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    Power Reaper
    January 2024

    Group PvE
    Damage

    Armor

    Illustrious Masque icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Assassin's HelmSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's ChestSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Assassin's LegsSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's BootsSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter

    Weapons & Sigils

    Greatsword icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
    Berserker's GreatswordSuperior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Accuracy
    Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
    Berserker's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Force
    Torch icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
    Mist Lord's Torch TorchSuperior Sigil of Accuracy

    Trinkets

    Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
    Berserker's Backpiece
    Black Ice Earring icon
    Berserker's Accessory
    Asgeir's Talisman icon
    Berserker's Accessory
    Asgeir's Amulet icon
    Assassin's Amulet
    Black Ice Band icon
    Berserker's Ring
    Mistborn Band icon
    Berserker's Ring
    Relic icon
    Relic of Fireworks

    Food

    Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak icon Potent Superior Sharpening Stone icon
    Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak Potent Superior Sharpening Stone

    Infusions

    Mighty WvW Infusion icon
    20xMighty Infusion

    Utility Skills

    copied
    1. Before entering Reaper's Shroud:
      1. Nightfall
      2. Well of Darkness
      3. Well of Suffering
    2. 4x Auto-attack chains (or x2 Death's Charge and x2 Auto-attack chains) before using Soul Spiral.
    3. 3x Auto-attack chains (or x2 autochain and 1 Death's Charge) and Executioner's Scythe before exiting Reaper's Shroud.
    4. Use Death Spiral and Gravedigger immediately when not in Reaper's Shroud.
    5. "You Are All Weaklings!" when off CD.
    6. If on Dagger:
      1. Use Life Siphon just before entering Shroud.
      2. After exiting Shroud use Life Siphon then Weapon Swap to Greatsword.
      3. Dark Pact after you exit Shroud only if enemy is below 50% HP.

    Opening

    1. Grasping Darkness Nightfall
    2. Weapon Swap "You Are All Weaklings!"
    3. Shroud Loop from Dagger

    Shroud

    1. Well of Darkness
    2. Well of Suffering
    3. Life Siphon  if on Dagger
    4. Enter Reaper's Shroud
    5. Death's Charge
    6. Life Rend Life Slash Life Reap (x2)
    7. Death's Charge
    8. Soul Spiral
    9. Life Rend Life Slash Life Reap
    10. Death's Charge
    11. Life Rend Life Slash Life Reap
    12. Executioner's Scythe
    13. Exit Reaper's Shroud

    Loop

    Use "You Are All Weaklings!" off Cooldown. This skill has no cast time.

    From Dagger

    1. (Exit Reaper's Shroud)
    2. Dark Pact only if enemy is above 50% Health
    3. Life Siphon
    4. Weapon Swap
    5. Gravedigger
    6. Death Spiral
    7. Dusk Strike Fading Twilight Chilling Scythe
    8. Gravedigger
    9. Grasping Darkness Nightfall
    10. Shroud continue from Greatsword

    From Greatsword

    1. (Exit Reaper's Shroud)
    2. Gravedigger
    3. Death Spiral
    4. Dusk Strike Fading Twilight Chilling Scythe
    5. Gravedigger
    6. Grasping Darkness Nightfall
    7. Weapon Swap
    8. Dark Pact only if enemy above 50% Health
    9. Shroud back to Dagger

    Once the enemy is below 50% life, replace autoattacks and Dark Pact with Gravedigger.

    Introduction

    Power Reaper is a powerful and resilient DPS Build with high cleave damage and abundant Crowd Control. While in Reaper's Shroud, the Reaper can give itself permanent Quickness and Might even when auto-attacking. Power Reaper can be a forgiving Build for beginners, but it requires good positioning and encounter knowledge to maintain a smooth rotation with maximum damage.

    Build Fundamentals

    Enter and exit Reaper's Shroud regularly to increase damage via Soul Barbs. While in Reaper's Shroud, avoid incoming damage to keep your Life Force as high as possible; this ensures a smooth, continuous rotation.

    Before entering Reaper's Shroud always place Nightfall, Well of Darkness, and Well of Suffering, to maximize burst damage. Never delay entering Reaper's Shroud or using any of the Well skills with this combo.

    Prioritize using Gravedigger against foes below 50% health, as striking a foe with low health instantly recharges this skill. The last part of the Greatsword Auto-attack chain (Chilling Scythe) also recharges Gravedigger.

    Build Specifics

    To upkeep Relic of Fireworks, open the fight with Grasping Darkness and Nightfall. Do not use Soul Spiral immediately after you enter Reaper's Shroud, but only after a few Auto-attack chains and Death's Charge. After using Soul Spiral, you can use Auto-attack chains and Death's Charge again. Make sure to always use Executioner's Scythe before leaving Reaper's Shroud to maximize Relic of Fireworks uptime.

    Infusing Terror gives you Stability and reduces incoming damage. Since using Infusing Terror will not cancel any skill, activate it when you’re about to receive damage to maintain Life Force. A second activation of the skill will trigger Terrify, fearing the foes around you.

    Always use "You Are All Weaklings!" off-cooldown in melee range for bonus damage. It has no cast time so it can be used at any time, even while casting other skills. It also serves as a personal stun-break, so delay it if you’re expecting incoming CC.

    Once your enemy is below 50% life, you should always spam Gravedigger, making sure you also use Death Spiral for extra lifeforce.

    Gravedigger has a long aftercast that can be canceled by pressing auto-attack and Gravedigger again to start another Gravedigger.

    You can replace Death's Charge with one Auto-attack chains for almost no DPS loss. Remember that finishing one Auto-attack chain in Shroud will reduce the CD of all Shroud skills by 1 second. Always finish Auto-attack chains to maximize damage.

    Crowd Control

    Alternatives

    Utility Skills

    "You Are All Weaklings!" can be replaced with other forms of utility. Some options are:

    Elite Skill

    Summon Flesh Golem is your default choice for bosses with long phases or CC bars but it can be replaced with:

    • Lich Form for higher burst in fast phases where it can be precast. Use Summon Madness and instantly exit.
    • "Chilled to the Bone!" is a niche choice that provides excellent AOE crowd control alongside some boons and damage.
      • Overall it deals lower damage than Lich Form and less single target CC than Summon Flesh Golem, but it has a much shorter cooldown than Flesh Golem’s Charge, so replace it when you need more frequent CC.

    Weapons

    You can use Staff instead of Dagger/Torch. The DPS difference is very small and might be useful if you need better cleave damage or to gather stacking sigils faster. The priority of skills to use in rotation when you use Staff are the following:

    • Reaper's Mark and Chillblains
    • You can use the other Staff skills during the rest of the rotation (never in the opening) instead of Dagger skills. If you’re about to delay entering in Reaper's Shroud, just use Reaper's Mark and Chillblains.
    • Avoid using Staff Auto-attack chains, as they can result in a DPS loss.

    Sigils

    For encounters at night time, you can replace your Superior Sigil of Force with Superior Sigil of the Night for a slight DPS increase.

    You can also use Superior Sigil of Cruelty in areas where you can kill multiple mobs that grant stacks. Once you reach 25 stacks, you can stay on Greatsword (for GS only rotation check the LI build variant).

     

    Armor

    Illustrious Masque icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Assassin's HelmSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's ChestSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Assassin's LegsSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter
    Illustrious Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter icon
    Berserker's BootsSuperior Rune of the Dragonhunter

    Weapons & Sigils

    Greatsword icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
    Berserker's GreatswordSuperior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Accuracy
    Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
    Berserker's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Force
    Torch icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
    Mist Lord's Torch TorchSuperior Sigil of Accuracy

    Trinkets

    Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
    Berserker's Backpiece
    Black Ice Earring icon
    Berserker's Accessory
    Asgeir's Talisman icon
    Berserker's Accessory
    Asgeir's Amulet icon
    Assassin's Amulet
    Black Ice Band icon
    Berserker's Ring
    Mistborn Band icon
    Berserker's Ring
    Relic icon
    Relic of Fireworks

    Food

    Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak icon Potent Superior Sharpening Stone icon
    Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak Potent Superior Sharpening Stone

    Infusions

    Mighty WvW Infusion icon
    18xMighty Infusion

    Utility Skills

    copied
    1. Before entering Reaper's Shroud:
      1. Nightfall
      2. Well of Darkness
      3. Well of Suffering
    2. 4x Auto-attack chains (or x2 Death's Charge and x2 Auto-attack chains) before using Soul Spiral.
    3. 3x Auto-attack chains (or x2 autochain and 1 Death's Charge) and Executioner's Scythe before exiting Reaper's Shroud.
    4. "You Are All Weaklings!" when off CD.

    Introduction

    Low-Intensity Power Reaper is a powerful and resilient DPS Build with high cleave damage and abundant Crowd Control while using Greatsword. This rotation is recommended when you are using Stacking Sigils or you don’t want to Weapon Swap.

    Build Fundamentals

    Enter and exit Reaper's Shroud regularly to increase damage via Soul Barbs. While in Reaper's Shroud, avoid incoming damage to keep your Life Force as high as possible; this ensures a smooth, continuous rotation.

    Before entering Reaper's Shroud always place Nightfall, Well of Darkness, and Well of Suffering, to maximize burst damage. Never delay entering Reaper's Shroud or using any of the Well skills with this combo.

    Prioritize using Gravedigger against foes below 50% health, as striking a foe with low health instantly recharges this skill. The last part of the Greatsword Auto-attack chain (Chilling Scythe) also recharges Gravedigger.

    After exiting Shroud, use two Gravedigger then add an autoattack chain and start to use all the wells before entering Shroud.

    Build Specifics

    To upkeep Relic of Fireworks, open the fight with Grasping Darkness and Nightfall. Do not use Soul Spiral immediately after you enter Reaper's Shroud, but only after a few Auto-attack chains and Death's Charge. After using Soul Spiral, you can use Auto-attack chains and Death's Charge again. Make sure to always use Executioner's Scythe before leaving Reaper's Shroud to maximize Relic of Fireworks uptime.

    Infusing Terror gives you Stability and reduces incoming damage. Since using Infusing Terror will not cancel any skill, activate it when you’re about to receive damage to maintain Life Force. A second activation of the skill will trigger Terrify, fearing the foes around you.

    Always use "You Are All Weaklings!" off-cooldown in melee range for bonus damage. It has no cast time so it can be used at any time, even while casting other skills. It also serves as a personal stun-break, so delay it if you’re expecting incoming CC.

    Once your enemy is below 50% life, you should always spam Gravedigger, making sure you also use Death Spiral for extra lifeforce.

    Gravedigger has a long aftercast that can be canceled by pressing auto-attack and Gravedigger again to start another Gravedigger.

    You can replace Death's Charge with one Auto-attack chains for almost no DPS loss. Remember that finishing one Auto-attack chain in Shroud will reduce the CD of all Shroud skills by 1 second. Always finish Auto-attack chains to maximize damage.

    Crowd Control

    Alternatives

    Utility Skills

    "You Are All Weaklings!" can be replaced with other forms of utility. Some options are:

    Elite Skill

    Summon Flesh Golem is your default choice for bosses with long phases or CC bars but it can be replaced with:

    • Lich Form for higher burst in fast phases where it can be precast. Use Summon Madness and instantly exit.
    • "Chilled to the Bone!" is a niche choice that provides excellent AOE crowd control alongside some boons and damage.
      • Overall it deals lower damage than Lich Form and less single target CC than Summon Flesh Golem, but it has a much shorter cooldown than Flesh Golem’s Charge, so replace it when you need more frequent CC.

    Sigils

    For encounters at night time, you can replace your Superior Sigil of Force with Superior Sigil of the Night for a slight DPS increase.

    You can also use Superior Sigil of Cruelty on your second weapon set in areas where you can kill multiple mobs that grant stacks. Once you reach 25 stacks, you can stay on Greatsword.

    If you use the combination of Stacking Sigils plus Night and Force sigils, remember to change some Berserker gear into Assassin to reach 100% crit cap.

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