The Sorceress, with the elements Cold, Lightning, and Fire at her fingertips, is the most versatile Character in the game. She is by far the strongest early game Character that helps you accumulate gear for any other Character you want to play in the future. She heavily relies on her Cast Rate, making the Affix +x% Faster Cast Rate extremely important.
Harnessing the native ability to Teleport, the Sorceress gets where she's going fast and can melt enemies almost instantly using Static Field
Nova and Fire Ball are the notable early game Skills, that can carry her to victory. Especially throughout Normal, these 2 Skills are a joy to use.
Incredibly powerful Skills like Blizzard and Meteor make her unrivaled in farming Andariel and Mephisto for gear. Even other farming areas are easily accessible with little to no gear.
And finally there is Lightning, which can do all content (excluding Ubers) once you’ve created an Infinity for your Mercenary.
All this power comes with a downside: she is rather squishy and gains little Life per Level/Vitality point. This being said, the Sorceress is still the best Character to start with on both Softcore and Hardcore.
Every Character has the Attributes Strength, Dexterity, Vitality and Energy. At maximum Level, a Character has access to 505 Stat Points which can be allocated into the Attributes. While Vitality only affects the Life pool and Energy only affects the Mana pool of your Character, Strength and Dexterity have additional uses:
Generally, Stat Points are only allocated to this Attribute to wear your gear, however, Strength has an additional use: it increases the Physical Damage portion of melee attacks.
Generally, Stat Points are only allocated to this Attribute to wear your gear, however, Dexterity has 4 additional uses:
- It increases the % Chance to Block up to 75 while using a Shield.
- The Attack Rating of every attack is increased, improving the Chance to hit your target.
- Every 4th Stat Point into Dexterity increases the base Defense of the Character by 1.
- On ranged builds, Dexterity increased the Physical Damage potion of your attacks.
Starting Attributes of the Sorceress
|Base||per Level||per Stat Point|
|Life||40||+1||+2 per Vitality|
|Stamina||74||+1||+1 per Vitality|
|Mana||35||+2||+2 per Energy|
Breakpoints are an integral way to improve your Character's performance. For in-depth explanations on them, please check out our article on Breakpoints & Animations.
Hit Recovery Rate
Every Character has 3 Skill Trees to allocate their Skill Points into. Each Skill Tree consists of a total of 10 Skills, and you can assign a maximum of 20 points per Skill. These Skills are placed into 6 rows, which represent the 6 Skill tiers. While tier 1 is available at Character Level (clvl) 1, the other tiers become available at clvl 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30.
Every Character gains access to 110 Skill Points (98 from Levels and 12 from quests).
Not every Skill is available right away. The arrows on the Skill Tree show the prerequisites needed to obtain skills further down the Tree.
Example: You have to put a Skill Point into Ice Bolt and Ice Blast to gain access to Glacial Spike.
A lot of Skills have Synergies, which are Skills that passively boost the strength of another Skill. The main Skill shows how much a Synergy increases its power per Skill Point allocated into it.
Example: The base Lightning Damage of Lightning is increased by a summed up multiplier which increases by 10% for each Skill Point allocated into Power Strike, Charged Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Nova.
The Sorceress has a variety of builds to choose from:
- Sorceress Leveling Guide
- Blizzard Sorceress Guide
- Frozen Orb Sorceress Guide
- Lightning Sorceress Guide
- Fire Ball Nova Sorceress Guide
- Meteor Sorceress Guide
- Frozen Orb Meteor Sorceress Guide
- Blizzard Fireball Sorceress Guide
- Werebear Sorceress Guide
- Zeal Sorceress Guide
- Nova Sorceress Guide
- Frost Nova Sorceress Guide
Tal Rasha's Wrappings is the Elite Set, which was exclusively designed for the Sorceress. This Set is among the strongest, being used rather frequently. Especially the combination of Belt, Armor and Amulet is often used on Magic Finding setups. Long term, this Set gets out scaled by setups that focus on a combination of Uniques and Runewords.
Character Specific Gear
Every Character has exclusive items that only it can use. For the Sorceress, these are Orbs. They can spawn with 0-3 "Staff mods" with the range of +1-3 to the Skills added by the Staff mods. In addition to the Orbs, the Sorceress benefits from Staff mods on the non Character specific Weapon type "Staves".
Set and Unique Items
Lore & In-Game dialogue
In this section you will find the lore of the Sorceress as well as the in-game dialogue she uses while travelling through Sanctuary.
Written by Teo1904
Reviewed by Facefoot
- 21 September 2022
Fixed formatting issues