Minamoto no Raikou (源 頼光, Minamoto no Raikō?, Minamoto no Yorimitsu), Class Name Berserker (バーサーカー, Bāsākā?), is a Berserker-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order. She is also summoned by Leila Raidou in the Moon Holy Grail War of Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 2.1 Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail
- 2.2 Fate/Grand Order
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Forms and Alternate Versions
- 5 Development
- 6 References
A person of the 10th~11th Century. Born as the eldest son of the Minamoto clan, he is a figure who contributed to the development of the entire Seiwa Genji line as the founder of the Settsu Genji branch. He is also the strongest Mystery Slayer of the Heian period who destroyed many monstrosities, such as “Shuten-douji of Mount Ooe”, the “Giant Spider (Tsuchigumo (土蜘蛛?, lit. "Earth/Dirt Spider")) of the Imperial Capital”, and "Ushi-Oni (牛鬼?, lit. "Ox-Oni") of Sensou-ji”. Leading her subordinates, Raikou's Four Heavenly Kings (頼光四天王, Raikou Shiten'nō?) – Watanabe no Tsuna, Sakata Kintoki, Urabe Suetake and Usui Sadamitsu – she continued to protect the peace of the capital. Naturally, he is a male in historical fact. As for the reason why she is a woman, it seems to be related to the secret of her birth.
Unbeknownst to most, Raikou was born as Ushi-Gozen, a descendant of Gozu Tennou (牛頭天王?, lit. "Ox-Head Heavenly King"), and was thus abandoned and imprisoned by her father. However, realizing she is an indisputable genius, her father reinvited her back to the family under the guise of a newborn son as Minamoto no Raikou. The defeat of Ushi-Oni was actually an act to separate and seal away her Oni part.
Old Joururi: The True Form of Ushi-Gozen (Outline)
The child of Minamoto no Mitsunaka, who was born as the heaven-sent child of Gozu Tennou, was left in the care of a temple as an unwanted child and was raised in secret because of his abnormal birth (being the child of an Oni). On the occasion of turning 15 years old, the unwanted child gave himself the name “Ushi-Gozen”, and he built up a demonic country for himself at Suzugamori, Shinagawa. The ones who departed to exterminate him was Minamoto no Raikou, a samurai who has the same father as him, and the Four Heavenly Kings that were commanded by Raikou.
Meanwhile, it was Sakata no Kintoki who decided in his mind to save only Ushi-Gozen’s life during the extermination in any way possible. Away from the capital for a mission, Kintoki proceeded towards the base of Ushi-Gozen instead, but negotiations broke down. The subordinates of Ushi-Gozen were closed in and destroyed by the Four Heavenly Kings, as well as by Raikou, who were all accompanying Kintoki while hidden.
Already up to this point, Gozen entered into the Asakusa River (Sumida River), and it would become the shape of a huge ox with a bodily height of approximately ten shaku, before it would spout water at the enemy armies, drowning many people to death. Ushi-Gozen was aware that the figures of the Four Heavenly Kings were not in sight among the enemy ranks, so he broke into a gallop towards the enemy camp, eight travelling horsemen, and seven strong samurai, before submerging to the bottom of Asakusa River and leaving these words behind: “One year, thunder will nominate someone in the capital.”
The episode regarding Raikou’s half-brother. Although he is precisely Raikou’s younger brother, there is a theory that he was thought to be a “female” because of the name “Gozen”. (The Ushi-Oni is a monster that possesses the special characteristic of frequently “taking on the form of a female”, and the Ushi-Oni also appears before Minamoto no Raikou in the “Taiheiki”, taking on the form of “that mother”.)
In this work, Raikou appears as a woman. This person is the true figure of Minamoto no Raikou, and “Ushi-Gozen” is the younger sister of Minamoto no Raikou in the old Joururi, “The True Form of Ushi-Gozen”————
The way of these things came from an interpretation. The daughter of Minamoto no Mitsunaka, who was born as the heaven-sent child of Gozu Tennou, was left in the care of a temple as a male and was raised in secret because of her abnormal birth (being an Oni child). On the occasion of turning 15 years old, she was brought back to the capital to play an active role, being gifted the name Minamoto no Raikou. Her name was established as a military commander who, on the surface, drove away many mysteries, taking on in the beginning Ushi-Oni (who is close to her in a sense). Consequently, the episodes of “Sakata no Kintoki protecting Ushi-Gozen, who had fallen into a predicament of being driven into a corner”, “the life and death struggle between Minamoto no Raikou and the demonic Ushi-Gozen”, etc., as depicted in “The True Form of Ushi-Gozen”, were somehow actually speaking of the events…
… of the conflicts with herself. For the purpose of launching herself to the center stage of history as a central figure of the Minamoto clan, Minamoto no Raikou was attempting to detach “Ushi-Gozen”, who is by definition the aspect of her demonic nature/strange form. Speaking of the modern era, the land that corresponds to Tokyo was where Raikou contended against her tempestuous self by means of a deep meditation. Raikou faced with “Ushi-Gozen”… the demon inside her, and Ushi-Gozen finally separated from Raikou, manifesting as an avatar of Gozu Tennou. The sky became a storm, the thunder roared chaotically, and the earth broke apart. Raikou was to “kill herself” together with the Four Heavenly Kings in order to defeat this being.
In this way, it became obvious what the reason was for Sakata no Kintoki to start protecting Ushi-Gozen in the middle of this battle. Kintoki pondered about Raikou, his substitute parent when he was being brought up, and he understands that killing Ushi-Gozen will also kill Raikou as the two are linked. Kintoki, in order to save Raikou, needs to “kill while keeping alive” Ushi-Gozen————in other words, preaching the power and love of the bond between parent and child, he saw the conclusion as Ushi-Gozen was sealed (returned back) inside of Raikou.
An elegant, virtuous and glamorous woman in the prime of her youth. While a cool-headed military woman, Raikou is also a beautiful woman overflowing with tolerance. Surely the personification of maternal love.
She has very long hair, which she ties at the very end.
She appears to wear some kind of a latex bodysuit, with a piece of cloth draped over her chest, with a heart-shaped insignia, linked to her collar. A similar piece of cloth is found over her crotch, tied by a rope around her waist. Raikou possesses some armor in the form of tight gauntlets and grieves, elbow and knee-length respectively. Her Katana is seen sheathed, connected to her by another sort of rope.
In her second Ascension, the collar and cloth over her chest are removed, revealing her breasts and the knot-work of the rope-like strings tied around her body. A quiver holding a set of arrows appears joined by her right hip, and her left hand now holds a tall bow.
In her third Ascension, she obtains samurai armor in the form of long shoulder pads, and now possesses head ornaments on each side, which resemble unfolded fans. Her right hand now holds her katana.
« So... what is the problem with being a mother...? »
|(Minamoto no Raikou)|
Raikou is a diligent career soldier, but she becomes a doting crybaby prone to worrying when concerning matters related to Kintoki. As a matter of fact, she is passive and introverted. Although she is seen as a person with a good sense to make peace pleasant for everyone, because her true nature (a nature mixed with Divinity) is inhuman, she grasps everything in an overlooking manner, as well as in a big-picture perspective. On the other hand, her affection towards those she came to like is strong, becoming the embodiment of maternal love that “makes the world her enemy if it is for the sake of her child.” For her, a “lover” is equal to “her own child”. The person herself does not really notice how out of sync that way of perceiving things is.
During moments where she looks after Kintoki, Raikou would not say that she had said “Kintoki. I will discipline you not as your older sister, but as your mother”, among other things. Thereafter, her first pronoun towards Kintoki became “Mother”.
Raikou, since birth, has continually suffered for she had thought of herself as something “close to a demon”, even if she has the blood of a god. Below her devotions, such as responding to the expectations of her father, and defending the Imperial Capital, she is constantly bearing a viewpoint that “I am not a human being.” She cannot live as a human being, and she also cannot live as a demonic being.
For that sort of Raikou, the encounter with Sakata no Kintoki, who had been backing her up as one of her guardians, and who possesses a similar mixed-race origin much like herself, albeit weaker than her own’s, grew to be a little salvation for her. Raikou swore that “although I cannot become familiar with you as an older sister, I will discipline you as a mother”, and that was also her purpose in not letting Kintoki be exposed to the experience of the same solitude she had suffered. To her father, she was thrown away as unnecessary, and for Raikou, she did not experience maternal love, but the days of disciplining Kintoki as a substitute parent were her only “human days”. Raikou's own mother had died saving her, and having never experienced maternal love for herself she became fixated on her own ideal of what it meant to be a mother. However, her father insisted that she had to act as a man at all times and so she had no choice but to suppress her wishes for motherhood.
Such days were also the bygone days, and one day, Kintoki became an adult. A new demon appeared in the Imperial Capital. That was Shuten-douji. Boasting “freedom as a demonic being” and doing as she likes, Shuten-douji enjoyed herself in the world of humans, and that very state was “what I wanted to be.” Disdain. Envy. Jealousy. Yearning. For Raikou, Shuten-douji was a “close stranger” that mixed up her feelings just like that. As for Raikou herself, she did not assail Shuten-douji aggressively compared to the other criminals. Because up to a time, she ascertained that Shuten-douji was an acquaintance of Kintoki from his childhood days.
As far as Raikou is concerned, the Master who became her contractor is an earnest salvation that had appeared in the darkness. Continuing from Kintoki, she sees the Master as a person she was fated to meet, who accepted and contracted with her as a demonic being. Speaking of that doting, it is as fierce as it can be. However, given that she has a strong desire to monopolize him or her, she will press a question with a sick look as if she had suffered from one being unfaithful to her, and she will cry immediately if she sees the Master averting his or her gaze. Speaking of her maternal love, it gives off an impression of thoughtfulness, but her maternal love goes way too far, becoming “a conversion of the child into her own possession, and snatching away all of his or her freedom and future.” Although Raikou’s affections are at the stage of insanity, Raikou’s own high intelligence and strong sense of reason does not make this aspect be noticed as such (even to the people in the vicinity, as well as to Raikou herself).
Her relationship with her historical children is much more complex, and her own memories of how she came to take care of them are mutually irreconcilable with each other due to history recording her as a man who sired children with many wives. The mere mention of them is enough to cause her to enter a dissociative state (dubbed her "lone warrior mode" by Kintoki) in which she fixates on her duty to destroy the enemies of the Genji to the exclusion of everything else. Said state is highly unstable even for a Berserker, and if she remains in it for too long she will end up destroying her own Spirit Core.
"Kintoki, ahh Kintoki… Hehe, you still have a grain of rice on your cheek. Forever a child."
"You’re being, an insect————"
"Why have I not acknowledged insects? Then should I consider you as just the right proxy insect repellant?"
"… Excuse me, what kind of tale does this seem to be?"
Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail
Upon arriving at the summit of Onigashima, Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight, Musashibou Benkei, Ushiwakamaru, Fuma Kotaro and Sakata Kintoki encounter Minamoto no Raikou slaying the oni that inhabit the island.
Later, Sakata Kintoki realizes that Raikou is actually Ushi-Gozen of Suzugamori, who reveals she created the island and was responsible for the events of Rashomon. She has also already slain Shuten-doji and Ibaraki-doji. Kintoki resolves to save her again, as a son to his mother, and the party defeats Ushi-Gozen, allowing them to meet Raikou shortly before she fades away.
Final Singularity: Solomon
Summer Event: Dead Heat Summer Race!
Summer Event: Death Jail Summer Escape
Subspecies Singularity III: Shimosa
Raikou was summoned by Amakusa Shirou Tokisada to serve as one of the Heroic Spirit Swordmasters. Her Cursed Name is Rider of Kālasūtra Hell. She slew her horse, Kyōgoku, shortly after becoming a Swordmaster.
She and her fellow Swordmasters first encounter Ritsuka’s party as they tried to cut through a bamboo forest to reach Onui and Tasuke’s hermitage. She blocks Miyamoto Musashi’s attack that was aided by her Heavenly Eye. Shuten-douji comments on Musashi being still alive after crossing swords with Raikou to mean the people of the Tokugawa era aren’t totally worthless. Raikou refutes this saying the only decent people in the Tokugawa era are children. She tells Shuten to commit suicide to atone for her lapse in judgement. She is surprised to hear that Ritsuka recognizes hers and Shuten’s voices. Soon afterwards, Raikou and her fellows watch Houzouin Inshun fight Yagyuu Munenori alone to let the others escape. This is followed by Ashiya Douman infusing Inshun with the Curse of Annihilation to become the final Swordmaster: Lancer of Purgatorio.
Raikou later slaughters an army near Arakawa River while they were en route to rendezvous with Munenori. She only spared a young soldier left mentally broken by the slaughter, believing he’d make a poor sacrifice. She and Shuten then depart for Sagami to unleash the latter’s Noble Phantasm upon it. Katou Danzou reminds them though that they weren’t ordered to do so, but they ignore her. They proceed to Sagami and destroy it with Shuten’s Noble Phantasm. Afterwards, they massacred larger settlements until high noon, only sparing smaller settlements because they vanished by then.
Ordered by Douman, Raikou and Shuten take Onui and Tasuke hostage. Musashi attacks Shuten, but Raikou blocks it. The Swordmasters then overwhelm the group using only a fraction of their power. Raikou tells them to come to the peak of the nearby mountain before high noon if they wish to save the children. She and Shuten then escape.
On the summit Raikou threatens to kill Shuten if she tries to eat a child in front of her when the latter threatens to eat Onui. She explains to a confused Onui that she could never kill a child, nor let one die in front of her. She commends Onui for doing her best to keep Tasuke safe. Then she tearfully apologizes for taking her and her brother hostage, saying all Swordmasters are broken. Some time later, she kicks Shuten off the summit.
Later that night, Onui cries herself to sleep. Raikou sings her lullaby as Onui joins in her sleep. She stops and fully wakes up upon accidentally calling Raikou mom. Raikou understands Onui misses her mother, saying it’s expected for her to confuse another long-haired woman for her mother sometimes. She then cuts the children free and places them in a nearby shrine. She then leaves to fight Ritsuka’s party, lying to the children that she’s going to talk to them.
Ritsuka’s party demand she and Shuten return the children. They doubt Shuten’s claims that she ate them, and slay the Orochi she summoned. Afterwards, Shuten and Raikou bring Musashi to the bloody battlefield for their fight. After Shuten disappears, Raikou tells the group where she placed the children, confirming that they are safe and unharmed. She asks Muramasa to apologize to Onui for her, for tying her up, and getting a little rough when she cut her ropes. She also asks the group to defeat the Swordmasters and prevent the Onriedo’s arrival. Then, calling herself a disgrace of a mother, Raikou disappears.
Lostbelt No. 5.5: Hell Realm Mandala Heian-kyō
In her first interlude The True Form of Ushi-Gozen: A Different Account (丑御前の御本地、異説, Ushi-Gozen no Gohonji, Isetsu?), Ritsuka, Mash and Kintoki discuss about Raikou. Ritsuka then encounters Ushi-Gozen in a dream, and defeats her again.
She was considered the preeminent swordmaster of the Heian era and had no peers in terms of raw martial skill and ability. While Raikou is incredible at slaughtering armies and monsters in defense of the capital, she had never faced someone who might match or surpass her in skill because she was so much better than everyone else in her time. This leads to her defeat when forced into a one-on-one duel with an equally skilled swordswoman. She was abnormally talented in the arts of war from an early age, to the point that she describes her movements as if she were describing the weather, declaring that she "simply" pulled off masterful strokes faster than the eye can see. Musashi lampshades this, noting that what Raikou does is easier said than done.
Raikou wields a katana called Doujigiri Yasutsuna (童子切安綱, Dōjigiri Yasutsuna?). This weapon was made for the execution of criminals. A long blade understood to be the greatest of Japan's five most celebrated swords. Though it is considered to be the blade that lopped off Shuten-douji's head, it can not be confirmed as the Minamoto no Raikou summoned to Chaldea refuses to discuss the details of what happened on Mount Ooe.
She also uses a big longbow and arrows, along with her sword, and fires off a volley of arrows from the quiver at her side.
- Mad Enhancement (EX Rank): A Skill that strengthens one’s physical abilities in exchange for their sense of reason. In Raikou’s case, her reason is not lost, and her state of being remains as her original intellectual self. However, with the impurity of her Oni blood, that mentality became morally broken because of the manifestation of her maternal love that is so far as abnormal. (She would eliminate anyone and everyone for the sake of her beloved ones, and she would protect them fanatically.) While talking of proper love, she does not hold sight of social morals if it is for the sake of love, approving all kinds of deeds… that is to say, she is mentally ill. She draws a line from other Berserkers by not letting others be on the verge of truly perceiving that broken side of her’s. Fundamentally, persuading her, or making her correct her ways, is impossible.
- Riding (A+ Rank): She is able to operate all vehicles and beasts freely except for Dragon Kinds. Being able to ride comes from Gozu Tennou, who is a god.
- Magic Resistance (D Rank): Nullifies Single-Action spells. A Magic Resistance of the same degree of an amulet that rejects magical energy. If she was in her original Class, she would possess B-rank Magic Resistance, but as a result of her attribute being changed, it has ranked down.
- Divinity (C Rank): Raikou was born as the heaven-sent child of Gozu Tennou, so she possesses the Divinity Skill.
- Eternal Arms Mastery (A+ Rank): The dexterity of combat arts performed to the extremes. Prevents the degradation of fighting skills no matter the kind of circumstances, even if she loses her armaments, etc.
- Genji Arms Mastery (EX Rank)
- Mana Burst (Lightning) (A Rank): Because Gozu Tennou is the incarnation of Taishakuten (the god Indra), Minamoto no Raikou possesses the power of the Kitano Tenjin (Raijin). As a Servant, it is expressed as a Mana Burst Skill.
- Mystery-Slayer (A Rank): How she was declared the strongest Mystery Slayer of the Heian period becoming a Skill. Works with particular effectiveness as Anti-Mystery.
Raikou's Noble Phantasm is Ox-King Storm Call - The Inescapable Net of Heaven. If summoned as a Rider, she would have her horse Kyōgoku as her Noble Phantasm.
Forms and Alternate Versions
Rider of Kālasūtra Hell
Rider of Kālasūtra Hell is a Rider Class counterpart of Minamoto no Raikou appearing in the Shimosa Singularity, who became a Heroic Spirit Swordmaster after Caster of Limbo cast the Curse of Annihilation on her. In this form, her power has been greatly increased, and Danzou claims that Berserker of Saṃghāta Hell's and her attacks are so strong that she is unable to measure them despite them fighting with just a fraction of their power. Despite boasting such power, Berserker wouldn't dare mess with Saber of Empireo and Caster of Limbo due to her having a "weak little Spirit Origin" and she doubts that Rider would either. If Berserker of Saṃghāta Hell and her had to fight them, Berserker'd want to at least have the same bodies and power that they did when we were alive.
Miyamoto Musashi comments that Rider and Berserker are not equally skilled, as she can deflect the best strike Musashi has, which almost cut Berserker's neck, with just a flick of her wrist. Each of her strikes has tremendous force behind it, and Musashi claims that she wouldn't be able to keep pace with her without Myoujingiri Muramasa, likely to the difference in their body weight. Berserker likes to play around, so Ritsuka's party should be able to handle her if they rushed her all at once, but that definitely wouldn't work on Rider. Rider is able to block Musashi's Heavenly Eye, much to Houzouin Inshun's surprise.
She was able to block Myoujingiri, but that wasn't enough. Musashi may have had a long way to go, but even she could see how completely her karma had stagnated. If she hadn't been able to cut something so obvious, she'd have no right to hold a sword. Rider of Kālasūtra Hell may excel at taking large armies, but in a one-on-one duel, she had the upper hand. Despite being physically stronger than Musashi, she lost, as Musashi had already battled others who were stronger than her.
When summoned as a Rider Class Servant, Minamoto no Raikou has access to a horse Noble Phantasm, however, as Rider of Kālasūtra Hell, she can no longer make use of it as she killed her without a second thought. Berserker of Saṃghāta Hell claims that she did it because she didn't need it as it wasn't embedded with the Curse of Annihilation.
Raikou heard of the extreme disruption of public morals on the southern island during the previous Summer. To ensure that this year's event do not turn out the same way, she offered her prayers to the Gozu-Tennou and forcefully changed her class. Though it is not the same as when she is in her rightful Saber class, the Lancer-class Servant Raikou has achieved a transformation where her Motherly power has been strengthened into a moderate, city-guarding disposition.
"When Raikou-san becomes her rightful profession as a Saber, she becomes super serious. A super Public Morals Committee President."
"If it's Lancer... hmm well, something like a Shadow Public Morals Committee President. In short―――"
In short a sukeban (delinquent schoolgirl). Her Motherly power becoming temperate, Raikou, as the brilliant warrior protecting the city, cuts through the Summer!
In order to manage the public morals, Raikou has transformed into the Shadow Public Morals Committee President. Her catchphrase is "Forbidden, forbidden, absolutely prohibited!" She has no interest in the outcome of the race opened by Ishtar, and is thinking of using the Summer Event as an opportunity to monitor its seemingly delinquent participants.
Upon ascending to the third stage of her Saint Graph, the tension in her rises and she discards the sailor uniform. As a result, she becomes the number one cause of disruption in public morals, but... the person herself has absolutely no awareness. Or does she...?
Towards the Master, she proclaims that "Even though it is Summer, you are not to drown yourself in liberal thoughts, am I clear?", though this is really just her acting out a Public Morals Committee President move.
"But um President, it's, it's showing... The um... the slit in that skirt is rather revealing... Most importantly, under that sailor uniform, there's quite the swimsuit..."
"? Is something the matter, Master?"
"So she really is unaware!?"
Creation and Conception
Comment from Illustrator
"For Miss Raikou, I stuffed in plenty of components into her lovely self, such as making her style similar to a model that turned un-Japanese in appearance, making her outfit look erotic despite showing little skin exposure, making her have a maternal love that does not want any reward, making her show a small amount of signs of jealousy, etc. Although she has swung towards the maternal love aspect quite considerably since implementation, if you really have something for huge breasts, you will also love the motion of her breasts shaking in every single way. She is the Ace of Chaldea currently. Still, her massive Noble Phantasm is fun."
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Minamoto no Yorimitsu, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair. Cite error: Invalid
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- Fate/Grand Order - Demonic Fairy Tale: Onigashima - Act 13: And Then, Momotarou…
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 09: X / Disposal Chute Andromalius
- Fate/Grand Order - Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses, Section 5: Inferno (Middle)
- Fate/Grand Order - Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses, Section 2: Purgatorio (Middle)
- Fate/Grand Order - Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses, Section 11: Kalasutra Hell (Middle)
- Fate/Grand Order - Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses, Section 10: Kalasutra Hell (Beginning)
- Fate/Grand Order - Shimosa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses, Section 12: Kalasutra Hell (Ending)
- Fate/Grand Order - Raikou Interlude 01: The True Form of Ushi-Gozen: A Different Account
- Fate/Grand Order - Raikou's Bond Craft Essence: Doujigiri Yasutsuna
- Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 10 Quarta Cantica: Kalasutra Hell (Beginning)
- Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 11 Quarta Cantica: Kalasutra Hell (Middle)
- Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 12 Quarta Cantica: Kalasutra Hell (Ending)
- Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant Shimosa: Section 2 Prima Cantica: Purgatorio (Middle)
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Swimsuit), translated by roadromancer at Reddit.