I jumped back into Rift for the first time since leaving home for the Christmas holidays (two weeks!), so I had that “how do I play” momentary sense of confusion. Thankfully my rotation is already in muscle memory so once I started fighting it was easy to get back into.
One reason for the long gap was that I’d failed to kill the mini-boss quest mob in Eastern Holdings several times despite pulling my very best efforts (including drinking potion and blowing all possible cooldowns). I was underlevel for the quest by 1 level so I resigned myself to leveling up to 54 and trying again after. But the leveling has been dragging since I’m playing infrequently and have run out of non-carnage quests in my current zone again.
This time around I noticed I was much closer to leveling than I thought, I suspect the Fae Yule quests may give better than average XP as I was much closer to leveling than I remembered being. So I rode off to do some carnage quests to finish off the last bar or two to level up. That’s when I discovered the joys of ‘Lifespring-farming’. Lifesprings are part of the Onslaught Event mechanism (introduced in the Ember Isle zone zone).
Basically when no Onslaught event is on-going the mechanical parts, like the lifesprings, sit dormant in the area. This meant I could activate one for the cost of one planar charge and then pull monsters back to within range of it to receive a steady stream of heals while I fought the monsters in full-on dps mode.
This helped to speed up the carnage questing process as I had next to no downtime between fights. Soon enough the red-lightning flashed as I dinged 54.
This might be a new strategy for dealing with the tough mini-boss, I ran out of time to investigate last night, but can I kite it to a nearby lifespring to give me the edge?