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Barrier
"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 skill in the Epic Battle Fantasy series.

Description

Barrier creates a shield of translucent red hexagons (blue in the first and fifth game) in front of the party, raising their Magic Defence for a while. This gives the party a boost in Magic Defence, which will decrease by 5% each turn. In EBF4 only, it will not affect members in backup; this is a non-issue in earlier games and the skill is changed to affect players in backup in EBF5.

Barrier, like all buffs, is an incredibly useful skill and should be used liberally unless the foes pose little threat in the first place.

Epic Battle Fantasy

Barrier is part of Natalie's WMagic skill set. It boosts the party's Magic Defence to +65% (contrary to its description), and costs 20 mana to use.

Epic Battle Fantasy 2

Barrier raises the party's Magic Defence to +65% (contrary to its description for once again) and costs 30 mana to use. It also has a new animation.

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
Barrier
Buffs the party's magic defence.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies -- ---- Stat Mdef -- -- --
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
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.

The animation receives a slight change: The hexagons will always appear and disappear in a set order, instead of randomly.

EBF4 Skill Barrier
Barrier
Buffs the magic defence of all allies.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies -- ---- Stat Mdef -- -- --
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

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Barrier is a Special Skill available for Natalie, Lance and NoLegs. It now also affects all backup allies, and has a 5-turn cooldown.

NoLegs joins with the skill already learned at level 1.

EBF5 Skill Barrier
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 -- -- --
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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