Absovler Zealot Dusk Mage Electrode Build (Torchlight 3 Early Access)

Absovler Zealot

This build is a complete lvl 60 setup and is UP-TO-DATE with the new relic subclass rework. The subclass used is Electrode. It’s a build that can dish out some serious damage when our energy is full via the combination of 75% Casting speed (max lvl Chaotic Strikes + Thousand-volt Burst) + spamming Absolver (or Holy Bolt). If we lead with a combo of Dark Spears + an Entropy to let them build the Dark Buff Bar then do our Cast Speed buff + Spamy spell (Absolver) combo we get Harmonic Form pretty quickly, which gets boosted nicely by the Celestial Gauntlets. On top of this, I’ve included Localized Storm to help us if we need a dmg buff. Optionally, we could use Consecration for more dmg buff too. Skittering Shoulders (even without a set bonus) is a great source of survivability so it could also be worn or used in the Legendarium. 

October 29th Edit: Please consider putting ASAP at least 1 point into the Tingling Sensation passive  for the + 3.0 seconds shock duration. Regardless of which skills setup from the ones I’ve suggested at the bottom of this page/build you pick.

September 17th EDIT: I’ve updated the skill points allocation screenshots to include the extra 10 points (total of 70) that the new update added. 

Edit: The passives mentioned below no longer give +% corresponding elemental DMG!!!

Keep in mind that every relic has an amazing passive that gives it +5% or +10% of the corresponding damage per level (total of 25% or 50%). This passive is AMAZING. For Electrode this is Shocking Display. I believe those passives to be a MUST-HAVE on Bane, Electrode, and Blood Drinker. This is getting rebalanced to be +25% dmg across all relics just like on Cold Heart and Flaming Destroyer, It’s still a good dmg increase if you stack that elemental dmg via flat and % dmg rolls in gear.

Build Video footage:

The skills I use:

  • Absolver (or Holy Bolt) – major source of dps for a cheap energy cost + fast build-up of the Light Buff bar At Tier 1 this costs only 2 energy by default (excluding any cost reduction from gear). Combined with cast speed stacking and 20 or 30% more Mana cost Reduction either of those two skills is = UBER DPS 🙂 For Holy Bolt You could do Arc of Light equipped/in legendarium.
  • Entropy – a good source of dps + quick Dark Buff bar builder. At Tier 3 this costs +30% more mana so only get it that high on setups where you use Molten Reach with a cast speed build)
  • Shadow Step – our escape mechanic and a movement skill. It also gives a nice passive mana regen at Tier 2 and procs the Celestial BootsMana-Infused buff.
  • Dark Spears – okay AoE dmg + helps build up the Dark Buff bar quick.
  • Lightning Barrier – an extra bit of dps BUT we use it for the Block Chance buff. This one’s on a cooldown and costs no energy.
  • Conjure Electrode – At Tier 3 we get +25% Casting Speed
  • Localized Storm – It’s a great bit of Extra DPS to nearby enemies. This one keeps draining our energy.
  • Thousand-volt Burst – Our BIG relic skill that we can activate after spending a total of 200 energy with other skills like Conjure Electrode + gives us 50% Casting Speed for 10 sec (or 20 sec at Tier 2) It’s good to save and use this on champions & bosses for fast bursts.

The gear I recommend using is:


  • A good rolled + socketed 1 handed Blue or Legendary weapon + a Focus with nice rolls and sockets)
  • Must wear 3 Celestial pieces! I suggest wearing Celestial Mask + Gauntlets + Boots (+ optionally Chest (if not slotting it in the Legendarium):
    • Celestial Gauntlets – with a 3 piece set bonus you get 100% dmg for the price of 500% increased mana cost while in Harmonic Form . Without the 3 piece set bonus it only gives 100% dmg + 50% mana cost increase when Holy Charged.
    • Celestial Boots – Cast a Cooldown Skill: gain Mana Infused for 3 sec. Mana Infused  gives 5% mana regen per sec. or 10% with the set bonus and stacks up to 2 times.
    • Celestial Mask gives +1 Dark Skills (+2 with the 3 piece set bonus) [I’ve tested it and it won’t give you extra levels if the skill is already lvl 10 so go for lvl 9 if you have +1 or 8 if you have +2 to those skills]

If you ‘slot in’ the Celestial Cuirass (Chest), you can get a good stat boost from a well-rolled + socketed Blue Chest.

You’ll be looking for flat dmg, %Elemental dmg and/or Crit dmg, +% Mana Regen & -% Absolver Mana Cost.

  • Blue Legs and Chest rolled for flat or +%Elemental dmg or Crit dmg with a socket
  • Blue Shoulders rolled for +%Crit dmg with a socket +%Mana Regen and/or  -% Absolver Mana Cost

Blue Gear only gets 1 socket now.

Suggested Legendarium Powers (to fill in the gaps from items you’re wearing):


  • Celestial Cuirass (Chest)
  • Molten Reach
  • Arc-Powered Legs

For the 3rd slots there are alternatives:

  • Option 1: Skittering Shoulders
  • Option 2: Arc of Light (for a Holy Bolt Build)
  • OR Another that you like

The recommended stats to look for in your items are (the list is not in order of priority and is just listing good bonuses + there’s new stats and I might have missed some which will get added later):

  • + Flat Damage
  • +% elemental dmg – starts getting very good later on when you have a nice flat to boost with this
  • +% Damage to Light skills (or Dark, but Light is priority)
  • -% Absolver Mana Cost (or to Holy Bolt if using that as spam skill) – VERY IMPORTANT STAT SO STACK IT IF YOU CAN!
  • + Health
  • + Defense (the non elemental is good for any act but lesser numbers than elemental)
  • +% Critical Hit Chance (the cap is 40%)
  • +% Critical Damage (the cap is 300%)
  • +% Gear Luck (eventually try to get like 50-75% total for good drop quantity – the cap is 100%)
  • +% Energy Recharge Rate
  • -% Relic Energy cost
  • +% Relic Active Skill Damage
  • +% Block Chance
  • +% Chance to Evade damage
  • +% Mana Regen (Very Important to stack this too)
  • +% Chance to Chill – a decent CC proc that works well with this build
  • +% Chance to Poison is a decent DoT and stacks with other DoTs
  • +% Chance to Bleed and/or Burn to stack the poison with the other DoTs.
  • + % Chance to Stun/Slow/Blind – not a bad choice but not high priority

The Skills and Passives I recommend are:

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that my setup + all other alternative examples are WITH the +2 Dark & +2 Light skill levels from the Celestial Set Mask + Chest!

September 17th EDIT: I’ve updated the skill points allocation screenshots to include the extra 10 points (total of 70) that the new update added. The numbers in YELLOW represent the suggested skill levels after the new update. In some cases you may need to remove points from one skill to get another one leveled.

REGULAR VERSION (used in the video):


MAX HOLY BOLT (Arc of Light SETUP 1):



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