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Firewall Sorcerer Endgame Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 4)

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Build Introduction

The FirewallFirewall Sorceress is an endgame build designed for those who enjoy harnessing the burning power of fire. This build offers high Mana Regeneration, and deals significant Burning Damage Over Time.

By incorporating multiple unique sources of Burning damage, CombustionCombustion adds a significant separate damage multiplier. Additionally, the Sorceress can use Flame ShieldFlame Shield and Frost NovaFrost Nova for self-defense when necessary.

The only starting requirement for this endgame build guide is a character around level 50 in World Tier 3. Check the Sorcerer Leveling Guide if you need help getting there.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths
  • High sustained damage
  • Simple playstyle
  • Multiple Defensive Skills and Crowd Controls for survivability
Weaknesses
  • Damage needs to ramp up
  • Limited Area of Effect
  • Lacks survivability when Defensive Skills or Crowd Controls are inactive

To see how this build compares to the other builds on our site, you can check out our build tier lists.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar Setup for the Firewall Sorcerer (order does not matter)
Firewall Firewall Flame Shield Flame Shield Inferno Inferno Teleport Teleport Ice Armor Ice Armor Frost Nova Frost Nova

The Skill Tree above shows the full allocation of 58 Skill Points for the Firewall Sorceress build. Make sure you obtain the 10 Skill Points available from Renown.

Enchantment Slots

Non-Ultimate Skills can be equipped in two available Enchantment Slots. 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.

Slot FirewallFirewall in the first Enchantment Slot, as it will have a chance to trigger two additional Firewalls underneath enemies when they take burning damage. 

Slot FireballFireball in the second Enchantment Slot for explosions to help against groups of enemies.

Alternative options include MeteorMeteor for the Meteor hybrid build variant and TeleportTeleport for the Telestomp build variant.

Paragon Board

Paragon unlocks after reaching Level 50, and the progression system offers a considerable boost to character power. The images below provide a visual of each Paragon Board setup for the Firewall Sorcerer.

Important Notes:

  • Make sure you select the correct Legendary Boards and rotate them into the correct orientation.
  • Attach Legendary Boards in the correct order, as bonus requirements of Rare Nodes increase with their placement order.
  • Additional bonus requirements on Rare Glyphs may not be obtainable until they gain increased radius range at Level 15.

1. Starting Board (Territorial)

Socket TerritorialTerritorial in the starting board for some valuable Damage Reduction.

2. Burning Instinct (Reinforced)

Attach the Burning InstinctBurning Instinct board without any rotations. Socket ReinforcedReinforced for another source of valuable Damage Reduction. TacticianTactician is another viable choice if you prefer a damage multiplier. Obtain the Legendary Node to enable a Burning damage multiplier that scales with Critical Strike Damage and Intelligence.

3. Searing Heat (Destruction)

Rotate the Searing HeatSearing Heat board 2 times before attachment. Socket DestructionDestruction for increased Critical Strike Damage to scale the bonus damage multiplier on Burning InstinctBurning Instinct. The Legendary node on this board is not utilized.

4. Elemental Summoner (Control)

Rotate the Elemental SummonerElemental Summoner board 1 time before attachment. Socket ControlControl and prioritize leveling it to 15 to obtain the additional bonus. The Legendary Node on this board is not utilized.

5. Enchantment Master (Torch)

Rotate the Enchantment MasterEnchantment Master board 1 time before attachment. Socket TorchTorch for 2 sources of increased Burning damage The Legendary node on this board is not utilized.

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Gear, Gems, Elixirs, and Stats

Season 4 brings an incredible shift in character progression systems. The major rework to itemization and crafting in Patch 1.4.0 changes the core mechanics of Diablo 4, and the changes will remain in effect beyond Season 4. For further details, read the overview in the Tempering and Masterworking section.

Legendary Aspects

Listed below are all the best-in-slot Aspects for the Firewall Sorcerer build. Salvage Legendary Items with higher Aspect values to unlock them in the Codex of Power, and then imprint them onto Legendary Items with the preferred affixes.

Gear SlotAspect NameLegendary Aspect Power
Amulet (+50% bonus effect)Storm Swell AspectStorm Swell AspectYou deal x [21 – 30%] increased damage to Vulnerable enemies while you have a Barrier.
Ring Slot #1 (replaced by Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless SkiesEdgemaster's AspectEdgemaster’s AspectSkills deal up to [10 – 20%] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.
Ring Slot #2 (replaced by Tal Rasha's Iridescent LoopTal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop)Aspect of Engulfing FlamesAspect of Engulfing FlamesYou deal 10-30% bonus Burning damage to enemies who are below 50% of their total Life or 80-100% if they are affected by more Damage Over Time than their total Life.
Wand or FocusConceited AspectConceited AspectDeal [15 – 25%] increased damage while you have a Barrier active.
Wand or FocusAspect of Shredding BladesAspect of Shredding BladesIce Blades’ chance to apply Vulnerable is increased by +20% and the Vulnerable duration is increased by 4 seconds. You gain x [15 – 25%] Vulnerable Damage.
Note: Use only for the Vulnerable Damage.
Gloves (replaced by Fists of FateFists of Fate)Aspect of ControlAspect of ControlYou deal [25 – 35%] more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.
Chest (replaced by Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite)Aspect of DisobedienceAspect of DisobedienceYou gain [0.6 – 1.1%] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [36 – 66%].
Helm (replaced by Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest)Snowveiled AspectSnowveiled AspectCasting Ice Armor makes you Unstoppable and grants 30% bonus Armor for [3.0 – 5.0] seconds.
Pants (replaced by Tibault's WillTibault’s Will)Aspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2.0 – 6.0] seconds.
Boots (optional replacement with FlickerstepFlickerstep)Flamewalker's AspectFlamewalker’s AspectComing in contact with your Firewall grants you [15 – 25%] Movement Speed for 4 seconds.

Gems

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

SlotGems
WeaponRoyal AmethystRoyal Amethyst for increased Damage Over Time.
ArmorRoyal RubyRoyal Ruby for increased Maximum Life.
JewelryAny Resistance Gems needed or Royal SkullRoyal Skull for Armor.

Elixirs

Visit the Alchemist in any main town to craft helpful Elixirs that increase stats and experience gain for 30 minutes. Make sure to forage plants and pick up the necessary crafting materials during your adventures; they randomly spawn around the world. Elixirs can also drop randomly from enemies and chests during many activities in Diablo 4. Listed below are the best Elixirs to consume, ranked by importance.

  1. Elixir of AdvantageElixir of Advantage increases damage output, if not already capped at 100% Attack Speed bonus from gear and Paragon.
  2. Elixir of ResourceElixir of Resource helps with Mana issues, if you do not already have the appropriate Mana gear. This elixir is highly recommended for starting characters to maintain constant casts of FirewallFirewall.
  3. Elixir of FortitudeElixir of Fortitude is the best general purpose option for survivability. Increased Maximum Life grants larger Barriers from ProtectionProtection and Ice ArmorIce Armor.
  4.  Elixir of Iron Barbs Elixir of Iron Barbs can provide a high amount of Physical Damage Reduction. Armor becomes more effective as you approach the Armor cap (9,320 against monster level 100 and above).
  5. Specific Resistance Elixirs can be utilized to survive against Uber Bosses with elemental attacks.

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.

Stat Priority and Tempering Affixes

Listed below are the affixes to prioritize on gear for Firewall Sorcerers. Each line of affixes is listed in order of importance. Affixes on the same line are considered to be equally important, but their benefits may vary depending on how much is stacked or other character stats. Bolded affixes are the most important targets for Masterworking upgrades.

When comparing weapons of similar item levels, One-Handed Weapons are preferred over Two-Handed Weapons, as a Focus provides more beneficial utility affixes. A Wand is preferred over a Dagger for the Lucky Hit Chance implicit stat.

Critical Strike Damage is beneficial due to it increasing the bonus multiplier on Burning InstinctBurning Instinct.

The priority order of Resistances is Lightning > Poison > Fire > Cold > Shadow. Maximum Resistance is 70% by default for each element and can be increased to 85% by various sources.

If you are using a speed setup with Teleport Enchantment, temper the Evade Cooldown Reduction affix from the Natural Motion Manual onto your Boots and Amulet. Otherwise, temper the Movement Speed or Teleport Cooldown Reduction affixes.

Check the Tempering and Masterworking section for more details on Blacksmith upgrading.

SlotGear AffixesTempering Affixes
Wand1. Maximum Life
2. Intelligence, Damage Over Time, Critical Strike Damage, Vulnerable Damage
Pyromancy AugmentsPyromancy Augments (Weapon): Firewall Size
Frost FinesseFrost Finesse (Offensive): Cold Damage
Focus1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Resource Cost Reduction
3. Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource, Maximum Life, Intelligence
Pyromancy AugmentsPyromancy Augments (Weapon): Firewall Size
Frost FinesseFrost Finesse (Offensive): Cold Damage
Helm1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Mana per Second, Resistances, Armor
3. Lucky Hit Chance, Maximum Life, Intelligence
Natural SchemesNatural Schemes (Utility): Crowd Control Duration
Worldly EnduranceWorldly Endurance (Defensive): Armor or Maximum Life
Chest1. Ranks to Defensive Skills
2. Mana per Second, Resistances, Armor
3. Maximum Life, Intelligence
Natural SchemesNatural Schemes (Utility): Crowd Control Duration
Worldly EnduranceWorldly Endurance (Defensive): Armor or Maximum Life
Gloves1. Attack Speed, Resource Cost Reduction
2. Resistances, Armor
3. Lucky Hit Chance, Maximum Life, Intelligence, Damage Over Time, Vulnerable Damage, Critical Strike Damage
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Natural SchemesNatural Schemes (Utility): Crowd Control Duration
Pants1. Resistances, Armor
2. Maximum Life, Intelligence
Natural SchemesNatural Schemes (Utility): Crowd Control Duration
Worldly EnduranceWorldly Endurance (Defensive): Armor or Maximum Life
BootsImplicit Stat: Attacks Reduce Evade’s Cooldown
1. Ranks to Firewall, Movement Speed
2. Mana per Second, Resistances, Armor
3. Maximum Life, Intelligence
Natural MotionNatural Motion (Mobility): Evade Cooldown Reduction
Natural SchemesNatural Schemes (Utility): Crowd Control Duration
Amulet1. Ranks to Endless Pyre or Glass Cannon, Cooldown Reduction
2. Attack Speed, Resource Cost Reduction, Movement Speed, Resistances, Armor
Natural MotionNatural Motion (Mobility): Evade Cooldown Reduction
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Rings1. Attack Speed, Resource Cost Reduction
2. Lucky Hit Chance, Maximum Life, Resistances
3. Intelligence, Critical Strike Damage, Damage Over Time, Vulnerable Damage
Worldly StabilityWorldly Stability (Resource): Resource Generation or Resource Cost Reduction
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies

Rotation and Playstyle

Optimize DPS with the following rotation.

  1. If you have Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite, teleport on enemies to group and stun them.
  2. Cast FirewallFirewall under enemies.
  3. Cast Frost NovaFrost Nova to Freeze enemies and apply Vulnerable.
  4. If needed, use InfernoInferno to group enemies up and freely spam FirewallFirewall.
  5. Cast Flame ShieldFlame Shield or Ice ArmorIce Armor for protection and Unstoppable when needed.

Unique Items

Listed below are the recommended and optional Unique Items for the Firewall Meteor Sorcerer build. Each item description includes the most important affix to target for Masterworking upgrades. Check the Uber Unique Farming guide for information on target-farming them.

  • Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite (highly recommended) enables the Telestomp playstyle to group and Stun enemies.
    • Masterworking Priority: Ranks of the Glass Cannon Passive
  • Tal Rasha's Iridescent LoopTal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop (recommended) can provide up to a 45% damage multiplier with 3 elemental stacks. Switch Frost NovaFrost Nova or Ice ArmorIce Armor to Ice BladesIce Blades to obtain the 3rd Tal Rasha buff stack.
    • Masterworking Priority: Cooldown Reduction
  • Ring of Starless SkiesRing of Starless Skies (recommended) is the best Uber Unique Item for the Firewall Sorcerer. The unique effect provides a 40% damage multiplier and solves any Mana issues.
    • Masterworking Priority: Critical Strike Chance
  • Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest (recommended) provides additional Ranks to FirewallFirewall and 20% Damage Reduction, if you are lucky enough to find this Uber Unique Item.
    • Masterworking Priority: Cooldown Reduction
  • Tibault's WillTibault’s Will (recommended) provides a damage multiplier effect and a Damage Reduction from Close Enemies affix that is not usually obtainable in the Pants slot, in addition to Mana generation. Alternate activations of the damage buff with TeleportTeleport and Flame ShieldFlame Shield.
    • Masterworking Priority: Damage Reduction from Close Enemies
  • Fists of FateFists of Fate (recommended) increases overall damage by 50% with a perfect 300% value on the unique effect. They have a higher damage multiplier than Legendary Gloves with an Offensive Aspect.
    • Masterworking Priority: Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource
  • FlickerstepFlickerstep (optional) provides a Damage Reduction from Close Enemies affix that is not normally available in the Boots slot, and the unique effect is useful for more casts of InfernoInferno.
    • Masterworking Priority: Damage Reduction from Close Enemies

Season 4: Loot Reborn

The following list details the changes in the Season 4 Update (Patch 1.4.0) that may pertain to Firewall Meteor Sorcerers. Check the Changelog for all the other guide updates.

  • Mastery Skills are now also considered Core Skills.
  • Tal Rasha's Iridescent LoopTal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop
    • Maximum stacks now capped at four.
    • All Resistance variants increased from 8%/3% to 10%/4%.
  • Tibault's WillTibault’s Will
    • Damage increase while Unstoppable reduced from 20-40% to 10-20%.
    • Damage increase persists for 1 second longer after being Unstoppable.
  • Ice ArmorIce Armor
    • Enhanced Ice ArmorEnhanced Ice Armor
      • Mana Regeneration increased from 25% to 30%.
    • Shimmering Ice ArmorShimmering Ice Armor
      • Previous – Enemies that hit you while Ice Armor is active have a 15% chance to become Frozen for 3.23 seconds.
      • Now – While Ice Armor is active, you reduce its Cooldown by 1 second for every 50 Mana you spend.
    • Mystical Ice ArmorMystical Ice Armor
      • Previous – Damage against Vulnerable enemies contributes 50% more to Ice Armor’s Barrier.
      • Now – While Ice Armor is active, you periodically Chill Close enemies for 20% and deal 15% increased damage to Frozen enemies.
  • Shimmering Frost NovaShimmering Frost Nova
    • Previous – Frost Nova generates 4 Mana per enemy hit.
    • Now – Frost Nova grants 3% Dodge Chance per enemy hit, up to 15%. Hitting a Boss gives the maximum amount. For the next 8 seconds, you keep this effect, and successful Dodges generate 20 Mana.
  • Flame ShieldFlame Shield
    • Enhanced Flame ShieldEnhanced Flame Shield
      • Previous – Flame Shield grants 25% increased Movement Speed while active.
      • Now – Flame Shield has a 50% larger burn radius.
    • Mystical Flame ShieldMystical Flame Shield
      • Previous – You gain 25% Mana Cost Reduction while Flame Shield is active.
      • Now – After Flame Shield ends, surrounding enemies are Stunned for 3 seconds and your next Skill within 10 seconds is a guaranteed Critical Strike.
  • TeleportTeleport
    • Enhanced TeleportEnhanced Teleport
      • Previous – Teleport’s Cooldown is decreased by 0.5 seconds per enemy hit, up to 3 seconds.
      • Now – You gain 30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.
    • Mystical TeleportMystical Teleport
      • Previous – For 4 seconds after Teleporting, Crackling Energy hits 2 additional enemies.
      • Now – Teleport deals 500% increased damage. It also forms a Crackling Energy for each enemy it hits, up to 3.
  • Lightning SpearLightning Spear
    • Damage increased by 8% (.15 to .16).
  • Elemental AttunementElemental Attunement
    • Cooldown reset chance increased from 5% to 7%.
  • Mana ShieldMana Shield
    • Damage Reduction increased from 7% to 8%.
  • Devouring BlazeDevouring Blaze
    • Crowd Controlled enemies now provide the damage bonus instead of Immobilized.
  • Conjuration MasteryConjuration Mastery
    • Previous – You gain 1% increased damage for each active conjuration.
    • Now – You gain 1% increased damage, 1% Movement Speed, and 2% Mana Generation for each active Conjuration.
  • Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance
    • Damage increased from 3% to 4%.
  • Hectic AspectHectic Aspect
    • Cooldown Reduction reduced from 2-4 seconds to 1-2 seconds.
  • Aspect of DisobedienceAspect of Disobedience
    • Armor stacks no longer fall off independently. They now refresh or reset at the same time.
    • Armor gain changed to 25-40%.
  • Aspect of the Bounding ConduitAspect of the Bounding Conduit
    • Previous – Gain 15-30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.
    • Now – Teleport’s Cooldown is reduced by 1.0-2.5 seconds. After Teleporting, Crackling Energy hits 2 additional enemies for 5 seconds.
  • TacticianTactician
    • New Functionality: Now lasts 4 seconds longer for each Defensive Skill not on your Action Bar.

Advanced Information

Additional details are provided in the following sections for a more in-depth explanation of the Firewall Sorcerer. Read this advanced information after understanding the basic overview of the build in the previous sections.

Build Mechanics

This Fire build is focused around powerful Damage Over Time (DoT) from FirewallFirewall. Its damage is enhanced with CombustionCombustion by applying other Burning sources from Flame ShieldFlame Shield and InfernoInferno.

Critical Strike Damage is applied to Burning Damage with Burning InstinctBurning Instinct from Paragon. This allows us to benefit from Critical Strike Damage on gear.

Firewall Meteor Sorcerer Build Variant

Supplement FirewallFirewall by dumping highly damaging MeteorMeteor showers with Starfall CoronetStarfall Coronet. This Unique Helm powers drops additional Meteors and applies a Cooldown to the Skill. Starfall Coronet is required for this build variant, so farm the Beast in Ice Uber Boss until it drops!

The Firewall Meteor Sorcerer makes the following changes to the original build in this guide.

Telestomp with Raiment of the Infinite

Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite allows the Firewall Sorcerer to use 2 sources of TeleportTeleport offensively. Teleporting on top of enemies to Stun and group them up is called “Telestomping”. This playstyle can quickly clear groups of enemies and keep them Crowd Controlled (CC) for safety, perfect for speed-farming Helltides, Nightmare Dungeons, and The Pit!

Use the following setup for the Telestomp Sorcerer.

Tempering and Masterworking

The Season 4 update (Patch 1.4.0) introduces a rework for itemization. Tempering and Masterworking brings the biggest change to itemization since the release of Diablo 4, so make sure you understand the new systems explained in this section.

The amount of affixes on items has been changed to reflect its rarity: Normal Items have no affixes, Magic Items have 1 affix, Rare Items have 2 affixes, Legendary Items have 3 affixes, and Unique Items have 4 affixes. Upgrading a Rare Item to a Legendary Item by imprinting a Legendary Aspect from the Codex of Power will not add a third affix. Therefore, Legendary Items are superior to lower rarity items for a min-maxed character.

Greater Affixes are a newly added mechanic that increases the value of an affix by 50%. Ancestral Legendary Items and Unique Items can now drop with up to 4 Greater Affixes! Search for items with your preferred Greater Affixes to upgrade with Tempering and Masterworking.

Tempering and Masterworking is an important system, even mandatory in the endgame, for character progression. You are able to add 2 additional affixes on any Rare Item or Legendary Item, exclusive to the Tempering System. An Ancestral Legendary Item can have up to 5 total affixes! Unfortunately, Unique Items cannot be tempered to add affixes.

Masterworking uses new crafting materials found in The Pit to further enhance the stats of an item. These upgrades can be applied on an Ancestral Legendary Item that has its Tempering Slots filled out. Unique Items can be upgraded with Masterworking right away, as tempering does not apply to them. Each item has 12 upgrade slots. On upgrade Ranks 4, 8, and 12, a random affix is increased in value by 25%. Every other upgrade Rank applies a 5% increase to all affixes on an item. Attempt to apply the bonus 25% upgrade to your preferred affix multiple times by resetting the Masterworking Ranks to repeat the process.

Obol Gambling

Obol gambling is a great way to potentially find item upgrades or items missing from your build. Use Obols on your target equipment for a chance to receive Greater Affixes. Check out the new tool from Icy Veins for gambling Obols in the link below.

Obol Gambling Optimization Tool

Changelog

  • May 15th, 2024: Priority Affixes updated with game changes made since the Season 4 PTR.
  • May 14th, 2024: Guide updated for Season 4 (Patch 1.4.0)
  • March 5th, 2024: Guide updated for the Mid Season 3 Update (Patch 1.3.3).
  • January 22nd, 2024: Guide updated for Season 3 (Patch 1.3.0).
  • November 15th, 2023: Paragon Board images added.
  • November 9th, 2023: Tal Rasha's Iridescent LoopTal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop added to Unique Item section.
  • November 1st, 2023: Resistances added to Stat Priority List and Gem sections.
  • October 26th, 2023:
    • Telestomp variant build section added.
    • Aspects reevaluated.
    • New items, FlickerstepFlickerstep and Tibault's WillTibault’s Will, added to Unique Item section.
  • October 17th, 2023: Guide updated for Season 2 (Patch 1.2.0).
  • July 18th, 2023: Guide updated for Season 1. DestructionDestruction is now usable to increase Critical Strike Damage for Burning Instinct and has been included in the Paragon setup.
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