The Putrid Worm is a foe and a summon in Epic Battle Fantasy 5. It is a member of the Worms enemy group. Putrid Worms can typically be encountered in the Wild Tropics.


The Putrid Worm is a caterpillar-like creature with a white underbelly and face, green back, eyes and antennas and thin white spines across its back.


Putrid Worms have a few weak attacks, but are only really notable for their ability to sharply debuff Evade and with some luck inflict Poison. On harder difficulties they can also inflict Bad Luck and Virus. The only other distinctive trait the Putrid Worm has is the ability to apply Regen to itself (along with a Evade buff on harder difficulties); however, this is unlikely to have a significant effect given the Putrid Worm's inherently poor health.

Putrid Worms absorb Bio, but are weak to Earth and especially Fire. Flame Burst works exceptionally well, but when they are first encountered a quick shot of Tremor or Magma will do the trick.


EBF5 Foe Icon Putrid Worm
Putrid Worm EBF5
A pathetically weak enemy that nevertheless has a painful poisonous sting. Worms also attract more worms.
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
77 4 4 4 4 4 3.5 6 1 1 6 50 60
EBF5 Element Fire EBF5 Element Thunder EBF5 Element Ice EBF5 Element Earth EBF5 Element Bio EBF5 Element Bomb EBF5 Element Water EBF5 Element Wind EBF5 Element Holy EBF5 Element Dark
-80% - - -50% 200% - - - - -
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch EBF5 Status Stun EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze EBF5 Status Poison+Virus EBF5 Status Syphon EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse EBF5 Status Wet+Dry EBF5 Status Heavy+Light EBF5 Status Weak+Tired EBF5 Status Dispel EBF5 Status Death
- - - -100% - - - - - - - -
EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon EBF5 Item Cactus EBF5 Item Silk - - -
Name Cactus Silk - - -
Chance 10% 5% - - -
Status Damage
Damage taken from status effects, in % of maximum health (per turn), including elemental resistances:
EBF5 Status Burn Burn EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
6.3% per stack,
up to 56.7%
-3% per stack,
up to -27%
-6% per stack,
up to -54%
25% -33.(3)%
Damage taken from first three is decreased by 30% on Easy and 65% on Zero difficulties.
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.
On Hard/Epic, enters the battle with 3x EBF5 Status Poison Poison on self.

Attacks and Abilities

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Sting Single 10 Stat Attack 50% EBF5 Element Bio 100% 3x EBF5 Status Poison 50% 10% 10%
Notes: Status strength increased to 5x on Hard or Epic difficulties,
Bite Single 14 Stat Attack ---- -- -- -- 66% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 66% chance of 3xEBF5 Status Virus Virus on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Spider Web Single 10 Stat Attack ---- 100% 50% EBF5 StatDown Evade 150% 10% 10%
Notes: Also gets 100% chance of 3xEBF5 Status Bad Luck Bad Luck on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Buff Self -- -- ---- -- 3x EBF5 Status Regenerate -- -- --
Notes: Also gets a 25%Stat Evade Evade buff on Hard or Epic difficulties.

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.

  • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Surrender;
  • If Berserked → Bite;
  • If Syphoned → Sting (1/2), Bite (1/2);
  • Otherwise;
    • If the selected target has at least a 10% Evade debuff → Bite (1/2);
      • If the Putrid Worm already has Regen → Sting (1/2);
      • Otherwise → Sting (1/4), Buff (1/4);
    • Otherwise → Bite (1/4), Spider Web (1/4);
      • If the Putrid Worm already has Regen → Sting (1/2);
      • Otherwise → Sting (1/4), Buff (1/4).

Additionally, any action other than Surrender has a 15% (40% in Hard/Epic) chance to summon another Putrid Worm, these will be the same level as the user. This summoning is disabled during Anna's boss fight.


The foe can be captured to be used as a summon. Its massive Evade debuff greatly helps with capturing other foes, especially early in the game, when there are few options available.

EBF5 Foe Icon Putrid Worm
Putrid Worm SP EBF5 Status Freeze
Uses a weak non-elemental web attack to drastically debuff a foe's evade. 16 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Single 5 Stat Attack ---- 100% 80% EBF5 StatDown Evade 100% 10% 10%
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