We here at Rift Junkies realize that all of our readers haven’t been playing since release. Because of that, we think it’s always important to help new and returning players learn the basics of Rift. This will be the first of many posts that will hopefully help our readers get accustomed to various aspects of the game, in the hopes of helping more people enjoy our posts that cater to more end-game content.
At the bottom of your character sheet, you will find seven empty squares that will allow you to ultimately customize your character in many interesting and unique ways. I admit that I didn’t fully understand how this feature works until level 50 and by then it felt kind of overwhelming. Knowing how to use a planar focus and the essences you will need to get the most out of it will make the process of buying and equipping one much less daunting. Let’s go over everything you will need to know regarding this really neat feature.
What is a planar focus?
A planar focus is a piece of equipment that has numerous sockets which you can fill with something called planar essences. Foci have different numbers of available slots for both greater and lesser essences, depending on their quality.
The most common way to get a planar focus is to purchase one, using Planarite from Planar Goods and Rare Planar Goods vendors found throughout Telara. You can also get lesser versions of planar focus from random drops off of mobs.
Currently, the best planar foci in the game are the Flawless Source Machine (for Defiants) and Sigil of the Five (for Guardians). These each come with 2 Major Essence and 4 Lesser Essence slots. The best way to acquire the 7500 Planarite you will need to purchase them are to consistently close rifts as you are leveling or join groups who are closing other types of rifts (i.e. Daily rift rewards). Certain types of currency, such as Crystal Sourcestones, can be traded in for Planarite, if you don’t have enough to purchase a source machine yet. You can purchase a source machine from the Planar Goods vendor in the appropriate capital city for your faction.
Planar essences are items that you typically receive from closing rifts, but can also be purchased using various forms of currency from Planar Goods and Rare Planar Goods vendors. Some planar essences are Bind on Equip and can also be purchased from the Auction House.
There are two types of essences, Greater and Lesser. Lesser essences have a number of attributes on them and usually some form of magical resistance. Greater essences tend to not have any attributes, but offer a chance for some kind of effect to happen when you do something. For example, Crystal Vine gives your healing spells a chance to heal for an additional 750 health over 8 seconds. Other greater essences give you a chance to deal additional damage when you cast a damaging spell or heal yourself whenever you block an attack.
Yes, you can! If you find that you are going to be activating a different role than you usually play and you need a different set of stats, simply drag the planar focus you want to equip over the one that you currently have on. This will not destroy the planar focus in the process and makes changing roles so much easier.
Unfortunately, when you equip a new essence over an older one, you do destroy that essence in the process. So make sure that the essence you are about to equip is better than the one you want to replace because that essence will be gone for good, otherwise.
Is having a planar focus necessary?
Absolutely. My fully stocked planar focus grants me an additional 52 Intelligence, 60 Wisdom, 16 Spell Power, and 65 Spell Critical Hit. That makes a huge difference. Not to mention my greater essences, which give me a chance to provide additional healing and buff the Attack Power or Spell Power of those I’m healing. It all adds up!
In fact, if you have any raiding aspirations, having a fully equipped, top of the line planar focus is most certainly going to be a requirement.
It’s important to be aware of your planar focus slots early on, so you can prepare for how to make the most of them once you reach the level cap. Feel free to break the monotony of questing by taking the opportunity to close rifts in your area as you run into them. Get some experience in a raid setting by taking part in the Daily Rift Rewards with your guild or others in a zone who might be looking for more. If you know what is going to be expected of you or what will make your toon better at level 50, you can start taking steps to make that happen at the lower levels. That way, you won’t feel like you have so much work to do or feel overwhelmed when the time comes.