Rider of "Red" ("赤"のライダー, "Aka" no Raidā?) is the Rider-class Servant of Cabik Pentel of the Red Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. Shirou Kotomine assumes command over him before he even meets his Master, and through his machinations he later officially becomes Rider's Master.[3] He is one of the Servants summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.



Rider's True Name is Achilles (アキレウス, Akireusu?), one of the famous heroes in the Trojan Wars. Born from the sea goddess Thetis and the hero Peleus, Achilles was blessed by the gods from birth. His mother Thetis, having greatly loved her son, had warmed him within holy flames in order to try and make him immortal. But her husband Peleus had opposed it, saying “Then that would destroy Achilles as a human”, and in the end Achilles grew up while only a certain part of him remained human. Eventually, when war broke out between Troia and Achaea, Achilles was asked the following by his mother Thetis: "Do you wish to live a long and peaceful life without having your name recognized by the masses? Or do you wish to live the short life of a hero with brilliant achievements in battle?" Achilles choice went without saying. At the same time as his mother felt pride in his decision, she also felt heartbreakingly sad, because his fate had been predetermined since he was born. If he lived as a hero, he would have a short life, as if sprinting through it at full speed.

When Achilles was a young child, his mother Thetis returned to her home at the bottom of the sea, due to discord with his father Peleus. Chiron, who had raised many heroes, was an old friend of Peleus. Peleus requested Chiron to train his son and Chiron happily accepted the role of mentoring Achilles for nine years.

After having grown up, he participated in the Trojan War as part of the Achaean army and continued achieving many great feats. He was a human who was exceedingly close to the level of the gods. A fast-sprinting hero with an invincible body, his body blessed by all the gods could never received any wounds, but his heel alone was this hero's vital weak point. The spear his father had given to him pierced through all other heroes. With his chariot led by three steeds, consisting of two divine horses given to him as a gift from the sea god Poseidon and a famous horse he stole while assaulting a certain city, no one could chase after him from behind.

Hector was one of the greatest heroes in the Trojan War, being equal in strength and skill with Achilles, even when his weak point was exposed. Hector was the killer of Achilles' friend Patroclus. Achilles, enraged with his friend's death, challenged Hector in a one-on-one fight. Even after killing Hector, the way Achilles insulted him by dragging his corpse around with his chariot was a foolish and intolerable act. As a result, he incurred the displeasure of the sun god Apollo, but despite being repeatedly warned to restrain himself, Achilles continued slaughtering the Trojan army. So the enraged Apollo aided the Trojan army's bow expert Paris, and guided him to shoot Achilles' only weak point—that is, his heel. Having his heart pierced by arrows one after another afterwards, Achilles sensed his own death, but continued fiercely fighting and using all his strength to kill the soldiers of the Trojan army around him. Just as predicted, he had a short life, but his legend as a hero was carved into the world.


Rider appears to be a great hero just from his appearance, one who would be admired by any man or woman, young or old. While his face is pleasing to the eyes, it is not like the knights of old whose courteousness softened the hearts of noble ladies. He has the eyes of a raptor, a strong and firm build, and the lack of any appearance of crudeness.

Rider has spiky green hair that stands up except for a single bang that hangs over the left side of his face. The chest piece of his silver armor also features a bird. An orange cloth is wrapped loosely around his body.


Rider is described as being broad-minded and audacious, often displaying a carefree smile on his face. He is not a hero like Berserker of Red who rebelled against all authority, but he is far removed from knights who valiantly served kings. Even if ordered by his Master, he is a Servant who will not accept tasks he does not wish to complete, showing his nature as a "hero." He thinks little of those called kings, so he has "fatal lack of compatibility" with those like Assassin of Red; the only exception would be the Amazon Queen Penthesilea, as he had an awful amount of regret when he killed her with his spear thus making it hesitant for him to fight against female opponents. During the course of a regular war, the first clash would likely have been between the two of them. In such a way, he once openly ignored orders from a king he disliked, only taking up arms for the sake of a slain comrade. While he is able to stand stern against those he has marked as enemies, he becomes soft when faced with those whom he has already marked as "good people" when they temporarily remove themselves from being his ally.

He has striven to live his life in such a way that he is constantly the target of killing intent and hateful animosity, and he has become accustomed to it. He was one who stood out alongside other heroes, displaying confidence in any battle and a great will to fight. His thirst for blood is such that normal humans will have their spirits utterly crumble before him. He freely boasts before his opponents and mocks them severely, even while outnumbered and not fighting at full power. He was one whose one true friend and the women who loved him meant all the world, so such things are nothing to him. For the opponents of the war whose scornful glares are directed at him, the only difference compared to those who directed animosity towards him in his life are the time in which they existed and the weapons they wielded. He views them as all the same, and plans to cut them down like they are nothing.

He has a very close relationship with Archer of Red and calls her as "Sister" (姐さん, Nee-san?), ("Missy" in the Fate/Apocrypha anime). Due to him and Archer being from the same lands, Assassin believes that he will no doubt make advances on her. While his charm and demeanor are enough to fluster even a "virtuous wife" with his words, though they are not effective due to her time in the wild. When they work together for the first time, Caster of Red suggested to write a love poem for them, Rider's eyes sparkled with joy at Caster's suggestion and happily accepted it.

Rider seemed to be obsessed with facing Archer of Black as he was a similar existence as him and was capable of harming him. When he learns Archer is Chiron, it was only natural that Achilles had wavered for an instant. Chiron had been an absolute figure and symbol to his younger self. His gentleness, seriousness and words had been engraved like magic into the young Achilles. Chiron was a father, teacher, older brother and close friend whom he spent his childhood with, when he was at his most sensitive. For Achilles, who was the son of a hero, had received the blessings of the Olympian gods and had been given looks of awe, respect and admiration from many young warriors, there were few people he could truly call his friends or teachers. Chiron was, beyond a doubt, one of those few people. He was someone Achilles could trust just as much as his close friend Patroclus. Rider still respectfully calls him master (先生, sensei?). There was definitely a bond between them. Teacher and student, friend and friend who trusted each other from the bottom of their hearts. Even if they trampled on those feelings, vast 'joy' over facing each other that surpassed their other feelings definitely existed in their hearts.

He wishes to fulfill the vow he made with his mother, "live like a hero and die like a hero" and to fight against Chiron. Despite this, however, the three people that Achilles never wants to have a rematch with, regardless whether it is before or after his death, are Hector, Penthesilea and Chiron.



The Beginning Stages of the WarEdit

  • Archer of Black sniping Rider of Red.
  • The Red Faction atop the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Rider of Red flying towards the Black Faction's jetliners
  • Rider of Red fighting Archer of Black
  • Rider of Red defeats Archer of Black

Rider, on his own judgment, follows Archer of Red as she chases the marching Berserker of Red to the Black Faction's base in Trifas, later officially asked by Shirou to provide backup after he decides that Rider would not willingly accept the task of killing Ruler. Rider attempts to make an advance on Archer when she asks his reason for being there, but her lack of any reaction leaves him only able to cough and get back to his mission. Curious about only having interacted with Shirou Kotomine instead of his Master, he asks Archer if it has been the same for her, which she affirms. As they speculate on the reasoning for them not showing themselves, they think it to be a possible magi eccentricity or plan for future battle, but find Shirou and Assassin of Red to be suspicious.

Berserker soon encounters his first enemy resistance from the Black Faction, but the two observe the battle because they are not enemy Servants. Unwilling to show his true power to the enemy, Rider only takes up his spear rather than his rightful weapon, his mount, and Archer takes to the woods to provide support from the rear. Preparing for battle, he engages Berserker of Black and Saber of Black, taunting the other side in underestimating him with just two Servants and that their entire force would be needed against him. Rider shows his superiority over Saber and Berserker by exceeding them both in skill and ability, as well as demonstrating the nigh invincibility granted to him by his Noble Phantasm, Andreias Amarantos. Due to Saber possessing no Divinity to match Rider's, he is unable to injury Rider, which prompts his Master, Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia, to use one of his Command Spells to force Saber into using his Noble Phantasm, Balmung. However, before Saber can utilize Balmung, which would reveal his True Name, Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia intervenes and forces Gordes to use another Command Seal to stop the attack. Rider is disappointed and slightly confused over Saber not using his Noble Phantasm, but to his shock, he suddenly struck by an arrow that manages to injure him. This arrow was shot by the Archer of Black, who, possessing Divinity of Rank C, is capable of wounding Rider. As more arrows are shot, Rider attempts to avoid them, only to notice that the attacker is capable of predicting his movements. Knowing that he is at a disadvantage, Rider retreats, though not before claiming that he will face Archer of Black again. Archer of Red also retreats alongside him.[4]

Battle At Castle YggdmillenniaEdit

Rider, along with the rest of the Red Faction Servants, aside from Saber of Red and Berserker of Red, later attack Fortress of Millennia onboard Assassin of Red's Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Demonstrating the power of his mount, Troias Tragōidia, he easily tramples the Black Faction's homunculi. But his mount is stopped by Caster of Black's golems, which does little to stop him as Rider continues to kill and destroy both golem and homunculi alike until he blocks an arrow fired by Archer of Black. Rider then goes off to engage Archer of Black in the woods, deflecting all arrows fired at him as closes the distances between them. However, he hesitates to strike Archer when he sees that Archer is his former friend and mentor, Chiron. Archer uses this opportunity to attack Rider, stating to him that although they were friends in life, it has no relevance in the Grail War. Although somewhat hesitant, Rider continues battling Archer, until both retreat when Berserker of Red unleashes his Noble Phantasm, Crying Warmonger.[5]

Confronting Lancer of Black and Shirou's True IdentityEdit

After the Red Faction uses the Hanging Gardens to steal the Greater Grail, Rider again faces off against Archer of Black, who came to retrieve the Grail along with Caster of Black and Lancer of Black. However, their fight is interrupted when Darnic suddenly appears and uses a Command Spell to force Lancer of Black to activate his Noble Phantasm, Legend of Dracula, turning Lancer in a vampire and combines himself with him. The Servants temporarily unite to battle the Nameless Vampire, with the recently arrived Ruler also empowering them. However, the  Servants of Red suddenly fall down due to their contracts being switched to Shirou Kotomine, who also destroys the Nameless Vampire. Shirou then invites all of the Servants to join him, claiming that there is no point for the Black Faction to continue. Rider of Red and Archer of Red are suspicious of him, but Lancer of Red agrees to listen to Shirou, not allowing the others to damage him. Caster of Black also decides to ally with Shirou, while Ruler and Archer of Black flee the Hanging Gardens.[6]

Joining Amakusa Shirou's CampEdit

When the Red Servants later negotiate the terms of between their new Master, Shirou, Rider agrees to help Shirou, wanting to battle Archer of Black again, although he is skeptical of him. Rider later questions Shirou of his goals, with Shirou saying that he only wants to gain salvation for humanity and has no other mischievous intentions.

The Final BattleEdit

When the Black Faction launches their attack on the Hanging Gardens, flying on top of airplanes, Rider rides his chariot and destroys many of the airplanes while also avoiding attacks from Archer of Black. Rider of Red eventually lands down, confronting Archer on top of an airplane. He activates his Noble Phantasm's Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē's ability, that creates a Duelfield, that no one else can enter, where Rider and Archer battle each other in unarmed combat. Although being closely equal, Rider manages to beat Archer, who is left unable to move. Before his death though, Archer manages to hit Rider's heel with his Noble Phantasm, Antares Snipe, neutralizing his immortality. He also asks Rider to loan one of his Noble Phantasms to the Black Faction, before finally dying. Rider of Red later meets the wounded Rider of Black, giving his Akhilleus Kosmos to him, out of respect for his teacher. Rider also shows up during Ruler's battle against Archer of Red, who had succumbed to madness due to her Noble Phantasm, Agrius Metamorphosis. Rider tells Ruler to leave, while facing Archer himself. He manages to defeat her, although he is mortally wounded in the process. During Archer's final moments, Rider comforts her, saying that her dream was wonderful. He also fades away afterward.

The original Light Novel has a different scene in regards of the final battle of Rider. Before finally confronting Archer, he recalled his past and why he liked her so much, namely because his father Peleus used to tell him the stories of his past, participating in the Hunt for the Golden Fleece with the Argonauts and the Hunt for Calydonian Boar, where he met a beautiful swift-footed huntress that took center stage of both events and even defeated him in a ceremonial wrestling match. Rider was inspired by the stories and considered her his idol, which hurt him when he saw her succumbing to madness and decided that he had to set her straight to preserve her image. In his victory, he was reminded with his final battle against Penthesilea, whereas after he expressed regret to kill a beautiful person, she went into rage and cursed that he would use his spear to slay a beloved person before she died, a curse that was fulfilled in the time he impaled Archer. To further comfort Archer, he's then shown crying over her own sorrow and despair over her unrewarding but beautiful dream that she kept pursuing, which was enough to grant peace to her mind, and they faded together in the same time, knowing that a journey to Hell would be all right when they're together.

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

Achilles appears in Alexander's interlude, having trained many sailors and pirates. He doesn't fight Alexander directly, but suggests the two may meet again some day.

Fate Apocrypha: Inheritance of GloryEdit

Achilles, along with Chiron, is one of the first two Servants who have regained their personalities and sanity after the event begins and Sieg and the protagonist enter the Greater Grail. They both help fight the others to end the repeating Greater Grail wars.


Achilles is without a doubt, a first-rate Servant,[3] and is considered a top rank Heroic Spirit that boasts of worldwide‐class fame.[5] His fame equals the legendary Greek hero, Heracles,[3] and is comparable to Vlad III, even within Romania.[7] Among the many Servants from Greek Mythology, he boasts of power that ranks next to Heracles.[3] He is seen as one of two Servants of the Red Faction to have unparalleled strength, the other being Karna. Ruler estimates that Achilles boasts power and ability that rivals Karna, and states that his existence alone completely changes the course of the battle. Shirou Kotomine also states that Achilles could match Karna, and considers him powerful enough to oppose Vlad III, even within Romania.[8] Due to his power the Subcategory Holy Grail War in Greece simply turned into a competition for his Catalyst, just like the previous one was a competition for a catalyst for Heracles before he was banned.[9] In addition to his strength, he possesses an abnormally abundant number of Noble Phantasms. As such he would instantly run out of mana if he used them in a normal Holy Grail War. The mana consumption of his chariot is particularly harsh, meaning only a first-rate Master can fully utilize him.[3]

Although his physical prowess is high, it is not an impossible standard for a Servant, but even taking that into account his speed still greatly stands out, as he has been recorded in history as the fastest hero among all humanity, lauded for his great valor and prowess in the Trojan War.[3] Being equated to instantaneous movement, he is able to strike anything that enters into his field of vision, as he can close the distance instantly.[10] His speed is so overwhelming that not many Heroic Spirits can keep up with him, even if an enemy can see through all his attacks, they are unable to completely avoid or block all of his attacks.[11]


Achilles is a natural-born warrior that boasts supreme skill that surpasses by a paper-thin difference that of the strongest Troyan hero, Hector.[12] Achilles possesses the qualifications to be summoned as a Lancer, Berserker, and Shielder, although his complement of Noble Phantasms is slightly different in each of the other classes.[3] As a Rider, Achilles fights using his hero-killing spear, Diatrekhōn Astēr Lonkhē, utilizing thrust and swipe techniques along with clever feints to overwhelm his opponent with his divine speed. Normally speaking, he would have easily gouged out Chiron's heart if he did not see through his body's movements and habits. After changing up his fighting-style with tricky moves in the middle of his fight with Chiron, he was able to temporarily corner him.[8] He is skilled enough to fight Saber of Black in combat despite his outstanding swordsmanship. Furthermore, Achilles has a sword that he can use in conjunction with his spear, in order to fight hordes of enemies.

One of Achilles' known fighting styles is the "poisonous serpent", an effective style for warding off enemy attacks while attacking with quick thrusts.[11] Additionally Achilles is proficient in using his spear as a throwing weapon, being able to throw it fast enough to surpass the speed of sound.

Due to being trained by Chiron in the world's oldest mixed martial art, Pankration. Achilles is very skilled in unarmed combat, utilizing powerful punches, elbows, and kicks to overwhelm his opponent with his sheer power and speed. A single kick was able to crush Chiron's eye and another was able to send him flying. He can perform throws and locks as well, to slam an opponent to the ground or break their neck. During his barehanded duel against Chiron, his final punch went through his chest and was stated to not be inferior to a Noble Phantasm.

Despite his great power and skill, there are three heroes Achilles never wants to fight ever again, whether it is before or after his death; Hector, Penthesilea, and Chiron.[12]

Class SkillsEdit

Magic Resistance (C Rank): Cancels spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against Magecraft on the level of High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals.[1]
Riding (A+ Rank): Creatures on the level of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast can be used as mounts. However, that does not apply to members of the Dragon Kind.[1]

Personal SkillsEdit

Battle Continuation (A Rank): Achilles is able to fight even when given grievous injuries. Compared to Siegfried's weak point that can allow even the weakest of Servants to kill him, Rider, who "doesn't know when to give up", can continue fighting for a time even after either of his weak-points, his heel and heart, are struck.[1]
Valor (A+ Rank): Thanks to this ability, Achilles is able to nullify mental interference such as coercion, confusion, and glamours. Damage in hand-to-hand combat is also increased.[1]
Divinity (C Rank): Achilles is the child of Sea Goddess Thetis and the human hero Peleus.[1]
Affections of the Goddess (B Rank): A skill that represents the affection is from his mother, Thetis. Other than Mana and Luck, all parameters are increased by one rank.[1]

Noble PhantasmsEdit

Troias TragōidiaEdit

As a Rider Class servant, Achilles has access to an A rank chariot driven by three steeds. The horses consist of the two divine horses bestowed by the sea god Poseidon and the famous horse which Achilles stole from a city.[1][13][14] With this Noble Phantasm, Achilles tramples down the battlefield with godspeed. The increase in speed is also proportional to increase in damage dealt. At its highest speed, it can be likened to a sweeping giant lawnmower.[1][14]
In exchange for the power granted by the chariot, the amount of mana consumed is enormous. In the worst case, it is estimated that it can consume enough prana to summon another Servant besides Achilles.[13]

Dromeus KomētēsEdit

This Noble Phantasm is the embodiment of Achilles' legend where he is recorded as the fastest hero in human history. A continuously invoked Noble Phantasm that is activated by stepping out of his chariot. He can run through a giant battlefield in one breath and obstacles on the field will not slow him down. Although he must expose his weak point, his Achilles heel, there are few Heroic Spirits who could catch up with his speed.[1][14]

Andreias AmarantosEdit

Achilles' entire body, excluding his heel, boasts the blessing of immortality, which negates all attacks from those who don't possess the Divinity.[1] Also, if the skill’s rank isn't equal or higher than Achilles', the damage won't go through completely, reduced to 75% of the damage for D rank and to 50% for E rank. Achilles is also susceptible to Divine Constructs. In that case, the damage he receives depends on the rank of the divine armament.[15]
Should his heel ever be pierced, and injured, Achilles' speed would decrease by approximately 70%.[16] Furthermore, he would no longer be able to make use of Dromeus Komētēs and Andreias Amarantos Noble Phantasms.[3] Despite having these drawbacks, Achilles was still able to fight on par with Atalanta in her Agrius Metamorphosis form.

Diatrekhōn Astēr LonkhēEdit

Achilles' lance, a Noble Phantasm that becomes usable when he steps out his chariot.[1] It creates an arena cut off from all of the surrounding environment and time, which isn’t released until one of the combatants is defeated. It also negates “flukes” caused by things like divine blessings or luck, allowing fellow Heroic Spirits to engage with Achilles on a one on one match, where outside help is impossible. Achilles can only use this Noble Phantasm against male opponents he wishes to fight and who have enough courage and skill to respond to his challenge.[17]

Akhilleus KosmosEdit

Achilles' ultimate trump card is his shield Akhilleus Kosmos, a Divine Construct said to be constructed by the god of smithing, Hephaestus. The shield protects the wielder by deploying a miniature world and can block nearly any attack, whether it be from an Anti-Unit, Anti-Army, Anti-Fortress, Anti-Country or even Anti-Divine Noble Phantasm.[1][14] However, due to this Noble Phantasm’s nature, it is weak against Anti-World Noble Phantasms alone. Achilles is also able to use this shield “attack” as well. After deploying the Noble Phantasm, he would aim to crush the enemy with that miniature world by continuously pushing forward. Most likely, Hephaestus never thought of such a method of using it. It doesn't require considerable skill and power to invoke its true name.[18]


Creation and ConceptionEdit

He was not part of the designs for the original canceled online game project. Since Saint George was discarded and left an empty Rider slot, Yuuichirou Higashide thought it should be someone really famous who wouldn’t be too intertwined with the main plot of the story and the candidate that came to his mind was Achilles.[19]

Ototsugu Konoe was responsible for the character design.


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  14. Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 5: "踵の矢は既に無い。だが、既に実感として理解できる。己の“不死身の肉体”は引き剥がされた。踵は急所でも あり、鍵でもある。あらゆる攻撃を跳ね返してきたこの肉体は、相手が 『神性』 スキルを所有しているか否かは無関係になる。自慢の健脚も、しばらくは七割減というところか。"
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