Vasavi Shakti

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"Know the mercy of the King of the Gods. Indra, observe me. With this single strike, I shall inflict extinction. Be reduced to cinders, Vasavi Shakti!"

Vasavi Shakti: O Sun, Abide to Death (日輪よ、死に随えヴァサヴィ・シャクティ, Nichirin yo, Shi ni ShitagaeVasavi Shakuti)?) is a divine spear possessed by Karna, a spear of light granted to him by the thunder god Indra in the Mahabharata.[3] In preparation for the final battle between Karna and Indra's son Arjuna, Indra tricked Karna into removing his golden armor and took it away to help his son, but he came to adore Karna due to his noble behavior that reflected the divinity of Surya during the situation. Having taken something greater than Karna's life away from him, Indra felt that his own honor would be stained if something was not given as compensation, and personally felt that Karna, although the enemy of his son, could properly wield the spear.[4] Granted in compensation for the armor was the spear, the power of the god of thunder that he had never allowed any but himself to wield, not even his own son, and it is said that even Indra as the king of gods could not handle it properly.[4] Despite obtaining it, there were no records of Karna actually using the thunder spear in battle before his death.[4]

It is a spear of mortality made of lightning that can only strike once, but it possesses the power to kill the gods themselves.[4] Although he lost his armor in the legend, he still possesses it as a Heroic Spirit, so proper usage of the spear is tied into permanently removing his armor.[4][1] He possesses it as a regular spear even with his armor manifested, but it is unable to activate its true name in such a state.[3] It is still a divine weapon even in its non-activated state, its "exquisite appearance" likened to a work of art that could only have been given by the gods. It is an enormous spear that is longer than Karna is tall, the head itself being a meter in length, possessing a size that makes it appear impossible for a human to wield. He utilizes the sharp tip and its great weight in heavy attacks, and the spear itself possesses "power proportionate to an A-rank attack."[5] The spear itself is very costly in terms of energy consumption along with his armor and general energy usage.[6] It is called a "secret weapons among secret weapons" and "an article of rare beauty none have ever laid eyes upon", not even existing in the Gate of Babylon due to Gilgamesh being unable to recognize something that was never utilized in the legends.[3][7]

In exchange for converting the tremendous defensive power of his armor into the spear, he is able to equip it properly with its "Anti-Divine" ability.[1] Following the anecdote of having to hand his armor to Indra, he is only entrusted with the spear after dismantling, tearing up, and discarding the armor, peeling off his body and dying him in blood. Officially becoming the Noble Phantasm, the armor discarded by Karna fuses onto his already existing spear to become even more ornate.[3] While he gives away his armor to Jinako Carigiri in Fate/Extra CCC, he is still able to forcibly manifest the spear at the cost of being rendered near death afterward.[7] It is said to be able to destroy anything in a single hit, a single strike that removes all impurities.[8] As it is sufficient to kill gods, Heroic Spirits, Magical Beasts, Phantasmal Beasts, Divine Beasts, shields, fortresses, Bounded Fields, and every other existence can, as a matter of course, be seen equally meaningless before its might. It does fail to penetrate Akhilleus Kosmos due to the unique properties of the shield.[9]

When utilized in Fate/Extra CCC, he lifts into the air, causing the wing-like armor on his back to spread out into a wing of flame and manifests an identical wing and armor opposite of it. Pointing his spear at the enemy, the flames gather in the ring between the wings and converge into the spear. Released upon the enemy as a beam of light from the tip of the spear, it engulfs them in a massive explosion. The armor shatters into a number of red feathers that quickly fade away, causing him to say "it was inevitable."[7]


Lancer Vasavi Shakti

Concept of Vasavi Shakti's activation.

pako is the weapon designer for Vasavi Shakti.[10] Kinoko Nasu calls it an "Indian version of a Buster Launcher." Karna is described as a "Visual kei style Servant" when he uses this attack due to both his appearance and the feathers scattered around by the attack, although Karna himself has no idea.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4
  5. Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 1
  6. Fate/Apocrypha - Volume 2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fate/Extra CCC
  8. 8.0 8.1
  9. Fate/Apocrypha Volume 5 - "The god killing spear [O Sun, Abide by Death]. Its power is surely sufficient to kill gods. Therefore Heroes are a matter of course; Magical Beasts, Phantasmal Beasts, Divine Beasts, Shields, Fortresses, Bounded Fields, every single existence is equally meaningless."

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