Thanks to some early datamining regarding the new souls coming in RIFT 3.0, curious players have seen hints about how Trion will bring Mage (Arbiter) tanks, Warrior (Liberator) and Rogue (Physician) healers, and Cleric (Crusader) supporters to life in RIFT. Our official class forums are filled with feedback and suggestions for the class developers which is pretty great to see at this somewhat-early stage of development.
Kervik took the time yesterday to say a few words regarding a couple of the questions Mages had regarding the Arbiter, which is the tanking Mage soul. Specifically, he talked about how the Arbiter will tank with the help of a special pet:
Originally posted by Kervik (Source)
As I’ve been reminded several times I promised to at least shed a little more light on the Arbiter soul. Keep in mind this is essentially a pre-alpha version of the soul. Anything and everything about it can, and in many cases probably will, still be changed before it goes live.
Regarding gear for the new soul, there is going to be new tanking gear available that you’ll most likely want to gather for use with the soul. There aren’t any buffs or talents in the soul tree that award toughness. The soul also uses Deflect instead of Block, so you’ll be looking for gear and runes to match.
As many of you have noted, the pet is essentially at the center of the soul’s ability to tank. In its current form the pet functions as basically as a partial absorb shield, meaning it intercepts a percentage of the damage you take. The main difference from an actual absorb shield is the pet’s health can be returned in parts, while an absorb needs to be reapplied. The pet also intercepts a portion of the healing you receive to help in keeping it alive. The pet itself has no abilities and doesn’t even have the standard pet control bar. It follows you around, keeps you buffed and soaks up damage.
I’m working with this soul to make Charge a bit more interesting while tanking, but details will have to wait.
Interesting! What do you Mage players feel about the idea of tanking with a permanent-yet-not-controllable pet?