Overwatch Reaper Guide: Counters, Ability Tips, Strategy, Strengths and Weaknesses

By   /   May 25, 2016

Reaper is different from other Overwatch heroes in the sense that he does not rely on his team for support and can go in and out of enemy line at will. He is not only able to scout and harass opponent heroes, but also rip them to shreds.

He has mobility abilities that allow him to always be on the move, get a couple of kills, and then reappear somewhere else to do the same thing. While he does not perform well at medium and long range, his close range damage output allows him to even deal with tanks such as Reinhardt and snipers such as Widowmaker and Hanzo.

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Overwatch Reaper Guide

While he is not at all a tough hero to master and does not have a steep learning curve, positioning yourself and knowing when to get in and get out is something that every Reaper player needs to master.

Although Reaper has a total HP pool of only 250, he has a lot of sustain with his passive ability called The Reaping. With this ability, Reaper can basically see Soul Globes which allow him to regain his health. Each of these orbs grant Reaper with +50 HP so that he is able to sustain without a dedicated healer.

Moreover, only Reaper can see his orbs which lasts for the duration of enemy’s death timer.

Our Reaper guide details all his abilities, how to use them effectively, what are some of the heroes that Reaper is good/bad against in a match-up, what are his strengths and weaknesses, along with some general tips and strategies.

Reaper Strengths and Weaknesses

While Reaper is excellent at close-range, he cannot do much at medium and long range. His relative slow movement speed and large model make him susceptible to the entire enemy team. Even his ultimate ability can easily be targeted by most heroes in the game.

On the positive side, he is one of the few heroes in Overwatch that can deal with tanks rather effectively. His ultimate ability, although prone to get countered, can potentially wipe out the entire opponent team. He has a lot of sustain, can position himself well in team fights, and has excellent escape tool in his kit; should things go wayward.

Lastly, he is viable for both offensive roles and defensive roles which makes him a good choice in any team composition.

Reaper Abilities and Ability Tips

Hellfire Shotguns
Reaper tears enemies apart with twin shotguns.

Wraith Form
Reaper becomes a shadow for a short period of time. While in this form, he takes no damage and is able to pass through enemies, but cannot fire his weapons or use other abilities.

Shadow Step
After marking a destination, Reaper disappears and reappears at that location.

Death Blossom
In a blur of motion, Reaper empties both hellfire shotguns at breakneck speed, dealing massive damage to all nearby enemies.

While playing as Reaper, you need to get behind enemy turrets and tanks to shred them to pieces. You can use Death Blossom while getting down from height which will allow you to catch enemies off-guard. One of the most devastating combos at Reaper’s disposal is to use Shadow Step in order to get among enemies and then immediately opening up Death Blossom.

Lastly, do note that Death Blossom is highly telegraphed which is why opponent heroes will always be ready to interrupt or counter it.

Reaper Counters and Match-Ups

Coming to counters and match-ups, Winston does not even stand a chance against Reaper. This hero gets shredded by Reaper in a straight up 1-on-1. Similarly, Since Bastion is weak to flanks, Reaper is probably the best hero to flank him and get the job done.

Mei is another hero that cannot simply sustain Reaper’s damage output – due to less HP pool. Moreover, his Wraith Form nullifies all slow effects.

Lucio, on the other hand, can completely render Reaper useless using his ultimate ability. Coming to Widowmaker match-up, Widowmaker shines at long-range and Reaper shines at close-range, but Widowmaker can easily one-shot him.

McCree is someone who can deal with Reaper rather easily if he manages to land his Flashbang successfully as it can interrupt Death Blossom and Wraith Form.

Finally, as Pharah, you should never try and get in close to take serious damage from Reaper’s shotguns. And as Reaper, try not to flank someone in the air.

How to Play Reaper: Tips and Strategies

There is no doubt that Reaper is capable of dealing insane amount of damage, but to do so effectively, you need to close in the gap between you and your target. This thing requires awareness of the map that comes with practice. Shadow Step requires long charge time which is why you should try and use it sparingly and make sure that you do not miss the opportunity.

Wraith Form, on the other hand, can be used as an effective tool to escape tricky situations. As mentioned earlier, Death Blossom is highly telegraphed, can easily be interrupted, and deals insane amount of damage. Therefore, you need to catch enemies off-guard. The ideal way to do so is to land in the middle of enemy heroes from top with activated Death Blossom. Lastly, do not forget to share your own Overwatch Reaper tips and strategies with us!

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