Here is a Torchlight 2 Embermage Spellsword Build / Guide submitted by Pog.
DISCLAIMER: This guide is very long and, arguably, egotistical at times. I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy hearing myself talk. However, I did put a good deal of thought and experience into the build, and I do believe that what I present here is well-reasoned and will be helpful to all levels of experience. I try to make the calculations advanced, but the description basic, to allow it to be of the greatest utility to the community as a whole.
For me, I can’t stand reading a build that tells me to use a skill, but doesn’t tell me why or how to use it. On top of that, it doesn’t tell me whether it will benefit from Faster Cast Speed or Faster Attack Speed, or Mana Steal, or whether Focus or Strength benefits a skill more. I understand the length is daunting; however, I do it in the hopes that this will be a one stop shop. Once you’ve trudged through it, you won’t have to dig through the forums to answer all the questions my guide did not, you’ll be able to jump into the game understanding all the mechanics that go along with this playstyle.
As such, this is not simply a skill calculator in word form; I will not tell you that you must put 9 points in Skill A, and 5 in Skill B, and so on. I feel that the greatest fun of this game lies in making your character your own. To preserve that element, I try to simply discuss the merits of each skill as it applies to this type of character and style of play – it is not a hard and fast build so much as it is a template. I encourage you to use the general principles of the template to experiment with different skill sets.
All that said, if you wish to skip the niceties and bad jokes, and you trust that my reasoning is sound (a dangerous assumption), I do provide a theoretical skill point allocation towards the end of the build. Just Control + F to “4. Sample Skill Allocation”. For those of you that enjoy torturing themselves and make it through this novel, I not only welcome, but implore your feedback regarding what I say here, both before and after testing the template for yourself. If I am blatantly wrong, or what I say is unclear or misleading, PLEASE let me know. Great ideas are not born, nor improved upon, in a vacuum. Please help me make this the community’s guide, not PogMoThoin’s guide.
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Table of Contents
4. Sample Skill Allocation (Skip to here if you’re uninterested in all the explanations)
6. Weapon Modifiers