The Glitch (real name unintelligible) is an optional boss in Epic Battle Fantasy 4. It is a computer virus that somehow gained a physical form, becoming a bizarre entity that defies the laws of reality.
The Glitch is responsible for the chaos within the Waste Disposal Plant during the events of the game, as it somehow seized control of the facility's many computers and robots. If the heroes manage to penetrate the heart of the plant and bypass the barriers in the way of the room where the Glitch first spawned, they can battle and defeat it, ending its reign over the plant and its robots.
Getting to The Glitch
The Glitch lurks inside one of the deepest rooms of the Waste Disposal Plant, behind a special door. It can only be opened if certain switches (and only those switches) within the factory are activated. The necessary combination is as follows:
- Switches II, III, VI, IX, and X must be ON (green light).
- Switches I, IV, V, VII, and IIX must be OFF (red light).
Achieving this combination creates a single, winding path to The Glitch's lair. Although you can see the door on your first trip through the Waste Disposal Plant, the absolute earliest you can battle The Glitch is when you discover Goldenbrick Resort; not only do you require the Hammer (obtainable after beating the Praetorian) to open a certain path, but the final switch (Switch X) can only be accessed from the Waste Disposal Plant's third (desert) exit - an exit that can only be opened from the outside.
Once the necessary combination of switches has been triggered, the massive door will open, allowing access to The Glitch's lair. However, you will need a Copper Key and a Steel Key to pass the two locks within the room. Once the blocks are removed, ransack the first three treasure chests and make sure your equipment is set; when you're ready, attempt to walk over to the fourth and final chest in the back of the room to trigger the battle against The Glitch.
Fighting The Glitch
Before the fight, make sure everyone is equipped with a non-elemental weapon. Such weapons include:
- Swords: Chainsaw Blade, Blood Blade, and Bone Blade.
- Staffs: Crystal Staff, Epoch, Road Sign, and Alchemy Set.
- Guns: Super Snipe, Chainsaw Gun, and Ultra Zapper.
- Bows: Alchemist's Bow, The Departed, Iron Tooth, and Eagle Eye.
Apart from the above, gear and skills that give the Morale and Auto-Revive statuses are a good idea - in particular, try to complete Nyan's quest in Lankyroot Jungle to obtain the Kitten Fort summon. You should also pack a lot of Coffees.
If you downloaded the Premium Pack, consider using the Accelerator; the chance to automatically charge up Lance's powerful, multi-target Hyper Beam skill gives you another option for slaying The Glitch's minions, and the occasional Speed Up can help ensure that your party's attacks hit the mark. You can also consider using the Shooting Star, which boosts the power of Natalie's non-elemental spells and occasionally casts a free Star Shower between turns.
The Glitch: Attributes and Attacks
The Glitch absorbs every single element (200% resistance) and is immune to all status effects and stat debuffs. Its only attack is an "overflow" move that hits a member of the party for 0 damage, but immediately kills them. This is distinct from the Death status effect, and protection from Death will not protect from it - however, Morale and Auto-Revive act as normal. In addition, The Glitch summons two replicas of itself every turn that share the same resistances and use the same attack, but at Level 0 (and thus, with very low HP, defences, and evasion).
The battle against The Glitch is an ambush, occurring automatically when the party steps on a certain tile, and cannot be fled from.
Except for Morale and Auto-Revive, there is no real way to prevent The Glitch from killing at least one player per turn. Its minions, however, must be destroyed at all costs. Ideally, your party should consist of one member using a multi-target attack to destroy the minions and deal some damage to the boss (Matt's Swift Slash, Natalie's Star Shower, and Anna's Rain of Arrows are useful here), someone with Revive to raise the fallen and apply the Autorevive status when possible, and the last member uses Coffee whenever the party member with Revive gets killed, and deals focused damage to the boss otherwise.
Apart from its many immunities, The Glitch's main defensive asset is its above-average Evade stat. Since you can't reduce its evasion, you can opt for accuracy-raising skills, but the difficulties in keeping your party healthy may make this an inefficient option. Instead, you can use multi-hit attacks like Legend, Double Shot, and (again) Star Shower to increase your chances of hitting The Glitch. Despite its power, it has fairly low HP, and it can quickly be brought down once you can mitigate the problems of its "overflow" attack.
If you have the Kitten Fort summon, the battle becomes significantly less of a headache; cast it on the first turn with your strongest physical attacker (likely Matt) to kill the Glitch's two minions, damage the boss, and apply a five-turn Morale status to all of your characters. With the Morale status up, you only need to worry about keeping everyone's HP over 50% while you keep wearing down The Glitch and slaying its minions. This strategy also turns The Glitch's constantly-spawned minions into something of an asset, as they each give 25 SP when killed, effectively regenerating your SP meter by twenty five points a turn. Depending on your level when you face the Glitch, this could give you enough SP to recast Kitten Fort two or three times in the battle, which should be more than enough to bring the boss down.
Once you successfully beat The Glitch, you can loot the chest behind it for a Dark Rune, a Dark Matter, and the powerful Cosmic Monolith summon.
- The Glitch is a tribute to video game glitches, notably glitched characters such as Pokémon's Missingno.
- The Glitch is formed of data images and several different EBF-related images such as Matt and pumpkin Slimes.
- When being hit, it will often show the Tundra Mammoth's head or a Slime's "critical hit" expression .
- When dying, it will use a dying Kitten Warrior animation.
- After defeating The Glitch, Natalie will wonder how a computer virus gained a physical form. Lance proceeds to lean on the fourth wall by speculating that "all of reality is a computer game".