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Good healer class

StayonboardStayonboard Vancouver, BCPosts: 77Member

Hey all just like the title says, looking for a good healer class to play in RIFT. 

If I'm looking at this correctly my two choices are Mage Chloromancer and Cleric classes? 

Out of the two, which is a better route to go? I played RIFT briefly at launch but haven't in a long time, so Im basically trying to start from scratch and relearn. Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks!

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  • RaventreeRaventree Yourtown, MNPosts: 456Member

    I haven't played a chloromancer, but it is my understanding that cleric is the best primary healer.  Cleric has 3 different healing specs that you can mix and match as you wish. 

    Edit:  I guess 4 if you count the weird new one that is half shared damage.

    Currently playing:
    Rift
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    SWToR, Aion,EQ, Dark Age of Camelot
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  • Kayn33Kayn33 mammt, MEPosts: 20Member

    Either works fine, Clerics have 3 "specialized" specs with 1 more support-ish spec, Mages get 1 spec that does all(not at same time). 

    The 3 Cleric specs are Sent, Warden, Puri. 

    Puri is raid shield bot, with tank CDs. 

    Warden is AoE HoT healer, with raid CDs.

    Sent is tank and spothealer, with some singletarget CDs.

    Defiler puts up links(99% passively besides Regulos), sometimes helps tank healing with a CD or spotheals, otherwise does DPS and stays alive.

    Mage's Chloromancer is a great tank healer, and a pretty good AoE healer(again, not at same time).

     

    Both work for all raid encounters, although Clerics get more guaranteed spots I guess as Puris are useful in all fights and Defiler's nearly mandatory for most with high tank damage(doable without, but so much better with). Downside is Sent is rarely used because of it, but it's the go-to dungeon healer spec.

    So yeah, play whichever you like more, both will get recruited. If you don't do only healing though, Clerics have never been "great" DPS-wise, even atm when most stuff is relatively balanced. They do make amazing tanks though. Mages, on the other hand, are great at both their other roles, DPS and Support.

  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,968Member Uncommon

    ^^ That's the best advice you're going to get.

    If you only want to ever play healer.. then Cleric has more options for you if you want to switch healing styles. Mage gives you decent flexibility for other roles though if you ever want to play them. Both are excellent soloers but Cleric easily has the best survivability. It's all very fine cut though.. there are some excellent cleric dps builds, they might not top the most well known mage builds but a cleric does offer a lot of passive support even when in a dps spec.. so it's fine line. I would argue that a shaman/druid physical damage melee cleric build is extremely high dps (more than my Pyro Mage) but is rarely seen. For some reason the community hasn't picked up on this combination, probably because the shaman tree 'hints' towards using elemental damage.

    But yeh, if you only want to heal.. Cleric has more options and playstyles for healing.

  • syntax42syntax42 Columbus, OHPosts: 1,305Member Uncommon

    I just started getting into Rift, so take my words as the advice of someone who hasn't experienced end-game.

     

    I've been reading a LOT on forums and other guide sites to try to figure out what I want to play.  I had considered Bard, but I would rather play a class that can swing a giant sword/axe/hammer instead of swinging two small things at once.  

    If you're looking for a class that can heal and switch roles to tanking or DPS, Rogue is another option.  The Bard soul doesn't seem to be regarded as capable of taking the place of the Cleric/Mage as the main healer in all situations, but the buffs and AoE healing seem to be welcome in raids.  The Tactician soul also seems to have some AoE healing as well.

     

    Instead of asking which class is good at one role, pick the class that has the playstyle you enjoy the most.  Every class can switch their role by changing builds.  

  • StayonboardStayonboard Vancouver, BCPosts: 77Member

    Thanks to everyone who replied, I appreciate the insight on what is most common/most useful late game. I currently have all characters to level 20 to try them out, I was definitely best with the Cleric and the Rogue.

     

    Which brings me to my next question

     

    Originally posted by syntax42

    I just started getting into Rift, so take my words as the advice of someone who hasn't experienced end-game.

     

    I've been reading a LOT on forums and other guide sites to try to figure out what I want to play.  I had considered Bard, but I would rather play a class that can swing a giant sword/axe/hammer instead of swinging two small things at once.  

    If you're looking for a class that can heal and switch roles to tanking or DPS, Rogue is another option.  The Bard soul doesn't seem to be regarded as capable of taking the place of the Cleric/Mage as the main healer in all situations, but the buffs and AoE healing seem to be welcome in raids.  The Tactician soul also seems to have some AoE healing as well.

     

    Instead of asking which class is good at one role, pick the class that has the playstyle you enjoy the most.  Every class can switch their role by changing builds.  

    It's kinda ironic you mentioned this because I was having a TON of fun with the Rogue's Bard as well. The thing I found, especially in PVP BG matches was that I had absolutely zero burst healing. I couldn't even self-heal enough to take out an attacker, though the buffs were excellent I felt like I was running around buffing more than I was doing anything else, and I don't know how useful I was really being. I since have just picked up the SL xpac so I plan to try out the Tactician build now and see if that makes things a little more interesting :) 

    I did really enjoy the cleric's survival skills. I should mention I really love to PVP so a good chunk of my leveling is going to come in the battlegrounds, just based on where I end up spending a lot of my time. 

    Thanks everyone again for your comments!

  • StayonboardStayonboard Vancouver, BCPosts: 77Member
    Also is there any way for a Bard to get a direct targetted heal? I understand that a Rogue isn't a healing class, but I would like a way to at least be able to keep myself up while soloing. I find with the Cleric it's survivability is amazing. 
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