felt the resulting future would be quite dull, but decided to abide his decision to the end.
Even Enkidu, sharing the same origins, was unable to see the sights on which his distant gaze was set. Enkidu regarded this isolation, his ability to remain aloof, as his greatest sincerity. Though he knew the weak, he never glanced back at them, and though he knew the strong, he never acknowledged them. Though he should have had none by his side, Enkidu believed that he had sinned in leaving a lasting mar upon that integrity. Though he is similar to Iskander in the manner of pride, their greatest difference is "not needing retainers." He is only dedicated to himself, so his loves are only treasures and tools. People are only things that will disappear.
During his search for immortality, he was also obsessed with seeing the end of humanity. Dying would mean abandoning his role, his kingship, because he had determined to be the observer and adjudicator of the people. It was necessary to obtain an enduring body that would last until the end of the world not to see everyday contentment, but the deeds, the future of the people, and witness their end. He felt true joy for the first time upon obtaining it, but it was snatched away in an instant by the snake. This caused him to realize that was the nature of the world of humanity, that which he must observe.
He realized he could not understand that unique appeal with an undying body, realizing immortality to be nothing by the incompleteness of the common people and the dream of those who cannot face the end. He decided he had no need for it because his eyes that could foresee the future had no reason to fear death. He was able to exist in that era, unfading at that moment, and still gaze at the distant future even without experiencing the passage of time. His duty would be fulfilled as long as a hero, humanity's most ancient tale, was passed down through the ages.
The future he is able to see for humanity is that of human knowledge continuing to expand until they will be able to see even light from millions of years away. Though it would take such a long time that his body will have long rotted, it was an exhilarating sight for him, but he feels that he must have lost his drive. Having collected all that needed to be collected, he found no further joy in that era. He needed to simply depart with integrity, experiencing death as many times as necessary, time and again reviving and observing until the end of the world and the day when humanity reaches beyond his garden, the planet, to reach the end of the sky and strike its final note.
Gilgamesh has nothing in common with his childhood-self, and their natures are so different that he cannot even perceive his younger self's past. He can only speak as if having heard from secondhand accounts, and he, who had never forgotten anything from birth, cannot remember his childhood well. He believes his younger self would be the same, and that it is likely he would have stopped his own growth had he known what his adult-self would be like at the time. He was benevolent, cherished by the people who praised him as having "gained the best king there was." He was known as tolerant, sage, fair, and moral, and he had a kingly aptitude superior to all. He changed greatly as he grew, becoming the King that the gods created Enkidu to punish.
After Gilgamesh consumes the Herb of Immortality, he becomes his well-mannered, polite and amiable younger self. He not only retains his memory, but his royal and divine charisma as well. He is amiable with Shirou and expresses his uneasiness of how he grows up to become someone so unpleasant. He becomes a popular idol among children in Fuyuki, as he is seen leading a football team with amazing leadership. Though he later reverts to his adult self, he is able to socialize with others without issue, as he is seen fishing at the Fuyuki dock with several children and they are having a good time making fun of Lancer that doesn't manage to catch even a single fish, though he displays his usual arrogance, and becomes portrayed comically in a number of scenes.
- Artoria Pendragon
- Gilgamesh is her nemesis in the Fate series. He has a twisted form of love for Artoria, seeing her as an unattainable star that is most beautiful out of his reach.
- By Gilgamesh's own words, a "Faker".
- Altera, while being the great Titan, spared Gligamesh's father before she fell to the holy sword. He decides to aid in her campaign for the Moon Cell as a repayment for this debt. However, Gilgamesh proclaimed he was also serving Altera for the sake of Altera's Master.
- Cú Chulainn
- In Gilgamesh's words, a rabid dog that only knows how to attack. Though they served the same Master in Fate/stay night under Kirei Kotomine, it was not a pleasant experience. The relationship continues to be strained even during the follow up story Fate/hollow ataraxia where they serve Caren Hortensia.
- Gilgamesh treats Karna with respect, fully knowing his prowess as a heroic spirit. As either heroes represent the pinnacle of servants, he takes his words with respect, although he does get annoyed by Karna's altruism.
- Gilgamesh views Enkidu as his one and only friend, and one of the only people capable of fighting at his level. When Enkidu died due to displeasing the gods, Gilgamesh cried over his friend and had a great fear of his own death, which caused him to begin the search for Immortality.
- Ishtar once tried to court Gilgamesh which he refused, invoking the wrath of the apparent goddess which later led to the Bull of Heaven coming down onto Uruk. After Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeated it, Enkidu died as a consequence. As such, Gilgamesh hates Ishtar, believing her to be the cause of it. His hatred is such that if he were ever to meet her again he would unleash the full power of Enuma Elish upon her. When Ishtar was summoned in the body of Rin Tohsaka, Gilgamesh believes it to be an improvement as Rin's mentality merging with Ishtar's made her more bearable in his eyes.
- Unexpectedly gets along.
- Kirei Kotomine
- Gilgamesh discovers Kotomine to be an interesting human being and helps Kotomine embrace his sadistic nature. He accepts Kotomine as his master in Fate/Zero.
Gilgamesh is summoned by Tokiomi Tohsaka in the Fourth Holy Grail War. While the relic used as the catalyst looked like the broken fragment of a mummy, it was actually claimed to be the fossil of the first skin ever shed by a snake. He immediately takes notice of both Saber and Rider due to their status as kings. As they exchange their philosophies on ruling as monarchs, he develops a fascination for Saber due to her flawed ideals and the chance to see them crush her in despair. He feels Rider is a suitable opponent after witnessing Ionioi Hetairoi, and exclaims that he will be the one to kill him.
He eventually begins to take an interest in the actions taken by Kirei Kotomine, Tokiomi's disciple, because of the conflicts in his heart. He has begun to find Tokiomi boring and uninteresting to view, so he attempts to guide Kirei into finding true pleasure in his otherwise empty life. He suggests that Kirei should determine the backgrounds and the motivations of the other Masters and Servants as to why they wish to obtain the Holy Grail. As Kirei takes an interest in Kariya Matou, he convinces him to learn about him specifically.
After witnessing Excalibur, he remembers the death of Enkidu, unable to forget the way he passed away with tears streaming down his face. Their final conversation differs from Fate/EXTRA CCC. He asked Enkidu "Why are you crying? Could it be that, only now, you are regretting having taken my side?", to which Enkidu responded "Who would understand you after I die? Who else would march forward by your side? My friend... when I think that you will live on all alone henceforth, I can't help but shed tears..." As he saw Enkidu taking his last breaths, he realized that the way the man who was human but wanted to surpass humanity had lived was even more precious and more brilliant than all the treasures he had collected. His final words to Enkidu were "You fool who stretches your hand towards realms not of men... There is only one person in heaven or earth who's worthy of appreciating your destruction, and that is none other than I, Gilgamesh. Sink into my embrace, oh you glorious and illusionary man. That is my decision." As Enkidu's golden majestic brilliance disappeared in the night mist, there was only an evil laughter left echoing long after.
In the culmination of the events with Kirei, it is revealed that Tokiomi will use a Command Spell to force Gilgamesh to commit suicide to gain the Holy Grail and proposes that he should form a new contract. Gilgamesh allows him to murder his former mentor and forms a contract with Kirei afterward. He continues to observe Kirei's movements with interest, and finally has his duel with Rider that ends in Rider's defeat. In a moment of respect, he spares Waver Velvet after the fight because he no longer has any claims as a Master, only proclaims that he is Rider's follower, and says that as his king told him to live, he cannot seek revenge only to die.
During the final confrontation with Saber, he proposes that she becomes his wife while she lays defeated in front of him. Their battle is interrupted by Kiritsugu Emiya ordering Saber to destroy the Holy Grail. Due to his proximity, Gilgamesh is caught off guard and becomes drenched by the pollution that spills from the Holy Grail. He obtains a physical body, and because he has been incarnated into the world, he decides that it is time to once again unite the world under his rule. He continues to follow Kotomine after the war is over, and Kotomine provides him with energy drained from children orphaned by the fire to sustain himself. He decides to wait for the next Holy Grail War to cleanse humanity, so he retrieves a potion of temporary youth from his vault that reduces his physical age and allows him to smoothly blend in with society for ten years.
Gilgamesh is one of the antagonists in each scenario of Fate/stay night. He first appears before the start of the Fifth Holy Grail War around Sakura Matou's house. He identifies her as "the other Grail" and comes to tell her "Go die right now." It is just a suggestion rather than a command, as he believes that the matter will develop into some sort of entertainment regardless of the situation. When questioned about the encounter, Sakura just claims that he was a foreigner asking for directions in English, in order to hide the truth.
In Fate, Gilgamesh suddenly appears and destroys Caster's Dragon Tooth Warriors when she is assaulting the Emiya residence. Shocked by this, Shirou, Saber, and Caster all stare toward Gilgamesh standing atop the residence's wall. Staring only at Saber, he ignores Caster until she asks him who he is. With that Gilgamesh coldly proclaims he has no reason to name himself to a lowlife. Then, with a snap of his fingers, he launches various weapons at Caster, who is seemingly killed after her shield is shattered by them. However, Gilgamesh sees through her deception when she tries to escape as a floating shred of her robe, and proceeds to finally kill Caster.
Gilgamesh remarks that he only has the right to capture Saber, who he reminds of his marriage proposal from ten years ago. He then takes notice of Rin and Illya, who is confused by Gilgamesh's mere existence and attacks him. With a mirror-like shield, he easily deflects the blast of magical energy that Illya launched at him back toward her, but Rin manages to block it. Recognizing Illya as the vessel of the Holy Grail as well as her hybrid parentage, Gilgamesh tells her to hurry and become the fifth. Afterwards, Saber asks him why he is still in the world to which he answers that the Grail is his treasure, and then states that he came to fight Saber but decided that the Emiya residence was too shabby to celebrate his reunion with her. Stating to Saber that they'll meet again, he tells her to prepared for that meeting before leaving.
In Studio Deen's anime adaption, Gilgamesh appears when Caster offers to spare Shirou if Saber were to also surrender and become her Servant in place of the fallen Assassin. Angered by the thought of Saber being enslaved by a "lowly magician", Gilgamesh intrudes and declares Caster's actions to have been nothing but a fool's gamble and declaring that she did not "know her place". He lightyly muses on how he originally considered just watching things play out, but chose to step in when Caster announced her intent to enslave Saber, something he views as an insult since he views her as his own property. Deeming both Caster and Kuzuki thieves for trying to take what is his (Saber and the Grail), he unleashes a hail of blades from his Gate of Babylon which Caster tries to fend off with a shield. When her shield is broken, Caster and Kuzuki are both torn into by the rain of blades (similar to how Archer did it to her in the Unlimited Blade Works route) and die, the entire temple fading away with its creator now dead. As in the visual novel, Gilgamesh exresses pleasure at seeing Saber again and reminds her of the proposal he made before; mockingly chiding her for "making him wait". Deciding that where they were was not ideal for a proper reunion and that Saber was "not ready yet", he departs with a declaration that they will meet again.
Later, Gilgamesh ambushes Shirou and Saber when they're walking home together. Reminding Saber that they would meet again, he states that he has come for her. Saber then prepares to fight him to let Shirou escape, but Shirou, sensing that she would be unable to defeat Gilgamesh, decides to protect her instead. Gilgamesh then takes notice of Shirou, proclaiming him to be so shabby of a Master that he thought him to be a dog or something. Telling Saber to run to the Church for shelter, Shirou runs toward Gilgamesh, but he is struck down by a hammer. As Shirou lies on the ground, Gilgamesh tells him that he won't kill him since Saber would disappear, but states that although keeping Shirou alive is the easiest way to keep Saber, he will kill Shirou if he irritates him.
Saber tries to run to Shirou, but Gilgamesh blocks her and questions why she doesn't submit to him already. Revealing his knowledge of Saber's contract with the World, he offers to give Saber a second life with him, but she outright refuses his offer. Laughing at her defiance, Gilgamesh decides that he'll force Saber to be his, and that he'll pour the contents of the Grail on her so that she may be incarnated like him. Saber then asks for his intentions, to which Gilgamesh answers that he has no interest in the Grail but proclaims he'll use it if it will let him rule the world once again. After hearing his answer, Saber attacks Gilgamesh, but her strike is deflected by his golden armor that he just equipped at that moment. After blocking numerous blows by Saber with his armor, Gilgamesh opens the Gate of Babylon, which catches Saber off-guard as she is attacked by numerous Noble Phantasms.
Saber then asks him who he is due to the vast quantities of Noble Phantasms he possesses, but Gilgamesh answers that he collected them during his lifetime, which Saber states to be impossible. However, after being impressed by Shirou for discerning his identity, Gilgamesh reveals that he is the most ancient king that ruled the world when it was one, and spent his time collecting weapons that were never used into his treasury. After his death, the weapons within the treasury were scattered across the world, eventually becoming Noble Phantasms.
With that, Shirou and Saber realize that he is Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes, the strongest Heroic Spirit. Yet despite knowing his identity, Saber continues to fight him and unveils Excalibur, which prompts Gilgamesh to unveil Ea. Their Noble Phantasms then clash with one another, but Ea overwhelms Excalibur, leaving Saber critically wounded. Amused that the strongest holy sword couldn't overcome his own sword, Gilgamesh laughs that he is disappointed that Saber couldn't even offset his attack. Gilgamesh then moves to capture Saber, but Shirou manages to get up and attack him with a projected Caliburn. Irritated by Shirou's resistance, Gilgamesh decides to use Merodach, Caliburn's original model, which easily shatters Caliburn and leaves Shirou nearly bisected. Impressed that Shirou wasn't completely blown apart by his sword, Gilgamesh once again moves to capture Saber. However, Shirou manages to regenerate and get up to block Gilgamesh, which prompts him to launch Merodach again to kill Shirou. However, Shirou projects Avalon, and with Saber's help, deflects Gilgamesh's attack back at him. Infuriated by his defeat, Gilgamesh silently departs the scene.
After Shirou and Saber reject Kirei's offer, Gilgamesh comes down to the Church's basement when Kirei snaps his fingers to call him, which shocks Saber and Lancer. After Kirei introduces him as his Servant from the previous war, Gilgamesh asks Kirei if he is going to get rid of Shirou and Saber here and now despite it not being good direction on Kirei's part. After accepting Kirei's apology for not expecting the current situation, Gilgamesh states he'll kill Lancer if he continues to glare at him. Then, after Kirei reveals the corrupted nature of the Grail, Gilgamesh is ordered by him to kill Saber while Lancer kills Shirou before he leaves. After Kirei leaves, Shirou and Saber decide to charge through Gilgamesh and Lancer in order to escape. However, to Shirou and Saber's surprise, Lancer attacks Gilgamesh, but his spear is repelled a long sword. Gilgamesh reminds Lancer that he is to kill Shirou while he is to kill Saber, but Lancer decides to betray Kirei on his own principles. Gilgamesh then prepares to kill Lancer, purposefully letting Shirou and Saber escape, which confuses Lancer since Saber was Gilgamesh's target. He answers that he had no intention to kill Saber since she belongs to him, and states he needs one more Servant to die so that he claim the Grail. The two Servants then begin their battle, which ends in Gilgamesh's victory after half a day (whereas in the anime adaptation, Lancer is defeated as soon as Shirou and Saber escape). Afterwards he goes to Ryuudou Temple, where he waits for Saber's arrival.
As Shirou and Saber arrive at the temple, Gilgamesh welcomes Saber, and states that the Grail has been summoned. He reveals that the contents of the Grail are a curse that spilled onto him when Saber destroyed the Grail ten years ago. Saber then asks him for his intentions regarding the curse, to which Gilgamesh answers that he is unconcerned how Kirei uses the Grail and that Saber is his only concern. Summoning several weapons, Gilgamesh prepares to fight, saying how he will force Saber to swallow the Grail's contents. He continues to say that Saber will be unable to stop from going insane after that, and that she'll disgrace herself and beg at his feet. Saber answers that Gilgamesh will meet the same fate and readies herself for battle, which causes Gilgamesh to be delighted by her strong spirit despite knowing she cannot defeat him. Not wanting any intrusions in his battle, Gilgamesh tells Shirou that Kirei is waiting for him at the back of the temple. As Shirou leaves to confront Kirei, Gilgamesh and Saber begin their battle.
Using the weapons summoned from his treasury, Gilgamesh fights Saber, but her unhesitating attacks cause him to retreat a couple times despite blocking her with weapons summoned from behind him. However, Gilgamesh still has the advantage due to his weapons having unknown abilities that Saber can only repel, and that he is left unfatigued by their battle unlike her. Gilgamesh asks Saber if she is going to continue fighting since it is futile, and that Kirei should've killed Shirou by now. Saber counters that Shirou is still alive and will not lose to Kirei. Gilgamesh then claims that Shirou will soon die by the Grail's curse, which he admits even he has trouble against. Stating that Saber cannot beat him and that Shirou cannot beat Kirei, Gilgamesh says that if Saber goes after the Grail, she would've already won the battle. However, Saber states that her decision was correct, she will not lose to Gilgamesh, and Shirou will not lose to Kirei, whom she calls a corpse. Summoning even more Noble Phantasm from his treasury, Gilgamesh launches them all at Saber from all directions. Saber manages to elude all of them, but Gilgamesh summons even more weapons and launches them at her, which manage hit this time. As his weapons continue to fire, Gilgamesh pulls out Ea and releases it as Saber releases Excalibur while Kirei summons the curse of the Grail against Shirou that covered the earth for an instant.
After waking from the unpleasant sensation from the Grail's curse, Saber is left unable to move despite managing to offset Ea a bit with Excalibur while Gilgamesh approaches her. Saber asks him what that darkness from the back of the temple was, to which Gilgamesh answers that was the curse of the Grail that curses everything in the world summoned by Kirei. He continues to say that the pollution that Saber saw up to now was just the remaining contents of the Grail from ten years, and that now the primary curse has been summoned, Shirou should be dead. As Saber, sensing that Shirou is still barely alive, fails to get up, Gilgamesh tells her that the Grail will overflow, and the events of ten years ago shall reoccur. Telling Saber to rejoice, he tells that if she is showered by the Grail's contents, then she too will become incarnated like he was, though he doubts she can keep her sanity like he did. Seeing that Saber believes him to be insane already, Gilgamesh claims that only three times of All the World's Evils summoned from the Grail can affect him. Gilgamesh then grabs Saber by the foot, and asks once again to marry him with the intention of killing her should she refuse. Saber refuses since she already belongs to her country, which Gilgamesh sneers as a country is just a possession of the king. If a king cannot rule everything then there is no point in having one, which Gilgamesh states as the reason why Saber's country had destroyed her. Saber accepts his words but states that the very same reason is why Gilgamesh destroyed his own country, and promptly kicks him in the face with her free leg causing him to release her. Infuriated, Gilgamesh releases Ea once again to kill Saber, which she tries to counter with Excalibur but fails to release it.
However to his confusion, Gilgamesh watches as Saber steps into the swirling energy of Enuma Elish, in which she releases Excalibur to create boundary in space. Gilgamesh then releases Ea at maximum power, but Saber completely blocks it using Avalon to his utter disbelief. Unable to take action, Gilgamesh can only scream Saber's name as she charges toward him armor-less to finally strike him down with Excalibur. As he stands there dying before an exhausted Saber, Gilgamesh touches her face and expresses how hateful she is for defying him to very end. However, he decides to forgive her as he realizes that some things are beautiful because they cannot be obtained. He continues sullenly that his loss against her was inevitable if that is the case as his hand falls from her cheek. Gilgamesh then tells Saber goodbye, stating that it was fun, before finally disappearing with an ironic smile.
Unlimited Blade Works
Gilgamesh is more active in Unlimited Blade Works, and becomes the main antagonist midway through the story. He is "lent" to Shinji Matou after Shinji's Servant, Rider, is killed by Souichirou Kuzuki and later kills Illyasviel von Einzbern and Berserker. When next he appeared, it was following Archer's kidnap of Rin, due to Kirei leading Shinji there, in attempts to procure Rin to turn her into the Holy Grail's core. In response to Archer's comment of how, if Shinji did not agree to not do anything to Rin until his deal with Shirou was finished, he would die there, he became offended, and filled with enmity. Shinji accepted the condition, so he did not take much action, awaiting Archer to pass him by, to say, "Faker," as a way to suggest he knew his true identity all along, in a voice filled with loathing.
Instead of staying with Shinji, Gilgamesh went to observe Shirou and Archer's fight. Once it was over, he assaulted Archer in a surprise attack to kill him, and explained the true nature of the Holy Grail to Shirou, Rin, and Saber. He had planned to resume his fight with Saber from the end of the last war, but because Lancer had set the building on fire, Gilgamesh was forced to change his plans, as avoiding getting soot on his favorite clothes was more important than killing them all right there. Shinji had lost Rin to use as the Holy Grail vessel, so when next they meet up, Gilgamesh decided to turn Shinji into the core of the Holy Grail using Illya's heart.
As the Holy Grail began to enact his wish and eradicate humanity, Rin, Saber and Shirou show up to interfere with his plans. Gilgamesh and Shirou begin a climatic battle, where he explained the hypocrisy in his ideals, explaining how flawed they were, similar to how Archer did, and then, he is humiliated and overwhelmed by Shirou within his Unlimited Blade Works. In defiance to how his attempt to kill Shirou after he had run out of mana would have succeeded, having lost Shinji, because of Rin, it attempted to use him as the core next, and he desperately tried to escape its clutches, going so far as to using the Chains of Heaven on Shirou, but using this situation to his advantage, Archer appeared, launched an arrow at Gilgamesh and killed him.
Gilgamesh has a small role in Heaven's Feel scenario, in which he first appears when Shirou visited Kirei to ask about the Fourth Holy Grail War. Gilgamesh stood up and exchanged a few words with Shirou, his presence being enough to intimidate him greatly through the enmity of his presence, prior to going up to the next floor to watch the conversation between Shirou and Kirei that was about to commence. A while afterwards, he's seen speaking with Kirei in his room, commenting on how he disliked the being causing murders throughout Fuyuki, a comment which surprised even Kirei, so he clarified that he disliked it, because humans should only be killed by the king— himself, following up by once again asking him if he had any wish for the Holy Grail. Hearing Kirei's usual answer that he has none, he became amused and laughed, noting how well suited they were for each other; Gilgamesh killed humans because they were disgusting to him, while Kirei killed simply because it was enjoyable. Gilgamesh ended the conversation by leaving the room soon after.
In his final appearance, Gilgamesh lacerates Sakura with swords from the Gate of Babylon. However, he underestimated Sakura's regenerative abilities and is devoured by her shadows. Sakura is forced to quickly convert him to mana in haste because Gilgamesh's ego allows him to be immune to the mental pollution and she was afraid he might tear her up from the inside if she did not digest him.
Gilgamesh utilizes his child form for much of Fate/hollow ataraxia to act low-profile in Fuyuki City and avoid interacting with previous Servants or Masters. During the Fuyuki eclipse, he reverts to his adult form and assists the other Servants in slaying the endless horde of Shadow Wolf Beasts, providing the opportunity for Avenger to make his way to Heaven's Feel.
He is given the title The Oldest King of Heroes (最古の英雄王, Saiko no Eiyū-Ō?) in Fate/unlimited codes. In his story, Kirei meets Gilgamesh and discussed about the assembled Master and Servant in the Fifth Grail War. Kirei confirmed the summoning of Saber to Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh becomes pleased after hearing this and calls her foolish for not knowing the real contents of the Grail. He proudly boast about his survival in the Fourth Holy Grail War when he was bathed in the black mud and how it is proof of his greatness, he believed others would have gone insane from its power. He calls those who believed the Holy Grail to be a wishing device to be foolish. Kirei questions about his intention because Kirei believes he doesn't need to part as a Servant. However Gilgamesh proclaims that the Holy Grail is his property and Kirei suggest him to use the Grail. Gilgamesh takes on the offer and looks forward to meeting Saber.
He meets Dark Sakura, Sakura remembers her encounter with Gilgamesh when he ordered her to die. Sakura refused to die while Gilgamesh was hoping the Holy Grail wouldn't form properly but is disappointed to see how it progressed. He decided for her to die and claims that Sakura hates herself for being so compatible. He says he does not allow murder by anyone other than himself because when a human kills another human, they become lost in guilt and suffering, which he does not find enjoyment in.
He meets Saber in the Emiya residence, Gilgamesh reminds Saber about his decision on making her his wife. Saber questions about how Gilgamesh was able to return in the Fifth Holy Grail War and Gilgamesh told her the truth. Gilgamesh offers Saber to be his wife, Saber refused and they both fight until Gilgamesh wins. Gilgamesh forces Saber to bathe in the black mud from the Grail, it is slowly corrupting her to be Saber Alter. Gilgamesh decides to show his love to Saber until he grows tired of her. "Until then, let us enjoy the pains and joys of life as we please."
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Fate/tiger colosseum series
Gilgamesh appears under the name Toyotomi Gilyoshi. He welcomes Ritsuka's party when they come to Osaka, proclaiming himself to be the King of Heroes and the ruler of Zipangu, the Land of Gold. He claims not to be affected by the Singularity, and he is here on a different matter. But when Mash tries to ask, Toyotomi claims that he bestowed the group his finest treasures, yet they said Rome's treasures were better. He wanted Rome's treasures too and, wonders, why no one came to his summons. He won't give up, though, stating that some things are beautiful because you don't own them. He proclaims that he will build up his power in preparation for the next event by gathering all gold and tea sets in the country. Ritsuka and Mash are ready to fight, which angers Toyotomi, and he orders Takenaka Andersen and Kuroda Mephisto to give him a plan. He and his subordinates are defeated in the ensuing battle. He disappears, saying to act now to become an Uruk citizen.
Miss Almost Weekly Santa Alter
Sending a letter to Santa Alter, Gilgamesh waits for her arrival. He calls it praiseworthy for a king to try and meet his subject's expectations. He could learn from Santa Alter's example, though he won't. Expressing interest in Christmas, Gilgamesh states even a modest woman cannot help but speak her heart during Christmas. He cannot imagine a future where Santa Alter will confess her feeling to him, though he shall allow it. He demands her to come quickly, saying he'll make her understand their differences through his treasury. He then laughs that she is his Christmas present. Ultimately, Santa Alter never bothers to visit him, claiming that his house was empty.
Fate/Accel Zero Order
Seventh Singularity: Babylonia
Final Singularity: Solomon
When Flauros demands to know why the Heroic Spirits fight for humanity when human life has no value, Gilgamesh responds to rebuke the Demon God Pillar, speaking of how he once thought the same thing but came to learn that he had been focused so greatly on individual lives that he had lost sight of the value of humanity as a whole, and that value itself is an ever-changing thing dependent solely on its observer. He suggests to Flauros that if he still has doubts, he should ask the supposedly worthless Master that he had scorned up until that point.
What's Worthy (値するもの?) is his first interlude. Gilgamesh asks Ritsuka to bring him to the Fuyuki Greater Grail, where he wishes to guarantee his benefits for fighting on Chaldea's side. Mash panics because they have no treasure, but Gilgamesh replies that what he seeks is a proof of Ritsuka's worth in battle. After prevailing against seven Shadow Servants, he reveals that Ritsuka had survived what would have been a normal Holy Grail War and that he was pleased by their performance. When asked by Dr. Roman if he believes humanity has no value, Gilgamesh clarifies that while humans have no value to him, he does value what they create. He reminds them that he prizes results before all else.
Law of Creation (開闢の理?) is his second interlude. Gilgamesh brings Ritsuka and Mash to Angrboda in the London Singularity, saying that he wishes to observe the disposition of its creator. When Mash asks if he meant Makiri, he explains that he lacked the power to create such a device but chooses not to elaborate, saying that no other clairvoyant (including Merlin) wishes to speak of the matter and that revealing what they wished to keep hidden will make their efforts all for nothing. He further states that the creator's obsession warped the Greater Grail, pointing to the ghosts massing around it as proof of its corruption. They fight off the ghosts, culminating in a battle against a Shadow Servant version of Charles Babbage. After defeating it, Gilgamesh tells Dr. Roman and Ritsuka that the obsession he spoke of was that of the enemy who sought to incinerate the history of man, born of foolish hatred. Noticing Mash's confusion, he explains that all action brings forth benefit in some way, but this particular hatred is born from the desire to leave nothing behind. He advises them that when they confront it, they should remember what it is they fight to protect. As they leave, Mash reminds Gilgamesh that they were promised a reward, but he tells them it was already granted and they would see what it was in their next battle.
Law of Heaven is his third interlude. Gilgamesh brings Mash and Ritsuka to an island said to be inhabited by a dragon. Mash is uneasy about the prospect of a dragon hunt since they are revered in some regions as gods, but this only serves to motivate Gilgamesh further. As they make their way into the dragon's lair, Gilgamesh notes that the nearby golems seem to have been constructed in the language of dragons. When the party confronts the dragon in question, they discover it was building a workshop and was not expecting visitors to arrive, though it is still quite eager to kill them. After the battle, Gilgamesh is disappointed to see that the dragon had used all its treasure to build the workshop. Mash asks if Gilgamesh wished to see if Ritsuka could be a proper Master in his eyes, but he laughs the idea off and says that when such a thing happens the world will have already been saved. He claims that he merely wished to sharpen Ea's edge in battle against a worthy foe, but nevertheless acknowledges that Ritsuka's growth is to be applauded.
Gilgamesh appears in Carnival Phantasm, serving the role of a "friend nobody likes" based on the general reaction of the other Fate characters to his presence.
He appears in the first episode outright breaking the rules and using his Noble Phantasm to attack Lancer. In episode 5, he is referred to as "Gil the Prankster." He attempts to get rid of Berserker but fails and becomes the first Servant Berserker defeats. Berserker also trips on him later on in the episode. In episode 8, Gilgamesh teases Saber over her employment at Ahnenerbe, but receives a verbal backlash from Saber Alter, whom he immediately develops a crush on. In episode 9, Gilgamesh participates in the race even though Kirei Kotomine did not invite him due to his rule-breaking tendencies. The episode reveals Gilgamesh spent the ten years between the 4th and 5th Grail Wars developing a passion for race cars.
Gilgamesh's child self appears in episode EX as Caren Hortensia's Servant alongside Lancer.
All Around Type-Moon
Gilgamesh, in his child form, appears once in All Around Type-Moon.
Fate/strange Fake and Fate/EXTRA CCC feature other incarnations of Gilgamesh separate from the version summoned during the Fuyuki Holy Grail Wars. Archer of strange fake is the Servant of Tine Chelc, and Gilgamesh in Fate/EXTRA CCC is one of the four selectable Servants summoned by Hakuno Kishinami along with Saber, Caster, and Archer. Fate/Prototype features Archer, an alternate version of Gilgamesh that lacks his kingly disposition. Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA features an incarnation of Gilgamesh that takes form as his child self.
Gilgamesh is the strongest Heroic Spirit and thus the most powerful existence among the Servants in both the Fourth and Fifth Holy Grail War. While the energy of his soul is worth that of hundreds of thousands of souls, and taking him in is enough to fill a partially-full Lesser Grail even while it lacks several other Servants, Gilgamesh is only as physically strong as Saber or Heracles, if not weaker. The reason Gilgamesh has the advantage over most other Servants in combat is that he is capable of exploiting their weaknesses thanks to possessing the originals of all Noble Phantasms. All Heroic Spirits have things they were weak against in life, their greatest weak points, and he possesses all of the Noble Phantasms ever owned by mankind, including those that killed each hero. As a result, he could be called the "Servant Killer". Gilgamesh does not display power as an "individual" soldier, but rather as a "war" that even the strongest soldier could not overcome by himself. Only those who are a "war" themselves will be able to compete against him. In terms of the "firepower" available to him due to the versatility of his weaponry, he can be said to have the strength of "5 Servants + a", a force able to match all the Servants and Masters defending the town in Fate/hollow ataraxia, putting him at an advantage against those like Arcueid Brunestud whose strength is based on the "single entity ability" of the opponent rather than their weaponry. Although Gilgamesh possesses overwhelming, cheat-like strength, other servants such as Enkidu, whose combat strength is roughly the same as that of Gilgamesh do in fact exist.
Shirou Emiya claims that even Saber at full power as Rin's servant would be no match for Gilgamesh. On the other hand, Saber says that although he is certainly a strong enemy, she would not lose easily against him if she went into defense. Even though Rin had seen Gilgamesh defeat Heracles without breaking a sweat, she also told Shirou that he seemed to be thinking pretty highly of Gilgamesh. In response, Shirou said that although he is sure that Saber is stronger than Gilgamesh, let alone in swordsmanship, he would defeat her thanks to her attributes not being fit to fight him. However, Shirou claimed this without having yet learned of the existence of Excalibur, believing Invisible Air was Artoria's only Noble Phantasm. Taking all things into account, Saber believes there is a chance at beating Gilgamesh with her holy sword before he can use his Noble Phantasm. A fight between Saber Alter and him would be just a measure of their skills as a miracle wouldn't happen due to Saber having lost "the protagonist’s compensation or the glimmer of the stars". Back when they were alive, both had extraordinary magical energy output so it would be a measure of their firepower where Gilgamesh would gain a slight advantage due to his "omnipotence and cunning". Should they fight as Servants, Saber Alter could win due to Gilgamesh not gaining any assistance from his master for fighting relying only on his own power, regardless of his Master being a first-rate or third-rate Mage. Gilgamesh could defeat her if his “Master’s charm as a human” is high.
Gilgamesh's pride and carelessness often keeps him from fighting seriously, considering it to be unbecoming to be serious for the Holy Grail. As his dignity cannot be yielded, such weaknesses "kind of balance out" with the firepower of the other participants of the Fourth Holy Grail War when he could simply end it in one night should he wish it. Kotomine comments that his notion of overlooking "worthless and meaningless things" is one factor that can lead to his defeat because "there are worthless things, but there are no meaningless things." Shirou describes that along with his great power that he was "given the fate of being raised with his 'carelessness' skill maxed out." He considers his title as a king "constrictive" in a sense that his pride will not allow him to go all out against people he considers to be unworthy, seeing taking such a person seriously as himself being defeated. He will refuse to use Ea against anyone unworthy, either hesitating with its usage or testing them to make sure they are worthy of it. He describes his going all out in Fate/hollow ataraxia as a once in a lifetime whim, and he would have been able to conquer the four day loop by himself had he not turned himself into a child. Although generally the strongest existence among the Servants who cannot be rivaled when he is serious, he loses against Saber due to obsession, loses to Shirou due to pride, and loses to Sakura Matou due to carelessness. It can be said he is forced to bend his knees before the universal law of "love conquers all" in Fate/stay night, but is allowed to "show off his overwhelming, cheat-like strength without restraint" in Fate/Zero.
He normally does not care about his attire in battle while playing, but claims there are some restrictions for a serious, dignified battle. As he does not favor hand-to-hand combat, exercising his true power only requires his body and the key to his treasury. He has the absolute self-confidence to calmly show himself before his opponents, but he is also apt to simply kill by raining Noble Phantasms behind his enemies' backs depending on his mood. The will of the king cannot be simply gauged by the concept of tactic.
- Magic Resistance (E (C) rank): He did not have any abilities to resist magecraft during life, so he only gains Magic Resistance as the class ability of the Archer class. He obtains C rank under Tokiomi, allowing him to completely nullify magecraft under two verses, but he is still susceptible to greater magecraft and Greater Rituals. It is lowered under Kirei due to his lack of magical energy, and remains at only the minimal level, rank E, that provides light damage mitigation against magecraft rather than full neutralization. The state of his Magic Resistance matters little, as he is able to neutralize most magecraft with his many items that defend against it. His armor and a shield are able to repel A rank magecraft with ease. Overall, he is much more likely to simply unleash a raging wave of Noble Phantasms against "mongrels" impeding the king by attempting to use large-scale spells, completely crushing them without even giving them the time to cast.
- Independent Action (A rank): Gilgamesh has a high rank of Independent Action, rank A, allowing him to easily utilize his Noble Phantasms and remain in the world without Tokiomi's backup. He is able to easily ignore his Master's orders, making it possible to stroll around without making his Master aware of his whereabouts. The only way to command him is through the use of Command Spells, but his disposition that does not even contain an ounce of respect for his Master makes utilizing them idly a bad move. Utilizing Noble Phantasms of great power does require backup from his Master.
- Independent Action (A+ rank): After being materialized, he gains the rank of A+, completely setting him apart from the rest of the Servants by allowing him to operate without a Master. Exceeding his previous rank, the support of the Master is unnecessary even while unleashing a large amount of magical power. It is an ability that bends the rules, and it allows for his continued materialization as a Servant even after the conclusion of the Holy Grail War for ten years. While he was always able to operate without regard for his Master, gaining a physical body is what allowed for him to remain materialized after the Holy Grail War. While he accepts energy supplied by Kirei from a number of orphans, he claims that the act was unnecessary overall.
- Divinity (B (A+) rank): He would normally possess the highest rank of Divinity among all Heroic Spirits due to being 2/3 God. He is at a level even exceeding Heracles, the son of Zeus who ascended to the Pantheon after death. The rank is instead decreased from A+ to B because of his hatred of the gods, who killed his only companion, Enkidu, unleashed the Bull of Heaven onto the earth, and caused him much trouble in his life.
- Golden Rule (A rank): He has the skill Golden Rule, being fated to a life that is filled with riches. It does not measure the percentage of gold in one's body, but the chance of attracting gold in one's life. The level of gold provided by rank A will make the user incredibly wealthy to the point where money trouble will be unknown, allowing him to live the life of a nabob. While it seems unrelated to battle, it plays a great role in arming him. Claiming all the world's treasures as his own, he obtained the originals of Noble Phantasms preserved in his treasury during that period.
- Charisma (A+ rank): He has the highest rank of Charisma with the influence to build a grand empire on a global scale. He is often praised as the greatest king, so his ability to command and lead great armies is excellent. Being such a rare talent, with even a B rank being sufficient enough to lead a nation, his A+ rank makes it no longer a matter of popularity or skill, but closer to something like sorcery or curse. His ego and self-confidence can surely boost the morale of any army led by him to an extremely high level, allowing them to gain a tremendous increase in abilities.
- Collector (Ex rank): is the "talent" to collect high quality goods—a "luck" that draws rare items into the possession of the Servant. However, because it is the Servant that owns this Skill, the Servant's Master derives no benefit from this Personal Skill. Gilgamesh is a collector of treasures. "Gathering all the treasures of the earth" is his habit, but it is not a metaphor either. Within his era, he aggregated, paid and sealed unto his collection all the fruits of civilization. Rather than "possession of individual items", it would be more appropriate to say that the true treasure he grasped was "the very essence of human ingenuity." All that falls beyond the Treasury of the King are those creations that came of "new concepts" crafted by Post-Humans and items derived of the civilizations of other celestial bodies.
Gate of Babylon
He is placed into the Archer class because of his main Noble Phantasm, Gate of Babylon. It grants him access to all of the world's treasures that he collected during his life, which include prototypes of other heroes' Noble Phantasms, and he can launch them as the strongest arrows towards his opponents. While he may sometimes choose to wield them as regular weapons, he mainly fights by raining down an overwhelming amount of weapons on his opponents, each of them fired with godspeed and fatal power. Saber weakened as Shirou's servant believes the only way to stand a chance against him is to take him down before he gets serious and uses Ea.
If he has a natural weak point besides his tendency not to fight seriously, it is that he is not a master of his weapons. He is not a "wielder" who has mastered his weapon to the limit, leaving some room for counters like Unlimited Blade Works. Knight of Owner is said to be a natural counter to him, though Lancelot is only capable of keeping up with Gilgamesh to the level he did because Mad Enhancement was boosting his abilities. While he has numerous Noble Phantasms, none are indicative of his true identity, and the only person through both Holy Grail Wars to figure out his identity without being told is Iskandar, though Shirou is able to guess after he gives a number of details about himself.
Most notable treasures contained in Gate of Babylon:
- He normally wears Golden Armor (黄金の甲冑, Kogane no Katchū?) materialized from magical energy much like Saber's armor. It is extremely strong to the point that Shirou initially assumes that it is his main Noble Phantasm. It has a strong innate Magic Resistance, and it is durable enough to block Tsubame Gaeshi and numerous strong blows from Saber simply by protecting his head with his hands. He eventually stops playing around despite his armor not being in any danger of giving out to her attacks. Shirou believes she would have been able to slash through it if she were to relaunch her barrage of attacks. He claims that he does not need it while playing around, and that it is only crucial for guarding against evil spirits like petrifying serpents, due to it being anti-petrification equipment, and gigantic bulls.
- One of his Noble Phantasms grants Gilgamesh the ability to levitate high into the air, to the point of being able to casually float over 100 meters above the opponent and remain perfectly still while having an all-out battle with Enkidu. He is capable of freely controlling it, allowing him to briefly descend to the ground before quickly returning to the air shortly after.
- Although he does not normally have an aptitude for Magecraft, he has several Mystic Codes of great power that allows him to cast spells of considerable strength, such as his "spellbook", a stone tablet capable of casting runes, and countless magic staves capable of using Magic from the Age of the Gods, which vary to flaring magecraft-based fire attacks, launching magecraft-based homing light attacks, and surging magecraft-based lightning attacks.
Gilgamesh’s most powerful Noble Phantasm is Enuma Elish, an attack performed by unleashing Ea’s maximum output. Said output is equal or even greater than Excalibur’s, and can be further increased by absorbing the energy of the other Noble Phantasms within Gate of Babylon. Thus, its power cannot be completely neutralized even when colliding with Excalibur, unless it is blocked by an Anti-Purge class armor or counterbalanced by an attack that deals damage of the same level.
In his final fight against Saber in the Fate Route, when Gilgamesh finally decided to go all out after seeing Saber's determination, Saber managed to momentarily offset full power Enuma Elish with Excalibur despite being so exhausted she couldn't lift her sword or walk due to her legs not being even at one tenth of their original power. Once Ea's turns reached their maximum speed, and its light started to mow down Excalibur, Saber activated Avalon, completely protecting herself from his attack. Once Gilgamesh realized what was happening, he saw death running up his spine as the raised Ea cannot stop turning once it's being fired, and he wouldn't be able to jump back in time. In that instance, Saber run towards him while charging Excalibur once more, firing it once she was right in front of him, defeating him in the process.
Gilgamesh's role in the defeat of Tiamat in the Babylonia Singularity was key. After Merlin transformed the Sea of Life into flowers draining her power and First Hassan not only severed her wings but granted her the concept of "death" by downgrading her Saint Graph into that of a normal servant, Archer Gilagamesh aided Ritsuka Fujimaru's party by dealing the finishing blow with Enuma Elish, destroying her weak spot in the head and collapsing her Spirit Origin in the process.
Sha Naqba Imuru
Gilgamesh possesses a tremendously efficient Clairvoyance, taking the form of the Noble Phantasm Sha Naqba Imuru, that allows him to discern heavily concealed truths with a single glance, making him fully capable of reading the True Name and Noble Phantasms of his opponents and he is able to guide others with the most optimal tactics upon releasing his true name, simultaneously increasing the attack and defense power of his entire team. He is extremely perceptive of magecraft, allowing him to see through Caster's fake death and tell the exact number of spells a magus is preparing just by looking at them, as shown by how he effortlessly predicts the exact number of Projections prepared by Shirou, which he went as far as to ask what kind of hero he would be if he could not see through a magus. He is also capable of accurately assessing his opponents' abilities. He would not even consider having a battle of swordsmanship with Assassin, and while he plays around with a weakened Saber in Fate, he immediately backs off from her to avoid hand-to-hand combat during Unlimited Blade Works after she receives a boost in power from her contract with Rin.
Gilgamesh is doused in a torrent of the black mud, the incarnation of All the World's Evil, spilling from the Holy Grail during the Fourth War. His body is instantly broken down and absorbed into it, becoming one with the flow. Servants are normally corrupted and blackened upon contact, but Gilgamesh is unable to be controlled or blackened due to his powerful ego that can stave back the mental pollution. He claims that someone would need at least three times that amount to even think about affecting him. However, the incarnation inevitably makes his human side resonate with the people of the era, making him much more destructive and impulsive in the Fifth Holy Grail War compared to the Fourth.
It is normally impossible for correctness and affirmations to exist with the cursed vortex of hatred because all has determined that everything is ugly and hateful, so the words "yes" and "that is right" appearing within is an anomaly. It does not allow the existence of "entities", so such a thing should not be possible. It questions these affirmations, and gets a response. Gilgamesh, as the king, will acknowledge that the world was originally such a way, he will permit it to be so, and he will bear the burden of sin for the entire world. It then asks "what is a king?", causing a contradiction in that it admitted there was someone else within it.
Gilgamesh is recognized as a strange foreign object that cannot exist, and the King, a presence that is an absolute controller that has no equal, announces his presence and frees himself from the mud. The only change after being temporarily absorbed is that the saturation converts his spiritual body to one of flesh and blood like the blackened Servants. It could not digest him even after utilizing all of its hatred, so it crystallized the impurity within itself and abandoned it. He was given a corporeal body and regurgitated back into the present world. Becoming completely incarnated, he continued to survive as an existence with a physical body.
Due to the connection, the Grail attempts to turn him into a host in Unlimited Blade Works in a last ditch effort to survive even though a Servant cannot become its core. It opens a black void on his body that proceeds to instantly swallow him. He managed to partially escape, but needs an anchor to keep from being sucked in completely. It begins to melt his body in various places, and the void shrinks into nothingness after he sinks into it.
During Heaven's Feel after being devoured by Sakura, she quickly converted him to mana in haste because she was afraid he might tear her up from the inside if she does not digest him. It also has to do with the power behind the curse, as the "mud" cut off from the main body that he managed to "beautifully escape" and the "shadow" connected to the thing itself are of different quality. There is also the effect Sakura has as the Grail itself, as he was materialized under the Grail System. Regardless if he is incarnated or spiritual, he cannot resist the Grail, and due to the large amount of mana she absorbed from him, she buckled like a broken dam.
Creation and Conception
When selecting heroes for Fate/stay night, Gilgamesh was chosen as the oldest and most obscure hero that Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi could find in contrast to the well renowned Heracles. While there were other candidates, they liked his strong sounding name and myth. The overall concept of the character was changed very little since his initial conception.
It is revealed that Gilgamesh's overall design and appearance was heavily based on Gilgamesh from the Tower of Druaga franchise. Nasu "selfishly demanded" that "Gilgamesh must wear a full golden plate armour" during the designing stage, reasoning it to be that Gilgamesh would have needed it to repeatedly challenge some sixty-story building in his era.
- In the first Popularity polls of Fate/stay night in 2004, Gilgamesh was ranked 13th and the fifth most voted male character.
- In the second Popularity polls of Fate/stay night in 2006, Gilgamesh was ranked 13th and the fifth most voted male character.
- In the Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Gilgamesh from Fate/stay night was ranked 9th and the third most voted male character. Gilgamesh from Fate/Zero was ranked 74th.
 Fate/complete material III: World Material - The Servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War: Gilgamesh, p.024-025 [T]
Master: Kotomine Kirei
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Noble Phantasm: EX
The great king depicted in mankind’s oldest epic – “The Epic of Gilgamesh”. He was an actual king who ruled Uruk, the capital city of ancient Mesopotamia during the Sumer Dynasty 5000 years ago.
A despot who possesses high divinity with 2/3 being God and 1/3 being human, and believed he was invincible. However, answering the call of people who were oppressed by Gilgamesh’s tyrannical policies, Enkidu, a man created by the goddess Aruru, was released to fight against Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh and Enkidu met and battled as enemies, but soon they began to recognise each other and rule the nation together. Gilgamesh gradually began to change after finding a friend who he considered to be an equal, and Uruk became unprecedentedly prosperous. Gilgamesh, as the greatest king, eventually acquired all the treasure on the earth.
The goddess Ishtar wooed Gilgamesh, but was rejected bluntly. As a result, Ishtar unleashed the Bull of Heaven in a fit of rage, wrecking havoc on earth. After her failure, Ishtar complained before the Gods and caused the weakening and eventual death of Enkidu, who could not resist the will of the Gods that created him. The death of Enkidu significantly impacted Gilgamesh, and as a result he set out for the underworld in order to acquire the potion of immortality. However, the potion was drunk by a snake, and Gilgamesh died in despair.
Gilgamesh battles by shooting the originals of all Noble Phantasms like bullets via Gate of Babylon. The tactic yields excellent destructive power to magic energy efficiency. Since every Noble Phantasm is a bullet, the real magical energy used is merely the activation cost of Gate of Babylon. Because he possesses the originals of all Noble Phantasms, he can assault the weakness of any Servants. As a result, Gilgamesh has the advantage over most of the Servants in combat.
Because he has absolute self-confidence, he is able to calmly show himself before his opponents. However, depending on mood, he is also fine with scoring kills by raining Noble Phantasms behind the enemies’ back. The will of the king cannot be simply gauged by the concept of tactic.
Magic Resistance: E
Magic resistance gained through the class ability of Archer. However, since Gilgamesh did not have any abilities that can resist magecraft, it remains at the minimum level of E. Its effect is merely light damage mitigation against sorcery rather than full neutralisation. The cause of his low Magic Resistance is probably related to his Master, Kotomine Kirei’s lack of magical energy. In reality, during the Fourth Holy Grail War, Gilgamesh’s Magic Resistance was elevated to C with Tohsaka Tokiomi as his Master.
Although his Magic Resistance is low, Gilgamesh is able to neutralise most sorceries due to having many items that defend against sorcery, such as the golden armour. The defensive powers of these items are quite high, as Rin’s sorcery was completely repelled.
If magi attempt to use large-scale sorceries and act as “mongrels” that impede the king, Gilgamesh will simply unleash a raging wave of Noble Phantasms and completely crush them without giving them the time to cast spells. (Translator’s Note: Gate of Babylon and Sword Spam are now officially categorised as a form of Magic Resistance.)
Independent Action: A+
With an Independent Action rank that sets him completely apart from the rest, Gilgamesh is able to operate without a Master. With a rank of A+ that exceeds even A, the support of a Master is unnecessary even while unleashing a large amount of magical power. It is an ability that bends the rules and allows for the continued materialisation of Servants even after the conclusion of the Holy Grail War. After being summoned as Archer during the Fourth Holy Grail War, Gilgamesh remained materialised for 10 years until the Fifth.
Since the Fourth Holy Grail War, the ability to freely operate without regard for the Master remained unchanged. However, the ability to remain materialised after the Holy Grail War was not gained until he was showered by the content of the Holy Grail. At the end of the Fourth Holy Grail War, Gilgamesh was absorbed for a while after being showered by the black mud spilled from the broken vessel of the Holy Grail. However, Gilgamesh could not even be digested by the mud that was filled with “All the World’s Evil – Angra Mainyu”. On the contrary, he was given a flesh body and regurgitated back into the present world. As a result, Gilgamesh was completely incarnated and continued to survive as an existence with a physical body. Also worth mentioning is that, thanks to the changed shape and personality granted by the potion of youth, the super egotistical Gilgamesh was able to live in the human society for 10 years without much trouble.
Golden Rule: A
Being fated a life that is filled with riches. Gilgamesh lives the life of a nabob and has no money troubles. In the legend, he claimed all the world’s treasure as his own. The originals of Noble Phantasms preserved in his treasury were collected during this period. Although this ability seems unrelated to battle, it plays a great role in arming Gilgamesh.
Upon seeing Gilgamesh’s golden figure, Rin half-jealously called him “Gin-Pika” (Gold-glitter).
Often praised as the greatest king, Gilgamesh’s ability to command and lead great armies is excellent. Charisma is a rare talent, and a B rank is sufficient to lead a nation, but Gilgamesh has a rank of A+. At this level, it is not a matter of popularity or skill, but closer to something like sorcery or curse. An army led by Gilgamesh will have a tremendous increase in abilities.
An egotistical Gilgamesh radiating with self-confidence will sure boost the morale of his army to an extremely high level.
Divinity: B (A+)
Due to being 2/3 God, Gilgamesh possesses the highest level of divinity among the many Heroic Spirits. His level exceeds even Herakles, who is the son of Zeus and ascended to the Pantheon after death. However, Gilgamesh despises the Gods because they killed his friend Enkidu, unleashed the Bull of Heaven onto the earth, and caused him much trouble. As a result, his Divinity decreased.
He is the half-man-half-God King of Heroes born from the union of King of Uruk, Lugalbanda, and goddess Rimat-Ninsun. (Translator’s Note: Wait what? Half and half?)
The Star of Genesis which Separates the Heaven and Earth – Enuma Elish
Maximum Targets: 1000 Persons
The sword that cuts and divides the World, with output matching or even exceeds Artoria’s Excalibur. Its power will further increase given the support of Noble Phantasms within Gate of Babylon. More correctly speaking, “Sword of Rupture – Ea” is the Noble Phantasm, “Enuma Elish” is the state under which Sword of Rupture – Ea unleashes its maximum output. By generating wind pressure strata, the attack crushes the enemies by simulating spatial rends. In addition, the names “Sword of Rupture – Ea” and “Enuma Elish” are all given by Gilgamesh. They are thought to be references to the Great God Ea (Enki) of the Mesopotamian and Babylonian myths, and the Genesis Epic of the Babylonian myth, Enuma Elish.
The most powerful sword that cannot be duplicated by Unlimited Blade Work. Gilgamesh calls it “something that knows the hellish planet before genesis”.
The three cylindrical blades spin in different directions, generating air pressure strata. Its power will not be neutralised even when colliding with Excalibur.
Gate of Babylon
A key-like sword that connects to the “Golden Capital”. The spatial connection with the treasury allows for easy access to the items within. The rank changes to E~A++ because Gilgamesh put all the originals of Noble Phantasms into the treasury. In other words, E~A++ reflects the rank of the items in the treasury. If the treasury does not contain a wealth of valuables, then it will not be a useful Noble Phantasm.
The favourite Noble Phantasm within the Gate of Babylon is the chain which has captured the Bull of Heaven – Enkidu. It is an anti-deity Noble Phantasm that increases in strength as the target’s Divinity increases. It was able to completely seal Herakles.
 Fate/Zero material - Servant Status: Archer, p.014-015
Master: Tokiomi Tohsaka
True Name: Gilgamesh
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Noble Phantasm: EX
■ Magic Resistance: C
■ Independent Action: A
■ Golden Rule: A
■ Charisma: A+
■ Divinity: B
■ The Gate of Babylon: King's Treasure
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
■ Enuma Elish: The Star of Creation that Split Heaven and Earth
Type: Anti-World Noble Phantasm
Range: 1 ~ 99
Maximum number of targets:1000 people
- Fate/Grand Order material I - Gilgamesh, p.110-115 translated by castor212
 Fate/Grand Order - Class Profile
Gilgamesh - Archer
Illustrator: Takeuchi Takashi
Voice Actor: Tomokazu Seki
Noble Phantasm: EX
Golden Rule: A
Divinity: B (A+)
Magic Resistance: E
Independent Action: A+
Type: Anti-World Noble Phantasm
Before the Common Era, a half-god and half-man King ruled the Sumerian city-state, Uruk. Considered to have existed not only in myths but also in reality, the King is described in mankind's oldest epic poem, the "Epic of Gilgamesh".
Level 1 Bond
Source：Sumerian Civilization, Epic of Gilgamesh
Level 2 Bond
He is a hero with a cruel and heartless nature. Being a tyrant who holds only his own standards as absolute, never hearing people's opinions. Displaying an unmatched splendorous golden armor, this extraordinary Heroic Spirit releases his excessive treasures as if a torrent of water. His first person pronoun writes as Ware (我) and reads as Ore (オレ).
Level 3 Bond
Divinity: B (A+)
He has the greatest rank of divinity, but his personal dislike for the gods effectuates a rank down. Being two-thirds god and one-third human, he possesses the highest rank of divinity, an ultimate and transcendent being so divine that no one in the world could match him.
Level 4 Bond
Rank: E～A++ Type：Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
Gate of Babylon.
The key-sword that connects to the Golden Capital.
Level 5 Bond
The Star of Creation that Split Heaven and Earth
Rank: EX Type: Anti-World Noble Phantasm
A sword which name was given after the god of Mesopotamian myth. The Sword of Rupture – Ea that distorts the space. It is the top one Noble Phantasm, a sword that "cuts the world."
Interlude - Object of Worth
Gilgamesh is a collector of treasures.
His favorite phrase is "I've collected all the treasures in the world", but that's not a metaphor. He has collected, stored and sealed away every sample of technology that were developed during his age. His argument is "Humans are foolish, but there is value in the tools, civilization that humans create."
ギルガメッシュ - アーチャー
イラストレーター: 武内 崇
声優: 関 智一
 Fate/complete material II: Character material - Characters: Gilgamesh, p.074-079
Character Data 011
True Identity: Gilgamesh
Image Color: Gold
Likes: Himself, Power
Dislike: Himself, Snakes
Worst enemy: Archer
Origin: Ancient Mesopotamia
Nasu Kinoko & Takeuchi Takashi Discussion
>The Catalyst for Gilgamesh's birth
Nasu: When I was working on old "Fate". I wanted to do a "World Hero Fighting Tournament" and Heracles was there as an obvious pick because he was a well-known hero famous for being the strongest of them all. So then I decided to look for a lesser-known and extremely ancient hero. That's how I came across Gilgamesh. There were other candidates that I considered, but Gilgamesh had a powerful name and an interesting legend, both of which made him perfect for the role of the "ultimate" character. Gilgamesh's general concept hasn't changed much since those days.
Takeuchi: True, Gil's been wearing golden armour since old "Fate".
Nasu: There's that as well as his ability to dual wield two swords at once. Gil's Noble Phantasm in old "Fate" was totally different from what it was in "stay night", but his role in the story remained the same. The oldest of man's hero kings, decked out in his golden armour and Servant to a priest, Kuzuki's friend.
Takeuchi: You mean the guy with the mask?
Nasu: You're thinking of Berserker's Master. But anyway, back to the topic... In the "stay night" storyline, Archer was replaced by Emiya and that affected Gil's position. Gil became a boss character and was buffed up considerably. I mean, he was an unquestionably powerful guy to begin with, but he didn't have such utterly terrifying abilities in the old "Fate" days. There are tons of heroes throughout history, but I brought Gil as an entity that is removed from human notions of good and evil. He's like a god or a natural disaster.
Takeuchi: Gil went through quite a bit of revamping when he was set to become a boss character, didn't he?
Nasu: Yeah, he was always the most extreme example of self-importance, but he didn't stop there. In our story, he was the most obnoxious kind of hero who couldn't seem to help but achieve a completeness at both ends of the spectrum. The decision to pursue "evil" resulted in him also achieving the epitome of "good," and vice versa. But when you look at him from a historical point of view, you can't help but admit that this guy was quite possibly the greatest leader of all time. I felt like I had reached the level of confidence I needed about Gil's character hen I came up with the idea to use one specific form of the personal pronoun "I" in written text, while having him speak a different form of it orally. The written form was suggestive of a formal person of grand importance, like a king, while the spoken version was more bratty and self-righteous. I felt like this self-contained paradox served as a subtle hint regarding Gil's personality.
Takeuchi: Yeah, that thing you did with the personal pronoun summed up his entire character concept.
Nasu: I'm sure it's been done a million times over by now, but I think it was a relatively new idea at the time.
>Designing Gilgamesh's outfits and armaments
Takeuchi: Koyama led the way for Gilgamesh's armour design.
Nasu: The infamous armour design that reduced countless staff members to tears. (laughs)
Takeuchi: In three dimensions, it was a super complicated design. Of course, I think it was a great contrast to Saber's extremely simple armour design.
Nasu: We'll just ignore all the naysayers who ask questions like "Isn't gold a rather soft metal for armour?" or "Why is his whole body decked out in terms of protection, yet he doesn't wear a helmet?" (laughs)
Takeuchi: I was the one who designed his casual clothes. I was originally planning to go with something flashier. People who played "hollow" might know what I'm talking about.
Nasu: Yeah, we toned it down because I thought it was a bit over the top for "Fate".
Takeuchi: Though I'm still not sure if we got it quite right...
Nasu: To be honest, we didn't actually have a design concept prepared for Gil's clothes. But then there was that scene at the beginning of the game where Gil converses with Sakura, and that other scene in the latter half of Saber's route where Shirou and the others encounter him. Considering the settings for those encounters, we couldn't very well have Gil popping up in his full suit of shiny golden armour shouting "Halt!" or whatever, because the reaction he'd get would probably just be laughter rather than apprehension. That's when I turned to Takeuchi and said, "I think he needs some casual clothes."
Takeuchi: Figuring out casual outfits for the servants was always tricky. We couldn't go with anything too crazy, but putting them in really mundane clothes would take too much away from the fact that they are special characters. Once the concepts for the other characters started getting hammered out, we reviewed the overall balanced and decided that Gil's early clothing design had to be nixed.
Nasu: What material was used for Gil's clothes? Leather?
Takeuchi: I guess. I looked through a lot of fashion magazines for inspiration, but sometimes the look of something changes entirely when translated into illustrations. I feel like I failed to accurately reproduce the image I had in my mind of Gil's clothes.
>Sakura and Gilgamesh
Takeuchi: What were Gil and Sakura talking about at the beginning of the game, anyway?
Nasu: Gil knew about Sakura being tainted by Angra Mainyu, so he was telling her "I've seen countless females like you before. You are an annoyance and should die now." These words weren't spoken in anger or hatred, though, and are probably the closest Gil would ever come to expressing mercy. He was just letting her know that things would be easier for her if she died before anything terrible happened to her.
Takeuchi: So he was looking out for someone other than himself? That's interesting... but only someone like him could have such a heavy conversation in the middle of the street like that.
Nasu: Yeah, if you actually think about it, what does it say about him that a casual stroll down the street could lead to "You there! Woman! Kill yourself now." (laughs)
Takeuchi: For such a powerful character, he did lose to Sakura rather easily.
Nasu: Gil lost to Sakura so easily because he let his guard down. What's a king without complacency, right? I think the biggest factor, though, was a simple question of their respective natures. Gil was pretty much invulnerable against Servants because he was the "Killer of Heroes", while Dark Sakura was the "Devourer of Heroic Spirits", which extends to Servants.
Takeuchi: Buuut... Gil acquired a flesh-and-blood body for himself, so doesn't that mean he's technically not a servant anymore?
Nasu: It doesn't matter because he got his new body through the Holy Grail system, which means he can't deny the power of Dark Sakura, who is a manifestation of the Holy Grail itself. On another note, Gil's magical powers were off the charts in his flesh-and-blood form, so absorbing that level of power broke the dam and caused Sakura to fall apart.
>The message Gilgamesh carries as a character
Nasu: I think everything I wanted to say with Gilgamesh is pretty well summarised in the whole pronoun gimmick I mentioned earlier. Even though he is not one to be tied down by notions like morality or decency, he does have a sort of system that guides his actions and conduct.
Takeuchi: I do feel like Gil is just one big walking, talking misunderstanding.
Nasu: Another thing about Gil is that something as simple as his hairstyle can vastly change the impression he gives off. In Saber's route, Gil's hair is slicked back to give his look a more violent touch, but the rest of him was designed so that merely letting his hair down would give him a look like your average main character. I wanted Gil to portray these characteristics because the "real" Gil from the legends was more laid back like the latter example. I asked Takeuchi to bring back the old Arthur design to help with creating the "hair down" version of Gil. Just let his hair loose and Gil could easily pass as the main character!
ギルガメッシュ - 誇り高き人類最古の英雄王
Character Data ０１１
奈須 きのこ&武内崇 • キャラクター別対談
奈須：旧「Fate」で"世界英雄大戦"をやると決めたとき、一番強そうでメジャーな英雄としてヘラクレスがいま した。「なら、一番マイナーで一番古い英雄は？」という流れとなって目を付けたのがギルガメッシュでした。 他にも候補はいたのですが、名前自体が持つ強さ、逸話も面白いし、なによりも最強に相応しいと思って。ギル のイメージは、その時からブレていませんね。
 Fate/Zero material - Characters: Gilgamesh, p.042-043
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Blood type: Unknown
Image color: Gold
Things he likes: Himself, Power
Things he hates: Himself, Snakes
Worst enemy: None
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- Fate/EXTRA CCC - Chapter 1: Subordination Garden -Backyard of Eden-
 Fate/EXTRA CCC - Gilgamesh Matrix
Noble Phantasm: Enuma Elish (The Star of Creation That Split Heaven and Earth)
Keyword: King of Heroes, friend
Strength: B, Endurance: C, Agility: C, Magic: A, Luck: A
Divinity: B (A+), Golden Rule: A, Collector: EX
Enuma Elish (The Star of Creation That Split Heaven and Earth)
Gilgamesh's final Noble Phantasm which reveals creation--the beginning of everything.
The severing of space which comes from the Sword of Rupture, Ea, the sword crowned with the name of a god from Mesopotamian mythology.
The god, Ea, is believed to be the quasi-deification of the power of the planet which turned, smashed, and stabilized the surface of the earth when it was still covered in gas and seas of magma, during the primordial stage of the earth.
Many gods began building nations after the the primordial earth was stabilized into a world where living creatures could live, but Ea is a god who performed the act of building of planet before that.
Gilgamesh's sword, which is crowned with Ea's name, changes space itself by agitating space-time through the rotation of three layers of giant power fields.
It's true power is not something to be used against a single living creature but against the world. Even among the many Noble Phantasms possessed by Servants, it is one considered to be at the top, the sword "which tore apart the world."
King of Heroes
Another name for Gilgamesh. It does not mean a king who is a hero but is used with the implication that he is the king over heroes.
The story of Gilgamesh, is who mankind's oldest hero, is copied within the mythologies of all the countries of the world. The origin of all myths, the model on which heroes are based...calling him such would not be an exaggeration.
More or less, the heroes of various myths are derived from Gilgamesh's legend. As such, Gilgamesh possesses the prototypes of the Noble Phantasms that heroes carry... the original treasures from before every legend was arranged. Though it may be a paradox, unless the original, Gilgamesh, possesses it, it cannot be handed down as the Noble Phantasm possessed by the later heroes who were derived from him.
When humanity was still small. Within the treasury of the king, who governed his kingdom and lived in as much luxury as he desired, was collected every single treasure in the world.
Inside that treasury, there is the treasured swords that saved later heroes, and there is preserved the cursed swords that stole the lives of heroes.
The reason that Gilgamesh is called the King of Heroes is here. Noble Phantasms are primarily one to a any single hero. Not only does he possess an approximately infinite amount of them, he also owns the "legends" that other heroes are wake against, as if it were natural. It should be impossible for an average hero to cross swords with him.
As a Heroic Spirit, he is an absolute warrior in battles against Heroic Spirits. While there are several heroes who hold the title of king, such as the King of Knights and the King of Conquerors, but in regards to being crowned with the title "King of All Heroes," in all of heaven and earth, he is the only one.
As he became a young man, Gilgamesh's violent disposition only grew. Of course the people of Uruk, but even the gods who dispatched him, were greatly perplexed by his violence.
"Gilgamesh is not fulfilling his original role." "That insolent creature needs someone to admonish him."
Having come to that conclusion, the gods sent a single life to the surface. Its name was Enkidu. It was a person made by a god and given her blood, the same as Gilgamesh.
It had neither a sex nor a fixed form. Enkidu, being made from clay by a god, was "Uruk's greatest weapon," able to change its shape at will. According to the god which was its mother's will, Enkidu confronted Gilgamesh before the temple of Uruk. With their exchanging of blows like a storm, their battle occurred within the city.
After that fierce fighting, they both collapsed to the ground without consideration for where, praised each other's valor, and became peerless friends.
Gilgamesh, who had been without equal, for the first time found someone he could call "a friend."
After that, while his vainglorious attitude did not change, Gilgamesh, remonstrated by Enkidu, softened his tyranny.
Gilgamesh, who had acquired someone who understood him in Enkidu, defeated the guardian of the forest and beast of the gods, Humbaba, and, as the most excellent king on the earth, took possession of every single treasure.
At this time, the dazzlingly powerful Gilgamesh was an existence that not even the gods could avert their eyes from.
A goddess fell in LOVE with this Gilgamesh. It was the goddess of fertility Ishtar. She proposed to Gilgamesh, but he quickly refused. Because he knew that how whimsical and cruel a witch who rendered men useless Ishtar was.
Ishtar, enraged by Gilgamesh's insults, as her revenge, clung to her father, the god Anu, in tears and released the greatest of divine beasts, "the Bull of Heaven," onto the earth.
"The Bull of Heaven" is a disaster of extreme magnitude clad in storms. When it appeared, a seven-year famine and destruction occurred on earth. In other words, the downfall of Uruk.
Against this divine beast which none could match, Gilgamesh and Enkidu worked together to stand against it and repelled it splendidly. Once again, the goddess lost face. Naturally, Isthar's rage had not lessened, and she requested death for either of the two of them from the gods. Because for one with a human body to kill the beast of the gods was a sin.
Ishtar's wish was granted, and one of the two, Enkidu, who was created by the gods, unable to defy that decree, slowly weakened and died.
...The sole person who understood the king, Enkidu. Just how large a shadow his loss cast over Gilgamesh is told in his lifetime afterward.
Enkidu is an autonomous weapon created from the clay of the gods. In SE.RA.PH. terms, he is close to an AI. As a result of being complete from birth, he neither grows nor evolves. He could take various forms as needed, but it is said his usual appearance was that of a 16-year-old person who could be seen as a girl or a boy with long hair which faintly shines a light-green color.
０１ - 『天地乖離す開闢の星』
０２ - 英雄王
０３ - 友人
01 - Divinity [B (A+)]
A judgement regarding whether or not one's body possess the property of being divine.
Though he possesses the greatest rank of divine spirit aptitude, Gilgamesh himself hates the gods, so the rank has gone down.
02 - Golden Rule [A]
Not the bodily golden ratio, but one's destiny in regard to how much money follows one around in life.
At rank A, it's possible to call it a soul of gold. With this Goldy attitude, even while living like a multimillionaire, he won't have any money troubles during his life.
03 - Collector [EX]
The ability to acquire items of higher quality. It's the good luck of frequently obtaining even rare items, but because it only applies to Gilgamesh himself, it does not bless the Master.
Gilgamesh is a collector of treasure. "I collected all the treasures of the earth," is Gilgamesh's favorite phrase, but that is not a metaphor. He collected and stored away a sample of all the technology that was developed during his age and sealed them.
That which Gilgamesh stored, rather than being treasure, is "the origin of the intelligence of mankind" itself. If it does not exist in Gilgamesh's treasury, then it is "something produced by a new breed of humanity, according a completely new concept," "something made from the technology of the culture born from the intelligent life from another heavenly body," one of the two.
For that reason, of course he has airplanes and submarines. The desires of the people from before Christ are not different, and it would not do for the crafts of ancient times when magic was in good health to be inferior to the crafts of the modern age. People generally realize the "tools of hope" that they dream of, and each time that occurs, it ended with them being confiscated by the king's hand.
The offensive skill Gilgamesh uses, "Gate of Babylon," shoots the treasure he collected like this like arrows. The gate to the golden capital opens, and his treasures are shot out from his treasure cellar.
This is a digression, but after the Noble Phantasms that are shot out are used, regardless of how far it has gone, it turns to Gilgamesh's treasure cellar. "Hah. I possess a Noble Phantasm which excels at the task of retrieval," says the person himself.
０１ - 神性 [B（A+）]
０２ - 黄金律 [A]
０３ - コレクター [EX]
The demigod king who ruled over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk in the time before Christ. Not just a legend but also a real person, the king written of in mankind's oldest epic, "The Epic of Gilgamesh."
Possessing great divinity as two-thirds god and one-third human, without anyone to match him in this world, he was perfected as a transcendent being who attained everything in the world.
In his childhood, he was adored by the people as the ideal ruler, but as he grew, possible due to being treated as almighty, his consideration for the people waned, and he came to rule Uruk with absolute power.
However, simply being oppressive does not make one a tyrant, he made Uruk prosper properly, found a friend he could speak with, and in personally subjugating the phenomena that would harm the people, that heroic quality cannot be doubted.
He is the heroic figure who defeated the bull so large it was cloaked in the heavens and rendered the civilization of this fortified Sumerian city unshakeable.
The following is historical fact, which differs from "The Epic of Gilgamesh." According to a fragment of an inscription found in an archaeological excavation of the historical ruins of this Sumerian city, Uruk was a city-state that existed on the shore of Persian south of Mesopotamia, and he was the fifth king of that city's first dynasty. It obtained assets through ocean trade and subjugated the region of southern Mesopotamia. He was victorious in the fight against Aga, king of the Kish who controlled the north made strong the city-states of Sumer. However, as a result the reckless deforestation of the woods due to the building of ships, their agricultural land was destroyed.
For that reason, Gilgamesh, seeking the giant tree, the Lebanon Cedar, launched an expedition all the way to far-away Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon), fought against the people of woods, called Humbaba, gained victory against them, and brought that massive tree back with him.
According to "The Epic of Gilgamesh," it seems that Gilgamesh, after the loss of Enkidu, fell into depression, his previous vigor gone.
The fact that Enkidu, whose strength had not been inferior to Gilgamesh's own, could die, was the shock that Gilgamesh received.
Gilgamesh, who was tormented over anxiety of death, finally set off on a trip to the realm of the death in search of perpetual youth and eternal life.
It was said that there lived a sage who had lived since placing a large amount of animals upon an ark before the coming of a deluge that assailed the earth.
This sage was said to be the only one of the earth escape from death and live until the present. Seeking him, Gilgamesh set across wilderness alone.
At the end of that long journey and many hardships, Gilgamesh finally managed to reach the realm of the dead. There, he met the sage, Utnapishtim, spoke with him, and in the end, Gilgamesh attained the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
Gilgamesh came to rise above the "death" that had taken even Enkidu.
His heart's desire fulfilled, during his triumphant return to Uruk, Gilgamesh stopped by a spring. He cleansed himself; it seems he wanted to test the fruits of his labor while in perfect condition.
However. While he was bathing, unexpectedly, a snake with an empty stomach sniffed out the smell of the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
By the time he noticed, it was too late. Panicked, Gilgamesh emerged from the spring, all that remained there was the skin that snake had shed.
Having lost the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life in this way, Gilgamesh was irritated for a long interval, but afterwards, he made his way back to his own castle, Uruk.
While the Gilgamesh after this was severe, he ruled his state quietly, entrusted to to the next king, and went to his eternal rest.
Without telling anyone of the whereabouts of the spirit herb of perpetual youth and eternal life.
Mankind's oldest king of heroes, Gilgamesh. Discord with the gods, the journey for the perpetual youth and eternal life, a deluge which covered the world. In that epic is the basis of every legend.
The truth of his epic poem, which has many uncertain points concerning fine details exists on the other side of the veil of romance placed upon it by the present day.
This is another digression, but the snake is reborn with a new body every time it sheds its skin because it stole and ate Gilgamesh's spirit herb... is what is said. It seems that the way the snake goes about its life appeared to the ancient people as a kind of perpetual youth and eternal life that was not available to humans.
０１ - 出典
０２ - 出典
- Fate/EXTELLA Dawn Arc - Elite
- Gilgamesh Secret Garden conversations: 1, 2, 3, and 4
 Fate/Grand Order, 7th Singularity, Chapter 14 - the Sea of Dawn
1: My Lord, what precisely is the Abyss (深淵, Shinen?)?
2: Is there actually something further down than the Underworld?
There is. The World of Mesopotamia comprises of Heaven and Earth. That which here lies below the Earth is known as the Underworld -- and deeper still there rests the Abyss.
The Abyss is an Ocean of Void (無の海, Mu no Umi?). It is from those dark waters that the God Apsu and the Goddess Tiamat manifested, crafting the World of Mesopotamia.
If it must be described, it is the Sea of Dawn (黎明の海, Reimei no Umi?), which existed before the creation of life.
Being that the God Enki has at present vacated his posting as the Administrator of the Abyss, were one to plunge into it now, there would be no returning.
It's the place where Lord Gilgamesh sought the Herb of Immortality (不老不死の霊草, Furou-Fushi no Reisou?), isn't it?
- Fate/Zero - Volume 1 Act 1
 Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Gold-glitter [Others], p.059 [T]
The name Rin called Gilgamesh when she saw him.
Gil was called "golden" not only because of his armour when he was fully armed, but also the fact that his soul glowed golden.
The wealthiest character in this story, our Gil.
His compatibility with large-spender Rin was the greatest, but that was the secret just between you and me.
 Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Gilgamesh [Servant], p.059 [T]
The Archer of the previous Grail War. Mankind's oldest king of heroes, who defeated Saber. For more details, refer to his status screen in the game.
As no proper Heroic Spirit can match this man, he could be called the "Servant Killer".
Without a doubt, he is the strongest existence amongst the Servants.
Though he lost due to obsession against Saber…
Though he lost due to pride against Shirou…
Though he lost due to carelessness against XXXXX…
…the fact of the matter is that if he actually gets serious, he is a Servant that cannot be rivaled.
Perhaps because he has been living in human society for the past ten years, he seems to be hip on the latest fashions. He owns various casual clothes, but his favorite is the biker outfit he wore in the Rin route.
Well, he liked it enough to overlook Shirou's group and leave instead of letting it get dirty, at any rate. I can't believe the protagonist's life was worth less to Gil than his coat…!
It might seem strange how Gil could live in human society for ten years with a personality like his and not cause a fuss, but Gil must have realized it would have been a problem, too, because apparently he drank a certain Noble Phantasm to change his appearance and personality.
Also, during the design stage, I selfishly insisted that "Gil absolutely has to wear full golden plate armor".
Why, you ask? Well, it might be because I was repeatedly challenging a certain 60 story tower at the time…
Fate/unlimited codes - Gilgamesh opinion about Saber Alter "I have no use for someone like you who has lost sight of their ideals. You shall be swallowed up by the darkness that you yourself created."
- Fate/Grand Order My Room max bond dialogue
- Fate/EXTRA CCC interview
 Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: The King's Way of Speech [Others], p.057 [T]
The King's Way of Speech [Others]
The way Gilgamesh worded his speech. Even though Gilgamesh referred to himself using the pronoun "ore", the word was written as "ware".
Nothing was greater than him. When Gilgamesh was being dragged into the Holy Grail, Shirou had a taste of the King's verbal abuse, but even then, he did not lose.
By the way, Gilgamesh would get angry even if you simply try to strike a conversation with him.
His thoughts would be something like "A plebeian dares to speak with the King? Such insolence!"
- Fate/Zero Animation Visual Guide
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Holy Grail Discussion [Other], p.099
Holy Grail Discussion [Other]
The three-way confrontation between Saber, Gil, and Alexander in volume 2. A serious discussion under the guise of a drinking party. Well, it might not have looked that way to bystanders, but the three of them were all definitely being serious in their own way.
I'd actually been planning this scene ever since the very first draft proposal, trying to think of the best way to handle it. After all, if I'd just had them all duke it out with their ridiculously destructive Noble Phantasms, they'd kill each other long before they ever reached an understanding through battle.
…But now that I think about it, it just ended up turning into a social mixer to kick off Gil and Saber's relationship, didn't it?
 Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: General Questions about Fate, p.130
Q: Prior to the start of the Holy Grail War, what was Gilgamesh doing around Sakura’s house?
Q: Prior to the start of the Holy Grail War, what was Gilgamesh doing around Sakura’s house? Sakura said he was asking directions, did he come to identify “the other Grail” - Sakura?
A: Yes. He came to tell Sakura to “Go die right now”. It is rather a suggestion than command. Regardless the situation, from the King’s perspective, this matter will develop into some sort of entertainment. As a result, what Gilgamesh said was not a command. Sakura’s reply “It was English” was a convenient excuse to hide the truth.
- Fate/Grand Order - Fate/Accel Zero Order, ACT-12: Discussing the Holy Grail
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 21: Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia (II)
- Fate/Grand Order - Solomon: The Grand Time Temple, Section 13: Singularity, Collapsed
- Fate/Grand Order - Gilgamesh interlude 01: The Worthy
- Fate/Grand Order - Gilgamesh interlude 02: Axiom of Creation
- Heaven's Feel - Day 8 - Report
- Fate route - Day 14 - Oldest King
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Gilgamesh [Servant], p.094
The Archer class Servant of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Though he was summoned by Tohsaka Tokiomi, he ended up deserting his master and re-contracting with Kotomine Kirei. He is the strongest character in both Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero.
In the boy-meets-girl story of the original Fate/stay night he was forced to yield to the universal law of "love conquers all", but in Fate/Zero he's free to show off his overwhelming, cheat-like strength without restraint. He could have ended the war in a single night if he truly desired to do so. But then, careless pride is the king's prerogative, and getting serious over something as frivolous as a wish-granter would be unbecoming. So, taking that into account, it sort of balances out the huge disparity in firepower… I guess?
Also, the reason that he was able to splendidly escape after being swallowed by Angra Mainyu at the end of Fate/Zero despite succumbing to the same thing in the Sakura route of Fate/stay night is because in the latter he was distracted by the presence of a naked girl.
…Just kidding! Actually, it was due to the difference in power between the "mud", which was cut off from its source, and the "shadow" which was connected directly to it.
Unlimited Blade Works route Day 13 - Proposal Rin: "Hm... well. He was certainly strong. He has so many Noble Phantasms, so he's powerful, right? But I'm wondering how it really is. I felt that there was not much difference between him and Berserker."
Shirou: "No, he himself is about as strong as Saber or Berserker, if not weaker. First of all, Heroic Spirits are as strong as their fame in the place they are summoned, right? There are not many people here that know about Gilgamesh."
- Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works - Day 13
- Fate/stay night - Unlimited Blade Works: Day 15
- Fate/hollow ataraxia - Broad bridge
 Fate/Grand Order - Enkidu (Lancer) Profile [T]
Enkidu - Lancer
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Shidzuki Morii
Voice Actor: Yū Kobayashi
Noble Phantasm: A++
Presence Detection: A+
Consummated Shape: A
Magic Resistance: A
Enuma Elish: O People, Lets Tie the Gods
Type: Anti-Purge Noble Phantasm
From its gentle tone and graceful bearings, one would never guess that this is a “Noble Phantasm with a will” that possesses a fierce combat power.
The chains that fasten heavens and earth, regarded by the King of Heroes Gilgamesh as one of the strongest.
A doll created by the hands of the gods, and also an offshot of the earth that harmonizes・becomes one with nature.
A tragic weapon that underwent many adventures as the sole friend of the King of Heroes and, after acquiring a human heart, returned to dirt as a doll.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Epic of Gilgamesh
Alignment: True Neutral Gender: -
“If you tell me to fight, I’ll fight.
After all, it is not like I hate fighting”
Level 2 Bond
One of the oldest heroes described in the Epic of Gilgamesh. A weapon manufactured by the gods.
Originally, it was “a clay work that could transform into anything” produced by the gods.
It phantasmagorically changes its shape in accordance with circumstances.
Its whole body is equivalent to a weapon of gods.
However, it does not have the same mentality or emotions as people, and at first it was not all that different from a wild beast.
It has been said that, after appearing on this world, it became aware of much by meeting with a single sacred prostitute and eventually choose to take the shape of a person (as its basic form).
This appearance is something modeled after said sacred prostitute out of respect.
Level 3 Bond
Its combat strength is roughly the same as that of the King of Heroes Gilgamesh on his golden age.
In the battle against Gilgamesh described on the Epic, it displayed a performance on par to him, who is recognized as one of the strongest heroes in human history.
The first friend ever discovered by Gilgamesh, who was an aloof existence, and it too perceives Gilgamesh as its peerless friend.
After the fight on the city of Uruk, the friends Gilgamesh and Enkidu underwent many adventures, but it ultimately lost its life after the battle with the divine beast Gugalanna.
Level 4 Bond
Introverted, active and self-assured.
Usually it just loiters like a beautiful flower but, once it gets on the move, it becomes a frightening active monster that doesn’t wait, has no mercy and show no self-restrain.
Since they are life forms born from the Earth, it also finds humans “appealing”. But, because humans think of themselves as beings apart from nature due to their intelligence, they rank low as protection targets.
It feels that animals and plants are existences closer to itself and it mostly takes action in order to protect them.
That being said, since it had great curiosity (intellectual craving) to begin with, Enkidu regards conversations with humans as an enjoyment.
If said character has an appealing personality (a totalitarian brimming with philantropous mentality, and yet who thinks of himself as foremost), it will demonstrate respect and admiration from the bottom of its heart, feeling joy in support him as a friend.
Level 5 Bond
- Transfiguration: A
A unique skill in which parameter values are allotted in accordance to the situation from a prescribed comprehensive value. Enkidu’s greatest feature.
The higher the rank, higher the comprehensive value becomes.
At times it makes STR into A Rank, at times it makes END into A Rank.
However, because the conversion limits of parameters is set in stone, it cannot make all parameters into A Rank.
Enkidu possesses a comprehensive value of 30, and each parameter consume the respectively values: A-7, B-6, C-5, D-4, E-3.
- Presence Detection: A+
The highest rank of presence detection.
It is possible to sense presences from long distances by using the land as a medium.
- Consummated Shape: A
By making use of the magic energy of the land, it restores itself to its former shape.
So long there is a supply of magic energy from the land, Enkidu’s body (which was produced from the clay of the Age of Gods) will never collapse.
A powerful regeneration・restoration ability that is completely unprecedented.
However, the soul is a different matter.
Level 5 Bond
"O People, Lets Tie the Gods"
Rank: A++ Type: Anti-Purge
Enkidu transforms its own body into a Divine Construct.
Becoming a linchpin that converted vast amounts of energy to pierce and tie the target.
Originally, Enkidu was a weapon dispatched by the gods in order to “restore Gilgamesh to god”.
The “Linchpin of Heavens” created so that gods and people would not separate, Gilgamesh.
Because such Gilgamesh revolted against the gods, it was charged with the role of binding and bringing him back to heavens.
However, Enkidu became Gilgamesh’s friend and, just like its friend wished, chose the path of using this “chain that restrains even heavens” for the sake of people.
エルキドゥ - ランサー
エルキドゥは30の数値を持ち、パラメーターはそれぞれA7 B6 C5 D4 E3の数値を消費する。
- Transfiguration: A
[[Heaven’s_Feel_II._lost_butterfly_Animation_Material ]] Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] II. lost butterfly Animation Material - Kinoko and Takashi Q & A, p.21 [T]
Q: If Saber Alter and Gilgamesh seriously fought each other, which of them would be stronger?
Q: If Saber Alter and Gilgamesh seriously fought each other, which of them would be stronger? <Takenoko>
Nasu: Dark Saber has lost what you call the protagonist’s compensation, or rather the glimmer of the stars. So a miracle wouldn’t happen against Gilgamesh, it would simply be a measure of their abilities...
Takeuchi: If it’s not in life but as Servants, wouldn’t it change a lot depending on who the Master is?
Nasu: Back when they were alive, both had extraordinary magical energy output so it would be a pure battle of firepower. With his omnipotence and cunning (INT), Gil is slightly advantageous here. If it’s a Servant battle, Dark Saber can win against Gil if the “Master’s capacity as a Mage” is high. Gil will win against Dark Saber if the “Master’s charm as a human” is high.
Takeuchi: What does that mean?
Nasu: It’s because Gilgamesh tries to fight only with his own power, regardless of his contractor being a first-rate or third-rate Mage.
- Fate/hollow ataraxia - National treasure
- Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works episode 24
- Fate/strange Fake - volume 2
Interview with Nasu X Urobuchi
Interview with Nasu X Urobuchi
- Fate/stay night - Fate: Day 15
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Matou Kariya [Person's name], p.103-104
Kariya Matou [Person's name]
The little brother of Matou Shinji's father, Byakuya.
The gutsiest, most rebellious person in the history of the Matou family – against that monstrous old man, just standing up to him and running away was a heroic act of valor. Of course, from Zouken's point of view, no matter how much better Kariya's magic circuits were than his older brother's, they weren't worth the effort it would take to break his will and train him into a proper family head. In fact, at that point he had probably already decided that he had no choice but to bet everything on Byakuya conceiving an heir that would turn everything around. Unfortunately, in the end his longshot gamble backfired spectacularly, and instead of a miracle that would save his lineage, he got Shinji.
By the way, even Kariya's childhood friendship with Aoi was set up by Zouken, who had become aware of the Zenjou family's excellent hereditary trait long before the Tohsaka. However, due to Kariya turning his back on sorcery and getting cockblocked by Tokiomi, the old man's plans once more came to nothing.
…Well, Kariya bringing his beloved Aoi back to some horrid worm pit was never going to happen in the first place. Maybe if the Matou sorcery was a little more normal, he would have been willing to obediently accept his inheritance and become Tokiomi's rival for Aoi's affections.
For a makeshift magus, Kariya's suitability as a Master was exceptional. The fact that he was able to endure the maddened Lancelot's outrageous magical energy consumption for as long as he did is a feat truly deserving of praise. While he might have been better off if Zouken hadn't punished him by forcing him to summon a Berserker, well… I hate to say it, but the only reason Lancelot was able to fight Gilgamesh as well as he did was due to the parameter boost from being maddened. And given the single-minded devotion with which Kariya was pursuing Tokiomi, there's no way you could expect him to have the prudence to avoid that powerhouse team and survive to the very end. When all's said and done, as long as he carried the Matou spirit of putting grudges before everything else, he was probably doomed to failure no matter what.
"Even though it's not like my armor is actually in danger of giving out or anything."
- Fate/EXTRA CCC dialogue
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: Section 21 Absolute Demonic Front Mesopotamia (II)
 Comptiq 2007-11 issue - Fate Dojo Q & A:
Q: Gilgamesh has no skills in swordsmanship, would Assassin win if Gilgamesh is caught in the range of Tsubame Gaeshi?
Q: Gilgamesh has no skills in swordsmanship, would Assassin win if Gilgamesh is caught in the range of Tsubame Gaeshi?
A: Most likely, he will just defend with his armour, or take out some really unfair defensive armament that protects against Multidimensional Refraction Phenomenon, from the Gate of Babylon. However, Gilgamesh is capable of accurately assessing his opponents' abilities, so he would not consider having a battle of swordsmanship with Assassin the first place.
 Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: General Questions about Fate, p.130-131
Q: In Sakura’s Route, what happened to the devoured Gilgamesh?
Q: In Sakura’s Route, what happened to the devoured Gilgamesh? Saber was blackened and enslaved, but was Gilgamesh’s will too strong to be dominated? Or was he completely digested?
A: He simply cannot be controlled. In fact Gilgamesh cannot be blackened. After being devoured by the Grail, Sakura converted Gilgamesh into mana in haste because she was afraid that Gilgamesh might tear her up from the inside if she does not digest him. However, His Majesty was very hard to digest, so “Angra Mainyu” must have been plagued by belly-ache (laughs).