Welcome to the Defiler guide. The Cleric Defiler is a unique and interesting style of healer because of their mix of tools and utility. Not only do they prevent damage but they have great mobilty and are able to maintain a decent level of healing whilst on the move. In raids they are considered to be more of a support healer because even though they can reduce a great deal of damage through their various links, they are not capable of the output of other healing specs. As a Defiler you will also spend a lot of time doing DPS because of how your abilities are affected by your damage but I will cover this later. In this guide I will cover your abilities, soul tree, macros and stats. If you have any feedback or questions then please refer to the "Feedback" page on the website menu.
Below you will see the soul tree that I am using for this set up. As with most callings in Rift there are other possible set ups that you can use but for the purpose of this guide I will be using the following soul tree. Please take the time to read through each talent that is taken so that you are fully aware of what it does.
This soul tree set up will max out the Defiler tree to gain access to the level 60 ability which is a strong defensive cooldown that can be on yourself or others such as a tank in a bad situation. It also takes points in the Purifier tree for increases to healing, wisdom and absorption as well as a small emergency cooldown.
A big part of playing a Defiler is your Links. You have 4 different Links which range in power. They are as follows:
Link of Agony - Intercepts 30% of the damage taken by an ally. You will take 19% of the intercepted damage.
Link of Suffering - Intercepts 20% of the damage taken by an ally. You will take 30% of the intercepted damage.
Link of Misery - Intercepts 10% of the damage taken by an ally. You will take 59% of the intercepted damage.
Link of Distress - Intercepts 5% of the damage taken by an ally. You will take 85% of the intercepted damage.
You can apply these links to one ally each and it will reduce their damage taken by a percentage and that damage that is reduced will be redirected to you. As a result you will take some of that damage but it is highly beneficial because you are preventing a lot of damage. The best part is that the intercepted damage that you take from your links will, for the most part, is not noticeable because of other class mechanics that absorb the damage but I will cover these later.
Most of these macros are for the benefit of people that want to heal using mouse over macros. For those that do not know, mouse over macros allow you to cast the ability on the target by simply hovering your mouse over the targets raid frame so there is no need to click each individual person to target them.
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Just to re-emphasize, the Defiler is for the most part a support soul but it can be used to heal expert dungeons however not as well as a Warden or Sentinel so please do keep that in mind. They also lack some tools such as an AoE dispel and there are some boss mechanics that require a dispel so you need to single target dispel each person which does not only take time but it also makes an already clunky rotation even more clunky.