Berseker build for elite with one hand weapon + shield - by Imada

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Berseker build for elite with one hand weapon + shield - by Imada

TABLE OF CONTENT:
1 - INTRODUCTION
2 - SKILLS
3 - SKILLS ANALYSIS
4 - LEVELING
5 - ROTATION
6 - STATS
7 - SPELLS
8 - PET SPELLS
9 - HINTS
10 - BEST-IN-SLOT ITENS
11 - BEST SOCKETS
12 - ENCHANTING

1 - INTRODUCTION:
It is considered by all guide and build writers that a shield is a must for playing elite for almost all builds. Also, auto-attackers builds are not very effective for elite. For these reasons I'm writing a new build for the berseker class. To create this build I took in consideration the arguments from Omnisciurus who wrote this guide: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=496199325

2 - SKILLS:

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HUNTER
Eviscerate 15
Howl 15
Raze 15
Blood Hunger 15 (optionally, you can use Blood Huner 4 and Rage Retaliation 11)
Rampage 1

TUNDRA
Iceshield 10
Shatter Storm 1

SHADOW
Shadow Burst 15
Battle Standart 15
Shred Armor 15
Red Wolf 15

3 - SKILLS ANALYSIS:
Eviscerate is the main AoE (area of efffect) damaging skill.
Howl is the best debuff bersekers can apply in his foes.
Raze is the best skill to kill a single target, specially champions and bosses.
Blood Hunger is a great skill to keep you HP up.
Rampage is a good one point wonder.
Iceshield is a great defense against ranged and 10 levels in it is enough for 100% reflection.
Shatter storm is a good one point wonder, just don't forget to have some ice damage in your weapon.
Shadow Burst is a great skill to recover HP.
Battle Standart is a great area buff.
Shred Armor is a great buff/debuff.
Red Wolf is a nice skill.
WHY NOT Batle Rage?
According to Omnisciurus:
"Looks crazy powerful in theory, but is really just "okay". The damage reduction bonus only affects physical damage and is only useful until you get better damage-reducing gear. Although the buff to damage seems impressive, it stacks with other percentage-based bonuses, which means that having something like +40% all damage from Battle Rage is really equivalent to having an extra 80 Strength or Focus, which isn't exactly remarkable in late game. Feel free to take this skill if you want a bit of extra damage, but don't expect anything spectacular."
WHY NOT Ravage?
Eviscerate is already our AoE skill, and Ravage has a huge mana cost.
WHY NOT Wolf Shade?
Blood Hunger and Shadow Burst already are enough to keep our HP up.
WHY NOT Shadow Bind?
According to Omnisciurus:
"Here's a skill with a highly misleading description. The amount of damage dealt to shadowbound enemies is based on your weapon's DPS, not the actual damage you manage to deal per hit. So even if you max the skill to rank 15/15 and crit mobs for 30k damage, all shadowbound targets will take a only a fraction of that damage because the listed DPS of your weapon will always be much lower. This skill is not worth the bother."

4 - LEVELING:
Skill priority:
1 - getting level 1 of any skill
2 - increasing the level of active skills while you feel confortable about mana
3 - increasing the level of blood hunger and shred armor
4 - spend points as you wish

When at new game +, you'll really need to farm 9 riechliu and 11 limoany before going to new game ++. Research the metods to farm the phase beast challenge "avoid the lava" for riechliu and "protect the crystals" for limoany.

5 - ROTATION:
1 - shadow burst to geat near your enemies
2 - battle standart
3 - howl
4 - iceshield if there are ranged or spellcasters near
5 - Eviscerate if you're facing a crowd of mobs or raze if you're facing a boss or a champion. If your HP goes low during that, shadow burst only until you recover some HP, then return to eviscerate or raze. After 10 seconds, return to 1 if you are far from enemies, or return to 2 if your last battle standart is far away, or return to 3.

6 - STATS:
Every level, put 4 points in STR and 1 point in DEX.

STR is the main atribute, it increases physical damage and critical damage.
DEX is useful for dodge chance, flumble recovery and to increase critical chance while the charge bar is not full. Also required to use Draketalon set.
FOCUS is useful for increasing mana and that's all.
VIT increases block chance and slightly increases HP. We don't need VIT, we'll increase our HP with sockets.

7 - SPELLS:
Dervish VI
Blocking VI
Weapon Expertise VI
Armor Expertise VI

8 - PET SPELLS:
Heal All VI
Silence VI
Web
Animal Handling VI

9 - HINTS:
1 - Keep any VENDOR BOON SCROLL to use it only when you have a lot of money (at least 700000 gold) and at an area level 100 or more (like Tarroch's Tomb at new game +). Then you may have the chance to buy many best-in-slot itens.
2 - Use a town portal at the beginning of each dungeon before adventuring in it.
3 - Don't be surprised if you die a lot of times. It's ELITE difficulty.
If you're dying to much on a boss, grind before facing him again. Explore all the map, do other dungeons, so you can gain some levels and find some items. If it was not enough, re-roll your map starting a lan or internet game with this option active, and grind some more.

10 - BEST-IN-SLOT ITENS:
One hand weapon:
the one with highest dps. When comparing a weapon to a claw, take in consideration that claws ignores 50% of target armor.

Shield:
the one with highest block chance and physical armor.

Armor and trinckets:
Draketalon set with Harbinger shoes.

11 - BEST SOCKETS:
Weapon sockets:
if you're using a netherrealm weapon, you should use 1 rambren, 2 vellinque and 1 giant ice ember (to trigger shatter storm).
If you're not using a netherrealm weapon, you should use 1 rambren, 1 giant ice ember if the weapon doesn't have ice damage, and the rest of the sockets fill with vellinque.
You may also use some socket to steal mana on hit.

Armor/Trincket sockets:
adding extra sockets to itens with less than 2 sockets, we'll have 20 sockets. With the draketalon helmet, we'll have 20% damage reduction. So we'll need 11 skulls of limoany to get 75% damage reduction (the cap damage reduction). Fill the rest with 9 riechliu.

12 - ENCHANTING:
With Boris the stout, enchant your itens until you get at least 291 DEX and 1000 STR. Try to get the most DEX as possible from enchantmens in yours Harbingers trinckets, to be able to use the draketalon equipment. If there's any enchantment slot left, use it to increase your FOCUS (to have more mana) and your VIT (to increase block chance). After that search for Karzoki the All-Powerful and give each of your itens any random fourth enchantment. You'll need at least 10 million gold to get all enchantments you need.

READ MY OTHER GUIDES:
MY DUAL CLAW AUTO-ATTACKER BERSEKER BUILD
at reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Torchlight/comments/af9yoo/my_dual_claw_autoattacker_berseker_build/
at steam:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1622730074

MY ENGINEER BUILD FOR ELITE with one hand weapon + shield - by Imada
at reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Torchlight/comments/9qjx6v/my_engineer_build_for_elite_with_one_hand_weapon/
at steam:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1545857913

MY SHOTGONNER OUTLANDER BUILD FOR ELITE - by Imada
at reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Torchlight/comments/9qj2s2/my_shotgonner_outlander_build_for_elite_by_imada/
at steam:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1545812329

GUIDE for playing elite with embermage at torchlight 2
at reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Torchlight/comments/9cs5ko/guide_for_playing_elite_with_embermage_at/
at steam:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1500763033

THANKS FOR THE ATTENTION AND SORY FOR MY ENGLISH FLUENCY

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