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Anna whacks an Ancient Monolith with the Fairy Bow.

Bow Whack is a Weapon-elemental skill available for Anna in Epic Battle Fantasy 5.

Description

To perform Bow Whack, Anna jumps towards the target and uses her bow as a club; she holds it by the lower limb and swings it so the upper limb hits the foe. Like all weapon-elemental skills, its element and on-hit effects are determined by the bow Anna uses for the skill; however, it will never trigger an unleash.

Although Bow Whack is nearly useless in a straight fight, it's an invaluable tool for capturing foes. In addition to an increased chance to make the victim Surrender, it is the only damage-inflicting skill in the game that cannot kill its target under any circumstances; if it would kill a foe, it leaves them with 1 HP instead. Its inability to trigger bonus skills further ensures that Anna won't accidentally kill a foe with Bow Whack; however, keep in mind that it can still inflict status effects, so try to avoid using bows or Flairs that inflict potentially-lethal ailments like Burn or Doom.

Prior to the v2 update, Bow Whack could kill foes by itself, but its base power actually decreased with every upgrade in order to preserve its capturing utility.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Skill Bow Whack.png
Bow Whack
Smack a foe with your bow, causing them to consider surrendering. Even strong foes are not immune.
  • This skill cannot kill foes.
  • Element and effects depend on current weapon.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Single Physical Element Weapon.png Element Weapon.png 100% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength AP Cost
1 30 (100%) (100%) 50
2 50 [20] (100%) (100%) 150
3 75 [10] (100%) (100%) 500
Note: Cannot trigger bonus spells.
Stats in brackets (below/right from actual) are for its pre-v2 update version. Before the v2 update, the skill could kill foes.

Trivia

  • Just as the Capture mechanic itself takes cues from the Pokémon series, Bow Whack can be seen as the EBF5 equivalent to False Swipe or Hold Back; an attack intended to help the player capture difficult targets by reducing their HP to the absolute minimum without the risk of accidentally defeating them in the process.
  • Bow Whack is Anna's second proper melee skill in the Epic Battle Fantasy series, after her Normal Attack.
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