Also known as:
Tenacious Dragon Slayer (不撓不屈の竜殺し, Futō Fukutsu no Ryū Goroshi?)
Siegfried (ジークフリート, Jīkufurīto?), Class Name Saber of "Black" ("黒"のセイバー, "Kuro" no Seibā?), is the Saber-class Servant of Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia of the Black Faction in the Great Holy Grail War of Fate/Apocrypha. He is one of the Servants summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
Identity[edit | edit source]
The Dragon-Blooded Knight (竜血の騎士, Ryūketsu no Kishi?) and the "Dragon Slayer" who defeated the evil dragon Fafnir with the holy sword Balmung in hand. He is a great national hero of Germany that has many different depictions in the various legends attributed to him. His most famous role is his introductory appearance in the German epic poem of the Middle Ages, the "Nibelungenlied", portrayed as its main character. He is a character in a tragedy that had spread throughout Europe concerning dragon slaying and the Rhinegold, and his character became established with the ancient epic "Nibelungenlied". However, Siegfried is actually not the main character of the "Nibelungenlied". The real main character is his wife Kriemhild, and this epic is the tale of the most terrible revenge brought upon by her despair and hatred.
Siegfried's legend came into existence around the 5~6th Century and had spread to many lands. At nearly the same time as the "Nibelungenlied", the story of the hero Sigurd, the "Völsunga saga", came into existence. Wagner's opera "Der Ring des Nibelungen" is a masterpiece work that compiles these legends together. Although Siegfried and Sigurd possesses the same origin, they are two different existences.
Legend[edit | edit source]
Siegfried was born a prince of a noble lineage in The Netherlands. He wields the precious sword Balmung which he received from the Nibelungen family, and has been in battles ever since he was a young man, having faced and fought in many campaigns and several adventures.
After the accumulation of the endings of his many adventures, where in the process, he obtained the demonic sword Balmung and an overcoat that makes one disappear and hides one's figure, Siegfried's most well known feat was being crowned a "Dragon Slayer" by battling the evil dragon Fafnir for the treasure of the Nibelungen family and finally defeating and killing him with his holy sword. He then bathed and drank drops of the Dragon Kind's blood, and Siegfried became an invulnerable existence by obtaining an invincible body from his victory over Fafnir where he would no longer receive even a single wound on the battlefield. But when he bathed in the dragon's blood, a single linden tree leaf happened to stick to his back, making it his one weak point that would bring about his irrevocable death.
However, most of those heroic battles went untold... As such, the details of Siegfried's adventures, including the felling of the evil dragon Fafnir and the obtaining of the demonic sword Balmung, are just told of as hearsay by the characters, and were not actually shown.
Adding to the growing ranks of the Burgundians, Siegfried brought them many victories and married Kriemhild, sister of the Burgundian king, accessing the throne of The Netherlands. However, a shadow was cast on such flamboyant glory around the time he got married with Kriemhild. His brother-in-law, the Burgundian king, loved a certain woman, the queen of Iceland, Brünnhilde. He requested Siegfried to help him to seek her affection and so, it was settled by having the hero embrace that woman as his proxy. It may not have been a crime, but it wasn't a behavior that should be praised either and it was a request that ended up coming back to him as punishment.
Death[edit | edit source]
After the trickery, the Burgundian king was able to marry the queen of Iceland, Brünnhilde. Due to knowledge of this trickery spreading around, the hero wounded the woman's honor and pride. And she wasn't an ordinary woman, but the queen of a country. As a result of granting the wishes of his brother-in-law, Kriemhild and the wife of his brother-in-law, Brünnhilde, got into a conflict and wounded each other's honor, a collision between them becoming inevitable. Siegfried was cornered into a situation where he had no choice but to die in order to prevent a fight, and he once more granted everyone's wish. He had always answered to people's expectation, but what was wished from him in the end was his own death. He thought that it would be resolved if he, the cause of it all, died. As a result, he sensed that it would cause a terrible conflict, so he spoke to Hagen who was once called a friend and in the past exchanged cups of brotherhood with.
« Ah, the situation is beyond my control. Hagen, I am invincible and so have never once been wounded by you. But even so, if I don't have you kill me… »
|(Siegfried speaking to Hagen)|
Without spending in any significant degree the Rhinegold, Siegfried entrusted his best friend his only weakness. The man who was once his friend granted the hero's wish. He tenaciously searched and found out the hero's weak point, crafted a plan knowing fully well that it was a cowardly act, and aimed for the hero's back as he drank water. Even while knowing that, the hero stopped himself from resisting. He was assassinated by a vassal of the Burgundians who struck him on his weak point. Without leaving behind any unseemly figure or stupidity, the hero died as a tragic hero who received a sneak attack due to trickery. His former friend became widely known as a rare villain who had killed the hero through foul play. From Siegfried's point of view, it was the best way to solve the antagonism between Kriemhild and Brünnhilde, but he committed a fatal mistake.
Siegfried had surmounted every field of battle without a single defeat, until losing his life at the blade of betrayal striking him in his back. In the end, it called forth even more tragedy, so it seems the curse of the Rheingold took effect perfectly. This connects to the revenge tragedy of his wife Kriemhild for the murder of her husband in the later half of the tale. Kriemhild loved him so much that she didn't mind selling her own soul to the devil if it was to get revenge for her husband's death. Her hatred wasn't pointed only to the killer Hagen, but also to her own brother Gunther. And then, Kriemhild herself, trapped in her hatred, is defeated by a chivalrous attack. Furthermore, the sword Kriemhild used to kill Hagen was Siegfried's beloved Balmung, so there are people that said that after twists and turns, Siegfried could get his revenge. However, it is also certain that Siegfried and Hagen had been friends that shared their wine and dreams.
With him possessing the noble lineage of royalty, being known for his various adventures and heroic tales, and having met a tragic end, there are few heroes who are as heroic as him. But it is precisely because he is such a heroic hero that he was unconsciously burdened by binds. A hero acts out of the supplications of the people, and therefore should not act without being asked. This is because a hero is such a being. Because they possess overwhelmingly immense power, they must not act out of their own will and try to grant their own wish. A hero is a being that fulfills the wishes of others, and must not ever tread any further than that.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Siegfried is a tall man with silver-grey hair. His body was encased in radiant silver woven plate armor. He carries his Phantasmal Greatsword, Balmung, on his back. His exposing skin was dyed brown with the blood of a dragon. That skin was composed of dragon scales that wouldn't be wounded by any blade or spell... All except for a single part in the middle of his back. His tall stature, slender body and tanned-colored skin are proof of him having been soaked in the blood of a dragon.
Personality[edit | edit source]
« I lived and died as a hero. I have no regrets about that in itself. I can declare that there was not a single disagreeable thing in my life. Even so, I can't help but think. If I weren't a prince, if I were just an ordinary man... Wouldn't I have been able to earnestly pursue my own will? It doesn't matter if I'm not acknowledged by anyone. I don't mind if I'm not praised by anyone. I want to acknowledge myself. I want to have pride in myself. There lies what I sought. What I wished for. I want to stand on the side of what I believe in. If I could do that, then surely—I would be able to live with my chest puffed up proudly. I won't fight for the sake of someone else. I won't fight for my own sake either. For the sake of the benevolence that I believe in, the justice I believe in, the loyalty I believe in, and the love I believe in. I will take hold of this sword and fight with this body. That is my dream, my wish. I——want to be a hero of justice. »
|(Siegfried's last thoughts before death)|
Having turned into a Heroic Spirit, Siegfried looks back at his lifetime to his self as a "hero wished by others" and harbors a modest dream. Siegfried is known for the tales of his royalty and the way he led troops as a captain, but he was also a hero who answered the requests and calls of others. However, this selflessness opened a void in his heart. The more he helped others, the more confused he was about his own wish. Even though he loved humans and the world, he never managed to fill that emptiness no matter what he did. At his moment of death, he finally realized that in his next life, he wanted to fight not for "somebody else's sake" and other people, nor for himself, but only for the justice he himself believes; he wanted to be a true Hero of Justice. That is his dream. He had always made the wrong decisions at the most critical of moments. Bound to his own desires, he tried to overlook the weak who cowered before him. He did not seek salvation for himself, so he ignored the silent cries of those who had. Such meanness and wickedness were certainly not things he had striven for.
Siegfried as he was portrayed in the "Nibelungenlied" forms the basic essentials of his character, and he only knows about the Norse Valkyries from second-hand knowledge.
If he is summoned as a Servant, Siegfried will think of himself about how he is told of as a hero that killed a dragon, but in the end, the only thing he did was give birth to further tragedy. An absolute retribution, as if it was saying that "since you shed so much blood until now, you will also shed the blood of the people you protected." For this reason, his self-esteem is always negative, and he is constantly murmuring, "I'm sorry."
In the Great Holy Grail War, Siegfried obeys his strict Master, even if he is forced to unwillingly shackle himself and is forbidden to speak by necessity because no command will burden him if it leads to fulfilling his own wish that he couldn't fulfill during his lifetime. His personality is truly that of a noble knight, but it is unknown what he really thinks because of the command to never speak a word.
Just as the impression of his face gives off, he is reticent and modest, but his bearing, which overflows with dignity, makes him seem well-bred. He is the type to talk with a simple, unsophisticated tone and hold back his words to the absolute minimum needed. That is the foundation of his personality, and it deepened the antagonism between him and his Master Gordes. Although taciturn, his passions run deep.
Siegfried has a reserved attitude, but as a matter of fact, there is a side to him more stubborn than anyone else regarding his own personal principles that is demonstrated even to his own Master. Although he will normally listen to anything said no matter what it is, he has this one line of thought where he will not retreat even one step back even when a Command Spell is used. Because of that, there seems to be an occasional misunderstanding.
Siegfried's self-esteem tends to be negative because of the misfortune caused by the Rhinegold that continues to last, with him being unable to do anything but grant the wishes of anyone that crosses over into his lifetime, and it seems that his reason that once stirred the flow of his thoughts could not be found.
It is possible to say that he is extremely easy to handle as a Servant, Siegfried being able to make a Master that has a nature to retreat a single step in dangerous situations to stand up to the situation presented. However, as mentioned above, in situations where he is left to problems that will affect his principles, no matter how much a favorable relationship is built between himself and his Master, it seems he will stubbornly not listen to anything said by the Master. However, his principles are extremely humane and respectable, and if he has a good-willed Master, it is expected for one to be able to build up a relationship of mutual trust with him without any troubles to an extent.
However, no matter how much the relationship of mutual trust is built up, it is hard for one to ride on the relationship through flattery.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- Siegfried develops a mutual admiration with Karna. In their fight, they realized that they both shared many similarities. He was terrified of Karna's constant spear attacks but at the same time, he was overjoyed that he was able to feel the sensation of struggling against death ever since he defeated the dragon. After facing Karna, he broke his silence and hopes to fight Karna to their heart's content.
Role[edit | edit source]
Fate/Apocrypha[edit | edit source]
Beginning Stages of the War[edit | edit source]
Saber is summoned by Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia with a bloodstained linden leaf as a catalyst in a multiple Servant summoning. Though it was agreed that all would share the names of their Servants, Gordes vehemently disagrees, claiming that revealing knowledge of his Servant's True Name to anyone but Darnic and Lancer of Black would be detrimental to their battle. He then leaves with his Master, returning to his quarters. Gordes commands him to never speak unless unveiling his Noble Phantasm in order to keep the possible hints towards his identity to a minimum. Though he is worried that acting as such to a great hero may be overstepping himself, Saber confirms with a nod that he will abide by the command. It may have changed his fate had he refused, forcing the use of Command Spells, but he chose to submit as a Servant of the Saber class, bringing about a fatal misunderstanding between them.
Sometime early on, Saber and Gordes helped Ruler from Lancer of Red's attack. Saber and Lancer both battle in a death match situation. They both find each other a worthy opponent in the Great Holy Grail War and was hoping to have a rematch before departing.
Saber is deployed along with Berserker of Black to act as part of the plan to capture the rogue Berserker of Red. They encounter Rider of Red and Archer of Red as they act as Berserker of Red's backup. As Archer retreats into the forest, Rider taunts the two, causing them to become angered at the insult to their pride. As Rider challenges them, they both charge at him. Both Berserker and Saber's attack were ineffective against Rider, while Rider paid little attention to Berserker and clashed with Saber once again. The fight between Saber and Rider was equally balanced as there weren't any wounds on either of them, and both of their attacks were being nullified. Gordes impatiently orders Saber to use his Noble Phantasm, but Saber ignores his Master's urgings as he tries to figure out the mystery behind Rider's invulnerability. Saber wanted Gordes to understand his reasoning so he let the command go by unheeded.
Rider, tired of the fight as it isn't going anywhere, commented that Saber should try to laugh before his death before he was shot by Archer of Red's arrow, sending him backwards and crashing into several trees. Gordes, frustrated with Saber, used his Command Spell to order Saber to use his Noble Phantasm to defeat Rider. Saber was shocked with his Master's order, and he believed that relying on brute strength to force the issue without first solving this riddle was an act of an imbecile. He tried to resist the order with all his might, but as he was about to release his Noble Phantasm, Gordes used a Command Spell to retract his previous order due to Darnic's intervention. Saber retreats by changing into his Spirit Form as Archer of Black snipes on Rider on Red and Berserker of Black takes on Archer of Red.
Saber of Black's Sacrifice[edit | edit source]
When Darnic questions about Gordes' incompetence, he orders Saber to materialize and he appears next to Gordes. Saber knelt respectfully before Gordes and Darnic. Saber confirms that the possibility with the enemy knowing his True Name is low. Caster of Black informs Darnic about the Homunculus and Rider of Black's plan to escape. Darnic orders Gordes to pursue Rider with Saber and bring back the Homunculus. When Rider helps the nameless Homunculus escape during Berserker of Red's attack, Saber, along with Gordes, was blocking their path together. Gordes orders Saber to restrain Rider, and Saber stepped up to Rider in a single stride and grabbed his arm and neck. Saber pulled him away from the Homunculus and forced him to the ground. As the Homunculus was punched almost to death by Gordes, Rider starts questioning about Saber's pride as a hero. Saber's hand twitched as he reacted to Rider's words, and he decided to ignore Gordes' command to restrain Rider and tries to appeal to Gordes' good nature to spare the Homunculus. Saber urges Gordes to grant the Homunculus salvation by healing and releasing him but he was disappointed by his reply.
In an instant, Saber knocked out Gordes' consciousness by punching him in his abdomen. Saber then heads towards the Homunculus and Rider, dispelling his woven plates, sword and even armor, and bared his chest. The Homunculus is mortally wounded, and Rider begins to cry over his dying friend. Rider blames him for his delayed actions for he could have saved the Homunculuss life earlier. Saber is ashamed of himself for abandoning the Homunculus rather than trying to save him, realizing that he was about to repeat the same regret he had in his life. Saber tore out his heart, raising the Homunculus with one hand, and made him swallow the heart. He transplants his heart into the Homunculus and successfully resuscitates him as atonement. As he fades away, he smiled bitterly, content with how things works out.
In the initial plans of the Yggdmillennia team, Saber would go out to the front lines and receive the attacks of enemy Servants as Lancer's protector. Lancer would be positioned to control the battlefield with Kazikli Bey. Assassin of Black would kill the enemy Masters and cause chaos in the enemy's rear guard along with Berserker. Rider would guide the Golems and control the situation with Caster, while Archer would act as support by shooting at areas where a hole in the enemy lines could be made. It was truly a perfect formation as an academic theory, but they were forced to tearfully change tactics due to Siegfried unbelievably leaving the battlefield before the war actually began.
With Saber's death, the nameless Homunculus names himself "Sieg" in honor of his sacrifice. Lancer of Black was furious with Rider of Black and blames him for his death; however, as noted by Archer, Lancer's anger towards Rider had cooled down due to how he understood Gordes's arrogant attitude had played a major factor towards Saber's demise. Rider regretted not being able to talk to him anymore. Rider wanted to believe Saber had been "victorious", who sacrificed himself to save the Homunculus without hesitation and smiled in satisfaction at the end. Ruler had a bad premonition; she sensed no Servants had been defeated yet something was amiss. She confirms that Saber of Black was on the verge of death yet he was still alive. She learnt the truth from the Black Faction and went looking for Sieg. Gordes had been shaken pitifully and was crushed by humiliation as he had lost Saber. He started to regret treating Saber as a tool rather than a hero with his own personality.
Rest of the War[edit | edit source]
Sieg, in his near death state, experienced Saber's memories and later has the ability to shapeshift into Saber of Black. Shirou Kotomine theorizes that Saber of Black return isn't a revival but more of a possession. Sieg was a shell that was able to wear the body of Saber of Black. Sieg's connection to Saber's heart and in combination with the abundant magical energy of a Command Spell has allowed Saber to descend from the Throne of Heroes into Sieg's flesh. Normally, a human soul wouldn’t be able to endure a Heroic Spirit's existence inside a body. The reason Sieg succeeded is because he is a homunculus, where their souls are very young and therefore pure, and as such, they won’t be dyed by anything, resulting in their bodies enduring any kind of transformation.
Fate/Grand Order[edit | edit source]
First Singularity: Orleans[edit | edit source]
Siegfried was the protector of Lyon when he was summoned into the Singularity. He was defeated and imprisoned in the town castle though when Jeanne d'Arc Alter and her Servants attacked. He was also afflicted with multiple cursed by Jeanne Alter.
Ritsuka's party eventually arrive in Lyon's ruins, needing Siegfried to slay Fafnir. They find him imprisoned in the castle and free him. Upon exiting the castle, the group are confronted Jeanne Alter and Fafnir, who is commanded to incinerate the group. Mash Kyrielight and Jeanne d'Arc protect everyone from the flames though. Siegfried then drives the evil dragon away, allowing the group to escape.
After escaping to a ruined fort, Siegfried's wounds are healed by Marie Antoinette but the curses afflicted on him prevent a full recovery. He recalls his role as Lyon's protector and his defeat at hands of Jeanne Alter's Servants. Jeanne says they'll need another Servant who can use Baptism Rites to remove the curses from Siegfried. Since she doesn't enough power, the group decide to look for a saint Servant to remove the curses on Siegfried as he's needed to slay Fafnir. The group split up to search, with Siegfried going with Ritsuka, Mash, and Mozart.
Siegfried and the others eventually arrive in Thiers, where they encounter Elizabeth Bathòry and Kiyohime bickering. After defending the town from an enemy assault, they're forced to fight Elizabeth and Kiyohime when Ritsuka insults them. After they're defeated, Ritsuka explains the situation to them. Kiyohime says she met Georgios before out west, so Mash contacts Jeanne and Marie who went out that way. The group learn the two just made contact with Georgios. However they lose contact when the town under his protection comes under attack by Jeanne Alter.
Jeanne eventually arrives in Thiers with Georgios, and tells the others of Marie's noble sacrifice. She and Georgios then remove the curses from Siegfried while Elizabeth and Kiyohime join the group. After defending Thiers from another attack, they leave and make camp in a nearby forest to prepare for their assault on Orleans. The next day, Siegfried says a frontal assault is the only viable option since the enemy already knows their location. He asks the others to protect him and Ritsuka while he goes to slay Fafnir.
As the group march towards Orleans, they confront and defeat Atalanta. Siegfried eventually fights Fafnir while the others defeat Vlad III, Chevalier d'Eon, and Carmilla. He then slays Fafnir with the help of his allies. He stays behind with Mozart and Georgios to deal with the wyverns while the rest proceed into the castle to fight Jeanne Alter. After the era is restored, he and Georgios express how honored they were to have fought alongside each other. Before disappearing though, they realize though it won't be the last time as they will summoned again to help Ritsuka.
Final Singularity: Solomon[edit | edit source]
Interlude[edit | edit source]
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Siegfried's catalyst, the linden leaf that stuck to his back when he bathed in Fafnir's blood, appears in Lord El-Melloi II Case Files. Atrum Galliasta wanted it in order to summon Siegfried for the Fifth Fuyuki Holy Grail War, but Touko Aozaki burned it and used its ashes as a spell reagent.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Siegfried is an undisputed great hero admired in the "Nibelungenlied" and a famed "Dragon Slayer" that can match a thousand, seen as one of the vital cornerstones of the Black Faction's strategy during the Great Holy Grail War. Having surmounted every field of battle without a single defeat, until losing his life at the blade of betrayal striking his back, his only weak point, he is a magnificent warrior, and he stands as the greatest hero of Germany, and next to Sigurd as one of the most powerful of all Norse myth. Being one of the three greatest assets of the Black Faction alongside Vlad III and Chiron due to possessing superb parameters towering above the rest, he is certainly one of their greatest trump cards, and he was originally to have acted as a frontline combatant and Lancer of Black's protector. In the battlefield, Siegfried is the type to constantly stand on the frontlines protecting his comrades, as he is basically "hard, solid, and tough". He is also highly praised as a spectacular and invincible hero by those like Lancer of Black and Karna, as he is an excellent swordsman "whose swordsmanship has long since surpassed mankind." He also has the qualifications to be summoned under the Rider class. Despite being a Dragon Slayer, due to possessing Dragon blood, he is similarly weak to such attributes. As such, he would fair poorly against weapons made to slay dragons.
Sieg is able to transform into Siegfried for three minutes thanks to his Dead Count Shapeshifter: Dragon Revelation Command Spells with which he downloads the information of the Heroic Spìrit into his body. Physical information is expressed, battle experience is stored and accumulated, personal abilities are embodied, and even Noble Phantasms are reproduced. In terms of physical abilities, Sieg perfectly reproduces as Saber of Black. During his fight with Mordred, she hadn't yet healed all the wounds she sustained in her attempt to flee from Frankenstein's Blasted Tree. Although her B+ Strength should be enough to damage Saber of Black, her peerless strike was unable to pierce his harder than steel skin. After the two exchanged a few blows, it was made abundantly clear that Sieg had not only perfectly reproduced Siegfried's physical abilities, but also inherited his abundant accumulated battle experience as well. By Sisigou's rough assessment, he was almost even with her in terms of stats. To make it worse, he was better in terms of defence in a straight up match thanks to his Armor of Fafnir. It was in this situation that Mordred and Sisigou agreed to use a Command Spell for as long as he fought Sieg. Normally, a Command Spell is used in a more narrowly defined way such as, for example, a spatial jump equivalent to Magic. If not used in such precisely defined way, the binding force of the command spell would weaken. The order "defeat Saber of Black" was vague, so the boost only allowed Mordred to raise her power to it's max. Nevertheless, being now able to use her full strength, her slashes were able to cut him. In a contest of pure physical strength, Mordred with both her Mana Burst and the boost of the Command Spell was stronger.
Skills[edit | edit source]
Class Skills[edit | edit source]
- Riding (B Rank): Riding Ability. The majority of vehicles can be ridden above average. Magical Beasts, Holy Beast rank beasts cannot be ridden.
Personal Skills[edit | edit source]
- Dragon-Slayer (A Rank): One of the special Skills possessed by those who brought down a member of the Dragon Kind. Drastically improves one’s offensive power and defensive power against Dragon Kinds. It can be said that this is not a talent given from heaven, but the very anecdote of killing a dragon having been changed into this Skill. This makes him a dangerous existence to any Servants with the dragon characteristics such as Artoria Pendragon.
- Golden Rule (C- Rank): he attained the treasures of the Nibelungs, being promised a lifetime of wealth, but his Luck decreases due to the rank of this Skill. In life, Siegfried's kingdom was the wealthiest of all the surrounding regions, often throwing great feasts and tournaments and giving tributes so large that even an entire caravan would have trouble carrying them. The treasure manifests as the Noble Phantasm Das Rheingold, which can be accidentally summoned along with Fafnir.
- Disengage (A Rank): The ability to either withdraw from combat or reset the state of affairs around oneself. Restores the condition of one’s techniques to their initial value while simultaneously, it forcibly releases some of the bad status ailments that were inflicted on them.
Noble Phantasms[edit | edit source]
Armor of Fafnir[edit | edit source]
Siegfried's main Noble Phantasm is Armor of Fafnir, a continuously active armor that negates all attacks of B rank and below. When receiving regular an A rank attack, it is only recorded as an E rank attack. In case he is attacked with a Noble Phantasm, the armor’s defensive value will rise to B+. Should the enemy use a Noble Phantasm or skill that has the properties of an Anti-Dragon special attack, this additional defensive value will not be included. Furthermore, the B+ defensive value is only applicable when he is attacked while defenceless, and in the case where he takes defensive action with Balmung to match the opponent's Noble Phantasm, the properties of the opposing enemy's Noble Phantasm will be further reduced. In other words, when Siegfried goes all out in a defensive battle, he is effectively a moving fortress.
Despite being an excellent swordsman, Siegfried is unable to defend himself from Karna's assault. Although he manages to ward off the spear's barrage by maneuvering his sword with the smallest possible movement, and by closing the distance one step at a time, Karna holds the advantage in terms of range thanks to his long spear and thus manages to strike Siegfried seventy-eight times in different vital points every single time. Although his arms should have been torn apart, and his eyes gouged out due to each of Karna's strikes being equivalent to an A rank attack, thanks to Siegfried's Armor of Fafnir, they are registered as shallow wounds that could be healed in an instant thanks to Gordes regenerative thaumaturgy. In spite of this, it was an act so reckless, that even Jeanne d'Arc, who knew of his legend, wanted to cry out for him to stop. Having also arrived when Karna was about to unleash his Noble Phantasm at full power to kill Ruler, Gordes considered that it was so powerful, that it should have been wiser for Saber of Black to fight alongside Ruler with her invincible "privilege" to defeat Lancer of Red. Although the superiority of Karna's technique exceeded Siegfried's by a slight degree, Siegfried had a tougher body. All things considered, they were more or less an even in terms of strength, due to their fight prolonging for several hours without any of them using their other Noble Phantasms.
When fighting Achilles, even while working with Frankenstein, their combined assault, aiming both high and low, was splendidly deflected by Achilles. Although the Greek hero seemed invincible, thanks to Achilles not fighting them seriously, Armor of Fafnir was capable of nullifying all damage Saber took, allowing him to keep the fight balanced for the time being. Their fight was interrupted by Atalanta, who after realizing that a regular shot would not hurt Saber of Black, drew her bow to its limit, performing a powerful attack of an even higher rank flying faster than the speed of sound. The shot came from so far away, that Siegfried didn't detect it, and thus had his body pierced, and was sent flying head over heels, crashing into several trees.
Siegfried's armor only possesses one weakness, a single spot that was covered by linden leaf on the exposed portion of his back, where the effects of Armor of Fafnir does not apply to. The reason the weak point on his back is exposed is because of a "curse" that forces him to do so. It conceptually prevents him from protecting his back. Even if Siegfried were to be protected by something like a spherical barrier, a hole in it would definitely open facing his back. It becomes extremely difficult for him to be healed with healing magecraft if he is wounded there even once. As a result, should his True Name be revealed it would be fatal, as a result of his renowned legend, knowledge of his weakpoint will be known to all should his identity be exposed. Utilizing his Noble Phantasm around witnesses and even speaking could give critical details about him away, so Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia decides to go as far as forbidding him from speaking. Despite this worry however, there aren't many heroes who possess the skill to pull off the tricky feat of aiming for Siegfried's back while fighting him in the first place, so Assassin-class Servants with Presence Concealment are seen as his greatest threat.
Balmung[edit | edit source]
In addition, he wields the greatsword Balmung, able to unleash a wide-range attack that displays its true worth against an army, while also inflicting additional damage on those with the dragon attribute. The blue jewel encased in the hilt of the sword contains mana from the Age of Gods, and it is possible to pull out the sword's power to the maximum with just a small quantity of it. His sword's accumulation of mana is overwhelmingly faster than that of an average Anti-Army Noble Phantasm, though still not as fast as Sieg who managed to use the Noble Phantasm so many times consecutively only because he continued to instantaneously pull out the sword's power while replenishing his mana with "Galvanism". The Servant version of Siegfried cannot instantly replenish the mana he expends. Although when he was alive he could activate it faster than Sieg, thanks to his inborn disposition combined with the transformation of his heart due to being bathed in and drinking a dragon’s blood, the moment he was summoned as the Servant Saber, that special characteristic of his was highly degraded.
In the clash between Sieg's Balmung, and Mordred's Clarent Blood Arthur, the second one was slightly superior. Between his Noble Phantasm which destroyed the entire surrounding area in a wave, and Mordred's, which destroyed all existing material in it's path in a straight line, Mordred's Noble Phantasm had the adavantage in terms of their respective natures. However, when their trump cards clashed, Mordred noticed that Sieg wasn't using Siegfried's full power. Although his power was definitely equal to that of Siegfried, Sieg hadn't reached his mind and spirit. As a result, she was able to stay one step above him in everything during battle. Most likely, his resolve would be even greater when he next transformed and he would be strong to match her. Then, if he transformed a third time...
Sieg claimed that by his third transformation he would be able to put up a fight against the defense functions of Semiramis' Hanging Gardens of Babylon, saying that he could likely survive the attack even if he woudln't lose outright. Sieg could accurately calculate the power of the EX Anti-Army beam attack which Ruler had blocked with her holy flag, and he was confident that he could overwhelm and beat it with Balmung. However, they had learned from Astolfo that the Hanging Gardens had eleven interception spells prepared and ready for Assassin of Red to fire at any time. If the spell that Ruler had blocked was a ‘one’, then it was basically multiplied by eleven when fired in combination. Even then, Sieg probably wouldn’t lose, but he wasn’t confident that he could defeat it either. The odds were likely that it would turn into a contest of power—clashing against each other with all their might and merely resulting in both of them exhausting themselves. Karna blocked this version of Balmung by using both his armor and his Mana Burst (Flame) skill simultaneously.
Development[edit | edit source]
Creation and Conception[edit | edit source]
Siegfried was designed by KN and written by TYPE-MOON for the original cancelled online game project. Ototsugu Konoe later became the character illustrator for Siegfried in the Fate/Apocrypha novel and Fate/Grand Order. Yuuichirou Higashide and Kinoko Nasu are the scenario writers for his character in Fate/Grand Order.
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 Fate/Apocrypha material - CHARACTER Profile: Saber of "Black", p.058-059 [T]
Saber of "Black" - Real name: Siegfried
- Height: 190cm
- Weight: 80kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Talents: Automatic Wish Fulfillment
- Likes: Fulfilling wishes
- Dislike: Reading the atmosphere
- Image colour: Blackish brown
- Enemy: Fafnir
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
“黒”のセイバー - 真名：ジークフリート
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
- Height: 190cm
 Fate/complete material IV: Extra material - Fate/Apocrypha - Siegfried, p. 296-297
Siegfried, the Dragon-Blooded Knight
He is the hero portrayed as the main character of the German Nibelungenlied epic. Prince of the Netherlands, he wields the precious sword Balmung which he received from the Nibelungen family, and has fought in many campaigns and adventures. His most well known feat is killing the evil dragon Fafnir. He then bathed in the blood of the dragon, and has obtained an invincible body. His personality is truly that of a noble knight. But because he never speaks a word, it is unknown what he really thinks.
- Class: Saber (Rider)
- Source: Nibelungenlied
- Region: Germany
- Alignment: Chaotic Good
- Sex: Male
- Height: 190cm
- Weight: 70kg
- Armament: Sword
Siegfried has been in battles ever since he was a young man, and he has gained an invincible body from his victory over Fafnir in battle for the treasure of the Nibelungen family. But when he bathed in the dragon's blood, a tree leaf stuck to his back, making it his one weak point. Adding to the growing ranks of the Burgundians, he brought them many victories, and married Kriemhild, sister of the Burgundian king, accessing the throne of Netherlands. But after a trick to marry the Burgundian king to the queen of Iceland, Brünnhilde, he was assassinated by a vassal of the Burgundians who struck him on his weak point. This connects to the revenge tragedy of his wife Kriemhild for the murder of her husband in the later half of the tale.
- STR: B+
- CON: A
- AGI: B
- MGI: C
- LCK: E
- Noble Phantasm: A
- Class: Saber (Rider)
 Fate/Apocrypha material - STATUS: Saber of Black, p.018-019
Master: Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia
True name: Siegfried
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Noble Phantasm: A
■ Magic Resistance: -
As compensation for obtaining Evil Dragon's Blood Armor this is lost.
■ Riding: B
Majority of vehicles can be ridden above average. Magical Beasts, Holy Beast rank beasts cannot be ridden.
■ Golden Rule: C-
A life in which money is fated revolve around.
Due to the Nibelung treasure promised a life untroubled by money, but Luck is Rank-Down.
■ Armor of Fafnir: Blood Armor of the Evil Dragon
Maximum number of targets: 1 person
A Noble Phantasm embodying the story of his bath in the blood of a dragon. B-rank equivalent physical attacks and magic are nullified. Attacks of A-rank and above register as damage after defensive values of an amount equal to B-rank are subtracted from them. If facing a Noble Phantasm used by a proper hero, it gains defensive values equivalent to B+. However, his back, which was not bathed in the blood, does not gain defensive values, and he is unable to conceal it.
■ Balmung: Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon
Maximum number of targets: 500 people
A cursed holy blade which had accomplished the feat of dragon slaying.
It also possesses the attributes of its origin, the demonic blade Gram, and will change attributes between holy sword and demonic sword depending on who wields it. The blue jewel of the hilt stores and preserves magic energy (true Ether) from the age of gods, and upon releasing it, emanates a twilight aura. Those with the blood of dragons take additional damage.
- Fate/Grand Order material I - Siegfried, p.052-061, translated by Kinalvin
 Fate/Grand Order - Siegfried (Saber) Profile [T]
Siegfried - Saber
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Ototsugu Konoe
Voice Actor: Junichi Suwabe
Noble Phantasm: A
Golden Rule C-
Dragon Slayer A
Balmung: Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon
Type: Anti-Army Noble Phantasm
The hero matching a thousand admired in the "Nibelungenlied".
With the holy sword Balmung in hand, the "dragon slayer" who defeated the evil dragon Fafnir. Although taciturn, his passions run deep. In the battlefield, he is constantly in the frontlines protecting his comrades.
Level 1 Bond
Alignment: Chaotic Good Gender: Male
Due a curse, he must keep his back exposed.
Level 2 Bond
Siegfried is a great hero introduced in the epic poem of the Middle Ages, the "Nibelungenlied".
After accumulating many adventures, in the process obtaining the holy sword Balmung and an overcoat that makes one disappear, he finally defeated the evil dragon Fafnir.
Level 3 Bond
By bathing and drinking drops of the Dragon Kind's blood, Siegfried became an invulnerable existence and would no longer receive even a single wound in the battlefield.
However, a shadow was cast on such flamboyant glory around the time he got married with the princess of Burgundy, Kriemhild.
Level 4 Bond
As a result of granting the wishes of his brother-in-law, Kriemhild and the wife of his brother-in-law got in conflict with each other and Siegfried was cornered into a situation where he had no choice but to die in order to prevent a fight.
He had always answered to people's expectation, but what was wished from him in the end was his own death.
Level 5 Bond
"Illusionary Great Sword・Heavenly Demon Abasement"
Rank: A+ Type: Anti-Army
A sword of twilight that possesses attributes as a magic sword.
True Ether is being stored in the blue jewel inserted on the handle, which is employed by invoking the True Name.
Having turned into a Heroic Spirit, he looks back at his lifetime to his self as a "hero wished by others" and harbors a modest dream.
To fight not for "somebody else's sake", but only for the justice he himself believes; an ally of justice--. That is his dream.
ジークフリート - セイバー
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Saber of “Black” [Servant], p.162 [T]
Saber of “Black” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Black camp. His true name is Siegfried. He is an undisputed great hero and “dragon slayer” who appears in the “Nibelungenlied”. His tall stature, slender body and tanned-colored skin are proof of him having been soaked in the blood of a dragon. The reason the weak point on his back is exposed is because of a “curse” that forces him to do so. It conceptually prevents him from protecting his back. Even if Siegfried were to be protected by something like a spherical barrier, a hole in it would definitely open facing his back. However, there aren’t many heroes who possess the skill to pull off the tricky feat of aiming for Siegfried’s back while fighting him in the first place.
Just as the impression of his face gives off, he is reticent, but his bearing, which overflows with dignity, makes him seem well-bred. He is the type to talk with a simple, unsophisticated tone and hold back his words to the absolute minimum needed. That is the foundation of his personality, and it deepened the antagonism between him and his Master Gordes.
Siegfried’s legend came into existence around the 5~6th century and spread to many lands. At nearly the same time as the “Nibelungenlied”, the story of the hero Sigurd, the “Volsunga Saga”, came into existence. Wagner’s opera “Der Ring des Nibelungen” is a masterpiece work that compiles these legends together.
In the light novels, Siegfried as he was portrayed in the “Nibelungenlied” forms the basic essentials of his character, and he only knows about the Norse Valkyries from second-hand knowledge.
With him possessing the noble lineage of royalty, being known for various his adventures and heroic tales and having met a tragic end, there are few heroes who are as heroic as him.
But it is precisely because he is such a heroic hero that he was unconsciously burdened by binds. A hero acts out of the supplications of the people, and therefore should not act without being asked. This is because a hero is such a being. Because they possess overwhelmingly immense power, they must not act out of their own will and try to grant their own wish. A hero is a being that fulfills the wishes of others, and must not ever tread any further than that.
When his wife and the wife of his brother-in-law wounded each other’s honor and a collision between them became inevitable, he once more granted everyone’s wish. He thought that it would be resolved if he, the cause of it all, died. In the end, it called forth even more tragedy, so it seems the curse of the Rhine gold took effect perfectly.
As a Servant, he is basically hard, solid and tough. “Armor of Fafnir: Blood Armor of the Evil Dragon” blocks all regular attacks up to B rank and all Noble Phantasm attacks up to B+ rank and, in addition, “Balmung: Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon” unleashes a wide-range attack that displays its true worth against an army. The blue jewel encased in the hilt of the sword contains prana from the Age of Gods, and it is possible to pull out the sword’s power to the maximum with just small quantity of it. During his battle with Karna, Sieg managed to use the Noble Phantasm so many times consecutively only because he continued instantaneously pulling out the sword’s power while replenishing his prana with “Galvanism”. The Servant version of Siegfried cannot instantly replenish the prana he expends, so his sword’s accumulation of prana is overwhelmingly faster than that of an average Anti-Army Noble Phantasm, though still not as fast as Sieg.
In the initial plans of the Yggdmillennia team, Siegfried would go out to the front lines and receive the attacks of enemy Servants as Vlad III’s protector. Vlad would be positioned to control the battlefield with “Kaziklu Bey: Lord of Execution”. Jack the Ripper would kill the enemy Masters and cause chaos in the enemy’s rear guard along with Frankenstein. Astolfo would guide the golems and control the situation with Avicebron, while Chiron would act as support by shooting at areas where a hole in the enemy lines could be made.
It was truly a perfect formation as an academic theory, but they were forced to tearfully change tactics due to Siegfried unbelievably leaving the battlefield before the war actually began.
- Fate/Grand Order Profile of Brynhildr, translated by Master of Chaos at Beast's Lair.
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2, Chapter 3
 Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 1 - Character Profile: Saber of “Black” [T]
Saber of “Black”
The Heroic Spirit of the sword contracted with Gordes.
A majestic knight that carries a holy sword.
He participates in the Great Holy Grail War while carrying a wish he couldn't fulfill during his lifetime, but he is forced to unwillingly shackle himself due to his cowardly Master.
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 3
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 1
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 4
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 02: I / Blast Furnace Naberius
- Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 2: Chapter 01, Part 05, p.035-075
- Fate/Grand Order: Cosmos in the Lostbelt - Götterdämmerung: Section 2 Assault of the Demonic Sword (End)
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 2
 Fate/complete material III: World Material - The Servants of the Fifth Holy Grail War: Saber, p.020-021 [T]
Master: Emiya Shirou
Alignment: Lawful Good
Armament: Armour, Sword
Noble Phantasm: C
Once up on a time, there was a king in England named Arthur Pendragon. He was the legendary king who staunchly defended the land from the invading Saxons for a long period of time.
The name Arthur, written in the fashion of Romans is “Artorius”. Its feminine form is “Artoria”, which is the true name of Saber.
Artoria was born between Uther Pendragon and a Queen hailed from the rival kingdom. She grew up under the guidance of the True Magician Merlin, and became the king after pulling out the Sword of Selection. Later, she led Lacenlot, Gawain, and other famed knights to achieve innumerable deeds. They engaged the King of Saxons at the Battle of Badon Hill and brought peace to the land of Britain. Because the Scabbard of the Holy Sword stopped her from aging, Artoria continued to reign as the ideal king. It was ironic that Queen Guinevere and the serving knights grew more distant from Artoria precisely because she was too ideal. In the civil war that raged at the end of her reign, she crossed blade with her very own son, Mordred. At that instant, she pledged her service as a Heroic Spirit after death in exchange for striking a pact with the World. The one wish she hoped the Holy Grail could realise was “redo the selection of the king”. In legend, the body of King Arthur was transported to the Fairyland – Avalon, where he is healing his wounds in serenity.
Saber’s ability is maximally unleashed while engaging in an honourable face-to-face single combat. It is a method of battle that is full of chivalric honour, and it is also one that suits Saber's sense of aesthetics. However, this does not mean she dislikes strategising. Because she is also a capable military commander, she tends to loath fabricated strategies that have no concrete basis. She fine-tunes her strategy meticulously. While on the battlefield, she further adapts her actions in response to the ever-changing dynamics of combat. Naturally, Saber despises cowardly actions, strategies or not. For this reason, in the Fourth Holy Grail War, her compatibility with the cool-headed, achieving-his-goal-at-all-cost Master Emiya Kiritsugu was the worst.
Magic Resistance: A
Artoria boasts the highest rank of resistance to magic amongst the Servants. She is capable of completely neutralising grand sorceries involving magic arrays and instant contracts. Even modern magi of the highest level cannot wound her directly with sorcery. Artoria is able to resist an action force onto her powered by one stroke of the Command Spell. Such is the extraordinary rank of Artoria’s Magic Resistance, sufficient to shake the very foundation of the Servant System. If the opponent is someone who attacks with sorcery, Artoria will charge without fear and determine the outcome of the battle with a slash.
Also, as her “Pendragon” name shows, Artoria is the holder of the Element of the Red Dragon, charged with the task of protecting the kingdom. She carries the very magical power of the Dragon. This humongous magical power is also the source of Artoria’s Magic Resistance. Due to the characteristics of Dragon, Artoria has much trouble with existences such as Siegfried, who is associated with tales of “Dragon extermination”. If she is targeted by “Dragon-slaying Sorceries”, it is possible that Magic Resistance will not function to its fullest extent.
In the story, Artoria retained her Magic Resistance of A while having Emiya Shirou and Rin as Masters, regardless the two’s differences in power and characteristics. On the other hand, while having Matou Sakura as her Master, her Magic Resistance decreased to B as a result of Blackening.
Since “knights” are soldiers who are proficient in mounted warfare, Saber’s rank in Riding is very high. Chariots can be ridden the same way. Motorcycles and automobiles are treated as “modern mounts”, thus a high rank in Riding is also applicable. It is unclear if Riding is applicable to aircrafts. Saber’s Riding was elevated to A while having Emiya Kiritsugu as Master. However, Artoria can ultimately only control normal mounts. She cannot control Pegasi, Griffons, Dragons, and other Magical Beast, Divine Beast Ranked Phantasmal Species. This is due to her Class not being Rider, as well as the fact that she was a King in the Age of Man, thus did not have the fortune of having “Legends of Riding Phantasmal Species”.
Artoria rode a motorcycle in the Fourth Holy Grail War, but did not have the opportunity to demonstrate her Riding ability in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Provided with the appropriate mount, the battles might have developed differently.
Instinct is the ability to instantly identify “the best personal course of action” during combat. Because this skill allows for the prediction of trajectory, it is possible to avoid attacks from firearms. At rank A, it is essentially in the realm of predicting the future. Through this ability, it is possible to negate the penalties inflicted by visual and auditory interference to a certain extend.
Being able to discern Cú Chulainn’s ultimate technique certainly reflects her skills, but having exceptional Instinct also helped her immensely.
Mana Burst: A
The ability to reinforce one’s weapon and body through the infusion of magical energy. By reinforcing the ability of the body to a great extend using magical energy, the physically fragile Artoria was able to fight head on with monsters such as Berserker. At rank A, even a stick can become a weapon of great power.
Executing large-scale body reinforcement through Mana Burst is only possible with Artoria’s immense magical power.
(Translator's Note: This is basically analogous to Strengthening/Reinforcement Sorcery.)
Artoria possessed high Charisma, and reigned as the king of England. The morale of military forces she commands is extremely high. However, this strong influence is still insufficient to build a vast empire spanning the world, so it remains at rank B (enough to rule a country).
Caption: Artoria, the protector of the British Isles. Even with her Charisma, she could not avert the fall of her kingdom.
Maximum Targets: 1 Object
A barrier that renders the blade hidden by entangling it with layers of wind, and altering the light refraction rate. It is closer to a sorcery than a Noble Phantasm. By using this barrier, Artoria can attack without the opponent recognising the sword’s reach and trajectory. Since concealing one’s Noble Phantasm also conceals one’s true identity, Invisible Air was highly effective at the early stages of the Holy Grail War. It also has other advantages such as increasing attack power and accuracy. Entangling the sword with wind and using the wind as the blade enhances the attack power, while having an “invisible weapon” provides an advantage in accuracy. (Translator’s Note: It is probably more “decreasing opponent's evasion” in RPG terms.) Since the advantage of Invisible Air lies in “invisibility”, the accuracy increase will not occur while engaging opponents who possess Eye of the Mind or do not depend on vision.
In the Fourth Holy Grail War, Artoria unleashed the condensed air and used it as a long-range weapon that mauls down groups of enemies --- “The Iron Mallet of the Wind King”.
Maximum Targets: 1000 Persons
The greatest and most powerful Noble Phantasm of Artoria (Translator’s Note: Not Avalon?). It is the strongest and most majestic holy sword that symbolises King Arthur. The pinnacle of holy swords. Excalibur was not forged by mankind, but crystallised within the Earth, using the wishes of mankind as the basis. It is one of the ultimate God-forged weapons, a Last Phantasm. Originally cared for by the Faeries of the Planet, it was passed into the hands of King Arthur through the Lady of the Lake.
Excalibur converts the mana of the wielder into light, and as the sword is swung, the light is released from the tip of the blade like a laser beam and destroys everything in its path. Of course, the mana consumption is extreme, thus it cannot be fired consecutively. In the Fourth Holy Grail War, the beastly giant sea monster summoned by Caster was completely incinerated by this Noble Phantasm. Excalibur is classified as an ‘Anti-Fortress Noble Phantasm” due to its magnitude and destructive power.
Type: Bound Field
Maximum Targets: 1 Person
The sheath of Excalibur, a Noble Phantasm with its origin in the Fairyland Avalon where King Arthur rests. The wielder will heal from any wound, and the aging process will cease. Unleashing the true name of Avalon will deploy a Bound Field that provides the greatest defence. A Noble Phantasm that annuls the interference of True Magic; its existence is equivalent to True Magic.
In legend, losing this sheath casted an ominous shadow onto the life of King Arthur, eventually cascading to the collapse of the kingdom. In modern times, the Einzberns excavated Avalon at Cornwall and passed it into the hands of Emiya Kiritsugu. Afterward, it was planted into the body of Emiya Shirou to save his life, eventually becoming the link that led to his bond with Artoria. In Fate Route, Artoria learned that Shirou was her “sheath”, which led the duo to emerge victorious in the Holy Grail War.
- Fate/Grand Order - Siegfried's Interlude
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Blood Armor of the Evil Dragon [Noble Phantasm], p.148 [T]
Blood Armor of the Evil Dragon [Noble Phantasm]
Armor of Fafnir. The continuously active Noble Phantasm of Saber of Black, Siegfried. Negates all attacks of B rank and below.
When receiving regular A rank attacks, the armor’s defensive rank of B will be subtracted from the attack’s offensive rank of A… in other words, it will be reduced to effectively an E rank attack, but in the case of an attack by a Noble Phantasm, the armor’s defensive value will rise to the rank of B+. However, this additional defensive value will not be included in the attack calculations should the enemy use a Noble Phantasm or skill that has the properties of an Anti-Dragon special attack. Furthermore, the B+ defensive value is only applicable when he is attacked while defenceless, and the armor’s defense will be further reduced should he take defensive action with “Balmung: Phantasmal Greatsword”. When he goes all out in a defensive battle, Siegfried is effectively a moving fortress.
However, since the effects of this armor do not apply to the single spot on Siegfried’s back that was covered by the leaf of a lime tree, it becomes extremely difficult for him to be healed with healing magecraft if he is wounded there even once.
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon [Noble Phantasm], p.179 [T]
Phantasmal Greatsword, Felling of the Sky Demon [Noble Phantasm]
Balmung. The Noble Phantasm of Saber of Black, Siegfried. The Nibelungs, a tribe which lived in an underground country, requested that Siegfried fairly and impartially divide up and distribute their treasure, and he accepted the request. Balmung was planned to be given to him as payment for this. However, two kings felt that the allocation of treasure was done unfairly (both kings felt they were being treated unfairly, so it’s highly possible that it was actually divided up fairly without Siegfried favoring either one) and fought Siegfried, but he killed them in return.
The remaining treasure which no longer had an owner became Siegfried’s, and Balmung also became his weapon. He wielded Balmung in every battle after that. It is also said that he won in the battle against Fafnir thanks to Balmung.
It is a sword of twilight that has reached A rank and possesses the quality of both a holy and cursed sword. Perhaps because it was owned by a king, it specializes in fighting against armies, shooting off a semi-circular slash wave. The blue jewel attached to the handle stores True Ether to use as a boost when activating the Noble Phantasm.
Now then, it does have a fast activation rate for a so-called beam weapon, but in a comparison of speed, Siegfried when he was alive was the fastest in activating it, with Sieg being the next fastest and the Servant Siegfried being the slowest out of them.
Sieg possesses the “Galvanism” ability, which the Servant Siegfried does not have, and can draw out the needed prana all at once when activating the Noble Phantasm. The living Siegfried, on the other hand, had his inborn disposition combined with the transformation of his heart due to being bathed in and drinking a dragon’s blood, so he could draw forth prana and fire the slash wave even faster than Sieg. Unfortunately, the moment he was summoned as the Servant Saber, that special characteristic of his was highly degraded.
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 4, Chapter 2
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 5 Karna tanks Balmung translation
 Apocrypha material - Sieg/Siegfield, p.006-007 [T]
Talk about Siegfield
Higashide: This the instant-Servant and homunculus, Sieg-kun. When I think about it, everything started from him. This is bit of a digression, but when we were talking about wild ideas with Nasu-san, I said, “His chest will glitter brightly, three full times!”, but when I was seriously writing the story, I found it too stupid so I removed it.
Konoe: Sieg-kun in his transformed hero form will be in the highlight scene of the final fifth volume as well! Please look forward to it! And each time Siegfried’s armor appears in an illustration, I receive no mercy as my arm dies due to the miraculous number of lines I have to draw. Good heavens!
Talk about Siegfield
- Comptiq 2015-12 Issue - Fate/Grand Order: Yuuichirou Higashide X Hikaru Sakurai Interview, p.108