The mysterious eighth Servant of Fate/Stay Night. He's the self-proclaimed King of Heroes and the strongest Servant. He has a strange obsession with Saber.
Gilgamesh takes no effort to hide his real identity as the legendary Sumerian king of Uruk. He is the son of Lugalbanda, the 3rd King of Uruk, and of a goddess, Ninsun. Born into great wealth with more divinity than most demigods, Gilgamesh grew into a conceited and tyrannical ruler. His subjects, feeling this reign too harsh, prayed to Anu, the King of Sumerian gods, for assistance. Anu, recognizing Gilgamesh's cruelty as a consequence of boredom, created a wild-man, Enkidu, as a diversion and rival for the King of Heroes.
Enkidu became the lord of beasts and fiercely attacked those who wanted to hunt his animals. A trapper, irritated with the troublesome Enkidu, sought the advice of Gilgamesh, who recommended the aid of a priestess, Shamhat. Enkidu was "civilized" through Shamhat's seduction, and became forever shunned from the beasts he had once protected. He then lived a quiet life aiding trappers and shepherds, but his wanderlust drove him to the Sumerian capital of Uruk. He was attracted to a wedding, where he overheard the boastful Gilgamesh to exclaim his right to sleep with the new virgin bride. As Gilgamesh approached the lover's bedroom, a furious Enkidu barred his entry, and the two men engaged in a wrestling competition.
Gilgamesh and Enkidu were evenly matched, but Gilgamesh briefly attained an advantageous position and managed to pin Enkidu. Impressed by his opponent's prowess, Enkidu complimented Gilgamesh, and the two swore an oath of friendship. Gilgamesh proposed an adventure into the Cedar Forest to slay the demigod Humbaba, the guardian of gods. Following a tremendous battle, Humbaba was beguiled by Gilgamesh into lowering his defenses, allowing Gilgamesh to quickly restrain the brute. Although Enkidu had been initially averse to killing the giant, he realized Gilgamesh would become world famous for Humbaba's death, and despite Humbaba's pleas for mercy, Gilgamesh decapitated him. They then cut down the tallest Cedar trees and, using the lumber, built a raft on which they sail down the Euphrates and back to Uruk.
Impressed by his heroic feat, the goddess Ishtar appeared to Gilgamesh and offered him the opportunity to become her mortal consort. Gilgamesh rebuffed her advances, citing a host of mortal men who have romanced the goddess and had met grisly ends. Flustered at her rejection, Ishtar asked her father, Anu, to send the Bull of Heaven to kill Gilgamesh and destroy Uruk. The bull rampaged around Sumeria for several years, but with Enkidu's aid, Gilgamesh proved capable enough to restrain and butcher it.
Outraged by the death of a divine beast, Ishtar demanded either Gilgamesh or Enkidu be killed as retribution. The god Shamash appealed for their lives; Gilgamesh was spared, but the unfortunate Enkidu was condemned to die for meddling with divine will. Shortly after this trial, Enkidu was stricken with a dire illness and suffered for twelve days. During his last moments, he foresaw a grim afterlife in a dream, and cursed those who originally cultivated him. Gilgamesh mourned Enkidu's lifeless body for many days, and fearful of meeting the same fate, embarked on a quest for immortality.
Gilgamesh sought out Utnapishtim, a former King of Shuruppak who had survived the Deluge by constructing an Ark as advised by the god Ea. In repentance for the genocide of mankind, the Sumerian Gods gifted Utnapishtim with immortality and spirited him away to Dilmun, the End of the World. After journeying over Mount Mashu and through a Garden of Gems, Gilgamesh crosseed the River of Death and met Utnapishtim.
Utnapishtim explained that immortality can be achieved if Gilgamesh would remain awake for six days and seven nights; Gilgamesh made an attempt, but soon succumbed to fatigue. Gilgamesh was frustrated with his failure, but Utnapishtim offered an alternative; a magical herb, which only grown on the ocean floor surrounding Dilmun, would bestow eternal youth onto whoever consumed it. Gilgamesh successfully retrieved the plant, but doubtful the shrub's properties, decided to test his prize on the elders of Uruk.
On the journey back, a serpent consumed the precious ambrosia while Gilgamesh bathed; horrified, he wept at his loss. Upon arrival in Uruk, Gilgamesh stared at the imposing city walls he built and realized mortal men cannot escape destiny, for true immortality can only be achieved through the legends dead men leave behind.
Gilgamesh is a Servant from the previous Grail War who mysteriously remained. He's an arrogant and selfish man with incredible power. He possesses an immense amount of Noble Phantasms and a weapon stronger than Saber's Excalibur. He claims to love Saber and has an obsession over her.
Gilgamesh is extremely arrogant and selfish. He claims that everything is his possession and he's the one and only king. He cannot acknowledge the authority of anyone, even from the gods. He's incredibily prideful, especially to his collection of treasures. He views everyone as inferior and does not care for their feelings at all. After he saw enough of the modern world he decided to cleanse it from humans since they have become weak and unworthy of his rule. On the course of the 4th Grail War he took interest in Saber and developed an obsession with her.
In battle he's prone to underestimate his opponents and views fights as a game of amusement. His gigantic pride prevents him from acknowledging his opponent as a real threat and fighting him/her seriously. As such he prefers to severely handicapping himself and just mindlessly showering his volume of Noble Phantasms.
Gilgamesh was summoned to become the Servant of Tokiomi Tohsaka for the 4th Holy Grail War. He takes notice of the two other kings involved in the Grail War, Saber and Iskander. The three get together to discuss their differing philosophies on how to rule as monarchs where Gilgamesh takes interest in the flawed beliefs of Saber as he wishes to see her crushed in despair upon realizing how wrong she was in her beliefs. After seeing Iskander's demonstration of Ionioi Hetairoi to kill off Assassin, Gilgamesh considers him a worthy opponent to kill off later on.
He later becomes increasingly bored and uninterested in the actions of Tokiomi and takes interest in his Master's disciple, Kirei Kotomine. Knowing of the conflicts in Kotomine's heart, Gilgamesh guides him to indulge in his true desires for an otherwise empty life and has him look into the motivations and actions of the Masters and Servants involved in the Grail War. After digging around for information, Kotomine reveals that Tokiomi intends for Gilgamesh to kill himself through use of a Command Spell when he gains the Holy Grail. Learning of this information, Gilgamesh allows Kotomine to kill Tokiomi and let the former become his Master.
Gilgamesh would later fight with and kill Iskander in a duel. Out of respect for his opponent, Gilgamesh would spare the life of Iskander's former Master, Weaver Velvet.
He later confronts Saber at the Holy Grail's location and proposes that she become his wife. Their battle is interrupted by Kiritsugu Emiya who uses two Command Spells to force Saber into destroying the Grail. Because of being close to the Grail's proximity, Gilgamesh is drenched in the pollution from the Grail and gains a physical body as a result.
Now back among the world of the living, Gilgamesh decides to once again unite the world under his rule and stays allied under Kotomine after the Grail War. He is supplied with the energy of children orphaned from the Fuyuki fires by Kotomine in order to sustain himself. Gilgamesh used a youth potion to make himself younger and fit in with society for the next ten years as he awaited for the next Grail War to take place so he could make his wish to cleanse humanity.
Gilgamesh is an antagonist in every scenario of Fate/Stay Night. Although his role greatly differs depending on the route.
When Caster assaulted Shirou at home, Gilgamesh suddenly appears. He kills Caster in a rather cruel manner. He shows interest in Saber but she does not seem to remember him. Later he interrupts Saber and Shirou's date and challenges them to a battle. He reveals his real identity and defeats both of them with ease.
Thanks to Shirou's miraculous projection of Avalon though they survive the encounter and Gilgamesh retreats. When Shirou visits Kotomine, Gilgamesh shows himself once again. Lancer turns on Gilgamesh and saves enough time for the pair to escape. On the last day Saber faces Gilgamesh alone on the temple grounds of Ryoudo. Gilgamesh dominates the battle but in the last minute Saber calls Avalon. Avalon reflects Enuma Elish right back on Gilgamesh who's forced to block it with the remainder of his blast. Meanwhile Saber jumps on Gilgamesh and kills him with Excalibur.
In UBW Gilgamesh takes the role of primary antagonist. He's first shown as the Servant of Shinji as he fights with Berserker. With endless rain of Noble Phantasms he manages to finally put Berserker down. Then he kills Illya and steals the Grail. He observes Archer and Shirou's duel, and feels outraged at their projection magic which makes mockery of his Noble Phantasms. He proceeds to eliminate both but he only gets Archer. Shirou and Rin manages to escape thanks to Lancer's last deed. After the battle Gilgamesh reveals to Shinji that him being a master was a farce and puts the Grail inside him. On the last day Shirou confronts Gilgamesh alone and asks Saber to assist Rin. Gilgamesh does not take Shirou seriously and just toys around with him.
Shirou then proceeds to call his Unlimited Blade Works which shocks Gil. He lungs out in a quick counterattack and manages to corner the King of Heroes. Gilgamesh shoots out a weak blast from Ea to obliterate him but Shirou survives it even if just barely by creating a shield of Noble Phantasms. He quickly realizes the threat and when Gilgamesh is about to prepare yet another Enuma Elish, he interrupts him by chopping his arm of. Though it wasn't enough to finish Gilgamesh and his UBW had ran off. The Grail sucks Gilgamesh in but he manages to grab Shirou with Enkidu, hoping to escape. Suddenly Archer shoots Gilgamesh in the head out of the hiding, finishing him.
He doesn't have much role in Heaven's Feel. He's shown to be unsatisfied with the rampage of the mysterious shadow. He seems to know its identity and hunts Sakura, lacerating her with a rain of swords. He was too late though and Sakura have advanced far enough to regenerate from the attack and consume Gilgamesh with his shadow. Gilgamesh does not appear as a dark Servant, like some others.
Gilgamesh's most often used Noble Phantasm. It allows him to summon his vast array of various treasures, including but not limited to swarms of other Noble Phantasms. Generally Gilgamesh uses it to shoot out a rain of various weapons at his opponents. Once in the past Gilgamesh possessed all treasures of the world and items that later became Noble Phantasms originate from his treasury or at least inspired by them. Gilgamesh has more Noble Phantasms than he could count.
Since they are Noble Phantasms, each weapon has a certain special ability. Without knowing their abilities, blocking the rain of weapons is risky. When more serious Gilgamesh can make his Noble Phantasms appear anywhere in his vision to attack from all directions. Against Saber he even actively used their abilities once, showing he isn't incapable of properly applying them either. While essentially different gate of Babylon bears many similarities to Archer's Unlimited Blade Works.
An unnamed golden armor which Gilgamesh prefers to wear. It's supposed to be a Noble Phantasm since it was powerful enough to block Saber's swings for a while and then withstanding a glancing hit from a low-powered Enuma Elish. Saber needed to use Excalibur at point-blank to surely defeat Gilgamesh.
Gilgamesh's most trustworthy weapon.Named after Gilgamesh's only friend, this is the chain that defeated the Heavenly Bull. The chain can appear from anywhere to warp around his opponent. It seals the target in a different space and it's said that they are more powerful against opponents with divine attribute.
The attack from Ea, the most powerful Noble Phantasm. Ea compresses the air and generates a fake layer of time-space as a destructive blast. Enuma Elish effortlessly overpowers Ecalibur, the most powerful holy sword. It's the only anti-world Noble Phantasm know and it is said that Ea was the sword that separated Heavens and the Earth. The power of Enuma Elish is 4000 while in comparison Excalibur(an A rank Noble Phantasm) barely has 200.
Gilgamesh's flying machine. Built by technology and magic far surpassing the modern era, Vimana can fly at the speed of thought. The machine also supposed to have ancient versions of machineguns and nukes to use, all of them part of Gilgamesh's treasury. Gilgamesh used it only once against Berserker's transformed F15J.
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