Tossing around the chaotic energies of the universe can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Alright, alright—it's still really dangerous even when you do know what you're doing. But with the help of this guide, you can make it more dangerous for your enemies than it is for yourself and your friends. And that's really what matters in the end, isn't it?
Like hot chocolate and marshmallows, our Embermage guide is best-used in conjunction with our
Torchlight 2 Class Guide
, which will be updated with new builds as we hatch them.
A note on respecs
By default, Torchlight 2 only allows you to respec your last three skill points (at a steep cost). Thus, you may already be so far in that these builds are impossible to use. Luckily, if you want the freedom to redistribute all of your skill points at any time, the game supports it. You'll just have to follow a few steps.
NOTE: This will give your character a visible cheater flag beside your name in multiplayer, just like editing the stats file does.
Some people have a problem with that. Others don't. Just a fair warning.
Find your Torchlight 2 save folder, usually under Documents/My Games/Runic Games/Torchlight 2/save.
Open settings.txt, and find the line that says "CONSOLE :0", which should be third from the top. Change it to "CONSOLE :1".
Save the text file, load up a character, and hit INSERT to bring up the console. Type "ITEM RespecPotion". It will appear at your feet.
Quaff away to refund all spent skill points. This also has the benefit of letting you choose your starting attack skill on a new character, instead of having to use the default one.
It's also worth noting that, as far as we can tell, only characters that actually use the spawn item command will be cheater flagged. Just enabling the console shouldn't mess up your whole account.
Got it? Good.
All of the following builds have been tested on Veteran difficulty.
Embermage Build: The Stormbringer
Utter chaos. This build will give your enemies nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, flooding the screen with torrential damage in enough shapes and colors to make the National Weather Service throw up their hands in defeat. It lacks stun attacks, but you should be doing enough damage over a wide enough area that your crowd control is essentially: "The crowd is now dead."
I like staves, but this build can work just as well with dual wands. Go with whatever will get you the most damage output and mana sustainability. You'll need
Remember three seconds ago when I said you'll need
of mana? Still true. Put at least three stat points into Focus every level until it gets up around 90 (ignoring gear). The remaining two points can be distributed however you want to shore up your other stats: don't let Vitality get too far below two thirds of your total level if you don't just really enjoy dying. Dexterity gives you dodge chance, which never hurts. And strength can come in handy if and when you do run out of mana and have to whack things.
Your core skill starting off is going to be
(Storm tree). Combine it with some points in
(Inferno tree) and
(Frost tree). Once you hit 14, grab
(Storm). By combining it with
, you can start to create vast areas of static damage, or layer them to spell impending doom for everything in a small area. All the while, flood the affected region with
Any spare points you find yourself with can go into
. As far as I can tell, across all four classes, it is the most useless skill in the game.
Other than picking up
(Storm), which you should prioritize immediately until it hits Tier 2, and
(Storm), this is a good time to focus on your passives.
in particular should get some attention, as you'll be replacing
in many scenarios. If you're okay with using respec potions, I would even go so far as to pull all of your points out of
unlocks, and put the latter on right mouse. There will still be some times when
are better, such as a large group of enemies in a very wide open area, though, so it's up to you.
Free points can be dropped into
(Storm), especially if you're having survivability issues.
As you continue to max everything mentioned above, you might as well pick up
(Inferno) to complete your Raining Death From the Sky Trifecta. Because why the hell not, right? This is also the point at which I'd commit to either wands or staves (if you haven't already) and start putting points in the corresponding passive.
(Frost) will get you more bang for your buck out of your elemental attacks, while
(Storm) will add more insanity to every battle.
Beyond that, you could invest some more in the Frost tree and in passives like
, but only if you've taken enough freezing skills to make it worth the points.
(Storm) is another fun one to mess around with, sending it lumbering through your thundering killzone before flooding its wake with
. Try to always live by the rule of thumb that if there is anything on screen that is not being electrocuted, frozen, burned, or killed in some other horrible way, you're probably doing it wrong.