Rift Newbie Guide

Rift Newbie Guide

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

rift-newbie-guide-dwarves Dwarves

rift-newbie-guide-highelves High Elves

rift-newbie-guide-mathosian Mathosian

rift-newbie-guide-defiantsrift-newbie-guide-bahni Bahmi

rift-newbie-guide-eth Eth

rift-newbie-guide-kelari Kelari

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


Rift’s Soul Tree determines your skills with any character

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.

A beginner’s introduction can be found here. And a point calculator for soul trees can be found here.


Rift Crafting Guide



Tradeskills allow players to craft equipment and consumables

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


How to create new tabs in Rift


How to change the chat colors in Rift


Rift Name Settings


Select Floaty Names to Remove clutter in Rift


Set player colors for easy identification


Rift Action Bars and Other UI


How to enable auto-loot on AOE looting


How to show more actions bars in Rift


How to change UI scale and enable quest tracker in Rift


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!

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