One of the most enticing aspects of Rift: Planes of Telara is the new Soul system used to help players determine their abilities in their class. The system essentially works like this. You start the game by choosing a Calling – immediately after you start playing, you will receive your first Soul, a specialization within the Calling that provides you with certain types of abilities.
For example, if you choose the Mage Calling, you will be able to choose from options like Warlock, Pyromancer and Necromancer. Each type of Soul provides different bonuses to your character, allowing you to deal different types of damage, and in some cases provide healing or support abilities.
There are four callings in Rift – Warrior, Mage, Cleric, and Rogue. Each fits a specific generalized role including tanking, DPS, healing and support. The majority of the roles are related to damage dealing in some style or another, but there are a lot of different combinations that will allow characters to heal themselves or others and to perform crowd control.
Choosing Your Souls
Throughout the game you'll be able to unlock various souls in the game – each of them linking directly with two other souls. At any given time, you can have three souls active on your character. Each soul will link up with specific abilities that then unlock abilities in your Soul's tree and root system. Those abilities will compliment each other across all souls, allowing you to perform a variety of actions depending on what you want to do in the game.
Furthermore, Rift allows you to purchase extra Soul tree slots. By doing this, you can create up to four different layouts for soul trees. This means, if you unlock all the souls for your Calling (of which there are more than a dozen), you can create four different combinations of souls, allowing you to adapt your gameplay depending on the end-game content you are playing – PvP, raiding, or solo questing.
Making Your Decisions Count
The thing about the soul system is that you will almost never be able to choose just right. With thousands of potential combinations, hundreds of hybrids you can create, and many more styles of play that will vary depending on the decisions you make, it's impossible to get it just right. But, with practice and a keen eye, you can start tweaking your character to play as you need them to in the style you enjoy.