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The Dark Bush is a recurring foe in the Epic Battle Fantasy series, first appearing in Epic Battle Fantasy 3, and a summon in Epic Battle Fantasy 5. It appears mostly in ashy areas, such as Volcano Peak (EBF3), The Rapture (EBF5), and certain parts of Ashwood Forest and Lankyroot Jungle (EBF4). It is a member of the Bush enemy class.

Appearance

The Dark Bush is a black-colored bush with demonic red eyes, bull horns and sharp nails. In EBF3, it has multiple possible appearances (the only difference is how much its horns are broken), with the fourth one having twice the chance to be chosen; in EBF4, only that one is left. In EBF5, it gains some horn variants back, with equal chance for each.

Overview

In contrast to its flammable brethren, the Dark Bush has Fire and Ice resistance (or is neutral to them in EBF3), Dark absorption/immunity, but doesn't absorb Water. That said, it's still just a weak bush and is easily defeated, especially with attacks hitting an elemental weakness, which vary between games. However, as with other Bushes, watch out for its (de)buff abilities helping its stronger allies in combat.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

EBF3 Foe Icon Dark Bush.png
Dark Bush Sooty Shrub EBF3
A timid creature well hidden under the ash.
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
100 4 4 4 4 4 4.4 12 1.5 6
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% 200% -100% -
Status
Resistance
Status Poison.png Status Syphon.png Status Dispel.png Status Doom.png Status Berserk.png Status Stun.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 Herb Curly Horn - - - - -
Name Herb Curly Horn - - - - -
Chance 100% 60% - - - - -

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 dark bush.png Dark Bush EBF4
A timid creature which uses non-elemental attacks and can lower the party's defence.
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
85 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 1.2 1.2 6 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% -50% 50% -50% -80% - -80% - -100% 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% - - - - - -100% - - -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 Fine Fur Curly Horn Solid Spike - - - -
Name Fine Fur Curly Horn Solid Spike - - - -
Chance 25% 20% 5% - - - -
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.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
Icon bestiary ebf4 dark bush.png Dark Bush EBF4
A timid creature which uses non-elemental attacks and can lower the party's defence.
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
85 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 1.2 1.2 6 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% -50% 50% 150% 150% - -80% - -100% 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% - - - - - -100% - - -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 Fine Fur Curly Horn Solid Spike - - - -
Name Fine Fur Curly Horn Solid Spike - - - -
Chance 25% 20% 5% - - - -
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% -1.5% per stack,
up to -13.5%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Foe Icon Dark Bush.png
Dark Bush EBF5
I'm not sure if this thing is still technically a bush. It looks almost like a creature. It's got sharp claws too.
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 Catch
65 4 4 4 4 4 4 6.5 1 1 4.5 50 80
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire.png EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Element Ice.png EBF5 Element Earth.png EBF5 Element Bio.png EBF5 Element Bomb.png EBF5 Element Water.png EBF5 Element Wind.png EBF5 Element Holy.png EBF5 Element Dark.png
50% - 50% -50% -50% - - - -80% 50%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch.png EBF5 Status Stun.png EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze.png EBF5 Status Poison+Virus.png EBF5 Status Syphon.png EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck.png EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse.png EBF5 Status Wet+Dry.png EBF5 Status Heavy+Light.png EBF5 Status Weak+Tired.png EBF5 Status Dispel.png EBF5 Status Death.png
- - - - - - -100% - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png EBF5 StatDown Magic.png EBF5 StatDown Defence.png EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png EBF5 StatDown Accuracy.png EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Razor Claw Bone Spike - - -
Name Razor Claw Bone Spike - - -
Chance 15% 2% - - -
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn.png Burn EBF5 Status Scorch.png Scorch EBF5 Status Poison.png Poison EBF5 Status Virus.png Virus EBF5 Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen
1.75% per stack,
up to 15.75%
3.5% per stack,
up to 31.5%
4.5% per stack,
up to 40.5%
9% per stack,
up to 81%
25% -33.(3)%
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 Dark Bush.png
Dark Bush EBF5
I'm not sure if this thing is still technically a bush. It looks almost like a creature. It's got sharp claws too.
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 Catch
65 4 4 4 4 4 4 6.5 1 1 4.5 50 80
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire.png EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Element Ice.png EBF5 Element Earth.png EBF5 Element Bio.png EBF5 Element Bomb.png EBF5 Element Water.png EBF5 Element Wind.png EBF5 Element Holy.png EBF5 Element Dark.png
50% 50% 50% -50% 200% - 50% 50% -80% 200%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch.png EBF5 Status Stun.png EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze.png EBF5 Status Poison+Virus.png EBF5 Status Syphon.png EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck.png EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse.png EBF5 Status Wet+Dry.png EBF5 Status Heavy+Light.png EBF5 Status Weak+Tired.png EBF5 Status Dispel.png EBF5 Status Death.png
- - - - - - -100% - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png EBF5 StatDown Magic.png EBF5 StatDown Defence.png EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png EBF5 StatDown Accuracy.png EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Razor Claw Bone Spike - - -
Name Razor Claw Bone Spike - - -
Chance 15% 2% - - -
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn.png Burn EBF5 Status Scorch.png Scorch EBF5 Status Poison.png Poison EBF5 Status Virus.png Virus EBF5 Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen
1.75% per stack,
up to 15.75%
3.5% per stack,
up to 31.5%
-3% per stack,
up to -27%
-6% per stack,
up to -54%
25% -33.(3)%
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.


Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Leaf Stab Single 17 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Bite Single 22 Physical ---- -- -- -- 90% 30% 10%
Thin Tone Scream Single 15 Magical 100% Element Wind.png 100% 30% StatDown Defence.png 100% 0% 10%
Deep Tone Scream Allies -- -- ---- -- 30% Stat Attack.png -- -- --

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Leaf Stab Single 16 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Bite Single 28 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Scream All -- -- ---- 70% 20% StatDown Defence.png 100% -- --
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, debuff strength is increased to 30%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
6x Hit Single 28/6 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Bite Single 18 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Scream All -- -- ---- 75% 15% EBF5 StatDown Evade.png 100% -- --
Notes: Debuff strength increased to 25% 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

  • Berserked → Leaf Stab;
  • Otherwise → Leaf Stab (1/4), Bite (1/4), Thin Tone Scream (1/4), Deep Tone Scream (1/4).

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Berserked → Bite;
  • Syphoned → Leaf Stab;
  • Otherwise → Leaf Stab (1/3), Bite (1/3), Scream (1/3).

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Action

  • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Surrender;
  • If Syphoned or Berserked → 6x Hit (1/2), Bite (1/2);
  • Otherwise → 6x Hit (2/5), Bite (2/5), Scream (1/5).

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 25% and not Syphoned → Scream.

Summon

In EBF5, the foe can be captured to be used as a summon.

EBF5 Foe Icon Dark Bush.png
Dark Bush SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Hisses viciously at the enemies, debuffing their evade slightly. 13 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All -- -- ---- 100% 25% EBF5 StatDown Evade.png 100% -- --

Trivia

  • In EBF5, unlike all the other Bushes, the Dark Bush is unaffected by equipment that scares Trees.
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