15 September 2017 - 17:18

Overwatch Reaper guide: Strategy, tips, and tricks

Step into the shadows and learn how to play Overwatch's grim and edgy damage dealer
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Reaper was one of the first characters shown by Blizzard in the first Overwatch animated short. Since then, cool and edgy players have flocked to the shadow assassin to deal out damage. But before you go in game and creep around, find out the best way the to play Reaper.

Reapers main source of damage are his Hellfire Shotguns. Beside his ultimate, Reaper'ss only damaging ability is his primary fire. The shotguns are similar to any other shotgun: They pack a lot of damage up close but are not good at range. Reaper has eights shots split evenly between his two shotguns.

The best way to win with Reaper is to keep the element of surprise. Stay in the shadows until you find the perfect time to strike.

"Death Walks Among You"

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To properly use the power of the Hellfire Shotguns, Reaper needs to get up close and personal with his targets. He can get into position to do good damage with Shadow Step. Reaper picks a target location that's a maximum of 35 meters away from him, then teleports to it. You must choose your location carefully because wherever you are teleporting is visible to the enemy team, leaving you briefly vulnerable.

If you find yourself in trouble after using Shadow Step or during the run of play, Reaper has a convenient way to get out of danger. Wraith Form makes Reaper invulnerable for three seconds. Using this will allow you to run away from danger without the enemy able to attack you. This ability must also be used correctly—though Wraith Form will get you out of danger, you cannot cancel it early, so you must go the entire duration of the ability.

Another useful way to use Wraith Form is to stall out a point. Since Wraith Form makes you invulnerable, it is a handy tool to stall time on the point or the rest of your team to arrive, whether on attack or defense.

"I am the angel of death!"

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Reaper's ultimate is Death Blossom. Using this, he fires his Hellfire Shotguns in an eight-meter circle around him. This ultimate lasts for three seconds and can completely wipe out an enemy team that is close together. An effective use of reaper's ultimate can require all of his abilities to set it up. Use Shadow Step to position yourself so that you can surprise the enemy team, use Wraith Form either to get up-close and personal or to escape after using Death Blossom, and finally use your Hellfire Shotguns to finish off any low-health targets.

Reaper does his best work slinking around in the shadows. As Reaper, you are getting the most out of the hero when your enemy does not see you until it is too late. Reaper can work around the map to get to the back-line and burst them down to break-up the enemy team and get an advantage.

Works well with


A Nano-Boosted Death Blossom can be a devastating thing where no enemy is safe. This combination previously defined the Beyblade meta, and despite the nerfs, it remains a strong play to win the game.


Since Reaper works best when he is right next to his opponent, Lucio provides a way to get in close. Lucio can speed boost Reaper into the enemy team so that he can put out maximum damage.

Does well against


From the very first Overwatch animated short, it was clear that the rivalry between Reaper and Winston went deep. Though they are shown constantly fighting in the shorts, in the actual game Reaper holds the advantage. Due to Winston's large hit-box, Reaper is able to land multiple pellets from each fire of his Hellfire Shotguns. Reaper quickly tears through Winston's high health when fighting up close.

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