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"Torchlight II": Strength Embermage Build Guide for Beginners

This build is a fun alternative to the Embermage. However, it may not be as effective as the traditional focus type.

This unorthodox build for Embermage invests points in strength instead of focus.

Strength mainly increases weapon damage, so skills like Shocking Orb and Magma Mace benefit from it. Strength also makes your critical strikes more damaging.

Embermage, Copyright Runic Games

Embermage, Copyright Runic Games


  • Strength (295 Stat Points): Strength increases the power of skills that are based on weapon damage like Shocking Orb and Magma Mace.
  • Dexterity (150 Stat Points): The increase in critical hit damage should not be wasted. So invest points in dexterity to increase your critical hit chance.
  • Vitality (50 Stat Points): Place a few points in vitality to survive few hits from tough enemies.


Here are the skills you should invest in for this build.

Inferno (39 Skill Points)

  • Magma Mace (15 Skill Points): The skill that you are going to use when enemies reach you in melee. It damages enemies and can break their shields. Magma Mace is also a good defensive skill since it can stun and reduce the attack speed of affected enemies. It also proc Staff Mastery, decreasing affected enemy’s elemental armor.
  • Immolation Aura (15 Skill Points): Always make sure that you have Immolation Aura casted to reduce incoming damage from enemies.
  • Charge Mastery (9 Skill Points): Place all remaining skill points in Charge Mastery. It lets you full charge faster and longer.

Frost (48 Skill Points)

  • Frost Phase (1 Skill Point): One skill point and you have the ability to teleport. Good for chasing and escaping.
  • Elemental Boon (15 Skill Points): Use this super buff when there are elite enemies or bosses around. It increases both damage and defense.
  • Ice Prison (1 Skill Point): Cast this skill on enemies that you need to hold for a while. One point is enough for Ice Prison.
  • Astral Ally (15 Skill Points): Always summon your clone whenever available to deal more damage on enemies. At higher levels, Astral Ally duration is longer than its cooldown.
  • Staff Mastery (15 Skill points): This passive skill reduces enemy’s elemental armor when you hit them with Staff or Magma Mace.
  • Frozen Fate (1 Skill Point): Grants surprising immobilize on enemies.

Storm (45 Skill Points)

  • Death’s Bounty (15 Skill Points): Provides mana, which is important since this build doesn’t invest in focus. It also provides health recovery. At higher levels, you can cast this skill to slow and stun enemies.
  • Shocking Orb (15 Skill Points): Shocking Orb is the main damage dealing skill that you are going to spam. The skill inflicts electric element based on weapon damage, and it hits multiple enemies multiple times.
  • Prismatic Rift (15 Skill Points): This skill grants a chance to cast Rift Warp on enemies that hit you. Rift Warp teleports enemies away with a chance to inflict random elemental effects.

Spell Tome

  • Spell: Heal All - Another source of health recovery aside from potions and Death’s Bounty.
  • Tome: Arcane Tools - Passively amplify the damage of your staff.
  • Tome: Concentration- This is an important tome for this build since it doesn’t have focus to increase maximum mana.
  • Tome: Willpower - Resistance to slow and immobilization is needed for this build.

Equipment Affixes Priority

  • High Weapon Damage Staff: The highest weapon damage staff is needed for Shocking Orb and Magma Mace.
  • Critical hit chance and critical hit damage: Get more of these affixes from equipment.
  • Boost Electric damage: Since Shocking Orb is your main damage-dealing skill.
  • All Armor, Health, and Reduce damage taken: You need these affixes to survive on higher difficulties.
  • Mana recovery and Maximum Mana: The build’s primary weakness is its lack of mana resources. Get these affixes from equipment.

Feel free to make your own version of this build.