Meteor / Frozen Orb Sorceress (Meteorb) Build Skills for Diablo 2 Resurrected
This page shows the recommended skill point progression and priority for the Meteorb Sorceress. Note that the following list refers to the total number of skill points, not the character level, to best account for the 12 bonus skill points granted by quests.
Meteorb Sorceress Skill Build
- 20 points to Frozen Orb — max immediately, required
- 26 points to Cold Mastery — for PvM, having Cold mastery give over 150% usually is overkill. For this reason, adding enough points to get it close to 150% should cover almost every monster you are going to face. Maxing will help cover every monster fully, but overall it will not be too much help (since -100 is the lowest Resistance a monster can have).
- 1+ points to Ice Bolt — synergy for Frozen Orb, required
- 1 point to Frozen Armor — invest when starting to teleport, required
- 1 point to Teleport — invest immediately at level 18, required
- 1 point to Static Field — invested at level 6, let the rest of your plus skills increase its range, required
- Secondary Element
- 20 points to Meteor — one of the main damage dealers, required
- 20 points to Fire Ball — one of the main damage dealers, required
- 20 points to Fire Bolt — synergy for Fire Skills, required
- 1 points to Fire Mastery — one point immediately, required
- 1 points to Warmth — invested once a higher level with a lot of plus to skills, optional
Select Meteorb Sorceress Skill Discussion
The Meteorb Sorceress is a renowned classical build of Diablo II. It shines during the leveling phase strongly as a result of strong skills with little synergies. This build relies on two dominant skills, Frozen Orb as the primary and Meteor as the secondary. Frozen Orb has only one synergy and holds up in Hell, while Meteor can take on any amount of synergies and still prove effective. This build is strong in its own right as it is very powerful in Nightmare or while you are still leveling and do not have many skill points available but still want to be able to farm Hell effectively.
With Frozen Orb and Meteor, you have two elements. Frozen Orb is a massive area-of-effect cold spell. Meteor is a strong single-target ability that does Fire Damage. Meteor Fires can be stacked on top of each other to do a lot of Fire Damage to any monsters standing on top of them (similar to how Blaze-running Diablo's spawn in Act 4 will cause him to die nearly instantaneously when he spawns).
The downside of this build is that it does not scale well. It is easy to hit the peak performance of a Meteorb Sorceress, and thus it cannot go any faster once you get to endgame gear. With sufficient levels and an Infinity, Cold and Lightning Sorceresses outperform Meteorb Sorceresses by a large margin. Frozen Orb is Mana intensive and Meteor can be a pain to aim properly (many instead go Frozen Orb and Fire Ball since Fire Ball is easier to aim).
Since this build does not scale too much with gear, it is effective even with very cheap gear, so the Meteorb Sorceress is certainly a strong place to start if you want to be able to handle most content on a budget.
Meteorb Sorceress Stats Discussion
The following section discusses how many attribute points should be allocated to each of the primary stats.
How much Strength Does a Meteorb Sorceress Need?
Enough for gear — for a Character using a Spirit Monarch Shield this will be 156 Strength as that is usually the highest Strength requirement for commonly used gear. If choosing to use another shield with lower Strength requirements, then adjust to that value. This number constantly changes based on the equipment you are using, so make sure to double-check the Strength requirements of each piece of gear you have and how much Strength each piece will provide once equipped.
How much Dexterity Does a Meteorb Sorceress Need?
Enough for gear. Dexterity is great for increasing Block Chance but if you are not planning to invest points to max that out, it is often not worth adding any additional points. This Sorceress will not use Attack Rating so extra points in Dexterity does not help.
How much Vitality Does a Meteorb Sorceress Need?
Everything else into Vitality — 250+ Vitality. Every excess attribute point should be allocated to Vitality, as long as you can meet the Strength requirements of your items by the time you wish to equip them. Not only does this increase your Life total, but it also increases the chance for Health Potions to double the healing provided. On top of that, the more Life you have, the less chance you have to be put into Hit Recovery, helping your character out even more!
How much Energy Does a Meteorb Sorceress Need?
Nothing — allocating stat points to Energy in a final build is universally considered sub-par for almost every character due to the widespread availability of Mana Potions. While leveling, if you find your character struggling with Mana, you can allocate a few points to Energy that you can then remove with a respec later in the game.
- 28 Apr. 2022: Updated for Patch 2.4.
- 31 Aug. 2021: Page added.
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