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FFXIV Endwalker: Reaper Rotation Guide for Beginners

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FFXIV Endwalker: Reaper Rotation Guide for Beginners

Final Fantasy XIV‘s Endwalker expansion is finally out, and it introduces two new jobs into the mix. We’ve got Sage, a new healing job, as well as Reaper, a melee DPS job that uses the scythe as its main weapon. Both jobs can be unlocked immediately if you’ve got the expansion installed and you have a level 70 combat job. Here’s everything you need to know about how the Reaper rotation works in FFXIV Endwalker.

FFXIV Endwalker Reaper Rotation Guide

First off, it’s worth noting that the Reaper does have a few positional attacks, which means that you need to be conscious of where you’re standing in relation to your foe. It’s a lot more forgiving than jobs like Monk or Ninja, though, so this could still be a pretty decent pick for newer players.

With the Reaper, your goal is to build up your Soul Gauge by executing combos with your basic moves. With enough power in your Soul Gauge, you can then summon your Soul Reaver to deal additional damage to your enemies.

Single-Target Rotation

If you’re just focusing on one target, your rotation is pretty simple and should look something like this:

Shadow of Death -> Slice -> Waxing Slice -> Infernal Slice -> Blood Stalk -> Gallows/Gibbet

Shadow of Death applies a debuff effect to your target, which causes them to take additional damage from the Reaper that applied it. After that, your Slice-Waxing Slice-Infernal Slice combo will help to build up your Gauge, and once you have enough, you can use Blood Stalk, followed by Gallows or Gibbet (these are positional skills) to summon your Soul Reaver and end the rotation, then repeat.

You also have an oGCD skill called Soul Slice that will build up your Soul Gauge very quickly, so feel free to add that into your rotation whenever it’s available.

AoE Rotation

Of course, you’ll find yourself in plenty of situations where you’re forced to deal with multiple enemies, so you need an AoE rotation as well. This one’s also pretty straightforward, and should look like this:

Whorl of Death -> Spinning Scythe -> Nightmare Scythe -> Grim Swathe -> Guillotine

Whorl of Death applies Death’s Design to all your targets, essentially making it an AoE version of Shadow of Death. Spinning Scythe and Nightmare Scythe help to build up your Soul Gauge, eventually allowing you to use Grim Swathe and Guillotine to summon your Soul Reaver to deal AoE damage.

There are no positionals in the AoE rotation, so this should be easy to grasp. In addition to that, Soul Scythe is also an oGCD AoE attack that helps to build Soul Gauge, so work that into your rotation whenever it’s up.

Lastly, Hell’s Ingress is a move that lets you dash forward, while Hell’s Egress lets you dash backwards. Both moves will let you cast Harpe immediately without having to wait for a cast timer, which makes this a good opener before you get into your regular rotation. You’ve also got Arcane Crest as a defensive cooldown that will allow you to mitigate damage, so use that whenever you anticipate a big attack coming.

That’s all you need to know about how the Reaper rotation works when you’re just getting started with it in FFXIV Endwalker. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game.

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