The Reaper (also known as Grim Reaper) is a recurring Dark-elemental skill in the Epic Battle Fantasy series, used primarily by foes or through special effects of equipment. It is one of the few skills whose type varies between games. In the v2 update of EBF5, it became a shared skill learnable by everyone but Lance.
It summons a shadowy apparition of the Grim Reaper that slashes the target with its scythe — if it connects, it causes Instant Death. It can only be negated with high Death resistance, but counteracting the effect with Auto-Revive, Bless, Morale or by increasing the chances of the spell missing (by buffing Evade of the target and/or debuffing the Accuracy of the user) also work. To balance this, the skill typically has pitiful accuracy.
In EBF5, the learnable version of the spell has much higher accuracy compared to when it's used by foes at 75%. Due to its high chance of inflict Instant Death, it can be used to easily defeat any enemy not immune to Instant Death, though it also has a lengthy cooldown. Note that while generally effective enough without a status build, with three pieces of status infliction chance boosting equipment The Reaper has a 506.25% chance of Instant Death, allowing guaranteed death of a 70% resistant foe assuming it hits.
Note: the spell exists in Epic Battle Fantasy 1, but is unused and so is not listed for that game.
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The spell also exists in the first Epic Battle Fantasy, albeit unused. It is included into patterns of Skull Ghost and Zombie Goku, but may not be executed, as if it's ever chosen, the choice will be immediately overwritten by another ability (Dispel for Skull Ghost, The Dead for Goku) due to certain oddities in coding, therefore boosting the usage chance of the other ability.
Grim Reaper itself would have an 1 in 3 chance to kill one player by inflicting massive "magical" damage far above survivable (66 666 damage, ignores user's stats, respects target's Magic Defence), like in the next game.
Inaccessible to players, it is used only by Zombie Hydra. It is not affected by the users Magic Attack, but does respect the target's Magic Defence. However, it deals vastly more damage than the players can endure, leading to a guaranteed kill.
|Notes: Deals 99 999 999 "magical" damage, not affected by user's Magic Attack, but still affected by target's Magic Defence (which won't have any noticeable impact anyway).|
On Epic difficulty, accuracy is increased to 120%.
Still inaccessible to players, Grim Reaper can be used by Abyss, Skull Ghost and Zombie Dragon. It now deals physical damage, affected by user's and target's stats normally. It also inflicts the Instant Death status instead of just dealing ludicrous damage, allowing it to be resisted by equipment.
|Notes: On Epic difficulty, accuracy is increased to 110%.|
Grim Reaper is finally accessible to players, but only as a random summon from the Death Scythe staff. The Flame Wraith and Zombie Hydra can also use the Grim Reaper. Its accuracy is no longer boosted on higher difficulties.