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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Necromancer elite specialization. For the pvp title, see PvP Conqueror.
Elite specialization character icon.

"My scythe, it thirsts..."

The reaper is a harbinger of death, cleaving through multiple foes at once. Utilize your Reaper's Shroud, chilling your foes gaining access to a spectral scythe to cut down all who stand in your way.

— In-game description

Spec image Reaper.jpg

Reaper is an elite specialization for the necromancer unlocked with the Heart of Thorns expansion. They harvest the life force of their enemies to fuel their melee-oriented Reaper's Shroud, where they wield a massive scythe that carves through any foe. These frightful and relentless harvesters chill their enemies to the bone, ensuring they cannot escape their demise.

Reapers thrive in carnage, learning shout skills to damage foes around them, becoming more powerful for each enemy in range. They can wield greatswords to slice through all nearby enemies, and pull fleeing foes into their inevitable end.

List of reaper skills[edit]

See also: List of necromancer skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

Your soul is mine!

— Reaper

Reapers replace Death Shroud with Reaper's Shroud, which gives a more offensive use to life force through high damage AoE melee skills.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F1 Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud 10 Assume the form of a reaper and gain new skills, turning your life force into health.
F1 ChainExit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud Leave Reaper's Shroud and return to your normal form.
Reaper's Shroud
1 Life Rend.png Life Rend 0.5½ Chain. Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 ChainLife Slash.png Life Slash 0.5½ Chain. Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 ChainLife Reap.png Life Reap 0.5½ Shroud. Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
2 Death's Charge.png Death's Charge 10.25¼ 6 Shroud. Slide forward, destroying projectiles in your path. Blind foes at your destination. This skill inherits traits from Dark Path.
3 Infusing Terror.png Infusing Terror 25 Shroud. Shroud yourself with dark armor that grants stability and reduces incoming damage. You may shatter this armor to fear foes around you.
3 ChainTerrify.png Terrify 0.5½ Shroud. Detonate your armor to make foes around you flee in fear.
4 Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral 20.75¾ 30 Shroud. Spin and damage nearby foes, and inflict a condition each strike.
5 Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe 10.25¼ 30 Shroud. Deliver a powerful overhand strike to stun a single target, dealing increased damage the lower their health. Leaves behind an ice field.

Weapon skills[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Dusk Strike.png Dusk Strike 0.75¾ Chain. Cleave foes in front of you.
1 ChainFading Twilight.png Fading Twilight 0.75¾ Chain. Cleave foes in front of you again.
1 ChainChilling Scythe.png Chilling Scythe 1 Chain. Strike foes, and chill them. A successful strike reduces the recharge on Gravedigger.
2 Gravedigger.png Gravedigger 10.25¼ 8 Perform a huge swing that deals heavy damage. Recharges faster if it hits a downed or low-health foe.
3 Death Spiral.png Death Spiral 1 10 Conjure a drill of dark energy on your blade, and rend the armor of foes in front of you.
4 Nightfall.png Nightfall 0.5½ 20 Call down a growing column of shadows that damages and conditions foes every pulse.
5 Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness 0.75¾ 25 Conjure claws of darkness from the shadows to attack foes, applying a condition to them and pulling them to you. Gain life force for each struck foe.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
"Your Soul Is Mine!".png "Your Soul Is Mine!" 0.75¾ 16 Shout. Heal yourself, gain life force, and strike foes around you, absorbing additional life force from each foe struck. Deal additional damage and gain bonus life force when striking foes in melee range.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
"Nothing Can Save You!".png "Nothing Can Save You!" 0.5½ 16 Shout. Damage foes around you, converting their boons into vulnerability. Your next few attacks become unblockable. Deal additional damage and gain additional unblockable attacks when striking foes within melee range.
"Rise!".png "Rise!" 32 Shout. Damage foes around you. Summon a shambling horror plus additional horrors near each enemy struck. Deal additional damage and summon a second horror when striking foes within melee range. Shambling horrors absorb damage for their master as long as they are attacking.
"Suffer!".png "Suffer!" 16 Shout. Damage foes around you and chill them. Transfer conditions to each foe you strike. Deal additional damage and transfer additional conditions to foes struck within melee range.
"You Are All Weaklings!".png "You Are All Weaklings!" 20 Shout. Damage foes around you, and gain boons. Inflict conditions on struck foes, and gain boons per foe struck. Deal additional damage and gain additional boons when striking foes within melee range.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
"Chilled to the Bone!".png "Chilled to the Bone!" 10.25¼ 30 Shout. Freeze all enemies around you, inflicting conditions on them. Gain boons for each foe you freeze. Deal additional damage and increased stun duration and gain additional boons when striking foes in melee range.

List of Reaper traits[edit]

See also: List of necromancer traits
Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Greatsword Proficiency.png Greatsword Proficiency You can wield greatswords.
Minor Adept Shroud Knight.png Shroud Knight Death Shroud is replaced with Reaper's Shroud, which has more melee-oriented skills and consumes life force at a faster rate. Gain access to shouts.
Major Adept Augury of Death.png Augury of Death Shouts now siphon health. This effect is increased on foes in melee range.
Major Adept Chilling Nova.png Chilling Nova 3 Critical hits against chilled foes cause an explosion that chills adjacent foes.
Major Adept Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit Reduces duration of movement-impairing conditions. Additional reduction while in reaper's shroud.
Minor Master Shivers of Dread.png Shivers of Dread Whenever you inflict fear, you also chill.
Major Master Soul Eater.png Soul Eater Striking foes within the range threshold deals increased strike damage and heals you for a portion of the damage dealt.
Healing will not occur while life force replaces health.
Major Master Chilling Victory.png Chilling Victory 1 Striking a chilled foe grants might and life force.
Single attacks can activate this trait more than once before recharging.
Major Master Decimate Defenses.png Decimate Defenses Striking a foe with vulnerability increases your critical hit chance.
Minor Grandmaster Cold Shoulder.png Cold Shoulder Chill lasts longer, and chilled foes take increased strike damage from your attacks.
Major Grandmaster Blighter's Boon.png Blighter's Boon Gain life force when you apply a boon to yourself or remove a boon from an enemy. If you are in reaper's shroud, gain health instead.
Major Grandmaster Deathly Chill.png Deathly Chill Chill deals damage over time.
Major Grandmaster Reaper's Onslaught.png Reaper's Onslaught Gain ferocity and quickness while in Reaper's Shroud. Hitting with Life Reap reduces the recharge time of shroud skills.
Recharge reduction can only occur once per use of Life Reap.


An inexorable force on the battlefield, the reaper empowers itself enough to wield a cleaving greatsword to harvest its foes. Slow and hard-hitting, these deadly combatants call out the impending doom of their enemies with piercing shouts. Upon accumulating sufficient life force, they can enter the reaper’s shroud, a deadly form that grants them a dark scythe of malevolent energy and the abilities to match it. Capable of heavily afflicting their victims with chill and other conditions, the reaper wades into melee receiving and dealing blows knowing nothing can save its foes!

— Reaper release notes

Reapers are devastating melee brawlers utilizing greatswords and dark energy that cleave through hapless foes for life-force sustainment. Once they have enough life force, they can transform into a devastating avatar of destruction that leaves enemies frozen in terror as they can use a dark scythe made out of of malevolent energy. They are relentless pursuers that become extremely deadly once they close their distance to their prey. They can also potently wield chilling ice magic to wear down foes until they succumb to the cold touch of death.[1]

Thematically, the visuals of Reapers incorporate a lot of black feathers linking them to the Spirit of the Wild Raven and may take their name from the Seven Reapers, avatars of the human god Grenth.


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