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  • The Dark Gown in EBF4.
  • EBF5 version.
"Is this dress really necessary? It's a little too bold!"
―Natalie, Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Dark Gown is a female armor in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 and 5. Its hat counterpart is the Dark Bobble.

Description

The Dark Gown is a strapless black dress with detached sleeves, a floor-length skirt, and a pair of thin belts around the middle, one of which has a small white buckle resembling a skull. Natalie's version also has a black collar that covers her neck.

In EBF5, the gown has been redesigned with purple feather-like frills, showing absolute cleavage when worn by Natalie.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Dark Gown emphasizes its wearer's magic power, greatly raising their Magic Attack and Magic Defence, but providing no other stat bonuses. It buffs Magic Attack when hit for >50% of maximum health in EBF4, though this unlikely to be a significant effect.

The Dark Gown is the absolute offensive magic gear, boasting the highest Magic Attack in the game and great Magic Defence second only to the Pope Dress. However, it is worth noting that it only has a measly 5% more Magic Attack than the Red Dress, which has the same Magic Defence and also notable amounts of Defence. To add insult to injury, the Red Dress even has three elemental resistances, giving effectively great bulk for marginally less magical power. Ultimately, the best reason to use Dark Gown is for the mix of offensive power and Dark resistance; however, in normal circumstances it is better to use the Red Dress for magical offense and either the Pope Dress or the White Mage Dress for Dark resistance.

The Dark Gown grants resistance to Dark, Doom and Instant Death, with Doom and Death resistance becoming immunities at level 5.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Normal

The Dark Gown is functionally identical to its EBF4 appearance, with great Magic Attack and Magic Defence but no other stats to show for it. However, it does have an interesting asset in that it can buff Magic Defence when defending. While hypothetically useful, it's worth noting that since Barrier and other methods of Magic Defence application are typically party-wide skills, this effect will not improve buff coverage like an offensive buff would. Instead, the player should focus on the great offenses this outfit afford Natalie. Alternatively, better defenses alongside solid magic prowess can be gotten at the cost of some power with Bubble Dress and the like.

The Dark Gown grants resistance to Dark, Doom and Instant Death, with Doom and Death resistance becoming immunities at level 5. However, it also has a weakness to Holy.

Equip Remix

In Equip Remix, Alt Dark Gown acquires magical power enough to compress the fabric of time, but is more notable for its Enchant abilities and Dark immunity.

Dark Gown has immense Magic Attack and Magic Defence, though this comes at the cost of a modest Evade penalty. It boosts both Dark and Non-elemental skills, but it also is able to apply Enchanted on the user when defending. Because of this, it is useful in Enchant-based tanking builds as well as for its great magical abilities. It faces competition in this regard from the Turtle Gi, which has better defenses (assuming all magical damage is negated) and no Ice weakness, but does not have the resilience against Dark the gown does. The Dark Gown is also notable for its Dark immunity, which can be helpful given the nature of The Rapture.

The Alt Dark Gown grants resistance to Dark, but has an Ice weakness. The Dark resistance becomes an immunity at level 5.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Found in the Graybone Cemetery, in the bottom-left corner of the map, in the rightmost chest blocked by a battle that appears as an Coal Bat.

EBF4 Arm Dark Gown Dark Gown
A dark-resistant dress. Buffs magic attack when hit by a powerful attack.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP - - - - - Stat MP - - - - - Element Dark 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack - - - - - Stat Defence - - - - - Status Death 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Stat Magic 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Stat Mdef 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% - - - - - -
Stat Accuracy - - - - - Stat Evade - - - - -
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier
Auto Skill -- --
Bonus Skill -- --
Auto Status -- --
--
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Item Wool
x 6
-- -- 3 Item Satin
x 1
-- --
4 Item Satin
x 2
Item Bottled Darkness
x 2
-- 5 Item Dark Rune
x 2
Item Bottled Darkness
x 3
--

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Found inside a chest in the teleporter maze in The Rapture, the chest is guarded by some foes.

EBF5 Arm Dark Gown Dark Gown
The clothes of a powerful sorceress.
  • Boosts the damage of dark skills.
  • Level 4: Defending also buffs magic defence by 80%.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP - - - - - - - - - - - EBF5 Element Holy -30% -30% -30% -30% -30%
Stat Attack - - - - - Stat Defence - - - - - EBF5 Element Dark 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Stat Mdef 15% 20% 25% 30% 40% EBF5 Status Death 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Stat Accuracy - - - - - Stat Evade - - - - -
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier
Auto Skill -- --
Bonus Skill -- --
Auto Status -- --
Defend Status 80% Stat Mdef --
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 EBF5 Item Jungle Flower
x 1
-- -- 3 EBF5 Item Satin
x 2
-- --
4 EBF5 Item Satin
x 1
EBF5 Item Dark Rune
x 1
-- 5 EBF5 Item Dark Matter
x {{{item51number}}}
-- --

Statistics with Equip Remix enabled.

EBF5 Arm Dark Gown Dark Gown
The clothes of a powerful sorceress.
  • Boosts the damage of dark skills.
  • Level 3: Boosts the damage of non-elemental skills.
  • Level 5: Defending gives enchanted status.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP - - - - - - - - - - - EBF5 Element Ice -30% -30% -30% -30% -30%
Stat Attack - - - - - Stat Defence - - - - - EBF5 Element Dark 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Stat Magic 15% 20% 25% 30% 45% Stat Mdef 15% 20% 25% 30% 45% - - - - - -
Stat Accuracy - - - - - Stat Evade -10% -10% -10% -10% -10%
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier
Auto Skill -- --
Bonus Skill -- --
Auto Status -- --
Defend Status 1x EBF5 Status Enchanted --
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 EBF5 Item Jungle Flower
x 1
-- -- 3 EBF5 Item Satin
x 2
-- --
4 EBF5 Item Satin
x 1
EBF5 Item Dark Rune
x 1
-- 5 EBF5 Item Dark Matter
x {{{item51number}}}
-- --
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