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The Steel Buckler is a non-elemental cat toy used by NoLegs in Epic Battle Fantasy 5.

Description

The Steel Buckler is, unsurprisingly, a round buckler made of plain steel. It has a large raised dome in the center, surrounded by four smaller dots. Its associated weapon is a steel shortsword with small indents near the base of its blade, a red hilt, and a brown crossguard with a tiny red gem embedded into it.

Normal

The Steel Buckler has serviceable Attack, good Defence and Magic Defence (both tied for third among cat toys), and decent HP; its Magic Attack is rather weak, but this isn't too problematic for the physically-inclined NoLegs. It empowers non-elemental skills like Sushi Cat or Star Blast; unfortunately, most of NoLegs's options to exploit this have significant cooldown times and run on his lower offensive stat. Once NoLegs learns Blade Blitz, the Steel Buckler can counter enemy attacks with the skill; it has no innate on-hit effects, but it does a fair amount of damage and status Flairs can give it some utility.

Overall, the Steel Buckler is a reliable day-to-day weapon that mitigates NoLegs's natural frailty without compromising his Evade; the Star Hammer is arguably a direct upgrade, but it is not available until the player defeats God in the Temple of Trials. However, it runs into serious competition around the midgame; the Pixel Popper has greater non-elemental power, and the Honjo Masamune has unparalleled offenses with any element. Both weapons also have good Evade, which tends to help NoLegs's survival more than the Steel Buckler's bulk.

The Steel Buckler resists Earth, Wind, Light, and Heavy, becoming immune to the latter two at Level 5.

Equip Remix

The Alt Steel Buckler has weak Magic Attack and average-at-best Attack, so it's not especially effective on offense, even with the non-elemental attacks it empowers. On the other hand, it has the third-best HP and Magic Defence (tied with the Alt Icecream Sandwich and the Alt Blood Bank in the former and tied with the Alt Godly Book in the latter), as well as the best Defence of any cat toy, although this comes at the cost of a modest Evade penalty. Its ability to grant Morale upon Defend further improves its bulk by negating defensive debuffs and protecting NoLegs from lethal attacks if he keeps his HP above 50%.

Unfortunately for the Alt Steel Buckler, its combination of great bulk and lowered Evade has poor synergy with NoLegs, who relies far more on the latter than the former to survive attacks. Its on-Defend Morale can be replicated by The Alt Tr*force or the Alt Genji Helmet for a Target tank build, allowing NoLegs to equip a weapon with better offensive or evasive capabilities. As a bulky tanking weapon, it's usually outmatched by the Alt Leaf Shield or the Alt Turtle Shell - even the Alt Riot Shield has a little more utility and offensive potential, although it's not quite as bulky.

The Alt Steel Buckler resists Earth, Wind, Light, and Heavy, becoming immune to the latter two at Level 5.

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

The Steel Buckler is NoLegs's starting weapon, and is thus unlocked from the moment he joins the party after the piers of Hope Harbor.

EBF5 WepIcon Steel Buckler.png Steel Buckler
A heavy shield with few special effects.
  • Boosts the damage of non-elemental skills.
  • Level 3: Counter-attacks with Blade Blitz.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP.png - 5% 5% 5% 10% - - - - - - EBF5 Element Earth.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack.png 10% 20% 35% 50% 65% Stat Defence.png 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% EBF5 Element Wind.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic.png - 10% 10% 20% 30% Stat Mdef.png 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Heavy & Light 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Stat Accuracy.png - - - - - Stat Evade.png - - - - - Element ----
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- -- - - - - - -
Bonus Skill -- -- - - - - -
Auto Status -- -- - - - - - -
Defend Status -- -- - - - - -
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Steel Plate
x 1
-- -- 3 Steel Plate
x 3
-- --
4 Sacred Rune
x 2
Silver Plate
x 6
-- 5 Titanium
x 1
Silver Plate
x 6
--

Statistics with Equip Remix enabled.

EBF5 WepIcon Steel Buckler.png Steel Buckler
A heavy shield with few special effects.
  • Level 2: Boosts the damage of non-elemental skills.
  • Level 4: Defending gives morale status.
Statistics
Stat Bonus Resistance
LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5 LV1 LV2 LV3 LV4 LV5
Stat HP.png - 5% 5% 10% 15% - - - - - - EBF5 Element Earth.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Attack.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Stat Defence.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% EBF5 Element Wind.png 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Stat Magic.png 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Stat Mdef.png 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Heavy & Light 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Stat Accuracy.png - - - - - Stat Evade.png -10% -10% -10% -10% -10% Element ----
Spells & Statuses
Power Chance Modifier Attack Status
Auto Skill -- -- - - - - - -
Bonus Skill -- -- - - - - -
Auto Status -- -- - - - - - -
Defend Status 3x EBF5 Status Morale.png -- - - - - -
Forging Information
Lvl Requirements Lvl Requirements
2 Steel Plate
x 1
-- -- 3 Steel Plate
x 3
-- --
4 Sacred Rune
x 2
Cat Warrior
x 1
-- 5 Titanium
x 1
Silver Plate
x 6
--

Trivia

NoLegs wielding the "Steel Buckler" in EBF4.

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