Rift Soul Overviews - The Saboteur
Few of Rift’s souls are mundane, and it seems we describe many of them as unique, but the Saboteur takes it to a whole new level. The idea of a sneaky, crafty, behind the scenes shadow warrior is nothing new in the world of rogues, but one that can determine the outcome of a battle before it ever begins is certainly a new wrinkle in an olde genre.
- Unique gameplay
- Blend of action and strategy
- Focuses player on one path
- Makes things go boom!
- Excellent PvP soul
- Can't use other souls combos toward finishing moves
- Overwhelmed by multiple mobs
- Needs time to set up attacks
Using explosives, incendiary devices and traps to control the battlefield, the Saboteur is soul unlike any other in the rogue calling. While many rogues are adept at using preemptive strikes and unseen attacks, the Saboteur elevates it to an art form. The Saboteur makes an excellent PvP combatant due to the nature of their traps and their ability to stack high burst DPS attacks that can’t be avoided. Unfortunately unlike many of the rogue souls that can intermingle and mix their opening moves and finishers, the Saboteur is locked into using their unique set of abilities.
Traditionally rogues are in their element when they act alone and the Saboteur is a perfect example. Trapping their foes and then setting them up with bombs and charges, they thrive on creating chaos. Detonating charges may sound like a brute force operation, but smart Saboteurs will vary their attacks and use multiple openers to capitalize on a talent known as Charge Booster that effectively doubles the potency of each type of deployed charge.
Group PlayA Saboteur can find a home in a group as their DPS can be impressive when played properly, but many groups are reluctant to invite one as it is a hard soul to master. If the group is PvP oriented however, the Saboteur can be the cornerstone of a ruthless team. With so much utility geared towards disabling and disrupting their opponents, plus damage that unavoidable, the Saboteur plays well in the player vs player sandbox.
Pairs Best With
Nightblade & Riftstalker
We normally like to suggest pairings that have the highest amount of synergy or that directly enhance each other, but it’s not so easy with the Saboteur. With no other soul being able to contribute combo point builders to the Saboteur, we instead want to look for souls that have the most damage increasing abilities for the lowest cost. The Nightblade and the Riftstalker meet these criteria with a 15% increase to combo point generating abilities and a 15% increase in attack power for 5 points in respective soul. 3 more points into Unstable State in the Nightblade tree adds a 9% increase to the damage of all non-physical damage, of which all of the earth based charges and traps are included.