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Lance casting Barrier on the party, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

"Barrier is gonna be very useful later on, when bosses become strong enough to knock us out in one hit!"
―Natalie/Lance, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Barrier is a recurring buffing skill in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. It is commonly associated with Natalie, being one of her natural skills in the first three games, but later games made it a shared skill for her, Lance, and NoLegs.

Description

Barrier creates a shield of translucent hexagons in front of the party, which quickly appear and disappear. The hexagons are blue in Epic Battle Fantasy 1 and 5 and red in all other games. This boosts the party's Magic Defence by a set percentage, which decreases by 5% each turn. Prior to the v2 update, it did not affect members in Backup in EBF4; backup does not exist in earlier games and the skill was changed to affect players in backup in EBF5.

Barrier, like all buffs, is an incredibly useful skill and should be used very frequently. It has a long cooldown in EBF5, so the player should plan when to use it.

Epic Battle Fantasy

Barrier is part of Natalie's WMagic skill set. It boosts the party's Magic Defence to 65%, despite its description.

Barrier
Boosts the party's Magic Defence by 50%[incorrect — actually boosts to +65%].. Fades away by 5% per turn.
Target Type Element Status Effect MP RdF
Allies -- -- ---- Stat Mdef.png 20 --
Power Status Chance Status Strength
-- -- 65%


Epic Battle Fantasy 2

Before the EBF Collection update, Barrier raised the party's Magic Defence to +65% (contrary to its description once again). It acts similarly to its previous version, but it now costs more MP and also has a new animation.

Barrier
Boosts the party's Magic Defence by 60%.
Target Type Element Status Effect MP Acc RdF
Allies -- ---- Stat Mdef.png 30 -- --
Power Status Chance Status Strength
-- -- 50%
[65%]
Note: Stats in brackets (below/right from actual) are for its pre-EBF Collection update version.


Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Once again, Barrier is one of Natalie's WMagic skills. However, in accordance with the new RPG mechanics, it must be unlocked, learned, and upgraded with AP.

EBF3 Skill Barrier.png
Barrier
Buffs the party's magic defence.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies -- ---- Stat Mdef.png -- -- --
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength MP AP Cost
1 -- -- 20% 5 200
2 -- -- 35% 10 500
3 -- -- 50% 15 1500
4 -- -- 60% 20 3000
5 -- -- 70% 25 6000
Requirement(s)
EBF3 Skill Bless.png
Note: The in-game Power numbers are merely used to visualize Magic Defence buff strength; this skill does not heal or damage the team in any way.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Barrier is now a Special Skill available for Natalie and Lance. It is technically unlocked at the start of the game, though Natalie is the first character who can learn it. Its animation was modified so the hexagons always appear and disappear in a set order instead of randomly.

EBF4 Skill Barrier.png
Barrier
Buffs the magic defence of all allies.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies+B -- ---- Stat Mdef.png -- -- --
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength MP AP Cost
1 -- -- 30% 5 200
2 -- -- 40% 10 500
3 -- -- 50% 15 1500
4 -- -- 60% 20 3000
5 -- -- 70% 25 6000
Requirement(s)
EBF4 Skill Charm.png
Note: Before the v2 update, didn't affect backup.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Barrier is a Special Skill available for Natalie, Lance and NoLegs. Its animation was updated again, returning the hexagons to their original blue coloration; it also affects all backup allies, and has a 5-turn cooldown.

NoLegs joins with Barrier already learned at Level 1.

EBF5 Skill Barrier.png
Barrier
Buffs the magic defence of all allies, including those in backup.
  • Has a 5-turn cooldown.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies+B -- ---- Stat Mdef.png -- -- --
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength AP Cost
1 -- -- 30% 100
2 -- -- 40% 400
3 -- -- 50% 1500
4 -- -- 55% 3000
5 -- -- 60% 6000
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