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"Diablo 2": Resurrected - the Best Sorceress Build Guides

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Sorceress focuses on casting devastating spells that deals huge amount of damage. It is the main glass cannon magic user in Diablo 2. Her specialization is elemental magic: cold, lightning, and fire.



Table of Contents

  1. Fireball Build
  2. Frozen Orb Build
  3. Chain Lightning Build
  4. Blizzard Build
  5. Melee Enchantress Build


1. Fire Ball Build

The most common Sorceress build suitable for beginners. The build's advantage is its simplicity combine with low mana cost, high damage per second, long range, and reasonable radius.


Skills

  • Fire Ball (Max): Can be unlocked during early level and you'll be using this until endgame. This skill can deal large damage with low mana cost.
  • FIre Bolt (Max): The first skill that you'll be learning. Max this to increase the damage of Fireball.
  • Meteor (Max): You can use this for nuking enemies. Max this to increase the damage of Fireball.
  • Fire Mastery (Max): For greatly increasing your fire damage.
  • Teleport (1 point or more): All Sorceress should have this. It's the best skill for fast traveling and escaping danger.

The remainder of your skill points goes to below skills. It's up to you on how you're going to distribute it:

  • Static Field: For reducing the health of big bosses with high life.
  • Thunderstorm: Your skill for dealing damage with fire immune enemies.
  • Energy Shield: Will help reduce some damage you'll be taking.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Put enough points to meet the gear requirements
  • Dexterity: The build doesn't need dexterity.
  • Vitality: Majority of your points goes here since Sorceress are fragile class.
  • Energy: Equipment attributes and mana potions can cover for this.


Recommended Equipment Attributes

  • Stave with Heart of the Oak rune word (Ko, Vex, Pul, Thul)
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Plus to fire damage
  • Faster cast rate
  • Increase maximum life
  • Increase maximum mana
  • All resistance
  • Enhanced Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be Frozen


2. Frozen Orb Build

From the name of the build itself, the build spams Frozen Orb to devastate mobs and bosses with powerful cold damage. This build is powerful and effortless to play.


Skills

  • Frozen Orb (Max): A devastating spell that's very effective against large mobs. The damage it deals is very effective in a distance, since the enemy will be hit by multiple Ice Bolts before it explodes. Max this skill.
  • Ice Bolt (Max): One of your early level damage dealing skill. Max this to increase the damage of Frozen Orb.
  • Cold Mastery (Max): Greatly reduces enemy's cold resistance. Max this skill for best result.
  • Energy Shield (Max): Absorbs percentage of damage. Sorceress need this skill since it's a glass cannon. Maxing the skill will provide 75% damage absorption which is really good defensive skill.

The remainder of your skills should be distributed on these skills depending on your personal preference:

  • Teleport: The most useful utility skill in the game. This will let you instantly travel to a pointed location.
  • Static Field: It reduces an enemy health by taking 25% of its life. If you think about it, the skill is really powerful on bosses that has tremendous amount of health. Just take note that this skill cannot a kill an enemy. Leveling up Static Field will only increase its radius.
  • Thunderstorm: Your main none cold spell for dealing damage on enemies with immunity to cold. It's a good choice since the damage is passive and it doesn't rely on synergy. Although Lightning Mastery can further increase its damage.
  • Lightning Mastery: For increasing Thunderstorm's damage.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Just put enough strength to wear the desired gear.
  • Dexterity: The build doesn't need dexterity.
  • Vitality: Majority of your points goes here.
  • Energy: Put points here but not more than your vitality. You need more energy for spamming skills and for Energy Shield.


Recommended Equipment Attributes

  • Stave with Heart of the Oak rune word (Ko, Vex, Pul, Thul)
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Plus to cold damage
  • Faster cast rate
  • Increase maximum life
  • Increase maximum mana
  • All resistance
  • Enhanced Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be Frozen


3. Chain Lightning Build

This build spams Chain Lightning for mobs and Lightning for bosses to deal heavy lightning damage to enemies.


Skills

  • Chain Lightning (Max): The bread and butter skill. Chain Lightning may not be the most damaging spell but its accurate, cost less mana compared to other elements and high projectile speed makes it an effective skill overall to spam.
  • Lightning (Max): Use this for bosses. This may not be as accurate and as effective for mobs compared to Chain Lightning but its damage is more destructive.
  • Charged Bolt (Max): Your early level skill for dealing damage. Max this to also increase the damage of both Lightning and Chain Lightning.
  • Nova (Max): Max this skill to increase the damage of Lightning and Chain Lightning.
  • Lightning Mastery (Max): Greatly increase the damage of your lightning spells.

For the remainder of your skill points, below are the best choices for this build:

  • Teleport: The best utility skill. And it's good that its under lightning spells category.
  • Static Field: Aside from being a synergy. The skill is good for reducing the health of bosses with huge health.
  • Energy Shield: Damage absorption will increase the build's survival chance.


Stat Points Distribution

Same as frozen orb build.


Recommended Equipment Attributes

  • Stave with Heart of the Oak rune word (Ko, Vex, Pul, Thul)
  • Body armor with Enigma rune word (Jah, Ith, Ber)
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Plus to lightning damage
  • Faster cast rate
  • Increase maximum life
  • Increase maximum mana
  • All resistance
  • Enhanced Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be Frozen


4. Blizzard Build

The build alternately cast Blizzard and Ice Blast (Glacial Spike depending on situation) to deal heavy cold damage to enemies. It excels in crowd controlling since it can either slow or freeze enemies.

Since the build can shatter frozen enemies, preventing them from being resurrected. It's effective against mobs that can revive but not a good ally of summonmancer since it won't left anything for the necrmancer to build his army.


Skills

  • Blizzard (Max): Your main and most powerful skill in your arsenal. Cast it whenever available to nuke your enemies with cold damage.
  • Ice Blast (Max): The skill that you'll be spamming while Blizzard is on cooldown. The good thing about this skill is that its available on early level and can totally freeze enemies. Max this to also increase Blizzard damage.
  • Glacial Spike (Max): Alternative spamming spell if you need more freezing radius. Max this to also increase Blizzard damage.
  • Ice Bold (Max): Your first skill for dealing damage. Max this to increase Blizzard damage.
  • Cold Mastery (Max): Makes your cold attacks pierce enemy resistance.
  • Teleport (1 point or more): For fast traveling. This combine with Blizzard makes this build effective on PVP.

Below are your choices for the remainder of your skills:

  • Shiver Armor: For increasing your defense.
  • Chilling Armor: Works well against range attackers.
  • Energy Shield: Uses your mana for absorbing damage.


Stat Points Distribution

Same as frozen orb build.


Recommended Equipment Attributes

Same as frozen orb build.


5. Melee Enchantress Build

This build turns caster type Sorceress into a melee fighter like Barbarian and Paladin. It's a viable build until hell but heavily relies on items especially on Dream rune word.


Skills

  • Enchant (Max): The best support skill of Sorceress. It adds fire damage to the weapon that is wielding. The skill can also be casted on allies and mercenaries boosting their damage as well.
  • Warmth (Max): Increasing Warmth will also increase the damage of Enchant. Max this skill.
  • Fire Mastery (Max): The skill will greatly increase the added fire damage of Enchant.
  • Lightning Mastery (Max): This will boost the damage of Holy Shock from Dream rune word.
  • Energy Shield (Max): Since you'll be playing melee.
  • Teleport (1 point or more): For fast travel or melee gap closer.
  • Shiver Armor(remaining points): For boosting defense.


Stat Points Distribution

  • Strength: Put points until you can wear the desired gear.
  • Dexterity: Put points until you attain max block.
  • Vitality: Majority of your points goes here since you'll be fighting in melee.
  • Energy: High amount of points is also needed here for your Energy Shield.


Recommended Equipment Attributes

  • One-handed weapon with Passion rune word (Dol, Ort, Eld, Lem)
  • Helm with Dream rune word (Io, Jah, Pul)
  • Body armor with Chains of Honor rune word (Dol, Um, Ber, Ist)
  • Shield with Dream rune word (Io, Jah, Pul)
  • Plus to skill level
  • Plus to attributes
  • Plus to lightning damage
  • Increase maximum life
  • Increase maximum mana
  • All resistance
  • Enhanced Damage
  • Enhanced Defense
  • Faster Run/Walk
  • Cannot be Frozen


How to break enemy's immunity

This article will also cover on how to deal with monster immunity since Sorceress doesn't have a skill for breaking immunity and it's heavily relying its damage on elements.

Get Infinity Rune Word (Ber, Mal, Ber, Ist). The most important attribute of Infinity Rune is that it grants its wearers Conviction Aura from Paladin that can break monster's immunity. It can also reduce enemy's lightning resist so lightning based build will greatly benefit from this rune word. Infinity rune word can be placed on polearms. That's why the next step is to get a mercenary that can wield a polearm.

Hire a Desert Mercenary. Desert Mercenaries can be hired on Act 2. It's the only mercenary that can equip a polearm which you'll be placing your Infinity rune word.


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