41 Tactician / 35 Marksman – AOE Hybrid

Rogue DPS posted by mistical

This AOE spec is designed for RIFT 2.0+ and last updated for RIFT 2.4 Storm Legion and Raiding.

Link to build: 41 Tactician / 35 Marksman
Alternative build without Empyrean Ray and with increased Energy and Endurance: 41 Tactician / 35 Marksman

This spec is one of our highest AOE specs, it works in both PVE and PVP, more so Conquest or Port Scion.


  • Highest AOE dps.
  • Easy rotation.
  • AOE is ST until 30%.


  • Mob positioning.
  • No purge.
  • 15 second interrupt.

Synergy Crystals:

Gilded Tactician Crystal
T'Scain's Tactician Crystal

You want either of these crystals for this spec. You will want to make sure you have 2 or 4 piece gear before buying either.

Single Target Builder and Rotation:

Glacial Torrent > Infernal Torrent > Glacial > Infernal > Empyrean Bolt > Torrent Primer
Glacial Torrent > Infernal Torrent > Glacial > Infernal > Empyrean Bolt > Empyrean Ray

Then continue with the Empyrean Ray rotation until Torrent Primer (lasts 30 seconds) is about to run out.

Single Target Builder below 30%:

Infernal Beam > Necrotic Bolt

You will want to make sure you switch your engine to Necrotic Engine.

AOE Builder and Rotation:

Glacial Torrent > Infernal Torrent > Glacial > Infernal > Empyrean Bolt > Torrent Primer
Glacial Torrent > Infernal Torrent > Glacial > Infernal > Empyrean Bolt > Necrotic Ray

Make sure to use Infernal Beam with this rotation, it has a 15 second cooldown and lasts on your target for 15 seconds.

If you did not spec into Necrotic Ray then remove it from your rotation. I have 2 links to 2 different builds, 1 does not have Necrotic Ray. You can just use Empyrean Ray instead.

Multiple Targets below 30%:

Necrotic Torrent x4 > Empyrean Bolt > Torrent Primer
Necrotic Torrent x4 > Empyrean Bolt > Necrotic Ray

The same applies to Necrotic Ray, replace with Empyrean Ray if you are using the spec without it.

My KaruulAlert’s:

Torrent Overload:

Torrent Primer:

Necrotic Bolt Spam (Target is below 30% health):



Necrotic Core - Sets up a Core that deals 5044 Death damage over 15 seconds up to 10 nearby enemies.
Power Core - Sets up a Core that increases damage of nearby party or raid members by 10%. Lasts 15 seconds.
Curative Core - Sets up a Core that restores 1562 health over 15 seconds up to 10 nearby party or raid members.

If you did not know, only 1 core can be active at a time; as stated by the tooltip too.

Power Core is your main core to utilize as it increases damage by 10% to all raid members near the core.

Necrotic Core is a dot that deals damage to nearby enemies really close to the core, you will need to position it well if possible.

Do not worry about using Curative Core in a raid setting, I do however use it during Conquest or Port Scion.


Battle Remote - Increases damage and healing done by 20% for 10 seconds.
Barrier Remote - Gains an absorption shield equal to 20% of the Rogue's max health. Lasts 10 seconds.
Curative Remote - Debuffs the target, healing the attacker for 83 health when the target is hit by ability attacks.

While raiding, Battle Remote will be the only ability you should use and be concerned about as far as Remotes go.

You could utilize Barrier Remote in different scenarios or by specific damaging abilities, but you should let your healers worry about that instead, as it will be more useful coming from them. I do use this ability in PVP though.

The same can be said about Curative Remote too, I would not bother even using this or making sure it is on each target you are on or when applying it again when it wears off.


Curative Engine - When hit, the Rogue restores 303 health. Can be triggered at most once per second.
Necrotic Engine - When hit, the Rogue deals 328 Death damage to the attacker. Increases damage of Bolts and Rays by 30%. Reduces damage of Torrents by 30%.

If you did not know, only 1 engine can be active at a time; as stated by the tooltip too.

You will be using Curative Engine majority of the time until 30% where you will switch to Necrotic Engine if you are going to be spamming Necrotic Bolt.


Deaden - interrupt with a 15 second cooldown.


On the Double - Increased movement speed by 50% for 5 seconds with a 21 second cooldown.


Rending Munitions
Electrified Munitions

About mistical

I'm a Hardcore Gamer and not just with Rift. I'm also addicted to Technology, Sports, TV Shows and Movies on the side. You can find my Rogue 'Mistical' on the Deepwood shard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmo.unfo Mmo Unfo

    Nice build. How is it’s single target dps in comparison to other rogue single target specs? Also which munitions buff would I use?

    Thx for the guide. Keep up the great work!

    • http://mistical.com/ mistical

      The single target DPS is close to other single target specs but mind you, this is still an AOE spec. This will not beat single target specs (i.e. 61mm, etc) but will still do decent enough damage and if played correctly. You will especially get more single target dps sub 30% when you can spam Necrotic Bolt. So for fights like Crucia you or another guild member could benefit a lot from this build to help the raid out.

      The buffs are listed in the guide already, Rending and Electrified Munitions. Then as far as which Engine to use, as said above, most of the time it will be Curative Engine unless you are going to be spamming Necrotic Bolt sub 30% then switch to the Necrotic Engine to get 30% increased damage from Bolt and Rays (reduces torrent damage by 30%).

  • Michael Saylor

    Thanks for the guide. I’m really looking forward to using it, but the links for the build aren’t working. It takes me to the talent tree but asks me to select a calling.

    • http://mistical.com/ mistical

      The links have been fixed, have fun with the build. :)

  • Rackemwilly

    Sorry if this is a bit of a necro but I’ve been debating this build with a buddy of mine. He feels that the points spent in Empyrean Boost, Necrotic Ray, and Infernal Beam are wasted and could be better spent in the Bladedancer Tree to get 10% more Dexterity (Through 5/5 Ambidextrous) or spent in the Assassin Tree to get 5% more crit (5/5 Ruthlessness) and therefore more Conservation of Energy Procs. I’m interested in whether either of those bonuses are worth giving up the 30% damage bonus to Empyrean Ray (and Necrotic Bolt for execute phases) if the backbone of this build is coming from torrent spam and torrent primer. Thanks!

    • CakeyEatHer

      thats less dmg, you want max aoe dmg….more points in the Tact and marks increase that. 5/5 for dex with this build is useless and 5/5 for crit with this build is useless.

      This is a AOE dmg build

  • troy

    no useful macros?

    • http://mistical.com/ mistical

      There are no macros with Tactician, they are pretty much all instant abilities with no cooldowns.

      You can macro your cores as long as you are careful, I’d recommend setting up KAlerts with them.

      The only other macro you could use, though I personally use without but it does not matter, would be Infernal Beam with Necrotic Bolt when you spam that ability at 30% or lower.

    • Piscesyin

      I created some macros that seem to work okay for this build. These all work in pvp warzones as well and include an interrupt:
      (for single range target shots)
      #show Empyrean Bolt
      cast Barrier Remote
      cast Curative Core
      cast Deaden
      cast Battle Remote
      cast Swift Shot
      cast Empyrean Bolt
      cast Hasted Shot
      cast Rapid Fire Shot
      cast Deadeye Shot

      (for a torrent)
      #show Glacial Torrent
      cast Barrier Remote
      cast Power Core
      cast Torrent Primer
      cast Deaden
      cast Battle Remote
      cast Glacial Torrent

      (for single target melee)
      #show Savage Strike
      cast Curative Core
      cast Barrier Remote
      cast Deaden
      cast Battle Remote
      cast Savage Strike

      (for multi target range shots)
      #show Swift Shot
      cast Barrier Remote
      cast Necrotic Core
      cast Deaden
      cast Battle Remote
      cast Swift Shot
      cast Empyrean Bolt
      cast Lightning Fury
      cast Fan Out
      cast Necrotic Ray

  • stevenk92

    “Alternative build without Empyrean Ray and with increased Energy and Endurance” the Empyrean Ray should be Necrotic Ray but besides that great guide. Possible useful macros?

  • Lowen Neto

    Which stat should i pick in my gear? phys crit? attack power? any offensive?

    • http://mistical.com/ mistical

      You always want Attack Power and Crit Power. Most specs will love higher Crit Power (like Marksman) however there are still some that more AP focused will do them better. It all depends on how much time you can put into your gear and especially your sigil, if you can make 2 separate sigils with one focused around CP and another AP, that would be most ideal.

      Physical Crit is useless though since Storm Legion arrived, don’t bother with this stat unless it is absolutely actually an upgrade over what you have.

  • Ltmcmuffin

    Don’t know if you plan on updating this, but this build has changed a lot, the core limit has been lifted, also, the tweaks to Torrent primer now increased the duration to 45 seconds, I found this guide very helpful, just figured I would point those changes out for the next person. I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting as well.

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