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“With my bow and arrows, I respectfully ask for the divine protection of the sun god Apollo and the moon goddess Artemis.”
“I offer thee this calamity — Phoebus Catastrophe!”

Archer of Red, Fate/Apocrypha

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“Very well, it's the time to hunt then.”
“This is an offering to the two Gods. "Phoebus Catastrophe"!”

Archer, Fate/Grand Order

Phoebus Catastrophe: Complaint Message on the Arrow (訴状の矢文ポイボス・カタストロフェ, Sojō no YabumiPoibosu Katasutorofe?) is the Noble Phantasm of Atalanta. She sends complaint letter affixed to an arrow sent by to seek divine protection from Sun God Apollo, god of the bow and arrow, and Moon Goddess Artemis, goddess of the hunt, with the “Tauropolos: Bow of Heaven” that she received from her Guardian Deity, Artemis.[3][1] It is associated with the episode in which Artemis and Apollo shot to death all the children of the fertile woman Niobe after she boasted that she was greater than their mother, Leto, because "Leto had fewer children."[3] In seeking their divine protection, they desire a calamity in compensation, so it is equated to their protection being a calamity for the enemy. Rather than her bow or arrows acting as the Noble Phantasm, it is instead the technique itself of nocking and shooting arrows with her bow.

Nocking two arrows, a complaint to the gods, she aims them at the sky as they begin to shine, before releasing them at a great enough speed that they pierce through the clouds while leaving behind a glittering trail. Shortly after, there comes a faint light filling the sky and a sound similar to falling rain, but instead of it being a rain of water, it is a rain of arrows of light falling onto the enemies like a downpour. As the malevolent gods seek a sacrifice, they scatter down a "torrential rain under the name of catastrophe" on the next turn after it is invoked, carrying out an attack on all enemies. It is possible to set the range of the downpour, letting it spread over the battlefield or focusing it all onto a single enemy.[3][1] The single arrows are powerful enough to pierce through even Caster of Black's golems, but are able to be evaded and blocked by Servants. Though the damage dealt by each individual arrow is small, they attack in great numbers, so the Noble Phantasm is strong against Servants who have low Endurance and high Agility.[4] Concentrated targeting to purify a single enemy is much stronger, reducing even the durable Berserker of Red to a near-death state before he regenerates. The option to switch between raining arrows over a wide area or a narrow area makes it a very convenient Noble Phantasm.[4]

DevelopmentEdit

Its original design that was discarded for the novels has it so the letter will randomly reach either Artemis or Apollo, targeting all women if Artemis is reached and all men if Apollo is reached.[3][4] The Noble Phantasm was made too hard to use with this restriction so it was revised.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Fate/Grand Order material I - Atalanta, p.126-135
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3