|Title:||The Shooting Hundred Heads|
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|Additional info:||Due to his Berserker class, Hercules lacks motor skills necessary to use it|
Nine Lives: The Shooting Hundred Heads (射殺す百頭, One Hundred Arrow Strikes in Fate/unlimited codes?) is the most trusted of all of Heracles' Noble Phantasms, but it is not utilized during Fate/stay night because he lacks the motor skills to use it while in the Berserker class. It originally had the form of the bow and arrows used to simultaneously exterminate the one hundred heads of the Hydra, an immortal nine-headed serpent, that would grow back no matter how many times they were cut down. Upon slaying the Hydra, he became able to utilize techniques that emulate the ability of the Noble Phantasm with other weapons, transforming it into an all-purpose Noble Phantasm capable of adapting and changing how it appears depending on the target and circumstances of its use.
No matter if it is delivered with a bow, large sword, shield, spear, or axe, the technique still boasts power on the level of Noble Phantasms. In essence, it is “a high speed attack consisting of nine consecutive strikes, as swift as if the attacks are overlapping”, and it is also noted that its form as an anti-phantasm beast skill discharges nine dragon-like homing lasers at the enemy. The skill can be called a style of its own that has a nature similar to Cú Chulainn's Gae Bolg: Barbed Spear that Pierces with Death, a technique that is part of Gae Bolg, as Heracles' technique shares name with the original Noble Phantasm. The ability would be best suited for the Saber class even though the Archer class is the most suitable to Heracles.
Shirou analyzes and projects Berserker's axe-sword and copies his monstrous strength, allowing Shirou to project a variation of the secret sword technique named Nine Lives Blade Works: The Shooting Hundred Heads (射殺す百頭, ?) to annihilate the corrupted Berserker with a pummeling, high speed series of nine strikes. He targets and slashes the upper arm, collarbone, windpipe, temple, diaphragm, rib, testicles, and thighs simultaneously at a speed faster than the speed of sound. These eight strikes destroy eighty percent of Berserker's body, though it still wasn't enough to stop Berserker's oncoming attack until he was distracted by Ilya, and then Shirou performs a final lance-like thrust through the heart to kill him a total of nine times in an instant. Berserker displays a variation in Fate/Unlimited Codes, where he performs a series of one hundred consecutive random slashes that rapidly increase in speed.
- ↑ Fate/Side Material encyclopedia entry (p.68) and Comptiq 2007-03
- ↑ Complete Material 3:
Q: Berserker's NP, "Nine Lives" has the form of a bow and arrow set it seems, but is there something special about it's form as a NP? Also, does "Nine Lives" as a skill simultaneously release 9 strikes?
A: Nine Lives is more like one style rather than one armament. There's the Nine Lives using a bow, the Nine Lives using a sword, the Nine Lives using a shield, and so on. And what led to the making of that style was the killing of the Hydra, and like that, he simultaneously annihilated 100 heads with a bow.