In Torchlight 2, I am a newbie and have not play Torchlight 1 before. It doesn't seem obvious to me which class should add to which stats like diablo 3 does and the more I play it seems there is a lot of versatility to the weapons any class can use.

I did some research on builds for Outlander and it seems that outlanders can go Focus build as well, its shown here. All in all it has made me damn interested in Torchlight 2 with all the builds you can have for each character.

So my question is this, for a Outlander who just solely wants to use canons or shotgonnes which stats should I invest in?


It depends on how you want to build it. Indeed, in Torchlight 2, the stats are not the usual "obvious" (strength for melee, intelligence for mages, etc.).

From this wiki:

  • Strength

Increases all weapon damage
Increases damage done by critical strikes
Note that "all weapon damage" includes all weapons, including ranged weapons and weapons that do elemental damage such as staves and wands.

  • Dexterity

Increases critical strike chance
Increases dodge chance (the chance to evade an attack)
Increases fumble recovery (reduces the damage penalty for fumbled attacks)

  • Focus

Increases maximum mana
Increases all elemental damage
Increases execute chance (the chance of attacking with both weapons simultaneously when dual wielding similar weapons)

  • Vitality

Increases maximum health
Increases armor
Increases block chance (chance to block when using shields)

As an Outlander fighting on range, I assume you will want to maximize your critical damage:

  • Strength will increase your damage (raw and critical)
  • Dexterity will increase your critical chance

Another aspect to keep in mind is the weapon requirement.

  • Shotgonnes usually have a stat requirement on dexterity.
  • Cannons usually have a requirement on the strength (and sometimes vitality).

So depending on which one you will favor, you can set your attributes more in one or the other direction.

  • well i did have another second character which is a berserker and the funny question is that i do want to max out dmg and yet the weapons for the berserker. Claws will require more dexterity yet they crit more, while swords will need more strength and they serves as a steady source of dmg. So for outlander i am asking whether narrowing down to shotgonnes and canons, which stats will i need to pump? – jonleech Jan 21 '13 at 14:02
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    @jonleech Cannons are more of an Engineer weapon. The outlander has no skills that benefit cannons, and many skills require bows / pistols / shotguns. Most shotguns require dexterity, most cannons require strength. – jw013 Jan 22 '13 at 23:14
  • oh I did not know that.. sorry this is first of my torchlight game. no wonder i can't find skills to benefit cannon. Thanks +1 – jonleech Jan 22 '13 at 23:19

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