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Power Reaper
November 2022

Instanced PvE
Dps

Armor

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

Weapons & Sigils

Greatsword icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's GreatswordSuperior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Accuracy
Staff icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's StaffSuperior Sigil of Force Superior 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
Berserker's Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Berserker's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Berserker's Ring

Food

Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak icon Potent Superior Sharpening Stone icon
Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak Potent Superior Sharpening Stone

Infusions

Mighty WvW Infusion icon
18xMighty Infusion

Utility Skills

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Rotation

Shroud Loop/Burst Rotation

  1. Well of Darkness
  2. Well of Suffering
  3. Nightfall
  4. Grasping Darkness
  5. Reaper's Shroud
  6. Soul Spiral
  7. 8x Auto-attack chain until Soul Spiral is almost off cooldown
  8. Exit Reaper's Shroud
  9. Ghastly Claws
  10. Weapon Swap

Greatsword Loop Above 50%

  1. Death Spiral
  2. Gravedigger
  3. 3x Auto-attack chain
  4. Gravedigger
  5. Nightfall
  6. Grasping Darkness
  7. Weapon Swap
  8. Ghastly Claws
  9. Shroud Loop

Greatsword Loop Below 50%

  1. 6x Gravedigger
  2. Nightfall
  3. Grasping Darkness
  4. Weapon Swap
  5. Ghastly Claws
  6. Shroud Loop

Power Reaper provides a self-sufficient all rounder power build, good for up front burst and sustained damage coupled with survivability and self generated Quickness to last through split phases. It can also bring utility such as projectile mitigation or extra CC with minimal damage loss.

Build fundamentals

Your rotation will vary based on how much Life Force you can gain during a fight, coupled with how much passive damage you take. Avoid taking excess damage within shroud as it is the source of the majority fo your damage.

Your aim is to enter shroud periodically to maintain Soul Barbs buff, as well as placing Well of Darkness and Well of Suffering before entering shroud because you gain massive stat bonuses while in shroud.

Remember to use the first part of Infusing Terror when entering shroud if it’s ready, as it provides damage reduction and stability. You can use the second part of the skill if you need extra CC since it can apply fear to targets around you.

There are three parts to your rotation:

  • Shroud Loop/Burst rotation
  • Boss hp above 50%
  • Boss hp below 50%

The difference for above and below 50% boss hp is because Gravedigger will have it’s cooldown reduced to 0s. You will replace all greatsword auto-attacks and Death Spiral with Gravedigger. If it goes on cooldown for any reason revert to the previous rotation.

Grasping Darkness can be used to pull mobs, but be aware that it will pull mobs closer to the max range first, instead of those closest to you. Take advantage of this and combo it with other pulls first (for example Spectral Grasp > Grasping Darkness to pull up to 10 targets instead of pulling 5 twice).

As you get more familiar, you can focus on the cancelling of aftercasts for many of your abilities (Gravedigger, Grasping Darkness, Wells, etc.). A primary one is Gravedigger, which is cast constantly when your target is below 50% hp. A simple way to do this (if auto-cast for auto attacks are on) is as follows:

  1. Start the Gravedigger cast
  2. Wait for the 2nd half of the channel
  3. Press 1-2-1-2

This sequence will queue an auto attack, which cancels the aftercast of gravedigger; and will then queue a Gravedigger cast which cancels the auto attack. This increases the cast speed by a noticeable amount, and lets you squeeze in extra casts over time.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

Signet of Spite only applies to approximately 33% of your total damage (the rest comes from shroud), so it can be replaced with other forms of utility. Some options are:

For fights that have short burn phases, or are burst focused in general, you can replace Summon Flesh Golem with Lich Form. The burst rotation when using Lich Form is exactly the same, but you will cast and enter Lich Form to use Summon Madness six seconds before your burst is set to begin. Flesh Golem will have higher dps (and provide beneficial CC) in longer phases.

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