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Heaven's Feel is one of the routes in Fate/stay night.

The heroine and love interest of this route is Sakura Matou. And her servant Rider is the servant protagonist of the route. Heaven's Feel is the third and final route the player will be able to play through in Fate/stay night. It can be accessed after the first two routes, Fate and Unlimited Blade Works, have been completed.

Heaven's Feel is the longest and most complex route of the visual novel and the one which covers most of the lore and backstory behind the war, revealing a lot of vital and important information which was absent in the previous routes. This route is more focused on the Masters: Shirou, Rin, Sakura and Illya, and how they relate to the previous Holy Grail War and the true nature of the Grail itself. It is also considered the "black side" of the story line of Fate/stay night due the hints of suspense and horror of the plot. Its main theme is "the friction with real and ideal".[1]


Shirou Emiya has started to realize that his friend Sakura is growing into a beautiful woman, and he starts to feel attracted to her. He also meets Zouken Matou, Sakura's grandfather, for the first time. Zouken greets him warmly at the Matou house and thanks him for being a friend to his grandchildren. Rin Tohsaka also appears at the beginning, and is more hostile towards Shirou than in the Fate route.

After Shirou summons Saber, Rin takes him to speak to Kotomine Kirei. Upon leaving the church, they are attacked by Illyasviel von Einzbern, who uses her wires to pull the gates of the Church shut behind Shirou and Rin so they cannot flee. As in the Fate route, Saber is injured in the ensuing fight with Berserker, and Emiya takes a blow meant for her, though Avalon heals him. Shirou parts ways with Rin.

While on their way back home, Shirou encounters Shinji Matou and his Servant Rider attacking Ayako Mitsuzuri, a classmate, for her mana. A fight breaks out between them, which Rider quickly loses. Though she has been defeated, Shinji abuses her as he orders her to get up despite her inability to, an act which even Saber condemns him for. Before she can act further, Zouken appears and tells Shinji to run away, calling him a failure. With nothing more to do at the scene, Shirou and Saber leave.

In the meantime, Sakura seems to have come down with a fever, but insists that she is fine. The following night, a mysterious assailant attacks, kills, and uses Assassin's body as a catalyst to create something. When Shirou and Saber arrive at the Ryuudou Temple, they find a shocked, bloody Caster standing over the corpse of her master Souichirou Kuzuki. Saber finishes off Caster and leaves, but unknown to them, the mysterious assailant also consumed Caster. Lancer, who arrives on a scouting mission at the Ryuudou Temple, is later attacked by True Assassin, who emerges from the false Assassin's body. Although Lancer puts up a good fight, he is ambushed by a mysterious shadow and is slain. Around this time, Sakura begins having nightmares.

On another patrol, Shirou and Saber encounter Rin and Archer facing off with Zouken, accompanied by Caster's reanimated corpse. Saber dispatches her, while Archer attacks Zouken. Before they can finish Zouken off, a mysterious shadow appears and injures Shirou while Zouken flees.

During the day, Shirou encounters Illya and a friendship begins to develop between them. However, unknown to them, Zouken has resurrected, after using his worms to devour a woman, and forming a contract with the True Assassin.

The next night, Shirou and Saber decide to investigate the Ryuudou Temple further, but they are separated. Saber fights the True Assassin, but is also ambushed by the mysterious shadow and is swallowed. Enraged, Shirou tries to attack Zouken, only to be repelled by the True Assassin. Before the True Assassin can kill him, Rider suddenly appears and drives him away, displaying an enhanced level of strength and ability that surprises Shirou. When Shirou asks her about her motives, Rider reveals that she was ordered to keep Shirou alive before leaving the scene.

Shinji later comes to the Emiya household and orders Sakura to come home. Shirou protects her and drives Shinji away, but he vows he is not done with her yet. Later, at the Emiya residence, Shirou is discussing Sakura's condition with Rin when they are suddenly interrupted by a phone call. The caller is Shinji, who says he has taken Sakura hostage and demands that Shirou come to the school alone. Rin decides to follow him in secret.

At the school, Shinji orders Rider to physically assault Shirou, but not kill him. While Shirou endures her brutal attacks, Rin arrives with Archer, which allows Shirou to rescue Sakura. When Shinji tries to order Rider with his false Command Spell in the form of a book, it burns away. Rider reveals that he could not command her with that spellbook when he lacked Magic Circuits. Instead of protecting him, she protects Sakura, prompting Rin to reveal that Rider's true Master is Sakura and that the Matou family planted a Crest Worm in her body which will consume her unless she keeps fighting as a Master. Shinji flees, but not before pouring a substance on Sakura that causes her to lose control and a boundary field to activate. Archer opts to kill Sakura before she can use the boundary field to cause any harm, but Rider is determined to protect her Master. As a fight breaks out, Rider is forced to use her Mystic Eyes, revealing her identity as Medusa, and begins to petrify Archer. Shirou manages to protect Rin, but is badly wounded in the act. Seeing Shirou hurt, Sakura manages to take control long enough direct her magic attacks onto herself, incapacitating her.

Later taken to the Kotomine Church, Shirou finds out that the priest Kirei Kotomine is performing surgery to prolong Sakura's life. When he leaves the church, he finds Archer, who presents him with the question of whether he wants to cling to his ideals or discard them. After consulting with Illya, Shirou decides that he wants to protect Sakura. Thus, when Rin, who is adamant about killing Sakura before she causes any more harm, tries to visit Sakura, he stops her. She then reveals that Sakura is her sister. Before either can do anything further, they learn that Sakura has fled, and both pursue her. Shirou finds her first and embraces her, then takes her back to his house. Rin arrives soon after and declares their temporary alliance annulled, but Sakura surprisingly vows to fight back against her sister.

Sakura and Rider are now living alongside Shirou at the Emiya residence. During this time, Sakura grows increasingly lustful and often asks Shirou to have sex with her. They later decide that they should warn Illya about the impending danger from Zouken and from the mysterious shadow, which has begun to become more active at night. Shirou goes alone while Rider stays to guard Sakura, but Sakura later orders Rider to assist Shirou. In the forest, Shirou encounters Rin, but they are kept from engaging each other when they hear Berserker's roar. Zouken has attacked Illya and Berserker with the True Assassin and Saber Alter, causing them to flee the Einzbern castle. Berserker is devoured by the shadow, and the group escapes. However, the mysterious shadow attacks again, targeting Illya. Shirou defends her, but their defense severs his left arm and mortally wounds Archer. Rider arrives too late to save him, but Archer tells her to transplant his left arm to Shirou.

Shirou awakes in the Kotomine church, and later realizes that Archer's arm has been grafted to his body with Kirei's assistance. Archer warns Shirou that using the arm could kill him. Without Archer, Rin allies with Shirou again, and works to image the Gem Sword of Zelretch together with Shirou in order to take on Zouken. As the days pass, the mysterious shadow continues to terrorize the city at night, consuming even Gilgamesh after he recklessly attacks it.

Zouken summons Shirou to him and reveals that Sakura is one of the gates of the Great Holy Grail, and that many more people will die if she is allowed to live. Shirou is once again confronted with a decision that his father Kiritsugu had to make: save the lives of many by killing the person he loves, or save his beloved and let innocent people die. After a period of difficult consideration, Shirou eventually decides to betray his own ideals, forget about becoming an ally of justice, and live to protect Sakura. Sakura, however, realizes what is happening and resolves to stop Zouken herself. She commands Rider to protect Shirou, and tells her that she may contract with a new Master if something bad were to happen to Sakura. She then flees the house after having Rider lie down in her bed and pretend to be her asleep, where Rin later discovers her. Sakura has also ordered Rider not to let Rin out of the house before Shirou comes back home from the Kotomine church, where he was headed. After figuring out what happened, Shirou heads to the Matou house, only to find Shinji there dead.

Flashbacks reveal that Shinji ambushed Sakura while she was searching the house for Zouken, then blackmailed her into obeying him unquestioningly or else having all her secrets, particularly her past of sexual abuse at her family's hands, revealed to Shirou. A distraught Sakura murders Shinji, after which she realizes that up until now she has been miserable and had nobody who cared for her. She also finally understands that she is the shadow that has been terrorizing the city every night. She gives in to her internal malice and shapeshifts into something frightening, leaving the house. After a verbal confrontation with Zouken, Shirou leaves the house, only to find Sakura already attacking Rin while on her way to capture Illya. Shirou too is defeated by Sakura, but she is unable to kill him due to Rider's interference, indirectly caused by her last sane command. Illya, however, agrees to come along with Sakura in exchange for her allowing the others to go free, on the condition that they be allowed to stop at the Einzbern Castle first.

Rider takes Shirou and Rin to the Kotomine Church. After Shirou explains everything to Kirei, he starts out for the Einzbern castle alone, but Kirei decides to come along with him. They manage to rescue Illya, but are confronted by True Assassin and Dark Berserker. Kirei is able to neutralize True Assassin long enough to kill Zouken. When the fight is over, Sakura arrives and stops his artificial black heart, giving him only a few hours to live.

Shirou and Illya are still trying to escape Dark Berserker when, in desperation, Shirou removes the seal on Archer's arm, granting him immense projection power, and uses it to project Berserker's Noble Phantasm Nine Lives, defeating him. Arriving home, he finds out that his mind is starting to break down. After hearing the history of the Great Holy Grail and the Servant Avenger from Illya, Rin and Illya then help him to prepare for the Gem Sword of Zelretch, their only hope to stand a chance to fight against Zouken, and Shirou is finally able to project the Gem Sword successfully. Shortly after, Rider makes another attempt to kill Shirou, as her order not to harm Shirou and her mission to protect Sakura are now in conflict and she has decided to prioritize Sakura. Shirou, however, reaffirms his will to protect Sakura, which makes Rider agree to form an alliance with him.

On the final night, Shirou, Rin and Rider enter the cave where the ritual to materialize the Holy Grail takes place. Tiring of Zouken's abuses, Sakura betrays her grandfather, destroying the core worm containing his soul and killing the True Assassin as well. Saber Alter blocks Shirou's party in the caverns, but lets Rin pass for the sisters' final confrontation. Rider fights Saber Alter, and Shirou ends up using Archer's arm to project Rho Aias, supporting Rider's Bellerophon to break through Saber Alter's Excalibur Morgan. Newly resolved, Shirou kills Saber Alter with the Azoth Sword, freeing her from her wretched existence. He moves further into the cave, leaving the wounded Rider behind to heal.

In the meantime, Rin has been fighting Sakura and her army of shadows using the Gem Sword of Zelretch. During the course of the battle, Sakura continuously curses her sister, telling her of the suffering she endured while everyone turned a blind eye to her, even her own sister. Rin expresses indifference to Sakura's misery, but moments before killing Sakura, realizes she loves her sister too much to kill her. Wounded by Sakura's desperate counterattack, Rin hugs Sakura and collapses.

Realizing that her weakness allowed her to be consumed by her own darkness, Sakura loses control of her powers. Shirou arrives and attempts to save her from the shadow. Despite Sakura's pleas to let her die, Shirou projects and stabs Sakura with Caster's Rule Breaker, severing Sakura's link to the unborn Avenger. A recovered Rider appears and escorts Rin and Sakura to safety as Shirou prepares to fully destroy Avenger before he can be born.

Kirei suddenly appears, intending to stop Shirou from destroying that which he long desired to witness, a being of destruction that could validate his own existence. They engage in hand-to-hand combat, and although Kirei gets the upper hand, he succumbs to the wounds inflicted to him by Sakura earlier.

At this point the story diverges, based on whether the player headed to the Normal or True ending. On the Normal route, the story ends with Shirou destroying Avenger with a projected Excalibur and dying. In the True Ending Illya appears and allows Shirou's soul to escape before sacrificing herself, the embodiment of the Holy Grail, in order to save Shirou and close the gate.


Heaven's Feel has two endings:

  • The "Normal" ending depicts an epilogue after Shirou has sacrificed himself to destroy the Great Holy Grail. Sakura vows to wait for his return, because they promised to watch the cherry blossoms bloom together in the spring. Years pass while Sakura grows into an old woman, still waiting faithfully. In the end, Sakura has passed away, seeing an image of Shirou waving to her on a familiar road covered with cherry blossoms.
  • The "True" ending depicts an epilogue in which Illya sacrifices herself to close the gate. Shirou is rescued from the collapsed cavern and his soul implanted in a new body from a puppet master (implied to be Touko Aozaki , a character from TYPE-MOON's earlier work Mahou Tsukai no Yoru). He lives a normal life with Sakura and Rider while Rin is called to a trial in London over having opened and then closed the gateway. A high ranking mage intervenes, however, and the trial is swiftly ended. She spends 2 years in London before returning to Japan, when she reunites with Sakura and Shirou, and asks her sister if she is happy, to which she responds yes with a smile.

Sakura Matou is the de facto winner of the 5th Holy Grail War in this route, as all other Masters were incapacitated, lost their servants or dead, and all the other Servants were defeated and dead, with exception of Rider. However, in his final moments Kirei Kotomine declares Shirou Emiya to be the winner of the war at the very end.

Bad EndingsEdit

Heaven's Feel has the most bad ends out of the three routes (16 out of the total 40).

  • Ocean Depths: On Day 7, if Shirou does not earn the required affection points for Sakura, he gets captured by the shadow and absorbed by the mud.
  • Battle of the Holy Grail: On Day 8, if Shirou does not earn the required affection points for Illya, his body gets destroyed inside the Emiya Residence by Illya and his consciousness kept inside a doll.
  • Die Together: On Day 8, if Shirou decides to attack Zouken, his weapon rots from Zouken.  Shirou then stomps down on the bugs and tries to escape to the lake.  As he tries to escape from the mud he realizes that his feet are missing due to stomping the bugs and finally gets eaten by the worms.
  • Miserable Lone Force: On Day 9, if Shirou decides not to ask help from Tohsaka, he goes back to class and then home afterwards. After realizing that Sakura is gone, he is called by Shinji at his phone to come to school alone, not knowing that Saber is gone. Shirou hurriedly run to school to face Shinji.  Since he cannot face a servant yet, he gets bound on the neck with Rider's chain and she snaps Shirou's neck.
  • Geas: On Day 9, if Shirou decides to say Yes in giving Tohsaka total obedience, she implants a geas in him. This prevents him from stopping Tohsaka when she decides to kill Sakura inside the church.
  • Stone Coffin: On Day 9, if Shirou decides to close his eyes and attack Rider, he gets petrified by looking at Rider's eyes in his imagination. His stone body falls and breaks into pieces.
  • Mindofsteel

    Mind of Steel

    Superhero: On Day 9, if Shirou decides to not let go of his ideals as an Ally of Justice, he gains resolve to kill Sakura in order to save more lives that would be killed by the Shadow. Rin performs the execution as her "duty", while Shirou only waits. Kotomine and Illya believe that Shirou is just like Kiritsugu Emiya in his prime, and that Shirou will win the Holy Grail War without doubt. With a mind of steel, he will destroy the Holy Grail at any cost, killing every Master in his way, Rin and Illya included.
  • Layered Curse of the Womb Realm Mandala: On Day 10, if Shirou decides to stay in the forest, he gets devoured by the darkness without realizing it.
  • World Purge, Meltdown: On Day 10, if Shirou decides to bring back Tohsaka, he runs over to her but is too late as the shadow explodes and devours Shirou, Illya, Tohsaka and Archer.
  • Horror Show: On Day 13, if Shirou does not accept Assassin's offer to meet with Zouken, he later gets stabbed by the Shadow's tentacle.
  • Happy End: On Day 13, if Shirou decides to kill Sakura, he gets slashed by Rider when he tries to murder Sakura. This ending is unavoidable if Shirou decides to not use his left arm on Day 12.
  • Dead Fin: On Day 15 if Shirou decides to not save Sakura and bring back Illya, he gives up the will to continue the Holy Grail War.
  • Death Penalty: On Day 15, if Shirou refuses Kirei's assistance, he attempts to rescue Illya himself, but is found and killed by True Assassin.
  • Sparks Liner High is bad ending thirty-eight. Unlike regular bad endings, it simply says "End." It follows Shirou and Rin after failing to form a partnership with Rider. Shirou is forced to engage Saber Alter alone while Rin proceeds on to face Sakura. They duel in close combat, and after digging deep into Archer's memories, Shirou manages to win with Kanshou and Bakuya's Triple-Linked Crane Wings. Although Saber is left too wounded to put up any resistance, the constant projections cause Shirou's mind to finally overload. Though still alive, his mind is no longer able to function, leaving Rin only ten minutes to deal with Sakura before Saber is fully healed. Saber does not care about the outcome of the battle, having lost what little will to live she had, and only displays a measure of pity for whoever lives, as the one who would bless them no longer exists in the world.
  • Compassion: On Day 16, if Shirou decides to attack Saber prematurely, she easily counters his attack and he dies.
  • Femme Fatale: On Day 16, if Shirou refrains from finishing off Saber, she escapes and helps Sakura to defeat Rin. Sakura absorbs Rin and subjects her consciousness to the tortures that Sakura herself suffered in her past. When Shirou confronts Sakura, she absorbs him as well.

Anime original scenesEdit

Fate/stay night - Heaven's Feel I. Presage FlowerEdit

  • Several scenes with Saber and Illya from the visual novel are omitted.
  • Saber sees Illya and Berserker while Shirou and Rin are in the church. Illya is disappointed Saber doesn't recognize her.
  • Shirou, Saber, and Rin immediately encounter Illya and Berserker after leaving the Church, as opposed to in Miyama.
  • Shirou, Saber, and Rin do not go to Shirou's house to heal his injuries from Berserker, instead resting him on a park bench.
  • Shirou and Saber encounter Shinji and Rider after surviving their encounter with Illya and Berserker while on their way home.
  • Shinji and Rider are encountered in an alleyway, as opposed to the park.
  • The woman Rider is drinking blood from is Ayako Mitsuzuri.
  • Shirou learns Kiritsugu's participation in the previous war from Saber and Kirei after bringing Ayako to the church.
  • Shirou and Saber do not introduce themselves to each other until after he learned of Kiritsugu's participation in the previous war.
  • Assassin is the first Servant to be devoured by the Shadow, as opposed to Caster.
  • Caster is killed by True Assassin as opposed to Saber.
  • Kuzuki is killed by True Assassin.
  • Lancer encounters True Assassin in Shinto, as opposed to Ryuudou Temple. He fights him throughout the city before reaching Ryuudou Temple.
  • Lancer tries to use Gáe Bolg on True Assassin.
  • Shirou and Saber meeting Rin and Archer in the park is planned, as opposed to being a coincidence.
  • The Shadow appears before Caster's corpse is killed by Saber.
  • Caster's corpse is killed by Saber after the Shadow absorbed the massive fireball she launched.
  • During her fight with True Assassin at Ryuudou Temple, Saber breaks the patio, and sinks into the lake, to avoid Zabaniya, as opposed to cutting his arm off.
  • Saber supposedly chooses to let the Shadow consume her after countering Zabaniya, as opposed to being too exhausted to resist it any longer.
  • Rider vanishes quickly after defeating True Assassin instead of discussing with Shirou why she saved him and asking to escort him home.
  • Saber encounters Saber Alter in a dress inside a dreamscape.

Fate/stay night - Heaven's Feel II. Lost ButterflyEdit

  • Several scenes with Rider and Illya from the visual novel are omitted.
  • Shirou and Illya begin to bond in the park after Saber is consumed by the Shadow, as opposed to before.
  • The interaction where Shirou and company tries to save Sakura is in the school's library instead of the hallway.
  • The fight between Archer and Rider is noticeably shorter.
  • Archer warns Shirou of the consequences of his choice after Shirou chooses to abandon his ideal to protect Sakura, as opposed to before.
  • Berserker's fight with Saber Alter lasts significantly longer.
  • Saber Alter leaves immediately after defeating Berserker, as opposed to after briefly fighting Archer when she tries to kill Shirou to take Illya.
  • Archer utilizes Rho Aias during his battle against the Shadow.
  • Rin explains the consequences of Archer's arm to Shirou at his house, as opposed to Kirei after the transplant.
  • Rider's talk with Shirou about how she feels about Sakura is significantly shorter.
  • Shirou meets Zouken in the greenhouse of the Matou Manor, as opposed to in the living room.
  • Sakura sees the world as fairy tale-esque world where she's dressed in a ballgown, and she views the people she consumes while under the Shadow's influence as stuffed animal-like creatures.
  • Sakura briefly sinks into the Shadow to regenerate herself after Gilgamesh eviscerates her.
  • Gilgamesh tries to attack Sakura again after one of his legs is consumed.
  • Shirou notices Sakura's shadow distort when he finds her collapsed at the entrance of his house after she returns home from consuming Gilgamesh the previous night.
  • Shirou and Rin learn of the Shadow consuming forty people in town from a news report, as opposed to them learning of it during their patrol.
  • A vision depicting a version of Shirou with white hair and yellow eyes beheading Sakura in a burning Fuyuki is seen when Zouken reveals the truth about Sakura and the Shadow.
  • Sakura continues to pretend to sleep after Shirou decides not to kill in her sleep, as opposed to her trying to convince him to kill her. Thus their interaction with both each other and Rider is absent.
  • Sakura orders Rider with her final command spell to protect Shirou the morning after in the front yard of the Emiya household and not at night in her bedroom during the encounter with Shirou and him choosing whether to kill her or not.
  • Sakura sees Shadow Giants dancing around her after Shinji is killed.
  • Sakura fully transforms into Dark Sakura after Shinji is killed.


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