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Equip menu in EBF3

Equipment (Equips for short) is the general term for items worn or wielded by player characters, such as hats, armors, and weapons. Equipment improves the wearer's performance in battle, whether by increasing their statistics, providing resistances against elemental attacks or status effects, or by granting various special effects (see Equipment Effects for detailed information). However, some equipment also hinders the user with penalties to their stats, lowered resistances, or detrimental effects; this is often accompanied by extremely powerful effects that need to be counterbalanced by the penalties.

Initially, the only equipment in the Epic Battle Fantasy series were Matt's various swords, which he could switch between in battle. With the shift to a full RPG, Epic Battle Fantasy 3 introduced equips for each available character and a new equipment-based game mechanic - Forging. With the appropriate items, equipment can be upgraded to enhance the effectiveness of their abilities.

Weapons

These items are used by players to attack their enemies. Each character has a different set of weapons that only they can use:

Since EBF3, weapons can be upgraded through Forging, up to Level 5.

Armor

See: Male Hats and Armor, Female Hats and Armor.

These items are worn by characters to protect themselves from the elements and enemy attacks. Armor can be separated into two categories; headgear (or hats) and body armor. From there, armor can be further differentiated by whether it can be worn by males or females. Most armor pieces appear in pairs of headgear and body armor, and many have male and female versions with similar abilities and stats.

Like weapons, armor can be upgraded to Level 5 through Forging.

Flairs

All Flairs available in EBF4

See: Flairs

A new type of equipment introduced in Epic Battle Fantasy 4. They appear as a variety of small trinkets and badges worn over the character's clothing that can be worn by any character to provide boosts to their stats and elemental resistances. Some Flairs change the status effect of their wearer's weapon, and others automatically cast certain spells in battle. In EBF5, some Flairs will apply an additional effect to the Defend action when they are leveled up. Up to 3 Flairs can be worn simultaneously by each of the characters.

Unlike weapons and armor, Flairs can only be upgraded to Level 3.

Trivia

  • Out of all the playable characters (besides NoLegs), Natalie has the least amount of recurring weapons; she's also the only character that doesn't have a weapon that appeared in all of EBF3, 4, and 5. Of the 13 staves that she could use in EBF3, six of them returned for EBF4 and three made it to EBF5; similarly, only four staves from EBF4 returned in EBF5.
  • On the other hand, Anna has the most recurring weapons so far; over half of her EBF5 bows made their first appearance in EBF4.
  • Taking EBF3, 4, and 5 into account, Lance has the most weapons that recur over all three games, with six guns (the Super Snipe ZX, the Shadow Blaster, the Thunder Core, the Deep Blue, the Chainsaw Gun, and the Heavy Claw).
  • The Heaven's Gate is the only weapon that has appeared in every game.
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