Lancer (Fate/Grand Order - Benkei)

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Japanese name: ランサー
Franchise: Fate
Appears in: Capsule Servant
Fate/complete material IV
Fate/Grand Order
Japanese VA: Tetsu Inada
Character type: Servant (Master: Protagonist)

Servant (Master: N/A (Original design))

Servant classes: Lancer[1]
Gender: Male[1]
Height: 199cm[1]
Weight: 88kg[1]
Place of Origin: Japan[1]
Armament: Seven Tools[1]

Lancer (ランサー, Ransā?) is a Lancer-class Servant able to be summoned by the Protagonist in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.



Lancer is Musashibou Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶, Musashibō Benkei?), the Warrior Monk (荒法師, Arahōshi?), who was the legendary warrior monk that served Minamoto no Yoshitsune, whose exploits are documented in the Gikeiki (義経記, ?), The Tale of the Heike (平家物語, Heike Monogatari?) and numerous other accounts. As a loyal and widely beloved retainer, he possessed both resourcefulness and bravery, with knowledge of Kabuki and Joururi, widely beloved.[1]

This Heroic Spirit, is actually a completely different individual named Hitachibou Kaison (常陸坊 海尊, ?), whose existence has little evidence. Originally, Hitachibou served Yoshitsune alongside the real Musashibou Benkei, having a brief mention in the Gikeiki where they shared joy and sorrow. Ultimately nothing more than a supporting role, in their final battle at Koromogawa no Tate (衣川の合戦, ?), he abandoned his comrades instantly in fear for his own life. Motivated by guilt and shame at his cowardice, he attained a limited immortality with study of esoteric Buddhist practices, and assumed the identity of Benkei for the remainder of his years, spreading the legend of Benkei's ideal heroism and unyielding loyalty. It is in part by Hitachibou's efforts that Benkei attained status as a Heroic Spirit. He is said to have served to influence Yoshitsune's tale in an unexpected manner in the Gikeiki, said to have taken the stage as the narrator who survived the battle of Koromogawa to pass down Yoshitsune's legend in many places. The shameful Kaison is said to have taken the impressive duty to go beyond his shame and live in disgrace, wandering around.[1]



Incidentally, his imitation of Benkei is imperfect, and occasionally hints at his true personality through facetious and jesting.[1]


Capsule ServantEdit

In Capsule Servant, Lancer is one of the many available servants.


The Pilgrimage of the Five Hundred Arhat is his Noble Phantasm.


Exorcism of Apparitions (怨霊調伏, Onryou Choubuku?): A
With an invocation of nine characters - the kuji Rin Pyou Tou Sha Kai Jin Retsu Zai Zen (臨兵闘者皆陣列在前, ?) - curses of evil origin may be defended against and nullified. If successful, an opponent's use of magecraft may be sealed; and in certain circumstances, appropriated by the Servant as part of his own repertoire in limited capacity. Musashibou Benkei possessed a similar technique as a monk (described in a passage of The Subscription List), and the Servant has imitated said ability with his own skills as an actor.[1]

To Stand Firm (仁王立さ, Niōdachi sa?): B


Creation and ConceptionEdit

Lancer was designed by Myougaya Jinroku and character designed by Katsuya Terada for the canceled Fate/Apocrypha online game project and not included in the final version.[1] He was collected along with the other thirteen initial Servant designs in Fate/complete material IV Extra material. The project was revived in novel format afterwards, but he was cut along with David, Saint George, and Sakata Kintoki, in favor of Vlad III and Karna. Benkei's design has been reused elsewhere.

Discarded abilitiesEdit

  • Skills

Attendant of Iron (くろがねの傅, Kurogane no Itsuki?): N/A
With proximity of presence alone, the Servant is capable of reinforcing his Master's physical attributes. The original Musashibou Benkei possessed six black birthmarks, said to have appeared because his mother ingested metal (kurogane) during her pregnancy. Itsuki, in the Shinto tradition, was a title ascribed to servants of a god; Yoshitsune, a beautiful child, is regarded to have possessed the aspect of a godling, and Benkei was his faithful servant. The ability "Kurogane no Itsuki" may have been designed to mimic this pattern.[1]

Blank Subscription List (白紙の勧進帳, Hakushi no Kanjinchō?): N/A
A counterfeit decree with effect equivalent to a Command Seal expenditure originating from an opponent's Master, which orders that "no Noble Phantasms may be used" within a given engagement. If successful, even if the targeted Servant is unfooled by apparent origin of the decree, it must be obeyed. A mental interference technique with a probability of negated each turn with a successful roll of a resistance check on the part of the opponent. However, in the condition that the influence of the skill is removed, reapplication becomes possible.[1]

  • Noble Phantasms

Eighth Implement (八ツ道具, Yattsu Dōgu?)
An opponent's Noble Phantasm may be temporarily claimed as the 8th of the Servant's Seven Implements,[2][3] and manipulated with some proficiency even if its usage is unfamiliar. A weapon claimed in this manner will be returned to the opponent of its origin after a certain number of turns, but may be launched as a projectile to deal damage upon return. Rather than owing to some inability on the Servant's part to permanently maintain an eighth implement, he opts to relinquish an implement upon satisfaction of his curiosity in its use.[1]

Benkei Butsu (Buddha) (弁慶仏, Benkei Butsu?)
Slicing the space about him with a long blade, the servant manifests multiple replicas of Benkei, equivalent in attributes to his base level of strength -- and capable of walling off the original from an opponent's attack. A single deployment of the Noble Phantasm creates one to seven replicas at random, and the results cannot be determined by the servant. The Servant's own attributes are temporarily boosted by a function of the number of replicas that remain manifest and undestroyed.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24
  2. Benkei is said to use 7 weapons : a Naginata, an iron rake, a large hammer, a large saw, a two-pronged war fork, a Tsukubō, and a Sodegarami.
  3. The concept of "the seven tools" is a common expression to describe the required means for success for an activity or personality: the seven tools of a detective, the seven tools of an election candidate... Benkei's seven armaments is based on this.

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