Black Rider as he appears in Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.

"Oho… my scales doth sway… Art thou the cause? Then show me thy power… and what thou canst do with this world… "
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey conversation

Black Rider (ブラックライダー, Burakku raidaa)? is a demon in the series.


The third of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, riding a black horse, is popularly called Famine. The black color of the third horse symbolized death and famine. The rider is shown holding a scale, which represents scarcity of food, higher prices, and famine, likely as a result of the wars caused by the second horseman. Food will be scarce, but luxuries such as wine and oil will still be readily available.

The "a measure of wheat for a penny" from the King James Version of the Bible might not sound like a famine to modern ears, but in the NIV we read "a quart of wheat for a day's wages", which is a little clearer. While it's never identified as his own, it is implied that the voice John the Apostle hears coming from "the third of the four living creatures" comes from the Black Rider, making it the only horseman that actually vocalizes his intentions, the aformentioned raise in prices.

"When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not damage the oil and the wine.

— Revelation 6:5-6



Shin Megami Tensei III: NocturneEdit

"One of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He rides on a black horse and holds a scale in his hands. He causes famine, starving people to death, but leaves the luxuries intact."
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Compendium

Black Rider appears as one of the Candelabrum holders sent by Lucifer to test the Demi-fiend, possessing the Candelabrum of Wisdom. He first appears with the other Horsemen of the Apocalypse when the Demi-fiend first ventures into the Third Kalpa. After clearing the Obelisk (but only after defeating White Rider and Red Rider first), Black Rider will appear inside an empty room on the second floor of the Shinjuku Medical Center's Annex Building. Defeating Black Rider in battle will get the player the Candelabrum of Wisdom.

After being defeated and once the player reaches level 61, Black Rider can be fused in the Cathedral of Shadows on the New Kagutsuchi phase if the player possesses a Deathstone, a special item found only in the Labyrinth of Amala. Black Rider can be fused by any combination of demons resulting in a Night race.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit

Black Rider appears as the summon orb boss of the Suginami Tunnels silver-level instance. He also appears as a boss within the Chain of Curse Deep Docks instance and a boss of the TR-Route of Denshi Kairo, through which the ability to fuse him can be obtained. He is a special triple fusion of Red Rider, Legion, and Jikokuten.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

"One of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, he rides a black horse and carries a scale. He has the power to bring famine, and the right to end people's lives through their suffering."
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Compendium

Black Rider appears as the resident Fiend of Sector Fornax, once defeated he will be available for fusion. Also he is the only demon in the game that after defeat drops the Judgment Scale Forma.

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Black Rider has a 1/256 chance of appearing in the Tennozu Shelter, at the small vent near the center of the shelter. His Almighty-spam mode is set by Ice resistance. The reward for defeating him is 300,000 macca, 3 Gold Death Masks, and the ability to create him in special fusion.

Black Rider is fought alongside the other three in the Challenge Quest, Errand for the Apocalypse. Belial has sealed the four in a Domain found in Infernal Tokyo's Ikebukuro. They are far weaker than they are when encountered normally, that does not make them any less threatening. If Flynn makes any attempt to challenge them before accepting the quest, the Fiends will eject him from the domain. Completing the quest grants Flynn the Peacemaker, which is only surpassed by the plasma gun in terms of raw power.

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Black rider map

Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit

Black Rider, along with all the other Fiends, is encountered in Twisted Tokyo. Black Rider is encountered on B9F and drops the Constraint Scale second cycles onwards. He is fought at level 958 on cycle nine.


Shin Megami Tensei III: NocturneEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit

Race Alignment Level HP MP Growth Inherit St Ma Vi In Sp Lu
Fiend Neutral 65 1068 353 Big Tiwaz Death 84 56 82 62 42 37
Force Slot Close Long Spell Support P.Def M.Def Critical Crt.Def
4 71 48 70 68 21 19 66 18
Features Raised Spirit (Mitama: Unlucky Offspring) See also [1]
Default Skills
Skill Cost Effect
Absolute Zero 12% HP Deals ice damage to all enemies around user and inflicts freeze ailment (70%).
Death Touch 3 MP Deals magic affinity damage to a single target. User's HP regenerates 50% of damage done.
Magic Shot - Deals magic affinity damage to a single target.
Defensive Stance 1 MP User enters a guard stance, decreasing damage taken from attack and spin moves.
Evil Eyes 6 MP A nerve skill that inflicts bind (85%) on a single target.
Bufula 15 MP Deals ice damage to a single target and inflicts freeze ailment (70%).
Estoma 6 MP Calms all hostile enemies within a small range.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange JourneyEdit

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 43
Magic 48
Vitality 40
Agility 48
Luck 43
Fiend Dark-Neutral 69 559
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None - - Weak Drain - - Null Null -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
Null Null Null Null Null Null Null Null Null -
Natural Skills
Glacial Blast Megidola Debilitate
D-Source Skills
Glacial Blast Ice Boost Mana Surge


Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit

Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonEdit

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Arcana Level HP + SP + Inherit Extract Fragment
Judgement 52 140 30 - Revenge Blow -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Lethargy Circle 24 SP Medium chance of Agility Bind each turn, for 3 turns. (All enemies) Innate
Revenge Blow 100 HP A Bash attack delayed to next turn, stronger for each hit taken. (1 enemy) Innate
Judgement Sword Passive Perform a regular attack whenever a Bind is inflicted on an enemy. 53
Summon Demon 72 SP A heavy Almighty attack. (All enemies) [Requires Circles] 54
Punisher Passive Raise critical hit rate verses enemies with Bind. 55
Eternal Melody 3 Gauges [Navi] Extend stat buffs by 3 additional turns. (Party) 56
Photon Edge 154 HP A heavy Almighty attack. (1 enemy) 57

Persona 5Edit

Arcana Level
Strength 38
Magic 43
Endurance 37
Agility 45
Luck 30
Tower 59
Inherit Reflects Absorbs Block Resists Weak
? - Ice - Bless, Curse Fire
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Flash Bomb 19% HP Medium Physical damage to all foes. Low chance of Dizzy. Innate
Maeigaon 22 SP Heavy Curse damage to all foes. Innate
Mamudoon 34 SP Medium chance of instantly killing all foes. Curse-type. Innate
Ambient Aid Auto Greatly increase chance of inflicting ailments
in rain or special weather warning.
Bloodbath 19% HP Medium Physical damage to all foes. Low chance of Fear. 61
Ghastly Wail 28 SP Instantly kill all foes under Fear. 63
Megidola 24 SP Heavy Almighty damage to all foes. 64


Black rider
Black Rider as he appears in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.
Black Rider as he appears in Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE
Black rider
Black Rider in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey
Black Rider
Black Rider`s portrait in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

See AlsoEdit

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