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Diablo 4 Sorcerer BuildBall Lightning - Zeus Tank

Season 3
Abattoir of Zir
End Game
Hard to Play
Speed Farm
Dungeon Push
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Lurkin

Updated on Feb 5, 2024
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Ball Lightning - Zeus TankSorcerer build
Skills and Gear
Skill Tree
Paragon Board

Assigned skills

Primary
Secondary

Enchantments

Equipment

HelmEverliving Aspect
Chest ArmorAspect of Disobedience
GlovesGravitational Aspect
PantsTibault's Will
BootsEsu's Heirloom
AmuletStorm Swell Aspect
Ring 1Tal Rasha's Iridescent Loop
Ring 2Aspect of Control
WeaponAspect of Splintering Energy
OffhandConceited Aspect

Gems

WeaponEmerald
ArmorRuby
JewelrySkull

Seneschal Construct

Tempestranged
Burning Support
Arcing Support
Evernight
Flash of Adrenalineutility
Tactical Support
Duration Support
Genesis

Skills

Basic

Fire Bolt
1
Frost Bolt
1

Core

Devastation
1
Elemental Dominance
3

Defensive

Flame Shield
1
Enhanced Flame Shield
Shimmering Flame Shield
Ice Armor
1
Teleport
5
Enhanced Teleport
Shimmering Teleport
Elemental Attunement
1
Glass Cannon
3

Conjuration

Ice Blades
1
Lightning Spear
1
Enhanced Lightning Spear
Invoked Lightning Spear
Align the Elements
1
Mana Shield
3
Protection
3
Conjuration Mastery
3

Mastery

Ball Lightning
5
Enhanced Ball Lightning
Wizard's Ball Lightning
Inner Flames
1
Devouring Blaze
3
Static Discharge
1
Invigorating Conduit
3

Ultimate

Unstable Currents
1
Prime Unstable Currents
Supreme Unstable Currents
Coursing Currents
1
Electrocution
3

Passive

Overflowing Energy
1
2
Fire Bolt
3
Frost Bolt
4
Devastation
5
Elemental Dominance
6
Elemental Dominance
7
Elemental Dominance
8
Flame Shield
9
Elemental Attunement
10
Teleport
11
Enhanced Teleport
12
Shimmering Teleport
13
Align the Elements
14
Mana Shield
15
Mana Shield
16
Mana Shield
17
Protection
18
Protection
19
Protection
20
Lightning Spear
21
Enhanced Lightning Spear
22
Invoked Lightning Spear
23
Conjuration Mastery
24
Conjuration Mastery
25
Conjuration Mastery
26
Static Discharge
27
Invigorating Conduit
28
Invigorating Conduit
29
Invigorating Conduit
30
Ball Lightning
31
Ball Lightning
32
Ball Lightning
33
Ball Lightning
34
Ball Lightning
35
Enhanced Ball Lightning
36
Wizard's Ball Lightning
37
Coursing Currents
38
Electrocution
39
Electrocution
40
Electrocution
41
Unstable Currents
42
Prime Unstable Currents
43
Supreme Unstable Currents
44
Overflowing Energy
45
Teleport
46
Teleport
47
Ice Blades
48
Teleport
49
Teleport
50
Enhanced Flame Shield
51
Shimmering Flame Shield
52
Ice Armor
53
Inner Flames
54
Devouring Blaze
55
Devouring Blaze
56
Devouring Blaze
57
Glass Cannon
58
Glass Cannon
59
Glass Cannon

Build Details

How It Works
Summary

Ball Lightning will orbit around you thanks to the gravitational aspect, making this a very mobile build. Because this build is so up close and personal, the entire kit is revolved around conjuring a ton of lightning spears to provide you with endless stuns.

Ball Lightning was wildly busted in S2. It should still be good in S3 despite the nerfs. But without Ravenous it won't insta melt enemies. However thanks to Sorcerer's high crowd control multipliers we should still achieve very high mobbing damage.

Zeus tank 2.0 has replaced this build, i will keep the planner active for those who enjoy it You do not need Harlequin Crest or Starless to run 2.0 build effectively Ancient Flame Esu's Ferocity Variant

NOTICE: Tactician Glyph and Shredding Blades Aspect are bugged and doing [+] Additive Damage not [x]Multiplicative Damge. Tweaks to gear and Paragon was performed on like 2/2/24

Ball Lightning got nerfed by 80-90% we think, going from a 200% damage rate scaling with attack speed, to a 25% tick rate scaling with attack speed on the enhanced node. Also we don't even think the 25% tick rate damage thing is working.

However, the bones of the build are still good. It's just come down to earth. Chain Lightning Enchantment got obliterated as it will not proc the Static Surge Legendary Node anymore. So we opt to run Ball Lightning Enchant in it's stead to get more crackling energy and damage. It still feels great in T100 Nightmare dungeons though.

We stick with Lightning Spear Enchantment as it's the bread and butter of Ball Lightning in my opinion, especially when you can get burning application from your seasonal pet!

Raiment Chest is a top option for farming. You would run a disobedience helmet

If you want better single target, drop control aspect for edgemaster or splintering. Drop control glyph for exploit. Drop territorial glyph for flamefeeder

Until you get starless skies you can drop glass cannon ranks and 1 rank in TP to get frigid breeze for mana regen. its bugged and works for all damage types!

Ring of Starless Skies Slot over legendary ring with shredding blades

Harlequin Crest Slot over Legendary Helmet

In-Depth Explanation

Leveling

When leveling you cannot use Ball Lightning without the Gravitational Aspect. I suggest you start with Arc Lash and/or Chain Lightning until you get yourself around level 60 and land a gravitiational aspect.

Codex Aspects

Focus on aspects that can be acquired via the codex until you start to get acceptable 3/4 Best in slot pieces. Save your max rolled aspects for your endgame pieces. There is nothing worse than waiting for an aspect to drop to complete a piece.

Resource Management

Ball Lightning builds generate the most mana when enemies take longer to die because of Wizard's Ball Lightning. The more times you hit an enemy, the more Crackling Energy you make and pickup.

A good way when leveling to keep your mana up is to drop the Lightning Spear enchant for the Frostbolt Enchant. The trick here is to codex 2 aspects onto your rings, these are Prodigy and Umbral. Prodigy will generate 15-25 mana when using a cooldown skill. Umbral will generate 1-4 mana when you crowd control an enemey, which occurs everytime you hit an enemy with direct damage, such as from *Ball Lightning or Chain Lightning**

Power Leveling and Enchantment Materials

Nightmare Dungeons yield the highest amount of XP. Try to farm at minimum tiers with enemy levels no less than 10 above your current level if you are able. If you are level 70, these are T26+ Nightmare dungeons. Nightmare dungeons are packed with elites and should provide a large amount of Veiled Crystals

Helltides are a good source of forgotton souls, living steel for farming Duriel, and XP from opening chests with cinders. Save your forgotten souls, do not spend them frivelously. Souls and Veiled crystals are the biggest material gate in the game

Gameplay Loop
  1. Spam cast ball lightning
  2. Teleport as needed for mana regen and movement
  3. Flame shield as needed to survive
  4. Ice armor as needed for barrier
  5. Press ice blades whenever its off cooldown
  6. Use unstable currents generously and melt bosses with it
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