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
- 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.