Rift Soul Overviews: The Sentinel

The Sentinel

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Primary Attribute: Wis

Commanding the powers of light to do their bidding in an unending
effort to heal the wounds of their comrades, the Sentinel is one of the
most powerful defensive souls in the game. Sacrificing personal power
for the ability to keep others alive is the hallmark of this brand of
Cleric. .


  • Above average survivability
  • Healers are always in demand
  • Switches between single and multiple targets easily
  • Compliments other souls well


  • Lack of substantial damage output
  • Strongest abilities are deep into the spec
  • No crowd control


Filling the more commonly held definition of a Cleric, the Sentinel is
a heal first soul that would be more comfortable keeping themselves
alive until the enemy gets bored enough and goes away than they would
be to smite their foe. They specialize in direct and multiple
target healing spells and are well equipped to handle any healing
assignment. The Sentinel is at home in starring or supporting roles in
a talent build, but really shines when it’s the center of attention.

Solo Play

The Sentinel should never be the focal point of a solo build, but will
do very well with any form of DPS soul. Adding the healing that is
lacking in the melee souls and giving a strong buff to the utility of
the caster souls, the Sentinel is very complimentary for a rather
modest point investment. At ten points spent the Sentinel
adds a stamina buff, a rez and multiple healing talents.

Group Play

Healers will always be near the top of the list of a group’s needs, and
while many different callings and souls can provide healing – the
Sentinel is one of the best.; Should you chose to level via
dungeons and public group content (including PvP), you could very well
hit level cap without ever purchasing a DPS role from your trainer. One
of the Sentinel’s best attributes is the ability to withstand a beating
and keep both themselves and their allies alive until the enemy can be
struck down.

Pairs Best With


Putting heavy points into both the Sentinel and the Warden can create a
powerhouse healer and is among the most popular of the healing builds
currently in use in Telara. The first 15 points spent in Warden
magnifies the power of a Sentinel tenfold, with increases to mana pool,
HoT effectiveness and instant cast heal effectiveness. While there is
some duplication later on in the root system, the overall synergy here
begs for a strong presence in both specs.


The Purifier will be a much more frugal pairing than the Warden, but an
important one none the less. Spending as few as 5 points in this tree
will add a powerful damage shield as well as a substantial increase in
Wisdom. Players who prefer the style of shielding their allies may want
to spend more in the Purifier tree than the Warden. While there is less
duplication with this route, there is also less synergy –
however there is a very nice Wisdom buff to be gained if enough points
are spent here.

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