Torchlight II

Torchlight II

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Die Hard Berserker Build
By Jesus Is My Friend and 1 collaborators
I thought i would share my die hard build with you guys that has been doing really well for me and also is a blast to play.

This build focuses on using your basic auto attack to deal most your damage. It saddens me to see that regular auto attacks are being completely ignored and more priority has been on getting a lot of focus and just spamming an ability to do most of your damage on pretty much all the classes. I dont find this very fun or rewarding at all and my build reflects this mindset because only very little to none points are put in the focus attribute.

I use this build on elite difficulty when playing with my friends, but when they are busy i am playing this solo on veteran difficulty. This build is most likely just as viable on solo elite, but I just havent personally tested it yet. I have not beaten the game yet, but I hope to do so soon and reach level 100 soon after that. Also note that since i havent beaten the game, I will probably be putting more points into other abilities as i see fit as i progress into higher levels. Use this guide as what you need to do in order to get started on your zerker and have a general idea on the direction you are going. By following my core build, i can gurantee you that you won't regret in wasting points in anywhere and having to re roll your character. Great build for new zerkers and with a lot of extra points available for you to put where you see fit based on your playstyle.
Prepare the key to start guys:
This class is all about getting straight into the fight, entering a horde of enemies, quickly charge your frenzy and then butcher them as you heal yourself.

To get started you need to find 2 good pair of claws. Life steal is almost a must on at least one of the claws. Having a socket on the claws is even better so you can insert a life steal gem into it if you have one (ive been using a lifesteal gem since lvl 20).

With the rest of the armor pieces you can actually be very flexbile with it. As i progressed in the game i used a variety of different armor pieces and they all worked just fine. Most my armor pieces had + health or + vit on them so I do recommend trying to get a good amount of health from gear where you can.

The first levels
Stats you'll want to boost strength and dexterity a lot, followed by focus and at last health (allocate 2 points in stg* and dex*, and 1 in foc*, around lvl 5 or 6 begin to allocate a point in hp* for every few in foc*)

Strength will make you deal lots of damage and with claw dual wielding your dps will be very very high and let's not talk about the critical damage.

Dexterity will make you dodge various attacks, but more importantly you'll strike lots and lots of criticals (which are essencial to this build)

Focus will give you the ability to execute enemies, which will boost your frenzy recharge and kill enemies faster.

Vitality is not that necessary, because you'll finish your foes faster than a hot knife cutting through butter.

Skills You'll want to focus on passive skills as they are the ones who'll give you the "die hard ability"

Notes: There will be no points in the Tundra Skills set and use only claw weapons, they are the fastest in the game and highly beneficts your dps.

The skills you'll want to rise are primarily are blood hunger (each critical strike heals you) and executioner (more chance to execute and charge frenzy faster) from the hunter skill tree, and frenzy mastery (more frenzy) and shred armor (weakens enemy armor, gives you more armor everytime you hit an enemy) from the shadow skill tree.

Around level 20 you should look like this

Superior levels

Stats Just keep up leveling strenght (try to keep a little more than dex* around 10 extra points) and dextery a lot. Then focus around the half of dextery and vitality around 10 or 15 points below focus.

Skills Just keep leveling blood hunger, executioner, frenzy mastery and shred armor every time you can, you'll want to master those abilities, also when available try to put some points in the red wolf skill (everytime you make a critical, your damage incrises for a short time, more criticals more damage) in the shadow skill tree, when Shadow bind and Chain snare are around lvl 10 each, try to max red wolf.

After that is time to level up active skills these skills are:

The Shadow bind ability (which will transfer dmg you do to your next strike for a short time)

The Chain snare ability (in this one you'll be all scorpion style and grab your foes to meele distance. GET OVER HERE!)

And the battle standard ability (which gives you and your allies knockback resistance, extra dodge and charges frenzy faster) all of these are in the shadow skill tree.

And finally after all those skills are mastered level up the rampage passive skill in the hunter tree, to give you some other combat bonuses (faster attack and movement).

In level 50 your character should be like this

In level 100 your character should look like this

I hope you guys enjoyed this guide I made! I have included enough in this guide to get you started and give you guys an idea on the general direction you should be going in order to have a fun and viable dual zerker build!
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2LambBuna Mar 10, 2016 @ 7:39pm 
you'd be better ignoring dex and taking focus as secondary stat to str so that you are executing a lot putting you in a near permenent frenzy where you get 100% crit anyway.

dex is pretty useless for a zerkere with this kind of build, dodge is the worst defensive stat by a mile, and you'll be at 100% crit most of the time anyway.

Howl would benefit this build greatly, much better than say chain snare.
storm hatchet is worth taking (at low points) as an opener to build charge fast to put you into the frenzy state

XIII Mar 9, 2015 @ 4:22am 
The Dark Tyger Dec 5, 2014 @ 5:03am 
Only major downside I see is it seems it can feel a bit bland with the lack of active skills. But seems pretty powerful all around.
.... Nov 10, 2014 @ 1:00am 
the same build as mine but i did add more to STR for bigger crit dmg...may i ask what set is profitable for this build?
TheIsingGuy Sep 22, 2014 @ 11:56am 
This is a really good guide, I went pure dexterity till evel 16, which made me nearly untouchable by most mobs, even some generals can't hit me.
Scorpio_gamer Sep 16, 2014 @ 10:23pm 
Just what i needed thanks a ton
WestCoastCosmic Jan 20, 2014 @ 10:46am 
Thank you for the guide, it's been really helpful
Tapdancer Jan 14, 2014 @ 10:47pm 
Hey thanks for the info Adventure Time, much appreciated as I was bored with the other toons but didn't know anything about the berserker or build ideas.
Great job on the guide, good effort.
RocketSkatez Jan 13, 2014 @ 8:07am 
Thanks! was looking for decent berserker build.
pleclair Jan 11, 2014 @ 6:34pm 
I just re-installed Torchlight 2 and was feeling a little lost with my level 100 elite berserker, so I decided I would have a try at hardcore. So I rolled an embermage at veteran level since I had no hardcore gear available in shared stash... but I dunno, I didnt quite liked it, and died 3 times or so.

Then I figured I'd roll a berserker again to gather some gear and roll other hardcore characters at elite level, and decided to have a look in the community guide on steam.

Found your guide and it looked like something i would really enjoy playing if it worked as supposed.

It blew up my expectations actually! I didn't pulled it on veteran tho, since I had no good claws, and instead of dying 10 times on vet and elite to get the gear to make a go, I decided I would play at normal to get it, since after looking on the web, I realized difficulty do nothing loot-wise...

I'm now level 34 and it's a blast! Can't wait to start working on a good set to have a try at elite hardcore.