Reaper DPS Rotation, Openers, and Abilities — Endwalker 6.2

Last updated on Aug 23, 2022 at 20:50 by Ellunavi 8 comments

On this page, you will learn how to optimise your opener and rotation in both single-target and multi-target situations. We also cover the use of your cooldowns, to ensure you can achieve the best use of them every time as a Reaper DPS in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (Patch 6.2).

1.

Opener

Reaper has two general openers that you will want to use depending on your level, play, or the encounter.

1.1.

Basic Opener: Early Gluttony

The objective of this opener is to use Gluttony Icon Gluttony as quickly as possible to make sure you do not lose a usage during a fight. After this opener you will want to play Reaper as a priority system to ensure that Gluttony is kept on cooldown. If you find that Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful Harvest isn't ready to be used in time, then use Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle after the first Shadow of Death and move the potion after the Gibbet Icon Gibbet.

  1. Pre-cast Harpe Icon Harpe when there are 2s left on the countdown
  2. Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of Death → Potion* (see note below)
  3. Soul Slice Icon Soul SliceArcane Circle Icon Arcane CircleGluttony Icon Gluttony
  4. Gibbet Icon Gibbet
  5. Gallows Icon Gallows
  6. Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful HarvestEnshroud Icon Enshroud
  7. Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  8. Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  9. Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  10. Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  11. Communio Icon Communio
  12. Soul Slice Icon Soul Slice
  13. Unveiled Gibbet Icon Unveiled Gibbet
  14. Gibbet Icon Gibbet
1.2.

Advanced Opener: Late Gluttony

This opener uses Gluttony Icon Gluttony later but will pack more potency into raid buffs and synergizes better with more advanced Reaper gameplay. At high ping or high skillspeed the Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful Harvest may clip your GCD by a bit, if this clip feel likes half a GCD then use the Early Gluttony opener with the suggestion modification instead.

  1. Pre-cast Harpe Icon Harpe when there are 2s left on the countdown
  2. Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of DeathArcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle
  3. Soul Slice Icon Soul Slice
  4. Soul Slice Icon Soul Slice → Potion* (see note below)
  5. Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful HarvestEnshroud Icon Enshroud
  6. Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  7. Cross Reaping Icon Cross Reaping > Lemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  8. Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  9. Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  10. Communio Icon CommunioGluttony Icon Gluttony
  11. Gibbet Icon Gibbet
  12. Gallows Icon GallowsUnveiled Gibbet Icon Unveiled Gibbet
  13. Gibbet Icon Gibbet

*Potion Note: Only use a potion in the opener if you are positive that it would gain you an extra potion usage. Ideally you want to potion at around the 2 minute mark when you have more resources.

2.

Priority System

Reaper can be played as a priority system and be an effective damage dealer in any party. Below is the basic priority system:

2.1.

Single-Target Priority

  1. Use Gibbet Icon Gibbet or Gallows Icon Gallows if you have a Reaver stack.
    • Use Gibbet Icon Gibbet if you have the “Enhanced Gibbet" buff
    • Use Gallows Icon Gallows if you have the “Enhanced Gallows" buff
    • Use either if you have no buff.
  2. Do not drop your combo. Combos last for 30 seconds, so make sure you use Waxing Slice Icon Waxing Slice or Infernal Slice Icon Infernal Slice if your combo will drop.
  3. Maintain the Death's Design debuff at all times by using Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of Death.
  4. Use Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle on cooldown.
  5. Use Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful Harvest if you have 50 or less Shroud and you have Immortal Sacrifice stacks.
  6. Use Soul Slice Icon Soul Slice if you have 50 or less Soul.
  7. Use Gluttony Icon Gluttony if you have 50 or more Soul and it is off cooldown.
  8. Enter your Enshroud Icon Enshroud phase if you have 50 or more Shroud.
    • Start with Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping or Cross Reaping Icon Cross Reaping
    • Alternate these two weapon skills four times.
    • Use Lemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice in between every other weaponskill.
    • Use Communio Icon Communio to finish the phase.
    • Eg: Void Reaping Icon Void ReapingCross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's SliceVoid Reaping Icon Void ReapingCross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's SliceCommunio Icon Communio
  9. Use Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon if the target is about to jump or die and you still have the Soul Sow buff up.
  10. Use an Unveiled action variant if you have 50 or more Soul and 90 or less Shroud.
  11. Use your combo actions (Slice Icon Slice, Waxing Slice Icon Waxing Slice or Infernal Slice Icon Infernal Slice) as fillers.
  12. Use Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon if you are not in melee range of the target and have the Soul Sow buff up
  13. Use Harpe Icon Harpe if you are not in melee range of the target.
  14. Use Soulsow Icon Soulsow if the target is untargetable for 5 seconds or more.
2.2.

Multi-Target, 3+ Targets

  1. Use Guillotine Icon Guillotine if you have a Reaver stack.
  2. Do not drop your combo. Combos last 30 seconds, so make sure you use Nightmare Scythe Icon Nightmare Scythe if your combo will drop.
  3. Maintain the Death's Design debuff at all times by using Whorl of Death Icon Whorl of Death.
  4. Use Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle on cooldown.
  5. Use Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful Harvest if you have 50 or less Shroud and you have Immortal Sacrifice stacks.
  6. Use Soul Scythe Icon Soul Scythe if you have 50 or less Soul.
  7. Use Gluttony Icon Gluttony if you have 50 or more Soul.
  8. Enter your Enshroud Icon Enshroud phase if you have 50 or more Shroud.
    • Use Grim Reaping Icon Grim Reaping 4 times.
    • Use Lemure's Scythe Icon Lemure's Scythe in between every other Grim Reaping Icon Grim Reaping.
    • Use Communio Icon Communio to finish the phase.
    • Eg: Grim Reaping Icon Grim ReapingGrim Reaping Icon Grim ReapingLemure's Scythe Icon Lemure's ScytheGrim Reaping Icon Grim ReapingGrim Reaping Icon Grim ReapingLemure's Scythe Icon Lemure's ScytheCommunio Icon Communio
  9. Use Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon if you have the Soul Sow buff.
  10. Use Grim Swathe Icon Grim Swathe if you have 50 or more Soul and 90 or less Shroud.
  11. Use your combo actions(Spinning Scythe Icon Spinning Scythe or Nightmare Scythe Icon Nightmare Scythe) as fillers.
  12. Use Harpe Icon Harpe if you are not in melee range of the target.
  13. Use Soulsow Icon Soulsow if the target is untargetable for 5 seconds or more.
3.

Reaper Basics

3.1.

Soul Reavers Dropping

Whenever you obtain a Reaver, your next weaponskill must be one that spends a Reaver (Gibbet Icon Gibbet, Gallows Icon Gallows, and Guillotine Icon Guillotine). Using any other weaponskill will immediately cancel the Reaver buff.

3.2.

Gluttony Drift

Reaper has an odd-timed rotation so Gluttony Icon Gluttony will not always neatly fit into the same off-GCD slot. It drifts a little bit every minute.

3.3.

Reaper AoE Priority

You want to start using your AoE abilities / weaponskills when there are three targets or more.

You should use Whorl of Death to apply Death's Design on two targets if you are about to Enshroud Icon Enshroud as Communio Icon Communio, Gluttony Icon Gluttony, Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon and Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful Harvest all have splash damage.

3.4.

What type of potion do I use and when?

As a Reaper you will want to use the highest Grade Tincture of Strength. Ideally you want to use it at your 2 minute burst but if the fight allows you three potions then you should use one on the opener instead.

3.5.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon has a very long range making it best used whenever you are forced out of range. It also deals a good amount of AoE damage so hitting two or more targets with it is preferred aswell. If the fight is full uptime and single target then try to get a Harvest Moon under buffs for more damage.

3.6.

Arcane Circle and Plentiful Harvest

When you use Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle you and your party will receive one stack of a buff called “Ceremony Circle” and you will receive a buff called “Bloodsown Circle”. Whenever someone uses a damaging spell or weaponskill while under the effects of Ceremony Circle the stack will be consumed and it will give the Reaper one stack of Immortal Sacrifices. You cannot use Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful Harvest until Bloodsown Circle has worn off, which means you only use it once for every cast of Arcane Circle.

3.7.

Pre-pull Harpe

Harpe Icon Harpe has a cast time of 1.3 seconds and won't apply its damage until a few seconds after. This allows us to cast it pre-pull without sacrificing anything. If you are able to start directly on the boss then skip the pre-pull cast in the opener.

4.

Advanced Rotations

If you are looking to get the best damage out of Reaper you will want to look into squeezing as much damage into your party's buffs. You can do this by performing multiple Enshroud Icon Enshroud phases during the two-minute buff window. Normally, because of Enshroud's cooldown, it is difficult to get two uses in raid buffs but if you time your Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of Death refresh appropriately you can extend the duration of Enshroud and push all the heavy-hitting abilities into buffs. The best way to do this is by refreshing your Death's Design debuff near the end of its duration rather than letting it stack up to full in between burst phases.

4.1.

Double Shroud

Double shroud will be the more common and accessible burst sequence available to Reaper. There are a number of variants to this sequence and most of them will depend on your situation but below is an example of how the sequence could look:

  1. There are less than 9s remaining on Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle's cooldown. If you used the Advanced Opener and this is your first two minute burst, you will want to wait until there are less than 7s remaining on Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle's cooldown.
  2. Use Combo Action → Enshroud Icon Enshroud
  3. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  4. Use Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of Death → Potion if available
  5. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross Reaping
  6. Use Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of DeathArcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle
  7. Use Void Reaping Icon Void ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  8. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  9. Use Communio Icon Communio
  10. Use Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful HarvestEnshroud Icon Enshroud
  11. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  12. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  13. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  14. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  15. Use Communio Icon CommunioGluttony Icon Gluttony (If not in a combo and you have enough Soul)
  16. Priority System:
    • Combo Action if you are in a combo → Gluttony Icon Gluttony if you have enough Soul
    • Soul Slice Icon Soul Slice if you do not have enough Soul → Gluttony Icon Gluttony
    • Gibbet Icon Gibbet / Gallows Icon Gallows to consume Reavers from Gluttony Icon Gluttony.
4.2.

Triple Shroud

Triple shroud is a powerful burst sequence that a Reaper can use if they have a potion available. This requires holding onto a lot of resources. The timing of your last combo action must also be perfect, because attempting this while in combo will result in a DPS loss. Below is how this sequence could look:

  1. There are less than 9s remaining on Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle's cooldown. If you used the Advanced Opener and this is your first two minute burst, you will want to wait until there are less than 7s remaining on Arcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle's cooldown.
  2. Use Infernal Slice Icon Infernal SliceEnshroud Icon Enshroud
  3. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  4. Use Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of Death
  5. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  6. Use Void Reaping Icon Void ReapingArcane Circle Icon Arcane Circle
  7. Use Shadow of Death Icon Shadow of Death → Late weave Potion
  8. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  9. Use Communio Icon Communio
  10. Use Plentiful Harvest Icon Plentiful HarvestEnshroud Icon Enshroud
  11. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  12. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  13. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  14. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  15. Use Communio Icon CommunioGluttony Icon Gluttony
  16. Use Gibbet Icon Gibbet / Gallows Icon Gallows
  17. Use Gibbet Icon Gibbet / Gallows Icon Gallows
  18. Use Soul Slice Icon Soul SliceEnshroud Icon Enshroud
  19. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  20. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  21. Use Void Reaping Icon Void Reaping
  22. Use Cross Reaping Icon Cross ReapingLemure's Slice Icon Lemure's Slice
  23. Use Communio Icon Communio → Unveiled Action
  24. Use Gibbet Icon Gibbet / Gallows Icon Gallows
  25. Use Soul Slice Icon Soul Slice → Unveiled Action
  26. Use Gibbet Icon Gibbet / Gallows Icon Gallows
4.3.

Other Optimizations

Planning an optimal usage for Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon will add a bit of extra DPS during a boss fight. When trying to figure out how to use it consider the following cases in order:

  1. Multi-target situation in a fight, if you can hit 2 or more targets.
  2. If you have to disconnect for more than one weaponskill, Harvest Moon Icon Harvest Moon can replace a Harpe Icon Harpe
  3. During buff windows
4.4.

Fight Mapping

Given the flexible nature of Reaper, mapping out encounters is the best way to optimize: Linked below is a planner that can be used for such a reason:

5.

Changelog

  • 20 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 6.1
  • 02 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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