- 1 Post By pkudude
Starting a cleric need some builds for leveling.
Could someone give me some advice on the roles would like to tank or heal in instances and a solo build.
Heal: Full sentinel, rest in puri or warden. (I prefer warden, others swear by puri, do whatever.)
Originally Posted by mrjon3s
Tank: Justicar and some stuff.. Idk, I hate tanking, find the tank guide in the guide section and go with it.
Solo: Defiler/Cabilist or Druid/Justicar. There are also a lot of other solo builds you could try, too. Cleric is the blessed class when it comes to soloing. We can pretty much get away with anything. Def/Inq works well, and has much better ST damage then Def/Cab. I've seen Just/Inq hybrids as well, they can be fun. The new Duracell build works if the stuff will die fast, basically just after your soul drain, but that's not usually the case with SL mobs, who are also WAY spaced out. The glacial priest preset works ish. If you're not into the whole farm tons of mobs thing, you could also just go full druid with points into a heal soul or something, just enough to kill single mobs super fast but not be a glass cannon entirely, like Shaman would be, and quest your way to 60. You could probably get away with something crazy weird too, like Puri/Shaman, if you're feeling adventurous. But the first 2 are generally accepted as the best mix of survivability and damage when fighting ****tons of mobs.
For heals go Max Sentinel with 11 in Warden (for Tidal Surge) and 4 in Purifier (for Healing Flare).
For tank, go Max Justicar, 6 in Inquisitor (for the 3% armor buff) and 6 in Shaman (for 5% mitigation plus the END buff) and eventually you'll need to put the other 3 "side" points somewhere. If you put them in Inquis you get Sanction Heretic, if you put them in Shaman you get Massive Blow. I prefer SH myself, but that's up to you when the time comes.
For leveling, I like to go with my 1st 16 points in Justicar (for Even Justice) and then all the rest in Druid. 3rd soul is Shaman for the Vengeance buff and its additional damage.
By level 27 or 28 you'll get the Greater Satyr Protector, so you won't run into the level 30 cap for the lesser pet. He's pretty good at AE dps and with your Salvation and Righteous Mandate on him he stays up quite well. From there, work up to 21 points in Justicar for the Mien of Honor that increases your Salvation heals by 50%, then keep going up Druid. Use Strike of Judgment and Even Justice as your spam attacks, don't bother putting druid points into anything that buffs up Fervent Strike, since you won't be using it.
At 30 you'll look something like this: http://rift.magelo.com/en/soultree#r9k0o/Dp4A4E/l
At 50 it'll be something like this: http://rift.magelo.com/en/soultree#r9k1Ow/DkF89gFkl8/l
Alternately, the 16 Defiler/whatever route works quite well too. 16 Defiler to get the Beacon of Despair, and the other class is anything *except* druid since the Beacon is a pet, so it dismisses the druid pet if you cast it. After you have the beacon, it's simply a case of "Husk on self, Beacon on mob, cast damage spells until the mob dies." Coupled with Cabalist for AE grinding or Inquisitor for more Single-target, it works quite well. There's even a build that uses Shaman as the 2nd soul that's kinda fun too, actually, as the beacon is still a "tank pet" so you don't get beat on while doing your melee stuff.
Awesome advice. I have been looking for something along these lines since I returned. There used to be a guide to aoe druid leveling but its very outdated.
Originally Posted by pkudude
This advice is spot on. Follow this and you cant go wrong. There are lots of less optimal builds that you can use, but these are probably the best.
Originally Posted by pkudude