Arc Lash Sorcerer Leveling Build for Diablo 4 (Season 1)

Shockingly fast and easy leveling as a melee Sorcerer!




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Arc LashCharged BoltsIce ArmorTeleportFrost NovaUnstable Currents

To find out more general information about leveling as a Sorcerer in Diablo 4, you can check out our main Leveling Guide. Or you can go to our Sorcerer Builds page for a list of other leveling and endgame Sorcerer builds for you to choose from.

In regard to leveling up on the seasonal realm, you might also want to check out our season checklist, as it will give you some useful tips and tricks for Season 1 of Diablo 4.

Season Checklist

The recommended World Tier to level in is 1 (Adventurer). This will provide you with the smoothest and fastest leveling experience. If you like the added challenge, you can of course play in World Tier 2 (Veteran), but the 20% extra experience from monsters does not make up for the added time it takes to kill them, and this will generally result in a slower and clunkier leveling process.

Before you can engage in endgame activities like the Capstone Dungeon (which unlocks World Tier 3), Nightmare Dungeons, or the Tree of Whispers, you must complete the main storyline.

Getting a mount is an important step in your leveling journey, and we recommend generally saving your explorations of the world (such as for obtaining Altars of Lilith) until after you get it. For more details, read our mount guide.

Build Introduction

This Shock Sorceress build is highly effective for leveling up. It excels in dealing significant frontal area-of-effect (AoE) damage through the use of Arc LashArc Lash, while also providing solid single target damage with Charged BoltsCharged Bolts to take down bosses in melee range.

With this build, the Sorceress gains improved mobility thanks to Flickering Arc LashFlickering Arc Lash, which boosts movement speed, and Teleport. Additionally, the build incorporates defensive capabilities with Ice ArmorIce Armor and Frost NovaFrost Nova to stay safe even in close combat.

Season of the Malignant

Season 1 Patch Notes

The following list details the changes in the Season 1 Patch Update that may pertain to leveling an Arc Lash Sorcerer.

Patch 1.1.1

The second major update for Season 1 brings a few much needed buffs to Sorcerers in Patch 1.1.1 being released on August 8th, 2023. The changes directly affecting this build are listed below.

Malignant Hearts

The Season 1 theme introduces Malignant Hearts that provide build-altering bonuses. The hearts are divided into 4 categories, each with a color that needs to be socketed in the corresponding colored Malignant Socket on equipped jewelry. Wrathful Hearts are a special case due to their rarity, and can be placed in any Socket. 

Always socket Malignant Hearts instead of a SkullSkull in Jewelry. Malignant Hearts provide an Armor bonus that scales with its Item Power.

Listed below are the Malignant Hearts that are useful for leveling a Sorcerer, ranked by importance. Stats displayed reflect what a Level 20 character would receive as a drop.

  1. Caged Heart of Tal'RashaCaged Heart of Tal’Rasha (Vicious, Offensive): For each unique element you deal damage with, you deal 7-12% increased damage for 3-10 seconds.
  2. Caged Heart of RevengeCaged Heart of Revenge (Brutal, Defensive-World Tier III): 10-20% of incoming damage is instead suppressed. When you use a Defensive, Subterfuge or a Macabre skill, all suppressed damage is amplified by 250% and explodes, dealing up to 1360-2040 Fire damage to Nearby enemies.
  3. Caged Heart of The BarberCaged Heart of The Barber (Wrathful, Super-World Tier III): Critical Strikes and all subsequent damage within 2.0-4.0 seconds is absorbed by your target. Then, the absorbed damage erupts onto surrounding enemies. Stored damage is increased by 10% per second.
  4. Caged Heart of the PicanaCaged Heart of the Picana (Vicious, Offensive): Critical Strikes electrically charge the enemy for 0.75-2.50 seconds, causing lightning to arc between them and any other charged enemies dealing 68-136 Lightning damage.
  5. Caged Heart of Tempting FateCaged Heart of Tempting Fate (Vicious, Offensive-World Tier III): You gain 40-60% Critical Strike Damage but your Non-Critical Strikes deal 20-15% less damage.

There are many other Malignant Hearts with different benefits, but these are the best ones to equip in jewelry during your leveling journey, as they will boost your power significantly. Additionally, each Malignant Heart will also provide an armor bonus, depending on its item power level.

For more information on Season 1 of Diablo 4, you can check out our guide here:

Season 1 Guide

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Suggested Skill Bar
Ice Armor Ice Armor Teleport Teleport Frost Nova Frost Nova Unstable Currents Unstable Currents Arc Lash Arc Lash Charged Bolts Charged Bolts

The table presented below outlines the recommended order for allocating your Skill Points. At Level 50, you will have a total of 48 points available, and an additional 10 points can be obtained upon completing Renown in each zone, resulting in a grand total of 58 points.

1Arc LashArc LashBasic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Arc LashEnhanced Arc LashBasic SkillBasic Skill
3Charged BoltsCharged BoltsCore SkillCore Skill
4Flickering Arc LashFlickering Arc LashBasic SkillBasic Skill
5Arc LashArc Lash Level 2Basic SkillBasic Skill
6Arc LashArc Lash Level 3Basic SkillBasic Skill
7TeleportTeleportDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
8Frost NovaFrost NovaDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
9Enhanced Frost NovaEnhanced Frost NovaDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
10Mystical Frost NovaMystical Frost NovaDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
11Arc LashArc Lash Level 4Basic SkillBasic Skill
12Arc LashArc Lash Level 5Basic SkillBasic Skill
13Glass CannonGlass CannonDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
14Glass CannonGlass Cannon Level 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
15Glass CannonGlass Cannon Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
16FireballFireball Level 1 for Enchantment Slot 1Core SkillCore Skill
17Ice ArmorIce ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
18Enhanced Charged BoltsEnhanced Charged BoltsCore SkillCore Skill
19Greater Charged BoltsGreater Charged BoltsCore SkillCore Skill
20Charged BoltsCharged Bolts Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
21Charged BoltsCharged Bolts Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
22Charged BoltsCharged Bolts Level 4Core SkillCore Skill
23Charged BoltsCharged Bolts Level 5Core SkillCore Skill
24Unstable CurrentsUnstable CurrentsUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
25Prime Unstable CurrentsPrime Unstable CurrentsUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
26Supreme Unstable CurrentsSupreme Unstable CurrentsUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
27Coursing CurrentsCoursing CurrentsUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
28Coursing CurrentsCoursing Currents Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
29Coursing CurrentsCoursing Currents Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
30ConductionConductionUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
31ConductionConduction Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
32ConductionConduction Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
33Fire BoltFire Bolt Level 1 for Enchantment Slot 2Basic SkillBasic Skill
34Vyr's MasteryVyr’s MasteryKey PassivesKey Passives
35Elemental AttunementElemental Attunement Level 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
36DevastationDevastationCore SkillCore Skill
37Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Core SkillCore Skill
38Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Level 2Core SkillCore Skill
39Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
40Enhanced TeleportEnhanced TeleportDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
41Shimmering TeleportShimmering TeleportDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
42Enhanced Ice ArmorEnhanced Ice ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
43Shimmering Ice ArmorShimmering Ice ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
44ElectrocutionElectrocutionUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
45ElectrocutionElectrocution Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
46ElectrocutionElectrocution Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
47Align the ElementsAlign the ElementsConjuration SkillConjuration Skill
48ProtectionProtectionConjuration SkillConjuration Skill
49ProtectionProtection Level 2Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
50ProtectionProtection Level 3Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
51ConvulsionsConvulsionsUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
52ConvulsionsConvulsions Level 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
53ConvulsionsConvulsions Level 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
54Precision MagicPrecision MagicConjuration SkillConjuration Skill
55Precision MagicPrecision Magic Level 2Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
56Precision MagicPrecision Magic Level 3Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
57Frost NovaFrost Nova Level 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
58Frost NovaFrost Nova Level 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill

Enchantment Slots

The Specialization of the Sorceress Class becomes available at Level 15. It is recommended to complete the Legacy of The Magi questline, within the Fractured Peaks, as soon as possible to unlock the first Enhancement Slot. The second slot will become available upon reaching Level 30.

Each Non-Ultimate Skill is associated with an Enchantment effect, and any Non-Ultimate Skill can be equipped in an Enchantment Slot. However, a skill must have at least one skill point allocated to it in order to be used in the Enchantment Slot. Skill points that have been granted through gear work as well.

  • FireballFireball is slotted in the first Enchantment Slot once you unlock it at level 15. It helps clear groups of enemies early on.
  • Fire BoltFire Bolt is slotted in the second Enchantment Slot once you unlock it at level 30. It simply adds more DPS to all your damaging Skills.

Mechanics and Playstyle

The core damage-dealing abilities in this build are Arc LashArc Lash and Charged BoltsCharged Bolts. Arc Lash delivers impressive frontal area-of-effect damage and can Stun enemies it touches. The Charged Bolts Skill, on the other hand, excels in single target damage and is particularly effective against elites and bosses when used at melee range.

Additionally, the Unstable CurrentsUnstable Currents ultimate skill enhances damage output by randomly casting an additional shock spell whenever a shock skill is used. This synergizes well with Arc LashArc Lash, as you can spam the skill during Unstable Currents, and use Charged BoltsCharged Bolts when sufficient Mana has been accumulated.

The Shock Sorceress excels at controlling crowds. With increased movement speed through Flickering Arc LashFlickering Arc Lash, as well as TeleportTeleport, you can easily move around or even through enemies, while Stunning or Freezing them through Frost NovaFrost Nova. This provides control and mobility during the fight.

Damage Rotation

Please note that this build will be especially fun for players who prefer melee combat, featuring a rotation that emphasizes melee-focused Skills:

  1. (Optional) Activate Unstable CurrentsUnstable Currents against tough elites and bosses.
  2. Cast Frost NovaFrost Nova to apply Vulnerable.
  3. Cast Charged BoltsCharged Bolts up close against tougher enemies to shotgun them with multiple bolt projectiles.
  4. Use Ice ArmorIce Armor to protect against incoming damage and regen Mana.
  5. Spam Arc LashArc Lash to finish off weaker groups of enemies.

Repeat the above steps until all enemies are defeated.

Gear Choice and Stat Priority while Leveling

When considering gear choices in Diablo 4, it is important to understand the concept of Item Power. Item Power, displayed beneath the item name and type, represents the strength of your gear and directly impacts the capabilities of your character. Higher Item Power generally indicates stronger gear, but it is important to also consider the affixes and effects that align with your class and build. In some cases, a lower Item Power item might outperform a higher one if it has a special stat that synergizes well with your skills or playstyle. So, when making gear decisions, keep an eye on both Item Power and the specific attributes that complement the build.

Make sure to pick up and sort every item, especially Rare equipment that may be an upgrade. Look out for gear that boosts skills or has useful modifiers, and save Legendary items with good aspects in the stash for later use. In the early levels, selling gear for gold is a good option, but in later levels, try to find a balance between selling and salvaging items, especially Rare gear, as it provides useful materials. Additionally, prioritize upgrading weapons and jewelry, as they affect combat performance the most.

Two-Handed Staves are preferred over Wands for higher damage per hit. Armor should only be upgraded if it has relevant stats or bonuses for the build.

Keep an eye out for the following stats and modifiers that are particularly beneficial for this build (listed in order of importance):

1DPS value on Weapon(s)
+ Attack Speed
+ Cooldown Reduction
+ Intelligence
+ Rank to Charged Bolts
2+ All Damage
+ Damage to Close Enemies.
+ Lightning, Shock, Basic and Core Skill Damage
3+ Damage to Vulnerable, Frozen, Stunned, Crowd Controlled, Injured and Healthy enemies
+ Critical Hit Chance and Damage
+ % Crowd Control Duration
4+ Damage Reduction
+ Any Elemental Resistances
+ Armor
+ Movement Speed
+ All Stats

Legendary Item Aspects

To unlock Aspects in the Codex of Power, you must complete the corresponding Dungeon where the specific Aspect drops. Visit the Occultist to imprint Aspects onto items.

Aspects found on dropped Legendary Items have stronger effects than those applied from the Codex of Power. Additionally, it is important to know that certain Aspects can only be obtained by finding them on a legendary item, and are not accessible through the Codex of Power. Extract Aspects from unusable Legendary Items to imprint them onto well-rolled Rare Items. Avoid imprinting valuable extracted Aspects onto weapons, because weapons they get replaced often while leveling.

We have a dedicated in-depth Aspect and Codex of Power guide that you can check out for more information.

Listed below are the Aspects that are important for the Arc Lash Sorcerer leveling build. They are listed in order of priority.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Aspect of Static ClingAspect of Static ClingYour casts of Charged BoltsCharged Bolts have a {#}% chance to be attracted to enemies and last 300% longer.Wretched Delve, Scosglen
Aspect of ControlAspect of ControlYou deal % more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.Sunken Library, Kehjistan
Rapid AspectRapid AspectBasic Skills gain {#}% Attack Speed.Buried Halls, Dry Steppes
Aspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant % Damage Reduction for 4.0 seconds.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes
Aspect of RetributionAspect of RetributionDistant enemies have a 8% chance to be Stunned for 2 seconds when they hit you. You deal {#}% increased damage to Stunned enemies.Abandoned Mineworks, Kehjistan
Prodigy's AspectProdigy’s AspectUsing a Cooldown restores 15 Mana.Witchwater, Hawezar
Aspect of EfficiencyAspect of EfficiencyCasting a Basic Skill reduces the Mana cost of your next Core Skill by {#}%.Domhainne Tunnels, Scosglen
Edgemaster's AspectEdgemaster’s AspectSkills deal up to {#}% increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.Oldstones, Scosglen
Aspect of the ExpectantAspect of the ExpectantAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by {#}%, up to {#}%.Underrot, Scosglen
Smiting AspectSmiting AspectYou have a {#}% increased Critical Strike Chance against Injured enemies. While you are Healthy, you gain {#}% increased Crowd Control Duration.Random Drop Only
Accelerating AspectAccelerating AspectCritical Strikes with Core Skills increase your Attack Speed by {#}% for 3 seconds.Random drop
Elementalist's AspectElementalist’s AspectCore or Mastery Skills cast at or above 100 Mana gain a {#}% increased Critical Strike Chance.Pallid Delve, Dry Stepps
Mage-Lord's AspectMage-Lord’s AspectThe Vyr's MasteryVyr’s Mastery Key Passive’s Damage Reduction is increased by {#}% for each Close enemy, up to {#}%. Random Drop Only
Stable AspectStable AspectWhile Unstable CurrentsUnstable Currents is not active, your Shock Skills have a {#}% chance to trigger a free cast from it.Random Drop Only
Aspect of DisobedienceAspect of DisobedienceYou gain {#}% increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to {#}%.Halls of the Damned, Kehjistan
Aspect of the UnwaveringAspect of the UnwaveringTaking direct damage has a {#}% chance to reset the Cooldown of one of your Defensive Skills.Putrid Aquifer, Kehjistan
Aspect of the Bounding ConduitAspect of the Bounding ConduitGain % Movement Speed for 3 seconds after using TeleportTeleport.Komdor Temple, Dry Stepps
Wind Striker AspectWind Striker AspectCritical Strikes grant % Movement Speed for 1 second, up to 6 seconds.Shivta Ruins, Kehjistan


Listed below are the best Gems to socket into gear for each slot type.

Elixirs and Health Potions

To gain an edge in your adventures, head to the Alchemist in any main town, and craft Elixirs that enhance your stats and experience gain for 30 minutes. Remember to gather the necessary crafting materials by foraging plants. Craft an Assault ElixirAssault Elixir to boost Attack Speed.

Return to the Alchemist again when you reach Level 20, 30, 45, 60, 70, 80 and 90, to upgrade your potion. The extra healing is essential to survival.


  • August 7th, 2023: Moved this build to its own separate page.
  • August 4th, 2023: Updated for Patch 1.1.1.
  • July 18th, 2023: Updated for Season 1.
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