When it comes to pure damage-dealing (DPS) options on a Cleric, there are currently only a few viable options if you really want the most bang for your buck when it comes to raids and other endgame group content. This spec– the 61 Inquisitor / 15 Defiler / 0 Justicar spec– is currently one of them. This is a ranged caster spec. It can also be used while leveling, but solid gear may be needed once you get to Storm Legion content since mobs tend to hit quite a bit harder. It’s not an ideal spec for survivability, but it can do most solo jobs such as rep farming, etc., in a pinch, especially if your gear is decent.
Note: This guide is based off a guide originally found on the official RIFT forums and written by Ahov.
Role: Ranged DPS
Level Ranges: 1-60
Content Use: Leveling, Farming, Leveling Dungeons, Raids, 5-man Experts (see note above)
Armor of Awakening, Spiritual Scrutiny, Shroud of Agony, Perseverance, Rage Blight, and Blighted Greed (applied on tank).
Main spam macro:
#show Sanction Heretic
cast Sanction Heretic
cast bolt of retribution
cast aggressive renewal
cast bolt of judgment
cast marrow harvest
cast bolt of depravity
Instant cast macro (for target switches, etc.):
#show Aggressive Renewal
cast Aggressive Renewal
cast Bolt of Judgment
Other important skills:
Scourge, Vex, Soul Drain, Confound, Purge, Radical Coalescence, Judicial Privilege, Bolt of Depravity, Circle of Oblivion, and Bolt of Retribution (only used during cooldowns).
Rotations and Priorities:
Normal Priorities (single target):
3. 5-stack Bolt of Depravity
4. Sanction Heretic
5. Bolt of Retribution
1, 2, and 3 will be manually cast. After that, you can begin your main spam macro.
During raids, you’ll want to maximize your damage during powerful raid cooldowns such as Flaring Power. To do this, here’s how:
Cooldown BoD macro –> Nysyr’s Rebuke –> 1x Main spam macro –> BoD (Radical Coalescence) –> Cooldown BoD macro –> Nysyr’s Rebuke
Don’t forget about your damage-over-time (DoT) abilities during this part! Refresh Vex/Scourge if need be, and don’t forget to use Bolt of Retribution manually once Sanctum Heretic is already applied. After this, go back into your normal rotation.
Fanaticism is only ever used on a Bolt of Depravity before Nysyr’s Rebuke. If using Crit pots, make sure to use them after the Cooldown BoD macro.
Area of Effect (AoE) Priorities:
Prioritize Soul Drain when AoEing, since it’s your best AoE ability by far. Essentially, anytime there are multiple targets close to your main target, hit Soul Drain. Other than that, make sure to apply your DoTs to multiple enemies whenever possible. Make sure to toss in Nysyr’s Rebuke.
If there are around five enemies and Soul Drain is on cooldown, Circle of Oblivion can be used. It’s not the best damage, but with large groups of quick-dying mobs, it will probably be your best bet when paired with Soul Drain.
Situational Abilities and Tips:
Judicial Privilege is your run speed increase that heals you when you are hit. You can either save this for boss mechanics that require movement or use it for emergencies.
Harsh Discipline is a damaging channel that also heals you. If Judicial Privilege is down and your healers are dead, use this to survive a tiny bit longer.
If you find yourself ever needing to throw out some group healing in an emergency, Loathsome Restoration can be used to try and turn a few deaths into a win.
Confound is your ranged interrupt ability. In general, caster DPS are usually backup interrupters and not primary, since melee DPS can interrupt without having to stop their main abilities. Always have this ability handy, however, since interrupts are an important part of raiding in RIFT.
If your current encounter is melee-friendly, you can think about standing in melee range. Shroud of Agony is decent passive DPS. Alternatively, if a fight is really melee-friendly, you can always try a 61-point Shaman DPS build, since you’ll gain a little more DPS that way.
In terms of itemization, you should prioritize Crit Power gear over Spell Power gear of the same tier. Your critical rate in this build at level 60 should be around 40% or more, even on a lesser-geared character.
Notes and Sources:
This guide is based off a guide originally found on the official RIFT forums and written by Ahov. We’ll do our best to provide updates here, but if you need quicker guide updates and/or answers to specific questions, make sure to check out the original source thread! Also, feel free to drop us a line in the comments section if you notice something needs to be updated and/or something that’s incorrect.
Special thanks to Ahov.