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Fire Wall Sorceress by Kickin It

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Fire Wall Sorceress
Fire Wall Sorceress.jpg
Game Diablo II
Class Sorceress
Primary Attack Fire Wall
PvM/PvP PvM
Can Solo Hell? Yes
Creator Kickin_It
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The Fire Wall Sorceress, as the name implies, is a Sorceress build whose primary attack is Fire Wall. This build can be very fun to play and, with the proper gear, can become devastatingly powerful. One thing to keep in mind is that the listed damage is per second, while the Fire Wall lasts for 3.6 seconds, so the spell actually does significantly more damage than the tooltip indicates. The trade-off for this power, however, is a somewhat counter-intuitive targeting system that can have a steep learning curve. Fire Wall is not like most skills in Diablo II, where the preferred targeting method involves clicking on a monster. While this can be effective with Fire Wall in some situations, to get the most out of the spell, you will have to learn how to make the best use of the way the Fire Wall "grows." When a player casts Fire Wall, the wall expands from the cursor at a right angle to the character. That is, if you draw a straight line between the Sorceress and the cursor, the Fire Wall will intersect the line at a 90-degree angle (see the image at the bottom of the Skills section of this guide). This can be both beneficial and frustrating. It allows the Sorceress to destroy enemies around corners or in other places where the monster can't reach her. However, it can also be difficult to get a monster into the wall, as it has a relatively thin area of effect. Often times, growing the wall in the correct direction requires you to click far away from where the target monster actually is on the screen, which can sometimes lead to Fire Walls that miss the target altogether. This may be frustrating for some players, though it may be a welcome challenge and a change from the usual for others. This can be a surprisingly effective build for leveling, though players without the proper gear may run into some challenges in late Nightmare and Hell with immunities.

Stat Placement[edit | edit source]

  • Strength: Enough to use your gear. Your Strength after gear should max out at 156, which is the required amount to equip a Monarch.
  • Dexterity: Unless you are going for max block, which isn't really ideal for this build, leave this at base.
  • Vitality: Put all your spare points here. Sorceresses gain 2 Life per point in Vitality.
  • Energy: Fire Wall has a steep mana cost, but its primary synergy is also Warmth, so your mana will regenerate quite quickly. Leave this at base.

Skills[edit | edit source]

Fire Wall Sorceress Skills.jpg

The base skills for this build will require level 81 to max, leaving 18 points to place in additional synergies or other skills.

Cold Spells[edit | edit source]

  • Ice Bolt: 1 Point. Prerequisite.
  • Frozen Armor: 1 Point. This will provide you with a nice boost to your armor, as well as freezing attackers. Keep this skill active at all times, but don't worry about putting more than 1 point in it.
  • Ice Blast: 1 Point. Prerequisite.
  • Glacial Spike: 20 Points. This skill serves two purposes for the Fire Wall Sorceress. First, it can be useful to freeze enemies before laying a Fire Wall on top of them, ensuring a speedy death. Second, it allows the Sorceress to take the heat off of her Mercenary when he is battling fire-immune monsters in the later difficulties.
  • Cold Mastery: 1 Point. This is a cheap way to increase the damage of your Glacial Spike, but you'll only want to put 1 skill point in here, and let the +Skills from your items do the rest of the work.

Lightning Spells[edit | edit source]

  • Static Field: 1 Point. I don't really find that I use this skill very often, though it can be nice to have when facing the rare monster in Hell that has unbreakable immunities to both Cold and Fire.
  • Telekinesis: 1 Point. Prerequisite.
  • Teleport: 1 Point. Teleport serves the obvious role of travel workhorse, but can also make your life easier when attempting to grow a Fire Wall in a specific direction, making it a unique offensive tool in addition to providing important defensive utility.

Fire Spells[edit | edit source]

  • Fire Bolt: 1 Point. Prerequisite.
  • Warmth: 20 Points. A primary synergy to Fire Wall, and with +Skills will also take your mind off your mana.
  • Inferno: 1+ Points. A prerequisite to Fire Wall, but also a deceptively powerful synergy for it. This is one of the candidates to spend your remaining 18 skill points on.
  • Blaze: 1 Point. Prerequisite.
  • Fire Ball: 1 Point. Prerequisite.
  • Fire Wall: 20 Points. Your main skill.
  • Enchant: 1+ Points. A nice spell for parties and to boost the damage of your mercenary. This is the second option for your remaining skill points.
  • Fire Mastery: 20 Points. A given. Will significantly increase the damage of Fire Wall, as well as adding a nice boost to Enchant.

Spending Excess Skills[edit | edit source]

Fire Wall's 90-degree growth pattern

As I have mentioned, the remaining 18 skill points you will have after maxing the base skills for this build are best spent in either Inferno or Enchant. There are benefits to choosing either path, so make your decision based on your preferred play-style. The numbers I will present in this section are based off of having all of the gear listed below. It does not include Charms or the extra damage from your Mercenary's Conviction Aura, so most of these numbers will actually be higher in practice.

  • Inferno: Though Fire Wall only receives a 1% damage bonus per point invested in Inferno, the incredibly high damage of Fire Wall actually makes for a substantial return. With only 1 prerequisite point in Inferno, your Fire Wall will be dealing 25,649-25,859 fire damage. If you put your remaining 18 points into Inferno, this will increase to 28,200-28,431; an increase of 2,551-2,572.
  • Enchant: Rather than boosting the damage of your skill, investing your spare points here will increase the damage of your Mercenary instead. This will also help him dispatch of Physical Immunes more quickly. With only 1 point in Enchant, the skill will add 547-756 fire damage to each and every attack that your Mercenary lands. Putting your 18 points here will increase this to 2,254-2,711 per attack; an increase of 1,707-1,955. It also increases the attack rating bonus by 162% over the 1-point Enchant.

As you can see, 18 points in the Inferno synergy will result in a higher increase in damage than if the points were put into Enchant. However, you must also take into account how often a monster will be taking damage from your Fire Wall versus how often your Mercenary will attack and whether you prefer team or solo play. In the end, it really comes down to personal preference, as both are certainly worthy choices.

Gear[edit | edit source]

Helm Amulet Weapon
A Rare Circlet

Circlet (Diablo II).gif

+2 to Sorceress Skill Levels
2 Open Sockets
+All Resistances (up to 20)
+Strength (up to 30)
+Life (up to 60)
20 Faster Cast Rate
Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Amulet 1 (Diablo II).gif

Level Requirement: 67

+2 to All Skills
All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
+5 to All Attributes

(Only Spawns in Patch 1.09 or Later)

Eschuta's Temper
Elite: Eldritch Orb
Sacred Globe (Diablo II).gif

1H Damage: 18 to 50
Range: 1
Attack Speed: [-10]
Minimum Strength: -
Minimum Dexterity: -
Durability: 30
Level Requirement: 72

+1-3 to Sorceress Skill Levels (varies)
40% Faster Cast Rate
+10-20% to Fire Skill Damage (varies)
+10-20% to Lightning Skill Damage (varies)
+20-30 to Energy (varies)

(Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or later)

The +Skills, open sockets, and resistances are necessary, the other mods are nice bonuses. Both sockets should be filled with +5/-5 Fire Facets. Use a Harlequin Crest until you can get your hands on this. OR a Rare with similar stats to the circlet (replacing the open sockets with +mana). With +3 Sorceress Skills and +20% Fire Skill Damage. This should be socketed with another 5/5 Fire Facet.


Armor Shield Gloves
Ormus' Robes
Dusk Shroud
Ormus' Robes (Diablo II).gif

Defense: 371-487
Armor Type: Light
Minimum Strength: 77
Durability: 20
Level Requirement: 75

+10-20 Defense (varies)
20% Faster Cast Rate
+10-15% To Cold Skill Damage (varies)
+10-15% To Fire Skill Damage (varies)
+10-15% To Lightning Skill Damage (varies)
+3 to (Random Sorceress Skill) (Sorceress Only)
Regenerate Mana 10-15% (varies)

(Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or Later)

Spirit
4 Socket Shields
Kite Shield (Diablo II).gif

Tal •  Thul •  Ort •  Amn
Level Requirement: 25

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

Magefist
Light Gauntlets
Magefist (Diablo II).gif

Defense: 24-25
Minimum Strength: 45
Durability: 18
Level Requirement: 23

+20-30% Enhanced Defense (varies)
+10 Defense
+1 To Fire Skills
20% Faster Cast Rate
Regenerate Mana 25%
Adds 1-6 Fire Damage

(Only Spawns In Patch 1.09 or later)

With +3 to Fire Wall and +15% Fire Skill Damage. The higher the +Cold Damage, the better as well. This should also be socketed with a 5/5 Fire Facet. Made in a Monarch. +2 all Skills, good resistances, and boosts to mana, life, and FCR make this irreplaceable. +1 to Fire Skills and some FCR.


Belt Boots Rings
Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Arachnid Mesh (Diablo II).gif

Defense: 119-138
Potion Slots: 16
Minimum Strength: 50
Durability: 12
Level Requirement: 80

+90-120% Enhanced Defense (varies)
Slows Target By 10%
+1 To All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Increases Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11 Charges)

(Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or later)

Sandstorm Trek
Scarabshell Boots
Heavy Boots (Diablo II).gif

Defense: 158-178
Kick Damage: 60-110
Minimum Strength: 91
Durability: 14
Level Requirement: 64

+140-170% Enhanced Defense (varies)
20% Faster Hit Recovery
20% Faster Run/Walk
+1-99 to Maximum Stamina (+1 per Character Level)
+10-15 To Strength (varies)
+10-15 To Vitality (varies)
50% Slower Stamina Drain
Poison Resist +40-70% (varies)
Repairs 1 Durability Every 20 Seconds

(Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or Later)

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Ring 2 (Diablo II).gif

Level Requirement: 58

+1 to All Skills
+0-49 to Life (+0.5 per Character Level)
3-5% Life Stolen per Hit (varies)
+50 to Maximum Stamina

(Only Spawns in Patch 1.09 or Later)

More +Skills and FCR. Nice bonuses to your Strength, Vitality, and Poison Resistance. Waterwalk are a good alternative for their higher Life bonus, but the Strength on Treks make them the better option. Since this build doesn't usually have much trouble with mana, the life bonus here is more appealing than a Stone of Jordan, and a low life leech BK ring is certainly easier to get your hands on.


Weapon Swap Charms
Call to Arms
5 Socket Weapons
Flail (Diablo II).gif

Amn •  Ral •  Mal •  Ist •  Ohm
Level Requirement: 57

+1 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
+250-290% Enhanced Damage (varies)
Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
7% Life Stolen Per Hit
+2-6 to Battle Command (varies)
+1-6 to Battle Orders (varies)
+1-4 to Battle Cry (varies)
Prevent Monster Heal
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Spirit
4 Socket Shields
Kite Shield (Diablo II).gif

Tal •  Thul •  Ort •  Amn
Level Requirement: 25

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

Large Charm 1 (Diablo II).gifLarge Charm 2.gifLarge Charm 3 (Diablo II).gifHellfiretorch.png
Small Charm 1 (Diablo II).gifSmall Charm 2 (Diablo II).gifSmall Charm 3 (Diablo II).gifAnnihilus (Diablo II).png
CTA is nice for the life bonus provided by Battle Orders, though a wand with Lower Resist charges can make a very powerful alternative. +Skills to boost your BO. Your standard Annihilus and Hellfire Torch are, of course, recommended. Otherwise, try to stockpile Fire Spells skillers and Small Charms with Life, Mana, and Resistances (if needed).

Mercenary[edit | edit source]

An Act II Nightmare Defensive Mercenary with Holy Freeze Aura is the Fire Wall Sorceress' ideal companion.

Helm
Vampire Gaze
Grim Helm
Vampire Gaze (Diablo II).gif

Defense: 252
Minimum Strength: 58
Durability: 40
Level Requirement: 41

+100% Enhanced Defense
Adds 6-22 Cold Damage - 4 Second Duration
15% Slower Stamina Drain
6-8% Life Stolen per Hit (varies)
6-8% Mana Stolen per Hit (varies)
Damage Reduced by 15-20% (varies)
Magic Damage Reduced by 10-15 (varies)

(Only Spawns In Patch 1.09 or Later)

Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
Mask (Diablo II).gif

Defense: 310-387
Minimum Strength: 102
Durability: 20
Level Requirement: 83

+100-150% Enhanced Defense (varies)
+2 To All Skills
20% Increased Attack Speed
8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies)
+25-30 To Strength (varies)
+10% To Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist -30%
Poison Resist +70%
15% Chance To Cast Level 15 Poison Nova When Struck
Level 3 Venom (20 charges)

(Ladder Only)
(Only Spawns In Patch 1.10 or later)

Either are powerful options. Try to find an ethereal one if possible.


Armor Weapon
Fortitude
4 Socket Body Armor
El •  Sol •  Dol •  Lo
Level Requirement: 59

20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when Struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
+300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+X To Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25-30 (varies)
Damage Reduced By 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 To Light Radius

Infinity
4 Socket Polearms
Ber •  Mal •  Ber •  Ist
Level Requirement: 63

50% Chance To Cast Level 20 Chain Lightning When You Kill An Enemy
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Run/Walk
+255-325% Enhanced Damage (varies)
-(45-55)% To Enemy Lightning Resistance (varies)
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
+0.5-49.5 To Vitality (+0.5 Per Character Level)
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30 Charges)

In any elite ethereal armor. Fort is great for the huge damage boost and the bonuses to life and resistances. Preferably in an ethereal Colossus Voulge or Cryptic Axe. I highly recommend having this Rune Word available before attempting to progress your Fire Wall Sorceress past Nightmare. Otherwise, Hell will likely be too difficult due to Glacial Spike's relatively low damage and the plethora of fire-immune monsters. When you do have it, however, it will provide an incredible boost to the damage of your Fire Wall, as the Conviction Aura reduces monsters' resistances by 85 and is capable of breaking immunities.