The battle between the 5th master of Fairy Tail, Gildarts and his successor, Makarov. Who is really the strongest mage in this guild?
This fight occurs after the time skip and is held at the Domus Flau Arena.
Both mages are at full strength and there is no time limit; the match is only won once the other mage is unconscious and cannot continue.
Who will win?
Everyone keeps going on about how powerful Gildarts is, and he's undoubtedly impressive. But, I honestly have no idea how he'd defeat Makarov. Makarov just steps on him, or whips out the over-powered Fairy Law, presuming that's an option.
Remember Laxus back then. He couldn't think of Fairy Tail members as enemies either. Neither would Makarov. So it wouldn't work against Gildartz.
Well, even without Fairy Law, I'd still give this one to Makarov.
Gildarts primary fighting style if Hand to Hand combat. That's not going to end well for him against Makarov. Crush\Crash Magic hasn't been shown in full battle(since he never used it against Bluenote for some reason), but from what little we've seen, Makarov's light Magic is about five times more destructive than Crush\Crash.
In terms of pure Magic Power, Makarov is on a whole different level compared to any other character in the series(except Purehito).
It's not really debatable. Makarov choose him as a successor because his health was getting worse and his days are numbered. Gildarts didn't fight Hades and Laxus didn't put so much as a scratch on the guy. I will use the obvious argument once again, and that's Jura. He's painfully below Makarov but is still considered on par with Gildarts and Laxus.