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"I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU - THE MURDERERS OF MY BROTHER, POSEIDON!! WHILE HE MAY REST NOW, I, VULCAN, STILL AGONISE FOR REVENGE!!"
―Vulcan upon entering battle, Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Vulcan is an optional boss in Epic Battle Fantasy 5. He can be found at the western end of the Crystal Caverns.

Appearance

Like his brother Poseidon, Vulcan is a golem shaped like a head, with orange crystals jutting out of his head (presumably Ruby). He also has a pair of massive black stone horns on top of it. He is made out of black stone like the Ruby Ore, and has red crystals for "teeth".

Personality

Vulcan, like his brother Poseidon, holds himself in very high regards and possesses a strong ego. He has immeasurable anger against the party for defeating Poseidon, and wishes to avenge his brother by defeating them. That said, Vulcan also appears to be completely insane and plans to devastate the overworld, refusing to listen to any amount of reason.

Vulcan does acknowledge the strength of the players, but otherwise rightfully detests them for murdering (or enslaving) his brother. If captured, Vulcan mourns his state of affairs.

Overview

Much like Poseidon, Vulcan has a variety of powerful attacks and plenty of status resistance. He primarily uses Fire attacks, as well as a variety of other skills. He also summons an endless supply of Ores, which assist him in battle. He is particularly notable for his powerful ram, which can deal heavy damage to both the frontlines and the players in backup.

Vulcan is immune to nearly all status effects. He absorbs Fire, Dark, and Earth while being immune to Thunder, Bio, and Wind. Vulcan is weak to Ice, Bomb, and especially to Water and Holy.

Statistics

EBF5 Foe Icon Vulcan
Vulcan EBF5
The god of volcanoes. He uses powerful fire and bomb magic, with some wind and earth attacks in there too.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
7000 6 4 6 4 4 2 1100 60 60 500 6 3
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire EBF5 Element Thunder EBF5 Element Ice EBF5 Element Earth EBF5 Element Bio EBF5 Element Bomb EBF5 Element Water EBF5 Element Wind EBF5 Element Holy EBF5 Element Dark
300% 100% -50% 200% 100% -50% -80% 100% -80% 200%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch EBF5 Status Stun EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze EBF5 Status Poison+Virus EBF5 Status Syphon EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse EBF5 Status Wet+Dry EBF5 Status Heavy+Light EBF5 Status Weak+Tired EBF5 Status Dispel EBF5 Status Death
- 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% - - - 100% 50% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
30% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% -
Item Drop Rate
Icon EBF5 Item Magma Chunk EBF5 Item Opal EBF5 Item Amber EBF5 Item Topaz EBF5 Item Ruby
Name Magma Chunk Opal Amber Topaz Ruby
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 Burn EBF5 Status Scorch Scorch EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
-0.84% per stack,
up to -7.56%
-1.68% per stack,
up to -15.12%
Immune Immune Immune -4%
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 Vulcan
Vulcan EBF5
The god of volcanoes. He uses powerful fire and bomb magic, with some wind and earth attacks in there too.
Statistics
Base
Statistics
Stat HP Stat Attack Stat Defence Stat Magic Stat Mdef Stat Accuracy Stat Evade Exp AP SP Gold Hit2HP Catch
7000 6 4 6 4 4 2 1100 60 60 500 6 3
Elemental
Resistance
EBF5 Element Fire EBF5 Element Thunder EBF5 Element Ice EBF5 Element Earth EBF5 Element Bio EBF5 Element Bomb EBF5 Element Water EBF5 Element Wind EBF5 Element Holy EBF5 Element Dark
300% 100% 100% 200% 100% -50% -80% 100% - 200%
Status
Resistance
EBF5 Status Burn+Scorch EBF5 Status Stun EBF5 Status Chill+Freeze EBF5 Status Poison+Virus EBF5 Status Syphon EBF5 Status Curse+Bad Luck EBF5 Status Stagger+Confuse EBF5 Status Wet+Dry EBF5 Status Heavy+Light EBF5 Status Weak+Tired EBF5 Status Dispel EBF5 Status Death
- 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% - - - 100% 50% 100%
Debuff
Resistance
EBF5 StatDown HP EBF5 StatDown Attack EBF5 StatDown Magic EBF5 StatDown Defence EBF5 StatDown Mdef EBF5 StatDown Accuracy EBF5 StatDown Evade
30% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% -
Item Drop Rate
Icon EBF5 Item Magma Chunk EBF5 Item Opal EBF5 Item Amber EBF5 Item Topaz EBF5 Item Ruby
Name Magma Chunk Opal Amber Topaz Ruby
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 Burn EBF5 Status Scorch Scorch EBF5 Status Poison Poison EBF5 Status Virus Virus EBF5 Status Doom Doom
(if Death fails)
EBF5 Status Regenerate Regen
-0.84% per stack,
up to -7.56%
-1.68% per stack,
up to -15.12%
Immune Immune Immune -4%
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
Ram All+B 90 Stat Attack 25% EBF5 Element Earth 20%
--
1x
--
EBF5 Status Stagger
--
100% 10% 10%
Notes: Status chance for the front increased to 30% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Before the v2 update, had 120 power for the front and 90 for the back.
Spit Lava Single 320/4 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Fire 100% 3x EBF5 Status Burn 100% 10% 10%
Notes: EBF5 Status Burn Burn changed to EBF5 Status Scorch Scorch instead on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Lava Breath Random 400/6 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Fire 100% 3x EBF5 Status Burn 100% 10% 10%
Notes: EBF5 Status Burn Burn changed to EBF5 Status Scorch Scorch instead on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Can target dead players, leading to a chance to waste hits.
Eye Lasers Random 420/6 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Bomb -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Gets 100% chance of 3xStatus Syphon EBF1 Disable on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Can target dead players, leading to a chance to waste hits.
Syphoning Roar All 60 Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Wind 100% 3x EBF5 Status Syphon 300% 10% 10%
Status Wind All 26
26
Stat Magic 100% EBF5 Element Wind 66%
100%
1x
5x
EBF5 Status Dispel
EBF5 Status Curse
150% 10% 10%
Notes: Dispel chance increased to 100% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Bullet Bob x6 Random 330/6 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Bomb -- -- -- 100% 30% 10%
Notes: Will not target the same player twice in a row unless they have EBF5 Status Target Target or no other targets are available.
Scalding Fume x6 Random 240/6 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Water 50% 2x EBF5 Status Burn 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Will not target the same player twice in a row unless they have EBF5 Status Target Target or no other targets are available.
Magma All 100 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Fire 20% 2x EBF5 Status Dry 100% 10% 10%
Quake All 100 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Earth -- -- -- 140% 10% 10%
Defend Self -- -- ---- -- 30%
30%
30%
30%
Stat Attack
Stat Magic
Stat Defence
Stat Mdef
-- -- --
Notes: All buff strengths increased to 50% on Hard or Epic difficulties. Also gives 1xEBF5 Status Haste Haste on Hard or Epic difficulties. Spawns either a Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst or Peridot Ore; if Foe Remix is enabled, can summon any of the 7 Ores instead (level of the summoned Ores depends on Vulcan's HP).
Supernova All
Backup
Allies
260
180
100
Stat Magic 50% EBF5 Element Fire 100%
--
--
9x
--
--
EBF5 Status Scorch
--
--
9000% 10% 10%
Notes: Can only used on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Damage to allies scales off Player Weather Magic Attack and Accuracy instead of user stats.

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.

Start of turn:

  • Summons a Peridot, Topaz, Ruby or Amethyst Ore; if Foe Remix is enabled, can summon any of the 7 Ores (ie, adds Quartz, Sapphire and Zircon Ore to the summon pool);
    • Has a 1/3 chance to summon a second Ore, this becomes guaranteed once <49% HP.
      • Level of the summoned ores depends on Vulcan's HP;
        • <29% HP: Vulcan's level + 3.
        • <59% HP: Vulcan's level + 2.
        • <89% HP: Vulcan's level + 1.
        • Otherwise: same level as Vulcan.

Action:

  • If playing on Hard/Epic, <39% HP and hasn't used Supernova yet → Supernova;
  • <19% HP and both Magic Attack and Magic Defence buffs are below 15% → Defend;
  • <39% HP → Status Wind (1/4), Syphoning Roar (1/4), Magic* (2/4);
  • <74% HP → Status Wind (1/8), Syphoning Roar (1/8), Eye Lasers (1/8), Ram (1/8), Magic* (2/8);
    • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Lava Breath (1/4);
    • Otherwise → Lava Breath (1/8), Spit Lava (1/8);
  • Otherwise → Ram (1/3);
    • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Lava Breath (2/3);
    • Otherwise → Spit Lava (1/3), Lava Breath (1/3).

*"Magic" has a 66% chance to choose best elemental spell based on active party's elemental resistance between Bullet Bob, Magma, Scalding Fume and Quake, and otherwise randomly picks one of the four to use.

Unlike most other foes, Vulcan doesn't get a counter when Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled.

Strategy

Immunity to Fire and Bomb is recommended, since most of Vulcan's strongest attacks are of those elements (and they're powerful enough that resistance may not be enough to readily survive them); secondary resistances to Water and Earth may also be a good idea. Vulcan summons Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst and Peridot Ores as his helpers, and just like Poseidon these ores will gradually get more levels as Vulcan's HP gets lower; amongst the ores, the Topaz Ores should be dealt with quickly, since they can use Protect to buff Vulcan's Defence (and on higher difficulties this'll also give Good Luck).

Offensively, it's recommended to either focus on using Bomb-elemental attacks while inflicting the Dry status to boost its damage, or alternatively use Ice and boost it with Wet instead. Water will deal more damage than Ice/Bomb attacks, but cannot be boosted on account of Vulcan's Chill immunity.

Vulcan's Ram attack is probably his most dangerous skill, since it's largely non-elemental and hits very hard. That said, he stops using it once he drops low enough in HP (<39%), so a more offensive strategy to quickly reduce his HP to the necessary threshold is recommended. Keep in mind that the point he stops using Ram is when he casts Supernova on higher difficulties. A Limit Break Rush strategy might be useful, especially Oblivion followed by a physical Tsunami (with prior Defence debuffs and/or Enchanted to maximize damage). Once Vulcan drops below 19% HP, he'll start buffing himself, and just like Poseidon, this'll also give him Haste on Hard/Epic, allowing him to attack immediately after.

On Hard and Epic, he'll use Supernova when below 39% HP (indicated by his sprite changing to a crying one), which will deal great magical Fire elemental damage to both the front and the back players, and since it's only 50% elemental, it'll still deal some damage to players with 100% Fire resistance.

Quotes

  • Upon entering battle: "I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU - THE MURDERERS OF MY BROTHER, POSEIDON!! WHILE HE MAY REST NOW, I, VULCAN, STILL AGONISE FOR REVENGE!!"
  • At x health:
  • If the player summons Poseidon during the battle "POSEIDON?? WHAT IS THIS?! WHY DO YOU TORMENT ME SO, BROTHER?! YOUR GHOST CANNOT CALM MY BURNING LUST FOR REVENGE!!"

Summon

"I, THE MIGHTY VULCAN, HAVE FALLEN FROM MY THRONE!! I SHALL NOW BE KNOWN AS VULCAN THE COWARD, AND SLAVE OF MORTALS!!"
―Vulcan when summoned, Epic Battle Fantasy 5
This boss can be captured to be used as a summon. It casts a powered-up version of Volcano on every foe.
EBF5 Foe Icon Vulcan
Vulcan SP EBF5 Status Freeze
Blasts all foes with incredibly powerful fire attacks, which also burn any survivors. 110 Cured
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
All 350 Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Fire 100% 5x EBF5 Status Burn 150% 10% 10%
Note: Before the v2 update, cost 121 SP instead.

Trivia

  • It is worth noting that not only are the mythological Vulcan and Poseidon not related, they are from two different pantheons of gods; Vulcan is a Roman deity (corresponding to the Greek Hephaestus) while Poseidon is a Greek deity (corresponding to the Roman Neptune).
  • If you captured Poseidon instead of killing him, Matt/Lance will say "We didn't kill him, we captured him. Does no good deed go unpunished in your world?" in response to Vulcan's opening quote.
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