D2R Build – Blizzard Sorceress Build Guide

Introduction


Sorceress is one of the most versatile classes in Diablo II: Resurrected with a focus on Elemental spells. You have already familiar with Fire Wall Sorceress, let take a look at Blizzard Sorceress, a powerful Cold Spell build that can become your farming machine.

This build is good for Normal and Nightmare difficulty. In Hell difficulty, the immunity of monsters will give you some hard time though, so make sure to pick the right farming spot to get the most out of this build.

Blizzard Sorceress Build Pros:

  • Easy to play
  • Good for leveling from Normal to Nightmare
  • Cheap to gear

Blizzard Sorceress Build Cons:

  • Squishy
  • Require some adjustment on Hell Difficulty
  • Blizzard cast can be dull compare to Frozen Orb or Fire Wall

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
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.

Level 99

Stats Points Notes
Strength

90

Following the same approach from Normal difficulty, Strength is just enough to maintain your gear.
This is just an estimate, the priority is Vitality > Dex > Energy > Following the same approach from Normal difficulty, Strength is just enough to maintain your gear.
This is just an estimate, the priority is Vitality > Energy > Dex > Strength
Dexterity

140

Max block chance will give you a lot of survivability for this build
Vitality

250

The more HP the better!
Energy

80

By this point, the + all skills gear can help increase Warmth skill level – which helps sustain your mana. The aura from Mercenary can also help with this, so Energy should not be your main focus on this Sorceress build.

Skills Distribution


Just like other standard Sorceress builds, one point to Warmth is enough for maintaining the mana recovery.
Warmth – 1 point
You will also need 1 point in both Telekinesis and Teleport – just for the sake of being a Sorceress and moving on the map quickly.

Your first priority is of course Blizzard – your main attack skill for this build. At level 20 Blizzard provides a huge amount of DPS for this build. Combine this with Cold Mastery and you got yourself a solid spell to crash through those mobs. Blizzard receives damage increase from both Ice Bolt, Ice Blast, and Glacial Pike, so putting points on these synergies are also required.

Cold Mastery – 17 – 20 Points
Blizzard – 20 Points
Ice Blast – 20points
Ice Bolt – 20points
The rest of your points can be put on Glacial Pike.

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 Blizzard image
Blizzard
  • Summons massive shards of ice to destroy your enemies.
  • Cast Delay: 1.8 Seconds
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 23
Damage per Second: 51-86
Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 42
Damage per Second: 655-711
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
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 Ice Blast image
Ice Blast
  • Creates a magical Sphere of Ice that damage and freezes your enemy.
  • Cast Delay: None
  • Player vs Player – Other players will be Chilled instead of being Frozen.
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 6
Cold Damage: 8-12
Freeze Length: 3 sec.
Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 15
Cold Damage: 273-287
Freeze Length: 6.8 sec.
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Ice Bolt image
Ice Bolt
  • Creates a Magical Bolt of Ice that damages and slows your enemies.
  • Cast Delay: None
Lvl: 1
Damage: 3-5
Cold Length: 6 sec.
Lvl: 20
Damage: 38-49
Cold Length: 32.6 sec.
Name Stats Modifiers
sorceress Glacial Spike image
Glacial Spike
  • Creates a magical ice comet that freezes or kills nearby enemies.
  • Cast Delay:
  • A more powerful spell than Ice Blast, Glacial Spike fires much faster than Ice Blast, and does an area Freeze attack that Freezes monsters within a radius of 2.6 yards.
Lvl: 1
Mana Cost: 10
Damage: 17-26
Freeze Length: 2 sec.
Lvl: 20
Mana Cost: 19.5
Damage: 247-266
Freeze Length: 4.2 sec.

Recommended Runewords


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

Stealth is a cheap option for your Armor in Normal and Nightmare difficulty. Both Tal and Eth is common drops from the Countess and Act I & Act II Bosses.

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
Name Required Level Runes Orders Allowed Items Stats/Mods
Spirit 25
  • Tal
  • Thul
  • Ort
  • Amn
4 Socket Swords 4 Socket Shields Weapons

  • +2 ToAll Skills
  • +25-35%Faster Cast Rate
  • +55%Faster Hit Recovery
  • Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
  • Adds 3-14 Cold Damage3 Second Duration
  • +7 Poison DamageOver 5 Seconds
  • 7%LifeStolen Per Hit
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb

Shields

  • +2 To AllSkills
  • +25-35% Faster Cast Rate
  • +55% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +250 Defense Vs. Missile
  • +22 To Vitality
  • +89-112 To Mana
  • Cold Resistance+35%
  • Lightning Resistance+35%
  • Poison Resistance+35%
  • +3-8 Magic Absorb
  • Attacker Takes Damage of 14
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)

Recommended Equipment


Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Immortal King's Detail
Immortal King’s Detail
Set War Belt
  • Defense: 89(Base Defense: 41-52)
  • Defense: 194(Base Defense: 41-52)
  • Defense: 247(Base Defense 41-52)
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 110
  • Durability: 24
  • 16 boxes
  • +105 Defense
  • +25% Faster Hit Recovery
  • +100% Enhanced Defense
  • Damage Reduced By 20%
  • +2 To Masteries( BarbarianOnly) (Complete Set)
Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Wilhelm's Pride
Wilhelm’s Pride
Set Battle Belt
  • Defense: 75(Base Defense: 37-42)
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 88
  • Durability: 18
  • 16 boxes
  • +75% Enhanced Defense
  • 5% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • 5% ManaStolen Per Hit
  • Cold Resistance+10%

These belts are just what I picked along the way. If you are

These belts are just what I picked along the way. If you are

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Trang-Oul's Claws
Trang-Oul’s Claws
Set Heavy Bracers
  • Defense: 67-74(varies)(Base Defense: 37-44)
  • Required Level: 45
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 16
  • +20% Faster Cast Rate
  • Cold Resistance+30%
  • +30 Defense
  • +25% Poison Skill Damage
  • +2 To Curses( NecromancerOnly)

This is a Necromancer glove, the main reason for this glove is the Faster Cast Rate boost. However, this is a luxury option, you can go with other alternative gloves

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
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

These belts are just what I picked along the way. If you are

Name Stats Level 1 Stat
Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Tal Rasha’s Horadric Crest
Set Death Mask
  • Defense: 99-131(varies)(Base Defense: 54-86)
  • Required Level: 66
  • Required Strength: 55
  • Durability: 20
  • 10% LifeStolen Per Hit
  • 10% ManaStolen Per Hit
  • All Resistances +15
  • +45 Defense
  • +30 To Mana
  • +60 To Life

Rings & Amulet


A safe pick for this build is Stone of Jordan, which provide +1 to all skill. If you happen to find a Rare Faster Cast Rate Ring with Resist, don’t hesitate to use it.

Name Required Level Modifiers
Raven Frost
Raven Frost
45
  • +150-250 To Attack Rating
  • Adds 15-45 Cold Damage, 4 sec. Duration (Normal)
  • Cannot Be Frozen
  • +15-20 To Dexterity
  • +40 To Mana
  • Cold Absorb 20%
Name Required Level Modifiers
Cathan's Seal
Cathan’s Seal
Cathan’s Traps Set
41
  • +10 Strength
Name Required Level Modifiers
Nature's Peace
Nature’s Peace
69
  • Slain Monsters Rest In Peace
  • Prevent Monster Heal
  • Poison Resistance+20-30%
  • Damage Reduced By 7-11
  • Level 5 Oak Sage(27 charges)
  • (Ladder Only)
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

Jewels & Gems


For Jewels & Gems, just use the one that currently suits your playstyle. The Blizzard Rainbow Face is a standard pick for this build.
Name Required Level Weapon Modifiers Shields Modifiers Helm and Armor Modifiers
Perfect Sapphire
Perfect Sapphire
18
  • 10-14 Cold Damage- 3.0 sec Duration
  • 40% Resist Cold
  • +38 Max Mana
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

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

Using SPirit in your main hand (Sword) is a safe option for this build. The 25-35% Faster Cast Rate combine with Skill levels increment is enough to get you through mid-game.

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)

If you happen to find this super rare Orb, then you are golden, the rest of the job is to assemble the remaining pieces for a full farming armor set.

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 your standard Runewords for any Mercenary. Mediation provides a great boost to Mana Recovery, the rest of the stats are just icing on the cake.

Name Stats Modifiers
Ber image
Mal image
Ber image
Ist image
Infinity
  • Depends on base weapon model
  • 50% Chance To Cast Level 20 Chain LightningWhen You Kill An Enemy
  • Level 12 ConvictionAura When Equipped
  • +35% Faster Run Walk
  • +255-325% Enhanced Damage
  • -(45-55)% To Enemy Lightning Resistance
  • 40% Chance of Crushing Blow
  • Prevent Monster Heal
  • 0.5-49.5 To Vitality(Based on Character Level)
  • 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
  • Level 21 Cyclone Armor(30 Charges)

This is your standard Runewords for any Mercenary. Mediation provides a great boost to Mana Recovery, the rest of the stats are just icing on the cake.

Mercenary Guide


Just pick an Act II Merc with the Prayer aura (For more Survivability) and equip him with Insight and you are good to go. Your spells will help slow down the monster while the Merc will make short work of them.

Gameplay and Tip

Gameplay Guide & Tips
Early Leveling (Normal – Early Nightmare)

Luckily, Blizzard Sorceress is pretty easy to play early on
Starting from Normal Difficulty, you can use Ice Bolt and Ice Blast for leveling. As soon as you unlock Blizzard, you can combine the Blizzard cast with Ice Bolt and Ice Blast. From level 20 – 40 you should put a point to Blizzard when possible while leveling Ice Bolt along with it.

If you prefer Glacial Spike, you can also put 1 or 2 points there as it provides synergy with Blizzard.

Endgame Leveling & Farming
In Diablo II: Resurreected’s Hell difficulty, Monsters are spawned with a random Immunity. This makes those Cold immunities a pain to farm. On Hell difficulty, make sure your Mercenary is well equipped for these cases. You can still rely on your Merc to kill these monsters. However, if the pack is large, simply move on and pick another area to farm.
Good place to farm on Hell

  • Chaos Sanctuary
  • Pindle
  • Cow Level

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