Kiron Connor - Elite NG5 Facetank Berserker : Block + Blood Hunger + Wolfpack Build

Hello everyone,

I recently returned to Torchlight 2 after few years gap, and started anew with a fresh berserker character 'Kiron Connor'. Tried to see how tanky he could get; and the results have been so surprising for a berserker, that I thought of posting his build in the forum and on YouTube just in case any Torchlight fan would want to watch or try it; despite the fact that Torchlight 2 is no longer a fresh new game.

Here are the YouTube videos illustrating his gameplay. The build details are at the end of each video.

Playlist:
Torchlight 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shn2T8YD2Js&list=PLnKx3C-blPCC2Th8V1xpmdbDKPgofXY1k

Videos:
Tarroch's Tomb run: https://youtu.be/shn2T8YD2Js
Tanking The Netherlord: https://youtu.be/xI8rPt5VSrM
Tanking The Alchemist: https://youtu.be/hyvLT3ItPXo
Grom's Arena of Slaughter: https://youtu.be/tWdSWvVKF_E
Luminous Arena: https://youtu.be/bg1h4SbgvM0

Here are the features of this character:
100% resistance to knockback, slow, immobilization.
4k physical armor, ~2k elemental armor, 27k health.
75% block, 56% dodge, 75% all damage reduction.
100% missile reflect (with Ice Shield).
400 hp/sec health regen + 3200 hp/sec with Blood Hunger.
1% mana steal.
100% chance to freeze, 25% chance of Glacial Strike.
68% crit chance, 460% crit bonus.
1M max damage done (w/o Howl, Battle Rage, speed bonus etc).
Can directly use all L105 Harbinger gear, just from base stats.
55 skill points still unassigned.

Stats:
Strength: base 145, total 1140
Dexterity: base 291, total 385
Focus: base 5, total 1022
Vitality: base 94, total 518

Spells:
Pet: Silence, Nether Imp, Heal Self, Heal All
Character: Armor Expertise, Blocking, Concentration, Heal All

Gear:
Pet (Jackalbeast): Epic Studs with chance to poison, Collar with poison damage
Character: Draketalon Helmet, Heart of Ignivore (amulet), The Corona (rings), Draketalon Mantle (shoulder armor), Harbinger Belt, Hands of Orlac (gloves), Draketalon Armor (chest piece), Inquisitor Trousers (leggings), Inquisitor Gaiters (boots), Hammer of Retribution (weapon), Netherrealm Shield.

Skills:
Blood Hunger (15), Shatter Storm (1), Rage Retaliation (11), Ice Shield (10), Shred Armor (15), Red Wolf (10), Wolf Pack (15). Rage Retaliation and Red Wolf aren't really necessary. The others are.

Socketables:
Skull of Limoany (damage reduction), Giant Chaos Ember (knockback resistance), Giant Flame Ember (fire armor), Skull of Riechliu (health), Skull of Zardon (slow resistance), Skull of X'n'troph (health recovery), Zardon's Mighty Skull (freeze chance), Skull of Whorlbarb (crit chance),

There are plenty of ways to experiment with this build, particularly when there are lots of skill points still unassigned. Also the spells and socketables can be altered a bit.

All the build details can be found at the end of each videos mentioned above.

In the tanking videos against Netherlord and Alchemist, only and only Rage Retaliation is used to kill these bosses. The character just stood in place doing nothing. No active skill or weapon attack was made; the pet was set to passive. No potions and no kiting was done.

Blocking + Blood Hunger magic has done miracles and given the survivability ever needed. Armor is a bonus.
Wolf Pack + Glacial Strike has proven enough to kill anyone, even without skills such as Howl, Battle Rage or spells such as Haste, Dervish etc. The character does not need to spend time in saving himself so against any enemy he can stand and continuously attack with Wolfpack replenishing any lost health in the process.

Hope you all find this build unique and worth giving a try. If so I will be ready to post more about it.
Thank you for reading.

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