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The Reaper

The Reaper (刈り取る者, Karitoru-mono) is a special boss in Persona 3 and Persona 4. It is the personification of the infamous "grim reaper", but with unique features.

AppearancesEdit

ProfileEdit

The Reaper of the Persona series has its own unique feature 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 bandages, with only one ominous yellow eye to see its surroundings. It wears two long steel chains each 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 or when on a regular floor with no Shadows. He also appears on a floor where there is NO 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 (request 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 Elizaebeth's request is accepted, 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 ordinary 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 grants 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. Also, he is most frequently encountered in Magatsu Inaba/Mandala.[citation needed]

Persona 4 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 21 normal chests. The sound of chains will appear across the dungeon. At the 22nd chest, the player will be warned of a dangerous presence. The sound of chains will disappear, signalling the chest counter has been reset, when the player leaves the floor, or if the chest does not spawn the Reaper. Defeating the Reaper for the first time unlocks a trophy.

Persona 4 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.

StatsEdit

Persona 3Edit

Level ArcanaHPSP St Ma En Ag Lu
99 Death44449999 66 66 66 99 66
Slash Strike Pierce Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty
Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Resist Block Block -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Vile Assault Inflicts a large amount of Pierce damage to one enemy with even greater power if the target is knocked "Down"
Vorpal Blade Inflicts a massive amount of Slash damage to all enemies with even greater power if you're feeling "Great"
Myriad Arrows Inflicts a moderate amount of Pierce damage up to 3 times to all enemies
Agidyne Inflicts a large amount of Fire damage to one enemy
Maragidyne Inflicts a large amount of Fire damage to all enemies
Bufudyne Inflicts a large amount of Ice damage to one enemy
Mabufudyne Inflicts a large amount of Ice damage to all enemies
Ziodyne Inflicts a large amount of Electric damage to one enemy
Maziodyne Inflicts a large amount of Electric damage to all enemies
Garudyne Inflicts a large amount of Wind damage to one enemy
Magarudyne Inflicts a large amount of Wind damage to all enemies
Hamaon 50% chance of instant death from the power of Light to one enemy
Mahamaon 40% chance of instant death from the power of Light to all enemies
Mudoon 50% chance of instant death from the power of Darkness to one enemy
Mamudoon 40% chance of instant death from the power of Darkness to all enemies
Megidola Inflicts a large amount of Almighty damage to all enemies
Megidolaon Inflicts a massive amount of Almighty damage to all enemies
Life Drain Drains HP from one enemy
Spirit Drain Drains SP from one enemy
Mind Charge The next Fire, Ice, Electrical, Wind, or Almighty magic attack will be 2.5 times greater in power. Self.
Fire Break Nullifies one enemy's Fire resistance for 3 turns
Ice Break Nullifies one enemy's Ice resistance for 3 turns
Elec Break Nullifies one enemy's Electricity resistance for 3 turns
Wind Break Nullifies one enemy's Wind resistance for 3 turns


Persona 4Edit

Level Arcana HP SP ST MA EN AG LU
85 Death 5000 12000 99 80 80 75 99
Phys Fire Ice Elec Wind Light Dark Almighty EXP Yen
- - - - - Block Block - 5000 13
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Vile Assault Inflicts heavy Physical damage on one enemy with even greater power to Downed enemies
Myriad Arrows Inflicts heavy Physical damage up to three times on all enemies
Vorpal Blade Inflicts heavy Physical damage on all enemies
Agidyne Inflicts heavy Fire damage on one enemy
Maragidyne Inflicts heavy Fire damage on all enemies
Bufudyne Inflicts heavy Ice damage on one enemy
Mabufudyne Inflicts heavy Ice damage on all enemies
Ziodyne Inflicts heavy Elec damage on one enemy
Maziodyne Inflicts heavy Elec damage on all enemies
Garudyne Inflicts heavy Wind damage on one enemy
Magarudyne Inflicts heavy Wind damage on all enemies
Megidola Inflicts heavy Almighty damage on all enemies
Megidolaon Inflicts severe Almighty damage on all enemies
Mind Charge The next Fire, Ice, Electrical, Wind, or Almighty magic attack will be 2.5 times greater in power. Self.
Hamaon 50% chance of instant death from the power of Light on one enemy
Mahamaon 40% chance of instant death from the power of Light on all enemies
Mudoon 50% chance of instant death from the power of Darkness on one enemy
Mamudoon 40% chance of instant death from the power of Darkness on all enemies
Fire Break Nullifies an enemy's Fire resistance for 3 turns
Ice Break Nullifies an enemy's Ice resistance for 3 turns
Elec Break Nullifies an enemy's Electricity resistance for 3 turns
Wind Break Nullifies an enemy's Wind resistance for 3 turns
Life Drain Drains HP from one enemy


GalleryEdit

 
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The Reaper in Persona 4 The Animation
 
Reaper appears in Persona 4 The Animation
The Reaper appears in P4A

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" (kanji: 死). 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.


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