Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will add two new playable Job classes for players to try. The first will be a new healing class, the Sage. But the second, revealed at the 2021 Final Fantasy XIV Fan Fest event, is the Reaper. Producer Naoki Yoshida walked up onto the stage wearing full cosplay of the Reaper and holding a man-sized Scythe to give players a look at the job’s aesthetic.
As teased in previous reveals about Endwalker, the Reaper is designed as a melee-DPS Job, which in Final Fantasy XIV terms means it stands up close to enemies and delivers high damage at close range with its weapon. By contrast, the Dark Knight, which shares a similar “dark” vibe, is actually a Tank, which stands up front and absorbs damage to keep the rest of the party safe. The Reaper will have the same armor classification as the Dragoon, rather than other melee-DPS Jobs like the Samurai and Ninja. This means that generic armor sets used by the Lancer and Dragoon classes (like the “of Maiming” sets) can be used by the Reaper too, once Endwalker goes live. Its job quests will begin in the major city of Ul’dah at Level 70.
The presentation also included a demonstration video of the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Reaper dressed in black leathers and cutting apart enemies with swings of its scythe, as well as follow-up attacks from an “Avatar”, a dark spirit from the Void that shadows the Reaper. The video also showed the Reaper appearing to “merge” with the Avatar on some level, changing its appearance and attack pattern.
The Reaper is also the class that will be used by the character Zenos as he seeks another showdown with the Warrior of Light. This transition will be teased in story developments targeted at Patch 5.5. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is scheduled for release in Fall 2021. Check out the full trailer for the game here.
Final Fantasy XIV is available on the PC, PS4, and PS5. Check out Siliconera’s impressions of the PS5 update of the game here.