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Power Greatsword Reaper DPS Build

GW2. Raid Build. Power Reaper. DPS Necromancer PvE.

Last Update: September 2023


Overview

The Power Reaper is a DPS necromancer build with great cleave and CC while being extremely survivable. It is one of the more forgiving and versatile builds that can self buff might and quickness while also having a visceral and fun playstyle, making it one of the best builds for beginners.

Playstyle

Role: DPS

You will do more damage in Shroud, but swapping in and out is necessary to give the damage bonus from Soul Barbs and regain life force. Prioritize using the Shroud generating weapon skills like Greatsword 3/5 and any of the Staff skills while out of shroud. Always use your Wells before going into Shroud to increase their damage.

Skill Rotation: Use both weapons’ higher priority skills first and then swap weapon to the other. When Shroud is off cooldown you should enter it if you have enough life force. Greatsword 2 is a slow animation, but can be repeatedly used if the target is below 50% health.

  • Staff 5 > 3 > 4 > 2
  • Greatsword 3 > 4 > 5
  • Greatsword 2
  • Always use Well of Darkness and Well of Suffering before entering Shroud

Reaper Shroud Priority:

  • Shroud 5 if Chill uptime is needed (damage bonus to chilled targets), otherwise only use it if the target is below 50% health
  • Shroud 4
  • Shroud 2
  • Shroud 1 (finish third attack in chain)
  • Leave Shroud before Soul Barbs buff wears off

CC: Greatsword 5, Staff 5, Flesh Golem Activate, Shroud 3, Shroud 5


Difficulty

20%

Equipment

ItemStatRune / Sigil
Helm
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Coat
Berserker
Gloves
Berserker
Leggings
Berserker
Boots
Berserker

Primary Weapon Set

Greatsword
Berserker

Secondary Weapon Set

Staff
Berserker

ItemStat
Amulet
Assassin
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker

Relic

Consumables

Infusions

Fractal
x18
Optional
x18

Skills

StaffHeal / Utility / Elite
GreatswordReaper Shroud

Alternatives

  • Utility: for more shroud, CC, and pulls
  • Utility: for more boon removal

Traits


Build Template

Chat Code: (copy/paste into in-game chat)

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Gameplay


2 Comments

  1. What changes were made to this build on May 2023? it looks the same

    • no changes were made to the build, it just does more damage, which essentially means no changes, but for the sake of answering the question of whether the build is updated we just change the date if needed

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