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"Death walks among you."

Real Name
Gabriel Reyes
United States military (formerly)
Overwatch (formerly)
Various, including Talon (mercenary status)
Keith Ferguson (English)

Jérémie Covillault (French)
Oliviero Corbetta (Italian)
Ryôta Takeuchi (Japanese)
Duda Ribeiro (Brazilian Portuguese)
José Luis Orozco (American Spanish)
Iñaki Crespo (European Spanish)

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Reaper is an Offense hero in Overwatch.


Reaper is a deadly assassin that can move like a ghost through the battlefield, dispatching enemies and draining the life from their corpses, disappearing before their allies can catch him. Reaper is most effective at close quarters, and uses his movement abilities to get close to vulnerable targets. He is at his best when ambushing and swiftly silencing targets before slipping back into the shadows.[1] With his Death Blossom turning him into a deadly whirlwind, Reaper can be devastating in confined spaces, turning an enemy charge into a massacre.

Official tips

Reaper specializes in flanking his opponents, moving alongside the edges of the map to reach your opponents unaware is ideal.

  • Reaper is a powerful, short range ambusher with a pair of shotguns.
  • Use Wraith Form's invulnerability to move in for a kill or to escape afterward.
  • Ambush the enemy team with Death Blossom to turn the tide of battle.


The Reaping

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description

50 per Globe
Area of effect
5 meter radius

Collect Soul Globes to restore health.


  • The Globes are generated whenever an enemy player dies, whether by Reaper's hands or other means.

Hellfire Shotguns


Icon Stats Official Description

2-7 per pellet
Falloff range
11 to 20 meters
Num. of pellets
20 per shot
Rate of fire
2 shots per second
Reload time
1.5 seconds

Reaper tears enemies apart with twin shotguns.



Wraith Form


Icon Stats Official Description

Movement speed
7.1 meters per second
3 seconds
8 seconds

Reaper becomes a shadow for a short period of time. While in this form, he takes no damage and is able to pass through enemies, but cannot fire his weapons or use other abilities.


  • The ability cannot be used if the player is stunned by abilities such as Steel Trap or Flashbang, but it will prevent such effects from being applied if the ability is already active.


Shadow Step


Icon Stats Official Description

Maximum range
35 meters
Casting time
2.5 seconds
2 seconds
10 seconds

After marking a destination, Reaper disappears and reappears at that location.



Death Blossom

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description

170 per second
510 total
Movement speed
3 meters per second
Area of effect
8 meters
3 seconds
Charge required
1850 points

In a blur of motion, Reaper empties both Hellfire Shotguns at breakneck speed, dealing massive damage to all nearby enemies.




Reaper is a short-ranged flanker and one of the deadliest heroes in the game up close, with even Tanks like Reinhardt and Roadhog melting under the power of his Hellfire Shotguns. Reaper's relative simplicity makes him a good hero for new players, while still remaining deadly in experienced hands. Despite his power, he's not without his weaknesses, with his lack of in-combat mobility and medium or long-range damage options being the most noticeable.

Weapons & Abilities

  • The Reaping (Passive): Whenever Reaper eliminates an enemy, they spawn a red Soul Globe near their body, which Reaper can walk on top of to restore 50 Health.
    • This provides Reaper with a steady stream of healing, so long as he's successfully killing his opponents. This can help him to survive for long periods of time in areas without many Health Packs.
    • This can provide Reaper with valuable in-combat healing. If up against multiple opponents, aim to kill the targets with the lowest Health first to maintain your own Health.
  • Hellfire Shotguns: Reaper's primary weapon. The primary fire will cause Reaper to alternate shooting his two shotguns. These shotguns have a wide spread and deal high damage at short range, but have high damage falloff past that range.
    • Hellfire Shotguns deal extremely high damage at short range, allowing Reaper to quickly kill targets that he gets the jump on.
    • As the shotguns have high damage falloff, aim to get up close to your enemies so that you can deal the most damage possible.
  • Wraith Form: When activated, Reaper assumes a gaseous purple form for a short period of time. While in this form, he is invincible and untargetable by any enemy weapons or abilities and ignores enemy collision. He also moves faster for the duration. However, he cannot attack or use any abilities during this time.
  • Shadow Step: When activated, Reaper will switch to a targeting mode, allowing him to select a point within his line of sight to Shadow Step to. Once he finds a suitable point, he can press the primary fire button to teleport to the target location after a short delay.
    • This is Reaper's main method of flanking. Use Shadow Step to get to higher ground or behind enemy lines without having to travel there directly.
    • Note that Reaper is immobile and cannot use weapons or abilities while using Shadow Step. Try to only Shadow Step from and to a safe position, as you otherwise make an easy target.
    • Shadow Step's voice line is extreme loud which the enemy can hear him from miles away. Be careful when using it as a flank method, make sure that the enemy won't hear his coming.
  • Death Blossom (Ultimate): Reaper's Ultimate ability. When activated, Reaper begins to fire his shotguns in a large area-of-effect (AoE) around himself, dealing massive damage to all nearby enemies that are within his line of sight for a short period of time. His movement speed is slowed for the duration, and he cannot use normal attacks or abilities. This is a channeled ability, and stuns will immediately end Death Blossom's effect.
    • One of the deadliest Ultimates in the game against a stacked enemy team. Look for opportunities where your opponents are clumped together and where you can silently approach to unleash Death Blossom.
    • Death Blossom's damage is treated in much the same way as Hellfire Shotguns, meaning that it will be blocked by barriers and solid surfaces. Try to make sure that your opponents don't have a corner they can duck behind when you activate Death Blossom, or you may end up wasting your Ultimate.
    • Remember that heroes like McCree and Roadhog can interrupt your Ultimate. Be cautious about using Death Blossom around them if their stuns are still available.

General Strategies

  • Reaper's high damage output makes him a great counter to durable characters like Winston or Roadhog. Consider using Reaper if up against multiple Tanks.
  • Reaper is usually not effective as a straightforward Assault hero like Pharah or Soldier: 76. Instead, use a combination of Shadow Step and side routes to carefully maneuver behind your opponents so that you can ambush them with your Hellfire Shotguns. Having good knowledge of each map and learning where Reaper can use Shadow Step effectively greatly increases his usefulness. Don't be afraid to spend time in a Custom Game on each of the maps finding out where Shadow Step can take you.
  • Try to focus your gameplay around Wraith Form's cooldown. When Wraith Form is off cooldown, you can afford to play more aggressively, since you have it available to escape if needed. When Wraith Form is on cooldown, play more defensively and don't take unnecessary risks.
  • Reaper can still pick up Health Packs while using Wraith Form. Keep in mind where the Health Packs on each map are so that you can plan your escape with Wraith Form if you start losing a fight.
  • When flanking, look to pick off lone targets rather than charging straight into a group (unless Death Blossom is available). While Reaper is more durable than other flankers, his lack of in-combat mobility means that he relies solely on Wraith Form to escape, and its short duration means that enemy heroes can follow and kill you easily if you're too far away from your own team.
  • It can be tempting to use Death Blossom when at low health, since this would remove the sources of the damage you're taking. Never do this. The enemy team will focus on you as soon as you use it, and Death Blossom ends immediately when Reaper dies.
  • When ambushing with Death Blossom, look for ledges or other raised areas that you can leap off of to get into the middle of the enemy team before activating your Ultimate. Always use the element of surprise in your favor.
  • When Reaper reloads, his magazine refills very quickly after reloading - roughly at the point Reaper fully releases his shotguns and they fall from his view - meaning you don't have to finish the animation. Taking an action other than firing (entering Wraith Form, using a quick melee attack, etc.) at the moment the ammo counter shows a full magazine of 8/8 allows for less time watching a useless animation and a faster response time, which is helpful against targets such as Reinhardt and Roadhog who can kill you while you are vulnerable reloading.


"Death Walks Among You."

Reaper's cells simultaneously decay and regenerate at a hyper-accelerated rate.[2] Even after the complete destruction of his body, Reaper has been observed to retain some kind of form as a black mist, apparently able to regain physical form at a later point.[3]


Reyes during the Omnic Crisis

The man who would later be known as Reaper was originally known as Gabriel Reyes. He was born in Los Angeles. Prior to the Omnic Crisis, he joined the United States military, where he achieved a senior officer position. He achieved veteran status, and was highly respected.

Reyes earned a coveted position in the government's controversial and still-classified (but widely acknowledged) "soldier enhancement program." Military scientists shaped Reyes and other inductees into the perfect soldiers, blessed with superhuman speed, strength, and agility.

Reyes and his fellow augmented soldiers would soon put their abilities to use with the advent of the Omnic Crisis. As governments tried and failed to neutralize the omnics, the United Nations was busy forming an international task force called Overwatch. This small, experimental group would bring together the best and brightest from around the world to wage asymmetrical warfare against the robots. Overwatch's short list of prospective agents included two members of the soldier enhancement program: Reyes and Jack Morrison, whose work ethic and courage caught the eye of the military brass back home. Reyes and Morrison became fast friends, despite their different backgrounds, and decided to join Overwatch together. Reyes was given leadership of the group, but it was Morrison who would have a greater impact on the group in the long term. He brought out the best in the people around him and helped mold Overwatch's diverse (and sometimes conflicting) agents into a cohesive fighting force. In unity, they found the strength to defeat the robots and end the Omnic Crisis.[4]

Morrison, because of the key role he played in shaping the group, was given the position of strike commander by the UN, the first, official commanding officer of Overwatch. Reyes was passed over in the process, which created a rift between the two men.[4] At least for a time though, he remained on good terms with the rest of the team. On one Halloween, he dressed up as a pumpkin-headed monster, bursting through the door as Reinhardt was telling a Halloween story. Mercy and Torbjörn gave praise to his costume, with Mercy asking him if he'd be open to designing their official uniforms. He responded "that'll be the day."[5]

At some point, Reyes was part of Overwatch's Blackwatch unit.[6]

As time went on, the tension between Reyes and Morrison worsened. Overwatch met its end through a combination of accusations that tainted the organization's reputation, and Reyes himself. Officially, Reyes and Morrison were killed in the blast that destroyed Overwatch's Swiss headquarters, an event the UN ruled as an accident. In reality, Overwatch had become split down the middle, with Reyes leading a rebellion against Morrison's leadership. As a battle was waged within the base, their fighting triggered an explosion that destroyed the facility, and apparently took Reyes and Morrison into the inferno with it. He had somehow survived the incident, however. To this day, Reyes's true agenda remains unknown.[4] He blames Morrison for what had happened to him, and he didn't believe that his former friend had perished in the blast. He set out on a personal crusade to find Morrison and finish what had begun in Switzerland.[7]


"Some speak of a black-robed terrorist known only as the Reaper. His identity and motives are a mystery. What is known is that where he appears, death follows."
Reyes, now known as "Reaper"

Reyes resurfaced as a volatile mercenary known as "Reaper." His identity and motives remained unknown. Now a ruthless and remorseless killer, he was responsible for terrorist attacks throughout the world. He fought in many armed conflicts throughout the 6 years since the blast, showing no loyalty to any cause or organization. Survivors described him as a black shadow ghosting unscathed through the most hellish battlefields. The few bodies recovered of his victims were pale, empty husks drained of life, their cells showing signs of intense degradation. It was speculated that Reaper was a byproduct of failed genetic alteration which forced his cells to simultaneously decay and regenerate at a hyper-accelerated rate.

Those attempting to track his movements began to see a pattern in his appearances. They believed that Reaper was hunting former Overwatch agents and systematically eliminating them.[2]

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

I'll be sure to send them your regards, monkey.
~ Reaper to Winston
Reaper accesses the Overwatch database

Alongside Talon operatives, Reaper entered Watchpoint: Gibraltar in an effort to gain a list of Overwatch agents. The Talon soldiers kept Winston occupied long enough for Reaper to begin downloading the agent database, but soon found themselves overpowered, forcing Reaper to enter the fray. He quickly incapacitated Winston, and mocked the ape that he'd send his fellow agents his regards. Winston stunned Reaper by activating a shield device that detonated, and then used his Tesla Cannon on Reaper, incinerating him. Yet despite this, a cloud of black mist was seen leaving the base awhile later.[3]

Doomfist's Gauntlet

~ Reaper
Reaper advances on Winston

Apparently having regained physical form, Reaper teamed up with Widowmaker in order to steal Doomfist's gauntlet, but was hampered by former Overwatch agents Tracer and Winston. While he initially held the advantage, breaking Winston's glasses was enough to send the ape into a berserk fury, and Reaper and Widowmaker were forced to retreat without the device, having been used by a bystander to punch Widowmaker which ended up damaging the gauntlet, their foes hot on their heels.[8]

Old Soldiers

They left you to die. They left me to suffer...Never forget that.
~ Reaper's parting words
Reaper gets the drop on Morrison

Reaper was present in Egypt while Hakim was trying to set a trap for Morrison, now waging a one-man war as "Soldier: 76." Hakim's compound came under attack by Morrison, though Reaper managed to get the jump on his old nemesis, shooting him in the back. Before he could finish off Morrison, he was interrupted by Ana Amari, another former Overwatch operative. She healed Morrison through her biotic rifle, and Reaper and Morrison engaged in a fist fight. Reaper was again able to incapacitate Morrison, and engaged in a dual with Ana, bitterly commenting that he shouldn't be surprised, that Ana had always taken Jack's side during their days in Overwatch. In the fight, Ana pulled off his mask, revealing his identity as Gabriel Reyes, and his disfigured face. Reaper faded away, commenting that Overwatch had left him to die, and that Ana should never forget what happened to him.[7]


Going in guns blazing

Reaper worked with Widowmaker and Sombra in a mission to assassinate Katya Volskaya, the CEO of Volskaya Industries. Sombra hacked the site's systems, allowing Reaper to bypass the factory's defenses and get within striking distance of the target, though it would be Widowmaker who would take the shot. The operation went awry when an alarm was sounded, and Widowmaker missed her shot in the commotion. Reaper ordered her to hold the perimeter while he entered the factory, guns blazing, killing numerous guards. He was confronted by a mech, which temporarily incapacitated him, and he ordered that Sombra take out the target. Reaper was able to reduce the mech to a pile of scrap, but Sombra reported that Katya had escaped. Furious, Reaper ordered that the agents return to the ship. He walked off, throwing away his shotguns in frustration.


Name Icon Description Reward
Waste Not, Want Not
Ability-reaper1.png Get 2 Solo Kills with a single clip of Reaper's Shotguns in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Reaper Pixel.png
Die Die Die... Die
Ability-reaper4.png Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Reaper's Death Blossom in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Reaper Cute.png


See Reaper/Cosmetics


The Reaper statue
  • A statue of Reaper was present at GamesCom 2015.[9]
  • Reaper bears resemblance to the Grim Reaper, from various real-world cultures.
  • A Funko Pop Reaper figurine was released in June, 2016.[11]
  • A 12" Reaper statue will be made available in 2017.[12]
  • It is possible for Reaper to one hit kill every hero except Bastion and tanks.
  • Reaper's reload animation is possibly a reference to the lobby shootout scene from The Matrix.
  • Reaper's guns actually have different words on them for each set of skins such as:
    • Default sets say RPNT
    • Blackwatch Reyes say Blackout
    • Plague Doctor and Nevermore say Crowned
  • Death Blossom might be a reference to
    • a weapon used in the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter named Death Blossom.
    • Katarina from League of Legends, whose ultimate "Death Lotus" behaves similarly.
    • Strafe, an ability for the Demon Hunter class from Diablo III, another Blizzard title.
    • the art of Gun-kata from the movie Equilibrium.
    • a military term used to describe a group of men firing wildly in all directions surrounding the group.
  • The "Crowned" written on Plague Doctor and Nevermore skins' guns might be a reference to "crowning", a technique from the game Left 4 Dead that involves focusing the devastating fire of a shotgun in point blank range on the Witch, a very high health enemy, essentially killing her before she can react - this being a reference to Reaper's tank busting abilities.
    • It may be a play on the gaming term "owned", crossed with the skins' "crow" theme ("crow-ned", rather than "crown-ed").


Reaper was one of the first three characters designed for Overwatch, alongside Tracer and Widowmaker.[13] The character of Reaper was inspired entirely by concept art for the game—his actual character was developed after his appearance was presented.[14] Under Overwatch's original leveling system, Reaper's wraith form would give him healing abilities once he reached a certain level.[15]





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  5. Junkenstein
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  10. 2015-11-06, Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-07
  11. 2016-02-26, Pre-Order FUNKO Overwatch POP Vinyl Figures. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-03-11
  12. 2016-11-26, Overwatch’s newest premium collectible is a badass Reaper statue. Polygon, accessed on 2016-11-28
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