Torchlight 2: 10 Important Things to Know: Page 3 of 5
5. Iron skin is worth more than a sharp blade
Nothing's getting through these defenses!
This is again, something I learned in my masochist play-through. The glass cannon builds I was used to, following the philosophy of "kill it before it kills you", failed as soon as the first massive group of monsters surrounded me. Yep, there's a lot of 'em. No matter how much crowd control you have and how much area damage you can do, you will get hit - a lot. Did I mention there's plenty of ranged enemies too?
So, get your defense up. By this, I don't mean just physical defense, but resistances too. Make sure you can take at least a few punches, energy blasts or bad breath, before you collapse. It's not about getting them down fast, but about staying alive long enough to get them down.
6. Get your hotkeys in order
Most of these are actually mapped to a gaming mouse. *wink, wink*
Like Diablo 2, Torchlight 2 demands hotkeys if you want to be effective. While you do get to preselect 2 skills and swap them out, it's far more valuable to ignore that feature and just use quick keys. Best part is, you can program them however you wish. Perfect!
Keep in mind, I don't mean the slots you see in the middle of the UI. If you hover over a skill when selecting it, you can press a hotkey for it. It's something taken from Diablo, but not everyone knew it even then. Quite the hidden feature eh? So, open up that skill selection bar and start marking your skills. It's a fast-paced game and you'll want to be able to swap from offense to defense in a split second.