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Rare Breed is a mechanic introduced in Etrian Odyssey IV. Enemies (including FOEs, but not bosses) can sometimes spawn as a sparkling golden variant.

Rare Breeds display an alert message when encountered, and at the beginning of each turn another message will be displayed indicating that their shininess empowers them.

Bonuses Edit

  • Rare Breeds give out five times as much experience as their normal counterparts.
  • In Etrian Odyssey IV, when starting a battle with a Rare Breed, you will gain 2 burst points. (However, if it escapes, you will lose 2 burst points).
  • In Etrian Odyssey Untold and Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold, you are more likely to get Grimoire Chances and Grimoire Fevers while there is at least on Rare Breed.
  • One medal on the Guild Card requires hunting a certain number of Rare Breeds. This could be considered necessary for 100% completion.

Challenges Edit

  • Rare Breeds have immensely increased turn speed.
  • They may have increased attack power.
  • They can run away, depriving you of valuable experience, but will fail if their legs are bound.

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