Reaper - Condi Minion Master


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

Focused on: Condition damageControlTankingSustain.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Reaper build for running around open world, adapted from Reaper - Condi DPS. This build is extremely tanky and deals high damage over time. It excels in long fights against veterans and champions.

Skill Bar

Scepter/DaggerHealingUtilityElite
Greatsword

Weapon Variants

  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Specializations

Variants

Death Magic Variant

Take Death Magic instead of Spite if you're having trouble surviving.

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Scourge - Utility Condi DPS builds 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 Scepter.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
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Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build and uses similar gear to Reaper - Condi DPS. As Reaper is much more situational than Scourge, this build should only be used by dedicated Reaper players or players who don't care about fractals and raids.
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Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
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Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion

Budget Equipment

While working your way up to Viper or Grieving gear, you can run Rabid stats.
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
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Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
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Superior Rune of the Krait

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom Saffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom.pngSaffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngGain +200 condition damage for 30 seconds when you kill a foe. (This effect does not stack)+70 Precision+10% Experience from kill[sic]
    Consumable
    for more damage and Parasitic Contagion.png Parasitic Contagion healing.
  • 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.
Utility
  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Most of your damage comes from your "Shroud Dance" or "Shroud Combo." Use Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe to create an ice field, then Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral and Gravedigger.png Gravedigger in it to create chilling bolts and stack a massive amount of bleeding and vulnerability with Deathly Chill.png Deathly Chill and Bitter Chill.png Bitter Chill.
    • Try to whirl inside the hitbox of your target so that you hit with every chilling bolt.
    • If a chill field is not available, you can also use a poison field from Death Nova.png Death Nova or a fire field from nearby allies.
  • Blood Is Power.png Blood Is Power deals a lot of damage and grants you might. You can use Deathly Swarm.png Deathly Swarm to transfer the self-inflicted conditions to your enemies. You can also use Plague Sending.png Plague Sending or Necromantic Corruption.png Necromantic Corruption if running those traits.
  • Use Epidemic.png Epidemic after stacking conditions on your target to spread them to nearby targets.
  • While all your high-impact skills are on cooldown, fill with Nightfall.png Nightfall, Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness, and your scepter/dagger skills.

Defense

  • Against the majority of enemies, your minions should be able to draw enemy aggro and tank for you.
  • "Rise!".png "Rise!" is a strong defensive skill that can be used as damage mitigation (and a condition cleanse if you have Necromantic Corruption.png Necromantic Corruption traited). Always hit as many targets with it as possible.
  • Nightfall.png Nightfall and Death's Charge.png Death's Charge can be used to blind enemies.
  • 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.
  • If you have trouble surviving, you can trait Death Magic and take Corrupter's Fervor.png Corrupter's Fervor.

Sustain

Crowd Control

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

This extremely tanky build excels in long, grueling solo fights such as Queen's Gauntlet, where it can deal good sustained damage while self-healing constantly with Parasitic Contagion. It also has good AoE damage and a bursty bleeding combo for killing trash.

5 stars
Biggyboy gave this build 5 stars July 2018

I'm relatively casual, but running this build with non-ascended Viper gear has been a big step up from my last build (which was admittedly a poor build I threw together).

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