At the end of the Tenrou Island arc,
Acnologia sinks the Tenrou Island along with all the people on it.
- Mest Gryder, one of the eight exam participants, is actually a Magic Council member, and he left the island earlier anyway.
- Gray's partner, Loke/Leo, returned to the spirit world earlier.
- Wendy and Gajeel took their Exceed partners, Carla and Pantherlily respectively, to the Tenrou Island.
- Laxus was not a member at this time, since he had been expelled and Makarov refused to readmit him.
Taking all the above into account, altogether 20 Fairy Tail members (and Laxus) were missing from the guild during the timeskip.
List of members (clockwise in the human circle they formed, starting from Lucy and excluding Laxus):
- Lucy Heartfilia
- Natsu Dragneel
- Erza Scarlet
- Cana Alberona
- Gildarts Clive
- Levy McGarden
- Gajeel Redfox
- Wendy Marvel
- Freed Justine
- Elfman Strauss
- Mirajane Strauss
- Lisanna Strauss
- Juvia Lockser
- Gray Fullbuster