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Created by: Surrealistik
Soul Level: 125
Starting Class: Cleric
Covenant: Any
Mugen Link: http://mugenmonkey.com/darksouls/?c=4600169763344725
Melee Focused Version: http://darksoulswiki.wikispaces.com/The+Burning+Reaper
No TWoP/Pure Pyromancy Version: http://darksoulswiki.wikispaces.com/The+Burning+Reaper+%28Pure+Pyromancy%29

Pros:

  • Very high HP (1828 HP)
  • High damage output with Pyromancy spam.
  • Excellent stamina and stamina regeneration.
  • Excellent defense: Good reach, very high defenses, resists, poise and ninja flipping.
  • Highly versatile. Flexible movesets + reach + Heater Shield parrying + Composite Bow + 8 attunement slots + TWoP and Pyromancy allows you to handle a wide variety of threats.
  • Great at crowd control.
  • 45 Dex gives you the fastest cast time possible.

Cons:

  • Great Scythes/Fire Tempest require caution when in use due to high recovery or start up times.
  • Damage output heavily diminished after Pyromancy is exhausted.

Basic Playstyle:
  • Prebuff -> Cast Tranquil Walk of Peace -> Ambush/Engage Enemy -> Fire Tempest -> Finish with dead angled Great Combustion/Black Flame.
  • High poise and HP allow you to poise through almost any hit to deliver a devastating Fire Tempest, so don't be afraid to bait a hit in order to get off a Tempest.
  • Exploit high poise to backstab/Great Combustion/Great Fireball through enemy attacks.
  • When spells are depleted, attack with Gold or Rotten Pine Resin buffed +15 weapons.
  • Remember to prep/buff with Green Blossoms.
  • Crown of Dusk/Dark Sun and/or Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring especially recommended when ambushing with Fire Tempest.
  • If you're willing to prepare heal spells, chug estus, burn Humanity, or take a chance, prepare and use Power Within for devastating melee attacks/spells. Remember to use an unupgraded Pyromancy Flame and Lingering Dragoncrest Ring to cast Power Within in order to minimize the health drain!


Note: Sinking 2 points from Vitality and/or Endurance into Strength is recommended if you want to use the Avelyn crossbow.

Stats

Stat
Starting Value
Ending Value
Vitality
11
40
Attunement
11
34
Endurance
9
37
Strength
12
14
Dexterity
8
45
Resistance
11
11
Intelligence
8
8
Faith
14
18

Details

HP
Stamina
Equip Load Max
Poise
1828
182
92.4
77

Defenses

Physical (Strike/Slash/Pierce)
Magic
Fire
Lightning
391/146 (372/422/391)
266/147
314/142
268/148

Resists

Bleeding
Poison
Curse
200
88
120

Weapons

Weapon
Total Damage ( Physical / Magic / Fire / Lightning )
+15 Scythe
489 ( 489 / 0 / 0 / 0 )
+15 Great Scythe
477 ( 477 / 0 / 0 / 0 ) 300 Bleed
Demon's Spear (Your defensive reach option; alternately you can use the +15 Winged Spear)
424 ( 244 / 0 / 0 / 180 )
+15 Iaito
413 ( 413 / 0 / 0 / 0 ) 300 Bleed
+15 Balder Side Sword
381 ( 381 / 0 / 0 / 0 )
+15 Estoc (For fast shielded attacks, 1-hand sweeping R2, and 2-hand R2 thrust)
331 ( 331 / 0 / 0 / 0 )
+15 Composite Bow (use Poison Arrows)
263 (263 / 0 / 0 / 0)

Catalysts/Talismans

Weapon
Stats
Canvas Talisman
172 Magic Adjust (30 Faith)
+0 Pyromancy Flame
100 Magic Adjust (Use to cast Power Within)
+5 Ascended Flame
230 Magic Adjust

Shields


Weapon
Stability ( Physical / Magic / Fire / Lightning % Resists)
Resists (Poison/Toxic/Bleeding/Curse)
Grass Crest Shield +15
63 ( 95 / 42 / 70 / 50 )
( 74 / 74 / 90 / 50 )
+50% Stamina Regeneration
Heater Shield +15 (for Parrying)
68 ( 100 / 30 / 70 / 50 )
( 80 / 80 / 85 / 50 )

Armor

Item
Description
Mask of the Mother/Crown of Dusk or Dark Sun
+15% HP or +10%/+20% bonus pyromancy/miracle damage. Choose Crown of the Dark Sun if your opponent is a magic user.
Giant's Armor

Giant's Gauntlets

Giant's Leggings

Dark Wood Grain Ring/Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring/Hornet Ring/Lingering Dragoncrest Ring
Ninja Flips or +20-25% bonus pyromancy damage or Backstab/Parry rape. Buff Power Within with Lingering Dragoncrest Ring. Use Power Within with Hornet Ring if backstab fishing.
Ring of Favour and Protection


Magic, Miracles and Pyromancies


Name
Type (Magic, Miracle or Pyromancy)
Tranquil Walk of Peace
Miracle (Use to slow enemies and follow up with Fire Tempest)
Fire Tempest/Power Within
Pyromancy (Power Within especially effective when paired with Dark Sun/Dusk Crown and Bellowing Dragoncrest ring. Use unupgraded Pyromancy flame and Lingering Dragoncrest Ring to cast Power Within)

Fire Tempest/Poison Mist/Acid Surge
Pyromancy (Poison Mist or Acid Surge to conceal your Fire Tempest casts)
Fire Tempest
Pyromancy
Fire Tempest
Pyromancy
Fire Tempest
Pyromancy
Fire Tempest
Pyromancy
Great Combustion/Black Flame
Pyromancy (Finisher and dead angle fisher.)



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