Rift Soul Overview: The Cabalist

The Cabalist

The Cabalist

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The perfect soul for those that prefer the darker side of the cleric
calling, The Cabalist is an offensive soul that draws on the power of
darkness and decay to spread their brand of faith. The real power of
the soul is felt as the centerpiece to a DPS build, but it can
compliment any build looking for a little more firepower.


  • Powerful AoE damage
  • Unique mechanics are fun to play
  • Mana regen ability minimizes downtime
  • Talents work well in PvE and PvP


  • Damage takes time to ramp up
  • Not the easiest soul to master for a new player
  • Less survivability than other Cleric souls


A lethal DPS soul, the Cabalist is
one of the more intricate
and nuanced in the game. Using two unique mechanics to enhance damage
Cabalist must learn how to master Sigils; a self-buff that is unleashed
various effects and Decay; a stacking channeled ability that deals
damage and
marks the enemy for other devastating effects.  Like
the cumulative damage they deal, the
Cabalist starts slow but builds to a powerful crescendo as they advance
the levels.

Solo Play

The Cabalist really comes into its own at later levels, so the bulk of
the solo levels will be spent utilizing different souls. It would be
prudent however to keep it around as a secondary or tertiary soul to
gain familiarity as there is a learning curve to gain mastery here.
Cabalists are well suited for the environs of Telara with their solid
repertoire of AoE damage abilities.

Group Play

Cabalists are a solid choice for your ranged DPS slot in any group.
Never ones to challenge a tank for threat with spiky burst damage, the
Cabalist instead weaves their magic over time. This shadowy presence is
a perfect choice in raids and dungeons as they are content to do their
thing from the sidelines, going largely unnoticed until itÂ’s too late.

Pairs Best With


Pairing with Inquisitor adds extra
crowd control and increases survivability, shoring up two of the soul's
major weaknesses. The Inquisitor also uses a good deal of death magic
to do their work, so there is a natural synergy at work here. At 14
points into the root advancement, Soul Drain is another AoE spell that
feels right at home in the Cabalist's arsenal.


Adding a healing soul to the mix rounds out a solid build without
detracting too much from the damage potential. The thought here is that
you will spend very few points in this tree, but you will reap huge
rewards for the investment. At 6 points spent you gain a damage
absorption shield, a direct heal and a reactive heal - as well as a
couple of direct damage abilities.

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