Clays appear as knight-like humanoids made of hardened clay; based on the clattering sounds they make when damaged or killed, they may have a hollow interior. They carry various weapons made of similarly-hardened clay; some (like the Red Clay) are traditional warriors, while others (like the Green Clay) have more unusual styles. They have large helmets with a simple sigil embedded on the visor; while it appears to be armor, this may actually be their equivalent of a head.
Clays are typically encountered in rocky areas (like Rock Lake and the Crystal Caverns) and old ruins (such as the Kitten Kingdom Ruins and the Temple of Godcat). However, some variants are also found in other locations depending on their elemental affinity.
Clays are usually mid-tier foes, with reasonable power and diverse abilities. They have different traits depending on the individual species, with each being dedicated to one element. Most of them favor physical attacks supplemented with some magic, with the White Clay being the most notable exception.
Epic Battle Fantasy 3
Epic Battle Fantasy 4
Epic Battle Fantasy 5
The Clays in Epic Battle Fantasy 5 appear exclusively in the Epic Battle Fantasy 3 simulation in the Data Bunker.
- The Red Clay and Dark Clay cast spells by stabbing their weapons into the ground, similar to how Matt uses many of his Bushido techniques. Matt comments on this on seeing a Red Clay attack.
- The Green Clay is the only Clay to use a ranged weapon; all others use a melee weapon, including the White Clay which uses its staff for striking.
- The fact that all Clays have a rune on their face might perhaps link to a connection with the original Golem of Hebrew lore, a creature made of clay animated by putting a note with the Tetragrammaton in his mouth and writing the Hebrew word for truth, "emet". The golems, unlike the Clays in the game, can be deactivated by simply removing the "aleph" (א) from the word "emet"; this changes the word to "met", which means dead in Hebrew.
- While Clays didn't appear in Epic Battle Fantasy 5 (until the Data Bunker was introduced), the Fallen have many similarities to them - armored humanoids with a variety of elemental forms that use physical attacks supplemented with magic.