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    Post PvE Guide: Pain Free Way to a Level 20 Ritualist

    Summary Index

    Intro.
    Class Summary
    Secondary Profession
    Ritualist Only Skill Types
    Armor and Weapons
    Elite-Free Builds
    Capture This! Useful Elites

    Introduction


    Welcome aspiring Ritualists! This is a guide dedicated to you, the person who has decided to come give the Ritualist profession a whirl. I hope that this guide can help you avoid mistakes and quickly get the hang of the Ritualist profession. Ill cover everything you need to know, from armor, weapons, secondary classes, to elite free builds and where to grab some of the tastiest elites!

    Class Summary

    The first thing you as a young Ritualist should know about is what sort of things you are good at. A ritualist has many skills that have very diverse effects, so it can be hard for a beginner to know where to focus. However, there are three major areas where ritualists excel.

    Ritualists possess excellent healing abilities that are notable in particular for being energy efficient. Ritualist healing is distinguished from a monk by its excellent ability for dealing with mass pressure caused by hexes, conditions, or other effects. Ritualists have many ways for reducing the effects of conditions, and also for mass part healing through spirits and cheap, spamable direct heals. Unlike a healing monk, a ritualist is very energy efficient at healing, making them ideal for extended battles.

    The other great skill of the ritualist is direct damage via the very dangerous Channeling spell line. Channeling Rts are especially good at single target damage with spells and life steals such as nightmare weapon, making a channeler an ideal character for spiking bosses. Channeling also contains AoE spells that can be used to quickly damage groups of monsters.

    Finally ritualists can use Spirits and Weapon spells to damage and cause general chaos amongst the enemy, and I do mean chaos. The communing line contains spirits that can interrupt, remove enchantments, knockdown, and skill disabling skills. Not to mention in this same line you can cast spirits that protect your team mates and weapons that cause them to deal more damage or recharge their skills quicker. Its an excellent skill line for those who want to disable the enemy while strengthening their teammates.

    The communing line leads us to the ultimate strength of the Ritualist, and that is the ability to do multiple things at once. Unlike other characters, you can easily and effectively combine many different abilities into a single build, and be able to effectively fulfill multiple roles simultaneously.

    Secondary Profession


    After all that positive talk about the profession, it is time to discuss secondary classes and how they can help a ritualist overcome the weaknesses of the class. I can recommend several secondary professions that are especially helpful for the young Ritualist.

    Rt/Mo -- This is an excellent choice for a character who plans to become a dedicated healer. Ritualists suffer from bad hex removal, limited abilities to prevent damage, and resurrection spells with serious drawbacks. A monk secondary can help solve these problems, and is an excellent choice for a restoration specialist.

    Rt/Me This is another good choice of secondary for a Restoration Rt, since this class contains both hex removal and many non-elite energy management options that can be helpful when you do not have energy management elites available yet. It is also a good choice for the farming ritualist, since it contains arcane echo and other skills key to Vengeful Farming.

    Rt/R
    Although not as useful as the above to secondary professions, for Ritualists who can sail to Tyria is allows for he use of Serpents Quickness. This skill is fantastic for young communing ritualists and can make battling the Afflicted much easier than it might otherwise have been. There are also many spirits available through this profession that can be useful.

    Rt/E -- This skill line contains many energy management options that the young Channeler may find invaluable, as well as additional damage spells and wards that can help protect the party.


    Other professions can also be very helpful, but in general their uses are more specialized. Rt/N is especially useful for minion summon spells, which synergize well with Ritualist skills. Melee seconday professions is also something that ritualists can also explore through weapon spells and other enchantments.

    Ritualist Only Skills Types


    The Ritualist class also posses a collection of spell and skill types that are unique when compared to other caster classes.

    The first and most important of these are Binding Rituals. These skills summon spirits that, unlike Ranger spirits, help only your party. Many Ritualist skills depend on spirits being within earshot (this would be the inner agro circle that you can see surrounding you on the compass map) to be completely effective. It is best to place spirits just slightly back from the battle to keep them protected, so you can effectively use other skills on your bar.

    The second unique ritualist skill is the Item spell. Item spells summon urns that you hold in order to gain a benefit. Item spells cannot be cat on allies, and are strictly for your own use. Many of these skills also give you a benefit when they are dropped. You cannot use more than one item at a time, so it is not advisable to bring many item spells with you. Like spirits, they are often a prerequisite for the effective use of other spells. Unlike the enchantments that are used by other casters, item skills cannot be stripped which makes them very dependable. The only way an Item skill can be lost is if you shadow step using an assassin skill, at which point the item will be automatically dropped.

    Finally there is the weapon spell. Weapon spells can be cast on your allies, and much like an item spell they cannot be stripped, nor can they be simultaneously used with another weapon spell. Since you cannot use more that one weapon on someone at once, it is very unusual for a build to contain more than two o these skills. Once against there are some ritualist skills that depend on weapons to gain their full benefits.

    You will notice that ritualists have many skills that depend upon each other for their effect. A major attribute of a good ritualist skill bar is synergy between all the spirits, item spells, and weapons to create effective builds that allow for the full use of the many powerful but conditional spells that ritualists possess.

    Armor and Weapons


    The best all around armor for the Ritualist is the +energy Halcyons. It is perhaps more critical than it is for other classes for a Ritualist to have this + energy, because of the large number of builds that utilize ash pots. These ashes do not have additional energy on them, so you will find the energy boost provided by Halcyons to be very useful. Other armors provide useful defensive benefits, but these are much more specialized and should be reserved for later if you purchase another armor set.

    The First thing to say about Ritualists and weapons is that they are not terribly critical to your effectiveness. It is possible to use just about any weapon you want and practically as effective as a ritualist with a perfect weapon set. However a good weapon set can help make your life easier, as I describe below.

    The frequent use that Ritualists make of item spells also makes the choice of a good weapon unusually tricky. Item spells provide many benefits but they do not have a natural +energy. Staves as and Focii do, however, which can lead to energy management problems. It is a common mistake while holding a staff to cast an item spell with only 10 energy left, only to watch that energy disappear since it was provided by the staff that you are no longer holding. It is quite possible, when you drop your staff for an item, to end up with an energy deficit as high as 20, which is certainly not what you want.

    For this reason I recommend the following weapon sets as ideal for builds that use item spells.

    Ideal Weapon Set

    A 15 5 energy sword/axe/spear with a 20% enchantment mod, along with a blue +5 energy foci obtained from the weapon smith in Shinjea Monastery. Also ideal if you could find it would be an inscribable +3 or +5 Ritualist foci from Elona, although weather or not such an item exists I dont know.

    OR

    Any sword/axe/spear with either 20% enchant or +30 health along with a shield +30 health and additional mods of your choice.


    I consider either of these to be the ideal weapon set for the item using ritualist.

    Additionally, you might also want these weapons if you are a communing ritualist

    Longbow, +5 energy 20% enchant is also useful for communing, to make your spirits fire at targets outside of aggro range.

    A communing staff with 20% enchant and lots of + energy. HCT and HRT are not very useful since most communing skills are not spells.

    Restoration and Channeling weapons also have some good applications, but the extensive use of item spells in these skill lines makes these uses very limited indeed.

    Elite Free Builds

    Here are some suggestions for builds that you can use to safely work your way through Cantha that use no elites. Attribute spreads are not specifically recommended since you will not have all attribute points while you use these builds. Put the most points in the top attribute listed for the build, and the fewest in the lowest attribute listed for the build.

    Basic Communing/Protection


    Communing
    Spawning
    Channeling

    Pain
    Shadowsong
    Bloodsong
    Brutal Weapon
    Union
    Boon of Creation
    Glyph of Lesser Energy/Serpents Quickness/Feast of Souls
    Rez Signet

    Basic Primary Healer

    Restoration
    Channeling
    Spawning

    Protective was Kaolai
    Soothing memories
    Mend Body and Soul
    Spirit Light
    Weapon of Warding
    Life
    Remove Hex/Ether Signet/ Resilient Weapon
    Flesh of my Flesh/Rebirth

    Basic Dual Channeling/Healing


    Channeling
    Restoration
    Spawning

    Mend Body and Soul
    Spirit Rift
    Bloodsong
    Life
    Splinter Weapon/Nightmare Weapon
    Essence Strike
    Glyph of Lesser Energy
    Rez Signet/rez of choice.

    Capture This! Useful Elites


    Of course, using elite free builds is less than optimal, but when you hit mainland Cantha you will have opportunities to begin growing your skill base through the use of elites. Obviously there are many to choose from, but I will highlight some here that you should especially take note of.

    Weapon of Quickening:
    This is the first elite available to Ritualists for capture, and its a good one too. It is useful both for recharging your own skills and for helping others to do so as well. It first becomes available in the Vizunah Square Mission, on The Afflicted Hakaru boss. Its also available from the afflicted Hakaru again in Pongmei Valley. Dont pass this one up!

    Wanderlust: Another fantastic communing elite available early in the game. Wanderlust knocks opponents every time it hits them. It is a great skill for disabling the enemy, and in this way it protects youre your party. It especially shines during boss fights, where it can keep an enemy boss completely disabled and unable to do anything. This skill is available in the Tahnakai Temple Explorable area from Quansong Spiritspeak, who is surrounded by powerful elementalist Temple Guardians. It is recommended that party members bring along mass interrupts such as Choking Gas to make this capture as easy as possible.

    Spirit Channeling: This is the first elite energy management skill available to Ritualists, and thus it can be a valuable elite. It is especially recommended for Restoration or Channeling specialists, who will benefit greatly from the energy boost. It can first be captures from Cho, Spirit Empath in Shenzu Tunnels

    Signet of Spirits: A fantastic energy management elite in the Channeling Line, this is a fantastic choice for channeling specialists who dont want to be tied down to Spawning Power for energy management. Great for characters who want to explore dual channeling/communing or Channeling/Restoration. It can be captured from Wagg Spiritspeak in Ferndale.

    Attuned was Songkai: One of the signature skills of the Ritualist, this elite skill is used in a plethora of builds. It is a fantastic skill both for endurance healing and for constantly dealing damage, and can be of benefit to almost any build. It can be captured from The Skill Eater in Drazach Thicket.

    Ritual Lord:
    Once one of the best skills that a Ritualists could have this elite still has limited use for those who want to reduce the recharge times of their spirits, particularly spirits such as Union that quickly loose life. It is available for capture from Spiritroot Mossbeard in the Eternal Grove explorable area, and also from the Whispering Ritual Lord in Silent Surf.

    Vengeful was Khanhei: Finally, this is an elite skill that cannot be passed over. It is at the core of many successful farming builds, as well as a very solid self-defense skill for Restoration specialists. It can be captured from Bazzr Dustwing in Mourning Veil Falls, and also from Delic the Vengeance Seeker in Rheas Crater. For the easiest capture interrupts and passive degen skill such as poison and hexes work best since they can kill the boss without activating VwKs life steals. A melee strong party is not advised when attempting to take out these bosses.
    Last edited by Aksharack; 26-02-2007 at 19:04.

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    Very nice!

    Very nice guide, thank you

    I would like to make a suggestion, though - while some players already know this, I think it would be worth mentioning that you may only have one of each kind of spirit in any given "ambient". Some new Ritualist players who did not have previously knowledge about this may try to spawn more than one Pain spirit at the same place, for example, especially since we have two spells that create that spirit.

    Erasculio

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    Nice guide... could it be worth mentioning the Rt/N Minion Bomber though?
    It's an extremely efficient build, albeit not so much for beginners..

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    Good stuff , Aksharack! 10 brownie points to you! :)

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    nice guide indeed ! makes me want to reroll my Rit !

    dark3, about Rt/N minion bomber - it's N/Rt job. believe me :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riuku Fierente View Post
    nice guide indeed ! makes me want to reroll my Rit !

    dark3, about Rt/N minion bomber - it's N/Rt job. believe me :)
    Hummm... I wouldn't like to go OT but... well.. I play Rt/N Minion Bomber since a couple of months after factions and I can assure you it's as good as the N/Rt, if not better, as it provides different types of support to the whole party.. Besides.. N/Rt won't ever be TRUE minion bombers.. no spawning power = no explosive growth... and remember a N/Rt can't heal and remove conditions ;)

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    Nice, but i'll add few tips:

    Quote Originally Posted by Aksharack
    Rt/Mo -- This is an excellent choice for a character who plans to become a dedicated healer. Ritualists suffer from bad hex removal, (...) A monk secondary can help solve these problems, and is an excellent choice for a restoration specialist.
    Monk is the WORSE secondary for non-pro Rt's, and all pro Rt's i've seen so far use some other secondaries.

    Why is that? I thought this guide is for "aspiring" Rt's. Very well. Aspiring Rt taking Mo secondary will take lame skills such as Healing Breeze (yes, i've seen it) etc etc. It will just cause unnecessary confusion. Rt does NOT need any monk heals nor enchants. Monk can do that better. Yes, you could take Rebirth for PvE, but that's about the only monk skill i can think of.

    In my oppinion, Rt should not be a first profession for slow learners. They should try with warriors, eles and monks.
    Others should play with Death Pact Signet in PvE, just for the fun of it, and because downside isnt that big in PvE (seriously, if people are dying like flies, there's something with with the team build) :)

    As for hexes, i've seen some in this forum using Expel Hexes in PvP. However! This is PvE guide is it not? Ritualist does not fight in the same way against hexes as monk does. Monk removes hexes. Ritualist NEGATES hexes. Recuperation and/or life will cancel hex degen, and Resilient Weapon is totally awesome as well. PvE hexes are also not that scary as PvP ones. You can finish the game easily without a single hex removal in the team, which is why i shudder when i hear Rt should take Mo because of this or that skill :)

    [qoute]limited abilities to prevent damage,[/quote]

    Which is....? In PvE, Ritualist is 2x better in preventing dmg to a team than a monk is. I've played both, btw.
    Seriously, every class has limited abilities to prevent dmg, im really not sure how you define limited abilities. Monk cannot prevent dmg in the same way as RLord Rt can, so monk is limited too. Monk cannot prevent dmg in the same way Ele warder can, so monk is limited too, etc :)

    Rt/E -- This skill line contains many energy management options that the young Channeler may find invaluable
    Ele has absolutely no "(m)any" energy management options for any Rt, other than maybe Glyph, but that's just 1 option, overpowered atm, and Rt needs even that one rarely.

    Overall, Ritualists have excellent e-management.

    The communing line leads us to the ultimate strength of the Ritualist, and that is the ability to do multiple things at once
    Unless you need Weapon of Quickening, a good Ritualist will probably avoid communing altogether, except perhaps for 1-2 spirits.

    Communing is not a Rt line anymore, it's a yet-another-ranger-attribute (Hammer Mastery was ranger attribute too, etc). A ranger will be better communer than Rt. Every player who finds it fun to spam spirits should roll R/Rt, and not Rt primary, thanks to ANet and their way of "balancing" skills.

    Of course, RLord+Shelter/Union is Rt combo, but it's not like you're gonna see a lot of these around :)
    ----

    About builds, first one lacks optimization, Union/Bloodsong just doesnt go together, as for union you need high Spawning and high Communing after which not much is left for channeling. Boon of Creation is IMO (just my oppinion) a sad skill. I'd take Essence Strike over it anytime (true, you dont have channeling much though). Rez signet is a no-no for Rt in PvE. Death Pact or Flesh. Flesh doesnt have to be something to cast midcombat.

    2nd build - Remove Hex or Ether Signet is a no-no.

    3rd build - IMO, too little dmg too little heals, not so good hybrid. But i never tried it so if it works for you, sure.


    The rest is fine :) Good thing about Rt is you can experiment with a lot of different stuff.

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    For a reason I was never quite sure, I never took a Rit off the island when factions came out. I suppose I didn't have the patience for the class, or that I wasn't really sure about what it could do in PvE. But more and more I see the positives to this class.

    While a monk maybe a pure heal/protect support character, the Rit really is an overall well balanced support class which excels in aiding the party through buffing the party and hindering the enemy through spirit abilites. (as well as direct aid i.e heal and direct hinder i.e damage).

    I just may have to take a trip back to Cantha and remake myself a Rit (after I unlock some skills with Balth's Faction mind you). Thanks for writing this, I think I'll have to give Rit another look.

    Cheers!
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    Thanks for all the positive feedback!

    I can't believe I forget to mention that you can't have more than two spirits of the same kind in a given area, especially since I've written posts on this matter in the past. Good catch Erasculio! This is especially critical information if you need to party with another Ritualist.. although I think dual and triple rt teams are a subject complex enough to warrant its own article at some point.

    Dark3, I did allude to the potential for the Rt/N combo in the last paragraph of section on secondaries. Its a very viable combo, its just that to really work from what I've seen you need energy management elites that are not available yet to the player at that point. Its a build to be tried out later, I think. ;)

    Alright, a few comments about the monk secondary recommendation for Restoration specialists and Hex Removal/Damage Mitigation.

    I think its saying a bit much to assert that Ritualists "negate" hexes, since for starters they have exactly one skill that can placed on allies that does that, Resilliant Weapon. This weapon is not going to do much to stop high damage hexes, energy drain, and the like. There are times when hexes need to be truly negated, and monk secondary provides options to do that like holy veil. Expel hexes from the mesmer line is also very solid, I've used it myself to great effect many times.

    Secondly, I never recommended that people take a Rt/Mo for Healing breeze. Rt healing is very strong and trying to supplement that ability with Monk healing spells, which should be used with the Divine Favor bonus anyway, is a huge mistake. You make a good point about this, however, and I hope this section of the guide is not misinterpreted as a endorsement of a such a frankenstien healing prayers Ritualist.

    However there are skills in the Protection line that can be super useful for a Restoration Rt. To name an import one, Aegis can add huge party pressure relief from melee, and when you consider that a Ritualist can roll a 16 in Restoration and then easily achieve a 12 in Protection, I think that this is a very viable and helpful secondary indeed. Of course its best if these skills are carried by a Protection monk, but sometimes that is just not possible. Keep in mind that a young Ritualist will have limited/no access to heros, and might not know how to skill a hero monk even if they had one.

    Final note, on RtLord and the Communing Line.. Rt lord has been in the grave for months now, but Communing isn't dead yet, nor has it become a "Ranger" line. I'd love to see a Ranger use Wanderlust, for example, or achieve high enough communing to really make effective use of skills like Dissonance or be able to spam Brutal weapon on multiple party melee. Communing is not just about Shelter/Union.

    No the builds are not optimized for perfect skill point usage, mostly because skills like union do not need to be optimized to work fairly well in areas where monsters are lvl 8~16. That having been said, I'm sure that beginners would appreciate all the build suggestions that they can get.

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    PvE Guide: Pain Free Way to a Level 20 Ritualist
    Quote Originally Posted by Aksharack View Post
    Communing
    Spawning
    Channeling

    Pain
    Shadowsong
    Bloodsong
    Brutal Weapon
    Union
    Boon of Creation
    Glyph of Lesser Energy/Serpents Quickness/Feast of Souls
    Rez Signet
    boohoo, it isn't Pain free

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