Climbing through the floors of the various blocks in Tartarus will often let you face merciless Shadow enemies/bosses along with some Superbosses which are more difficult to defeat than regular story bosses. The first Superboss that players will get to encounter while progressing through Tartarus is Reaper, a returning enemy from the original Persona 3 game. However, there are some changes in the Reaper boss design that players must know before facing it.
In this guide, we’ll tell you how to defeat Reaper along with the Cheese Method in Persona 3 Reload.
How to Summon Reaper in Persona 3 Reload
If you are looking for Reaper like in original Persona 3, then sadly this is not the case in Persona 3 Reload. Instead, the Reaper will look for you if you stay on a non-boss level for too long without progressing ahead to the next floor. However, you still need to progress until you reach a pseudo-story moment in the main storyline which will take place on June 13.
It will be the first time that you will see Reaper and after that, you need to progress through Tartarus and reach floor 62 of Arqa Block. From there, you can start waiting on the floors to summon Reaper and it will start chasing you until you climb up to the next floor or fight and defeat it.
How to Defeat Reaper in Persona 3 Reload
As mentioned earlier, the Reaper is a Superboss in Persona 3 Reload meaning it has thousands of Hit Points (HP) which will take forever to deplete. Furthermore, the Reaper does not have any weaknesses as well as immune to ailments. However, he is not resistant to anything which makes every one of your attacks land on Reaper and deal damage to him.
The characters that you need to use for the fight are the ones that can provide healing for the party as well as debuffing the Reaper. You can use Yukari, Aigis, and Mitsuru in your party with each one at least on Level 60 – 70 to apply debuff right at the beginning of the fight to take less damage from the incoming attacks. Speaking of attacks, the Reaper uses two attacks in his turn so you need to make sure that you are healing your party in each turn to secure the survival of the characters.
Keep using the Personas of the characters in each turn to deal as much damage as you can along with the debuff and you will be able to defeat him in 15 – 20 minutes. Using this normal method, it took 22 minutes for us to defeat the Reaper.
If you are struggling with Reaper and you haven’t progressed much further in the game then there is another easy way to defeat it and that is by turning down the difficulty of your game to ‘Peaceful’. By doing this, every time the main character dies or your party wipes out, you will get the option to revive all of them and you will get back into the fight from the point where you died with full health and SP.
Cheese Method for Defeating the Reaper in Persona 3 Reload
Alongside the regular method for defeating the Reaper, you can also use a cheese method to defeat the Reaper which is more like a one-hit method. Before pursuing this method, you will have to first unlock the Armageddon Theurgy Skill for the main character. To do so, you must unlock Helel and Satan Personas in your Persona Compendium. After acquiring both of the required Personas, the Armageddon Theurgy Skill will unlock which you will be able to use once the Theurgy Gauge is maxed out.
Armageddon Skill deals 9,999 Damage to all foes which will one-shot the Reaper. However, before engaging in a fight with the Reaper make sure to max out the Theurgy Gauge by partaking in regular fights with the Shadow enemies on the floors. Once the Theurgy is maxed out, wait for the Reaper to show up and then attack it to begin the fight.