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 Epic Battle Fantasy 5, it became a shared skill learnable by everyone but Lance.
This skill summons a shadowy apparition of the Grim Reaper that slashes the target with its scythe — while highly inaccurate, it causes Instant Death if it connects. 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.
In EBF5, the learnable version of the spell has much higher accuracy (75%) compared to when it's used by foes. Due to its high chance of inflict Instant Death, it can be used to easily defeat any enemy not immune to the status, though it also has a lengthy cooldown. While generally effective enough on its own, The Reaper has a 506.25% chance of Instant Death if used with three pieces of equipment that boost status infliction chance, allowing guaranteed death of anything with up to 80% Death resistance if 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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Epic Battle Fantasy 5
Grim Reaper exists in the first Epic Battle Fantasy, albeit unused. It is included in the patterns of Skull Ghost and Zombie Goku, but cannot be executed due to certain oddities in the coding; if it's ever selected by the AI, the choice will be immediately overwritten by another ability (Dispel for Skull Ghost, The Dead for Goku).
Grim Reaper itself would deal negligible damage 2/3 of the time, but the other 1/3 it's basically guaranteed to kill one player by inflicting massive "magical" damage far above survivable.
|Notes: Has 1/3 chance to have its Power become 66 666.|
Isn't affected by user's Magic Attack, but still affected by target's Magic Defence.
In the skill's proper debut, it is inaccessible to players, only being used by the 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.
Its accuracy is tripled in Epic difficulty, making it far more dangerous than before - it's entirely possible for both of the Zombie Hydra's heads to cast Grim Reaper in the same turn, ensuring a Game Over unless one or both of the players has Auto-Revive or some other means of enduring the instant kill.
|Notes: 99 999 999 Power, isn't affected by user's Magic Attack, but still affected by target's Magic Defence. On Epic difficulty, accuracy is increased to 120%.|
Still inaccessible to players, Grim Reaper can be used by Abyss, Skull Ghosts and Zombie Dragons. Its mechanics were modified to deal light physical damage (being normally affected by user and target stats) with a great chance of inflicting the Instant Death status, allowing it to be resisted by equipment.
Once again, its accuracy increases dramatically on Epic difficulty, which should be accounted for when fighting the enemies capable of using it.
|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 skill. Compared to its EBF3 version, it is slightly less accurate, and its associated physical attack is slightly stronger and only half-elemental.
Its accuracy is no longer boosted on higher difficulties.
In the v2 update of EBF5, The Reaper had a slight name change and finally became a learnable skill for the players.