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"* Snowflake wants to play!"
―Snowflake expressing his thoughts, Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Snowflake is an optional boss in Epic Battle Fantasy 5, and also a summon. He can be found in the Secret World accessed from the Forgotten Temple after the Emerald of Life, Sapphire of Dreams and the Ruby of Death have been placed on the pedestals around the magic circle within the temple.

Appearance

Snowflake is a large white limbless cat similar to NoLegs. He has very large, round eyes with minuscule dots for pupils and slight bags underneath them. He also has freckled cheeks, a zigzag-shaped mouth, and what appears to be sweat beading under his left ear; combined with his eyes, he looks perpetually uneasy. He wields a short sword with no visible hilt, and has a small tuft of fur on his forehead and chest.

Upon closer inspection, Snowflake's head and tail aren't actually connected to his body, instead "floating" just away from it. Like most bosses, his appearance changes as his HP falls:

  1. The first change occurs at around 75% HP, where Snowflake's mouth turns into a triangular frown. His pupils become significantly enlarged and the bags under his eyes drop lower.
  2. Snowflake's second change happens at around 60% HP. His mouth becomes "X" shaped and his pupils become larger. A line of black material begins to drip from each of Snowflake's eyes, which may represent tears.
  3. Snowflake's third change occurs at about 45% HP. His pupils become even larger and his eyes begin emitting even more tear streams. His mouth turns into a simple horizontal line.
  4. Snowflake's last visual change happens around 30% HP. His eyes are now black with minuscule white dots for pupils and his mouth is opened, revealing several crude-looking teeth. A disturbing amount of black material drips from his eyes and his mouth.

Snowflake has an incredibly unique death animation where he will stagger back harshly for a moment before slowly rising upright. His body then dissipates into layers of white pixels which rise and fade away from existence, leaving behind a white heart. The heart beats several times, and finally disappears.

Like the game he acts as a reference to, Snowflake has a very minimalist color scheme. He is not merely monochrome or grayscale; he is entirely black and white, and so are his spells. He also features the same "pixelated" aesthetic as the Pixels.

Personality

Snowflake does not speak; instead, his thoughts are presented to the player by an unseen narrator. Despite his perpetual confused/uneasy expression (which the narration claims "is how his face normally looks"), he seems to be rather innocent and playful, seeking to socialize with others - unfortunately for the players, his idea of "socializing" involves beating them up. He initially interprets the party's retaliation as them trying to play with him, but slowly becomes horrified as he realizes their actual intentions.

If the player spares Snowflake by capturing him instead of executing him, he will express gratitude for the party's mercy when being summoned. Strangely enough, if the player kills him instead of capturing him, Snowflake does not seem to behave any differently after respawning.

Overview

"He keeps getting stronger and stronger! We might need to use some serious debuffs here to keep his damage under control!"
―Lance freaking out as Snowflake gets serious

Snowflake wields a plethora of strong non-elemental attacks, many of which hit random targets multiple times. His outstanding damage output is further amplified by his ability to act twice per turn, and his attacks can inflict rare status effects like Disable, Hungry, and Stuffed. He is also notable for having the lowest base catch score of all foes in the game, as well as above-average Evade and Accuracy. As his HP falls, he starts using increasingly powerful versions of his skills in addition to all-new attacks; if Foe Remix is enabled, he'll also start summoning members of the Kitten Army as backup.

Despite all of this, Snowflake is vulnerable to Curse, Weaken, Tired, Poison, and Virus. As such, he becomes an incredibly easy fight once the player gains momentum, especially if they're trying to capture him instead of kill him.

Snowflake is a rare example of a non-elemental foe, being completely neutral to all elements; however, he has the standard boss immunity to Stun, Chill, Freeze, Syphon, Doom, and Instant Death. He also has a fair amount of resistance to all stat debuffs, especially HP. With "More Foe Resistance" enabled, his debuff resistance increases slightly, and he becomes resistant to all status effects that he wasn't already immune to.

Defeating Snowflake on Epic difficulty gives the player the Determination medal.

Statistics

EBF5 Foe Icon Snowflake.png
Snowflake EBF5
This foe is not from this universe, so there's no telling what he might do. But he doesn't look very strong...
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
10000 4 4 4 4 4.4 4.5 2200 60 60 500 5 2
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
- - - - - - - - - -
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
- 100% 100% - 100% - - - - - - 100%
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
50% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Item Drop Rate
Icon Plastic Plastic Lecko Brick Game Child Espresso
Name Plastic Plastic Lecko Brick Game Child Espresso
Chance 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
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
0.35% per stack,
up to 3.15%
0.7% per stack,
up to 6.3%
0.3% per stack,
up to 2.7%
0.6% per stack,
up to 5.4%
Immune -3.(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.

Before the v2 update, had 4 base Accuracy.

Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
EBF5 Foe Icon Snowflake.png
Snowflake EBF5
This foe is not from this universe, so there's no telling what he might do. But he doesn't look very strong...
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
10000 4 4 4 4 4.4 4.5 2200 60 60 500 5 2
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
- - - - - - - - - -
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% 100% 100% 50% 100% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 100%
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
50% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40%
Item Drop Rate
Icon Plastic Plastic Lecko Brick Game Child Espresso
Name Plastic Plastic Lecko Brick Game Child Espresso
Chance 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
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
0.35% per stack,
up to 3.15%
0.7% per stack,
up to 6.3%
0.3% per stack,
up to 2.7%
0.6% per stack,
up to 5.4%
Immune -3.(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

Attack List
Attack Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Sword Swing Single 200 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 33% chance of 1x EBF5 Status Stagger.png Stagger on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Ignores EBF5 Status Lovable.png Lovable.
3x Swing Random 350/3 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 66% chance of 1x EBF5 Status Stagger.png Stagger on Hard or Epic difficulties.
6x Swing Random 500/6 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 100% chance of 1x EBF5 Status Stagger.png Stagger on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Fork Frenzy Single 300/3 Physical ---- 100% 2x EBF5 Status Hungry.png 100% 10% 10%
Notes: If Foe Remix is enabled, summons either a Cat Wizard, Cat Warrior, Cat Sniper, Cat Bomber or Cat Ninja.
Sword Storm All 210/4 Physical ---- 33% -- EBF5 Status Dispel.png 100% 10% 10%
Notes: If Foe Remix is enabled, summons either a Cat Wizard, Cat Warrior, Cat Sniper, Cat Bomber or Cat Ninja.
Bone Fish Single 180 Magical ---- 100% 1x Status Syphon EBF1.png 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Status strength increased to 2x on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Bone Fishes All 180 Magical ---- 100% 1x Status Syphon EBF1.png 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Status strength increased to 2x on Hard or Epic difficulties.
If Foe Remix is enabled, summons either a Cat Wizard, Cat Warrior, Cat Sniper, Cat Bomber or Cat Ninja.
Rice Ball Bomb Single 250/3 Magical ---- 100% 5x EBF5 Status Stuffed.png 100% 10% 10%
Rice Ball Bomb x2 Random 500/6 Magical ---- 100% 5x EBF5 Status Stuffed.png 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Base spell is 3 hit, so retargeting and statuses happen on every third hit.
Will not target the same player twice in a row unless they have EBF5 Status Target.png Target or no other targets are available.
If Foe Remix is enabled, summons either a Cat Wizard, Cat Warrior, Cat Sniper, Cat Bomber or Cat Ninja.

Summoned foes will be at the same level as Snowflake.

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.

Action (acts twice every turn):

  • <34% HP → 6x Swing (2/6), Sword Storm (1/6), Fork Frenzy (1/6), Bone Fishes (1/6), Rice Ball Bomb x2 (1/6);
  • <49% HP → 6x Swing (2/4), Sword Storm (1/4), Fork Frenzy (1/4);
  • <64% HP → 3x Swing (2/4), Sword Storm (1/4), Fork Frenzy (1/4);
  • <79% HP → 3x Swing (2/4), Bone Fish (1/4), Rice Ball Bomb (1/4);
  • Otherwise → Sword Swing (2/4), Bone Fish (1/4), Rice Ball Bomb (1/4).

*If Snowflake's catchscore is >55 and all players are Lovable, Bone Fish and Rice Ball Bomb (only the single target versions) become Sword Swing instead, while Fork Frenzy becomes Sword Storm.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 50% → Sword Swing.

Strategy

Snowflake doesn't have any special gameplay-affecting triggers, healing, or even helpers (unless Foe Remix is enabled); he simply uses ludicrously powerful non-elemental attacks, most of which hit multiple times, so there aren't many quirks to plan around. Setting up a "tank" to soak up the damage (with the Target status and very defensive equipment) will help immensely, but keep in mind that Snowflake will use some multi-target skills once his HP falls past a certain point.

The party's equipment should focus on stats and buffs, but try to get immunity against Disable, Dispel and Stagger (Stagger is used only on Hard and Epic difficulties); the boss also utilizes Hungry and Stuffed, which can only be blocked by Bless. Combinations like Defending with the Genji Armor and the Fairy — which gives an 80% Attack buff and Auto-Revive — can be used to save on turns.

The player should bring a player with status boost gear (such as the Red Dress) to keep him under constant Weaken, Tired and Curse; Anna can pull off all three with Blessed Barrage, Gaia Blossom, and a weapon or Flair able to apply Curse. Opening with defensive buffs, followed by debuffs to jumpstart Weaken, will cripple Snowflake's offenses. If needed, a Target tank can absorb most of his blows. Should the player want to stall through the fight, Virus in particular deals a lot of damage passively with no upkeep.

Snowflake is very threatening if dealt with hastily, but can easily be put down with status effects.

Since Snowflake already gets two turns, Haste from the Cherry Blossom weather will not affect him, meaning the Fabulous Gloop summon may be useful.

Quotes

"* Snowflake appears to be confused, but this is just how his face normally looks."
―First turn
"* Snowflake is actually enjoying himself, despite his expression."
―<89% HP
"* Snowflake just wants to be scratched behind the ears, but cannot communicate this!"
―<79% HP
"* Snowflake is worried that you're taking this play-date a bit too seriously."
―<79% HP
"* Snowflake is feeling a bit sore."
―<79% HP
"* Snowflake is sorry for everything."
―<79% HP
"* Snowflake feels like he's been backed into a corner."
―<79% HP
"* Snowflake is trembling and having flashbacks of his kitten years."
―<79% HP
"* Snowflake doesn't want to die, and feels that he's done nothing to deserve this."
―<79% HP


Summon

"* Snowflake greatly appreciates that his life was spared, and will do his best for the team."
―Snowflake when summoned, Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Snowflake can be captured to be used as a summon. When used, the background changes to the Secret World as Snowflake arrives and raises his sword to Dispel all foes. He then slashes the enemies six times before casting Sword Storm, hitting them for further damage. Like most boss summons, the party is forced to jump off-screen when Snowflake arrives, curing Freeze.

Due to having a high SP cost and being non-elemental, Snowflake generally isn't a very useful summon; while he does have a very high Dispel chance, the players have plenty of other sources of Dispel available to them, unless one wishes to defeat PHOENIX without it reviving.

EBF5 Foe Icon Snowflake.png
Snowflake SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Dispels all foes first, and then unleashes a blizzard of intense non-elemental attacks on all of them. 135 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All --
300/6
300/4
Physical ---- 500%
--
--
-- EBF5 Status Dispel.png
--
--
200% --
10%
10%
--
10%
10%
Note: Before the v2 update, cost 150 SP instead.

Trivia

  • Snowflake is an elaborate homage to another indie game — Undertale, which has the same minimalist, borderline non-existent aesthetic as Snowflake and also has the opponent talk as the player fights it. Snowflake's attacks being described as "playing" with the party also hearken back to how certain Undertale monsters "attack" the player with non-hostile intentions, but end up threatening them through the nature of their actions.
    • Snowflake is named "UnderLegs" in game's files, which means that he is an "Undertale-esque NoLegs". Its background is simply named "UNDERTALE".
    • Snowflake's medal for beating him on Epic is called Determination, a recurring theme in Undertale.
  • Snowflake was first shown on Matt Roszak's blog as his Undertale fan art back in early 2016, long before any playable builds of the game, with no clues that it could become a boss.
  • Killing Snowflake will turn the dungeon walls black and the floating objects into red eyes, while capturing Snowflake will turn the dungeon walls gold and the floating objects into white hearts.
    • This is presumably an allusion to Undertale's Genocide and Pacifist playthrough, respectively.
  • Snowflake makes an appearance in a special Game Over screen only visible if the player dies from using The Devourer summon (only on a New Game Plus).
  • Snowflake has a few similarities to the Arcade foes, being a pixelated optional boss whose summon temporarily changes the background to that of the "game" in which he was fought.
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