Reaper - Power Minion Master

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageControlTankingStriking fear into the hearts of trash mobs.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

The classic Minion Master build, capable of soloing dungeons and champions, makes you a one-person army that can steamroll almost anything open world throws at you.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Warhorn

Weapon Variants

  • Use main hand Dagger for a small heal from
    .
  • Use offhand Dagger for more condition cleanse.
  • Use Focus if you need to remove enemy boons.
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Specializations



Variants
  • - if conditions are a problem.
  • - if you're having trouble surviving, or if there aren't many enemies to proc
    .

Blood Magic Variant

Blood Magic can be run instead of Spite. This is a damage loss but improves your sustain and makes you quite good at reviving allies.


  • - if running dagger.

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 Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+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

  • is an insane damage boost. Go into it any time you have life force for permanent Quickness Quickness and extremely high AoE damage.
    • Never interrupt your shroud autoattack chain.
  • and
    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
    , 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/warhorn deals poor sustained damage but provides
    and
    , two high-damage skills. You can open with these skills before swapping to greatsword. You can also swap to axe/warhorn and use these skills before and after
    .

Defense

  • Against the majority of enemies, your minions should be able to draw enemy aggro and tank for you. Remember that you can always sidestep and walk or dodge out of enemy attacks as well -- not taking damage is always the better option because it lets you conserve life force (and maintain your
    bonus if applicable).
  • is a strong defensive skill that can be used as damage mitigation and a condition cleanse (thanks to
    ). Always hit as many targets with it as possible.
  • ,
    , and
    can be used to blind enemies.
  • If you're taking a lot of damage you can use
    as a second health bar.
    in shroud provides Stability Stability and helps with damage mitigation.
  • If you have trouble surviving, you can trait
    .

Sustain

  • Your sustained healing comes from
    and the Blood Magic traitline if you have it traited.
  • You can shrug off most conditions with
    . If you need more condition cleanse trait
    or bring a dagger offhand for
    .
  • If you're taking damage you can bring a dagger and spam
    .
  • If you somehow go down with this build just use
    to get back up.

Crowd Control

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5 Ratings
5 stars
Kaihan gave this build 5 stars last month

The Undisputed Champion of the Open World. Let's face it, we all have bad days on GW2 and whenever I'm down and out, I always come back to this build and proceed to wreck whatever was giving me trouble. You melt mobs and solo champions for breakfast. For an easy combo, I run into a mob, -->cast Grasping Darkness to make sure the enemies are grouped-->drop Nightfall-->go into Reaper's Shroud-->Infusing Terror for stability--> Soul Spiral and by then, most things are dead. --> Life Rend will finish whatever else is standing.

If I need to fight at range, I switch to Axe/Focus. But the beauty of this build is that sustain mostly passive and you'll automatically generate so much healing you simply have to avoid enemy fields.

Just remember, use Reaper's Shroud whenever Lifeforce is maxed out and off cooldown. When you're out of Reaper's Shroud, you should be focused on generating Lifeforce through Axe 2, Focus 4, Greatsword 5 & 3.

Instead of "Rise", I use Signet of the Locust for 25% speed increase, purely for utility.

Post-patch I also use Axe/Focus instead of Axe/Warhorn. Focus 4, Soul Grasp, generates plenty of lifeforce. Also Focus 4 & 5 have 1200 range.

5 stars
Shrouded Weaver gave this build 5 stars March 2019

A great build for just about any content in the open world. Consider removing one of the minions for "You Are All Weaklings" shout for instant 10stacks of might since it got buffed in recent patch.

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Darkrayne gave this build 5 stars December 2018

This build is probably the single best Open World build in the game right now.

If you struggle with it for some reason, maybe you're learning the play style or something, use Marauder gear instead of Berserker so you have more health and use the Blood Magic trait line instead of Death Magic so you have more self healing. You'll kill things a little slower but you'll be able to survive anything in open world a lot easier. Once you've got used to playing it, use Berserker gear and the Death Magic trait line.

This build, and all Necro builds, become a lot better once you have the 5th downed skill from Living World Season 3. Once you have that skill, left on passive, getting back up when downed is extremely easy because you drain tons of health when using the 1st downed skill. If you are using it before then, it is less effective but still a cut above the rest.

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Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Hail to the king. Open world is where Reaper shines and this is the best open world Reaper build: it trivializes the vast majority of open world content and can solo dungeon paths and low fractals with barely any effort.

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Antherios gave this build 5 stars July 2018

I created an account just to praise this build. I've always played a Warrior with Power build and I'm used to kill Veterans with 30% of my health left, and having a hard time against Elites, and not being able to handle some Champions at all.

With my new necro alt I tried this build and oh boy ... "Striking fear into the hearts of trash mobs" indeed.

If you play it decently it steams rolls any Open World content, and if you are great at it, no PVE mob can stand in your way. Its amazing how my necro with exotics is doing more damage than my full ascended, double legendary wielding GS/Dagger Warrior.

TL;DR: This build played properly renders almost all PvE content to a walk in the park.

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