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"Anna: Ooooh, what's that?
Matt: That's trouble over there.
"
―Dialogue when meeting the foe in its themed area in Battle Mountain, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Cosmic Monolith is a recurring foe (sometimes present as a miniboss) in the Epic Battle Fantasy series, introduced in Epic Battle Fantasy 3. It appeared in many games, including EBF3, 4 (added in the Battle Mountain update, appearing only in Premium-exclusive areas) and 5, as well as Adventure Story, Bullet Heaven and Bullet Heaven 2; it can also be summoned in EBF4 and 5. It is a member of the Monolith enemy class.

Appearance

The Cosmic Monolith is in the shape of a rectangular prism with very round holes in the front of it. It is of a black coloring and has marking going across the front, top, and sides, which glow red every few seconds. When destroyed, Cosmic Monolith gets sliced apart, revealing it is made of Dark Matter.

Overview

Monoliths take the role of offensive spell-casters, with Cosmic Monolith itself being biased towards the Dark element, fitting its color theme. Cosmic Monolith is most known for its very high Evade, which it can further buff in-battle, and the Doomsday spell that deals immense Dark-elemental damage to the party (or everyone in EBF3, healing the monolith and other Dark-absorbing foes) in a fiery energy explosion. It is also immune to every other element besides two, which are its weaknesses: Thunder and Bomb in EBF3 and Thunder and Water in EBF4 and 5.

Doomsday EBF3

EBF3 Doomsday, after the ≈30% damage nerf.

On higher difficulties, Doomsday typically overkills the front players if caught unaware — and in EBF3 it is used the first turn (in other games it requires time to be charged, visibly indicated by the Charge status), like other Monoliths' signature spells in this game. And the foe is first encountered in a second wave, at a time the players are unlikely to be ready for such a strong blow, possibly without a turn left to prepare any sort of defence. And it can be summoned by the final boss and immediately proceed with Doomsday, which is a much more effective jumpscare than Matt's Screamer.

Relying primarily on Dark attacks (with their element % varying between games), Cosmic Monolith becomes much less of a threat with (and, due to sheer power, shouldn't be tackled without) Dark-resistant equipment. However, it won't be completely shut down by that: in EBF3 and 5, its attacks have dangerous status effects and debuffs for other foes to take advantage of, and in EBF4 and 5 it has some abilities of other elements. EBF5 also gives it the ability to cause the Invisible status, further increasing the power of its already devastating magic.

Alternatively, it can be Syphoned like other Monoliths, forcing it to skip turns in EBF3 and 4 or, despite having its magic sealed, magically teleport above a player and fall onto them for non-elemental damage in EBF5 (interestingly, the same attack also exists in EBF4, but is properly blocked by Syphon). Unfortunately, the players had no reliable means to get the status through resistances until EBF5 (which introduced both skills with exceptionally high Syphon chance and equipment that boosts the chance even further), barring the Equilibrium sword in EBF4, which is obtained not so long after Cosmic Monoliths were dealt with.

Cosmic Monolith sliced

Sliced apart, with its parts falling down. (EBF4)

In EBF4, it is considered a miniboss instead of a regular foe (though its health is still at the levels of usual strong foes), appearing in Battle Mountain's miniboss marathon and the personal themed panel to the right from Battle Mountain entrance. Multiple Cosmic Monoliths are quickest defeated using a Limit Break combo: Tsunami and Ion Cannon, both having high accuracy and hitting elemental weaknesses, and the former one sets up a combo for the latter one with the Wet status.

Cosmic Monolith can also be used as a summon in EBF4 and 5, doing exactly what one would expect — nuking all foes with Doomsday. Using it for the first time in EBF4 awards the Space Invaders medal.

In Adventure Story, the Cosmic Monolith has different appearance both visually and gameplay-wise. Its shape resembles a Viking Monolith rather than a VHS tape (similar to Cosmic Gigalith from EBF5), and it attacks with fast, powerful homing fireballs in salvos of three, instead of Dark magic.

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Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

EBF3 Foe Icon Cosmic Monolith
Cosmic Monolith Unknown Machine EBF3
Distorts the space and time around it to avoid attacks. Destroys everything.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP Gold
500 4 4 6 4 4 7 420 25 200
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Water Element Wind Element Earth Element Poison Element Dark Element Holy Element Bomb
100% -100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 400% 100% -100%
Status
Resistance
Status Poison Status Syphon Status Dispel Status Doom Status Berserk Status Stun Status Death
100% 70% - - - 70% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Dark Rune Item Dark Matter - - - - -
Name Dark Rune Darkmatter - - - - -
Chance 100% 40% - - - - -

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 cosmic monolith Cosmic Monolith EBF4
A mysterious monolith from deep space. Uses extremely powerful dark attacks, and has incredibly high evade.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP
500 4 4 6 4 4 8 400 22 22 150 25
Elemental
Resistance
Element Fire Element Thunder Element Ice Element Earth Element Poison Element Bomb Element Wind Element Water Element Holy Element Dark
100% -100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% -100% 100% 200%
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
100% 100% 100% - 100% 50% 100% 50% - - - 100%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack StatDown Magic StatDown Defence StatDown Mdef StatDown Accuracy StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Item Dark Rune Item Dark Matter - - - - -
Name Dark Rune Dark Matter - - - - -
Chance 100% 30% - - - - -
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
Immune Immune Immune -16.(6)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Foe Icon Cosmic Monolith
Cosmic Monolith EBF5
An alien machine from deep space. There's crazy amounts of dark energy stored in this thing! Dark resistance is critical!
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
500 4 4 6 4 4 8 500 25 25 200 25 3
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire EBF5 Element Thunder EBF5 Element Ice EBF5 Element Earth EBF5 Element Bio EBF5 Element Bomb EBF5 Element Water EBF5 Element Wind EBF5 Element Holy EBF5 Element Dark
100% -80% 100% 100% 100% 100% -80% 100% 100% 200%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch EBF5 Status Stun EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze EBF5 Status Poison+Virus EBF5 Status Syphon EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse EBF5 Status Wet+Dry EBF5 Status Heavy+Light EBF5 Status Weak+Tired EBF5 Status Dispel EBF5 Status Death
100% 100% 100% 100% 50% - 100% - - 100% 50% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
40% 40% 40% 40% 40% -
Item Drop Rate
Icon EBF5 Item Dark Rune EBF5 Item Dark Rune EBF5 Item Lecko Brick EBF5 Item Dark Matter EBF5 Item Red Pill
Name Dark Rune Dark Rune Lecko Brick Dark Matter Red Pill
Chance 80% 80% 30% 15% 2%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn Burn EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
Immune Immune Immune Immune -16.(6)%
Damage taken from first three is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
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
Flare All 10 Stat Magic ---- 100% 20% StatDown Accuracy 160% 0% 10%
Notes: Is immediately followed by...
Doomsday Everyone 130 Stat Magic 100% Element Dark -- -- -- 200% 10% 10%
Notes: Allies will only be hit for 3 power.
This combo attack is used at the first turn, and then each third turn.
Prior to the 2016 update, Doomsday instead had 180 power and 90% element degree.
Pulsar All 70 Stat Magic 100% Element Dark 50% 30% StatDown Mdef 100% 10% 10%
Antimatter All 50 Stat Magic 100% Element Dark 100% -- Status Dispel 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Unlike Lance's Antimatter, this one does not center its damage on anyone and instead spreads it evenly, and has higher element degree and higher Dispel chance.
Buff Self
Allies
-- -- ---- -- 70%
50%
Stat Magic
Stat Evade
-- -- --

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Doomsday All 250 Stat Magic 75% Element Dark -- -- -- 300% 10% 10%
Notes: Used every three turns if able, indicated by the Charge status the turn prior.
Pulsar All 60 Stat Magic 100% Element Dark 30% 20% StatDown Magic 115% 10% 10%
Antimatter Centered 80 Stat Magic 75% Element Dark -- -- -- 120% 10% 10%
Slam Single 160 Stat Attack ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Buff Allies -- -- ---- -- 50%
50%
Stat Magic
Stat Evade
-- -- --
Charge Self -- -- ---- -- 2x Status Charge -- -- --
Notes: Charges to cast Doomsday.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Slam Single 180 Stat Attack ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Can be used only while under the effect of EBF5 Status Berserk Berserk or EBF5 Status Syphon Syphon.
Space Distortion Single 80 Stat Magic 50% EBF5 Element Dark 100%
40%
30%
3x
EBF5 StatDown Mdef
EBF5 Status Invisible
100% 10% 10%
Notes: Can be used only in conjunction with Charge, and only on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Distortion Field All 40 Stat Magic 50% EBF5 Element Dark 100%
25%
20%
3x
EBF5 StatDown Mdef
EBF5 Status Invisible
100% 10% 10%
Pulsar All 60 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Dark 40% 2x EBF5 Status Heavy 115% 10% 10%
Energy Barrage All 50/2 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Bomb -- -- -- 100% 30% 10%
Shockwave All 45/2 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Wind 20% 1x EBF5 Status Stagger 100% 10% 10%
Charge Self -- -- ---- -- 3x EBF5 Status Charge -- -- --
Notes: On Hard or Epic difficulties, is immediately followed by casting Space Distortion on a random player, unless catch score >55 and all players are EBF5 Status Lovable Lovable.
Doomsday All 150 Stat Magic 75% EBF5 Element Dark 100% 5x EBF5 Status Scorch 300% 10% 10%
Notes: Requires and expends EBF5 Status Charge Charge.
Buff Allies -- -- ---- -- 30%
30%
Stat Magic
Stat Evade
-- -- --
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, the strength of both stat buffs is increased to 50%.

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

  • Syphoned → Nothing;
  • First turn and then each 3rd turn or/and Berserked → Flare;
  • Otherwise → Pulsar (1/3), Antimatter (1/3), Buff (1/3).

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Spent 2 turns without Charge status → Charge on the same turn;
  • Syphoned → Nothing;
  • Charged → Doomsday;
  • Otherwise → Pulsar (1/4), Antimatter (1/4), Slam (1/4), Buff (1/4).

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

  • If Syphoned or Berserked, <50% HP, catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Surrender;
  • If Syphoned or Berserked, catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Nothing;
  • If Syphoned or Berserked → Slam;
  • If Charged → Doomsday;
  • Otherwise → Charge (1/4);
    • If a randomly selected ally has at least a 10% Evade buff → Space Distortion (3/16)
      • Chooses element the party is weakest to → Pulsar/Shockwave/Energy Barrage (9/16)
    • Otherwise → Buff (2/8), Space Distortion (1/8)
      • Chooses element the party is weakest to → Pulsar/Shockwave/Energy Barrage (3/8)

*On Hard and Epic difficulties, Charge is immediately followed by casting Space Distortion on a random player, unless catch score >55 and all players are Lovable.

Summon

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Cosmic Monolith isn't a summon per se in EBF3, but the Dark Rune item (which the foe drops with 100% chance) has the same effect as the summon in later games — casts Doomsday. It can be viewed as an one use summon ticket.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

In EBF4, it can be obtained from the farthest chest in the Danger Room of Waste Disposal Plant. The room can be observed the first time Waste Disposal Plant is visited, but cannot be accessed until much later: to open the door into the room, levers marked II, III, VI, IX and X should be turned on and the rest off, and the last lever required for the puzzle is outside the factory, reached only from the other side, when you get to the entrance of the Temple of Godcat. Additionally, in the Danger Room itself, one Copper Key and one Steel Key are required to clear the path to the chest.

Upon being summoned, the scene changes to view the Earth from space, where dozens of Cosmic Monoliths appear, and slowly descends toward Earth. A Monolith obscures the scene by passing over it, which cues the cut back to the battle. The Monolith descends in front of the targeted enemies, shines, and then disappears, only for the ground to erupt into black flames, completely obscuring the scene. Using the summon for the first time awards the Space Invaders medal.

Summon Cosmic Monolith
Cosmic Monolith SP Status Freeze
Targets all foes. 150 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All 450 Stat Magic 75% Element Dark -- -- -- 300% 10% 10%
Note: Prior to the Battle Mountain update, it had 100% element degree instead.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The foe can be captured to be used as a summon.

EBF5 Foe Icon Cosmic Monolith
Cosmic Monolith SP EBF5 Status Freeze
Nukes the battlefield with a tremendous dark magic blast, which hits all foes. 111 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All 300 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Dark -- -- -- 200% 10% 10%

Trivia

  • In EBF3, the Doomsday spell has a status effect chance set for it, with this chance getting increased from 10% to 40% on Epic difficulty. However, Doomsday does not have any status effects attached to it, so the status effect chance never comes into play.
  • With other EBF3 Monoliths having beam attacks that match their color theme, one could expect Cosmic Monolith to simply shoot a black beam instead of casting Doommsday. Interestingly, a black beam attack does exist within the game, used by Akron's raised form instead. (Alternatively, the small non-damaging red laser, and thus Doomsday itself can be considered as the expected colored beam.)
  • The Cosmic Monolith's design, powers and alien origin are a reference to the Monoliths from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • A few objects in the Epic Battle Fantasy series share the Cosmic Monolith's color scheme, such as the Dark Rune item and the "Secret Weapon" used in Air Strike.
    • In EBF5, many mechanical foes were redesigned to feature similar glowing lines, including Lance's tank, the Neon Valkyrie.
    • On this list of Cosmic Monolith like items is Lance's Shadow Blaster, which was confirmed in EBF5 to have been built using reverse-engineered Cosmic Monolith technology.
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