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Reaper - Power Minion Master

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Focused on: Strike damageDefense.

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Overview

Minion Master Reaper is a classic build that focuses on high power damage and defense via Minions.

Editor's Note

This build is extremely similar to Reaper - Power Greatsword. Typically, when builds are this similar we merge the builds, but in this case due to the extreme popularity of the search term "Minion Master" I've decided to commit this to an entirely separate build.

Skill Bar

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Axe/Warhorn
  • - can be much stronger than if you can hit multiple targets with it.

Weapon Variants

  • Greatsword - our bread and butter weapon, this is where all of your damage is
  • Staff - a great ranged weapon for running in zergs
  • Axe - a single-target ranged weapon with a 900-range hitscan auto; useful only for generating life force
  • Focus - a utility offhand that offers some chill uptime
  • Warhorn - a utility offhand that offers life force generation and CC
  • Offhand Dagger - a utility offhand with condition cleanse
  • Mainhand Dagger - a very weak mainhand weapon with poor damage but some extra sustain

Specializations

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  • - if running the Decimation variant below

Core Minion Master

Since the builds are remarkably similar, the Core Minion Master build can be found here as well. If you require a free-to-play or core variant, replace Reaper with the Blood Magic or Death Magic specializations below, and change to

  • Note that you cannot use a Greatsword with the Core variant. Instead, run Axe/X + Staff.

Blood Magic

This variant provides additional sustain and helps maintain shroud for a longer duration. Replaces Spite.


  • - we take this because the other 2 options do not apply to this build

Death Magic

This variant provides extreme defense by increasing toughness, providing condition clear, and granting Protection. Replaces Spite, though you can run both this and Blood Magic for an extremely defensive setup.



Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

This equipment assumes you are running .

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  • It is also perfectly fine to run full Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's here, the damage difference is quite small.

Decimation Variant

This equipment assumes you are running and . If you aren't, do not use this equipment. This variant provides much higher defense; when combined with the two traits above, the damage loss is rather small.

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Marauder Variant

This equipment can be used when you aren't running Soul Reaping or and provides much higher innate crit chance than other variants while granting a significant increase to your health pool, which helps you stay in shroud longer.

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Variant Equipment

Runes

Note that two of the variants above use runes to reach their desired precision breakpoints; if swapping your runes, you will need to re-calculate these breakpoints.

  • - provides extra Fury Fury uptime and slightly higher burst damage than
  • - if at 100% crit chance without runes, these provide the highest DPS of any rune set
  • - similar to but provide extra crit chance and lower burst
  • , - moderately effective budget runes; generally not recommended
  • , , , - defensive options

Sigils

Your sigils are almost entirely set in stone but there may be some viable alternatives

  • - highest DPS increase
  • - extra burst and provides higher Chill Chill uptime; useless to the Core variant
  • , - higher burst sigils, useful on Axe/x for ranged proc damage.
  • - more consistent Might Might while targets are above 50% HP; if not running Spite, take this over
  • , - defensive options

Consumables

Solo

This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
Food
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
Utility
  • - Damage

Event Farming

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Consumables

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

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.
  • , , , and are your highest damage skills. Use inside a Dark or Chill field for a damage boost.
  • 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.

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5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars 2 weeks ago

The classic Minion Master Reaper build is one of the best general roaming builds for open world. It is versatile, deals high damage, and is very easy to play. While I personally prefer the standard Shout/Well variant of Power Reaper, this variant can be very fun and relaxing to play.

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