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Akron is the main antagonist and final boss in Epic Battle Fantasy 3. An ancient demonic deity who has lived for billions of years, he was sealed away by the ancient peoples due to his potentially world-shattering power. After being awakened by the heroes in an ill-advised investigation, he drained their energy in an attempt to regain his full power. However, the heroes eventually returned to his lair and destroyed him for good. 

History

The full details of Akron's birth are unclear, but it is known that Godcat summoned/created him when the Earth was still young. He ruled the world for a time, but was eventually defeated by the most powerful warriors the ancient land could muster. Unable to destroy him, the ancient heroes bound Akron in a volcano and forced him into a deep sleep.

Ages passed, and Akron faded into legend, with his volcanic tomb becoming known only as the lair of an ancient evil. The heroic trio of Matt, Natalie, and Lance learned of this legend and set off to destroy Akron to increase their own fame. Finding their way to Akron's tomb, they came upon the chained demon, which appeared to be completely lifeless. Against Natalie's advice, Matt poked Akron with his sword, awakening the deity. Immediately, Akron began sapping the party's life energy, warping the fabric of time and space with his mere presence. The resulting rift hurled the heroes to a distant town before Akron could kill them, but the energy drain had left them without most of their previous skills. Infuriated by their weakened state, Matt, Natalie and Lance set out on a quest to regain their powers and destroy Akron once and for all.

As the party travelled back to the volcano, Akron spent his time trying to restore his own strength, causing the volcano to erupt. His evil power drove monsters across the world into a frenzy, causing chaos and destruction in once-peaceful areas. Akron's increasing strength created maelstroms and whirlpools in the ocean, preventing even the sturdiest ships from sailing - thus, the heroes had to find longer alternate routes to his lair.

As rumors of his return spread, many would-be heroes set out to defeat Akron, only to be stymied by the fierce enemies and natural obstacles in their path. A few even made it to the demonic deity, but their strength only served to empower him when he slew them in battle and absorbed their souls. The few warriors who survived Akron's power or failed to reach him in the first place would remain along the path to the volcano, offering advice and helpful items to Matt, Natalie, and Lance.

Eventually the heroes returned to the tomb, now warped into a bizarre, space-like void by Akron's power. At the center of the void, they battled Akron once more, with the demonic deity pontificating about his past and the strength of his enemies. After an epic battle, the heroes emerged victorious, destroying Akron for good.

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Akron's second form
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Strategy

Preparation

Before attempting to take down Akron, ensure that all your equipment and skills are fully leveled up, you have completed all side quests, and your characters are fully healed with limit breaks ready.

Set up for an Ice/Water-based assault. Equip Matt with the Ninja Hood, Ninja Cloak, and Blizzard; Natalie with the Pope Hat, Pope Dress, and Seraphim; and Lance with the Officer's Hat, Officer's Coat, and Deep Blue.

When you're ready, set aside at least half an hour for the battle (possibly more, especially on higher difficulties).

Fighting Akron

Background

Akron is unique among enemies and bosses in Epic Battle Fantasy 3 in that he is able to switch between two forms and several elements throughout the fight. His current element can be identified by the color of the large gem on his abdomen:

  • Blue: Resists Water, Ice, and Wind; weak to Fire and Earth.
  • Red: Resists Fire and Bomb; weak to Water, Ice, and Wind.
  • Brown: Resists Earth and Poison; weak to Wind and Bomb.
  • Yellow: Resists Thunder and Holy; weak to Earth.
  • Black: Resists Dark, Poison, and Earth; weak to Holy and Thunder.
  • White: Resists Water and Holy; weak to Dark and Poison.

In all of his forms, Akron is immune to Stun, Syphon, Death, Doom, and Berserk.

The battle will begin with Akron summoning two Rune Claws. He will then select a random element and buff his defence and magic defence. The Rune Claws will likewise buff their evade. In his first form, Akron can switch elements freely, which will change the color of the gem on his abdomen accordingly. Akron will use a variety of powerful elemental spells, while the Rune Claws use many lesser attacks, based on their master's current element. The Rune Claws can also fire a powerful single-target beam (after charging up for a turn) or heal their allies and buff their stats.

Akron will eventually change into his second form once enough damage has been dealt to him, summoning an Evil Worm and an Evil Tail in the process. Akron cannot switch elements while in this form, so take this time to deal as much damage to him as possible. Here, Akron will mainly attack with bomb and dark spells. The Evil Worm will deal poison and bomb damage, while the Evil Tail is mostly non-elemental, although it may attempt to cast instant-death.

As the battle continues, Akron may summon other enemies, such as Skull Ghosts and Cosmic Monoliths.

Whenever Akron changes forms, he will summon either two Rune Claws (in slots two and four), if he is switching into his first form, or an Evil Worm (in slot one) and an Evil Tail (in slot five), if he is changing into his second. Take note that existing enemies will block the summoning of further enemies in that slot. If you think you can handle the current enemy - for example, a Cosmic Monolith kept under Syphon - it would be beneficial to simply not kill it, preventing more troublesome enemies from appearing.

The Fight

If you equipped Matt with the Blizzard, repeatedly engage and flee from Akron until he appears with the Fire element.

Open with Crush or Dispel on Akron to remove his defence buff. Give a Beer to Matt and use Cleaver on Akron. After this, use Protect, Reflex, Barrier, Regen, and Healmore to keep the party healthy, while spamming Iceberg, Unload, and Double Shot to deal heavy damage to Akron.

As Matt will be your main attacker, ensure that he has Autorevive on at all times.

Whenever Akron switches elements, make sure Matt switches to a sword that corresponds to Akron's weakness. Lance may want to switch to Shadow Blaster after the initial assault to maximize his dark resistance. Natalie should keep her Pope set for the same reason.

For limit breaks, Matt should use Cleaver, and only when he has the correct weapon. Natalie's Kyun should always be used with all three party members alive. Lance will primarily be using Ion Cannon.

If you keep your buffs up, Akron's Rune Claws, Evil Worms, and Evil Tails should not be a problem, and you can mostly ignore them.

Trivia

  • Akron has his own theme song, titled DiVINe MaDNEss .
  • Akron's appearance changes as he takes damage; parts of his horns break off, a red-tinted halo appears over his head, the large gem on his abdomen begins cracking, and the bandages on his head come off, revealing his bright red eyes. Due to his size, the first two changes are difficult to spot in battle, only becoming easily visible during Akron's death animation and the final scene in the post-battle cutscene.
  • Akron is named after the dark lord in Rhapsody of Fire's lyrics. Visually, his design takes inspiration from Anima (Final Fantasy 10), Asura (Soul Eater), and some of the Homunculi (Full Metal Alchemist).
  • Some of Akron's dialogue hints at Godcat being his creator; he mentions existing "near the beginning of time" (implying that something existed before him), and comments that the heroes would need the power of a god to defeat him. In Epic Battle Fantasy 4, Dark Godcat states that she created Akron as "a gift to humanity", confirming the fact that she is responsible for Akron's existence.
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