How to find & beat the Reaper in Persona 3 Reload

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Persona 3 Reload has done a fantastic job of bringing a cult classic into the limelight. So much so that there are now rumors of even more remakes/remasters of previous Persona titles. And while this version of Persona 3 is easier and more accessible to larger audiences, some enemies hit just as hard.

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If you’re looking for a challenge, we’re going to show you how to find & beat the Reaper in Persona 3 Reload.

How to find the Reaper in Persona 3 Reload

How To Find And Beat The Reaper In Persona 3 Reload Tartarus
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The Reaper is an optional boss that players can fight in Person 3 Reload. In previous Persona 3 releases, all you had to do to get the Reaper to show up was sitting and waiting on any floor of Tartarus. This is not the case for Reload, and there are a few stipulations to finding the Reaper that you should know.

First, it should be noted that the Reaper’s first appearance in Persona 3 Reload is a pseudo-story moment. To reach this moment, you’ll need to advance the story until you get to 6/13 on the calendar. After this is fulfilled, enter Tartarus and climb to floor 62. Around this floor, your navigator will tell you about someone extremely dangerous heading your way.

In previous games when the Reaper was around, you’d hear these horrifying chains signaling he’s about to start chasing you. However, in Persona 3 Reload, the corners of your screen will have this dark red aura surrounding it, signifying the Reaper’s presence. The Reaper will then start exploring the floor you’re currently on. And unlike any other Persona game to date, the Reaper will follow you to the next floors you climb (minus sub-boss and border floors). Now I hope you’re ready for the fight of your life.

The Reaper in Persona 3 Reload doesn’t have any weaknesses but also isn’t resistant to anything. He is, however, immune to all ailments, so sadly, you can’t put him to sleep with a warm glass of milk. What’s more, even if you use Fukka’s full analysis the Reapers level as well as his move set are both question marks. Because of this, we recommend that you and your party are somewhere between levels 60-80.

How to beat the Reaper in Persona 3 Reload

How To Find And Beat The Reaper In Persona 3 Reload Combat
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Once you have all the preparations done, head into the fight. The Reaper is merciless, boasting two attack moves every time your party performs one full attack rotation. He uses some of the best attacks in the game like Mudoon, Vorpal Blade, and Heat Riser.

We recommend using party members such as Aigis, Yukari, and Koromaru for their debuffs and heals. At the beginning of the fight, you’ll want to start debuffing the Reaper because he will attempt to use Heat Riser.

From here, it’s pretty much a war of attrition. Since the Reaper has no weaknesses, you need to utilize attacks with high critical rates as well as heal your party constantly. Depending on your level, your party might not need to be at max health to survive an attack.

But just to be safe I would have the MC is at full health before the Reaper’s next attack. So keep widdling away at his health (and trust me, he has a lot of health), and make sure you have Personas that block or resist fire, light, and dark. And if you happen to kill it, die, or realize that you might need to grind a few more levels, the Reaper does respawn. But if you’re wondering what other changes were made from P3P to P3R, we’ve got just the thing.

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