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The Beholder is a recurring foe and a summon in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. A massive beast with many eyes and tentacles, its role in the games has varied wildly over the course of the series.

Appearance

The Beholder's main body resembles an Eyeball, but with a row of jagged teeth along its bottom and numerous pink tentacles emerging from its back and underside. Some of the tentacles end in large eyes, and the others can generate barbs, burrow underground, or charge themselves with energy. All of the Beholder's eyes have a slit-like pupil flanked by two small dots, but its main eye also has two small projections on the sides of the pupil, making it resemble a small cross.

Unlike the Eyeballs, the Beholder's colors have remained consistent throughout its appearances; a brown body with red spikes, yellow eyes, off-white teeth, and dull pink tentacles.

Overview

Epic Battle Fantasy

The Beholder made its debut in the series as the second boss of the game, appearing after Matt and Natalie defeat two waves of Eyeballs.

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Two Beholders appear in Volcano Peak as high-tier enemies, both appearing on the metal bridges crossing the lava river in the second half of the area. They are mainly accompanied by Eyeballs and Drill Bots in battle. The first battle has a level 30 Beholder and Acruto Lao D'nor (tough battle) as background music. The second Beholder is level 31, with You'll Never Guess This! (boss battle) playing during the fight. The second encounter is respawnable.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Once again, the Beholder is both a summon and a boss, albeit an optional one. It can be found in the lava cave one screen below Crystal Caverns' Slime Cat, on a small island of rock amid a sea of lava. The player will not be able to battle it until they acquire the Thermal Boots and the ability to walk on lava.

Unlike its previous boss appearance, the Beholder fights alongside a horde of Eyeballs - the party must fight off a wave of three Eyeballs before it will even join the fray, and when it does, it is accompanied by four more of the smaller eye creatures. Its abilities and attacks are largely unchanged from previous appearances.

Adventure Story

Main article: Beholder (Adventure Story)
BeholderAdventureStory

The Beholder as it appears in Adventure Story

The Beholder is the boss of the second world. It attacks with its tentacles and massive lasers fired from its eye, as well as by summoning legions of Eyeballs and Black Bees to its aid.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

EBF3 Foe Icon Beholder
Beholder Child Molester EBF3
Attacks with non-elemental laser beams and poisonous tentacles.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP Gold
800 4 4 4 4 4 3.8 300 10 100
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Water Element Wind Element Earth Element Poison Element Dark Element Holy Element Bomb
100% -80% - - - 100% -100% - - -
Status
Resistance
Status Poison Status Syphon Status Dispel Status Doom Status Berserk Status Stun Status Death
- 80% - - -100% 80% 80%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Red Potion Item Dragon Scales 3 - - - - -
Name Red Potion Dragon Scales - - - - -
Chance 60% 10% - - - - -

Beholder cannot be debuffed further than to -25% of a stat.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 beholder Beholder EBF4
A grotesque beast. Uses some poison attacks and may dispel the party.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP
2800 6 4 6 4 4 3.8 540 50 50 200 50
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Earth Element Poison Element Bomb Element Wind Element Water Element Holy Element Dark
- -60% -60% -60% - - - -80% -80% 100%
Status
Resistance
Status Burn Status Stun Status Freeze Status Tired Status Poison Status Dispel Status Stagger Status Syphon Status Wet Status Weaken Status Curse Status Death
- 50% 50% - - - - 100% - - - 50%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
50% 50% 50% 50% - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Dragon Scales Item Tentacle Item Solid Spike Item Bio Virus Item Candycane Item Lollipop -
Name Dragon Scales Tentacle Solid Spike Bio Virus Candycane Lollipop -
Chance 100% 100% 70% 70% 50% 50% -
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
Status Burn Burn Status Poison Poison Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
Status Regen Regen
7% 3% per stack,
up to 27%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Prior to the Battle Mountain update, Beholder had a 10% Chilli Sauce drop chance instead of Candycane and Lollipop, as well as 2500 base HP and 500 base EXP.

Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Tentacle Whip Single 60 Stat Attack ---- 100% 1x Status Stun 100% 10% 10%
Censored Single 70 Stat Attack 60% Element Poison 100% 5x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Underground Tentacles Single 80/5 Stat Attack 40% Element Poison -- -- -- 90% 10% 10%
Laser All 60 Stat Magic ---- 50% -- Status Dispel 90% 10% 10%

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Tentacle Whip Single 90 Stat Attack ---- 100% 1x Status Stun 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 60 power and 33% status chance.
Censored Single 140 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 100% 9x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 80 power.
Underground Tentacles Single 118.8/3 Stat Attack ---- 21% 2x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 78 total power.
Laser All 65 Stat Magic ---- 25% -- Status Dispel 100% 10% 10%
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, status chance is increased to 100%.
Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 50 power.

Battle logic

The following describes general logic of the enemy and attack patterns, with chances of each attack to be used. Conditions are listed from highest to lowest priority unless specified otherwise.

Epic Battle Fantasy

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

  • Berserked → Tentacle Whip;
  • Syphoned → Tentacle Whip (1/3), Censored (1/3), Underground Tentacles (1/3);
  • Otherwise → Tentacle Whip (1/4), Censored (1/4), Underground Tentacles (1/4), Laser (1/4).

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Berserked or/and Syphoned → Tentacle Whip (1/3), Censored (1/3), Underground Tentacles (1/3);
  • Otherwise → Tentacle Whip (1/4), Censored (1/4), Underground Tentacles (1/4), Laser (1/4).

Passively summons an Eyeball each turn.

Summon

All instances of the summon will also cure Freeze from all players by forcing them to jump off the screen.

Epic Battle Fantasy 2

The Beholder is one of Natalie's Summons in this game. It also has a chance to appear in the "level transition" scene, following Matt and Natalie (and sometimes NoLegs) as they rush to the next area.

The summon has two versions: in the first one, Beholder fires its eye laser at the foes, which deals 4500 non-elemental magical damage with 100% accuracy and 100% chance to debuff foes' Defence by 20%. In the second one, Beholder instead uses its "censored" attack on a single foe, dealing 10000 50% Poison-elemental physical damage with 120% accuracy and 100% chance to inflict 5x Poison. The latter is less common, as it's only 1/7 (≈14%) chance.

  • As with all summons, Natalie's Accuracy is ignored, and so are Magic Attack (de)buffs, leaving only base Magic Attack to impact the damage of both summon versions.
  • The Behold! skill bonus boosts laser's power by 40% and the other attack's power by 20%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

It can be acquired from the chest guarded by Beholder itself. When summoned, the Beholder fires its eye laser at the foes, dealing non-elemental magical damage; afterwards, it has 1/7 (≈14%) chance to use the "censored" attack on a random foe, dealing Poison-elemental physical damage.

Summon Beholder
Beholder SP Status Freeze
Targets all foes. Debuffs targets' defence. 60 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All
Single
130
200
Stat Magic
Stat Attack
----
50% Element Poison
100%
100%
30%
9x
StatDown Defence
Status Poison
120%
150%
10% 10%
Note: The two sets of stats belong to its laser and melee attack, respectively.

Trivia

  • The Beholder seems to be based on the enemy of the same name in Dungeons & Dragons.
  • The Eyeball enemy seems to be somewhat related to the Beholder, seeming as their appearance is very similar. It may be speculated that the Eyeball might be a juvenile form of the Beholder.
  • The Beholder is the first creature/character in the Epic Battle Fantasy series to have been both a summon and an enemy, along with the Slime Bunny.
  • The Beholder's "censored" attack is a parody of Japanese hentai anime and manga, wherein tentacled monsters are often known to sexually assault girls. Fitting the theme, Natalie will say "Eww, I hope I don't get pregnant from this" when she is hit by said attack for the first time in EBF3.
    • In EBF4, Natalie's comment on being hit by the Beholder's "censored" attack is "Eww, I hope I don't get pregnant from this again." Although intended to be a reference to Natalie's comment upon being hit by said attack in the previous game (i.e. meaning "I didn't get pregnant from the last time it did this, and I hope my luck holds out this time, too!"), many fans interpreted Natalie's comment to imply that she had previously become pregnant from the attack.
    • When fought in EBF4, Lance will say, "I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going."
  • So far, Epic Battle Fantasy 3 is the only game in the series to feature Beholders as an entire species rather than a single unique entity.