Berserker of "Red" (“赤”のバーサーカー, "Aka" no Bāsākā?) is the Berserker-class Servant of Deimlet 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, but Berserker goes rogue before Shirou enacts his plan to officially become his Master. He is instead forced to contract with Caster of Black when captured by the Black Faction. He is one of the Servants of the Protagonist of the Grand Order conflicts of Fate/Grand Order.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Development
- 5 References
Berserker's True Name is Spartacus (スパルタクス, Suparutakusu?), the strongest Gladiator and the ringleader who raised a large-scale rebellion of slaves in Ancient Rome known as the War of Spartacus.
A Thracian gladiator captured by Romans who became a symbol of rebellion. He was affiliated with a gladiator training camp in the Campania region, but escaped with seventy-eight of his comrades in 73 B.C. He managed to repulse an assault force of nearly three thousand dispatched by the Romans, leading to him being known as a hero who inspired armed uprisings by slaves in many places. His army grew to seven thousand men, and they kept defeating the Roman army without losing a single battle. They were unable to cross the Alps and instead decided to head to the island of Sicily. They hired pirates to make the voyage, but were betrayed and attacked by the Roman Legions. He always fought at the head of the front lines, and even when the revolt was subjugated by the army, he fought until his death. Perhaps due to that, Spartacus’ corpse is said to have been torn to pieces and never found anywhere on the battlefield afterwards. It is believed his body was scarred beyond recognition after he fell in that battle.
Being his first and only loss, he remained a shining beacon of hope to the under trodden slaves. His name was carved in history as a hope of the oppressed humans.
Berserker is described as "pure muscle", the only words that can truly do him justice. At over two meters tall, those who look upon him will be drawn to his extraordinary mass and find a sense of hopelessness as they look up to try to gauge the height of the giant of a man. He has pale skin covered in innumerable scars to show the immense amount of training and battle it has weathered, and he is covered in leather straps tightly coiling about his body and face. He smiles through all of it, as if enjoying the act and asking if "is this all that constricts me?" He can be considered very frightening when his scar-riddled face remains composed and smiling regardless of whether he is being struck or striking his opponent. His whole body gives of a feeling of someone out of the ordinary.
Berserker hated all oppressors in life, and he fought the masters to protect the weak, care for them, and heal them. His will to fight was set aflame by those with power, and more than anything, fought them to stand in defiance. He never questions his faith that it is a strength of humanity to endure anything. He only ever acts according to one single thought: "to revolt against the oppressor and to protect the oppressed." Following the most virtuous option, he will choose the path of suffering. He will not strike an enemy in numerical inferiority, and he will only fight back against an enemy stronger than him. He strikes back after stopping the enemy's attack, and turns the table back to grasp victory only at the last minute.
Having been summoned as a Berserker, Spartacus is always thinking of only "rebellion". Because of that, it is widely said that he is a Servant who wouldn't hesitate to kill his own Master and whose "defeat is certain from the moment he is summoned" among the regular subspecies Holy Grail Wars. For the moment, he will probably stay obedient to his Master. He is capable of judging whether his Master is an “oppressor” or not. However, if the Master shows an attitude that is even a little "Master-like", he will unmistakably attempt a mutiny on the spot while on high spirits. As the binding of the Command Spells also does not have much effect on him, he will become an extremely troublesome opponent. The problem is that pretty much all the Masters who participate in the subspecies Holy Grail Wars are magi in the first place, and they are categorized as oppressors in the eyes of Spartacus. If his Master was someone who "accidently got involved in the war", it would be fully possible for Spartacus to fight at their side right until their defeat. He is particularly compatible with Shirou Emiya, as Shirou's battle is always against those above him and against himself. But it another matter entirely whether or not they would be able to achieve victory in the Holy Grail War.
Berserker appears to have normal thoughts at a first glance. Due to his unique rank of Mad Enhancement, he can fluently talk on a highly advanced dialect. He can speak things like "Those who are bound are strong! For until the time when they are set free, anger and sadness will continue to be accumulated", but he cannot actually communicate on an even level with others. Always fixated with thoughts of "always making the most difficult choices", he cannot be controlled and never listens to others. It is impossible to come to a mutual understanding of intentions with him due to this. Rather than disobeying commands, he cannot truly understand them in the first place. Although he can recognize others and converse, it is only in the context that his current course of action is the correct one. He identifies that the Red Faction Servants are not enemies, while painting the Black Faction as his sought out oppressors. He will not even consider strategy, putting off any such suggestions as foolish and even very likely turn his anger on any Red Servant attempting to forcibly stop his march.
He is entranced by battle, showing a wide grin as he strikes his opponents and takes their blows from start to finish. Rider of Black describes him as someone born to fight and kill, not enhanced by the Berserker class, but rather unfit for any other from the start. Rather than showing any such measure of sanity as anger against his enemies, he fights, kills, and crushes all with an expression of ecstasy that is nightmarish to his opponents. This unnerves both his opponents and onlookers, even causing those with diluted emotions to become infected by his madness and flee. The constant smile during his battle leaves both Archer of Red and Lancer of Red with a chill down their spines. Even Rider, who had no fear in facing giants and rampaging beasts in life, is frightened by his smile, showing that one is greatly confident or no longer cares about which side has the upper hand in his insanity. The only thing able to change his expression is the idea of being enslaved, turning his smile into an expression of murderous rage. As despair itself, it is a fate worse than death.
He has no motive to seek the Holy Grail; his dearest wish is just to proceed to fields of battle. For him, who only aspires to rescue the oppressed and rebel against the oppressor, the battlefield is a place where there is only the weak and the strong and also a place full of the everlasting pain and trials that he desires. He can be said to be a fool, but not delusional in his madness. As he reaches the head of his oppressors, joy and glory follow after the clouds of battle clear and the suffering ends. With "absolutely perfect" logic with no flaws, he has forgotten the fact that all that awaited his own suffering was a cruel and tragic death. His will to keep moving forward in the face of all logic goes beyond "hatred" and "conviction", but, in spite of his madness, has carved an unbreakable resolve onto his own heart. Lancer of Black describes his rebellion as the embodiment of his noble spirit, unable to accept that the strong will always trample the weak. Fighting until he has turned the strong into the weak, he does not fight out of altruism for the sake of the weak, but rather for a world where all are equal.
Beginning Stages of the War
Upon being summoned, he is noted to frequently rampage, searching for an "adversary for his rebellion." While they had planned to use him in a more coordinated strike, Caster of Red, "feeling pity" for Berserker, reveals to him the location of Yggdmillennia's headquarters in Trifas. He begins his march straight there despite the Red Faction's arguments, taking the most direct route. Shirou Kotomine decides not to stop him because even a Command Spell would only delay the inevitable. Shirou must follow in his wake to deal with any trouble Berserker causes to the public, and he sends Archer of Red to support him for the moment. As he has no chance of breaking through seven Servants on his own, she attempts to stop him, even though such an action is futile, due to Berserker's rebellious demeanor. Rider of Red also joins her. The Black Faction takes notice, planning to capture the lone Berserker as a pawn for themselves. After the sun sets three hours later, he is impeded by the Black Faction's homunculi and golems, though he destroys all of them with ease.
Berserker encounters Rider of Black and Archer of Black surrounded by half of Yggdmillennia's force of golems. Archer returns to a position on the castle, while Rider engages him. Excited by Rider's declaration, he charges to crush Rider's arrogance, easily forcing Rider back with just the force of the blow gouging the earth. Rider charges at him while wielding the Trap of Argalia, and he seeks to meet it head-on, certain that he will strike Rider down after being pierced. It instead forces his legs to return to spiritual form, dropping him to the ground. With their goal of capturing him, Rider commands the golems to attack and press down on him, but he continues to beat them off him although each weighs over a ton. Even without his feet and overwhelmed and pressed by the golems, he rips through them and proceeds towards the castle.
He cries out in glee as the golems cover his body, still advancing to find the "oppressors" who will soon be before him. Lancer of Black appears before him and claims to be he who stands atop the "oppressors". Not faltering in the least, Berserker raises his sword arm, but he is pierced by Kazikli Bey and has his movements sealed against his will. Lancer pierces him numerous times while only avoiding a killing blow on his spiritual core, but he still moves forward towards his oppressor. Wishing to ascertain if Berserker is simply a foolish rebel or something more, Lancer concludes that his rebellion is worthy of respect for the first time, but tells Berserker that they will change the direction of his rebellion. Enraged at the prospect of slavery, his smile leaves his face for the first time. Caster of Black causes the golems to fuse together into a stone prison he cannot even escape, and Lancer loses interest after ascertaining that he will become a subordinate.
Battle At Castle Ygddmillennia
Caster of Black is eventually able to manipulate Berserker into fighting for their side, though Berserker still remains ignorant and mad, not taking orders from anyone. He participates in the first large battle between the Red and Black Factions, being released to rampage through the Dragon Tooth Warriors of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Berserker stumbles on the battle between Lancer of Black and Lancer of Red and is confronted by Archer of Red, who even uses her Noble Phantasm, Phoebus Catastrophe, to destroy most of his body. Berserker, however, regenerates quickly, beginning to transform into a gigantic monster due to his own Noble Phantasm, Crying Warmonger. Ruler, who has recently arrived on the battlefield, fight Berserker, protecting both Sieg and Rider of Black from him. Berserker's Noble Phantasm eventually reaches its limit, causing him to release all of the damage he has stored in a beam of energy. The attack though is blocked by Ruler's Luminosite Eternelle, although it does cause major damage to the surrounding area. Berserker fades away after this final attack.
Septem: Eternal Madness Empire
Spartacus appears along with Boudica as part of Nero's army. He rampages through the battlefields as a part of Nero's forces, helping her in multiple battles. His rebellious speeches confuse many of the other characters, who have trouble understanding him.
Solomon: The Grand Time Temple
Spartacus is one of the "Septem" Singularity Servants summoned to aid Chaldea.
In his interlude Gladiator Circus, Spartacus is captured along with Ritsuka and Mash by Romans that plan to force them to fight as gladiators. After Spartacus takes out their captors, he and Mash defeat the monsters that came to the roman camp. However, Spartacus is left confused when the Roman soldiers and their campsite disappear, saddened that there are no oppressors to fight. Briefly believing he has gained true freedom, Spartacus quickly realizes that there are more oppressors for him to fight, and tells Ritsuka that they will come with him until all of the oppressors are defeated.
In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2015, he is a producer in the Imperial Roma talent agency. His TMitter user account is @tmtt15_spa_P. He goes around trying to recruit idols and eventually gets arrested.
Berserker appears at first glance to have a low rank of Mad Enhancement due to his ability to speak, but he is actually an irregularity far from the normal understanding of a Berserker. He is an uncontrollable Berserker with ranked-up parameters and loss of most reason. While he can hold a conversation, he cannot actually understand or truly communicate with others. Once he has set his objective, he will not change his mind at all, and even a single Command Spell will only apply weight to him. It requires two to completely stop him from acting, but it is still only delaying the inevitable.
His strength requires a mighty Noble Phantasm to kill him, and it is possible that even if he is injured that it will be impossible for some Servants to actually kill him. The leather around his waist and between his legs are not protection in the least and he has nothing covering his pectorals, but it can be said that his flesh is not something meant to be contained within armor. The immensity of his mass makes it unnecessary to protect, shown by the countless scars that make it obvious that not one of those wounds had truly "pierced" him in life. Like taking a paring knife to a ball of metal, his body is a steel mass that may be cut, even drawing blood, but goes no further. With arms the "size of crocodiles" and legs that trudge with the force of mammoths, it is clear that his body's toughness is virtually armor in itself.
Berserker fights with his gladius sword, fists, and grappling techniques, focusing only on his power in which he takes much pride. He proceeds into battle without the need for technique or proper judgement of the situation, allowing him to be thought of as a walking disaster in battle and causing every slash and punch to leave corpses behind him. His strength is great enough to be able to take down a Servant of lesser physical ability with a single strike and blow them back with the force of the swing even if they should avoid it, and he is much more nimble than his appearance would suggest, charging like a raging boar into battle. He throws enemies, cleaves them with his sword in wide, powerful arcs, suplexes multiple enemies at once, and tears his enemies limb from limb.
Taking no measure to avoid attacks and even seeming to leap into their paths, he takes all strikes while only growing more battle-lusted by the second. Attacks coming at him do not bring fear, but rather joy in that the more intense the strike, the deeper the despair it causes him, the more pleasurable his own counterattack will become even should he be run through by the enemy's attack. Pain heightens his combat focus and allows him to tap into his full potential with his Crying Warmonger Noble Phantasm. Without injury, he cannot fight at full strength due to the fundamental practice of his tactics being "one must first conquer the pain inflicted by the enemy to attain absolute victory." His Honor of the Battered skill allows for his injuries to be healed at a quarter of the cost normally required by magecraft, and he will also heal naturally over time.
His personal skill is Unyielding Will (不屈の意志, Fukutsu no Ishi?). An extremely firm will that never yields to any sort of agony, despair or circumstances. Possesses resistance against physical and mental damage. However, said resistance will not hold against attacks that aim at inducing others - such as illusions. For example, while there is resistance against damage from "falling into a pit trap", no resistance will be in place regarding "making a pit trap appears as solid ground with an illusion".
Creation and Conception
 Fate/Apocrypha material - STATUS: Berserker of Red, p.040-041
True name: Spartacus
Alignment: True Neutral
Noble Phantasm: C
■ Mad Enhancement: EX
Parameters are Rank-Up, but is deprived of most reason.
Even when under Mad Enhancement Spartacus is able to hold a conversion. He is fixated on "always making the most difficult choice," so essentially, a mutual understanding with him is impossible.
■ The Honor of the Battered: B
The magical energy cost of treating Spartacus's injuries with magecraft techniques is 1/4 of the normal cost.
Also, even without the use of magecraft after a certain amount of time, the wound will automatically proceed to be healed.
■ Crying Warmonger: The Howl of the Wounded Beast
Type: Anti-Unit (Self) Noble Phantasm
Maximum Targets: 1 person
Always active-type Noble Phantasm.
Damage inflicted by the opponent is converted into magical energy and stored in the body.
Spartacus can use the magical energy deposited in the body for a boost.
In the case relative to a strong servant, the body itself can transform.
- Fate/Grand Order material - Spartacus, Translation by Master of Chaos
 Fate/Apocrypha material - CHARACTER Profile: Berserker of "Red", p.100-101 [T]
Berserker of "Red" - Real name: Spartacus
- Height: 221cm
- Weight: 165kg
- Blood type: Unknown
- Birthday: Unknown
- Talents: Uke
- Likes: Gyakuten
- Dislike: Successive attacks that leave no room for a counterattack
- Image colour: Dark gray colour
- Enemy: Oppressors
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
“赤”のバーサーカー - 真名：スパルタクス
Comment from Yuichiro Higashide & Ototsugu Konoe
- Height: 221cm
 Fate/complete material IV: Extra material - Fate/Apocrypha - Spartacus, p.336-337
He is a Roman gladiator. He never questions his faith that it is a strength of humanity to endure anything. He only ever acts according to one single thought. To revolt against the oppressor, and to protect the oppressed. Following the most virtuous option, he will chose the path of suffering. He will not strike an enemy in numerical inferiority, and he will only fight back an enemy stronger than him. He strikes back after stopping the enemy's attack, and turns the table back to grasp victory only at the last minute. It is very frightening when a scar-riddled face remains composed and smiling regardless of whether you strike him or he strikes you.
- Source：Historical fact
- Alignment：True Neutral
- Height：Upward of 220cm
- Armament: Sword
Illustrations: Katsuya Terada
Creator: Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus)
A Thracian gladiator captured by Romans, he was affiliated with a gladiator training camp in the Campania region. But in 73 B.C., he deserted along with 78 companions. The Romans dispatched a troupe of 3,000 men to pursue them, but Spartacus ambushed them. This victory encouraged servants all around to revolt, and the rebel army grew to 7,000 men. Heading North, the rebel army kept defeating the Roman army, but failed to cross the Alps, and headed to the island of Sicily instead, hiring pirates; but the pirates betrayed them, and they were attacked by the Romans. Spartacus died in that battle. It is believed his body was scarred beyond recognition.
- STR: A
- CON: EX
- AGI: D
- MGI: E
- LCK: D
- Noble Phantasm: C
- The Honor of the Battered
In the instance that Spartacus' injuries are repaired by means of magecraft, the required magical energy cost is quartered. In truth, the pain inflicted heightens his combat focus, allowing him to tap into his full potential; by corollary, if he is not injured, he cannot fight at full strength. The notion that "one must first conquer the pain inflicted by the enemy to attain absolute victory" is a fundamental premise of Spartacus' tactics.
- Mad Enhancement
Rank-Up parameters, but robs most of reason. Even while under Mad Enhancement, Spartacus can normally speak things such as "Those who are bound are strong! For until the time when they are set free, anger and sadness will continue to be accumulated." However, because he is fixated with thoughts of "always making the most difficult choices", he never listen what people have to say. In practice, it is impossible to come to a mutual understanding of intentions with him. Spartacus is indeed an uncontrollable Berserker.
- The Howl of the Wounded Beast
A permanently active-type of Noble Phantasm. It is possible to convert part of the damage inflicted by the enemy into magical energy and accumulate it in the body. The efficiency of this conversion into magical energy raises the more Spartacus physical strength decreases. The magical energy that was accumulated in the body like this can be used to boost Spartacus' abilities. If he is damaged to the point of being on the verge of death, possibly an enormous amount of magical energy enough to destroy everything before Spartacus' eyes will be saved up.
Since he unified the rebel army that was just a simple gathering and attained successive victories over the powerful Roman Army, it is thought that his popularity and abilities as a war commander were excellent. But before all that, the main reason why he collected popularity was due being a hero that "always won by reversal", symbolized by this Noble Phantasm. For the soldiers of the rebel army, the more hopeless the progress of battle was, the more certain the victory beyond that became. He himself is not aware of this, but this reversal strategy conforms with the principles of showmanship and made him extraordinarily popular as a gladiator. He certainly has no motive to seek the Holy Grail; his dearest wish is just to proceed to fields of battle. Because for Spartacus, who only aspires to rescue the oppressed and rebel against the oppressor, the battlefield is a place where there is only the weak and the strong and also a place full of the everlasting pain and trials that he desires.
常時発動型の宝具。敵から負わされたダメージの一部を魔力に変換し、体内に蓄積できる。 この魔力の変換効率は、スパルタクスの体力が減少するほどに上昇する。 こうして体内に溜められた魔力は、スパルタクスの能力をブーストするために使用可能である。 もし瀕死まで痛めつけられていれば、スパルタクスは眼前のすべてを破壊して余りあるほどに膨大な魔力を溜め込んでいることだろう。 彼は寄せ集まったにすぎない反乱軍をよくまとめ、強力なローマ軍に連戦連勝したことから、その人望や戦闘指揮能力は卓越したものであったと考えられる。 だがそれ以上に彼が人望を集めた要因は、この宝具に象徴された"必ず逆転によって勝利する"英雄だったということだ。 反乱軍の兵士にとって戦況が絶望的であればあるほど、その先にある勝利は確かなものだったのである。 この逆転戦法は、彼自身は意識していないがショーマンシップに則ったものであり、剣闘士としての人気も非常に高いものだった。 彼に聖杯を求める確かな動機はなく、ただ戦いの場に赴くことだけを悲願する。 被虐者を救済し、加虐者に反逆することだけを志すスパルタクスにとって、戦場こそ弱き者と強き者しかいない場所であり、彼が求めてやまない苦痛と試練に満ちあふれている場所だからだ。
 Fate/Grand Order - Berserker Profile [T]
Spartacus - Berserker
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Ototsugu Konoe
Voice Actor: Tsuruoka Satoshi
Noble Phantasm: C
The Honor of the Battered: B
Unyielding Will: A
Mad Enhancement: EX
Crying Warmonger: The Howl of the Wounded Beast
Type: Anti-Unit Noble Phantasm
--that man was pure muscle.
Level 1 Bond
Source: Historical fact
Alignment: True Neutral Gender: Male
His whole body gives of a feeling of someone out of the ordinary.
Level 2 Bond
Spartacus is a gladiator of ancient Rome and the ringleader of the slave uprising known as the War of Spartacus.
Although the uprising was suppressed, his name was carved in history as a hope of the oppressed humans.
Level 3 Bond
Having been summoned as a Berserker, Spartacus appears to have normal thoughts at a first glance.
Fluently talking on a highly advanced dialect, he also does not assails his Master. Yet still...
Level 4 Bond
- Mad Enhancement: EX
He can have a conversation even while receiving the effects of Mad Enhancement, but his thoughts are fixed on "always make the most difficult choice"; so, in practice, it is impossible to come to a mutual understanding with him.
Level 5 Bond
Roar of the Injured Beast
Rank: A Type: Anti-Unit (self) Noble Phantasm
A constantly active Noble Phantasm. Makes possible to convert the damage taken from the enemy into magical power and accumulate it. If the accumulated magical power is in large quantities, it will ultimately lead to transformation of the flesh.
For the moment, he will probably stay obedient to the Master. However, if the Master shows an attitude that is even a little "Master-like", he will unmistakably attempt a mutiny on the spot while on high spirits. As the binding of the Command Spells also does not have much effect on him, he will become a extremely troublesome opponent.
スパルタクス - バーサーカー
- Mad Enhancement: EX
 Fate/Apocrypha material - Encyclopedia: Berserker of “Red” [Servant], p.151-152 [T]
Berserker of “Red” [Servant]
One of the Servants of the Red camp. A Servant truly worthy of the title of mad warrior, who completely ignored the plans of the other Servants and Masters and disappeared like a star after merely rampaging around. His true name is Spartacus, the strongest gladiator who raised a large-scale rebellion of slaves in Ancient Rome.
Spartacus was the leader of a revolt and led the other slaves as a skilled leader, but he always fought at the head of the front lines, and even when the revolt was subjugated by the army, he fought until his death. Perhaps due to that, Spartacus’ corpse is said to have been torn to pieces and never found anywhere on the battlefield afterwards.
Having been summoned as a Berserker, Spartacus is always thinking of only “rebellion”. Because of that, it is widely said that he is a Servant who wouldn’t hesitate to kill his own Master and whose “defeat is certain from the moment he is summoned” among the regular subspecies Holy Grail Wars—However, in truth, Spartacus wouldn’t actively revolt against his Master. His Mad Enhancement is EX rank and it is virtually impossible to come to a mutual understanding with him, but he is capable of judging whether his Master is an “oppressor” or not.
…The problem is that pretty much all the Masters who participate in the subspecies Holy Grail Wars are magi in the first place, and they are categorized as oppressors in the eyes of Spartacus.
If his Master was someone who “accidently got involved in the war”, it would be fully possible for Spartacus to fight at their side right until their defeat. Though I will not give names, he is particularly compatible with a certain red-haired boy. His battle is always against those above him and against himself, after all. Of course, it’s another matter entirely whether or not they would be able to achieve victory in the Holy Grail War.
Though the chances of it are low, should Spartacus be summoned as a Saber, even more caution (in terms of rebellion) would be needed against him, demonstrating how troublesome a Servant he is. But he might still have a chance of winning if he was chosen by a child who doesn’t know anything.
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 1, Chapter 4
- Fate/Apocrypha Volume 2, Chapter 3