Welcome to our Diablo 4 Sorcerer beginners guide! In this section, we go over the various pros and cons the Sorcerer class has to offer, as well as their gameplay options. If you have been wondering whether or not The Sorcerer is for you – look no further!
As expected from previous Diablo titles, the Sorcerer prides itself in controlling the elements and wielding arcane magic. As a result, the Sorcerer class is a powerhouse and most importantly – a ton of fun with a lot of versatility!
- Incredible damage
- Powerful Crowd Control through freezing and more
- Decent mobility options
- Versatile builds ranging from single-target to AoE
- Very squishy
- Doesn’t provide much to the team other than damage
- Difficult to play at a high level
In Diablo 4, the Sorcerer class uses mana as their resource, and crackling energy as their built-in regeneration mechanic. Managing mana effectively is the difference between life and death with the Sorcerer.
Sorcerer in Diablo 4 has access to a few weapons, as a result, this allows for moderate variety in your preferred playstyles and build paths. The Sorcerer can currently use the following:
- Off-hand weapons
Currently, we personally recommend using whatever you prefer the most when playing the Sorcerer. The Sorcerer has so many legendary options in Diablo that you would best work on the stats and effects it provides rather than the weapon itself! Throughout leveling however or preference depending, feel free to experiment and try all the combinations.
Should you choose to play the great Sorcerer class, you can currently equip ten items in the available slots:
- Main hand weapon + Focus
- Two-handed weapon
- Ring 1
- Ring 2
Starting out with your Sorcerer, feel free to equip every better piece of gear you find, ideally in the endgame the best in slot set is when you want to try and find specific pieces. As a beginner, getting a good idea of the class definitely comes first before optimizing and build min/maxing.
The Sorcerer in Diablo 4 much like every class in the game relies on specific stats that excel them more than others. Each class such as the Sorcerer receives specific benefits based on the Core Stats of the game:
- Strength – N/A
- Intelligence – 0.1% Skill Damage
- Willpower – 0.1% Resource Generation
- Dexterity – 0.02% Critical Strike Chance
Offensive Stats for the Sorcerer are not so much the base stat of the weapon itself, rather the Sorcerer takes a “stat-stick” approach with their weapons. As a result, acquiring high Intelligence and some Dexterity for example on your weapon comes in handy. You can also use the following offensive stats to start helping your Sorcerer build:
- Critical Strike Chance
- Critical Strike Damage
- Other Stats that are build dependent
Much like the Class-Specific stat benefits you can receive, your Core Stats also assist your base defensive stats, however, this applies the same to all classes:
- Strength – +1 Armor per Stat
- Intelligence – +0.05% All Resistance per point
- Willpower – 0.1% healing Received and 0.25% Overpower damage per point
- Dexterity – 0.025% Dodge Chance per point
PvP is a real thing in Diablo 4 was more of a dedicated focus to it. There are two stats that every class uses in PvP to keep things as level or simple as possible:
- Damage Reduction – decreases the damage reduction granted against other players
- Armor Contribution – a secondary armor stat that is PvP specific, giving you increased base damage reduction
There are various other stats useful to each class and depending on build, to see more options for your Sorcerer such as Utility Stats and more Defensive stats such as elemental resistances – check out our full Stats Guide!
Class Skill Groups
Diablo 4 does a great job of grouping sets of Skills to show their synergies and playstyle mechanics. Sorcerer has the following groups:
- Basic – resource generation skills, spam-able between skills
- Core – core damage dealing abilities that use the primary resource
- Defensive – Sorcerers defensive options
- Conjuration – short-term summoning skills, such as summoning blades etc
- Mastery – mastery allows the Sorcerer to master elemental powers, dealing huge AoE damage
- Ultimate – the more powerful attacks you have access to, as a result, they have longer cooldowns
Most skills are also grouped into three key aspects:
For beginners and leveling, we suggest the following skills of a tried and tested set of skills to get you started:
- Incinerate – channel a flamethrower
- Fire Bolt – ranged Fire Bolt, deals damage and burn
- Fire Shield – creates a flame shield granting immunity and burning enemies
- Hydra – summons a “turret-like” Hydra for 12 seconds, spitting fire, dealing damage
- Firewall – creates a burning wall of flames
- Inferno – summons a fire serpent in target area for a set amount of time
Class Mechanic – Enchantment
Each class has a unique mechanic, defining the class and separating it from others. For the Sorcerer in Diablo 4, this mechanic is known as Enchantment.
With Enchantment, the mechanic is simple, yet effective in changing the course of your build in Diablo IV. The Sorcerer has the ability to Enchant two skills, unlocking the slots at level 15 and also level 30. Enchanting skills changes the properties of the skill, making them the focal point of your build. For example, Enchanting your Firewall spell creates the opportunity to the wall to spawn two more walls after burning an enemy!
As a result of Enchantment, making sure you know the two skills you wish to lean into more helps a great deal in creating your optimal build!
Aspects are legendary powers that can be extracted or also imprinted onto items. You can grab these Aspects through dungeons and the Codex of Power and finding Legendary items. Take a look at the current potential options you can build your Sorcerer towards through Legendary Items:
- Biting Cold – When you freeze an enemy there is a X% chance for them to become Vulnerable for 3 seconds
- Control – You deal X% more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies
- Conceited – Deals X% increased damage while you have a Barrier active
- Piercing Cold – Ice Shards pierces 3 times, dealing 13% less damage per subsequent enemy hit
- Flamewalker (Boots only) – Coming into contact with your Firewall grants +15% Movement Speed for 4 seconds
- Engulfing Flames (Weapon only) – When enemies are afflicted with more DoT than their total life, you deal 39% increased damage to them
- Conflagration (Weapon only) – While channeling Incinerate, your Burning damage is increased by 42%
- Recharging (Ring only) – Each time Chain Lightning bounces off of you, you gain Mana
- Serpentine (Multiple gear slots) – You may have 1 additional Hydra active, but the Hydra’s duration is reduced by 23%
- Splintering Energy (Ring & Amulet only) – Lightning Spear has a 30% chance to spawn an additional Lightning Spear on cast
- Unbroken Tether (Focus only) – Chain Lightning has a 31% chance to chain up to 2 additional times
Diablo 4 Sorcerer Beginners Guide Conclusion
Thank you for checking out our Diablo 4 Sorcerer Beginners Guide! After launch we plan on providing more in-depth build for every class so check back for more! Good luck on your Sorcerer adventures! For more Diablo 4 content, click here.