Monster Cards are a collectible present in Epic Battle Fantasy 5, introduced in the v2 update of the game. They are found inside chests or as secrets throughout the world map. Each of the cards illustrates a monster with an informative description about them. Collecting the cards grants special bonuses to the players, with each card either increasing gold obtained from foes, the party's maximum SP, the damage dealt with Summons, or a multiplier that makes foes easier to Capture.
Some monster cards replace items in existing chests from the v1 version of EBF5. If you load a pre-v2 save where you already opened the chest containing a particular card, you can still obtain the card simply by visiting the map screen with the chest. There will be no popup telling you that you got the card, but it will appear in the info window.
List of Cards
There are a total of 50 Monster Cards in the game. Keep in mind that the card numbers are based on their number in the game's files, and thus don't correspond to how they're ordered in the game's card menu.
|1||Baby Bush||Baby Bushes start life with a naive and optimistic view of the world. They're easy prey for vegetarians.||+1|
|2||Big Bush||Big Bushes have grown cynical and paranoid. They have seen what happens to Baby Bushes who trust strangers.||+2|
|3||Bazooka Bush||Most bush tribes are lead (sic) by a Bazooka Bush, who is well equipped to fight off sap-thirsty vegetarians.||+3|
|21||Lava Slime||Lava Slimes want to be loved, but everything they touch is incinerated. They contain the bones of their victims.||+1|
|22||Magma Slime||Magma Slimes live a miserable existence, as their body is crushed under the weight of a freshly grown, rocky layer.||+2|
|23||Volcano Slime||Magma Slimes that survive their awkward teenage years will become super-hot Volcano Slimes.||+3|
|30||Normal Turtle||Normal Turtles will soon become fantasy creatures, when they become extinct in real life.
Location: inside a chest in the east garden of the Grand Gallery.
|31||Derpy Turtle||Derpy Turtles lose the ability to swim when they evolve and grow feet. Even so, they still identify as turtles.||+2|
|32||Titanic Turtle||Titanic Turtles roam the vast oceans, and attacking unsuspecting ships, by shooting little bits of rock-hard coral from their backs.||+3|
|46||Donut Snake||A rare birth defect can result in a Donut Snake. Unlike regular donuts, these will be very painful to eat.||+2|
|11||Potted Gloop||If it fits it sits, and Potted Gloops will fit in any container perfectly. Garbage cans are very popular among them.||+2|
|12||Crystal Gloop||Gloops develop distinct personalities, which are reflected in their homes. One with a cold personality may become a Crystal Gloop.||+2|
|13||Sandstone Gloop||Some Gloops may prefer warmer climates, and choose to settle down in a desert rock formation, thus becoming a Sandstone Gloop.||+2|
|39||Ice Mite||Ice Mites are arthropods that can be found in freezing-cold caves. They can throw their icy spikes if threatened.||+1|
|40||Ice Roach||Ice Roaches are often misunderstood. They will not intentionally harm humans - they simply suck the bacterial scum from cave walls.||+3|
|43||Specter||Specters are cursed souls who refuse to leave the mortal realm. They remain long after their original bodies have been destroyed.||+2|
|47||Toaster||Simple and straight-forward, this Toaster model does exactly what you would expect.
Location: inside the chest that appears when ROBO is defeated.
|48||Baby Bacon||Baby Bacons are ferocious eaters. They will consume as many calories as possible, so that they may grow large and tasty.||+1|
|49||Bacon Roll||When Baby Bacons have fed enough, they form a Bacon Roll - a type of cocoon - and begin their transition into adult life.||+2|
|50||Adult Bacon||Adult Bacons are a natural food storage unit. Their plump bodies contain huge quantities of salty calories.||+3|
|4||Creepy Idol||Creepy Idols always have a look of utter dread and hopelessness, as if they've realized that they are simply stones.||+1%|
|5||Undead Boulder||It is unclear how Undead Boulders come to be, since rocks do not generally appear to be alive in the first place.||+3%|
|9||Beholding Bat||Beholding Bats are very curious, and will follow strangers around. They are completely harmless until they evolve.
Location: inside one of the secret spots in The Void.
|10||Beholding Beast||Unlike its first form, the Beholding Beast is incredibly dangerous. Just look at it!||+3%|
|8||Eyeball Plant||Eyeball Plants produce delicious eye-shaped berries. It is uncertain if they can feel pain or not.||+2%|
|14||Famine Face||Famine Faces wander dirty cities at night, spreading disease and polluting the water supply.||+2%|
|15||Frosty Face||Frosty Faces descend from the sky during snowfalls. They're quite chill and mean no harm.||+2%|
|16||Fire Face||Fire Faces appear in large numbers during hot Summers. They start forest fires and are thus considered a pest.||+2%|
|6||Snarky Radish||Snarky Radishes will defend themselves from predators by telling scathing jokes.||+1%|
|7||Snarky Tree||Snarky Trees can metaphorically destroy any opponent, with their fast talking and logical fallacies.||+3%|
|28||Chibi Robot||Chibi Robots use their magnetic appendages to suck in bits of metal and grow larger.||+1%|
|29||Dai Robot||This absolute unit is known as the Dai Robot. Dai means "big", and fittingly sounds like "die".||+3%|
|34||Electron Child||Electron Children are made from pure electrical energy, and can evolve into many different forms. They are often used as batteries.||+1%|
|35||Electron Cloud||Electron Clouds orbit each other to create thunderstorms. They can never touch, as their electrical charges keep them separated.||+2%|
|36||Electron Knight||Electron Knights can launch mighty bolts of lightning from their spears. They may be the basis of many Viking legends.
Location: inside one of the chests that drops after defeating God.
|24||Touchy Octopus||Touchy Octopi will probe every orifice of your body. But only in a friendly way.||+2%|
|27||Mountain Goat||In the warmer months, frozen Mountain Goats are found under the receding snow, and can be revived with a warm soup.||+2%|
|44||Hollow Soldier||Hollow Soldiers live in rotted out tree stumps. Their biggest natural enemy is the common house cat.||+2%|
|41||Pupper||Puppers are Doggos that have been bred wrong. Much like Pugs, they cannot survive without constant life support.||+2%|
|42||Doggo||Doggos were once fierce and intelligent wolves, but were later bred by humans to be as pathetic and stupid as possible.||+2%|
|38||Evil Fungus||Evil Fungi roam dark caves in massive groups. If you happen to eat one, you'll be teleported to another dimension.||+2%|
|19||Spy Satellite||G*ogle's latest model of Spy Satellite will map out your neighbourhood and tell your boss if you misbehave.||+1%|
|20||Flybot Drone||This electric-powered Flybot Drone can operate for a full 3 minutes before needing to recharge for 3 hours.||+2%|
|25||Angry Bee||An Angry Bee is born wheneve a regular bee has a bad day. It will remain angry for the rest of its life.||+1%|
|26||Fighter Bee||Fighter Bees received all the juiciest honeycombs as children, and turned out to be fierce and respectable adults.||+2%|
|37||Sacred Guardian||Sacred Guardians are machines made with ancient technology. They have long outlived their creators, and their purpose is unknown.||+3%|
|33||Sea Jelly||Sea Jellies float aimlessly on ocean surfaces, nibbling on any fish that get trapped among their tentacles.||+2%|
|45||Fire Elemental||Fire Elementals are powerful and ancient demons. They use both melee and projectile attacks.||+2%|
|17||Cursed Medallion||If you ever find a shiny trinket with an evil-looking face, it's best to leave it alone, as it could be a Cursed Medallion.||+2%|
|18||Cursed Chest||Bending over and reaching deep into a Cursed Treasure Chest sets you up for a painful death. Always check for teeth.||+3%|
- Trading Cards - Collect 25 monster cards. Maybe they'll be valuable someday. But maybe not.
- Card Shark - Collect all 50 monster cards. Huh? Some of these are just normal animals and household objects...!?
- The Monster Cards are based on collectible trading card games, with the design of the cards resembling the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
- Many of the Monster Cards are based on foes (and a few other things) from the Epic Battle Fantasy series.
- Cards 1, 2, and 3 obviously reference Bushes. Card 1 ("Baby Bush") specifically resembles the Green Bush, Card 2 ("Big Bush") resembles a non-pixelized BOSH, and Card 3 ("Bazooka Bush") may be a reference to the Big Green Bush from Epic Battle Fantasy 4 or the giant bush bosses from spinoffs like Adventure Story or Bullet Heaven 2.
- Card 4 ("Creepy Idol") resembles a Stone Idol.
- Card 5 ("Undead Boulder") references the Boulders. The skull on its head also resembles the offhand item of the Human Skull, complete with red pinprick eye lights.
- Card 9 ("Beholding Bat") is similar to a Blood Bat, but with the face replaced by a single eye. Likewise, Card 10 ("Beholding Beast") resembles a cross between a Blood Bat and the Beholder, the latter of whose name is referenced in both Card 9 and 10's names.
- Card 12 ("Crystal Gloop") resembles a Hardy Gloop, which was called "Crystal Gloop" in beta versions of EBF5.
- Card 13 ("Sandstone Gloop") resembles a Chunky Gloop, albeit with cacti growing on it like a Sand Slime.
- Card 20 ("Flybot Drone") is obviously based on Flybots in general, but its color scheme and some of its design cues specifically resemble the Drill Bot from Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and 4.
- Card 21 ("Lava Slime") shares its name with the Lava Slime from Epic Battle Fantasy 5, but its bone-laden appearance hearkens back to the Red Slime from Epic Battle Fantasy 3.
- Card 23 ("Volcano Slime") resembles a Big Lava Slime.
- Card 28 ("Chibi Robot") appears to be a non-pixelized ROBO.
- Card 32 ("Titanic Turtle") shares its name and some of its design cues with the Titanic Turtle boss from Bullet Heaven 2.
- Card 37 ("Sacred Guardian") depicts a robot whose head slightly resembles an Ancient Eye from Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and 4. Its description lightly references the relics and still-functioning creations of the ancient Kitten Kingdom seen in those games.
- Card 38 ("Evil Fungus") has similarities to the Evil Mushroom from Epic Battle Fantasy 4, with a color scheme resembling its appearance in Adventure Story.
- Cards 39 and 40 ("Ice Mite" and "Ice Roach", respectively) somewhat resemble the Icicle Creep from Epic Battle Fantasy 5.
- Card 43 ("Specter") somewhat resembles The Destroyer, with its bone spike "limbs" resembling the Blade of Hell (albeit much smaller and with fire coming out of them instead of bony tentacles).
- Card 45 ("Fire Elemental") is a direct reference to the Fire Elemental from Epic Battle Fantasy 3 and 4.
- While likely a coincidence, Card 46 ("Donut Snake") could be a reference to SNEK, which curls into a "donut" shape in some of its battle animations. The pattern on its body also resembles a recolored, more detailed version of SNEK's design.
- Card 50 ("Adult Bacon") somewhat resembles the pigs that could be interacted with in Epic Battle Fantasy 3.
- Some of the Monster Cards have non-EBF references as well.
- Card 11 ("Potted Gloop") references the "If It Fits, I Sits" meme.
- Card 14 ("Famine Face") appears to be a reference to the Pokémon Grimer, having a similar color scheme, a sludge-like appearance, and being described as living in polluted cities.
- Card 19 ("Spy Satellite") practically namedrops Google and specifically references their Google Maps navigation service, which uses satellite imagery to provide detailed maps of locations down to individual houses.
- Much like the Beholder, Card 24 ("Touchy Octopus") is a reference to the sexualization of tentacles popularly attributed to Japanese hentai.
- Card 29 ("Dai Robot") references the "Absolute Unit" meme.
- Card 30 ("Normal Turtle") references how many species of turtle are endangered, while Card 31 ("Derpy Turtle") references the slightly arbitrary distinction between turtles and tortoises (whether they have flippers or feet).
- Cards 41 and 42 ("Pupper" and "Doggo", respectively) are references to Internet slang words for puppies and adult dogs, respectively.
- Card 44 ("Hollow Soldier") is blatantly based on the player character in the Hollow Knight video game.
- Card 47 ("Toaster") has the face and color scheme of Balrog from Cave Story.
- Several Monster Cards are based on scrapped creature designs drawn by Matt Roszak for the Epic Battle Fantasy series. Some of these designs appear in artwork in the 60 and 70 Medals Room of the Grand Gallery.