Natsu meets up with Max and they decide to have a showdown. Being pushed back, Natsu has to enter his Lightning Flame Dragon Mode to defeat Max. Surprised at the difference between the power 7 years ago and now, Natsu and others visit Porlyusica to ask her for a medicine. At the guild, Makarov attempts to announce a new guild master but the things are quickly turned around when everyone finds out that Gildarts decided to leave for another journey. Later, with teary eyes Wendy tells everyone that Porlyusica’s smell and voice reminds her of Grandeeney. Back at the guild, Makarov decides that Fairy Tail will join an exciting event in order for them to regain the top spot – the Grand Magic Games.
The eight exam participants reach Tenrou Island, where they are each required to take one of eight routes that will lead to the next stage of the exam. Lucy and Cana take a route where they are required to fight against Freed and Bickslow in a battle that will determine which pair will be allowed to advance. Lucy and Cana fear they stand no chance against them, but Freed throws the battle by pretending to be weak against women in swimsuits, allowing Cana to defeat him. Meanwhile, Natsu takes the route he believes will lead him to fight against Erza, but is ecstatic to find Gildarts waiting for him instead.