Best Sorcerer build in Diablo 4 for levelling & endgame in Season 4

Best Sorcerer build in Diablo 4 for levelling & endgame in Season 4
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21st May 2024 14:25

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The Sorcerer is a magical, glass cannon of a class, and with Season 4 - otherwise known as the 'Season of Loot' - underway in Diablo 4, building your character in the best possible way is a surefire method of ensuring you're best primed to dive into all of the new content on offer.

Unlike the 'in-your-face' approach of many other classes in the game, the Sorcerer gets to stand back and attack from afar with a wide range of magical skills. Picking the right ones can definitely be the difference maker, whether you're grinding through the levels or powering through the endgame.

Best Sorcerer build in Diablo 4 Season 4

Currently, the best build you can use as a Sorcerer for levelling in Season 4 is still the Firewall build, which remains the same following Season of the Construct. As the name suggests, this revolves around using pyromancy as your main type of damage to burn your enemies to the ground.

Luckily, the Sorcerer is very good at this.

A Sorcerer casting a wall of fire in Diablo 4
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Below, you'll find all of the Active and Passive skills you will need to equip as you level up your Sorcerer. 

Note:

Next to some of the skills shown below, you'll see some entries have a range of between 1-5 beside the ability name - this is the number of times you need to spec into that particular skill.

Firewall Sorcerer levelling build

Active Skills list

Ability Skill Tree
Enhanced Arc Lash (1/5) Basic
Greater Fireball (1/5) Core
Flame Shield (1/5) Defensive
Shimmering Teleport (3/5) Defensive
Shimmering Ice Armour (1/5) Defensive
Mystical Frost Nova (5/5) Defensive
Mage's Firewall (5/5) Mastery
Supreme Inferno Ultimate

These Active skills cover both offence and defence, allowing the Sorcerer to put out tonnes of AoE damage while keeping themself safe from damage and crowd control effects.

It can sometimes take a while for the build to reach full strength, but you certainly won't regret it once it hits max temperature, as your enemies will be cooked - quite literally in this case!

Passives, are equally important to consider too, as they'll help to increase things like the amount of Mana you have, increase the amount of healing you can do, and tweak certain effects for your Active abilities:

Passive Skills list

Passive Skill Tree
Devastation (1/3) Core
Elemental Dominance (3/3) Core
Glass Cannon (3/3) Defensive
Align the Elements (1/3) Conjuration
Mana Shield (3/3) Conjuration
Protection (3/3) Conjuration
Inner Flames (3/3) Mastery
Fiery Surge (3/3) Ultimate
Warmth (3/3) Ultimate
Soulfire (3/3) Ultimate
Combustion Key Passive

Most of the above Passive Skills will just enhance your damage and help boost your defensive attributes - which are especially helpful as the Sorcerer is particularly squishy.

However, Combustion is the key passive here in both name and nature, and it boosts the power of Firewall by 22%, which is the core of this build and thus super helpful.

Stat priorities for Firewall Sorcerer build

Here's a selection of key stat bonuses to be on the lookout for, covering weapons, focus, armour, and accessories:

  • Armour
  • Damage reduction
  • Cooldown reduction
  • Critical strike chance
  • Critical strike damage
  • Mana cost reduction
  • Intelligence, damage over time, general damage stats
  • Resistances

Since you're going with a fire build, you'll want to make sure that you're picking up weapons and armour that focus on increasing damage over time.

Not only that, but you'll want to focus on getting some mana cost reduction and cooldown reduction so that you can spam your damage spells a bit more.

Best Gems for Sorcerers

There are a fair few different socketable items available in Diablo 4, but you'll want to take Rubies for your armour, as they will help to boost your maximum health when used with those pieces. For your jewellery, you'll want Skulls, as they give you an increase in armour stat when placed here.

Image of different Gems in Diablo 4
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When socketing weapons, you want to use Amethysts because they'll help you increase your DoT stat. Of course, there are better variants of each of these up to 'Royal' versions, but socket the variant that is currently available to you during the levelling process.

Best Sorcerer endgame build for Season 4

The Firewall build scales excellently throughout the levelling process of Diablo 4, and this remains the same in the endgame - meaning that you don't need to change anything from the Active and Passive skills. How convenient!

Once you reach this point, it's all about those incremental improvements by finding increasingly more powerful items or utilising your Paragon Board points to increase your character's stats to provide better buffs to your character.

Sorcerer using the Inferno skill in Diablo 4
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This remains true in Season 3 as well, making this build perfect if you want to take on all of the toughest challenges the game offers within its new content.

We used a variety of resources including Maxroll and IcyVeins, as well as our own experience with the game when putting this build together.

How good is the Sorcerer class in Season 4?

According to our tier list, the Sorcerer is still an incredibly viable class in the Season of Loot.

Sitting in the A-tier for both solo and endgame play, it's a great class despite being a class cannon and can make for a brilliant pairing if you're venturing out into Sanctuary alongside a group of friends.

Furthermore, while the Sorcerer is vulnerable, playing the class right with proper positioning will let you avoid a lot of incoming damage without sacrificing your own output.

If you want to cover all of your options, check out our other build guides below for the four additional classes:

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Now that you know how to build your Sorcerer in Season 4 of Diablo 4, you'll want to check out our Diablo homepage for guides on why you should start a Seasonal character, whether to skip the campaign, or if it's a dead game.

Tarran Stockton
About the author
Tarran Stockton
Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.
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