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Reaper - Greatsword/X

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageControl.

Designed for:

 

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Reaper power build for dungeon running which combines mediocre dps with a wide array of crowd control skills.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Dagger/Warhorn
Dagger/Focus
Necrotic Slash
Necrotic Slash
Chain. Slash your foe twice.
Damage.png2Damage: 220
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
Range.pngRange: 130
Life Siphon
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Life Siphon
Siphon health from your foe.
Damage.png9Damage: 657
Heal.pngHealing Per Pulse: 238
Range.pngRange: 600
Dark Pact
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Dark Pact
Immobilize your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 183
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (3s): Unable to move.
Range.pngRange: 600
Reaper's Touch
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Reaper's Touch
Send out a scythe that bounces between foes and allies. Causes vulnerability on foes and regeneration on allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 199
Regeneration.pngRegen (5s): 650 Heal
Vulnerability.png4Vulnerability (10s): 4% Incoming Damage
Death Shroud.pngLife Force: 3%
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 4
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Spinal Shivers
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Spinal Shivers
Chill your target and remove up to three boons, dealing extra damage based on the number of boons removed.
Damage.pngDamage - Three Boons: 322
Damage.pngDamage - Two Boons: 266
Damage.pngDamage - One Boon: 199
Damage.pngDamage - No Boons: 133
Chill.pngChilled (5s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Book.pngBoons Removed: 3
Range.pngRange: 1,200

Slot Changes

Healing Skills

  • Signet of Vampirism Signet of Vampirism
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    Signet of Vampirism
    Signet Passive: Heal when struck by a foe.
    Signet Active: Heal yourself and mark a foe. Allied players will siphon life from that enemy.
    Damage.pngActive Life Siphon Damage: 200
    Heal.pngActive Life Siphon Healing: 392
    Heal.pngInitial Self Heal: 3,960
    Heal.pngPassive Heal: 325
    Signet of Vampirism.png25Vampiric Mark (6s): Life is siphoned when struck by players.
    Radius.pngPassive Heal Cooldown: 1 second
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    for DPS an group support.
  • Consume Conditions Consume Conditions
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    Consume Conditions
    Corruption. Feast on your conditions, gaining health for each one consumed. You become vulnerable.
    Heal.pngHealing: 5,240
    Heal.pngHeal per Condition: 724
    Vulnerability.png5Self Vulnerability (4s): 5% Incoming Damage
    for condition removal with a catch.

Utility Skills

  • Signet of Spite Signet of Spite
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    Signet of Spite
    Signet Passive: Improves power.
    Signet Active: Inflict bleeding, blindness, crippled, poison, vulnerability, and weakness on your foe.
    Signet of Spite.pngSignet Passive: 180 Power
    Damage.pngDamage: 266
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (10s): 440 Damage
    Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Poison.png2Poison (10s): 670 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Vulnerability.png5Vulnerability (10s): 5% Incoming Damage
    Weakness.pngWeakness (10s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    for a strong DPS increase.
  • Well of Corruption Well of Corruption
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    Well of Corruption
    Well. Target area pulses, converting boons of foes into conditions.
    Damage.png6Damage: 738
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngLife Force: 1%
    Book.pngPulse: 1s
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    for good unblockable DPS, boon corruption and Life Force generation.
  • Well of Darkness Well of Darkness
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    Well of Darkness
    Well. Target area pulses, blinding foes with each pulse.
    Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulse: 1 second
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    for AoE blinds.
  • "Suffer!" "Suffer!"
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    "Suffer!"
    Shout. Damage foes around you and chill them. Transfer a condition to each foe you strike.
    Damage.pngDamage: 259
    Book.pngConditions Transferred: 1
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Chill.pngChilled (3s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    for a low cooldown condition transfer with chill and damage.
  • "Nothing can save you!" "Nothing can save you!"
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    "Nothing can save you!"
    Shout. Damage foes around you, converting their boons into vulnerability. Your attacks become unblockable for a short time. The duration increases based on the number of foes struck.
    Damage.pngDamage: 259
    Unblockable.pngUnbloackable (4s): Your attacks are unblockable.
    Vulnerability.png5Vulnerability(10s): 5% Incoming Damage, 5% Incoming Condition Damage
    Book.pngBoons Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngDuration Per Target Hit: 1s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    for boon corruption and becoming unblockable.
  • Corrosive Poison Cloud Corrosive Poison Cloud
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    Corrosive Poison Cloud
    Corruption. Weaken yourself. The target area is enveloped in a noxious cloud that poisons foes and leaves them weakened. Projectiles that pass through the field are destroyed.
    Poison.png4Poison (2s): 331 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Weakness.pngWeakness (3s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Weakness.pngSelf Weakness (6s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngBlock Missiles
    Duration.pngDuration: 12 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Poison
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    for projectile absorb at the cost of DPS and energy.
  • Blood Is Power Blood Is Power
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    Blood Is Power
    Corruption. Bleed yourself to grant might to allies around you and bleed your target.
    Damage.pngDamage: 141
    Might.png8Might (8s): 240 Power, 240 Condition Damage
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (30s): 1,320 Damage
    Bleed.png2Self Bleeding (10s): 440 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of allied targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    if your party lacks might.
  • Corrupt Boon Corrupt Boon
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    Corrupt Boon
    Corruption. Poison yourself. Transform boons on your foe into negative conditions.
    Poison.pngSelf Poison (6s): 504 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngBoons Converted: 5
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    for boon heavy bosses.
  • Spectral Walk Spectral Walk
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    Spectral Walk
    Spectral. Create a shadowy tether and become spectral, gaining life force when struck. You may return to your initial position be using Spectral Recall.
    Spectral Walk.pngSpectral Walk (8s): Gain life force when taking damage
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (30s): 33% Movement Speed
    Death Shroud.pngGain life force when taking damage: 2%
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    for skipping.

Elite Skills

  • "Chilled to the bone!" "Chilled to the bone!"
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    "Chilled to the bone!"
    Shout. Freeze all enemies around. Gain boons for each foe you freeze.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1,040
    Chill.pngChilled (8s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
    Stability.png2Stability (10s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Stun.pngStun: 2s
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    for AoE DPS, chill and crowd control where you cannot use your Flesh Golem.
  • Lich Form Lich Form
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    Lich Form
    Spectral. Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes all other spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
    Stability.pngStability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Book.pngLife Force When Ending: 15%
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    as a ranged DPS option.

Weapons

  • Warhorn is great for Life Force generation, additional damage and crowd control.
  • Focus is great for stacking vulnerability and removing boons.
  • Use Axe as your primary ranged weapon if range is needed. Be aware that axe does significantly less damage than dagger.
  • Use Staff if 1200 range and the utility is needed. Be aware that staff does less dps than the Axe.

Specializations

Variants

  • Use
    for more vulnerability in long fights.
  • Use
    for more vulnerability in long fights.

Soul Reaping Variant

Replace Blood Magic with Soul Reaping for solo parts.

Equipment

Stats

  • All weapons, armor and trinkets are Berserker's
    • Consider swapping in a few valkyrie trinkets if you need them since you're basically overcapping your critical chance with berserker stats.

Upgrades

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Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
Superior Sigil of Force
Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
+5% Damage
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Dagger.png
Warhorn.png
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Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
Superior Sigil of Force
Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
+5% Damage
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +10% damage while your health is above 90%.

Sigil Variants

If you're not in a night time dungeon swap
Superior Sigil of the Night Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
for:
Superior Sigil of Air Superior Sigil of Air
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Superior Sigil of Air.pngSuperior Sigil of Air
50% Chance on Critical: Cause a Lightning Strike. (Cooldown: 3s)
for day time dungeons/fractals.
Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying
Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying.pngSuperior Sigil of Undead Slaying
+10% Damage vs. Undead
for The Ruined City of Arah.
Superior Sigil of Justice Superior Sigil of Justice
Superior Sigil of Justice.pngSuperior Sigil of Justice
+10% Damage vs. Outlaws
for Caudecus's Manor and Cliffside.
Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying
Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying.pngSuperior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying
+10% Damage vs. Icebrood
for Honor of the Waves.

Note: It may benefit you to keep a separate weapon for each variant in your inventory as swapping sigils over time can become expensive.

Consumables

Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
Nourishment (1 h):
Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
Consumable
Plate of Steak and Asparagus Plate of Steak and Asparagus
Plate of Steak and Asparagus.pngPlate of Steak and Asparagus
Nourishment (30 m):
Food.png+80 power+60 precision+10% Experience from kills
Consumable
for a cheaper alternative.
Bowl of Seaweed Salad Bowl of Seaweed Salad
Bowl of Seaweed Salad.pngBowl of Seaweed Salad
Nourishment (30m):
Food.png60% chance to gain swiftness when you kill a foe+10% damage while moving+10 Experience from kills
Consumable
for the better and more expensive version.

Use the 10% dungeon-specific nourishment buffs when possible. Otherwise:

Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
Nourishment (30 m):
Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
Consumable
or
Hardened Sharpening Stone Hardened Sharpening Stone
Hardened Sharpening Stone.pngHardened Sharpening Stone
Nourishment (30 m):
Potion.pngGain power equal to 2% of your precisionGain power equal to 4% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
Consumable
for Ascalonian Catacombs.
Powerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies Powerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies
Powerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies.pngPowerful Potion of Slaying Scarlet's Armies
Nourishment (1 h):
Potion.png+10% damage vs. Toxic Alliance, Watchwork, Aetherblade, and Molten Alliance- 10% damage from Toxic Alliance, Watchwork, Aetherblade, and Molten Alliance+15% Experience from kills
Consumable
for all paths of Twilight Arbor.
Skale Venom Skale Venom
Skale Venom (consumable).pngSkale Venom
Skale Venom (10m):
Potion.pngYou have a 10% chance to inflict weakness and vulnerability for 5 seconds when you hit a foe.
Consumable
for enemies in Fractals of the Mists where potions do no apply.

Usage

Notes:

  • Spam
    ,
    and
    if the Enemy has less than 50% life.
  • Keep your Damaging Utility Skills on Cooldown.
  • prioritizes distance and enemies, be sure to stay close to or inside the boss to land all three hits.
  • Activating a skill after
    will reset the auto-attack chain, leading to higher DPS.
  • If your wells are overlapping other fields, try placing them a bit farther away.
  • has low DPS and should only be used to remove boons like protection.
  • Use the following skills, amongst others, to effectively break bars:
Build rating: 92%
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17 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Foxman525 said this build was great July 2017

I use a similar build that is more tailored to Axe since I use it in both weapon sets. With the recent buff to Necro Axe, I am getting about 1.5k per hit for auto, and 16k, 18k, or 22k hits with Axe#2 when enemy is at 50% health, and that is with full Viper's instead of Berserker in favor of some Condi Damage from chill and Condi Duration of vulnerability. It uses

The build uses all dmg% modifiers including, Unholy Fervor (10%), Close to Death (20%), Strength of Undeath (5%), Sigil of Force (5%), Rune of the Berserker (5%), 25 Vulnerability by oneself at enemy health 50% (25%), plus the extra 1% per Vulnerability on Axe#2 is another (25%). For Axe#2, when an enemy is at >50%, all of this combines to +95% dmg modifier plus a 80% crit chance with only base crit damage of 150%.

I believe that if we get a stat combo that had Power, Ferocity, Precision, and Expertise, then Axe might become Meta, and be used more frequently by Necros in general. I think GS is still too slow.

Gold Medal - Great
ReapzEs said this build was great February 2017

I tried the build and it really feels good in the playstyle and i managed to cleer open world stuff and low level fractals fairly easy with it

Gold Medal - Great
Foefaller said this build was great December 2016

This might not be the meta -that probably goes to the Viper build- but as long as you stick to open world and sub-50 fractals, you'll probably never notice. Fun and great for breakbars, dagger should be what you use for bosses but GS still has uses for crowds and CC. Ran this for most of the last year and even now when I'm *finally* making a Viper set for fractals and raids I'm still keeping a zerker set to run this for pretty much everything else.

14 More Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
LegionAI said this build was great November 2016

With the recent nerfs to Viper Horror, this continues to be "the" way to play PvE, despite its flaws (most of which are innate to the class itself).

Gold Medal - Great
Goroth said this build was great September 2016

I run similar build with Marauder gear and had really enjoyable time. very easy to run PvE and fractals till 50. I dont do raids with necro so I haven't test it yet. And on the plus side My necro got best survive ability from rest of my characters.

Silver Medal - Good
Fredor said this build was good August 2016

Mediocre damage meets heavy cc. Better than the standard power build, but not great. Is far outclassed by the viper horror build in high level pve content

Gold Medal - Great
ImtheScatMan said this build was great May 2016

I'm really surprised about how strong this build is. Fun to play + good damage + some utility = deserves meta. Also condi build isn't good for non-raid content, so this one should be the meta build for necro PvE

Gold Medal - Great
ObscureSlayer said this build was great May 2016

Tried this build in tier 4 fractals and its just amazing. Reaper Shroud feels so good and strong on the initial burst, dagger and wells will do the trick until the 50% hp treshold, where Greatsword is just SO satisfying. It's condi brother, Viper Horror, suffer from a big ramp up time, so it's worse than this Power build except maybe for rreally long fights, or encounters where you can use Epi to share the conditions. Power Reaper stands as the best necro build for non-raid pve content.

Gold Medal - Great
Ishin rikku said this build was great May 2016

Really solid build for dungeons, fractals and open-world pve. Only falls shorts to the condi build in long fights (90+ fractals) but it's still a nice build and really fun to play. It could use some buffs on targets that are above 50% hp, but i give it a "Great" since you carry your wieght perfectly in any scenario that isn't a raid encounter

Gold Medal - Great
Gamec said this build was great May 2016

Greatsword for necro is one of the hardest hitting weapons in this game, it is slow but if it wasn't it would be just the most overpowered weapon for pve, this build offers decent group support with blood magic and also a solo alternative which makes it solid for exploring the majority of pve content, while dagger offers good utility and so much synergy with traits. I'd suggest not taking Dhuumfire for the solo version though, stick with death perception because crit is better than bleed and it counts for all skills in shroud, take bitter chill if you don't use focus, it still has synergy with decimate defenses

Gold Medal - Great
BlasiuS said this build was great May 2016

After 50% health Gravedigger is one of the highest DPS ability in the game. Definitely the highest for the Necro. This build is still the best power-based build for the Necromancer, and is perfect for running Dungeons and all but the highest fractals, where enemies and bosses can be quickly bursted to < 50% health. At very high fractal levels, where the bosses have obscene amounts of health paired with high armor, Viper Horror MIGHT be slightly better.

A great all-around PvE build for almost all content, and being full berserker gear means you can swap it all to other mesmer/elementalist if you wish

Bronze Medal - Basic
SalmonPancakes said this build was basic April 2016

I can see why greatsword is used. It's a new weapon. It's part of the elite specialization and everyone wants to use it. But the attacking speed is really slow. Sure, the numbers popping up on your screen may seem huge but it's at a compromise of your attacking speed.

Now that golem DPS has been implemented. Proper tests should be conducted whether this greatsword is still viable in comparison to dagger/x

Gold Medal - Great
Inquisitor1597 said this build was great April 2016

A definite improvement over the base Necromancer. This build consistently does high DPS without sacrificing survivability. The DPS of this build is phenomenal, and it also contains decent support (For a Necromancer, at least).

Silver Medal - Good
MoonKK said this build was good November 2015

Best dungeon and fractals necromancer build. However, best for necromancer still doesn't quite match the likes of other mainly DPS professions such as Dragonhunter, Tempest, Heralds, and Engineers in dungeons/fractals. This is in due to the "middle of the pack" DPS of the reaper (and the lowest of the list above), while simultaneously offering little group support despite its admitted presence. Today, the gap is closer than ever and a player of great skill in undoubtedly match the usefulness of the other professions in practice. However, when evaluating the theoretical benefits and contributions of a reaper in the Dungeon Category, there just isn't much that makes it stand out. Therefore, I give this build a "good" rating, as it is acceptable and the best thing a necromancer can run, but it still suffers from having relatively low DPS given its lack of group support.

Gold Medal - Great
Ryu88 said this build was great November 2015

The best PVE build for necromancer at this time. High dps and simple to use.

Gold Medal - Great
Pryte06 said this build was great November 2015

This is just the best build for reaper as I expected. But I always prefer soul reaping than blood magic in for reaper.

Gold Medal - Great
Amorality said this build was great October 2015

Strongest general PvE build for Necro.