Matriarch Clarisse - Fire sorc

necrolemming

Diabloii.Net Member
Fire sorcs aren't very popular, but... it wasn't that bad. Really.

LCS

Stats
Strength 139/156
Dexterity 28/45
Vitality 303/320
Energy 35/42
Unused 10

Skills
Fireball 20/42
Meteor 20/42
Fire Mastery 20/42
Firebolt 20
Teleport 1/15
Static Field 1/15

Equipment
Weapon: Heart of the Oak Flail
Shield: Phoenix Monarch
Armor: Skin of the Vipermagi + resist all jewel
Helm: Harlequin Crest + Cham
Gloves: Magefist
Belt: Arachnid Mesh
Boots: War Travelers
Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope
Rings: 2x 1.10a Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Switch: beta Call to Arms + Spirit Monarch
Charms: Gheed's Fortune, 7x Burning GC, 10 slots +mana/+life

Mercenary (A2 Might)
Weapon: Infinity ethereal 1.07 Great Poleaxe
Armor: Fortitude ethereal Archon Plate
Helm: ethereal Andariel's Visage + fire resist jewel

Code:
Heart of the Oak
Flail
KoVexPulThul
One Hand Damage 1 - 24
Durability 30 of 30
Required Level 55
Required Strength 41
Required Dexterity 35
Fingerprint 0x5e5af7a5
Item Level 58
Version Expansion 1.10+
+3 to All Skills
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+75% Damage to Demons
+100 to Attack Rating against Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
+10 to Dexterity
Replenish Life +20
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
All Resistances +38
Level 4 Oak Sage (2525 Charges)
Level 14 Raven (6060 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)

Phoenix
Superior Monarch
VexVexLoJah
Defense 171
Chance to Block 0
Durability 79 of 94
Required Level 65
Required Strength 156
Fingerprint 0x37ded56
Item Level 85
Version Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 40 Blaze when you Level-Up
40% Chance to cast level 22 Firestorm on striking
Level 14 Redemption Aura When Equipped
385% Enhanced Damage
-28% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+15% Enhanced Defense
+371 Defense vs. Missile
+50 to Life
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
+10% to Maximum Fire Resist
+19 Fire Absorb
Increase Maximum Durability 10%
4 Sockets (4 used)

Skin of the Vipermagi
Serpentskin Armor
Defense 279
Durability 20 of 24
Required Level 29
Required Strength 43
Fingerprint 0x668cfbf6
Item Level 57
Version Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+30% Faster Cast Rate
+120% Enhanced Defense
All Resistances +50
Magic Damage Reduced by 13
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed Scintillating Jewel

Harlequin Crest
Shako
Defense 140
Durability 10 of 12
Required Level 67
Required Strength 50
Fingerprint 0x9d0e50d2
Item Level 75
Version Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +2
+127 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+127 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Damage Reduced by 10%
Cannot Be Frozen
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed Cham Rune

Magefist
Light Gauntlets
Defense 25
Durability 17 of 18
Required Level 23
Required Strength 45
Fingerprint 0x5e28f6ee
Item Level 99
Version Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+30% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Regenerate Mana 25%

Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense 127
Durability 9 of 12
Required Level 80
Required Strength 50
Fingerprint 0x2e184c50
Item Level 87
Version Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+103% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (1111 Charges)

War Traveler
Battle Boots
Defense 138
Durability 47 of 48
Required Level 42
Required Strength 95
Fingerprint 0x61a7a993
Item Level 81
Version Expansion 1.10+
+25% Faster RunWalk
Adds 15 - 25 Damage
+188% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
40% Slower Stamina Drain
Attacker Takes Damage of 7
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+30 Maximum Durability

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level 67
Fingerprint 0xc3fd8c07
Item Level 87
Version Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +29

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level 58
Fingerprint 0x3d46dddc
Item Level 75
Version Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
3% Life stolen per hit
+42 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level 58
Fingerprint 0x3127b078
Item Level 75
Version Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
4% Life stolen per hit
+42 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

Call to Arms
Crystal Sword
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage 18 - 54
Durability 20 of 20
Required Level 57
Required Strength 43
Fingerprint 0xc04f517a
GUID 0xeaee1753 0x61abea3f 0x0
Item Level 90
Version Expansion
+2 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
266% Enhanced Damage
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+14 to Battle Command
+13 to Battle Orders
+11 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)

Spirit
Monarch
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense 142
Chance to Block 0
Durability 86 of 86
Required Level 54
Required Strength 156
Fingerprint 0x1d224a2b
Item Level 83
Version Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+35% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+89 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+4 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Code:
Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0xea5c0ed4
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
135% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 15%
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Burning Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x2700c27
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
+28 to Life

Burning Grand Charm of Greed
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xb874e8d3
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
35% Extra Gold from Monsters

Burning Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xadb29cfe
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)

Burning Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x541321fb
Item Level: 64
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)

Burning Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x888f400e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)

Burning Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x10d0ea20
Item Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)

Burning Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xdae7de95
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xac543b7c
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
+16 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x5ac5447
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+16 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xed00b2d9
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
+15 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x31b72ac2
Item Level: 93
Version: Expansion
+18 to Life
+13 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x61791dbb
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15 to Life
+15 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x957d37ba
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+14 to Life
+15 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xd8f38f0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12 to Life
+17 to Mana

Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x4a2be805
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+15 to Life
+17 to Mana

Serpent's Large Charm of Vita
Large Charm
Required Level: 66
Fingerprint: 0x61efac2f
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+35 to Life
+29 to Mana
Code:
Infinity
Superior Great Poleaxe
BerMalBerIst
Two Hand Damage 313 - 862
Durability 28 of 28
Required Level 63
Required Strength 169
Required Dexterity 89
Fingerprint 0x39eeef4b
Item Level 87
Version Expansion
50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster RunWalk
354% Enhanced Damage
+1 to Attack Rating
-47% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
+42 to Vitality (Based on Character Level)
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 21 Cyclone Armor (3030 Charges)
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)

Fortitude
Archon Plate
ElSolDolLo
Defense 3501
Durability 31 of 31
Required Level 63
Required Strength 93
Fingerprint 0x5cec98b1
Item Level 86
Version Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+127 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)

Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
Defense 540
Durability 11 of 11
Required Level 83
Required Strength 92
Fingerprint 0xd50310fd
Item Level 87
Version Expansion 1.10+
15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
+2 to All Skills
+20% Increased Attack Speed
29% Enhanced Damage
+4 to Maximum Damage
10% Life stolen per hit
+133% Enhanced Defense
+29 to Strength
+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist +0%
Poison Resist +70%
Level 3 Venom (1420 Charges)
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed Storm Heart

Storm Heart
Jewel
Required Level 37
Fingerprint 0xd65a72ef
Item Level 87
Version Expansion 1.10+
29% Enhanced Damage
+4 to Maximum Damage
Fire Resist +30%

Planning
The cornerpiece of the build was that Phoenix I made months ago and never figured out a use for. A lack of Spirit ruled out 200 FCR for practical purposes, and I didn't feel up to doing anything adventurous with the gear. It wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility to still have enough resists with one of the 1.07 Wizardspikes I had lying around, but losing scads of +skills from the jewelry/weapon slots and the stats on Shako compared to a 20FCR circlet didn't seem appealing.

I suppose that if there ever was a time to use an Eschuta's Temper, it'd have been in a build like this. Even if it's not a very good item, I regret not sucking it up with regards to resists and jamming it.

The extra stat points were saved in case I wanted to swap out the boots for something with resists after leveling, but I ended up being too lazy to do so and finished the game in one sitting instead. Same deal with the charms; I'd normally have done some shuffling around after leveling in the Pit to at least max lightning resist.

Gameplay
Killing speed of non-immunes was more than fine - even p8 bosses were dying in 1-2 fireballs. It might have been more satisfying than the other single tree sorcs I've played in the past - Fireball is nice and direct, without Blizzard's annoying tendency to miss and Lightning's slow cast animation. Meteor wasn't even worth casting in the majority of engagements since anything vulnerable would usually be dead before the first rock landed. Phoenix isn't exactly Cold Mastery, but most breakable enemies didn't pose too much of an issue, either - I had been dreading the Chaos Sanctuary, but Doom Knights were breakable and bunched up tightly enough that AoE was very effective against them.

The problem, of course, is the prevalence of unbreakable immunes, of which there were enough to be bothersome. The mercenary's damage output was enough to kill them given enough time, but it was tedious enough that I tried to skip as much of it as possible. In particular, I thought it was hilarious that Lister's pack in Hell took about as long as than the rest of Act 5; the merc couldn't tank more than three minions at a time with Telekinesis support. (I could have just parked them, but that'd have been a copout.)
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Nice lemming, congratulations.

Why the Cham in the Shako? Or is it left from something else?

Phoenix is quite nice on a Furyzon too in the WSK. I’m going to do a Druid with mine at some point.

Looks like a nice PvP build you have there....
 

Drystan

Diabloii.Net Member
necrolemming said:
Fire sorcs aren't very popular, but... it wasn't that bad. Really.
*looks at haxxed 1.07 Infinity with high roon wealth and beta CtA plus extras*

Well, that explains it. Congrats on the rare fire sorc Matriach. They are a fun character, but much more difficult with less gear/lack of Infinity.

Where's the BKWB come from? I recall something about that in an earlier patch, but can't recall which one.

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level 58
Fingerprint 0x3127b078
Item Level 75
Version Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
4% Life stolen per hit
+42 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
Very nice, I built one recently, mostly for some Nihlathak testing. Haven't tried it in years and with much better gear available now I must say it's a super fun build. Then again, didn't play through with it so no FI frustration here. :) Also using almost exactly same gear, apart from current-patch versions of those time-travelled items, as well as a faceted Eschuta's. That's specifically for running Nihl though, to speed up those frequent breakable immune rolls with the extra -5 EFR on top of Phoenix. Shame indeed that the extra damage over Hoto is laughable, doesn't really make sense not to use Hoto for general purposes.

Curious as to what you opted to use the remaining skill points on? FO? ES? Some armor?

Why the Cham in the Shako? Or is it left from something else?
I assume speedier pickup? At least that's why I sometimes use Cham'ed Shako on Trav running Blizzy, but not using one on any other Sorc so not sure.

@Drystan it's 1.10a.
 

necrolemming

Diabloii.Net Member
Why the Cham in the Shako? Or is it left from something else?
It's the one I use on my trav blizzsorc. I figured that the marginal value of 24 MF over the course of a few hours of a playthrough is pretty low, and CBF is nice to have even with Teleport available.

I forgot to talk about it in the OP, but the passive regen from Redemption is really quite strong. It's a shame that Phoenix has such a janky combination of mods that aren't universally applicable, but maybe it's for the better that it doesn't naturally fit into more builds.

Curious as to what you opted to use the remaining skill points on? FO? ES? Some armor?
I couldn't think of anything fun to spend them on, so I just didn't bother.
 

Timinator

Diabloii.Net Member
Well done Lemming, I remember Sigilstun talking about his fire sorc around the end of 2003/start of 2004 and I was sold on the idea then! They aren't a cold sorc but well worth playing!
 

krischan

Europe Trade Moderator
Did you perhaps forget to mention the one point investment in warmth and frozen armor?

BTW, the jewel in the helm of your merc, totally awesome!
 

necrolemming

Diabloii.Net Member
I did forget about Warmth, although I've never bothered with the token point in Frozen Armor. Maybe I'll try it next time.
 

TedDeeBoy

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats, truly OP. Even without Warmth not one mention of mana problems

When I levelled a ranged enchantress in 1.11b I took her to the Maggot Lair. Still viable to gain a couple of extra easy levels should you want to.
 
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