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Rift: Proven Warrior Builds and Macros


Boss Melee:
This build should maximize single target DPS with either some support for AE or the ability to go straight in to high DPS wilth out having to "warm up" when switching targets
(ie don't have to get a bunch of effects/dots going before DPS gets good). If you can do 700+ DPS on boss, switch targets and start doing 600-700 dps on a single add - then i think in many cases that is as good doing 500 dps on boss then being able to switch and do 800-900 dps on adds.

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[Kazue' build]

Here's the current top warrior raid dps spec (Beastmaster/Champion/Paragon) which is highly recommended for all warriors -

http://forums.riftgame.com/showthrea...aid-DPS-inside

This thread also goes into some of the science behind the spec, and how you can pump out even more dps beyond simple 1-2 macroing (although you can certainly pull solid dps with 2 macros, and I think some of it is situational, it's hard to pull a tight rotation melee on a mob where you have to move around alot).

Here's an alternate version of the spec with simpler macros -

http://www.yraen.com/2011/04/rift-pv...ter12p_29.html

The biggest difference on these specs is whether or not to use weaponmaster from paragon, which gives you a chance to get another attack point on attack point generating attacks. This is something that is debated, so I would read the thread above and see what the thoughts are on this.

One of the most important things with this spec is to keep up SLI as much as possible. Every moment it is down it's a dps loss, so you don't neccesarily want to just spam your finisher as soon as you have 3 attack points up, keep your eye on the SLI timer. As Val mentioned to me in some of our conversations, Rising Waterfall is the biggest dps on this spec, so it's all about getting in as many RW's as you can while keeping up SLI.

Honestly dps is not my strong point, so if someone like Val or Toron has more to add to this or sees areas where I am mistaken, by all means update this post or let me know.

One final point is that pet management is really not that bad - on our first attempt at Johlen I went with a riftblade spec out of paranoia that my inexperience in this area would cause the pet to die and hurt our dps, but it's actually not that often you have to really micromanage the pet, so don't be afraid to try this spec, the results are great and currently the best single target warrior dps available in the game. Riftblade is not a bad spec, but simple fact is it can't touch this spec if played correctly, and no other spec comes close.

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Toron's build:

http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c...EhczV0ohhz.qcd

The AE dmg on this build is not great, but then again it is for single target boss damage.

Boss Ranged:
This build should maximize DPS on single target boss from distance, and needs to support some ability for AE dmg
(easy enough as all ranged souls have good to great AE support).

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[Kazue's build]

Here's a ranged dps spec from Yraen's. I haven't used this spec so I can't comment on it much, and atm I don't see much use for it, but here it is if you're looking for a ranged alternative -

http://www.yraen.com/2011/04/rift-pv...30paragon.html

I don't dps a whole lot but I've done most of the t2's and have never come across a mob I cannot melee or where I felt like gimping my dps to go ranged made any sense. This is also not the case on any raid mobs we currently do. There may come a time in the future where ranged is viable for a warrior but atm I would not consider this build or one like it for instances much less raids.

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Toron's Build:


http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c...xz.VhczVob.icx

This is just the OLD Riftblade build. I pretty much use it for fights that have a lot of joust time, mainly when you have to stay out of combat because of a channeled AE. Again, it is not purely ranged, but it provides some ranged support when needed.

There is a 100% ranged build which I will be testing out and will report my findings soon.

So, I just tested out the Ranged spec (The same one Krom posted, use his link for build/macro) and I am not impressed. I will give it time and try the DPS again but it just doesn't seem up to the challenge.

Instance Clearing DPS:
This soul should maximize AE (both 2-5 mob groups and 6+ mob groups) with acceptable single target dps.


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[Kazue's build]

Here's the typical Riftblade/Champion/Paragon spec -

http://www.yraen.com/2011/04/rift-pv...pion6para.html

Here's another version of this spec -

http://forums.riftgame.com/showthrea...OE-powerhouse.

I was using the second of these for awhile, so I can't comment on the differences between the two, although they are similiar. Honestly I like this spec alot, and it does seem to have pretty good AE dps potential. I will say though the BM/Champ/Para is still king, and the only one I personally use at this point.


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Torons Build:

http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c...bhud.xgzdVzu.q

This build is different then the boss dps build in many ways. It has more AE DPS as well as having all the beastmaster buffs groupwide. It provides great single target DPS as well. There is not a lot of huge survival as far as warrior classes go, so I solo with this spec due to the high DPS, you just have to drink a lot.

Macros
Single

#show rising waterfall
suppressmacrofailures
cast rising waterfall
cast Debilitating Strike
cast Backhanded Blow
cast Power Strike
cast Frenzied Strike
cast Bloodthirst
cast Flesh Rip
cast Inescapable Fury

AE

#show Slashing Strike
suppressmacrofailures
cast Slashing Strike
cast Mighty Blow
cast frenzied strike
cast Bloodthirst
cast Flesh Rip
cast inescapable fury

Single Finisher

#show Strike Like Iron
suppressmacrofailures
cast Strike Like Iron
cast Deathblow
cast Punishing Blow

AE Finisher

#show Strike Like Iron
suppressmacrofailures
cast Strike Like Iron
cast Titan's Strike
cast Bladefury
cast Feral Sweep

Soloing:
Soul should provide for decent DPS, minimal down time when fighting 2 or less mobs at once, and provide for survivability on the occasional 4-5 mob situation



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Torons Build:

http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c...bhud.xgzdVzu.q

This build is different then the boss dps build in many ways. It has more AE DPS as well as having all the beastmaster buffs groupwide. It provides great single target DPS as well. There is not a lot of huge survival as far as warrior classes go, so I solo with this spec due to the high DPS, you just have to drink a lot.

Macros
Single

#show rising waterfall
suppressmacrofailures
cast rising waterfall
cast Debilitating Strike
cast Backhanded Blow
cast Power Strike
cast Frenzied Strike
cast Bloodthirst
cast Flesh Rip
cast Inescapable Fury

AE

#show Slashing Strike
suppressmacrofailures
cast Slashing Strike
cast Mighty Blow
cast frenzied strike
cast Bloodthirst
cast Flesh Rip
cast inescapable fury

Single Finisher

#show Strike Like Iron
suppressmacrofailures
cast Strike Like Iron
cast Deathblow
cast Punishing Blow

AE Finisher

#show Strike Like Iron
suppressmacrofailures
cast Strike Like Iron
cast Titan's Strike
cast Bladefury
cast Feral Sweep

Tank:
Soul should provide as much HP/Dodge/Parry/Mitigation as possible, and also provide for AE Agro, Ranged Agro and quick snap Agro. This is not a soul build about DPS.


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[Kazue's build]

For instance tanking, I honestly think you can can get away with alot of different builds and be perfectly fine. Most of the problems I've ever had came down to my not understanding the mechanics well enough rather than OMFG needing this or that ability to make it happen.

This is the spec I use most often for instance tanking -http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...Mz.x0qz.xEzV0z

I've been thinking alot about changing it around some, but I've never had any problems with it. I think bottom line is be smart while building your spec, find something that works that you are comfortable with and has the proper tools to do the job.

Three things in this spec that I really love are Plaguebringer from Reaver, Battlefield Awareness/Spotter's Orders from Warlord, and Sergeant's Command from Warlord.

As mentioned in other areas, Plaguebringer + Necrotic Wounds is an incredible pulling tool for multi mob situations. You can get off 2-3 of these on inc which will usually lock aggro down hard.

Battlefield Awareness was recently changed to cause ae aggro on Call abilities, so using this with Spotter's Orders is also hardcore aggro, and Spotter's Orders is a fantastic finisher. It's pretty much the only one I use anymore except in special situations where I want to burn a finisher on CD.

Sergeant's Orders pulls a mob to you. It can have problems if anything is in the way, but it's a powerful tool that can make a big difference in getting mobs into place. It has a short CD unlike Rift Summon from VK as well, so you can usually use it multiple times in a pull if needed.

For raid tanking however, things get more specialized and there is less room to fuck around. Many of the great instance tools are useless on raids (I'm speaking of single target boss tanking I should note, for OT/trash tanking I just use the above build, primarily for solid ae aggro).

I don't have my exact specs in front of me atm, but what I use is only slightly different from this spec for single target tanking Duke and Johlen -

http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...E0R.xE00otMscz

You do have some room to tweak this around, but the main things are solid defensives from VK, and the long CD finishers from Warlord which I use on the tougher phases to help stabalize. This spec also does have spotters orders which should be kept on the named as much as humanly possible.

It's not a hardcore mit spec, but one that provides solid mitigation as well as raid support.

For hardcore mitigation I use something like this -

http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...qzh00z.E0Rh00m

This spec has the best possible magic mitigation, as well as great physical mitigation from all three souls (particularly VK with ravenous defense and ravenous strength). With no warlord, this spec cannot provide spotters orders or any of the other raid buffs that soul offers, but this is the type of spec you'll want to use when tanking mobs that do a ton of magic damage or where you just need to pull out all the stops and go super defensive.

In general, if you are serious about tanking, I would check out www.ciderhelm.com and read the site in it's entirety. This is the guy who founded Tankspot for WoW, and he's incredibly knowledgeable and has some fantastic information that any tank can benefit enormously from.

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Toron's build:

http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c...Mu0ciczMz.x0qz

This is a general Tank build for all situations. Good Single and AE target agro.

Macros
Single Target

#show Aggressive Block
suppressmacrofailures
cast Aggressive Block
cast Empowering Strike
cast Paladin's Reprisal
cast Retaliation
cast Disarming Counterblow

AE

#show Sweeping Strike
suppressmacrofailures
cast Sweeping Strike
cast Light's Decree
cast Vicious Cleave
cast Paladin's Reprisal
cast Retaliation
cast Disarming Counterblow

Finishers

I just always use spotter's orders. Increased damage and 10 target AE threat.