There are many combat pets in RIFT and I’ve pretty much tried them all. Being a bit of a pet freak, I couldn’t be expected not to, really. It’s just more fun having a companion giving you a helping hand — and I always like feeling as if I’m ganging up on a bad guy.
What I didn’t expect is that my favorite pet would be, of all things, Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the informal name I’ve given to the Druid’s greater faerie healer, this little floating waif who packs surprising utility. If I have her out in whatever build I make, I know that I’m going to faceroll the opposition. You just can’t oppose pint-sized powerhouses.
The reason I love the faerie healer is that she (a) pumps out an incredible amount of heals and (b) supplements that with some decent DPS. Sure, she’s not pure DPS like the faerie spirit caster or the satyr, but it’s not nothing, either. Seriously, when she’s out, I do not have to look at my health bar at all. She can have two mobs on her while I attack a third, and I know that she’s just not going to die. I like to think that she’s snickering at the bad guys as they hack at her while she farts fairy dust in their faces.
I’m quite worried that one day Trion will nerf her into the ground, and I’ll be left with this crippled, fluttering bug-girl who will do nothing but remind me of better days. “Do you remember when we used to dance on elite bosses’ faces? Or when you /AFK’d in that field of lava and I chain-healed you for 45 minutes until you came back from dinner? Remember those good times?”
And I’ll have to be, “Quiet! You’re not her. YOU ARE NOT HER. BEGONE!”
Don’t leave me, faerie healer! You are the HMO plan that Telara needs! Keep healing until they take the sky from you!