Nine Lives: Shooting the Hundred Heads (射殺す百頭ナインライブス, Ikorosu HyakutōNain Raibusu?, One Hundred Arrow Strikes in Fate/unlimited codes) is the most trusted of all of Heracles's Noble Phantasms, a combat technique devised at the end of a lengthy battle by Heracles.[1] It is not utilized during the Fifth Holy Grail War because he lacks the motor skills to use it while in the Berserker Class, but he proves capable of utilizing it in the Grand Orders. It originally had the form of the bow and arrows used to simultaneously exterminate the one hundred heads of the Lernaean Hydra, an immortal nine-headed serpent that would grow back no matter how many times it was cut down.[3] Upon slaying the Hydra at the end of a lengthy battle, Heracles devised this combat technique and became able to utilize abilities that emulate the combat technique of this Noble Phantasm with other weapons, transforming it into Style: Shooting the Hundred Heads (流派:射殺す百頭, Ryūha: Ikorosu Hyakutō?), an all-purpose Noble Phantasm capable of adapting and changing how it appears depending on the target and the circumstances of its use. It is said that the meaning of the name Nine Lives comes from one having a possession of nine lives, this originating from Heracles' monstrous opponent that possesses the special characteristic of entirely "resurrecting no matter how many times it is killed"; it is implied that he has attained this martial arts technique in response to that characteristic, a technique that "exterminates no matter how many times his opponent resurrects."[1]

It is Heracles' school of techniques, so to speak. Mastering every armament for use of this technique, Heracles successfully overcame various monsters and surpassed various penances. Regardless of whether it is delivered with a bow, large sword, shield, spear, axe, or possibly even unarmed, the technique boasts power on the level of Noble Phantasms by drawing out the maximum power of the weapon. It was said that if he were to demonstrate its maximum power with a bow, it would be the greatest bow, if demonstrated with a spear, the greatest spear, if demonstrated with a sword, the greatest sword, etc.[1] It can display power from Anti-Unit to Anti-Army, even up to fortress sieging all depending on the circumstances.[2] In essence, it is “a high speed attack consisting of nine consecutive strikes, as swift as if the attacks are overlapping.” It can also be a rush of extreme speed that adds up to a hundred attacks within a single breath.[1] It changes form depending on the target, such as the Anti-Unit Nine Lives Blade Works with a series of slashes and the Anti-Phantasm Beast skill that discharges nine dragon-like homing lasers at the enemy.[4] The skill can be called a style of its own that has a nature similar to Cú Chulainn's Gáe Bolg: Barbed Spear that Pierces with Death, a technique that is part of Gáe Bolg, as Heracles' technique shares its name with the original Noble Phantasm. The ability would be best suited for the Saber Class even though the Archer Class is the most suitable to Heracles.

The variation utilized by Berserker in Fate/unlimited codes and Fate/Grand Order has him release the technique with his large axe-sword as the greatest sword, having him rush onto the opponent, begin a series of powerful slashes that quickly increase to levels of "godspeed", and hit the enemy a total of one hundred times within a single breath, with the final strike being a jumping slash that smashes the opponent into the ground.[1] The world of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA features Nine Lives as the Include feature of the Berserker Class Card, but the martial ability of the technique is lost. The only thing brought forth is Berserker's axe-sword, which can not be wielded without his strength. Illya utilizes it in the air to drop it down at the opponent.


Nine Lives Blade WorksEdit

Nine Lives Blade Works: Shooting the Hundred Heads (射殺す百頭ナインライブズブレイドワークス, Ikorosu HyakutōNain Raibusu Bureido Wākusu?) is a variation of Nine Lives used by Shirou Emiya upon projecting the technique from Berserker and using it with Berserker's axe-sword.[5][6] Analyzing and projecting the axe-sword and copying Berserker's monstrous strength, Shirou uses Nine Lives Blade Works to attack the corrupted Berserker with a pummeling, high speed series of eight strikes. He targets and slashes the upper arm, collarbone, windpipe, temple, diaphragm, rib, testicles, and thighs simultaneously at "godspeed", faster than the speed of sound. These eight strikes destroy eighty percent of Berserker's body, but that is still not enough to stop his charge. When Berserker is halted by Illya's presence, Shirou has time to perform a lance-like thrust through the heart as the ninth strike, ending the battle that lasted merely an instant.


Overlapping slashes

Fake Nine LivesEdit

Fake Nine Lives: Fake-Shooting the Hundred Heads (偽・射殺す百頭フェイク/ナインライブス, Nise - Ikorosu HyakutōFeiku/Nain Raibusu?) is a projection of Nine Lives utilized by Kuro in the world of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. Kuro projects it to use it as a shield to charge at Illya, but not displaying any other usage with it.

True Nine LivesEdit

True Nine Lives: True-Shooting the Hundred Heads (真・射殺す百頭ナインライブズ, Shin - Ikorosu HyakutōNain Raibuzu?) is the prototype version of Nine Lives owned by Gilgamesh in his Gate of Babylon in the world of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. It is a massive ballista-like weapon that utilizes an automatically guided nine laser Anti-Phantasmal Beast ability.[7] Gilgamesh uses this technique to destroy Illya's regular Nine Lives.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Fate/Grand Order material II - Heracles, p.074-079
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3

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