Skills (occasionally Spells) are various special attacks and abilities each character can use to take a turn.
Epic Battle Fantasy 1
- Main article: List of Skills in Epic Battle Fantasy
Only a handful of skills are available in the first game. Matt has at his disposal 12 skills, separated between two categories: "Bushido", which are abilities related to sword-fighting, and "Special", which are remaining miscellaneous spells. Natalie has 15 skill available, separated between three categories: "White Magic", which contains healing abilities, as well as her Holy-elemental skill, "Black Magic", which are various offensive spells, and "Summon", which features the abilities to summon certain creatures for help.
Epic Battle Fantasy 2
- Main article: List of Skills in Epic Battle Fantasy 2
Both characters' skill-sets have been expanded, featuring 15 and 19 skills respectively, additionally Limit Break mechanic has been introduced with Matt and Natalie having one Limit Break each.
Unique to this game are Skill Bonuses, which permanently increase some skills' power or special effects, or provide other miscellaneous effects. They can be selected after each few waves, which bonuses appear for choice is affected by skills used during last waves.
Epic Battle Fantasy 3
- Main article: List of Skills in Epic Battle Fantasy 3
The third game switches into full RPG format complete with levelling and character building, and so now characters start the game with only few skills available and learn more as the game progresses, as well as upgrade them onto higher levels to increase their strength.
Numerous new skills have been introduced, many of which are part of the third party member's — Lance's move-set. Some skills, known as Special Skills, are also available to more than one character and player can decide himself who will learn them.
Epic Battle Fantasy 4
- Main article: List of Skills in Epic Battle Fantasy 4
The fourth party member — Anna, along with her unique skill-set is introduced. The amount of skills in each character's unique move-set is slightly reduced, however the role of special skill is greatly expanded, with the group now featuring over 50 skills, enabling for much larger customization.
Epic Battle Fantasy 5
- Main article: List of Skills in Epic Battle Fantasy 5
In EBF5 the skills have been reworked and the mana system has been replaced by a cooldown system. Also unlocking a stronger version of a skill will simple replace the weaker one, e.g. Fire will be replaced by Fireball when unlocked, and Fireball will be replaced by Fire Storm when unlocked.