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The Skull Ghost is a foe that was introduced in the first Epic Battle Fantasy. It appears mostly around desolate, wasteland areas, such as Volcano Peak (in Epic Battle Fantasy 3) or the final stages of the first game.

Appearance

It is an undead enemy resembling a cross between a skeleton and a ghost, sporting a skull-like head with numerous spikes, a tattered red cape, and black-feathered wings. Both its wings and skeletal hands appear to float beside its main body, presumably through magic.

Overview

In EBF3, Skull Ghost is a late-game enemy capable of posing a high threat due to having a variety of elemental attacks with powerful status effects. It is also completely immune to physical damage, rendering Matt nearly incapable of doing any damage, leaving Natalie and Lance to do most of the job. However, perhaps to balance it out, Skull Ghost have mediocre HP. While weak to Fire, they might be accompanied by Fire-resistant creatures, so one should take that in count before using Firestorm or Bullet Hell.

Despite what the description would imply, Skull Ghost uses a mix of physical and magical attacks, rather than only magical. Inflicting Syphon or Berserk may be an effective tactic against it, as it block all of its usual attacks, forcing it to resort to a much weaker claw slash, however, while weak, it may inflict doom status, so one should still take care afterwards.

Statistics

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Icon Skull Ghost Undead Being EBF3
Only casts spells. IMMUNE TO PHYSICAL DAMAGE.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP Gold
200 4 4 4 4 4 4.3 33 8 40
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Water Element Wind Element Earth Element Poison Element Dark Element Holy Element Bomb
-80% - - - - - 200% 200% -70% -
Status
Resistance
Status Poison Status Syphon Status Dispel Status Doom Status Berserk Status Stun Status Death
- - - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Jaw Bone Item Curly Horn Item Solid Spike - - - -
Name Jaw Bone Curly Horn Solid Spike - - - -
Chance 100% 60% 40% - - - -

Attacks and Abilities

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Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF Status Syphon Status Berserk
Slash Single 20 Stat Attack ---- 50% 3x Status Doom 100% 10% 10% U U
Notes: Used only while under the effect of Syphon or Berserk.
Grim Reaper Single 5 Stat Attack 100% Element Dark 100% -- Status Death 50% 10% 10% B B
Notes: On Epic difficulty, accuracy is increased to 110%.
Dark Flare Single 50/2 Stat Magic 100% Element Dark 100% 50%
50%
StatDown Defence
StatDown Mdef
130% 10% 10% B B
Notes: The first hit only debuffs Defence, the second hit only debuffs Magic Defence.
Poison Cloud Single 20 Stat Magic 100% Element Poison 100% 10x Status Poison 110% 10% 10% B B
Hellfire Single 55 Stat Attack 100% Element Fire 50% 1x Status Berserk 110% 10% 10% B B
Ice Spike Single 40 Stat Attack 60% Element Ice 10% -- Status Death 95% 20% 10% B B
Deep Freeze Single 45 Stat Magic 100% Element Ice 60% -- Status Freeze 110% 10% 10% B B


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.

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  • Berserked or/and Syphoned → Slash;
  • Otherwise → Grim Reaper (1/6), Dark Flare (1/6), Poison Cloud (1/6), Hellfire (1/6), Ice Spike (1/6), Deep Freeze (1/6).

The Skull Ghost is completely immune to any source of physical damage, any physical attack that hits it will deal 0 damage instead. However, that doesn't prevent status effects nor stat debuffs from being inflicted.

On Epic difficulty, Skull Ghost starts the battle with 3x Poison on self, effectively regenerating each turn.

Trivia

  • Skull Ghosts share a number of similarities with Wraiths, both in design and attacks. Given that Skull Ghosts do not appear in Epic Battle Fantasy 4, Wraiths may have been intended as a replacement for them.