In the Tenrou Tree Arc, Gildarts told everyone who was moaning and groaning that he had to face the same thing as well when everyone was told that you had to face Erza and Mirajane which was...

Fighting a S-Class Mage

So who was the S-Class mage that Mirajane, Gildarts, and Erza faced. Was it ever revealed in the manga or anime?

  • it has not been mentioned as yet – debal Mar 28 '14 at 5:21
  • maybe makarov? or any other older member like Hades and Evan or maybe Warrod? There's still nowhere to be found but I think that's the best member of fairy tail before Mirajane, Laxus, Gildarts and Erza – Darjeeling Mar 28 '14 at 5:44
  • The real question is why isn't Natsu an s-class mage? Pretty sure he could take down any of the other s-class mages without breaking a sweat, using his dragon-slayer magic. – Alex-sama Mar 28 '14 at 11:12
  • @Alex-sama- That's incorrect as he barely survived against versing Gildarts and didn't even defeat him. – Izumi-reiLuLu Mar 28 '14 at 11:18
  • if the wording is "a S-Class Mage" and not "a Fairy Tail S-Class Mage" then maybe a job was sent off to another guild to send S-Class Mages, a Guild that probably had the same ideal for promoting Mages like what Makarov does (ie. observing their strength, heart and soul) – Memor-X May 28 '14 at 0:34

Looking at the past results on the S Class Mage Promotion Trial wiki, I would likely say that they had to fight the S-class mages present at that time (Eg: Erza had to fight either Laxus or Gildarts). It is not clear when and who Gildarts fought. It could have been Makarov, it could have been previous guild members or he could have shown his competence through other ways. It isn't really known how the previous tournaments went down. Remember that they don't have to win the fight to be promoted, like when Gildarts let Natsu continue the game or they might even get lucky like Gajeel. So the competition is not a power ranking.

Past Results

  • X??? Gildarts Clive
  • X778 Laxus Dreyar (Age 17)
  • X779 No Successful Candidate
  • X780 Erza Scarlet (Age 15)
  • X781 Mirajane Strauss (Age 16)
  • X782 Mystogan
  • X783 No Successful Candidate
  • X784 Trial Suspended

No, it hasn't been revealed in manga or anime. But maybe someday they will have long flashbacks like in Naruto (which I hope they don't) and give more details of Mirajane's, Gildarts' and Erza's previous years.


each exam is different. when gildharts said he had to go through the same thing he wasn't necessarily saying he had to fight an S class wizard. he was just saying that he took the exam

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