Time for a classic, time for… the Soulrend Reaper!
This is a very special char for me, because Soulrend Reaper was, is and will always be the most iconic reaper as it is the perfect embodiment of a reaper and even more so because it was the first char I managed to reach lvl 100 in HC with (without a Soulrend). This was in early AoM (late 2017) and since then the build has been through couple of changes. Took me quite a while to make Soulrend actually able to clear harder content aswell as it is really squishy and Soulrend has been quite underwhelming for a long time. After the latest buffs in 1.1.4 I made the latest gear switch (SR set) and finally managed to kill Lokarr and clear Shattered Realm shards 50-51.
^ Shattered Guardian setup with Lethal Assault active.
Pierce res is maxed out ingame with high rolls on pierce res. If you don’t have those, use one more pierce+x res augment.
Shattered Guardian: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/p25JoOGV
BiS (GD stasher setup): https://www.grimtools.com/calc/b28ejOGV
Pls note: Yes I know bloodied crystal is better than Runebound Topaz and I’d do the switch, but I’m a greedy bastard and low on mats right now. Ideally all GT links should have Crystals instead of Topaz. Also feel free to use purple Alkamos rings instead.
Highlight video featuring all three versions (not the BiS version) and SR 50/51 bosses:
All of the following will refer to the „Shattered Guardian“ set up.
crucible: Haven’t tried this build in it yet, but should be okish.
celestials (except Lokarr): Highly doubt it, but might be possible.
Viper: %OA, %RR, affinites
Spider: %AS, OA/DA, affinity (actually good now since the latest buff)
Throne: tons of cc res, aether, pierce and chaos res, DA, affinity (really good now aswell)
Hawk: %OA, crit dmg
Wolverine: flat and %DA, affinity (good if you need lots of purple, kinda makes up for no watcher)
Kraken: good stuff for 2h
Murmur: must have for all cold builds, RR proc
Amatok: %cold/frostburn dmg, HP, DA, good dmg proc
Rhowan’s Crown: %elemental dmg, flat RR proc, ele and chaos res
- Leviathan: HP, flat and % cold/frostburn, energy, pierce res, phys res, good dmg proc (actually useable with SR set imo)
amulet, chest, shoulders, helm: The Shattered Guardian (insane HP and res, especially cc, phys)
pants: Mythical Chausses of Barbaros (OA, proc; Reaper’s legguards are better in certain set ups)
rings: Band of Eternal Haunt (RR proc) and Living Ring, or purple Alkamos rings
gloves: Mythical Iceskorn Talons (%crit, cdr chance to BH, AS)
relic: Nidalla’s Outbreak (+1 Nightblade, crit dmg, decent dmg on proc)
belt: Mythical Spellbreaker Waistguard (+1 Nightblade, crit dmg, %OA) or Gargoyle Waistguard (better with decent affixes due to vit to cold conversion)
boots: Mythical Greaves of Ill Omens (cc res, skill bonuses)
medal: Mythical Dreadchill Mark (necrotic edge and BH skill mods, AS)
level using dual whield set up similar to this or Ravenous Earth vitality spec (Necromancer) until you can switch to one of the three endgame specs with Winter King sword or Soulrend.
rush Rhowan’s Crown and Murmur devotions
RR = resist reduction, OA/DA = offensive/defensive ability, CS = casting speed, CDR = cooldown reduction, HC = hardcore, HP = health points, %WD = % weapon damage, SS = Shadow Strike, BH = Bone Harvest
Feedback & Final Words
Latest buffs to Soulrend feel very nice, obviously 45% vitality to cold conversion would make it even juicier, but not op imo. Would complement the gargoyle belt nicely!
My setup really could use some more OA, which better affixes on greens or Alkamos’ rings could provide. As most of my builds, it’s a little more survival based and tries to farm not the very hardest (SR 65+), but still reasonably high stuff as it is made for HC after all. You won’t find the craziest records here, but the build is definitely good enough to be called an overall solid endgame char. Hope you enjoy it and have fun reaping souls!
Special thanks to:
@afanasenkov26 for making this Soulrend build, motivating me to update my own aswell. I hope you don’t mind me posting this version aswell, haven’t seen an SR version of Soulrend reaper on the forums so far and also none for HC.