I'm relatively new to RIFT, but I'm an MMO vet, and I love playing around with the soul tree calculator. I'm going to stick with a mage class, and right now I'm building up Elementalist/Pyro/Archon.
Here's what I figure a good endgame build would be like (I'm only level 21 atm, so this is purely speculation). I'd love some feedback:
First of all, I have to explain that I love elemental pet classes. I've been playing one since my days as a Magician in EQ1... so I'm pretty glued to playing that type of class out of personal preference. However, I'd love to maximize DPS with my alternate soul tree options. So here's my rationale for this build:
1) Focus on maximum fire DPS
I don't quite care for the stormcaller tree, so I focused on fire DPS. In this build I tried to capitalize on crits: 5/5 in Biting Cold and Improved Fireball should give some great crit chances for the Pyro's basic spell. I also maxed out Tempest in the Ele tree to provide a 30% crit bonus. On top of that, there's a 17.6% increase to fire damage between Archon's Soul Fire and Pyro's Burning Bright.
2) Powerful pets
The tree is pretty obvious when you look at it: I wanted to maximize pet damage. I sacrificed 1 point in planar expansion for Tempest for my DD dps, but otherwise, I'll mainly be looking to use air/water elementals with this build (when I reach 50).
3) Infinite Mana
I think that this build might be able to offer infinite mana, and I'd love some verification. The build includes the Elementalist's Channel Elements, which provides in-combat mana regen from charge. You pretty much get 100% back with a 100% charge, and a 100% charge is pretty easy to rack up quickly. Aside from that, I went 5/5 with Archon's Exhilaration, which gives 2.5% total mana back for each crit (I should be critting a lot, so mana will stack up nicely with that, too). Additionally, the Pyro's improved grounding improves mana regen by 100%. Triple threat.
I've been tinkering with these three souls for a while now, and I think this is pretty good, but I'd love feedback!
Edited, May 30th 2011 1:34am by LaughingStoic