Subcategory Holy Grail Wars (亜種聖杯戦争, Ashu Seihai Sensō?) are derivative, smaller Holy Grail Wars based upon the wide dissemination of the inner mechanics of the Fuyuki Holy Grail War to the world of magi. Such rituals began to appear in the world of Fate/Apocrypha after Darnic Prestone Yggdmillennia spread information about the construction of the ritual to magi around the world.[1] Francesca Prelati's plan is to spread such rituals through the world of Fate/strange fake.[2]


Each of the Subcategory Holy Grail Wars have different origins, however, all of these wars revolve around a Holy Grail.

For example, in the Labyrinth Subcategory Holy Grail War, the Holy Grail that was used was an imitation Grail that was installed at the bottom of the Seventh Labyrinth of Caubac Alcatraz by Wolfgang Faustus who wanted to use it to drain the life-force of the Servants in order to become more powerful.


Each of the Subcategory Holy Grail Wars have different procedures and as such have no pre-defined notions of structure as well as various rules unique to each Grail War. The only commonality is the notion of the summoning of Servants, the necessity of Masters and the use of Command Spells.

For example, in the Labyrinth Subcategory Holy Grail War, the setup of the Holy Grail War is very similar to a dungeon quest from an RPG video game. In this Grail War, up to 5 Servants are summoned by the Subcategory Holy Grail. There are no Lancer or Rider class Servants and Servants don't have to have masters, but can be summoned by one if required. The goal of these Servants is to reach the Holy Grail at the center of the bottom-most floor of the Seventh Labyrinth of Caubac Alcatraz. Along the way, these Servants have to battle their way against various monsters e.g. Golems, Man-eating Fairies etc as well as the various bosses at the end of each floor e.g. Dragon Golem. The monsters themselves can also be used to create food to allow the Servants to restore their prana.

Various traps and Mystic Codes are also found within the Labyrinth as well. The various Mystic Codes can be found from the monsters or from chests in the various rooms of the Labyrinth. Upon, reaching the Grail, they can have one wish granted in theory.


Supervision in the Subcategory Holy Grail Wars are normally dependent on the Grail War. However, they are normally supervised by either the Holy Church or the Mages Association.

In the Labyrinth Holy Grail War, supervision of the Grail War was left primarily to Wolfgang Faustus, the creator of the Labyrinth Holy Grail War. However, upon receiving word of the unofficial Grail War in the Labyrinth and the missing investigators, the Mages Association sent Lord El-Melloi II and his assistant, Gray to investigate.


Labyrinth Holy Grail WarEdit

The Labyrinth Holy Grail War (迷宮の聖杯戦争, Meikyū no Seihai Sensō?) of Fate/Labyrinth takes place in the Seventh Labyrinth of Caubac Alcatraz. The story starts with Norma Goodfellow being possessed by Manaka Sajyou who had traveled to her world from the Reverse Side of the World out of a desire to experience a dream. Manaka takes over Norma's body both in mind and appearance as Norma accidentally summons Saber (Artoria Pendragon). Making a contract with Saber, Manaka proceeds through the labyrinth with her. Even though up to 5 Servants can be summoned, Manaka and Saber encounter 3 other Servants, Archer from Fate/Extra, True Assassin and Caster from Fate/Stay Night.

Charmed by Manaka, all 4 Servants decided to team up to fight the Bosses of each level. Upon beating the boss of the 4th level, Manaka starts getting called back to her world by the Beast Class Servant and leaves Norma's body, reverting it back to Norma's usual appearance. Confused, the Servants asked what is going on, but Norma becomes frightened and runs away, triggering a pit trap that causes Norma to fall to the final level. In a crystal cavern at the bottom-most level, Norma finds herself attacked by carnivorous fairy golems, but is saved by Gray who was sent to investigate the Labyrinth. Meanwhile, the Servants decide to find Norma and both parties head the Grail Chamber, along the way, Saber fades away having lost her Master Manaka.

In the Grail Chamber, both Gray and Norma meet the host of the Grail War, Wolfgang Faustus who attacks them, but they are saved by the Servants. The Subcategory Grail War ends with the death of Wolfgang Faustus at the hands of Gray and the Servants; and the destruction of the Subcategory Holy Grail by Norma with the help of Manaka. Norma is then sent back to the entrance of the Labryinth where she says goodbye to the Servants and leaves with Lord El-Melloi II and Gray to make a report at the Mages Association.


  • Greece's Subcategory Holy Grail War failed to come to fruition after it became a struggle between magi to obtain a “catalyst of Heracles”, ending in a simple battle of magecraft. Even after the usage of Heracles was forbidden, there was never a proper ritual held in Greece because the next war simply turned into a similar competition for a "catalyst of Achilles".[1]
  • A war where Shakespeare was said to have managed to strengthen a Master enough to defeat a Servant.[3]
  • A war where Waver Velvet summoned Iskandar and then later became given the title Lord El-Melloi II as in Fourth Fuyuki Holy Grail War.


War Master Servant Identity
Labryinth Holy Grail War Manaka Sajyou /

Norma Goodfellow

Saber Artoria Pendragon
Labryinth Holy Grail War Subcategory Holy Grail Archer Robin Hood
Labryinth Holy Grail War Subcategory Holy Grail Caster Medea
Labryinth Holy Grail War Subcategory Holy Grail Assassin Hassan-i-Sabbah
Labryinth Holy Grail War Wolfgang Faustus Berserker Asterios
Unknown War (Fate/Apocrypha world) Waver Velvet Rider Iskandar
Unknown War (Fate/Apocrypha world) Unknown Caster Shakespeare
Unknown War (Fate/Apocrypha world) Rottweil Berzinsky Unknown Unknown


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  2. Fate/strange fake Volume 3, Prologue 8: "The Star Performers' Feast (Part 1)"

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