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The Book Worm is a foe and a summon in Epic Battle Fantasy 5 introduced in the v2 update. It is found in the Greenwood Library.

Appearance

The Book Worm is a caterpillar-like creature with a white underbelly and face, an orange back with red spots and small orange projections, large red eyes, and two long orange feelers with yellow tips. It also wears a pair of glasses, despite having no visible means of keeping them on its face. It has three variants based on the design of its mouth:

  1. A triangular frown.
  2. A cat-like smile.
  3. A perfectly straight mouth with a single, square-shaped white tooth protruding from the lower lip.

Overview

The Book Worm uses single-target non-elemental attacks; one has a good chance of Confuse and another has fairly impressive power. However, it's most notable for its ability to inflict Enchanted on players, making them more vulnerable to physical damage and immune to magical damage. It can also Enchant itself by curling up, making magic attacks a bit less reliable against it. All of its moves have a small chance to summon other Worms; this is usually another Book Worm, but any species besides the Scaly Worm may appear instead.

On Hard and Epic difficulty, the Book Worm's Sting inflicts two stacks of Confuse instead of one, and its Bite attack gains a small chance to inflict a few stacks of Virus. It also spawns with Defend status, which it can renew by using Curl Up (in addition to Enchantment), but its low HP makes this relatively minor against buffed players or attacks aimed at its weaknesses. Its chance of summoning backup increases significantly, potentially allowing it to swarm the party.

While generally weak, the Book Worm's status effects can be annoying; Enchantment also enables it to deal surprising amounts of damage with Paper Blade. Its self-Enchanting abilities can be exploited with physical attacks, especially ones that exploit its elemental weaknesses; on higher difficulties, Giga Drill can also exploit its Defend buff along with Enchanted. It also suffers from a horrible Freeze weakness that can be exploited by most sources of the status; in particular, NoLegs can lock down an entire group of Book Worms with a single Swift Slash from the Book of Spells. Poison and Virus exploit its most severe weakness, but remember that their damage can be negated by Enchanted.

The Book Worm is weak to Earth, Ice and especially Bio. It's also massively vulnerable to Chill, Freeze, Poison, and Virus. Activating "More Foe Resistance" removes its weaknesses to Ice, Chill, and Freeze while adding a Water absorption and an immunity to Dispel.

Statistics

EBF5 Foe Icon Book Worm.png
Book Worm EBF5
This worm's superior intellect allows it to recite any book it's ever eaten. But only in worm language.
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
81 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 1 1 6 50 60
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% -50% -80% - - - - -
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
- - -100% -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
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Glass Shards Belt Buckle Silk - -
Name Glass Shards Belt Buckle Silk - -
Chance 15% 5% 5% - -
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
3.5% per stack,
up to 31.5%
7% per stack,
up to 63%
5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
10.8% per stack,
up to 97.2%
25% -33.(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 Book Worm.png
Book Worm EBF5
This worm's superior intellect allows it to recite any book it's ever eaten. But only in worm language.
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
81 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 1 1 6 50 60
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% -80% - 200% - - -
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
- - - -100% - - - - - - 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
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Glass Shards Belt Buckle Silk - -
Name Glass Shards Belt Buckle Silk - -
Chance 15% 5% 5% - -
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
3.5% per stack,
up to 31.5%
7% per stack,
up to 63%
5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
10.8% per stack,
up to 97.2%
25% -33.(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.

On Hard/Epic, enters the battle with Status Defend.png Defend on self.

Attacks and Abilities

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Sting Single 10 Physical ---- 50% 1x EBF5 Status Confuse.png 50% 10% 10%
Notes: Status strength increased to 2x on Hard or Epic difficulties,
Bite Single 14 Physical ---- -- -- -- 66% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 10% chance of 3xEBF5 Status Virus.png Virus on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Paper Blade Single 60 Physical ---- -- -- -- 85% 10% 10%
Enchantment Single -- -- ---- -- 4x EBF5 Status Enchanted.png -- -- --
Notes: Can't be dodged with Evade and bypasses EBF5 Status Bless.png Bless.
Curl Up Self -- -- ---- -- 3x EBF5 Status Enchanted.png -- -- --
Notes: Also gives Status Defend.png Defend on Hard or Epic difficulties.

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 catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Surrender + Curl Up;
  • If Syphoned or Berserked → Sting (1/2), Bite (1/2);
  • If no other foes are left;
    • If the Book Worm already has Defend or Enchanted;
      • If the selected target has Enchanted → Paper Blade;
      • Otherwise → Enchantment;
    • Otherwise → Buff;
  • Otherwise → Sting (1/4), Bite (1/4);
    • If the Book Worm already has Defend or Enchanted;
      • If the selected target has Enchanted → Paper Blade (1/2);
      • Otherwise → Enchantment (1/2);
    • Otherwise → Buff (1/4);
      • If the selected target has Enchanted → Paper Blade (1/4);
      • Otherwise → Enchantment (1/4).

Additionally, any action has a 15% (40% in Hard/Epic) chance to summon either a Book Worm (3/6 chance),a Fuzzy Worm (1/6 chance), a Putrid Worm (1/6 chance) or a Cutie Worm (1/6 chance), these will be at the same level as the user.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 25% → Curl Up.

Summon

The Book Worm can be captured and used as a summon. It gives the entire front line a strong Accuracy buff

EBF5 Foe Icon Book Worm.png
Book Worm SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Buffs the accuracy of all currently active allies. 30 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies -- -- ---- -- 50% Stat Accuracy.png -- -- --


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