Reaper - Epidemic

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Focused on: Condition damageSurvivabilityArea Damage and Boon Corruption.

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Expansions required:

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Epidemic Reaper brings very high area damage and significant boon corruption. The build does require team support to compensate for its low mobility but also scales extremely well from any conditions its allies apply.

Skill Bar


Skill Variants





Plague Sending.png Plague Sending

Master of Corruption.png Master of Corruption

Parasitic Contagion.png Parasitic Contagion


Soul Reaping:

Soul Marks.png Soul Marks

Vital Persistence.png Vital Persistence

Foot in the Grave.png Foot in the Grave


  • Dhuumfire.png Dhuumfire - Damage at the cost of CC vulnerability.


Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit

Chilling Victory.png Chilling Victory

Deathly Chill.png Deathly Chill



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Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
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Ascended Chest (Light).png
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Ascended Legs (Light).png
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Ascended Feet (Light).png
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Ascended Back.png
Trailblazer stat icon.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Scepter.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Geomancy.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
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Ascended Staff.png
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Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
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Superior Rune of Antitoxin
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Malign WvW Infusion



  • Add more Viper's to increase damage, more Trailblazer's to increase survivability.
  • Dire can be a cheaper option, but provides much lower damage potential.



Food & Consumables


  • - Defensive option, recommended.
  • - Offensive option.


  • - Cheaper Variant.



  • Staff auto attacks are low impact and its abilities relatively long cooldowns, so the best use of the weapon is to use its cooldown skills then swap out as soon as possible.
  • Use Mark of Blood.png Mark of Blood and Chilblains.png Chilblains to build area condi stacks.
  • Putrid Mark.png Putrid Mark and Reaper's Mark.png Reaper's Mark usage should be more careful, don't be afraid to leave them off cooldown when swapping back to S/D.
    • Putrid Mark.png Putrid Mark is one of your limited anti-condition skills so use it carefully.
    • Interrupt key skills with the fear of Reaper's Mark.png Reaper's Mark.


  • Putrid Curse.png Putrid Curse is an excellent filler that can be spammed while waiting for your CDs. The final attack corrupts a boon, which can be quite punishing for any opponent especially ones with pulsing Stability like other Reapers in Shroud.
  • Grasping Dead.png Grasping Dead and Enfeebling Blood.png Enfeebling Blood both deal significant AoE damage, but can be difficult to land. Consider saving these skills to set up an Epidemic.png Epidemic on a downed player.
  • Feast of Corruption.png Feast of Corruption adds more torment the more conditions your target has, up to 5 extra stacks. Try to get the most you can, but don't hold on to the skill for too long.
  • Deathly Swarm.png Deathly Swarm Another of your anti-condition skills, avoid using this for damage in most cases.


  • Aim to focus a target with your team, making use of Corrupt Boon.png Corrupt Boon and Putrid Curse.png Putrid Curse to remove their boons while building condition pressure. Use Epidemic.png Epidemic when an enemy has a large amount of condition stacks.
  • Try to save your Corrupt Boon.png Corrupt Boon to hit critical boons such as Stability Stability and Resistance Resistance.
  • Corrosive Poison Cloud.png Corrosive Poison Cloud and Well of Corruption.png Well of Corruption both provide significant pressure to players trying to rez downed targets. Try to only use these skills in situations where most of their damage can land, such as downed or CCed players.
  • Landing Epidemic.png Epidemic successfully is critical.
    • A Stow Weapon keybind is useful to cancel a cast that would be unsuccessful.
    • Downed players have increased health and are unable to dodge making them excellent targets to set up Epidemic.png Epidemic.
    • Make sure to strip Resistance Resistance, Epidemic.png Epidemic will fizzle when cast on a target with resistance.
  • If you start a rez or stomp before activating Plaguelands.png Plague it will continue while you benefit from the stability and increased defenses of the skill.
  • "Chilled to the Bone!".png "Chilled to the Bone!" can be used to bait out dodges by stowing your weapon right after starting to channel the skill in order to cancel it - it'll only go on a ~5s CD but the entire animation will play.


Gameplay Videos


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Build rating - 5 stars
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5 stars
Arete gave this build 5 stars October 2016

Compared to other AoE focused builds slightly more difficult to set up bursts but exceptional defensive stats. Epidemic itself has the potential to be the single strongest AoE skill in the game, but requires teamwork to reach its full potential, this makes the build have a higher skill floor but also skill cap compared to other AoE focused builds like Wells Necro/Reaper. Excels in small scale where resistance up time is more limited, but with good team coordination works well even in larger scale fights.

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