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The party in EBF4

As of the most recent game, there are four playable characters (often shortened to players) in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. The article lists the characters and their typical positives and negatives, which may vary from game to game.

Notes:

  • Prior to Epic Battle Fantasy 3, players' stats didn't differentiate much, and the primary difference was in attacks and elements available to (ab)use.
  • In later games, lack of access to a certain element can often be patched up by weapon-elemental skills combined with elemental weapons, throwable items, shared skills and summons.

Matt

CharIcon Matt

The Swordsman of the group and one the first playable characters introduced, having appeared in every Epic Battle Fantasy game to date. He is a "main character" of sorts for the series and, judging by his name, serves as an author self-insert. Matt is a "Magic Knight" character archetype who uses melee weaponry (mostly swords) and focuses on powerful single-target melee attacks, but also has access to (mostly support) magic. He is also known for his kleptomaniac tendencies, insatiable appetite, and love of swords and battle.

Strengths

  • Highest base HP, Attack and Defence of any playable characters.
  • Powerful physical attacks.
  • Strong skills of Earth, Fire, Holy, Ice and weapon's elements, as well as Bomb prior to EBF3.

Weaknesses

  • Lowest base MP, Magic Attack and Magic Defence of any playable characters, though Magic Defence is compensated by high health.
  • Very few magical skills.
  • Most elemental attacks are mixed with non-elemental damage, reducing their effectiveness against enemy weaknesses.
  • Little to no access to Thunder, Water and, since EBF3, Bomb, due to losing the Airstrike skill. And most options for Dark and Wind damage are magical, which is typically suboptimal.
  • Few options for striking multiple enemies at once. (Ironically, his main method of doing so will probably be among the first skills obtained.)

Natalie

CharIcon Natalie

The second playable character who has appeared since the beginning of the series is a powerful sorceress and the primary source of fanservice in the game. She wields magic for both offense and support, and usually takes the role of the group's main healer and buffer, although other characters gain some buffing and healing abilities in later games.

Strengths

  • Highest base MP, Magic Attack and Magic Defence of any playable characters.
  • Dark, Fire, Holy, Ice and Thunder elements.
  • Possesses several strong multi-target attacks.
  • Strong healing and support skills. (Somewhat devalued in EBF4, due to many becoming shared.)

Weaknesses

  • Lowest base HP, Attack and Defence of any playable characters.
  • Little to no access to Bomb, Earth, Water and Wind elements.
  • Mediocre single-target attacks, outside of the Holy element.
  • No efficient physical skills.
  • Lack of weapon-elemental attacks.

Lance

CharIcon Lance

Lance is the first newcomer to the heroes' team, making his playable debut in Epic Battle Fantasy 3. Previously, he appeared as the second player in Brawl Royale, as well as the main antagonist of Adventure Story and Epic Battle Fantasy 2. As a Gunner, he is obsessed with guns and advanced technology, which make up for a lack of "true" magic.

Strengths

  • Highest base Accuracy of any playable characters. Generally versatile stats, slightly shifted towards the magical side.
  • Bomb, Dark, Fire, Poison and Thunder elements, as well as otherwise-rare Water (via the Deep Blue gun) and Wind in EBF3.
  • Several area-of-effect attacks, which are also effective against single target. (Less so in EBF3)
  • Packs potent status spreading skills. (Less so in EBF3)

Weaknesses

  • Little to no access to Earth, Holy and Ice elements.
  • Most elemental attacks are mixed with non-elemental damage, reducing their effectiveness against enemy weaknesses.
  • Most physical skills max at mediocre power.

Anna

CharIcon Anna

The fourth member of the party debuts in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 as the main character. She is the first playable character in that game and drives the plot of the game, replacing Matt as the main character in a way. Anna is a bow-wielding Ranger who uses nature-based magic and a seemingly-unlimited supply of arrows.

Strengths

  • High base Accuracy and Evade. Generally versatile stats, slightly shifted towards the physical side.
  • Earth, Ice, Thunder, Water and Wind elements.
  • Several status-oriented skills with high infliction chances. (Yet all are single-target.)
  • Weapon-elemental skills, including area-of-effect ones, work well for both damage and status effects.

Weaknesses

  • Little to no access to Bomb, Dark, Fire and Holy elements. (While an inherent Holy skill is available, it's impractical and harmful to use.)
  • Most elemental attacks are mixed with non-elemental damage, reducing their effectiveness against enemy weaknesses.
  • Few magical abilities.

NoLegs

Notice: The current info on this page is based off of EBF5 Alpha version, v0.8. It is not final and may differ in a later release of the game.
CharIcon NoLegs

NoLegs debuts as the fifth playable character in Epic Battle Fantasy 5. He wields "cat toys" as his main weapon. Like Matt, NoLegs uses primarily single-target physical attacks; unlike Matt, he also has strong supporting magic with high cooldowns.