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Cleric Guide: Solo Defiler AoE Farming

By on Jul 16, 2013 at 11:00 am, in Article, Cleric, Guides, RIFT  |  Comments: 7 comments

Guide Cleric AOE Farm

There are many options when it comes to Cleric builds that are great for general questing, reputation farming, or rift hunting, but one of most versatile options that’s also extremely multi-pull friendly is a solo Defiler build. Here’s one such example– the 59 Defiler / 17 Cabalist / 0 Justicar. Farming builds are generally a little more fluid when it comes to personal choice. There are a lot of other awesome leveling builds out there even using the same base souls, so feel free to use this build as a loose guide.

This build focuses on ranged combat and uses the Defiler tanking Beacon to take the brunt of the damage you’ll run into. Besides AoE farming, this build is pretty awesome for farming dynamic content, quests, and dailies at level 60 as well as supporting groupmates in Greater Hunt rifts and 5-mans dungeons. You’ll have quite a few options for healing, which lends to the great versatility of this spec. The build also does well for leveling, but it may not be completely practical for AoE farming until around level 30.

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


The Spec:

defiler aoe farming tree

59 Defiler / 17 Cabalist / 0 Justicar

Role: AoE Farming
Level Ranges: 30-60
Content Use: Leveling, Farming, Group support



Main single target spam macro:

#show Somatic Desecration
cast Marrow Harvest
cast Pain Transmission
cast Dark Water
cast Somatic Desecration
cast Bound Fate
cast Break Free

AoE Tyranny spread macro:

#show Tyranny of Death
cast Tyranny of Death
cast Bound Fate
cast Break Free

Single target heal:

#show Ghastly Restoration
cast @mouseover Ghastly Restoration
cast @mouseover Loathsome Restoration
cast Break Free

Beacon unsummon:

#show Summon Beacon of Despair
cancelbuff Summon Beacon of Despair



Single Target:

Beacon –> Siphon Vitality –> Bond of Pain –> Curse of Discord –> Marrow Harvest –> Dark Water –> Pain Transmission –> Somatic Desecration until DoTs need to be reapplied

If you modify it during an AoE pull to spread Siphon Vitality, Marrow Harvest, and Bond of Pain with Nexus, it casts as:

Beacon –> Siphon Vitality (repeat per mob) –> Bond of Pain –> Marrow Harvest –> Nexus –> Pain Transmission

Area of Effect (AoE):

Beacon –> Siphon Vitality (repeat per mob) –> Curse of Solitude –> Tyranny of Death –> Bound Fate spam

AoE is where the fun begins. Mobs can be pulled with Siphon Vitality. As the last mob is running in, throw on Bond of Pain and Marrow Harvest before using Nexus to spread the love. If your Beacon is low on health or losing health quickly, Hideous Reconstruction’s heal-over-time can be added to the mix and/or Explosive Growth. Your Beacon should be able to take between 4-8 mobs beating on it with everything rolling.

If there are five or more enemies it’s worth it to throw up a Curse of Solitude before spamming the Tyranny of Death/Bound Fate macro. Otherwise, just hit the macro a couple of times to apply and spread your Tyranny to the masses before casting Pain Transmission. By the time Pain Transmission finishes the 2-second cast time, you’ll have around three seconds from Unholy Nexus coming off of cooldown. You can either re-apply Tyranny if it has popped (priority is always on spreading Tyranny) or you can pop Marrow Harvest and Siphon Vitality onto one enemy and Nexus immediately to spread everything around again.


Situational Abilities and Tips:

  • It’s often useful to pop a HoT (heal-over-time) onto your Beacon just before unsummoning. It’ll still be there when you drop the Beacon next pull.
  • Always keep an eye on your Beacon and heal it if it’s taking quite the beating.
  • If your Beacon does end up dying, it’s possible to recover. Drop down a new Beacon and cycle between Explosive Growth and the Ghastly Restoration macro until your new Beacon picks up aggro.
  • For players using Karuul Alert, you can check out some custom settings for this spec here.
  • As mentioned at the start of this guide, there are quite a few different versions of this spec that also work extremely well. One popular variant is something like this that includes more points in Cabalist. You’ll gain additional DPS but lose a bit of a versatility of this spec. Which spec best suits you is ultimately up to you.


Notes and Sources:

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

Laura Hardgrave

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  • Friedbones

    I just setup this Defiler/Cabalist/Justicar build last night. However, I question the use of these macros as the majority of the skills are instant cast. That sort of rules out having multiple instant cast skills in one macro since Rift’s macro in game does not support this.

    Because you have to hit the button for each skill listed in the macro, I found that you have to setup macros with CDs first, using highest CD before the next skill with a CD, then end it with an instant. So how do you get around this?

  • Cynisl

    because marrow harvest can only be cast once on a target. and darkwaters is on a 15 sec cooldown. so it skips them once they are cast/on the target.