Action roleplaying games (ARPGs) tend to have “Magic Find” (MF) as a common stat that allows players to obtain rarer drops. Torchlight III, meanwhile, uses a stat called “Gear Luck” to increase the quantity of drops. There’s a nifty way to increase this as you play the game — the Luck Sprout. Here’s our mini-guide to help you out.
Note: This guide is intended for Torchlight III‘s early access stage and certain mechanics may change in due course. For more information, check out our guides and features hub.
Torchlight III: The Luck Sprout and your Gear Luck stat
You’ll get a sidequest to plant a Luck Sprout halfway through Torchlight III‘s first act. All you need to do is head to your fort to access the object.
What you’ll notice immediately is that the Luck Sprout has its own progress bar and tiers, with higher tiers conferring permanent luck bonuses as well. Now, in order to level-up your Luck Sprout, you’ll need to sacrifice some of your loot — the rarer the item, the more points it provides.
Leveling up your Luck Sprout can take a while, but you can increase your Gear Luck stat by visiting the forts of other players. Transition areas that you find on the map such as Travail Passage, Overgrown Trek, Foetid Footpath, and more are, technically, the forts of other players. In many cases, these players have also planted their own Luck Sprouts.
Check if their Luck Sprouts have grown into Luck Trees already. If they have, you might want to sacrifice your items therein. For instance, my Luck Sprout is only tier 2 so I’ve only got 2% Gear Luck by default:
If I choose to sacrifice a magic/green item to another player’s Luck Sprout, I could get an extra 9% Gear Luck:
Combined with the permanent bonus I have from my own Luck Sprout, I now have 11% Gear Luck:
Keep in mind that these boons are only temporary (lasting until your character dies or when you log out). The best option is still to level-up your Luck Sprout in order to gain permanent benefits while, hopefully, helping out other players who randomly ventured to your fort during their travels.
Note: Try to place your Luck Sprout near the entrance of your fort so players can quickly spot it if they managed to find their way to your fort.
One more thing to remember is that, again, Torchlight III‘s Gear Luck stat only increases the quantity of drops, not their quality or rarity. Even with an extremely high Gear Luck stat, you’re never guaranteed to get only legendary items to drop. Then again, the more items that you obtain, the better the chances that at least one of them is a rare or legendary that you might consider an upgrade, so it’s still a net positive in the end.
In any case, you can watch a video below from Torchlight III YouTuber Yeppe who was able to find a fully-grown Luck Tree after visiting a random player’s fort: