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The Big Muddy Bush is a foe in Epic Battle Fantasy 4. Mainly found in Lankyroot Jungle, it is one of the rarer foes in the game; outside of the Premium-exclusive Battle Mountain, it only appears in two battles: the path-blocking one two screens below the Lankyroot Jungle's Slime Cat, in the center of the screen, and the optional one on the same screen as the Slime Cat, at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Neither battle will respawn, so make sure you scan the foe if going for the relevant medals.


Appearance

The Big Muddy Bush appears to be a Big Green Bush thoroughly coated in brown mud, with only its green eyes and a few clumps of green leaves sticking out. It has a small wooden structure on top of its head manned by a random Cat Soldier design. There is a 50% chance for a flower to be visible just below the structure on its head, with the flower having an equal chance to be pink, yellow, or blue.

Oddly, the Big Muddy Bush's overworld sprite depicts it as being only partly covered in mud, with the upper third of its body being visible.

Overview

The Big Muddy Bush acts similarly to the Big Green Bush; a living cat fort that specializes in calling reinforcements with a mighty horn. The good news is that it can only summon Muddy Bushes or Cat Soldiers; the bad news is that this move also gives Morale and a decent Defence buff to the entire wave, which works well with the Muddy Bushes' ability to debuff Attack. Having Dispel effects can counteract these buffs and make the Bush and its backup much easier to kill off, but focusing on the Big Muddy Bush is important to stop it from replacing its slain allies (especially on higher difficulty levels, where it can summon more foes at a time and gives a stronger Defence buff). Magic attacks and the Giga Drill skill are recommended to bypass its Defence-buffing shenanigans.

Aside from summoning and buffing foes, the Big Muddy Bush has three offensive abilities; a part-Earth physical attack that hits four random targets, a pure Earth, multi-target spell with more random damage than normal and a good chance to inflict a slight Accuracy debuff, and an explosive barrel toss that hits the whole party for magical Bomb damage with a small chance to Stagger. Its damage output isn't spectacularly high despite better-than-normal offensive stats, but its additional effects can make the battle more tedious, especially since the Cat Soldiers it can summon have good Evade. On the other hand, the Big Muddy Bush has below-average Evade, so it shouldn't be too hard to hit as long as you don't let the Accuracy debuffs pile up; as a bonus, it has similar weaknesses to its backup, so the party can efficiently damage them all at once with multi-target attacks.

The Big Muddy Bush is weak to Earth, Fire, and especially Bio; it's also incredibly easy to Stagger. Its only resistance is a Water absorption unless "More Foe Resistance" is active; in that case, its Earth and Bio weaknesses also become absorptions.

Statistics

Icon bestiary ebf4 big muddy bush.png Big Muddy Bush EBF4
A huge version of the Muddy Bush. Uses earth and bomb attacks, and can buff other foes. Summons Cat Soldiers and Muddy Bushes.
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
440 5 4 5 4 4 3.6 80 8 8 45 30
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire.png Element Thunder.png Element Ice.png Element Earth.png Element Poison.png Element Bomb.png Element Wind.png Element Water.png Element Holy.png Element Dark.png
-60% - - -60% -100% - - 150% - -
Status
Resistance
Status Burn.png Status Stun.png Status Freeze.png Status Tired.png Status Poison.png Status Dispel.png Status Stagger.png Status Syphon.png Status Wet.png Status Weaken.png Status Curse.png Status Death.png
- - - - - - -100% - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Lanky Root Dirt Ball Ogle Berries Soft Wood Curly Horn Cat Food Lollipop
Name Lanky Root Dirt Ball Ogle Berries Soft Wood Curly Horn Cat Food Lollipop
Chance 40% 100% 80% 60% 60% 10% 2%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
Status Burn.png Burn Status Poison.png Poison Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
Status Regen.png Regen
6.72% 3.6% per stack,
up to 32.4%
15% -20%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
Icon bestiary ebf4 big muddy bush.png Big Muddy Bush EBF4
A huge version of the Muddy Bush. Uses earth and bomb attacks, and can buff other foes. Summons Cat Soldiers and Muddy Bushes.
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
440 5 4 5 4 4 3.6 80 8 8 45 30
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire.png Element Thunder.png Element Ice.png Element Earth.png Element Poison.png Element Bomb.png Element Wind.png Element Water.png Element Holy.png Element Dark.png
-60% - - 150% 150% - - 150% - -
Status
Resistance
Status Burn.png Status Stun.png Status Freeze.png Status Tired.png Status Poison.png Status Dispel.png Status Stagger.png Status Syphon.png Status Wet.png Status Weaken.png Status Curse.png Status Death.png
- - - - - - -100% - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Lanky Root Dirt Ball Ogle Berries Soft Wood Curly Horn Cat Food Lollipop
Name Lanky Root Dirt Ball Ogle Berries Soft Wood Curly Horn Cat Food Lollipop
Chance 40% 100% 80% 60% 60% 10% 2%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
Status Burn.png Burn Status Poison.png Poison Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
Status Regen.png Regen
6.72% -0.9% per stack,
up to -8.1%
15% -20%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Attacks and Abilities

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Baby Bushes Random 120/4 Physical 50% Element Earth.png -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Dirt Spit All 25 Magical 100% Element Earth.png 70% 10% StatDown Accuracy.png 100% 10% 30%
Explosive Barrel
(Big Blast)
All 40 Magical 100% Element Bomb.png 20% -- Status Stagger.png 100% 10% 10%
Rally Allies -- -- ---- -- 20%
3x
Stat Defence.png
Status Morale.png
-- -- --
Notes: Has 56% chance to summon 1 (2 on Hard/Epic) foe, 32% chance to summon 2 (3) foes, and 12% chance to summon none (1). Each foe is either a Muddy Bush or a Cat Soldier. Buffs go afterwards.
On Hard and Epic difficulties, stat buff strength is increased to 30%.

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.

  • Berserked or/and Syphoned → Baby Bushes;
  • Otherwise → Baby Bushes (1/4), Dirt Spit (1/4), Explosive Barrel (1/4), Rally (1/4).
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