Playing as a solo character build in Rift is a pretty daunting task. There are a lot of nasty creatures, monsters, and enemies out there to get you in the world of Telara. For this reason, the Warrior calling is extremely well suited to solo play. In this Rift Warrior solo build you are going to learn the basics of creating a powerful character that will thrive in solo play. Also, this build works well with Rift patches 1.2 and 1.3, and beyond, so you don't need to worry about it being an out of date build.
The most important thing with a Rift Warrior solo build is that it needs to be very well-balanced. Because you might have to go from playing a defensive to offensive game in a few moments, you can't neglect any aspect of combat skill. You need to have both close & ranged combat abilities, as well as some defensive capabilities. The good news for the Warrior calling is that there are four distinctly offense souls, and four defense souls that can be selected from. Therefore, all you need to do is pick two offense and one defense soul, ensuring that you have both ranged and close damage capabilities, and physical and magical damage defense.
As far as offense souls go, put points into the following:
Champion - this soul is great at close range combat and will allow you to dominate close encounters more easily
Beastmaster - you get some decent ranged abilities, not to mention a pet that will be invaluable for 'crowd control'.
For your defense soul you can pick between Paladin, Reaver, Void Knight, and Warlord.
If you are not too worried about the risk of magic attacks then select Paladin. This will provide you with the best physical damage defense.
However, it is probably a more sage idea to select either Reaver or Void Knight, simply as these provide good magic and ranged defense abilities. Nothing will ruin your day quicker than coming up against a powerful mage who can just shred through your Warrior solo build, so it pays to have some solid magic defense.
At the end of the day there are many different combinations available for a viable Rift solo Warrior build. The type of character you create will be a reflection of your playing style. The main thing you need to take away today is that you MUST create a balanced build if you want to do solo play. You can't have an all-out attack build, nor can you focus squarely on defense.
Now that you know the basics of creating a powerful solo Warrior character, click here to learn how to make a truly unbeatable Warrior.