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Reaper's Shroud

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Reaper's Shroud

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Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer (skill list)
Reaper tango icon 20px.png Reaper
Profession mechanic
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Exit Reaper's Shroud.png
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Assume the form of a reaper and gain new skills, turning your life force into health.

— In-game description [?]


Like Death Shroud, while in Reaper's Shroud, the necromancer's health is temporarily replaced by their life force pool, and all damage dealt will be inflicted to the life force pool instead of the necromancer's normal health pool. Damage done to the life force pool is reduced by 50%, but this damage reduction isn't reflected in the combat log. The necromancer naturally loses 5% of its total life force pool every second, 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
Life Rend.png
 Life Rend
0.5½ Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 Life Rend, Life Slash, Life Reap chainRedirect Arrow.png
Life Slash.png
 Life Slash
0.5½ Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 Life Rend, Life Slash, Life Reap chainRedirect Arrow.png
Life 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.
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.
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 Infusing Terror, Terrify chainRedirect Arrow.png
0.5½ Shroud. Detonate your armor to make foes around you flee in fear.
Soul Spiral.png
 Soul Spiral
20.75¾ 30 Shroud. Spiral and damage nearby foes, dealing high damage. This skill inherits traits from Life Transfer.
Executioner's Scythe.png
 Executioner's Scythe
10.25¼ 30 Shroud. Deliver a powerful overhand strike to stun a single target. Deals more damage the lower health the target is. Leaves behind a field of ice.

Related traits[edit]

See also: Death Shroud#Related traits



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 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.