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What is a Grail vessel?

The vessel to the Holy Grail, known as the Lesser Grail, is used to summon the Greater Grail, which resides in the cavern underneath Ryuudou Temple. It is the Greater Grail, which allows a magus to ...
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Regarding Shirou and Kiritsugu's attempt to destroy the grail

The Lesser and Greater Grails What we see in Fate/Zero and the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works Routes of Fate/Stay Night is the Lesser Grail, this is just a vessel to summon the Great Grail which is ...
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Were the Heroic Spirits that powerful in their lives?

When a Hero dies and ascends to the Throne of Heroes to become a Heroic Spirit they will gain strength based off the worship of their legend as such the more fame and renown one gets the stronger they ...
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What did the past winners of the Holy Grail Wars wish for?

Note the Holy Grail War was originally a means to get to the Root, although only the Tohsaka family has retained this goal. (This appears either in "Heaven's Feel" or "Unlimited Blade Works".) The ...
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How does the Grail choose the participants?

The exact way in which the Grail picks Masters is not well-understood, as far as I'm aware. It's a fuzzy process even to the participants themselves. To try to address your specific questions: ...
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Do Servants retain memories of their past Masters?

A Servant that has been summoned and then returned to the Throne of Heroes will not remember their first summoning during any subsequent summonings. Under normal circumstances, each time a Servant is ...
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Is it possible for one Master to have multiple Servants?

It should be possible. However most of the examples i can find are non-human. In Fate/Apocrypha we learn that the entire Red faction, save Mordrid, is under Shiro Kotomine's control since their ...
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Why is Rider called "Iskander" instead of "Alexander"?

While I don't know if Gen Urobuchi had said anything about this, the TYPE-MOON Wikia page for Rider (under Profile section, since you know his real name the first paragraph shouldn't be too bad in ...
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Why was the Fifth Holy Grail War so early?

As i explained in this answer (Under Kiritsugu's Plan), it was because there was a build up of Prana in the Greater Grail. Normal Procedure would be that by the end of a War the Prana (particularly ...
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What do servants expect will happen at the end of the Holy Grail war?

To expand on @Septian Primadewa's comment The winning pair is supposed to be able to claim the Holy Grail and utilize it to grant a wish for each of them. Its true purpose is to actually utilize ...
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In what order were the Servants summoned for the 4th Holy Grail War?

Based on skimming the light novel and the Wikia, this is what I could come up with about the summoning order of the Servants in the Fourth Holy Grail War. Fate/Zero doesn't give actual dates, but it ...
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Did Sola-Ui truly love Lancer?

Kayneth himself tells us that even the lowest class of Magi (anyone with magic circuits and some training in using them at the simplest levels) are functionally immune to Lancer's enchanting beauty ...
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Why is Rider called "Iskander" instead of "Alexander"?

I don't have any concrete statement from Gen Urobuchi or the anime production staff, but I suspect it's because although Alexander the Great began as King of Macedonia, he spent a good portion of his ...
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How did Waver appear in Iskandar's reality marble?

According to the type moon wiki, Iskandar's reality marble is created with help from people who "shared his dreams and pledged allegiance to him after many victories and defeats" Thus, in essence, ...
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Who are these soldiers from Rider's Ionioi Hetairoi?

In short, we don't know who they are, although there is some evidence on who the black-haired adjutant might be. The Seven Warriors Ionioi Hetairoi means "The Companions of Ionia", so I would expect ...
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What happened at the end of Fate/Zero? What was the wish?

Kiritsugu Emiya decided to save the world instead of resurrecting his wife and daughter, so why didn't it happen? Because he didn't actually make a wish. Kiritsugu's wish all along was to save the ...
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Why is Rider wearing Pants?

Waver does say in Episode 7 that he'll buy Rider some pants as a reward for taking out Caster. In the novel he tells Rider in Volume 2, Act 5, -140:41:54, that he'll buy him a pair of pants if he can ...
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Why did the Einzberns make Illya a master?

I believe the plan of the Einzbern's for the 5th Holy Grail War was to obtain the Third Magic on the spot, and not try and relay on a third party to secure it or the Greater Grail (as they did last ...
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Just who knew Arturia was female when she was King?

According to Garden of Avalon, only Merlin, Uther (before he died), Ector (her foster father that raised her from the age of 5), Kay (her foster brother), and Guinevere once they married. Closer to ...
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Why did Saber possess Excalibur as Heroic Spirit but not Avalon?

Fate/side material (2004-1-30), p.056 defines Heroic Spirits as: Heroes who achieved great things in life, and became objects of worship after death. Saber is actually a special case in this ...
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Why did Gilgamesh remain in the human world?

Initially, it's stated that servants are kept in the world by the Holy Grail. (This comes up in the Good End of "Unlimited Blade Works," but I imagine this piece of information might have appeared ...
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What is Kotomine Kirei's new raison d'être?

What Kirei Kotomine is talking about is allowing Angra Mainyu to be born. first off, Kirei Kotomine feels nothing out of life and it has been like this since birth. he even tried to start a family to ...
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Where was Shinji Matou during Fate/Zero?

Where was Shinji Matou during Fate/Zero? Shinji was overseas at the time. He is only mentioned by his father Byakuya in the original Novel. He was briefly mentioned by Byakuya in the original Fate/...
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What is this Geis from?

Spoilers for the second half of Fate/Zero:
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What spelling is Caster using to refer to Joan?

Joan is just the English version of the French name Jeanne, both of which are female forms of the Biblical name John. In the original Japanese, Caster refers to Saber as ジャンヌ jannu, which is the ...
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How can Gilgamesh become an Archer?

You're being too literal. Archer as a label for a Servant class does not mean "This guy was badass with bows". It means "this guy is versatile and has potent long distance attacks." Several of the ...
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Did Kirei know about Kiritsugu's Origin Bullet, or was he just lucky?

Most of Kotomine's Command Spells are actually inherited by his father and the previous supervisors of the Holy Grail Wars at the end of the war, since a Master can only obtain 3 from the Holy Grail. ...
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What is the viewing order of Fate-related works?

I'll post this to help anyone like myself who can't get their hands on the visual novel. As said in another answers, it's best to start with Fate/stay night. The new version that comes out is based ...
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How did Waver appear in Iskandar's reality marble?

That's not Waver. He may look similar but he is explicitly named as Eumenes in the Case Files Materials book. Another one of Iskandar's soldiers is Ptolemy. Note that the designs discepencies from ...
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What happens if there is no relic in a summoning?

A catalyst is not required, but most Magi prepare for one because they have been preparing to partake in the Holy Grail War for years. Most Masters will prepare a catalyst with which to summon ...
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