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The Defensive Battle for Liones arc is the thirteenth arc in the series, lasting from the 178th chapter to the 197th chapter.


Taking place one month after Meliodas' death, the Ten Commandments have easily dominated most of Britannia despite the loss of Galand and Melascula, with more Demons escaping the seal to help in the invasion by wiping out any humans they could find or devour their souls to regain their magic.

Out of either fear or worship, the people of Britannia began offering sacrifices to the Ten Commandments in exchange for their lives, with Ruin and Fresia, former Holy Knights of the Weird Fangs wanted by the kingdom, being hunted down by the villagers despite easily dominating them. However, Fraudrin appears and easily devours both of their souls.

However, located southwest of Camelot, two of Camelot's Holy Knights are seen running as two Grey Demons are chasing after them but one of them is killed by the foreign swordsman, Nanashi and the other is blindsided by Arthur who is thrown to the ground and given two options: submission or death.

However, Arthur chooses the third option: fighting to the bitter end. Despite the difficulty, the four are able to slay the remaning Demons but then retreat once reinforcements come and Arthur realizes he still has a long way to go.

Fights and Events


One month after Meliodas' death at the hands of Estarossa, Britannia was under siege and taken over by the remaining Ten Commandments, aided by numerous Red, Blue and Gray Demons as reinforcements. Many powerful warriors including the Holy Knights all across the land stood up against the Demon Clan, only to die horribly in battle or had their souls consumed for replenishment.

In the Demons' reign of terror, the people were forced to submit to the Ten Commandments out of fear for their loved ones, desperation to save themselves, self-preservation of their homes or even outright admiration of their strength overshadowing the Holy Knights. They even turned over any Holy Knight or individual with a strong soul as an act of betrayal to the Commandments as tribute.

However, as hope appeared to have faded for Britannia, King Arthur Pendragon took up arms against the Demons and lead whatever remained of the resistance left with the aid of Nanashi, the foreign swordsman whom he had somehow convinced him to join him.

Story Impact

  • The remaining Ten Commandments invade and take over the land of Britannia, including Liones and Camelot.
  • Zaratras is revealed to have been resurrected. He reveals he was the silver knight from the previous arc. Zaratras also reveals how he was killed ten years ago.
  • Escanor defeats Estarossa and sends both him and Zeldris flying, with the former being sent into a coma.
  • Denzel Liones summons a goddess possessing his body in order to fight the Ten Commandments, but is shortly killed by Derieri in a fit of rage over her sister's death.
  • Meliodas is revealed to have known Elizabeth since she was a baby. He reveals that he has a curse that prevents him from dying.
  • Meliodas is revived, but has lost some of his emotions and became more ruthless.
  • Meliodas defeats Derieri and Monspeet, almost killing them.
  • Gilfrost reveals his true identity as Vivian and teleports Gilthunder away.
  • The Boar Hat tavern is destroyed.
  • Merlin reveals that she is from a place called Belialuin and that Merlin is an alias, though her real name is impronounceable to humans.
  • Merlin defeats and captures Grayroad.
  • Zaratras and Hendrickson free Dreyfus from Fraudrin, with the former sacrificing himself.
  • Meliodas' Power Level reaches 60,000 in his base state.
  • Meliodas overpowers and defeats Fraudrin, ultimately killing him.
  • Liones is saved. Gustaf, Marmas and Dogedo die in battle.
  • Gowther confirms that he was one of the Ten Commandants.
  • Gustaf's power is transferred to Jericho.
  • Griamore is revealed to have de-aged thanks to a curse from a monster called Anaon and is turned back to normal thanks to Veronica kissing him.
  • Howzer gets promoted to Great Holy Knight.


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