Rift Warrior Leveling Build
Rift Warrior Leveling Build
In Rift, Warriors can choose from 8 separate souls and you can change at any time for a small price. You can also unlock a new “role” which allows you to swap freely between several builds for no cost (much like the “dual spec” feature in World of Warcraft).
As a result, you should make an effort to pick the best Rift Warrior leveling build regardless of what you want to play later in the game.
As an example, if you want to play a tank, do not pick the defensive souls to start out. You can unlock them later and can always change specs if you want to tank a dungeon.
Playing as a tank will not be very fun or effective when you are trying to do quests. I strongly recommend picking the specs below so you can level up quickly and efficiently.
Early Levels – Champion
I recommend that all Warriors start out their basic Rift Warrior leveling build with the Champion class. The primary reason for this is that “Bull Rush” is a key ability that will save you tons of time.
Being able to charge from monster to monster will save you an incredible amount of time given the short cooldown; there is just no way around it.
You will want to put your first 4 Skill Points in Champion as this will unlock Soldier’s Bearing. This is a free 5% bonus damage buff that stacks with any other buff you get from the Warrior trees. Might as well take the free damage!
I recommend putting the points in “Take No Prisoners” (extra damage). Once you just start out a game, your Strength is low since your gear is not very good. As a result, the +Str talent does not do too much. Re-spec at a higher level and put your points in the Strength talent.
Rift Warrior Leveling Build – Your Second Soul
For your second soul, I strongly recommend picking up Riftblade. In fact, I think Riftblade is by far and away the best spec for low-level players.
The primary reason for this is that the early Riftblade abilities do magic and “skill based” damage. In other words, these spells do good damage even if your stats are bad.
Your stats will be low at the beginning of any new RPG since all the cool items are reserved for higher levels, and you do not get access to rings, shoulder slot, trinkets, and helmets until level 12-20 anyway.
As a result, you can do solid damage with Riftblade even in your low-quality equipment and having no weapon. Flame Spear and Fiery Burst do more damage than the Champion’s Power Strike and Punishing Blow, so you have an easy way of leveling up at the early levels.
The other primary benefit of Riftblade is that the attacks are ranged, so you can participate in Rifts and Invasions without having to go toe-to-toe with powerful elites.
This is a great way to earn experience at a low level so being able to survive during such events is very important.
For this Rift Warrior leveling build, I recommend going 5/5 in Elemental Flux, 3/3 in Rift Fury, 1/1 in Freeze Armor, and then you can do whatever you like. We will re-spec at level 18 and go an entirely different direction!
Note: This is part 1 of a 2-part article. For Part 2, visit Rift Warrior Leveling Guide. There, I will reveal the third soul and where exactly to put your talent points for levels 18-50!
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