This guide attempts to develop a mages’ ability to play the Harbinger soul with the Chloromancer and Arbiteras off souls.This soul has the capability of doing relatively high damage, in fact the top damage until you get an eternal weapon. It is great for play in open world situations where you may be solo or cannot count on your group for support. You can also activate Living Veil to give yourself raid healing though your damage will be reduced in half.
Harbingers were introduced into Rift during the Storm Legion Expansion pack and was the first time that mages went into combat at should to should with other combat melee damage dealers. As a mage draws its power from magic, it does not use a typical weapon. Instead they rely on casting buffs that turn that staffs into fierce weapons such as a deadly scythe. Since the introduction of Harbinger it has stayed towards the top of styles of play and is one of the top recommended builds for leveling.
From the Callng Description
Harbinger are offensive mages who deal damage from melee range. Utilizing brutal melee attacks the Harbinger is able to weave powerful spells into there combat flow.
There are two different sets of buffs that essentialliy need to be setup. One is for single target and the other is for Area of Effect damage
.For Single Target Damage ensure the following:
Charged Blade Increases damage done by the Mage’s slashing attacks by 30% and all other damaging Mage abilities by 10%. Each slashing ability consumes 5 Charge. Slashing abilities cannot generate Charge while active. Does not trigger a global cooldown.
Eldritch Armor Grants the Mage’s slashing attacks a 40% chance to reduce the cast time of their next ability by 2s and mana cost by 40%. Cannot occur more than once every 3s. Lasts 1h. Counts as a Mage Armor.
Lightning Blade Summons a blade of electrical energy. Slashing attacks deal an additional 365 Air damage. All other damaging attacks have a 5% chance to deal an additional 365 Air damage. Lasts 1h.
Reaper’s Blade Summons a deadly scythe of magical energy. Slashing attacks deal an additional 350 Life damage, heal the Mage by 22, and applies Twisted Soul (Minor). Twisted Soul (Minor) reduces single target healing the target receives by 15% for 6 seconds. All other damaging attacks have a 30% chance to trigger this effect. Increases the Mage’s damage by 20%. Can be used alongside another weapon enchantment. Lasts 1h.
For Area of Effect Damage substitute using this instead of Reaper’s Blade
Luminous Blessing Causes melee attacks to deal an additional 421 to 429 Life damage to up to 5 enemies. Lasts 1h. Counts as a Blade buff.
Note: it is best at this time to just recast all the buffs you want.
The Full Rotation
Cool Down Block: This is a block that is only used Empyrean Ascension is on cool down
Opening Sequence: Used before other abilities because they place the proper DoT’s and Debuffs on a target
Normal Rotation: This uses the highest damaging abilities on the shortest cooldowns
The basic rotation is quite simple. It consists mainly of using certain spells to trigger Eldritch Armor to proc that makes the next cast isntant. Once this procs you use one of your high damaging abilities. This is made relatively simple by placing all spells in one macro, and the high proc abilities in another.
The Normal Rotation is composed three simple steps and a cool down:
Below are macros that can and are being used with this setup. As always these are merely a starting point and should be customized for your playing experience. A guide can be found on our website here. If a button follows bellow the macro you can click it to automatically copy it to your clipboard.
Karuul Alerts are used for an addon specifically made for Rift with the name Karuul Alerts, also abbreviated as K-Alerts. We highly suggest that you utilize this or a similar addon such as Gadgets. We use Karuul Alerts because of the ease with which the entire alert can be transferred between clients using import and or the export functions as well as sharing alerts directly within Rift itself. If you need assistance with obtaining this addon or how to import the following text you can see our guide on implementing macros.
What is provided after this is an example used by a player who has actually played this role and found it to be helpful to them. It works for them, but may not work for you because play styles can vary so widely. Please consider this a starting point for customizing your own preferred layout.