Phantasmal Species (幻想種, Gensō-shu?) is the common term used to refer to all non-human creatures that are found in legends and fantasy.[1][2]


They are those existences that deviate from their original form by the impact of factors alien to their ecology, those existences born from the thoughts of humans and those existences that ascend to a higher order as a consequence of longevity. Then, if it is believed that the subject of a Mystery "exists," the World permits its existence and definite affirmation of said belief is not required. There are also existences desired by the world, but not by humans, and because of this they have gradually gone into hiding and dwindled in numbers. Rather than a classification for a separate ranking for beasts, it encompasses everything from demi-humans, such as fairies and giants, to monsters, such as dragons and oni. They differ from Daemons, as they are active creatures rather than passive existences. Similarly to how magi gain power through the accumulation of knowledge, those of the Phantasmal Species become stronger through the accumulation of time. Modern Magecraft is the sum of five hundred years of study, whereas the Phantasmal Species date back to the Age of Gods. Magi that only have a mystical lineage that spans five hundred years cannot hope to match or reproduce mysteries that have accumulated thousands of years and have an existence that is on par with the five modern Magics. They embody mysteries simply by existing and it is said to be a miracle if one is simply observed.

Magical Beasts[]

Many of the Phantasmal Species fall into the category of Magical Beasts (魔獣, Majū?, alt. "Demonic Beasts"), which is the common denomination for all creatures that do not fit in the ordinary biological classification for living beings and those that do not fall within the normal ecosystem. The term "beast" is a thaumaturgical term, and it does not necessarily mean quadrupedal mammals. They are true deviations from biology that cannot be explained by immature research or sudden mutations. They can be ranked into three categories, which change as the creatures age and increase in power towards becoming higher existences. The lowest rank is Monstrous Beasts (魔獣, Majū?, Demon Beasts), which then change into Phantasmal Beasts (幻獣, Genjū?), and finally become classified as Divine Beasts (神獣, Shinjū?).[3][4]

Phantasmal Beasts of the Millennium-Rank (千年クラスの幻獣・聖獣, Chitose Kurasu no Genjū Seijū?) and Divine Beasts are equal to Magic, making them unable to even be harmed by mysteries on the level of magecraft. Rider's Pegasus, which has grown from a Monstrous Beast to a Phantasmal Beast, has even greater resistance than Saber, who can easily negate Caster's magecraft from the Age of Gods. The longer the creatures live, the further away they grow from the rest of the world. Out of the current creatures that still exist in the present era, only those whose ages are measured in centuries, rather than millennia, still remain.

Most remaining Magical Beasts are Chimeras formed from mixing different species that have existed since the Age of Gods. They live on currently undeveloped lands that cannot be reached by mankind. Those on the level of Phantasmal Beasts that existed in the past have almost all migrated to a different world presented as the "Reverse Side of the World". Divine Beasts such as Moby Dick and Typhon are more on the level of "super weapons" than actual living creatures.[5] Members of the The Twenty-seven Dead Apostle Ancestors, like Primate Murder, a white dog born with the sole purpose of killing humans, the Forest of Einnashe, a forest that matured to the level of a phantasm species by absorbing the blood of a Dead Apostle, and the Children of Einnashe, also count among the Magical Beasts.

List of Phantasmal Species[]


Species Class/rank
Child of Einnashe Monstrous Beast
Cerberus Divine Beast
Curruid Unclassified
Forest of Einnashe Monstrous Beast
Gorgon Monstrous Beasts, Demi-Human
Gugalanna Divine Beast
Huginn and Muninn Divine Beast
Leviathan Unclassified
Minotauros/Asterios Monstrous Beast, Demi-Human
Moby Dick Divine Beast
Nemean Lion Divine Beast
Primate Murder Monstrous Beast
Quetzalcoatl Divine Beast
Shen Divine Beast
Typhon Divine Beast


Species Class/rank
Centaurs Demi-Human
Chimera Monstrous Beasts
Demon Boar Monstrous Beasts
Divine Bull Divine Beasts
Divine Spirits Transcendent Kind
Dragon Kind Monstrous Beasts, Phantasmal Beasts, Divine Beasts
Fairies Demi-Human, Transcendent Kind (Elementals, True Ancestors)
Giant Demi-Human
Harpy Demi-Human
Hippogriff Monstrous Beasts
Hydra Monstrous Beasts
Kelpie Monstrous Beasts
Lamyros Demi-Human
Oni Kind Monstrous Beasts, Demi-Human
Pegasus Monstrous Beasts
Sphinx Divine Beasts, Demi-Human
Succubus and Incubus Demi-Human
Unicorn Unclassified
Vorpal Bunny Unclassified
Werewolf Monstrous Beasts, Phantasmal Beasts, Demi-Human



Bašmu (バシュム, Bashumu?, Bashmu) is a large poisonous horned snake with two forelegs. It is one of the eleven demons birthed by the monster of Babylonia legend, Tiamat. It is a species of Divine Beast, the top of all Phantasmal Species.[6]

Semiramis can summon them within her Hanging Gardens of Babylon, through her Sikera Ušum Noble Phantasm. But even Semiramis wouldn’t be able to summon something so powerful in that rushed situation, so she only summoned its top-half.[6]


Chimera (キメラ, Kimera?, Chimaera) are creatures of the Monstrous Beast rank that make up the majority of the Magical Beasts still left within the world. They are formed from mixing different species that have existed since the Age of Gods, and they live on currently undeveloped lands that cannot be reached by mankind.

Synthetic Beast (合成獣, Gōseijū?) is a process that artificially creates chimera. It is controlled by its master in the "Zoology" animal department of the Mage's Association. The Wolf was created with the purpose of being used catalyst to summon a Servant in the False Holy Grail War. In the Seventh Labyrinth of Caubac Alcatraz, there is a magical mechanism that changes humans into Chimera monster.

Demon Boar[]

Main article: Demon Boar

Divine Bull[]

Divine Bull

Divine Bull (神牛, Shingyū?), also called God Bull: Air-walking Thunder Bull (飛蹄雷牛(ゴッド・ブル), Hitei Raigyū(Goddo Buru)?), is the name for the creatures of the Divine Beast rank that pull Gordius Wheel. Before the seduction of Europa, the supreme god of thunder, Zeus, changed his shape into that of a bull. Due to that, what manifested as the driving force of the chariot dedicated to Zeus were Divine Beasts with a connection to him. Due to the chariot being claimed by Rider before it could be offered to Zeus, they became part of his Noble Phantasm, and he refers to them as the "Children of Zeus."[7]

Dragon Kind[]

Main article: Dragon


Gremlins (グレムリン, Guremurin?) are little sprites, newcomers in the world of magecraft, and monsters for the modern era. They make their nests in machines and electrical appliances. They are vermin who swarm around open ley lines.

Kundry somehow found a way to summon gremlins as a Servant despite not being connected to them at all in her legend, much to Erice Utsumi's confusion.[8]


Griffins (グリフォン?) are Monstrous Beasts from the Age of Gods.[9] Normally predating animals like horses, the rare union between a Griffin and mare can lead to the birth of a Hippogriff.[10]


Hippogriff (ヒポグリフ, Hipogurifu?) are Monstrous Beasts born from the union between a male Griffin and female horse, despite normally preying on them for sustenance.

Known Hippogriffs


Main article: Hydra


Kelpie in Fate/Labyrinth.

Kelpie (ケルピー, Kerupī?), also known as Each-uisge (アハ・イシュケ, Aha-ishuke?) is classified as Monstrous beast rank by Magi. In Gaelic, it is translated as "Water Horse". The man-eating beast which was a water demon, is said to devour the flesh of girls. It is a beast that appeared in a part Britain's northern islands. It has an appearance resembled a large pale horse and it's tail was shaped like a fish's fin. A water demon which strode and ran freely on the water's surface. The Monstrous beast can change its four-legged form, into a winged "Boobrie: Water Bird (水の鳥(ブーブリー), Mizu no Tori(Būburī)?)" shape.[11]


Mušḫuššu (ムシュフシュ, Mushufushu?), also known as the terrifying snake, is one of Tiamat's eleven offspring. It appears in the Babylonia Singularity as an enemy created by "Tiamat"-Gorgon.


Rider on her Pegasus

Pegasi (天馬, Tenba?) are winged horses mentioned in Greek mythology. As a species, they are not particularly powerful, limited to the Monstrous Beast rank.[12] They possess the capacity to generate shock waves from their wings to lacerate opponents.[12] The Pegasus possessed by Medusa is of a greater rank than normal.



Tsuchigumo (土蜘蛛?) is a race of demonic Phantasmal species. Kugamimi-no-Mikasa is a Tsuchigumo.

Murasaki in her swimsuit's Noble Phantasm summons a Tsuchigumo.



Ugallu (ウガル, Ugaru?), also known as the "Big Weather-Beast" was a wolf-headed storm-demon and one of Tiamat's eleven offspring.

It appears in the Babylonia Singularity as an enemy created by "Tiamat"-Gorgon.



Uridimmu (ウリディンム, Uridinmu?), also known as "mad/howling dog", was described as a lion/dog hybrid and one of Tiamat's eleven offspring.

It appears with the Babylonia Singularity as an enemy.


Ušumgallu (ウシュムガル, Ushumugaru?), also known as the "Great Dragon", was described as a "lion-dragon demon" and one of Tiamat's eleven offspring. It appears in the Babylonia Singularity as an enemy created by "Tiamat"-Gorgon.


Demi-Human (亜人, Ajin?) is the general term used for the likes of fairies, dwarves, and giants. Some of them are also classified as Magical Beasts.


Harpies (妖鳥, Yōchō?) are avarice-filled flying beasts who are known for possessing cruel habits and a cowardly nature, unable to keep from being easily led astray by their appetite. While not suited to be used as soldiers, Semiramis combines them with her Dragon Tooth Warriors to create flying warriors.


Lamyros is a name derived from the Mediterranean term for Lamia (ラミア, Ramia?). They originate from myths, legends and beliefs and the only known Lamyros is the antagonist of Fate/Labyrinth Wolfgang Faustus.

Succubus and Incubus[]

Succubus (サキュバス, Sakyubasu?) are female demons who can drain a man's semen in order to increase their magical energy and to retain their eternal youth. They also have the abilities to regenerate themselves, to manipulate dreams, and to enhance their strength. Len, who was originally a familiar, acquired the ability of a succubus to drain people of their magical energy by manipulating their dreams. Her more selfish and outspoken TATARI version, White Len, also possesses this ability. There are also mixed-blood descendants like Natalia Kaminski from the original succubi species.

Incubus (インキュバス, Inkyubasu?) are the male demon equivalents of Succubus, possessing the abilities of dream manipulation exactly like their feminine counterparts. Merlin's father was a supernatural incubus who lived in the gap between the Earth and the Moon.[13] Mephistopheles is capable of using incubi to cause nightmares with his Curse Arts.

As Merlin explains to Ana, Incubi and Succubi do not have emotions of their own. They feed off of humans' dreams and then expend those dreams as fuel to feel emotions themselves.


Werewolves (ウェアウルフ, Weaurufu?) are introduced in Mahou Tsukai no Yoru. They are ordinarily classified as Magical Beasts, but the silver and gold varieties are classified as Phantasmal Beasts. They are descended from a single golden werewolf, but their society has been in decline from the modern age with the absence of new golden werewolves. There currently only seems to exist one village whose leader is silver. They live in the mountains of Northern Europe away from civilization, and it is rare for their females to get pregnant. The village came upon Lugh Beowulf, who had the appearance of a golden werewolf, and became extremely excited that he would bring about their revival. It eventually turned out that he was not a werewolf at all, but a Nature Spirit, which led to him being feared and ostracized. The werewolves eventually sold him to Touko Aozaki.

In Fate/strange Fake, Jester Karture can take the form of a red werewolf with physical capabilities exceeding other forms.

In Fate/Grand Order, they appear as enemies, introduced in the Orleans Singularity, with them having the demonic attribute and shown to fight with swords, spears, and axes. Werewolves also appear within the Septem Singularity, the Okeanos Singularity, and the Atlantic Lostbelt.

Transcendent Kind[]

Transcendent Kind (超越種, Chōetsu-shu?, "Transcendent Species") refers specifically to terminals separated and given form from the will of the World as a defense against the resource-plundering actions of humans. Examples of such include Elementals, Divine Spirits and True Ancestors. Despite being anti-human in origin, the Counter Force of Alaya does not target these supernatural entities, as they are extensions of the world and mediators of nature before being enemies of humanity.

In a broader meaning, Transcendent Kind refers to sentient species whose very existence occurs on a different scale from humanity. The Dead Apostles qualify as "Transcendent Kind" under this definition. Strictly speaking, however, the narrow definition explained above is more accurate; and per its criterion, Dead Apostles would merely be "self-described" as Transcendents.[14]


Six-eyed beast[]


While pursuing Doctor Heartless and Faker through the Spiritual Tomb of Albion, Gray and Lord El-Melloi II are attacked by a massive creature. Their surroundings are too dark to see it clearly beyond its six glowing eyes, but El-Melloi II suspects it is a creature of the same archetype as Cerberus and Abaddon, and Gray compares it to Touko Aozaki's box monster. The beast just looking at them exerts enough pressure to nearly kill them. Gray attacks it with Rhongomyniad which does not kill it but gives them time to escape.

Stymphalian Birds[]

The Stymphalian Birds (ステュムパリデスの鳥, Suteyumuparidesu no Tori?). They were monstrous birds cherished by Ares as familiars, but they were driven from the peninsula by Heracles during the Labor. Alcides brings forth through them his Noble Phantasm embodying the Sixth Labour by shooting countless bronze arrows high into the air, the arrows transforming into the beasts as they descend towards the opponent. They appear as giant birds with bronze-coated beaks, wings, and talons, driven with bloodlust to attack his enemies. They are defeated by True Berserker with a single strike of its giant mass.[15]


Unicorns (一角馬, Ikkakuba?) are creatures with the power to purify human souls. The Seventh Holy Scripture was made from the horn of a dead unicorn that had turned into a nature spirit. Nrvnqsr Chaos has one stored inside of his Reality Marble as one of his stronger creatures.

Vorpal Bunny[]

Vorpal Bunny (殺人兎, Satsujin Usagi?) are creatures part of the Phantasmal Species.


  1. [v] FATE - Day 10

    ――― the Phantasmal Species (幻想種, gensou-shu?).
    As the wording implies, the term refers to those existences that persist (生存する, seizon-suru?, lit. "survive") only within Fantasy (幻想, gensou?).
    Those Demi-Humans (亜人, ajin?) so called as Faeries (妖精, yousei?) or Giants (巨人, kyojin?);
    those Demonic Beasts (魔獣, majyuu?) so called as Oni (鬼, Oni?) or Dragons (竜, Ryuu?).
    They whose mode of being (在り方, arikata?) is inherently a "Mystery" (神秘, shinpi?) are merely in the act of "existing" manifest as existences that surpass Magecraft.
    There exists a Principle (理, kotowari?) that a Mystery is extinguished in the face of a Mystery of greater magnitude.
    So as Magecraft permits the accumulation of power in the mode of knowledge,
    the Phantasmal Species accrue strength by the very measure of their lifespan (寿命, jyumyou?).
    Taken to its limits by the assistance of Magecraft, the human corpus can persist for no more than five hundred years.
    To they who have survived since distant antedeluvia (太古, taiko?), a Mystery on the order of half a millennium in magnitude is unworthy as competition.
    However, the circumstance wherein Humanity and the Phantasmal Species inhabit same World is a matter of the past.
    Those of the Phantasmal Species that are long-lived grow to some extent distant from this World.
    At present, the Phantasmal Species that as yet remain within the World are those existences whose standing may be expressed in units of a century.


  2. [v] Zadan II - Official Chat Log

    Phantasmal species.
    Within our works, this is a general term for those creatures that appear within legends and myths.
    They are those existences that deviate from their original form by the impact of factors alien to their ecology; those existences borne of human ideation (想念, sounen?); and those existences that ascend to a higher order as a consequence of longevity.
    Incidentally, it is typically only those creatures that hold standing as Demonic Beasts (魔獣, Majyuu?, translated sometimes as "Monstrous Beasts") or below that are used as Familiars (使い魔, Tsukai-Ma?). The Ranks go in the order of Animal (野獣, yajyuu?, lit. "wild beast") → Demonic Beast (魔獣?) → Phantasmal Beast (幻獣, genjyuu?) → Holy Beast (聖獣, Seijyuu?).
    Phantasmal and Holy Beasts of the Millennium Class (千年クラス, sennen kurasu?) fundamentally outmatch the strength of Mysteries (神秘, shinpi?) on the order of Magecraft; the Mysteries inherent to said creatures are of a magnitude equivalent to that represented within True Magic.


  3. [v] Fate/complete material III: World Material - Theory of Magic - Magecraft: Magical Beasts, p.046

    Magical Beasts
    An umbrella term that encompasses all beasts that do not fall within the normal ecosystem. In this context, “beast” is a thaumaturgical term, and does not necessarily mean quadrupedal mammals. Magical Beasts cannot be explained by immature research or sudden mutations. They are true deviations from biology. Roughly Magical Beasts can be classified into Monstrous Beasts -> Phantasmal Beasts -> Divine Beasts in ascending order towards higher existence.
    Most Magical Beasts have existed since the Age of Gods, and are Chimeras formed from mixing different species. They live on currently undeveloped lands that cannot be reached by mankind. Furthermore, Phantasmal Beasts that have existed in the past have almost all migrated to a different world presented as the “Inside of the World”.
    Although classified as a Monstrous Beast, the Pegasus that Rider mounted in the story is an existence closer to that of a Phantasmal Beast due to surviving over a very long period of time. Also worth mentioning is that, Phantasmal Beasts that have survived over thousands of years are on the same tier as True Magic, thus rendering mysteries on the level of sorcery completely ineffective against them.


    • The Pinnacle of Phantasmal Species – Dragons

    Dragons, or Magical Beasts similar to Dragons, have members in all classes of Magical Beasts (Monstrous, Phantasmal, and Divine Beasts). Dragons are always thought to be the greatest species within their corresponding classes. Because there are dragons of the Monstrous, Phantasmal, and Divine classes, they have been involved with mankind since before the Age of Gods. They have also left many legends in the field of thaumaturgy.

    • A Heroic Spirit with a Rank in Monster ∙ Magical Beast

    Because Rider’s true identity is Medusa, she possesses a rank of Monster ∙ Magical Beast. As a result, the rank of her Divinity decreased to the lowest value of E-. As compensation, she received the ability of Monsters and Magical Beasts, Monstrous Strength.

    Rider is more of a Divine Spirit than a Heroic Spirit. Yet, it is better to call her “an anti-hero closer to a monster” instead of a Divine Spirit. Because she possesses a rank as a monster, Rider is very incompatible with Servants who fought off monsters in their tales.

  4. [v] Fate/side material - Encyclopedia: Magical Beast [Others], p.073 [T]

    Magical Beast [Others]
    In the world of Fate/stay night, a general term for beasts which do not correspond to normal ecosystems.
    They are divided into three ranks: monstrous, mythical, and divine.
    The vast majority of monstrous beasts are crossbreeds (chimera) living in still-uncivilized regions, but it seems that those of mythical rank and above have shifted to the far side of the world.
    Though the Pegasus that appears in the story is a monstrous beast, its long life puts it at the level of a mythical beast. Ordinary magi are completely unable to compete with something of this rank.
    Also, beings that take after dragons are considered to be superior, regardless of classification. Since dragons are endowed with the characteristics of several species, it appears that even consorting with humans was not uncommon.

    魔獣の多くは掛け合わせ(キメラ)であり.いまだ未開の地に生息しているが、幻獣はその特性上、世界 の裏側にシフトしてしまったらしい。
    本編で登場するライダーの天馬は魔獣だが、長く蓄 えた年月により幻獣の域に達している。幻獣ランクのモノには、並大抵の魔術師では歯が立たない。

  5. [v] Fate/complete material III: World material - FAQ with Nasu: Miscellaneous, p.136

    Q: There's three ranks for magic beasts, but what's the most famous of the Divine Beasts, the greatest of those?

    Q: There's three ranks for magic beasts, but what's the most famous of the Divine Beasts, the greatest of those? Dragons are special beings with the alignments of the three types, but are there any currently existing dragons that can interfere with the real world in the world of Fate?

    A: Moby Dick and Typhon? Divine beasts like those are more super weaponish than living beings I suppose.



  6. 6.0 6.1
    [v] Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Bašmu [Summon Creature], p.179 [T]

    Bašmu [Summon Creature]
    The giant poisonous snake summoned by Semiramis, Assassin of Red, with the power of “Sikera Ušum: Arrogant King’s Alcohol”. It is one of the eleven demons birthed by the monster of Babylonian legend, Tiamat. It is a species of Divine Beast, the top of all Phantasmal Species, but even Semiramis wouldn’t be able to summon something so powerful in that rushed situation, so she only summoned its top-half.
    If Shishigou hadn’t used a Command Spell on Mordred, she would have immediately died the instant Bašmu opened its mouth and released its poisonous breath.


  7. [v] Fate/Zero - Volume 4: God Bull: Air-walking Thunder Bull

    God Bull: Air-walking Thunder Bull
    The divine bulls that pull the Gordias Wheel. It is said that before the seduction of Europa, the supreme god of thunder Zeus changed his shape into that of a bull. Therefore, what manifested as the driving force of the chariot dedicated to Zeus, were Divine Beasts with a connection to Zeus.

    ゴルディアスホイールを牽く神牛。雷を司る至高神ゼウスは、かつてエウロペを誘惑する際に牡牛へと姿を変 えたという。よってゼウス神に捧げられた戦車の牽引力として顕現したのは、ゼウスと縁のある聖獣だった。

  8. Fate/Requiem Volume 1: The Boy Among the Stars - Prologue
  9. [v] Fate/Apocrypha material - CHARACTER Profile: Rider of “Black”, p.070-073 [T]

    Rider of “Black” - Real name: Astolfo

    • Height: 164cm
    • Weight: 56kg
    • Blood type: Unknown
    • Birthday: Unknown
    • Three sizes: B71 W59 H73
    • Talents: Idiotically high hysterical strength
    • Likes: All this world
    • Dislike: Creatures appealing with teary eyes.
    • Image colour: Rose Pink
    • Enemy: None

    Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe

    “黒”のライダー - 真名:アストルフォ

    • 身長:164cm
    • 体重:56kg
    • 血液型:不明
    • 誕生日:不明
    • スリーサイズ:B71 W59 H73
    • 特技:火事場の馬鹿力
    • 好きなもの:この世全て
    • 苦手なもの:潤んだ瞳で訴えかける系の生物
    • イメージカラー:ローズピンク
    • 天敵:なし

    Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe

  10. [v] Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Otherworldly Phantom Horse [Noble Phantasm], p.180-181 [T]

    Otherworldly Phantom Horse [Noble Phantasm]
    Hippogriff. The third cheat Noble Phantasm used by Rider of Black, Astolfo. There are cases when a Griffin, a Monstrous Beast, reproduces with a mare, which would normally be its food. What’s born as a result from this is the Monstrous Beast known as a Hippogriff, which has the upper body of an eagle and the lower body of a horse.
    However, it is an impossible creature which normally should not exist. This is because it should be impossible for a child to be born between a Griffon and a horse, which are predator and prey. The Hippogriff existed only as a hypothetical and philosophical symbol. A Hipppogriff appears in the story of “Orlando Furioso” (The Frenzy of Roland), where Astolfo and his comrades also appear. This story includes the theme of “The Hippogriff makes an appearance here, so no matter how strange it may seem, there is nothing that is truly impossible”. In “Orlando Furioso”, Astolfo even goes to the moon in order to save Roland.
    The Hippogriff that Astolfo rides is a “Phantasmal Beast” in the true sense, since its very existence is uncertain. As a result, when it is released as a Noble Phantasm, the Hippogriff can jump over to a different dimension, though only for an instant.
    That dimension is the home of the Phantasmal Species, where only beings that are purely non-physical souls can go to. It is the Reverse Side of the World, which the Hippogriff, when summoned as a Noble Phantasm, can never reach even if it can temporarily glimpse it.


  11. Fate/Labyrinth - Act 2 translation
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fate/stay night - Death Circus / Sword of Promised Victory
  13. Fate/Grand Order material IV - Merlin, p.396-409, translated by castor212 at Beast's Lair.
  14. Tsukihime Laboratory
  15. Fate/strange Fake Volume 4 - Chapter 11: Day 2, Morning "The Gods Return From Twilight"