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    Default The Duracell Cleric: A Build for Most Seasons (videos)

    This is an update of a build I posted before, in which I'll answer some questions people had and demonstrate the versatility of the spec. It also has a catchy name now.

    Here's the build: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=00...Ved0t0shk.Vxkb

    Here's the old thread: http://forums.riftgame.com/showthrea...g-build-(video)

    The concept behind this build is to maximise AE damage while also pumping out a large amount of healing, and with an effectively infinite mana pool. (Hence the name; it just keeps going and going) Also, although it is most effect in ae fights, it does do decent single target damage and healing. It is desgined to be versatile - an excellent soloing spec as well as a great support dps/healer in experts and able to hold its own in pvp. It is also extremely easy to use due to the viability of macroing so if, like me, you're a terrible player, you can still do well simply by mashing buttons.

    The duracell cleric also takes great advantage of gear procs. Every hit of Vengeance of the Winter Storm counts as a separate damaging attack, and, through salvation/reparation, a separate chance to heal. This means that frozen deep one tear, crystal vines etc will proc constantly. I don't have SHoE yet, but I imagine it would be insane with this build.

    Macros

    Single Target:

    jolt
    glory of the chosen
    fated blow
    sanction heretic
    strike of the maelstrom
    lightning hammer
    massive blow
    sovereignty
    bolt of radiance
    strike of judgement [used over crushing blow for convictions]

    Multi Target

    rage of the north
    jolt
    glory of the chosen
    fated blow
    soul drain
    strike of the maelstrom
    even justice

    You can also make single target and ae life skills macros, for use when you need fast convictions, by simply removing the non-life based gcd skills from the above lists.

    Farming

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRY_fgGZtSo

    With my level of gear (t2, frozen deep one tear, crystal vine but no SHoE) you are essentially invulnerable with this spec. You are only limited by the number of mobs you can pull before they start leashing and you can kill them insanely fast. Even if you have crap gear it's still perfectly possible to kill 10-12 melee mobs at once.

    Method

    Tag as many targets as possible with vex. Vex should be macroed with glory of the chosen to give you additional healing if you get crit as you are pulling. Use battle charge if possible when you get snared. Gather the mobs up and try to have them all face you. Mash AE macro until all dead; use ST macro if there's a straggler or two. If you get really low on health use doctrine of bliss a few times. When low on mana, hit purpose/ageless ice immediately after a soul drain for quick mana recharge. If they are on CD use aggressive renewal. You should not ever have to drink with this build.

    Advantages over Inq/Just/Sent builds

    1) Zero downtime. Can keep going forever.

    2) Higher survivability from sham/just dmg reduction/parry/healing bonus means more mobs at once

    3) Only 1 casted spell means less vulnerability to pushback and silences

    4) Battle charge is great for mobility

    5) Rage of the north gives 6 sec of huge dmg/heals. Fanaticism only affects one spell.

    6) Single target damage is slightly higher

    7) Macros make things very convenient.

    The same things basically apply for rifts/invasions. In my gear, I can solo 5-7 normal invasions at once and can easily take down one elite invasion. (Two is doable but dicey) In a PuG invasion raid is also where the group healing from this build begins to shine. Often, a lot of people are taking hits, which can easily be healed with reparation for light damage, or Doctrine of Loyalty for heavier damage.

    5 Man Groups

    Video of Expert CC trash with just me and bard healing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF6UkpF7dDE
    Video of 2 FC bosses with same setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8vMaOz11yA

    The Duracell Cleric is an excellent support healer/dps. It speeds up trash clearing a LOT. I have done 200dps and 700hps on some trash fights. With bard support, I can heal all the trash in every instance bar DSM (plus a few goblin pulls in DD). With the same setup I have healed:

    - Every boss in FC (Valinara is very tricky though)
    - Every boss in LH except the last guy
    -Spider in IT
    -First 2 in KB
    -Tree dude in RotF
    -First guy in DD
    -Tree and warden in RD

    Basically this build owns on any fight where there is low tank damage or adds or high ae damage or anything needs purging. Using this with a cholro makes Scarn, Gronik and Caelia in CC and the last guy in AP trivial.

    Purge is awesome. That is all.

    However, on any encounter where there is no ae damage and no adds, or melee is hard, you're probably better off using something else because while the single target dps/healing is certainly decent there are better options.

    For single target dungeon fights you may well want to replace strike o judgement with crushing blow, because it does more damage and takes advantage of lust for blood. On ae fights with less than 5 targets you may want to use avalanche strike instead of even justice for the same reason.

    I am aware there are some wasted points in just here, but since I use it for solo farming/rifts etc I'm not going to make a whole new build just to move 3 points.

    PvP

    Unfortunately despite playing on a PvP server I am absolutely appalling at it and thus don't have a decent video. However, I will say that I have managed to survive being ganked 90% of the time. Battle Charge is a great gap-closer and Doctrine of Bliss is awesome instant healing. Rage of the North gives you decent burst damage as well. The CC changes in 1.2 ought to make this even better because the build's lack of CC/CC breakers won't matter as much.

    Raiding

    I haven't done much raiding, but from what I have done I can say that this build is extremely good at dealing with ae damage. Reparation is good constant ae healing and mandate can help a bit with the tank) 4x DoL will bring 10 players up to full health very quickly, in a similar fashion to the Senticar build. Although the Duracell is not as good at healing as the Senticar, it does much higher dps.

    Levelling

    I levelled from 48-50 in 2 hours ae grinding with this build. In my opinion it's hands down the best spec for levelling 42-50. Get 14 inq and 18 just then just fill up Shaman from there.

    Prior to about level 30 (when you get the second mana return from shaman) I'd say Inq/Just/Sent is better.

    Once you get things like 5/5 stormborn, battle charge and strike of the maelstrom, however, the Duracell Cleric pulls ahead for AE grinding.

    Level 30 build: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=10rdn.Vuz.Vxkb.Vjd0z Use avalanche strike in place of even justice. Make sure you use glacial shield every time it's up. It owns at low levels

    Level 40: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=00...c.Vxkb.Vjd0p0o

    Gear

    Crit is very important for this build because of the 40% crit bonus and jolt. I try to stack as much as possible within reason. This can mean cloth int gear, and crit over sp runes. Obviously you should not neglect SP either.

    However, the most important pieces of gear for this build are proc items, the best being SHoE (which I don't have). Instead I use the 60sp on heal trinket, which is ALWAYS up. Also great are the frozen deep one tear and crystal vine from the planar goods vendors. They should be reasonably easy to get now that massive invasions occur more often than 'never'.

    You should always use a 2 hander with this spec as all your melee skills are based on weapon damage. The best non-raid weapon is mace of frozen power from the final boss of AP.


    Thanks for reading and hope you guys found this useful and will have as much fun with this as I have!
    Last edited by Cretin; 05-06-2011 at 05:40 AM.

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    I have been using this build (more or less) since I saw your original post, it fits my playstyle. I recommended for all your soloing needs.

    I prefer this AOE build as it is less squshie, I tried the build that uses CoO but I kept dieing, with this one i find a place with melee mobs an go to town.

    Last night I was taking on what felt like an endless wave of invaders, as soon as I killed a group another came travelling down the path (at least untill someone closed the rift that was spitting them out).

    I also when a major invasion happens I see who is tanking (lot of times it is someones pet) and i will thow Righteous Mandate on them and get to hitting things, redirecting my over healing to the tank. Since PUGing rift invasions rarely have good healing this helps.

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    Noticed a small mistake in the 5 man section; that should be 2000 dps and 700hps.

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    This looks like a sweet build. I only started the game a few days ago, how would I work this at lvl 20? Cannot wait till I get higher lvl and do this build fully!

    Thanks!

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    For level 20, you'd be getting something silimar to this-
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=00dr_.Vxkb.VuMo


    I've been using this for every gametype, farming, experts, pvp, all is ridiculous and universal.

    I've done 1400 dps and 500 hps in Realm of the Fae before.

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    I like this a lot. I levelled up with a justicar/shaman/inquisitor combo, and while I currently run a 44 shaman/22 justi build (and a 44 inquisitor/22 justicar as my alternative DPS build) I'm tempted to give this a try... I do miss soul drain

    Couple of comments though - you've got Lust For Blood (which boosts Physical damage attacks) but you're mostly using non-Physical attacks. I would be more inclined to use Avalanche Strike as my basic multi-target and move the points from Vengeful Justice into maxing out Shield of Faith. With that extra 9% damage reduction, I would then be tempted to take some or all points out of Thick Skinned and Favored of the Valnir on the Shaman side to either put into Endless Winter (because hey, even MORE free mana) or buff up my DPS with Dauntless Courage or Long Memory (probably the first because Lomg Memory only really shines for me when you have all of the other talents that make Massive Blow extra-special).

    Of course, if you've got sound arguments for not doing it that way I'm open to being convinced
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    Awesome build, I watched the videos and I'd love to try it out, gonna wait till I get to 50 though, I'm 38 at the moment.

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    Been playing a similar build for the last 3 weeks, and it is just like my Warrior Priest from Warhammer. Tons of fun, practically unkillable in PVP, highest dps in 5 mans and raids (for a support class), and amazing healing when needed.

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    Thank you for the helpful information!

    One little thing: It's the Energizer bunny that keeps going and going....not Duracell.

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    Love this build....Cleric in our guild has used something similar and it's a great "support" type build. Once my Cleric hits mid 30's, I'll be switching to this as well.
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    I am normally run an INQ centric dps build.

    Been trying this build for the invasions. Overall like it a lot... a big change for me.

    The last stage Fire Boss that drains your mana is giving me fits with this build.

    With my INQ build I can keep him knocked backed, slowed and wear him down and recover mana...

    Not used to melee builds at all.... is it a possible weakness in the build you have found or is it my lack of familarity (which I think it is)?

    Any tips on him would be great.

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    Haha I was also going to post about the Duracell/Energizer title but I was beaten to it. I always liked Duracell more anyways. =P

    Thanks for the great guide! I've been looking around for a good offheal build that still offers some ST and AoE dps and this looks great. Always loved the melee cleric idea too. Will be trying this build tonight in an expert or two with some slight tweaks. If only I had found something like this while I was still leveling. haha

    Could you possibly post your current SP/Crit stats and/or a desired amount one should aim for?

    Thanks again!
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    I can't check the exact stats right now, but if you watch the farming vid I show them there.

    As for mana drain, you have 3 mana returns, and if that's still not enough you could take points out of lust for blood and put them in endless winter.

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    Nah it is enough it is the use I am not used too. I assume it is not the battle but the warrior.... I shall improve.

    Thanks

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    First off, this is hands down my favorite Cleric build. Rift invasions are amazingly easy with this build, you just battle charge in, toss a few Vexes and then blast everything to death with Soul Drain and Even Justice. I was skeptical at first, but you really can't die unless you aren't paying attention. You get so much health back from your own healing plus it's automatic healing! You rarely need to pop Doctrine of Bliss.

    I've also taken this spec into GSB for raiding and on Duke it's great. Battle charging back to kill Brownies restores health to all your healers and ranged players meaning less worry for your healers. The only thing it's missing is an Interrupt.

    I noticed though in this post that you took the point out of Dauntless Courage and put it into Glacial Shield. Any particular reason? I've found that taking that point and placing it in Endless Winter works better for me. I know that we can easily pop Ageless Ice or Purpose for mana regen but with all the crits I find that I need to use them less often.

    The only real complaint I have with this spec is that you have to apply a lot of buffs to get maximum efficiency. It's a real pain in the rear when you die mid Boss fight, get battle rezzed and then have to spend precious time re-applying all your buffs.

    TL;DR - Use it, Love it.
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