Sorceress Leveling Guide

Sorceress Leveling

Introduction

The Sorceress Leveling Guide provides you with all the necessary information to get your favorite Character started!
Not every Skill is suitable to be used during early leveling for three reasons:

  • Only a number of Skills work well without any previously farmed gear.
  • A lot of builds lack damage during the leveling phase. It can become a big struggle or even straight up impossible to progress, starting with an end game build.
  • Some builds have a hard time transitioning into Hell due to Immunities.

We provide you with step by step Skill trees and easily accessible items that help you in your play through. Additionally, you get tips and insights on how to deal with Immunities and the more difficult fights.

Gear used in this guide
Static Field
Blizzard
Nova
Fire Ball

At the end of this guide you'll have a Level 75 Sorceress that used 1 out of the 3 respecs the game provides. You can use these to transition into your build of choice.


Progression

The Sorceress starts on the Lightning skill tree before transitioning into blizzard later on. meteor Immune to Cold monsters in Hell difficulty.

Note: Below the Skill trees you have a slider which you can move around to see the Skill progression!

Progression

Nova -> Blizzard / Meteor

Act 1 N<br>(Up to Level 13)
Use the Slider for visual Skill Progression

Skill Point Allocation

Level 2-3: Charged Bolt
Den of Evil: Charged Bolt
Level 5: Save Skill Point
Level 6: Frost Nova + Static Field
Level 7-9: Static Field
Level 10: Telekinesis
Level 11: Frozen Armor
Level 12-13: Nova

Attribute Allocation

Level 2-10 All into Vitality
Level 11-13: All into Strength


Playstyle & Progression

  • Clear out the Den of Evil and pick up items to sell, like Rings, Amulets, Charms, etc.
  • Charged Bolt is your primary Skill for a while. Engage big density from afar and move close when you want to kill individual monsters. The projectiles of Charged Bolt shotgun. Move close to individual targets to focus the bolts on them.
  • Get to Akara and sell everything you got from the Den of Evil. If you have 3.500+ Gold, check her for a +x to Charged Bolt Short Staff. +2 is about 3.500 Gold, +3 costs 5.500+ Gold. Buy some Life, lots of Mana and Stamina Potions from Akara. Add both the Tome of Town Portal, and the Tome of Identify if possible. Get them later if not.
  • From this point onwards, Elite Groups are your primary focus when it comes to killing monsters. Don't waste your time with individual monsters. They grant far less Experience!
  • At Level 6 you gain access to Frost Nova and Static Field. Use Frost Nova on large monster packs or dangerous Elite Groups to slow them down! Weaken your targets with Static Field and then finish them off with charged bolt. Be aware of the short range of Static Field at Skill Level 1, it is oftende until you reach Skill Level 3.
  • Put strangling gas potions into your Weapon Swap and use them against tanky Elite Groups.
  • Fight your way to the Black Marsh. Find the Waypoint and start farming The Countess inside the Forgotten Tower for the below listed Runes. Put the Runes into your Stash for storage.
  • Pick up any Ring and Amulet to check them for +10% Faster Cast Rate. If you get at least one of them, check Akara for a Wand of the Apprentice. Combined with Stealth you'll reach the more comfortable Breakpoint at 37% Faster Cast Rate.
  • Check Charsi for the 2 Socketed Body Armor, and 2x 2 Socketed Helmet at the start of each run.
  • Nova becomes your main damage Skill at Level 13. Don't use it at Level 12, it has a terrible Mana per cast efficiency unless you have a source of +x to Nova.
  • Equip a Gemmed Cap to improve your Mana management.
  • After acquiring all Runes, make your way to the Catacombs Level 4, where you face the first Act boss, Andariel - Maiden of Anguish.

Gear Checklist

ItemWhereNote
Short StaffShop at Akara
or drop from monsters
Shop for a +2 or +3 to Charged Bolt as soon as possible. +2 costs about 3.400 Gold, +3 is around 5.500 Gold.
Ring of the Apprentice
Amulet of the Apprentice
Drop from monstersPick up every Ring and Amulet and check them for +10% Faster Cast Rate.
Wand of the ApprenticeShop at Akara / Drognan
or drop from monsters
Shop for this Wand if you get at least 1 Ring or Amulet with 10% Faster Cast Rate.
2x 2 Socketed HelmetShop at Charsi
or drop from monsters
The first Helmet is used to put Ral Runes or Tir Runes. The second one is used for the Runeword Lore later on.
Make sure that one of them is NOT a Magic Item for the latter.
2 Socketed Body ArmorShop at Charsi
or drop from monsters
This Body Armor is used for the Runeword Stealth later on.
Make sure that it is NOT a Magic Item.
Mandatory:
1 Tal Rune
1 Eth Rune
Farm at The CountessThese Runes are used later for:
- Stealth
Optional:
1-2 Ral Rune
1-2 Tir Rune
Farm at The CountessIf acquired, these Runes are used for:
- Gemmed Cap
and/or
- Gemmed Cap
Act 2 - 5 N + Cows<br>(Up to Level 26)
Use the Slider for visual Skill Progression

Skill Point Allocation

Level 14-17: Nova
Radament: Save Skill Point
Level 18: Nova + Teleport
Level 19-20: Nova
Izual: Static Field
Level 21-26: Nova

Attribute Allocation

Level 14-16: All into Vitality
Level 17-21: 22 into Strength, 3 into Vitality
Level 22-26: All into Vitality


Playstyle & Progression

  • Enter Lut Gholein and pick up a Belt from Farah and fill up on Potions.
  • Skip Radament for now, you don't need the Skill Point from this Quest until you reach Level 18.
  • Use Nova to destroy high density of monsters. Start with Static Field whenever you face an Elite Group.
    Note: The beetles in Act 2 don't trigger their Charged Bolts when hit by Static Field! Use this strategically to avoid the massive damage you otherwise take.
  • Pick up any Orb you come across and check them for +x to Nova. If you have 20% Faster Cast Rate from your jewelry, use them for increased damage.
  • Create and equip your Stealth at Level 17.
  • Try to reach Level 18 before you go to Act 3. Use the fake Tal Rasha's Tombs to get there if necessary. Pick up Teleport and kill Radament now to get the parallel point into Nova.
  • Make your way through Act 3. At Level 19 you can put on a Gemmed Cap. The Sorceress can feel rather squishy without it, especially in Act 4.
  • Your target for the end of Act 3 is at least Level 19.8.
  • Continue your progress all the way to Baal. Kill Izual for the extra Skill Points before killing Diablo. Finish Quest 1 and 2 in Act 5 for the Socket reward and the Runes required for Ancient's Pledge. Create the Runeword as soon as you have them and put it into your stash.
  • After killing Baal, open up The Secret Cow Level and look for a Crystal Sword or Broad Sword while Leveling up to 25. Once you have a Sword Base for Spirit, use your Act 5 Quest 1 reward to socket it. Kill the Waves in the Throne of Destruction to reach Level 26, then visit Akara to respec before you enter Nightmare difficulty.

Gear Checklist

ItemWhereNote
BeltShop at FarahMore Potion slots = more Good.
Large ShieldShop at FarahUsed to create Ancient's Pledge.
StealthStash / InventoryCreate Stealth from the previously farmed Runes.
Gemmed CapStash / InventoryAdd previously farmed Ral Runes to one of the Helmets.
Wand of the MagusShop at Ormus
Level 23+
Shop this Wand if you can reach the 63% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint with it!
Crystal Sword
or
Broad Sword
Drop in Cow LevelFind the Sword in the Secret Cow Level and add 4 Sockets with the Quest 1 reward from Act 5 to create a base for Spirit:
Crystal Sword
Respec + Act 1 NM<br>(Up to Level 35)
Use the Slider for visual Skill Progression

Respec

Save 1 Skill Point at the respec! When you reach Level 30 you use it to get both Cold Mastery and Blizzard.

Lightning

Static Field - 5 Skill Points
Teleport - 1 Skill Point

Cold

Frozen Armor - 1 Skill Point
Ice Blast - 7 Skill Points
Glacial Spike - 9 Skill Points
Blizzard - 3 Skill Points

Skill Point Allocation

Respec: Allocate enough into Strength to wear your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Skill Point Allocation

Level 27-29: Blizzard
Level 30: Blizzard + Cold Mastery
Level 31-35: Blizzard


Playstyle & Progression

  • Blizzard becomes your main Skill to combat enemies after the respec. When facing melee targets, place it between yourself and them. While moving through the Blizzard area they can get hit multiple times. As ranged enemies don't move a lot, put it on top of them to reach the highest impact.
  • Use Static Field against tanky monsters. Beware that it has a smaller radius after the respec!
  • Cast Glacial Spike to freeze targets that would overwhelm you or to deal additional damage while Blizzard is on Cooldown.
  • Start the Nightmare difficulty by shopping for Coral Heavy Gloves, a Garnet Belt of the Colossus and Coral Heavy Boots of Haste (or similar).
  • Complete Quest 1 for the Skill Point and continue to the Black Marsh Waypoint.
  • Farm The Countess until you acquired the Runes mentioned from the checklist below. Create Spirit Crystal Sword and Lore Cap. Equip them as soon as you can.
  • If the Spirit Crystal Sword has more than 28% Faster Cast Rate, you only need a single +10% Faster Cast Rate Ring or Amulet to reach the 63% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint. Fill up the other jewelry slots with useful stats like Resistances, Life, Mana or +x to Skills.
  • Shop a Wand of Lower Resistance from Akara or Drognan between Levels 30 and 35. You only need to check Wands with a red background again. Keep it in your inventory and use Lower Resist against all Act bosses starting at Level 36.
  • Your gear is now ready for the rest of the campaign. Still look out for upgrades as you are slaughtering monsters!

Gear Checklist

ItemWhereNote
Garnet Belt of the ColossusShop at Charsi or Gheed
in Nightmare
Shop for a Belt with Resistances.
Lightning and Fire are your priority.
Life can be a nice bonus.
Coral Heavy Boots of HasteShop at Charsi or Gheed
in Nightmare
Shop for Boots with +x% Faster Run/Walk.
Resistances are a nice bonus.
Lightning and Fire are your priority.
Coral Heavy GlovesShop at Charsi or Gheed
in Nightmare
Shop for Gloves with Resistances.
Lightning and Fire are your priority.
Create Spirit Crystal SwordStash / InventoryCreate and equip as soon as the Runes are acquired.
Lore CapStash / InventoryCreate and equip as soon as the Runes are acquired.
Wand of the ApprenticeShop at Akara or Drognan
in Nightmare
Purchase this Wand between Levels 30 and 35. You only need to check Wands with red backgrounds at this range.
Mandatory:
1x Tal Rune
1x Thul Rune
2x Ort Runes
1x Amn Rune
1x Sol Rune
Farm at The Countess
in Nightmare
These Runes are used for:
- Spirit
- Lore
Optional:
More Ort Runes
Farm at The Countess
in Nightmare
Used to repair Wand of Lower Resistance if necessary.
Act 2 NM - Act 5 H<br>(Up to Level 75)
Use the Slider for visual Skill Progression

Skill Point Allocation

Radament: Cold Mastery
Level 36-43: Blizzard
Izual: Cold Mastery + Glacial Spike
Level 44-50: Glacial Spike
Level 51-56: Fire Mastery and
prerequisites for Meteor
Level 57-72: Meteor
Radament + Izual: Meteor
Level 73-75: Glacial Spike

Attribute Allocation

Level 36-75: All into Vitality
Note: If you come across item upgrades that are upgrades to your gear, consider putting more Stat Points into Strength.


Playstyle & Progression

  • Continue your progression through the Acts. The gameplay stays the same for most of it. Blizzard, static field and a lot of teleport.
  • When you reach the Chaos Sanctuary in Nightmare, kill Lord de Seis first. He has a chance to spawn Immune to Cold. Just reset the area if he is.
  • Complete all Skill Quests in Nightmare. Skip the Den of Evil Quest in Hell. You only deal Cold Damage at this point and there are a lot of Immune to Cold monsters in here. Come back to it when your Meteor reaches Skill Level 10+.
  • Focus your attention on Elite Groups and skip anything that is Immune to Cold in general. There are 2 more areas that you need to face some of them, the Chaos Sanctuary and the Ancients fight.
  • Chaos Sanctuary:
    All 3 Seal bosses have a chance to spawn Immune to Cold and Immune to Fire. You might have to reset this area a bunch of times to get past it. Teleport to the center and open a Town Portal. Slowly fight your way to the top right Seal (Lord de Seis) and open it. Check if he is Immune to both elements. To save some time, don't kill him just yet. Return to the center and fight your way to the bottom right Seal (Infector of Souls). Open the seal and check his immunities. When both Lord de Seis and Infector of Souls are not immune to both, kill them before going to the top left Seal (Grand Vizier of Chaos). He is the least likely to cause a reset.
  • Ancients:
    Korlic is always Immune to Cold, Talic always Immune to Fire and Madawc always Immune to Lightning. All of them have the chance to be immune to one more Element. Start the fight and check the immunities of all of them. There are many other annoying or dangerous Affixes they can have. Try to avoid Korlic with Teleportation, Extra Strong and Lightning Enchanted. The Might and Fanaticism Auras should also be avoided! Reset the fight by opening a Town Portal until you get a nice set of Affixes. Kill off Talic and Madawc first by running in circles, cursing them with lower resist and casting blizzard in their way. Kill Korlic with meteor. You'll have to take some hits here, or he'll just dodge the impacts with his leap attack.

Hardcore

All of our Leveling Guides are viable for Hardcore.

Changes to consider:

  • Over Level before you enter Nightmare / Hell. Suggested Target Levels are ~38-40 for Nightmare and 65+ for Hell.
  • Make sure to have your Cold, Fire, and Lightning Resist capped at 75% when you enter Nightmare and Hell. The easy way to check this is to enter the difficulty you want to play and open your Character screen.
    • We recommend farming Flayer Jungle or The Secret Cow Level in Nightmare for Charms. They make it easy to cap your Resistances.

Gear Options

With a shared stash now available and the fact that this might not be your first Character, we want to give you some gear options that can improve your leveling experience a lot!

  • Skin of the Vipermagi is the best Body Armor you can equip on any caster for leveling.
  • Magefist gives you 20% Faster Cast Rate.
  • A rare Amulet with +x to Sorceress Skills or +x to Cold Skills is very powerful. Unique options for the Amulet are The Eye of Etlich and later a Maras Kaleidoscope.
  • Hsarus' Iron Heel and Sander's Riprap are strong options for the Boots slot. Both provide you with Faster Run / Walk and are very common drops.
  • The Stone of Jordan provides you with +1 to All Skills, which scales our damage up significantly. It's a rather expensive option, but if you have one, feel free to put it on!
  • Splendor and Lidless Wall can be really nice options for the Offhand if you can get high Resistances without the help of Ancient's Pledge.
  • A Rare Circlet with +x% Faster Cast Rate and +x to Sorceress Skills or +x to Cold Skills can be an option to hit the Breakpoint at 105% Faster Cast Rate.

Farming Spots at Level 75+

(Pick the area suited for your build, erase the others, then delete this text)
The areas below are efficient farming locations that make use of the build’s strengths. Other farming spots might not be as effective due to immunities or bad layouts.

Anything that has a in the "Starter" column can be farmed with the Starter Variant.

Act 1

AreaRewards
MausoleumAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
The CountessRunes
Key of Terror
The PitAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
AndarielUniques
Sets
Jewelry
The Secret Cow LevelRunes
Runeword Bases
Charms / Gems / Jewels

Act 2

AreaRewards
Ancient TunnelsAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Arcane Sanctuary
(Specters/Super Chests)
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Jewelry
SummonerKey of Hate

Act 3

AreaRewards
Lower KurastRunes
Runeword Bases
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Jewelry
TravincalGearing
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Gold
MephistoUniques
Sets

Act 5

AreaRewards
PindleskinGearing
Gold
Leveling

Video


Summary

  • Farm The Countess in Normal and Nightmare for the key Runewords. Be careful with the item bases you buy from the vendors. Runewords do NOT work in Magic Items!
  • Static Field is a very powerful tool to reduce monster Life quickly.
  • Nova needs a little practice, but is a powerful early game Skill!
  • Blizzard is your main Leveling Skill starting at Level 24.
  • Faster Cast Rate is very important! Prioritize reaching the Breakpoints at 37% and 63% Faster Cast Rate.
  • Use Teleport to reposition yourself and to skip Cold Immunes.
  • Use Wand of Lower Resistance against tanky monsters. Shop it before you hit Level 36.
  • Meteor deals with the Cold Immunes you have to kill.

We hope the Sorceress Leveling Guide helps you to get to your endgame build of choice. As one of the most iconic Skills Blizzard can deal with almost everything the game throws at you.


Credits

Written by Teo1904
Reviewed by MacroBioBoi

Changelog

Mar 9th 2022
Overhauled and Updated for Patch 2.4