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Kavacha and Kundala: O' Sun, Become Armor (日輪よ、具足となれカヴァーチャ&クンダーラ, Nichirin yo, Gusoku to NareKavācha & Kundāra?) is the divine set of golden armor and golden earring given to Karna by his mother, Kunti, as confirmation of his heritage. Having copulated with the god Surya through a ritual, Kunti was afraid of bearing her first child and felt anxiety over whether he would acknowledge the child, so she prayed for proof that Karna was his son. Due to its toughness, Indra attempted to nullify it by transforming into a Brahman priest and visiting Karna's mansion. Indra asked him to hand over his personal artifacts upon going to bathe, and although he knew of Indra's trap, he swore that he would not refuse a Brahman's requests, giving up the armor that was the only sign of his birth. Karna's posture was much too noble during the event, so Indra thought that it had to be rewarded, granting him the spear Vasavi Shakti. He still possesses the armor as a Heroic Spirit even though it was stolen in the myth, and utilizing Vasavi Shakti requires the armor to be permanently sacrificed.[2]

He was born with the armor integrated into his body, making him invulnerable throughout his life. It is a powerful defensive-type Noble Phantasm that emits the radiance of the sun itself. Due to being light itself taken shape, it is difficult for even the gods to destroy.[3] It is as thick as it looks, an invincible armor that protects against all harm, physical or conceptual. As long as it is active, all damage inflicted on Karna will be reduced to a tenth of its original value. He can fight others without worry as their attacks are negated by ninety percent, reducing even powerful blows to minor scratches that can be healed in the midst of battle. Although it can protect against any physical attack from the outside, attacks within him are an exception. Due to Kazikli Bey manifesting spears from within him, it is unable to protect him, and it is his first time taking actual damage while clad in the armor. It is a powerful continuously active-type Noble Phantasm, so it greatly adds to his magical energy upkeep cost.

The armor differs slightly between the two incarnations of Karna. Within the Moon Cell, it is able to protect against deletion, allowing a human that has it to return to their body after the Moon Cell Holy Grail War even if they are not the winner. Furthermore, during the course of the North America Singularity in Fate/Grand Order, the effects of Kavacha and Kundala are sealed despite the armor being present on Karna's body.[4]

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  2. Fate/Grand Order material III - Karna, p.104-113