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The Ice Needle is an Ice-elemental sword available for Matt in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 and 5.

Description

In EBF4, the Ice Needle is a grey halberd with a spearhead made of blue ice. A curved, almost pincer-like blade is affixed to the shaft below the spear, with two small ice crystals clinging to the larger half of the blade. The other end of the halberd has a smaller ice spike.

In EBF5, the Ice Needle received a major redesign, now resembling a massive lance made of ice. It consists of a pointed ice crystal set in a metal brazier-like structure that acts as a crossguard and hilt. The largest point of the ice crystal appears to have been carved into a refined blade, with a few smaller spikes sticking out of it. The blade widens into the main mass of the crystal near the base, with a large metal point visible within; this is presumably the base around which the crystal was formed. A bit of ice can be seen on the bottom of the "crossguard", and a three-pointed crystal acts as the pommel of the sword.

The Ice Needle usually has the ability to Freeze the victims of its weapon-elemental skills, which can also unleash a physical Ice skill to increase its damage output and benefit from its elemental boost. It is usually resistant to Ice and Water.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Ice Needle has decent (but not outstanding) offensive stats, as well as minor bonuses to Evade and Defence. Its main selling point is the ability to inflict Freeze with weapon-elemental skills; while the infliction chance is rather low, Matt can still potentially immobilize entire enemy waves with Swift Slash (even more so when combined with Cloudburst's Wet application). Additionally, it powers up Ice attacks, including its own Tundra unleash; unlike most unleashes in EBF4, this bonus skill has the same power as Matt's natural Tundra instead of being based on the strength of the weapon-elemental skill used to cast it.

The Ice Needle has resistances to Ice, Wind and Water. None of these become an immunity at Level 5.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Normal

The Ice Needle is a pure offensive weapon with strong Attack and decent Magic Attack. It has a modest chance to Freeze foes with weapon-elemental skills; these skills can also unleash Tundra, which benefits from its elemental boost.

Despite its potential to immobilize enemies and set up damage combos, the Ice Needle is vastly more useful for day-to-day offense. However, it's usually outclassed by the Sapphire Saint, which is available a little earlier and generally more efficient for an early-game offensive Matt build.

The Ice Needle is resistant to Ice, Water, Wet and Dry, becoming immune to the latter two Level 5.

Equip Remix

The Alt Ice Needle has good Attack, poor Magic Attack, and a boost to Ice skills that Matt can easily exploit. It can summon an Icicle Creep between turns for some additional Ice damage, but its most notable trait is its ability to inflict Instant Death with its weapon-elemental skills; if that doesn't take, its Ice Needles unleash gives it a second chance at inflicting the status. Unfortunately, neither Death trigger has a particularly high activation chance; the Alt Spine Snapper or a traditional Fat Fly build with status-boosting gear and Bad Luck support will prove much more consistent for instantly killing vulnerable foes.

The Alt Ice Needle resists Ice and Water, but is weak to Fire. Its resistances max out at 50%, but its weakness doesn't change even at Level 5.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Ice Needle is found in Whitefall Town, in the left chest behind the equipment shop.

EBF4 WepIcon Ice Needle.png Ice Needle
May freeze targets. Boosts the power of Ice skills. May cast Tundra with certain skills.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP.png - - - - - Stat MP.png - - - - - Element Ice.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Defence.png - 5% 5% 10% 10% Element Wind.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Mdef.png - - - - - Element Water.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Accuracy.png - - - - - Stat Evade.png - 5% 5% 10% 10% Element 50% Element Ice.png
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- -- Status Freeze.png 5% 10% 10% 10% 15%
Bonus Skill -- -- 2x 2x 2x 2x 2x
Auto Status -- -- - - - - - -
-- - - - - -
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Iron Ore
x 2
-- -- 3 Steel Plate
x 2
Solid Water
x 1
--
4 Liquid Ice
x 7
Solid Water
x 7
-- 5 Mythril Shards
x 1
-- --

Tundra doesn't have the bonus skill power multiplier specified, and thus calculates independent of host skill's power, as if it was used as a normal skill — power depends on Tundra's level, defaulting to level 1's power (50) if it isn't learned.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Ice Needle is found inside a chest in the eastern end of the Ice Cave. The chest is guarded by a battle that appears as a Viking Monolith; the player will have to navigate a large Slip-N-Slide puzzle to reach it.

EBF5 WepIcon Ice Needle.png Ice Needle
A shard of piercing ice.
  • Boosts the damage of ice skills.
  • Level 3: May unleash Tundra while attacking.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP.png - - - - - - - - - - - EBF5 Element Ice.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack.png 15% 30% 45% 60% 75% Stat Defence.png - - - - - EBF5 Element Water.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic.png 15% 30% 40% 50% 60% Stat Mdef.png - - - - - Wet & Dry 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Stat Accuracy.png - - - - - Stat Evade.png - - - - - Element 50% EBF5 Element Ice.png
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- -- EBF5 Status Freeze.png 10% 10% 15% 15% 25%
Bonus Skill 80 (33%) 2x 2x 2x 2x 2x
Auto Status -- -- - - - - - -
Defend Status -- -- - - - - -
Note: Before the v2 update, had a -30% Fire weakness instead of resisting Ice.
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Snowball
x 3
-- -- 3 Liquid Ice
x 1
Solid Water
x 1
--
4 Sapphire
x 3
Liquid Ice
x 2
Solid Water
x 2
5 Sapphire
x 10
Liquid Ice
x 10
Solid Water
x 10

Statistics with Equip Remix enabled.

EBF5 WepIcon Ice Needle.png Ice Needle
A shard of piercing ice.
  • Boosts the damage of ice skills.
  • Level 3: Randomly casts Icicle Creep between turns.
  • Level 5: May unleash Ice Needles while attacking.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP.png - - - - - - - - - - - EBF5 Element Fire.png -30% -30% -30% -30% -30%
Stat Attack.png 15% 30% 40% 50% 65% Stat Defence.png - - - - - EBF5 Element Ice.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic.png 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Stat Mdef.png - - - - - EBF5 Element Water.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Accuracy.png - - - - - Stat Evade.png - - - - - Element 50% EBF5 Element Ice.png
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- (30%) EBF5 Status Death.png 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
Bonus Skill 100 (35%) - - - - -
Auto Status -- -- - - - - - -
Defend Status -- -- - - - - -
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Snowball
x 3
-- -- 3 Liquid Ice
x 1
Solid Water
x 1
--
4 Sapphire
x 3
Liquid Ice
x 2
Solid Water
x 2
5 Sapphire
x 10
Icicle Creep
x 1
--
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