Registered User下級員 / Kakyuuin / Jr. Member
- Apr 13, 2020
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When I said "pokemon type advantage", I wasn't talking of elements, I just meant "damage dealt multiplied, damage taken divided". And I guess Fairy Tail's elements logic changed since Silver said Ice Devil Slaying magic was THE best to counter a fire demon (don't ask why he didn't pick FIRE to eat END's flames, if plot wants ice to be more effective, so be it).Gray did stalemate END Natsu though. During their fight he went toe-to-toe with Natsu in striking strength. He was able to knock Natsu down. and pushed him back. Vice-versa happened to him. If you want to use Pokémon-theory, then fire is super effective against ice. In FT, it is actually canon that ice's weakness is fire too. Chelia, despite being a God Slayer, couldn't compete against Dimaria's powers when the latter was in her god soul Chronos' takeover. It was only after she activated third origin release with Ultear's assistance to access her peak potential magic power from the future, did she manage to defeat Dimaria. She also required Ultear's help to be able to move in Dimaria's Age Seal too, a spell stated to be taught to her from Chronos. So being a god slayer didn't grant her the strength to resist "gods" powers either.
The same reasoning is applicable to why Gray, despite being an ice devil slayer was outclassed by Invel, a regular ice mage, at the beginning of their fight. Invel could parry Gray's attacks with bare hands, toss him around with his own attacks, and affect Gray with his cold/freezing capability. It was only until he was resuscitated, that Gray could beat Invel into a pulp. Similar to Chelia, he became more powerful during his fight. Rather than third origin release though, the source of Gray's newfound strength came from his power of feelings. The dragon slayers could hardly damage the dragons when F.Rogue summoned them in the GMG arc too.
There are quite a number of examples showing us that slayer advantage isn't everything. Magic power and physical attributes should both be bigger factors to determine the relative strength between characters. Gray should be in the same tier as END Natsu in those aspects to be competing with him on equal footing. The difference between them were portrayed in their fight to be imperceptible. It was certainly closer than Laxus vs Erza, or Natsu vs Gajeel in the 100yq. Re. Laxus vs Gray, present day Laxus has mastered red lightning. For Gray, he has stagnated in terms of feats. Though I believe he has grown more powerful but simply hadn't display them yet. Until that is proven, it remains a speculation. Laxus should beat Gray without much difficulty.
Chelia wasn't on Gray's level, and Gray didn't only have the Slayer advantage but also the element advantage (according to Silver) against END, so we can tell what made the difference. As for the dragons in GMG, I'm pretty sure dragons are stronger than gods (in general) in the Fairy Tail universe, and the Dragon Slayers weren't as powerful in GMG as they were in Alvalez (in Alvalez they could even take down the dragon KING by combining their powers, so you can see the progress they made).
But still, in Tartaros, we saw how Gray's Slaying advantage can make a HUGE difference: He was pretty even to Natsu in terms of raw power, yet Mard could tank DF Natsu's attacks until the later was completely exhausted, and Mard was fine. Gray on the other hand only needed 1 attack to bring Mard down, so his Slayer advantage should make his attacks at least 3 times stronger than DF Natsu's, and Natsu already stated DF tripled his power. So I don't know for Dragon Slaying or God Slaying advantages, but Devil Slaying's deals like 9 TIMES the caster's normal power against regular demons (without even needing an emotion boost), and I'm not even talking of its defensive aspect (absorbing demonic curses) or the extra elemental advantage Gray apparently had on END. So if he only stalemated END with such broken advantages, I can't imagine how END would've hardstomped him if he wasn't a demon.