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Fate/Stay Night

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This page is for the original 2004 release. For the episodic, reworked version, see Fate/stay night (Realta Nua).

Fate/stay night
Fate/stay night cover
Release dates
Windows January 30, 2004
Modes Singleplayer
Genres Visual novel
Art styles Anime
Themes Adult, Contemporary, Supernatural
Series Fate, Nasuverse
Fate/Stay Night on HowLongToBeat
Fate/Stay Night on IGDB
Fate/Stay Night guide on StrategyWiki
Fate/Stay Night on MobyGames
Fate/Stay Night on Wikipedia
Subseries of Nasuverse
Fate/Stay Night 2004
Fate/Hollow Ataraxia 2005
Fate/Stay Night (Realta Nua) 2011
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star 2017
Fate/Extella: Link 2019
Fate/Samurai Remnant 2023


This game is only playable in English with a fan translation (see Localizations for details and other supported languages).

Fate/stay night is an adult visual novel developed by Type-Moon.

The game is the first installment of the Fate series of the Nasuverse. It was originally released in Japan on January 30, 2004 with its First Print Limited Edition release, followed by a standard edition that was released on March 26 the same year. The game later received subsequent re-releases on PlayStation 2, PC, Vita, iOS, and Android as Fate/stay night (Réalta Nua), which removed the adult content from the original game, thus changing some story scenes to reflect on these changes, but featured new content that was exclusive to the PlayStation 2 version until its 2011 PC version. The original 2004 game was re-released along with its sequel, Fate/hollow ataraxia, as part of the Fate/stay night+hollow ataraxia Set for the series' 10th anniversary in 2014 and was reprinted in 2019.

Despite this game not being released outside of Japan, a fan-made English patch by visual novel translation group mirror moon is available.

General information

Official developer website (Japanese)
Visual Novel Database article


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
2004 prints were released on 3 CDs, the 2006 reprint was released on a single DVD and the 2019 reprint was available only as a key. See Run without disc.
A trial version is available from the developer's website.

Essential improvements

Run without disc

An official "NoCD" executable for the 2004 release can downloaded from the developer's website here[Note 1]. This executable is not needed when installing mirror moon's English patch which removes the disc check for the CD and DVD releases.

English patch

mirror moon's English patch also has the option to port over the fully-voiced dialogue from the PlayStation 2 Réalta Nua version into the original 2004 game, provided the user has the PlayStation 2 disc.
How to install the English patch[1]
  1. Download the English patch by mirror moon here.
  2. Run the installer, then follow its instructions. If you wish to install the voice-overs, the installer will ask to insert the PlayStation 2 Réalta Nua disc, whether it is inserted into your disc drive or a disc image using a CD drive emulator.


Installing the voice-overs from PlayStation 2 Réalta Nua disc the into the PC version will take a long time to install than translating the game into English without it.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedata[Note 2]


General settings.
General settings.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Main, BGM, SFX.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translated by mirror moon; see English patch.
An Italian fan translation by Riffour is available here. Both SFW and NSFW versions are available.
See English patch on how to install voice-overs with the English translation.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5, 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Uncensor Mod

The sex scenes are censored in the original Fate/stay night. Thorny Rose Studios has created a mod designed to work with mirror moon's English translation patch that removes the mosaic censorship of the game's sex scenes.
This mod includes a folder containing a comparison of the censored and decensored versions of game's sex scenes, however, some scene in comparisons contain spoilers, so view them at your own discretion.
How to install the Uncensor Mod[2]
  1. Download the Uncensor Mod for the original 2004 Fate/stay night here.
  2. Extract the contents of the FSNUncModv*.zip file to its own folder to a convenient location on your computer, copy the patchX.xp3 file into <path-to-game>.
  3. Right-click patchX.xp3 and rename it by changing the X in the Uncensor Mod's file name to a number higher than any other patch*.xp3 file. Example: If there's a patch1.xp3, patch2.xp3, and patch3.xp3 file already in the game's installation folder, then the X in Uncensor Mod's file name should be changed to patch4.xp3.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 98/ME: 128 MB
2000: 192 MB
XP: 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.7 GB
Video card (GPU) Display supporting 800x600 resolution and 65535 colors.
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectSound-compatible sound card with PCM playback support.


  1. If the link results in a 404 error, remove the s from https://. This is due to quirks with some web browsers, such as Google Chrome.
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-10-25
    I have used this patch previously years ago before knowing about the Réalta Nua version on PC. This patch also removes the disc check in the DVD reprints, and the patch also recognized the disc image of the PlayStation 2 Réalta Nua version mounted with WinCDEmu.
  2. Told in the Uncensor Mod's readme file.