Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸?), Class Name Rider (ライダー, Raidā?), is a Rider-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order. She is also summoned by Rurihime "After" the Holy Grail War in Fate/Requiem
- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Forms and Alternate Versions
- 5 Development
- 6 References
Better known by her adult name Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源義経?), she was the most famous military commander in Japanese history. Probably only someone like Oda Nobunaga possesses a popularity that rivals hers... However, there are many obscure points in regards to history, and especially the early half of her life from before raising an army is wrapped in mystery.
It has been told that at eleven years-old, while she was under the care of the Kurama Temple, Ushiwakamaru met with the onmyouji Kiichi Hougen (some theories say that they were also the Kurama Tengu) and was awarded with the arts of war. Kiichi teaching Ushiwakamaru the secrets were entirely against their will. Ushiwakamaru just seduced their daughter one day to sneak a look at the secrets, causing the fearsome mentor to try to kill her in their rage.
Perhaps this ill-fated commander is probably a being so famous, there is no one in Japan who does not know her name. That recognition is also frequently apparent in the proverb called the "Sympathy for a Tragic Hero." Namely, a tragic military commander who, while was overflowing with charisma and holds an innate disposition of a genius, was driven off in defeat at the end of a confrontation with Yoritomo, her older brother who was jealous of this prominent figure's nature————apart from that matter of whether it was distinctly right or wrong... This Ushiwakamaru is unmistakably a monster.
In any case, Ushiwakamaru cannot read the hearts of men. She cannot understand this matter, perplexed at her own human being.
"Love, what is it?" Ushiwakamaru inquires. She was left under the care of a temple when she was very young, and she was raised up while as someone unaware of a father's love, a mother's love, a proper parents' love, as well as a love spun from a significant other. If there is only one fact, Ushiwakamaru was a samurai. A samurai serves the lord and swears allegiance to the lord. Concerning her, that was the only truth, and with the exception of that, everything else didn't matter. Separated from her parents when she was very young, she was disciplined by a Tengu deep in the mountains; subsequently, she was not able to nurture her "humanity". That is the way of a faithful dog... Close to a pure beast, she fights for the sake of her master instead of herself. For the cause of being praised, Ushiwakamaru triumphed. She won thoroughly. That is, she removed all ostentation from herself because that is none other than a choice for a way to slaughter her enemies quite efficiently. Yoritomo was afraid of that, and Ushiwakamaru's circumstances did not make her popularity rise. It may not be discovered that her fangs could turn towards her allies to tear off their attractive yet deceptive outward appearances... They were afraid of her inhuman nature that did not truly fit in with the relationship of gaining profit by having power.
After he destroyed the Taira clan, Yoritomo immediately began to obliterate Ushiwakamaru. Her social position has not yet settled within their clan, and if he does not destroy her, he will always become anxious about the future. At any rate, Yoshitsune doesn't understand politics. She doesn't understand the hearts of men. If that kin, similar to an antiquated beast, exists, then Yoritomo cannot make the era he is aiming for. It was rumored in the public streets that Yoritomo killed his younger brother at the end of a power struggle. Ushiwakamaru consented. That synposis is correct. Regardless of what intentions Yoritomo had, and regardless of what Ushiwakamaru was feeling, with this state of affairs around her, it was reasonable for Ushiwakamaru to dispose herself, and...
Since the Taira no longer existed, Ushiwakamaru was Yoritomo's next political opponent. Also, as far as Hojo Masako, her older brother's wife, is concerned, the likes of Minamoto no Yoshitsune is probably unneeded. Thus, she will behave as if she was her older brother's enemy, doing nothing but fight and die in battle, all in accordance with what her older brother desires. Although Ushiwakamaru thought as such, her subordinates persuaded her, and she decided to escape to Oshu. And yet, Yoritomo persistently chased her. He saw her not as family, but as an inhuman monster, and chased after her.
————"That's strange. This is somewhat unreasonable."
————"Though, it was human beings that preferred emotions rather than gains and losses."
————"I only wanted my older brother to praise me, but I was lacking something."
————"I am sorry, I could not change up to my last moments————"
Although Ushiwakamaru was defeated at Oshu, her name was carved into the history of Japan. Without understanding the essence of anyone.
Ushiwakamaru is a young girl clad in samurai armor.
Ushiwakamaru is a genius swordsman that wholeheartedly adores her older brother, Minamoto no Yoritomo. She respected him as a samurai and loved him for being her brother. Although she tries not to be boastful, she says that he was the most exemplary older brother in the world.
Ushiwakamaru likes to have fun. When she was a child, she was rather mischievous since she spent her days playing pranks on adults as a hobby and causing trouble for the monks, all while laughing out loud. Though she is not like that any more as she conducts herself properly to the best of her ability.
For some reason, Ushiwakamaru has some level of acrophobia as she hates high places and never wants to be anywhere high.
She was constantly persecuted by those around her in life due to her exceedingly great talent. While there is no doubt that she was an excellent tactician, Yoshitsune lacked something vital. That is fear towards the battlefield; she never thought battles were frightening. All throughout life, she was incompatible with the other military commanders. That Yorimoto even held killing intent towards Yoshitsune was probably something that she never came to understand in her entire life. For, since she was a genius, having concern towards abilities was something that did not exist in her. But no matter how many times she is betrayed, she still wants to fight for someone's sake.
A beautiful swordsman who is disciplined, scolding even her Master for any sloppy habits. Despite her beautiful figure, showing an appearance like a flower blooming in the midnight, Ushiwakamaru is without self-assertion. She sometimes speaks as necessary, but she does not have a talkative disposition that can express a beautiful voice that would draw 10,000 people in to listen to it in ecstasy. Also, she does not boast her outstanding arts of war, instead proving it with nothing but results and at the scene of battle. It is possible to say that this person is a paragon of knighthood that discerns propriety and speaks with actions before words... and, someone simply seen as a genuine fighting machine.
Because her character is straightforward and not a falsehood, all the established things Ushiwakamaru undertakes completely becomes the "shortest, fastest straight line" towards the goal. When ordinary people do this, they usually fail and reflect on their failure, and subsequently from that, they consider... and polish a variety of plans... The problem is, Ushiwakamaru is a super genius. Because she does not fail at these things, she has grown to as she is now with this unmanageable nature.
In battle, Ushiwakamaru is cold-hearted, cool-headed and the personification of the most suitable hand, but ordinarily, she is a young girl who earnestly wishes "to become her older brother's power, to become the head's strength, and to want to help this splendid figure." To address this in a few words, "a faithful dog with a broken brake." She is faithful, bright and friendly, but somewhere, she is missing a screw... no, it becomes unclear of its whereabouts.
Her talents sublimated up to its utmost limits and her extraordinary loyalty becomes intertwined, and a person (Master) that notices "this unthinkable genius who, without thinking, is just unreasonably becoming emotionally attached to me for no real reason" won't understand why and might harbor fear at that characteristic. On the other hand, how Ushiwakamaru treats her subordinates is surely demonic. "Die so you can make an easy place for me to fight. That is your role."
Ushiwakamaru is a girl who really loves her brother and is making great efforts as a girl who really loves her Master. That cool behavior that does not get agitated by anything... from there is a ferocity one step short of an unleashed Berserker's, and anyone would be bewildered at that.
If the Master is vexed about "If that enemy's ship is usable...", Ushiwakamaru will head towards the ship visibly like a gale while saying "Master, please leave the decisions to me!" A few minutes later, she would inform the Master about the ship and say "Master, this way to the ship!" However, except for the sailors operating the ship, everybody will be completely dealing with the scene of carnage called "being bound for the netherworld."
Ushiwakamaru is a cool-headed subordinate, but she too is a person that draws from the blood of the Minamoto clan, a clan of which has the origin of the word "ruler" in the past. She is only a faithful dog towards the Master, and will display a sadistic and cold-hearted side to anyone except the Master.
Naturally, much like with her brother, Ushiwakamaru will serve her Master with all her heart, fighting until her's or her Master's final moments.
|Musashibou Benkei||"The man calls himself Benkei... and I understand the gist of it, but it is extremely bold of him to do so. I'll mess with him for fun. Then I can kill him behind the temple when I'm bored of him."|
|Jing Ke / Martha||Artoria Alter categorizes these three as the "disappointing trio". They may act like they have common sense, but since they're really just weirdos, they fit together well. "When I speak my mind, most people seem to be stunned, but Jing Ke and Martha keep on going like nothing strange happened. I've never met someone so easy to talk with!"|
|Minamoto-no-Raikou||Shyly happy to have her as an ancestor and to get to know her. Feels like she's a mother. Vaguely feels that "their roots are similar."|
She appears in this Singularity under the name Imagawa Yoshitsune. After setting up camp, she orders Musashibou Sessai (who she repeatedly almost calls Benkei) to prepare a banquet in two seconds. Sessai tells her to be on guard since their camp is in a dangerous location. Imagawa tells him not to worry because of their Mini-Nobbu army. Later, she and Sessai see Ritsuka’s party approaching as they flee from Matsudaira Arash‘s Stella. Seeing the Noble Phantasm, Imagawa and Sessai wonder it is when they’re struck by it. Imagawa disappears, lamenting that her army was destroyed and her dream to resurrect the Kamakura Shogunate is gone.
Santa Alter for Roughly a Week
When Gaius Julius Caesar came to Jing Ke’s hideout, he is mistaken for Santa Claus, and makes Ushiwakamaru, Martha, and Jing Ke sign a contract that forced them to buy expensive presents with their own money. But when Caesar discovered they didn’t have enough money, he confiscates their possessions.
Later, Ushiwakamaru complains about how people should send presents to each other anytime, not just on Christmas. When Santa Alter asks for Jing Ke (calling her Jean Kay), Ushiwakamaru starts to tell her, but a drunk Jing Ke arrives interrupts her. She apologizes for Jing Ke’s drunkenness and explains that it’s the result of her drinking for ten days to recover from an incident. Santa Alter then reveals herself to be Santa Claus, prompting Ushiwakamaru and company to attack her. After Santa Alter defeats them, Ushiwakamaru recounts to her of their encounter with the other Santa. She is then given her present, a ship, which she says she’ll board at night and take over it after killing the captain.
Ushiwakamaru accompanies Ritsuka and Mash when they rayshift to the island they saw from Kyoto during the Rashoumon incident. The island's shape shocks her when the group is attacked by an Oni. After killing it, they realize the island is Onigashima, the legendary island of the Oni. Romani says he cannot pinpoint the island’s temporal coordinates, similar to Kyoto. He speculates the island was created as part of the abnormality when Ushiwakamaru mentions Onigashima never existed in her lifetime. On the subject of Onigashima, Ushiwakamaru recalls the tale of Momotarou and says if Ritsuka is Momotarou, then she is the dog. But seeing Fou wants to be the dog as well, she decides they must compete for the position. The two then race off towards the beach.
But she finds Fuuma Kotarou unconscious, surrounded by Oni, and returns to get the others. After the group slays the oni, Kotarou regains consciousness and helps slay more oni. However, they’re soon surrounded, so Kotarou decides to use his Noble Phantasm to create a diversion. Ushiwakamaru warns, though, that they lack the strength to break through the oni. Suddenly though, Sakata Kintoki jumps from a nearby cliff on a motorcycle and helps slay the remaining oni.
Proceeding to a mountain pass, Kotarou and Kintoki agree to help investigate the mystery of Onigashima. The two then do some recon while the others check the area. ash and Ushiwakamaru spot a forced human labor camp run by oni. Kotarou returns and reports there are more forced labor camps. He also found a way to the island’s peak, but it is blocked by three locked gates each guarded by great oni and a hired guard. The group then gets worried Kintoki hasn’t returned yet. Suddenly Romani and Kotarou detect something approaching, so the group hide and observe. They see higher-ranked oni leaving the camp. Given their ability to speak, Mash wonders if they can get information from them when Ushiwakamaru runs off towards them. However, the group spot a female Servant killing the oni and goes to help her. After the oni are slain and the Servant leaves, Ushiwakamaru notes how she seemed nostalgic. Kintoki then returns and reports he found something akin to a human settlement, so the group head there to get information.
Ushiwakamaru tells Ritsuka they should settle the matter of their roles concerning the tale of Momotarou. She asks Mash what role she wants; Romani suggests Mash is the dog. Ushiwakamaru suggests the pheasant for Mash until she realizes that role is more fitting for Kotarou. She then tries to assign a role to Kintoki, but he stops her. She wonders if he knew she was going to assign him the role of the monkey. Realizing Kintoki also fits the role of Momotarou, Ushiwakamaru ponders implementing a double Momotarou system since Ritsuka is already Momotarou. But Kintoki says he's fine being the monkey, given that he grew up in the mountains. Now with the matter of their roles settled, the group move on to the first gate.
Arriving in the oni’s human slave settlement, the group encounters Benkei. He tells them there is another settlement higher up. He was actually looking for the group when he ended up in the village. The group then leaves the village with Benkei.
Eventually, the group encounters a checkpoint. Ushiwakamaru asks Benkei how he got past it. Benkei confesses he fell off the cliff and ended up in the previous settlement. Seeing the path is too narrow and steep to go around the checkpoint, the group decides to break through. Disguising himself as an oni, Kotarou takes the others as human slaves. He tells the oni guard they were requested by the great oni. The oni doubts Ushiwakamaru can do any work based on her small frame and shameless outfit. Benkei tells him she is a seductress and knocks her out to "eliminate" her as a threat to the oni. He then drags her unconscious body past the confused oni guard. After the oni are slain, Ushiwakamaru prepares to decapitate Benkei for his actions until she realizes they helped them pass through the checkpoint. She wonders why Benkei is so powerful on the island.
Continuing on the pass, Benkei suggests they gather information at a teahouse in the settlement up ahead. He then gives Ushiwakamaru a flask of tea when she complains of thirst. However, Ushiwakamaru gets drunk from the tea and mistakes a jizo statue's face for her brother's. She takes it, but its head falls off during a fight with oni. Slaying the last oni, Ushiwakamaru chases the statue head into a cesspit. But upon reaching it, she abandons the statue altogether because her "perfect brother would never go to the toilet". But she is still drunk, seeing her brother in everything.
Arriving in the settlement, the group finds Shuten-douji and Ibaraki-douji working at its teahouse. Shuten denies she and Ibaraki constructed the island and suggests they work together to defeat the mastermind of Rashoumon and Onigashima. But Kintoki rejects her offer and a fight ensues. Ushiwakamaru is left fatigued by her fight with Ibaraki, who unleashes her Noble Phantasm. However, Benkei uses his body to block it, and Ushiwakamaru disperses the flames with Kikenjō - Icicle Cutting after jumping from his shoulders. Struggling against the group, Ibaraki asks Shuten for the Grail to regain the power she had in Rashoumon. However, the Servant from before arrives, and Kintoki reveals she is Minamoto-no-Raikou. After forcing Shuten and Ibaraki to retreat, Raikou chases after them while the group continues their journey up the mountain.
At the summit, they find Raikou standing before the Grail. Kintoki warns the others about getting closer, recognizing she isn't Raikou but her sealed oni self, Ushi-Gozen. Ushi explains how she created the island and its oni with the Grail and her Authority to create a refuge for those scorned by human society. Revealing she mortally wounded Shuten and slew Ibaraki a moment ago, she tries to convince Kintoki to join her as she constructed the island for him. She also reveals that she created the Rashoumon incident to make everyone kill each other by getting them intoxicated with the Grail’s wine. Kintoki refuses to join her and fights her with the others.
As the group struggle against her, Ushi prepares to finish them off when Shuten ambushes her, only to be slain by her. Kintoki uses the opening Shuten created and defeats Ushi with Golden Spark. Though, in truth, she jumped into the lightning to knock herself out. Raikou soon wakes up, having no recollection of being Ushi. Despite that, though, she recognizes the incident as her fault and apologizes for her behavior. After Raikou disappears, Ushiwakamaru is disappointed she didn't get a chance to talk with her as a fellow Minamoto. Though she doubts Raikou would speak to a country bumpkin such as herself, Kintoki assures her that Raikou would, much to her joy.
Later, however, Raikou returns, having used sheer will before she completely returned to the Throne because she forgot something. Ushiwakamaru praises her ancestor for tenacity, proud that she inherited the same blood. She tells Ritsuka to look forward to when she becomes her adult self. Benkei says she will never have Raikou's figure, however. For these roads, Ushiwakamaru drags Benkei behind a rock for punishment.
Seventh Singularity: Babylonia
She and her fellow Servants eat with Ritsuka, Mash, Medusa, and Siduri at the Chaldean Embassy at night. She confirms she is the representative of the Heroic Spirits. As Gilgamesh summoned them, she and her fellow Servants know nothing about Chaldea. She warns if she and her fellow Servants were forced to choose between Gilgamesh and Ritsuka, they would choose Gilgamesh without hesitation. However, since their goals align, they will help in every way possibility to the best of their abilities.
Ushiwakamaru and Benkei help Ritsuka and Mash investigate an affair that the armorer suspects his wife is having. The group follows the wife deep under Uruk, where they discover she is a member of a subterranean species plotting to invade the surface world. The group return to the surface after killing them. Ushiwakamaru then explains Uruk is currently under threat from three different directions; the Demonic Beasts from the north; the jungle to the south; Ishtar‘s aerial attack from the southeast. While Leonidas is keeping the Demonic Beasts at bay at the Northern Wall, there are no countermeasures against the other threats. Ishtar is a nuisance, comparable to an unpredictable storm. Nothing is known about the southern jungle, however, as none of the scouting parties Gilgamesh sent there ever returned. Ushiwakamaru wonders if the Alliance seeks to recreate the world in their own image after they destroy Uruk. Her confirmation that Gilgamesh indeed calls his Grail the Greater Grail of Uruk makes Ritsuka, Mash, and Romani realize it isn’t Solomon‘s.
On another day, Ushiwakamaru helps get rid of some troublesome birds. However, she ended damaging up to four shops dealing with the birds flying low through the street. She welcomes back Ritsuka to the embassy after they return from cleaning the river later that evening. She then eats supper with Ritsuka’s party, Benkei, Leonidas, and Siduri.
She and Beneki congratulate Ritsuka’s party on being tasked by Gilgamesh to investigate Ur after hearing about it from Siduri. They would like to join, but Leonidas sent for their aid at the Northern Wall. Ushiwakamaru and Benkei then spare with the group to see if they’re ready for the journey. While they’re reassured by their skills, they warn them that two Servants of Gilgamesh, Fuuma Kotarou and Amakusa Shhirou Tokisada, failed to return from the jungle. Benkei recalls Ibaraki-douji, another Servant of Gilgamesh, deserting. Ushiwakamaru recalls scaring Ibaraki after she said she was going to form a bandit group. She then vows to take responsibility as a member of the Minamoto clan to take her head if she ever finds her, and guesses that Ibaraki is currently fuming in some ruins somewhere. She and Benkei then bid farewell to Ritsuka’s party.
When Ritsuka’s party is tasked by Gilgamesh to retrieve the Tablet of Destinies from Kutha, Ushiwakamaru wishes she could accompany them. Benkei reminds her though that they need to head to the Northern Wall tomorrow to prepare for the operation to liberate Nippur. Ushiwakamaru explains Kutha is under Ishtar’s control, and it’s next to Gorgon’s territory. Because of the many powerful Demonic Beasts expected to be there, she warns the group to be wary.
Ushiwakamaru and Benkei meet Ritsuka’s party again at the Northern Wall when they’re sent there to help liberate Nippur. She explains how the movements of the Demonic Beasts changed to patrol Nippur’s outskirts, suspecting a new commander has appeared to replace Girtablilu. Leonidas explains Ushiwakamaru and Benkei’s unit will distract the Demonic Beasts from the east. Meanwhile, Ritsuka’s party will enter Nippur from the west and rescue the citizens. Ritsuka voices concern for Ushiwakamaru and Benkei’s unit, but Ushiwakamaru assures Ritsuka that they’ll be fine. She also reveals Gilgamesh forbade them from entering Nippur. Leonidas then states the operation will be launched tomorrow evening.
As she and Benkei battle the Demonic Beasts, they hear what Benkei thought to be an earthquake. He assumes it scared the beasts off and asks Ushiwakamaru to give him the order to take the soldiers and retreat to the Northern Wall. Ushiwakamaru however deduces the sound was something monstrous burrowing through the earth. Then, as Ritsuka’s party struggle against Gorgon in Nippur, Ushiwakamaru arrives to hold her off while they escape. She is seemingly killed in the confrontation. (In the anime adaptation, she fights Gorgon again follow this encounter. She uses Dan-no-Ura - Eight-Boat Leap against her, and seemingly dies after unleashing her final strike.)
Ushiwakamaru later finds herself in the Blood Fort, having been captured by Kingu. She overhears them giving directions to children on how to escape. Kingu tells her of their intent to turn her into a Demonic Beast, explaining the temple functions as a womb of sorts to produce Demonic Beasts at greater numbers a maternal body can handle. They tell Ushiwakamaru that her mind will remain until the last moment when she’s turned into a beast. Ushiwakamaru calls it foolish to leave the mind last, believing it only gives humans the chance to resist even after transforming. Kingu agrees and explains those used for materials are turned into goo to be placed into each Demonic Beasts’ adjustment tank. Ushiwakamaru asks them why they let the children escape. They explain that, unlike Gorgon, they only kill those they consider to be threats. Ushiwakamaru points out, though they merely answered a child’s cry for help. Because they’re unable to embrace complete cruelty, Ushiwakamaru tells Kingu that they’d be ridiculed on the battlefield as a clown. In response, Kingu decides to not to change her into a Demonic Beast, instead she’ll be corrupted by Tiamat‘s Authority, the Chaos Tide, to be become one of her children.
Final Singularity: Solomon
Love is Not Free
Due to stabilization issues, Ushiwakamaru, Ritsuka and Mash are accidentally rayshifted to an island. Traversing through a forest into another coastline, the group is told by Romani Archaman that it will take longer for him to stabilize the Rayshift system. During this time, Ushiwakamaru asks Ritsuka to tell her a story about themselves. After Ritsuka tells their story, Ushiwakamaru asks if she’s useful to them. Glad to hear their answer, she recounts how others, including her brother, misunderstood until her death. Comparing Ritsuka to Ise Yoshimori, she expresses gratitude to Ritsuka for taking time to speak with their Servants personally. Mash contacts Romani about the Rayshift, but he tells the group that they need to remove the instability in the area before he can rayshift them back. Mash guesses a nearby ship is the source of the instability, so Ushiwakamaru jumps to the ship to bring it to shore. The ship’s undead crew attack her, but she still brings the ship to shore. She and others slay the undead crew, but their vengeful spirits, the source of the instability, raise to attack the group. After slaying the spirit to stabilize the area, Ushiwakamaru expresses her disappointment that Ritsuka couldn’t see her fight. She then asks for them to pat her on the head.
The Boy Among the Stars
She is part of the Holy Grail War Tournament as part of a team alongside Barbarossa and Jacques de Molay. Yoshitsune reacts uncomfortably towards cheers of "Ushiwaka" from the crowd of the Holy Grail War Tournament, but eventually responds to the cheers by waving.
She manages to survive Nzambi's zombie attack on the tournament and is seen alive at its end with Rurihime. She is shown collecting the heads of her enemies to present to her Master. The pair comfort Koharu F Riedenflaus, who is crestfallen after she watched the zombified Hannibal be killed by Longinus.
Nostalgic City Shunjuku
She later befriends Erice Utsumi and her group of friends when Rurihime decides to join the Nightwatch.
Ushiwakamaru is a genius swordsman and an excellent tactician. Her mount is a white horse called Tayuuguro (太夫黒, Tayūguro?). Her sword is Usumidori (薄緑?), being the sword that beheaded the Earth Spider, said to have belonged to her ancestor Minamoto-no-Raikou.
- Magic Resistance (C Rank): Cancels spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against magecraft on the level of High-Thaumaturgy and Greater Rituals.
- Riding (A+ Rank): All vehicles and all creatures up to the level of Phantasmal Beast and Divine Beast can be used as mounts. However, that does not apply to members of the Dragon Kind.
- Tengu's Art of War (A Rank): A Skill derived from the anecdote of Ushiwakamaru having learned the arts of war from a Tengu - an existence beyond humans. Provides bonuses to close-combat power such as swordsmanship, archery and spearmanship, as well as Skills such as Tactics and Magic Resistance.
- Charisma (C+ Rank): Although she is in a form that not everyone likes, there is a strange charm to her that attracts people the closer they get to her.
- Feat of the Swallow (B Rank): With her body as light as a swallow, at the Gojo-ohashi bridge, she has dodged Benkei's terrifying slashes not once but twice.
Her Noble Phantasm is the Wandering Tales of Shana-oh, the embodiment of numerous legends that were born after Ushiwakamaru became Minamoto no Yoshitsune and traveled to Oshu. This Noble Phantasm comprises five secret techniques, including Dan-no-Ura - Eight-Boat Leap.
Forms and Alternate Versions
- Main article: BerserkerBlackened by the Chaos Tide of Tiamat, Ushiwakamaru is corrupted and converted into the Berserker Class.
The Tengu girl who was the talk (probably) of the mountains of Kurama is ready to hit the beach! It turns out this great strategist also knew how to have a good time! Swimsuit Ushiwakamaru is no longer the Ushiwakamaru you knew; her agility, her divine power, and her skimpy swimsuit make her the true Tengu maiden of Kurama.
"My fleet feet and the beautiful natural scenery all around... My memories of training in the mountains are returning to me! Oh, the fan? It's a hand-me-down from my mentor, so please don't let it bother you!"
After being surrounded by Hawaii's natural beauty (and putting on her swimsuit), Ushiwakamaru somehow reverted to how she was during her wild and free-spirited days training at Mt. Kurama.
Her master's words echo in her mind. "Play is the ultimate form of training." And so while she fulfills her duty as a Servant, she is ever alert for a chance to play (train) with Master. Like a faithful, playful dog in summer she wags her tail in anticipation (though somehow remains patient) for playtime. If you have some spare time, go ahead and play with her.
She's...a bit immature and mischievous, but the clear thinking and almost inhuman rationality at Ushiwakamaru's core remain intact. Because she is closer to a tengu now, her attitude of, "I'm a tengu, so I'm stronger than humans," gives her a sense of superiority (not that she rubs it in, she's just matter-of-fact about it). Part of why this version of Ushiwakamaru is so mischievous is because she can't help but think, "I need to punish (teach) those humans who don't realize what fools they are! (Haughty laugh)" Looks like she puts herself on a bit of a pedestal compared to humans.
"That human really is incorrigible. Okay, I'm going to make right by mocking them."
However, she shows no mercy for those who commit evil deeds such as murder. "They don't deserve punishment. I simply have to cut them to ribbons."
- Presence Concealment (C- Rank): As a result of playing (training) in the mountains, she has mastered the art of hiding in the middle of nature. She can’t display the effect that much in a city.
- Independent Action (A+ Rank): There were many animal friends at the mountain of Kurama. That’s why I’m quite fine even if I’m alone!
- Riding (A+ Rank): Talent in mounting. Can mount any kind of ride, but can’t mount the Dragon Kind. In case of mounting the animals of the mountain she connected her heart with, there’s a plus modifier.
- Animal Communication (D Rank): Mutual understanding of intention with animals that don’t use words is possible. It’s something that happens because of the youthful senses of when she ran around the mountain, so it was lost when she got down from the mountain (when she’s a Rider). It’s not like she properly speaks the language of animals, it’s purely feeling. Normally, leaking tanuki-like words may be a remnant of the training days of the past. Also, when asked about why the Assassin class,「In order to get a wooden sword from my teacher while he was asleep, I earnestly practiced invisibility with the animals of the forest as my training partners, so there it is」「No way, an Assassin just because of that?」「Yes. I mean, I’m a genius」
- Tengu's Art of Play (Summer) (EX Rank): The style of playing at the mountain taught by the tengu. But to Ushiwakamaru that holds the same meaning as training. Due to her teacher teaching her that the way of living at the mountain, the way of playing and everything is training. Skipping about the trees like a monkey, setting foot and crossing over rocks like a deer, swimming across the river like a charr. Super-high speed mountain style parkour… or something like that. Of course, even if she goes to the sea that way of using her body is greatly useful. (Being able to apply it) surely was useful for the Eight-Boat Leap.
- Heaven-Sent Child of Kurama (A+ Rank): Protection granted by 『something』 existing in the mountains of Kurama. Ushiwakamaru likely trusts it’s 「the protection of the tengu of the mount」, but details are unknown. Ms. H: 「…The etymology of “Kurama” is a dark mountain, and its former name was Kurabuyama. But what if it was called “Kumara” a long time ago…?」
Creation and Conception
- Fate/Grand Order material I - Ushiwakamaru, p.242-253, translated by canaki at Beast's Lair.
 Fate/Grand Order - Rider Profile [T]
Ushiwakamaru - Rider
Illustrator and Voice actor
Illustrator: Mineji Sakamoto
Voice Actor: Saori Hayami
Noble Phantasm: A+
Tengu's Art of War: A
Magic Resistance: C
Jumping the Eight Ships at Dan-no-Ura
Type: Anti-Unit Secret Technique
In Japan, this ill-fated military commander is famous to the point of being said that there is nobody who does not know her name. Possessing inborn talent, despite her charisma she was shunned by elder brother - Yorimoto - and in the end was defeated together with her attendants such as Benkei. Ushiwakamaru is Minamoto no Yoshitsune's childhood name.
Level 1 Bond
Source: "Gikeiki" "Tale of the Heike"
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral Gender: Female
The name of the horse she mounts is Tayuuguro.
Level 2 Bond
It would be no exaggeration to say that Ushiwakamaru (Minamoto no Yoshitsune) is the most famous military commander in Japanese history. Probably only someone like Oda Nobunaga possesses a popularity that rivals hers.
..however, there are many obscure points in regards to history, and especially the early half of her life from before raising an army is wrapped in mystery.
Level 3 Bond
- Tengu's Art of War: A
Personal Skill. Derived from the anecdote of having learned the arts of war from a Tengu - an existence beyond humans.
Provides bonus to close-combat power such as swordsmanship, archery and spearmanship, as well as Skills such as Military Tactics and Magic Resistance.
Level 4 Bond
It has been told that at eleven years-old, while she was under the care of the Kurama Temple, Ushiwakamaru met with the onmyouji Kiichi Hougen (some theories say that he was also the Kurama Tengu) and was awarded with the arts of war. While there is no doubt that she was an excellent tactician, Yoshitsune lacked something vital.
Level 5 Bond
That is fear towards the battlefield. All through life, she was incompatible with the other military commanders. That Yorimoto even held killing intent towards Yoshitsune was probably something that she never came to understand in her entire life. For, since she was a genius, concern towards abilities was something that did not exist in her.
The formal name of her Noble Phantasms is "Wandering Tales of the Mahavairocana King".
The many legends that Ushiwakamaru accomplished until her death embodied as secret techniques, other than the present Eight Boats Hopping there are also four others remaining.
牛若丸 - ライダー
- Tengu's Art of War: A
- Kiichi Hougen profile - translated by Comun
- Fate/Grand Order Site - Rider: A young girl clad in armor. A genius swordsman that wholeheartedly adores her older brother. Due to her exceedingly great talent, she was constantly persecuted by her surroundings.
- Fate/Grand Order - Ushiwakamaru (Rider): Dialogues
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 1: Three Animal? Companions
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 2: Attack on Onigashima
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 3: The First Great Oni Appears
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 4: Kazakoemarou Repelled
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 5: Of Oni and Men
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 6: Master and Servant
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 7: Big Brother
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 8: The Second Great Oni Appears
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of DemonsDemons, Act 9: Wazahamimaru Repelled
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 10: Of Alcohol and Oni
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 11: The Third Great Oni Appears
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 12: Gorikimaru Repelled!
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Act 13: And What of Momotarou
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Final Act: Ushi Gozen's True Form
- Fate/Grand Order - Onigashima: The Great Tale of Demons, Challenge: The Neverending Tale
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 4: Hardworking Citizens of Uruk
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 5: Welcome to the Jungle
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 7: The Tablet of Destinies
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 8: Uruk's Northen Wall
- Fate/Grand Order - Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts, Section 9: The Mother of Demonic Beasts
- Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 08: VII / Health Office Sabnock
- Fate/Requiem Volume 1: The Boy Among the Stars - Chapter 4
- Fate/Requiem Volume 1: The Boy Among the Stars - Chapter 6
- Fate/Grand Order material VII Ushiwakamaru (Swimsuit) profile translated by King of Padoru