This guide covers all special skill mechanics in Torchlight: Infinite. Most offensive skills utilize special mechanics that drastically increase their power and can be enhanced in many different ways. Learning how your favorite skill's special mechanic works and how to bolster it's power is an essential build-making skill.
You can see what special mechanics a skill has by looking at it's Tags, more information on Tags can be found in our Skill System Overview.
Melee Skill Mechanics
Most Melee Skills utilize 1 of 3 special mechanics that drastically increase their power in unique ways, you can tell which mechanic it is by looking at the skill's tags. Knowing which mechanic you're dealing with makes it easier to improve the power of your Melee Skills.
- Steep Strike Attempts must be gained to use a powerful Steep Strike, which overrides the default Slash Strike on the next skill use. Slash Strikes have a base chance to grant a Steep Strike Attempt, varying by skill. Modifiers can provide additional attempt chance or outright grant Steep Strike Attempts.
- Sources of these modifiers include Raging Slash, Varagon Shroud, and Broken Sun Ring.
- Shadow Quantity determines how many Shadows are created when using a Shadow Strike skill. Base Shadow Quantity is 0, though Wilt Spike naturally gains +1. Modifiers to Shadow Quantity should be used by Shadow Strike builds.
- Sources of this modifier include Haunt, Frantic Shadow, and Shackled by Light.
- Shadow Tracking Radius is the maximum range where a Shadow can target an enemy you are not targeting. Shadow Strike builds that want faster clear speed should look for this modifier, because Shadows have a damage penalty against targets you are attacking with the Shadow Strike skill.
- Sources of this modifier include Shackled by Light and Shadow Will.
- Demolisher Charge Speed dictates how fast Demolisher Charges are recovered passively.
- Sources of this modifier include Quick Return, Devastator, Steel Stagnation, and Varagon Shroud.
- Demolisher Charge Generation sources can bypass the need for passive Demolisher Charge generation by granting charges instantly.
- Sources of this modifier include Groundshaker, Fatal Silent, and Steel Stagnation
Projectile Skill Mechanics
Most Projectiles Skills come in 1 of 3 varieties, these dictate how your Skill deals damage and how they are scaled. You can tell which variety it is by looking at the skill's tags. Knowing which variety you're dealing with makes it easier to improve the power of your Projectile Skills.
- Projectile Speed dictates how fast horizontal projectiles travel. Horizontal Projectiles have a unmodifiable lifetime, thus increasing projectile speed also increases the effective range of Horizontal Projectiles.
- Sources of this modifier include Wind Projectiles, and Blind Vision.
- Projectile Quantity dictates how many projectiles are fired at once. Additional projectiles are fired in a spread, and each projectile widens that spread. Multiple projectiles from a horizontal projectile skill cannot hit the same enemy, with some exceptions.
- Sources of this modifier include Greater Multiple Projectiles, and Fallen Pactspirital Short Staff.
- Shotgun Effect grants the ability to have multiple Horizontal Projectiles from one skill use damage the same target. Some skills, such as Sparkle, Chromatic Shot, and Icebound Beam can innately Shotgun. Carino: Lethal Flash's Mobile Reload Trait allows all Horizontal Projectile skills to Shotgun. Shotgun has a penalty, additional projectiles that hit an enemy after the first all deal less damage to that enemy.
- Pierce allows Horizontal Projectiles to go through impacted enemies, letting them hit enemies behind the original target. Some Horizontal Projectile skills have innate Pierce, such as Electrifying Shot and Focused Shot.
- Sources of this modifier include Projectile Penetration and Blue Sea War Crossbow.
- Jump allows Horizontal Projectiles to ricochet to a nearby enemy after impacting a target. Pierce is prioritized over Jump, so projectiles that Pierce cannot Jump. Some Horizontal Projectile skills have innate Jump, such as Ice Lances.
- Jump is also used by Active Skills tagged with Chain, such as Chain Lightning and Thundercloud.
- Sources of this modifier include Jump and Marksman Bracers.
- Split causes Parabolic Projectiles to fragment into secondary projectiles upon impact, these secondary projectiles impact a nearby area for additional damage.
- Sources of this modifier include Projectile Split and Meteorite.
- Projectile Speed dictates how fast Parabolic projectiles reach their targeted area. Increases to Projectile Speed lower the projectile's arc and cause Split Projectiles to impact faster.
- Sources of this modifier include Wind Projectiles and Blind Vision.
- Projectile Quantity does NOT dictate how many projectiles are fired. Instead, increasing Projectile Quantity causes most Parabolic Projectiles to gain increased Area of Effect.
- Sources of this modifier include Greater Multiple Projectiles and Thunder Long Bow.
Vertical Projectiles & Barrage Skills
- Area of Effect modifiers change the size of the targeting circle. Increases to Area of Effect reduce the likelihood of Vertical Projectiles overlapping. This is devastating for Rain of Arrows and Lethal Barrage. Marked Rain of Arrows is unaffected, since it's projectiles create an explosion on impact that scales with Area of Effect.
- Projectile Quantity dictates how many projectiles are fired by Vertical Projectile skills, increasing potential damage. Marked Rain of Arrows is unaffected.
- Sources of this modifier include Greater Multiple Projectiles and Thunder Long Bow.
- Waves dictate how many times Barrage skills can pepper an area. Wave Interval shortens the delay between Waves.
- Sources of this modifier include Strategic Strike, Carpet Bombardment, Stellar Vestment of Eminence, and Imperial General.
Channeling Skill Mechanics
Stacks of Channeled Energy are generated while Channeling. All Channeled Skills gain power from Channeled Energy, but often in differing ways. Here are a few examples before getting into how Channeled Energy and Stacks work:
- Maximum Channeled Energy dictates how much Channeled Energy can be gained before reaching the maximum. Sources of this modifier increases the time it takes to reach Maximum Channeled Energy, which is harmful for skills like Whirlwind, since increasing the time it takes to reach max energy lowers DPS. Increases to Maximum Channeled Energy is beneficial for skills like Savage Charge and Ring of Blades, since energy increases power.
- Sources of this modifier include Windbreath Convergence and Thunder Conqueror.
- Minimum Channeled Stacks dictates how many Channeled Stacks you start with when you begin Channeling. This reduces the time it takes to reach Maximum Channeled Stacks. Minimum Channeled Stacks is beneficial for skills like Whirlwind and Savage Charge, since reducing the time it takes to reach max stacks increases dps.
- Sources of this modifier include Channel Preparation, Windbreath Dispersion, and Supreme Throne.
Some Channeling Skills render you immobile while being used, such as Beam Channeling Skills and Thundercloud. Other skills enable and encourage movement while Channeling, such as Path of Flames, Savage Charge, and Whirlwind.
Beam Skills project lasers that rapidly deal damage to enemies on contact. Most Beam Skills are also Channeling Skills. Mechanics dealing with Beams modify how these skills do damage.
- Additional Beams modifiers cause Beam Skills to project additional lasers in a spread, similar to Horizontal Projectiles. This modifier has no effect on Ice Bond, and does not cause Wilting Beam to do more damage.
- Sources of this modifier include Scattershot Beam and Polygonal Enclosure.
- Refraction allows Beam Skills to automatically target enemies near the one being impacted. Increases or reductions to Area of Effect apply to Refraction's range. Refraction has no effect on Icebound Beam.
- Sources of this modifier include Refracted Prism.
- Beam Length modifies the effective range of Beam Skills. Beam Length has no effect on Ice Bond.
- Sources of this modifier include Focused Beam and Polygonal Enclosure.
Miscellaneous Skill Mechanics
Mobility Skills displace you, making good use of them lets you traverse the map quickly. Different Mobility Skills are capable of different types of traversal. Some mobility skills are able to bypass map geometry like gaps and walls.
- Blink-Like Mobility Skills include Blink, Frigid Transmission and Shadow Dash. These skills have a cooldown and can instantly move you to a desired nearby location. They have more range than other mobility skills and can bypass some map geometry.
- Jumping Mobility Skills include Leap Attack and Rocket Jump. These skills have no cooldown and can quickly move you to a desired nearby location, scaling attack speed makes this faster. They can bypass some map geometry.
- Dashing Mobility Skills include Blink Bow, Flurry of Slash, Spiral Strike, and Fast Reload. These skills quickly move you to a desired nearby location, scaling attack speed makes this faster. They are unable to bypass map geometry.
- Maximum Terra Quantity modifies how many of the same Terra skill can do damage to an enemy at the same time. Additional Maximum Terra Quantity is a massive damage increase for Flame Jet and Frost Terra builds. However, Shadow Swamp and Corrosive Shot are unaffected by this modifier.
- Sources of this modifier include Ground Divide and Corrupted Marrow.
- Maximum Terra Charge modifiers enable more Terra Charges to be stored. Terra Skills consume all available charges on use, with each skill granting a bonus effect per consumed charge.
- Sources of this modifier include Mother Goddess' Paddock.
- Terra Charge Restoration Speed dictates how fast Terra Charges passively generate. Builds that rely on empowering Terra Skills with many charges find these modifiers useful.
- Sources of this modifier include Speed-up Formation and Kingly Armor.
- Terra Charge Generation sources can bypass the need to passively generate Terra Charges by generating charges instantly. Builds that rely on empowering Terra Skills with many charges find these modifiers useful.
- Sources of this modifier include Dawn Break.
Here are the most important things you need to know about Skill Mechanics in Torchlight: Infinite:
- Slash-Strike Skills alternate between a weak Sweep Slash and a powerful Steep Strike.
- Shadow Strike Skills create Shadow copies of yourself that attack enemies.
- Demolisher Skills use Demolisher Charges to greatly enhance their power.
- Horizontal Projectile Skills travel forward and deal damage on impact.
- Parabolic Projectile Skills travel in an arc to deal damage when impacting the ground.
- Vertical Projectile Skills and Barrage Skills pepper a targeted area with damage from above.
- Channeled Skills deal damage dynamically with Channeled Energy.
- Beam Skills create lasers that rapidly deal damage to enemies on contact.
- Mobility Skills displace you and are useful for quickly getting around.
- Terra Skills create a Damage over Time area and use Terra Charges to enhance their power.
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