EMIYA (Assassin)

Max HP 11,168
HP Rank
Max ATK 8,958
ATK Rank
Base Atk1,493Base HP1,786
Max Atk 8,958 Max HP 11,168
Grail Atk 10,846 Grail HP 13,541
Stat Ratings
Attack / HP Growth

The disillusioned hero of justice and protagonist of Fate/Zero manifests as an Assassin class Servant, although he is a Counter Guardian rather than a Heroic Spirit. Functionally, EMIYA (Assassin) is a single target Arts Assassin, similar to Ryougi Shiki (Assassin). However, he suffers from poor NP gain compared to Ryougi, with no NP gauge charge move and low base NP gain rate. On the other hand, he has strong critical star generation and critical damage.

EMIYA (Assassin) is unique as the only Servant to date with a targetable taunt skill, Scapegoat, which draws all attention to a target ally for 1 turn. This could complements both arts stall teams and allies with Invincibility or Dodge skills.

His other skills boost his damage output. Magecraft boosts his Arts performance, including his NP and his two Arts cards, and functions as a 1 turn damage boost. He synergizes relatively well with crit teams due to Grace of the Holy Grail, which boosts his critical damage and grants him Ignore Invincibility for 3 turns at the cost of decreasing his allies’ debuff resistance.

Overall, he functions well with Casters, Critical damage servants, and Arts-based teams. Although not as good as Ryougi Shiki (Assassin) at using his NP, he offers a unique targetable taunt, critical stars, and critical damage.


Targetable Taunt

The only servant with a targetable taunt skill to this date, this allows him to be used in combination with other servants that have a 1 turn Invincibility or Dodge skill to absorb enemy single-target attacks or NPs. The skill can also be used to take heat away from a Servant that had been focused on earlier, and allows damage to be spread so that AoE healing is more effective.

High Hit Counts

He has high hitcounts on his Quick (4 hits), Buster (6 hits), and Extra moves (8 hits), which boost his Crit Star generation. Additionally, his Arts NP hits a total of 15 times, which generates plenty of NP and Crit Stars upon usage. NP gain or Crit Star drop buffs on him are more effective as a result.

Ignore Invincibility on Demand

He is able to grant himself Ignore Invincibility for 3 turns with his second skill, allowing him to damage an enemy that has placed a Dodge or Invincibility buff on itself without worry.


Poor NP Gain

Despite his high hitcounts, his NP gain is still very low at 0.46% per hit.  Without an NP gauge charge move, he is heavily dependent on an NP support or starting NP gauge CEs in order to get his NP off quickly.

Difficulty of Obtaining NP5

His direct competitor, Ryougi Shiki (Assassin), was a welfare Servant that could easily reach NP5 and maximum NP damage. Even though EMIYA (Assassin) technically has the same NP damage as Ryougi, EMIYA is 4* and gacha-only, which makes it more difficult (or costly) to get his NP damage to match Ryougi’s.

Mediocre Durability

Relatively low HP for a 4 star Servant combined with no Dodge or Invincibility skill gives him difficulty staying on the field for prolonged periods of time. His targetable taunt can take some of the damage off himself, but in the face of AoE attacks or NPs, he has trouble sustaining himself and requires support.

Craft Essence Recommendation

Kaleidoscope / The Imaginary Element: Having starting NP gauge with EMIYA (Assassin) will help offset his relatively poor NP gain. Once he is able to get his NP off, his high hitcounts on his NP will help facilitate subsequent NPs.

Formal Craft / Projection: These give Arts performance buffs, which is the primary source of his damage. This enhance both his NP and Arts card performance.

Another Ending: Gives both Arts performance (10%/15%) and crit damage bonus (20%/25%), which would synergize well when running him with a Crit Star generating team.

Halloween Princess: This grants starting NP gauge and a bonus to NP damage, which provides a balance between offsetting his poor NP gain as well as still providing some boost to his damage when he uses his NP.

Level Up Skill Recommendation

Magecraft B – This skill increases the effectiveness of his Arts cards, which includes damage, NP gain, and Crit Star generation from his Arts NP and his two Arts cards. Since this is his primary way of buffing his own damage with good reward each skill level (+40% performance at maximum), this is worth leveling first.

Grace of the Holy Grail A+ – This skill grants pierce Invincibility and increases his critical damage. With levels, the critical damage boost increases. Due to his high card hitcounts, he generates plenty of Crit Stars and would benefit from the critical damage buff provided by this skill, so this is worth leveling after Magecraft.

Scapegoat C – The taunt’s effect, which is arguably the most important aspect of this skill, does not change much with level beyond reduced cooldown at Lv6 and 10. The Crit Stars created are what change on a per-level basis (similar to the Instinct skill) which, without star absorption, is not very effective. This skill is worth leveling for the cooldown reduction, but can be left for last.

Servant Skills
Magecraft B

Increases own Arts performance for 1 turn.

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Arts + 24%25.6%27.2%28.8%30.4%32%33.6%35.2%36.8%40%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Available from the start

Grace of the Holy Grail A+

Ignores Invincibility for 3 turns.
Increases own critical damage for 3 turns.
Reduces party's debuff resistance by 20% except himself for 3 turns. [Demerit]

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Damage + 30%32%34%36%38%40%42%44%46%50%
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Unlocks after 1st Ascension

Scapegoat C

Draws attention of all enemies to one ally for 1 turn.
Gains critical stars.

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Stars + 567891011121315
CD 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5

Unlocks after 3rd Ascension

Class Skills
Presence Concealment A+

Increase Critical Star Generation by 11%.

Independent Action A

Increase Critical Strength by 10%.

Noble Phantasm
Chronos Rose
Pick Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

Deals damage to one enemy.
Reduces their NP gauge by 1.

Overcharge Effect

Reduces their critical attack chance for 3 turns.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
Damage + 900% 1200% 1350% 1425% 1500%
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
Crit Chance - 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Chronos Rose
Pick Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

Deals damage that ignores defense buffs to one enemy.
Reduces their NP gauge by 1.

Overcharge Effect

Reduces their critical attack chance for 3 turns.

Level 1 2 3 4 5
Damage + 1200% 1500% 1650% 1725% 1800%
Charge 100% 200% 300% 400% 500%
Crit Chance - 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Ascension Materials
Skill Enhancement Materials
1 → 2 100,000
2 → 3 200,000
3 → 4 600,000
4 → 5 800,000
5 → 6 2,000,000
6 → 7 2,500,000
7 → 8 5,000,000
8 → 9 6,000,000
9 → 10 10,000,000
Unit Info
Star Info
Star Absorption97
Star Generation25.6%
NP Info
NP Charge per Hit (%)0.46%
NP Charge when Attacked (%)4%
Hits Info
# of Hits (A)2
# of Hits (B)6
# of Hits (Q)4
# of Hits (EX)8
Traits Info
Trait 1Brynhildr's BelovedTrait 6
Trait 2HumanoidTrait 7
Trait 3MaleTrait 8
Trait 4ServantTrait 9
Trait 5Weak to Enuma ElishTrait 10
Death Info
Instant Death Chance44.00%
Other Info
Release HistoryFate/Accel Zero Order Event
AKAs/Aliases/(Fan) NicknamesKiritsugu Emiya, Magus Killer, Kerry
AlignmentLawful Evil
Country/Place of OriginFuyuki City (Japan)
Seiyuu (CV)Rikiya Koyama