Rift Planar Assault Adventures - Grueling, Yet Rewarding
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Planar Assault Adventures, added to Rift with the Starfall Prophecy expansion pack, have arguably become a core part of the game. While a lot of Rift’s end game revolves around some form of grind, this is essentially an enclosed one that allows you to, for all intents and purposes, drone off while you are taking part. But why is it so important, and how can you lessen its tiring effects?
Why PAA is So Important
While Planar Assault Adventures can be used as a method of leveling, it actually has two things that are even more beneficial: Planarite and Planar Fragments. Both of these are essentially part of the same system now, with the expansion, but this is a centralized area to load up on both.
Planarite was, at one time, a bit difficult to truly farm. It was a very time intensive process that required jumping around from one rift to another and taking part in zone events. While it was never that difficult to achieve the cap (which is 200k Planarite), most of the time was spent just trying to find new events to take part in. PAAs, however, are nothing but one rift and boss after another, saving all of that downtime in between events and cutting down on travel time significantly. And that is important because Planarite is needed to help upgrade Planar Fragments.
As for the fragments themselves, they are so abundant that you can fill up your cap (200 of them) in a matter of hours. They can also be obtained through many other tasks in the game, but when it comes to getting things like Cosmic Cores, you need a lot of fragments – and PAAs award them in spades.
Using for Planar Fragment Upgrades
Generally speaking, the fragments you get while taking part in PAAs are not the ones you will be ultimately using. You can get better ones from other content, with much more rare drops and that are harder to obtain. Where the PAA ones shine is in their number. You need a lot of them to upgrade the fragments that you are going to end up using, and this is the best place to get them. The best plan of action is to equip the ones you actually want to use, let the PAA ones fill up your Planar Fragment inventory, and then use the “Select All” and “Recycle” buttons to recycle the entire slew of them at once. And then repeat the process. It’s a fast and easy way to get tons of Cosmic Cores.
Dealing With the Grind
For the most part, none of the rifts or bosses require a lot of thought. Turn on a TV and watch that while you’re taking part, or listen to music. As long as you are a DPS, the entire process is pretty much just going in, spamming attacks, and following your group. No real tactics are needed, and you don’t need to be constantly attentive. Note, however, that this does not mean it is okay to leech – not only does this slow everyone else down, but it slows you down, as well. And in most cases, you will end up getting kicked fairly quickly. That said, find something to entertain yourself while you’re doing the rifts and you can keep going for a long while. Otherwise, these do absolutely get old fairly quickly. There are only a handful of different bosses and rifts available within the PAA system, and after just a few hours, you will already be cycling back through the ones you have already done. In a sense, it’s a lot like the Intrepid Adventures that people generally use for leveling up.
Jump in and Out at Any Time
A great aspect of PAAs is that you can enter and leave at any time, just like with IAs. If you have more than 10 minutes and need something to do on the down time, jumping into the PAAs is a great idea. The rifts are fairly short, and most of the bosses are as well. The longest battles are probably around 5 minutes in length, and you get rewards after each rift is closed and major boss is killed, so even over a short period of time, you are going to be making some progression. So stay as long or as short as you’d like!
The Downside – Platinum
The only real downside to these is that you don’t really earn much platinum. If you are looking to buy materials or other items off of the auction house for gear, this is not going to yield much at all. For that, you are better off playing the auction house, farming outside areas, or doing quests. Essentially, PAAs should be looked at as being where you go for some extra experience (if you happen to be leveling), Planarite, or Planar Fragments to break down. So jump in, have some fun (there are groups that run all day and night, so it doesn’t matter what time you get in), and work your way to better stats!