Skip to main content

"Titan Quest": The Best Character Class Build Guide for Beginners

Arc is a self-help author/speaker and AI thinker. He also make apps as a side hustle.

Copyright, THQ Nordic

Copyright, THQ Nordic

Titan Quest is quite challenging when compared to other hack and slash ARPGs. If you are new to Titan Quest and don’t know what character build to choose, you are definitely in the right place. This article contains plenty of effective builds that can easily adjust to the game’s environment.

By the way, returning players can also use this article as a reference for newer ideas.

Rune Mastery

Rune Mastery

1. Rune Mastery Build Guide

Runemaster is the 10th mastery of the Titan Quest Ragnarok expansion. In general, this mastery specializes in enchanting weapons with elemental damage. It’s similar to the Warrior mastery in that it deals magical damage instead of physical.

This build focuses on wielding dual throwing weapons that mainly deal fire and elemental damage. So the required equipment is throwing weapons on both hands. For attributes, intelligence will be the priority, but don’t forget to put few points on strength and dexterity until the weapon requirements are met.

Rune Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Rune Weapon (10 points) -> Magical Charge (16 points) -> Energy Drain (10 points) -> Transmutation (6 points)
  • Runeword: Explode (10 points) -> Runeword: Burn (10 points)
  • Runeword: Feather (6 points)
  • Sacred Rage (10 points) -> Frightening Power (6 points)
  • Reckless Offense (12 points)
  • Rune of Life (6 points)
  • Energy Armor (8 points)

Earth: Stonespeaker Build Guide

Stonespeaker will greatly boost the fire damage capability of this build.

Earth Mastery Skills

  • Earth Enchantment (12 points) -> Brimstone (8 points) -> Stone Skin (10 points)
  • Volatility (12 points)
  • Heat Shield (12 points)
  • Eruption (12 points)
  • Stone Form (12 points)
Nature Mastery

Nature Mastery

2. Nature Mastery Build Guide

Wanderer is the easiest character to level up during the early game due to Call of the Wild that is already available at the first level up. This skill allows you to summon wolf companions that can quickly run and kill enemies. You also have a Sylvan Nymph that shoots down enemies at long range.

You can summon three wolves when Call of the Wild reaches level 18. This can only be done by equipping items that increase your skill level.

Nature Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Call of the Wild (16 points) -> Maul (12 points) -> Survival Instinct (16 points) -> Strength of the Pack (12 points)
  • Sylvan Nymph (16 points) -> Overgrowth (12 points) -> Nature’s Wrath (12 points)
  • Regrowth (16 points) -> Accelerated Growth (8 points) -> Dissemination (12 points)
  • Heart of Oak (12 points) -> Tranquility of Water (1 point) -> Permanence of Stone (6 points)
Scroll to Continue

Read More From Levelskip

Defense: Guardian Build Guide

Guardian is one of the best tanks in the game due to the combined survivability skills of both Nature and Defense mastery. The primary role of this build’s Guardian is to ensure the survivability of its pets by tanking enemy damage and healing injured companions.

The recommended attributes for this build is strength to wear the toughest armor, dexterity for defensive ability, and health.

Defense Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (24 points)
  • Armor Handling (6 points)
  • Battle Awareness (12 points) -> Focus (1 point) -> Iron Will (6 points)
  • Quick Recovery (8 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points.

Earth: Summoner Build Guide

Summoner lets you call another companion called Core Dweller that is capable of tanking multiple enemies.

I recommend equipment that can increase the damage type of your pets.

Earth Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Summon Core Dweller (16 points) -> Inner Fire (8 points) -> Wildfire (5 points) -> Metamorphosis (8 points)

Dream: Ritualist Build Guide

Ritualist has Trance of Empathy that is effective on this build’s pets. The damage reflect is fatal to some enemies, and life leech increases your pet’s survivability. Dream mastery also grants you another pet called Nightmare.

The recommended equipment are items that can increase the damage type of your pets.

Dream Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Trance of Empathy (12 points)
  • Summon Nightmare (16 points) -> Hypnotic Gaze (1 point) -> Master Mind (8 points)
Hunting Mastery

Hunting Mastery

3. Hunting Mastery Build Guide

Hunter is the best choice if you're planning to use a bow wielding character. This mastery has wide sets of active, passive, and toggled skills that suit a long range build.

The main attributes for this build is dexterity and strength.

Before we continue, let me remind you that the builds listed in this section will only work on bow weapons.

Hunting Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Marksmanship (12 points) -> Puncture Shot Arrows (12 points) -> Scatter Shot Arrows (12 points)
  • Volley (6 points)
  • Wood Lore (6 points)
  • Herbal Remedy (6 points)
  • Art of the Hunt (12 points) -> Find Cover (8 points) -> Trail Blazing (6 points)
  • Study Prey (8 points) -> Flush Out (6 points)
  • Gouge (6 points)

Dream: Haruspex Build Guide

Haruspex balances the offensive and defensive capability of this build, eliminating your worry in surviving battles.

Dream Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (24 points)
  • Trance of Convalescence (12 points)
  • Lucid Dream (8 points) -> Premonition (6 points) -> Temporal Flux (6 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points.

Rogue: Brigand Build Guide

Brigand can make your enemies bleed a lot. This cross class build is all about dealing lots of damage and DOT (damage over time).

Rogue Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Lethal Strike (12 points) -> Mortal Wound (8 points)
  • Open Wound (12 points)
  • Anatomy (12 points)
  • Envenom Weapon (12 points) -> Nightshade (8 points) -> Toxin Distillation (12 points) -> Mandrake (8 points)
  • Flash Powder (8 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points

Nature: Ranger Build Guide

Ranger allows you to summon wolves to protect you from melee and sylvan nymph to join you in attacking with bows.

Nature Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (24 points)
  • Call of the Wild (16 points) -> Maul (12 points) -> Survival Instinct (9 points) -> Strength of the Pact (12 points)
  • Heart of the Oak (12 points) -> Tranquility of Water (1 point) -> Permanence of Stone (6 points)
  • Sylvan Nymph (16 points) -> Overgrowth (12 points)
Rogue Mastery

Rogue Mastery

4. Rogue Mastery Build Guide

Rogues are excellent killers due to their different types of dexterity-based damage (pierce, bleeding, poison) and wide variety of deadly skills.

The primary attributes for this build is dexterity and strength, which is needed for weapon requirements.

Rogue Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Calculated Strike (8 points) -> Lucky Strike (6 points)
  • Lethal Strike (12 points) -> Mortal Wound (8 points)
  • Lay Trap (16 points) -> Rapid Construction (8 points) -> Improved Firing Mechanism (8 points)
  • Anatomy (8 points)
  • Open Wound (12 points)
  • Blade of Honing (6 points)
  • Flash Powder (8 points)
  • Envenom Weapon (12 points) -> Nightshade (8 points) -> Toxin Distillation (12 points) -> Mandrake (8 points)

Warfare: Assassin Build Guide

Assassin makes your Rogue deadlier by granting it the ability to dual wield weapons and attack faster.

Warfare Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Weapon Training (6 points)
  • Dual Wield (6 points) -> Hew (6 points) -> Cross Cut (6 points) -> Tumult (6 points)
  • Dodge Attack (8 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points.

Warfare Mastery

Warfare Mastery

5. Warfare Mastery Build Guide

Warrior is the major physical damage dealer of Titan Quest. Most skills of this mastery is in the form of basic attacks and passives. This is why warfare mastery is a great choice for beginners.

Warfare Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Onslaught (8 points) -> Ignore Pain (6 points) -> Hamstring (6 points) -> Ardor (6 points)
  • War Wing (8 points) -> Lacerate (8 points)
  • Weapon Training (6 points)
  • Dual Wield (6 points) -> Hew (6 points) -> Cross Cut (6 points) -> Tumult (6 points)
  • Battle Rage (12 points) -> Crushing Blow (12 points) -> Counter Attack (12 points)
  • Dodge Attack (8 points)
  • Battle Standard (10 points) -> Triumph (6 points)

Rune: Berserker Build Guide

Berserker is an unstoppable force on the battlefield. The nearer it gets to the brink of death, the more furious it becomes.

Be wary that Energy Armor consumes a lot of energy on higher levels. Don’t max it unless your maximum energy can afford it.

Rune Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Rune of Life (6 points)
  • Reckless Offense (12 points)
  • Sacred Rage (10 points) -> Frightening Power (6 points)
  • Energy Armor (8 points)
  • Runeword: Feather (6 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points.

Earth Mastery

Earth Mastery

6. Earth Mastery Build Guide

Pyromancer is proficient in destroying large group of enemies. One of its well-rounded skills is Volcanic Orb. This has good area of effect and a short recharge time. You can also cast this skill in any visible spot on your screen, allowing you to kill enemies at a safe distance.

Since this build is a caster type, its primary attribute is intelligence. Only put points on dexterity when needed for armor requirements.

Earth Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Volcanic Orb (12 points) -> Conflagration (8 points) -> Fragmentation (12 points)
  • Flame Surge (12 points) -> Barrage (8 points) -> Flame Arch (12 points)
  • Eruption (12 points)
  • Stone Form (12 points) -> Molten Rock (8 points)
  • Volativity (12 points)
  • Earth Enchantment (12 points) -> Brimstone (1 point) -> Stone Skin (10 points)
  • Heat Shield (12 points)
  • Summon Core Dweller (16 points) -> Inner Fire (8 points) -> Wildfire (12 points) -> Metamorphosis (8 points)

Dream: Evoker Build Guide

Evoker can fix some energy and health regeneration issues of this build with the help of Trance of Convalescence. The skill can also absorb some damage, which contributes well to your character’s survivability.

Dream Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (16 points)
  • Trance of Convalescence (12 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points.

Spirit Mastery

Spirit Mastery

7. Spirit Mastery Build Guide

Theurgist can call the powerful Liche King, which has ability to cast multiple spells, including life steal.

For dealing with bosses, Summon Outsider is your secret weapon here. The only problem with this skill is its insanely long recharge time. That is why you should save this skill for boss fights.

Since this build is a caster type, its primary attribute is intelligence. Only put points on dexterity when needed for armor requirements.

Spirit Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Ternion Attack (12 points) -> Arcane Lore (6 points)
  • Summon Liche King (16 points) -> Death Nova (12 points) -> Wraith Shell (12 points) -> Arcane Blast (16 points)
  • Life Drain (12 points) -> Cascade (10 points)
  • Death Ward (8 points)
  • Summon Outsider (16 points)
  • Circle of Power (12 points)

Dream: Diviner Build Guide

Diviner makes this build darker because Dream complements well with Spirit.

It has passive skills that boosts vitality damage.

It lets you call the Nightmare companion that has skills to buff all your pets.

Lastly, Trance of Empathy works really well with pets.

Dream Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Summon Nightmare (16 points) -> Hypnotic Gaze (1 point) -> Master Mind (8 points)
  • Lucid Dream (8 points) -> Premonition (6 points) -> Temporal Flux (5 points)
  • Trance of Empathy (12 points)

Nature: Soothsayer Build Guide

Soothsayer provides you with more companions to summon (wolves and sylvan nymph) and has a useful utility called Refresh. This greatly reduces the recharge time of your currently recharging skills.

Take note that Refresh and Summon Outsider are great complements for this build.

Nature Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Call of the Wild (16 points)
  • Sylvan Nymph (16 points)
  • Refresh (12 points)
  • Heart of Oak (12 points)
Defense Mastery

Defense Mastery

8. Defense Mastery Build Guide

The Defender is not limited to just tanking. It is also capable of dealing a large amount of physical damage in melee combat by using its shield as a weapon.

The primary attributes for this build are strength, dexterity, and health.

Defense Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Batter (12 points) -> Rend Armor (12 points)
  • Shield Smash (6 points)
  • Pulverize (6 points)
  • Disable (6 points)
  • Shield Charge (1 point)
  • Colossus Form (1 point)
  • Battle Awareness (12 points) -> Focus (6 points) -> Iron Will (6 points)
  • Quick Recovery (8 points)
  • Adrenaline (12 points) -> Resilience (6 points) -> Defensive Reaction (8 points)
  • Rally (6 points) -> Inspiration (1 point) -> Defiance (5 points)
  • Armor Handling (6 points)

Warfare: Conqueror Build Guide

Conqueror is the frontline of the battlefield. It combines the capability of high defense and dealing a barrage of raw physical damage.

Warfare Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 Points)
  • Onslaught (8 points) -> Ignore Pain (6 points) -> Hamstring (6 points) -> Ardor (6 points)
  • Battle Rage (12 points) -> Crushing Blow (12 points) -> Counter Attack (12 points)
  • Weapon Training (6 points)
Dream Mastery

Dream Mastery

9. Dream Mastery Build Guide

Seer has the best sets of burst skills in the game. It has the melee Phantom Strike, the range Distortion Wave, and Distort Reality. But Seer doesn’t stop on burst damage alone. Dream mastery can also quickly finish off trash mobs or remaining enemy survivors with Trance of Wrath.

In case you didn’t notice, the main damage type of this build is electrical burn. So intelligence will be the main attribute for this build. The best equipment would be a melee weapon to use Phantom Strike, as well as a shield for added defense. This means that you will need to put some attribute points on strength.

Dream Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Trance of Wrath (12 points)
  • Distortion Wave (12 points) -> Chaotic Resonance (8 points) -> Psionic Immolation (12 points)
  • Phantom Strike (12 points) -> Dream Stealer (8 points)
  • Distort Reality (12 points) -> Temporal Rift (12 points)
  • Lucid Dream (8 points) -> Premonition (6 points) -> Temporal Flux (6 points)
  • Distortion Field (8 points)

Storm: Prophet Build Guide

Prophet skills can contribute in increasing your electrical burn damage.

Since the release of Titan Quest Anniversary Edition, electrical burn is also affected by bonus to elemental damage. That is why this build has a maxed out Eye of the Storm from Summon Wisp.

Storm Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Storm Nimbus (1 point) -> Static Charge (12 points)
  • Spell Breaker (1 point) -> Spell Shock (1 point)
  • Summon Wisp (1 point) -> Eye of the Storm (8 points)
  • Squall (1 point) -> Obscured Visibility (6 points)
  • Energy Shield (12 points) -> Reflection (8 points)

It is up to you on where to put the remaining skill points.

Storm Mastery

Storm Mastery

10. Storm Mastery Build Guide

Stormcaller has an extremely powerful Ice Shard with Velocity and Torrent.

Maxing Torrent first before Ice Shard will allow you to conserve more energy during early levels without sacrificing your offensive capability.

Storm Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Ice Shard (12 points) -> Velocity (8 points) -> Torrent (8 points)
  • Summon Wisp (16 points) -> Eye of the Storm (8 points)
  • Storm Nimbus (1 point) -> Heart of Frost (8 points)
  • Squall (1 points) -> Obscured Visibility (6 points)
  • Energy Shield (12 points) -> Reflection (8 points)
  • Storm Surge (12 points)
  • Spell Breaker (1 point) -> Spell Shock (1 point)

Defense: Paladin Buid Guide

Paladin is my personal favorite cross class mastery for this build because it can effectively take the role of caster and tank as one.

This build’s ability to tank goes well with Torrent from Ice Shard since the skill is more devastating on melee.

Defense Mastery Skills

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Armor Handling (6 points)
  • Battle Awareness (12 points) -> Focus (1 point) -> Iron Will (6 points)
  • Quick Recovery (8 points)
  • Adrenaline (12 points) -> Resilience (6 points)
  • Rally (12 points) -> Inspiration (6 points) -> Defiance (12 points)
  • Colossus Form (4 points)

Nature: Druid Build Guide

Druid grants you another companion in Sylvan Nymph, which also deals elemental damage. This will maximize the use of the Eye of the Storm buff from Wisp.

Nature Mastery Skill

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Sylvan Nymph (16 points) -> Overgrowth (12 points) -> Nature’s Wrath (12 points)
  • Heart of the Oak (12 points) -> Tranquility of Water (6 points) -> Permanence of Stone (6 points)

Put your remaining skills points on either Call of the Wild or Regrowth.

© 2018 Arc Sosangyo

Related Articles