Behind the Scenes: Spotlight on the Joyful Reaper

The Behind The Scenes series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Today we’re doing something a little different: we’re expanding on the fictional world of Habitica by spotlighting one of the characters who commonly crops up. Enjoy!


The friendliest skeleton in all of Habitica also happens to be our much-beloved Master of Healers! The Joyful Reaper has been a cornerstone of our land for a long, long time…


The Joyful Reaper is one of the oldest Habiticans, though her tireless energy and gentle enthusiasm have never waned over the decades. Her exact age eludes scholars, as does the question of how precisely she came to be. Is she a talented healer who took on the guise of a skeleton to study anatomy? A magical spirit, animating some bones to appear more human? Perhaps she, like her many skeleton pets, simply hatched one day from a large and mysterious egg. Whenever a new theory is presented, the Joyful Reaper cheerily agrees that it sounds very plausible, so we are no closer to learning the truth.

Regardless, her origins are less important than all of her accomplishments. It’s known that she was a member of the very first class of the illustrious Academy of Ensorcellment, where she became quite popular for her helpful spirit and proclivity to bake interesting new desserts. Not every friendship was successful; for example, she briefly dated Recidivate, who would later become a dreaded necromancer. It quickly became apparent that the match wasn’t going to work out. The Joyful Reaper liked sunshine, and Recidivate liked gloom; the Joyful Reaper was majoring in Agriculture, and Recidivate was writing an independent thesis on Raising Undead Habit Hordes for Domineering and Profit…. “In retrospect,” the Joyful Reaper has mused, “there were several signs.” Still, aside from the occasional bumps, her time at the university was overwhelmingly positive, and she graduated as valedictorian. Many theoretical magician jobs were offered to her, but she turned them all down in favor of building a small cottage in one of the most barren and inhospitable areas of Habitica: the Fallow Fields.

Few would choose such a difficult place to work, but the Joyful Reaper saw the potential in the empty land. She spent many sleepless days and nights tirelessly working her healing magic on the dusty flats, dreaming of an area that could be devoted entirely to growth and the celebration of all the life and loveliness that hard work could achieve. After decades of tireless effort, the once-forgotten western lands of Habitica were transformed into some of its most fertile grounds, and soon they were called the Flourishing Fields. Many Habiticans moved there, drawn by the promise of productivity brimming in every orchard and wellspring.


The Joyful Reaper was not content to limit her healing to the land, however. She stretched life magic to its limits, developing creative crops, such as candy that grows on trees, carrots that can be wielded in battle, and more. She even developed many fascinating new hatching potions! (She’s known to be particularly fond of the skeleton varieties, even lovingly crafting papier-mache bodies for the freshly-hatched spirits of creatures like caterpillars and octopuses so that they won’t feel left out.) Her unparalleled devotion to life magic and the healing arts eventually led to her being named the Master of Healers.

That being said, it is possible to work too hard. In fact, the intense productivity of the Flourishing Fields made it susceptible to an attack from the dreaded Burnout. Like the rest of her fellow citizens, the Joyful Reaper was transformed into an Exhaust Spirit during that frightening time. Luckily, all Habiticans pooled their efforts to defeat Burnout by focusing on their self-care tasks, serving as a reminder that even the most hardworking of us all needs to take some time to rest.


Personal Life

The Joyful Reaper can usually be found working on one of her many projects in the Flourishing Fields, or taking a break to sample the delicious desserts that she grows in her garden. She’s devoted to her small cottage, and while some may find the decor spooky, she considers it to be quite charming!

In her spare time, she loves to prepare elaborate feasts, even hosting the yearly Fall Festival. She also works with Lemoness and King Manta to create fun transformation spells that Habiticans can use on themselves and friends, such as the Supernatural Skins and Spooky Sparkles.


In fact, she and King Manta often collaborate on spell-crafting, as they’ve known each other from back before Dilatory sank. She also remembers the April Fool from when he was just a youth, though she kindly keeps his secret identity to herself. Clearly, she sympathizes with the desire to keep one’s past mysterious. She helps heal Lady Glaciate’s pets and mounts whenever they fall ill, and though her sweet demeanor is sometimes at odd with the brusque manner of the Master of Warriors, the two women have developed a meaningful rapport over the years.

Believe it or not, these accomplishments are only the beginning. The Joyful Reaper also runs Habitica’s most illustrious healing hospital, personally oversees each season’s new crops, and has opened three separate universities for healers, farmers, and party planners (respectively). “She’s an inspiration, that’s for sure!” attests one of her many students. “Somehow work always seems more fun with the Joyful Reaper around. Plus, she found a way to grow candy that is also a vegetable. What more could you ask for?”

We hope that you enjoyed this month’s spotlight! Read more about the other Masterclassers of Habitica here.

Gatherings of Good Cheer: Guilds for Cultivating Positivity

Illustration by Katy133

This autumn, you’ll be hearing many folks around Habitica talking about all the things about the season that make them happy. Sharing these kinds of positives in your life and working to be more aware of them is an important part of self-care, and making sure you’re taking care of yourself is key as you pursue your goals. In this month’s Spotlight we’re focusing just a few of the many Guilds in Habitica where you can find fellow players to support you in your quest to create and maintain an optimistic outlook!

Happy List Guild!

The Happy List Guild is a group built around its themed Challenges! Each Challenge asks you to post a list of ten things that make you happy and fit the Challenge theme. As you make and post your own lists, you can enjoy hearing from fellow Guild members about theirs!

Good Things Today:

Good Things Today is all about sharing the little moments that make you happy every day. Check it out for an active chat full of folks looking on the bright side. Good Things Today also runs monthly Challenges where you can win gems for consistently sharing your good things!

Daily Positivity and Updates:
This Guild focuses on positivity and inspiration along with check-ins about how you’re doing on your goals and habits. The idea is to stay accountable and to cheer each other on! Edit on 21st Nov 2019: This guild became inactive and was deleted.

The Optimists:

The Optimists is a group for those who look on the bright side, or wish to look there more often! Check out their chat for tips, recommendations, and quotes to help you shape a more positive perspective on the world!

These Guilds and many, many others are here to help you remember and focus on the good things in your life.  And if you’re looking for more advice on using Habitica to cultivate positivity, be sure to read this month’s Use Case Spotlight, featuring tips and tricks from fellow Habiticans!

Use Case Spotlight: Cultivating Positivity

Illustration by Katy133

In last month’s Use Case Spotlight we featured tips and tricks from Habiticans about using the site and apps to work on Learning Languages. This month we’re changing it up a bit and looking at not only keeping your mind active, but keeping it happy and healthy as well! Let’s look at some great ideas for using Habitica to set (and maintain!) new tasks and goals related to Cultivating Positivity. These come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Gumnos starts us out by emphasizing the importance of gratitude:

I’ve got an item in my Habit list for thankfulness/kindness. It usually takes the form of going out of my way to thank someone for something that would otherwise go unthanked. Sometimes it’s a genuine compliment. Other times, it’s going out of my way to lend a hand or send a note/tweet/PM of encouragement. They don’t come naturally for me in many occasions, so it helps nudge me over my generally-apathetic nature.

TheOutlandishPeabody wrote a great post with a number of tips! We’re including an excerpt here, but you can read the whole post in the Guild chat!

One thing that has really helped me with a gratitude practice is a bracelet I bought for the purpose. It is woven from 5 strands of leather in a really pretty pattern, and when I notice it on my arm (many times a day), I list 5 things I’m grateful for, or I take stock of my 5 senses (plus body sense). The gratitude obviously “positives” me up, but the 5 sense exercise really makes me mindful, and more mindfulness is associated with greater positivity.

MissBirdee reminds us of the importance of our connections with people who make a positive impact in our lives:

For cultivating positivity, I have a daily for reaching out to friends. This could be anything as small as texting someone I having seen in a while or talking to a stranger to create new friendships. It really helps me to stay motivated to maintain positive connections.

Lalaitha notes the importance of reminding those closest to you that you value them!

Every month for.. quite some time now, I am part of the challenge Choose Your Partner Today. The challenge is about writing why you choose to be with your partner that particular day. Doesn’t matter how small or big the thing is. It really helps to bring out the positive each day, even if you had an argument or things don’t quite work out like you had hoped.

The challenge is hosted in the guild by the same name (Choose Your Partner Today).


Last, but certainly not least, a great positivity tip from Habitica’s own heroic bug-smasher Alys:

Each day I write down three things that have made me happy or that I’ve liked in some way. They can be as simple as seeing a pretty flower or hearing a moment of birdsong. They can also be good things that I’ve done or things I like about myself. It’s far from a novel idea and I’d seen it recommended on many websites but I’d always been dubious about how much it could help until my anxiety therapist recommended it as a daily task. It’s surprising how much it helps! Being aware that you need to write three nice things every day helps you focus on the niceness around you.

There were so many helpful and exciting tips we couldn’t feature them all here! You can see them all and join in the discussion in the Use Case Spotlights Guild– one of your ideas could be featured next month! Look for an announcement of next month’s theme from Bailey soon.

Also, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, which showcases groups dedicated to Learning Languages!

Dealing with Variable Goals

Illustration by Leephon

It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Autumn is in full swing, and it’s a great time to do a little “fall cleaning” in your Tasks list! If you have tasks that are season-specific, or are otherwise not on a regular schedule, the Wiki Scribes have some great tips for how to manage them with Habitica!

This page compiles tricks for using the Habitica system with schedule irregularities, such as:

  • Tasks that need to be done a certain number of times per week, but not on specific days
  • Tasks that repeat monthly, seasonally, or on some other schedule

Postponing or skipping sets of tasks (e.g., due to changes in health or work shifts).

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!