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Natsu vs. Zeref is the 294th episode of the Fairy Tail anime, and the 17th episode of the 2018 series.

Guilds all across Fiore join Fairy Tail in the battle against Zeref's armies. Meanwhile, Natsu and Happy speed off to the west to defeat Zeref once and for all.

Summary

Laxus disagrees with Mavis' view

Laxus disagrees with Mavis

At the Fairy Tail guildhall, Makarov states to the Mages that even though they defeated the enemy's first wave, the continent is still surrounded, to which Jet and Droy comment that they will be aided by the rest of Fiore's guilds in the war, a fact that greatly disheartens Mavis. Down at the dungeon, Macao and Wakaba comment on an imprisoned Brandish's attire, before getting reprimanded by Lucy and Cana. Lucy then continues to ask the Shield of Spriggan about her connections with her mother, prompting Brandish to remark that they should just kill her while they have the chance. Outside the guild, a sneaking Marin lurks in the distance, preparing to use Rules of the Area to infiltrate the guild. At the far west of Magnolia, Invel informs Zeref about Brandish and Ajeel's fall, much to Yajeel's despair, who is then reassured by his emperor that the two Shields are still alive. As the Alvarez eastern army storms through Bosco, the northern army will soon clash with both Sabertooth and Blue Pegasus while the southern forces meet Mermaid Heel and Lamia Scale.

Natsu about to battle

Natsu stands before Zeref

Motivated by their allies' actions, the Fairy Tail Mages decide to aid their comrades, with Mavis dividing teams of the guild between the north and the south, tasking Lucy and Cana with monitoring their prisoner and ordering the remaining members to defend their stronghold. Warren then reveals that the east side is being guarded by three of the Four Gods of Ishgar and Jura Neekis, who form the current Magic Council, much to the the Mages' joy. It is then revealed through Warren's Magic Radar that Natsu and Happy have went on their own to fight Zeref, shocking the guild. Gray quickly decides to follow him up but is stopped by Erza. Mavis then ultimately decides to believe in him and proceed with their plan. After finding the army, Natsu compares it to a giant black carpet, before piercing through the front lines with his Fire Dragon Slayer Magic. After blowing through the enemy's forces with the devastating Fire Dragon King's Roar, Zeref appears before the Dragon Slayer, signalling the start of their fight.

Natsu, having removed the seal on his arm, enters Fire Dragon King Mode and continues to overwhelm the Black Mage. However, Zeref quickly retaliates and strikes Natsu, scarring his cheek. He then questions his opponent's newfound powers, to which Natsu reveals to be the last lingering amount of Magic Power left by the Fire Dragon King, Igneel in his body, surprising Zeref. Sensing that his wish might finally come true, Zeref begins tearing, while thanking everyone who has helped him before.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Warren Rocko
  2. Mavis Vermillion
  3. Ajeel Raml
  4. Erza Scarlet
  5. Cana Alberona
  6. Brandish μ
  7. Lucy Heartfilia
  8. Makarov Dreyar
  9. Jet
  10. Vijeeter Ecor
  11. Droy
  12. Laxus Dreyar
  13. Max Alors
  14. Romeo Conbolt
  15. Elfman Strauss
  16. Mirajane Strauss
  17. Lisanna Strauss
  18. Nab Lasaro
  19. Kinana
  20. Laki Olietta
  21. Freed Justine
  22. Bickslow
  23. Evergreen
  24. Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki
  25. Macao Conbolt
  26. Wakaba Mine
  27. Marin Hollow
  28. Invel Yura
  29. Yajeel
  30. Zeref Dragneel
  31. Orga Nanagear
  32. Minerva Orland
  33. Frosch
  34. Rogue Cheney
  35. Hibiki Lates
  36. Yukino Agria
  37. Jenny Realight
  38. Sting Eucliffe
  39. Rufus Lore
  40. Lector
  41. Eve Tearm
  42. Nichiya
  43. Ren Akatsuki
  44. Dobengal
  45. Risley Law
  46. Araña Webb
  47. Millianna
  48. Beth Vanderwood
  49. Ooba Babasaama
  50. Toby Horhorta
  51. Kagura Mikazuchi
  52. Lyon Vastia
  53. Sherria Blendy
  54. Yuka Suzuki
  55. Gajeel Redfox
  56. Levy McGarden
  57. Panther Lily
  58. Gray Fullbuster
  59. Juvia Lockser
  60. Wendy Marvell
  61. Carla
  62. Jura Neekis
  63. Warrod Sequen
  64. Draculos Hyberion
  65. Wolfheim
  66. Happy
  67. Natsu Dragneel

Battles & Events

Magic, Spells, and Abilities used

Magic used

Spells used

Abilities used

Items used

Weapons used

  • Magic Spear

Manga & Anime Differences

  • The following scenes only occur in the anime:
    • An image of Bisca in Wakaba's depiction of western women's attire.
    • Face shots of all the prominent guild members traveling to each war post.
  • Natsu's and Zeref's back and forth quick clashing differed between the two media.
  • Minor members in the background have different appearances in the anime.

Navigation

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