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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 in Rock Lake of Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and Crystal Caverns of Epic Battle Fantasy 4. It is a member of the Crab enemy class.

Appearance

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Overview

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Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

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

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 cave crab Cave Crab EBF4
A defensive creature which uses fire[incorrect] and earth attacks.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP
128 4 4 4 4 4 3.7 18 2.2 2.2 12 50
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Earth Element Poison Element Bomb Element Wind Element Water Element Holy Element Dark
50% - -80% 50% -80% 50% 100% - - -
Status
Resistance
Status Burn Status Stun Status Freeze Status Tired Status Poison Status Dispel Status Stagger Status Syphon Status Wet Status Weaken Status Curse Status Death
- - - - -50% - - - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Sea Shell Item Dirt Ball Item Solid Spike Item Geode Item 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 Burn Status Poison Poison Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
Status Regen 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.

Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Claw Strike Single 28 Stat Attack ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Shell Stab Single 40 Stat Attack 80% Element Earth -- -- -- 70% 50% 10%
Bubbles Single 20 Stat Magic 100% Element Water 50% 30% StatDown Evade 120% 0% 10%
Quake Single 50 Stat Attack 50% Element Earth -- -- -- 120% 10% 10%
Flood Single 40 Stat Magic 100% Element Water -- -- -- 100% 20% 10%
Fume Single 38 Stat Attack 50% Element Fire -- -- -- 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
Stat Defence
-- -- --

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

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

Despite Bestiary's description, the foe has no Fire-elemental attacks at its disposal.

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 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 crab would ever appear in Volcano Peak, it would have 50% chance to cast Quake and 50% for Fume whenever the background-dependant attack set is rolled. However, 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 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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