The White Rider is the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to appear before John the Apostle, according to Christian scripture. It traditionally represents conquest, with the "pestilence" association first appearing in the 20th century. Other interpretations include the rider of the white horse as Christ, whose conquest represents the spread of Christianity, or the Anti-Christ, who rides across the world to deceive those who are pious and faithful.
"Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, 'Come and see.' And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer."
"One of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He rides on a white horse and carries a bow. He was given a crown and is bent on conquest."
—Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Compendium
White Rider appears as one of the Candelabrum holders sent by Lucifer to test the Demi-fiend, possessing the Candelabrum of Compassion. He first appears with the other Horsemen of the Apocalypse when the Demi-fiend first ventures into the Third Kalpa. After reaching Asakusa, White Rider will appear outside of any Large Save Terminal in the Vortex World after the scene in the Third Kalpa with only three exceptions: The Terminal in the Shinjuku Medical Center, the Terminal at the entrance to the Manikin Holy Ground Mifunashiro, and the Terminal inside the Labyrinth of Amala. During the battle, using a Dis that has leveled enough to learn Stone Gaze skill can incapacitate the Virtues causing them to waste turns while turned to stone. Another member may continuously caste a -kaja skill so the White Rider will waste a another press turn using Dekaja. Defeating the White Rider in battle will get the player the Candelabrum of Compassion.
After being defeated and once the player reaches level 52, White Rider can be fused in the Cathedral of Shadows on the New Kagutsuchi phase if the player possesses a Deathstone, a special item found only in the Labyrinth of Amala. White Rider can be fused by any combination of demons resulting in a Yoma race.
White Rider appears as the summon orb boss of the Suginami Tunnels silver-level instance. He also appears as a boss within the Chain of Curse Deep Docks instance and a boss of the TR-Route of Denshi Kairo, through which the ability to fuse him can be obtained. He is a special triple fusion of Virtue, Matador, and Zochoten.
"What are you yammerin' on about!? You think for just one second you could talk your way outta this? Now come 'n get me, and don't go holding back!"
—White Rider, when talked to
White Rider returns as a demon of the Fiend Race, but before he can fused he must be defeated in Sector Delphinus via Enemy Search.
He is also the only demon that after being defeated drops the Victor's Bow forma.
White Rider has a 1/256 chance of appearing in Ginza - Shopping District (requires Black Card) -- when entering the map, walk directly forward to where a shadow completely crosses the road just before the second manhole cover (see below); if Flynn is extremely lucky (or unlucky), Burroughs will warn him that a strong demon is in the area, and ask him if he wants to stay in the area; choosing "Yes" will lead to a fight with White Rider. His Almighty-spam mode is set by Elec resistance. Upon defeat, he drops the Fantasista, one of the best accessories in the game.
White Rider is fought alongside the other three in the Challenge Quest, Errand for the Apocalypse. Belial has sealed the four in a Domain found in Infernal Tokyo's Ikebukuro. They are far weaker than they are when encountered normally, that doesn't make them any less threatening. If Flynn makes any attempt to challenge them before accepting the quest, the Fiends will eject him from the domain. Completing the quest grants Flynn the Peacemaker, which is only surpassed by the Plasma Gun in terms of raw power.
"One of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation, he rides a white horse with a bow in hand. A crown was granted to him, and he promises victory."
—Persona 4 Compendium
A persona of the Death Arcana that can be found through Shuffle Time in Heaven or made through Fusion. Whereas most personas associated with the Death Arcana are built around the DarknessElement, White Rider possesses an affinity for both Darkness and Light.