Path of the Brave


Path of the Brave is an endgame activity in Torchlight: Infinite that unlocks after completing the Thunder Wastes Watcher Netherrealm Quest step. It features 45 stages of increasingly difficult arena combat, players face swarms of monsters and combinations of difficult bosses in order to earn increasingly valuable items such as Currency, exclusive Support Skills, Memory Cards and rare Legendary Equipment.

Path of the Brave
Path of the Brave difficulty selection

Season 2 launched with a massive rework to Path of the Brave gameplay, we'll be working on updating this guide to incorporate new gameplay strategy. In the meanwhile, there may be a few inaccuracies. During the first days of Season 2 we'll work to bring everything fully up to date, and if you find anything out of place be sure to let us know via the #torchlight channel in Discord!


Path of the Brave

Path of the Brave is an endgame mode alternative to the Netherrealm, featuring 45 stages of arena combat where each stage is more difficult and more rewarding than the last.

Difficulty between stages ramps up quickly, the final stages of Path of the Brave are brutal and only very powerful builds can hope to complete them.

Path of the Brave is unlocked after completing the Main Story quest to defeat Thunder Waste's Watcher at Timemark 5. Once unlocked, it can be accessed by speaking to Zenoth the Lightless in Town.

Zenoth the Lightless
Zenoth the Lightless offers Corrosion services as well as hosting Path of the Brave.

Looking for a build you can use to crush Path of the Brave? We have Endgame build guides for that!

Path of the Brave Gameplay Summary

Path of the Brave
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Start the encounter and survive the onslaught. Defeat all combatants to complete the stage. Completing a stage opens up a portal to the next stage, and can award Currency, Memory Cards, Equipment, and Exclusive Support Skills.

Enemy encounters in Path of the Brave are randomized. Each stage pits you against either hoards of monsters or a combination of deadly bosses.

Like Netherrealm content, in Path of the Brave you are thrown out of the activity after 6 failed attempts.

Warning: As these two encounter types are random and uniquely demanding, builds that overly specialize in speedy monster clear or high DPS bossing are not suitable for Path of the Brave.

Proof of the Brave

A Proof of the Brave token is required to access Path of the Brave. Proof of the Brave tokens can randomly drop in Netherrealm content and they can be purchased or sold on the Auction House.

There are 5 tiers of Proof of the Brave tokens, each granting access to a specific Path of the Brave stages.

Entry

Proof of the Brave I
Proof of the Brave II
Proof of the Brave III
Proof of the Brave IV
Proof of the Brave V

Stages

Contains Stages 1-10
Contains Stages 11-20
Contains Stages 21-30
Contains Stages 31-40
Contains Stages 41-45

Ideal DPS

15 million DPS
35 million DPS
140 million DPS
431 million DPS
3.16 billion DPS

Warning: Your selected Proof of the Brave token is consumed when entering Path of the Brave. Do not attempt Path of the Brave if you are not confident you can complete all stages opened by your Proof of the Brave.


Rewards

Completing a stage in Path of the Brave awards Currency, Equipment, and Memory cards. These rewards are from the global pool, meaning that extremely rare Legendary Equipment and Memory cards like Jumble Ice and Wheel of Time are up for grabs.

Path of the Brave does not offer XP, you should instead level up in Netherrealm content. Rewards from Path of the Brave are unaffected by loot modifiers, such as God's Boon Belt, God's Grace Belt and Pactspirits.

Quality of rewards is improved in higher stages, stage 40 is more likely to drop Flame Elementium than stage 10. However, Stage 40 is also 28.8 times harder than Stage 10.

Path of the Brave can reward some exclusive items after certain stage thresholds. These rewards deal with support and passive / trigger skills that cannot be obtained elsewhere in the game.

Proof of the Brave I Rewards
  • Global Pool Currency, Memory Cards, Equipment, andAntonius's Help can drop on Stage Completion.
  • Completion of Stage 10 awards Proof of the Brave II.
Proof of the Brave II Rewards
  • Starting in Stage 11: level 21 Support Skills can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Global Pool Currency, Memory Cards, Equipment, and Antonius's Help can drop on Stage Completion.
  • Completion of Stage 20 awards Proof of the Brave III.
Proof of the Brave III Rewards
  • Starting in Stage 21: Antonius' Research can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Level 21 Support Skills can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Global Pool Currency, Memory Cards, Equipment, and Antonius's Help can drop on Stage completion.
  • Completion of Stage 30 awards Proof of the Brave IV.
Proof of the Brave IV Rewards
  • Starting in Stage 31: Level 1 variants of Selfless, Selfishness, Restrain, Stand as One, Precise: Seal Conversion, Precise: Cast while Channeling, Precise: Cast on Critical Strike each have a chance to drop on Stage Completion.
    • Antonius' Research can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Level 21 Support Skills can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Global Pool Currency, Memory Cards, Equipment, and Antonius's Help can drop on Stage completion.
  • Completion of Stage 40 awards Proof of the Brave V.
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In Stages 41-45, the quantity of rewards is massively increased.

  • Starting in Stage 41: Clergy's Thinking can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Level 1 variants of Selfless, Selfishness, Restrain, Stand as One, Precise: Seal Conversion, Precise: Cast while Channeling, Precise: Cast on Critical Strike each have a chance to drop on Stage Completion.
    • Antonius' Research can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Level 21 Support Skills can drop on Stage Completion.
    • Global Pool Currency, Memory Cards, Equipment, and Antonius's Help can drop on Stage Completion.
  • Completion of Stage 45 has an added chance to reward Restless Ember or Ominous Ember.

Summary

Here are the most important things you need to know about Torchlight: Infinite's endgame activity Path of the Brave.

  • Path of the Brave is an endgame mode alternative to Netherrealm, featuring 45 stages of combat more dangerous and more rewarding than the last, especially the final stages.
  • Unlock Path of the Brave by reaching level 85.
  • Enter Path of the Brave by using Proof of the Brave tokens, found in Netherrealm content or on the Auction House.
  • You fight an onslaught of Monster Packs or a deadly combination of Bosses. Not all builds are suited for Path of the Brave.
  • Completing stages can award Currency, exclusive Support Skills, Memory Cards and rare Legendary Equipment.

Credits

Written by Xtra37
Reviewed by Facefoot, Milkybk


Changelog

Jan 4th 2023
Article Published for Season 2