What order should you watch ‘Fate’ in?

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If you’re a fantasy anime fan then you’ve likely heard of or seen an entry in the Fate series. Kicking off in 2004 with Fate/stay night, there have been countless new additions in the forms of series, movies, specials, and OVAs over the years.

With an abundance of content to sift through, it can be confusing for newcomers to discover what they should be checking out and where they need to start. Because of the way the Fate universe works, with many different projects being completely separated from each other, this dilemma is intensified.

We’ve put together a list of all the Fate content you should check out first if you’re looking to get into the anime or relive the action, and the best order that this can be done in. Given that not all content fits into the same chronological timeline, many of the additions to the list can be switched up, but this is the ideal order.

Fate watch order

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There are so many additions to the Fate story that take place in alternative universes and tell entirely disconnected stories that often contradict one another. This being the case, here is the best order if you’re new or rewatching the series and want to experience all the core events in the best possible order.

  • Fate/Zero
  • Fate/Stay Night
  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel: I. Presage Flower 
  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel: II. Lost Butterfly
  • Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel: III. Spring Song
  • Fate/Grand Order
  • Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 1 – Wandering; Agateram
  • Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 2 – Paladin; Agateram
  • Fate/Apocrypha
  • Fate/Extra Last Encore
  • Fate/Kaleid Prisma☆Illya
  • Fate/Prototype

Many of these series are completely disconnected from one another, especially following Fate/Grand Order. Given this, you can watch the final four options on our list in any order you like.

While this is our list of how you should experience the show, we have to acknowledge that there are multiple other ways to order this expansive story. This means that if you’re looking to spice things up on a rewatch, you could always explore a new way to do it.