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Reaper Difficulty or Reaper Mode is the highest difficulty in DDO introduced in Update 34. This game mode has ten sub-difficulties, known as "skulls," that can further increase the challenge rating. In this difficulty, many things are changed, so proceed with caution! Most notably, self healing in reaper mode is significantly reduced. Players will also find that they do less damage and take more of it, including attribute damage. There are special monsters only found in this game mode known as Reapers (see below) which have dangerous, powerful abilities. As a reward for braving this difficulty, players will earn more experience points, more named treasure (with increased chances Mythic Bonuses and exclusive chances for a "Reaper Bonus"), and Reaper Experience, which unlocks Reaper enhancements and cosmetics.

Update 34 Release Notes:

Reaper Difficulty offers a new challenge for the toughest adventurers! Reaper difficulty can be selected from the quest portal UI for many quests and raids throughout the game. When you select Reaper difficulty, there is also a drop-down list of between one and ten Skulls, which affects quest/raid difficulty and reward. Special Reaper Bonuses can be found on items acquired in Reaper Difficulty, there is an increased chance to get named items, and you'll earn Reaper Experience. Reaper XP will award a Reaper Point at certain thresholds that can be spent on abilities in a special Reaper benefit tree, among other things! Warning: Reaper difficulty is meant for players who enjoy a serious challenge. You have been warned!

Game mechanic[edit]

Reaper is the fifth difficulty setting for quests, above Elite. Further, Reaper allows players to decide how much of a challenge they want by selecting an appropriate number of "skulls" (1 Skull = easiest vs 10 Skulls = hardest), adding further difficulty if the player so chooses.

A quest can be opened on Reaper difficulty by any character who can open Elite difficulty. This means VIP accounts can do so at any time, but Free-to-play and Premium characters must have already completed the quest on Hard, or have reincarnated at least twice (same as opening for Elite difficulty), or are in a party with a member who can open on Elite.

The following applies to reaper mode:


Reapers look similar to wraiths, but their glowing eyes are distinctive.
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Perhaps the most significant change that comes with Reaper difficulty is the chance to encounter Reapers themselves. Whenever mobs are spawning in a quest, or have been placed as setup for the quest, there's a chance for spawning additional wraith-like Reapers. Their spawn locations are not always immediately adjacent to the quest mobs, so can be anywhere in the general area, including behind or among party members.

Reapers possess the following traits:

  • Lawful Evil Outsider (not undead, despite appearance)
  • Incorporeal
  • Deathblock Effect: Protects against death spells.
  • Floating: Cannot be affected by Trip, Grease, Earthquake or other ground attacks.
    • Of particular note, most crowd control works on Reapers normally. Despite looking very similar to wraiths, they do not have resistances that undead usually have and can be controlled by most spell effects except ones listed above.

4 different sub-types of Reapers exist:

  • Carnage Reaper
    • Deals extremely high melee damage. Even at low levels, Carnage Reapers can often kill targets in one or two hits.
    • Inflicts a vulnerability debuff of 20% more damage. Stacks up to 10 times. As if many are going to last half that long.
    • Likes to engage in melee.
  • Famine Reaper
    • Casts various high-damage offensive spells, predominantly damage based.
      • e.g. Frost-lance, Magic Missiles
    • Every 10 seconds, gains a stack of Doom Caster: This caster's spells will hit harder and fail less.
    • Affects nearby characters with Reaper: Slowing Touch: The Reaper's touch gnaws at your form, slowing your movement and preventing tumbling. Bestowed automatically when you enter Reaper's melee range for 4 seconds. Combat log: -50% movement, -20 melee speed, -20 ranged speed
    • Will teleport to player if it loses line of sight for long.
  • Fear Reaper
    • Has an AoE stacking DoT effect, "Fear of Death", that damages all characters anywhere in the quest until the reaper is destroyed.
      • This is activated by a combination of Line of Sight and proximity.
    • Has a radius around him where "Fear of Death" doesn't apply. Anyone within the radius of the fear reaper is safe from the effect.
    • Doesn't like to come close to the players. Usually stays in initial position, but would like to have line of sight.
    • Has a melee attack. Hits hard, but in line with champs.
  • Plague Reaper
    • Melee. Plague Reapers do similar damage to Fear Reapers but inflict a very strong healing debuff. Attempting to heal the person hit by the plague reaper is not advised unless necessary, as it will often prove unproductive until the debuff wears off.
    • Will teleport if player is too far.

Monsters are stronger[edit]

  • Monster damage is increased.
  • Many/all monsters are Champions, often with multiple buffs. The strongest and most dangerous of the three tiers of champions, red-crown, is found in Reaper difficulty (and nowhere else).
  • All monsters receive bonus to saving throws (Tests in a level 2 quest have shown a +1.5 to saves per skull)

Players are weaker[edit]

  • Player damage is reduced.
  • Self-healing is dramatically weaker (60% in 1 Skull; an additional 4% per skull, up to 96% reduction for 10 Skulls.) (This applies also to Lesser Restoration pots, making them fairly ineffective for restoring ability damage.)
Reaper Debuff math
  • As of U40, damage and healing values now have a minimum value of one due to Reaper scaling. If Reaper scaling would reduce a value for damage or healing that is above zero to zero, then the value will now be at least one.
  • It is unclear is this includes Ability damage to enemies.
  • Crowd control effects have reduced duration (If a CC is reduced, it is reduced to 6 seconds minimum. It keeps the shorter, single target CC relevant, particularly tactical stuns from enhancement trees.) On reaper 10, cc is reduced by a factor of ~8.5.
  • Death timer: Dead players cannot be raised for some time (6 seconds per skull?). Being returned to the soulstone because of distance will reset the timer. NOTE: Will also reset raid death timers.


  • Characters cannot enter a quest on Reaper Difficulty if they are more than six levels over the level of the dungeon or raid (based on Normal difficulty, not the modified level on Elite Difficulty).
  • Characters also cannot enter a Reaper Dungeon if they are Epic Level and the Dungeon is not. Applies to level 18 and 19 quests, but not to level 20 heroic quests.[Unverified"Applies to level 18 and 19 quests, but not to level 20 heroic quests." has not been verified in-game. Please verify it!]
  • Reaper dungeons lock their instance when a player leaves. No other player may enter (or reenter) the instance again.
    • Tip: Dungeon does not lock if you close DDO (for example using Alt+F4) and party leader dismisses you while linkdead. (DDO Forums)

Other changes[edit]

Lost Souls drop from defeated monsters.
  • Defeated enemies can drop Lost Souls. One character in a party can consume them to recharge some of their spell points. The amount of restored spell points depends on quest level and is equal to 5 * (base quest level + 3)
    • Hirelings cannot interact with the Lost Souls, and so cannot regain SP in this method.
    • Interacting with Lost Souls breaks Invisibility, Stealth and Ki Finishers, much as interacting with a lever does. May or may not be WAI.
  • Upon entering dungeons on Reaper difficulty, characters are restored hit points and spell points equal to what's granted by their reaper enhancements.



  • Base experience is the same as on elite.
  • First-time bonus for reaper difficulty is +120%.
  • Bravery bonus for reaper difficulty is +30%.
  • Streak bonus is the same as on elite (+50%).
  • Sagas progress as on elite.

Reaper quests award both Reaper experience and Normal experience.

Reaper experience[edit]

In addition to the regular heroic or epic experience, completing quests on Reaper difficulty yields Reaper experience. Reaper experience grants you survival points that can be invested in three Reaper enhancement trees. Reaper experience also unlocks Reaper vendors.

The base Reaper experience reward (displayed at the top of the experience log) is the based on dungeon level and the number of skulls selected.

After update 34 patch 2: Base Reaper XP = (50 + 3 * (quest level on normal) * (number of skulls)) * Length bonus (0.8 for short, 1 for medium, 1.2 for long, 1.4 for very long)

The final Reaper experience (displayed at the bottom of experience log) is modified for the following reasons: deaths, number of enemies killed, number of traps disarmed, number of breakables destroyed, XP tomes, over-level penalties (larger than for normal experience and based on the base level, not adjusted level, of the quest), power leveling penalties, first time bonuses (larger than for normal experience), etc. DDO Forums Usual Experience boosts such as Heroic Inspiration, VIP boost, guild airship buffs, and experience elixirs increase Reaper experience granted. You continue to acquire Reaper experience when capped for heroic or epic experience (e.g., after reaching the experience banking cap or level cap, completing quests will continue to award Reaper experience).

Reaper experience is only awarded when at least ten enemies are defeated in a quest. DDO Forums

Reaper XP persists through reincarnation.

See also: Reaper XP report math/rounding by Slarden

Overlevel penalties[edit]

There is a Reaper experience over-level penalty (from the base level of a dungeon or raid) as follows:

  • +1 - 20%
  • +2 - 50% (typical Bravery Bonus maximum level for Heroic)
  • +3 - 70%
  • +4 - 80%
  • +5 - 90%
  • +6 - 95%

Quest length multiplier[edit]

Reaper experience is modified based on the length of the dungeon or raid:

  • Short - 0.8
  • Medium - 1.0
  • Long - 1.2
  • Very Long - 1.4

CR 30 dungeons[edit]

Reaper experience is doubled in base level 30 or higher dungeons.

Reaper Vendors / Rewards[edit]

Reaper vendors.jpg
Reaper PurpleWings.jpg

Reaper Vendors are available in the Hall of Heroes. They sell Creature Companions and potions that grant special cosmetic feats.

There are three different vendors, each with a different Reaper Experience requirement that must be met before they will talk with you.



  1. Higher treasure level in randomly generated loot
  2. More Monster Champions = more Mysterious Remnants
  3. Increased chance of dropping named items: +1% per skull level. DDO Forums
  4. Increased chance of named items having Mythic bonus.
  5. Chance of named items having Reaper bonus.


  • Each of these chances increase in likelihood for each skull of reaper being played on.
  • Applies to static named items from quests. Crafted items or end rewards don't have this benefit.
  • Some dev quotes available here.

An item with Reaper bonus gains one of the following:

Non-reaper quests[edit]

Certain quests are not available on Reaper difficulty:


Prior to Lamannia Update 33, Reaper Mode was a whiteboard idea for a dungeon difficulty harder than elite in development internally and mentioned to the Player's Council. Some of its simple text leaked onto the Lamannia preview server while Update 27 was being previewed.

Originally Posted by (executive producer) Severlin Source

I can neither confirm nor deny that we have been discussing the possibility of a Reaper mode with the player's council or that we have been looking into some sort of proof of concept for a new difficulty above elite. Nor are we committing to nor announcing another difficulty level at this time.

Originally Posted by Lamannia Update 33 Release Notes Source

Reaper Mode

The Dungeon Master is trying to kill you. Check it out! Available for quests within two levels of your character. (NOTE: This is an EARLY preview of Reaper Mode, and does not include any rewards or benefits from running it. That'll come later. Reaper Mode will not be arriving with Update 33.)

Originally Posted by Cordovan (Contribs • Message• Cordovan) Source

We don't want to formally commit to an update until it's ready, but it is definitely possible that Reaper difficulty will be in U34.

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