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"Awesome, looks like dinner has arrived! (The bears might be thinking the same thing, though.)"
―Matt's first encounter with a Brown Bear, Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Brown Bear is a foe in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 and 5, and a summon in the latter. In EBF4, it mostly appears in Ashwood Forest, while in EBF5, it tends to appear in the Mystic Woods and the Frozen Valley. In the latter game's Foe Remix Custom Game, it makes its first appearance in the Wild Tropics, replacing the Leafy Chomper.

Appearance

The Brown Bear resembles a real-life grizzly bear, being a hulking quadrupedal mammal with rough brown fur, a tan snout and several beige claws on each paw. It has a small brown circle for a tail, and has two small rounded ears.

In EBF4, the Brown Bear has two blunt claws on each paw, no visible mouth at rest, and large white eyes set in a permanent angry glare. In EBF5, it has three sharp claws per paw, a visible mouth, beady brown eyes, and a neutral expression unless angered.

Overview

The Brown Bear is an elite foe that combines solid health with sheer non-elemental power. It focuses primarily on pure damage to single targets, although it has a decent chance to inflict Stun with one attack. While it is fairly easy to wear down (especially with below-average Evade), it will use much stronger moves as its HP falls. Like most Bears, the Brown Bear will go Berserk when it takes a serious blow, making it much more powerful (especially on higher difficulties, when it also buffs its Attack). While this can be negated with Ice or Water attacks, the Brown Bear resists both elements.

Brown Bears consistently halve Ice, Wind and Water damage, also having great resistances to Freeze, Doom, and Instant Death. On the other hand, they're weak to Fire and Bio, but be careful not to Enrage them before you're prepared for the following rampage.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Aside from the Stun chance on its Body Slam attack, the Brown Bear is a very straightforward foe. It exclusively uses single-target non-elemental physical attacks, swapping out Maul for a much stronger multi-hit attack once reduced to less than 49% of its HP. Use your strong attacks wisely; if it loses more than 20% of its maximum HP in a single blow, the Brown Bear will automatically give itself Berserk (and a good Attack buff on Hard or Epic difficulty) to make it hit much harder.

There are three ways to deal with the Brown Bear's Enraged state; kill it as quickly as possible, use weak attacks and damaging status effects to avoid hitting its Enrage threshold, or use an Ice or Water attack to calm it down. In the latter case, Cloudburst is probably the best option; despite not doing actual damage, it still clears Berserk and applies Wet for the party to exploit (probably via Thunder skills, since the Brown Bear doesn't resist that element).

The Brown Bear is resistant to Ice, Wind and Water, but extremely weak to Fire and Poison. It's also very resistant to Stun, Freeze, Doom, and Instant Death. It is also somewhat notable for its chance to drop Ham, albeit at the comically low rate of 2%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Brown Bear is a bulky offensive powerhouse with a simple but effective strategy; beat the snot out of the players with strong non-elemental physical attacks. Most of its moves are single-target and lack additional effects, but it can occasionally Stun the victim of its Body Slam. After losing about half of its HP, it upgrades its basic claw strike with a frenzied six-hit assault; it can also use a rather distressing Earth-based move that hits several times. Fortunately, it only uses the latter move once per battle, and it can be disabled entirely by turning off "Mature" content in the Options menu.

The Brown Bear will focus its attacks on whoever attacked it last, which can be exploited to keep its attention on physically bulky characters even without Target. It will also go Berserk if it loses more than 25% of its HP to a single blow, giving its attacks significantly more punch. In this state, it gains a rolling attack that hits the entire front line before smashing the backup players for even more damage; however, it only uses this move on the turn it became Enraged (unless its Surrender conditions are met while Berserk).

If Enrage is triggered, you should quickly finish off the Brown Bear or remove its Berserk status with a Water or Ice attack. The issue can be avoided altogether by using attacks that don't pass Enrage's damage threshold; status effects like Poison and Burn can help in this regard. Alternatively, skills like Spark Arrow, Plasma Cage, or the Slime Mouse summon can exploit the Brown Bear's lack of Stun resistance, leaving it completely open for the party's biggest damage combos.

On Hard and Epic difficulty, the Brown Bear's Enrage threshold is reduced (>20% of its HP instead of 25%), and it gets a good Attack buff on top of the Berserk status. Its Dump attack also gains a small chance to inflict Virus; while it's only one stack, the nature of Virus means that you should be ready to cure it in a prolonged battle. On the other hand, Virus can help accelerate the Brown Bear's demise if it spreads back to it.

The Brown Bear resists Ice, Wind and Water while being weak to Fire and especially Bio. It's also highly resistant to Chill, Freeze, Doom, and Instant Death, as well as being somewhat resistant to Attack and Defence debuffs; on the other hand, it's incredibly easy to Stagger. With "More Foe Resistance" enabled, it loses its Fire weakness, becomes completely immune to Doom and Instant Death, and gains resistances to Earth, Holy, Dark, and debuffs to Magic Attack and Magic Defence.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 brown bear.png Brown Bear EBF4
A large predator which uses non-elemental attacks. Goes berserk if hit by a powerful attack.
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
422 4 4 4 4 4 3.8 40 8 8 40 20
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
-80% - 50% - -80% - 50% 50% - -
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
- 70% 70% - - - - - - - - 70%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Fine Fur Solid Spike Ham - - - -
Name Fine Fur Solid Spike Ham - - - -
Chance 100% 5% 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
5.04% 2.16% per stack,
up to 19.44%
10% -13.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
Icon bestiary ebf4 brown bear.png Brown Bear EBF4
A large predator which uses non-elemental attacks. Goes berserk if hit by a powerful attack.
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
422 4 4 4 4 4 3.8 40 8 8 40 20
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
- - 50% - -80% - 50% 50% - -
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
- 70% 70% 50% - - - - - 50% 50% 70%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
30% - 30% - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Fine Fur Solid Spike Ham - - - -
Name Fine Fur Solid Spike Ham - - - -
Chance 100% 5% 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
2.8% 2.16% per stack,
up to 19.44%
10% -13.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Foe Icon Brown Bear.png
Brown Bear EBF5
A cute little bear. If you hit him too hard, he'll go berserk and become much more dangerous. He attacks whoever hit him last.
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
422 4 4 4 4 4 3.8 55 8 8 40 20* 10
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% - 50% 50% - -
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
- - 70% - - - -100% - - - - 70%
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
- 30% - 30% - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Earth Ball Leather Fine Fur Razor Claw -
Name Earth Ball Leather Fine Fur Razor Claw -
Chance 50% 100% 100% 10% -
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
Zero:
0.735% per stack,
up to 6.615%
Easy:
1.47% / 13.23%
Normal:
2.1% / 18.9%
Hard/Epic:
1.575% / 14.175%
Zero:
1.47% per stack,
up to 13.23%
Easy:
2.94% / 26.46%
Normal:
4.2% / 37.8%
Hard/Epic:
3.15% / 28.35%
Zero:
0.756% per stack,
up to 6.804%
Easy:
1.512% / 13.608%
Normal:
2.16% / 19.44%
Hard/Epic:
1.62% / 14.58%
Zero:
1.512% per stack,
up to 13.608%
Easy:
3.024% / 27.216%
Normal:
4.32% / 38.88%
Hard/Epic:
3.24% / 29.16%
Zero/Easy/Normal:
10%
Hard/Epic:
7.5%
Zero/Easy/Normal:
-13.(3)%
Hard/Epic:
-10%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Before the v2 update, had 20% Attack and Defence debuff resistance instead.

Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
EBF5 Foe Icon Brown Bear.png
Brown Bear EBF5
A cute little bear. If you hit him too hard, he'll go berserk and become much more dangerous. He attacks whoever hit him last.
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
422 4 4 4 4 4 3.8 55 8 8 40 20* 10
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% - 50% 50% 50% 50%
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
- - 70% - - - -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
- 30% 30% 30% 30% - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Earth Ball Leather Fine Fur Razor Claw -
Name Earth Ball Leather Fine Fur Razor Claw -
Chance 50% 100% 100% 10% -
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
Zero:
0.49% per stack,
up to 4.41%
Easy:
0.98% / 8.82%
Normal:
1.4% / 12.6%
Hard/Epic:
1.05% / 9.45%
Zero:
0.98% per stack,
up to 8.82%
Easy:
1.96% / 17.64%
Normal:
2.8% / 25.2%
Hard/Epic:
2.1% / 18.9%
Zero:
0.756% per stack,
up to 6.804%
Easy:
1.512% / 13.608%
Normal:
2.16% / 19.44%
Hard/Epic:
1.62% / 14.58%
Zero:
1.512% per stack,
up to 13.608%
Easy:
3.024% / 27.216%
Normal:
4.32% / 38.88%
Hard/Epic:
3.24% / 29.16%
Zero/Easy/Normal:
10%
Hard/Epic:
7.5%
Zero/Easy/Normal:
-13.(3)%
Hard/Epic:
-10%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.


Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Maul Single 40 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Bite Single 45 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Body Slam Single 60 Physical ---- 33% 2x Status Stun.png 100% 10% 10%
Frenzied Barrage Single 96/6 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Enrage Self -- -- ---- -- 3x Status Berserk.png -- -- --
Notes: Is passively initiated when hurt for >20% of maximum health in a single hit.
On Hard and Epic difficulties, also buffs Stat Attack.png Attack by 25%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Maul Single 38 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Bite Single 40 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Body Slam Single 60 Physical ---- 33% 2x EBF5 Status Stun.png 100% 10% 10%
6x Hit Single 80/6 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Dump Single 55/6 Physical 100% EBF5 Element Earth.png -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 15% chance of 1xEBF5 Status Virus.png Virus on Hard or Epic Difficulties. Can only be used once.
Can't be used with Mature option turned off.
Roll All
Backup
28
40
Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Enrage Self -- -- ---- -- 3x EBF5 Status Berserk.png -- -- --
Notes: Automatically used when hurt for >25% (>20% on Hard/Epic) of max HP in a single hit.
Also gives a 20% Stat Attack.png Attack buff 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.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • ≥49% HP → Maul (1/3), Bite (1/3), Body Slam (1/3);
  • <49% HP → Bite (1/3), Body Slam (1/3), Frenzied Barrage (1/3).

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Action

  • If catch score >55, all players are Lovable, and the Bear is not Berserked → Surrender;
  • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Roll;
  • If Enrage was triggered this turn → Roll;
  • <49% HP or Berserked → 6x Hit (1/3);
    • If Dump was already used or if Mature is turned off → Body Slam (2/3);
    • Otherwise → Body Slam (1/3), Dump (1/3);
  • Otherwise → Maul (1/3), Bite (1/3), Body Slam (1/3).

The Bear will target the last player who attacked them with their attacks.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 33% → Maul (1/2), 6x Hit (1/2).


Additionally, if any front line player has equipment that scares Beasts, the Brown Bear will inflict 1x Berserk on themselves at the start of their turn (this does not take up their action).

Summon

In EBF5, the Brown Bear can be captured and used as a summon; the Viking Fur can also summon it between turns. When called, it uses its 6x Hit to strike a single foe, inflicting non-elemental physical damage. Uniquely among summons (and similar to the Revenge skill), its damage increases depending on the party's condition; if the summoner is at critical HP and their allies are dead, it can become almost ten times stronger than normal.

EBF5 Foe Icon Brown Bear.png
Brown Bear SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Mauls a foe with non-elemental attacks. Does much more damage if the user is hurt, and if party members are dead.
  • The max power is 1000.
36 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Single 100*/6 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Note: Power gain is same as Revenge's: (100 - Summoner's remaining HP % rounded down) ^ 1.3, up to ≈398 at <1% HP, plus 150 power for every dead player, including backup ones, up to ≈998 power in total; unlike Revenge, if the end result is <100, it becomes 100 instead. This gives the Brown Bear summon a minimum power of 100 and a maximum of 998.
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