Reaper - Power DPS


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

Focused on: Direct damageControl.

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Overview

Reaper is a self-sufficient AoE DPS class that gets better the less experienced its group is.
Reaper's niche is that it has a huge health pool for a DPS class, and sustains very high personal Quickness Quickness, Might Might, and critical chance. It also brings heavy CC and Vulnerability Vulnerability similar to Holosmith - Power DPS. This makes it one of the best "solo carry" DPS classes, and it's very strong in disorganized groups that don't have dedicated supports providing Quickness Quickness, Might Might, Fury Fury, and so on. However, its effectiveness falls off in organized and experienced groups as its DPS is weak compared to other fully buffed DPS classes.
Apart from DPS, Reaper can provide solid party support through AoE Protection Protection and Vampiric Presence.png Vampiric Presence, and can bring utilities like Corrosive Poison Cloud.png Corrosive Poison Cloud and Spectral Grasp.png Spectral Grasp to a dungeon/fractal group. It is also capable of stripping boons if needed.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Warhorn

Weapon Variants

x/Focus
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

Use Focus offhand for additional boonstrip.

x/Dagger
Deathly Swarm
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Deathly Swarm
Unleash an insect swarm blinding multiple foes. Transfer three conditions to your target on a successful attack.
Damage.pngDamage: 153
Blind.pngBlindness (6s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
Range.pngRange: 900
Enfeebling Blood
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Enfeebling Blood
Apply weakness and bleeding to foes in the target area.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Bleed.png2Bleeding (10s): 850 Damage
Weakness.pngWeakness (10s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Range.pngRange: 900

Use Dagger offhand for a blind and condition cleanse.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills


Utility Skills

When swapping out utility skills, replace
Summon Shadow Fiend Summon Shadow Fiend
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Summon Shadow Fiend
Minion. Summon a shadow fiend to attack foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 350
first. Don't replace
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
or
Well of Suffering Well of Suffering
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Well of Suffering
Well. Target area pulses, damaging foes and inflicting vurnerability
Damage.png6Damage: 1,464
Vulnerability.png2Vulnerability (5s): 2% Incoming Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulse: 1s
Duration.pngDuration: 6 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
Range.pngRange: 900
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
unless it's absolutely necessary.


Elite Skills

Specializations

Standard Soul Reaping Variant

Spite and Reaper are mandatory as they provide massive dps boosts. Soul Reaping is the standard third trait line, as it offers the best personal DPS with 24px Soul Barbs and Death Perception.png Death Perception.

Variants

Blood Magic Variant

Blood Magic instead of Soul Reaping sacrifices personal DPS for sustain and party support. This is useful if your group struggles to stay above 90% health to maintain
bonus, and your Protection Protection and Vampiric Presence.png Vampiric Presence are needed.

Variants

Curses Variant

Curses is a more condition focused variant which adds very high Blind Blind and Chill Chill uptime. This offers lower DPS most of the time, but can be worth it if you have a) Holosmiths with Modified Ammunition.png Modified Ammunition or Thieves with Exposed Weakness.png Exposed Weakness; and b) dedicated supports to cover the loss of Quickness Quickness and critical chance.
When running the Curses variant you should take Soul Eater.png Soul Eater and Deathly Chill.png Deathly Chill in Reaper. You should also take Summon Bone Fiend.png Summon Bone Fiend instead of Summon Shadow Fiend.png Summon Shadow Fiend as its autoattack is a projectile finisher that will apply Chill Chill.

Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
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
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Greatsword.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Axe.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Warhorn.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty Infusion.png18x
Mighty Infusion


If running Blood Magic or Soul Reaping variant, your crit chance is maxed out from Decimate Defenses.png Decimate Defenses which causes you to overcap if you have Fury Fury, Spotter.png Spotter, or Banner of Discipline.png Banner of Discipline. If you are confident in 100% uptime of these buffs, feel free to replace Berserker's gear with Valkyrie's for a small increase in survivability and life force.
Note that the "wasted" precision is still converted to power by
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
, so on low pressure fights you should still run full Berserker's for more damage.

Sigil Variants

  • or slaying sigils if you can benefit from the bonus.

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

Utility

  • 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 slaying potions

Usage

DPS Rotation

Soul Reaping or Blood Magic
The logic behind this rotation is to constantly cast Nightfall.png Nightfall, Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering, andSoul Spiral.png Soul Spiral. Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering and Nightfall.png Nightfall should be timed with Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud to benefit from the extra ferocity from Reaper's Onslaught.png Reaper's Onslaught. Other damage skills such as Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws and Gravedigger.png Gravedigger are used to fill downtime.
Video example


Opening Rotation
  1. Gravedigger.png Gravedigger
  2. Death Spiral.png Death Spiral
  3. Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness
  4. Nightfall.png Nightfall
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws
  7. Locust Swarm.png Locust Swarm or Reaper's Touch.png Reaper's Touch if available
  8. Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering
  9. Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud
  10. Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral
  11. Life Rend Life Rend
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    Life Rend
    Cleave foes in front of you. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 242
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 170
     Forward arrow.png 
    Life Slash Life Slash
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    Life Slash
    Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 242
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 170
     Forward arrow.png 
    Life Reap Life Reap
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    Life Reap
    Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 484
    Book.pngLife Force: 1.5%
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 220
    x3
  12. Exit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud
  13. Reaper's Touch.png Reaper's Touch if available
  14. Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws
  15. Weapon swap Weapon swap


Loop Rotation
  1. Death Spiral.png Death Spiral
  2. Gravedigger.png Gravedigger
  3. Dusk Strike Dusk Strike
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    Dusk Strike
    Cleave foes in front of you.
    Damage.pngDamage: 342
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Fading Twilight Fading Twilight
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    Fading Twilight
    Cleave foes in front of you again.
    Damage.pngDamage: 383
    Book.pngLife Force: 1%
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Chilling Scythe Chilling Scythe
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    Chilling Scythe
    Strike foes and chill them.
    Damage.pngDamage: 443
    Chilled.pngChilled (2s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
    Book.pngLife Force: 5%
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
    until Gravedigger.png Gravedigger comes off cooldown
  4. Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness
  5. Nightfall.png Nightfall
  6. Gravedigger.png Gravedigger
  7. Death Spiral.png Death Spiral
  8. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  9. Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws
  10. Locust Swarm.png Locust Swarm or Reaper's Touch.png Reaper's Touch if available
  11. Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering
  12. Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud
  13. Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral
  14. Life Rend Life Rend
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    Life Rend
    Cleave foes in front of you. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 242
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 170
     Forward arrow.png 
    Life Slash Life Slash
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    Life Slash
    Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 242
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 170
     Forward arrow.png 
    Life Reap Life Reap
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    Life Reap
    Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 484
    Book.pngLife Force: 1.5%
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 220
    x3
  15. Exit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud
  16. Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws
  17. Reaper's Touch.png Reaper's Touch if available
  18. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  19. Repeat
Curses
With the Curses variant, the added damage from Soul Eater.png Soul Eater makes axe never worth swapping to, so the rotation only uses greatsword and shroud. In addition, the build gains a significant amount of DPS from Deathly Chill.png Deathly Chill, which it procs using the ice field from Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe combined with the whirl finisher from Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral.
Video example


Opening Rotation
  1. Precast Locust Swarm.png Locust Swarm
  2. Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness and immediately Rigor Mortis.png Rigor Mortis and enter Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud
  3. Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe
  4. Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral in the ice field
  5. Exit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud
  6. Death Spiral.png Death Spiral
  7. Nightfall.png Nightfall
  8. Gravedigger.png Gravedigger
  9. Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering


Loop Rotation
  1. Prioritize Nightfall.png Nightfall > Gravedigger.png Gravedigger > Death Spiral.png Death Spiral > autoattack until all these skills are on cooldown and Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud is available
  2. Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness if available, and immediately cancel into...
  3. Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud
    1. If possible, Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe and Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral in the ice field
    2. If not,
      Life Rend Life Rend
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      Life Rend
      Cleave foes in front of you. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
      Damage.pngDamage: 242
      Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
      Range.pngRange: 170
       Forward arrow.png 
      Life Slash Life Slash
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      Life Slash
      Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
      Damage.pngDamage: 242
      Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
      Range.pngRange: 170
       Forward arrow.png 
      Life Reap Life Reap
      ½Activation.png
      Life Reap
      Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
      Damage.pngDamage: 484
      Book.pngLife Force: 1.5%
      Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
      Range.pngRange: 220
      x3
  4. Exit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud
  5. Repeat

Below 50% Health

When the boss is below 50% health, your rotation changes due to Gravedigger.png Gravedigger having no cooldown. Just spam Gravedigger.png Gravedigger over and over, adding Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness, Nightfall.png Nightfall, Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering, and Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral (in shroud) whenever available.
If running Curses you should also continue using Rigor Mortis.png Rigor Mortis.

Notes

  • Never interrupt your Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud autoattack chain.
    • If running Curses you also shouldn't interrupt your greatsword autoattack chain.
    • If not running Curses, feel free to interrupt your greatsword autoattack chain, as the third hit is a DPS loss unless you need the Chill Chill.
  • In real fights, you won't always be able to make full use of Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud because taking damage in Shroud will reduce your remaining life force. Anticipate this and break your rotation if needed so that you can build up enough life force to resume the normal rotation.
  • Try to make sure you are above 90% health before going into Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud so that you benefit from
    . This is because you can't get healed while in Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud. It's worth delaying your shroud by a little bit if you know that you're going to be healed soon.
  • Whenever you Exit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud you can use it to cancel the animation of the last autoattack for a slight DPS increase.
  • If possible, bind a key to Stow Weapon and use it to cancel the animation of Gravedigger.png Gravedigger immediately after the damage number appears. This shaves 200-300 ms off the activation time, which translates to a big DPS increase when the boss is under 50%.
  • Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness and Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering have long aftercasts so try to always cancel them with another skill or a weapon swap.
  • In fights with adds or trash mobs, you can reset Gravedigger.png Gravedigger's cooldown by hitting adds under 50% health. Take advantage of this to push out more Gravedigger.png Gravedigger casts while the boss is over 50% health.
  • On some bosses, you can prestack marks with a staff for slightly better burst damage when the fight begins. You can do this on Siax, Skorvald, Viirastra/Artsariiv, Mursaat Overseer, Slothasor, Samarog, Gorseval, Vale Guardian, and Keep Construct.
  • If playing Blood Magic variant, remember to tag enemies with Well of Blood.png Well of Blood so you get the extra damage and healing from Vampiric Rituals.png Vampiric Rituals.

CC

Miscellaneous

Build rating - 4 stars
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4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars January 2019

Reaper is extremely strong in disorganized groups, and can hold its own with meta DPS builds in a surprising amount of situations. If you don't have a quickness source, Reaper is indisputably one of the strongest DPS classes. However, it falls behind in experienced and coordinated teams where your supports can consistently maintain permanent boon uptime.

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