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"*A bush screams at you in a foreign language. You're not sure what to make of it.*"
―In-game narration

BOSH is a miniboss and a summon in Epic Battle Fantasy 5, introduced in the v2 update. It is found in a secret room behind the Greenwood Village Material/Food Shop, which fittingly appears as an underground garden with various seedlings (such as Cloudberries, Garlic, and Herbs) and flower pots.

Appearance

BOSH appears to be a small green bush in an 8-bit pixelated art style. Unlike Bushes. it lacks arms, but it has four small brown legs (presumably roots) to walk on. A short brown stem protrudes from its top, bearing a pair of large green leaves or leaf-covered twigs. BOSH's face consists of two brown eyes and a mouth, with a shadow over the former and a puffed-out cheek on one side of the latter; this gives it an expression reminiscent of a grumpy pout.

Overview

BOSH's main tactic is to cripple the party's stats, with abilities that have a high chance of debuffing Evade, Attack, Defence, and Magic Defence. It can also Dispel the party to counter their buffs, grant itself a stack of Regen, and inflict Tired to further debuff Evade and Accuracy while slightly empowering its Bio attacks. On higher difficulty levels, its Dispel chance and Regen stacks are doubled while its Attack debuff becomes four times stronger, allowing it to render physical attackers all but impotent with a single use of Bushy Vines.

Like all Arcade foes, BOSH's attacks have a 25% elemental degree, so resistance will do little to reduce their damage; its base offenses are low, but its moves have high power to compensate. It has a fairly strong part-Water attack and a relatively weak Bio attack, but its deadliest move is a series of four powerful leaf attacks that hit random players for slightly Bio-based physical damage. This attack has slightly below-average Accuracy, but all of its other moves have normal or better Accuracy; Scream in particular is literally twice as likely to hit as regular skills. On top of that, BOSH's base Accuracy is fairly high, and its Evade is slightly better than average.

BOSH absorbs Earth, Bio, and Water while being weak to Fire, Wind, and Dark. It is immune to Doom and Instant Death, extremely resistant to Stun, Chill, Freeze, and debuffs to Magic Attack and Magic Defence, fairly resistant to Syphon, Bad Luck, Weaken, Tired, and Curse, and slightly resistant to all other stat debuffs except for HP. If "More Foe Resistance" is active, its weaknesses are reduced, it becomes immune to Chill, Freeze, and Holy, and its resistance to Syphon and Attack/Accuracy debuffs increases.

Statistics

EBF5 Foe Icon BOSH.png
BOSH EBF5
A BOSH'S SAVAGE SCREAM WILL LEAVE YOU TREMBLING AND VULNERABLE. ITS RAZOR-LIKE LEAVES WILL SHRED YOUR FLESH.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP.png Stat Attack.png Stat Defence.png Stat Magic.png Stat Mdef.png Stat Accuracy.png Stat Evade.png Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
1187* 2 4 2 4 4.5 4.1 235 16 16 7 8 8
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire.png EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Element Ice.png EBF5 Element Earth.png EBF5 Element Bio.png EBF5 Element Bomb.png EBF5 Element Water.png EBF5 Element Wind.png EBF5 Element Holy.png EBF5 Element Dark.png
-50% - - 150% 150% - 150% -50% - -50%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch.png EBF5 Status Stun.png EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze.png EBF5 Status Poison+Virus.png EBF5 Status Syphon.png EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck.png EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse.png EBF5 Status Wet+Dry.png EBF5 Status Heavy+Light.png EBF5 Status Weak+Tired.png EBF5 Status Dispel.png EBF5 Status Death.png
- 80% 80% - 50% 50% - - - 50% - 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png EBF5 StatDown Magic.png EBF5 StatDown Defence.png EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png EBF5 StatDown Accuracy.png EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
- 20% 60% 20% 60% 20% 20%
Item Drop Rate
Icon An Herb Garlic Gash Root Jungle Flower Cloudberries
Name An Herb Garlic Gash Root Jungle Flower Cloudberries
Chance 75% 75% 75% 75% 25%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn.png Burn EBF5 Status Scorch.png Scorch EBF5 Status Poison.png Poison EBF5 Status Virus.png Virus EBF5 Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen
0.84% per stack,
up to 7.56%
1.68% per stack,
up to 15.12%
-0.24% per stack,
up to -2.16%
-0.48% per stack,
up to -4.32%
Immune -5.(3)%
Damage taken from first four is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
EBF5 Foe Icon BOSH.png
BOSH EBF5
A BOSH'S SAVAGE SCREAM WILL LEAVE YOU TREMBLING AND VULNERABLE. ITS RAZOR-LIKE LEAVES WILL SHRED YOUR FLESH.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP.png Stat Attack.png Stat Defence.png Stat Magic.png Stat Mdef.png Stat Accuracy.png Stat Evade.png Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
1187* 2 4 2 4 4.5 4.1 235 16 16 7 8 8
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire.png EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Element Ice.png EBF5 Element Earth.png EBF5 Element Bio.png EBF5 Element Bomb.png EBF5 Element Water.png EBF5 Element Wind.png EBF5 Element Holy.png EBF5 Element Dark.png
-30% - - 150% 150% - 150% -30% 100% -30%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch.png EBF5 Status Stun.png EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze.png EBF5 Status Poison+Virus.png EBF5 Status Syphon.png EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck.png EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse.png EBF5 Status Wet+Dry.png EBF5 Status Heavy+Light.png EBF5 Status Weak+Tired.png EBF5 Status Dispel.png EBF5 Status Death.png
- 80% 100% - 80% 50% - - - 50% 50% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png EBF5 StatDown Magic.png EBF5 StatDown Defence.png EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png EBF5 StatDown Accuracy.png EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
- 40% 60% 20% 60% 40% 20%
Item Drop Rate
Icon An Herb Garlic Gash Root Jungle Flower Cloudberries
Name An Herb Garlic Gash Root Jungle Flower Cloudberries
Chance 75% 75% 75% 75% 25%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn.png Burn EBF5 Status Scorch.png Scorch EBF5 Status Poison.png Poison EBF5 Status Virus.png Virus EBF5 Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen
0.728% per stack,
up to 6.552%
1.456% per stack,
up to 13.104%
-0.24% per stack,
up to -2.16%
-0.48% per stack,
up to -4.32%
Immune -5.(3)%
Damage taken from first four is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

BOSH gains up to 24% extra Attack, Magic Attack, HP and Accuracy depending on how many optional bosses have been killed, medals awarded and monster cards obtained:


After level 22, BOSH gains a 5% boost to Attack and Magic Attack, and a 2.5% boost to HP and Accuracy on every level-up (these boosts stack additively, acting as a multiplier). This boost caps out at level 36.

Attacks and Abilities

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Bushy Vines All 40 Physical 25% EBF5 Element Bio.png 100% 2x
20%
EBF5 Status Tired.png
EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
125% 10% 10%
Notes: Debuff strength increased to 80% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Waterfall Single 105 Magical 25% EBF5 Element Water.png 100% --
20%
EBF5 Status Dispel.png
EBF5 StatDown Attack.png
100% 10% 10%
Notes: Dispel chance increased to 200% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Scream All -- -- ---- 100% 25% EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png
EBF5 StatDown Defence.png
200% -- --
Notes: Gives 1x EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen to self, increased to 2x on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Leaf Storm Random 160/4 Physical 25% EBF5 Element Bio.png -- -- -- 90% 10% 10%
Notes: Will not target the same player twice in a row unless they have EBF5 Status Target.png Target or no other targets are available.

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.

Action

  • If no other foes are left → Flee;
  • If Syphoned, Berserked, or catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Leaf Storm;
  • Otherwise → Bushy Vines (1/6), Waterfall (1/6);
    • If the selected target has at least a 15% Defence debuff → Leaf Storm (2/3);
    • Otherwise → Scream (1/3), Leaf Storm (1/3).

*Waterfall always targets the best Dispel target based on player buffs, ignoring Lovable and Target.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 25% and not Syphoned → Waterfall.


Additionally, if there are less than 2 other foes left, BOSH will inflict 3x Berserk on themselves at the start of their turn, increased to 5x on Hard/Epic (this doesn't take up their action). This effect will only happen once.

Strategy Tips

As usual for an Arcade battle, prioritize status resistance and raw bulk over elemental resistances, due to the low elemental degree on BOSH's moves. High Tired and Dispel resistance are important to prevent the foe's ailments from taking hold; on Hard or Epic, Waterfall is guaranteed to Dispel a player with up to 50% resistance. A bulky Target Tank with Morale support can reduce the threat of Scream and draw in Leaf Storm; however, BOSH can ignore Target when using Waterfall, which is why full-party Dispel immunity is advised.

For damage combos, either Fire or Wind will work best against BOSH; Dark damage is a bit harder to amplify, due to its Weaken resistance. If at least two of the enemies are severely damaged, setting up a combo for Lance's Nuke will likely wipe them out; earlier in the battle, Death Metal can be used to get a big Wind-based hit while healing the party and providing Morale against Scream's defensive debuffs.

BOSH isn't immune to Freeze outside of "More Foe Resistance", so NoLegs has a decent chance to immobilize it with the Book of Spells status build and support from the other players. If using this strategy to reduce the enemies' offensive pressure, consider using moves like Eruption or Airwave over Bullet Hell and Power Metal; their splash damage will thaw out any Frozen BOSHs.

(MORE DETAILS PENDING)

Summon

BOSH can be captured and used as a summon; additionally, the Alt Pixel Popper can sometimes call it between turns. It uses a modified version of Scream to inflict an enormous Attack debuff on all foes; if paired with Weaken support, this can almost completely negate the threat of physically-inclined enemies that aren't highly resistant to Attack drops.

EBF5 Foe Icon BOSH.png
BOSH SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Severely debuffs the attack stat of all enemies. 69 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All -- -- ---- 100% 80% EBF5 StatDown Attack.png 100% -- --

Trivia

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