Followers can be one of those things that are just there when you play Diablo 3. Many people don’t really care about them and as such are wasting a lot of potential on their side.
Followers are actually surprisingly powerful and assist you greatly in all stages of the game, whether you’re looking for extra help during bosses, or controlling large mobs or even straight up consistent damage.
Diablo 3 Inferno Templar, Scoundrel and Enchantress
The important thing to keep in mind is that your player character is an absolute terror. It is completely unfair to compare your follower to your legendarily-equipped Barbarian because simply put no follower is going to be capable of the things you can do.
The follower is to be used as a tool to enhance your strengths and/or pad your weaknesses as you play. Nothing more, nothing less.
As a result, I’ve compiled this guide which should tell you about what each follower is meant to do, variations on follower playstyles that you can pick and choose, and example builds for those playstyles. Without further ado, let’s start with the Templar.
The Templar is not a damage dealing follower, but more of a ‘controller’ and supporter. Intervene, Intimidate and Inspire are the best abilities in his skillset. I have included a DPS build, a Tank build and two Controller/Debilitator builds.
This build focuses on increasing the Templar’s attack speed and attacks per second. Also makes the Templar surprisingly tanky with a lot of Life on Hit. He’s very good against bosses. Here’s the equipment you need to give him. Try to find the bracketed stat on the item:
- Azurewrath (21% Attack Speed)
- Blackthorne’s Duncraig Cross (9% Attack Speed, 500 Life on Hit)
- Band of Hollow Whispers (9% Attack Speed)
- Rare Ring (9% Attack Speed, 400 Life on Hit)
- Lidless Wall (7% Attack Speed)
For this build you’re looking to maximizing your block chance to essentially make your follower not give any cares about enemy attacks. This build is quite expensive though, however if you want the follower to live forever this is the equipment you need. Try to find the bracketed stat on the item:
- Doombringer (With Amethyst)
- Stormshield (+34 Block Chance)
- Justice Lantern
- Bulkathoss Wedding Band
- Amulet of Vitality
This build attempts to maximize your templar’s chance to fear opponent on hit. He’s still going to be weak but this build is very reliant on you to make the plays while the enemies are running around like headless chickens. Here’s the equipment you want:
- Echoing Fury (With Amethyst)
- Any good shield with a fear chance bonus
- Justice Lantern
- Broken Promises
- Star of Azkaranth (With Fear)
A variation on the fear build, this one is quite useful on very powerful monsters like bosses and elites. You only really need three items, the rest is up to you:
- Star of Azkaranth (With Freeze)
- Any good shield with a freeze chance bonus
The Scoundrel is the traditional kind of DPS variant on the followers available to you. However, even then you’ll notice that 2 of the 3 builds given below offer some sort of crowd control option to keep your foes weakened.
There is one build that focuses on knockback, one which centers around freeze and the last which focuses on DPS on elites. For the Scoundrel, the Crippling Shot, Dirty Fighting, Multishot and Anatomy skills are best.
This build is especially fun if you’re playing a Demon Hunter. Pick up a duplicate of the weapon listed below for your follower and no one can ever get near you again. It focuses on maximizing the amount of knockback you can attain to keep your distance from the enemy. You only need the following:
- Kymbo’s Gold
For this one you get maximum kiting. One out of every fourth shot will freeze an enemy. Again, there are only three items you really need, and you have access to cheaper alternatives such as a balanced longshot bow.
- Star of Azkaranth (with Freeze)
- Stone of Jordan (with Freeze)
This build focuses on trying to build items that deal bonus damage to Elite mobs It offers flexibility in that you don’ necessarily need the exact primary weapon I’ve listed, but any crossbow with 8% bonus versus elites will do.
- Star of Azkaranth
- The Wailing Host
- Stone of Jordan
The Enchantress is the traditional mage amongst the followers. She’s mostly a support-ish type of character but can be a controller and even a DPS type. Almost her entire skill kit is useful, but Powered Armor, Erosion and Focused mind are especially good in my opinion. Below I’ve listed three builds, one Control, one DPS and one tank.
This build centers around the Enchantresses Charm skill. The main weapon has a chance to charm an opponent on hit and combined with the charm skill means you may have some additional backup in the form of monsters converting to your side.
- The Tormentor (With Ruby)
- Tal Rasha’s Allegiance (Arcane bonus)
- Stone of Jordan (Arcane bonus)
This one focuses on building attack speed and using the Maximus weapon to proc elemental damage on your enemies numerous times. Aside from the main weapon, just try to find things that give attack speed bonuses.
- Maximus (Attack Speed bonus)
This is kind of a misnomer, but it’s true that this enchantress build gives her so much Life on Hit that she may just never die. You will need an appropriate Follower token (LoH).
- Schaffer’s Hammer (40% proc rate)
- Band of hollow Whispers
- Bulkathoss Wedding Band
- Blackthornes Duncraig Cross