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Rift Soul Overviews: The Archon

Posted Thu, May 12, 2011 by Medawky

The Archon


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Archon
Calling: Mage
Role: Support
Primary Attribute: Int

While support classes may not be the most popular souls in Rift, they can be very powerful when played properly. Residing among the Mage calling, the Archon is one of the best support souls in the game. A powerful mix of draining enemies and buffing allies, the Archon can easily be the difference maker in a close battle.

Pros

  • Increases effectivness of all other roles
  • Highly versatile in groups
  • Pairs well with DPS or Healing builds

Cons

  • Support soul DPS is weak
  • Requires superb timing to be most effective
  • Lacks survivability


Overview


With so many souls (and so many roles) available to each calling, Rift is able to dedicate entire talent trees to aspects that many games can only hint at. The Archon soul is predicated on debuffing enemies and turning their power against them in the form of powerful buffs for their allies. Think of them as the Robin Hood of Rift souls. Built around a 5 minute cycle of auras that drain foes, weaken the mage and then buff the party, the Archon requires constant upkeep by the player and usually someone to watch their back when they are at their most vulnerable.

Solo Play


As a primary soul there is absolutely no plausible reason to even attempt to solo as an Archon. Even though they do put out surprisingly good DPS for a support class; there is little consolation in knowing you are the best of the worst. Players with their hearts set on playing only as an Archon will need to have ultimate patience, or the good sense to purchase a second role and solo as a Pyromancer.

Group Play


The Archon was designed around grouping and while 5 player groups may not see a ton of upside during leveling content, the benefits will be hard to live without at end game. The ability to increase every facet of the group while simultaneously robbing opponents of their strength makes the Archon excellent in both PvE and PvP, with players who excel at the soul quickly finding themselves with a reputation that borders on reverence.

Pairs Best With


Chloromancer

Mixing the power of the Archon with the healing of the Chloromancer can make for one of the best utility classes in the game. With little duplication of talents and few wasted points, the benefits are immediate in this pairing. At 16 points spent, the Chloromancer adds tons of healing, increased statistics and adds a considerable buff to the casters DPS. Empowered Veil, Phytogensis and Synthesis are three must haves in the talent tree.  

Dominator

The official game recommendation for the tertiary pairing for the Archon is the Warlock, and while that is a solid choice with plenty of upside – adding the Dominator will create the ultimate support build. The Dominator is famous for its crowd control and Transmogrify is a freebie that is added just for selecting this soul. A bargain pairing at 8 points spent will also add a devastating mana siphon, a passive damage shield with a 30 minute duration and a spell reflect to the mix. 
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