- "An upgrade? I think the old version was difficult enough, actually..."
- ―Matt / Lance, Epic Battle Fantasy 4
Praetorian MKII is an optional boss encountered in Epic Battle Fantasy 4. It's a stronger version of Praetorian and is fought on Battle Mountain — as such, it's exclusive to the full Steam release of the game and the Premium Pack.
Praetorian MKII has a similar design to the original Praetorian, being a humanoid robot with a knight-like appearance. Noticeable differences include red markings all over its body, a large forward-pointing spike on its helmet, more shoulder armor, arms resembling a series of free-floating red orbs, and a chest-plate resembling a demonic skull with sharp teeth. It still wields a sword and shield, but it favors a large cleaver instead of a katana.
The red markings come from Dark Matter, one of materials used to build MKII; it is also one of the items MKII drops when defeated. Similar markings can be found on Cosmic Monolith, one of most famous uses of Dark Matter.
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To do: A quick description of its in-battle behaviour.
|A mechanical warrior infused with dark magic. Uses dark and non-elemental attacks. Has very high evade. Summons Razor Claws for support.|
Attacks and Abilities
|Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, status infliction chance is increased to 80%.|
|Notes: Respawns any killed Razor Claws.|
|Notes: Respawns any killed Razor Claws.|
On Hard and Epic difficulties, the user also gains the Defend status.
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.
- 5th turn and then every 4th turn → Offensive Buff (1/2), Defensive Buff (1/2);
- ≥65% HP → Slash (2/6), Dash (2/6), Pulsar (1/6), Antimatter (1/6);
- <65% to ≥32% HP → Triple Slash (2/10), Dash (2/10), Pulsar (1/10), Antimatter (1/10), Dark Eyes (2/10), Boomerang Lazor (2/10);
- <32% HP → Triple Slash (1/4), Dash (1/4), Dark Eyes (1/4), Boomerang Lazor (1/4).
As usual, equip whatever gives resistance to their attacks, and use weapons and skills that hit their weaknesses. Particular suggestions include:
- Lance's Vortex Cannon with Shockwave is the best multi-target offensive choice, as Vortex Cannon gives the highest magic attack boost out of all guns, and boosts Wind-elemental skills on top of that. Natalie's analogue of that weapon, Mystic Breeze, has much less magic attack, and the only multi-target Water-elemental skill, Bubble Blast, has considerably less power, with none of potential users' weapons even matching Vortex Cannon's magic attack boost. However, the Vortex Cannon debuffs wielder's accuracy, which is less than ideal; while Natalie’s Mystic Breeze gives Syphon resistance and the ability to Syphon the Razor Claws, both of which are useful.
- Matt's Silver Blade debuffs targets' evade with weapon-elemental skills, and has a chance to counterattack with Wind Slash, which would also debuff their evade. With the enemies being weak to its element and having high evade, it'd work just right.
- For equipment, stat bonuses and special effects can be preferred over elemental resistances, as the enemies don't use a lot of elemental attacks, and the most powerful ones are non-elemental anyway.
- The Bone Armor from the graveyard gives Dark resistance and high stats, and its weaknesses are not exploitable by the boss.
- The Pope's Dress gives Dark resistance and randomly casts Revive, which would help against enemies' high damage attacks.
- Praetorian MKII's evade, as well as Claws', cannot simply be ignored. Accuracy-boosting equipment, accuracy buffs or evade debuffs are required if you wish to have a comfortable hit rate at them.
- Due to the non-elemental laser attacks typically inflicting damage far above survivable, Morale, Auto Revive or debuffs are recommended in order to survive them.
- Although the Praetorian MKII and its minions have high evade, their accuracy is not that high. Try to debuff their accuracy (preferably via Solar Flare) and buff your evade (preferably via Reflex). With the enemies having many hard-hitting attacks, including those awful laser beams, dodging at least some will prove very beneficial.
- Since Razor Claws would be replaced in a few turns if they've been destroyed, it might be a good idea to not kill them and instead debuff their offensive stats, using Weaken and Tired to keep them low.
- Syphoning Razor Claws restricts them to a weak physical attack, blocking them from firing lasers. The Syphon skill can screw both of them at the same time with a high chance.