Torchlight II Embermage Guide
The Embermage is defined as those who have studied the magical properties of ember. I’m not sure
what that entails, but they’re essentially the wizard or mage class of Torchlight 2. Don’t take that lightly,
though. They’re a very fun class to play and are experts in utilizing magical forces such as Fire, Frost, and
Shock damage, all of which have beautiful spell effects.
The flexibility of the Embermage is perhaps its greatest asset. You can build your character to specialize
in area of effect damage, support, or simply harassing enemies until they decide to give up on life. As
opposed to the other three options in Torchlight 2 (Berserker, Engineer, Outlander) the Embermage is
perhaps the flashiest and most devastating.
Below you’ll find information on all of the key aspects of building a formidable Embermage.
Embermage is a classic example of the best defense is an explosive offense. You have a ton of damage
at your disposal, and with enough you can kill virtually every enemy before they get to you. Focus is
your main damage stat, and it also increases your mana pool so it’s an extremely beneficial to your
progression. However, there are those times that you’ll be attacked unexpectedly, or you let your guard
down. As such, you’ll want to toss a few points into vitality.
Focus >>> Vitality >>> Dexterity
During the early levels you’ll want to pump nearly all of your points into focus, and once you hit around
level eight you can begin tossing one or two points per level into vitality. If you begin noticing that
you’re either dying a lot or feel too squishy, you may opt to place more points into vitality.
The last thing to note is that at high levels diminishing returns of stats kick-in, and at that point dexterity
becomes a better stat than focus. If you begin to notice that your stat allotment is hardly making a
difference in your damage output, you’ll want to seriously consider switching over to dexterity during
allotment (not on gear).
The most potent, and perhaps the most enjoyable, way to play an Embermage is to utilize skills from
all three trees. Doing so not only makes you extremely flexible and less hindered by magic-tolerant
enemies, but there are qualities from each tree that are infinitely helpful to every mage.
Begin your build by choosing if you prefer Magma Spear, Icy Blast, or Prismatic Bolt. Whichever you
choose will be your go-to ability for damage and will determine if you want to seek gear with more Fire,
Frost, or Shock damage. Each of the three has its own pros and cons, so it’s solely up to you to decide.
The best way to pick is to finish the first quest, head into town and start attacking the target dummy.
You can respect for free and try out all three before making your decision.
Once you’ve decided on your core damage ability, you’ll want to place points into the skill whenever
available. Beyond that, there are abilities from each tree that particularly stand out, and each of them is
listed below along with what tier each belongs to and how many points you should invest.
Blazing Pillar [Tier 4 15/15] – Does great damage and is your best charge builder. Whenever your charge
bar isn’t full you should use this every few seconds.
Immolation Aura [Tier 6 15/15] – Whether you’re elusive or not you’ll find yourself with enemies
nearby often, and this is a great way to punish enemies for coming near you. For fights with a lot of
overwhelming mobs involved this is a lifesaver. Simply activate it whenever you feel tension.
Hailstorm [Tier 2 15/15] – While the damage output isn’t competitive with your heavy hitters, it targets
a massive area and most importantly makes enemies more susceptible to frost and shock damage at
higher ranks. You should open fights with hailstorm to control and debuff your surroundings, and then
lay on the damage.
Frost Phase [Tier 3 1/15] – When surrounded by enemies, cornered, or about to get clobbered by
massive attack Frost Phase is your best means for escape. Only one point is necessary to add it to your
library, but you may opt to max it if you decide to go with a Frost build.
Elemental Boon [Tier 4 15/15] – Considering it makes you more durable and enhances your damage, this
is a fantastic ability to activate during any tough fights. If you see a big pull coming pop Elemental Boon
and then unleash your full damage rotation.
Thunder Locus [Tier 3 15/15] – When you’re in tighter areas this will be your best friend. Place it at a
nearby chokepoint and draw enemies into it. Don’t bother using it in open areas or during fights against
quicker creatures, though.
Death’s Bounty [Tier 5 10/15] – This is one of your best support abilities, and is even worth it when
playing alone. Employing it into your arsenal makes you a walking health and mana battery.
Fire/Ice/Lightning Brand [Tier 3 15/15] - Choose whichever one applies to the first skill you chose and
max it as soon as possible. These are the most impactful passives available.
Prismatic Rift [Tier 1 15/15] - Without this you’re an easy kill; with it you’re a hassle to deal with. Along
with a little Vitality Prismatic Rift will save you from the death that looms around every corner.
Frozen Fate [Tier 2 5/15] – While not extremely useful it helps with taking care of swarms of enemies.
Charge Mastery [Tier 1 5/15] – This is low priority but helps build your charge more often. You might
find that you’re running out of mana very often and filling your charge is one of the best ways to
remedy that. Toss extra points into this as you see fit.
Weapon Mastery [Tier 1 1/15] – See below.
While you can equip any weapon type, the staff and wand are by far the most beneficial to the
Embermage. In terms of which is a better choice, it comes more down to personal preference than
anything else. On one hand the staff can only be used in melee range, which is a huge no-no for the
class, but on the other the passive ability of Staff Mastery is a lot more beneficial than that of Wand
Early on using wands is highly recommended since your mana pool will be limited, but as you increase
in level the benefits of hitting enemies with Staff Mastery equipped becomes a huge tool of yours. That
said, the flexibility and range of the wand is truly undeniable, so the wand is an easier recommendation.
Be sure to put a point or two into the mastery of whichever weapon type you decide on.
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