If Ebony Maw isn't focused, he begins focusing on the Opponent’s mind for 5 seconds understanding their mental state. This time is doubled if he's under the effect of 1 or more non-damaging Debuffs.
Once focused, the Opponent gains 1 Persuasion every 0.5 seconds.
When struck by the Opponent’s Heavy Attack or Special Attack 3, Ebony Maw's focus is broken.
For every 20 Persuasion the Opponent gains, they are inflicted with a Falter Passive lasting 3 seconds. Increasing to 5 seconds against Cosmics. Enemies inflicted with Falter have a 100% chance to Miss.
At 100 Persuasion the Opponent is Persuaded and inflicted with a Black Tongue Passive, reducing Power Gain from all sources by 40%. Black Tongue is not affected by Ability Accuracy and lasts for the rest of the fight.
While Black Tongue is active the Opponent is inflicted with 1 Deterioration Passive every 2 seconds.