Every class in Diablo 4 has a unique mechanic that contributes to its identity. For the Sorcerer, it's Enchantment Slots, allowing you to bolster your build with great passive effects. These can truly alter your playstyle, leading to many unique ways of playing your Sorcerer. The specialization unlocks at level 15 after doing a Sorcerer only questline.
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Unlocking the System
Once you reach level 15, you automatically start the Priority Quest "Legacy of the Magi". This short questline is a requirement to unlock the Specialization feature.
Enchantment Slots Mechanics
Enchantment Slots are small but powerful additions to your build. We slot certain skills for their offensive, defensive, resource, or utility effects. They can bolster your build or extend its functionality. First, let's go over some mechanics:
- Skills must have at least one Skill Point in them to be used (either from the Skill Tree or through gear).
- You can use a skill on your action bar and in one Enchantment Slot at the same time.
- A skill's Ranks, Enhanced and Upgrade choices carry through when placed into an Enchantment slot.
- Choices can be swapped in and out of the Enchantment Slots at any time.
- The first slot unlocks at level 15, the second at level 30.
Arc Lash's Slot effect makes it whenever you are hit, there is a 20% chance the attackers are Stunned for 1 second. This is a good defensive use case. With the Upgrade, Glittering Arc Lash, hitting a Stunned enemy with Arc Lash reduces your cooldowns by 0.25 seconds. The Upgrade turns a defensive effect into a utility effect as well. Using Arc Lash as a skill and in one of your Enchantment Slots can significantly reduce your cooldowns by a ton.
Ice Armor's Slot effect states that when you get hit, you have a 5% chance to apply Ice Armor. Another defensive effect, simple enough. Adding Enhanced Ice Armor increases your mana regeneration by 25% when active. Lastly, taking the Upgrade Shimmering Ice Armor, enemies that hit you while Ice Armor is active have a 15% chance to be Frozen for 3.33 seconds, ramp up Ice Armor's utility. This is especially true when used as a skill and in one of your Enchantment Slots.
Meteor's base Slot effect is every time an enemy takes Burning Damage, there's a 3% chance a Meteor falls on them. A great offensive effect. The Enhanced Meteor gives Meteors that hit 3 or more enemies a 30% chance for an additional Meteor on the same location. This further extends Meteor's functionality, allowing for Meteors to continually fall. Lastly, Wizard's Meteor Immobilizes enemies for 2 seconds on impact. This combines a strong offensive base and Enhanced effect with a decent Crowd Control component Upgrade.
Skill Enchantment Slots Effects
Each skill has a unique effect when placed in an Enchantment Slot. Most skills Enchantment Slot effects hold true to their elemental theme. This doesn't mean you need to stick with one element, though. In fact, this could be the bridge to a powerful build by mixing effects with different elements.
Basic Skill Enchantment Slots Effects
|Frost Bolt: Lucky Hit: Your direct damage has up to a 100% chance to Chill for 30%.|
Fire Bolt: Lucky Hit: Your direct damage has up to a 100% chance to Burn enemies for 23% over 8 seconds.
Arc Lash: Whenever you are hit, there's a 20% chance the attacker is Stunned for 1 second.
Spark: Killing an enemy has a 10% chance to form a Crackling Energy.
Core Skill Enchantment Slots Effects
|Frozen Orb: Whenever you cast a non-Basic Skill, you have a 20% chance to launch a Frozen Orb at a nearby enemy.|
Ice Shards: Ice Shards automatically conjure and fly towards Frozen enemies.
Fireball: When you kill an enemy, they explode in a Fireball for 50% of its damage.
Incinerate: Lucky Hit: Direct damage has up to a 8% chance to spawn a rotating Incinerate beam.
Charged Bolts: Whenever you are hit, there's a 40% chance to release 5 Charged Bolts.
Chain Lightning: Chain Lightning forms automatically, after spending 100 Mana.
Defensive Skill Enchantment Slots Effects
|Flame Shield: Flame Shield automatically activates when you take fatal damage. It takes 120 seconds to recharge.|
Teleport: Evade is replaced with Teleport on a 17.0 second cooldown.
Ice Armor: Upon getting hit, you have a 5% chance to apply Ice Armor.
Frost Nova: Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes have up to a 30% chance to make your active Conjuration Skills unleash a Frost Nova.
Conjuration Skill Enchantment Slots Effects
|Ice Blades: Killing an enemy has a 10% chance to conjure Ice Blades.20 seconds to recharge.|
Hydra: When a Burning enemy is killed a Hydra head spawns from its corpse for 3 seconds.
Lightning Spear: Absorbing Crackling Energy has a 10% chance to conjure a Lightning Spear.
Mastery Skill Enchantment Slots Effects
|Blizzard: Every 15 seconds, a Blizzard forms over you and follows you for 4 seconds.|
Meteor: Every time an enemy takes Burning damage, there's 3% chance a Meteor falls on them.
Firewall: Lucky Hit: Direct damage has up to a 15% chance to spawn a Firewall for 3 seconds.
Ball Lightning: When Crackling Energy would form, there's a 10% chance Ball Lightning is formed instead.
- The Sorcerer's class specialization unlocks at level 15 with the "Legacy of the Magi" questline beginning in Nevesk.
- After finishing the questline, you can select a skill for your first Enchantment Slot, the second at level 30.
- A skill's Enhanced and Upgrade choice carry through when placed into an Enchantment slot.
- A skill can be used on the action bar and in one Enchantment Slot at the same time.
- Skills in either slot can be changed out at any point.
Check out our Sorcerer Class Overview to learn all the details about skills, items, legendaries and more.
Also take a look at the Barbarian's Arsenal System and the Rogues Specialization System to learn about other classes.
Written by Dredscythe
Reviewed by wudijo
Article created from the Press Preview Access of Diablo 4.