Buffs


This guide covers the 6 Gods' Buffs of Torchlight: Infinite. Buffs are positive effects that can be applied to yourself and they can be enhanced with a wide variety of modifiers. Many builds revolve around specific Buffs to deal massive damage, survive, or be speedy, while others simply appreciate the utility they provide. Learning how Buffs work is an essential prerequisite for almost all builds, and the knowledge within this guide serves to improve your build-making skill.

Talent Trees are integral to Buffs and empowering them, learn about Talent Trees with this guide.


Blessings

Tenacity Blessing, Agility Blessing, and Focus Blessing are stackable buffs that grant useful bonuses to your character. These buffs can be enhanced with modifiers to provide additional effects per stack, or to change their base effects into something else entirely. Blessings have a duration, and when that duration expires all stacks of that Blessing are lost. Obtaining a Blessing refreshes this duration.

Each Blessing at base has a maximum of 4 stacks, modifiers for Additional and Maximum Blessings on Equipment or within the Talent Trees can raise this stack limit and grant baseline stacks that you always have. Many builds revolve around enhancing the Blessings and getting ludicrous amounts of stacks. Some Active and Support skills interact with Blessings, including Defensive Buffer, Raid, Overload, and Secret Origin Unleash.

Thea revolves around Blessings, being able to generate them automatically and can consume them to enhance her Wisdom of The Gods ability. Check out our Icy Ring Thea guide to see this in action!

Tenacity Blessing

Tenacity Blessing's base effect grants an additional 4% damage reduction. Builds that stack many Tenacity Blessings without changing the base effect tend to be very tanky. Note: maximum damage reduction is 90%, learn more about damage reduction within our Defenses guide.

Tenacity Blessings and Tenacity Blessing enhancing modifiers are primarily sourced from Equipment, the God of Might Talent Tree, and its 3 subsidiary Talent Trees.

Tenacity Blessing Modifiers

One of the best ways to get Tenacity Blessing stacks is the Tenacity Talent in God of Might. Most other methods of generation revolve around taking damage, see Corrosion of Manifolds, Resolution Steps, and Medium Talent.

Tenacity Blessing centric builds often rely on modifiers that add additional effects to each stack. Notably, Varagon Shroud, Resolve, Rock, and Medium Talent.

Overriding the base effects of Tenacity Blessing is risky, since stacking them often solves any defensive layering issues a build may have. Modifiers that do this include Sacrifice and Sacred Wall.

Equipment with Tenacity Blessing enhancing modifiers.

Agility Blessing

Agility Blessing's base effect grants an additional 6% Movement Speed, Attack speed and Cast speed. Builds that stack many Agility Blessings tend to be very fast.

Agility Blessings and Agility Blessing enhancing modifiers are primarily sourced from Equipment, the Goddess of Hunting Talent Tree, and its 3 subsidiary Talent Trees.

Agility Blessing Modifiers

Agility Blessings are fairly simple to generate, many modifiers grant stacks for simply moving or dealing damage. Secret Shadow's Protection, Medium Talent, and Medium Talent come to mind.

Agility Blessing centric builds often rely on modifiers that add additional effects to each stack. Notably, Euphoria, Fury Heart, and King Lionheart's Ambition.

Some Talents and Equipment enable and encourage consuming Agility Blessing stacks to empower a skill or disable a cooldown. Waiting Attack and Buzzing rapidly deplete Agility Blessing stacks.

Equipment with Agility Blessing enhancing modifiers.

Focus Blessing

Focus Blessings base effect grants an additional 4% Double Damage chance. Builds that stack many Focus Blessings tend to hit very hard. Note: exceeding 100% Double Damage chance amounts to nothing, and Double Damage does not apply to damage over time.

Focus Blessings and Focus Blessing enhancing modifiers are primarily sourced from Equipment, the Goddess of Wisdom Talent Tree, and its 3 subsidiary Talent Trees.

Focus Blessing Modifiers

Focus Blessings are fairly simple to generate by using mana or dealing damage. Long Night Sorcerer's Robe, Jumble Ice, and Medium Talent come to mind.

Focus Blessing centric builds often rely on modifiers that add additional effects to each stack. Notably, Penetrating, Bunch, and Gloves of the Mage's Assistant.

Overriding the base effects of Focus Blessing enables powerful damage scaling options. Winter of Origin and Mind Focus can drastically increase damage.

Some sources encourage consumption of Focus Blessings. Lightless Vestment of Whispers and the entirety of Thea: Wisdom of the Gods revolve around consuming Blessing stacks for damage.

Equipment with Focus Blessing enhancing modifiers.

Fervor

Fervor is a buff that enables stacking Fervor rating providing increased Critical Strike Chance. While having Fervor you can accumulate up to 100 stacks of Fervor rating by hitting elite monsters or killing. Each stack of Fervor rating provides 2% increased Critical Strike chance, so up to 200% at base.

Fervor can be gained from some equipment and Talents. Fervor rating enhancing modifiers are primarily sourced from Equipment, the God of War Talent Tree, and its 3 subsidiary Talent Trees.

Fervor Modifiers

The Fervor buff must be obtained before Fervor rating can be stacked. Two distinct forms of the Fervor buff exist: Temporary and Permanent. Fervor rating has different behavior based on which type of Fervor buff you have.

With Temporary Fervor, you must meet the modifier's condition to gain Fervor, and the Fervor buff has a duration that is refreshed whenever Fervor rating is accumulated. If it expires, Fervor and all Fervor rating is lost.

Modifiers like Medium Talent Mark of Thrill provide Temporary Fervor.

With Permanent Fervor, the Fervor buff is always active and accumulated Fervor rating only expires when changing zones or dying.

Modifiers like Old King's Rerebraces and Endless Fervor provide Permanent Fervor.

Fervor can be enhanced so that each Fervor rating provides additional effects or to increase the potency of effects. Modifiers that do this include Circular Killing, Ralph's Footsteps, and Old King's Armor.

Equipment with Fervor enhancing modifiers.

Blur

Blur is a buff that grants 100 decaying stacks of Blur Rating. Each Blur Rating stack provides 0.3% increased Evasion rating and 0.3% added chance to avoid damage, so up to 30% of both bonuses at base. While having any Blur Rating, you can walk through enemies and you lose 10 stacks at once every second. Blur cannot refresh itself at base.

Note: Maximum chance to avoid damage is 80%, learn more about Evasion and Avoidance within our Defenses guide.

Blur can be gained from some equipment and Talents. Blur Rating enhancing modifiers are primarily sourced from Equipment, the Goddess of Darkness Talent Tree, and its 3 subsidiary Talent Trees.

Blur Modifiers

No Major Talent grants Blur, instead Blur is often gained from Medium Talents like Medium Talent, Medium Talent, Medium Talent, and Medium Talent. Blurry Steps is a popular way to gain Blur.

Major Talents within Goddess of Darkness and her subsidiaries can enhance Blur with added effects, Subtle Impact and Daze are complementary to DoT builds.

Using Blur Effect modifiers enhances the base effects of Blur Rating and any added base effects. Notable modifiers include Medium Talent, Chaotic Ending, and Fire Lord's Blade.

Equipment with Blur enhancing modifiers.

Barrier

Barrier is a powerful defensive buff that forms a shield absorbing a percentage of damage taken. Barrier's ability to protect you against incoming damage is dependent on two things. Barrier capacity: it's health pool which is at base 20% of your max Life and max Energy Shield, and Barrier Absorption Ratio: the percent of incoming damage that Barrier protects against and is 50% at base. The Barrier buff is removed when its health pool is depleted.

Barrier can be gained from some Equipment, Talents, and Guard. Barrier enhancing modifiers are primarily sourced from Equipment, the God of Machines Talent Tree, and its 3 subsidiary Talent Trees.

Barrier Modifiers

Increasing Barrier capacity is important when using it as a defensive layer. This is done with Barrier Absorption modifiers which multiply the base capacity or add to the base capacity. Notable examples being Medium Talent, Curtain, Empower, and Medium Talent.

Normally, the Barrier buff cannot be refreshed and neither can the capacity be refilled while active. Reform is the only way to do both of these things and its incredibly important for many builds using Barrier as a defensive layer.

Barrier Absorption Ratio is a rare but powerful modifier that increases the ratio of incoming damage that Barrier absorbs. Modifiers include Ranger's Broken Mask, Webbed Arcane Headscarf, and Broken Shell.

Equipment with Barrier enhancing modifiers.

Summary

Here are the most important things you need to know about Buffs in Torchlight: Infinite:

  • There are 6 Buffs, each related to specific Talent Trees. These each provide tons of power or utility.
  • Tenacity Blessings reduce Damage Taken and can be enhanced to do much more. God of Might and subsidiary Talent Trees work with these.
  • Agility Blessings increase Attack Speed, Cast Speed, and Movement Speed. They can be enhanced to do much more, Goddess of Hunting and subsidiary Talent Trees work with these.
  • Focus Blessings give you a chance to deal Double Damage and can be enhanced to do much more. Goddess of Wisdom and subsidiary Talent Trees work with these.
  • Fighting Will enables the accumulation of Fervor rating, which increases Critical Strike Chance and can be enhanced to do much more. God of War and subsidiary Talent Trees work with these.
  • Blur grants decaying stacks of Blur Rating, which increases Evasion, Damage Avoidance chance and can be enhanced to do much more. Goddess of Darkness and subsidiary Talent Trees work with these.
  • Barrier creates a shield with strength dependent on your Max Life and Max Energy Shield, this shield absorbs a percentage of Damage Taken and can be enhanced to become very potent. God of Machines and subsidiary Talent Trees work with this.

Credits

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Jan 3rd 2023
Article Published for Season 2