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The Zircon Ore is a foe and a summon in Epic Battle Fantasy 5. It is mainly found in subterranean and icy locations, such as the Ice Cave, the Frozen Valley, the Freezeflame Dungeon or the Crystal Caverns.


Appearance

The Zircon Ore is a roughly spherical chunk of light grey stone that floats in the air. It has two oval holes on the front-facing surface of the stone, each glowing with bright blue light. The rest of the stone is covered in large spikes of blue crystal, presumably zircon.

Overview

The Zircon Ore will usually sacrifice itself at the first opportunity, casting one of two annoying spells in the process. It can use Barrier on its allies to greatly reduce incoming magical damage - on higher difficulty levels, this gives the foes Morale on top of an even higher Magic Defence buff, making them very difficult to kill quickly unless Dispel is used. Its alternate option is Freezing Blast; while this isn't especially damaging (especially given the Zircon Ore's pathetic Magic Attack), it has a decent chance to inflict a very long-lasting Freeze effect on the entire party, leaving them completely helpless and vulnerable to follow-up attacks. This becomes even more dangerous on Hard or Epic, where Freezing Blast gains a 50-50 chance of inflicting its status on each player.

Fortunately, the Zircon Ore can be easily dealt with before it has a chance to act. If killing it outright is infeasible, it can be afflicted with Syphon or Berserk to prevent it from self-destructing, forcing it to fall back on a weak ramming attack instead. If your main concern is specifically Freezing Blast, it can be deterred from using it if the party's Ice resistance is high enough; be prepared for the increased likelihood of Barrier, however. It's also completely vulnerable to Stun and (ironically) Freeze, which will stop it in its tracks.

The Zircon Ore absorbs Ice, resists Bio, and is immune to Earth, Poison, and Virus, but it's weak to Wind, Bomb, and especially Fire. If "More Foe Resistance" is enabled, it loses its Bomb and Wind weaknesses while becoming resistant to Water.

Statistics

EBF5 Foe Icon Zircon Ore.png
Zircon Ore EBF5
A tiny chunk of magical stone. It'll sacrifice its life to use an ice or barrier spell. It has nothing else to live for.
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
101 4 4 1.5 4 4 4 12 1.2 1.2 5 50 33
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
-80% - 200% 100% 50% -50% - -50% - -
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% - - - - - - - -
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
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Solid Water Rainbow Ore - - -
Name Solid Water Rainbow Ore - - -
Chance 35% 5% - - -
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
6.3% per stack,
up to 56.7%
12.6% per stack,
up to 113.4%
Immune Immune 25% -33.(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.
Statistics with More Foe Resistance enabled.
EBF5 Foe Icon Zircon Ore.png
Zircon Ore EBF5
A tiny chunk of magical stone. It'll sacrifice its life to use an ice or barrier spell. It has nothing else to live for.
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
101 4 4 1.5 4 4 4 12 1.2 1.2 5 50 33
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
-80% - 200% 100% 50% - 50% - - -
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% - - - - - - - -
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
- - - - - - -
Item Drop Rate
Icon Solid Water Rainbow Ore - - -
Name Solid Water Rainbow Ore - - -
Chance 35% 5% - - -
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
6.3% per stack,
up to 56.7%
12.6% per stack,
up to 113.4%
Immune Immune 25% -33.(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
Bash Single 32 Physical ---- -- -- -- 100% 10% 10%
Barrier Allies -- -- ---- -- 40% Stat Mdef.png -- -- --
Notes: Buff strength increased to 80% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Also gives 2x EBF5 Status Morale.png Morale on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Kills the user.
Freezing Blast Centered 80 Magical 100% EBF5 Element Ice.png 30% 5x EBF5 Status Freeze.png 100% 10% 10%
Notes: Status chance increased to 50% on Hard or Epic difficulties.
Kills the user.

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

  • If Syphoned or Berserked, catch score >55, and all players are Lovable → Surrender;
  • If catch score >55 and all players are Lovable → Barrier;
  • If Syphoned or Berserked → Bash;
  • If a randomly selected foe has at least a 15% Magic Defence buff or no other foes are left → Freezing Blast;
  • Otherwise → Freezing Blast (1/2), Barrier (1/2).

* On Hard/Epic, Freezing Blast has up to a 80% chance to be replaced by Bash depending on player party Ice resistance.

Counter (only if Counter-Attacking Foes is enabled)

  • 33% and not Syphoned → Freezing Blast.

Summon

The Zircon Ore can be captured and used as a summon; the Bubble Dress has a chance to summon it between turns as well. It sacrifices itself to cast Barrier on the party, greatly raising their Magic Defence.

The Zircon Ore's buff is as strong as a fully-upgraded Barrier skill, but the latter benefits from buff-boosting equipment, allowing the party to save their SP for other summons. However, the Zircon Ore isn't a bad "panic button" option if Barrier is on cooldown or hasn't been fully upgraded, especially since it can be captured as early as the Ice Cave.

EBF5 Foe Icon Zircon Ore.png
Zircon Ore SP Whether the summon cures Freeze from players by forcing them to move (jump off the screen)
Casts a barrier spell, which buffs the magic defence of all allies, including those in backup. 37 Kept
Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Allies+B -- -- ---- -- 60% Stat Mdef.png -- -- --

Trivia

  • The Zircon Ore can be considered the magical Ice-based counterpart of the Topaz Ore. Their bodies are covered with the spikiest crystals of any Ores, they are associated with a powerful defensive buff, and their summons cost the same amount of SP.
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