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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 a rectangular black prism with round indentations in its front face. It is covered in angular markings that have waves of red energy passing through them every few seconds. When destroyed, it breaks apart, revealing Dark Matter within.

Overview

The Cosmic Monolith is a powerful offensive spellcaster that specializes in the Dark element. It is best known for its very high Evade, which it can further buff in-battle, and its signature spell: Doomsday, a fiery explosion that deals immense Dark-elemental damage to the party. It also absorbs Dark and is immune to every other element except its weaknesses: so far, it has always been weak to Thunder and one other element (Bomb in EBF3 and Water in EBF4 and 5).

While Dark-resistant equipment makes the Cosmic Monolith much less of a threat (and, due to its sheer power, it shouldn't be tackled without heavy Dark resistance), 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 the Monolith's 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 the Cosmic Monoliths were dealt with.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

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Doomsday EBF3

EBF3 Doomsday, after the ≈30% damage nerf.

Found exclusively in the final two areas, the Cosmic Monolith quickly began building its soon-to-be infamous reputation as one of the hardest enemies in EBF3. Unlike future appearances, Doomsday hits the enemies along with the players (healing the Monolith and anyone else with Dark absorption), is preceded by Flare to deal light damage and a decent Accuracy debuff, and the Monolith uses it on its first turn. With no backup players available, it's entirely possible for the first cast of Doomsday to wipe out the entire party on higher difficulties, and the Cosmic Monolith is often part of a secondary wave, when the players are unlikely to be ready for such a strong blow, possibly without a turn left to prepare any sort of defence.

[GAME-SPECIFIC STRATEGY PENDING]

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Cosmic Monolith sliced

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

While the Cosmic Monolith didn't appear as an enemy in EBF4's initial version, an update reintroduced it as a miniboss of Battle Mountain, giving it a personal screen to the right of Battle Mountain's entrance. Its Doomsday attack was weakened in several ways: it is no longer preceded by Flare, it doesn't hit the enemy side (thus preventing the Monolith from healing itself), and it requires the Monolith to Charge itself for a turn (also preventing a first-turn Doomsday attack). On the other hand, it can use any of its other attacks on the same turn it Charges itself, including powerful Dark spells, a buff to its already massive Magic Attack and Evade (albeit with less of a buff to the former than EBF3's version), and even a new physical attack that warps space to drop it on an unfortunate player.

Fortunately, the Cosmic Monolith is still rendered helpless by Syphon, so that should be the player's first choice (preferably with multiple sources to account for the foe's Evade and Syphon resistance). Multiple Cosmic Monoliths are best defeated using a combination of the Tsunami and Ion Cannon Limit Breaks; not only do both have high accuracy and hit the Monoliths' elemental weaknesses, the Wet inflicted by Tsunami further boosts the damage of Ion Cannon.

The Cosmic Monolith is also available as a summon, doing exactly what one would expect — nuking all foes with Doomsday. Using it for the first time awards the Space Invaders medal.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Story

In EBF5, the Cosmic Monolith has significant plot relevance as the primary tool of the ultimate enemy. Following a meteor impact in the southern continent (near Redpine Town), a number of Cosmic Monolith variants (vaguely arrow-shaped, with a large hole in the middle) were deployed across the world to spy on their surroundings, controlled by a particularly large and powerful monolith that remained in the spatial rift created at the initial meteor's crash site. The radiation emitted by the monoliths drove local wildlife into a frenzy and caused powerful new monsters to appear wherever they had landed, making conditions far more dangerous than before. These disturbances prompted Natalie to make plans to investigate the source of the monoliths and find a way to stop their effects, leading to her chance meeting with Matt and NoLegs.

While the monoliths' true nature remained mysterious to most, Lance correctly guessed that they were alien observation devices and began taking measures to prepare for a possible invasion. He and his followers also managed to isolate and research a monolith, developing a number of powerful technologies from the data.

Combat

The Cosmic Monolith has gained a number of new tricks for EBF5. It now knows Wind and Bomb spells to get around Dark-resistant parties, inflicts Invisible with some of its skills to further increase its magical damage output, and uses a very powerful physical attack if its magic is sealed off by Syphon or Berserk. However, since it only uses its physical attack when its magic is unavailable, it can be rendered mostly harmless for a few turns with the Enchanted status effect, which is especially useful when it charges up its signature Doomsday spell.

Adventure Story

In Adventure Story, the Cosmic Monolith has been greatly altered visually and gameplay-wise. Its shape resembles a Viking Monolith rather than a VHS tape (similar to EBF5's Cosmic Gigalith, although this game predates EBF5 by several years), and it attacks with fast, powerful homing fireballs in salvos of three, instead of Dark magic.

Bullet Heaven series

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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 HP 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 Scorch Scorch EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune -16.(6)%
Damage taken from first four is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
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% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 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% 70% 100% 100% - - 100% 100% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
- 40% 40% 40% 40% 80% -
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 Scorch Scorch EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune -16.(6)%
Damage taken from first four is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
At the start of the battle, randomly picks one element between Fire, Thunder, Water and Bomb, the chosen element's resistance gets changed to -80%.


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 only be used when EBF5 Status Syphon Syphoned or EBF5 Status Berserk Berserked.
After the v2 update, also removes EBF5 Status Invisible Invisible from the target (this effect ignores EBF5 Status Bless Bless).
Space Distortion Single 80 Stat Magic 40% EBF5 Element Dark 100%
50%
30%
5x
EBF5 StatDown Mdef
EBF5 Status Invisible
100% 10% 10%
Notes: Is only used immediately after Charge on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Before the v2 update, had 40% chance of 3x EBF5 Status Invisible Invisible, and was 50% elemental.
Distortion Field All 40 Stat Magic 50% EBF5 Element Dark 100%
25%
20%
5x
EBF5 StatDown Mdef
EBF5 Status Invisible
100% 10% 10%
Notes: Before the v2 update, only inflicted 3x EBF5 Status Invisible Invisible.
Pulsar All 60 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Dark 50% 2x EBF5 Status Heavy 115% 10% 10%
Notes: Before the v2 update, status chance was only 40%.
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: Will cast Space Distortion immediately after using this attack on Hard or Epic difficulties (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: Both buff strengths increased to 50% 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 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

Action

  • If Syphoned or Berserked, <49% 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 → Distortion Field (3/16);
      • Chooses best elemental spell based on active party's elemental resistance → Pulsar/Energy Barrage/Shockwave (9/16)
    • Otherwise → Buff (2/8), Distortion Field (1/8)
      • Chooses best elemental spell based on active party's elemental resistance → Pulsar/Energy Barrage/Shockwave (3/8)

*Charge will immediately be followed by Space Distortion on Hard/Epic, unless catch score >55 and all players are Lovable.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 100% and <32% HP → Slam.

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 100% 2x EBF5 Status Scorch 200% 10% 10%
Note: The Scorch status effect was added in the v2 update.

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 Doomsday. 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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