Welcome to the Hero Overview! This article is the place to be if you're undecided on what character to play. Each of the unique Heroes in Torchlight Infinite are specialized for different playstyles; these should be thought of as archetype enablers rather than "classes". Each of the 7 Heroes have up to 3 Hero Traits that further customize gameplay. Much like Ascendancies in Path of Exile, or sub-classes in Lost Ark these can completely change the type of build a Hero is best for. For example, Carino's Lethal Flash Trait allows projectile skills to Shotgun and Return, making sources of additional projectiles become a powerful damage multiplier!
Hero Trait Selection is permanent, so if you start playing Carino's Lethal Flash Trait and want to swap to his Ranger of Glory Trait later, you need to level a new character. A wide selection of base Hero Traits are available to you when you start playing Torchlight Infinite. Additional traits can be earned with Hero Emblems, or purchased for $15 through the Season Pass or in the shop. In future Seasons the current paid traits will be earnable through Hero Emblems.
Base Traits (Free)
- Rehan - Anger
- Carino - Ranger of Glory
- Gemma - Ice-Fire Fusion
- Youga - Spacetime Illusion
- Moto - Order Calling
- Youga - Spacetime Elapse
- Carino - Lethal Flash
- Gemma - Frostbitten Heart
- Thea - Incarnation of the Gods
- Thea - Wisdom of The Gods
- Erika - Wind Stalker
- Moto - Charge Calling
- Rehan - Seething Silhouette
- Bing - Blast Nova
WARNING: The leveling speed shouldn't be the deciding factor for your Hero Trait of choice. The average player needs about 6 hours to reach level 68 and unlock the end game content. Once you reach that point, the leveling speed of a Hero Trait won't matter anymore for the rest of your journey in the world of Leptis.
Berserker Rehan's Anger Trait uses attacks to generate Rage, then triggers Burst to damage enemies. If you're looking for a straightforward attack build then Rehan's Anger Trait is a great choice for new players. He's easy to play and very fast. Once Rehan starts Berserk you know things have gotten serious! Like many Berserker or Warrior archetypes in other games, Rehan is loud, large, and in charge.
Rehan's Anger Trait is ideal for playing tanky melee builds, because Burst can be used for utility instead of just damage. With Rampaging you add Hardened and Mark as Supports. Whenever Burst triggers it gives you a powerful defensive bonus, Hardened reducing all damage you take, and Marks enemies making it easier for you to hit them and raising your Critical Strike Damage.
This is one of the most versatile Hero Traits in Torchlight Infinite, and can be played with a wide range of Attack based builds. You can play a tanky melee build who is able to take hits from the scariest bosses Leptis has to offer, or a super high damage fast glass cannon where every fight is kill or be killed. Some popular Endgame builds for Anger include Whirlwind, Flame Slash, and Trigger builds which take advantage of his Crit scaling via Cast on Critical Strike.
This is also one of the easiest Hero Traits to level, equip Leap Attack, grab some weapons and you are level 68 before you know it!
Anger Pros & Cons
✔ Base Hero Trait
✔ Beginner Friendly
✔ Great for Any Attack Build
❌ Very Popular
❌ Bad for Spells
❌ Deals Self Damage
For more Berserker Rehan - Anger Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Endgame Guide focused around Whirlwind.
Seething Silhouette Identity
Rehan's Seething Silhouette allows him to harness the power of his Seething Spirit to strike nearby foes with your Main Attack Skill. Seething Silhouette utilizes a powerful Berserk mode increasing his damage and Attack Speed.
Your Seething Spirit is quite short lived at first, but with Future Burnt Offering it remains active for your entire Berserk. Split Form is a way to enable a unique form of defenses stacking an absolutely massive Life pool then rapidly recovering it via an effect like Tide of the Styx to shrug off damage. The Spirit has a pretty small attack range, but is highly aggressive against nearby enemies. He's still Rehan, but this Hero Trait feels a little underwhelming when compared to the dominance that is Anger. The Seething Spirit is short lived and cannot use Channeled or Mobility Skills.
Seething Silhouette can use many of the same builds as Rehan's Anger Trait, but players are still experimenting to find what he's best suited for. Using Split Form to stack Life, and convert that to damage looks very promising!
This Hero Trait levels similarly to Rehan's other trait, Anger but slightly worse.
Seething Silhouette Pros & Cons
✔ Is Still Rehan
✔ Spirit Attacks for You
✔ Can Use a Variety of Attacks
❌ Bad for Spells
❌ Paid Hero Trait
❌ The Spirit Doesn't Last Very Long
Berserker Rehan - Seething Silhouette Builds include popular skills like Berserking Blade.
Ranger of Glory Identity
Divineshot Carino's Ranger of Glory Trait specializes in enhancing projectile Skills via Special Ammo. Be it Attacks, or Spells if you can shoot the Skill forward, up or in a parabolic arc (IE: projectiles) Carino is a great choice. Reload is a bit clunky at first but effects like Ammo Expert and Magic Shot streamline it making him much easier to play.
Carino's Ranger of Glory Trait only buffs Skills with a projectile tag, so he's not suitable for other types of builds. This trait excels when used with projectile Skills that innately shotgun, or in builds that don't require shotgunning mechanics like: Bombard or Ignite builds! You spend most of your time in Magic Shot adding additional supports like Greater Multiple Projectiles or Mark.
Some of the popular builds from Season 1 included Evasion stacking with Dumb Voice to get massive damage, Electrifying Shot Dexterity stacking to take advantage of the free pierce for great clear speed, or Ignite builds leveraging King Lionheart's Ambition.
This Hero Trait is quite easy to level, but can be an acquired taste. Blink Bow offers high speed and damage but requires that you constantly aim in the opposite direction and wedge yourself up against walls.
Ranger of Glory Pros & Cons
✔ Base Hero Trait
✔ Lots of Customization
✔ Amazing for Projectiles
❌ Feels Bad Early On
❌ No Innate Defenses
❌ Mechanically Intense
For more Divineshot Carino - Ranger of Glory Builds check out our Leveling Guide using Split Arrow.
Lethal Flash Identity
Carino's Lethal Flash trait is all about Shotgun Effect, which means you want to combine him with Horizontal Projectile Skills like Split Arrow. At level 62 he gains access to Evil Ouroboros enabling Return. This doubles the damage of your Projectile Skills because the projectiles hit enemies when fired, and then a second time while returning. As a result of the Shotgun Effect, Lethal Flash often plays from melee range.
Much like Carino's other Trait, Lethal Flash revolves around Reload. Because you have Shotgun Effect the more projectiles you fire, the more potential damage you have. Volley can be used to reduce coverage, and increase the number of projectiles you're able to land on a single target. To maximize hits you want to play from melee range, this means building more defenses than you might otherwise need for a ranged character. Try adding Injury Buffer or Barrier.
Lethal Flash scales extremely well with horizontal firing Projectile Skills that overlap like Hammer of Ash which was played as an Armor stacker in Season 1, or Split Arrow and Lightning Shot often played as Dexterity or Evasion stackers.
This is also one of the easiest builds to level, you equip Blink Bow, grab some weapons and you are level 68 before you know it!
Lethal Flash Pros & Cons
✔ Boomerang Bullets
✔ Spectacular Single Target
❌ Shotgun Penalty
❌ Ammo Management
❌ Only Works with Horizontal Projectiles
For more Divineshot Carino - Lethal Flash Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Endgame Guide focused around Hammer of Ash.
Ice-Fire Fusion Identity
Gemma's Ice-Fire Fusion Trait specializes in combining damage types from multiple elements, Frostfire Strength applies Fire damage bonuses to Cold damage and vice versa. This makes her an excellent choice for mixing and matching Elemental Skills of almost any type because you apply all your damage bonuses to any of them.
Because Ice-Fire Fusion fusion is heavily focused on the use of Elemental Skills it's difficult to use Physical or Erosion skills on her. Gemma is a versatile Hero, and the best way to mix different types of Elemental Skills like on a DoT build combining Flame Jet with Frost Terra. In the endgame, Extreme Fusion applies all of her Fire and Cold bonuses to Lightning as well!
Because of her versatility, Ice-Fire Fusion Gemma sees an extremely wide range of builds. Flame Slash remains popular, but Ice Lances, Flame Pillar, and Ice Shot Ignite all saw use in Season 1.
Ice-Fire Fusion is a breeze to level, grab a Cold Skill like Ring of Ice or a Fire Skill such as Flame Jet and enjoy the campaign!
Ice-Fire Fusion Pros & Cons
✔ Base Hero Trait
✔ Beginner Friendly
✔ Great for Attacks or Spells
❌ Mechanically Complex
❌ Requires Elemental Skills
❌ Weaker (For Cold) than Frostbitten Heart
For more Frostfire Gemma - Ice-Fire Fusion Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Endgame Guide focused around Flame Slash.
Frostbitten Heart Identity
Gemma's Frostbitten Heart Trait specializes in Cold Skills, Frostbite, and Freeze enemies. This is an incredibly powerful Hero Trait that gains access to a Cheat Death via Frostbite Casket and explosions to help you clear through Icebound Blade. She also has innate passive recovery with Frost Restoration.
Frostbitten HeartFrostbitten Heart releases Cold Pulses when you use Cold skills to deal damage and inflict Frostbite. This is not only great for enabling effects that require an enemy to be Frozen, but also resets skills like Frigid Transmission. Icebound Blade means she'll never run into trouble clearing, and Frost Restoration gives you a reliable source of recovery.
Powerful builds on Frostbitten Heart Gemma include Spells like Ring of Ice, or tanky melee builds such as Frost Impact that obliterate anything around you. Remember, converting your damage to Cold isn't enough; the skill has to have the Cold tag to trigger Cold Pulse. Exquisite Box builds also excel on Frostbitten Heart, so long as you trigger a Cold skill. She's also an excellent boss killer with a relatively forgiving playstyle due to Frostbite Casket, don't make yourself immune to Freeze and disable it by mistake.
Frostbitten Heart just got buffed, and is pretty easy to level, be sure to grab a Cold themed Skill.
Frostbitten Heart Pros & Cons
✔ Great Clear.
✔ Amazing Defenses.
✔ Incredible Recovery.
❌ Forced to Use Arcanist
❌ Poor Choice for Non-Cold Skills
❌ Single Target Requires Investment
For more Frostfire Gemma - Frostbitten Heart Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Endgame Guide focused around Frost Impact.
Spacetime Witness Youga
Spacetime Illusion Identity
Youga never fights alone, he summons a Spacetime Illusion which copies your Main Spell Skills. Unfortunately the Illusion hasn't quite figured out how to use Attacks or Channeled Skills but is a great way to add a consistent source of damage so you can focus on dodging! Most importantly Youga does not use hair spray and reminds you of this frequently.
Because Spacetime Illusion is reliant on his clone you want to put your strongest Skill in slot 1, referred to as a "Main Skill" in Torchlight Infinite. Spacetime Illusion combines with Synchronized Time to raise the Illusion's cast limit. New to Season 2 you can pull your Illusion to your location with the Hero Skill Button. Spacetime Illusion's strength lies in having high damage persistence in a manner similar to damage over time builds. Even if you have to run around and dodge the boss, your Illusion keeps casting (this is a damage loss, but better than doing no damage until you stop).
The most popular build on Spacetime Illusion is Ice Lances and Frost Terra by far. It combines long-range projectiles with a closer-range damage boosting Skill. However, in many cases Spacetime Illusion builds are weaker than the same Skill/item combination would be on other Hero Traits.
Spacetime Illusion isn't the worst Hero Trait to level with, nor is it the best. He can use a wide selection of Spell Skills and is generally better than Spacetime Elapse, but worse than a stand out leveling Hero Trait like Gemma's Ice-Fire Fusion.
Spacetime Illusion Pros & Cons
✔ Has a Clone
✔ Very Unpopular
✔ Doesn't Use Hairspray
❌ Low Damage
❌ Clone Can't Use Attacks
❌ Builds are Better on Other Heroes
For more Spacetime Witness Youga - Spacetime Illusion Builds check out our Leveling Guide here.
Spacetime Elapse Identity
Embracing the Void, Youga's Spacetime Elapse Hero Trait is good for all things damage over time. From Frost Terra to Ignite and Wilt get your Scythe ready because this build does a lot of Reaping. As an archetype focused on Persistent damage you have very good uptime on bosses, but don't deal the highest single target damage.
Because he specializes in using Twisted Spacetime to improve damage over time effects, you should familiarize yourself with Ailments and Reaping before playing a build on this Hero Trait. A lot of the time you drop your Main Skill like Shadow Swamp then use a Secondary Skill like Shadow Shot to apply utility effects, or Reap enemies.
Because he was available for 100 Hero Emblems in Season 1, his play rate was lower than many other Hero Traits, however a lot of players made powerful Ignite builds using King Lionheart's Ambition or Wilt builds leveraging Memory.
This is the most difficult Hero Trait to level with, so we strongly advise you play this as a second character when you're able to use leveling items.
Spacetime Elapse Pros & Cons
✔ DoT Builds are Strong
✔ Stores Reaping Damage
✔ Support for Erosion Builds
❌ Horrible Leveling
❌ Only Good for DoTs
❌ Heavily Reliant on L80/Hero Relics
For more Spacetime Witness Youga - Spacetime Elapse Builds check out our Leveling Guide here.
Order Calling Identity
If you like Minion builds, then Commander Moto is your dwarf! Order Calling specializes in enhancing your Summon Machine Guard, Summon Spider Tank, and Spirit Magus Skills via Overload. This makes for a more active playstyle than many Minion builds in other ARPGs.
Your minions are largely persistent, because Overload refreshes their duration when used. Last Stand makes your Minions immortal, preventing their death by damage so long as Overload is active, and many of Moto's other Hero Traits focus on enhancing Overload effect. Whenever you summon a Minion or use a Minion Skill like Dark Gate (which is helpful for pulling your Minions to your location) you cast Overload if it's off cooldown. This makes it quite easy to maintain buffs. Protection Field is an excellent Defensive option on Moto, because Taunt forces enemies to attack your Minions, leaving you safe.
Popular Order Calling builds are usually formed around a core item. Decayed Mind converts Minion Physical damage to Erosion damage, allowing your Minions additional layers of damage scaling. Alternatively you can combine a smaller number of Synthetic Troops with a powerful Spirit Magus and build around the Machine Lord, specializing in Elemental damage.
When it comes to leveling, Moto has it pretty easy. You won't be quite as fast as Rehan or Carino, but enemies waste a lot of time attacking your Minions instead of you which makes for a very safe and easy experience!
Order Calling Pros & Cons
✔ Minion Builds
✔ Base Hero Trait
✔ Beginner & Mobile Friendly
❌ Gearing is Confusing
❌ Terrible for Non-Minions
❌ Body Blocked by Minions
For more Moto - Order Calling Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Endgame Guides focused around Summon Machine Guards and Summon Spider Tanks.
Charge Calling Identity
Sometimes to build you have to destroy. Moto, Charge Calling arms his minions with Self-Destruct Protocol causing them to charge a nearby enemy and explode for massive damage. This enables an auto-bomber style build where Guerilla Tactics automatically triggers your Synthetic Troop Main Skill. Be sure to run around picking up Mechanical Parts to keep the loop going!
Giving Minions Overload causes them to initiate Self-Destruct Protocol, dealing damage and exploding, leaving behind Mechanical Parts. Because your Main Skills constantly triggers, spam a copy of the skill for even more damage! Quick Battle lets you further scale damage using Minion Life or Energy Shield. Just focus on staying alive, and spend your time running around while your Synthetic Troop respawn, charge, and explode. This damage can be converted to Erosion with Decayed Mind for even more scaling!
Moto Charge Calling is a brand new Hero Trait added in Season 2, but he shares a lot of builds with Moto's original Hero Trait, Order Calling.
While not as smooth as Order Calling, it's still not hard to level with Charge Calling.
Charge Calling Pros & Cons
✔ Very Mobile Friendly
✔ Damage is Automated
✔ Your Minions Explode!
❌ Paid Hero Trait
❌ Screen Clutter Everywhere
❌ Minions Survive to Tank for You
For more Commander Moto - Charge Calling Guides check out our Leveling Guide here, or Season Start auto-Moto!
Wisdom of The Gods Identity
Thea channels the power of the 6 gods through her Blessings, so naturally her identity revolves around using Agility Blessing, Focus Blessing, and Tenacity Blessing to charge Divine Punishment for massive damage. Thea is a great choice for both Spell builds, or Attack builds, and she often has massive bursts of damage!
Wisdom of The Gods builds and enhances your Blessings, with a particular emphasis on Focus Blessing. You want to stack sources of additional Blessings like Jumble Ice or Medium Talent. Your damage is always highest right after Divine Punishment goes off through buffs like Predicted Sacrifice and Farewell Prophecy. This also means Thea gets a lot of passive speed from her Agility Blessings, and defenses from Tenacity Blessings.
Due to her versatility Thea has seen success with an incredibly wide range of builds, everything from Whirlwind and Ring of Ice. She's good for anything that hits, and saw a lot of play in Season 1.
Because of her wide variety of skills Thea is quite easy to level. When fighting bosses remember to time your cooldowns around Divine Punishment to maximize damage!
Wisdom of The Gods Pros & Cons
✔ High Burst Damage
✔ Great for Attacks and Spells
✔ Innate Defenses and Quality of Life
❌ Reliant on Items
❌ Complex to Build
❌ Inconsistent Damage
For more Thea - Wisdom of The Gods Builds check out our Leveling Guide here.
Incarnation of the Gods Identity
Thea creates a Divine Realm with her Trait Skill. Within the Divine Realm Agility Blessings become Tenacity and while outside of it all Tenacity Blessings become Agility. Giving you easy access to high speed or defense with the flexibility to dance between them mid combat. As a result, positioning is key!
To maximize damage against Full Life enemies you want to be outside the Divine Realm. This is ideal for clearing beacons because it converts Tenacity into Agility Blessings, granting you more speed. The effect maxes out at 20 blessings offering a face-melting 260% additional damage. Stepping into your Divine Realm inverts the effect, converting Agility to Tenacity Blessings and granting up to 120% additional damage against enemies at Low Life. Active movement is a key part of the Incarnation of the Gods playstyle be careful of stepping into the Divine Realm by accident.
With a big focus on dual blessings, there are a lot of Synergies here with stacking mechanics. She's not particularly reliant on spells or attacks and therefore the Legendary items you wear matter more than the skills you use. In general her positioning makes it difficult for melee builds to maximize her bonuses to Agility Blessing.
Incarnation of the Gods starts off very weak, and only comes online fairly late in the leveling process so it's strongly advised that you level her as a second or third character.
Incarnation of the Gods Pros & Cons
✔ High Burst Damage
✔ High Speed or High Defense
✔ Generates Blessings Automatically
❌ Gear Reliant
❌ Inconsistent Damage
❌ Locked out of 1 Blessing
For more Thea - Incarnation of the Gods Builds check out our Leveling Guide here.
Wind Stalker Identity
Erika is a highly mobile Hero who utilizes movement to deal damage through Multistrikes. She excels at using Attack Skills and feels great to play due to the high Movement Speed. She may feel a little inconsistent at times, because you need to move to build Stalker stacks to maximize your damage, then spend them with Multistrike.
Because she has high Movement Speed and gains Stalker stacks through moving to enhance Multistrike, you never want to hold still! A lot of her gameplay comes down to managing the two core buffs, Cat's Agility (which increases your Movement Speed and causes movement speed to apply to Attack Speed at 200% of the value) and Stalker which gives massive Multistrike damage bonuses after moving during Cat's Agility. Later on Cat Walk adds a lot of versatility to her playstyle by preventing your Multistrike Count from being interrupted by movement. Normally if you move during Multistrike the effect ends and your count resets to 0, but with Cat Walk the count is saved, making your next attack resume where you left off allowing for massive bursts of damage.
Erika Wind Stalker is an attack based Hero she shares a lot of builds with Carino and Rehan. Given her affinity for Multistrike the new Thunder Slash could be a perfect fit!
Grab a Steep Strike or Demolisher Skill, stack some Multistrike chance and get ready to level fast.
Wind Stalker Pros & Cons
✔ Super Fast!
✔ Great for Attacks
✔ Literally a Cat Girl
❌ Poor Choice for Spells
❌ Multistrike can be Awkward
❌ You Must Actively Maintain Buffs
For More Cateye Erika - Wind Stalker Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Season Starter Dexterity Stacking Guide!
Blast Nova Identity
Bing loads Projectile skills into bombs launching the projectiles in an explosive nova! The playstyle is a bit stop and go, but it's extremely satisfying to watch the screen explode when your bombs detonate. The Nova prevents horizontal projectiles from overlapping but vertical projectiles still shotgun, once you get used to the throw-and-detonate playstyle he has a wide range of viable builds.
Start with a projectile skill, even though your throw speed doesn't let you throw more bombs it increases projectile damage making "Attack and Cast Speed" highly desirable due to double dipping. Using an Empower skill grants Fission doubling the amount of bombs thrown! After Fission ends your throwing speed is fixed until the trait finishes its 6 second cooldown. Time this burst window around boss vulnerability phases to maximize your damage. But no bomber would be complete without the ability to stick explosives to enemies, which is exactly what Frenzy Hound enables. Bombs stick to enemies within 3m after landing and aren't counted towards your total bomb quantity, meaning you can do some interesting things. A lot of Bing's mechanics focus around the interplay between throwing bombs faster, or having bombs do more damage, and having bombs fire more projectiles or causing those projectiles to deal more damage. Blast Nova mains need to toe the line between clear and boss-vaporizing damage.
Bing Blast Nova is similar to Carino in that he works with projectile skills. He can manipulate his bomb throwing speed, detonation pattern, and number of projectiles so consider pairing him with something like Sparkle or Ice Shot.
Bing makes for easy leveling but his power is a little back-loaded around level 62, so if you struggle in the early Timemarks push through it gets better.
Blast Nova Pros & Cons
✔ Projectiles in a Nova
✔ Explosions Everywhere
✔ Works with Spells or Attacks
❌ Projectiles Only
❌ Damage is Delayed
❌ Overlapping is Difficult
For More Escapist Bing - Blast Nova Builds check out our Leveling Guide here, and our Endgame Ice Lances guide!
Hopefully, this article can provide you some insight about the basics of each Hero Trait. If you are able to narrow things down to 2 or 3 options, check out some of the Leveling or Endgame Guides linked throughout. While you can't change your Hero Trait once selected, but it's pretty easy to level a new character if you change your mind.
- Berserker Rehan - Anger
- Big man gets mad, and smashes everything!
- Berserker Rehan - Seething Silhouette
- Smash everything with help from your imaginary friend.
- Divineshot Carino - Ranger of Glory
- Projectile expert extraordinaire, from bows to guns he's your man.
- Divineshot Carino - Lethal Flash
- Meleeranger wielding the power of Shotguns for massive single target damage.
- Frostfire Gemma - Ice-Fire Fusion
- Newly reworked, combine the power of Fire and Ice to Obliterate your foes!
- Frostfire Gemma - Frostbitten Heart
- You can't go wrong with a cheat death and explosions.
- Spacetime Witness Youga - Spacetime Illusion
- A trickster whose Spacetime Illusion can copy your Spells.
- Spacetime Witness Youga - Spacetime Elapse
- This vaguely grape-flavored version of Youga specializes in DoTs and Reaping.
- Commander Moto - Order Calling
- From Summon Spider Tanks to Summon Machine Guard Moto's your man for all things Minion.
- Commander Moto - Charge Calling
- What's better than Minions? Minions that EXPLODE! PS: He's an Autobomber.
- Oracle Thea - Wisdom of The Gods
- Thea wields the power of Blessings to create massive bursts of damage.
- Oracle Thea - Incarnation of the Gods
- Tired of her prayers going unanswered Thea decides to do it herself, wielding the power Agility and Tenacity Blessings.
- Cateye Erika - Wind Stalker
- She's a cat girl who specializes in Multistrike and going fast!
- Escapist Bing - Blast Nova
- He throws bombs that shoot projectiles in a nova.
Written by Tenkiei
Reviewed by Raxxanterax, Xtra37
- 5 January 2023
Article Published for Season 2