Last updated on May 23rd, 2018
A Rift newbie guide for new players of the game Rift by Trion. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran at MMORPGs, everyone has questions about how to do certain things. This getting started guide takes you through your first steps in Telara, the world in which Rift is set. If you want help for endgame, check out our Rift Endgame Guide
Rift Guide Basic Concepts
Understand where the world is set will set your initial choices. They have ramifications in terms of allegiance, but you’ll find both factions are available for play.
The World of Telara
The land faces an unprecedented challenge as dimensional rifts threaten the integrity of the realm. The Ascended (players) are heroes brought across time to help free Telara from the Blood Storm (A coalition of Gods from other planes). The players will encounter both local and foreign forces that are with and against them, and engage in massive battles for survival and power.
The Factions of Rift
Full Details on racial attributes can be found here
The player must chose to be a Guardian or a Defiant. The Guardians are the chosen champions of the Vigil (Telara’s Gods) and will fight on their command. The Defiants will fight to protect Telara but blame the Gods for the Rift war. Both factions can coexist in guilds but have different starting zones. Please note Asylum has a vast majority of Guardians in guild!
Rift Souls / Classes Guide
This game has a fantastic leveling system that allows you to customize your class and role in a completely new way.
Each Soul is represented by a unique Soul Tree. As your character levels up, you earn Soul Points to spend on unique abilities and traits within your Soul Trees.
- Branch Advancement
To grant new skills to your character and open higher-tier abilities, spend Soul Points on your trees’ “branch” abilities.
- Root Advancement
You unlock new “root” skills for your character as you spend Soul Points on branch abilities. While Soul Tree branches represent the unique choices you make to customize your character, roots represent core powers of the soul that all players can access.
Rift Crafting Guide
Called Tradeskills, the game has a crafting system that will not be new to mmo players. There are gathering and crafting skills, and you can chose whatever you want in up to three specializations. Here are the professions and their compatibility:
Brew potions, philters, and vials – consumable items that have spell-like effects.
Suggested Callings: Any
Forge mighty defensive gear from chain and plate mail to protective shields.
Suggested Callings: Cleric, Warrior
Create both jewelry (magical necklaces and rings) as well as weapons for spell casters from staves to wands and tomes.
Suggested Callings: Cleric, Mage
Stitch cloth and leather armor plus bags and more. A popular option with Mages.
Suggested Callings: Mage, Rogue
Craft most types of weapons including one-handed and two-handed maces, swords, axes, daggers, bows, and guns.
Suggested Callings: Warrior, Rogue
You can find more detailed information on the official website.
Rift Newbie Guide for Settings
The Rift chat window
Rift Name Settings
Rift Action Bars and Other UI
Remember to visit the game’s official site where you can log in and check your status and access forums, etc. For more Rift gamer guides check out our Rift Guides section, and for other gamer guides be sure to stop by our Guides section!