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The Mage Bird is a foe in Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and 4. In EBF3, it is found in several areas, primarily Rock Lake and Volcano Peak. In EBF4, most Mage Birds are found in the upper regions of the Temple of Godcat, although some can also be found in the Lost Ruins of Lankyroot Jungle.


Appearance

The Mage Bird is a white bird with a short pink beak and pink feet with three clawed toes. It wears a long black cloth over its head, with two tassels draping over its front and more dangling behind its back; the overall effect gives it the appearance of a nun wearing a habit. Unlike other Birds, it lacks tail feathers, instead having what appears to be another tassel of the cloth on its head dangling where they would be.

Overview

As usual for its species, the Mage Bird has high Evade but low HP and several elemental weaknesses, and thus can easily fall victim to high-Accuracy attacks. Unlike most Birds, it generally forgoes physical attacks in favor of a litany of magic spells that vary depending on the game.

Mage Birds tend to be immune to Earth and Holy, but weak to Thunder and Wind.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

In EBF3, the Mage Bird is a mid-tier foe that can use a variety of elemental spells, including Iceshard, Fireball, Thunderbolt, and Toxic. This gives it diverse offensive potential to go with its above-average Magic Attack, though the party can usually take it down before it can make use of it. Syphon is particularly effective for shutting down the Mage Bird's magic, forcing it to resort to an unimpressive physical attack. Berserk is also viable; even with the power boost, the Mage Bird can't hit very hard without its spells.

The Mage Bird is weak to Thunder, Wind, and Dark, but is immune to both Earth and Holy; as such, Plasmawave, Shockwave, Thunderbolt, and Pulsar are quite effective at taking it down. It's also vulnerable to Syphon and Accuracy debuffs, which can shut it down entirely or leave it hard-pressed to land a hit.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Mage Bird is an endgame foe that specializes in supporting its allies or hampering the party. It can manipulate the flow of time itself to Stun a player and severely debuff their Evade; alternatively, it can accelerate an ally to give them a big buff to Accuracy and Evade. Like the Mage Dog, it can drain a good amount of MP from a single target; on higher difficulty levels, the drain increases to the point where the victim will barely have anything left to perform skills unless they restore their MP with items or the on-hit effect of specific weapons.

Fortunately, the Mage Bird can't use any of its spells if afflicted with Berserk or Syphon, limiting it to minor physical attacks. It has a high Syphon resistance, but the player can reliably afflict it with Berserk to make it into a pathetically weak foe despite the damage boost.

The Mage Bird has a multitude of weakness, being vulnerable to Poison, Wind, Ice, and especially Thunder; on the other hand, it's immune to Dark, Earth, and Holy. Attacks such as Spark Arrow, Iceberg, and Airwave are quite useful against this foe, but Poison Gas and Thunder Storm can do away with large groups more efficiently. It's also susceptible to Evade debuffs, which negate one of its best defensive assets.

If "More Foe Resistance" is enabled, the Mage Bird becomes resistant to Fire, Ice, Thunder, Dispel, Doom, and Instant Death.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

EBF3 Foe Icon Mage Bird.png
Mage Bird Spellcasting Bird EBF3
Casts a wide variety of elemental spells.
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 5 4 4 5 20 3 15
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
- -70% - - -60% 100% - -90% 100% -
Status
Resistance
Status Poison.png Status Syphon.png Status Dispel.png Status Doom.png Status Berserk.png Status Stun.png Status Death.png
- -50% - - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - -50% -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Talisman Light Feather Rainbow Gems - - - -
Name Talisman Light Feather Rainbow Gems - - - -
Chance 100% 60% 40% - - - -

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 mage bird.png Mage Bird EBF4
A magic bird that uses non-elemental attacks to weaken the players and strengthen other foes. Has high evade.
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
147 4 4 4 4 4 5 22 2.2 2.2 28 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
- -80% -60% 100% -60% - -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
- - - - - - - 50% - - - -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -50%
Item Drop Rate
Icon Red Feather Silk Paper Talisman Satin - - -
Name Red Feather Silk Paper Talisman Satin - - -
Chance 60% 20% 40% 10% - - -
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
7% 4.8% per stack,
up to 43.2%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
Icon bestiary ebf4 mage bird.png Mage Bird EBF4
A magic bird that uses non-elemental attacks to weaken the players and strengthen other foes. Has high evade.
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
147 4 4 4 4 4 5 22 2.2 2.2 28 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% 100% -60% - -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
- - - - - 50% - 50% - - - 50%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -50%
Item Drop Rate
Icon Red Feather Silk Paper Talisman Satin - - -
Name Red Feather Silk Paper Talisman Satin - - -
Chance 60% 20% 40% 10% - - -
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% 4.8% per stack,
up to 43.2%
25% -33.(3)%
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
Skyfall Single 16 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Is used only while under the effect of Status Berserk EBF3.png Berserk or/and Status Syphon.png Syphon.
Fireball Single 38 Magical 100% Element Fire.png 30% 20% StatDown Defence.png 100% 10% 10%
Thunderbolt Single 40/3 Magical 100% Element Thunder.png -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Iceshard Single 45 Magical 100% Element Ice.png -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Toxic Single 20 Magical 100% Element Poison.png 100% 2x Status Poison.png 100% 0% 10%

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Skyfall Single 18 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: May be used only while under the effect of Status Berserk.png Berserk or/and Status Syphon.png Syphon.
Barrage Single 27/3 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: May be used only while under the effect of Status Berserk.png Berserk or/and Status Syphon.png Syphon.
Mana Drain Single -- -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- --
Notes: Drains 66% of target's current MP, or 88% on Hard and Epic difficulties.
Slow Down Single -- -- ---- 80%
80%
2x
50%
Status Stun.png
StatDown Evade.png
100% -- --
Speed Up Ally -- -- ---- -- 50%
50%
Stat Accuracy.png
Stat Evade.png
-- -- --

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 or/and Syphoned → Skyfall;
  • Otherwise → Fireball (1/4), Thunderbolt (1/4), Iceshard (1/4), Toxic (1/4).

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Berserked or/and Syphoned → Skyfall (1/2), Barrage (1/2);
  • Otherwise → Mana Drain (1/3), Slow Down (1/3), Speed Up (1/3).

Trivia

  • In EBF4, the Mage Bird's map sprite has its color palette swapped; while it appears on the map as a black bird wearing a white cloth (similar to the Mage Dog), the in-battle sprite is white with a black cloth.
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