Skills and Builds for the Sorceress in D2R
Until recently, the Sorceresses only ventured out of their secret community when on recruitment missions. Their retreat into seclusion happened centuries ago, when the 14 most powerful covens of Esu witches merged to form the mage clan Zann Esu, before disappearing into the jungles to the east. From their secret home, the Zann Esu study mastery over what they deem the ‘perfect’ magic. To the Sorceresses, the perfect magic is elemental magic. They believe that by avoiding all other magic, which they deem dangerous and haphazard, they will become the most powerful Mage Clan. Elemental magic is also seen as being pure. Out of sight, the Sorceress gained a reputation for being a bookworm, however she is also likeable, athletic and skilled at inflicting damage upon enemies with her magic. Also check out our Paladin vs. Sorceress Face-Off, as well as the Barbarian vs. Sorceress Face-off details.
With the threat of the Prime Evils too great to ignore, the Sorceresses have declared it is the time of Emergency, and have begun appearing across Sanctuary to destroy the monsters that threaten the peace.
The Sorceress believes that melee battles are vulgar and so her skills focus on inflicting damage from afar. She is also very weak when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. She more than makes up for this with her spells as they inflict heavy damage to enemies. The Sorceress also begins with the largest mana pool to support her fighting style.
All of the Sorceress’ spells fall into three categories:
There are a great number of ways to specialize the skills of a Sorceress, though all of these depend on mana. The most popular Sorceress builds in Diablo II are: