Thanks for Tanks… Warrior Calling and Souls in RIFT

Ready for the front lines: Rift Warrior Callings….

In every game, tabletop or MMO, there are the guys we put up front to feed to the monsters so the mages, clerics, and rogues can stay in the back in relative safety. This Thanksgiving, lets be thankful for the warriors. We are grateful to those of you who day after day risk life, limb, and death to keep the rest of us back. Yes, we say thanks for the tanks!  And, to say thanks, here is our preview of Rift Warrior Callings.

RIFT, due to the soul system, has a lot of flexibility in how warriors are played. So far they have announced five different souls, which are listed below with the strengths and weaknesses of each, as per the riftgame.com website. Each of these souls has different abilities and focuses in combat, and up to three souls can be used in making your character. For information on the Soul System, read the article posted here earlier.

Champions:

Strengths

A Champion’s legendary strength allows him or her to move with startling speed, closing with opponents to wreak destruction with their two-handed weapons.

Weaknesses

Quick to answer the call to arms, Champions often rush into battle with reckless abandon, and can find themselves vulnerable to sneak attacks and well-organized assaults from multiple adversaries.

Reavers:

Strengths

Reavers specialize in damage-over-time effects that weaken both the mind and body, crippling an opponent’s ability to mount a successful offense.

Weaknesses

Like death itself, Reavers grind down their opponents slowly; but as such they are not effective at quickly neutralizing a single opponent.

Paladins:

Strengths

A Paladin excels in using a shield to turn aside incoming assaults and launch powerful counterattacks. This martial skill, and the divine blessings of their patron gods, allows Paladins to extend their protection to nearby allies.

Weaknesses

Heavy arms and armor do not allow for quick movement, so Paladins have a hard time dealing with opponents at range, or with those who weave powerful magic, against which metal plates offer no protection.

Warlords:

Strengths

Warlords can draw upon vast tactical experience, empowering their allies and weakening their enemies to change the course of battle.

Weaknesses

The Warlord’s focus on enhancing the capabilities of her allies leaves her vulnerable when isolated from friendly ranks.

Paragons:

Strengths

With a finely tuned mind and body, the Paragon wields two weapons to perfection, devastating his enemies. Paragons specialize in dealing consistent damage, and can also hit their enemies from range.

Weaknesses

Paragons suffer against healers who can outpace their steady damage output, and these methodical warriors tend to be weaker against opponents who specialize in burst damage.

These are just the five souls currently announced. Specifically mentioned are “Coming Soon” and several dots for hopefully several more souls. We look forward to hearing more about Rift Warrior Callings, and will update as information becomes available.

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  1. Earlier this week, Trion announced a new Rift Warrior Soul. That of the Riftblade. Here is the additional information in regards to this soul and the Rift Warrior Calling.

    Riftblade

    Strengths
    Able to shoot lances of fire, stone, and wind at enemies, Riftblades possess stronger ranged capabilities than other Warriors. Furthermore, much of their damage is elemental, cutting through armor as if it were flesh.

    Weaknesses
    Offensive specialists, Riftblades do not focus much of their discipline on protecting themselves and are vulnerable to concerted attacks. Their magical damage, while devastating against physical defenses, is just as weak as any magic against the appropriate resistances.

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