Overwatch 2 Reaper Guide: Abilities, Tips, How To Unlock

Overwatch 2 Reaper Guide: Abilities, Tips, How To Unlock
Images via Blizzard

Written by 

Daniel Hollis


17th Oct 2022 13:54

Overwatch 2 allows you to play exactly the way you want to, offering an abundance of characters to choose from - each with its own unique abilities. The amount of flexibility available is staggering, offering a play style for everyone, whether you want to be in the frontlines or hang back to ensure your team has the support it needs.

For those looking to get into the thick of the action, you may be inclined to try Reaper and his devastating abilities when he comes toe-to-toe with an enemy across the map. Reaper has been a fan-favourite character in Overwatch since its inception, and in Overwatch 2, he’s back and better than ever. Here’s everything you need to know about Reaper, including his abilities, tactics, and how to unlock him in Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 Reaper Abilities

Click to enlarge

Reaper is perfect if you’re looking to jump in and deal a ton of damage to enemies, especially bundled with his unique abilities to allow you to do so. If appropriately used, Reaper can be a force to be reckoned with in Overwatch 2.

  • Hellfire Shotguns
    • Type - Primary Fire
    • Effect - High-powered dual shotguns that provide high DPS at close range.
  • Shadow Step
    • Type - Ability
    • Effect - Teleport to your marked location. Be careful, as you’re vulnerable during this time.
  • Wraith Form
    • Type - Ability
    • Effect - Become a phantom, as you can move faster and are invulnerable for a limited amount of time. You are unable to shoot while using this ability.
  • The Reaping
    • Type - Passive
    • Effect - Every shot you land on enemies provides a small amount of health back.
  • Death Blossom
    • Type - Ultimate Ability
    • Effect - Spin around and fire at all nearby enemies.

There are great opportunities to mix and match your abilities, as you wreck your way across the battlefield.


Overwatch 2 Reaper Early Tips

Click to enlarge

Your best bet with Reaper in Overwatch 2 is to throw yourself toward enemies and begin firing away. The reason being is that you’ll receive health back for every hit you land on your foe. If you manage to quickly fire consecutive shots, your enemies will find it hard to take you down - especially if you’re engaged in a one-on-one brawl.

However, there will be times when you may feel overwhelmed, even with the healing benefits of The Reaping. If an enemy team is coordinated, this can easily happen, and it can be hard to pick off enemies. If you’re in a tricky situation, be sure to use Reaper’s Wraith Form to quickly evade fire and remove yourself from tricky situations.

There may also be times when long-range characters such as Widowmaker are firing down with deadly sniper shots. In these situations, Reaper can be invaluable if you utilise their Shadow Step ability to teleport to high-up locations and sneak up behind foes. Obviously, with its vulnerable nature Reaper is put in when he enters this mode, it’s advised you do it from a position where you’re hidden.

Putting all of these methods of play together, you can quickly rack up your Ultimate Ability - Death Blossom. Once you’re ready to deploy this, be sure to find a group of enemies close together. Since it distributes so much damage and has such a large spread of the attack, you want to make sure you get the best out of using it. Unlike other Ultimate Abilities, Reaper’s takes a little longer to charge up, so be careful.

How To Unlock Reaper In Overwatch 2

Click to enlarge

In order to unlock Reaper, you can grab her from the get-go if you played the original version of Overwatch. If this is your first rodeo, then purchasing the Watchpoint Pack for £34.99 / $39.99 in Overwatch 2 is a quick way of unlocking her, along with 34 other characters and a variety of skins and coins, along with the Season 1 Battle Pass. 

If you don’t want to dish out any extra cash, you can unlock Reaper as part of the onboarding process but may take upwards of 100 games before she is finally unlocked.

Daniel is a former Guides Writer for GGRecon. Having originally focused on film journalism, he eventually made the jump to writing about games in 2020, writing for sites such as NME. Eurogamer, GamesRadar, Tech Radar, and more. After a short stint in PR, he is back in the world of games media writing about his favourite games, including Bioshock, Fable, or everything Fortnite and Xbox Game Pass related.

All we know about Venture & Space Ranger, the new heroes coming to Overwatch 2 in 2024
10 best free-to-play shooters in 2023, from Overwatch 2 to Warframe
How Clash mode works in Overwatch 2, including all maps, PvP rules & more
How the Overwatch 2 battle pass is changing in 2024
Overwatch 2 Mauga weapons, abilities, ultimate, backstory, how to play & more