- "The swordsman always has an ultimate multi-slash attack. That's me. I'm not going to be original here."
- ―Matt, Epic Battle Fantasy 4
Cleaver is a recurring Limit Break in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. It has been one of Matt's signature techniques ever since its debut in Epic Battle Fantasy 2 as his only Limit Break. In subsequent games, it has been the first Limit Break available to him.
When Cleaver is used, Matt raises his sword in the air, causing it to flash briefly. Then, he dashes in front of a foe and delivers five devastating slashes before jumping back to his original position. The strikes are so powerful that they leave jagged, red-lined trails in their wake, and each blow shakes the screen slightly.
Cleaver's slashes use the element of Matt's currently equipped weapon, and deal heavy damage with an elevated critical hit chance. Cleaver targets a single foe, but if the target is killed before the attack is complete, Matt will automatically move to another foe and continue attacking.
In EBF4, Dark Matt can also use Cleaver.
Epic Battle Fantasy 2
Epic Battle Fantasy 3
Epic Battle Fantasy 4
- When Matt uses Cleaver in Epic Battle Fantasy 2, he may say "Pierce the heavens!" or "Fight the power!" Both are references to the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime: the former is a recurring phrase in the show itself, while the latter is heard on several of the anime's songs.
- Cleaver itself is a reference to Omnislash, a powerful Limit Break in the Final Fantasy series. This is lampshaded in Matt's quote above.