Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns unveils the Reaper

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns unveils the Reaper

A new week brings us a new Elite Specialisation announcement for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns. This time, the Necromancer gets some love, specialising in the Reaper. According to Robert Gee, Game Designer at ArenaNet, it has been inspired by horror monsters such as Pyramid Head and Jason Voorhees. Apparently, the devs wanted to convey the feeling of being a “relentless pursuer who becomes extremely deadly once they close the distance with their prey.” In order to do this, they brought in the Greatsword.

While this weapon is traditionally quite slow as it is, the Reaper will take this to a whole new level. Each weapon skill will have a relatively long cast time, which will be made up for with high damage modifiers and powerful effects. Outside of the new weapon, the Reaper has also been announced to get a set of shout skills: damage dealing instant skills with added effects.

All in all, it seems that this Elite Specialisation will turn the Necromancer – already infamous as a “selfish,” primarily aggressive class – into a pure harbinger of death, tanking its way into the fray while grinding through anyone that would dare stand in its way.

For more information, the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel will broadcast a fully Reaper themed episode of Points of Interest at noon, Pacific Time.

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