The Sorcerer Class is one of four ways to play Diablo 4. As some variation of this class has existed since the series began back in 1996, it is safe to say it is one of the series’ most popular classes. Here is a rundown of Diablo 4’s iteration of the Sorcerer class, as well as some popular builds for the most recent 1.1.1 patch.

What you need to know about the Sorcerer Class

The sorcerer class utilizes the Mana resource to kill enemies. Sorcerers can use a variety of abilities from four element types: Lightning, Fire, Ice, and Poison. As this class is magic based, it heavily relies on the Intelligence attribute to deal damage and willpower, which increases your resource generation (Mana in this case.)

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Each class in Diablo 4 has its unique mechanic. The Sorcerer has the Enchantment ability, which activates one of a skill in one of the Enchantment slots. For instance, equipping the Fireball spell in one of the two Enchantment slots has a 50% of triggering it after killing an enemy.

The Sorcerer class has received an upgrade following the most recent 1.1.1 patch that was implemented on August 8.

Who is the Sorcerer Class For?

The Sorcerer is the ultimate “Keep away” class, best used to deal a great amount of damage from a distance. One drawback of this class is that the Sorcerer generally cannot take much damage. With that said, there are defensive skills that can help shield you from taking damage for a short amount of time. The Sorcerer will need a large pool of Mana to be truly effective, so it is a good idea to focus on picking up both Crackling Energy and equipment with the willpower attribute, so you can recharge Mana faster. Using basic attacks does not spend mana.

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Sorcerer Pros and Cons

Can deal a high amount of damageCannot take much damage, making dodging and Defensive spells paramount.
Excells at long rangeGenerally does not fair well in up close fights.
Can replenish Mana with the help of willpower and Crackling Energy.Needs a large Mana pool

Popular Builds for the Sorcerer

While you can go ahead and build your character skills, it is recommended to follow builds created by the ARPG community, and Diablo 4 is no different. There are many builds to choose from. The following four are ones I’d recommend since the 1.1.1 update, courtesy of Icy Veins.

The Fireball Sorcerer build by “Lexyu” is a great way to deal a large chunk of damage from a distance. As the name suggests, the Fireball will be your primary source of damage. This skill will deal a great amount of damage in a circumference, which is increased with the “enhanced” core skill. Fireball also deals a small amount of DPS in the form of burning damage.

As the sorcerer class (often) excels at long range, the downside is that this class isn’t so great up close. There are defensive buffs to help you, such as the Teleport and Frost Nova skills, which can make you impervious to damage for at least a few seconds so you can reposition yourself, considering that sorcerers are stationary.

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My favorite build thus far is another of Lexyu’s builds. The Chain Lightning Sorcerer is an AoE-based build that uses primarily lighting-based skills on top of Ice Armor and Frost Nova for defense. While its main skill, Chain Lightning deals a decent amount of damage on its own, it is helped by Unstable Currents, which can cast a shock skill from Core, Conjuration, or Mastery spells. Follow Lexyu’s build for a step-by-step guide on which order you should get these skills.

Once you get to level 50, there are a couple of Endgame builds that modify the previously mentions builds, which you can check out here. Have you tried these builds, or are you experimenting with your own? Let us know, and check back at Strangely Awesome Games for more guides.

Diablo 4 is available to play now on PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.

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