Saber's True Name is Lancelot, also known as the Knight of the Lake (湖の騎士, Mizūmi no kishi?), the person serving as a negative symbol of the Arthurian legend. The "Knight of the Lake", admired as the strongest even among the Knights of the Round Table. He was extremely loyal to King Arthur as one of the Knights of the Round Table. Lancelot's downfall began when he fell in love with Artoria's queen, Guinevere. It is said that the tragic love story of Diarmuid Ua Duibhne and Grainne later became the story model of Guinevere and Lancelot.
He had heard rumors of the King of Britain. He believed the King of Knights in Britain was pure nonsense. He began to compare himself with the King of Knights until he decided to travel to Britain to see the legendary king with his own eyes.
He met the King as soon as he landed in Britain in the midst of battle. It carved a deep impression of the King when he saw the sight of a young boy riding on his horse, gallantly swinging her sword in a horde of invaders. It proved how wrong he was, the requirement to battle day and night was not physical attributes but it was one who holds unwavering convictions. Lancelot had fought together with the King in that battle, and for his accomplishments he was granted the honor of speaking with her as a friend and invited to Camelot as a guest. Before long, he began desiring a seat on the Round Table. He became a knight among the Round table and saw many battles.
He had many famous exploits, including once hiding his name and disguising himself to enter a horse race for the sake of a friend’s honor. Even after falling into a trap and being forced to face the enemy's blades with only his bare hands, he had proved victorious with his skilled fighting prowess using only an elm branch.
When Sir Tristan left the castle saying King Arthur does not understand how others feel. It was those words that began to trigger his insanity. Sir Lancelot wishes to lessen the burden for his King, a wish that Guinevere also held. They conversed with each other and came to recognize each other as friends and rely on the other. It was then that Sir Lancelot became attracted to her. He learnt the King's secret from her. Though the king was actually a woman, she had married in order to maintain the pretense that she was a man and the image of a stable royal family. Guinevere, in turn, willingly sacrificed her own life as a woman in order to preserve this ideal government.
When Lancelot and the queen began their affair, the Knight of the Lake considered fleeing Camelot with her, but his loyalty to Artoria and his sense of duty prevented him from doing so. When political enemies of the king learned about the affair, Agravain, who was working for Morgan le Fay, exposed the adulterous relationship to the public. The queen was ordered to be executed. Lancelot attempted to save her, killing several of his fellow knights including Gawain's siblings, Gareth and Gaheris, in the process. He fled back to his own domain.
Lancelot, who was considered the perfect knight, Guinevere, the queen who had made her beloved betray his duty, and Artoria, the king who blamed herself for her loyal knight's despair, all suffered from the resulting fallout. Although Artoria forgave Lancelot's actions, Gawain still bore great hatred towards Lancelot for his betrayal and the death of his brothers.
His disloyalty fractured the balance among the Knights of the Round Table. This incident eventually became the trigger of civil war and carnage, and the country shattered to pieces in the flames of war. Lancelot, even after being excommunicated, wanted to participate in the Battle of Camlann to serve his King but Gawain hostilely rejected him, which helped result in the downfall of his King and country.
Just like his Berserker counterpart, Lancelot is a robust man, fully clad in armor. However, instead of black, his armor is of lustrous dark slate blue or deep purple color, with veils and pieces of gold throughout. His sword, Arondight, however, possesses the same color and appearance to Berserker's sword. His eyes are a light purple and his hair is of the same color. Said hair is incredibly spiky and parted over to the left. It is very short compared to the length of his Berserker counterpart's, suggesting this is a younger version of Lancelot.
In his second Ascension, his purple armor becomes glittering white. Six blue tassels are now attached to the back of his armor, with golden cross-shaped pendants on the other hand. Arondight's colors change: the edges become the same white as his armor, the mid-section and guard turn bright gold, and the hilt turns blue.
In his third Ascension, the tassels go from blue to white, and Lancelot now wears a blue cape with golden trims.
In his condition, summoned under the Saber Class is the closest to his original form. Caring for justice, honoring women, loathing evil - this virtuous figure overflowing with romance was acknowledged as the "ideal knight" by King Arthur.
« A noble knight? Don't make me laugh. I participated in the destruction of Britain! »
Lancelot, along with the other Knights of the Round Table, is summoned by the Lion King in the "Camelot" Singularity. The Lion King gives them the choice to either aid her in her "Holy Selection" or side against her, giving them a half a day to decide. Lancelot, although he was loathe to admit it, realizes that the Lion King is making the best out of a bad situation, deciding to side with her, along with Gawain, Agravain, Tristan, Gareth, and Mordred. They then kill their former comrades and form the Knights of the Lion King. He receives the Gift of "Ferocity" from the Lion King, due to vowing to ascertain the situation as a person, not martyring himself to justice.
The group sets out to the Holy Land, slaughtering any who side against them there and engaging the False Crusaders in battle. They easily defeat the Crusaders, except their leader, the Servant who claims to be Richard I. He manages to hold off the knights, possessing immense power. Finally, Gareth sacrifices herself by restraining their opponent using her own body, giving the Knights the opportunity to deal the final blow. Despite understanding Gareth's noble act of sacrifice, Lancelot is unable to move his body to attack, not wanting to once more do the deed. Instead, Gawain manages to deal the lethal strike, killing both Gareth and their opponent. The Lion King and her knights thus take control of the Holy Land, establishing the Holy City.
Camelot: Sacred Round Table RealmEdit
Lancelot continues the Holy Selection of Lion King, but unlike the other Knights of the Lion King, Lancelot is not completely loyal to the Lion King. He hides away the people that are not fit for the city, instead of killing them, as the others presume. When Chaldea arrives in the Singularity, Lancelot is away from the city, currently returning from a mission. The Hassan of the Cursed Arm mentions that he had killed the Hassan of the Quaking Pipe at some point.
Lancelot chases after the Chaldea group on the orders of the Lion King. Da Vinci stays behind, giving the group time to escape, while she seemingly sacrifices herself. However, Lancelot instead saves her and takes her to his hideout.
Later on, Lancelot and Tristan lead an attack against the Western Village, with Lancelot cutting down Arash, though he fails to kill him. He is later shocked when the Lion King utilizes Rhongomyniad to destroy the village. Later, when Lancelot and Tristan are being questioned about their mission by the Lion King and her knights, he questions why she used the Holy Spear, believing it to be an excessive measure. Lion King, however, explains that due to her Holy Selection being so close to completion, angering the Mountain Villages doesn't matter anymore, though Lancelot is unsatisfied with this answer. After hearing about the Chaldea group heading towards the Egyptian territory, Agravain blames Lancelot and declares him to be imprisoned, but Lancelot instead suggests chasing after the group. Lion King allows him to do so, with Lancelot heading away quickly.
Lancelot and his forces manage to catch up with Chaldea, who are searching for the Atlas Institute. The Chaldea group, Ritsuka Fujimaru, Mash Kyrielight, Bedivere, Xuanzang Sanzang and Tawara Touta, attempt to fight Lancelot, but are overpowered by him. However, they manage to escape, falling into the Atlas through the ground. Later as they emerge, they once again face Lancelot. The group then informs Lancelot of the Lion King's true plan to store the people of the Holy City into the Holy Spear to "protect" them from the Human Order Incineration, kept as her ideal samples of humanity. Though Lancelot is shaken by this, he refuses to oppose the Lion King. However this causes Mash, influenced by her connection to Galahad, to become enraged by Lancelot's behavior and she manages to defeat him in battle. After his defeat Lancelot agrees to help the group, deciding to bring them to his hideout, where the group reunite with Da Vinci.
Lancelot helps Chaldea in their struggle against the Lion King, accompanying on their quest to Ozymandias' territory and helping in formulating the strategy for the final battle against the Lion King's forces. He participates in the final battle, leading his knight forces alongside Chaldea against the forces of the Holy City. He battles against Agravain, who manages to defeat Lancelot, though he is grievously injured.
Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit
Lancelot is an extremely talented warrior who was considered the strongest among the Knights of the Round Table. Rather than simply being "high-spec", he could be called "completely overpowered", displaying fighting prowess many times greater than even King Arthur and the ability to match Gawain until wounding him at nightfall. When summoned as Saber he's not receiving the boost of Mad Enhancement, but in exchange he can use some abilities and Noble Phantasms that are locked for him when he's a Berserker.
Thanks to Eternal Arms Mastership and A Knight Does Not Die With Empty Hands skills he can turn any weapon he grabs into his Noble Phantasm and wield it with deathly precision (including even the Noble Phantasms of other servants). Mastership of Lancelot's combat arts has reached the point of being said to be unrivaled in his era. Using the Knight of the Lake he is able to temporarily add a + to any parameter other than luck (substantially doubling it).
Lancelot possesses B Rank in Magic Resistance, which renders only high level magic a threat to him. His Riding skill (B Rank) allows him to handle most vehicles and animals except the likes of Phantasmal Species. Protection of the Fairies (A Rank) grants him a blessing from the Elementals, the ability to call over luck in critical situations. Its activation is only limited to battlefields where it is possible to perform feats of arms.
His Noble Phantasms is Arondight - a holy sword that increases all of his parameters by one rank and deals additional damage to dragon-attribute Heroic Spirits. It also has the effect of doubling the success rate of saving throws. Lancelot can also release a powerful attack called Arondight - Overload that takes form of concentrated slash of mana.
Creation and ConceptionEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 Fate/Grand Order material IV - Lancelot, p.102-109
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Fate/Grand Order - Lancelot (Saber), Translation by Master of Chaos
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2
 Fate/Grand Order - Berserker Profile [T]
Lancelot - Berserker
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Hirokazu Koyama
Voice Actor: Ryōtarō Okiayu
Noble Phantasm: A
Eternal Arms Mastership: A+
Protection of the Fairies: A
Reverse Flow of Mana: A
Mad Enhancement: C
Magic Resistance: E
Knight of Honor: A Knight Does Not Die Empty-Handed
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
The "Knight of the Lake", admired as the strongest even among the Knights of the Round Table.
His adulterous love with Queen Guinevere invited the ruin of Camelot - surely, an individual who is the negative symbol of Arthurian Legends.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Arthurian Legends
Alignment: Lawful Mad Gender: Male
Once the greatest knight; but, consequentially, his error was too severe.
Level 2 Bond
Having lost his parents as a child, he was raise by the fairy of the lake Nimue and thus gained the alias "Knight of the Lake".
Upon reaching adulthood, he crossed over to the Isle of Britain and, after meeting with King Arthur, joined the Knights of the Round Table. It has been said that none could compare to his valor and chivalric mentality.
Level 3 Bond
For him to surrender himself to his feelings towards Queen Guinevere was an inevitable outcome for his chivalry. If his treachery towards the king was promptly met with ruin, he would probably have been saved. However, because his valor was peerless, this situation brought about the worst possible outcome.
Level 4 Bond
"A Knight Does Not Die Empty-Handed"
Rank: A Type: Anti-Unit
Knight of Honor.
An Ability Noble Phantasm that implements the attributes of "one's own Noble Phantasm" to anything he puts his hands on. No matter what armament, no matter what kind of weapon becomes a pseudo-Noble Phantasm equivalent to D Rank.
Level 5 Bond
- Eternal Arms Mastership: A+
Martial dexterity that reached the point of being boasted as peerless in a given era. By complete unification of heart, technique and physique, it is possible to display one's former combat power even while under the influence of any kind of mental restriction.
The tenacity of a knight who feel in the depths of regret despite being bathed by too much honors; especially due the feelings of love and hate pointed towards the King and the Queen that can never reach an answer, he continues to be imprisoned by eternal madness.
The black knight continues to fight, seeking the sole meeting that might appease his agony.
ランスロット - バーサーカー
- Eternal Arms Mastership: A+
- ↑ 4.0 4.1
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Sir Lancelot [Servant], p.096-097
Sir Lancelot [Servant]
The "Knight of the Lake", famed as the strongest of the Knights of the Round Table.
His illicit love affair with Queen Guinevere drove Camelot down the road to ruin, tarnishing his legacy in the legends of King Arthur.
As he often fell into madness due to troubles involving Guinevere, he has a particular compatibility with the Berserker class. In a lot of ways, he's just a guy who pushed himself too hard.
He was born with numerous abilities and aptitudes that take him beyond the realm of "high-spec" right into "completely overpowered", and none of them were any help at all in solving his problems. But while I could sort of sympathize with him, at the same time I couldn't help but feel a little bit of black joy that so many terrible things happened to such a handsome and talented person. But then the girls in class just looked at me in disdain, like, "Eww, so jealous, gross!" while screaming in shrill voices about how cool Lance-sama is, and… ahem. Sorry, I'm getting off track here.
Anyway, if he and King Arthur had just been able to have an all-out brawl to satisfaction on a sandy beach under the evening sun, so many tragedies might have been avoided. Well, there's no guarantee, of course, but the fact remains that whatever else happened that was the one thing that Lancelot's nature never let him do. He even tried going insane to change that part about himself, but just ended up causing the way-too-serious Artoria to misunderstand a lot of things instead. Really, it makes me wonder if his origin is "being a nuisance" or something.
 Fate/Zero Blu-ray Disc Box II English Translation booklet: Master Session 004 - Berserker Side, p.013-016
Master Session 004 - Berserker Side
Second oldest son of the Matou family, one of the three founding Mage familes.
Although his Magecraft aptitude was higher than his brother's, he hated the vile nature of the Matou family's magic. To save Sakura, the daughter of Aoi Tohsaka, he agrees to participate in the HolyGrail War. As a side effect of the Crest Worms, half his body is twisted and distorted. Atsushi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
A mad knight Heroic Spirit who is clad in black armor. The "Berserk" affinity was added to him, as he is unable to speak, and he refuses to obey his Master's instruction. His abilities include For Someone's Else's Glory, which conceal his own abilities, and Knight of Honor, which allows him to turn anything into a Noble Phantasm. He demonstrates an unnatural fixation on Saber. Atsushi Ikariya was in charge of the character design for the anime version.
The Matou family uses Worms in their Magecraft. In combat, they can be summoned and employed at will. There are various kinds, including the flesh-eating Blade Wing Worms that Kariya employs, and the Crest Worms that crawl around the Worm Pit.
Head of the Matou family. After repeatedly extending his life, this Mage is already not quite human. He is well versed in all things related to the Holy Grail, and gives Kariya Crest Worms. He observes the proceedings of the Holy Grail War from a distance.
Berserker 3DCG Supervisor Masato Takizawa
With Berserker's movements, I tweaked things like warping the parts and altering the scale so that it wouldn't look like stiff CG animation. Although there were a ton of difficult areas over the course of the series, I believe that all the hard work really can be seen on the screen and made for better visuals. I think that shows like this that are so beloved by the audience comes around once in a blue moon, so it's a real honor to have given the opportunity to take part in it.
A knight of the Round Table who served Arthur (Artoria). He falls in love with King Arthur's wife, Guinevere, and this dishonor brings about the fall of Britain. Also, in the anime, he is drawn with keyframe animation after his face is revealed. Because his complex armor was bring drawn by hand, it involved huge amounts of time and effort.
 Fate/Zero material - Encyclopedia: Diarmuid Ua Duibhne [Servant], p.100
Diarmuid Ua Duibhne [Servant]
The Lancer class Servant of the Fourth Holy Grail War, summoned by Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald. A hero of the Fianna, spoken of in Irish mythology. The story of his tragic love affair with Grainne would later become the model for the story of Lancelot and Guinevere. It's no wonder that the Berserker of the Fourth Holy Grail War has such bad compatibility with him!
In battle, he wields two Noble Phantasms: the Crimson Rose of Exorcism (Gae Dearg) which temporarily nullifies the effects of magical energy, and the Yellow Rose of Mortality (Gae Buidhe) which inflicts cursed wounds that cannot be healed by any means.
His basic parameters are not particularly high, but he excels at using battle tactics designed to trip up enemies stronger than himself. In particular, he is the natural enemy of those Heroic Spirits which rely on the powers of their Noble Phantasms to fight. Depending on his strategy, it's even possible that he could have won the entire Fourth Holy Grail War (or suffer a humiliating defeat at the hands of Assassin).
Out of all the Servants in the fourth war, he had the second-worst compatibility with his Master. Though, if his very first opponent had been anybody besides Saber, he might have been able to fight in a way more in line with his Master's expectations. For you see, it was Saber's serene beauty and grace which kindled the flames of chivalry within his heart. Also, while he was summoned as a Lancer this time, and therefore carried the twin demonic spears Gae Dearg and Gae Buidhe, his legends also speak of a pair of demonic swords: Moralltach and Beagalltach. So, there was actually a decent chance he could have been summoned as a Saber. Or rather, that's probably what Kayneth was hoping for…
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Garden of Avalon - Chapter 3: The declining sun - Story of knights translation, p.072-079
- ↑ Einzbern Consultation Room - Episode 6
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Encyclopedia/Fate/EXTRA CCC
- ↑ Camelot/Zero translated at Beast's Lair
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order Camelot Chapter 05
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order Camelot Chapter 12
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order Camelot Chapter 13
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order Camelot Chapter 15
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order Camelot Chapter 17
- ↑ Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 07: VI / Spy Satellite Amon
- ↑ Fate/Apocrypha - Episode 06: Knight of Rebellion
- ↑ Lord El-Melloi II Case Files - case. Mystic Eyes collection train (Lower)