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Dragon claw

The Dragon Claw is a Poison-elemental sword available for Matt in Epic Battle Fantasy 4.

Description

Although classified as a sword, The Dragon Claw is actually the severed arm of a Red Dragon, with an exposed bone acting as the hilt. It is presumably wielded like a club, relying on its weight and the sharp claws at the end of the arm to do most of the damage.

The Dragon Claw provides fairly little in way of stats, with nothing but an average boost to both offenses. However, it has a wealth of special effects that give it a unique and unusual niche among Matt's swords. That said, these same traits that make it a valuable tool also make it nearly worthless against any foe that is immune to or greatly resists either the Poison status or the Poison element.

Prior to the update that raised its Poisoning capabilities, the Dragon Claw (with its average offenses and no other stat boosts) served mostly as an elemental stick to boost the skills of its element, best used with the only strong physical Poison-elemental skill — the shared Bamboo Trap. After the update, it can also be used with the Swift Slash skill as a more reliable variant of Lance's Poison Gas, stacking Poison to slowly neutralize enemies. It may be used in concert with the Gas Mask to nullify the Dragon Claw's poisoning Matt while adding occasional rounds of Poison Gas, stacking the damage higher and higher.

In both versions, it can cast Toxic with certain skills, and allows Matt to counter with Normal Attack, which can also cast Toxic. Unfortunately, this weapon can also Poison its wielder at the start of each turn, however, it is possible to turn this into an asset by causing Matt to absorb the element. Additionally, it raises Matt's Fire and Poison (element) resistances.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Found in Temple of Godcat, in the right chest at the Ice Cave entrance screen, blocked by a boulder that is to be smashed with The Hammer.

EBF4 WepIcon Dragon Claw Dragon Claw
May poison the player at the start of each turn. May poison targets. Boosts the power of Poison skills. May cast Toxic with certain skills. Counter-attacks with Normal 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 Fire 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Defence - - - - - Element Poison 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Mdef - - - - - - - - - - -
Stat Accuracy - - - - - Stat Evade - - - - - Element 50% Element Poison
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- -- Status Poison 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Bonus Skill (40%) -- 3x 3x 4x 4x 5x
Auto Status 2x Status Poison (30%) - - - - - -
-- - - - - -
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Item Bad Mushroom
x 2
-- -- 3 Item Bio Virus
x 1
Item Bad Mushroom
x 2
--
4 Item Bio Virus
x 5
Item Dragon Scales
x 5
-- 5 Item Bio Virus
x 10
Item Solid Spike
x 10
Item Dragon Scales
x 10

Pre-Battle Mountain update version.

EBF4 WepIcon Dragon Claw Dragon Claw
May poison the player at the start of each turn. May poison targets. Boosts the power of Poison skills. May cast Toxic with certain skills. Counter-attacks with Normal 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 Fire 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Defence - - - - - Element Poison 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Mdef - - - - - - - - - - -
Stat Accuracy - - - - - Stat Evade - - - - - Element 50% Element Poison
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- -- Status Poison 35% 40% 45% 50% 60%
Bonus Skill (40%) -- 3x 3x 3x 3x 3x
Auto Status 2x Status Poison (30%) - - - - - -
-- - - - - -
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Item Bad Mushroom
x 2
-- -- 3 Item Bio Virus
x 1
Item Bad Mushroom
x 2
--
4 Item Bio Virus
x 5
Item Dragon Scales
x 5
-- 5 Item Bio Virus
x 10
Item Solid Spike
x 10
Item Dragon Scales
x 10

Trivia

  • The Dragon Claw is more or less the only evidence to suggest that the members of the Dragon family do, in fact, have a body.
  • Despite the Dragon Claw apparently being from a Red Dragon, the Red Dragon has no Poison-elemental skills or even any Poison affinity of any sort. As such, it is unclear how the Dragon Claw has the ability to inflict Poison.
    • It is plausible that the Red Dragon itself does not have any poisoning capabilities, but the blood or possibly the claws themselves contain a toxic material of some sort. Since none of the Red Dragons ever use their actual bodies to attack, their poisonous biology would never come into play during a battle.
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