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Rift: The Shaman

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,659MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Trion Worlds and the Rift development team have teamed up with us this week to reveal four of the classes upcoming when Rift goes live. Our final installment features the Shaman, an elemental force who can wreath companions in powerful shields and provide healing as well. We have lore, screenshots and a basic overview of the Shaman. Check it out and tell us what you think by commenting below.

Overview

The Shaman binds the power of the icy north to his very being, wreathing himself in pure elemental force. This power augments a Shaman’s attacks, making him a powerful melee combatant, and provides shields and reactive healing.

Read more about the Rift Shaman.


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  • dirtyjoe78dirtyjoe78 Phoenix, AZPosts: 400Member

    Like the sound of this class and i also like that they are getting the rest of the class information out as this game approaches closed beta at the beginning of Dec.  I love all the stories that go along with the iconic class heroes it hints at the power of the class while giving an entertaining lore story.  I like they way they have handled getting information out about this game.

  • DanubiDanubi LyngbyPosts: 11Member

    sounds interesting.. Cant figure out what i wanna play though :

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  • Psym0nPsym0n MaastrichtPosts: 224Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Danubi

    sounds interesting.. Cant figure out what i wanna play though :

    That's why you can change all your callings classes anytime.

     

    And on the subject, I love melee healing champions, this will be a hard choice for me as well!

  • Cik_AsalinCik_Asalin SoCal, CAPosts: 3,033Member

    The sound of the game, content, breadth and depth of pvevp game-play seems pretty rich. It'll continue to be one to follow.

    But Trion Worlds isn't going to realize true appreciation until they step-up their pre-market mainstream marketing; I dont think they've capitalized on that.

  • SwobyJSwobyJ Ottawa, ONPosts: 80Member

    Originally posted by Danubi



    sounds interesting.. Cant figure out what i wanna play though :


     

    If you want to play Shaman at any time, pick the Cleric calling from the start. Pick your starting soul (I don't think Shaman is one). Get to around Level 6 and do a quest. Pick the Shaman soul to be your second. Now you'll have it for whenever you customize your 'roles' for the rest of the game :)

     

    That's how it works so far. No confirmation on the release build, and I couldn't tell you anyway :)

  • SwobyJSwobyJ Ottawa, ONPosts: 80Member

    Originally posted by Cik_Asalin



    The sound of the game, content, breadth and depth of pvevp game-play seems pretty rich. It'll continue to be one to follow.

    But Trion Worlds isn't going to realize true appreciation until they step-up their pre-market mainstream marketing; I dont think they've capitalized on that.


     

    Totally agreed. However, this is starting to change this month, and should be going up a LOT in December. 

  • Ngeldu5tNgeldu5t PhoenixPosts: 606Member Uncommon

    Damn,all the Cleric callings sound good and I still don't know what I gonna choose.

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  • radwan666radwan666 BogotPosts: 31Member

    Interesting class. Has the shaman some healing skills?

    Sounds like a realease date is approaching :)

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  • HekketHekket Iforgot, IAPosts: 905Member

    I like the class system they have in this game. It's too bad the character animations seem dull..  image

  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon

    Chain mail dress? Yanno...sorta like it :O First class that seemed interesting enough that it makes me want to play. Sorta.

     

    Still not sold, but I'm looking forward to some gameplay videos. Not the trailers, where all the best parts of the game are stuck together to make you believe the game is THAT epic 24/7. Just the regular gamer videos of a typical day in game. That's when I'll know if it's worth the money or not.

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  • elf-hitenelf-hiten leverkusenPosts: 5Member

    Originally posted by gaeanprayer



    Chain mail dress? Yanno...sorta like it :O First class that seemed interesting enough that it makes me want to play. Sorta.

     

    Still not sold, but I'm looking forward to some gameplay videos. Not the trailers, where all the best parts of the game are stuck together to make you believe the game is THAT epic 24/7. Just the regular gamer videos of a typical day in game. That's when I'll know if it's worth the money or not.


     

    better try it ^^

  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,518Member Uncommon

    this game just keeps getting better and better

    Im already on my 4th alt now

  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCPosts: 6,258Member Uncommon

    so shaman cant heal?

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  • mmogawdmmogawd some city, CAPosts: 732Member

    Originally posted by MMOExposed

    so shaman cant heal?

    [object Window]and provide healing as well[object Window]

    did you even read the post?

  • KarbleKarble San Diego, CAPosts: 741Member

    Where is my druid!!!!!

    I am really looking forward to this game but I see they have not talked about druid as a calling. Why is druid not a clear and important part of things.

    Druids have been a fun part of things since Everquest. Wow did great things with them. I just think this game is not going to be complete unless it has it's druids.

    A druid by common gaming standards can be a jack of many trades when needed. They could deal out mass damage, and crowd control, and heal, and even turn into or have animal pets in many games. If the shaman is in then the druid should get some love to. I will sub either way if the game turns out to be as good as it seems....but the game clearly cries out for druids.....

  • MyrdynnMyrdynn Beaumont, CAPosts: 1,518Member Uncommon

    it has druids, every class in game is listed at telarapedia.com

    Druids, Necros, and many others, they are just only releasing soul info 1 at a time

  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCPosts: 6,258Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Karble



    Where is my druid!!!!!

    I am really looking forward to this game but I see they have not talked about druid as a calling. Why is druid not a clear and important part of things.

    Druids have been a fun part of things since Everquest. Wow did great things with them. I just think this game is not going to be complete unless it has it's druids.

    A druid by common gaming standards can be a jack of many trades when needed. They could deal out mass damage, and crowd control, and heal, and even turn into or have animal pets in many games. If the shaman is in then the druid should get some love to. I will sub either way if the game turns out to be as good as it seems....but the game clearly cries out for druids.....


     

    Some reason the main site doesnt update the information. maybe because its still beta. but the wiki has the classes. also some of the tree skills.

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  • jusomdudejusomdude Posts: 2,389Member Uncommon

    If it's anything like WoW shaman, which it does kinda sound similar, they can gtfo right now.

  • SwobyJSwobyJ Ottawa, ONPosts: 80Member

    Originally posted by Karble



    Where is my druid!!!!!

    I am really looking forward to this game but I see they have not talked about druid as a calling. Why is druid not a clear and important part of things.

    Druids have been a fun part of things since Everquest. Wow did great things with them. I just think this game is not going to be complete unless it has it's druids.

    A druid by common gaming standards can be a jack of many trades when needed. They could deal out mass damage, and crowd control, and heal, and even turn into or have animal pets in many games. If the shaman is in then the druid should get some love to. I will sub either way if the game turns out to be as good as it seems....but the game clearly cries out for druids.....


     

    Calm down. Holy MMORPG.com...

    The Cleric calling has the Druid class. We don't know many details about it yet, but I do know some things:

    1)It's more of a high fantasy/Celtic druic, not the Warcraft druid of Night Elfdom.

    2)As such, no shapeshifting.

    3)There will be heals.

    4)There will be a fairy pet. As far as I know. Or a fairy of some sort.

     

    I suggest visiting the forums (be polite, since every bit of info is there if you're just respectful lol), or going on Telarapaedia :) Cheers.

  • SwobyJSwobyJ Ottawa, ONPosts: 80Member

    Originally posted by jusomdude



    If it's anything like WoW shaman, which it does kinda sound similar, they can gtfo right now.


     

    A little bit. From the info here, we know some things:

    1)It doesn't have totems. So right there, its not like the WoW shaman.

    2)It's less about heals. Rift Shaman seems to have a focus more in flash heals when needed, not a dedicated healing soul.

    3)While we know there is a usage of the ice elemental attacks, we don't know if there are others. Possibly lightning. 

  • thorppesthorppes nottinghamshirePosts: 452Member

    A character wearing chain mail, with a hammer, who has small heals, lightning attacks and spells to boost meele. Too close to a WoW shaman for me to play, they could of 're-invented the wheel' a bit more with this class it seems to offer nothing new.

  • XandryaXandrya Phoenix, AZPosts: 59Member

    Originally posted by thorppes

    A character wearing chain mail, with a hammer, who has small heals, lightning attacks and spells to boost meele. Too close to a WoW shaman for me to play, they could of 're-invented the wheel' a bit more with this class it seems to offer nothing new.


     

     What is new is that if you choose to go with this souls you can combine its abilities with two of 8 others souls in any combination.  That's what is special about it.  I really get tired of people seeing this game and saying...WoW has that, when in fact WoW really does not have that at all.

  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 chapel hill, NCPosts: 1,800Member Uncommon

    The classes are really great for Rift. Plus the ability to mix and match is just sending the game over the top.


  • ARaphaARapha Fremont, CAPosts: 1Member

    Awesome

  • WaizerWaizer BarryPosts: 125Member

    sounds another interesting class :)

    Can't wait for beta, just hope I'm in

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