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FFXIV Endwalker: Everything we know about the Reaper job

Final Fantasy 14 reaper job
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The FFXIV Reaper is one of the new jobs that's just arrived with the MMO's new expansion. It joins the Sage as one of the new kids around Eorzea now that the Endwalker expansion has started its Early Access phase. Though, unlike the healing Sage, the Reaper is primarily focused on dealing damage.

Along with the new FFXIV jobs, Endwalker introduces new zones, dungeons, and raids, and the male Viera join the cast of races to choose from. So if you're keen to learn more about the new class, here's what you need to know about the FFXIV Reaper and how to unlock it. 

How to unlock

FFXIV Reaper: How to unlock

Naturally, you'll need to own the Endwalker expansion if you want to play as a Reaper. The new jobs require you to level any Disciple of War or Magic job to level 70 before you can pick up the quest to unlock it. So if you're jumping into Final Fantasy 14 for the first time, you won't be able to play as a Reaper from the outset. 

With those requirements met, head to the Steps of Nald in Ul'dah and speak to the Flustered Attendant located at coordinates X:12.8 Y:8.6.  

Playstyle

FF14 Reaper playstyle 

The Reaper is a melee damage dealer and uses a two-handed scythe as a weapon. The animations are suitably flashy—as seen in the reveal trailer above—and you can summon a Void avatar to help you deal big damage to your foes. As you fight in melee range, you'll have a couple of movement abilities at your disposal: One to dash forward to close with your enemies and another to leap backwards out of harm's way.

Movement
You have two primary movement abilities, allowing you to dash forward or jump back. These abilities become even more valuable at later levels as they'll spawn a portal when used, allowing you to teleport back to your original location by hitting the same skill button again. Think of World of Warcraft's Monk Transcendence ability (but on a much shorter cooldown), and you won't be too far off.

Burst damage
As you near max level, you'll gain an ability that transforms specific skills into far more potent ones. A new Shroud Gauge will open up, too, and this is what you'll need to feed to gain this enhanced form. During this burst phase, you'll have access to another gauge, and you can only spend those points while in this phase.

Buff both your own and party member's damage
Reaper gets a buff that increases their damage dealt and that of nearby party members by 3% for 20 seconds. At higher levels, this buff also increases the damage of one of your AoE abilities, depending on the actions of the players affected by the buff. You'll also gain Shroud Gauge points, allowing you to activate your burst phase.

Job Actions

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FF14 Reaper Job Actions

Job Actions
NameLevel req.Effect
SliceLevel 1Delivers an attack with a potency of 300. Additional Effect: Increases Soul Gauge by 10.
Waxing SliceLevel 5Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. Combo Action: Slice Combo Potency: 380 Combo Bonus: Increases Soul Gauge by 10.
Shadow of DeathLevel 10Delivers an attack with a potency of 300. Additional Effect: Afflicts target with Death's Design, increasing damage you deal target by 10% Duration: 30s Extends duration of Death's Design by 30s to a maximum of 60s. Additional Effect: Increases Soul Gauge by 10 if target is KO'd before effect expires.
HarpeLevel 15Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 300.
Hell's IngressLevel 20Quickly dash 15 yalms forward. Additional Effect: Allows next Harpe to be cast immediately Duration: 15s Additional Effect: Leaves behind a Hellsgate at point of origin, and grants Threshold to self Duration: 10s Cannot be executed while bound. Shares a recast timer with Hell's Egress.
Hell's EgressLevel 20Quickly dash 15 yalms backwards. Additional Effect: Allows next Harpe to be cast immediately Duration: 15s Additional Effect: Leaves behind a Hellsgate at point of origin, and grants Threshold to self Duration: 10s Cannot be executed while bound. Shares a recast timer with Hell's Ingress.
Spinning ScytheLevel 25Delivers an attack with a potency of 140 to all nearby enemies. Additional Effect: Increases Soul Gauge by 10.
Infernal SliceLevel 30Delivers an attack with a potency of 140. Combo Action: Waxing Slice Combo Potency: 460 Combo Bonus: Increases Soul Gauge by 10.
Whorl of DeathLevel 35Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies. Additional Effect: Afflicts target with Death's Design, increasing damage you deal target by 10% Duration: 30s Extends duration of Death's Design by 30s to a maximum of 60s. Additional Effect: Increases Soul Gauge by 10 if target is KO'd before effect expires.
Arcane CrestLevel 40Grants Crest of Time Borrowed to self, creating a barrier that nullifies damage totaling up to 10% of maximum HP. Duration: 5s Grants Crest of Time Returned to self and nearby party members within a radius of 15 yalms when barrier is completely absorbed. Crest of Time Returned Effect: Gradually restores HP Cure Potency: 100 Duration: 15s.
Nightmare ScytheLevel 45Delivers an attack with a potency of 120 to all nearby enemies. Combo Action: Spinning Scythe Combo Potency: 180 Combo Bonus: Increases Soul Gauge by 10.
Blood StalkLevel 50Summons your avatar to deliver an attack with a potency of 340. Additional Effect: Grants Soul Reaver Duration: 30s Stack count will be reduced to 1 when already under the effect of Soul Reaver. Soul Gauge Cost: 50 Shares a recast timer with all avatar attacks except Gluttony.
Grim SwatheLevel 55Summons your avatar to deliver an attack with a potency of 140 to all enemies in a cone before you. Additional Effect: Grants Soul Reaver Duration: 30s Stack count will be reduced to 1 when already under the effect of Soul Reaver. Soul Gauge Cost: 50 Shares a recast timer with all avatar attacks except Gluttony.
Soul SliceLevel 60Delivers an attack with a potency of 460. Additional Effect: Increases Soul Gauge by 50 Maximum Charges: 2 Shares a recast timer with Soul Scythe.
Soul ScytheLevel 65Delivers an attack with a potency of 180 to all nearby enemies. Additional Effect: Increases Soul Gauge by 50 Maximum Charges: 2 Shares a recast timer with Soul Slice.
GibbetLevel 70Delivers an attack with a potency of 400. 460 when executed from a target's flank. Enhanced Gibbet Potency: 460 Flank Enhanced Potency: 520 Additional Effect: Grants Enhanced Gallows Duration: 60s The action Blood Stalk changes to Unveiled Gallows while under the effect of Enhanced Gallows. Additional Effect: Increases Shroud Gauge by 10 Can only be executed while under the effect of Soul Reaver.
GallowsLevel 70Delivers an attack with a potency of 400. 460 when executed from a target's rear. Enhanced Gallows Potency: 460 Rear Enhanced Potency: 520 Additional Effect: Grants Enhanced Gibbet Duration: 60s The action Blood Stalk changes to Unveiled Gibbet while under the effect of Enhanced Gibbet. Additional Effect: Increases Shroud Gauge by 10 Can only be executed while under the effect of Soul Reaver.
GuillotineLevel 70Delivers an attack with a potency of 200 to all enemies in a cone before you. Additional Effect: Increases Shroud Gauge by 10 Can only be executed while under the effect of Soul Reaver.
Unveiled GibbetLevel 70Summons your avatar to deliver an attack with a potency of 400. Additional Effect: Grants Soul Reaver Duration: 30s Stack count will be reduced to 1 when already under the effect of Soul Reaver. Soul Gauge Cost: 50 Can only be executed while under the effect of Enhanced Gibbet. Shares a recast timer with all avatar attacks except Gluttony.
Unveiled GallowsLevel 70Summons your avatar to deliver an attack with a potency of 400. Additional Effect: Grants Soul Reaver Duration: 30s Stack count will be reduced to 1 when already under the effect of Soul Reaver. Soul Gauge Cost: 50 Can only be executed while under the effect of Enhanced Gallows. Shares a recast timer with all avatar attacks except Gluttony.
Arcane CircleLevel 72Increases damage dealt by self and nearby party members by 3%. Duration: 20s Additional Effect: Grants Circle of Sacrifice to self and nearby party members Duration: 5s Additional Effect: Grants Bloodsown Circle to self Duration: 6s Circle of Sacrifice Effect: When you or party members under this effect successfully land a weaponskill or cast a spell, the reaper who applied it may be granted a stack of Immortal Sacrifice, up to a maximum of 8 Duration: 30s Bloodsown Circle Effect: Allows you to accumulate stacks of Immortal Sacrifice from party members under the effect of your Circle of Sacrifice.
RegressLevel 74Move instantly to the Hellsgate left behind by you. Can only be executed while under the effect of Threshold. Cannot be executed while bound.
GluttonyLevel 76Summons your avatar to deal unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 500 for the first enemy, and 25% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Grants 2 stacks of Soul Reaver Duration: 30s Soul Gauge Cost: 50.
EnshroudLevel 80Offers your flesh as a vessel to your avatar, gaining maximum stacks of Lemure Shroud. Duration: 30s Certain actions cannot be executed while playing host to your avatar. Shroud Gauge Cost: 50.
Void ReapingLevel 80Delivers an attack with a potency of 460. Enhanced Void Reaping Potency: 520 Additional Effect: Grants Enhanced Cross Reaping Duration: 30s Additional Effect: Grants Void Shroud Can only be executed while under the effect of Enshrouded. Recast timer cannot be affected by status effects or gear attributes. Lemure Shroud Cost: 1.
Cross ReapingLevel 80Delivers an attack with a potency of 460. Enhanced Cross Reaping Potency: 520 Additional Effect: Grants Enhanced Void Reaping Duration: 30s Additional Effect: Grants Void Shroud Can only be executed while under the effect of Lemure Shroud. Recast timer cannot be affected by status effects or gear attributes. Lemure Shroud Cost: 1.
Grim ReapingLevel 80Delivers an attack with a potency of 200 to all enemies in a cone before you. Additional Effect: Grants Void Shroud Can only be executed while under the effect of Enshrouded. Recast timer cannot be affected by status effects or gear attributes. Lemure Shroud Cost: 1.
SoulsowLevel 82Grants Soulsow to self, changing the action to Harvest Moon. Cast time is instant when used outside of battle.
Harvest MoonLevel 82Deals unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 600 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Can only be executed while under the effect of Soulsow.
Lemure's SliceLevel 86Delivers an attack with a potency of 200. Void Shroud Cost: 2 Shares a recast timer with Lemure's Scythe.
Lemure's ScytheLevel 86Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all enemies in a cone before you. Void Shroud Cost: 2 Shares a recast timer with Lemure's Slice.
Plentiful HarvestLevel 88Delivers an attack to all enemies in a straight line before you with a potency of 520 for the first enemy, and 60% less for all remaining enemies. Immortal Sacrifice Cost: 1 stack Potency increases up to 800 as stacks of Immortal Sacrifice exceed minimum cost. Additional Effect: Increases Shroud Gauge by 50 Cannot be executed while under the effect of Bloodsown Circle. Consumes all stacks of Immortal Sacrifice upon execution.
CommunioLevel 90Deals unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 1,000 for the first enemy, and 60% less for all remaining enemies. Enshrouded effect expires upon execution. Requires at least one stack of Lemure Shroud to execute.

Combos
Action 1Action 2Action 3Result
SliceWaxing SliceInfernal SliceIncreases the Soul Gauge.
Spinning ScytheNightmare Scythe-Hits multiple enemies while also increasing the Soul Gauge.

Traits and Role Actions

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FF14 Reaper Traits and Role Actions

Traits
NameLevel req.Effects
Soul GaugeLevel 50Allows for Soul Gauge accumulation upon the landing of certain actions, or defeating enemies under the effect of Death's Design.
Death Scythe MasteryLevel 60Increases the potency of Slice to 300, Waxing Slice to 140, Shadow of Death to 300, Harpe to 300, Spinning Scythe to 140, Infernal Slice to 140, Whorl of Death to 100, and Nightmare Scythe to 120.
Enhanced AvatarLevel 70Grants the effect of Soul Reaver upon successfully landing Blood Stalk or Grim Swathe. Duration: 30s Effect ends upon execution of any weaponskill or magic attack.
HellsgateLevel 74Upon executing Hell's Ingress or Hell's Egress, leave behind a Hellsgate and grant Threshold to self. Duration: 10s Hell's Ingress changes to Regress after executing Hell's Egress, and vice versa.
Tempered SoulLevel 78Allows the accumulation of charges for consecutive uses of Soul Slice and Soul Scythe. Maximum Charges: 2.
Shroud GaugeLevel 80Allows for Shroud Gauge accumulation upon the landing of Gibbet, Gallows, or Guillotine.
Enhanced Arcane CrestLevel 84Grants Crest of Time Returned to self and nearby party members, gradually restoring HP over time. This effect is only granted when the Crest of Time Borrowed barrier is completely absorbed. Cure Potency: 100 Duration: 15s.
Enhanced ShroudLevel 86Grants Void Shroud upon landing Void Reaping, Cross Reaping, or Grim Reaping.
Enhanced Arcane CircleLevel 88Grants Circle of Sacrifice to you and nearby party members upon executing Arcane Circle. Duration: 5s When you or party members under this effect successfully land a weaponskill or cast a spell, you may gain a stack of Immortal Sacrifice, up to a maximum of 8. Duration: 30s Also grants Bloodsown Circle to self, allowing you to receive stacks of Immortal Sacrifice from party members under the effect of your Circle of Sacrifice. Duration: 6s.

Role Actions
NameLevel req.Effects
Second WindLevel 8Instantly restores own HP. Cure Potency: 500
Leg SweepLevel 10Stuns target. Duration: 3s.
BloodbathLevel 12Converts a portion of physical damage dealt into HP. Duration: 20s.
FeintLevel 22Lowers target's physical damage dealt by 10% and magic damage dealt by 5%. Duration: 10s.
Arm's LengthLevel 32Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects. Duration: 6s Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck Duration: 15s.
True NorthLevel 50Nullifies all action direction requirements. Duration: 10s Maximum Charges: 2.

Sarah's earliest gaming memories involve playing Jet Set Willy on the ZX Spectrum at a friend's house. These days, and when not writing guides, most of her spare time goes into MMOs—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. She has spent much of the last decade playing the likes of Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, Final Fantasy 14, and World of Warcraft. Sarah has been writing about games for several years and, before joining PC Gamer, freelanced for the likes of TechRadar, GamingBible, and Rock Paper Shotgun. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.