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Sunday, August 14, 2011

How To Play Rift Like A Pro

Today you are going to learn how to play Rift like a pro. This hugely popular MMORPG can be frustrating to play if you are new to the genre, but by reading the following guide you will be a top player in next to no time. These basic and intermediate tips and strategies are easy to follow, and I will be updating this post regularly with new advice and methods that will teach you how to play Rift properly.
  • Learning the mechanics of combat is one of the most important things that you can do when starting out with Rift. Basically, you can either use the left mouse button, or the TAB key, to select enemies. I recommend that you use TAB to allow yourself to quickly scroll through enemies. Use it to locate the threats closest to you so that you can respond with speed and avoid taking damage.
  • Whenever you use a skill/spell/action in combat there is a Global Cooldown period. Your abilities will grey out for a second as they recharge. In the video below you can see the Global Cooldown displayed very clearly.

  • Use the Right mouse button to attack your enemies with ranged/melee weapons or equipped spells.
  • When you are engaged in combat your health will not automatically regenerate (until the combat has finished) Mana does continue to regenerate during combat, however. If you require healing you will have to use spell/potions/healing items, or have an ally heal you.
  • Classes in Rift: Planes of Telara are generally referred to as 'callings'. There are four main callings- Warrior, Rogue, Mage, and Cleric. Each calling is then broken down into a series of sub-callings, known as 'souls'. You can select up to four souls from your calling to put points into. However, by using all four souls you will "water down" your character and have a hard time creating a powerful build (unless you are 100% positive of what you are doing)
  • Completing quests is the fastest and most efficient way to gain experience points during earlier stages of the game. Don't waste your time with huge amounts of combat, or Rifts/invasions until you have hit at least level 20. Once you progress this far through the game you will have a better feel for combat and be more readily able to do both PvE and PvP combat successfully.
  • If you die you can either wait for an hour to respawn in your current location (when you respawn you get a few seconds to get to safety) or your 'spirit' can be resurrected at a nearby graveyard, and you can make your way back to your body and revive yourself. Rift is fairly kind when you die, which will happen.
  • Guardian and Defiant are the two 'factions' in the game- walk into the opposing faction's areas and you run the risk of being killed.
  • If you are unsure of what calling to select then I highly recommend that you play as a Rogue. This calling has a lot of powerful souls and effective builds available.
  • Read Rift Supremacy to learn how to play Rift like a pro- it is the best Rift strategy guide out.

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