Onslaught Summoner Build (Early Access Torchlight 3)

Onslaught Summoner

EDIT: After the August 11th 2020 Patch, every build made before the relic sub-class changes will be outdated. This is one such and I’ve got a new build that may not use Onslaught but is a summon-centric Bane +Sharpshooter. Here’s link a to the new build: Infectious Summoner

This build is a level 30 base that can be evolved into one of the 3 suggested below lvl 60 complete build theorycrafts. The current state of Torchlight 3 Early Access would take  several hours to get to lvl 60 (maybe 10 to 15 hours based on how much you rush). The build stacks summons like Loyal Shasta, Goblin Legion and Bane’s Eight-Legged Allies together with onslaught + the Bane active skill (Venomous Maw), Ghost Visage for mobility  & an optional extra skill between Curse of Pi’pi, Rizzi’s Fate or Reload. This is not meant to be a meta build & the main focus on all suggested skill setups is to be a summoner build that doesn’t use the summons as a main source of damage but to get bonus dmg vs taunted and to body block enemies with 12 spiders + 5 or 8 goblins & the other summons we proc from items. Once they make it to be able to boost the dmg of summons from things like %pet dmg we may end up having good dmg from them too. For now i just rely on my relic skill as main dps and Onslaught as secondary.

Build Video footage:

The skills I use:

  • A Relic Active Skill – Venomous Maw can be okay for summoners but you’ll need to spam other skills more. If you want a spammy dps active skill go for Frost Blast or Spinning Blade (see the relic setups below). For example, Spinning Blade is a total of 540% dmg (+110% bleed for 6s.) when you have a 20% relic damage passive and the 50% from the relic skills.
  • Ghost Visage – our escape mechanic and a movement skill. We also get 50% crit chance for the next 3 uses of Onslaught after using it
  • Loyal Shasta – used to taunt enemies and keep them grouped up for our dmg spam also makes taunted enemies take 50% more dmg)
  • Goblin Legion – Not really much dmg so it serves to stack up with the 12 Spiders from Bane and to body block the enemies. If we get more summons from items it will be even more body block. And with Electrode a lot of procs of the passive dmg.
  • Curse of Pi’pi OR Fate of Rizi OR Reload (check the different setups below)

The gear I recommend using is:

  • any of the following weapons: Bonerazor (comboes very well with Boneblocker), Storm Driver (boosts Onslaught), Shasta’s Promise (boosts Loyal Shasta + can use a 1handed weapon like a Bonerazor), Ryeful of Leedarshap (boosts Goblin Legion), Storm Driver Bow (boosts Onslaught)
  • Either of those shields/off-hands: Boneblocker (comboes with Bonerazer), Egg of Wonder (boost our Relic Active Skill), Chronometer (works well if you’re going for the Reload version)
  • Musketeer set: Musketeer Gauntlets (extra 1-2 summons when using the default Relic Skill). Combine this with 2 more Musketeer pieces only! Pick two from the ones below (i suggest Robe + Hat when they are fixed):

    • Musketeer Boots (not a bad bonus and we need 2 more Musketeer pieces for the set bonus of the gloves)
    • Musketeer Cavalier Hatgives +1 Precision 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]
    • Musketeer Robegives +1 Adventurer 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]
    • Musketeer Pauldrons (allows us to be more spammy with visage – not the best thing but still okay to use if you don’t have other better options and need that 3rd set piece for the gloves’ set bonus)
  • Skittering set: Skittering Shoulders (spawns a +50% dmg reduction zone). I only use it without a set bonus but you can combine this with 2 more Skittering pieces. I suggest the two below, but you can pick other 2:
    • Skittering Legs (if you will be staying close enough to the enemies a good extra dmg from Spew Acid [poison breath kind of a skill] for 40% wep dmg for 3 sec)
    • Skittering Boots (On Kill: 20% chance to spawn a Poisoned Egg that deals 150% weapon Damage)
  • other legendary items that boost your skills or allow you to proc good stuff

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

  • Storm Driver Bow Onslaught causes lightning strike on an enemy every sec. Dealing 100% weapon dmg to it and other nearby enemies.
  • Ryeful of Leedarshap (boosts Goblin Legion to also summon 3 Ghostly Gunners)
  • Egg of Wonder (boost our Relic Active Skill to cast another second random Relic Active Skill along with ours that is not ours i.e. anything that is not Venomous Maw can proc)
  • Shasta’s Promise (boosts Loyal Shasta to do 100% more dmg and heal us for 10% of our hp when she taunts)
  • Chronometer (works well if you’re going for the Reload version – casting any Adventure skill reduces Reload‘s cooldown by 1sec.)

Of course only use either of those if it is not already equipped, ideally, you’ll go for the 1 handed + off-hand as items you wear & use the bow + rifle + another off-hand here. My perfect setup will be to wear Boneblocker + Bonerazor and have the Storm Driver Bow, Storm Driver Bow, and Egg of Wonder in the Legendarium.

The recommended stats to look for in your items are (the list is not in order of priority and is just listing good bonuses):

  • Flat Damage
  • +% Poison/Fire/Ice/Electric Damage (starts getting very good later on when you have a nice flat to boost with this)
  • +% Damage to Precision skills (it’s a good boost for precision skill spam builds)
  • + Health
  • + Defense (the non elemental is good for any act but lesser numbers than elemental)
  • -% Relic Active Skill cooldown
  • +% Critical Hit Chance
  • +% Critical Damage (the cap is 300%)
  • +% Gear Luck (eventually try to get like 60-80% total for good drop rates – the cap is 100%)
  • -% Relic Skill Cooldown
  • +% Ammo Generation
  • +% Chance to Poison to help proc bane’s missiles & spiders more often
  • +% 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 (you can get 10% dmg vs slowed, stunned, blinded from tier 2 Rizzi)

The Skills and Passives I recommend are:

If you are using the Musketeer set or +1 or +2 to Adventurer and/or Precision skills make sure to remove points from a certain skill (i.e. for tier 3 instead of 10 to spend 9 or 8 when having +1 or +2 or instead of 6 for tier 2 to have 5 or 4 points invested in the skill if you have +1 or +2) Also consider wearing other(blue) items that may give +1 to a specific skill as well.

After the recent Echonok Update the Coldheart is pretty nice too. This is how i spend my points:

  • first, 10 points into Quicker Frost (or only 5 & the other 5 later after step 2)
  • second, 10 points into Sharp Points
  • third, 10 points into Frailty (you could do 5 points before step 2 then the rest after it)
  • next, 10 points into Cold Snap
  • the last 10 points into Thicker Ice.

But if you are going for a relic cooldown setup to spam it more, then consider spending some points on Chill Out (I think when we activate the freezes are enough so I don’t do this).

Electrode skills levelup order:

  • first, 10 points into Quicker Storm (or only 5 & the other 5 later after step 2). After the Echonok pack you may not want to use this as much.
  • second, 10 points into Increasing Charge
  • third, 10 points into Stronger Storm
  • the last 20 points into Deadlier Bolts or Unleashed Energy. But if you are going for a relic cooldown setup to spam it more, then consider spending them on the first tier skills (Shocking Strikes & Brutal Intent)

Flaming Destroyer skills levelup order:

  • first, 10 points into Destroy Faster
  • second, 10 points into Lingering Blaze or Destroy More
  • third, 10 points into Lingering Blaze or Destroy More
  • next, 10 points into Firestarter
  • the last 10 points into Smolder

If you are going for a relic cooldown setup (to spam it more), then consider spending points on the first tier skills (Sharper Blade & Ignition Source)

Bane skills levelup order:

  • first 10 points into Endless maw
  • second 10 points into Arachnid Army
  • third 10 points into Deadly Maw
  • next 10 points into Egg Clusters
  • finally maybe 10 points into Kiss of Death or split them on other ones you want

The Blood Drinker also got buffed with the Echonok Update:

  • first, 10 points into Faster Blade
  • second, 10 points into Weighted Blade
  • third, 5 points into Bloodletter (or do this at a later stage)
  • next, 10 points into Open Wound
  • next, 10 points into Volatile Blood
  • the last 5 points into anything you want. I like having between 1 and 5 points in Blood Spill.

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