Rift Soul Overviews: The Nightblade
Adding the powers of the elements to the traditional rogue repertoire, the Nightblade is a showcase of what Rift is all about.
Rift. Like many Rogue souls, the Nightblade uses stealth to its advantage, but with the additional elemental abilities they can also unleash devastation from moderate distance.
- High damage output
- Uses stealth for sneak attacks
- More diverse combat style than traditional stealth souls
- Wide array of quick hitting combo stack abilities
- Pairs very well with other DPS souls
- Lack of crowd control
- A bit of a glass cannon
- Long fights can be overly taxing
Nightblades call upon the powers of the elemental planes to help
deliver devastating attacks. Its ranged attacks give it a leg up on the
other melee minded souls in the calling. Nightblades work in any slot
of a melee dps build doing equally well as primary, secondary or
All rogues are accomplished at soloing, especially those souls that have the advantage of stealth. The Nightblade has the added advantage of ranged attacks in its arsenal to spice up the affair. Heavy Nightblade builds will want to spend some points in souls that afford them some extra avoidance or crowd control to help shore up those deficiencies.
Group PlayAny group looking for a powerful DPS soul will find a spot for the Nightblade. Groups looking for a something with more utility however, will want to look elsewhere. Specializing in single target damage the Nightblade is most comfortable in group and raid scenarios where they can receive the benefit of concentrating purely on dishing out the hurt. .
Pairs Best With
Neither of my pairings are ones listed in the official recommendations, but both offer the biggest benefit where it counts damage output. Adding the Assassin grants tons of passive buffs and a huge throughput increase with Puncture. Included in the upgrades are 5% crit, 4% physical damage increase and 20% crit damage.
The Bladedancer adds some substantial upgrades, but does so at a fairly heavy price in terms of point investment. The additions are worth it however as you can achieve 5% to hit, extra dexterity, a huge increase in white damage, a dexterity self buff and a nice cooldown based damage increase. You will want to spend between 18 to 20 points here in order to maximize the gains.