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Parameter Rules (パラメータールール, Paramētā Rūru?) are a set of rules for representing the relative power of each item ranked by letters under different systems, translated into specific parameters "for no particular reason."[1] There are five main ranks, E, D, C, B, A, that each have a quantifiable number assigned to it. Considering "one" to be a "normal value", E is equal to "ten" and it increases by ten incrementally until reaching "fifty" at A.[1] A is the highest normal rank, but there is an exception to the rule with the EX rank.[2] It represents something that falls outside of the numerical ranking scale, a value that cannot be quantified under the normal system because it is in a league of its own, powerful to the extent of rendering comparisons meaningless.[3] BB in the Moon Cell presents a special ★ category that signifies something that cannot be numerically represented rather than exceeding the limits of the system like EX.[2] ? has been used with the Servant Noble Phantasm parameter statistic to reflect two without proper Noble Phantasms, EMIYA and Sasaki Kojirou.[4] None (なし, Nashi?) has been used with Li Shuwen whose No Second Strike is technically not a Noble Phantasm.[5] has been used to denote that the statistic does not apply, such as with Kingprotea not possessing a Noble Phantasm.[6]

There are two different "modifiers" that can be applied to ranks, + and -. The "+" modifier represents the capacity of a temporary boost in power, allowing a weapon or ability of a lower rank to surpass a higher rank for a moment. While a B+ is generally weaker than an A, B+ may momentarily exceed A by doubling its own power.[1] + indicates a two-times increase, ++ indicates a three-times increase, and +++ indicates a four-times increase. The "-" modifier indicates a rank which has a number that is not reliably stable, technically qualifying for that rank, but not quite reaching the rank in terms of power or ability and possibly being even closer to the next rank down.[7]

While the ranks correspond to numbers, there may be cases where a specific rank matters more than the number it represents. The Noble Phantasms God Hand and Armor of Fafnir defend directly on the basis of rank, even though the parameters for Noble Phantasms and regular attacks differ. Converting the numbers, Noble Phantasms of C rank are the equivalent of an A+ or A rank regular attack, but the armor Noble Phantasms only defend according to the rank of each individual system while ignoring the equivalence.

Rank Value + ++ +++
A 50 100 150 200
B 40 80 120 160
C 30 60 90 120
D 20 40 60 80
E 10 20 30 40
  • Physical attacks: Physical attacks of a powerful enough nature, like those of Servants, can be ranked as such. While a sword Noble Phantasm may be A-rank, the rank is not fulfilled without activating its true power as a Noble Phantasm, so the strength of a strike instead comes from the Servant's strength statistic. It is also possible for weapons to allow for more attacks more powerful than the wielder's strength, such as Archer of Red drawing her bow out to its limit for an attack exceeding A-rank.[8]
  • Magecraft: The amount of power that goes into a spell decides its rank, mitigated by abilities like Magic Resistance. A rank magecraft is already on the level of High-Thaumaturgy, and Magecraft of A+ rank is said to be almost at the level of Magic.
  • Servant statistics and skills: Under the Servant system, their six statistics and main skills are each given a rank corresponding to their overall abilities. While the Master and local attributes have some influence on them, the ranks are mostly decided by the Heroic Spirit's own abilities and fame.[9] Due to various factors, they may be lower or higher than normal, and abilities like Mad Enhancement can increase them beyond even their optimal level. Servants with + modifiers are thought to be extraordinary.[8] Heroic Spirits possessing A+ level attributes are rare, those possessing A++ attributes are extraordinary, those possessing A+++ attributes are in a class of their own, and those possessing EX attributes have truly exceptional abilities that fall outside of the numerical ranking scale. Gilgamesh, although he does not possess very impressive scores for his overall abilities, is clearly distinguished from other Heroic Spirits due to his EX Noble Phantasm parameter.[1] Abilities will often base the effectiveness of the attack or effect directly on rank, and there are those that have "Strength checks" or "Luck checks."
    The Moon Cell's Servant system's parameters are slightly different. Their statistics are based upon the link between the souls of Master and Servant, and that link can be increased as the Master's rank increases by hacking with Alteration of the Soul (魂の改竄, Tamashī no Kaizan?) performed by Aoko Aozaki. The ranks progress sequentially from: E, D, C, B, A, A+, A++, and EX.
  • Noble Phantasms: Noble Phantasms follow the same general principal in terms of their ranks, but they are more of a rough concept to show comparative strength rather than specific numerical values. + modifiers still temporarily double their power for a moment.[10] They are on a higher scale than regular attacks, with a Noble Phantasm of C rank being the equivalent of an A+ or A rank regular attack. A++ and EX rank Noble Phantasms are said to be a mystery on the level of Divine Spirits. In the case of armaments being used as physical weapons without being activated as true Noble Phantasms, their attacks are based only upon the strength of their wielder.[11] There are Noble Phantasms that can be quantified directly by numbers when referring to their abilities, but there are also those with conceptual effects that fall into a special category.[12]
  • Servants and Masters: Servants and Masters are granted some form of rank through unknown parameters. Heroes of the highest fame are said to almost always be A rank Servants.[13] Hakuno Kishinami is an E- rank Master, while Rin is considered A rank. Lancer is estimated to rank from B+ to A as a Servant, while Gilgamesh ranks at EX. If a normal A-rank Servant is "100", Caster ranks at "9."[14]
  • Magic Circuits and Regression to the Age of Gods: Magic Circuits and Regression to the Age of Gods are ranked by Quality (, Shitsu?) and Quantity (, Ryō?). There is also an accompanying Composition (編成, Hensei?) measurement that describes their overall ability instead of a letter rank.
  • Other: Characters will often use the letter grades in a non-serious manner, such as Shirou Emiya describing Rider by saying "she has a rank of A+ in terms of people I cannot get along with." Others may assign ranks to other joking characteristics such as Kiyohime describing her "cleaning skills" (as in getting rid of trash) as A+++ rank.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fate/Extra CCC
  3. 8.0 8.1 Fate/Apocrypha volume one
  4. Fate/Apocrypha volume 1
  5. Fate route Day 4 - Contract established / Saber (I)

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