The Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series are no stranger to post-game superbosses, as Atlus delights in creating borderline impossible boss battles for all but the most determined players to break themselves against.
The Reaper is a recurring boss in the Persona series that can usually be encountered during regular play, rather than being reserved for some secret spot near the end of the game.
The Reaper is one of the most fearsome opponents in Persona 5, yet the player must defeat it in order to 100% complete the game. There is at least one incredibly easy way of sending The Reaper to meet his maker, but it can only be done during a very specific time frame.
History Of The Reaper
The Reaper first appeared in Persona 3 and it actually served the purpose of preventing the players from wasting time in Tartarus, which was the main dungeon area of the game.
Persona 3 was obsessed with not letting the player hang around in Tartarus in order to gain levels, to the point where spending too much time in the dungeon would result in the characters becoming tired and unable to perform activities in the real world the next day.
If the player hangs around in Tartarus for too long, then The Reaper will come looking for them. The game gives the player plenty of warning about the coming of The Reaper and there are items that allow the party to instantly escape from Tartarus if they are concerned about running into it and being slaughtered.
The Reaper returned in Persona 4, but it could only be encountered during the second run-through of the game, where it has a chance of randomly appearing in a chest. If The Reaper is defeated, then it will drop the best armor and weapons in the game.
How To Summon The Reaper In Persona 5
The Reaper returns in Persona 5, where it can only be found in Mementos. If the player spends too much time hanging around in Mementos and remains stationary for a couple of minutes, then The Reaper will appear and pursue them through the stage, which it can easily do due to its ability to phase through doors.
The Reaper will only appear in areas of Mementos that are either in or beyond the second block, which means that the player is free to loiter around the entrance to the dungeon without fear of being annihilated.
How To Easily Defeat The Reaper During Flu Season
The Reaper in Persona 5 is a level 85 creature with 5000 hit points, a maxed out Strength stat, immunity to instant kill spells, can cast some of the most powerful spells in the game, and can annihilate all but the most overpowered party of Phantom Thieves in a single turn.
The Reaper can also be slain by giving it the flu.
The battle against The Reaper takes place in Mementos, which is a realm that is composed of the combined consciousness of everyone in the game. Discord in the real world affects Mementos and one thing that will affect the realm of the mind is flu season, which occurs on November 13-15 and December 8-9.
Flu season has an effect on Mementos that gives the enemies there a random chance of being afflicted with the "Despair" status effect, which means that they do nothing for two rounds and then die on the third round.
If you want to easily beat The Reaper in order to 100% the game or just want to farm the amazing amount of experience points that he gives out, then you can save-scum in order to keep encountering The Reaper during flu season until he has Despair, in which case you can just wait until he perishes.
It helps to have Hifumi Togo's Confidant Rank at level 9 before attempting this tactic, as it will grant you an ability that will let you escape from battle without wasting a turn, as that would give The Reaper plenty of time to annihilate the party.
Farming The Reaper for experience points is an easy way to reach level 99 in a short period of time, but it's best saved for after the first playthrough, as Persona 5 is a game that's best enjoyed at the appropriate challenge level.
Who Is The Reaper?
The original Persona game and the Persona 2 duology have almost nothing in common with the later games in the series. The established gameplay and style of the modern Persona games were outlined by Persona 3, which is why Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5 are more likely to cross over with each other than the earlier games in the series.
There is at least one fan theory that suggests a deeper connection between Persona 2: Eternal Punishment and the later games, as some players have noticed a visual connection between Tatsuya Sudou and The Reaper.
In Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Tatsuya's outfit resembles that of The Reaper and he loses his right eye in the course of the game, while The Reaper also lacks a right eye. There are some fans who believe that Tatsuya has to linger on after death due to the murders he committed in life and was granted supernatural powers due to his connection to Nyarlathotep, which allowed him to keep on taking lives in a brand new form.