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Rift Soul Overviews: The Stormcaller

Updated Tue, May 24, 2011 by Medawky

The Stormcaller


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Stormcaller
Calling: Mage
Role: DPS
Primary Attribute: Int

One of the more daunting souls in the Rift universe is that of the Stormcaller, a Mage DPS class that uses the powers of wind and water to besiege their enemies. Pyromancers may have been the most popular Mage DPS soul early on, but as the game progresses and raiding becomes more prevalent the Stormcaller becomes a key ingredient in top damage builds. A perfect match with the Elementalist, this is not a soul for novice players or those looking for a 3 button nuker to mindlessly kill with but a powerful weapon that needs constant upkeep and attention.

Pros

  • Chart topping DPS
  • Can excel at single target and AoE
  • Challenging style of gameplay
  • Compliments other souls well

Cons

  • Difficult soul to master
  • Requires coordination of abilities
  • Can be easily interrupted before reaching full power with spells


Overview


The Stormcaller's powerful DPS is the result of a carefully constructed weave of spells that if allowed to reach fruition can become quite devastating. Of course in that course of building that power up the Mage becomes very exposed and any interruption delays the devastation. Stormcallers aren't completely defenseless however, their abilities also afford them several methods of hurling enemies away and then slowing their advances – giving the caster extra time to finish them off.

Solo Play


Stormcallers can solo very well if done by an experienced player, or a new player with a fair amount of patience as it isn't the easiest of rotations to master. As with every one of the souls in Rift however, there are up to 5 roles you can purchase so there is no need to be obligated to any one soul in particular.

Group Play


The Stormcaller is most at home in a group or raid setting. With other callings surrounding them and providing a necessary buffer, the Stormcaller can fully realize their damage potential. Although most Stormcaller builds feature very little extra utility, they more than make up for that shortcoming with their ability to provide optimal DPS on both single target foes and large AoE packs.

Pairs Best With


Elementalist


The Elementalist is the single best pairing for a strong Stormcaller build. The synergy between the two is undeniable and often leaves the tertiary soul with no spare points to buy into. Besides direct buffs to damage output, the main upside of this pairing are the powerful pets afforded to you. In most raid and group settings the weapon of choice will be the Greater Air Elemental, but the other two pets are also useful in solo or PvP situations.

Archon


The official game recommendation for the other pairing is that of the Pyromancer, and while that may sound great, the truth is there aren't a lot of points left to go around for this soul. Knowing that we will be spending either the lion's share, or even more likely, all of our points in the first two – it makes the most sense to fill this spot with the Archon. At zero points into the tree you get one fairly useless spell;  Pillaging Stone, with a 2 second cast time and little damage. The real jewel here, and the only reason to take this soul, is Searing Vitality. Searing Vitality is a cast-able stacking debuff that gives you charge, does DoT damage to your enemy and adds 10 Endurance per stack – max 5. The buff lasts 5 minutes and is a great bit of extra survivability  
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