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"That thing doesn't even look like me! The hair color is all wrong! (Among other things...)"
―Anna, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Dark Anna is an optional boss featured in Epic Battle Fantasy 4. She appears on the final areas of the Battle Mountain along with the other Dark Players.

Appearance

Dark Anna resembles Anna with an evil, undead appearance. She has reddish-brown skin and blood-red hair, as well as the black eyes and red pupils shared by all of the Dark Players. She has a pair of bloody scars on her collar and left cheek, seemingly stitched shut. She wears the Pirate Hat and Pirate Dress, and wields the Black Widow bow.

Overview

Dark Anna uses a wide variety of elemental attacks, which have not only high power, but also very high chances of inflicting devastating status problems, including Poison, Stun and Freeze. She begins the battle with an Evil Worm and an Undead Bear for offensive support, and can summon more if they happen to die.

A feature shared with other Dark Players is the ability to charge up the Limit Break bar by taking damage. Dark Anna may use Mother Earth to Poison the players and apply Regen on her team, or use Power Blast to deal devastating physical damage.

Defeating Dark Anna on Epic difficulty will reward the player with the Shadow Huntress medal.

Statistics

Icon bestiary ebf4 dark anna Dark Anna EBF4
Uses many elements and status effects, including poison, earth, wind, thunder and ice. Summons Undead Bears and Evil Worms.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP
4200 6 3.5 6 3.5 5.5 5 800 80 200 800 10
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Earth Element Poison Element Bomb Element Wind Element Water Element Holy Element Dark
-100% - - - - - - - -50% 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
- 100% 100% 50% - 70% - 100% - 50% 50% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50%
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Elixir of Life Item Bottled Darkness - - - - -
Name Elixir of Life Bottled Darkness - - - - -
Chance 100% 100% - - - - -
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
2.8% 0.6% per stack,
up to 5.4%
Immune -6.(6)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Attacks and Abilities

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Normal Attack Single 100 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 100% 3x Status Doom 100% 10% 10%
Piercing Shot Single 120 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 100% 5x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Combo Shot Single 80/1 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 100% 5x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Although the animation shows Dark Anna firing 3 arrows, 2 will vanish before reaching the party, which is most likely an oversight.
Arrow Rain All 100/3 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 50% 3x Status Poison 100% 20% 10%
Spark Arrow Single 130 Stat Attack 80% Element Thunder 100% 3x Status Stun 100% 10% 10%
Frost Arrow Single 130 Stat Attack 80% Element Ice 100% 6x Status Freeze 100% 10% 10%
Hurricane All 80 Stat Magic 100% Element Wind 100% 15% StatDown Mdef 100% 0% 10%
Gaia Blossom All 60 Stat Magic 100% Element Earth 100% 9x Status Tired 100% 10% 10%
Eat Bat
(Heal & Buff)
Self MaxHP/15 -- ---- -- 50%
50%
--
5x
Stat Defence
Stat Mdef
Status Defend
Status Bless
-- -- 20%
Power Blast All 320 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 100% -- Status Dispel 150% 10% 10%
Notes: Limit Break!
Mother Earth All
Allies
180
--
Stat Magic
--
100% Element Poison
----
100%
--
9x
2x
Status Poison
Status Regen
200%
--
10%
--
10%
--
Notes: Limit Break!

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.

  • Limit Break → Power Blast (1/2), Mother Earth (1/2). Also summons either Undead Bears or Evil Worms to replace defeated allies, if any;
  • ≥65% HP → Normal Attack (1/7), Piercing Shot (1/7), Spark Arrow (1/7), Frost Arrow (1/7), Hurricane (1/7), Gaia Blossom (1/7), Eat Bat (1/7);
  • <65% to ≥32% HP → Normal Attack (1/9), Piercing Shot (1/9), Combo Shot (1/9), Arrow Rain (1/9), Spark Arrow (1/9), Frost Arrow (1/9), Hurricane (1/9), Gaia Blossom (1/9), Eat Bat (1/9);
  • <32% HP → Combo Shot (1/4), Arrow Rain (1/4), Spark Arrow (1/4), Frost Arrow (1/4).

Additionally,

  • Eat Bat may not be used until the 4th turn, and then no more often than once in four turns; meanwhile, any attempts to initiate it will result in Combo Shot instead.
  • In the Dark Players Marathon, can't have more than one ally at a time, thus won't summon anything until the accompanying Dark Player dies.

Strategy

Equipment

It's advised to have a lot of resistance of Poison element, slightly reducing the strength of a half of her attacks, including Power Blast, while possibly nullifying Mother Earth and the Poison status effect. Stun and Freeze resistances are optional, as these are less common, and the latter can be covered with Regen (via Slime Bunny summon). Dispel resistance is also advisable should she cast Power Blast. Bless-generating equipment (Oak Staff as a staff, Pink Flower as a female hat, and Cloven Pin as a flair) can occasionally nullify all statuses at the same time, but cannot be relied on much.

Poisoning (preferably via Vines and Toxic) Dark Anna herself, especially when combined with Burn (via Fire Spin) or Stagger (via Log), works well, as with the rest of Dark Players. Along with the armor-piercing Giga Drill, they are great measures against the boss' tendency to buff own defences, as status damage ignores buffs. However, Poison-casting gears (such as Gas Mask) are a debatable choice this time, as Dark Anna's summons benefit from Poison. For more active offense, Fire and Holy skills work against both the boss and the helpers.

Battle

After setting up your initial buffs, start stacking Weaken and especially Tired on Dark Anna — her Evade is the highest of the bunch and Accuracy is tied with Dark Lance, and she cannot cancel out any of these debuffs. If you are desperate, direct Attack and Accuracy debuffs could also work.

Dark Anna and her minions will inflict many status effects. Be sure to use Purify when necessary (especially when players are Stunned or heavily Poisoned). Cleanse, Medipack and Refresh will also work, but only for one player at a time, though Refresh will also shield the target from the boss' status effects by applying Bless. You can also use the Mother Earth Limit Break yourself to grant Bless to all players and heavily Poison the enemies, temporarily ruining Dark Anna's main gimmick, but healing her minions.

Dark Anna's limit breaks are troublesome. If one pops up, prioritize Defence over Magic Defence, because while she does have both a physical and a magical limit break, the physical one, Power Blast, is more powerful by far, and your elemental resistance should heavily reduce/nullify Mother Earth anyway.

  • To survive Power Blast on higher difficulties, you'll want either Auto-Revive (preferably via Genesis Limit Break) for instant revival, Morale (via Kitten Fort summon) to overbear it without dying (but watch out for any bears that could finish you off), or at least Defend (possibly via Ancient Monolith summon) for plain 50% damage reduction. If going with Auto-Revive or Morale, make sure the attack's Dispel is resisted, otherwise they won't have any effect.
  • If she uses Mother Earth instead, of course cure the severe poison as soon as you can (unless your resistances nullify/absorb it), but probably don't bother with enemies getting Regen — it's only for two turns (healing for 2/15 or 13.(3)% of max HP in total) and there's no reliable means to Dispel it, thus it might be more effective to continue damaging the boss rather than waste turns failing to Dispel her.

In short, Dark Anna's specialty is status effects and poison damage, but doesn't have much else going for her, and shouldn't be a huge issue if you are prepared. If her Combo Shot would've worked properly, it'd stand out from her other attacks by far, but wouldn't reach the danger levels of Dark Matt's Legend or Dark Lance's Unload anyway; as of now, it weakens her arsenal as her health goes down.

In the Dark Player Rush, she appears the first wave, together with Dark Lance. It's suggested to start the battle with Mother Earth for temporary immunity against Dark Anna's numerous status effects and Dark Lance's frequent Instant Death, and try to kill Dark Lance as fast as possible — his offensive buffs and Unload are more troublesome than any basic skills Dark Anna can use, and his summoned minions are also more potent in damage than Dark Anna's.