Reaper - Power 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

A Reaper build for running around in open world. This build deals extremely high damage and has a great deal of innate survivability from
.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Warhorn

Weapon Variants

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

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you don’t need condition cleanse.
  • - if running Blood Magic.
Utility Skills
  • - more condition cleanse.
  • - a minion that distracts enemies, deals decent damage, blinds, and chills.
  • - pulls enemies, chills, and generates life force.
  • - if having trouble surviving.
  • - destroys projectiles.

Specializations

Variants
  • - a good choice if running Spectral skills.
  • - if not running shouts.

Blood Magic Variant

If there are nearby allies, you can run Blood Magic instead of Soul Reaping. This is a damage loss but makes you quite good at healing and reviving allies. If you do this, run
.

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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Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty Infusion

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.
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Mighty Infusion
Variants
  • provides even more sustain at the cost of damage.

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

  • ,
    , and
    are your highest damage skills. Fight in melee and use these skills to rack up dead bodies.
  • 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.
  • Once your burst damage skills are exhausted, you should fall back on
    , 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
    ,
    and
    are all unavailable, just camp in greatsword and press all your buttons.
  • Axe deals poor sustained damage but provides
    , a strong burst damage skill. You can open with
    for burst damage before swapping to greatsword. You can also swap to Axe and use
    before and after
    .
  • If you don't need a stun break, you can use
    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
    as a second health bar.
    in shroud helps with damage mitigation.
  • Use
    to cleanse conditions. If you need more condition cleanse run
    or bring a dagger offhand for
    .
  • If you go down just use
    to get back up.

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Nacho Replay gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Amazing open world build for reaper, really good sustained DPS, and some good burst. Vulnerability can be gained very quickly and easily maintained to 20+. Survivability is good but not best, using "Infusing Terror" during shroud helps a bit. Condition cleansing is very nice with this build and "locust swarm" is very useful for speed when kiting is needed to avoid damage. Although at times i do prefer using offhand dagger for "Deathly Swarm" when additional condition cleansing is needed.

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Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

The undisputed champion of open world, Reaper's amazing self-buffing provides it with ludicrous amounts of damage and survivability.

5 stars
Magicmoopeeps gave this build 5 stars August 2018

With the recent change to both Death Perception and Reaper's Onslaught this is by far one of the most powerful open world builds. You are able to get 100% crit chance extremely quickly and can maintain 20+ stacks of vulnerability and a good amount of might by yourself while also having permanent quickness in shroud giving it extremely high burst in open world when compared to other classes (who cannot provide these boons to themselves and maintain such high damage). This is due to the fact that in open world you can not count on getting these boons from others and reaper is in a unique position where it can give itself these amazing boons by itself on top of getting a 100% crit chance very easily. It also helps that the boons/vulnerability stated above are granted simply as part of your damage rotation and you do not need to worry about self buffing during fights as the they just roll in naturally.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

This build is capable of dealing decent sustained damage and good burst, though the burst isn't anything to write home about and it should be noted its survivability is a tad bit overstated due to its lack of active defence and that every time you get damaged in shroud decreasing your effectiveness.

Still though, it's not bad. It's capable of sustaining around 20 or even 25 vulnerability depending on variant used as well as a decent amount of might.

It should be said that for open world, the Soul Reaping variant is in my opinion better and more useful, as Soul Reaping has much more synergy (Vulnerability, crit chance in shroud, longer and more frequent access to shroud) with the rest of the build, as Curses doesn't really bring you anything useful for open world.

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