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

Burn foes to a crisp with this fiery leveling build.




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FirewallFire BoltTeleportFrost NovaIce ArmorInferno

Build Introduction

The FirewallFirewall Sorcerer burns foes to a crisp, leaving only ashes and scorched ground behind. This is your Sorcerer leveling guide for Diablo 4, with the maximum Skill Point allocation at Level 50. Let us go over the build mechanics, character progression, and playstyle!

The Firewall Sorcerer deals Burning Damage to eventually melt enemies with Damage Over Time. This build utilizes a “fire and forget” playstyle, casting FirewallFirewall to build fatal damage and moving on.

FirewallFirewall excels at killing large groups of enemies, but can struggle to kill tougher elites and bosses, especially if they tend to move around often. Alternatively, check out our Chain Lightning Leveling Guide for the best build to start a new Sorcerer character.

Once your Sorcerer character reaches Level 50 or enters World Tier 3, switch to the Endgame Guide for Firewall Sorcerer to continue this build.

To find out more general information about leveling as a Sorcerer in Diablo 4, check out our main Leveling Guide.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar Setup for Firewall Sorcerer (order does not matter)
Firewall Firewall Fire Bolt Fire Bolt Inferno Inferno Teleport Teleport Ice Armor Ice Armor Frost Nova Frost Nova

The following table shows the order in which to allocate your Skill Points for Firewall Sorcerer leveling. You gain 48 points at Level 50 and 2 points from completing Renown in each Act zone, for a total of 58.

1Fire BoltFire Bolt Rank 1Basic SkillBasic Skill
2Enhanced Fire BoltEnhanced Fire BoltBasic SkillBasic Skill
3FireballFireball Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
4Enhanced FireballEnhanced FireballCore SkillCore Skill
5Greater FireballGreater FireballCore SkillCore Skill
6Flickering Fire BoltFlickering Fire BoltBasic SkillBasic Skill
7TeleportTeleport Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
8Frost NovaFrost Nova Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
9Enhanced Frost NovaEnhanced Frost NovaDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
10Mystical Frost NovaMystical Frost NovaDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
11FireballFireball Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
12FireballFireball Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
13FireballFireball Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
14FireballFireball Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill
15Glass CannonGlass Cannon Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
16Glass CannonGlass Cannon Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
17Glass CannonGlass Cannon Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
18DevastationDevastation Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
19Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
20Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
21Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill

Swap the main damage skill: After spending the first 21 Skill Points, remove 4 points from FireballFireball (keep 1 point in Fireball for the Enchantment slot) and place them into FirewallFirewall Level 4. Firewall replaces Fireball on your Skill Bar and becomes the main damage dealer.

22FirewallFirewall Rank 5Mastery SkillMastery Skill
23Enhanced FirewallEnhanced FirewallMastery SkillMastery Skill
24Mage's FirewallMage’s FirewallMastery SkillMastery Skill
25InfernoInfernoUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
26Prime InfernoPrime InfernoUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
27Supreme InfernoSupreme InfernoUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
28Ice ArmorIce Armor Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
29Enhanced Ice ArmorEnhanced Ice ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
30Inner FlamesInner Flames Rank 1Mastery SkillMastery Skill
31Inner FlamesInner Flames Rank 2Mastery SkillMastery Skill
32Inner FlamesInner Flames Rank 3Mastery SkillMastery Skill
33Fiery SurgeFiery Surge Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
34CombustionCombustionCapstone SkillCapstone Skill
35SoulfireSoulfire Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
36SoulfireSoulfire Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
37SoulfireSoulfire Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
38Endless PyreEndless Pyre Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
39Endless PyreEndless Pyre Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
40Endless PyreEndless Pyre Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
41Fiery SurgeFiery Surge Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
42Fiery SurgeFiery Surge Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
43Elemental AttunementElemental Attunement Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
44Enhanced TeleportEnhanced TeleportDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
45Shimmering TeleportShimmering TeleportDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
46Align the ElementsAlign the Elements Rank 1Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
47ProtectionProtection Rank 1Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
48ProtectionProtection Rank 2Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
49ProtectionProtection Rank 3Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
50Mana ShieldMana Shield Rank 1Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
51Mana ShieldMana Shield Rank 2Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
52Mana ShieldMana Shield Rank 3Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
53Fire BoltFire Bolt Rank 2Basic SkillBasic Skill
54Fire BoltFire Bolt Rank 3Basic SkillBasic Skill
55Fire BoltFire Bolt Rank 4Basic SkillBasic Skill
56Fire BoltFire Bolt Rank 5Basic SkillBasic Skill
57WarmthWarmth Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
58WarmthWarmth Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill

Enchantment Slots

The Specialization of the Sorcerer can be unlocked at Level 15. Complete the Legacy of the Magi questline as soon as possible to gain access to your first Enchantment Slot, and then assign FireballFireball for group clearing. Once you unlock the second slot at Level 30, assign FirewallFirewall to it.

Build Mechanics and Playstyle

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 Fire BoltFire Bolt and InfernoInferno.

With enough damage, weaker enemies can be dragged through Firewalls while you move forward to the next group of enemies. Freeze tougher opponents, or run circles around them, to keep them from moving out of multiple Firewall placements.

Damage Rotation

Optimize DPS with the following rotation.

  1. Cast FirewallFirewall under enemies.
  2. Cast Frost NovaFrost Nova to Freeze enemies while they are standing in multiple FirewallFirewall placements.
  3. If needed, use InfernoInferno to group enemies up and freely spam FirewallFirewall.
  4. Spam Fire BoltFire Bolt to regenerate Mana.

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. The following sections cover the important systems that are essential to improving the power of your character during the leveling process.

Legendary Aspects

Higher Tier Aspects with stronger effects can be found on dropped Legendary Items. Salvage unwanted Legendary Items at the Blacksmith to unlock these Aspects in the Codex of Power, and the imprint them onto well-rolled Rare Items. Check the in-depth Aspect and Codex of Power guide for more information.

Listed below are the Aspects found on Legendary Items that are important for the Firewall Sorcerer leveling build. They are listed in order of priority.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Edgemaster'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.Oldstones, Scosglen
Aspect of the ExpectantAspect of the ExpectantAttacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by [5 – 10%], up to 30%.Underroot, Scosglen
Aspect of ControlAspect of ControlYou deal x [20 – 35%] more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.Sunken Library, Kehjistan
Rapid AspectRapid AspectBasic Skills gain [15 – 30%] Attack Speed.Buried Halls, Dry Steppes
Conceited AspectConceited AspectDeal [15 – 25%] increased damage while you have a Barrier active.Random Drop Only
Storm Swell AspectStorm Swell AspectYou deal x [15 – 30%] increased damage to Vulnerable enemies while you have a Barrier.Onyx Hold, Dry Steppes
Aspect of MightAspect of MightBasic Skills grant 20% Damage Reduction for [2.0 – 6.0] seconds.Dark Ravine, Dry Steppes
Flamewalker’s AspectFlamewalker’s AspectComing in contact with your Firewall grants you + [15 – 25%] Movement Speed for 6 seconds.Cultist Refuge, Fractured Peaks
Aspect of the Bounding ConduitAspect of the Bounding ConduitGain [25 – 30%] Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.Komdor Temple, Dry Steppes


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

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 and Health Potions

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 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.
  2. Elixir of PrecisionElixir of Precision provides the highest damage output increase, if not already capped at 100% Critical Strike Chance.
  3. Elixir of AdvantageElixir of Advantage increases damage output, if not already capped at 100% Attack Speed bonus from gear and Paragon.
  4. 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.

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 during the early leveling process. Each line of affixes are 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.

When comparing weapons with similar item levels, Two-Handed Staves are preferred over One-Handed Weapons for higher damage per hit while leveling.

Critical Strike Damage becomes beneficial once you obtain Burning InstinctBurning Instinct in Paragon.

Tempering Manuals are randomly dropped while leveling, and they need to be found to unlock their usage at the Blacksmith. Firewall Size is the the most beneficial temper to prioritize while leveling. All other tempers may not be worthwhile during early levels if you are consistently replacing gear with new item upgrades.

SlotGear AffixesTempering Affixes
Wand1. Maximum Life
2. Intelligence, Damage Over Time, Critical Strike Damage, Vulnerable Damage
Pyromancy AugmentsPyromancy Augments (Weapon): Firewall Size
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Focus1. Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction
2. Maximum Life, Intelligence
Pyromancy AugmentsPyromancy Augments (Weapon): Firewall Size
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Helm1. Mana per Second, Cooldown Reduction
2. 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. Mana per Second, Ranks to Defensive Skills
2. 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 EnemiesNatural 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
Boots1. Ranks to Firewall, Mana per Second, Movement Speed
2. 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. Resource Cost Reduction, Movement Speed, Lucky Hit Chance
3. Resistances, Armor
Natural MotionNatural Motion (Mobility): Evade Cooldown Reduction
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Rings1. Attack Speed, Resource Cost Reduction
2. Maximum Life, Intelligence, Damage Over Time, Vulnerable Damage, Critical Strike Damage
Worldly StabilityWorldly Stability (Resource): Resource Generation or Resource Cost Reduction
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies


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

The Paragon boards in this leveling guide are designed as a temporary setup for characters that have recently reached Level 50. Continue your progress with the fully optimized Paragon setup in the Firewall endgame guide.

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 (Torch)

Rotate the Searing HeatSearing Heat board 2 times before attachment. Socket TorchTorch for 2 sources of increased Burning damage. The Legendary node on this board is not utilized.

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  • 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).
  • October 17th, 2023: Guide created for Season 2 (Patch 1.2.0)
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