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Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?), Knight of the Lance and Heroic Spirit of the Lance (槍兵の英霊?), is one of the Three Knight Classes among the seven standard Servant classes summoned for the Holy Grail War. Servants placed within this class, many of which are Heroic Spirits who were knights, are very agile, display excellent close combat skills, show proficiency in hit-and-run tactics that capitalize on range and speed, and are skilled with long-range melee weapons such as spears and lances. The qualifying conditions to be placed within the class are second only to the Saber class, requiring overall excellent attributes and a high agility attribute. Their only particular class ability is Magic Resistance, and although they "tend to be less flashy than the other classes", they display great reliability.[1][2]

Known LancersEdit

Servants marked with are also able to be summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders.

True Name War Master
UnknownFirst Fuyuki Holy Grail WarUnknown
UnknownSecond Fuyuki Holy Grail WarUnknown
Fionn mac CumhaillThird Fuyuki Holy Grail WarDarnic Prestone Yggdmillennia
Diarmuid Ua DuibhneFourth Fuyuki Holy Grail WarKayneth Archibald El-Melloi
Cú ChulainnFifth Fuyuki Holy Grail WarBazett Fraga McRemitz
Kirei Kotomine
Vlad III the ImpalerMoon Cell Holy Grail WarRun Ru
Cú ChulainnMoon Cell Holy Grail WarRin Tohsaka
KarnaMoon Cell Holy Grail WarJinako Carigiri
Elizabeth BathoryMoon Cell Holy Grail WarRun Ru
Cú Chulainn
(Rin Tohsaka Demi-Servant)
Moon Cell Holy Grail WarNone
Vlad III the ImpalerGreat Holy Grail WarDarnic Prestone Yggdmillennia
KarnaGreat Holy Grail WarFeend vor Sembren
Shirou Kotomine
Musashibou BenkeiGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Leonidas IGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
RomulusGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
HectorGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
ScáthachGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
King Arthur (Alter)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Li Shuwen (Young)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
King ArthurGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Medusa (Child)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Jaguar Man (Taiga Fujimura)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Parvati (Sakura Matou)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Hozoin InshunGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
NezhaGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
EreshkigalGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Valkyrie (Ortlinde, Hild & Thrud)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Qin LiangyuGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
BradamanteGrand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
CaenisLost BeltKirschtaria Wodime
MedusaGrand OrderNone
KinguGrand OrderNone
BrynhildrFirst Tokyo Holy Grail WarNigel Sayward
Cú ChulainnSecond Tokyo Holy Grail WarMisaya Reiroukan
EnkiduTrue and False Holy Grail WarsWolf
Lucius Longinus"After" the Holy Grail WarChitose
Cú ChulainnFifth Ainsworth Holy Grail WarKayneth El-Melloi Archibald
Nagao KagetoraImperial Capital Holy Grail Strange Story MemoirsSatsuki Yumizuka
Li Shuwen (Old)Imperial Capital Holy Grail Strange StoryCaren Kotomine
Tokugawa IeyasuNone (Koha-Ace)Unknown
UnknownNone (Learn More with Manga! FGO)Unknown
Lucky MotherMost Powerful Great Figures ChapterIssei Ryuudou

Nonstandard LancersEdit

Servants possessing the Class of Lancer for special reasons unrelated to a proper summoning.

True Name War Master
Earth IriGrand OrderNone
Gilles de Rais (Fake)Grand OrderJoan of Arc (Alter)
Ibaraki-douji (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Kiyohime (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru
Tamamo-no-Mae (Swimsuit)Grand OrderRitsuka Fujimaru

Other qualifying heroesEdit

True Name Current Class Notes
AchillesRider
Alexander the GreatRiderFate/Ace Royal only
Gilles de RaisCasterFate/Ace Royal only
HeraclesBerserker
IshtarArcher
King Arthur (Male)SaberFate/Ace Royal only
LancelotBerserkerFate/Ace Royal only
Lü BuBerserker
Mori NagayoshiBerserker
PenthesileaBerserker
RamaSaber
Usui SadamitsuNone[3]

DevelopmentEdit

« Once again, I took my cues from 15th-century Germany, specifically the mercenary soldiers known as the Landsknechts. From what I understand, they were trained in a wide variety of weapons, particularly the pike. In this tarot card image, Lancer is holding a spear in his left hand and has a short sword called a Katzbalger sheathed behind his right hand. »

(Chihiro Aikura - Tarot Card Lancer, Fate/complete material II)


ReferencesEdit

  1. Fate/Grand Order Chaldea Ace