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"Keep that thing away from me! Or all of us to be honest..."
―Natalie, Epic Battle Fantasy 3

The Beholder is a recurring foe and a summon in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. A grotesque mass of eyes, spikes, and tentacles with no respect for personal space, its role in the games has varied wildly over the course of the series.

The Beholder is often found in barren environments, like deserts and lava fields.

Appearance

The Beholder's main body resembles an Eyeball, but with a row of jagged teeth along its bottom and numerous pink tentacles emerging from its back and underside. Some of the tentacles end in large eyes, and the others can generate barbs, burrow underground, or charge themselves with energy. All of the Beholder's eyes have a slit-like pupil flanked by two small dots, but its main eye also has two small projections on the sides of the pupil, making it resemble a cross.

Unlike the Eyeballs, the Beholder's colors have remained consistent throughout its appearances; a brown body with red spikes, yellow eyes with orange-brown pupils and veins, yellow-white teeth, and dull pink tentacles.

Overview

Epic Battle Fantasy

The Beholder made its debut in the series as the second boss of the game. Unlike its future appearances, it faces Matt and Natalie by itself, although it is preceded by two waves of Eyeballs.

In this battle, it uses all of the attacks that would go on to be its standard moveset in future games; tentacle attacks, lasers from its main eye, and the infamous [CENSORED] attack, named for the big black box that appears over its unfortunate victim. All of its attacks deal physical damage, except for the laser, which is magic-based instead.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Two Beholders appear in Volcano Peak as high-tier enemies, both appearing on the metal bridges crossing the lava river in the second half of the area. They are mainly accompanied by Eyeballs and Drill Bots in battle. The second encounter blocks the path to the Rock Runner minigame, and it respawns.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Beholder is both a summon and a boss, albeit an optional one. It can be found in the cave one screen below Crystal Caverns' Slime Cat, on a small island of rock amid a sea of lava. The player will not be able to battle it until they acquire the Thermal Boots and the ability to walk on lava.

Unlike its previous boss appearance, the Beholder fights alongside a horde of Eyeballs - the party must fend a wave of Eyeballs before it will even join the fray, and when it does, it is accompanied by four more of the smaller eye creatures. Its abilities and attacks are largely unchanged from previous appearances.

Adventure Story

Main article: Beholder (Adventure Story)
BeholderAdventureStory

The Beholder as it appears in Adventure Story

The Beholder is the boss of the second world. It attacks with its tentacles and massive lasers fired from its eye, as well as by summoning legions of Eyeballs and Black Bees to its aid.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

While the Beholder was initially absent from EBF5, the v2 update brought it back as an optional boss. It is fought in the Data Bunker as the boss of the second EBF1 simulation, and thus acts similarly to its debut appearance in the series.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy

Beholder EBF
Statistics
Wave Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef
8 100000 0.8 1 0.9 1
Resistances
EBF3 Skill Eruption EBF3 Skill Fireball EBF3 Skill Thunderbolt EBF3 Skill Iceshard EBF3 Skill Quake EBF3 Skill Seiken EBF3 Skill Judgement EBF3 Skill Screamer EBF3 Skill Airstrike
- - - -100% - - - - -
In EBF, foe stats are specifically set per wave, thus two foes of the same type may have different stats (resistances will still be the same). See EBF Foe Waves for a list of all foe waves.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

EBF3 Foe Icon Beholder
Beholder Child Molester EBF3
Attacks with non-elemental laser beams and poisonous tentacles.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP Gold
800 4 4 4 4 4 3.8 300 10 100
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Water Element Wind Element Earth Element Poison Element Dark Element Holy Element Bomb
100% -80% - - - 100% -100% - - -
Status
Resistance
Status Poison Status Syphon Status Dispel Status Doom Status Berserk Status Stun Status Death
- 80% - - -100% 80% 80%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Red Potion Item Dragon Scales 3 - - - - -
Name Red Potion Dragon Scales - - - - -
Chance 60% 10% - - - - -
The Beholder cannot be debuffed further than to -25% of a stat.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 beholder Beholder EBF4
A grotesque beast. Uses some poison attacks and may dispel the party.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP
2800 6 4 6 4 4 3.8 540 50 50 200 50
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Earth Element Poison Element Bomb Element Wind Element Water Element Holy Element Dark
- -60% -60% -60% - - - -80% -80% 100%
Status
Resistance
Status Burn Status Stun Status Freeze Status Tired Status Poison Status Dispel Status Stagger Status Syphon Status Wet Status Weaken Status Curse Status Death
- 50% 50% - - - - 100% - - - 50%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
50% 50% 50% 50% - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Dragon Scales Item Tentacle Item Solid Spike Item Bio Virus Item Candycane Item Lollipop -
Name Dragon Scales Tentacle Solid Spike Bio Virus Candycane Lollipop -
Chance 100% 100% 70% 70% 50% 50% -
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
Status Burn Burn Status Poison Poison Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
Status Regen Regen
7% 3% per stack,
up to 27%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Prior to the Battle Mountain update, the Beholder had a 10% chance to drop Chili Sauce instead of Candycane and Lollipop. It also had 2500 base HP and 500 base EXP.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Foe Icon Beholder
Beholder EBF5
Behold, the ultimate predator. It does not discriminate: it assaults men, women and children alike.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
2169 4 4 4 4 400 0 250 25 25 150 6 5
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire EBF5 Element Thunder EBF5 Element Ice EBF5 Element Earth EBF5 Element Bio EBF5 Element Bomb EBF5 Element Water EBF5 Element Wind EBF5 Element Holy EBF5 Element Dark
- - -100% - - - - - - -
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch EBF5 Status Stun EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze EBF5 Status Poison+Virus EBF5 Status Syphon EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse EBF5 Status Wet+Dry EBF5 Status Heavy+Light EBF5 Status Weak+Tired EBF5 Status Dispel EBF5 Status Death
100% 100% 100% - - 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% - 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
- 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Item Drop Rate
Icon EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Dragon Scales
Name Bio Virus Bio Virus Bio Virus Bio Virus Dragon Scales
Chance 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn Burn EBF5 Status Scorch Scorch EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
Immune Immune 0.36% per stack,
up to 3.24%
0.72% per stack,
up to 6.48%
Immune -4%
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 Beholder
Beholder EBF5
Behold, the ultimate predator. It does not discriminate: it assaults men, women and children alike.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
2169 4 4 4 4 400 0 250 25 25 150 6 5
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire EBF5 Element Thunder EBF5 Element Ice EBF5 Element Earth EBF5 Element Bio EBF5 Element Bomb EBF5 Element Water EBF5 Element Wind EBF5 Element Holy EBF5 Element Dark
- - -50% - - - - - - -
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch EBF5 Status Stun EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze EBF5 Status Poison+Virus EBF5 Status Syphon EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse EBF5 Status Wet+Dry EBF5 Status Heavy+Light EBF5 Status Weak+Tired EBF5 Status Dispel EBF5 Status Death
100% 100% 100% - - 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% - 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
- 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50%
Item Drop Rate
Icon EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Bio Virus EBF5 Item Dragon Scales
Name Bio Virus Bio Virus Bio Virus Bio Virus Dragon Scales
Chance 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn Burn EBF5 Status Scorch Scorch EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
Immune Immune 0.36% per stack,
up to 3.24%
0.72% per stack,
up to 6.48%
Immune -4%
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.

As with all the Classic foes, the Beholder is immune to both Invisible and Enchanted.

Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy

Attack List
Attack Target Power R.Power Type Status Effect RdF
Tentacle Whip Single 2800 -- Stat Attack Stat Defence -- -- -- 10%
Censored Single 4500 -- Stat Attack Stat Defence 100% 1x Status Poison 10%
Underground Tentacles Single 3200 -- Stat Attack Stat Defence -- -- -- 10%
Laser All 3300 -- Stat Attack Stat Magic Defence -- -- -- 10%

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Tentacle Whip Single 60 Stat Attack ---- 100% 1x Status Stun 100% 10% 10%
Censored Single 70 Stat Attack 60% Element Poison 100% 5x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Underground Tentacles Single 80/5 Stat Attack 40% Element Poison -- -- -- 90% 10% 10%
Laser All 60 Stat Magic ---- 50% -- Status Dispel 90% 10% 10%

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Tentacle Whip Single 90 Stat Attack ---- 100% 1x Status Stun 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 60 power and 33% status chance.
Censored Single 140 Stat Attack 30% Element Poison 100% 9x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 80 power.
Underground Tentacles Single 118.8/3 Stat Attack ---- 21% 2x Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 78 total power.
Laser All 65 Stat Magic ---- 25% -- Status Dispel 100% 10% 10%
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, status chance is increased to 100%.
Prior to the Battle Mountain update, this attack instead had 50 power.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Tentacle Whip Single 160 Stat Attack ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Censored Single 200/4 Stat Attack 25% EBF5 Element Bio 100% 5x EBF5 Status Poison 100% 10% 10%
Underground Tentacles Single 190 Stat Attack 25% EBF5 Element Earth -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Laser All 140 Stat Magic ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%

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.

Epic Battle Fantasy

  • Anything → Tentacle Whip (2/6), Underground Tentacles (2/6), Laser (1/6), Censored (1/6).

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

  • Berserked → Tentacle Whip;
  • Syphoned → Tentacle Whip (1/3), Censored (1/3), Underground Tentacles (1/3);
  • Otherwise → Tentacle Whip (1/4), Censored (1/4), Underground Tentacles (1/4), Laser (1/4).

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Berserked or/and Syphoned → Tentacle Whip (1/3), Censored (1/3), Underground Tentacles (1/3);
  • Otherwise → Tentacle Whip (1/4), Censored (1/4), Underground Tentacles (1/4), Laser (1/4).

Passively summons an Eyeball each turn.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Start of Turn:

  • Summon score ≥ 4 → Summons either an Eyeball or a Haunted Tree (these will be at the same level as the Beholder).

* Summon Score increases by 1 if no other foes are left (checked at the start of
the Beholder's turn), and resets to 0 after summoning foes.

Action

  • If Syphoned → Tentacle Whip (1/3), Underground Tentacles (1/3), Censored (1/3);
  • If Berserked → Laser;
  • Otherwise → Tentacle Whip (2/6), Underground Tentacles (2/6), Censored (1/6), Laser (1/6).

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 25% → Underground Tentacles.


Additionally, like all the Classic foes, the Beholder ignores the Lovable status on players.

Summon

All instances of the summon will also cure Freeze from all players by forcing them to jump off the screen.

Epic Battle Fantasy 2.

The Beholder is one of Natalie's Summons in this game, with two versions. In the first one, the Beholder fires its eye laser at the foes, in the second one, the Beholder instead uses its [CENSORED] attack on a single foe. The latter is less common, as it's only 1/7 (≈14%) chance. As with all Summons, it uses Natalie's base Magic Attack, thus ignoring any buffs and debuffs to the stat, and also ignores her Accuracy.

Beholder
Hits all foes and lowers their defence. Also has a hidden move...
Target Type Element Status Effect MP Acc RdF
All
Single
Stat Magic
Stat Magic
Stat Defence
Stat Magic Defence
----
50% Element Poison
StatDown Defence
Status Poison
70 100%
120%
10%
Power Status Chance Status Strength
4500
10000
100%
100%
20%
5x
Note: The two sets of stats belong to its Laser and Melee attack, respectively.
Has 6/7 chance to use the Laser and 1/7 to use the Melee attack.
Ignores Natalie's Magic Attack (de)buffs and Accuracy.
Skill Bonuses
Name Effect
Behold! 1.4x damage modifier (Laser)
1.2x damage modifier (Melee)

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

CharIcon Natalie "I really don't feel comfortable with that thing around, even if it's supposed to be on our side now."
―Natalie, after the summon, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

It can be acquired from the chest guarded by the Beholder itself. When summoned, the Beholder fires its eye laser at the foes, dealing non-elemental magical damage; afterwards, it has 1/7 (≈14%) chance to use the [CENSORED] attack on a random foe, dealing Poison-elemental physical damage.

Summon Beholder
Beholder SP Status Freeze
Targets all foes. Debuffs targets' defence. 60 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All
Single
130
200
Stat Magic
Stat Attack
----
50% Element Poison
100%
100%
30%
9x
StatDown Defence
Status Poison
120%
150%
10% 10%
Note: The two sets of stats belong to its laser and melee attack, respectively.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The foe can be captured to be used as a summon. While it loses its laser attack that it has in past games as a summon, it still uses its [CENSORED] attack on a single target.

EBF5 Foe Icon Beholder
Beholder SP EBF5 Status Freeze
Wraps its tentacles around an unlucky victim, dealing bio damage to it, and severely poisoning it. 69 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Single 520/4 Stat Attack 50% EBF5 Element Bio 100% 9x EBF5 Status Poison 100% 10% 10%

Trivia

  • The Beholder seems to be based on the enemy of the same name in Dungeons & Dragons.
  • The Eyeball enemy seems to be somewhat related to the Beholder, given that their appearance is very similar. It can be speculated that the Eyeball might be a juvenile form of the Beholder.
    • Eyeballs and the Beholder also both resemble The Devourer, though it is unclear what connection there is between them.
  • The Beholder is the first creature/character in the Epic Battle Fantasy series to have been both a summon and an enemy, along with the Slime Bunny.
  • The Beholder's [CENSORED] attack is a parody of Japanese hentai anime and manga, wherein tentacled monsters are often known to sexually assault girls. Fitting the theme, Natalie will say "Ewwww. Hope I don't get pregnant from that..." when she is hit by said attack for the first time in EBF3.
    • In EBF4, Natalie says "Ewwwwwwwwww. I hope I don't get pregnant from that again. ;_;" when she gets hit by the Beholder's [CENSORED] attack. Although intended to be a reference to her comment upon being hit by said attack in the previous game (i.e. "I didn't get pregnant from the last time it did this, and I hope my luck holds out this time, too!"), many fans interpreted her comment to imply that she may had previously become pregnant from the attack.
    • When fought in EBF4, depending on who's at the front, either Matt or Lance will say, "I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going!"
    • In this flash file on Matt Roszak's DeviantArt page, showing off the Beholder's animation scripts, the [CENSORED] attack is unabashedly referred to as "rape."
  • So far, Epic Battle Fantasy 3 is the only game in the series to feature Beholders as an entire species rather than a single unique entity.
  • The only game to not feature the Beholder in any way is the pre-v2 version of Epic Battle Fantasy 5; the v2 update allows it to be fought as part of the EBF1 foe rush.
    • Depending on your interpretation of the implications of The Devourer, this may technically not be the case.
    • As of EBF5's v2 update, EBF2 is the only game in the main EBF series without the option of fighting a Beholder.
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