Viperion’s healbot (Devout Cleric) updated for mod 18

by Viperion on June 9, 2019
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Viperion’s healbot (Devout Cleric) updated for mod 18

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About me

Hi, guys. I’m Viperion (Vip for short), and I’ve been around in Neverwinter for quite some years. My first character was a wizard and then I thought of playing more so I also tried the ranger, and eventually the warlock. For some reason, rogues, fighters and barbarians (GWFs) never grabbed my interest. Then… an idea struck me: to try out the support and tanking roles. We needed clerics in the guild also, tbh. And a few years ago I also created a cleric and a paladin and I’ve been playing both ever since.

Guide contents

In this guide we will be covering the following topics:

  • Set up a cleric properly for healing
  • Divinity management tips
  • Habits a healer should develop
  • There is no designated section for ToMM requirements, however it is mentioned several times throughout this guide.

Contact me

I hope you’ll enjoy this build. If you do, make sure you vote those fancy stars πŸ™‚
If you have more questions or you’d like to discuss in the game, my cleric is Viperion [email protected]

Race & Ability Scores

For healing, the two most relevant ability scores are:

  • Wisdom, increases of your Outgoing Healing stat (by 0.3% per point) which means stronger heals (in general).
  • Dexterity, increases of your Critical Severity stat (by 0.5% per point) which means stronger critical heals.

Considering the relevant ability scores mentioned above, we can identify the following optimal races suitable for a healer:

  • Human, with +3 WIS.
  • Dragonborn with +2 WIS, +2 DEX.
  • … Other races as long as you’re eyeballing WIS, DEX.

Evidently, these stats will also be the chosen ones when leveling up:

Powers & Feats

The powers which are not grayed out in the image below are the ones I find useful. We will discuss them individually below.


  • Sacred Flame – Single target At-will with weak Magnitude. Nothing special about it OR Scattering Light – for AoE purposes.
  • Blessing of Light – boost for the next healing spell.


  • Bastion of Health – never leaves the bar, the main burst healing encounter
  • Healing Word – Eats a lot of divinity but with the right feat, provides great healing over time. Especially useful in trials (including ToMM) or in parties where people are quite scattered across the battlefield.
  • Divine Glow – for extra divinity regeneration (use this if there’s extensive need of your healing)
  • Intercession – never leaves the bar because always somebody messes up and needs that quick heal
  • Astral Shield – shield the tank or the entire party from very high damage (Trobriand Brink of Death phase in LoMM or various needs in ToMM)
  • Exaltation – for extra outgoing healing.
  • Cleansing Light – for clearing negative effects such as DoT (e.g. Hati fight in FBI or Ras Nsi fight in ToNG)

Some other situations could require Sunburst (e.g. the Yester Hill BHE in Barovia or demonic heroics).


  • Guardian of Life
  • Hallowed Ground OR Guardian of Faith

Use Guardian of Life when healing with Bastion of Health doesn’t seem to be enough.
Both Hallowed Ground and Guardian of Faith are situational. I use Hallowed Ground for phases when a big blow is about to happen (e.g. Trobriand’s or Ras Nsi’s one shot). The only situation I use Guardian of Faith so far is during Arcturia’s mimics phase, if the tank I’m teamed up with didn’t manage to defeat the mimic in time.

Class Features

The only good ones I consider are worth slotting are:

  • Hallowed Armor – you take 5% less damage from all sources and 10% less damage when you pray (TAB)
  • Expanded Faith – your divinity meter is increased by 150 units (from 1000 to 1150). You can use this for start until you learn to save your divinity. Then you can switch to Hallowed Guide (described below).
  • Hallowed Guide – heal for 5% more when you’re close to your target (15 feet).


  • Repeated Blessings – this helps with Healing Word when running Trials. It introduces a rotation (more-or-less) to extend the duration of your Healing Word with every usage of Bastion of Health. Just remember that your Healing Word healing over time is of about 20s and that you should not to recast Healing Word if it can be instead extended. The other choice targets boosting Soothe, so it’s a clear nope.
  • Battle Prayer – this helps slightly regenerate more divinity after you used an encounter which costed divinity. Not a big game changer as the values are very small but the other feat to pray until you get the effect. Sometimes you need to jump out of praying mode and assist your party.
  • Blessed Armaments – when using Exaltation or Divine Glow you also get an additional 10% reduced damage. The other feat increases your damage by 10% depending on how full your divinity meter is – this makes no sense, in my opinion for a healer who should heal not deal damage…
  • Persistent Guardian OR Anointed Arms (different loadouts)Persistent Guardian helps with more healing over time from your Guardian of Life daily. Usually you use that daily when your encounters are not enough to handle the situation, so this feat which extends the healing of the daily over time, is just pure gold. The Anointed Arms feat is based on the Anointed Army daily and it’s recommended for damage buffing (e.g. good to use in ToMM 2nd phase dps check).
  • Light of Devotion – with every 4 seconds of praying, your next healing is boosted by 5%. Stacks 3 times. This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that you will have to pray every now and then to keep your divinity up. Just remember to do it for at least 4s to trigger this bonus. The other feat, Angel of Life is not good because those 30 stacks are way too much to achieve and over time you might just lose them all (e.g. unskippable long CoDG cutscene…).

Power combos:

  • for Trials: Divine Glow, Healing Word, Bastion of Health
  • for Dungeons: Divine Glow, Healing Word/Astral Shield/Intercession, Bastion of Health
  • for Dungeon boss fights with debuffs: Divine Glow, Cleansing Light, Bastion of Health
  • for dps checks (e.g. ToMM 2nd phase): Anointed Army (with the correct feat for +3% damage)
  • for heavy healing (e.g. ToMM 4th phase, some Tales of Old instaces): Divine Glow, Healing Word, Bastion of Health, Guardian of Life/Hallowed Ground
  • for protection (e.g. Trobriand’s power attack, ToMM Superstorm attack) : Astral Shield, Hallowed Ground

Gear & Enchantments

The following image displays what I decided to use starting with mod 17. You won’t need to follow strictly these items, we will tackle them individually and provide alternatives.

Stats explanation

Probably the big question is – why all that crit?
The short answer is this: for healers, the chance to critically heal is calculated differently than for a dps. The power stat is also considered in the formula. The complete explanation is provided by Janne in the Heals section.

healing crit chance = critical strike / (power * 2.5)

So to reach the 50% critical strike chance cap, you actually need your critical strike to be higher than your power stat. Or in other words, your power must be 80% of your critical strike. It’s not really acceptable to have a low Power stat. Then your regular heals will be too low. If you are increasing your power, do the same with critical strike. Check the companions section later on for some guidelines on boosting this stat.

Weapon set

Here’s a list of weapon sets to get, from best to worst:

  • Lionheart set (from ToMM – Tower of the Mad Mage)
  • Watcher set (from special bosses in Master Expeditions ran with 3 runes)
  • Burnished set (via Seals of the Deep obtained from LoMM)
  • Alabaster set (from Obaya’s chests)

The Lionheart set isn’t accessible to most people as the trial is difficult for most people. The Watcher and the Burnished set are actually close in terms of set bonus. And here’s how to proc the Burnished set bonus more often than you’d think:

The Burnished set bonus grants 5% bonus to power and defense when you are hit by an enemy or healed by a healer. However, the bonus procs even if you attempt to heal yourself with a Bastion of Health/Intercession/Healing Word, regardless if you actually healed anything or not. The part about getting hit isn’t too acceptable for a healer role, it’s what a tank is good at. You must make sure you will not develop this weird habit of healing yourself all the time to proc the bonus, instead of efficiently spending your divinity on your party. One good advice I have here is to make sure that when you heal somebody, you’re also in the area of effect of the Bastion of Healing.

Artifact equipment set

First of all, let me clear this out – you don’t need necessarily to wear the items as a set. But since sets have some extra bonuses, it’s nice to pair the items as a set. However, I strongly recommend to use some of the new mod 16 artifact equipment set items just because they have so much better HP compared to the previous ones. That extra HP will help you survive better.

I am currently using the Enchanted Thumb set (more commonly known as the flower set). It’s not a cheap one, mainly because of the artifact, the Staff of Flowers which drops from Zok’s chests (the Yawning Portal pretty face goblin). The artifact is very good for a support to use as an active. Also the set belt, has WIS+CHA which are good for a support healer. For alternatives, I suggest the Constructed Demiset set (more commonly known as Trobriand set) since the ring piece should be part of your equipment. Or, if you’d like to have the Wyvern-venon coated Knives artifact as an active, go for the Wyvern set.


Radiants for your offense slots (more Power means better heals)

Radiants for your defense slots (more HP means better survival). Alternatively, you can use enchantments with 2 stats or 3-stats as long as one of the stat is HP.

Tactical enchantment for incoming healing (especially good in ToMM to be healed for more from the paladin and be buffed with a better shielded temp HP). Dark enchantment is another option for your utility slots to increase your Companion Influence stat (if you think that stat actually can make a difference). Alternatively, Quartermasters for RP bags.

Vorpal for your critical heals.

Soulforged for a 2nd chance to dodge that red better.


  • Head piece:
    1. Lion Guard’s Restoration Coif (Mod 18 item, obtained by running the Infernal Citadel)
    2. Fancy Duelist Mask of Cormyr (Mod 18 item, Avernus hunt / Juma box drop)
    3. Crown of the Lost King (Mod 17 item, obtained from Master Expeditions / Zok’s chests)
    4. A piece of the Successor set (Mod 17 item, obtained from the Lair of the Mad Mage)
  • Chest piece:
    1. Stealer of Star’s Hide (Mod 18 item, from turning in Master expedition quests to Obaya or from Zok’s chests)
    2. A piece of the Lion Guard set (Mod 18 item, obtained by running the Infernal Citadel)
    3. A piece of the Infernal Forged set (Mod 18 item, obtained by trading Seals of the Fallen at the Avernus trader)
    4. A piece of the Successor set (Mod 17 item, obtained from the Lair of the Mad Mage)
  • Arms:
    1. Spiked Defender’s Vanbrace (Mod 18 item, Avernus hunt / Juma box drop)
    2. Infernal Forged Braces (Mod 18 item, obtained by trading Seals of the Fallen at the Avernus trader)
  • Feet:
    • Infernal Forged Cuisses (Mod 18 item, obtained by trading Seals of the Fallen at the Avernus trader)
  • Rings:
    • Striking Ring of the Master / Striking Ring of the Veteran (Mod 17 items, acquired from ToMM, also available to buy from the Auction House)
    • …Or any other rings with critical strike and 2x offense slots. Your rings are an important source of high critical strike rating.
  • Shirt:
    • Infernal Forged Ward Shirt (Mod 18 item, obtained by trading Seals of the Fallen at the Avernus trader)
  • Pants:
    1. Pants with 3.9k/4k Critical Avoidance or Defense (Mod 17 items, boss drop from Stardock’s Gith Fragment Expedition)
    2. Infernal Forged Raid Trousers (Mod 18 item, by trading Seals of the Fallen at the Avernus trader, the effect is not optimal)


Mainly use artifacts which have the Power stat on them (preferrably 3k Power).

Here are the current options ranked from best to worst based on the utility of their stats:

  1. Halaster’s Blast Scepter (Mod 17 item, Tower of the Mad Mage chest drop)
  2. Staff of Flowers (Mod 17 item, Zok chest drop)
  3. Trobriand’s Ring (Mod 17 item, Lair of the Mad Mage drop)
  4. Vile Book of Darkness (Mod 17 item, Infernal Citadel drop, good 3k Power but its other two stats aren’t suitable for a healer)

Other good options are:

  • Charm of the Serpent (debuff purpose, animation can be cancelled earlier with Tab, Power and Critical Avoidance stats)
  • Frozen Journal (from the Tales of Old event)
  • Sigil of the Paladin (damage resistance buff and heals).
  • Wyvern Venom coated Knives (debuff purpose, at least has 1500 Critical Strike)

Optimal artifacts choice recommendation:

  • [primary / secondary] Charm of the Serpent (debuff purpose, animation can be cancelled earlier with Tab, Power and Critical Avoidance stats)
  • [primary / secondary] Halaster’s Blast Scepter (Tower of the Mad Mage chest drop)
  • [secondary] Staff of Flowers (Zok chest drop)
  • [secondary] Trobriand’s Ring (Lair of the Mad Mage drop)

Armor reinforcement Kits

Power kits for armors. The +1s are slightly better.

Stamina regeneration kits for accessories. Since the stamina regeneration ones won’t be too much of a game changer, you can alternatively use Combat Advantage ones for the times when you run content with other people as Arbiter (and supposedly use the same gear on healer, also).


Aim for all the Power boons, all the HP boons, the Resistance boons vs Demons/Undead, Companion Influence, Movement Speed, Critical Strike / Critical Severity and Outgoing Healing.
The Master boon can be either between Blessed Advantage and Blessed Resilience. I prefer Resilience for the stamina refill which is especially helpful for tanks.

For the Stronghold boons, make sure to use the Power boon, the defense boon (if you didn’t cap defense yet) or the HP boon.


There are two important things to mention here:

  • use an augment-type companion as your active
  • use companions with powers which deal with Power increase and Outgoing Healing increase.

Bonding runestones must be as high as possible.

There can be other choices of companions, of course, but this is what I’m currently using for now:

  • Quickling – At legendary it grants 10% Outgoing Healing. The Quickling is (at least for now) an expensive companion and I would recommend him last to be acquired. Alternatively, consider using a Deepcrow Hatchling – At legendary it grants 8k Power.
  • Ioun Stone of Radiance – At legendary gives 10% Outgoing Healing and 2k Deflect.
  • Baby Polar BearSummoned Companion. The tooltip for this companion is quite messed up but it’s 6% Outgoing Healing for Rare quality, 8% for Epic and 10% for Legendary.
  • Neverember Guard 10% Outgoing Healing at Legendary quality.
  • Rebel Mercenary10% Outgoing Healing and 2k Awareness at Legendary quality.

During Undermountain, make sure you find all the 9 relics in the Expeditions to get the starter companion gear. After you unlock the Master Expeditions in Yawning Portal and the Warden/Fragment Expeditions in Stardock, farm for better equipment. I will not post a recipe for equipment here because that varies a lot based on a lot of items players might have, but I can tell you this – a big portion of my critical strike comes from here. So I use companion gear with critical strike in all my slots.

I’d say this is the ideal combination of companion gear to go for:

  • 12k Critical Strike item
  • 7.1k Critical Strike / 4.7k Ddefense item
  • 12k Critical Strike item OR 7.1k crit/4.7k Critical Avoidance (capping Critical Avoidance for ToMM is very much needed)

In offense slots, use Empowered Runestones for more Power.
In defense slots, use Profane Runestones for better Defense.

Mounts & Insignias


Any mount with 5k Power boost is fine. Even better, one with 10k Power boost such as the Arcane Whirlwind or the Black Ice War Horse.


Domination insignias, right? To boost my power! Yes. No. No? what?
The truth is this is very debatable. Power is good to improve your healing but it comes with a cost: you must improve your critical strike at the same time. And actually it’s ideal that your critical strike is higher than your power to have a decent critical chance for healing. My personal opinion is that you opt out domination insignias and feel no guilt about it. They are so expensive so let the DPS characters battle over them πŸ™‚

Here’s my suggestion of an ideal setup and how to prioritize the stats:

  • Prosperity insignias – because a dead cleric is of no use to the party. Increased HP means increased chance of survival against strong hits.
  • Insignia of Skill OR Insignia of Initiative – as Power grows, Critical Strike needs to as well.
  • Refuge insignias – because critical avoidance isn’t only for tanks but also for the others. ToMM teaches this to people the hard way.
  • Courage insignias – defense should be a stat that should already be capped from other sources but in case you didn’t manage to achieve that, these types of insignias are fine, if only temporary.

Healbot Play Style

In this section we will speak about the DOs and DON’Ts a cleric healer should keep track of in a group.

I’ve heard this way too many times: Cleric divinity just sucks! The Cleric healer is an awful experience. To be honest, I have thought so too in the beginning. However, I took a step back to analyze the cause which creates this awful feeling about this healing spec. The big truth is it’s a class that requires some discipline, you can’t just throw out all your healing and then the next moment the boss sneezes, you find yourself out of divinity.

Divinity Management Tips

Here’s a list of situations or issues which cause your divinity meter to go down fast:

1. Healing when not needed.

The truth is I’ve seen far too many healers who just heal all the time. This will decrease your divinity meter fast and in the end, you’ve barely been effective with anything.

2. Healing in too many places at once.

This is a painful situation for a healer. It’s obvious that healing in two or more places causes your divinity to go down much faster.

When you run in a group, especially with ranged characters, you will notice people might be scattered all over the place. The tank aggroes the boss, some DPS who actually takes advantage of the Combat Advantage is on the other side of the boss, and some other wizards are dealing damage but from a distance. This is at least three spots to heal: one for the tank, one for the smart DPS that deals Combat Advantage from the other side of the boss and one for the far-away wizards. Oh, and you too!

Some bosses have certain mechanics that ignore the threat from the tank, and just target the DPSes or the healer. I think it’s obvious where I’m hinting. To keep your party alive, you need to heal 3-4 times for the 3-4 spots where players are located. This will cause you to run out of divinity very fast with 3x or 4x Bastion of Health at once. But you’d think you have a solution – Healing Word! Healing Word is eating 1/4 of your total divinity in only one go. That’s not a solution for a group of 5 people. The solution is to “educate” the players to stick together. It’s simple as that. One cast to heal them all πŸ™‚ Well, two actually, cause if they’re right near the tank, they’re probably dead.

3. Dealing damage instead of praying

You might want to be useful with something, so you want to deal damage. Worse, you’re using divinity-based damaging encounters like Daunting Light… Please stop.

You’re helping the party by healing them and keeping them alive. That’s your job. Your damage can very easily be covered by a competent DPS character. So embrace your role of a healer as you’re not there to outdps anyone.

Now that we’ve covered having to heal instead of dealing damage, we also have to make sure you pray to recover your divinity. Between fights of clearing monsters, it’s nice to pray out of combat to regenerate the divinity faster. However, for longer fights like boss fights, you will need to identify small timeframes when the fight is going just fine without your intervention, and just pray to recover your divinity. This habit will extend the overall ability of spamming healing with Bastion of Healing. An alternative is to introduce Divine Glow on the skill bar. In my opinion, at the moment, all dungeons in the game (except ToMM) can be managed without Divine Glow.

Healer Habits

This section will just reiterate some of the previous points. It will also add a few new tips that should help to your overall experience as a healer:

  • Heal when a player actually needs healing.
  • Buff with your active artifact only for enemies worthy of your key press (bosses or tougher enemies)
  • Do not deal damage with divinity-based encounters. Save your divinity for healing.
  • Use Cleansing Touch for dungeons where debuffs are applicable to players (Hati fight in FBI, Ras Nsi fight in ToNG). Its main use is to remove debuffs so don’t use it instead of Bastion of Healing.
  • Use Intercession to quickly heal the tank or a player in need. Don’t waste it on things that Bastion of Healing could’ve easily handled because Intercession has a relatively high cooldown.
  • Some players don’t know or realize they’re not using the positioning correctly for gaining Combat Advantage. Your mere location can help. Go to a spot so that the others get the Combat Advantage. Of course, do this only if the boss fight mechanics allow it (not in CoDG when fighting the Atropal).
  • Watch people’s HP bars. I have customized my UI to drag the party HP bars closer to the center of the screen. It’s now right of where the Arbiter sparks meter should be displayed. This provides you an easier way to spot when a player’s HP suddenly goes down and needs healing. Additionally, you can even enable to show HP bars above party characters as they move. This also helps a lot!
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  • bigcountry
    June 14, 2019 at 11:27 am

    [“I have excluded Healing Word because it eats a lot of Divinity and the heals are not very great. More info about the β€œwhy” in the Divinity Management Tips section”]

    this is simply not true….u cast healing word once the battle starts, then it costs 0 divinity for the rest of the battle, as long u heal your team every 5 seconds with bastion of health, …. on the contrary.. u cast healing word a few times until u have less then 50% divinity, then u gain about 20% more healing from your feat….with a little channeling u will never run out of divinity…to sum it up, u heal about 60% more with healing word, then without healing word…

    • June 15, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      Hi, thanks for your reply and time to read this post.

      There are three major problems with Healing Word:
      1. It eats too much divinity compared to the amount of HP initially healed. The initial heal is what matters most. Although over 20s, Healing Word will heal overall more than Bastion of Health, a boss might attack the tank several or a dozen times during this time-frame and Healing Word’s weak healing over time will simply not be able to solve this.

      2. Although the healing over time generally sounds great, the one from Healing Word is actually unreliable because it ticks only once every 3 seconds. Most of the times you need a large healing to help the tank survive. Spamming Bastion of Health two times instead of relying on Healing Word, gives you much better control of the whole situation and excludes any chances that Healing Word might actually not heal at the right needed moment.

      So if you’re able to spend 80 divinity on a 800 magnitude heal when healing is actually needed, why would anyone waste 200 divinity on a 400 magnitude heal and then hope the next 200 magnitude healing over time jumps in at the right moment?

      3. The “Repeated Blessings” feat which fuels Healing Word by 6 seconds further forces you to use Bastion of Healing too often and most likely even when not needed. This contradicts the main point of this post – heal when needed to not run out of divinity… With your approach, you will slowly and surely run out of divinity casting unnecessary Bastions of Health and you will barely have any time for praying to refill the wasted divinity. Just don’t do it.

      The feat you probably speak of is called “Desperate Healing” which improves healing by 20% as your divinity reaches 0. This implies that at around 50% divinity, there’s a 10% healing boost applied, instead of 20% as you stated. But this again is in contradiction with the good practices to keep your divinity high because as you stated, you will have to “cast Healing Word a few times” – which is waste of divinity. The healing from multiples casts will not stack. I do not recommend using this feat at all. There’s a much better alternative by just using Exaltation instead. Exaltation increases your healing by 20% and you won’t have to worry about divinity because it’s a cooldown based encounter. Exaltation’s “on-demand” healing boost perfectly goes hand in hand with the “on-demand” healing provided by Bastion of Health.

      Unfortunately, I see that you’ve missed the main points of the divinity management section. Please read it again and if you’d like to contribute to this post, let me know which areas might need rephrasing or additional explanation. Thanks.

      • October 14, 2019 at 8:27 pm

        Healing Word isn’t there to keep the tank alive. It’s there to patch up healing location two and three so you don’t need to burn divinity on someone that took incidental damage, or to supplement bastion on a section like Bore Worm’s charge phase. That feat is what makes Healing Word great to plop down before a phase where you will be healing a lot (like Bore Worm) where you will certainly be healing every 5 seconds, and it will help counter particularly bad hits.

  • June 18, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    great guide, glad to see other clerics putting them out! got a laugh when i saw you also had originally included soothe then removed it xD

    • June 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      Hey, thanks a lot for reading this post!

      Soothe was a “nope” from the first two minutes of trying it out.
      Healing Word was a “nope” after about 1-2 days of using it and noticing that my divinity goes crazy low very fast.

      I mentioned them as strikethrough text to emphasize the idea they’re not skills worthy enough to be slotted in the powers bar.

      • June 20, 2019 at 8:54 pm

        Yes i agree both are worthless, though I do feel a certain joy when I’m playing as dps and some random cleric is healing me up with soothe in a public dungeon queue… me a good laugh πŸ˜‰

      • March 30, 2020 at 12:11 am

        Just leaving a comment here for people reading through the comments.

        In mod 16, I had a very bad opinion about Healing Word.
        In mod 17, with some healer changes (mainly nerfs), I included Healing Word in my build and started to recommend it to everyone. It eats a lot of divinity and might need some divinity management practice before being confident with your heals.

  • jkeshmiri3180
    July 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Hi, first off I love this going in the direction it’s going, as I love to be the healer.

    Next, I have a few questions… Why Gurdunn’s Defense instead of Ebony Scalemail or hide? Also, why not use Barkshield instead of Soul-forged? Anyway, awesome guide, and will continue building as I go, but was curious.

    • July 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Hey, there!

      I’ve chosen Gurdunn’s Defense over the Ebony Scalemail because the bonus from the Ebony Scalemail didn’t work at all. I’m not sure if it’s been fixed or not, yet. I will check again but if it were, I’d see it used more often, especially by DPS players.
      The Barkshield is fine too but to be good, it kinda requires a higher rank. The Soulforged does its job from the very first rank and the higher ranks only reduce the cooldown of being resurrected, but not by much, just slightly. Furthermore, my cleric is around 350k HP at the moment so with that much HP, I thought Barkshield isn’t required anymore. With that amount of HP you can withstand about any hit in the game and heal back quickly. It all depends if the players actually follow all my advice and invest in HP insignias, also πŸ™‚

      I hope this clarified the reasons I went for those items πŸ™‚

  • Keith Wells
    August 13, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Wondering your thoughts on elven armor enchant? I’ve tried to stack a good amount of control resist so i can heal more often. Worm phase for instance, less time being knocked down more time capable to heal. Thoughts?

    • August 25, 2019 at 12:19 am

      Hey, I wouldn’t go for it.
      My preference for armor enchantment for cleric remains the soulforged. It’s also affordable and efficient from the lowest rank.

      In LoMM, at that phase you can use the following tactic:

      instead of standing with the group to share the damage, stay away from it. This might sound crazy and dangerous but it’s not. Staying away enough to avoid the red circles (rock falls) helps you totally avoid the knock-downs from the falling rocks. You will be able to heal your team without issues as long as they stay packed.

      There are two red circles and I think they appear randomly on two players. As long as it doesn’t target you, all you have to do is to stand still and heal your team. If the damage arrows appear on your cleric, then yes, you will have to quickly join your team to distribute the damage. While you’re in the crowd of players, you might want to dodge the upcoming red (rockfalls). The dodge will help you resume faster from that moment and heal faster the team.

  • August 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    ty, very useful guide! good job! keep it update please

    • August 25, 2019 at 12:20 am

      Hey, thanks a lot! Some updates will come up very soon for mod 16.
      And more updates in the following weeks regarding mod 17 and ToMM πŸ™‚

  • Stuart Passey
    August 31, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Just wondering why you haven’t touched on the 100% massive need for crit to be over capped on a healer for better crit heals you just tell ppl to stack power as a healer myself I personally disagree with 75% of the gears you use but that’s personal opinion.

    Also healing ward I again disagree it never leaves my load out neither does bastion my 3rd skill switches between intercession or CL ILif you have built your power crit ratio right a healing ward can be the game changer in any boss fight, again personal opinion and this comment is not aimed at attacking you either.

    • September 8, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Truth is I was a bit busy with other things and slightly lazy to update the build here.
      You’re right about gear, it wasn’t the greatest. There’s more emphasis on critical strike now.

      I still disagree with using Healing Word all the time, mainly because its divinity cost. The healing over time is in many cases not needed, just a burst heal is required to restore the group’s health to be able to continue. I still do not recommend using it, except for trials where people are usually quite scattered and Bastion of Health won’t target them all. I’ve mentioned this in the post.

  • Stuart Passey
    August 31, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Gurdunns defense and leafy disguise of the wanted would better suit a healer with the 200 power for each member in you party and ol switcheroo crit strike at expense of crit avoidance

    • Stuart Passey
      August 31, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Sry their both ol switcheroo one power def 1 crit strike crit avoidance

    • September 8, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      With mod 17’s new companion gear, I recommend stacking most critical strike from companions because it’s just so much easier.
      Your option is valid also but it involves sacrificing defensive stats for offensive ones. I value defense stats especially since I participate when I can in ToMM as well.

  • September 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    The guide was updated for mod 17!
    Thank you all for your support! πŸ™‚

  • 3CubedGaming
    September 17, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I don’t see Persistent Guardian healing at all. No green numbers, no health bars filling…

  • grumppa
    October 6, 2019 at 9:54 am

    In Everquest, clerics could target members of their party or raid by clicking on their names in the party list. Does that work in NeverWinter? Otherwise, it’s pretty hard to target people who are BEHIND the Boss mob when you are in front or the tank when you are behind.

    • October 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      You cannot target players by clicking them from the party list. You can a thing however, to use some binding commands to bind certain keys (skill slot like Q, for example) to a certain person. But it’s based on the player’s name, so when you play with somebody else, the binding command needs to be updated.

      However the healing is AoE so just targeting one particular person, won’t help too much when you need to heal more.

      As a healer you are never really near the tank cause that’s most of the times dangerous. You can heal from a very decent distance but if you read my guide closely, there are feats that increase healing potency if you’re relatively close to your targets.

      And yes, you can heal behind bosses. You have a circle indicator on the ground and move that around to heal everyone in that zone. Bosses or other enemies are not considered obstacles to not allow you to heal properly. But other world objects are obstacles and you cannot heal if you don’t have a clear line of sight to your target.

  • Punkr
    October 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    zuuup! awesome guide, i have returned now and i’ll surely use your guide! πŸ˜€
    Quick questions if you could kindly answer i’ll be glad
    – i’m starting now from zero (actually im lvl 17 now lol), any tips on how to fast leveling the cleric?
    – what would be your recomendations for playing solo?

    thank you very much and congrats for the guide!


    • October 10, 2019 at 8:32 pm

      Hey, welcome back πŸ™‚

      For leveling, I strongly suggest you use a dps loadout as Arbiter. Also for running your quests or any other solo content.
      Devout is to be used only as a healer in dungeons.

      While you play Arbiter, use Searing Javelin (great AoE), Geas, Daunting Light (you can use something else instead of Daunting Light if you feel your divinity meter is going down too fast).
      For feats I went for 1 2 1 1 2 (where 1 is the top skill on the column and 2 is the bottom skill on that column)
      For class feats I use Critical Insight+ Doomslayer.
      For dailies I use Hammer of Fate (single target) + Celestial Prominence (AoE).

      it’s not ultra optimized for dps but it will definitely help you during your leveling.

      Good luck!

  • Elynduil
    October 14, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Please explain why you chose Blood Lust as the master boon? How does it work when your encounters are targeting allies, not enemies? Is there actually any benefit for a character that doesn’t use any damage-dealing encounters?

    • October 19, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      All those top tier boons aren’t too great for healer.
      At that moment it sounded good for the AP gain but it does very little to no difference.
      Blessed Resilience is good alternative in order to restore the stamina of tanks. I will probably switch to this in the future.

  • November 29, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    The guide was updated again with more recent gear of mod 17! πŸ™‚

    Thank you everyone for your questions, suggestions and support!

  • Warrior_Dragon16
    December 10, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    With this style build how are you getting your crit avoidance to 95k for ToMM?

    There’s not enough crit from ur gear, boons and insignia to reach 95k

    • December 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      I’m not really sure why would you aim for 95k, Do you expect to have divinity low all the time so that it’s reduced to 85k?

      My current crit avoidance is 85k. So based on my wasted divinity, it goes down to 75k.
      I just regen it all the time so rarely does my divinity go down below 1/3.

      The time that’s most important to have it as high as possible, is during the double hypothermia.
      If you know the phases well, you can anticipate when that will happen and overcome the phase by praying ahead.

  • Earl
    December 26, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Do u have dps bind

  • EvvI
    January 7, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for the guide.
    I started playing a week ago and was able to reach level 80 quickly with my cleric (thanks to my experience in other mmorpg), but neverwinter’s unique mechanics left me wondering what to do. Thanks to your guide I was able to understand the most important points and become a competent healer xD

  • March 30, 2020 at 12:08 am

    The guide was updated for mod 18 πŸ™‚ Enjoy and as always leave your comments with your thoughts πŸ™‚

  • Phil
    April 13, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Not sure that the crits re Healing Word is logical. If Bastion is so cheap to use (it is), it’s perfectly sensible to use it if only to refresh HW.. A single HW at the start of a fight, followed by channeling Divinity (the start of a fight has the least likelhood of damage) is a very worthwile investment.

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