Rift Classes Guide – Which One To Play?
One of the basic things you should know before starting to play Rift is which class you want to play. In Rift these class archetypes are called Callings, and there are four different ones: Cleric, Mage, Rogue and Warrior.
Clerics are the primary healers in Rift: Planes of Telara and are absolutely crucial to have in instances, PvP and rifts. Without a healer other classes will have trouble surviving and your role is to keep everyone else — including yourself of course alive for as long as possible. The best part about clerics in Rift is that they are unlike most healers in other similar games: clerics are more than capable of defending themselves if they are attacked, and considering they wear mail armor they are a lot tougher to kill than rogues or mages. Playing a cleric can be very fun and rewarding, and I encourage you to give it a shot. The best part is that you will be able to find groups for dungeons and raids quite easily as there is always a shortage of healers.
Mages are excellent ranged damage dealers who also excel in crowd control abilities. They are able to keep several opponents at a distance for quite awhile, giving other classes some much needed breathing room in hard encounters as well as PvP. Different mage souls have different sets of abilities and therefore different party roles so make sure you research each one before you pick one, as you might easily regret the decision later.
Rogues are physical damage dealers. Some of them attack from afar and some from melee distance. For example a Marksman is specialized in ranged combat with bows, therefore can be nicely paired with a Beastmaster which has melee pets to soak up monster aggro and damage for them. Assassins and Blade Dancers for example are specialized in melee combat and quickly killing their target, preferably while staying under stuns and other disables is what they are best at.
Finally Warriors are the main tanks in the game, meaning they take up monster aggro on themselves because of their high damage resistances. It enables other classes to do their job unhindered making warriors absolutely crucial to have in difficult encounters. Not all warriors are specialized in tanking though, as certain callings are more than capable of dealing damage as well. Much like clerics warriors can easily find groups for instances as there are always plenty of damage dealing classes, and never enough tanks or healers.
Whichever calling you decide to play in Rift I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun. Make sure you pick the right souls which have good synergy and you will quite easily be able to handle anything you encounter in this exciting game.
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