Acnologia, The King of the Dragons
Acnologia (アクノロギア Akunorogia), also known as The Black Dragon (黒龍 Kokuryū) and fearsomely reputed as The Dragon King, was a cataclysmically powerful Dragon Slayer that can take the form of a Dragon as he pleases. Due to Dragons murdering his family, destroying his city, and "claiming" the life of a child, he took it upon himself to slay every Dragon in existence, believing they only cause destruction and pain.
To give a brief rundown on Acnologia, prior to the series, the above happened and he nearly killed the whole race of dragons singlehandedly. The known survivors are the 5 God Dragons and the people who were put in their children’s souls if I’m not forgetting anyone. He was introduced by name when Gildarts came back to Magnolia and talked to Natsu Dragneel about it. Acnologia appeared in person on Tenrou Island after Fairy Tail fought against Grimoire Heart, one of the three strongest Dark Guilds. Acnologia toyed with them for a while before attempting to destroy the island, but failed because of Mavis’ Fairy Sphere. The next time we see Acnologia, he appears to destroy the Demon of Zeref E.N.D. when Igneel emerges from Natsu to fight him. After a battle with the Fire Dragon King, the true Dragon King killed him and flew off. He appears in the final arc as the greatest threat to Zeref’s plan to steal the Fairy Heart and ends up killing the Wizard Saint turned Spriggan God Serena. He was confronted by Irene and sent off by the spell Universe One to keep him in check. Later, when Irene died, Acnologia returned and fought against Fairy Tail and its allies before he was sent to the Ravines of Time, which he ate. After the defeat and death of Zeref, he used that power to summon the Dragon Slayers and kill them in his spirit form, while his physical form wreaked havoc in the real world. However, through use of Fairy Sphere and the Power of Friendship, Acnologia was slain.
Acnologia’s Powers and Abilities include:
-Massively Superhuman Strength.
-Massively Superhuman Speed.
-Massively Superhuman Durability.
-Magic. Acnologia’s Magic is basically immunity to magic and causing destructive energy blasts. He can also transform into a dragon (flight) or human at will, and his power is super effective against Dragons.
This respect thread will be divided up into five basic categories.
Btw, any attack after Chapter 539 is Amped by the Ravines of Time.
Acnologia has been referred to as the strongest of the verse multiple times by various sources. Be it other villains, people that fought him, or people who heard of his strength, he’s been known as a force to be reckoned with.
Before the start of the series, Acno killed a large portion of dragons, which are the most powerful race bar gods.
In his first mention, Acno is stated to have stomped Gildarts. (Chapter 166) Gildarts is one of the strongest people alive. He was also mentioned to be unbeatable.
When we first see Acnologia, Gildarts further backs this statement by calling for everyone to run as quickly as possible. Even Zeref, an immortal Black Wizard cursed to kill when he values life and whose goal is to destroy the world, was upset by Acno’s arrival. He called Acnologia himself a sin in one translation, and when he mentioned Acno to Hades, a very powerful Mage, he got scared (although Hades was already pretty jumpy from being in Zeref’s presence.) (Chapters 250 and 252.)
Zeref and Acnologia’s convo about the world is just one big respect for Acnologia wherein we see that he could rule the world if he gave a crap (Chapter 436)
August, possibly among the five strongest characters we see in the original series, claims that Jacob Lessio would stand no chance against Acnologia and didn’t bother trying to fight himself, even stating their emperor could only win with the Fairy Heart (Chapter 471)
Irene, the strongest female we’ve seen in the series bar Grandeeny and Mavis if you count her, says Acnologia’s legend doesn’t give him the respect the deserves. Irene deduced this after one attack from a casual human Acno. (Chapter 489) Also, in case it wasn’t said enough, Zeref fears him.
Zeref himself believes Acnologia could use him as a play thing and rule the world. Plus, Jellal thinks Acnologia could eventually destroy the world just by looking at his one attack (Chapters 532 and 534)
Acnologia has been repeatedly shown as the most physically imposing character in the series. His feats are on a completely different tier than the others.
In his first mention, he was shown as having torn up Gildarts Clive. He tore off two limbs and gutted him (Chapter 166) This is impressive because Gildarts can one shot mountains and is more powerful than mountain level characters.
Acnologia managed to completely and totally stomp Guild Master Makarov in one-on-one combat without magic, and Makarov has so much power it can shake things from hundreds of kilometers away (Chapter 253)
Acnologia tore off Igneel’s torso at the expense of his arm (Chapter 414) Igneel, while relatively featless, undoubtedly could have tanked hits from Gildarts, a mountain level character by simple logic.
Acnologia in human form effortlessly managed to straight up one shot God Serena (Chapter 470) GS is a Gildarts tier opponent and had just got done stomping a team of Wizard Saints, the weakest of which fought evenly with Laxus Dreyar, a mountain level character.
Acnologia was physically murderstomping Jellal Fernandes, a guy who could pretty easily go at it with Jura Neekes, who fought with Laxus Dreyar (Chapters 534 and 536)
Acnologia went one on seven with the Seven Dragon Slayers, two of which were among the top 5 of the good guys (Chapters 541-544)
Acnologia cracked Fairy Sphere, which tanked one of his roars (Chapter 544)
Acnologia is one of, if not the fastest character in the series. He has kept up with and blitzed people far above supersonic speeds.
When Gildarts described his fight with Acno, he said it happened in a moment (Chapter 166) This is made more impressive by the fact that Gildarts stomped Natsu while standing in one spot (Natsu scaling above the speed of lightning) and the fact Acnologia was in his dragon form, meaning he would have been much easier to track than normal considering his size.
In his fight with Igneel, Acnologia was constantly reacting to his attacks. Igneel is faster than dragons which were flying around the continent (Chapters 400-414) There’s also the fact Igneel could dodge Acnologia’s blasts in the anime, and they are incredibly fast.
Acnologia in his weaker human form effortlessly blitzed God Serena, who cold fight evenly with Gildarts (Chapter 470) August was also there, and August managed to fight off Jellal, arguably the fastest human in the series. I can’t show the whole thing in the manga due to the full page thing, so here’s a YT Link.
Acnologia consistently reacted to attacks from the Dragon Slayers in his fight with them. (Chapters 541-544) Most of these guys are faster than lightning.
I’m going to go straight into Magic, since Acnologia doesn’t really have any durability feats that don’t come from pure scaling.
Acnologia’s raw power is what makes him such a force to be reckoned with. Acnologia has consistently been shown as having high Level energy attacks.
The VERY FIRST ONE he shows completely encompasses Tenrou Island and would have destroyed it if not for Mavis (Chapter 253) Tenrou Island harbors many mountains and people could fight and launch attacks the size of buildings and large ships and no one else would notice.
Acnologia was able to cause massive explosions, even bigger than himself (Chapter 400)
Acnologia and Igneel had some pretty dope moments in the anime. Here’s some shots.
Acnologia killed Igneel with a roar (Chapter 414)
Acnologia created a pretty massive energy pillar against Irene (Chapter 489)
Fighting Jellal, Acnologia split a portion of the sea (Chapter 534)
After eating the Ravines of Time, Acnologia used Eternal Flare twice. The first time it crossed dozens of kilometers and created city block sized explosions that busted large rock formations (Chapter 539) the second time it was larger than a city and each explosion surpassed the size of multiple building (Chapter 542)
Acnologia creates an explosion so large it dwarfs large rock formations that could be argued mountains (Chapter 542)
Energy attacks aren’t the only thing that comes from Acno’s Magic. He also has immense senses and a weakness of motion sickness. The best thing, though, is that he is immune to magic. This has allowed him to tank every manner of attack that crossed his way prior to his death.
On Tenrou Island, everyone but Gildarts, Cana and Makarov attacked him and he no sold it (Chapter 253)
Most famously, Igneel launched a fire blast the size of a mountain and Acno pretty much ignored it (Chapter 401)
Throughout the events of the Alvarez arc, Acnologia was hit by Irene, Jellal, Laxus, and other Dragon Slayers, yet he was only ever effected by magic when Irene used Universe One and Natsu used the force of PIS to one shot him.
This is where I tell you things other people did that Acnologia could definitely do just based off of pure logic.
Natsu Dragneel: Natsu has one shot the War God Ikusa-Tsunagi, a mountain sized monster more durable than steel (Chapter 434) He also created a mountain sized explosion while weakened with the help of a weakened Gajeel and weakened Wendy Pre-Timeskip (Chapter 194) Most impressively, Natsu actually one shot a mountain on accident (Chapter 533) For Speed, Natsu blitzed Gajeel, who has moved a lot faster than lightning.
Gildarts Clive: Gildarts has one shot mountains and battlefields (Chapters 417 and 497) plus stomped Natsu while standing in place (Chapter 205)
Laxus Dreyar: Laxus has created a massive explosion the size of a mountain (Chapter 447) and moved FTE to Natsu (unknown chapter)
Jellal Fernandes: Jellal has managed to blitz Jura Neekes, who was reacting to Laxus (Chapter 274) and created an absolutely massive explosion with Sema (Chapter 369)
Igneel: Igneel has effortlessly created mountain sized blasts (Chapter 401) Already shown.
Other Dragons: The other Dragons flew across the continent to destroy statues (Chapter 412) Dragons such as Motherglare effortlessly destroyed mountains with their roars (Chapter 333) and tanked hits from a heavily amped Natsu, plus there was another who was ignoring Laxus.
August: August caused an explosion visible from a very long distance away (Chapter 489)
There’s more I could go into, but that’s all of the really impressive stuff.
Thanks for checking out my Respect Thread!