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The Mage Dog is a foe in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 and 5, and a summon in the latter. In EBF4, it mostly appears on the upper levels of the Temple of Godcat; in EBF5, it is frequently encountered in the Frozen Valley.


Appearance

The Mage Dog is a black-furred dog with white cloth covering its head and hindquarters. The latter cloth billows out behind it, obscuring its tail.

In EBF4, the Mage Dog has small bands of white cloth tied around the ankles of its hind legs. In EBF5, it has thin red bands around all four ankles, and its toes have small white claws.

Overview

Mage Dogs are the mightiest members of the Dog family with a variety of magical capabilities. They use strong Holy and Dark skills that can inflict various debuffs, along with powerful support skills to assist their allies and leave players at a serious disadvantage.

One of the best ways to deal with Mage Dogs is to inflict Syphon or Berserk on them, which leaves them unable to do anything but use their weak physical attacks. They're also weak to Bio and lack any resistance to Poison, giving players an option to wear them down if direct assault isn't an option.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Mage Dogs are some of the most annoying foes in the game, with the ability to drain well over half of the target's MP. This may not seem significant, but they can force the party to lose momentum by either shifting to backup or wasting turns eating. Of course, this is not the only trick up their sleeves; Mage Dogs can hit the party with Dark Flare and Holy Fire, potentially inflicting Dispel and debuffing one of the Magical stats. On the support side of things, Mage Dogs can also sharply buff the offenses of a foe and heal the entire wave.

Mage Dogs have above-average Magic Defence and mediocre Defence, so physical attacks are the best way to kill them quickly - their Evade is slightly higher than a normal foe, but not to the point where it'll be noticeable. However, the quickest way to nullify its threat is to use Syphon or Berserk, locking it out of its spells and forcing it to use a weak non-elemental physical attack.

The Mage Dog is weak to Bio, but immune to Holy, Dark, Weaken, Curse, Doom, and Instant Death. If "More Foe Resistance" is enabled, it absorbs Holy and Dark while gaining resistances to Syphon, Dispel, and Stun.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Mage Dog has an interesting combination of elemental spells to use against the party. It mostly uses Dark magic that can debuff the target's Magic Defence; the spell can be single-target, multi-target, or centered, giving it some versatility. It also uses Purging Flame for single-target Holy damage, also having a high chance to debuff Magic Attack and Dispel the victim. Additionally, it can cast Invisibility on a player, doubling the damage they'll take from its spells (and those of other foes); on the defensive side of things, it can use Heal More to keep itself and its allies healthy.

Mage Dogs are intelligent fighters who will prioritize players without resistance to their current attacks and aim Invisibility at the players who aren't Invisible yet; coupled with their debuffs and Invisibility infliction, they can set up a damaging magic combo (especially in groups). Fortunately, they have average defenses, few resistances, and only slightly above-average Evade to protect them; since Purging Flame debuffs Magic Attack, physical skills are slightly more efficient. Syphon and Berserk can prevent them from casting anything in favor of weak, effectless physical attacks; NoLegs can even do this passively if he has the Dog Sausage equipped. Furthermore, they only start using Heal More and their stronger Dark spells after the 65% HP threshold; bursting them down before they reach this point can prevent them from using their most annoying abilities.

The Mage Dog is weak to Bio, but absorbs Holy and Dark. It is also resistant to Chill and Freeze and immune to Doom and Instant Death. "More Foe Resistance" makes it immune to Fire, Ice, Thunder, and Bomb while giving it a resistance to Water, Earth, and Syphon.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 mage dog.png Mage Dog EBF4
A powerful mage which uses dark and holy magic, and can also heal and buff other foes. Has high magic defence.
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
251 4 3.5 4.5 5 4 4.1 62 4 4 40 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% - - - 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
- - - - - - - - - 100% 100% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Bottled Darkness Silk Elixir of Life Satin - - -
Name Bottled Darkness Silk Elixir of Life Satin - - -
Chance 10% 35% 5% 15% - - -
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% 5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
Immune -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
Icon bestiary ebf4 mage dog.png Mage Dog EBF4
A powerful mage which uses dark and holy magic, and can also heal and buff other foes. Has high magic defence.
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
251 4 3.5 4.5 5 4 4.1 62 4 4 40 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% - - - 200% 200%
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% - 100% 100% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Bottled Darkness Silk Elixir of Life Satin - - -
Name Bottled Darkness Silk Elixir of Life Satin - - -
Chance 10% 35% 5% 15% - - -
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% 5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
Immune -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Foe Icon Mage Dog.png
Mage Dog EBF5
A powerful spellcaster. It's good at targeting its dark and holy magic where it hurts the most, and can also heal allies.
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 Catch
244 4 4 4 4 4 4.1 62 4 4 40 50 45
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire.png EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Element Ice.png EBF5 Element Earth.png EBF5 Element Bio.png EBF5 Element Bomb.png EBF5 Element Water.png EBF5 Element Wind.png EBF5 Element Holy.png EBF5 Element Dark.png
- - - - -80% - - - 150% 150%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch.png EBF5 Status Stun.png EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze.png EBF5 Status Poison+Virus.png EBF5 Status Syphon.png EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck.png EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse.png EBF5 Status Wet+Dry.png EBF5 Status Heavy+Light.png EBF5 Status Weak+Tired.png EBF5 Status Dispel.png EBF5 Status Death.png
- - 50% - - - - - - - - 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png EBF5 StatDown Magic.png EBF5 StatDown Defence.png EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png EBF5 StatDown Accuracy.png EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Fine Fur Sacred Rune Silk Satin Dark Rune
Name Fine Fur Sacred Rune Silk Satin Dark Rune
Chance 33% 20% 30% 15% 10%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn.png Burn EBF5 Status Scorch.png Scorch EBF5 Status Poison.png Poison EBF5 Status Virus.png Virus EBF5 Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen
3.5% per stack,
up to 31.5%
7% per stack,
up to 63%
5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
10.8% per stack,
up to 97.2%
Immune -33.(3)%
Damage taken from first four is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
EBF5 Foe Icon Mage Dog.png
Mage Dog EBF5
A powerful spellcaster. It's good at targeting its dark and holy magic where it hurts the most, and can also heal allies.
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 Catch
244 4 4 4 4 4 4.1 62 4 4 40 50 45
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire.png EBF5 Element Thunder.png EBF5 Element Ice.png EBF5 Element Earth.png EBF5 Element Bio.png EBF5 Element Bomb.png EBF5 Element Water.png EBF5 Element Wind.png EBF5 Element Holy.png EBF5 Element Dark.png
100% 100% 100% 50% -80% 100% 50% - 150% 150%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch.png EBF5 Status Stun.png EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze.png EBF5 Status Poison+Virus.png EBF5 Status Syphon.png EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck.png EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse.png EBF5 Status Wet+Dry.png EBF5 Status Heavy+Light.png EBF5 Status Weak+Tired.png EBF5 Status Dispel.png EBF5 Status Death.png
- - 50% - 50% - - - - - - 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png EBF5 StatDown Magic.png EBF5 StatDown Defence.png EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png EBF5 StatDown Accuracy.png EBF5 StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Fine Fur Sacred Rune Silk Satin Dark Rune
Name Fine Fur Sacred Rune Silk Satin Dark Rune
Chance 33% 20% 30% 15% 10%
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn.png Burn EBF5 Status Scorch.png Scorch EBF5 Status Poison.png Poison EBF5 Status Virus.png Virus EBF5 Status Doom.png Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen
0 0 5.4% per stack,
up to 48.6%
10.8% per stack,
up to 97.2%
Immune -33.(3)%
Damage taken from first four is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.


Attacks and Abilities

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Backflip Single 18 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Is used only while under the effect of Status Berserk.png Berserk or/and Status Syphon.png Syphon.
Holy Fire Single 50 Magical 100% Element Holy.png 80%
30%
--
20%
Status Dispel.png
StatDown Mdef.png
130% 10% 10%
Dark Flare Single 45 Magical 100% Element Dark.png 40%
40%
--
35%
Status Curse.png
StatDown Magic.png
120% 10% 10%
Notes: Prior to the v2 update, this attack had 35% of inflicting Status Dispel.png Dispel instead of Status Curse.png Curse.
Mana Drain Single -- -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- --
Notes: Drains 66% of target's current MP, or 88% on Hard and Epic difficulties.
Buff Ally -- -- ---- 100%
100%
50%
50%
Stat Attack.png
Stat Magic.png
-- -- --
Megalixir Allies MaxHP * Hit2HP / 100 -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- 20%
Notes: Depends on target's stats, not user's. See the Hit2HP article for a list of foes' Hit2HP values and resulting heal strength.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Hit Single 16 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Can only be used when EBF5 Status Syphon.png Syphoned or EBF5 Status Berserk.png Berserked.
Backflip Single 18 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Can only be used when EBF5 Status Syphon.png Syphoned or EBF5 Status Berserk.png Berserked.
Dark Shot Single 40 Magical 100% EBF5 Element Dark.png 50% 25% EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png 100% 10% 10%
Invisibility Single -- -- ---- -- 4x EBF5 Status Invisible.png -- -- --
Notes: Can't be dodged with Evade and bypasses EBF5 Status Bless.png Bless.
Before the v2 update, status strength was only 2x.
Gravity Surge All 30/3 Magical 100% EBF5 Element Dark.png 50% 25% EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png 100% 10% 10%
Antimatter Flux Centered 65/3 Magical 100% EBF5 Element Dark.png 100% 25% EBF5 StatDown Mdef.png 100% 10% 10%
Purging Flame Single 50 Magical 100% EBF5 Element Holy.png 80%
80%
--
20%
EBF5 Status Dispel.png
EBF5 StatDown Magic.png
150% 10% 10%
Heal More Allies MaxHP * Hit2HP / 180 (heals) -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- 20%
Notes: Heal strength depends on target's stats, not user's. See the Hit2HP article for a list of foes' Hit2HP values.

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 4

  • Berserked or/and Syphoned → Backflip;
  • Otherwise → Holy Fire (3/12), Dark Flare (3/12), Mana Drain (2/12), Buff (2/12), Megalixir (2/12).

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Action

  • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Flee;
  • If Syphoned or Berserked → Hit (1/2), Backflip (1/2);
  • <65% HP → Dark Shot (1/6), Invisibility (1/6), Purging Flame (1/6), Heal More (1/6), Gravity Surge (1/6), Antimatter Flux (1/6);
  • Otherwise → Dark Shot (1/4), Invisibility (1/4);
    • =65% HP → Purging Flame (1/4), Heal More (1/4);
    • Otherwise → Purging Flame (2/4).

* All of the Mage Dog's offensive magic will prioritize targets who aren't resistant to their elements.

* Invisibility will retarget to a different player if their originally selected target is already Invisible (unless no other targets are available).

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 50% and not Syphoned;
    • ≤65% → Purging Flame (1/2), Heal More (1/2);
    • Otherwise → Purging Flame.


Additionally, if any front line player has equipment that scares Beasts, the Mage Dog will inflict 1x Berserk on themselves at the start of their turn (this does not take up their action).

Summon

In EBF5, the Mage Dog can be captured and used as a summon. It casts a powered-up version of Purging Flame on all foes, dealing magical Holy damage with a very high chance to apply three stacks of Curse.

EBF5 Foe Icon Mage Dog.png
Mage Dog SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Hits all foes with evil holy magic, which curses them. 54 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All 120 Magical 100% EBF5 Element Holy.png 200% 3x EBF5 Status Curse.png 100% 10% 10%
Note: Before the v2 update, costed 53 SP and had 100% chance of 2x EBF5 Status Curse.png Curse.
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