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    This thread is for all things ROGUE.

    Table of Contents
    1.0 - Intro
    1.0.1 - Crit cap information
    1.0.2 - What is a Synergy crystal?
    1.0.3 - What is a Planar Attunement?
    1.1 - Helpful Links
    1.2 - Solo / farming / aoe grinding spec
    1.3 - Melee DPS builds
    1.3.1 - No synergy crystal melee builds
    1.3.2 - 2 piece hk(4 piece tier 1) synergy crystal melee builds
    1.3.3 - 4 piece hk synergy crystal melee builds
    1.4 - Range dps builds
    1.4.1 - No synergy crystal ranged builds
    1.4.2 - 2 piece hk(4 piece tier 1) synergy crystal ranged builds
    1.4.3 - 4 piece hk synergy crystal ranged builds
    1.5 - Bard
    1.6 - Rogue Tank
    1.7 - Rogue PVP builds
    1.8 - Suggested Leveling Path/LEVELING GUIDE
    1.9 - Assorted rogue dps builds
    2.0 - ZYZYX PVP Videos as mm/sin
    2.1 - Thanks/Congrats


    1.0 - Intro
    In Rift, rogue utility is the cornerstone of the Archetype. There is plenty to do as a Rift Rogue between stabbing people in the anus.

    Souls(rogue classes) (click on the class name to go to the official Rift Class page)

    Assassin: Your typical stealth and stab rogue class. This is similar to rogues in WoW and Witch Elves in WAR.
    Bard: Guitar playing, flute blowing group healer & support class. I think DAOC had this class.
    Blade Dancer: Similar to a combat rogue in WoW with reactive abilities similar to Swordmaster in WAR.
    Marksman: A high damage ranged weapons class with speed boost abilities. Similar to every game where you use a Bow to kill things at range.
    Nightblade: Similar to Witch Hunters in WAR without the badass cowboy outfit and gun but you still get moderately ranged abilities and it's own version of stealth.
    Ranger: A ranged combat class with a pet. You get multiple kinds of preset types pets to furry around with. Similar to hunters in WoW.
    Riftstalker: The rogue tank class. A high mitigation class with special abilities that allow you to blink to and away from enemies. I would say this is a fairly unique class.
    Saboteur: The blow stuff up & cc class. If things in PVP are seemingly going well when you suddenly just die, this is usually the class responsible. I would also say this class is fairly unique.


    1.0.1 - Crit cap information

    CRIT CAP
    1187 crit rating = crit cap, this number is not affected by % increases, only crit rating from dex, gear, and dex buffs. In a raid you get 40+52+52 crit rating from dex buffs +5% of your unbuffed dex. This puts the crit cap at 1043 - 0.05*dex. After you hit the crit cap of 1187, it takes 5x as much crit rating to get 1% crit, which makes crit almost worthless, and decreases the value of dex, however, dex is still better than str even after the crit cap.

    52- Archon dex buff
    52- Anthem of Power
    40- Mighty Powersurge Vial (some people don't use the blue ones, in that case it's only 35)
    5% dex from bard Resonance.


    1.0.2 - What is a Synergy crystal?
    Synergy Crystals
    Synergy crystals are trion's clever implementation of set bonuses for gear. There are 8 for each calling. The rogue calling's souls are listed above. You can purchase the raid tier 1 synergy crystals for 60 inscribed sourcestone each in the planar college in meridian(defiant) or some place in sanctum(guardians). Hammerknell synergy crystals may be purchased for 100 inscribed sourcestone in Moonshade. Raid tier 1 synergy crystals provide some stats at two pieces ,and unique bonuses to the soul and its abilities when you have four pieces of raid tier 1 gear. This raid tier 1 four piece bonus is equivalent to the
    Hammerknell two piece bonus. Having 3 pieces of hammerknell gear provides some bonus stats again, and then another unique bonus to the soul and its abilities at four pieces of hammerknell gear.

    This means:
    Raid tier 1 (4 piece) = Hammerknell/Infernal Dawn (2 piece)
    Hammerknell (4 piece) > Hammerknell/Infernal Dawn (2 piece)

    These set bonuses should encourage you to buy the cheapest pieces of gear when spending your marks of acension or greater marks of ascention. Those pieces are; gloves, belt, boots, and helm. Set bonuses will provide you between 100-800 more dps than you would using the spec without the synergy crystal. This is a significant amount of damage. The specs are now listed in order from no set bonus, 2 piece hammerknell/raid tier 1 four piece, and hammerknell 4 piece.

    Please feel free to try them all. If you find a spec does better than a reccommended spec please send me a PM so I may update this guide.

    1.0.3 - What is a Planar Attunemnt?
    Planar Attunement
    Planar attunement is a way to advance your charachter further with experience once you are level 50.

    First, hit the "u" button on your keyboard. This is your Planar attunement UI. Next hit the "j" button on your keyboard. In this you will see Meridian/Sanctum: Ceremony of Attunement. Click enter and this will take you on an enjoyable solo instance that will teach you more about Planar attunement and give you your first free Planar Attunement "levels". Every time you level up you will receive 100 planar attunement points. You can spend these points in whatever of the 7 Planar attunement trees you want. You are not limited to any one specific tree. Once you get enough planar attunement levels you may choose to fill out all of the possible trees!

    Let's look at what each individual tree gives you.

    Earth - Mace and Sword specialization. Endurance.
    Air - Dagger and Bow specialization. Dexterety.
    Fire - Sword and Gun specialization. Strength.
    Water - Axe and Mace specialization. Dexterety.
    Earth - Bow and Gun specialization. Endurance.
    Death - Axe and Dagger specialization. Strength.
    War - Various pvp abilities. Valor and vengeance.

    Obviously if you are focusing on PVP you want to look into the "War" path immediately. The tricky questions come when focusing on PVE content as there are many more options. The weapon specialization hexes are where a majority of your stat bonuses from planar attunement will come from. Therefore, you want to max out any trees with weapon specializations for the weapons you have.

    Examples:
    If you have daggers and bows I recommend Air > Death > Life.
    For Swords and Guns I recommend going Fire > Earth > Life.

    As a dps rogue, once you get all the AP you can from your weapon specialization hexes you want to max out dex and then strength. Finally grab the endurance hexes as they will help you take more damage in raids and help in pvp.

    As a tank grab the air path first and go straight for the "Lightning Glyph" t2 planar attunement ability. Once you get that finish grabbing the dex in water and then go for endurance from earth and life.


    1.1 - Helpful Links

    Rift Soul Calculator
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html
    Rogue DPS BiS item tool
    http://riftupgrade.mathijs.info/roguedps/
    Qan's BiS Item spreadsheet for you excel lovers
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...Pjn98kF#gid=14
    Raid Strategies
    http://www.riftstrats.com/

    Addons:
    http://www.curse.com/addons/rift/nkrebuff - Everyone needs this!!! Helps keep buffs / debuffs up
    http://www.riftui.com/downloads/info80-0.3.html - Get this if you raid
    http://www.riftui.com/downloads/info84-KaruulAlert.html - Karuul alert similar to nkrebuff
    Gyle's guide
    http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...gue-guide.html

    1.2 - Solo / farming / aoe grinding spec

    Solo/PA/AoE grinding spec Inspired by "dunsparrow"
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...IzR0zz.xVdhzzM
    blade dancer synergy crystal

    Macros:

    CP Builder:
    #show Puncture
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Puncture
    cast Precision Strike
    cast Quick Strike
    cast Keen Strike
    cast expose weakness
    cast reprisal
    cast poison malice

    AoE:
    #show rift disturbance
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast phantom blow
    cast rift disturbance
    cast twin strike
    cast expose weakness
    cast reprisal
    cast poison malice

    Blinks:
    #show Shadow Assault
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Shadow Assault
    cast Shadow Blitz
    cast Shadow Stalk

    Be sure to blink when you can for more damage ,or just use it as a convenient way to move to mobs faster as you kill them. Don't forget about flash of steel. Make sure they have 5 combo points on mobs when they die for the most healing. Use compound attack for everything. You can do more dps single target with deadly strike ,but decide for yourself if it is worth the extra hotkey. If a caster mob is far away from you when you are aoe'ing down a pack of mobs use weapon barrage to silence it and it will come into your aoe.

    Buffs include:
    combat preparation
    Planebound resiliance
    baneful touch
    lethal poison
    leeching poisons
    stalker phase


    DPS SPECS:

    1.3 - Melee DPS builds
    1.3.1 - No synergy crystal melee builds


    Mandancer (2 button no pet melee build)


    spec: 29sin/22bd/15mm
    Blade dancer synergy crystal

    Macros:
    Cp builder:
    #show Precision strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast backstab
    cast Puncture
    cast Precision Strike
    cast quick strike
    cast keen strike
    cast swift shot
    cast expose weakness
    cast Poison Malice
    cast Blade Tempo
    cast Cut and Run

    Finisher:
    #show Compound Attack
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Compound Attack
    cast rapid fire shot
    cast Hasted shot

    AOE:
    #show Twin Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Twin strike
    cast fan out

    Keep weapon barrage on your hotbar for boss mechanics and flash of steel will charge you to the boss.


    1.3.2 - 2 piece hk(4 piece tier 1) synergy crystal melee builds

    Blinkblade(rs/sin/bd) Guide
    Spec: 27sin/20rs/19bd Defaults at 2/3 combat efficiency, can drop to 1/3 if you like to spam tablets, but imo 3% dex is worth the money you save by not using tablets.

    Macros:
    Hoko Button™
    #show Backstab
    cast Backstab
    cast Puncture
    cast Precision Strike
    cast Quick Strike
    cast Keen Strike
    cast Expose Weakness
    cast Blade Tempo
    cast Poison Malice

    Blink Macro (note it changed due to the first 2 blinks giving 2cps)
    #show Shadow Assault
    cast Shadow Assault
    cast Shadow Blitz
    cast Shadow Stalk

    AoE Macro
    #show Rift Disturbance
    cast Shadow Blitz
    cast Rift Disturbance
    cast Twin Strike
    (rift disturbance may be a dps loss now that it does not add a cp, but it by itself hits harder than twin strike so I left it in macro for now, take it off if it becomes a dps loss, also it hits more targets than twin strike, so up to your personal preference here)

    Hotkeys: Deadly Strike, Flash of Steel, Shadow Shift, Weapon Barrage

    Rotation: keep shadow buffs up, spam hoko button to deadly dance as usual, getting 2cps will be confusing, but im sure a new optimum rotation will arise, if not, who cares, ignore the extra cp and play as normal (what i do anyways as going from 4-6cps is rarely a dps loss). May keep keen strike on bar to use at 4cps tho, probably a dps gain in most situations. I like to start fight with shadow shift>flash of steel, jumping forward 35m in 1 second is very cool! AoE rotation is simple, spam aoe button and deadly strike, keep up shadow assault but ignore shadow stalk, having 5 seconds of no buff is fine, since you want to shadow blitz off cooldown anyways.


    1.3.3 - 4 piece hk synergy crystal melee builds


    Nightblade Guide - Really close in performance to the assasin/rs ,but much easier for the average player.
    Build : - 49nb/17sin
    HK Nightblade Crystal

    Macro 1:
    #show Puncture
    cast Dusk to Dawn
    cast Puncture
    cast Dusk Strike
    cast Twilight Force
    cast Fiery Chains
    cast Primal Strike
    cast Fiery Spike
    cast expose weakness

    Ebon Fury Button
    #show Ebon Fury
    cast Puncture
    cast Dusk Strike
    cast Ebon Fury
    cast Twilight Force

    NB Finisher
    #show Scourge of Darkness
    cast Scourge of Darkness
    cast Blazing Strike
    cast flame thrust

    AoE madness
    #show Fiery Chains
    cast Fiery Chains
    cast Weapon Flare
    cast Fiery Spike

    *note only add expose weakness if you are actively using a tablet, otherwise leave it out as it will be a dps loss since you will get less blazing strikes off which is most of your dps. Notable Binds: Fiery Spike, Twilight Shelter, Twilight Transcendence. Buffs: Hellfire Blades, Smoldering/virulent (virulent will only be a dps gain with poison malice and short fights, long fights and aoe you want smoldering), use lethal if no other rogue is providing it. Rotation is the normal NB rotation with the addition of Dusk to Dawn and some simplifications to help keep fiery spike up. opener is easy: Dark Malady>Macro 1>Scourge of Darkness>Fiery Spike>Ebon Fury macro spam.

    maintain: Spam button and finisher> with fervor and 0 lag it is possible to get off a blazing strike after a scourge and not lose fiery spike, if lagging a little, simply use your next blazing strike at 4cps instead of 5 to keep fiery spike up. aoe is even easier: spam aoe button, spam finisher button, toss a fiery spike while running in so main target has it running. fiery chains makes it easier to keep fiery spike up with a 5cp blazing since it has 50% chance to add a cp to every target it hits.

    Too fully maximize your dps read this quote:
    Quote Originally Posted by Knightcrawler View Post
    Starting rotation:
    Stealth > Expose Weakness > Dark Malady > Dusk to Dawn > Fiery Spike > Blazing Strike
    (auto Fiery Spike)> Puncture > Dusk Strike > Scourge of Darkness (5 stacks of heat retention)
    Ebon Fury > Dusk x2(expose weakness) > finish for the duration.
    Rest of the time is spam to 5cp > Blazing Strike or Scourge of Darkness*
    *Scourge of Darkness must at all times be used with 5 stacks of heat retention, if you have to go through 1 rotation before using it or go to 6 combo points you are doing it right, don't let fiery fall during scourge of darkness by finishing early or manually casting if NEEDED.

    Do not macro Dusk to dawn or expose weakness, nightblade is very spikey in energy use. I only use expose weakness if I have 75+ energy after a finisher, also during ebon fury and VoJ.

    Keep fiery spike on its own button and apply it at the start of every fight. You can macro Dusk2Dawn at the top if you want but I don't like it.
    Assasin/RS (Bloodstalker) - Top melee dps spec for the rogue calling
    32sin/20rs/14mm
    HK assasin synergy crystal

    Opener(from stealth)
    #show shadow stalk
    cast shadow stalk
    cast jagged strike
    cast expose weakness

    AoE = spam fan out because lol you are a gimp sin spec now!

    Spam macro:
    #show Backstab
    cast Puncture
    cast Backstab
    cast Savage Strike
    cast Swift Shot
    cast Poison Malice
    cast Cut and Run

    Blink macro:
    #show Shadow Assault
    cast Shadow Assault
    cast Shadow Blitz
    cast Shadow Stalk

    Annihilate/EW macro:
    #show Annihilate
    cast Annihilate
    cast Expose Weakness

    Rotations: same as any blink spec(keep blink buffs up use nkrebuff if you have problems doing this),but finisher rotations go annihilate (once min)>impale>FBx3. so it's more a priority, if impale up and annihilate up, final blow, otherwise impale or annihilate depending on situation. Do not clip impaple. If impale is still on the mob use a final blow. Use final blow at 5 combo points if possible.

    1.4 - Ranged DPS builds

    Range Specs

    *Be sure to use whetstones when using range specs as they inexplicably give a dps boost from range*
    Also take out empowered shot from your macros/rotations if you don't have the synergy crystal to make it instant cast!!!!


    Saboteur Guide
    Use the saboteur synergy crystal
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...Rsqqrqkkk.V.-6

    Macros:
    #show Chemical Bomb
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Time Bomb
    cast Fragmentation Bomb
    cast Chemical Bomb


    Incrim macro(focus the boss):
    #show incriminate
    suppressmacrofailures
    target (tanks name)
    cast incriminate
    target @focus

    Hotkeys:
    Spike charge
    caltrops charge
    detonate
    shrapnel charge
    blast charge

    Frag bomb
    carpet bombing
    rapid setup
    incriminate
    anihilation bomb

    Single Target Rotation:

    Spike x5 > Detonate(use anihilation bomb instead of detonate if it is up) > Caltrops charge x1 > Macro x3 (carpet bomb > anihilation bombx4 if it is up) *repeat*

    AoE Rotation:

    Caltrops x5 > Detonate(use anihilation bomb instead of detonate if it is up) > Shrapnel charge x1 > Macro x3 (carpet bomb > anihilation bombx4 if it is up) *repeat*

    1.4.1 - No synergy crystal ranged builds

    Ranger Guide
    Spec: 34rng/17sin/15mm
    If you already know how to play the sozu spec, stop reading here and have fun, otherwise continue reading for guide.

    Macros:
    Sozu Button
    #show Crippling Shot
    petattack
    petcast Rend
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    petcast Razor Lash
    cast Crippling Shot
    cast Quick Shot
    cast Expose Weakness

    AoE
    #show Rain of Arrows
    petattack
    petcast Rend
    petcast Razor Lash
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    cast Rain of Arrows
    (it is spammable now, no reason to even get trick shot, use fan out for when stuff dies too fast)

    Starter
    #show Shadow Fire
    petattack
    petcast Rend
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    petcast Razor lash
    cast Expose Weakness
    cast Shadow Fire

    Finisher
    #show Rapid Fire Shot
    petattack
    petcast Rend
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    petcast Razor lash
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast Head Shot
    cast Expose Weakness

    Pet Control
    #show Quick Shot
    petpassive
    cast Crippling Shot
    cast Quick Shot
    cast Expose Weakness
    (I show quick shot here so I can tell which buttons are which, i dont name my macros in game)

    Rotation: Sozu rotation. SF>spam>finisher till SF bout to fade, then repeat. at the start with fervor you can get off 2 RFS before you need to SF again, rotation starts and ends on a RFS so keep that in mind, a full cycle back to 2 RFS takes 2min 14seconds without the ranger synergy crystal, so once you master those 2min 14seconds of rotation, you can close your eyes as the rotation stays the same and is super duper easy.

    Marksman/ranger
    51marksman/10ranger/5rs - This is a ranged marksman build that does similar damage to mm/ranger ,but only needs two fingers.
    51mm/10ranger/5rs


    Macros:

    Builder
    #show Crippling Shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Crippling shot
    cast quick shot

    Finisher
    #show Rapid Fire Shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast Hasted Shot
    cast empoweredshot

    AOE
    #show Lightning Fury
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Lightning Fury
    cast Fan Out


    Marksman/Nightblade

    51 marksman/13nb/2rs - This is a ranged marksman build that does similar damage to mm/ranger ,but only needs two fingers.
    51mm/13nb/2rs
    Marksman synergy crystal

    combo point builder:

    swift shot
    (feel free to macro empowered shot and swift shot together.)

    Macros:

    Finisher
    #show Rapid Fire Shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast Hasted Shot
    cast empowered shot

    AOE
    #show Lightning Fury
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Lightning Fury
    cast Fan Out

    Note: Use this rotation with this spec only after you get the MM 4pc HK crystal

    Opener
    (from stealth Dark malady + swiftshot x3 > finisher macro)
    Swift Shot x 5 -> RFS (finisher macro)
    ES -> Strafe (5 ticks) -> Bulls Eye -> Deadeye Shot
    ES -> Quick Reload -> Strafe (5 ticks) -> RFS (finisher macro)
    ES -> Swift Shot x 3 -> Bulls Eye -> Deadeye Shot

    Rotation
    ES -> Swift Shot x 3 -> Hasted Shot / RFS (finisher macro)

    using Strafe after ES when available, same with Quick Reload.


    1.4.2 - 2 piece hk(4 piece tier 1) synergy crystal ranged builds

    51ranger/15marksman - This is a full ranger spec. As of 1.8 this is our highest ranged rogue dps spec.
    Ranger Synergy crystal
    Spec: 51ranger/15marksman/0sin

    Builder
    #show shadow fire
    cast feral aggression
    cast shadow fire
    cast Splinter shot
    cast crippling shot
    cast piercing shot
    cast quick shot
    petcast rend
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    petcast Razor Lash
    petattack

    Finisher:
    #show Rapid Fire Shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast Head Shot
    petcast Rend
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    petcast Razor lash

    AOE
    #show Trick Shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast shadow fire
    cast Trick shot
    petcast Rend
    petcast Bloodied Blow
    petcast Razor lash

    Buffs:
    Virulent Poison
    Electrified Munitions
    Predatory Instincts

    Raptor Pet

    51marksman/15ranger - This spec does less damage that the 51marksman/14 ranger variant ,but is significantly easier to use and provides the raid with an armor debuff.
    Ranger Synergy crystal

    51mm/15ranger

    Marcos:

    Builder
    #show shadow fire
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast piercing shot
    cast shadow fire
    cast splinter shot
    cast crippling shot
    cast quick shot

    Finisher
    #show Rapid Fire Shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast Head Shot

    AOE
    #show Lightning Fury
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast shadow fire
    cast Lightning Fury
    cast Fan Out



    1.4.3 - 4 piece hk synergy crystal ranged builds

    Marksman/ranger

    51marksman / 14 ranger guide / 1 riftstalker - This the best marksman dps spec.
    51mm/14ranger/1rs
    4 piece blighted ranger crystal -> HK 2 piece ranger crystal -> 4 piece HK marksman crystal

    Builder Macro -

    #show swift shot
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast empowered shot
    cast Crippling Shot
    cast piercing shot
    cast swift shot

    Finisher Macro -

    #show rapid fire shot
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast hasted shot
    cast empowered shot

    #show Lightning Fury
    cast shadow fire
    cast Lightning Fury
    cast Fan Out


    The rotation -

    ShadowFire > Quick Shot > Builder Macro > Head Shot
    Quick Shot > Strafe > Finisher Macro
    Quick Shot > Builder Macro > Builder Macro > Builder Macro > Finisher

    Pro tips -

    1. Shadow Fire last 25 seconds, has a 20 sec CD. Using it on CD is a DPS loss. Don't be lazy and do it manually!
    2. Quick Shot at the beginning of every cycle to add the bleed dot, i also use it before ever strafe to ensure 100% up time. Quick shot also has a delayed bleeding tick, hence the reason i don't spam it.
    3. If your standing still, and need to move, cast strafe... it will lock in your "standing still" damage buff until you get into position, or until strafe ends.
    4. If you are fighting a boss that moves, use barbed shot... If you don't know what barbed shot is, you don't pvp!

    Ranger crystal doesn't compare, it will have you energy starved w/o a tablet, and the same build and concept of the rotation runs 200-300dps lower.


    1.5 - Bard

    BARDING
    You might enjoy barding ,or you might be forced to bard because you have the worst gear out of the rogues in your guild. Bard is the rogue's support soul.

    Fanfares: We have 3 fanfares which are stat buffs for the raid. Cast these before a pull and after anyone is battle rezed.
    Motifs: We have 5 motifs However 2-3 of them will be overwritten by your guildmates. Try to keep them all up.
    Cadence: This is your main combo builder as it heals your raid for whatever damage it does. Use it to build up 5 cp's and leave them there for when you need to use your coda of restoration for some spike healing.

    Codas:
    Jeopardy = This is your spotter's orders equivalent. This is the most important debuff you have. Make sure it is up at all times. Wild growth, illuminate, and spotter's orders will overwrite it. Be sure to coordinate with your guildmates and keep it up at all times if you are assigned to keep this ability up. Make sure to reapply after Wild growth. Wild growth is a dps increase from cloromancers and typically lasts 10 seconds.
    Restoration = heals 5 raid/party members for around 1000-2000 hp.
    Distress/Cowardice = These are AoE damage received debuffs. The archon in your raid has equivalents to these that last longer and are instant casts. So on bosses that are mainly single target encounters let him do these. However on bosses with lots of adds like akylios and matron you need to get these debuffs on as many adds as possible in a timely manner. You might want to use riff and virtuoso to do this when the adds arrive to apply the debuffs quickly.

    BARD BUILDS:
    standard nb/rs build:
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1M....EIdqiqskqz.Vh

    This is the standard raid bard build designed to maximize cadence damage / healing output.

    new 10mm/5rs build
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1M...EIdqiqskqz.x0x

    This is the newer post 1.5 bard. This build relies on increased fire power to squeeze out a little more healing than the previous build. I do not like this as much as the nightblade version because it relies on crit procs which only occur from the first tick of cadence. However many bards currently use it and tout it as the "main" bard spec of todays post 1.6 world.

    15bd build
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...dqiqskqz.VV0uzThis bard has an interrupt from blade dancer tree which is useful to allow your dps to focus on their job since as a bard you are really only there for motifs. It has a limited range though so make sure you don't get too far away from apostles.

    15ranger build
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...dqiqskqz.VMRou

    This flavor bard is used for the piercing shot which is the best armor debuff in the game. Typically he will use the ranger synergy crystal and dps normally with a marcro like:

    #show crippling shot
    cast piercing shot
    cast shadow fire
    cast Splinter shot
    cast crippling shot
    cast quick shot

    Using headshot as a finisher to keep up bestial fury. The bard is more of a dps / support rather than the typical support / heals. Obviously fanfare people before pull and after rezes and keep motifs and debuffs up while you dps.

    1.6 - Rogue Tank

    Tanking information: I don't really know much about this so I'm just going to provide links to the quality guides about rogue tanking.

    New! rogue tanking guide!
    http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...nks-1-8-a.html

    HK rogue tanking guide!
    http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...rspective.html

    Muffin911's Rogue Tanking Compendium:
    http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...ion-1-0-a.html

    Devious' 1.5 Rogue Tanking Guide:
    http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...ing-guide.html

    1.7 - Rogue PVP builds
    nb/rs build: popular pvp build in that it combines the heal debuff from nightblade with the gap closers and durability of the riftstalker soul.
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1M...00z.ihtzMqg0ss

    marksman builds - I prefer the 51mm/13nb build shown above(section 1.4.1) however some of the best rogues I've encountered in warfronts seem to run 44mm/22rs. If you want to run marksman in pvp pretty much anything with 44 points for eradicate is fine as that is one of the most powerful pvp abilities we have as rogues. 51 assasin build - This is a popular ganking build. It has a ton of burst damage with serpent strike. I used this to rank up in codex by camping the vault control point. Once I gained prestige ranks I started using builds that had more damage and
    relied less on stealth.
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...GARftsfqddR.-0

    Use leeching poison and lethal poison as your weapon enchants. Switch to Debilitating poison mid fight if the cleric is out healing your damage.

    Macros:

    #show Puncture
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Puncture
    cast backstab
    cast savage strike
    cast quick shot
    cast expose weakness
    cast serpent strike
    cast poison malice

    #show Final blow
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Final blow
    cast Head shot

    runner specs - these specs are for running the flags or crystals in whitefall and scion
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...b0o.EMtRVdV0dR - mm/rs
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...bkkk.VVb0h0x0o - mm/rs/inf
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...kkkM.VVb0h0x0o - bd/rs/inf

    1.8 - Suggested Leveling Path/LEVELING GUIDE
    leveling guide: Ranger/mm for lvls 1-35: Hitting the "n" button will bring up your soul tree. There is a button called "calling purposes" in the middle on the bottom. You want to select the "Huntsman" path. Select that and follow it. If you want to seriously max out your leveling, feel free to click all these links.

    the stronger pet at lvl 30.
    Level 1: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M_N_
    level 5: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0MfN_.o.V
    level 10: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0MfN_.x.VMo
    level 15: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0MfN_.x0x0M.VMo
    level 20: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0MfN_.x0x0V.VMRo
    level 25: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0MfN_.x0x0V.VMRbuzz
    level 30: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0MfN_.x0x0V.VMRbuckc

    Macros(remove the abilities that you don't have and add them when you aquire them):
    Builder:
    #show crippling shot
    cast shadow fire
    cast crippling shot
    cast quick shot

    Finisher:
    #show Rapid Fire shot
    cast Rapid Fire Shot
    cast Head shot

    You will need to learn how to manage your pet effectively while leveling. I suggest defensive stance and using divert rage when pulling if possible. Make sure you keep rejuvenate on him whenever possible.

    At level 35 go to your trainer and buy new souls for 20g each and buy a new role or pay 50g to reset your souls

    For levels 35-50 use bladedancer/riftstalker/assasin. Assasin gives leeching poison which procs heals. Riftstalker gives you rift scavenger which heals you when mobs die with combo points on them. So you want to try to make sure mobs have 5 combo points on them when they die. Blade dancer gives you both damage and defensive talents/abilities.

    lvl 35: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...k.xbdh.0VRcx0b
    lvl 40: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...bdukMM.0VRcx0b
    lvl 45: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...dukMM.0VRcxMbm
    lvl 50: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...dukMM.0VRcxMbm

    Note: at level 50 you end up with the spec in section 1.2 of this thread. There are macros and suggestions there.

    1.9 - Assorted rogue dps builds

    Mayi's 28/38 ranger/mm guide
    http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...ger-guide.html


    SAB DANCER:
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...0VRcxcb.VV0G0s

    spikex5 (or spikex4, savage), deadly, puncture, spikex1, det
    blastx5, det

    #show Spike Charge
    cast Spike Charge
    cast expose weakness
    startattack

    #show blast Charge
    cast blast charge
    cast expose weakness
    startattack

    2.0 - ZYZYX PVP Videos as mm/sin
    NOTE: I no longer use this spec in pvp. I feel MM/13nb is better for many reasons found in the thread.

    zyzyx pvp videos

    codex - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzkWsMCJKy4
    codex2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Bb-...eature=related
    black garden - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgQ0i...eature=related[/u]

    2.1 - Thanks/Congrats

    Special thanks to Everyone in the rogue community especially: Sib, Kokie, Qan, Swiftly, nnnxia, adnoz, gyle, gery, charliekelly muffin911, koe, Petgroup, Am0n, Hoko, Dunsparrow, Mayi, Notlost, locovato/bandito, USSR, Tsu and Potis.

    EDIT: 1.8 It's sad looking at this list of appreciation and seeing all the names of friends that are no longer with us. G(ame)IP: Swiftly, Adnoz, petgroup, Hoko, Notlost, locovato, and USSR. That's like half the list. I'd also like to say thanks to some of the newer faces in the rogue community, Beckman, Mirimon, Lag, Narrian, Zaros, and Am0n. Thanks for all your contributions to the game and the rogue community!
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    Wow, nice work, seems like a lot of time and effort was put in to make this.
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    Can you say guide writer status?
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    I was wondering why you had been so quiet the past few days. Just assumed it was the holidays. Nice write up man, and thanks for putting it into an easy to read format.
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    As an ex-cleric gone rogue, I approve of this. Thanks for the guide.

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    Nice work.

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    very nice work
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    good stuffs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcruxs View Post
    not gonna lie, first thing i thought when i read the title was this

    zyzyx's rogue bible: 1st commandment = Thou shalt QQ for Buffs and nerfs as loud as possible
    Then Zyzyx stretched out his hand over the Rift, and all that night the Devs drove balance back with a strong Mage nerf and turned it into Rogues' favour. The forums were divided, and the Rogues went through the parses, with a wall of QQ on their right and on their left.

    The Warriors pursued them, and all Atrius's Riftblades and Paragons and Champions followed them into the raids. During the last watch of the night the Devs looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Warrior forum and threw it into confusion. They nerfed the regen of their power so that they had difficulty fighting. And the Warriors said, “Let’s get away from the Rogues! The Devs are fighting for them against Balance.”

    Then the Devs said to Zyzyx, “Stretch out your hand over the Rift so that the planes may flow back over the Warriors and the Clerics and Mages.” Zyzyx stretched out his hand over the Rift, and at daybreak HK went back to its place. The Warriors were fleeing toward it, and the Devs swept them into the sea. The parses flowed back and displaced the Clerics and Mages—the entire balance of classes that had followed the Rogues into the raids. Not one of them resubbed.

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    I wanted to hate this, and say mean things to you... but it's a good guide. Nice work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyle View Post
    I wanted to hate this, and say mean things to you... but it's a good guide. Nice work.
    You're just saying that bcuz I put a link to your guide in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zyzyx View Post
    You're just saying that bcuz I put a link to your guide in it.
    LOL, well that might have had something to do with it. But seriously, this is a good guide and should go on the sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyle View Post
    LOL, well that might have had something to do with it. But seriously, this is a good guide and should go on the sticky.
    In fairness to the quality of work that is here...this should be the only sticky you need. Some of the other links should be removed from the current one. It may just be my opinion, but I am confident that there is a ray of truth here...
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    I PM'd this guide to him.

    I was just too modest to post it as my own.

    hope people believe me so i get a bigger epeen

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    Great write-up, sticky please!
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