Pure Lightning Sorc Build (Guide)

Pishba

Diabloii.Net Member
Pure Lightning Sorc Build (Guide)

Hi there all :) i was asked to put up my lightning sorc build on the sorcerer forum so here it goes. This is a pure lightning/chain lightning/Nova sorc.

Well i have played alot of different sorcerer builds but i find this the best in my oppinion. Whats the key of staying alive ?? yes FCR, FHR, MAX BLOCK, Max Resist, Good MERC, damage reduce is a minor issue because sorcerers arnt suppose to tank and thats final.

Leveling guide from level 1-80 in one day or less: (This require 2 computers or a friend)

Step1: Join public games in act1 and kill awhile until your level 15+ and go kill andariel whit your friend or other char.

Step2: Have your friend or use your other char to boost you thrue act2 get amu/staff, talk to Drogan, friend gives WP to arcane,clear out right way thrue arcane so you can enter red portal to canion of magi. Have your friend clear out the right Tal rasha tomb and do the duriel quest.

Step3: Join act2 public arcane/sewer runs until your level 20+

Step4: Your now at act3 have your friend or your other char to make a game who have done mephisto quest and give you Travincal WP and now the altar is open for you to enter. Have your friend kill the minions in travincal and clear out level 1 and level 2 and search for WP at level 2.

Step5: Do some Travincal/arcane runs until your level 24

Step6: Create a new game in act3 have your friend clear out level 2 and level 3, and run down to mephisto. Your friend kills him and you take the soulstone and go thrue the red portal.

Step7: Let your friend give you River of Flame WP and let him clear out the sanctuary. Go open the portals and have your friend kill all the minions. Then go hide in some corner where diablos fire or lightning spells cant hit you. Let your friend lure diablo close enough to you so you get the quest. Go talk to the angel in town and go to act5

Step7: Have your friend go to entrance in act5 to the ancients, enter entrance and have your friend kill the 3 ancients and tadaa your level 25. Friend gives you WP to World Stone keep level 2.

Step8: Join public baal runs until your level 42+ (very fast leveling) and go kill baal(friend/other char) so you can go to nightmare.

Step9: Repeat Step 1-7 whitout the leveling and baal until your level 70+ and go kill baal(friend/other char) so you can go to Hell.

Step 10: Repeat Step 1-7 whitout the leveling and baal and baal and baal and you will be level 80 in no time :).

Step 11: Yuor now buff enough to do all the wanted quests. might wana have a friend to help you whit Hell izual.


Skill points distribution tips:

1. Lightning/Chain Lightning/Nova/Charge bolt all coworks whit synergies so i suggest putting only 1 point in Lightning skill at first(to save the mana cost for casting) and max out charge bolt, chain lightning, lightning mastery before you begin to add any points to lightning skill. Lightning skill is gona be the main killer skill.

2. It also advaciable to put one point in Frozen armor and one in Warmth. Due to when your high level your gona need it and whit only 1 point in both whit the rest of equpment im gona suggest later on gives you 90% moore defence and 178% mana regen(enough for you to blast lightning all you want to) and ofcoruse you wana teleport so you need to put one point in telekenesis and one in teleport.

3. Many people suggest putting skill points in Energy shield but my oppinion its a waist of skill points. Yeah it can save your life from one hit but what do you do then when you have no mana to teleport away usually called YOUR DEAD.

4. This build is gona be maxed out when you level 94 so not so bad, and your still have 5 moore skill points to distribute in anyway your want.

Equipment:

Hopefully all have played a sorc before and know what leveling gear they should choose during the lower levels so im just gona give you my equipment setup for now.

Headgear : Griffons +1 skill/ -21 Light res/ 20% light damage/ 25% FCR
Armor : Upgraded Viper Skin +1 skill/ 30% FCR / 50% resist all
Amulet: Maras +2/ 30 % Resist all
Weapon: Eschutans Temper +3 skill/ 40% FCR / 25% Light dam / -5 Light res
Weapon 2 switch: Call to Arms Flail + Sigons shiled (+1 skill)
Shield : Upgraded Viscerataunt +1 skill / 30% FBR / 30% ICoB / 22 % resist all
Gloves : Frostburns for 40% moore mana
Rings : 2 Stone of Jordans
Belt : Archanids belt +1 skill/ 20% FCR / 5% moore mana
Boots : Sandstorm trek 15str/13 vitality/ 20% FHR/ 20% FrW /50%Poison res.

Skill Charms: 8 Lightskillers, 5*life (33,33,33,32,28) 3*FHR (12%)
Small Charms : 2*15life/10 fire resist, 4*5% all resist whit 12 and 16life,5%FHR and one clean, 2* 14 life/11 light resist, 2* 11 and 15 life/9 and 11 cold resist, 1*4% all resist, 1* Annihilus charm 1/14 atr./19% resist all /9 %exp plus still room for my box.

Well the equipment and charms give me a total off:

Viper and shield is socketed um and griffon and eschutans socketed 5/-5 light facet

Frame 8 FCR (115%) needed is 105%
Frame 8 FHR (61%) needed is 60%
Frame 6 FBR (30%) needed 27%

All resist in HELL 75%
Max block 75%

Stat points total whit gear:

Strenght : 106
Dexterity : 203 (2 points each level to regain max block)
Vitality : 224 ( 888 and whit use of CTA 1500+)
Energy : 137 (805 and whit use of CTA 1047)
Defence : 1699 and whit frozen armor and Defiance merc 8240

Merc: Hell Defiance act 2

Equipment: Doom runeword in ETH Thresher, Armor ETH Dusk Chains of Honor Runeword, ETH Andariels Visage.

Gives Him 18%ll enough to leech in hell resist all 75% and poison 85% 10k+ defence(hard to hit) and 2 auras , Freeze from runeword and Defiance from skill. He rearly dies on me and can tank minions hell baal 8 player games whit no problems.


Skills usage:

Well main skill is Lightning and im now level 90 so i have 4 moore levels to max out the synergies to get full damage from the skill:

Main skill ==) Lightning skill : Now level 40 and whit CTA 41 and does 6-35065 Lightning damage. Hella damage and its piercing even kills all act bosses easily

Secondery skill ==) Chain Lightning : same level as main skill and does 6-13034 and a hella crowd killer.


So if you wana kill alot make something similar to this build and have fun.
If you got any questions just ask and i try to answer.



Pishy
 

ogz

Diabloii.Net Member
how many +skills are we talking about before lightning becomes stronger than chainlightning?
 

Pishba

Diabloii.Net Member
ogz said:
how many +skills are we talking about before lightning becomes stronger than chainlightning?
Lightning is always stronger than chain lightning because of synergys for lightning adds 8% damage per point and synergys for chain lightning adds 4%.
Hope that answered your question :)
 

Celandro

Diabloii.Net Member
Pishba said:
Lightning is always stronger than chain lightning because of synergys for lightning adds 8% damage per point and synergys for chain lightning adds 4%.
Hope that answered your question :)
Just to be technical, there are 3 synergies for chain lightning but lightning does more damage base as well. Lightning is best against bosses, chain lightning against packs.

Anyhow, just found my old lightning damage calculations table, damage is averages. Also I never did the calculation for 4xfacet armor but i assume its higher damage.
For reference, the damages for the gear listed in main post are:
Damage: 17500 -26% enemy lr
Mephisto Damage: 8575 (<-- main flaw)
0 Resist mob dmage: 22050
These are not directly comparable due to charms and possible synergy issues but I dont have time to correct anything. Also my gear is considerably better now ;)


UberCelandro Imaginary Level 99 with 20 Lighting, 20 Lightning Mastery, 60 synergies, all perfect gear
(f) designates lightning facet, (t) designates ptopaz, (j) designates 10% mf jewel (d) designates pdiamond
Option 1: Griffons Eye(f), Tal Orb(f), Tal Bp(f), Tal Amy, Tal Belt, Shield(fx4), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 2: Shako(f), Occy(f), Enigma, Maras, Arach Belt, Lidless(f), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 3: Griffons Eye(f), Occy(f), Enigma, Maras, Arach Belt, Lidless(f), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 4: Griffons Eye(f), Occy(f), Arkaine(f), Maras, Arach Belt, Shield(fx4), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 5: Griffons Eye(f), Tal Orb(f), Tal Bp(f), Tal Amy, Tal Belt, Lidless(f), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 6: Shako(f), Tal Orb(f), Tal Bp(f), Tal Amy, Tal Belt, Shield(fx4), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 7: Griffons Eye(f), Crescent Moon Runeword, Arkaine(f), Maras, Arach Belt, Shield(fx4), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme
Option 8: Tal Helm(f), Tal Orb(f), Tal Bp(f), Tal Amy, Tal Belt, Shield(fx4), 2soj, 10lightGC, AniSC WS:alibaba(ix2), ryhme

Code:
Option +skill +mastery +damage -resist Damage MephDmg 0ResistDmg  MF WSMF
     1     17        2    +50%    -70%  15300   14500      26000 168  342
     2     24        0    +15%    -15%  20800    8320      23900 100  199
     3     23        0    +30%    -35%  20400   12200      27500  50  174
     4     22        0    +50%    -55%  19700   15800      30500  50  174
     5     18        2    +35%    -55%  15900   12700      24600  50  174 
     6     18        2    +35%    -50%  15900   11900      23900 218  392
     7     19        0    +30%    -85%  16200   17800      30000   0  174
     8     19        2    +35%    -50%  17200   12900      25800 168  392

Celandro: Actual Level 89 with 20 Lightning, 20 Lightning Mastery, 50 synergies, all actual gear except for imaginary Tal Armor and Crescent Moon
(f) designates lightning facet, (t) designates ptopaz, (j) designates 10% mf jewel (d) designates pdiamond
Option A: Griffons Eye(f), Occy, Vipermagi, TalAmy, Goldwrap, Mosers(dx2), 2x25%mf rings, 3lightGC WS:alibaba(jx2), ryme
Option B: Griffons Eye(f), Tal Orb, Tal Armor(t), TalAmy, Tal Belt, Mosers(dx2), 2x25%mf rings, 3lightGC WS:alibaba(jx2), ryme
Option C: Griffons Eye(f), Occy, Skulders(t), 35%MF Amy, Goldwrap, Mosers(dx2), 2x25%mf rings, 3lightGC WS:alibaba(jx2), ryme
Option D: Shako(t), Occy, Skulders(t), 35%MF Amy, Goldwrap, Mosers(dx2), 2x25%mf rings, 3lightGC WS:alibaba(jx2), ryme
Option E: Shako(t), Occy, Vipermagi, TalAmy, Goldwrap, Mosers(dx2), 2x25%mf rings, 3lightGC WS:alibaba(jx2), ryme
Option F: Griffons Eye(f), Crescent Moon, Vipermagi, TalAmy, Goldwrap, Mosers(dx2), 2x25%mf rings, 3lightGC WS:alibaba(jx2), ryme

Code:
Option +skill +mastery +damage -resist Damage MephDmg 0ResistDmg  MF WSMF
     A     10        0    +17%    -24%   7100    3480       8800 130  214
     B      7        2    +17%    -39%   5700    3650       7920 242  376
     C      8        0    +17%    -24%   5900    2890       7320 300  384
     D      9        0     +0%     -0%   6300    1580       6300 374  458
     E     11        0     +0%     -0%   7500    1880       7500 204  288
     F      7        0    +17%    -59%   5400    4540       8600  80  214
Summary: Against high resist mobs, reducing monster resist increases damage significantly. Tals set, Griffons eye, and surprisingly Crescent Moon runeword are excellent damagewise for this reason. MF wise, tals set w/ 4+ items does the best damage while obtaining good mf numbers, especially when using a weapon switch for the kill.

In terms of pure damage, ignoring FCR, item evaluation order is:
Helms: Griffons Eye(f), 5 item tals(f), Shako(f), 4 item tals w/orb(f)
Weapons: Crescent Moon, 4+ item tals(f), Escuta(f), Occy(f), Heart of the Oak
Armor: 4+ item tals(f), +2 armor(f), +1 armor(f), enigma (last 2 order may change depending on how many other -resist items you have)
Belt: 4+item tals, Arach Belt
Shield: Shield(fx4), +1 shield(f)
Amulet: 4+item tals, various +2 amys including tal mara crafted
 

Celandro

Diabloii.Net Member
PS. My current gear which I am rather happy with is: 4item tals(um, -5/5), griffons eye (-24/+17), stormshield(um), magefist, soj, fcr/all resist ring, infernostride boots, 8light gcs (no second mods), 1 ani, 4 mfscs, tp book, id book, 3 life smallcharms. Weaponswitch ali baba w/2 15% mf jewels + rhyme shield. Seriously considering replacing tal orb with crescent moon rune word.

PSS. Not trying to steal anyones thunder, just giving alternative gear which is comparable/better.

*Celandro USWest
 

Pishba

Diabloii.Net Member
Celandro said:
PSS. Not trying to steal anyones thunder, just giving alternative gear which is comparable/better.

*Celandro USWest
better ?? hardly :) your posts wear just a bunch of gibberish, anyways heres some pictures from my damage celandro also mentioned was only 17k after hes calculations lol :)

http://www.sit.fi/~liljeqvt/Diablo2/Chain%20Lightning%20Damage%20skill.jpg
http://www.sit.fi/~liljeqvt/Diablo2/Lightning%20Damage%20skill.jpg

if anyone wana see the gear or anything just send me a pm and i show (this is ladder europe btw)
 

Celandro

Diabloii.Net Member
Pishba said:
better ?? hardly :) your posts wear just a bunch of gibberish, anyways heres some pictures from my damage celandro also mentioned was only 17k after hes calculations lol :)

http://www.sit.fi/~liljeqvt/Diablo2/Chain%20Lightning%20Damage%20skill.jpg
http://www.sit.fi/~liljeqvt/Diablo2/Lightning%20Damage%20skill.jpg

if anyone wana see the gear or anything just send me a pm and i show (this is ladder europe btw)
its 17500 average damage on lightning.. actually 17791.5 on your new numbers but since you have such a low grasp on math i dont think you have any idea what you are talking about.

By comparison, my displayed lightning damage is:
5-21189 for an average of 10600. I have -44% enemy lightning resist which gives me the following numbers:
Mephisto: 10600 * .69 = 7300
0 resist mob: 10600 * 1.44 = 15300
But note, this is with using stormshield and 3 item tals for mf

Now as I suggested, I am contemplating using a crescent moon in place of tal set orb for the following numbers:
5-18764 (average 9400) with -59% enemy lightning resist
Mephisto: 9400 * .84 = 7900
0 resist mob: 9400 * 1.59 = 15000

But if I switch to crescent moon, i would also swtich to +skill gear such as what Pishba is using (after I trade for another soj, chains of honor/umed vipermagi and a perfect maras of course).
I dont have a calculator right now but if pishba can give his damage numbers without a weapon equipped I can give crescent moon comparisons.
 

Celandro

Diabloii.Net Member
I lied.. will do the calculation for switching Pishba's gear from Escuta to crescent moon rune word. From calculator: http://stud4.tuwien.ac.at/~e9325732/skillcalc.html

Escuta: +3 skill +25% lightning -5% enemy light resist ~= +3 skill +2 mastery -5% enemy light
Crescent Moon: -35% enemy light

Escuta Gear Summary: +21 light skills +45% light damage ~= +21 light skills +3.75 mastery
With maxed out synergies: 18600 average damage before resistances

Crescent Moon Summary: +18 light skills +40% light damage ~= +18 light skills + 3.33 mastery
With maxed out synergies: 15500 average damage before resistances

Escuta (18600 -26%elr):
Code:
vs 95 resist mob: 18600 * .31 = 5800 average damage 
vs 75 resist mob: 18600 * .51 = 9500 average damage
vs 50 resist mob: 18600 * .76 = 14100 average damage
vs 25 resist mob: 18600 * 1.01 = 18800 average damage
vs  0 resist mob: 18600 * 1.26 = 23400 average damage
Crescent Moon (15500 -56%elr):
Code:
vs 95 resist mob: 15500 * .61 = 9500 average damage
vs 75 resist mob: 15500 * .81 = 12600 average damage
vs 50 resist mob: 15500 * 1.06 = 16400 average damage
vs 25 resist mob: 15500 * 1.31 = 20300 average damage
vs  0 resist mob: 15500 * 1.56 = 24200 average damage
For those wondering, its 55 hits vs 34 hits to kill diablo clone solo after static field ;).

In all cases Crescent Moon is better from a pure damage standpoint. There is the issue of course of being 1 FCR break point slower and a bit less mana, but you do get mana per kill and you can goof around meleeing if you are bored ;).

Numbers are similar for comparing a +1 shield with 1 facet to a shield with 4 facets.

Anyhow my main point is that the damage numbers shown are misleading because they do not take into account resistances. Griffon's Eye is far away better than than its competitors, and Crescent Moon/4 item tals set/light facet sockets are good for the same reasons.
 

Sejbjr

Diabloii.Net Member
my question is why not use nrg sheild?
with my pvp gear i have 75 all resists and 27-28k dmg and i use nrg sheild and have 85% dmg taken goes to mana

my gear is as so:
shako with ith rune 15% dtgm
magi with um
Carrion Wind ring 10% dtgm
aldurs boots 10% dtgm
Nightsmoke belt 50% dtgm
soj
29 maras
cham SS
i have a cresant moon or occy for wep. looking into getting heart of oak.

10skill gcs 5 with 30+life and 2 with 12% fhr 1 with +6 dex

and anni charm

the rest is small life charms with resists

only one point in nrg sheild and it absorbs 76% dmg taken. with the mana return i can tank barbs without worrying very much about life.

the only fear i have is of elemental druids with enigma and cheap tactics.

plus i find it fun to have Carrion worm and 5X wolves as i teleport around. The pzn from the Carrion worm confuses alot of players into thinking that a zon or melee char is attacking them.

i think nrg sheild is a smart way to go.
 

TheColdChair

Diabloii.Net Member
inventory

how on earth did u fit 8 lightskillers, 5 life charms and 3 FHR charms in ur inventory, they are all grand charms arent they?
 

Si1enta5sa5sin

Diabloii.Net Member
TheColdChair said:
how on earth did u fit 8 lightskillers, 5 life charms and 3 FHR charms in ur inventory, they are all grand charms arent they?
5 light skill charms with life, and 3 lightskill charms with FHR.
 
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