Beastmaster Leveling Guide

Last Updated: September 30th 2023

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This Beastmaster leveling build obliterates foes with its pack of ferocious wolves. It uses Swipe to proc Spirit Wolves from each of its Summon Wolf and combines multiple damage buffs from the Summon Wolf ability, Summon Frenzy Totem and Warcry.

This Beastmaster build plays in melee as it needs to hit with Swipe to proc Spirit Wolves and scale its health regeneration. In terms of defense it has 2 damage immunities with Warcry and Fury Leap and a damage reduction with Boar Heart.

Overall, the Summon Wolf Beastmaster is an amazing leveling build, as it provides amazing defense, recovery and damage from its skills and passives. It also scales really well into the end-game as gear affixes have a big impact on the build. This combination makes Beastmaster leveling look easy.

Early Campaign Gear Planner
Swipe
Summon Wolf
Fury Leap
Summon Frenzy Totem
Warcry

Check out the Campaign Guide for an in depth breakdown of the campaign.

Minion Army
Unique Minion Playstyle ✔

No Respec During Leveling
Transition Well Into Endgame

Managing Wolves
Companions can Die
Very Gear Dependent

Multiple Buttons Build

Beastmaster Passives

Passives provide powerful effects that dictate the playstyle of a Class and its Masteries. Remember that you can allocate Passives in the first half of any Mastery regardless of the one you chose. Powerful skills and nodes are usually found in the masteries tree.

Click the Nodes at the bottom to see Passive Tree Progression

Skills

Swipe

At level 4 spec into Swipe. Use it to generate Wild Calling, which is a large part of this build damage and to increase your Health Regeneration. It can also kill bosses below 14% Health.

Click the Nodes at the bottom to see Skill Tree Progression

Gameplay

As we level the power of skills shift, with some becoming stronger while others get weaker. To account for this, we transition from a setup that is optimized for early game to one that is more suited to tackling endgame content.

Early Setup

  • At level 4 spec Swipe and use it as your main damage skill.
  • At level 8 spec Summon Wolf and use its ability to boost your minions damage.
  • At level 20 spec Fury Leap and use it to move quickly through the chapters and buff your minions damage.
  • Use Summon Thorn Totem to aggro monsters.
  • Use Eterra's Blessing to heal your minions and also boost their damage.

Final Setup

  • Use Swipe as your main damage skill.
  • Use Summon Wolf ability to boost your minions damage.
  • Use Fury Leap to move quickly through the chapters and buff your minions damage.
  • At level 35 spec Summon Frenzy Totem and use it to boost your minions damage.
  • At level 50 spec Warcry and use it to boost your minions damage and cleanse yourself.

Beastmaster Gear Progression

While we make recommendations for all items make sure you pay special attention to your weapon. Weapons are a core part of your character's power and getting a higher level base weapon increases your damage significantly. A good way to get better weapon bases is to buy them at the Gambler NPC in the Council Chamber town and in the End of Time town. Upgrade or buy your next weapon each time you reach the appropriate level.

If you are lucky you might get a Rune of Ascendance while leveling. Use this first on amulets to get unique amulets such as The Claw and The Fang.

You might also drop useful uniques for this build such as Beast King, Hakar's Phoenix, The Claw, The Fang, Artor's Legacy, Bastion of Honour and Herald of the Scurry.

Gear Stats Priorities

Prefixes

  • Vitality to bump your health up. Getting your health pool as high as possible is very important.
  • Melee Damage Leeched as Health as your secondary form of recovery after speccing Health Regeneration increased in the Swipe tree.
  • Chance to Bleed on Hit, Chance to Ignite on Hit and Chance to Poison on Hit are really good early as Damage over Time mechanics have high base damage. Physical Damage is also really good early to scale Bleeds and the Hit damage from Swipe. Once you spec Summon Frenzy Totem, they become useless.
  • Minion Damage is your main affix to scale Summon Wolf Damage.
  • Melee Attack Speed allows us to proc Wild Calling more often from Swipe tree, which is a big part of this build's damage.
  • Minion Health, Minion Health Regen and Minion Dodge Rating are very important to boost your Summon Wolf survivability. Don't neglect them as it also impacts your overall Damage if they die.
  • Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed makes your experience way smoother as it makes skills available more often.
  • Level of Swipe, Level of Summon Wolf, Level of Fury Leap, Level of Summon Frenzy Totem and Level of Warcry are very important as skill tree nodes provides a substantial boost to your character power.
  • Strength is nice to boost your Damage after the affixes above. It increases the health and damage of your Summon Wolf.

Suffixes

  • Minion Melee Damage and Minion Physical Damage are very big sources of Damage for this build as their values scale higher than other damage stats.
  • Health, Health and Hybrid Health to bump your health up. Getting your health pool as high as possible is very important.
  • Fire Resistance, Lightning Resistance, Cold Resistance, Physical Resistance, Necrotic Resistance and Void Resistance to get your resistances to 75%. This is your second layer of defense, getting it capped to 75% is not vital.
  • Dodge Rating and Armour are less important than health and resistances. This is your third layer of defense, getting some is useful, as you get 15% Dodge and Armour with little amount.
  • Health Regen Per Second and Health Regeneration are your main ways to regen health as we scale it further with Swipe tree.

Idols

  • Health, Health, Vitality and resistances for extra defences.
  • Minion Melee Attack Speed, Shared Physical Damage, Minion Melee Damage Leeched As Health, Minion Melee Attack Speed, Minion Dodge Rating, Minion Critical Strike Chance, Minion Melee Critical Strike Chance and Melee Damage For You And Your Minions for big damage boosts.
  • Chance to Bleed on Hit, Chance to Ignite on Hit and Chance to Poison on Hit for extra damage in the first 20 levels.

Gearing Step by Step

Early Campaign
Mid to Late Campaign
Early Monolith
  • Level 30: Brigandine Boots and Nomad Cowl.
  • Level 44: Bronze Belt.
  • Level 45: Engraved Gauntlets and Heoborean Boots.
  • Level 46: Kolheim Armor.
Items at level 55

Campaign Leveling

Key Leveling Notes

  • Keep your character at the area level by killing monsters. You need to maintain at most a 5 level difference with the area. Press C to open the character sheet to find your level and TAB to find the area level.
  • If your inventory is full, stick extra gear in your stash. Don't sell your extra gear that have affixes to a vendor. Instead, keep it to use later or destroy it with a Rune of Shattering or Rune of Removal.
  • Crafting is powerful and important for enhancing your gear. Press F and place your item in the crafting interface to level up the affixes and craft new ones! Adding health or vitality on a few empty affix slots can increase your HP by a significant amount!
  • Always get the best weapon you can. Weapons are a core part of your character's power and getting a higher level base weapon increases your damage significantly. You can buy them at the Gambler NPC in the Council Chamber town and in the End of Time town.
  • Wait until the end (or near the end) of the campaign to dive into the Monolith of Fate.

If you need help with crafting, check the Beginner Crafting Guide.

Campaign Step by Step

Chapter 1 - Divine Era

Chapter 1 (level 1 to 8)

Skills

Swipe is your main damaging ability.

  • At level 5, open your skill panel by pressing "S" and specialize Swipe.
  • At level 8 spec into Summon Wolf.
Passive Tree
  • At level 3 open your passive tree, by pressing "P" and begin placing points.
Step 1
  • In the first area kill every monster and pick up all the loot.
  • In the second area focus on getting to level 3 and kill the Forged Soldier.
  • Advance to the Keepers' Camp then loot the chest on the right side.
  • Talk to the Shop NPC, sell your items, and look for a two handed weapon. After that look for Jade Ring and Boots with Movement Speed.
    • The Shop NPC has this icon above his head and is located in the center of the area.

Step 2

  • Continue forward to The Fortress Gardens, then to The Fortress Walls and kill Sturiax The Burning Sky.
  • Continue West to The Storeroom, kill the Forged Soldier and click on the stored armor.
  • Now teleport back to The Fortress Walls and talk to the Heoborean Soldier to finish Storeroom Sabotuers and get an extra Passive point, then continue East towards The Keepers' Vault.
  • In The Keepers' Vault, kill the Forged Soldier and defend Keeper Balthas.
  • Now continue to The Northern Road, watch Keeper Balthas getting abducted, then talk to the Keeper Guard and teleport back to the Keepers' Camp.

Step 3

  • Go East to the Ulatri Highlands, then continue Northeast to The Osprix Warcamp.
  • Now continue your journey North to reach The Summit.
  • Kill Haruspex Orian and deliver Keeper Balthas from his prison.
  • Teleport back to the Keepers' Camp and talk to Keeper Leena and Keeper Balthas.

Monolith of Fate

You are now done with the campaign and are ready to conquer the endgame, the Monolith of Fate. It has 2 difficulties, Normal and Empowered. In the Empowered Monolith all Timelines are at level 100 and have 100 base corruption, which scales item rarity making farming end game items much easier.

Although this article guides you up to your 3rd Timeline called the Ending the Storm Timeline, your longer term goal is to unlock Empowered Monoliths. This is achieved by completing the Spirits of Fire, The Age of Winter and The Last Ruin Timelines and then activating the beacon in the center.

Timelines are represented as big islands on the world map in the End of Time era.

Check the Monolith Beginner Guide for more details.

Early Monolith Strategies

As you want to gain stability fast, you need to rush the echo objective while killing monsters on your way. Until you unlock Empowered Monoliths, prioritize Exalted items and Uniques as completion reward when choosing echoes. If you die in an echo, you lose the completion bonus of that echo, so try not to. Also in your first Timeline prioritize the experience as it gives you a big boost in character power.

In the Fall of the Outcasts Timeline after killing Abomination, choose the level 66 Timeline. As a general rule when selecting Timelines, always choose the highest leveled one. This keeps you on the right-hand-side of the Monolith progression and provides more immediately relevant blessings as you progress through.

Echo Modifiers

If you feel like you are taking too much damage, avoid the following echo modifiers:

  • Increased damage of all types
  • Enemies have increased critical strike chance

Remember that you can farm items in the previous Timeline, if the current one is too hard.

Monolith's Gearing

In the Monolith of Fate you have more opportunities to acquire better gear. Max your resistances quickly and have as much health as possible before investing into damage on your gear (except for your weapon, which is exclusively for damage). At the very least, max your physical, necrotic and void resistances for the first Timeline.

Here are the recommended items and affixes for each slot:

  • Weapon : Obsidian Axe
  • Helmet : Icewolf Pelt, Darkwolf Pelt and Ancestral Crown.
  • Body Armour : Kolheim Armor and Ancestral Garb
  • Belt : Bronze Belt
  • Boots : Heoborean Boots and Solarum Greaves
  • Gloves : Engraved Gauntlets
  • Amulet : Bone Amulet
  • Rings : Turquoise Ring, Gold Ring, Ruby Ring and Ivory Ring
  • Relic : Ochre Antler and Spirit Catcher

Best Prefixes

  1. Vitality
  2. Level of Swipe, Level of Summon Wolf, Level of Fury Leap, Level of Summon Frenzy Totem and Level of Warcry
  3. Minion Health, Minion Health Regen and Minion Dodge Rating
  4. Minion Damage
  5. Melee Attack Speed
  6. Strength
  7. Melee Damage Leeched as Health
  8. Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed

Best Suffixes

  1. Minion Melee Damage and Minion Physical Damage
  2. Health
  3. Hybrid Health
  4. Health Regen Per Second and Health Regeneration
  5. Health
  6. Fire Resistance, Lightning Resistance, Cold Resistance, Elemental Resistance, Physical Resistance, Necrotic Resistance and Void Resistance

Loot Filter

Loot Filters are critical in Last Epoch. Highlighting all the related valuable Item Bases, Affixes, Uniques and Idols is crucial to your character's progression. As your gear gets better, remember to hide the rules that are no longer useful to avoid screen clutter.

Link :

Learn how to load and make Filters with our Loot Filter Guide.

Summary

This Beastmaster leveling build shines in its offensive and defensive capabilities. It destroys everything in its path, establishing it as one of the smoothest mastery to level during the campaign.

  • Use Swipe to generate Wild Calling and increase your Health Regeneration.
  • Summon Wolf is your main source of damage. Use its ability to get a short damage buff.
  • Fury Leap boosts your minions' damage and gives them Frenzy. It also makes you recover some Health and Cleanse your debuffs. Use it in dangerous situations to nullify some of the incoming damage.
  • Use Summon Frenzy Totem to give Frenzy and damage to you and your Wolves. It also refreshes Summon Wolf ability and gives it extra increased critical strike chance.
  • Use Warcry to boost Summon Wolf critical strike chance, plus it gives you damage immunity for 2s.
  • Search for good Bearded Axe at level 21 and Obsidian Axe at level 64.
  • Don't neglect your Summon Wolf Survivability and equip items with Minion Health, Minion Health Regen and Minion Dodge Rating.
  • Cap your Physical Resistance early to make the campaign look easy.

What's Next?

Congratulations, you completed the campaign and your first 3 Monoliths Timelines! What awaits you is unlocking Empowered Monolith after pushing through The Reign of Dragons, Spirits of Fire, The Age of Winter and The Last Ruin Timelines and activating the beacon in the middle of them. Then you can dive into dungeons, empower your character further and test your limits at the Arena leaderboard.

Check out our Beastmaster Guides and find the perfect beastmaser Endgame build for you.

Please visit our Monolith Beginner Guide for more information on how the Monolith of Fate system works.

Find out more about dungeons in our Dungeon Guide.

Credits

Written by Terek.
Reviewed by Aristotelian.

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