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THQ distributed the popular role playing game, Titan Quest, which was developed in 2006 by Iron Lore Entertainment. While this article shows things from the core, or unexpanded game, it does have one expansion in Immortal Throne (put out in 2007). In 2008, Iron Lore closed its doors and left thousands of avid fans still playing their game. Both online and offline, Titan Quest brings the lore and legend of ancient times to the PC by using a familiar Diablo-style interface.
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Spirit Mastery in this game is where you will be able to get into your enemy's minds and exploit their spiritual energy. The skills are designed to give you power over your enemy with health and energy leeches, and undead manipulation. These special attacks will help to make the game yours. One of the most powerful ones in the game is Necrosis, where your enemies succumb to you sapping their power out right before your eyes.
There are seven specialty combinations that you can have with Spirit Mastery. Pairing the Spirit with Earth gives a Conjurer, and with Storm creates an Oracle. These are classified as Full Casters. With the Nature Mastery it is a Soothsayer which is classified as a caster. The others are classified as a hybrid. These are Spirit with Warfare for the Spellbreaker class, with Defense for the Spellbinder class, with Hunting for the Bone Charmer class, and with Rogue for the Warlock class.
These combination classes will only open up the ability to take from the skills in each of the two masteries you select. I can't tell you what a Bone Charmer is going to play like, because you are going to create it customized to your playing style.
These hybrid classes (rather than pure masteries where only one is selected) merely give you more spells and actions to try in the game. Read through all the masteries before you decide on which to choose as you can't change them afterwards like you can change your skills.
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Spirit Skills For Level 1 - 10
There are twenty special skills that are in the Spirit Mastery. Of these skills they are categorized into different areas.
Level One Spirit Mastery
Deathchill Aura is an active buff that will both slow and drain life from your enemies.It is available from level 1 and the skill can be powered up to 8 levels. Each level increases the range and amount of life that is drained from enemies, as well as further slowing them down up to a maximum of -25%.
Life Drain will cause you can steal life from your enemies. It is available from character level 1 and unlocks the Cascade skill. It can be powered up to 12 levels and causes enemies to lose vitality dependent on the level of the skill. Attack damage is converted into character's health; again dependent on the level of the skill.
Level Four Spirit Mastery
Ravages of Time causes your enemy's weapons are dull and their armor crumbles. It is available from character level 4 and requires Deathchill Aura as a prerequisite. The skill can be powered up to 8 levels. Ravages of Time, combined with Necrosis is a good skill combination to have.
Spirit Ward can toggle off and on your energy reserve, and will protect all your allies from the undead around you. It is available from character level 4 and unlocks the Spirit Bane skill. Spirit Ward can be powered up to 8 levels and has a 6 meter radius around the character.
Ternion Attack is an active primary attack and it will fire three projectiles from your staff that travel quickly and do more damage. It is available at level four and can be powered up to 12 levels. It costs 30 energy points to use the attack at level one and 31 energy points at level two. Each two skill levels gained thereafter from level two increase the energy cost by one point up to a maximum of 36 points. Elemental damage starts at -75% at level one and decreases by 5% for each level gained.
Vision of Death is an active skill where you can invoke fear and confusion in your enemies.It is available from character level 4 and can be powered up to 6 levels. It has a 3 meter radius and gives enemies a 66% chance to fumble attacks. It also reduces damage while increasing the fear effect duration.
Level Ten Spirit Mastery
Cascade causes Life drain to arc from one enemy to another. It is available at level 10 and can be powered up to 10 levels. Each level increases the amount of vitality damage to enemies and amount converted into character health.
Dark Covenant which is an active buff that will give you an energy regeneration at the cost of your life. It is available at character level 10 and unlocks the Unearthly Power skill. It can be powered up to 6 levels and has a 15 meter radius around the character. The amount of energy used to replenish energy is dependent on the level of the skill.
Summon Liche King is an active summon which will summon an undead mage spirit to assist you in battle and is available at level 10. These summoned pets are nice to have in battle and their strength is dependent on the level of the skill. The skill can be powered up to 16 levels.
Spirit Bane will allow nearby allies to do more damage to the undead and is a nice skill to have with Spirit Ward. It is available from character level 10 and can be powered up to 6 levels. Each level increases the amount of damage dealt to undead monsters.
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Higher Level Spirit Mastery
Level Sixteen Spirit Mastery
Arcane Lore skill will add a speed boost and area damage to your attacks. It is available at character level 16 and requires Ternion Attack as a prerequisite. It can be powered up to 5 levels and costs 4 energy when used. Each level increases the range radius and projectile speed of Ternion Attack.
Death Nova is a deadly aura that will drain life and strength from your enemies. It requires Summon Liche King skill as a prerequisite and also unlocks Wraith Shell skill. Death Nova is available from character level 16 and can be powered up to 12 levels.
Enslave Spirit is an active skill it will let you control your enemy's mind for a period of time. It is available at character level 10 and can be powered up to 12 levels. Each level increases the amount of time a character can control an enemy's mind, up to 114 seconds.
Necrosis will make your enemies susceptible to life draining attacks. It is available from character level 16 and can be powered up to 8 levels. Each level decreases enemies' bleeding, vitality and life leeching resistance.
Level Twenty-Four Spirit Mastery
Circle of Power is an active buff and it will give a protective circle against undead. It is available from character level 24 and each instance lasts 12 seconds and has a radius of 6 meters around the character. It can be powered up to 12 levels with increased damage versus undead for each level gain.
Unearthly Power causes your character to have better attack speed and your damage is converted to life. You will also have elemental damage. The Dark Covenant skill is a prerequisite skill to use Unearthly Power, which is available from character level 24. It can be powered up to 8 levels.
Wraith Shell will increase your resistance to all types of damage, not just a single resistance. It is available at character level 24 and required Death Nova as a prerequisite skill. It also unlocks the Arcane Blast skill and can be powered up to 12 levels.
Level Thirty-Two Spirit Mastery
Arcane Blast is a powerful arcane attack on your enemies. It is available from character level 32 and requires Wraith Shell as a prerequisite. The number and power of the projectiles created by Arcane Blast are dependent on the level of the skill, which can be powered up to 16 levels.
Death Ward is available at level 32 and is an active buff that will heal you if your life is too low and keep you alive. A very nice skill to have in those times of need, make sure you put a point or two in this skill if you are doing a lot of melee attacks.It is triggered when a character's health falls below 15% of normal and restores health dependent on the level of the skill. It can be powered up to 8 levels.
Summon Outsider is an active summon where you can summon an extra dimensional ally to aid you. It is available at character level 32 and can be powered up to 16 levels. The summoned ally only remains for 30 seconds and their strength is dependent on the level of the skill.
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With these twenty skills, you are better equipped to pair up with the Storm or the Earth mastery. This will give you not only your lethal and fun Ternion Attack but will give either the ice and lightning damage with Storm or the Fire damage from Earth. It's one of the most fun and damage-dealing builds in the game.
With the Spirit Mastery skills you will want to put on as many items as possible that give a good intelligence boost unless you are going to work the melee route in the game, and then you will need a nice even blend of intelligence and strength. Whichever your path, go over all the skills in the game to see which pure build (just having one mastery) or which hybrid (having the two masteries that you are allowed in the game) you would like to play.
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Character Skills & Masteries In Titan Quest
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Spirit Mastery
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Hunting
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Rogue
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Earth
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Nature
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Warfare
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Defense
- Titan Quest Skills and Masteries: Storm