Nova Sorceress Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Feb 16, 2023 at 08:00 by MrLlamaSC 6 comments

The Nova Sorceress is an extremely powerful close-combat warrior. With a limited Area of Effect, she has to Teleport Teleport into the middle of Monsters and get off a Nova Nova before they can attack. With the help of Infinity she can clear almost any area in the game and with mana burn now fixed in Patch 2.4 Energy Shield Energy Shield has become much more useful for her in PvM.



The Nova Nova Sorceress is amazing from Level 12 onwards. Additionally, once Infinity becomes available to her the Conviction Conviction Aura will break almost every Lightning Immune Monster, leaving them vulnerable to the extremely high damage of the Nova Nova Sorceress. Once this item is obtained she can virtually farm any area in the game without concern.

You can check the viability of this build in PvM by consulting our PvM Tier List.


Nova Sorceress Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the Nova Nova Sorceress. For a detailed breakdown of all core and optional skills as well as the recommended order for allocating skill points, refer to the Skills page of this guide.

  1. 1 point to all prerequisites
  2. 20 points to Nova Nova — max first, required
  3. 20 points to Static Field Static Field — Synergy for Nova Nova, required
  4. 20 points to Lightning Mastery Lightning Mastery — max after Nova Nova, required
  5. 20 points to Telekinesis Telekinesis — Great if wanting to use Energy Shield Energy Shield
  6. 20 points to Energy Shield Energy Shield — max after Telekinesis Telekinesis if running an ES build.
  7. 1+ points to Thunder Storm Thunder Storm — Useful for additional damage
  8. 1 point to Teleport Teleport — skill right at level 18, required
  9. 1 point to Warmth Warmth — great for Mana Regeneration, required
  10. 1 point to Frozen Armor Frozen Armor — Useful for Freezing Mobs, required

Nova Sorceress Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for gear Enough for gear Everything or nothing (if Energy Shield Energy Shield) Nothing or everything (if Energy Shield Energy Shield)

You can read more details about the Stats and Attribute requirements for this build on our Skills page.


Nova Sorceress Gear

The following section shows some of the most important Items for the Nova Nova Sorceress. For a detailed per-slot breakdown of all Nova Nova Sorceress Items and alternative builds, refer to the Gear page of this guide.


Nova Sorceress Breakpoints

In Diablo 2, stats that affect action speed (known as frames) for attacking, casting, blocking, and recovering from a hit can almost never be taken literally. For example, gaining 10% Increased Attack Speed from an item will not necessarily translate into 10% faster attacks. To achieve faster actions, certain breakpoints must be reached, which vary for every class. The tables below list how much of a given stat is required to actually improve the action speed of the class for the stated action.


Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame 0% 5% 9% 14% 20% 30% 42% 60% 86% 142% 280%

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 13 12 11 10 9 8 7
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame 0% 9% 20% 37% 63% 105% 200%

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame 0% 7% 15% 27% 48% 86% 200%

Nova Sorceress Mercenary

You can either choose a Defensive (Holy Freeze Holy Freeze) or Offensive (Might Might) Act 2 Nightmare Mercenary here depending on if you want a slower and safer pace, or want your Mercenary to have added damage to help take care of Light immunes. We prefer a Holy Freeze Holy Freeze mercenary.


Nova Sorceress Early Leveling

This is one of the best early leveling ways to progress.

  1. 5 points to Charged Bolt Charged Bolt
  2. 1 point to Static Field Static Field at level 6
  3. 6 points to Charged Bolt Charged Bolt at levels 6-11
  4. All points to Nova Nova from levels 12-16
  5. 1 point to Telekinesis Telekinesis at level 17
  6. 1 point to Teleport Teleport at level 18
  7. All remaining points to Nova Nova

For more comprehensive leveling advice, please refer to our Sorceress Fastest Leveling Build.



  • 16 Feb. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 2.6.
  • 28 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Page added.
  • 28 Apr. 2022 (skills page): Page added.
  • 28 Apr. 2022 (this page): Page added.
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