Another day, another mainline patch update for Torchlight III. Not only does this one feature patch notes that appear to have been written by a human instead of a semi-sentient blob of alien flan, but it also features some interesting updates for those who prefer more tanky defensive builds.
In short, defense has gotten an overall boost, with increased damage mitigation based on ratio of actual vs. expected defense, which means players can hit higher amounts of mitigation by achieving more optimized defense. Shields are also seeing a buff with new affixes that either improve primary defense by 1.5 times or a roughly doubled block chance.
There are a variety of other updates in this mainline patch as well such as UI enhancements, 11 new bow items, stability improvements, and some updates to portaling among other things. It’s all outlined in the new, easier to read patch notes.