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Sorcerer Leveling Guide

Last Updated: February 25th 2024

Patch 1.0

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This Sorcerer leveling build unleashes devastating blasts of Lightning to vaporize foes. The build utilizes two Damage Skills: Static Orb and Lightning Blast. The first is primarily used for AoE and clearing while the second is specced into high single target DPS.

The Sorcerer maintains a distance while in combat but has plenty of defensive options in case enemies come too close. Flame Ward is an incredible Defensive Skill with tons of Damage Reduction that can mitigate even the most dangerous attacks. The build also has decent mobility thanks to Flame Rush which grants great defensive buffs.

Overall, the Static Orb Sorcerer is an amazing leveling build, as it provides enough damage to one-shot most monsters in the campaign. It also scales really well into the end-game. With its 2 charges of Flame Ward, the build is also quite tanky. This combination makes Sorcerer leveling look easy.

Campaign Gear Planner
Specialized Skills

Check out the Campaign Guide for an in depth breakdown of the campaign.

  • Easy Gearing
  • High Damage in Campaign
  • Multiple Layers of Defense
  • Great Single Target and Clear Damage
  • 2 Button Build
  • Mana Intensive
  • Defensive Skills Require Timing
  • High Gear Dependent in the End Game


As we level the power of skills evolve, with some becoming stronger while others get weaker. To account for this, most guides transition from a setup that is optimized for early game to one that is more suited to tackling endgame content some build, however it's not the case for this build.

Final Setup

  • Use Lightning Blast for clear and single target until you unlock Static Orb. Then use it only for single target and Static Orb for clear.
  • Use Teleport to move quickly through the chapters until you unlock Flame Rush.
  • Use Mana Strike to regain mana.
  • Use Flame Ward to protect yourself from danger.
Skills to put in your Hotbar

Key Leveling Notes

  • Keep your character at the area level by killing monsters.
    • To use this guide, you need to maintain at most a 5 level difference with the area.
    • Press C to open the character sheet to find your level and TAB to find the area level.
  • Only collect loot that serves as an upgrade.
    • The loot filter reveals many items that might not be an upgrade for your character.
  • If your inventory is full, stick gear with high value affixes in your stash and sell the rest.
    • Don't sell gear that has high value affixes to a vendor.
    • Instead, keep it to use later or destroy it with a Rune of Shattering or Rune of Removal.
  • Always get the best weapon you can.
    • Weapons are a core part of your power and getting a higher level base boosts your damage significantly.
    • Early on, you can buy them at the Gambler NPC in the Council Chamber town and in the End of Time town.
    • After level 40, they don't sell you higher item bases.
  • If you want to enter the Monolith of Fate early, unlock all the passive points and idol slots from quests first.
    • By the time you complete chapter 7, you will be ready to tackle the Monolith of Fate content.
  • Crafting is powerful and important for enhancing your gear.
    • Press F and place your item in the crafting interface to level up its affixes and craft new ones!
    • Adding health or vitality on a few empty affix slots can increase your HP by a significant amount!

If you need help with crafting, check the Beginner Crafting Guide.

Skills and Passives

Passives and Skills provide powerful effects that dictate the playstyle of a Class and its Masteries. Remember that you can allocate Passives in the first half of any Mastery regardless of the one you chose.

Click on the Arrows at the top and on the Bar at the bottom to see Passive and Skill Trees Progression

Gearing and Side Quests Step by Step

Itemization is a vital aspect of your journey in Last Epoch. While prefixes and suffixes matter, what sets Last Epoch apart is the power of item bases. Many items have potent implicit attributes that can rival or even surpass modifiers.

Level 1 to 10
Level 11 to 25
Level 26 to 40
Level 41 to 58
Early Monolith

Level 1 to 10


  • On Shade's Root Staff of Conflagration prioritize Spell Damage and Chance to Ignite on Hit.
  • Imbued Silver Ring of Deflection is the best source of movement speed early on.
  • Scholar's Runic Scroll of Deflection provides a substantial spell damage boost early on.
  • On Vital Leather Boots of Deflection, prioritize Movement Speed and Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed to enhance your mobility.

Side Quests

  • Storeroom Sabotuers for 1 Passive point.
  • Evacuation Quest for 1 Passive point.
Items at Level 10
Items on planner are for displaying item bases and affixes only. Ignore level requirements.

Level 11 to 25


  • Start equipping Idols with Vitality, any type of resistance, Health, Health on Kill, Chance To Bleed On Hit, Chance To Poison On Hit and Chance To Ignite On Hit.
  • Mage's Weathered Crown of Deflection provides a great amount of increased damage at this level.
  • Imbued Gold Ring of Deflection provide significant elemental resistances, outshining other options at this level.
  • Avarice gives you a decent chunk of elemental resistances and leech.

Side Quests

  • Erza's Ledger Quest for 1 Passive point and Avarice.
    • Don't talk to the Gambler NPC before completing this quest, otherwise you can't get Avarice.
  • The Upper District Quest for 1 Passive point.
  • An Ancient Hunt for extra Idol slots.
  • The Lesser Refuge Quest for 2 Passive point.
  • The Corrupted Lake Quest for 1 Passive point and extra Idol slots.
Items at Level 25
Items on planner are for displaying item bases and affixes only. Ignore level requirements.

Level 26 to 40


  • Scholar's Lunar Raiment of Life helps you tank chapters 7 and 8 Cold and Lightning damage.

Side Quests

  • Hidden Gems Quest for 1 Passive point.
  • The Sapphire Tablet Quest for 1 Passive point and extra Idol slots.
Items at Level 40
Items on planner are for displaying item bases and affixes only. Ignore level requirements.

Level 41 to 58


  • Conduit's Bone Amulet of Life is the best amulet base in the game as it gives a lot of resistances, which gives you more space for suffixes on your gear.
  • Mage's Celestial Helm of Deflection is a great help to cap your crit chance.
  • Conduit's Spidersilk Sash of the Giant is a powerful base that helps you fix your cold res when combined with Vital Heoborean Boots of Remedy.

Side Quests

  • A Heoborean Cure Quest for extra Idol slots.
  • Liberating the Nomads Quest for extra Idol slots.
  • After defeating the Frostroot Warden boss and completing chapter 7 quests, you have reached the cap of 15 Passive points and 8 Idol slots. You can dive into the Monolith of Fate or you can choose to finish the campaign for a reward of +1 to all attributes.
Items at Level 58
Items on planner are for displaying item bases and affixes only. Ignore level requirements.

Early Monolith


Important At this point, you have access to most of the best item bases in the game. Your upgrades will come from prefixes and suffixes on items instead of the implicits.

Here is a recap of the best item bases :

  • Weapon : Bardiche, Meruna Helm or Great Axe
  • Helmet : Runed Visage or Celestial Helm
  • Body Armour : Celestial Raiment or Opulent Robes
  • Belt : Spidersilk Sash or Praetorian Belt
  • Boots : Heoborean Boots or Solarum Greaves
  • Gloves : Avarice
  • Amulet : Bone Amulet
  • Rings : Sapphire Ring
  • Relic : Scrying Eye
Items in Early Monolith
Items on planner are for displaying item bases and affixes only. Ignore level requirements.

Monolith Progression

After beating the Abomination timeline boss and completing your first timeline, you have the choice to go between The Stolen Lance timeline and The Black Sun timeline. Go for The Black Sun timeline.

You want to do timelines on the right-hand-side of the Monolith progression as they provides more relevant Blessings for your character progression.

Level progression includes 1-10, 11-25, 26-40, 41-58 and Early Monolith, scroll to find the correct tab.


If you are lucky you might get a Rune of Ascendance while leveling. Use this first on a relic to get a unique relic such as Grimoire of Necrotic Elixirs, Tome of Elements or Ucenui's Sphere.

Keep an eye out for useful Uniques such as Oceareon, Ucenui's Sphere, Prismatic Gaze, Prism Wraps and Arboreal Circuit.

Gear Stats Priorities

Best Prefixes

  1. Level of Mana Strike, Level of Lightning Blast, Level of Static Orb, Level of Flame Ward and Level of Flame Rush
  2. Lightning Penetration
  3. Lightning Critical Strike Multiplier
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Spell Critical Strike Chance
  7. Cast Speed
  8. Lightning Damage and Spell Damage
  9. Intelligence
  1. Vitality

Best Suffixes

  1. Lightning Penetration and Minion Lightning Penetration
  2. Chance to Shred Armour on Hit
  3. Chance to Shock on Hit
  1. Health
  2. Hybrid Health
  3. Fire Resistance, Lightning Resistance, Cold Resistance, Elemental Resistance, Physical Resistance, Necrotic Resistance and Void Resistance
  4. Health
  5. Chance to Chill on Hit
  6. Chance to apply Frailty on Hit
  7. Chance to Slow on Hit
  8. Armour
  9. Dodge Rating
  1. Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed


  1. Spell Lightning Damage
  2. Increased Cast Speed while you have Lightning Aegis
  3. Critical Strike Chance With Lightning Skills
  4. Increased Lightning Damage while you have Lightning Aegis
  5. Increased Lightning Damage (Doubled If You Have Over 300 Max Mana)
  6. Shared Lightning Damage
  7. Chance To Shock With Lightning Skills
  1. Health
  2. Health
  3. Vitality
  4. Mana And Armor
  5. Ward Per Second
  6. Mana Spent Gained as Ward
  7. Ward Gained When Damage Leaves You At Low Health (5 Second Cooldown)
  1. Elemental increased Area for Area Skills

Loot Filter

Loot Filters are critical in Last Epoch. Highlighting all the related valuable Item Bases, Affixes, Uniques and Idols is crucial to your character's progression. As your gear gets better, remember to hide the rules that are no longer useful to avoid screen clutter.

Learn how to load and make Filters with our Loot Filter Guide.


This Sorcerer leveling build shines in its offensive and defensive capabilities. It destroys everything in its path, establishing it as one of the smoothest mastery to level during the campaign.

  • Use Static Orb for clear and Lightning Blast for single target.
  • Use Flame Ward to escape lethal damage.
  • Use Teleport to move quickly through the chapters until you unlock Flame Rush.
  • Always change your Staff to the best base possible for your level.
  • Cap your Physical Resistance early to make the campaign look easy.

What's Next?

Congratulations, you completed the campaign and your first 3 Monoliths Timelines! What awaits you is unlocking Empowered Monolith after pushing through The Reign of Dragons, Spirits of Fire, The Age of Winter and The Last Ruin Timelines and activating the beacon in the middle of them. Then you can dive into dungeons, empower your character further and test your limits at the Arena leaderboard.

Check out our Sorcerer Guides and find the perfect Sorcerer Endgame build for you.

Explore the Monolith of Fate with our Beginner Guide and learn how to farm Dungeons.


Written by Terek.
Reviewed by Tenkiei.

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