Rift Soul Overviews - The Paragon
Are you a fan of the traditional dual wielding fantasy powerhouse monk class? Now imagine it wrapped in plate armor and you have the Rift Paragon.
- High damage output
- Integral part of top warrior DPS build
- Able to deal damage to ranged opponents
- Well suited for soloing
- Able to interrupt casters
- Less mobile than other Warriors
- Relies almost solely on avoidance with limited mitigation
- Can feel weaker than other souls at early levels
The Paragon is an offensive powerhouse that combines the feel of a martial artist with the power of steel. A heavy Paragon build can be the ticket to a fast and smooth leveling experience from level 20 onward, combing high dps with some decent crowd control. Even though the Paragon gains a talent to increase their base movement speed periodically, the soul lacks an ability to quickly close the distance on an opponent that some other warrior souls enjoy.
An excellent solo class that pairs high damage output with fun gameplay. Many of the Paragons abilities are reactive in nature, requiring players to pay attention to procs and triggers. These follow up attacks act similarly to finishing moves, but will award attack points to keep the killing spree rolling along.
Group PlayAs of patch 1.3 the Paragon has continued to rise into the top DPS soul in the warrior calling. Utilizing its synergy with other DPS souls and factoring in current itemization, a dual wield Paragon build has incredible damage output. Be careful when allocating your talent points however as several builds are highly dependent on raid buffs. Running a raid-centric spec without the needed buffs can leave you feeling power starved and actually lower your damage output.
Pairs Best With
Mating a Paragon with a Riftblade makes for one of the best cloth killers in the game. The added magical damage and ranged attacks will also help mask the fact that the Paragon struggles to close distance on opponents. At 6 points into the tree: Freeze Armor will slow an enemy by 50%, couple this with the 50% movement speed increase of Fleet of Foot for maximum benefit.
The constant companion of any build, the Champion pairs well with nearly every soul but its upside to a Paragon build is without compare. Crazy amounts of DPS increase talents, an AoE root and Blitz (which makes Bull Rush available in combat) as early as 11 points into the tree makes this a must have for the Paragon. Set your sights on about 21 points in this tree for a top notch raid/dungeon build.