Minamoto-no-Raikou (源 頼光WP, Minamoto no Raikō?, Minamoto no YorimitsuWP), 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.
A person of the 10th~11th Century. Born as the eldest son of the Minamoto clanWP, he is a figure who contributed to the development of the entire Seiwa GenjiWP line as the founder of the Settsu Genji branch. He is also the strongest Mystery Slayer of the Heian periodWP who destroyed many monstrosities, such as “Shuten-douji of Mount OoeWP”, the “Giant SpiderWP (TsuchigumoWP (土蜘蛛WP?, lit. "Earth/Dirt Spider")) of the Imperial CapitalWP”, and "Ushi-OniWP (牛鬼WP?, lit. "Ox-Oni") of Sensou-jiWP”. 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 JoururiWP: The True Form of Ushi-Gozen (Outline)
The child of Minamoto no MitsunakaWP, 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, ShinagawaWP. 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 RiverWP), 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...? »
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
Accumulating too much divine energy, Raikou became Ushi Gozen. Afterward, she created the distortion using the Grail and the Authority inherited from Gozu Tennou. She then filled the Grail with wine and placed it in Kyoto, planning to intoxicate everyone there so they'd kill one another.
Ushi create Onigashima to serve as a place where Sakata Kintoki can be safe from the scorn of the human world. She drew the island in existence and created its oni in the same matter. These oni were the same as the ones she drew for Kintoki during his childhood. Not all the oni were drawn well though with the better ones being called Onimaru and the others being compared to scribbles. While the Onimaru served as gatekeepers, the lesser oni were used to further the island's construction along with the humans they enslaved. Once the island is completed, Ushi will destroy all the oni.
Then, acting as Raikou, she went around killing every oni she came across. Ritsuka's party encounters her while she is slaughtering oni for killing an innocent old man. After the oni are slain, Raikou thanks the group for their efforts. Without giving her name, she parts ways with the group hoping their paths will cross again.
She meets the group again while they're fighting Shuten-douji and Ibaraki-douji. She tries to ambush Ibaraki, but the latter dodges thanks to Shuten's warning. She reprimands Kintoki for rudely asking her why she's on the island and starts to cry when she thinks Kintoki thinks ill of her as his "mother". Kintoki calls her his stepmother, which upsets Raikou further. After forcing Shuten and Ibaraki to retreat, Raikou goes to chase after them but gets distracted hugging Kintoki, much to his embarrassment. Kintoki reminds her that the oni are getting away, so Raikou leaves, asking the others to take care of Kintoki.
Raikou catches up to Shuten and Ibaraki at the island's peak. There she decapitates Ibaraki and slices Shuten's belly open. Ritsuka's party soon arrives and finds Raikou standing before the Grail. Kintoki warns the others about getting closer, recognizing Raikou is Ushi now. Ushi explains how she created the island and its oni with the Grail and her Authority to create a refuge for those scorned by human society. Revealing she mortally wounded Shuten and slew Ibaraki a moment ago, she tries to convince Kintoki to join her as she constructed the island for him. She also admits to being responsible for the Rashoumon incident. Kintoki refuses to join her and fights her with the others.
As the group struggle against her, Ushi prepares to finish them off when Shuten ambushes her, only to be slain by her. Kintoki uses the opening Shuten created and defeats Ushi with Golden Spark. However, at the last moment, Ushi returned to being Raikou and jumped into the lightning to knock herself out. Raikou then wakes up, having no recollection of being Ushi. Despite that, though, she recognizes the incident as her fault and apologizes for her behavior. Seeing everyone is so kind to her, Raikou is happy that Kintoki has been blessed with such good friends. She thanks Ritsuka for stopping her other self and decides to become their Servant to repay that debt. She then disappears, promising to embrace them when they meet again.
Later, however, Raikou returns, having used sheer will before she completely returned to the Throne because she forgot something. She tells the group that the three great oni become stronger the more they're defeated. They're reviving at this moment, and Raikou warns they may try to leave the island. While they'll disappear once Onigashima does, the great oni will cause great harm if left unchecked. Mash asks her why she made them like that. Raikou admits she wanted to please Kintoki, remarking the stronger the better. She then challenges the group to slay the great oni until Onigashima vanishes.
Halloween Event: Halloween Comeback! Super Ultra ☆ Giant Pumpkin Village
Raikou, along with Hassan of Serenity and Kiyohime, is deployed to the Lava Zone by Cleopatra. When Elizabeth's party comes, the three sense Ritsuka and try searching for them. Raikou soon starts blasting lightning at assumed hiding spots. This prompts Elizabeth Báthory's party to unveil themselves from Robin Hood's cloak. Raikou tells the group that they can pass once they hand over Ritsuka, comparing Elizabeth to a gypsy moth. A fight ensues though when Elizabeth declares she'll Ritsuka from Serenity, Raikou, and Kiyohime.
Unfortunately for the group, the trio keeps getting up no matter how many times they’re defeated. Fortunately, Ibaraki blinds them with Great Grudge of Rashoumon, then places a decoy of Ritsuka (made by Nitocris) near some lava to drive them away. As she planned, Raikou, Serenity, and Kiyohime go after the decoy into the lava, but to her horror, they all swim harmlessly in it.
Final Singularity: Solomon
Summer Event: Dead Heat Summer Race!
Disgusted at the thought of Chaldea falling into depravity in the summer, Raikou transforms herself using her ancestor's divine power to punish all who disregard public decency. Calling herself the Prefect of Public Decency, she has become a Lancer and now inexplicitly wears a sailor uniform. She then goes out to patrol for any who'd disrupt public decency when she sees a flyer for Ishtar's race. Seeing Ishtar's name, Raikou recalls the goddess' outfit and remarks how decency is being flouted. She then sees Xuanzang Sanzang's outfit, and finding it an affront to public decency, demands to know she is wearing a swimsuit indoors. Sanzang insists it's a manifestation of how good it felt to swim and cool off in the rivers during her journey to Tianzhu, though its lack of skin cover never crossed her mind. She then points out how Raikou's outfit shows her body, but Raikou is oblivious and considers it the emblem of purity. She also denies she is wearing a swimsuit underneath. She then demands Sanzang follow her if she wishes to reform, believing Buddha would want it as well. Sanzang agrees to join her, which overjoys Raikou that the monk will reform by helping her to preserve public decency. Raikou then makes Sanzang her partner in Ishtar's race, believing it to be the source of this summer's "indecency".
At the racetrack, Raikou thanks Ritsuka for coming to cheer her on. Though embarrassed about competing in a race, considering more Kintoki's forte, Ritsuka's cheering is a tremendous motivation for her. She swears not to disappoint them and to punish every affront to public decency. Ishtar then shows everyone the ritual tools, which are key to erasing the Singularity, and indicates a team is a legit participant. They’re designed to integrate into the vehicles, and any vehicle trying to race without them is automatically disqualified. After commentary on each team from Ishtar, the race begins.
A group of thugs soon appear before the racers. After the thugs are defeated, their leader, Atalanta, arrives. She considers the thugs to be her children to the racers’ confusion. Calling the wasteland the Atalanta Plains, she tells the racers that its roads lead to where she and her children planted Seed Apples. They are essential to her children‘s future, so she cannot permit them to be destroyed in the race. Everyone ignores her but soon learns she planted land mines to protect the seed apples. Atalanta is eventually defeated, and the racers move on to the next area.
The race brings everyone to an active volcano, where they meet Boudica at its crater. She offers to cook them something, only to turn hostile. Her hostility is due to what happened to Britannia and the fact she doesn’t have a playable swimsuit version this year despite modeling in one last year. She has become an Avenger, believing she must utterly break the racers’ spirits to protect her homeland. She will do so through a game of chicken to the mouth of the volcano, setting it up so the racers can’t cross the volcano until they beat her. The racers accept her challenge. Raikou and Sanzang nearly catch up to Nero Claudius and Artoria Alter when a volcanic bomb lands and spooks their horses. They then proceed to destroy the rocks still raining from the volcano, with Raikou saying she'll give potential offenders a chance to redeem themselves during its duration.
Eventually, the racers arrive at a river. Penthesilea appears and explains the more beautiful they are, the faster they will go. She introduces them to the judges: Mister B, who judges their personal beauty, and Leonardo da Vinci, who judges their vehicles’ beauty. Raikou considers Mister B to be a metal demon who tempts people away from the path of decency. Mister B gives her and Sanzang a middling review in beauty, slowing them down like all the others except for Frankenstein and Helena Blavatsky. He then tries to catch up to Frankenstein and Helena and check more of them out when the others stop and beat him up, revealing him to be Blackbeard in disguise.
The racers soon enter the fourth area, which has breast-shaped hills. Artemis and her copies fire upon them, warning they cannot go through Artemis Valley as they please. She will allow them to pass if they can find the real Orion among his copies and return him to her. Raikou, seeing the Orions' shameless flirtations, considers it the worst indecency she's seen so far. She understands the Orions are at fault and removes her uniform to expose the bikini underneath. Sensing a new set of large breasts, the Orions start fluttering toward Raikou. Some flutter toward Sanzang for the same reason, though she thinks it's because of her virtue. Eventually, the team captures all the Orions and tries bringing them to Artemis. But the Artemises attack them for treating her darlings harshly. Raikou and Sanzang defeat them, leaving only one. Orion, now terrified of Raikou, jumps into the arms of Artemis, who's overjoyed that he's the real one. Raikou hears Orion admit he had gotten bored of Artemis's chest and gets upset at the thought of either Ritsuka or Kintoki telling her that they're bored of her. She, therefore, threatens to punish Orion more. Sanzang then gives the head Sun Wukong wore to Artemis to put on Orion, even teaching her the words that make it painfully tighten. But later at a pit stop, she admits to Raikou it is an imitation of the one Lady Kannon gave her, so it doesn't last long.
The racers reach the final area, a bridge over a large ravine, with the Ishtar Temple at the finish line. With victory on the line, Raikou and Sanzang encourage their steeds to go even faster. However, everyone is sent plummeting when someone cuts down the bridge.
Summer Event: Death Jail Summer Escape
The racers find themselves at the bottom of the ravine. They’re attacked by the Hessian Lobo security system, which overwhelms them. Medb then arrives and arrests the racers for placing weird textures on her land without permission. The racers fall unconscious and wake up in Medb’s prison. They find out that their powers are negated within prison. Medb tells the racers that she locked their vehicles up somewhere outside the prison after sensing a strange power from them. The racers are then brought to their cells, where they soon meet Ishtar’s avatars. They then encounter Carmilla working as a prison guard. Carmilla determines they're too weak to escape and opens their cells.
In the courtyard, the racers meet Gorgon, who's only brought out of solitary confinement for exercise. She agrees to tell them about the prison if they help with her exercise. However, the fight is soon interrupted by Florence Nightingale, who leaves after Gorgon says none of them are injured. Raikou deduces Gorgon is a projection of her real self inside her cell. Gorgon confirms this then reveals it's impossible to destroy the prison’s barrier from either the outside or the inside. However, the racers can take advantage of Medb’s overconfidence in her Prison Field to find blind spots to escape. Carmilla then brings the racers back to their cells.
The next day, the racers still haven’t found an escape route. They see Quetzalcoatl training other prisoners to be luchadors After some sparring, the racers are sent back to their cells. They then follow Ritsuka’s advice to dig their way out of the prison.
However, the racers' tunnels all converge onto Gorgon's cell, where she is chained there by divine steel. Gorgon asks the racers to stop Nightingale from spraying her with reptile sanitizer. But the racers remind her that they were never friends and that she only used them to vent her frustrations. Gorgon replies that she'll help them if they defeat Nightingale. After Nightingale is defeated, Nero Claudius determines they can use Gorgon’s acid to clear any obstacles that bar them while digging. Since they had a deal, Gorgon spews acid into special containers for each team.
Unfortunately, while digging, they discover the Prison Field extends underground. They return to Gorgon's cell, who seems to be enjoying their predicament. After venting their frustrations, the racers realize they have no choice but to kill Medb to disable the Prison Field. Gorgon reveals there was another prisoner who tried escaping by killing Medb. She defeated them and revealed she has a conceptual weakness to projectile cheese. But Medb is always protected by her warriors. Gorgon reveals Medb always takes a shower in her warden’s office at the same time every day. James Moriarty, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla point out they need someone intelligent as them and Charles Babbage, who also knows the prison’s layout if they want to successfully snipe Medb from outside her bathroom window. Gorgon reveals there is a prisoner who knows everything about the prison, despite being in solitary confinement. She then gives the racers general directions to that person's cell.
They dig into the prisoner’s cell, who turns to be Enkidu in tight restraints. Raikou asks them what they did to warrant their lengthy prison sentence and to be placed in tight restraints. Enkidu answers Medb arrested them on a trumped-up charge that they're a criminal mastermind. Raikou finds that even if Enkidu committed crimes, they cannot reform if they're bound as they are. Unable to overlook this, she then cuts Enkidu's restraints. Now free, Enkidu has the racers spar with them to see if they’re fully functional. Enkidu afterward then agrees to provide the racers with the necessary calculations. Carmilla arrives to feed them, and attacks everyone after seeing Enkidu unrestrained. After defeating Carmilla, Enkidu, Babbage, Edison, and Tesla make blueprints for their cheese-apult.
After building it with the materials Ritsuka provided, the racers use the cheese-apult to assassinate Medb while she’s in the shower. However, Medb kicks the cheese away thanks to training her body to automatically react to incoming cheese. Helena considers the Medb in this Singularity to be a little different from the usual Medb, almost as if she was optimized to protect her land. But it's also possible any Celtic woman can pull off what Medb just did if she trained hard enough. Enkidu reveals there is another way to remove the Prison Field, one only they know of. They reveal the control device for the Prison Field is a stone above the ground. The racers soon realize it’s in the statue of Medb in the courtyard. Enkidu then reveals there is a prisoner who is master of disguise that the racers can use to trick Quetzalcoatl into disabling the Prison Field. The racers then dig their way to the prisoner’s cell.
They arrive in the prisoner's cell, only to find Carmilla there to their shock. They fight her, but in the midst of it, she turns into Nightingale. After being defeated, she reveals herself to be Yan Qing in disguise. He agrees to disguise himself as Medb to trick Quetzalcoatl into disabling the Prison Field in exchange for fighting him. Raikou determines from his crude language, his lack of a shirt, and tattoos that he is a delinquent. She fears what would happen if either Ritsuka or Kintoki were to follow his lifestyle. She, therefore, has Yan Qing sit in the corner and lectures him until he's sore. Afterward, Yan Qing (disguised as Med) gets Quetzalcoatl to disable the barrier underground, allowing the racers to reach their vehicles in the warehouse.
The racers escape to the outside, where Medb and Quetzalcoatl confront them. Medb deflects shots from X's cheese blaster and decides to execute the racers, accusing them of covering Connacht with textures of another place. The racers defeat Medb and Quetzalcoatl, then return to the race once they disappear.
After the race, however, an enormous storm moves toward the track as if it has a will of its own. Ishtar reveals this was her plan. Unbeknownst to the racers, their vehicles’ tires were carving magical energy into the Venus textures she placed on the land. She then reveals her temple to be a giant ATM called the Ishtar Quantum Power System. The racers confront her when the relics she had them install in their vehicle are suddenly removed. The relics converge at the Ishtar QPS, which gathers the magical energy expended in the race. At the same time, the relics were storing the heat created by the friction of the racers’ tires running across the Venus textures for each relic to reach an excited state. The purpose of all this was for Ishtar to create a new Gugalanna. After using the relics and the Ishtar QPS to do so, she declares she can use him to destroy the Singularity. Da Vinci points that would work, but it’d also destroy Connacht. The racers then fight Ishtar and Gugalanna before he’s completely formed, but they struggle against him. Quetzalcoatl then arrives to attack Gugalanna, revealing the her that disappeared before was Yan Qing in disguise. After she destroys Gugalanna, the racers and the race’s administrative staff get their picture taken by Georgios.
If Raikou and Sanzang won, Raikou is thankful Ishtar's scheme failed, fearing Chaldea would have lost any sense of decency if it succeeded. She thanks Sanzang for her help, saying that she has reformed admirably. She then takes off her uniform. Sanzang is confused by this and asks what happened to defending Chaldea's public decency. Raikou answers that their duty will continue until summer is over, but for now, she believes they deserve a break.She then expresses her intent to show off her swimsuit to Ritsuka and Kintoki. Sanzang is concerned, though, that Raikou's swimsuit figure will disturb public decency if she goes out into public. Raikou says they can look the other way since they're on break. Sanzang demands to know Raikou's true reason for becoming the Shadow Prefect. Raikou confesses she only wanted to keep "insects" away from her "children". She then goes out into the hallway with Sanzang unable to stop her.
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 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.
Event: Oni Pagoda Festival
Though Leonardo da Vinci was able to convince Raikou not to lead the expedition, she couldn't get her not to join. Raikou makes her presence known when she cuts Shuten's alcoholic fog projection and tells Tomoe Gozen that it's pointless to explain the rules of warfare to Oni and the only way to handle them is to kill them. When the fog reforms, she tells Shuten that she thought she could serve a purpose, if only as a sacrificial pawn. But now, she has no choice but to execute her for wreaking havoc outside Chaldea. Finally, being able to do so makes Raikou gleeful that her patience has been rewarded. She tries to pretend, though, that she isn't rejoicing the fact she has a proper reason to kill Shuten. Shuten warns the group that they'll get steadily more drunk with every floor they ascend. Raikou decides not to heed her warning and climbs the tower itself to kill her and Ibaraki. However, she soon falls back onto the ground because Shuten designed the tower to cause extreme intoxication if someone tries to reach the top without using the stairs. Shuten also designed it to be particularly effective against Raikou and Kintoki.
Later, through sheer perseverance and bloodlust to kill oni, Raikou climbs the tower up to at least past the 90th floor. She escapes, however, with Ritsuka, on Tomoe's instruction.
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.
Despite Suzuka Gozen having superior Agility than Minamoto-no-Raikou, Raikou is able to match her in close range thanks to her physical strength and skill. Suzuka attacks Raikou with her Flaming Wheel, however, Raikou was able to evade her attack thanks to having heard Suzuka's master calling her out telling her to do so. Raikou says that such a small flame may have caused some damage had it hit her directly, but it wouldn't have impared her movements. It wasn't until Suzuka activated Blessing of Wisdom that she managed to land a single blow on Raikou. Tamamo-no-Mae notes that Raikou is more skilled, and that Suzuka has been making up for it with her three swords and by constantly keeping on the move. She was basically holding through sheer perseverance. Thanks to Suzuka's Trichiliocosm granting her "omniscient clairvoyance", she is able to reach a "different dimension" than that of her regular state. Despite being weakened, Suzuka Gozen was able to defeat Minamoto-no-Raikou with this Noble Phantasm thanks to Kazuhito forcibly activating it with a Command Spell. Suzuka states that had Raikou transformed into Ushi Gozen, she might have lost due to the difference in divine rank.
- 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. Suzuka Gozen states that as expected of a Berserker, Raikou's strength is insane.
- 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.
- 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. Because Raikou is a famous Mystery-Slayer, Kazuhito Sakagami notes that it is a terrible match up for Suzuka Gozen, as the daughter of a Heavenly Demon King.
Raikou's Noble Phantasm is Ox-King Storm Call - The Inescapable Net of Heaven. Although Suzuka Gozen attempted to block this attack with Heavenly Demon Rain, right before Raikou delivered the main attack, Kazuhito Sakagami ordered Suzuka to switch to guarding. Thanks to this, Suzuka was able to avoid any fatal injuries despite losing the clash of Noble Phantasms. Still, the damage she received was severe. Kazuhito states that the compatibility between their Noble Phantasms is bad.
Forms and Alternate Versions
Suzugamoro's Ushi-Gozen is Minamoto-no-Raikou's "older brother." A cursed child born from prayers to Gozu Tennou. A child was born as the child of the god Tenjin. Her power was feared so much that she was seen as a cursed child and sent to a temple. In truth, Ushi Gozen and Raikou weren't siblings, but one and the same person. The story goes that ultimately Raikou eliminated them by sealing them deep inside her body. Ushi Gozen is only able to come to the surface when Minamoto-no-Raikou builds up too much divine energy inside her.
Since Ushi Gozen is sealed inside Minamoto-no-Raiko, they look the same. They are able to differentiate the two only due to Ushi's evil aura and completely twisted existence.
Shuten-douji is so selfish she would never fight another Oni over a territory. The only opponent she couldn't ignore would be a true standout of an oni. This applies to Ushi Gozen. Since Ushi Gozen only comes to the surface when Minamoto-no-Raikou builds up too much divine energy inside her, Sakata Kintoki states her attacks release so much energy that she would make even Gozu Tennou tap out. Suzuka Gozen with her Trichiliocosm activated states that Ushi Gozen might be able to defeat her due to the difference in divine rank.
When first meeting Ushi Gozen, Ushiwakamaru states that she doesn't appear to be an ordinary swordsman and that she must be a warrior of great renown. In fact, she wields incredible swordsmanship, which allows her to slice through an Oni's hard flesh like it is tofu. Once Ushi Gozen gets serious, Sakata Kintoki states she is an opponent he can't defeat if he holds back. Raikou had been storing up strength for so long, that even the combined efforts of Kintoki, Ushiwakamaru, Benkei, Fuuma Kotarou, and Mash Kyrielight are unable to find an opening in her movements to break through. Although Ushi Gozen certainly had to be very powerful to be fit to lead the Minamoto clan, Benkei never expected that she'd be this strong. He describes her as a truly terrifying demon. It was only after Shuten-douji wounded Ushi Gozen with a surprise attack that Kintoki gained the opening he needed to finish her off with Golden Drive.
Ushi Gozen is an Evil Spirit capable of creating fake Sigularities with her own desire. She is the culprit of the Rashomon and Onigashima incidents. A disaster of the same class as a Demon God Pillar. The island appearing in the Onigashima event is an abnormality that shouldn't exist. Although Mash Kyrielight is surprised someone could create an island of that size, Dr. Roman notes that it is not impossible and that there are actual precedences in Japanese mythology, where the islands that make up Japan were created by the gods. Although the island of the AmenonuhokoWP legend was mentioned in Human History, it didn't actually exist in myth. Dr Roman notes that for someone to make fairy tales and fantasy into reality, they would have to be quite powerful. Ushiwakamaru says that is not something a human could do, and that it would be difficult for her brother as well. Politically.
In the Onigashima event, she acquired "that cup" and used it to build a kingdom entirely of Oni. Normally, they would need the Authority like that of the gods who created Japan, however, Ushi was able to do it thanks to the power she was granted as the incarnation of Gozu Tennou. The three great oni on the island, Ushi Gozen, Shuten-douji, and Ibaraki-douji, are connected to it. As long as the island exists, they won't go away forever. The more they are defeated, the stronger they get. If Onigashima ceases to exist, they'll vanish for good, but if left ignored, they could do real harm.
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 Katou 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.
- Fate/Grand Order material IV - Minamoto no Yorimitsu, p.028-039, translated by Clyton at Beast's Lair.
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 13: And What of Momotarou
- Fate/Grand Order - Kijyo Koyo voice lines - Translated by Konchew
- Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail - Chapter 55: Sakagami Kazuhito V
- Fate/EXTRA CCC Fox Tail - Chapter 56: Sakagami Kazuhito VI
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Final Act: Ushi Gozen's True Form
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 2: Attack on Onigashima
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 10: Of Alcohol and Oni
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Challenge: The Neverending Tale
- 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 - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Final Act "Ushi Gozen's True Form"
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 2 "Attack on Onigashima"
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 1 "Three Animal? Companions"
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Challenge "The Neverending Tale"
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Swimsuit), translated by roadromancer at Reddit.