In this Rift combat guide we are going to look at the basics of combat in this game, as well as some of the more advanced strategies and tactics you can use to vanquish your foes with ease. If you are new to the game, or are still a bit confused by how to succeed in combat then pay attention to this Rift combat walkthrough.
The most basic thing you will need to learn with combat in Rift is how to attack. The way you attack is by right clicking on an enemy; this will engage them with either a melee or ranged attack.
You can select enemies or targets by using the left mouse button, or by pressing TAB. Using this button will scroll through enemies, and focus on the closest/most dangerous ones.
Pets have 3 stances - if set to "aggressive" it will attack any enemy in range. If set to "passive" you need to manually order the pet to attack by selecting the attack button on the pet's action bar. However, if set to "defensive" then the pet will attack when you select an enemy to attack with your character. I would advise you avoid setting your pet to aggressive, as you will have no control over it basically.
The "Global Cooldown" is a period of a few seconds wherein you cannot use any ability after having already used another one.
Taking a hit or engaging in combat will stop your health from regenerating. However, mana/energy will continue to regenerate as normal.
I'll be adding further Rift combat guides in the near future, further expanding on the basics and exploring some of the more exciting possibilities of combat in this game. In the meantime, you should check out Rift Supremacy to learn how to master combat quickly.