The Sorcerer is one of the flashiest and most powerful classes in Diablo 4. Whether you want to freeze enemies to death with your ice abilities, burn them with your fire attacks, fry them with your lightning charges, or mix everything up and let the magic happen, there are plenty of ways to build the most powerful Sorcerer in this game.
In this Diablo 4 Sorcerer build guide, we present you with the best lightning build, which includes the top active, passive & enchantment Skills, Gems, Legendary Aspects, and more.
Diablo 4 best Lightning Sorcerer skills
Our Lightning Sorcerer build focuses on chaining lightning attacks to deal CC damage while having increased mobility and a few defensive options to help you overcome the demons of the Sanctuary.
|Sorcerer Skill Type||Skill Name||Upgrade|
|Basic (Mana Generator)||Arc Lash||Flickering|
|Core Skill (Mana Spender)||Chain Lightning||Destructive|
|Conjuration Skill||Ice Blades||Invoked|
|Ultimate Skill||Unstable Currents||Supreme|
Below is a brief overview of all the skills and upgrades mentioned above courtesy of Maxroll.gg.
- Arc Lash: Unleash arcing lightning deals 42% damage to enemies in front of you. Every 10 times Arc Lash swipes, it Stuns all enemies hit for 2 seconds.
- Arc Lash (Flickering) Update: Gain 6% Movement Speed for 5 seconds per enemy hit with Arc Lash, up to 18%
- Chain Lightning: Unleash a stream of lightning that deals 42% damage and chains between Nearby enemies and you up to 6 times, prioritizing enemies.
- Teleport: Transform into lightning, becoming Unstoppable and surging to the target location, dealing 25% damage around you upon arrival.
- Teleport (Shimmering) Upgrade: After Teleporting, you gain 30% Damage Reduction for 5 seconds.
- Ice Blades: Conjure a pair of ice blades for 6.0 seconds that rapidly slashes enemies for 31% damage and have a 30% chance to make them Vulnerable for 2 seconds.
- Ice Blades (Invoked) Upgrade: Your Ice Blades gain 10% increased Attack Speed per active Ice Blades.
- Blizzard: Summon a frigid blizzard that deals 120% damage and continuously Chills enemies for 18% over 8 seconds.
- Blizzard (Wizard) Upgrade: While you have an active Blizzard, your Core Skills cost 10% less Mana.
- Unstable Currents: Lightning surges within you for 10 seconds. Whenever you cast a Shock Skill, a random Core, Conjuration, or Mastery Shock Skill is also cast.
- Unstable Currents (Supreme) Upgrade: While Unstable Currents is active, Crackling Energy continually pulses and consumes no charges.
You might have noticed that we have added two Ice Skills (Ice Blade and Blizzard) in our Lightning Sorcerer build. It's because these abilities are not just more powerful than everything else available in those categories; they synergize well with the AOE CC high-mobility Arc Lash-focused build we are aiming for here.
Best passive skills for Lightning Sorcerer build in Diablo 4
Passive skills are equally important to flesh out your character, and here are some of the best ones we recommend for the Lightning Sorcerer build.
- Coursing Currents: Hitting enemies with Shock Skills increases your Critical Strike Chance by 1%/2%/3%. Resets upon getting a Critical Strike.
- Conduction: Critical Strikes with Shock Skills increase your Movement Speed by 3%/6%/9% for 3 seconds.
Requires 1 point in Coursing Currents.
- Elemental Dominance: Your Core Skills deal 4%/8%/12% increased damage when cast above 50 Mana.
- Elemental Attunement: Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes have a 5%/10%/15% chance to reset the Cooldown of one of your Defensive Skills. Can only happen once every 10 seconds.
- Devastation: Deal 8%/15%/23% increased damage to Healthy enemies.
- Conjuration Mastery: While you have an active Conjuration Skill, you deal x2%/x4%/x6% increased damage.
Best Enchantments for the Lightning Sorcerer build in Diablo 4
Enchantments are passive buffs that complement your primary skills by enhancing their effects. However, you can only have two Enchantment skills active at a time. The first Enchantment skill slot is unlocked at level 15 by completing the "Legacy of the Magi" Priority quest, whereas the second slot is unlocked simply by reaching level 30.
Here are the best Enchantments for the Lightning Sorcerer build:
- Arc Lash: Whenever you are hit, there's a 20% chance the attacker is Stunned for 1 second.
- Ball Lightning: Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes have a 25% chance to spawn a static Ball Lightning.
Best Gems for the Lightning Sorcerer build in Diablo 4
Gems can be inserted into weapons, armor, and jewelry to provide unique buffs. Here are the best Gems you need for the Lightning Sorcerer build:
- Sapphire: When equipped on a weapon, it increases the Critical Strike damage done to enemies under the effect of a crowd control ability.
- Diamond: When equipped on a jewelry, it increases resistance against all elements.
- Emerald: When equipped on a weapon, it increases the damage dealt to Elite enemies.
- Skull: When equipped on a weapon, it regenerates health on kill.
Best Legendary Aspects for the Lightning Sorcerer build in Diablo 4
Legendary Aspects are powerful items that enhance your active and passive skills. Every legendary weapon comes equipped with a Legendary Aspect, though you can also insert them into Rare items to upgrade them into Legendary. There are five different types of Legendary Aspects in Diablo 4. These are Offensive, Defensive, Resource, Utility, and Mobility.
Similar to our best Fire Sorcerer build, we focus primarily on the Offensive and the Mobility types Legendary Aspects to carve the most powerful Lightning Sorcerer build.
- Aspect of Control: You deal 30% more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.
- Aspect of the Bounding Conduit: Gain 20% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.
- Aspect of Efficiency - Casting a Basic Skill reduces the Mana cost of your next Core Skill by 10%.
- Elementalist's Aspect - Core or Mastery Skills cast at or above 100 Mana gain a 20.0% increased Critical Strike Chance.
- Rapid Aspect - Basic Skills gain 23% Attack Speed.
- Wind Striker Aspect - Critical Strikes grant 8.0% Movement Speed for 1 second. The duration can be extended.
- Aspect of the Expectant - Enemies hit with Basic Skills increase the damage of your next Core Skill by x5.0%, up to x50%.
That concludes our best Lightning Sorcerer build in Diablo 4. We will update this article as we play through the game and find more ways to improve this build.
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