While Rift is still warm on my gaming plate, I might as well address what souls I’m using and why. Upfront let me say that I’m no theorist or min/maxer or raider for that matter. Everything that I know on this post, I picked up from the forums or from fan sites. These builds may not be the best in terms of what I claim they do or use them but I have fun playing them and for me, that’s what counts. I’ve used 3 Shaman based builds, 1 Justicar build and 1 Sentinel build….these cover DPS, Tanking, and Healing. Some are better solo builds, while others obviously lend themselves to groups. Healing and DPS is easier to build together as they share the same stats, Tanking stats are quite different so you should choose gear appropriately.
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Shaman DPS (Riftscene) – Pros: Excellent single target damage skills, high end DPS for all content; Cons: lacking effective defensive abilities. Great for groups and watching BIG Numbers fly above mobs with this build. Uses standard 2 button Shaman macro for alternating physical damage skills and magical damage skills that reduce CD of Massive Blow.
Holy fire shaman (silentstorm) Pros/cons: less DPS than Shaman DPS build but with more effective defensive abilities. Great for solo farming and not much, if any, downtime between pulls. Standard 2 button Shaman macro.
Undying (mmo-troll) – Pros:Very good defensive abilities; Cons: lower end DPS. I got the most mileage out of this build just after I returned to Rift and needed some time to learn how things worked again. Nice safe build.
Justicar Tank (riftjunkies) Pros/Cons: can’t say much as I haven’t tanked any dungeons with this build. I only sporadically tanked some Zone events but not much else. Hey, sometimes I just wanna go mace and board and smash some faces. DPS is really low so its painful to test it out on solo pve content but that is probably true of any tanking build.
Sentinel (riftjunkies) Pros/Cons: again, can’t say much as I haven’t healed dungeons since last November. I’ve healed some zone events and strongholds. You never know when healing is needed so it’s always nice to have a goto build. It does seem like a solid raid heal spec.