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Reaper's Shroud

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Reaper icon small.png Reaper
Profession mechanic
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10 Recharge time  
Reaper's Shroud

Assume the form of a reaper and gain new skills, turning your life force into health.

— In-game description


As with Death Shroud, the necromancer's health is temporarily replaced by their life force pool while in Reaper's Shroud, and all damage taken is inflicted to the life force pool instead of the necromancer's normal health pool. Strike damage done to the life force pool is reduced by 33% in PvE and 50% in WvW and PvP. This damage reduction stacks multiplicatively with other damage reduction effects such as Protection and Infusing Terror. The necromancer naturally loses 4% of its total life force pool every second when in Reaper's Shroud, compared to 3% in Death Shroud.

While in Reaper's Shroud, upgrades, such as sigils, on the necromancer's currently equipped weapon continue to function. While you cannot swap weapons in Reaper's Shroud, entering Reaper's Shroud will activate sigils that trigger on weapon swap (for more information, see weapon swap).

Traits and rune bonuses that trigger at health thresholds (such as Superior Rune of the Scholar) rely on the necromancer's regular health pool, rather than their life force pool.


When under the effect of Reaper's Shroud, these skills replace the normal weapon skill bar. They can't be changed but can be upgraded through the use of traits.

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

Related traits[edit]

See also: Death Shroud#Related traits

Spite Spite

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Blood Magic Blood Magic

Soul Reaping Soul Reaping

Reaper Reaper



Unlike the Death Shroud, Reaper's Shroud's scythe overrides equipped weapon animations and effects. For example, when legendary weapons are equipped, the footfalls will not show when in Reaper's Shroud.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 29, 2022
  • Reduced life force drain per second while in Reaper's Shroud from 5% to 4% in PvE only.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • Reaper's Shroud now has a tooltip fact indicating that damage is reduced while in shroud. Damage reduction has been decreased from 50% to 33% in PvE only.
November 30, 2021
  • This skill no longer disables autoattack when activated or deactivated.
September 01, 2021
  • Fixed an issue that caused strike damage reduction to stack additively with other sources instead of multiplicatively.
August 17, 2021
  • Players can now use the mount key while in Reaper Shroud. Doing so will automatically deactivate Reaper Shroud.
November 07, 2017
  • Increased life-force consumption rate from 3% per second to 5% per second.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Added a 0.5-second delay on activation before being able to exit.
August 09, 2017
  • The base drain of life force from being in reaper shroud has been reduced 25%.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Reaper's Shroud has been added to the game.


  • Kills in the Reaper's Shroud count as hammer kills.