The Arc of Time is the 42nd chapter of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail.

Natsu and Zalty engages in battle with each other, with Zalty initially having the upper hand. However, as Natsu uses his Fire Dragon's Iron Fist, he successfully knocks Zalty out. Meanwhile, Erza has defeated Toby, but the latter confidently states that they are too late, as Deliora has been freed from the ice.


Free of its ice encasement, Deliora roars as Zalty expresses his happiness while Natsu is stunned. Elsewhere in the temple, Lucy, Happy and Erza hear its roar and believe it has been revived. As Lucy is teased by Happy, Erza states that since the Moon Drip is continuing, it hasn't been completely freed. She races toward the attic, meaning to interrupt the ceremony, in order to stop the progress.

Natsu punches Zalty

Natsu punches Zalty with Fire Dragon's Iron Fist

Meanwhile, Natsu is fighting against Zalty. Zalty has a sphere which he controls telekinetically, and even though Natsu is able to break it, Zalty reconstitutes it with his Magic. He is able to make it faster, slow it, or even rewind its time. He however confesses that his ability doesn’t affect humans. Zalty also promulgates his motive for freeing Deliora; he wants to control it. He was sure that Lyon wouldn't defeat it, so, using spells, the Demon of Destruction would be his. Natsu is disappointed, as he had wanted a more motivating story. Zalty then says that a time will come when one will need power, to which Natsu, now fired up, responds that his friends will be his source of power. Zalty makes the ceiling collapse, but Natsu evades the spheres and hits Zalty right in the face with his Fire Dragon's Iron Fist.

At the same time, Erza has defeated Toby, who claims that they were too late, announcing triumphantly that Deliora has been completely freed.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Natsu Dragneel
  2. Deliora
  3. Zalty
  4. Happy
  5. Lucy Heartfilia
  6. Erza Scarlet
  7. Toby Horhorta
  8. Gray Fullbuster

Battles & Events

Magic, Spells, and Abilities used

Magic used

Spells used

Abilities used

Weapons used

  • Sword


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