Reaper - Chilling Greatsword



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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageControlSustain.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

Variant of Reaper - Power Greatsword popularized by Gayest_Charr_Ever. This build uses Spectral skills and
to maintain chill on enemies for a damage bonus.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Focus

Weapon Variants

  • Use offhand Dagger for more condition cleanse or Warhorn for more crowd control.
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
Utility Skills

Specializations

Spite:


Bitter Chill.png Bitter Chill



Awaken the Pain.png Awaken the Pain



Close to Death.png Close to Death



Soul Reaping:


Unyielding Blast.png Unyielding Blast



Soul Barbs.png Soul Barbs



Death Perception.png Death Perception



Reaper:


Augury of Death.png Augury of Death



Decimate Defenses.png Decimate Defenses



Reaper's Onslaught.png Reaper's Onslaught



Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses the same gear as the Reaper - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Ascended Hands (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
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Focus.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
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Superior Rune of the Scholar

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
Ascended Head (Light).png
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Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.png
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Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Focus.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.png
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Superior Rune of the Ice
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • 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
    or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud is an insane damage boost. Go into it any time you are above 50% life force for permanent Quickness Quickness and extremely high AoE damage.
    • Never interrupt your shroud autoattack chain.
  • Nightfall.png Nightfall and Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral are your highest damage skills. Fight in melee and use these skills to rack up dead bodies.
  • Once your burst damage skills are exhausted, you should fall back on Gravedigger.png Gravedigger, your bread and butter damage skill. Use it as often as possible, and look for opportunities to reset it by hitting enemies under 50% health.
  • When Nightfall.png Nightfall, Gravedigger.png Gravedigger and Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud are all unavailable, just camp in greatsword and press all your buttons.
  • Axe/warhorn deals poor sustained damage but provides Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws and Locust Swarm.png Locust Swarm, two high-damage skills. You can open with these skills for burst damage before swapping to greatsword. You can also swap to axe/warhorn and use these skills before and after Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud.
  • If you don't need a stun break, you can use "You are all weaklings!".png "You Are All Weaklings!" off cooldown for might.

Survivability

  • Remember that you can always sidestep and walk or dodge out of enemy attacks. Not taking damage is always the better option because it lets you conserve life force (and maintain your
    bonus if applicable).
  • You can stack blind, chill, and weakness on enemies to mitigate most of their damage.
  • If you're taking a lot of damage you can use Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud as a second health bar. Infusing Terror.png Infusing Terror in shroud helps with damage mitigation.
  • Use "Suffer!".png "Suffer!" to cleanse conditions. If you need more condition cleanse run Consume Conditions.png Consume Conditions or bring a dagger offhand for Deathly Swarm.png Deathly Swarm.
  • If you go down just use Life Leech.png Life Leech to get back up.

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars January 2019

Gayest_Charr_Ever's take on the power reaper. While I'm not a fan of the chill gimmick, this build still has amazing AoE damage and survivability like all Reaper builds.

5 stars
MasterZi gave this build 5 stars October 2018

Great build with a lot of potentials. Good to see someone utilizing the Reaper's prowess with Chill. There's a lot of lifeforce generation too, allowing you to stay in Reaper's Shroud for much longer.

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