D2R Build – Frozen Orb Sorceress Build Guide

Introduction


Sorceress one of the meta pick for Diablo II since the original release. In Diablo II: Resurrected, this remains the same. In this build, we will go through one of the most common builds for Sorceress – The Frozen Orb build. This build utilizes the Frozen Orb skill in the Ice Spell Skill tree, combines it with some Lighting Spells (For Hell’s immunity monsters) and we got the best build to farming the end game of Diablo II: Resurrected (D2R).

Check out other D2R Sorceress Build:


Diablo II: Resurrected Build Guide | Blizzard Sorceress
Diablo II: Resurrected Build Guide | Fire Wall Magic Find Sorceress

Stat


Level 40

Stats Points Notes
Strength

45

For this Sorceress build, Strength is just enough to maintain your gear. This is a rough number, you should increase Strenght base on your gear requirement.
Dexterity

60

For Dexterity, it is ideal to max out block chance, so you should keep a reasonable amount of Dex in your build early on (Normal Difficulty)
Vitality

130

The rest of your stat should go to Vitality. This is a common approach. As this build does not utilize Energy Shield, you can safely put all your remaining stat in Vitality
Energy

40

Energy is not your focus on this build, but a couple of points during early leveling can help you sustain the Mana for your spell early on.

Level 99

Stats Points Notes
Strength

120

Energy is not your focus on this build, but a couple of points during early leveling can help you sustain the Mana for your spell.
Dexterity

100

Again, just used this to increase your block chance. As soon as you reached 75% Block Chance, you can ignore Dexterity
Vitality

450

Vitality is never a strong suit for Sorceress, so prioritize this in the end game to maximize your HP and increase your survivability.
Energy

60

While it may seem important for Sorceress, Energy should not be your main focus, you will get enough Mana from gears and items.

Skills Distribution


Frozen Orb is your main skill to max out on this build. Cold Mastery provides a DPS increase for all Ice skills, but there is a dismissive return cap, so around 15 points to this skill are good enough.

Warmth provides increment to your Mana Recovery, but 1 point is enough for this build.

Most of the Sorceress end game build will require 2 skills from different trees to combat the immunity of monsters. For this Sorceress build, the Lightning skill tree is used to do this.

For the Lightning Skills tree, you will need Chain Lightning (20 points) Lightning Mastery (15 – 17 Points), and Static Field (1 point)

Remember to put one point to Telekinesis and Teleport to increase your traversal

Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Frozen Orb image
Frozen Orb
  • Creates a magical globe that sprays a torrent of ice bolts to lay waste to your enemies.
  • Cast Delay: 1 Second
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 25
Cold Damage: 40-45
Cold Length (seconds): 8
Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 34
Cold Damage: 262-267
Cold Length (seconds): 27
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Cold Mastery image
Cold Mastery
  • Passive Effect: Increases the damage of your cold attacks by piercing enemies resistances to cold.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Enemy Cold Resist: -20%
Lvl: 20
Enemy Cold Resist: -115%
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Warmth image
Warmth
  • Passive Effect: Increases the rate at which you recover mana.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Regen Rate: 30%
Lvl: 20
Regen Rate: 258%
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Chain Lightning image
Chain Lightning
  • Creates a bolt of Lightning that arcs through several targets.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 9
Damage: 1-40
Number of targets: 5
Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 28
Damage: 1-281
Number of targets: 9
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Lightning Mastery image
Lightning Mastery
  • Passive Effect: Increases all damage caused by your Lightning Spells .
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Bonus Lightning Damage: 50%
Lvl: 20
Bonus Lightning Damage: 278%
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Static Field image
Static Field
  • Reduces the current health of all enemies around you by 25%
Lvl: 1
Radius: 3.3 yards
Lvl: 20
Radius: 16 yards
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Teleport image
Teleport
  • Instantly moves to a destination within your line of sight
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 24
Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 5
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Telekinesis image
Telekinesis
  • Uses the power of your mind to pick up items, use objects, and knock back enemies
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Damage: 1-2
Lvl: 20
Damage: 20-21

Recommended Runewords


Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Lore 27
  • Ort
  • Sol
2 Socket Helms
  • +1 To AllSkillLevels
  • +10 ToEnergy
  • +2 ToManaAfter Each Kill
  • Lightning Resistance+30%
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • +2 To Light Radius

A cheap option for your Helm. Lore runeword provides +1 to all skills and a minor boost to your mana. The resistance is not that great, but it is still a good bonus.

Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Stealth 17
  • Tal
  • Eth
2 Socket Chest Armor
  • Magic DamageReduced By 3
  • +6 To Dexterity
  • +15 To Maximum Stamina
  • Poison Resistance+30%
  • Regenerate Mana 15%
  • 25% Faster Run Walk
  • 25% Faster Cast Rate
  • 25% Faster Hit Recovery
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Enigma 65
  • Jah
  • Ith
  • Ber
3 Socket Chest Armor
  • +2 To AllSkills
  • +45% Faster Run Walk
  • +1 To Teleport
  • +750-775 Defense
  • + (0.75 Per Character Level) +0-74 To Strength(Based On Character Level)
  • Increase MaximumLife5%
  • Damage Reduced By 8%
  • +14LifeAfter Each Kill
  • 15% Damage Taken Goes T Mana
  • + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Heart of the Oak 55
  • Ko
  • Vex
  • Pul
  • Thul
4 Socket Staves / 4 Socket Maces
  • +3 To AllSkills
  • +40%Faster Cast Rate
  • +75% Damage To Demons
  • +100 ToAttack RatingAgainst Demons
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • +10 To Dexterity
  • ReplenishLife+20
  • Increase MaximumMana15%
  • All Resistances +30-40
  • Level 4 Oak Sage(25 Charges)
  • Level 14 Raven(60 Charges)
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Chains of Honor 63
  • Dol
  • Um
  • Ber
  • Ist
4 Socket Chest Armor
  • +2 To AllSkills
  • +200% Damage To Demons
  • +100% Damage To Undead
  • 8%LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +70% Enhanced Defense
  • +20 To Strength
  • ReplenishLife+7
  • All Resistances +65
  • Damage Reduced By 8%
  • 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Fortitude 59
  • El
  • Sol
  • Dol
  • Lo
4 Socket Weapons / 4 Socket Chest Armor Weapons

  • 20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armorwhen Struck
  • +25%Faster Cast Rate
  • +300% Enhanced Damage
  • +9 To Minimum Damage
  • +50 ToAttack Rating
  • 20%Deadly Strike
  • Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25%
  • +200% Enhanced Defense
  • +X ToLife(Based on Character Level)
  • All Resistances +25-30
  • 12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
  • +1 To Light Radius

Chest Armor

  • 20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armorwhen Struck
  • +25%Faster Cast Rate
  • +300% Enhanced Damage
  • +200% Enhanced Defense
  • +15 Defense
  • +X ToLife(Based on Character Level)
  • ReplenishLife+7
  • +5% To Maximum Lightning Resistance
  • All Resistances +25-30
  • Damage Reduced By 7
  • 12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
  • +1 To Light Radius

Recommended Equipment


Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Tarnhelm
Tarnhelm
Unique Skull Cap
  • Defense: 8-11
  • Required Level: 15
  • Required Strength: 15
  • Durability: 18
  • +1 To All SkillLevels
  • 25-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • 75% Extra Gold From Monsters

A cheap option for Normal and Nightmare difficulty. This helmet provide +1 to All Skills and a nice chunk of Magic Find.

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Skin of the Vipermagi
Skin of the Vipermagi
Unique Serpentskin Armor
  • Defense: 279 (Base Defense: 111-126)
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 43
  • Durability: 24
  • +120% Enhanced Defense
  • +1 To All Skills
  • 30% Faster Cast Rate
  • Magic Damage Reduced By 9-13 (varies)
  • All Resistances +20-35

Another common unique for Caster builds in D2R. I think this chest is pretty common to drop, and it also provides some straight bonus to your Faster Cast Rate. The icing on the cake is the +1 to All Skills

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Que-Hegan's Wisdom
Que-Hegan’s Wisdom
Unique Mage Plate
  • Defense: 628-681(varies)(Base Defense: 225-261)
  • Required Level: 51
  • Required Strength: 55
  • Durability: 60
  • +140-160% Enhanced Defense
  • +1 To All SkillLevels
  • +3 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • 20% Faster Cast Rate
  • 20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Magic DamageReduced By 6-10
  • +15 To Energy
Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Tal Rasha's Guardianship
Tal Rasha’s Guardianship
Set Lacquered Plate
  • Defense: 833-941(varies)(Base Defense: 433-541)
  • Required Level: 71
  • Required Strength: 84
  • Durability: 55
  • +400 Defense
  • Requirements -60%
  • Magic DamageReduced By 15
  • Cold Resistance+40%
  • Lightning Resistance+40%
  • Fire Resistance+40%
  • 88% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items
  • +10% Faster Cast Rate
Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Magefist
Magefist
Unique Light Gauntlets
  • Defense: 24-25(varies)(Base Defense: 9-11)
  • Required Level: 23
  • Required Strength: 45
  • Durability: 18
  • +20-30% Enhanced Defense
  • +10 Defense
  • +1 To Fire Skills
  • +20% Faster Cast Rate
  • Regenerate Mana25%
  • Adds 1-6 Fire Damage

Mage Fist can be used if you don’t have any other pair of gloves lying around. The +1 to Fire Skills does not help much with this build (But it is a good pick for Fire Wall Sorceress build!)

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Tal Rasha's Fine-Spun Cloth
Tal Rasha’s Fine-Spun Cloth
Set Mesh Belt
  • Defense: 35-40 (varies)
  • Defense: 95-100(varies) (Base Defense: 35-40)
  • Required Level: 53
  • Required Strength: 47
  • Durability: 16
  • 16 boxes
  • Requirements -20%
  • 37% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
  • +30 To Mana
  • +20 To Dexterity
  • 10-15% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items
  • +60 Defense
  • +10% Faster Cast Rate

Another piece from Tal Rasha armor set. This provides a huge amount of increment to Mana’s recovery. Equipping this along with other Tal Rasha ‘s set also helps with Magic Find.

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Harlequin Crest
Harlequin Crest
Unique Shako
  • Defense: 98-141
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
  • +2 To All Skills
  • + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Life(Based On Character Level)
  • + (1.5 Per Character Level) 1-148 To Mana(Based On Character Level)
  • Damage Reduced By 10%
  • 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • +2 To All Attributes

A cheap option for Normal and Nightmare difficulty. This helmet provide +1 to All Skills and a nice chunk of Magic Find.

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Sandstorm Trek
Sandstorm Trek
Unique Scarabshell Boots
  • Defense: 158-178(varies)(Base Defense 56-65)
  • Required Level: 64
  • Required Strength: 91
  • Durability: 14
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 60-110
  • +140-170% Enhanced Defense
  • +20% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +20% Faster Run Walk
  • + (1 Per Character Level) +1-99 Maximum Stamina(Based On Character Level)
  • +10-15 To Strength
  • +10-15 To Vitality
  • 50% Slower StaminaDrain
  • Poison Resistance+40-70%
  • Repairs 1 Durability In 20 Seconds
Name Stats Level 1 Stat
War Traveler
War Traveler
Unique Battle Boots
  • Defense: 120-139(varies)(Base Defense: 39-47)
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Durability: 48
  • Assassin Kick Damage: 37-64
  • +150-190% Enhanced Defense
  • 25% Faster Run Walk
  • +10 To Vitality
  • +10 To Strength
  • Adds 15-25 Damage
  • 40% Slower StaminaDrain
  • Attacker Takes Damage Of 5-10
  • 30-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Rings & Amulet


Faster Cast Rate, Survivability is your main focus when equipping Rings and Amulet for this Sorceress Build. The best option is definitely Tal Rasha’s Adjudication for Amulet, but it’s pretty luxury, so just pick any other amulet that can provide a similar stat.
For rings, Bul-Kathos’s wedding band is a cheap option for leveling. If you prefer more damage and Mana recovery, look out for Stone of Jordan.

Name Required Level Modifiers
Tal Rasha's Adjudication
Tal Rasha’s Adjudication
Tal Rasha’s Wrappings Set
67
  • +10% Faster Cast Rate
Name Required Level Modifiers
Stone of Jordan
Stone of Jordan
29
  • +1 To All Skills
  • Increase Maximum Mana25%*
  • Adds 1-12 Lightning Damage
  • +20 To Mana
Name Required Level Modifiers
Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Bul-Kathos’ Wedding Band
58
  • +1 To All Skills
  • + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Life(Based On Character Level)
  • 3-5% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +50 Maximum Stamina
Name Required Level Modifiers
Mara's Kaleidoscope
Mara’s Kaleidoscope
67
  • +2 To All Skills
  • All Resistances +20-30
  • +5 To All Attributes

Jewels & Gems


Name Skill Modifiers
Rainbow Facet
Rainbow Facet
Blizzard
Blizzard
  • 100% Chance To Cast Level 37 BlizzardWhen You Die
  • Adds 24-38 Cold Damage, 0.12 sec Duration (Normal)
  • +3-5% To Cold Skill Damage
  • -(3-5)% To Enemy Cold Resistance
Name Skill Modifiers
Rainbow Facet
Rainbow Facet
Frost Nova
Frost Nova
  • 100% Chance To Cast Level 43 Frost NovaWhen You Level-Up
  • Adds 24-38 Cold Damage, 0.12 sec Duration (Normal)
  • +3-5% To Cold Skill Damage
  • -(3-5)% To Enemy Cold Resistance

Recommended Weapons

Name Stats Modifiers
Tal image
Thul image
Ort image
Amn image
Spirit
  • Depends on base model Weapon
  • Weapons
  • +2 To All Skills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage3 Second Duration (Normal)
  • +75 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • 7% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb

For your weapon (or Shield) Spirit provides +2 to All Skills and the runes are all common drops. For 4 socket swords & shield, you can try farming Cow Level (Nightmare difficulty)

Name Stats Modifiers
The Oculus
The Oculus
Unique Swirling Crystal
  • One-Hand Damage: 18 To 42
  • Required Level: 42
  • Durability: 50
  • Base Weapon Speed: [10]
  • ( SorceressOnly)
  • +3 To Sorceress SkillLevels
  • +5 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • All Resistances +20
  • 25% Chance To Cast Level 1 TeleportWhen Struck
  • +30% Faster Cast Rate
  • +20 To Vitality
  • +20 To Energy
  • +20% Enhanced Defense
  • 50% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items

Oculus is harder to farm, but it can help power up this build with an increment to All Skills and faster Cast Rate. The 50% Magic Find is a huge bonus!

Name Stats Modifiers
Tal Rasha's Lidless Eye
Tal Rasha’s Lidless Eye
Set Swirling Crystal
  • Damage: 18 To 42
  • Required Level: 65
  • Durability: 50
  • Base Weapon Speed: [10]
  • ( SorceressOnly)
  • 20% Faster Cast Rate
  • +77 To Mana
  • +57 To Life
  • +10 To Energy
  • +1-2 To Lightning Mastery( SorceressOnly)
  • +1-2 To Fire Mastery( SorceressOnly)
  • +1-2 To Cold Mastery( SorceressOnly)
  • +1 To Sorceress SkillLevels (2 Items)
  • -15% To Enemy Fire Resistance(3 Items)
  • -15% To Enemy Lightning Resistance(4 Items)
  • +15% To Cold Skills Damage (Complete Set)

Oculus is harder to farm, but it can help power up this build with an increment to All Skills and faster Cast Rate. The 50% Magic Find is a huge bonus!

Name Stats Modifiers
Ko image
Vex image
Pul image
Thul image
Heart of the Oak
  • Depends on base Weapons model
  • +3 To All Skills
  • +40% Faster Cast Rate
  • +75% Damage To Demons
  • +100 To Attack RatingAgainst Demons
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage, 3 sec. Duration (Normal)
  • 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit
  • +10 To Dexterity
  • Replenish Life +20
  • Increase Maximum Mana 15%
  • All Resistances +30-40 (varies)
  • Level 4 Oak Sage(25 Charges)
  • Level 14 Raven(60 Charges)

Heart of the Oak is picked for it’s an increment to All skills and 40% Faster Cast Rate. The downside is that Runes are not easy to farm for.

Name Stats Modifiers
Ral image
Tir image
Tal image
Sol image
Insight
  • Depends on base weapon model
  • Level 12-17 MeditationAura When Equipped
  • +35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +200-260% Enhanced Damage
  • +9 To Minimum Damage
  • 180-250% Bonus to Attack Rating
  • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
  • +75 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • +1-6 To Critical Strike
  • +5 To All Attributes
  • +2 To ManaAfter Each Kill
  • 23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

This is for your Mercenary!

Mercenary Guide


Just pick an Act II Merc with the Prayer aura (For more Survivability) and equip him with Insight Runeword and you are good to go. For Chest and Helm, simply pick a Runeword that enhances defense like Fortitude.
Your spells will help slow down the monster while the Merc will make short work of them.

Gameplay and Tip

Gameplay Guide & Tips
Static Field can be used early on as a Curse skill to lower the HP of the monster. This allows your Mercenary to finish them off. For boss fight, always try to cast Static Field before throwing out Frozen Orb.

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