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"Death walks among you."

Real Name
Gabriel Reyes
United States military (formerly)
Overwatch (formerly)
Blackwatch (formerly)
Talon (council member)
Keith Ferguson (English)

Jérémie Covillault (French)
Torsten Michaelis (German)
Oliviero Corbetta (Italian)
Ryōta 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.


Hellfire Shotguns, the ghostly ability to become immune to damage, and the power to step between shadows make Reaper one of the deadliest beings on Earth.


The Reaping

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description

20% of hero damage dealt

Reaper steals health from his enemies as he damages them


Hellfire Shotguns


Icon Stats Official Description

2-7 per pellet
Falloff range
11 to 20 meters
Spread angle
Constant: 4.15 degrees
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 passively generates 1% Ult Charge every 3.75 seconds.



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): Reaper's sustain ability. As Reaper damages his foes, he receives a portion of the damage he deals back as Health.
    • This provides Reaper with a steady stream of healing, so long as he's in combat. 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 damage the targets with the highest Health 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, especially Tanks with large hitboxes which allows most of the pellets to connect.
    • 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.
  • 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

Due to experiments carried out by Doctor Moira O'Deorain,[1] 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]

Pre-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.[4]


The Omnic Crisis

Reyes during the Omnic Crisis

Reyes and his fellow augmented soldiers 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]


Reyes became the commander of Overwatch's Blackwatch unit.[5] After a sting operation that resulted in the apprehension of Jesse McCree (a member of the Deadlock Gang, Reyes visited the man, as he was impressed with his expert marksmanship and resourcefulness. Reyes gave McCree the choice between rotting in a maximum security prison, or joining Blackwatch. McCree chose the latter.[6] Reyes gave him personal instruction.[7]

Another individual that Reyes recruited into Blackwatch was disgraced geneticist Moira O'Deorain, as he wanted someone who could advise him on genetics.[8] O'Deorain's experiments on Reyes gave him supernatural abilities he would later demonstrate as "Reaper."[1]

A Growing Rift

At least for a time Reyes 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."[9]

As time time went on, the tension between Reyes and Morrison worsened.[4]


Sounds like the Brits have the situation under control.
Ever the hero, Gabriel.
I'm not the one with the statue.
~ Reyes and Ana Amari
Reyes during the King's Row Uprising

Seven years before the present day, Reyes and Morrison attended a briefing on the King's Row Uprising in Overwatch's headquarters. During the briefing, Blackwatch agent McCree reported on a developing hostage situation occurring at a power plant, despite the prime minister of England's demands that Overwatch remain out of the crisis. Angered by the breach of protocol, Reyes shrugged off Jack's accusing finger, stating that McCree was merely on "vacation," and that he was not tied down by the statute. He left the command room, stating that the Brits had this under control, snidely drawing reference to Morrison's statue in the headquarters's courtyard.[10]

The following day, a strike team sent in by Morrison arrived in King's Row. Reyes informed them that Blackwatch assets had reported that Null Sector had set up heavy fortifications, and they had tactical control of the area.[11] Null Sector was defeated, but the events that transpired were classified within Overwatch's archives.[12]

The End of Overwatch

Ultimately, 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.[13]


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.
~ Character description
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 (correctly) that Reaper was hunting former Overwatch agents and systematically eliminating them.[2] This was indeed the case, as Reaper carried a list of Overwatch agents that he intended on eliminating.[14]

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]

In truth, Reaper not only survived Winston's cannon, but had managed to gain access to a portion of the database. He used the data to eliminate a number of Overwatch agents.[14]

Doomfist's Gauntlet

~ Reaper
Reaper advances on Winston

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.[15]

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.[13]


Going in guns blazing

Reaper worked with Widowmaker and Sombra in a mission to assassinate Katya Volskaya, the CEO of Volskaya Industries,[16] on the orders of Vialli.[14] 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.

In truth, Sombra had let Volskaya live, in an attempt to gain leverage over her due to her dealings with the omnics.[16] Reaper later developed suspicions about her actions with Volskaya, possibly learning the truth in its entirety.[14]


Reaper stalks the family

At Christmas, Reaper stalked a family down the streets through the rain.[17] The family was not randomly chosen by him.[18]

Prison Break

You're late.
~ Reaper to Doomfist, upon the latter's escape
Reaper and Doomfist escape the HSI facility

Reaper was able to gain access to a Helix Securities maximum security prison, using an aircraft that was able to penetrate the base's defenses, likely due to Talon moles within Helix. Once inside the base's perimeter, Reaper headed to the prison grounds. He killed over a dozen of the base's security agents, before breaking out Doomfist, as well as possibly other inmates.[19]


Targets neutralized.
~ Reaper, after killing Vialli's men
Reaper kills Vialli's men

Away from the base, Doomfist and Reaper discussed recent Talon operations, such as the assassination of Mondatta, and the failed assassination of Volskaya. He discussed his list with Doomfist, and how Morrison and Ana were still on it. When asked if that was due to sentimentality on his part, Reaper denied it. He helped set Doomfist up with Maximilien in Monaco, where Vialli sent some of his men to assassinate Doomfist. The attempt failed, and Reaper, along with Doomfist, Widowmaker, and Sombra, headed for Venice. There, they killed Vialli's men, while Doomfist killed Vialli himself. Afterwards, Doomfist and Reaper met with Talon's inner council, where Doomfist declared his intention to start a war.[14]


Name Icon Waste Not, Want Not Reward
Waste Not, Want Not
Ability-reaper1.png Get 3 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


The Reaper statue
  • A statue of Reaper was present at GamesCom 2015.[20]
  • Reaper bears resemblance to the Grim Reaper, from various real-world cultures.
  • Reaper's stance bears resemblance to the Diablo III antagonist Malthael.
  • A Funko Pop Reaper figurine was released in June, 2016.[22]
  • A 12" Reaper statue will be made available in 2017.[23]
  • Reaper's face mask's design is similar to the Blackwatch logo as well as his emblem, possibly to highlight that he was the leader of the group or they all symbolize an owl which represents death.
  • It is possible for Reaper to one hit kill every hero except Bastion and tanks.
  • Reaper wears bandoliers of grenade shells[24]
  • Reaper's reload animation is possibly a reference to the lobby shootout scene from The Matrix.
  • Reaper's guns open up when fired on all of his skins and on his default sets have vents on the outside that say "🔺Caution" with the red arrow pointing to them as well as a glowing red switch that's always set to "OFF" as it says.
  • Reaper's guns actually have different words on them for each set of skins such as:
    • Default sets say "RPNT", "RPNT MK6", "MN 666-SHGX1", and "WTL-Type 8 Devil Chamber"
    • Blackwatch Reyes say "BLK001"
    • Plague Doctor and Nevermore say "CRW-ND"
    • Biker say "Speed Fang", "T4", and "REAPER"
  • 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 "CRW-ND" 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").


The Reaper class from Project Titan

Prior to the development of Overwatch, Reaper was the name of one of the player classes in the cancelled Project Titan, which in the original pitch for the game that would become Overwatch was envisioned as wielding dual shotguns and a magnum, and using the abilities Death Blossom and Shadow Walk.[25] This class was reworked into the present day Reaper as one of the first three characters designed for Overwatch, alongside Tracer and Widowmaker.[26] The character of Reaper was inspired entirely by concept art for the game—his actual character was developed after his appearance was presented.[27] Under Overwatch's original leveling system, Reaper's wraith form would give him healing abilities once he reached a certain level.[28] Reaper once had a slimmer design with a mask that was more human looking and dual wielded SMGs.[24]





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