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Grim Reaper EBF4

Grim Reaper being cast on Lance.

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.

Description

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.

Foe Users

Note: the spell exists in Epic Battle Fantasy 1, but is unused and so is not listed for that game.

Epic Battle Fantasy 2

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

Epic Battle Fantasy

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.

Epic Battle Fantasy 2

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.

Statistics
Name Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Grim Reaper Single 999+ -- ---- -- -- -- 40% -- 10%
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%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 3

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.

Statistics
Name Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Grim Reaper Single 5 Stat Attack 100% Element Dark 100% -- Status Death 50% 10% 10%
Notes: On Epic difficulty, accuracy is increased to 110%.

Epic Battle Fantasy 4

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.

Statistics
Name Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
Grim Reaper Single 30 Stat Attack 50% Element Dark 100% -- Status Death 40% 10% 10%

Epic Battle Fantasy 5

Grim Reaper is accessible to players as an auto skill from the Human Skull (cat toy). The accuracy multiplier of the skill got decreased, but in exchange the skill also deals much more upfront damage.

Statistics
Name Target Power Type Element Status Effect Acc Crit RdF
The Reaper Single Variable Stat Attack 100% EBF5 Element Dark 100% -- EBF5 Status Death 25% 10% 10%
Notes: When initiated as an auto skill, power is set to 100 and accuracy is increased to 50%. Otherwise, power is set to 120.
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