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"Omg, so cute! ^_______^"
―Natalie meets a Friend Dog, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Rescue Dog (Friend Dog in EBF4) is a foe and a summon in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 and 5. It is a fairly rare foe that can be found scattered across the map in both games.


Appearance

The Rescue Dog has off-white fur with a white underside, brown paws, and a short tail. Unlike most other Dogs, its ears and tail are curly rather than straight and pointed. It also has a round barrel tied around its neck with a red string; the barrel is stopped with a small brown cork and has a large cross on the front.

In EBF4, the Friend Dog has small black eyes, a scattering of tiny freckles along its muzzle, a red cross on its barrel, and a red scroll tied to the back of its neck. In EBF5, its Rescue Dog counterpart loses the scroll, has the cross on its barrel changed from red to green, and gains larger eyes, more prominent freckles, and small brown claws on its paws.

Overview

"Eee, it's too cute to fight!"
―Anna, being debilitated by the Friend Dog's cuteness, Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Rescue Dog poses very little threat on its own, with its only offensive move being a weak non-elemental strike that has no special effects. Instead, it will support its teammates by buffing their Evade, or using its cuteness to debuff player Attack. It can also heal itself with a swig from its barrel, so taking it out in one shot is recommended.

As with other foes that can buff their allies, it is generally recommended to deal with a Rescue Dog as fast as possible before it has a chance to make other enemies that much harder to kill. Fortunately, it consistently lacks resistances while being weak to Bio and especially Dark; magic attacks can circumvent its Attack debuff and applying Syphon or Berserk can lock it out of its more annoying support moves.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

As the name suggests, the Friend Dog is a peaceful creature that won't even attack someone trying to kill it, preferring to make it harder for assailants to hurt it and its allies. It can buff the Evade of the entire wave at once with a bark, or pose cutely to weaken the entire party's Attack; it can also fully heal itself by taking a drink from its barrel. On higher difficulty levels, its buff and debuff become slightly stronger.

The only thing that can provoke a Friend Dog to violence is to give it Berserk status, driving it to use a non-elemental physical attack. Fortunately, this attack isn't very strong even with the Berserk boost; more importantly, it stops the Friend Dog from using its regular skills. If Berserk isn't an option, Syphon will force it to spam its Cute Pose, which can be exploited by a magic-focused party to take it and its allies down. If fought conventionally, it's best to take out the Friend Dog in a single turn to prevent it from healing itself; Poison and Burn can help chip away at it between heals.

The Friend Dog has literally no resistances whatsoever, as well as weaknesses to Bio and especially Dark. It's also incredibly vulnerable to Curse, although this can be difficult to exploit when it is first encountered. Enabling "More Foe Resistance" makes it neutral to all elements.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Rescue Dog has a non-elemental physical strike, but it's very weak and unremarkable. Its true specialty is hampering the party's ability to kill their foes, whether by hitting them with a decent Attack debuff or by increasing the Evade of itself and its allies. When injured, it can drink from the barrel around its neck to restore about half of its HP; it will always do this once its HP falls below 19%, so it's important to finish it off on the same turn it hits that threshold.

Higher difficulty levels improve the Rescue Dog's support abilities. Its Evade buff becomes stronger, its Cute Pose makes it Lovable while reducing Attack by a greater degree, and its Alcoheal applies a few stacks of Regen to let it heal over time.

When trying to kill a Rescue Dog, remember that it won't start using Alcoheal until it falls below half health; try to keep it just above that threshold before wiping it out with a strong attack. It's not very tough, so it's not too hard to do so, but spells are more effective, since it has no way to debuff Magic Attack. Skills like Bind can be used to counteract its Evade buff, which is especially useful if the Rescue Dog is Berserk; it'll spam its buff to the exclusion of all else. Syphon is an even better countermeasure, as it forces the foe to use its weak Hit instead of its healing and support moves.

The Rescue Dog's biggest weakness is Dark, but Bio is also effective at taking huge chunks out of its HP. It has no other elemental resistances, but it does resist Freeze and Chill. With "More Foe Resistance" active, it loses its Dark weakness and gains a Holy absorption.

Statistics

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Icon bestiary ebf4 friend dog.png Friend Dog EBF4
A loyal and friendly dog that refuses to fight, and instead supports other foes.
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
138 4 4 4 4 4 4 17 2.2 2.2 15 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
- - - - -60% - - - - -80%
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% -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Fine Fur Milk Coffee Beer Energy Drink Softdrink -
Name Fine Fur Milk Coffee Beer Energy Drink Softdrink -
Chance 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 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 friend dog.png Friend Dog EBF4
A loyal and friendly dog that refuses to fight, and instead supports other foes.
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
138 4 4 4 4 4 4 17 2.2 2.2 15 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
- - - - - - - - - -
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% -
Debuff
Resistance
StatDown Attack.png StatDown Magic.png StatDown Defence.png StatDown Mdef.png StatDown Accuracy.png StatDown Evade.png
- - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Fine Fur Milk Coffee Beer Energy Drink Softdrink -
Name Fine Fur Milk Coffee Beer Energy Drink Softdrink -
Chance 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 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% 3% per stack,
up to 27%
25% -33.(3)%
Final damage is randomized by ±5% (except for Doom) and rounded down.


Epic Battle Fantasy 5

EBF5 Foe Icon Rescue Dog.png
Rescue Dog EBF5
A dog that just wants to protect its allies. It'll heal itself at low health, and try to de-escalate the violence with buffs.
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
138 4 4 4 4 4 4 17 2.2 2.2 15 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
- - - - -50% - - - - -80%
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% - - - - - - - - -
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 Iron Brew Beer Cola Energy Drink Coffee
Name Iron Brew Beer Cola Energy Drink Coffee
Chance 20% 20% 20% 20% 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%
4.5% per stack,
up to 40.5%
9% per stack,
up to 81%
25% -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 Rescue Dog.png
Rescue Dog EBF5
A dog that just wants to protect its allies. It'll heal itself at low health, and try to de-escalate the violence with buffs.
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
138 4 4 4 4 4 4 17 2.2 2.2 15 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
- - - - -50% - - - 200% -
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% - - - - - - - - -
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 Iron Brew Beer Cola Energy Drink Coffee
Name Iron Brew Beer Cola Energy Drink Coffee
Chance 20% 20% 20% 20% 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%
4.5% per stack,
up to 40.5%
9% per stack,
up to 81%
25% -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 12 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Is used only while under the effect of Status Berserk.png Berserk.
Cute Pose All -- -- ---- 100% 20% StatDown Attack.png 100% -- --
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, debuff strength is increased to 30%.
Alcoheal Self MaxHP -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- 30%
Buff Allies -- -- ---- -- 20% Stat Evade.png -- -- --
Notes: On Hard and Epic difficulties, buff strength is increased to 30%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Hit Single 13 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Buff Allies -- -- ---- -- 15% Stat Evade.png -- -- --
Notes: Buff strength increased to 25% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Alcoheal Self MaxHP / 2 -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- --
Notes: Also gives 3xEBF5 Status Regenerate.png Regen on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Cute Pose All -- -- ---- 100% 20% EBF5 StatDown Attack.png 150% -- --
Notes: Debuff strength increased to 25% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Gives self 3xEBF5 Status Lovable.png Lovable 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.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

  • Syphoned → Cute Pose;
  • Berserked → Backflip;
  • Otherwise → Cute Pose (1/3), Alcoheal (1/3), Buff (1/3).

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Action

  • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Surrender;
  • If Syphoned → Hit;
  • If Berserked → Buff;
  • <19% HP → Alcoheal;
  • If two randomly selected foes both have less than a 10% Evade buff;
    • If a randomly selected player has less than a 10% Attack debuff → Buff (3/6), Cute Pose (2/6), Hit (1/6);
    • Otherwise → Buff (1/2), Hit (1/2);
  • Otherwise;
    • If a randomly selected player has less than a 10% Attack debuff → Cute Pose (1/3), Hit (2/3);
    • Otherwise;
      • <49% HP → Alcoheal;
      • Otherwise → Hit.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 50% and not Syphoned → Cute Pose (1/2), Buff (1/2).

Summon

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

The Friend Dog summon is available from the beginning of the game; in the Premium version, the Puppy Hat may randomly summon it between turns. It is essentially a replacement of the NoLegs skill from previous games.

Upon activation, a Friend Dog will appear and throw its barrel into the air, giving a random healing item to the party. The items are still affected by the item power boost of the Casual Shirt, the School Uniform, and the Shrine Maiden Dress.

Summon Friend Dog.png
Friend Dog SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Brings random healing items to the party. 5 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies -- -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- --
Note: 18/30 chance of Lemon, 2/30 for Cherry, 2/30 for Muffin, and 1/30 for each of the following: Beer, Milk, Energy Drink, Softdrink, Orange Juice, Kiwi, Pineapple and Chocolate.


Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Rescue Dog can be captured and used as a summon. It uses its Cute Pose to make the entire party Lovable for two turns.

EBF5 Foe Icon Rescue Dog.png
Rescue Dog SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Gives the lovable status to all allies, making enemies hesitant to attack them directly. 19 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies -- -- ---- -- 2x EBF5 Status Lovable.png -- -- --

Trivia

  • Even though the Friend Dog is the first summon available to the player in Epic Battle Fantasy 4, it is still only the second cheapest, being 3 points more expensive than Scanbot.
  • In EBF5, the Rescue Dog is the only member of its family unaffected by Beast-scaring equipment.
  • In EBF5, the Puppy Hat has a chance to randomly summon "Maxi", a Rescue Dog with a unique sprite. This is a homage to Matt's dog Maxi (the same dog who was originally featured in the Screamer attack), which died during the development of EBF5.
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