While Natsu battles the Grimoire Heart Mages scattered around the island, Zancrow arrives and states that they're no match for Natsu, as he orders them to search for Zeref instead. While about to leave, the Dark Mages mutter that Natsu is strong. This enrages Zancrow and he yells that there is no one stronger than their guild, Grimoire Heart. He attacks his own allies with his dark flames and calls them weaklings.
Natsu is appalled by Zancrow's actions. Zancrow proceeds to shoot his flames towards Natsu. At first, Natsu confidently tells him that fire won't work on him and attempts to consume it. However, he is shocked as he is unable to eat Zancrow's black flames. Zancrow calls him arrogant, makes the flames explode and says that his act of trying to eat a "God"'s flames is blasphemous. He reveals his Magic to be on a different level than Natsu's because he is a God Slayer.
With his fists aflame, Natsu charges at Zancrow and rapidly throws numerous punches which Zancrow blocks with a single arm. Natsu asks if he was taught God Slayer Magic by a god or something and Zancrow replies that since Hades could be called a god, then he was taught by a god. Natsu tells him that a real Dragon taught him Dragon Slayer Magic. He casts Fire Dragon's Brilliant Flame while Zancrow counters with Fire God's Kagutsuchi. Zancrow's flames overpower Natsu's. He turns to Happy, Carla and Wendy Marvell by the sidelines and attacks them with a cloud of black fire. Natsu springs back and attacks with Fire Dragon's Roar, buts Zancrow takes on the attack head on and eats it. He makes a comeback with Fire God's Bellow, blowing him away.
Later, after being launched near Makarov's position by Zancrow's attacks, Natsu remarks on Makarov's wounds. Makarov, still alive, tells him to take everyone and run away. Zancrow then arrives, informing Natsu that Hades defeated Makarov, and Makarov was shocked that of all people, Natsu experienced fear. Natsu awakens a power from deep inside him and decides to face Zancrow, saying that his fear was from the fact that someone other than himself could defeat Hades.
Zancrow laughs at Natsu's claim and vows that he'll make it so that he won't even be able to joke about saying something like that. Enraged Natsu punches him down and away. Zancrow claims that his type of flames don't hurt at all and then blocks Natsu's follow-up kick. He blows him away with his own flaming fists. Mercilessly, he attacks Natsu once more with one arm in flames and destroys the surrounding trees as he declares that the flames of a God are scorching halberds that destroy everything. As Zancrow laughs, Natsu regains his balance on a stump and uses the trunk of the tree to crush Zancrow. However, Zancrow erupts from inside the trunk, tackles Natsu and then casts Fire God's Supper, enveloping Natsu in black flames. Zancrow tells him that he can't escape until he's turned into ashes. Natsu attempts to eat it but still fails.
Makarov extends his hand and enlarges it through his Giant Magic to grab Zancrow. He is angered by Zancrow and threatens to crush him until there is nothing left. Zancrow surrounds himself in fire that slowly scorches Makarov's skin. He tells Makarov that if he doesn't let go, his arm would have nothing left. Although in pain, Makarov tightens his grip around Zancrow and yells that he shouldn't underestimate the power of family. Zancrow then asks who will be the first to fall: Natsu, him or Makarov. Suddenly, Natsu's Magic Power disappears and for a moment, Zancrow thinks that Natsu has died. However, both of them become shocked when they see Natsu eating Zancrow's black flames. It turns out that Natsu emptied his magical reserves in order to adapt his body into eating an inedible flame. Makarov tosses Zancrow away and calls Natsu an idiot for taking such a deathly risk. Natsu replies that he doesn't have a death wish nor does he wish for anyone to die. He combines the flames of a Dragon and a god and casts Dragon God's Brilliant Flame on Zancrow, defeating him.
Natsu tells Makarov that they should fight. He knows that there are times they should retreat because Gildarts Clive taught him that, but now's not the time. Grimoire Heart has to pay for laying their hands on Fairy Tail so they should fight with all their might as a guild. Although his speech is spirited, he collapses soon after. Wendy later arrives to help Makarov and Natsu speed up their healing process.
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 217, Pages 8-10
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 217, Pages 11-14
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 218, Pages 2-10
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 218, Pages 12-19
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 219, Pages 2-11
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 219, Pages 11-19
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 220, Pages 2-4
- ↑ Fairy Tail Manga: Chapter 221, Pages 2-3