As everyone takes note of the scene, Gray decides to eat but inadvertently eats the bread with his face on it
Soon after returning to the guild, Gray is approached by Juvia who wants him to eat bread she baked with his face on it.  Following the brutal defeat of Laxus, Yajima and the Thunder God Tribe at the hands of Nine Demon Gates member Tempester, Gray watches solemnly as Porlyusica informs the entire guild that their conditions are critical and they may not make a full recovery, and again when Makarov lies to Fried about the casualties in the village.  Gray analyzes the situation and hears Lucy confirm that although their intel on Tartaros is insufficient for them to attack, they know that Tartaros’ objective is to eliminate all current and former council members, leading him to question if they should head to the homes of all former members. However, Macao reminds him that their location is classified. Seconds later, Loke appears and reveals that he knows the location of several former council members, which leads Makarov to create groups and send them out to protect different councilors. 
Gray listens closely as Makarov announce that Tartaros is their enemy and that they must avenge Laxus and the others; the teams begin to head out
Arriving at the house of ex-Council member Hogg, a saddened Gray and Juvia report back to the guild that they found the man dead, with the entire town looking like it was sliced to bits by some huge weapon.  Gray is later shocked when he hears Michello explain that Tartaros are after Face, a Magic pulse bomb design to nullify Magic across Fiore. When Michello reveals that the weapon is sealed by being magically linked to three ex-Council members, Gray comments that it is for that reason that Tartaros are going around eliminating everyone with connections to the Magic Council.  Gray and Juvia ride on a leopard-like animal as they head back to the guild, with Gray claiming that a big portion of the councilors’ addresses has been found since their departure. Gray feels Juvia’s grip around his waist tightening as the frightened woman remembers the heavily destroyed town they were sent to, but is sure enough reassured when Gray tells her that he is here with her; further stating that Fairy Tail will always arise victorious.  Gray eventually returns to the guild and finds out that Natsu, Erza and Mirajane are nowhere to be found. A short while later, Happy returns, revealing their kidnapping to Gray and others. He also intends to tell Gray about Silver, however, in the end, decides to keep quiet about it. 
Elfman is soon to return to the guild, receiving Gray’s attention when the latter reveals that Lisanna has been captured by Tartaros. He attempts to console him, but is interrupted by Cana, who begins to scold the man. Before Cana can continue to name Elfman’s faults, Gray ends her rant and tells her that there was no need for her to treat Elfman the way she did.  After Levy manages to pinpoint Tartaros’ location and reveals that it currently flies just above Magnolia, Gray and the other Fairy Tail members start getting pumped up to fight Tartaros and save their friends, when a huge explosion suddenly goes off and destroys the guild. 
Prior to the explosion, Cana turned Gray and all the other guild members into cards and had the Exceeds head straight for Cube, where Gray and all the other Fairy Tail members are released from the cards to launch their counterattack.  Doing battle with the Tartaros minions, Gray notes that their tenacity is annoying and attacks them with his Ice-Make; as he is about to be struck, Gray is comedically saved by Juvia, much to his disgust.  Gray then watches in amazement as Erza creates a giant hole in Cube, courtesy of her attack on Kyoka, granting the fighting Mages a way into the fortress.  Asked what is going on, Gray tells Erza that there’s no time to explain but thanks to the hole she made, their forces can now proceed further.