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The Cave Crab, also known as Spike Crab, is a recurring foe in Epic Battle Fantasy series. As its name suggests, it appears primarily in caverns, such as Rock Lake of Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and the Crystal Caverns of Epic Battle Fantasy 4.

Appearance

The Cave Crab is a black crab with a conical spiral shell on its back. It has two large claws, with the right claw being larger and sporting two red spikes on its upper edge; the left claw is held open against the ground, as if the crab is grasping it for support.

The Cave Crab's shell is a much brighter shade of red in EBF3 compared to EBF4. Oddly enough, the spikes on its right claw remain the same shade of red in both appearances.

Overview

The Cave Crab is a simple defensive foe which uses single-target attacks. It can pinch players with its claw and it can deal Earth or Water damage as well. As with other Crabs, the Cave Crab can tuck into its shell to protect itself; however, it is ultimately an annoyance at worst.

The Cave Crab's resistances change drastically between games (notably, its weaknesses are completely different), but it consistently resists Fire while being immune to Wind. It also has below-average Evade, making it easier to hit with low-accuracy skills.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

The Spike Crab is able to deal physical Earth damage or magical Water damage; it can also pinch players for non-elemental damage. It is somewhat unique in that its moves change slightly depending on where it is fought; it can use Quake in caves and Flood near the ocean. Its Shell Stab attack can deal surprisingly high damage due to its power and heavily increased critical hit chance; however, it's also quite inaccurate even before Accuracy and Evade manipulation comes into play.

The Spike Crab can also tuck into its shell to buff its Attack and Defence; if magic attacks or Dispel effects aren't an option, Tera Drill can actually turn the Defence buff against it while simultaneously hitting its Earth weakness. Inflicting Poison is another option to wear it down even if it defends itself or the party focuses on other foes.

The Spike Crab is weak to Bomb, Holy, and especially Earth while being immune to Fire, Thunder, and Wind.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Cave Crab's offensive repertoire focuses exclusively on single-target physical attacks, one being non-elemental and the other two being 50% Earth-based. None of its skills are especially powerful, and a lack of secondary effects makes them relatively non-threatening.

On the other hand, killing the Cave Crab can be a bit of a chore; while below-average Evade means that it won't be doing much dodging, it can hide in its shell to give itself Defend. This move also gives it Bless on higher difficulty levels to protect it from status effects; this includes Dispel, so the party will have to deal with its Defend status on the next turn.

The Cave Crab resists Fire, Earth, and Bomb while being immune to Wind. On the other hand, it is very weak to Ice and Poison, the latter of which can be further exploited by its vulnerability to the Poison status effect (as long as you land the status before it defends itself).

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

EBF3 Foe Icon Spike Crab.png
Spike Crab Underground Dweller EBF3
Defensive creature which attacks differently in different environments.
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 Gold
155 4 4 4 4 4 3.5 33 2.6 22
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire.png Element Thunder.png Element Ice.png Element Water.png Element Wind.png Element Earth.png Element Poison.png Element Dark.png Element Holy.png Element Bomb.png
100% 100% - 300% 100% -70% - - -60% -50%
Status
Resistance
Status Poison.png Status Syphon.png Status Dispel.png Status Doom.png Status Berserk.png Status Stun.png Status Death.png
- - - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Sea Shell Magmaball Solid Spike - - - -
Name Sea Shell Magmaball Solid Spike - - - -
Chance 80% 10% 5% - - - -

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 cave crab.png Cave Crab EBF4
A defensive creature which uses earth attacks.
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
128 4 4 4 4 4 3.7 18 2.2 2.2 12 50
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% -80% 50% 100% - - -
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
- - - - -50% - - - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Sea Shell Dirt Ball Solid Spike Geode Sushi - -
Name Sea Shell Dirt Ball Solid Spike Geode Sushi - -
Chance 80% 60% 10% 10% 1% - -
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
3.5% 5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Prior to the v2 update, its description incorrectly claimed it could use Fire-elemental attacks.

Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
Icon bestiary ebf4 cave crab.png Cave Crab EBF4
A defensive creature which uses earth attacks.
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
128 4 4 4 4 4 3.7 18 2.2 2.2 12 50
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% 100% - - -
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 Sea Shell Dirt Ball Solid Spike Geode Sushi - -
Name Sea Shell Dirt Ball Solid Spike Geode Sushi - -
Chance 80% 60% 10% 10% 1% - -
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
3.5% 3% per stack,
up to 27%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Claw Strike Single 28 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Shell Stab Single 40 Physical 80% Element Earth.png -- -- -- 70% 50% 10%
Bubbles Single 20 Magical 100% Element Water.png 50% 30% StatDown Evade.png 120% 0% 10%
Quake Single 50 Physical 50% Element Earth.png -- -- -- 120% 10% 10%
Flood Single 40 Magical 100% Element Water.png -- -- -- 100% 20% 10%
Fume Single 38 Physical 50% Element Fire.png -- -- -- 110% 10% 20%
Notes: Has no usage conditions set, and therefore may not be seen during normal gameplay.
Shell Visit Self -- -- ---- 100%
100%
40%
40%
Stat Attack.png
Stat Defence.png
-- -- --

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Claw Strike Single 22 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Shell Stab Single 28 Physical 50% Element Earth.png -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Tremor Single 28 Physical 50% Element Earth.png -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Shell Visit Self -- -- ---- 100% -- Status Defend.png -- -- --
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, also applies 3x Status Bless.png Bless.

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 3

  • Berserked → Claw Strike;
  • Syphoned → Claw Strike (1/4), Shell Stab (1/4), Bubbles (1/4), Shell Visit (1/4);
  • Otherwise → Claw Strike (1/5), Shell Stab (1/5), Bubbles (1/5), Quake/Flood (1/5), Shell Visit (1/5).

There is only one instance of a Spike Crab appearing in a battle with the second background, which is the path-blocking (thus not respawning) battle one screen above and one screen to the left from the big treasure cave in Rock Lake.

If the Spike Crab would ever appear in Volcano Peak, it would have had a 50% chance to cast Quake and 50% for Fume whenever the background-dependent attack set is rolled. However, the Spike Crab is not present in any battles in said area, and cannot be summoned by any other foes, so this variant goes unused, along with the foe's ability to cast Fume.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Berserked → Shell Stab;
  • Syphoned → Claw Strike (1/3), Shell Stab (1/3), Shell Visit (1/3);
  • Otherwise → Claw Strike (1/4), Shell Stab (1/4), Tremor (1/4), Shell Visit (1/4).
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