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Epitaph is a stone enemy from Final Fantasy IX found in Oeilvert. Prior to sending Zidane to the Forgotten Continent, Kuja says to him, "I'd better send you with three of your friends just to be safe. Besides, nobody likes to fight against himself". This foreshadows the abilities of the Epitaph, and the great threat they would have posed if Kuja had indeed sent Zidane to Oeilvert alone.

StatsEdit

Final Fantasy IX enemy stats
#117 #118
Location Class Eat Other information
Oeilvert Stone Angel’s Snack Defeated by Soft. Player's magic skills are locked.
Stats
Level HP MP Strength Defense
32 3,732 300 15 17
Evade Magic Magic Def Magic Eva Attack
4 15 8 5 44
Spirit Speed EXP Gil AP
25 25 0 0 See formations
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Thunder Water
100% 100% 100% 100%
Wind Earth Holy Shadow Healing
100% 100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs
Statuses and immunities
Petrify Venom Virus Silence Darkness Trouble Zombie Death Confuse Berserk
Immune Immune Immune - - Immune Immune - Immune Immune
Stop Auto-Life Poison Sleep Regen Haste Slow Float Shell Protect
Immune Immune Immune - Immune - - Immune - -
Heat Freeze Vanish Doom Mini Reflect Gradual Petrify Eat Scan Gravity
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune - Immune Immune Immune Immune
Items
Steal Item dropped Card dropped [12.5%]
[100%] Phoenix Down
[25%] Soft
[6.25%] Nothing
[0.39%] Nothing
[100%] Hi-Potion
[37.5%] Opal
[12.5%] Phoenix Down
[0.39%] Phoenix Down
Blazer Beetle
Abilities
Abilities Eat
Mirror, Petrify Angel’s Snack

Battle Edit

Epitaph's Mirror ability allows it to create doppelgängers of one of the eight party members, who will attack the party. It will create these doppelgängers whether or not that character is in the party. If the character it mirrors is in the party, the mirror will perform an attack that deals 9,999 HP damage to the character mirrored, instantly knocking them out. Against any other party members, the mirror will only use a normal physical attack that does minor damage.

Strategy Edit

A good way to hasten their defeat is to equip the Man Eater and Stone Killer abilities to quickly destroy the mirrors and Epitaph respectively. For a hassle-free but unrewarding technique, one can kill the Epitaphs instantly by using a Soft on it, but this yields no spoils for the battle.

If one of the characters can kill the Mirror-image in one hit, the player should press 'Attack' the instant Epitaph starts casting Mirror. This will stop the ATB gauges from filling. As soon as the mirror-image enters the battlefield, the player can target it for the attack. This way one will place the player's attack before that of Epitaph/the mirror-image. If the mirror-image is indeed killed with one hit, the real character will not be killed. It is advisable to equip Jelly to prevent the characters from being petrified.

Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

An epitaph is an inscription honoring a deceased person, usually on a tombstone or plaque.

Trivia Edit

  • The Epitaph bears a resemblance to the Stone Gargoyle race from Heroes of Might and Magic V.

Related enemies Edit

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