Weekend at Bernie’s

So I’ve been chugging along in RIFT like crazy these days, trying to make the most out of my final pre-Guild Wars 2 time while decking out my character for Storm Legion.  I’ve geared up pretty well so far, enough that I can hold my own on Ember Isle, which was my goal.  Ember Isle is a level 52ish zone, and since the level cap is at 50, it means that it is not a cakewalk.  Very pretty and cool, but not a cakewalk.

I still was dying more than I wanted, so after a couple of aborted adventures, I went back to the drawing board and came up with a better build for my solo journey.  What I centered it around was the Druid’s level 26 greater fairy pet, which is a strong healer and light DPSer.  I noted that when I had that pet out, my Druid was all but invincible — but I wasn’t taking down mobs fast at all.

So what I did was create a build that put 26 into Druid and the rest into Shaman for the harder hitting melee, and that’s worked out tremendously well for me.  I have three shields, a self-heal, and whatever heals the fairy throws out, plus a lot of natural mana regen and strong DPS.  It might not top the Inquisitor as my favorite class, but it’s working very well for me so far.

Last night I was puttering around some ruins when I saw a glowing sparkly thing, and you know that you ALWAYS have to click on glowy sparkly things.  It turned out to be the entrance for Ember Isle’s puzzle, and so I had fun figuring that one out.  It was easier than some others I’ve done, and at the end I not only got a great lesser planar essence, but a new vanity pet!  Named Bernie!

Bernie instantly became my most favorite companion in the game:

The picture doesn’t do him justice.  He’s like a short, squat blob that looks vaguely like the Chinese guy from Gremlins, and he smokes a pipe.  Because he smokes, he huffs and puffs when he runs, and occasionally grunts.  I stinking love him so very much.

Here’s a better picture:

5 thoughts on “Weekend at Bernie’s

  1. rowan August 21, 2012 / 9:05 am

    Looks like he’s smoking some magic herb.

  2. Ravanel Griffon August 21, 2012 / 9:44 am

    Oh my, now that’s a brilliant pet! I don’t play Rift, but Bernie almost makes me jealous.

    And clicking on things, I ALWAYS do that, too. Even if it means I apparently get one-shot by a magically appearing fist from the sky or something (yes, I clicked a thing on Voss and got one-shot by the Nightmare Pilgrim in SWTOR).

    Glad it turned out better for you. 😉

  3. pkudude99 August 21, 2012 / 12:36 pm

    44 Shaman/22 Justicar — Run in Mien of Honor and you’re invulnerable, even on Ember Island, and still does pretty decent dps. 3rd soul is irrelevant to the build, but IIRC I went with Warden for the spammable waterjet in the rare cases where you need some more ranged attacks.

  4. bhagpuss August 21, 2012 / 2:28 pm

    I want that pet!

  5. lothirieth August 21, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    That looks like an awesome pet! I loved fluff extras like that in Rift (titles and achievements as well!)

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