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Lightning Sorceress Guide

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Overview:

The lightning sorceress is the strongest caster in the game. Her main attack of choice is lightning which deals huge AOE lightning damage in a straight line.

STRENGTHS

  • Extremely efficient at clearing high density areas.
  • Relatively few unbreakable lightning immunes in the game.
  • High mobility due to excellent cast frames.
  • Very effective Magic Finding.

WEAKNESSES

  • Fragile – requires good gameplay mechanics.
  • Requires Infinity to be effective in Hell difficulty making the build expensive.

Character Stats

FASTER CAST RATE BREAKPOINTS

Teleport / Static Field / Charged Bolt

9 Frames = 63 FCR

8 Frames = 105 FCR < Optimal Performance

7 Frames = 200 FCR

Lightning:

14 Frames = 52 FCR

13 Frames = 78 FCR

12 Frames = 117 FCR < Optimal Performance

11 Frames = 194 FCR

FASTER HIT RECOVERY BREAKPOINTS

9 Frames = 42 FHR < Spirit Runeword alone provides 55

8 Frames = 60 FHR < +5 FHR Small Charm or +10 FHR Rare Boots

7 Frames = 86 FHR

BLOCKING

In PvM, it is generally better not to block attacks. If the sorceress teleports into the middle of a nasty monster pack, she should teleport to disengage rather than attempting to tank through it. This is true for Hardcore as well. Block does not increase survivability due to the high risk of getting stuck in block animations.

DAMAGE STAT PRIORITY

-Enemy Lightning Resistance is the most valuable stat by a large margin, especially versus broken immunes.

+Skills are also very strong since lightning scales very well per level.

+Lightning Skill Damage is the lowest priority because it stacks additively with your lightning mastery.

STRENGTH: Enough to equip items (preferably 0)

DEXTERITY: 0

VITALITY: All Remaining Points

ENERGY: 0

Skill Distribution

20 Charged Bolt

20 Lightning

20 Nova

20 Chain Lightning

20 Lightning Mastery

1 Static Field

1 Telekinesis

1 Teleport

1 Frozen Armor

Rest into Warmth

Itemisation

LOW BUDGET

Helm: Lore Helm

Amulet: 10 FCR Amulet with +2 Sorceress Skills OR +2 Lightning Skills

Weapon: 30+ FCR Spirit Sword

Armor: Any Stealth Armor

Shield: 30+ FCR Spirit Monarch (Larzuk Quest will give 4 sockets)

Gloves: Any Crafted Caster Gloves

Belt: Any Crafted Caster Belt

Boots: 30 FRW Boots with Lightning or Fire Resistances

Ring 1: 10 FCR Ring with Lightning or Fire Resistances

Ring 2: 10 FCR Ring with Lightning or Fire Resistances

Weapon Switch: N/A

Shield Switch: N/A

Inventory

Any charms with +Life and/or +Resistances that are available.

Nightmare Defensive Mercenary (Holy Freeze Aura)

Merc Helm: Socket Helm + 3 Perfect Amethysts

Merc Weapon: Insight Colossus Voulge (Larzuk Quest will give 4 sockets)

Merc Armor: Socketed Armor + Ral + Ort + Thul + 15 IAS Jewel

INCREASED ATTACK SPEED BREAKPOINTS

Act II Mercenary / Colossus Voulge / Jab

6 Frames = 35 IAS

5.5 Frames = 56 IAS

5 Frames = 89 IAS

MEDIUM BUDGET

Helm: Harlequin’s Crest (Shako) + Perfect Topaz

Amulet: 10 FCR Rare Amulet

Weapon: Crescent Moon Crystal Sword

Armor: Skin of the Vipermagi + Um Rune

Shield: 30+ FCR Spirit Monarch

Gloves: Magefist

Belt: 7+ FCR Crafted Caster Belt

Boots: Aldur’s Advance

Ring 1: 10 FCR Rare Ring

Ring 2: 10 FCR Rare Ring

Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Crystal Sword or Flail (No.2 Priority behind Infinity)

Shield Switch: Spirit Monarch

*Life, Mana, Strength and All Resistances are desirable affixes on Rare and Crafted Items

Inventory

Any charms with +Life and/or +Resistances that are available.

Any Lightning Skill Grand Charms that are available.

Low-End Annihilus and Hellfire Torch

Gheed’s Fortune

Nightmare Defensive Mercenary (Holy Freeze Aura)

Merc Helm: Tal Rasha’s Horadric Crest

Merc Weapon: Any Infinity (Spend your entire budget here – TOP PRIORITY!)

Merc Armor: Any Treachery Armor

HIGH BUDGET

Helm: Griffon’s Eye + 5/5 Lightning Die Facet

Amulet: 2 Sorceress Skills / 17+ FCR / 20 All Resistances Crafted Caster Amulet

Weapon: Crescent Moon Crystal Sword

Armor: Enigma Dusk Shroud

Shield: Spirit Monarch

Gloves: Magefist Crusader Gauntlets

Belt: Arachnid Mesh

Boots: Aldur’s Advance

Ring 1: Stone of Jordan

Ring 2: Stone of Jordan

Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Crystal Sword or Flail

Shield Switch: Spirit Monarch

Inventory

Annihilus

Hellfire Torch (Sorceress)

Up to 9x 45 Life Lightning Skill Grand Charm

9x 5 All Resistances / 20 Life Small Charm

1x 5 All Resistances / 5 FHR Small Charm

Nightmare Offensive Mercenary (Might Aura)

Merc Helm: Ethereal Andariel’s Visage + 30 Fire Resistance / 15 IAS Jewel

Merc Weapon: Ethereal Infinity Giant Thresher

Merc Armor: Ethereal-Bugged Treachery Sacred Armor

INCREASED ATTACK SPEED BREAKPOINTS

Act II Mercenary / Thresher / Jab

5 Frames = 42 IAS

4.5 Frames = 75 IAS < Optimal Performance

4 Frames = 142 IAS

Gameplay

LOW BUDGET

The low budget lightning sorceress has good damage output but has no way of dealing with Lightning Immune monsters. The best areas to farm in Hell are Players 1 Andariel, Mephisto, Cows, Countess, Shenk, Eldritch and Pindleskin. If the latter spawn with Lightning Enchanted, it is more efficient to skip them. Good gameplay mechanics are important – repositioning using teleport is a key skill, both for avoiding dangerous situations, keeping your merc alive and increasing damage output by lining enemies up for your lightning.

MEDIUM BUDGET

As soon as infinity is acquired, Chaos and Baal runs will be unlocked as well as Nihlathak and the Pit. Call to Arms is not essential but it represents the biggest upgrade to survivability. Thundergod’s Vigor is a good belt switch which completely counters Black Souls during Baal Runs. Without the –Enemy Lightning Resistances from Griffon’s and Crescent Moon, it is still more efficient to skip most broken immunes as you will only be doing a tiny fraction of your regular damage to them.

Recommended Difficulty: Players 3 Chaos / Baal / Pits / Nihlathak, Players 5 Pindle / Cows, Players 8 Shenk / Eldritch. It is important to note that the lightning sorceress increases her magic find efficiency by increasing the number of players in the game and by increasing her damage and clear speed rather than stacking MF% on gear.

HIGH BUDGET

A fully built lightning sorceress will be able to run seven other players through Chaos and Baals like a hot knife through butter. With endgame gear, we can replace our Holy Freeze Merc with a Might Merc which will make short work of unbreakable immunes. The High Budget Lightning Sorceress finishes with approximately:

  • 6-42,000 Lightning Damage
  • -145% Enemy Lightning Resistance
  • 3000 Life
  • 1000 Mana (You will not have to use Mana Potions unless Mana Burned)
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