Nova Sorceress Build Skills for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Apr 28, 2022 at 12:00 by MrLlamaSC 6 comments

This page shows the recommended skill point progression and priority for the Nova 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.


Nova Sorceress Skill Build

  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

Select Nova Sorceress Skill Discussion

The Nova Nova Sorceress can be a little bit expensive to gear up but once she is fully geared she is nearly unstoppable. With a great Area of Effect clear and Lightning damage (Which Infinity can break almost any Lightning Immune Monster in the game) she is one of the best builds in the game. Additionally, in Patch 2.4 Mana Burn is no longer bugged and will not remove your entire Mana pool, making Energy Shield Energy Shield a much more attractive option for PvM.

The Nova Nova Sorceress is somewhat gear dependent for a Sorceress. She does not become super strong until some important endgame items come into play, like Infinity. Without Infinity, the Nova Nova Sorceress can feel slow or frustrating to play in Hell difficulty, and a Cold Sorceress may be preferred for higher baseline damage while leveling up. But once these important items come into play, the Nova Nova Sorceress can be extremely quick and do well even with a 200% Faster Cast Rate build (maximum Teleport Teleport speed, 7 frames).

It should be noted that the Nova Nova Sorceress can sometime be a bit squishy, which is why the Energy Shield Energy Shield build is often recommended. Diving into the middle of Monster packs can be dangerous so have your Rejuvenation Potions ready!


Nova 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 Nova Sorceress Need?

Enough for gear — for a Character using a Spirit Monarch 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 Nova 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.


How much Vitality Does a Nova 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 Nova Sorceress Need?

Nothing here unless going for an Energy Shield Energy Shield build, in which case everything else here. If running Energy Shield Energy Shield, then Mana becomes your Life pool so increasing that as much as possible is important.



  • 28 Apr. 2022: Page added.
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