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The Reaper

The Reaper (刈り取る者?) is a shadow in the persona series.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

The Reaper of the Persona series has several features that distinguish it from other "grim reapers" in popular culture. The Reaper, instead of carrying a gigantic scythe, wields two long-barrel revolvers. Its face is shrouded in a cloth sack, with only one ominous white eye to see its surroundings. It wears two long chains across its left and right shoulders, forming a cross.

Persona 3Edit

The Reaper lurks in Tartarus, and will appear to the player when certain conditions are met. This involves staying on one floor of Tartarus too long, or choosing a card from Shuffle Time that is appended with an ominous black crossbones. When he approaches the party, the player can hear a loud rattling of chains, and he also appears on the mini-map, and can even climb up small ramps in floors, something all other shadows cannot do. The Reaper's appearance is hastened when choosing a skulled ("cursed") card in Shuffle Time, when on a regular floor with no Shadows or when there are more Shadows on the floor than normal. He also appears on floors where there are regular shadows, only a floor filled with rare golden shadows or rare chests, as the risks of the large rewards are all affected by "cursed" cards.

The Reaper cannot follow the player to the stairs that lead to the next floor, which makes the stairs a safe haven from the reaper. Unless the party is Lv.70 or higher, The Reaper will be an almost impossible opponent.

As one of Elizabeth's Requests (#53), the protagonist must defeat the Reaper. Because the Reaper is a very challenging opponent, players should come prepared with a strategy in place or utilize the fusion spell Armageddon and instantly destroy the Reaper. If the request is active, the Reaper will drop the Bloody Button upon its defeat, in which you can turn in to unlock the Monad Depths.

Persona 4Edit

The Reaper is an exclusive boss that can only be fought in the second playthrough of the game. In the second cycle, the Reaper can be found in trap chests, and upon examining it, the protagonist is forewarned that a powerful force dwells within the chest and repeatedly asked whether he is ready to open it. Should the protagonist choose to open it, the Reaper will attack the protagonist, engaging the party to a battle. Similar to its predecessor, the Reaper can be challenged multiple times as long as the protagonist manages to locate the treasure chest he dwells within.

Defeating the Reaper may grant the respective characters their strongest weapons per defeat; however, should all of the in-battle characters have received their strongest weapons, The Reaper instead drops the strongest armor. If all of those have already been received as well, the Reaper drops the Omnipotence Orb, an accessory which voids all attacks excluding Almighty.

He will only drop a character's weapon if they are in the team that fights him. One must re-organize their team if they want to gain every weapon. 

GoldenEdit

The Reaper works the same way as the original Persona 4, except he can be encountered on the first playthrough of the game. To spawn the Reaper, the player has to open a total of twenty-one chests. By this time, the sound of rattling chains will echo throughout the dungeon. If the player opens a chest where a Shadow would most likely stay in, the player will be warned of an ominous presence. Opening the chest will spawn the Reaper.

However, if the player merely opens a normal chest, the chest counter will be reset and the sound of rattling chains will disappear. Leaving the dungeon or moving up/down floors also applies to this.

The AnimationEdit

Three Reapers show up when the Investigation Team confronts Adachi in his own reality, Magatsu Inaba. The first one confronts Kanji and Naoto at the Central shopping district, the second one fights Chie, Yukiko and Rise at the Amagi inn, and the last one battles Yosuke and Teddie at Saki Konishi's house. The Reapers prove to be powerful opponents for the Investigation Team, but eventually the Investigation Team managed to beat the Reapers after banding together.

Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

The Reaper is an F.O.E who appears on the second floor of the Clock Tower and all floors above it. Zen realized The Reaper has appeared to remove him for upsetting the natural providence of the world by creating the world from Rei's memories and preventing her soul from returning to the Sea of Souls.

While the player is in the same room as the Reaper, it will pursue them for 2 steps before resting for 1 step. Unlike many other aggressive FOEs in the previous dungeons, the Reaper can pursue the player over empty spaces - but not through columns. Noting the columns' locations or impeding its movement with the various block-like pistons scattered through the dungeon becomes critical in trying to avoid it.

In battle, the Reaper can act twice each turn and has a wide array of attacks and ailment-inducing moves. Once it dips to below 50% HP it will start trying to inflict Sleep, Panic, and/or Agility Bind to render the party unable to dodge a Power Charged Myriad Arrows or Deathbound. Past 25% HP it switches strategies and throws party-wide attacks, including Mamudoon and Megidolaon. While resistant to them, the Reaper is still vulnerable to ailments and Binds which can make the battle less aggravating.

The Death's Order material it drops allows Theodore to create gear that halves characters' stats but doubles the Exp they receive; 1 is required to create armor with this effect, 2 to create an accessory, and weapons can be created after acquiring 3. If defeated while the request to hunt one is active, it will drop the Broken Chain needed to complete it.

StatsEdit

Persona 3Edit

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 66
Magic 66
Endurance 66
Agility 99
Luck 66
Death 99 4444 9999
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty
Strong Strong Strong Strong Strong Strong Strong Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Pierce Attack Normal attack using the Pierce attribute.
Vile Assault Deals heavy Pierce damage to one foe. (1.5x to Downed foes)
Vorpal Blade Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus)
Myriad Arrows Deals medium Pierce damage to all foes. (1-2 hits)
Agidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to one foe.
Maragidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Bufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes one foe. (10% chance)
Mabufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes all foes. (8% chance)
Ziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks one foe. (10% chance)
Maziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks all foes. (8% chance)
Garudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to one foe.
Magarudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to all foes.
Hamaon Light: instant kill, 1 foe (high odds). (50% chance)
Mahamaon Light: instant kill, all foes (high odds). (40% chance)
Mudoon Darkness: instant kill, 1 foe (high odds). (50% chance)
Mamudoon Darkness: instant kill, all foes (high odds). (40% chance)
Megidola Deals heavy Almighty damage to all foes.
Megidolaon Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes.
Life Drain Drains 35 HP from one foe.
Spirit Drain Drains ~80 SP from one foe.
Mind Charge Doubles magic damage dealt next turn. (2.5x damage)
Fire Break Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average.
Ice Break Reduces 1 foe's Ice resistance to average.
Elec Break Reduces 1 foe's Elec resistance to average.
Wind Break Reduces 1 foe's Wind resistance to average.

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 66
Magic 99
Endurance 66
Agility 99
Luck 66
Death 99 5000 12000
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty
Strong Strong Strong Strong Strong Strong Strong Null Null -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Pierce Attack Normal attack using the Pierce attribute.
Vile Assault Deals heavy Pierce damage to one foe. (1.5x to Downed foes)
Vorpal Blade Deals heavy Slash damage to all foes. (1.5x "Great" condition bonus)
Myriad Arrows Deals medium Pierce damage to all foes. (1-2 hits)
Maragidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Mabufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage / Freezes all foes. (8% chance)
Maziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage / Shocks all foes. (8% chance)
Magarudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to all foes.
Hamaon Light: instant kill, 1 foe (high odds). (50% chance)
Mudoon Darkness: instant kill, 1 foe (high odds). (50% chance)
Mamudoon Darkness: instant kill, all foes (high odds). (40% chance)
Megidolaon Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes.
Life Drain Drains 35 HP from one foe.
Spirit Drain Drains ~80 SP from one foe.
Mind Charge Doubles magic damage dealt next turn. (2.5x damage)
Fire Break Reduces 1 foe's Fire resistance to average.
Ice Break Reduces 1 foe's Ice resistance to average.
Elec Break Reduces 1 foe's Elec resistance to average.
Wind Break Reduces 1 foe's Wind resistance to average.

Persona 4Edit

Arcana Level HP SP
Strength 99
Magic 80
Endurance 80
Agility 75
Luck 99
Death 85 5000 12000
Physical Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty EXP Yen
- - - - - Null Null - 5000 13
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Vile Assault Deals heavy Phys damage to 1 foe. Bonus damage to foes that are knocked down.
Myriad Arrows Deals heavy Phys damage to all foes 1x to 3x.
Vorpal Blade Deals heavy Phys damage to all foes.
Agidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to 1 foe.
Maragidyne Deals heavy Fire damage to all foes.
Bufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage to 1 foe.
Mabufudyne Deals heavy Ice damage to all foes.
Ziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage to 1 foe.
Maziodyne Deals heavy Elec damage to all foes.
Garudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to 1 foe.
Magarudyne Deals heavy Wind damage to all foes.
Megidola Deals heavy Almighty damage to all foes.
Megidolaon Deals severe Almighty damage to all foes.
Mind Charge Next magical attack will be 250% greater in power.
Hamaon Light: medium chance of instant kill, 1 foe. (60% chance)
Mahamaon Light: medium chance of instant kill, all foes. (40% chance)
Mudoon Darkness: medium chance of instant kill, 1 foe. (60% chance)
Mamudoon Darkness: medium chance of instant kill, all foes. (40% chance)
Fire Break Nullifies 1 foe's Fire resistance (for 3 turns).
Ice Break Nullifies 1 foe's Ice resistance (for 3 turns).
Elec Break Nullifies 1 foe's Elec resistance (for 3 turns).
Wind Break Nullifies 1 foe's Wind resistance (for 3 turns).
Life Drain Drains 30 HP from 1 foe.
Spirit Drain Drains 30 SP from 1 foe.
Life Leech Drains a large amount of HP from one foe.


Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit

Level HP Attack Defense
Strength 90
Magic 80
Endurance 72
Agility 65
Luck 84
90 13666 270 216
Exp Drop 1 Drop 2 Drop 3
98966 Death's Order - -
Cut Stab Bash Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Alm
- - - - - - - Null Null -
Sleep Panic Poison Curse Paralysis St Bind Ma Bind Ag Bind Down KO
Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Null Null
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Myriad Arrows 6-8 light Stab attacks at random, with low accuracy. (All enemies)
Charge Shot A severe Stab attack that pierces to the back row. (1 enemy)
Deathbound A heavy Cut attack. (All enemies)
Maragidyne A heavy Fire attack. (All enemies)
Mabufudyne A heavy Ice attack. (All enemies)
Maziodyne A heavy Elec attack. (All enemies)
Magarudyne A heavy Wind attack. (All enemies)
Megidolaon A severe Almighty attack, with medium chance of knockdown. (All enemies)
Mamudoon Medium chance of instant kill. (All enemies) [Darkness-based attack]
Tentarafoo Medium chance of Panic. (All enemies)
Lullaby Song Medium chance of Sleep. (All enemies)
Silent Song Medium chance of Magic Bind. (All enemies)
Spiderweb Medium chance of Agility Bind. (All enemies)
Marakunda Lower physical defense for 3 turns. (All enemies)
Power Charge Nearly triple the user's physical attack for next hit. Lasts 3 turns.
Mind Charge Nearly triple the user's magic attack for next hit. Lasts 3 turns.


GalleryEdit

 
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The Reaper in Persona 4 The Animation
 
Reaper appears in Persona 4 The Animation
The Reaper appears in Persona 4 The Animation
 
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One of the "Cursed" Shuffle Time! cards from Persona 3 Portable

TriviaEdit

  • In Persona 3 the Reaper's total HP, 4444, refers to one of the pronunciations of the Japanese word for "four" (?), shi, which is the same as "death" (?). The number four is also known in Japan and China as the number of misfortune.
  • The Reaper's garments bear some resemblance to Tatsuya Sudou's clothes, from the Persona 2 duology. Additionally, considering Sudou eventually loses his right eye during the events that take place during the duology, and the Reaper itself is missing that eye as well, one can speculate the two of them are some how connected.
  • In Persona Q, the Reaper's total HP, 13666, is a combination of two ominous numbers - 13 being associated with bad luck, and 666 being the Number of the Beast.


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