Best Diablo 4 Sorcerer build: Best skills for the Sorcerer

Looking for the best Diablo 4 Sorcerer build? The Crackling Energy Sorcerer is one of the best builds in Diablo 4, and it’s a particularly exciting ranged build that offers huge damage from a distance. As you might imagine, our Crackling Energy build is all about Shock and Lightning Spells, which you’ll use to generate orbs of Crackling Energy that then deal even more damage to enemies.

If you’re hoping to try the Sorcerer over the Server Slam weekend, then you’re in the right place! In this guide, we’ll break down how to make the best Sorcerer build in Diablo 4, covering the best skills, Enchantments, attributes, and gems for the Crackling Energy Sorcerer.

This build is for this weekend’s Server Slam beta, which only lets you reach level 20. Characters don’t carry over from the previous beta, so you’ll need to start fresh from level 1. There are more skills that we’ll add onto this build when Diablo 4 fully launches in June, so come back then for more!

Best Sorcerer build in Diablo 4

Our Diablo 4 Lightning Sorcerer build focuses on using electric spells to generate Crackling Energy orbs while dealing damage to enemies. Crackling Energy orbs can then be picked up to deal additional damage to nearby enemies, and they’ll also power up some of your other abilities.

While it isn’t available in the Server Slam, since it only lets you get to level 20, this build would see a massive boost in power upon unlocking the Overflowing Energy Key Passive. This makes Crackling Energy hit extra enemies, and also reduces your shock skill cooldowns by 0.1 seconds whenever a Crackling Energy hits an enemy. Since this build is all about generating and using Crackling Energy, you should be able to see just how silly it could get in the late game.

Lightning spells in Diablo 4 are especially good at clearing crowds of enemies, making our Lightning Sorcerer build best-suited against mobs. This makes it excel at clearing dungeons quickly, but it isn’t quite as effective against single targets.

It’s worth mentioning that the Sorcerer is predominantly a ranged build, and you’re going to die fast if enemies get in melee range. We take that even further with the aptly-named Glass Cannon skill, which increases your damage dealt by 18%, while increasing the damage you take by 9%. More damage both ways, then, which highlights that you’re best striking from a distance.

Diablo 4 Lightning Sorcerer build skills

Below, you’ll find a full list of the skills that you should acquire for our Diablo 4 Lightning Sorcerer build, in order:

  1. Spark (Basic)
  2. Enhanced Spark
  3. Chain Lightning (Core)
  4. Enhanced Chain Lightning
  5. Destructive Chain Lightning
  6. Flickering Spark
  7. Teleport
  8. Enhanced Teleport
  9. Mystical Teleport
  10. Glass Cannon
  11. Glass Cannon lvl 2
  12. Lightning Spear
  13. Enhanced Lightning Spear
  14. Summoned Lightning Spear
  15. Chain Lightning lvl 2
  16. Glass Cannon lvl 3
  17. Ball Lightning
  18. Enhanced Ball Lightning
  19. Wizard’s Ball Lightning
  20. Static Discharge
  21. Invigorating Conduit
  22. Invigorating Conduit lvl 2
  23. Invigorating Conduit lvl 3
  24. Unstable Currents

Our Diablo 4 Lightning Sorcerer build focuses on generating Crackling Energy, so many skills are upgraded to focus on forming these orbs when you kill enemies. Flickering Spark, Destructive Chain Lightning, and Wizard’s Ball Lightning, for example, can all generate Crackling Energy.

Crackling Energy deals extra damage to nearby enemies when picked up, but that isn’t the only benefit. With the Summoned Lightning Spear upgrade, your Lightning Spear skill will also deal up to 100% extra damage after collecting Crackling Energy. Having all three levels of Invigorating Conduit also makes Crackling Energy a fast mana builder, allowing you to quickly refill your mana so that you can keep casting spenders, such as Chain Lightning and Ball Lightning.


Spark is a basic attack that you can use when out of mana, but the Flickering Spark ability also turns it into a builder later on. Flickering Spark will occasionally form a Crackling Energy when Spark hits an enemy, and when paired with Invigorating Conduit, this should allow you to quickly build mana.

Chain Lightning

Chain Lightning is your core spell for our Lightning Sorcerer build, sending out a bolt of lightning that deals 42% damage and chains between up to 6 nearby enemies. That’s incredibly powerful at even the base level, giving you an effective method of clearing enemy mobs, but the real strength comes from Destructive Chain Lightning.

Destructive Chain Lightning gives you a 25% chance to form a Crackling Energy whenever you crit with Chain Lightning. Since Enhanced Chain Lightning also gives you a +3% crit chance per chained enemy, you should find that Crackling Energy forms often when fighting large groups.


Teleport does exactly what you’d expect, allowing you to teleport a short distance so you can quickly reposition in a fight. That’s a useful skill for survivability, of course, but Mystical Teleport really helps it synergise with this Crackling Energy build by allowing orbs to hit two additional enemies for four seconds after teleporting.

Lightning Spear

Lightning Spear is a cooldown ability that summons a Lightning Spear to hunt enemies for six seconds. This is a powerful skill that costs no mana, but the Summoned Lightning Spear upgrade ties it directly into this build.

Summoned Lightning Spear gives the next Spear a 20% damage boost when you collect Crackling Energy, which can stack up to a total of 100% extra damage. This gives you even more incentive to grab Crackling Energy, as they’ll now power up Lightning Spear while still delivering that initial shock damage to nearby enemies when picked up.

Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning is the other major spender in this build, costing 50 mana per cast. It throws out a

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