Who is Sei Shōnagon in Fate/Grand Order

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Fate/Grand Order is a free-to-play Japanese mobile game, developed by Lasengle and published by Aniplex. The game is based on Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night franchise and was released in Japan on 29 July 2015 for Android and on 12 August 2015, for iOS. An arcade version titled Fate/Grand Order Arcade was released by Sega in Japan on 26 July 2018.

The game is centered around turn-based combat where the player, who takes on the role of a “Master”, summons and commands powerful familiars known as “Servants” to battle enemies. The story narrative is presented in a visual novel format, and each Servant has its own scenario that the player can explore. Servants are obtained through the gacha mechanic.

Today we will be talking about one of the Servants in the game, Sei Shounagon.


Sei was a woman of outstanding intellect whose forward behavior, which some people of that era would call unorthodox, made her stand out in the male-dominated society of her lifetime.
She faithfully served Empress Teishi, consort of Emperor Ichijou, until the Empress’s death. The many prose writings Sei Shounagon wrote in offering to Empress Teishi were later collected to become “Makura-no-Soushi”, also known as The Pillow Book.

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Sei Shounagon’s father was Kiyohara-no-Motosuke, one of the scholars of the Five Men of the Pear Chamber who helped to compile the Kun-Doku (the Japanese reading of Chinese characters) version of the “Manyoshu” waka poem anthology.

Battle Abilities

Sei is an excellent Servant among a crowded AoE Archer field, especially if one has a Skadi and Waver to support her with. When Append Skills are available, it will be very helpful to have an extra 20% starting gauge on her second append skill, which can be unlocked with enough Bond levels.

She has her share of weaknesses too though. For one, her Noble Phantasm isn’t the hardest hitting, especially in non-looping setups. Her skill’s effects are also grouped together sub-optimally, sometimes with a mix of defense and offense within the same skill, which may be useful at different times. Lastly, her Noble Phantasm’s supereffective traits are not entirely likely to occur together, so they almost never stack together for truly high damage.

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