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Guide to Cleric Builds in Rift

by: TJSonntag ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

The class system in Rift: Planes of Telara is unique in the attunement of various souls in order to specialize your character. Learn how to combine souls for the best spec available for healing or dps.

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    Strategies for Choosing Souls

    Bridge   If your calling in Rift is that of a Cleric, you have got an astonishing array of abilities and roles at your disposal. Even if your ultimate goal is to be pure, dedicated healer, you may be better served by taking a few offensive souls for your first role. Once you are able to purchase a second role, and attune more souls, you can have a spec for soloing and dps, and a different spec for group, rift or PvP healing. The possibilities are nearly endless, whichever route--or routes-- you choose to pursue.

    The soul class system in Rift works best if you choose a primary soul for the bulk of your points, allow any overflow points to be placed in a complimentary second soul, and then choose your third soul mainly for the base abilities that it provides. For instance, if your favorite play style is that of an offensive caster with tons of area-of-effect abilities, you'll probably want to take Cabalist as your primary soul. You can compliment that with an Inquisitor secondary soul, as both souls use Death magic, and then take the Purifier as your third soul for the Shield of the Ancestors ability.

    Conversely, you could take the Purifier as your main soul for healing, compliment it with the Sentinel soul for your secondary to add some AoE heals and then take the Warden soul as your third for the Waterjet dps ability. The final consideration is the use of pure casting versus caster/melee hybrid souls. Because each of the three hybrids offer Faith in Action as a base ability, combining them is a waste. Instead, try combining a Druid primary with an Inquisitor secondary, as both souls will use Life magic and benefit from any talents that boost that type of damage. Likewise, a Shaman primary soul is well complimented with the Cabalist as a secondary in order to take advantage of the shared Water magic usage.

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    DPS Cleric Soul Types

    Cleric 2   Cabalist: Offensive class with high AoE abilities

    • Uses Death and Water magics
    • First ability, Shadow's Touch, can affect up to three enemies
    • Fifth tier ability Maelstrom helps to concentrate enemies in one spot
    • Uses sigil spells for group support and utility

    Druid: Offensive caster / melee hybrid; Faerie pets

    • Uses Earth and Life magics, Physical damage
    • One of 3 Cleric souls with Faith in Action, passive ability merging physical and spell damage stats
    • Sleep, snare, silence in 4th-5th tiers provide group support
    • Small heals

    Inquisitor: Offensive caster with nukes

    • Uses Life and Death magics
    • Combine with Cabalist second and Purifier third souls
    • Higher tiers provide some crowd control abilities and a knock-back

    Shaman: Offensive caster / melee hybrid

    • Uses Water and Air magics, Physical damage
    • Faith in Action passive
    • Buffs with a variety of "Courage" spells

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    Healing Cleric Soul Types

    Shield Spell   Justicar: Defensive healer soul

    • Uses Life magic, Physical damage
    • Faith in Action passive
    • Adds a chance of health return on all abilities
    • Uses one-handed weapon and shield for higher tier abilities

    Purifier: Defensive healing soul

    • Uses Life magic
    • Heals, removes harmful effects, resurrects fallen allies
    • Group Endurance and Wisdom buffs
    • Shields for self and group members

    Sentinel: Defensive healing soul

    • Uses Life magic
    • Large group heals, great for PvP
    • Cleanses and resurrections both in and out of combat

    Warden: Defensive healing soul

    • Uses Water magic
    • Specializes in heals over time
    • Great mana efficiency
    • Silence, cleansing, out-of-combat resurrection

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