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"*gasp* Don't do that."
Matt being surprised by Screamer, Epic Battle Fantasy 5
"?!?!?"
NoLegs also being surprised by Screamer, Epic Battle Fantasy 5
"WHAT THE- I wasn't ready for that."
Anna being unsurprisingly surprised by Screamer, Epic Battle Fantasy 5
"EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE- Okay, it's over now."
Lance being scared out of his wits by Screamer, Epic Battle Fantasy 5
"Haven't you guys seen any horror films? That was nothing."
Natalie being completely unfazed by Screamer, Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Screamer is a recurring Dark-elemental skill in the Epic Battle Fantasy series. It is exclusive to Matt in the first three games of the series, becoming a shared skill in Epic Battle Fantasy 4 and 5.

Description

When cast, Screamer suddenly flashes a negative-contrast image with a screaming sound effect, dealing weak magical Dark damage and debuffing their Magic Defence. Its Accuracy is also higher than normal.

In Epic Battle Fantasy 5, Screamer debuffs Attack instead of Magic Defence, and can also make foes surrender if conditions are right. Its animation was changed; when cast, the background music stops and the screen fades to black with an ominous sound cue before the image appears from the center of the screen.

Screamer is generally a very poor attack due to its low base power; in earlier games, it's also hampered by Matt's low Magic Attack stat. However, its ability to debuff Magic Defence makes it an effective support for Natalie (and later Lance). In EBF5, it becomes a useful asset against foes with strong physical attacks, with Enfeeble taking the role of applying Magic Defence debuffs.

Regardless of game, Screamer tends to be more useful for its debuffing potential than for its damage, and should be used by the player with the best debuffing capabilities. Its low damage output can actually be an asset in some cases, as it allows the player to debuff even Dark-absorbent foes with minimal complications.

Epic Battle Fantasy

Screamer deals magic Dark damage to all enemies and lowers their Magic Defence by 25%, and can stack up to 40%. Contrary to its description, it cannot actually debuff Magic Attack.

Screamer
Deals Magic damage to all enemies and lowers their Magic Defence or Magic Power[incorrect — actually cannot debuff Magic Attack] by 20%[incorrect — actually 25%], and can stack up to 40%.
Target Type Element Status Effect MP RdF
All Stat Magic.png Stat Magic Defence.png Element Dark.png StatDown Mdef.png 75 10%
Power Status Chance Status Strength
4800 -- 25%

Epic Battle Fantasy 2

Before the EBF Collection update, Screamer wasn't actually boosted by the Anarchy sword, it used Natalie's Accuracy (including Blind) instead of Matt's, and the in-game description incorrectly stated the skill had 4500 power instead of 4900.

Screamer
Targets all foes and lowers their magic defence. Most effective with Anarchy equipped.
Target Type Element Status Effect MP Acc RdF
All Stat Magic.png 100% Element Dark.png StatDown Mdef.png 75 150% 10%
Power Status Chance Status Strength
5000
[4900]
150% 30%
Note: Deals 1.4x damage with the Anarchy equipped.
Skill Bonuses
Name Effect
Fear Lord 1.4x damage multiplier

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Screamer's base Accuracy was reduced in EBF3, although it's still higher than normal.

EBF3 Skill Screamer.png
Screamer
Dark magic that lowers all foe's magic defence.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All Magical 100% Element Dark.png StatDown Mdef.png 120% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength MP AP Cost
1 40 100% 10% 22 1000
2 70 100% 20% 33 3000
3 100 100% 30% 44 9000
Requirement(s)
EBF3 Skill Fright.png

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Screamer is available at the start of the game, although Fright needs to be learned first. It is now a shared skill usable by Anna and Matt.

EBF4 Skill Screamer.png
Screamer
Targets all foes. May debuff targets' magic defence.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All Magical 100% Element Dark.png StatDown Mdef.png 120% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength MP AP Cost
1 30 90% 20% 20 1200
2 50 95% 25% 28 2500
3 70 100% 30% 36 5000
Requirement(s)
EBF4 Skill Fright.png

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Screamer is obtained by completing Goth's quest; it can be learned by everyone except Lance. It has a 3-turn cooldown, and it now lowers the foes' Attack instead of their Magic Defence.

EBF5 Skill Screamer.png
Screamer
Deals magical Dark damage to all enemies and debuffs their attack.
  • May make enemies Surrender, even strong ones.
  • Has a 3-turn cooldown.
Target Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All Magical 100% EBF5 Element Dark.png EBF5 StatDown Attack.png 120% 10% 10%
Level Power Status Chance Status Strength AP Cost
1 30 100% 30% [20%] N/A
2 60 100% 35% [25%] 2500
3 120 [100] 100% 40% [30%] 5000
Note: Stats in brackets (below/right from actual) are for its pre-v2 update version.

Trivia

  • Screamer is named after a colloquial term for "jump scare" Internet pranks, wherein the viewer is encouraged to turn up the volume on their speakers or lean in close to the screen before a frightening image and/or noise is displayed to startle them.
  • The image used for Screamer in the first four games is an negative-inverted picture of Matt's dog, Maxi, who has since passed away.
    • The alternate Screamer image from EBF1 is actually a distorted screen cap from a Sakura-Con 2009 commercial.
    • The image used for Screamer's Epic Battle Fantasy 5 incarnation is Matt Roszak himself.
  • When Screamer is used with the Flash option disabled in EBF5, the jump scare image will not appear; instead, the screen will fade to black for a second before returning to normal. This is purely cosmetic and does not affect the move's damage or debuffing effect (or the party's reactions to it).
  • In EBF5, Screamer has a variable animation; the length of time between the screen darkening and the image appearing can be slightly shortened or extended in order to make the jump scare less predictable.
  • While all of the Playable Characters have a special comment for Screamer's use in EBF5, Natalie is the only one completely unaffected by the jump scare. In contrast, Lance seems to be the most frightened by it, which may explain why he's the only character in the party who can't learn the skill.
  • In EBF5, Screamer's icon is based on the visage of Ghostface, the main antagonist of the Scream series.
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