In Absolute Demonic Front, Fate/Grand Order introduces yet another slew of new servants. You can find out who’s who in our handy reference guide
Since the release of Type-visual Moon’s novel Fate/ in 2004, the Fate/ franchise has been a force to be reckoned with. Anime series, movies, video games, manga, and even stage plays have all been based on it. Every game in the series is based on the concept of a “Holy Grail War,” in which magicians summon heroic spirits from the past to fight as familiars known as Servants.
Although each iteration has been successful, Fate/Grand Order dwarfs its franchise brethren by an incredible margin. As a result of the game’s popularity, Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front – Babylonia was adapted into an anime series of its own. Here’s a (relatively) spoiler-free guide to every servant who appeared in the show’s first season, which is a mouthful of a series.
1. Mash Kyrielight
Since the beginning of FGO’s narrative, Mash has been accompanying Ritsuka Fujimaru as he investigates the mysteries of ancient Babylon.
When it comes to being a servant, Mashis is an anomaly even among her peers.
Humans were genetically designed to unite with the Heroic Spirit, Galahad, to create what is known as a Demi-Servant. Her particular defensive abilities are further enhanced because, as a Shielder class Servant, she is the only one of her kind. Her master’s (and senpai’s) success is largely due to her abilities in this area.
Beauty, conflict, and a plethora of other aspects of life are all attributed to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess. When summoned as a servant, she is a Pseudo-Servant because she is a Divine Spirit and cannot be summoned normally. Fans of the Fate/Stay Night series will recognize that human as Rin Tohsaka.
When summoning Ishtar, the Babylonian Ishtar’s personality is fused with Rin’s. When it comes to the people of Babylon, she’s an extraordinarily powerful heroic spirit in the Archer class and has embraced her tsundere nature to the fullest extent.
Enkidu, a genderless Lancer-class heroic spirit created by the gods, is Gilgamesh’s only genuine friend and comrade (more on him later). Ritsuka and Mash had hoped to gain the assistance of Enkidu, but it turns out he is a phony.
The real Enkidu, however, is a spirit by the name of Kingu, and he serves Tiamat, the primeval goddess. His “mother” has wiped off humanity, and Kingu believes he is a prototype of what will replace them. Although he is not the genuine Enkidu, he nevertheless feels an unexplained connection to Gilgamesh.
A powerful Caster-class servant, Merlin, the Magus of Flowers, is one of Fate/Stay Night’s most well-known characters. The Grand Caster job is currently held by FGO’s main antagonist, Solomon, but he has the strength and skillset to lead his class as Grand Caster.
Fate’s Merlin is so powerful because he isn’t a human in the strictest sense of the word. Half-human incubi are also partly to blame for his bad-boy demeanor; they’ve been around for a long time. Wisdom and intelligence deserving of mythology’s most renowned Kingmaker are put to the test as Merlin guides Ritsuka, Mash and his irate young ward, Ana, through Babylonian history
Medusa served as the Rider’s servant in the original Fate/Stay Night, but now she’s returned as a Lancer and in an entirely new form. The Medusa of Babylon was originally introduced as “Ana,” the girl who had not yet been transformed into a monster by Athena.
Medusa’s most innocent guise, Ana, contrasts sharply with the monstrous Gorgon of the Fate/Stay Night series. Ana has a hard time balancing her childish innocence and love for Ritsuka and Mash with her innate misanthropy throughout the series.
Fate/golden Apocalypse’s Archer isn’t quite what you remember him to be. When Gilgamesh appeared in Fate/Stay Night and its precursor Fate/Zero, he was one of the main antagonists in both of those games and their prequels.
Even if he isn’t officially a servant at the moment, this Gilgamesh still qualifies as a Caster because he is more likeable and trustworthy. To help Babylon’s defense against the demonic monsters, he even summons more servants to aid in the summoning. He’s the only thing keeping Uruk’s capital city together until Chaldea’s agents arrive.
Ushiwakamaru, better known as Minamoto no Yoshitsune, is a Rider-class servant summoned by King Gilgamesh and an excellent swordsman.
Ushiwakamaru, Gilgamesh’s strongest offensive servant, tends to be a bit immature and impetuous, yet she is a steadfast ally and a true hero. In no time at all, she and Ritsuka had formed a strong friendship over their shared admiration for the country’s most celebrated hero.
8. Musashibou Benkei
Former Minamoto no Yoshitsune soldier Benkei is regarded as one of the most formidable warriors in Japanese history. What’s the only issue? There’s a problem with this Benkei.
Despite serving alongside the genuine Benkei, this Lancer-class Heroic Spirit turned traitor when faced with a life-or-death situation. He subsequently spent the rest of his life pretending to be Benkei and propagating Benkei’s mythology in an attempt to atone for his faults. At the end of his journey to Babylon, he is summoned there.
9. Leonidas I
This is Gilgamesh’s final summoned servant, an ancient Spartan ruler of 300fame. As the legendary Lancer Leonidas of the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas has developed a set of mostly defensive skills.
Thus, he has assumed leadership of Uruk’s demonic armies on the titular front. Additionally, he is drawn to Mash by his abilities and swears to teach the two of them alongside Uruk’s men.
10. Jaguar Warrior
Jaguar Warrior is one of Babylon’s more bizarre Servants. This figure, like the mythical Ishtar of the Mesoamerican Nagual Jaguar, is an amalgam of a Divine Spirit and an original character from the Fate/stay night series.
She may look like a joke, but Jaguar Warrior has the power of a low-grade divine spirit, so she’s paws-itively overpowering against an average heroic spirit, even if she’s not a match for the true goddesses.
Gorgon, the other incarnation of Medusa’s legend, is based solely on the horrible tales of what Medusa eventually became. In terms of Heroic Spirits, she is by far the most dangerous Avenger-class Servant.
In addition to the tale of Medusa, the Primordial Goddess Tiamat’s Authority gives her a huge boost in power. She’s one of the show’s biggest threats, and she’s also responsible for a fair amount of heartbreak.
A ferocious Rider-class servant that enjoys lucha slugfests, Quetzalcoatl stands out among Babylon’s many Divine Spirits.
South American deities can transfer their power and existence from one human to another, hence this typically male deity appears in a feminine form in Fate/verse. She exploits her powers over war and the sun to wage one-on-one battles against humans.
Another Lancer-class Servant appears as the series’ final Divine Spirit. The goddess of the underworld in Sumerian mythology, Ereshkigal is Ishtar’s opposite. Through her connection to Ishtar, she is able to make occasional ventures into the surface world.
Ishtar and Rin Tohsaka’s connection is never entirely explained, but it’s safe to assume that they share a lot more in common than either of them would want to acknowledge.