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Noble Phantasm
Caladbolg II
Caladbolg v2
Japanese name: カラドボルグⅡ
Title: The Fake Spiral Sword
Fake Helix Sword (English version of Extra)
Japanese title: 偽・螺旋剣
Transliteration: Gi Rasenken
Owner: Archer (Extra)

Caladbolg II: The Fake Spiral Sword (偽・螺旋剣カラドボルグⅡ, Gi RasenkenKaradoborugu Ⅱ?) is a modified version of the original Caladbolg using Reinforcement. Archer encountered the original sword at some point during his life, adding it to the numerous Noble Phantasms stored in Unlimited Blade Works and allowing him to modify it to suit his fighting style. He projects it to be used as an arrow rather than a sword, with the improvements aimed to make use of it as an A-rank Broken Phantasm. He chants the first line of Unlimited Blade Works' incantation before firing it and, despite being renamed with the "II", he still only chants "Caladbolg" to activate it. When utilized as a close-combat weapon, he thrusts it to pierce the opponent. Gilgamesh also owns the prototype of Caladbolg, which is stored inside the Gate of Babylon.

  • Archer preparing to fire Caladbolg II.
  • Caladbolg II being fired as an arrow.
  • The spiraling trail left behind after Caladbolg II is fired.
  • Caladbolg II against Caster.
  • Caladbolg II razing a cemetery after being deflected.

The blade of the sword coils into a spiral that can penetrate any target by creating a twisting distortion in space when fired. When fired at Caster, it is powerful enough to easily break through her magical defenses simply as an aftereffect of it being purposely fired at an area far away from her. Shirou believes that, even if she had tried to teleport away from the attack, she would have simply been twisted along with the space as well. After being intercepted by Berserker, it creates a large explosion capable of razing a cemetery and engulfing it in flames. It's true use as a sword is to create a sword of light that stretches from the magic sword like a rainbow.[1]

The original is the demonic sword possessed by the hero of Ireland, Fergus mac Róich in Celtic mythology. The former king of Ulster and foster-father of Cú Chulainn, Fergus was tricked out of his kingship and later allied with Ulser's enemy nation, Connacht. He cornered the enemy king who betrayed him during the decisive battle between the lands, but he was prevented from killing his target. He redirected his rage at the undesired turn of events upon three hills by utilizing Caladbolg to cleanly blast the off the tops of the hills like a long rainbow. It is considered to be the natural enemy of Cú Chulainn, due to having a geis placed on himself making it his duty to be defeated once by the sword if the wielder is Ulster-born. There is also a theory that it is the same as Caledfwlch of Welsh mythology, making it a prototype of Excalibur.[2]

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