Help with PVM build: no cold skills allowed I want to build a pure fire/lightning PVM sorc, capable of decent magic find runs somewhere and capable of handling most any area without running like a weakling from something immune to my primary attack. I also don't want to rely on a merc doing all the dmg (sloooow, not rich with uber merc gear) too often. Fire/light imune enemies the only exception. I am not rich, and this will be a ladder character. I have some decent stuff for a merc (800 def armor, rockstopper, ethereal meatscraper) so he'll stay alive in hell for the most part until I find better stuff. I'm figuring a holy freeze merc is really the only way to go for a fire/lightning sorc. I've got an occy, and a few good resist + mana + +1 sorc skill ammys. Frosties, no SOJs, no crazy armors (my other sorc uses a 4 topaz armor). So now the big question .... What skills? I know CL is a good ligthing skill killer, but it requires about 65 points to max. Realistically, at level 76 to 80, I'll only have 85 to 90 skill points to spend. I'm thinking perhaps spending 60 total in CL, its synergies and light mastery and pre reqs (meaning, for max dmg including +5 skills until I find better gear, lighting is maxed but not LM). Nova is a cheaper option, but will require a lot of + mana gear, vit, and dex. Perhaps even a sheild other than a Shael eth grim sheild.... which I don't have yet. Also, I'm sick of Nova from 1.09. As for the fire skill, FireWall at 20, with maybe 5 points in mastery and a merc that can tank is slow but doable.... I hate fire wall though. Meteor... we know its great if you can pump at least one synergy, but I can't do that AND Chain lightning. Is it any good without a synergy pumped? Compared to Hydra or Fire Wall with equal points spent? Hydra... I am definitely considering this, but don't know how well it does in 1.10. It looks like with +5 skills, the best way to spend 40 points in fire with Hydra is 20 in hydra, 15 in mastery, and 5 in a synergy. Thats about 500 damage per shot. Essentially, how can a good, playable PVM build come from fire + Lightning.... Everyone and their grandmother has orb, and the rest are blizzard sorcs. I don't want to be like every other CL/Orb MeteOrb sorc out there. Suggestions? What fire and lighting skills combo together and give you the best bang for your skill points and without too much synergies? THink about a level 72 sorc just starting hell with 80 points spent, and another a little later at level 80 entering act 5 hell with 91 points spent. I'm not sure what to do, I like the CL / Hydra because it would be a hydra/CL/CL/hydtra casting (maybe more CL's of course), a lot of running around without having to get too close to enemies (hence, probably a vit build unless I find a great shield and a wizspike or something that needs dex). It might be a lot of fun... except with lightning immunes... is hydra good enough? Thanks!