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Cleric Guide: Sentinel Healing

By on Jul 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm, in Article, Cleric, Guides, RIFT  |  Comments: 6 comments

Guide Cleric Healing

The Sentinel Cleric soul is a versatile healing soul that can be used for either 5-mans or raiding. It offers a wide range of single target, bursty heals with various cast times and a decent amount of AoE healing that can even do well in a raid with the right soul pairing. Sentinel also has a good number of cooldowns and tank cooldowns. In a 5-man Expert, it makes an excellent solo healing soul. In a raid, Sentinels can offer some of the versatility of a Chloromancer as well as a palette of useful cooldows for progression attempts.

There are a few solid Sentinel specs out there, but here are two– the 61 Sentinel / 12 Warden / 3 Inquisitor and the 61 Sentinel / 15 Purifier / 0 Warden. The spec with Warden is more suited for healing in a raid environment while the spec with Purifier is better for 5-man Experts and other smaller group content.

Note: This guide is based off a guide originally found on the official RIFT forums and written by Ahov.


The Specs:

sentinel healer 1

61 Sentinel / 12 Warden / 3 Inquisitor

Role: Healer
Level Ranges: 1-60
Content Use: Leveling Dungeons, 5-man Experts, Raids, Endgame Group Content (Note: More suited for raids)

sentinel healer 2

61 Sentinel / 15 Purifier / 0 Warden

Role: Healer
Level Ranges: 1-60
Content Use: Leveling Dungeons, 5-man Experts, Raids, Endgame Group Content (Note: More suited for 5-mans)

Since both versions are pure healing specs, they’re not very efficient for any type of soloing or leveling, but you’ll have a couple of DPS options if you find yourself stuck in the spec. Both specs are excellent for healing dungeons while leveling, but the Sentinel/Purifier variant is probably a little stronger.



Both specs: Healer’s Blessing, Faith Rewarded, Marked by the Light, Wrathful Exuberance (on tank), and Light of Redemption (on tank).

Raid spec (Warden variant) only: Armor of Devotion

5-man spec (Purifier variant) only: Sign of Wrath, Wisdom of the Ages, and Heroic Resolve.



Raid spec (Warden variant) spot heal:

#show healing breath
cast @mouseoverui healing breath

5-man (Purifier variant) spot heal:

#show healing breath
cast @mouseoverui healing breath
cast @mouseoverui healing flare

Raid spec (Warden variant) Touch the Light macro:

#show Touch the Light
cast tidal surge
cast touch the light
cast crucial invocation

5-man spec (Purifier variant) Touch the Light macro:

#show Touch the Light
cast touch the light
cast crucial invocation


#show Cleansing Prayer
cast @mouseoverui Cleansing Prayer

Raid spec (Warden variant) AoE heal:

#show Healing Cataract
cast Healing Cataract
cast Healing Flood


#show Nyol’s Hope
cast Nyol’s Hope
cast Healer’s Haste
cast Healing Invocation

5-man spec (Purifier variant) shield:

#show symbol of the torch
cast @mouseoverui symbol of the torch


#show Urgency
cast @self Urgency

5-man spec (Purifier variant) AoE heal:

#show Divine Call
cast divine call
cast healing communion

Other important skills:

Both specs: Healing Invocation, Crucial Invocation, Empowering Light, Fullness of Life, Healing Spray, Liberty of Thought, Renewed Altruism, Healer’s Covenant, Vigilance, and Reverent Supplication.

Raid spec (Warden variant): Divine Call (or you may use the above 5-man AoE macro; Communion won’t be used in a raid though)


Choosing Which Heals and When:

The raid spec (Warden variation) is built with maximum utility in mind. The points in Warden offer you a 10-target AoE heal in Healing Cataract to take full advantage of Faith Rewarded. Many people underestimate a Sentinel’s power as a raid healer. There are certain mechanics which almost always drop the raid below 50%, and Faith Rewarded offers incredible burst HPS (heals-per-second) for when you need it the most. The Cataract/Flood macro is designed for Faith Rewarded procs and preemptive healing. If you are moving but need an instant AoE heal, tapping the macro while people are below 50% will proc Faith Rewarded, just like Cataract does.

The 5-man spec (Purifier variant) is built around maximum heal values, a bit of added DPS via Sign of Wrath and slightly more mobility with spot-healing/shielding. While dodging mechanics you can spam Healing Breath/Healing Flare on the tank, or preemptively shield your group with Symbol of the Torch. It’s exceptionally useful to apply shields before damage, as long as the tank is staying alive.

Always maintain Light of Redemption on your active tank. Sometimes you will simply be assisting the chloros, so try to predict which tank will need the most help.

Rotation-wise, spam Healing Invocation on your tank. Every now and then you will get an off-GCD Healing Breath available. Use this wisely, but don’t be too conservative. If the tanks are currently taking minimal damage, it can be useful to reserve this proc for a raid member who accidentally stands in fire. In a 5-man environment Healing Breath serves as an extraordinary group heal, generally preferable to healing communion.

Crucial Invocation is noticeably more powerful than Healing Invocation, but costs much more mana. You should generally avoid using this skill as a standalone ability, and instead prefer using your real cooldowns firsts (listed below).

While raid encounters are not designed around most of a Sentinel’s cooldowns, they can serve as a buffer between player mistakes and wipes during progression. In 5-mans, you will find yourself rotating through all of these as undergeared and inexperienced tanks may require them.

1. Healer’s Covenant: This is a preemptive mitigation cooldown, best used when the tank is already topped off but you are predicting heavy movement or a large spike in tank damage.

2. Nyol’s Hope/Healer’s Haste: This can be used either preemptively or reactively. It provides a large burst in healing and generally shouldn’t be reserved for a specific mechanic. Use at your own discretion. One thing to note is Healer’s Haste does not affect Crucial Invocation very much (since your GCD is 1.5s already). If you want to use an extra button you can make a Nyols/CI macro and Healer’s Haste/HI macro. As well, Healer’s Haste can be further utilized in a raid environment with Healing Cataract. Cannot be fully utilized while moving.

3. Fullness of Life: Very high base heal, improved by wearing more endurance gear (which is great for progression). This is about as reactive of a heal as it gets. If the tank dips, pop this to bring them back up.

4. Touch the Light (in both forms): Reactive heal, generally interchangeable with Fullness of Life.

5. Vigilance: Often the cooldown of last resort. If you cannot top the tank off for whatever reason and you fear for their life, use this to squeeze out precious seconds and potentially save the attempt. This can be useful if the tank has eaten too many stacks of a debuff (primary context is raid here) and their health is gimped or they are receiving too much damage and your Covenant has already been used.

With all of these healing/mitigation cooldowns, you also have Renewed Altruism. This resets all of the above cooldowns. It’s often useful to pop this once you’ve used a few cooldowns and know you may need them again. In a 5-man this can be rather helpful by chaining cooldowns on a tank then resetting all of them and either beginning again or having them available in case extra trash packs are pulled.

Crucial Invocation is noticeably more powerful than Healing Invocation, but costs much more mana. You should generally avoid using this skill as a standalone ability, and instead prefer using your real cooldowns firsts. While Vigilance is the cooldown of last resort, if literally all other “cooldowns” are unavailable, you may have some excess mana to spare and in that case Crucial Invocation may be necessary to keep a tank alive.



Sentinel can be a very mana-intensive role, particularly when you’re burning through cooldowns or Crucial Invocation. Make sure you stock up on Stellar Mana Tonics, and make intelligent use of Reverent Supplication.

Sentinel is viable in raids, but may not be optimal. There are a few fights where Sentinel shines: Regulos and Crucia. On Regulos, 100% of the significant AoE damage will drop the raid below 50%, which means every Cataract you get off is taking advantage of Faith Rewarded on all targets. As well, the tank damage is significant and Sentinel is great for assisting Chloromancers in that regard. On Crucia, Sentinel can provide key cooldowns for Lightning Breath and assist with AoE healing during Orbital Strike.


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.

Laura Hardgrave

Laura Hardgrave

Laura is the Editor-in-Chief for Junkies Nation. When she's not writing long editorials or fighting apostrophe errors, she enjoys exploring multiple MMORPGs, getting inspiration for more long editorials, distracting big snarly things for her friends, and writing LGBT science fiction/fantasy.
  • Arklana

    the raid AoE macro doesn’t work

    • Anon

      Yes it does. The cast-time spell is better than the instant heal-over-time spell, so it’s put first. The second spell (being instant) will only cast if you are moving when you use the macro.

  • Woombath

    Great guide! Has everything needed.