Lancer of "Red" ("赤"のランサー, "Aka" no Ransā?) is the Lancer-class Servant of Feend vor Sembren of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Shirou Kotomine assumes command over him before he even meets his Master, and through his machinations he later officially becomes Lancer's Master.

He is also the Servant of Jinako Carigiri in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War of Fate/EXTRA CCC. Under Jinako, he is called Launcher (ランチャー, Ranchā?) due to Jinako having had modified his status to a made up Servant class based on Brahmastra being a beam-like attack.

He is summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.



Lancer's True Name is Karna (カルナ, Karuna?), the Son of the Sun God (太陽神の子, Taiyōshin no Ko?), the invulnerable hero of the Indian epic Mahabharata, as a hero on the vanquished side. The central conflict of The Mahabharata is the war over influence between the Pandava royal family and Kaurava royal family. Karna became famous as the rival of Arjuna, the great hero of Hindu mythology.[3][4][10]


Karna was born from the daughter of a human king, Kunti, and the sun god, Surya.[4][10] Kunti was the wife of the Kuru king Pandu, but he was under a curse that prevented him from producing children, so his queens each had no choice but other methods to bear children. Kunti was a woman who had a Mantra that allowed her to copulate with and bear the child of any god and, by those means, gave Pandu children, but before she became the king's wife, she tested the mantra and bore a single child. That child was Karna, the golden hero who was born from relations with the sun god Surya. Kunti was a determined woman and, afraid of her first birth and anxiety over whether the god would acknowledge his own child.[10]

« I want proof that this child is your son. »

(Kunti prayed to Surya.)

Surya heard Kunti's words and gave until the child, as he was born, his own power and attributes. As proof of being the son of Surya, he was given a golden armor and this is the source of the golden armor that made Karna invulnerable. Karna was born to become a great hero. Though she was shown such grace and faithfulness, Kunti abandoned her first son. For her, who was to become the queen of Kuru king Pandu, the existence of her son was nothing but unnecessary. This is how Karna, who was thrown away by his own mother, came to be ignorant of his own birth, but he lived with only the things he had been given by his father, the sun god Surya, held in his chest. Karna grew up with a low social status.[4][10]

The form of Karna, who didn't know his own mother's face and who questioned whether his mother was motivated by dishonesty, couldn't be called beautiful. Though he possessed his father's brilliant authority, his form was stained black. His countenance was cruel, and his every action was violent. Because of his lack of human mother, he didn't learn the subtleties of human emotion and spent his days being considered a nuisance by the people around him. That was how Karna was raised, but he didn't hate his mother or his surroundings. Instead, he accepted everything. His mother and father were the ones who gave him life so he thought that no matter what kind of person his mother was, he did not hold contempt for her, as if there is anything he had to hate was himself alone. In contrast to his appearance, Karna was an exceedingly virtuous and perceptive child. Possibly the cause of that was because, while he was the child of a god, he was also a child without a single relative. Karna was blessed with the opportunity to question the poor, their lives, and their value. As a result, he chose, of his own free will, the path where he persisted in his own fastidiousness. He believed that as he was born with more than people should display a 'proof of my life' greater than those of people, if he doesn't do so, the people without power will not be rewarded. What Karna had was simply the conviction to live without bringing dishonor to his father's authority and without shaming the people who compensated him. "Though he may be relentless and ruthless, he is also full of majesty," is Karna's stance given form.[10]


And Karna, who had grown to be a young man, participated in a conference of the Kuru family. At this conference, the five Pandava brothers indulged themselves in the martial arts they were so proud of and so famous for. The third son Arjuna's skill at the bow was especially magnificent, to the point that he was praised as having no equal. When the grounds were united as one voice looking for someone to equal the Pandavas, Karna leapt up to participate and displayed martial arts of the same rank as Arjuna's. Karna challenged Arjuna to determine which of them was superior. But to challenge Arjuna, a member of the royal family, one must be higher than a Kshatriya (military or royalty) and Karna seemed to be a Vaishya (merchant class) or a Shudra (a slave). Karna, whose challenge was refused due to the difference in status, became a laughingstock.[10] The one who saved Karna in this situation was the eldest of the one hundred princes of the Kaurava clan, who opposed the Pandavas, Duryodhana.[4][10] He became interested in Karna and made him a king at that place.[10]

This is how Karna was saved from disgrace, but his foster father, who had heard of his promotion, appeared and established his origins. The five Pandava brothers further ridiculed Karna, who displayed martial arts superior to their own, saying, "The son of a charioteer should have a sense of shame." These words enraged Karna. If it were about himself, he would accept and be resigned to anything, but he would not allow insults toward his foster father. Even if it was a foster father who announced himself out of greed, to Karna, he was the father who raised him, who Karna should take pride in. The antagonism between Karna and the five Pandava brothers had become something he could not step back from, but sunset had come and the curtain was drawn on the conference.[10] From then on, Karna, as the friend of Duryodhana, who saved him and treated him as a king, lived as a guest of honor of the one hundred princes of the Kaurava clan.[4][10]

Kurukshetra WarEdit

What awaited him beyond that was a cruel battle against the five Pandava brothers, and more specifically, against the great hero Arjuna. The antagonism between the Kauravas whom Karna entrusted his bow as a soldier and the Pandavas that Arjuna led intensified and finally became a war with their territory in the balance. That war is called the Kurukshetra War, and that is where Karna's life came to an end. Karna continued to wield his strength so that the one hundred Kaurava princes, and consequently Duryodhana, would be victorious. On the Pandava side, the only one who could oppose Karna was Arjuna, but even Arjuna could only be resigned to the fact that facing Karna directly was death.[10]

Through several conflicts, pretexts, and mutual hatred, the war between this two camps arrived at Kurukshetra. Things having reached this point, Karna's mother, Kunti, wagered one last gamble: to reveal his lineage to Karna and draw him to the Pandava camp. Kunti told only Krishna, who was a friend of Arjuna in the guise of a normal person, of this situation, and the two of them went alone to meet Karna. Kunti revealed that she was Karna's mother, spoke how fighting with the five Pandava brothers would yield no benefits whilst weeping, and persuaded him that by fighting together with Arjuna, he would attain glory. Karna, without failing to show the friend of his arch-enemy Arjuna, Krishna, quietly listened to his mother's arguments.[10]

Afterwards he said: "I understand your words. To join hands with the five brothers and return to my proper form. That would be a story filled with light, without a single fault." Then, facing the rejoicing Kunti, Karna continued speaking in an even softer voice: "But I wish for you to answer one thing. Do you not feel that those words of yours were too late?" She was too late in declaring she was his mother. She was too late in looking back upon Karna. "If you do not feel that this is a shame, then please answer. You, who declare yourself my mother, if you yourself have done no wrong, then accept the past without feeling ashamed of yourself."[10]

While Kunti was a selfish woman, that was due to her natural innocence and simple-mindedness; she was most definitely not a shameless woman. She knew her own deeds, throwing away Karna, who had just been born, for her own sake, were full of selfishness and reproached herself for that. And for that reason, she possessed a minimum amount of pride. She could not tell to Karna, who had been raised alone until now, who was grateful to his foster family, who had never once embraced hatred toward another, a horrible lie. Kunti broke off the negotiation without answering.[10]

« That is a deception, a complacent love. The only one your love can save is you. Your love is directed at no one but yourself. But I shall answer that feeling. From here on, during the war, I will not kill any of the brothers who come to match me. I will only use all my power against my arch-enemy Arjuna. »

(Karna said this to Kunti, who stood with her head hanging.)

Karna swore not to lay a hand on the brothers of the Pandava family who were inferior to him in strength. The countless times Karna allowed the five brothers to go after this was due to this pledge. After that he concluded: "Return to the place that you obtained with your own hands. ...Though it was only once, I am grateful that you called me your son." Karna opened the castle gate and escorted Kunti out. That was the love that Karna bore for his mother, Kunti. It was not love for his mother at this late point in time but Kunti's resolution to raise "her feelings as mother" in the end... even if it wasn't genuine... That is what he answered. Kunti risked the danger of having her past come to light. To the hero of generosity Karna, such determination is worthy of compensation.[10]

And so, just before the final battle. Arjuna's father, Indra the Thunder God, who understood that Karna could not be persuaded, took the form of a Brahmin, contacts Karna, and takes his golden armor. Though Karna had lost the property of being unkillable that he received from his father, he never said he would stop proceeding to the battlefield. He did not care that when he had lost his golden armor he had hastened his own death. Indra, who was touched by how gallant a figure Karna struck, asked why. Why did he continue to the battlefield, having lost his armor, but without reproaching Indra, who had hatched this scheme out of love for Arjuna?[10]

« There is no need to hate you. It is simply a matter of being a step ahead. In fact--yes. Though you are a god, you are also a father. Such a thing brings me joy. »

(Karna answered to Indra.)

Then why do you advance toward the battlefield, asked Indra, to which he was responded: "To me, defeat is bringing shame upon my father. Even though death awaits me, I cannot run away." That was how Karna always lived. To him, who lived his life with pride in those who gave him life and raised him, his life was not his own.[10]

« I owe Duryodhana a debt. For some reason, that impudent and timid man is so bright to me. It may be blasphemy against my father but, occasionally, I feel that sweet light is the warmth of the sun. »


It was not the fire of the sun that Karna carried nor the absolute brilliance of Surya; to Karna, the sun was the imperfect charm that humans displayed. Indra, who saw the divinity of Surya himself in that form, gave Karna his spear. He had taken from this noble hero something greater than his life. Unless he gave something as compensation, his honor would be stained; above all—he was charmed with him: if it were this man, he could wield the greatest spear, that Indra had not given even to his own son. After Karna sent off the Brahmin and having lost his armor (flesh), he headed to the battlefield, as thin as a ghost.[10]


The final battle with Arjuna. Karna was already without allies; his charioteer, whom he trusted with his body, was already an enemy, in collusion with the Pandavas. He had a large number of heavy burdens, his feelings towards his younger half-brothers. Due to his curse, the wheel of Karna's chariot was stuck in a rut. The string of Arjuna's bow was drawn back to its limits. These brothers who, for a long time, were manipulated by an unseen destiny to compete for supremacy, could only in this moment strike one another with all their might and sure enough, Arjuna's bow shot down the sun.[10] However, Karna did not hate anyone and accepted his death.[4]

After the battle, the Pandavas were ordered by their uncle to perform funeral rites for all of the dead, including Karna. Upon finding Karna's dead body, their mother Kunti started crying for the son she abandoned. The Panadavas were puzzled about why she was crying over a lowborn son of a charioteer. This remark enraged Kunti and she revealed that Karna was their eldest brother. 

The Pandavas, especially Arjuna, were horrified at the fact that they had committed fratricide. The eldest of the Pandava, Yudhisthira, lamented about the fact that if she had not kept the secret from them, then the relationship between the Pandavas and the Kauravas wouldn’t have soured to the point of a catastrophic war. If Kunti hadn't kept it a secret, then the war could've been averted and millions of lives could've been spared. So, in his rage and grief, he cursed Kunti and all women of the world that they shall never be able to keep secrets.

It is said that after his death, Karna became one with his father Surya. Called "the Hero of Generosity," he was a saint with the creed of not refusing when people came to ask or rely on him. The hero who, while possessing exceedingly high abilities, was within a tragedy where he was the enemy of his brothers by blood, received various curses, and lost his life without showing his true worth—that is Karna. 


He is described as a young man with long and white unkempt hair that almost appear transparent. His gaze is said to be sharp like a steel blade with the red stone buried in his chest similarly projecting an enthralling lustrousness. It is also specified that what draws the eye more than anything else is the set of golden armor that he has become fused with, giving off a divine radiance. While every single part is said to be beautiful in its own right, once combined with Lancer they exude far more ferocity than attractiveness.

  • Flower Coordinator (フラワーコーディネーター?) - Costume in Extella


His personality is cold and unforgiving. Although conversing with him may give the impression that he is indecisive and somewhat boring, in reality he is always deep in thought and has a loyal heart. He gives an impression of being cold and cruel because he believes that most things and events are “normal”, and therefore he does not interfere. Due to this characteristic, he does not really have negative emotions such as hatred and jealousy. Because his behaviors target people’s “true nature that should not be put to words”, he is disliked by many.[4]

Karna’s strongest weapon was his ‘will’. Possessing a strong will and a strong heart, he was the Hero of Charity who had never resented a single person despite experiencing all kinds of misfortune. He was a man who had given things special than anyone else, but never once was treated special himself. Neither proud nor arrogant, he was a hero who merely carried out a way of life that would not shame the name of his father from the moment he was born to when he was finally shot down.

Lancer would follow the orders of his Master with no particular objections. On the other hand, Lancer is to put in the simplest term: a soldier. When commanded, he behaves as though the very concept of defiance does not exist. To the Lancer of Red, there is no liking or disliking to an order that has been given to him, to the point he will just ignore to consider how said order relates to the situation, as only the fact that he serves the Master who summoned him is what is really important. In other words, he does not raise objections about orders, as those thoughts have already been removed from his mind. Even so, he shows some small doubts regarding the elimination of Ruler given her task to preside over the war, but he convinces himself that as defeating a Ruler would be a very difficult endeavor, that makes all the more reason why would be worth fighting her.

He has no wish for the Holy Grail, but he desires to battle Saber of Black once more and to save his Master.


Karna and Arjuna were brothers, then turned enemies.
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Karna holds a mutual admiration with Saber of Black. Through their fight, they both realized that they're both very similar and experienced many trials. When Karna saw Saber's facial expression, he was suddenly filled with reminiscences. He compares Saber's gaze to someone he fought and acknowledged their battle was simply inevitable. Karna saw in Siegfried in the face of a pure warrior trying to carry out his duty even while feeling anguished by something. It seems it was similar to what he saw in the legendary bowman who he fought in the past.[11] In their duel, Karna experienced a feeling of exaltation was drawn, something Lancer had not felt in a very long time. Though Lancer talked mostly, he sensed that both he and Saber were enjoying this battle. Lancer felt he was lucky to encounter his first battle with Saber.

« We are both Heroic Spirits... madmen who walked our respective paths unto the bitter end even as we continued to fight. Not even gaining a second life and taking form in the present era will change our faith! »

(Lancer of Red thoughts while fighting Saber of Black.)



Beginning Stages of the WarEdit

  • The Red Faction on top of Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  • Lancer and Sieg face each other
  • Lancer activates Vasavi Shakti against Sieg

Lancer is summoned by Feend vor Sembren as one of the Servants of the Red Faction. His Master, however, doesn't show himself, instead, acting through one of the other Masters, Shirou Kotomine. Shirou orders Lancer to eliminate Ruler as he views her to be his biggest obstacle to his plans. Lancer then faces Ruler on a highway, heading towards Trifas, where the Grail War will take place. Ruler is able to easily discern Lancer's identity, and also understand quite well that he possesses a pure and noble character. Lancer without hesitation draws out his spear, intending to kill Ruler in a single attack. However, he is stopped by Saber of Black and his Master, Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia. While Gordes attempts to have both Ruler and Saber to fight Lancer fail, Lancer declares that he had no issue with facing both Servants simultaneously.

« Hmph... so you were attempting to tilt the situation by having me face two opponents? Is victory the only thing you care for? How despicable - though I suppose that is also one form of warfare. It makes little difference to me. »

(Lancer of Red)

Ruler however refuses to participate in the battle, due to her role as the Ruler, leaving Saber of Black and Lancer to face each other alone. However, Saber is able to keep up with Lancer, due to his Noble Phantasm negating many of his attacks. Lancer and Saber to realize their similarities and recognize each other as worthy opponents. They battle until dawn and when they leave, they promise to battle once more.[12] After returning from his battle with Saber of Black, Lancer unusually whispered with some slight emotion, "I’d like to fight with him again." Shirou had decided to respect his wish, as, in the first place, the only ones who could fight more than an even match against a formidable enemy like Saber were Lancer or Rider.

Battle At Castle YggdmillenniaEdit

Lancer later participates in the first large battle between the Red and Black Factions. He faces Lancer of Black, the commander of Servants of Black. Lancer of Black is able to match Lancer of Red's abilities with the advantage he gets from being in his territory and using his Noble Phantasm, Kazikli Bey, to an extremely dangerous degree.[13] Later in their fight, Lancer of Black even manages to pierce Lancer of Red from the inside with this Noble Phantasm. Lancer of Red, however, manages to keep up, utilizing both his armor and Mana Bursts to combat Lancer of Black. Towards the end of their battle, Lancer almost uses one of his other Noble Phantasms, Brahmastra Kundala, but ceases the battle once the Red Faction acquires the Holy Grail, returning to Assassin of Red's Hanging Gardens of Babylon.[13]

Confronting Lancer of Black & Shirou's True IdentityEdit

There, he, along with Rider and Archer of Red, face the Sevants of Black: Lancer, Archer, and Caster. Lancer of Red battles Lancer of Black, this time being far superior due to Lancer of Black no longer being in his own territory. However, the battle is changed when Lancer of Black's Master, Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia, forces Lancer of Black to utilize his Noble Phantasm, Legend of Dracula and fuses himself with his Servant to form the Nameless Vampire. The Servants of both factions temporarily unite to eliminate this new threat, with their abilities boosted by the recently arrived Ruler's Command Spell. However, just when victory seems to near, all of the Servants of Red suddenly collapse, due to their contracts transferred from their original Masters to Shirou, who made the Masters of Red give him their Command Spells. Shirou also destroys the Nameless Vampire and reveals himself to be the Ruler of the previous war.[13] Unlike the Rider and Archer of Red, who are angry towards Shirou, Lancer is far calmer and agrees to listen to him. Caster of Black also joins them, believing the Red Faction to be far more helpful to his goals, while Archer of Black and Ruler leave.[14]

Joining Amakusa Shirou's CampEdit

Lancer is later shown alongside the other Servants of Red, discussing with Shirou about the contracts of their alliance. Lancer agrees to help Shirou and do as he commands, on the condition of being allowed to face Saber of Black, now residing in the body of a homunculus named Sieg, again, which Shirou agrees with.

The Final BattleEdit

During the assault on the Hanging Gardens by the Black Faction and Ruler, Lancer is seen defending the Gardens, engaging Rider of Black and his Master, Sieg. In order to give Rider the opportunity to destroy the defenses of the Gardens, Sieg engages Lancer alone, transforming into the Saber of Black. During their battle, Lancer notices Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia and interrupts the battle to talk with him. He asks Caules to take the former Masters of Red to safety, wanting to protect them out of honor. Caules agrees in return of Lancer promising to not kill Sieg if he defeats him. After this, Lancer and Sieg continue their battle, with the former telling the latter that he will give his all due to his promise to Saber of Black. In their battle, Lancer utilizes his full abilities, using all of his Noble Phantasms. In the end, he finally uses his strongest Noble Phantasm, Vasavi Shakti, that forces him to give up his armor in return for gaining the incredibly powerful spear used by Indra, the King of Gods himself. However, the attack is blocked by Rider of Black, who uses Akhilleus Kosmos, a Noble Phantasm given by Rider of Red, that creates an entire world as a shield. Using this opportunity, Sieg attacks Lancer of Red and delivers the final blow to him. Sieg shows his respect by saying that it wasn't his victory alone and that even if they were enemies, Karna treated him as a person. Karna responds that's normal for a Heroic Spirit, showing his considerate character and saying to Sieg that he won because he is a living person with a goal, unlike a shadow from the past like him.

« That's a given for Heroic Spirits. We are no more than shadows from the past, you people living in the future, no matter the Heroic Spirit... you're all a treasure. We fought in the past for the sake of this future. »

(Lancer of Red)

Lancer then warns Sieg about Jeanne being in danger as she is about to face her worst possible matchup, Caster of Red. Once Karna starts to fade, Astolfo pays Lancer his respects, as he was the Hero of Charity who behaved like a true Servant until the very end. Despite being defeated, Lancer is satisfied by his fate, having been given a chance to face a worthy opponent and fulfill his promise to Saber of Black and save his original Master in the process, so he dissapears with a smile asking Astolfo to take care of Sieg.


Karna formed a contract with Jinako Carigiri during the Moon Cell Holy Grail War on the Near Side. Though she was technically disqualified during the early rounds, Jinako stayed within her room and avoided deletion because the system would not delete participants in that location. She was still ultimately doomed once the Holy Grail War would be completed and everything besides the winner was to be deleted, so Karna gave her his armor to allow her to return to the real world due to the nature of the sun overwhelming that of the moon. They were brought into the Far Side by BB along with the other remaining Masters but Jinako is one of the few masters who retained their servants. It was generally thought by others that Karna is a Lancer class. Hakuno Kishinami can interact with Karna only when Hakuno enters Jinako's room.

When Hakuno Kishinami picked up the fragment data, a confused Jinako ran away somewhere in Sakura's Labyrinth. She recovered parts of her memories and complained about Karna's late rescue. Karna could not fully materialize himself due to lack of mana.[15]

Julius B. Harwey also appears but he distracts Jinako and Karna while BB's shadow devours Jinako. Karna helplessly watches as Jinako is devoured by BB shadow and is forced to help BB's cause.[15]

When Hakuno and the servant faced Karna for the first time in the 10th floor, Karna overpowers them. Jinako reveals that Karna has been placed under a special class known as Launcher. After Hakuno collected Jinako's first SG, Karna teleported away.[16]

After collecting all of Jinako's SG, Hakuno must dive into her mind to face her and Karna. Karna expressed that he is grateful of Monji Gatou when he sacrifice himself to save Jinako. As a loyal servant, he fight Hakuno's servant. After his defeat, he can be encounter in Jinako's room.[16]

Before the school was deleted, Jinako was hiding in her room with Karna. Jinako screams as she thinks she is about to die again. Karna revealed to Jinako that she didn't die in the Moon Cell Holy Grail War and she was saved thanks to his golden armour. Surprised with this statement, Jinako asked why he didn't say anything. Karna said he was waiting for the right timing and asked if Jinako wants to return to the real world. Jinako cries out saying she wants to return. Listening to her answer, Karna was happy that he interfered for her sake. Karna draws out his spear and cuts the space leading them to a different area, an exit for Jinako.[17]

Jinako notices Karna's body to fade and he says to Jinako that regardless of breaking Moon Cell's rule, this would be his fate. Jinako ask why he is willing to save her and Karna replies that he serves her regardless of what kind of person she is. As Jinako cries, Karna ask if he did anything wrong and Jinako says nothing is wrong but she claims Karna to be an over protective father. Jinako thanks Karna for what he done for her and bids farewell before she made Karna depressed.[17]

Karna starts flying away and wishes Jinako to live and he believes that there is someone waiting for her out there before disappearing.[17]

Fate/EXTRA CCC FoxtailEdit

Gawain fought against Meltlilith and Passionlip when they invaded the school. When the fight appears at a disadvantage, Karna helps Gawain. They teamed up and cut down Passionlip.


Karna returns as a playable character. He is second in command of Tamamo no Mae's party, with the members being Tamamo herself, Elizabeth Bathory, Medusa and Lu Bu Fengxian. He is a Top Servant that Tamamo recruited after finding SE.RA.PH summoned him. If questioned by others regarding Tamamo's cruel personality as a ruler, he see through her, and claims she is just a girl in love. So long as she is with Hakuno, her path will be the right one.

Flame PoemEdit

When Nero Claudius invades Mare Luxuria, Karna challenges her to combat, though Elizabeth interrupts him. He eventually does fight Nero, but she defeats him.

Orchid WordsEdit

Karna enters the throne room, having heard Hakuno has awoken, and wished introduce himself. Tamamo introduces him as one of her generals, praising him highly. The next day, Karna reports Nero's forces have yet to conquer Mare Mellum entirely. He calls the unclaimed sectors, Neutral Sectors, and advises seizing them before the enemy does.

When Alter's forces arrive, Karna, Medusa, and Lu Bu struggle against them to prevent conquering more of Tamamo's territories. He later reports to Tamamo that an enemy Servant destroy territory he was guarding. Reaffirming the enemy Servant will destroy everything, he reveals they've established a base in Mare Origo. He continues that so long as that Servant is there, the enemy will have the advantage in firepower. He puts their chances of defeating the Servant at fifty-fifty if they can get to him. He then reveals the enemy Servant to be Gilgamesh.

After Tamamo returns from defeating Gilgamesh, Karna reports Gilgamesh's defeat saved a portion of Mare Luxuria from his bombardments. He advises Tamamo to use the Regalia to see all of SE.RA.PH, where upon she realizes Altera's forces are attacking on two fronts. He confirms that while Gilgamesh was bombarding Mare Luxuria, another force was attacking Tamamo's territories. He continues Lu Bu is currently pursuing that other force. After Tamamo tells him and Medusa to rest, Karna praises Mare Luxuria for its flowers and revelry, and says he's honestly had wonderful time before leaving.


Karna, along with Tamamo and Medusa, invades Mare Origo. He later fights Altera, and his defeat forces Tamamo's remaining forces to retreat. The next day, he helps defend Mare Luxuria against Altera's forces, but he's defeated again.

Golden PoemEdit

Karna, along with Medusa and Lu Bu, invades Mare Aurum. During the invasion, he faces off against Gawain, but he's forced to retreat when Nero helps Gawain. Later he fights Nero again, but she forces him to flee once again. After Medusa and Lu Bu leaves, Karna tells Hakuno and Nero that Tamamo refuses to let any close enough to her to negotiate. He reveals the invasion was to test the strength of Nero's forces, and also to stop Lu Bu's rampage. He then gives Nero Mare Luxuria's coordinates and reveals Tamamo also possesses the Regalia. He also tells Hakuno that there's another of them at Tamamo's side, and realizes they aren't surprised by his words. Karna then decides to stay in Mare Aurum to watch Nero's deeds.

During the meeting between Nero and Tammamo and their generals, Karna is surprised by the speed by which Altera's forces are conquering SE.RA.PH. He also commends Gawain's combat prowess during their battle.

After Nero destroys the Ark of the Stars, Karna explains to Medusa that Nero's actions not only ceased the activity of Velber's forces but also stopped the Zero Dark. He is impressed Nero was able to get the gods to alongside her.


Karna is now a member of Karl der Große's party.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Arjuna & Karna Trial QuestEdit

E Pluribus Unum: Grand Battle of Legends in North AmericaEdit

Karna is one of the Servants who serve under Thomas Edison, as a part of the American army that battles against the Celtic army. He knocks out Ritsuka Fujimaru's party after they don't agree to join Edison's army, taking them to their base. They, however, manage to escape, thanks to Geronimo's help.

Sometime later, after Ritsuka Fujimaru's party convinces Edison to join them, Karna is made one of the leaders of the southern army. The southern army battles against the Celts, lead by Arjuna who Karna faces. During their duel, Cú Chulainn Alter backstabs Karna, causing him to begin to fade. However, before fading, Karna uses Vasavi Shakti to attack the distracted Cú Chulainn Alter, causing him to retreat.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Karna is amongst the "E Pluribus Unum" Singularity Servants to aid Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillar.[18]

Yuga Kshetra: Genesis Destruction CycleEdit

  • Karna defending the Shadow Border from Arjuna's attack.
  • Final battle between Karna and Arjuna.

Other appearancesEdit

  • Type-Moon April Fools' Day 2015

He also appears in Chibichuki!.

In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2015, Lancer is in a group called YARIO and is part of the Imperial Roma talent agency, his class is Farm Idol Unit (牧歌的アイドルニット, Bokukateki Aidorunitto?).


As the great invulnerable hero of the Indian epic Mahabharata,[3][4] Karna boasts great martial prowess and was famed as the rival of Arjuna, the great hero of Hindu mythology.[4] Despite Karna having never been openly recognized when he was alive due to many prejudices,[3] he is undoubtedly a first-rate Heroic Spirit, having qualifications to be summoned in the Lancer, Archer and Rider classes.[3][4] As a Lancer, he contends for the highest place among all Servants.[3]

Due to his numerous and powerful abilities, his Magical Energy consumption is extremely high. A normal magus probably wouldn’t be able to move even a single finger while supporting him. Even a first-rate Master would be exhausted to the point that they couldn’t use their own magecraft. Even during the Great Holy Grail War, where he had an abundant mana supply, which allowed him to utilize his full power at full throttle, unlike anything seen previously,[11] Karna still finds his great energy consumption quite troublesome. He can't maintain his Mana Burst (Flames) for more than ten seconds with his golden armor continuously active, along with the divine spear he wields.

Despite having this drawback, Jeanne'd'Arc considers Karna to be dangerous beyond compare. By her estimation, Achilles boasts ability and power that rivaled him. As such, it is truly a case of two star players in a single team.[11] Shirou Kotomine highly regards Karna's abilities that can even rival against Lancer of Black, who was empowered by a fame boost from the fight taking place in his home country. During their great battle, Vladd’s repeated attacks weren’t half-hearted at all, and any other Lancer besides Karna wouldn’t have been able to withstand it.[11] Lancer of Red greatly exceeds Lancer of Black in terms of skill. Based on his strength in life, the great hero Karna was truly exceptional. Even if his fame was equal to zero, as long as his legend existed somewhere in the world, Karna was unmistakably a great hero.


He can instantly bring his spear, a form of bluish-white light appears and it seemed to penetrate through Lancer's right hand. Lancer's spear is a massive length of iron, which he utilizes its sharp tip and immense weight to bring about destruction. Lancer's spear-work does justice to Karna, whose name has echoed in every corner of the world. It is all the more impossible to fully receive the constant attacks of a spearman that has stepped so far into the domain of Gods. His spear roared, cleaving the air apart, and his every thrust was like cannon fire, throwing out roaring gusts. Lancer's destructive force comes from his immense physical strength and his transcendent technique. Lancer's spear possesses power proportionate to an A-rank attack, even without being activated as a Noble Phantasm. It had been stated that in his fight with Saber of Black that Saber should have had his arms torn off and eyeballs gouged out from Lancers strikes had it not been for Saber's Noble Phantasm. It does not even need to be said that Lancer and his spear holds the advantage in terms of range. The head of the weapon alone is easily over one meter in its fearsome length. However, having a wider range naturally slows the speed of attack. A small amount of time is lost with every thrust as the spear must be pulled back.

Class SkillsEdit

Magic Resistance (C Rank): Negates Magecraft with an aria of two verses or lower. Cannot defend against large-scale Magecraft such as High-Thaumaturgy or Greater Rituals. However, when receiving the effect of the golden armor Noble Phantasm, it will not be limited to this.[1][4]
Riding (A Rank): All vehicles and all beasts excepting those of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast-rank can be freely operated.[1][4] His figure driving a war chariot and running across the battlefield is depicted in the Mahabharata. Its rank is high enough to have aptitude for the Rider Class.[4]

Personal SkillsEdit

Discernment of the Poor (A Rank): Insight to see through the opponent's character and attribute. He will not be deceived by excuses and deceptions from words. It expresses the power to grasp the true nature of the opponent possessed by Karna, who was blessed with the opportunity to inquire about the life and value of the weak due to being someone without a single relative.[1][4] Shirou Kotomine personally restrained himself from lying as much as possible to avoid this skill and acted out by manipulating Lancer's real master.
Uncrowned Martial Arts (— Rank): Arms competency that was not recognized by others due various reasons. To the opponents, the rank of his sword, spear, bow, Riding and Divinity appears to be one degree lower than what it actually is. If his True Name is revealed, this effect will be terminated.[1][4] A considerable weakness, considering Karna's attributes as a hero are not the kind of thing that can remain hidden.[3] Also, this is a digression, but the rank of his luck stat was reported by Karna himself.[10]
O Agni
Mana Burst (Flames) (A Rank): The power to put magical energy into weapons. In Karna's case, blazing flames become magical energy to dwell in the weapon used. This Skill is usually active and all the weapons that Karna grasps receive this effect.[1][4] Karna while using this skill calls out “O Agni”. He can use this skill to burn inside his body, the stakes that held him and restrained his body were all burnt away. The scene looked as if the flame god Agni had descended upon the earth. A stream of fire formed around Lancer of Red as if to burn away the ground, yet it didn’t harm even a single strand of his hair. He can use it to fly.
Divinity (A Rank): As the son of the Sun Deity Surya, Karna possessed his father's brilliant Authority when he was alive,[10] and thanks to having united with him after death, Karna possesses the highest Divine Spirit aptitude. With this skill, Karna boasts high defensive power in regards to sun deity-lineage's Heroic Spirits of Divinity B or lower.[1][4] He was the son of the sun, who could not be burned even by flame spirits.

Noble PhantasmsEdit

Kavacha and KundalaEdit

Emitting the radiance of the sun, Karna wears the armor Kavacha and Kundala, a powerful defensive-type Noble Phantasm integrated in his body that emits the radiance of the sun. Because it's light itself taken shape, it is difficult to destroy even to gods.[1][4] As long as he wears it, the damage Karna takes is reduced to one-tenth.[10] It could protect against stakes, blades, hammers, or any kind of attack, regardless of whether it was physical or magical. In his fight against Lancer of Black, Karna easily matched a thousand stakes. Without paying any care to the stakes that stabbed countless times all over his body, from his feet to his right shoulder to his left flank to his elbow, neither his movements nor his strength changed at all. They were reduced to mere scratches that he could heal while fighting. However attacks from within his body were a single exception, but he was able to even ignore those by the sheer force of will of his fighting spirit. When used in combination with his Mana Burst (Flames) skill, Karna is able to block Balmung.


Brahmastra: An Anti-Army, Anti-Country Noble Phantasm granted to Karna. When summoned as a Lancer, it will manifest as a different projectile weapon. By calling upon the name of the god Brahma, it will pursue the enemy and surely hit, but because of a curse it cannot be used on opponents of greater ability than himself.[4]

Brahmastra KundalaEdit

By enhancing Brahmastra with his Mana Burst (Flames) skill, Karna can launch his hidden Noble Phantasm and trump card known as Brahmastra Kundala. The Brahmastra, which already had a wide effective range to begin with, has its effective range further widened and its power exceptionally raised.[4] Its performance is to the point of being compared to nuclear weapons.[1][4]

Vasavi ShaktiEdit

In exchange for removing his tremendous defensive power, Karna is able to activate Vasavi Shakti, a one-shot only spear of light that takes down even gods.[1][4] Originally the thunder spear of the King of the Gods Indra which not even him could handle properly.[3] Its power is great enough to destroy Akhilleus Kosmos in a single hit.

Moon CellEdit

Karna is a high-class Heroic Spirit said to be on par with Gilgamesh.[19] He was summoned under the Lancer-class, but Jinako wished to change his name to Launcher due to Brahmastra appearing similar to a beam attack. Furthermore, in Fate/EXTRA material, he is listed under the Lancer class. Vasavi Shakti is listed as his only Noble Phantasm, however, Kavacha and Kundala, Brahmastra, and Brahmastra Kundala are counted as skills in the game. Jinako is below average in ability and unable to supply him with a proper amount of energy, so he can only materialize his spear briefly and normally uses his fists. Having given his armor, Kavacha and Kundala, to Jinako, he is forced to materialize Vasavi Shakti at great cost to himself.

Due to his real name being revealed, his Uncrowned Martial Arts (無冠の武芸, Mukan no Bugei?) skill no longer take effect. With this skill, each sword, spear, bow, Riding, and Divinity skill would be brought down one rank, with the attributes being displayed as their complete opposites.

Forms and Alternate VersionsEdit

Burning Three GodsEdit

The Burning Three Gods is a form taken in the Indian Lostbelt. Karna also calls it Super Karna.


In Fate/Apocrypha volume 5, Yuuichirou Higashide originally planned to have Karna to act slightly different in the Jumbo Jet Counter-Attack. There were plans to have something like a ‘Massive Jumbo Jet Target Shooting scene where Karna readies himself and sticks his spear in the ground, and when Semiramis asks what he is doing, he says, “Weapons are unnecessary. A true hero kills with his eyes!”’, but it was too much of a ridiculous gag and it ended up being cut.[11]

Karna is one of Kinoko Nasu's favorite characters, and he was originally designed for the cancelled online Fate/Apocrypha game. At that time Nasu thought it is too good to be shelved away so he decided to put Karna into Fate/EXTRA CCC.

Arco Wada said the original design by pako was too complex to reproduce a 3D model, especially the flaming cape, so the design was changed but she kept the same impression as much as possible.[20]

Creation and ConceptionEdit

He was designed by Kinoko Nasu and illustrated by pako.[2][4] He was planned for the original canceled online game project.[4]



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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Fate/EXTELLA material - Karna, p.066-067
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  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 Fate/EXTELLA material - Lancer Servant English, p.016
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  12. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2, Chapter 2
  14. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 3, Chapter 1
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fate/EXTRA CCC - Chapter 3: Alter Ego / M
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fate/EXTRA CCC - Chapter 4: Sick, Home Sink
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Fate/EXTRA CCC - Chapter 7: I Love You
  18. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 06: V / Arsenal Halphas
  19. 奈須氏は『EXTRA CCC』での彼の実力について「確かにギルガメッシュと同格の英雄ではありますが、なんたってマスターがアレですからね(笑)どうなるかはお楽しみという事で」、「カルナはギルガメッシュと同格の非常に強力な英霊です。ストーリー前半における最大の壁として主人公達の前に立ち塞がります」とコメントしている。
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