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, you should switch everyone to use non-elemental weapons. Gear and skills that give Morale are a good idea. You should also pack a lot of Coffees.
The Glitch absorbs every single element and is immune to every single status effect. 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. In addition, The Glitch summons two replicas of itself every turn that share the same resistances and use the same attack, but have very low health. The battle is an ambush, occurring automatically when the party steps on a certain tile, and cannot be fled.
Except for Morale and Auto-Revive (the Kitten Fort summon from a quest in the jungle is useful here), 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 layout should consist of one member destroying the minions and dealing some damage to the boss (this can be Matt with Swift Slash, Natalie with Star Shower, or Anna with Rain of Arrows), 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. The Glitch does not have much health and the battle is predictable and easy if you know how to do it correctly.
Once you successfully beat The Glitch, you can loot the Cosmic Monolith summon from the chest behind it.
- 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, the heroes 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 video game".