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.
If you’re looking to try your hand at tanking on a Cleric, you’re in luck. Justicars are pretty damn awesome. As full tanks, Justicars are capable of tanking anything and everything that RIFT has to offer. They’re also the healing tanks of the game, which means you’ll be able to help raid heal a bit as well as use your multitude of AoE healing tricks in order to help grab aggro on mobs that are running loose. Justicars excel at both AoE tanking and single target tanking. There are many possible Justicar builds out there, but here is one common variation that’s ideal for progression tanking and most other endgame content– the 61 Justicar / 9 Inquisitor / 6 Shaman.
This build gives you the maximum amount of mitigation and Endurance while providing plenty of raid utility and the Shaman’s Ride the Lightning ability, which is a handy mobility boost. For other variations of popular builds, you can check out this Justicar/Cabalist build with added magical mitigation, this Justicar/Inquisitor (+ Purge) build, or this Justicar/Defiler build that gives you a self-cleanse.
So you want to join the ranks of Mage healing. I won’t kid you, it’s a tough job that’s made even more tough by only having a couple direct healing spells. While you could be a good dungeon healer you will likely play a support healer in raids. This isn’t a knock against Mage healers, we are very good at pumping out group heals, but keeping a tank up during massive pulse damage can be tricky with little to no margin for error.
So with all the challenges that a Mage has to overcome when healing what spec makes it easier and how can a Mage go from being a good healer to a great one? Well, most of the time you will find that those Mages who are good at healing know all the fights like the back of their hand and, more importantly, they know how to manage their cooldowns and time their direct healing abilities properly. While the timing and management of cooldowns are an art form that will take a fair bit of practice to master we can take a look at how you might want to spec out your Mage souls, what macros to have available, and a general rotation of some spells.
I’ve been working on a DPS spec for level 60 dungeons. The one found below has moderate mobility and very good DPS without having to worry about controlling a pet. I never like to quote DPS numbers because it varies by equipment, mob/encounter type, etc. but for those that are interested I can usually get at least 7K sustained DPS in an expert level 60 dungeon against a boss with a fair bit of movement mechanics.
Please post up your questions and comments on this build. I won’t pretend to have all the answers so if you see something that might work a bit better in the rotation, point distribution, or anything else then speak up. The only way we will all learn to get the most out of our class is if we share ideas, macros, and tactics.
As part of RIFT‘s second anniversary celebration, Trion is holding another free weekend event for returning players from March 21st to March 26th. Also at this time (not quite coincidentally), Trion is offering players a special 25%-off promotion for both the Standard and Infinity editions of Storm Legion.
Both the returning player and new player versions of the expansion are on sale for this promotion. This 25%-off sales event will run the same length as the free event, from March 21st to March 26th. This might be a good weekend to talk a friend or two into trying Storm Legion.
The addition of a new expansion is always an exciting time. There are, however, always some downsides. The biggest with any first expansion seems to be the level grind. The worst spot, that little hump before you can start the shiny new content. I’m talking, in the case of RIFT, about the mid level 40s.
There are some clever ways of dealing with these issues. Before the XP was nerfed, crafting was a viable means for alts to level. However, in the wake of the XP reduction on SL (Storm Legion) crafting dailies, what is the best method for getting from 46 to SL with ease? I am about to tell you exactly how! SL quests. I know, you have to be 48 to start in Cape Jule or Pelladane. However, there are some quests you can do in later zones that will level you quickly… and you won’t even have to do the impossible and kill mobs! Even better, it works for new players as well as alts. Here’s how, for both Defiants and Guardians:
This coming weekend, December 14th through 18th, Trion will be showcasing RIFT Patch 2.1 and Storm Legion for free. Former subscribers will be able to explore all of the content of Storm Legion without purchasing the expansion, and prospective players will be able to experience some of the new additions to RIFT, including dimensions and the newly-arrived Fae Yule holiday event.
Storm Legion has already been called a “truly inspiring,” “gold standard” expansion with “by far the most innovative housing system in the genre.” Try it free from Dec. 14-18 when you join the Ascended in a march on the forces of Air and Death! Former subscribers can dive deep into Storm Legion with no restrictions, while anyone, including RIFT Lite players, can celebrate a huge new Fae Yule World Event and build in private or public, personal or guild Dimensions.
For more information, see Trion’s official announcement.
Trion has a pretty amazing art department, and Storm Legion showcases that fact well. The art team posted a whole slew of Storm Legion concept art drawings on the Polycount forums recently, which is a community geared toward video game artists and designers. Some of the pieces have been shared by Trion’s art team previous to the expansion’s launch, but others are new. All in all, the collection is a pretty fantastic source of eye candy for fans of RIFT’s artwork and overall design.
To check it out, follow this link to the Polycount forums. As a warning, the thread’s rather large. Make sure to scroll down to see everything.
Many of you may be returning to RIFT, maybe many of you are starting up for the first time, or maybe you’re just leveling an alt. In any case, you’re probably trying to catch up with some friends and are eager to dive into the new Storm Legion content. This video and guide is probably the fastest and best way to hit level 50 in the fastest time possible. Keep reading and we’ll give you the low down on what you need to do.