Squirrel Beastmaster Guide

Last Updated: September 29th 2023

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Welcome to the Squirrel Beastmaster Guide. What's scarier than a pack of wolves? A scurry of rage infused squirrels! This Beastmaster takes command of his ferocious animals and leads them with strength and power. He charges forward, the ferocity of his body infusing his companions, and fury leads his way into battle.

Thanks to Herald of the Scurry, this build is able to convert Summon Wolfs into Summon Squirrels, doubling their numbers. The build is played and built the same with or without this Unique, but the Helmet is best in slot. Fury Leap into battle along with your beasts and proc Spirit Wolves attacking with Swipe. Use Summon Frenzy Totem and cast Warcry to gain powerful buffs for yourself and your allies.

Aside from Herald of the Scurry, this setup shines with Uniques like The Fang, Julra's Obsession, Ribbons of Blood and Bastion of Honour.

Overall the Summon Squirrel Beastmaster is one of the strongest minion builds and is capable of completing all the content in the game with ease. It's fun to play, has extremely high single target DPS and great gear progression. Looking to fulfill the minion pack fantasy with a powerful build? This setup is perfect for you!

End Game Gear Planner

Summon Wolf

Summon Frenzy Totem

Fury Leap



This build guide assumes you have a Level 70 Character. Reach Level 70 with our Beastmaster Leveling Guide.
If you are looking for a different playstyle, check all our Build Guides!

Amazing DPS
Great Burst Potential
Fast Clear For Minions ✔
Great Scaling With Uniques

❌ Melee Range
Buff Micromanaging
Needs Uniques To Shine
Minion AI Can Be Frustrating


Summon Wolf

Summon Squirrel uses the Summon Wolf Tree. The Pack Hunters Node is crucial to increase the pack or scurry size. Grab Savage Hunters, Legendary Bite and Howl of Might for the Damage Multipliers they provide. If you don't have The Fang yet, you need a Point in Safety In Numbers.

Click the Nodes at the bottom to see Skill Tree Progression

Alternative Skills & Tips


Passives provide powerful effects that dictate the playstyle of a Class and its Masteries. Remember that you can allocate Passives on the first half of all Masteries regardless of the one you chose.

  1. Grab Survival of the Pack and Lamprey Teeth for the minion Melee Leech they provide.
  2. Force of Nature is crucial to summon extra friends!
  3. The Chase, Axe and Claw and Ancient Might are a big part of the build's DPS.
  4. Berserker, Ursine Strength and Boar Heart provide insane Damage Reduction.
  5. The Circle Of Life and The Circle Of Life increase the uptime of Aspect of the Shark.
  6. Cry of the Lynx and Serrated Claws grant a powerful Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier buff.
  7. Life in the Wilderness helps your companions survive.
End Game Gear Planner

Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Passive Points.


This Beastmaster and his furry friends want to surround their prey in close ranged combat, overwhelming them with their numbers. Make sure you are familiar with enemy mechanics to know when to use your Support Skills to stay alive. Pay attention to their telegraphed attacks!

Skill Usage/Rotation

  • First of all, use Summon Wolf to summon your wolves or squirrels.
  • Approach enemies and cast your companion ability. Howl for wolves and Sciurine Rage for squirrels.
  • Summon Frenzy Totem for its buffs. This refreshes your companion ability's Cooldown.
  • Fury Leap into combat alongside your companions.
  • Warcry to freeze the enemies and for the Berserker buff.
  • Spam Swipe. Stack Berserker and proc Spirit Wolves.
  • Whenever your companion ability buff runs out, cast it again and refresh the buff!


  • Rush to the objective fast with Fury Leap every time it's off Cooldown.
  • Direct your companions with the "A" key if they fall too behind.
  • Freeze scary enemies with Warcry to skip them.
  • Let your wolves or squirrels kill enemies while you focus on moving fast.


  • Direct your companions with the "A" key if they don't target the Boss or stand in a dangerous spot.
  • Freeze Bosses with Warcry to boost your DPS against them.
  • Fully stack the Berserker buff from Warcry to gain high Attack Speed and proc more Spirit Wolves.
  • Take advantage of all your defensive buffs and keep them active.
  • Warcry and Fury Leap can save you from incoming Damage. Time them against dangerous telegraphed Boss attacks.

Advanced Skill Tips

Learn more about how to maximize your gameplay in the Build Scaling section of this guide.


Gearing in Last Epoch revolves around finding Items and then using the powerful Crafting System to enhance them. As long as an Item has Forging Potential left, players can upgrade or modify their Affixes up to Tier 5. However, the powerful Exalted Tier Affixes are drop only and can't be modified by players.

Using the correct Item Bases allows you to make use of their amazing Implicits, this is fundamental for gearing efficiently. Combine Implicits, Passives, Idols and Blessings to cap your Resistances and other defensive layers, while fitting as much Health related Affixes or Endurance Threshold into your gear as possible. Plan ahead for your next upgrades and consider the final Blessings of your build while gearing. Finish up by farming Uniques with Legendary Potential and Sealing Affixes into Exalted Items to unleash all of your build's power!

Here are the Stat Goals for this build:

  • Capped Resistances
  • Capped Critical Strike Avoidance
  • Capped Endurance
  • 2000 - 4000+ Health
  • 50% - 100% Block Chance
  • 1000 - 2000+ Block Effectiveness
  • 40% - 50%+ Armour
  • 50 - 70+ Strength
  • 100% Crit Chance With Summon Wolf
  • 400%+ Minion Health
  • 30% - 50%+ Minion Dodge Chance
  • 30% - 60%+ Movement Speed

Gear Progression

Starting Gear
Advanced Gear
End Game Gear
BIS Gear

Milestone 1
Aim for good Item Bases with two valuable T5 Affixes. The defensive rolls on T5 Suffixes are very important at this stage as they can easily cap all your Resistances when combined with Item Implicits, Idols, Blessings or Passives. Get any Weapon with valuable Affixes until you are high enough level to equip a Dragonbone Axe.

Milestone 2
Make sure your Critical Strike Avoidance is capped. Remember that Woven Flesh is always an option early on. It can be farmed by killing the Abomination in the Fall of the Outcast Monolith Timeline.

Milestone 3
Fit as much Health into your gear as possible. Hybrid Health and %Health are extremely valuable, but can be hard to find early on. Use regular flat Health until you find them.

Starting Gear Planner

Milestone 4
Get T5 Added Minion Melee Crit Chance on your Body Armour as soon as possible. Aim for T5 Level of Summon Wolf on your Helmet and Level of Summon Frenzy Totem on your Relic to invest extra Points on their Skill Trees.

Milestone 5
While you look for this basic set of gear, start farming your Empowered Blessings and look for any Idols that can help you cap all your Resistances momentarily, provide utility or increase your Damage output.

Learn the basics for crafting gear with our Beginner Crafting Guide.
Check our Unique Item & Set Farming Guide and learn how to get them!
Want to know more about Legendary Items? Check our Legendary Guide!


Completing a Timeline in the Monolith of Fate lets you choose one of several randomized Blessings from its unique pool. Their benefits are permanent and persist even outside of the Monolith of Fate.

Empowered Blessings are a fundamental part of all builds, so getting the correct ones for each is key.

The sooner you reach Empowered Monolith, the faster you can start farming your desired Blessings!

End Game Blessings
Normal Blessings
Empowered Combat Blessings
Empowered Drop Rate Blessings

Normal Blessings are not very important as they are eventually replaced by Empowered Blessings. However, they can still be a great source of Resistances, Critical Strike Avoidance or Life Leech for your build early on.

Pick up these Normal Blessings on your way to Empowered:

  • Echo of Solarum
  • Bastion of Divinity
  • Survival of Might
  • Persistance of Will
  • Protection of Heorot
  • Resolve of Grael
  • Bones of Eternity
  • Heart of the Caldera
  • Embers of Immortality
  • Body of Obsidian

Note: Don't target farm Normal Blessings. Get to Empowered Monolith as fast as you can.

Learn how to farm Blessings fast with our Advanced Monolith Strategies.


Idols grant your character bonuses when equipped in the dedicated Idol Container. Unlock all the slots of your Idol Container by completing the Campaign and some of its Side Quests. Remember that some Idols are Class specific and you won't be able to equip them with other non-compatible Classes.

These are the Idols recommended for this build:

  • Get 4 Grand Heorot Idols with Chance To Gain Haste For 3 Seconds When You Summon A Totem Prefix and Minion Melee Attack Speed Suffix. You might also need 1 with Poison Resistance Suffix, depending on your current gear and needs.
  • Find 2 Large Nomad Idol with %Health Prefix. For the Suffixes aim for Critical Strike Avoidance for You and Your Minions.
  • You also want 1Humble Eterran Idol with Vitality Prefix and Void Resistance to cap it.
  • You might need extra Resistances out of your Idols early on, so keep an eye for anything useful until you get your final setup.
End Game Idols

Other useful Idol Affixes

Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Idol Slots.
Learn how to be efficient with Idols with our Advanced Idols Setups Guide.

Build Scaling

This Beastmaster takes command of his ferocious animals and leads them against its enemies. The Summon Wolfs or Summon Squirrels deal Physical Damage and your goal is to reach 100% Melee Critical Strike Chance with them. This build also has great survivability thanks to the multiple defensive layers it can take advantage of.

  • Minion Power: Your minions gain Minion Power based on your Character Level. By level 100, they deal 45% More Damage and take 45% Less Damage (Multiplicative with other modifiers).
  • Minion Melee Flat Damage: You want to get as much Flat Damage for your Summon Wolfs or Summon Squirrels as possible, since Summon Wolf has tons of Damage Multipliers on its Tree.
  • Minion Melee Attack Speed: The faster your Summon Wolfs or Summon Squirrels attack, the more Damage they deal and Ailments they apply. The The Chase provides 32% and Grand Heorot Idols with Minion Melee Attack Speed allow to to scale it further.
  • Melee Attack Speed: The faster you attack with Swipe the more Spirit Wolves proc from your Summon Wolfs or Summon Squirrels. Berserker buff grants up to 60% Melee Attack Speed thanks to Warcry's Fury Strikes Node and Fury Leap's Rage Node provides Frenzy, a 20% Melee Attack Speed buff.
  • Minion % Physical Melee Damage: Anything that increases Minion Melee Physical Damage is welcomed.
  • Strength: Summon Wolf gains 4% Damage and 8 flat Health per point of Strength. Additionally, it provides 4% Armour per point to the player, a nice defensive layer for the build.
  • Minion Melee Critical Strike Chance: Make sure you get T5 or Exalted Added Minion Melee Crit Chance on your Body Armour, it's easy to cap it with it thanks to all the Crit Chance related buffs this build has.
  • Minion Critical Strike Multiplier: Increases the Damage your minions Crits deal. Get as much as you can!
  • Level of Summon Wolf: Get this Prefix on your Helmet for the Increased Damage it provides and to invest extra Points into its Tree.
  • Herald of the Scurry: Thanks to this Unique, the build is able to convert Summon Wolfs into Summon Squirrels, doubling their numbers.
  • Physical Resistance Shred: Thanks to Herald of the Scurry your minions can apply 10 stacks of Physical Resistance Shred to your targets. 10 stacks increase the Physical Damage enemies take by 50%. This is a big part of your single target DPS, so make sure to roll it nicely.
  • Chance To Shred Armour on Hit: Each stack of this Ailment reduces enemy Armour by 100 for 4 seconds and stacks infinitely. Enemies have 0 Armour by default and it can go into the negatives. At -1000 Armour a target takes 23.7% increased Physical Damage, while at -4000 Armour it takes 57.2%. With the amount of hits the build has, the stacks ramp up quickly. Use Julra's Obsession with Chance To Shred Armour on Hit to ensure your minions apply stacks themselves.
  • Cull: 2 Points into Swipe´s Culling Node provide a 14% kill threshold, ensuring all procs on player Kill get triggered.

Our Damage Explained Article covers all you need to know to scale Damage.
Learn all you need to know to scale Defense with our Defense Explained Article.

Last Epoch has multiple end game activities with completely different roles and rewards. All the builds in Maxroll.gg have been tested and are designed to complete all available content. However, not all builds excel at doing the same activities. Make sure you are familiar with the end game strengths and weaknesses of your character.

Endless Arena

The Monolith of Fate is the main end game system. Most of your character gear upgrades are found here. Once you get all of your desired Empowered Blessings, you can start pushing Corruption to increase your chances at finding incredible Exalted Items. The Monolith of Fate rewards speedy builds that are able to target farm Echo Reward Nodes or stack Timeline Stability as fast as possible.

This Beastmaster is a great Monolith of Faith farmer. It's fast, has good AoE clear and its single target is extremely high. Since it's also a fairly tanky build, it's an amazing setup for farming difficult content in high Corruption.

Monolith Goals

Monolith Timelines

Your goals in the Monolith of Fate will differ greatly depending on what build you play and what stage your character progression is at. Here are the objectives you should aim at when playing this build:

  1. Reach Empowered Monolith as fast as possible.
  2. Farm your Combat Empowered Blessings. Prioritize gaining Timeline Stability and fight the Timeline Bosses as often as possible. Once you are done with one Timeline, move to the next one. Reach 200 Corruption to farm your desired Blessings faster, as it unlocks a 5th option to choose from after you defeat a Timeline Boss.
  3. Get your first Drop Rate Empowered Blessing in the Fall of the Outcast Monolith Timeline as you farm Ribbons of Blood for the amazing stats it provides.
  4. Finish up your Drop Rate Empowered Blessings.
  5. Farm for key Uniques.
  6. As you farm for Uniques, stack Corruption as high as your gear can handle. The higher Corruption you do, the more Items you find. Get your character ready for the other end game activities.

Monolith Modifiers

Every time you choose an Echo a Modifier comes attached with it, adding difficulty and changing how enemies behave. These Modifiers stay active for a maximum of 6 Echoes and stack with each other. Some Modifiers can handicap your build immensely while others can almost be ignored. Monolith Modifiers scale with Corruption and increase the Item Rarity of Echoes. Ideally you want to do the hardest content possible, without delaying your clear times. Keep up Item Rarity as high as you can without it slowing you down.

Easy Modifiers

  • Enemy Critical Strike Chance (Once you have 100% Critical Strike Avoidance).
  • Enemies heal if they have not been damaged recently.
  • Rare enemies have high speed and crit chance until approached.
  • Rare enemies regenerate health.

Avoid these Modifiers

  • Enemy chance to receive a Glancing Blow.
  • Enemy Critical Strike Avoidance.
  • Enemy chance to Dodge.
  • High health enemies take less damage.
  • High health enemies deal increased damage.
  • While bossing: enemies Enrage at half health and enemies gain Frenzy and Haste when hit.

Learn more about the Monolith of Fate with our Empowered Monolith Guide.

Loot Filter

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

Here is the Endgame Loot Filter for this build:

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

Video Guide



This Beastmaster and his furry friends want to surround their prey in close ranged combat, overwhelming them with their numbers. Overall this Beastmaster is an incredible setup capable of completing all the content in the game.

  • Thanks to Herald of the Scurry, this build is able to convert Summon Wolfs into Summon Squirrels, doubling their numbers. Summon Squirrel uses the Summon Wolf Tree.
  • The Savage Hunters, Legendary Bite and Howl of Might Nodes provide insane Damage Multipliers for your Summon Wolfs or Summon Squirrels.
  • Fury Leap into combat alongside your companions.
  • Spam Swipe. Stack Berserker and proc Spirit Wolves.
  • Survival of the Pack and Lamprey Teeth provide minion Melee Leech crucial for your minions survival.
  • Berserker, Ursine Strength and Boar Heart provide insane Damage Reduction.
  • While they are not mandatory, Ribbons of Blood, The Fang, Julra's Obsession and Bastion of Honour are great Uniques that you want to get to scale the build to its full potential.


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