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In Fairy Tail, can you end up with a different magic than you’ve been taught?

e.g: You’re trained by a fire dragon but ends up with Ice Dragon Slayer Magic.

e.g: You’re trained by an Ice-Make wizard but ends up with Fire-Make magic. Stuff like that. Because in Fairy Tail, I’m not sure, but does each person have its element like in Naruto? Like they only have ice as element and things like that...?

  • I don't think there's anything like elements, they just learn the kind of magic which they are taught. – Sujal Motagi Jun 3 at 13:35
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In Fairy Tail, there are many types of magic, not just elemental or dragon slayer magic. If you read/watch the arcs dealing with the history of the world and the Fairy Tale guild, you'll see Mavis and the founders/masters of the various guilds and many others discovering, inventing or developing new magic. In the various other arcs, you'll also see things like Natsu learning transformation magic or being able to absorb lightning, not just fire. So while someone may show affinity for a certain type of magic, that doesn't mean they can't do/learn others.

(BTW even in Naruto, all they had were affinities for certain elements. They could still learn techniques/jutsu from other elements, it was just easier to learn jutsu falling under their own affinities and less of a power drain to use. Kakashi even mentioned that while most shinobi only had one or two affinities, by the time you were a jounin you should be able to use jutsu from all the elements.)

However, if you need certain types of training to perform certain types of magic, you are not likely to suddenly be able to do it without that training. Also, in the Fairy Tale world, you could only get dragon slayer magic by training under a dragon of that element or artificially (like Laxus in the beginning) from a dragon crystal.

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Natsu wanted to be taught to use transformation magic by Mira in one episode, while he specifies on fire magic, he could manage the transformation. Acnologia for example can use any kind of magic after swallowing. August has the magic of instant cloning which allowed him to achieve many kinds of magic.

So the answer is yes, you can achieve any magical element, based on those three examples.

The only unmentioned gray zone is Slayer Magic, as - as far as the show mentions

  • Dragon Slayers (1st/3rd Generation) were either taught by dragons or had a dragon crystal (2nd/3rd Generation)
  • Devil Slayer Magic was given to Grey by his father Silver

You can teach yourself any magic element, but not "Slayer magic version" of the given element.

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