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Overwatch: Reaper Spotlight

Overwatch: Reaper Spotlight

In this article we’re gonna be talking strictly about Reaper and stuff related to him!
As you’re probably aware the lore of every game can be quite important. It enhances the immersion and brings more enjoyment even in multiplayer only titles. Blizzard’s Overwatch has quite in depth story build over the last year or so trough many short video series. Let’s take a look at some less obvious information about Reaper:

General info about Reaper

Name: Gabriel Reyes
Gender: Male
Nationality: American
Age: Unknown
Occupation: Mercenary
Base of operation: Unkown
Role: Offense
Difficulty: Easy


Overwatch Reaper


The Reaping (passive ability)
Whenever Reaper kills an enemy an Soul Globe is generated on the ground. When picked up Reaper restores 50hp.

Hellfire Shotguns (Default use key: Mouse 1)
Hellfire Shotguns are Reapers primary way of dealing damage. Those are his primary weapon.
Damage: 2.1-7 per pellet
Number of pellets: 20
Damage falloff range: 11 to 20 meters
Rate of fire: 2 shots per second
Headshot: Can
Ammo: 8
Reload time: 1.5 seconds

Wraith Form (Default use key: Shift)
Wraith Form is one of the most powerful abilities in the game if used correctly. It allows Reaper to become the shadow. While in Wraith Form he cannot attack or use his abilities. It allows him to be completely immune to every form of player damage and walk trough enemies. Most commonly used as an escape tool but can be effective for setting up his ultimate ability.
Duration: 3 seconds
Cooldown: 8 seconds

Shadow Step (Default use key: E)
Shadow Step is an ability that provides Reaper great mobility. It requires 2 seconds casting time and while casting it the Reaper is exposed to all damage so it’s advised not to use it when enemies are around you. If done correctly Shadow Step will get Reaper in other wise inaccessible locations.
Cast time: 2 seconds
Max range: 35 meters
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Death Blossom (Default use key: Q)
This is Reapers ultimate ability. Death Blossom has one of the highest damage output in the game. In some situations can shift the tide of the whole game so careful positioning and waiting for the right moment to strike is key for being a good Reaper.
Damage: 200 per second
Duration: 3 seconds
Max range: 8 meters
Headshot: Can’t

Overwatch Reaper

Death Blossom can cause death death death


As a Reaper you role is to shake enemies back line. Often your only job is to assassinate Mercy, Junkrat,Torbjorn or Bastion. Against this characters Reaper excels but he can easily go toe to toe against other close range heroes like Traces and sometimes Roadhog.
The biggest counters to a Reaper are: McCree, Lúcio, Zarya, Pharah and Widowmaker in some circumstances. You should generally try to avoid them as much as possible because a competent player will destroy you even on bad days.
General rule of thumb: If you’re not medaling on damage done at every point in the game you should consider switching to other character. Reaper is one of the main DPS heroes and as such he should always be in top 3 by damage done.

Fun facts

-Reaper can Shadow Step onto Junkrats Rip-Tire.
-While in Wraith Form you can pick up health packs and Soul Globes.
-When Shadow Stepping over the Soul Globe or health pack you’ll pick it up no matter where you land.
-Wraith Form counters all damaging ultimates in the game.

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About The Author

Dimitrije Stankov

The PC games fanatic. Got lost in Robin Hood: The Legend Of Sherwood at the age of 4, since then no one ever saw or heard anything about this person, some say he got stuck in deep forest swamps. True story bro!

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