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#1 Apr 10 2011 at 10:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm relatively new to Rift (played a little beta, started retail four days ago) but not to MMO's at all (you name it, I've probably either played it or saw it played. Been a part of the "zam" community since the early days of EQUA and then FFXI). I just had a few questions concerning rogues...

First off, does your role matter so much while leveling to 50? I plan on running dungeons and doing as many rifts as possible when I run across them. I looked into good combinations, but are not really following any specific build. i'm currently a Nightblade/Assassin/Blade Dancer (with most points in Nightblade, and a few in assassin) and plan to keep this as my main role. I ask this because in some MMO's you need to be very careful on what you choose as you level, while others, namely WoW, it really doesn't matter and you can get by until Heroics with a crappy build and crappy equipment.

My second question is how good of a tank is rogue and how do they tank? I am working on unlocking my other souls and already bought my second role and plan on making it a tank roll. I don't need specifics, as I'm sure there's other posts with those, but what type of tank is a rogue? do they rely on evasion over defense? or do they just have abilities that give them the extra protection needed to be an efficient tank?

My last question is how well can a rogue heal? When I originally picked a rogue, I had no idea bard had any healing, but once I found that out, I got a little excited because I like being able to at least backup heal if needed. Is it worth making a role around bard being a healer or should I leave healing to the clerics and mages?

Thanks for any help!
#2 Apr 11 2011 at 7:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Role is virtually irrelevant here. You can have up to 4 of them and switch them out with a 2 second cast time (no cooldown) as long as you're out of combat.

Riftstalkers make fine tanks. I don't think they get as much avoidance as a heavy warrior tank build will and they can't self-heal like a justicar (cleric) tank can but it's pretty close.

Bard builds (even 51 bards) can not be main healers. You don't have the hps output of chloromancers (mages) or healing justicars. What you do have is tons and tons of buffs which people love.

Bard is also capable of allowing you to more easily solo quest elites and minor rift bosses through heal tanking.

I'd advise saving one of the four builds for a bard build just so you have something to switch into. I run my main (rs/asn/sab) one ranged build, the bard and my anti-cleric pvp build.
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#3 Apr 11 2011 at 11:29 AM Rating: Good
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I run a sin/nb/rift build for solo dps, a RNG/NB/MRK for range dps and a bard build for all around pvp/solo elite.

I suggest having the bard build as well. It's so incredibly useful for so many things. Personally I pvp as a bard quite often because you'd be surprised how much your aoe heals can keep people up. One thing I've noticed in warfronts is that almost everyone during the first big fights uses aoe and bards have this amazing ability to nearly negate them completely between cadence heals and having coda of regeneration. Plus having the fanfares is nice. Between my riftstalker endurance buff and my bard endurance buff I sit close to almost 4k health at level 39 when I'm bard.

Riftstalker like Austerly said is the tank build, as is deep bladedancer. RS seems to be better off than BD and it reaches its limitation as a tanking spec once you hit T2 and T3 raids. Then it just becomes better off for a tank with much higher mitigation to be tanking.
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#4 Apr 11 2011 at 11:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah I had a feeling they couldn't be any type of good healers, but still nice to know it's there. I'm considering changing my main (at least while I level) to something like Nightblade/assassin/riftstalker or bard or maybe even nightblade/riftstalker/bard, what do you think?

Right now i'm noticing that having both nightblade and assassin makes me have limited moves due to the fact they both have such similar moves, should I get rid of assassin in favor of something else?

I'll tell you one of the things that attracts me most to this game is how the character builds, even though they look similar, are far from wow and the customization is so great.
#5 Apr 11 2011 at 12:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Watch out with RS as you should be getting the other soul higher up first and RS second for the teleports. RS looks like it should be ok to main with early on but it's really not. All your nice abilities are on a 45 second cooldown (until you talent it) and you just end up standing there spamming one attack with one finisher over and over.

I ran RS up to 27 before getting much of anything in asn and it's just a really bad idea. Get NB or ASN up first as they're far more viable souls to level up with.

Really try RS at some point though because stealth + teleports is an amazingly fun way to play.

Edited, Apr 11th 2011 2:28pm by SwiftAusterity
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