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

Roast your foes with a burning beam of fire!




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IncinerateFire BoltInfernoTeleportFrost NovaIce Armor

Build Introduction

The Incinerate Sorcerer leveling build roasts foes with a penetrating beam of burning fire. IncinerateIncinerate excels at clearing groups of enemies when lined up, and it can be channeled to ramp up devasting damage against bosses. This build is an ideal choice to start a new character in Season 4 due to the Haedrig’s Gift providing equipment for Incinerate Sorcerers.

Once you reach Level 50 in World Tier 3, continue this build with the Incinerate endgame guide. 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 leveling the Incinerate Sorcerer (order does not matter)
Incinerate Incinerate Fire Bolt Fire Bolt Inferno Inferno Teleport Teleport Frost Nova Frost Nova Ice Armor Ice Armor

The following table shows the order in which to allocate your Skill Points for Incinerate 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
3IncinerateIncinerate Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
4Flickering Fire BoltFlickering Fire Bolt Rank 1
(switch to Glinting Fire BoltGlinting Fire Bolt once you obtain enough Mana per second gear)
Basic SkillBasic Skill
5Enhanced IncinerateEnhanced IncinerateCore SkillCore Skill
6Destructive IncinerateDestructive IncinerateCore SkillCore 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
11IncinerateIncinerate Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
12IncinerateIncinerate Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
13IncinerateIncinerate Rank 4Core SkillCore Skill
14IncinerateIncinerate Rank 5Core SkillCore Skill
15FireballFireball for Enchantment Slot 1Core SkillCore Skill
16Enhanced FireballEnhanced FireballDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
17Glass CannonGlass Cannon Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
18Glass CannonGlass Cannon Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
19Glass CannonGlass Cannon Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
20Elemental AttunementElemental AttunementDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
21Inner FlamesInner Flames Rank 1Mastery SkillMastery Skill
22Inner FlamesInner Flames Rank 2Mastery SkillMastery Skill
23Inner FlamesInner Flames Rank 3Mastery SkillMastery Skill
24InfernoInfernoUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
25Prime InfernoPrime InfernoUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
26Supreme InfernoSupreme InfernoUltimate SkillUltimate Skill
27Fiery SurgeFiery Surge Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
28SoulfireSoulfire Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
29SoulfireSoulfire Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
30SoulfireSoulfire Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
31Endless PyreEndless Pyre Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
32Endless PyreEndless Pyre Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
33Endless PyreEndless Pyre Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
34CombustionCombustionCapstone SkillCapstone Skill
35Fiery SurgeFiery Surge Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
36Fiery SurgeFiery Surge Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
37DevastationDevastation Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
38Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Rank 1Core SkillCore Skill
39Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Rank 2Core SkillCore Skill
40Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Rank 3Core SkillCore Skill
41Ice ArmorIce Armor Rank 1Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
42Enhanced Ice ArmorEnhanced Ice ArmorDefensive SkillDefensive Skill
43Shimmering Ice ArmorShimmering Ice ArmorDefensive 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
53WarmthWarmth Rank 1Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
54WarmthWarmth Rank 2Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
55WarmthWarmth Rank 3Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
56Frost NovaFrost Nova Rank 2Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
57Frost NovaFrost Nova Rank 3Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
58Frost NovaFrost Nova Rank 4Defensive SkillDefensive 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 IncinerateIncinerate to it.

Build Mechanics and Playstyle

The IncinerateIncinerate Sorcerer leveling build is fairly simple to play due to the Core Skill doing the majority of the damage for both density clearing and single target fights. Drag and line up group of enemies to hit them all with the piercing beam of fire. Once Incinerate reaches level 5, its damage is further increased by many Passives in the Skill Tree.

Damage Rotation

Engage battles at range with the following rotation.

  1. Cast Frost NovaFrost Nova near enemies to apply Vulnerable from Mystical Frost NovaMystical Frost Nova
  2. Cast InfernoInferno to Pull groups of enemies together.
  3. Channel IncinerateIncinerate while above 50 Mana to utilize Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance for optimal DPS.
  4. Activate Ice ArmorIce Armor for 25% Mana Regeneration.
  5. Spam Fire BoltFire Bolt to generate Mana and finish off weakened enemies.

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

Aspect of ConflagrationAspect of Conflagration is the most beneficial Offensive Aspect while leveling an Incinerate Sorcerer. Unlock the Aspect in the Codex of Power by completing the Light’s Watch dungeon in Fractured Peaks. This dungeon is near the first main town of Kyovashad and it has a minimum monster level of 1, so clear it as soon as possible. Afterwards, visit the Occultist to imprint Aspect of Conflagration onto a Rare Item. An Amulet is recommended for imprinting important Aspects for a +50% bonus effect, and it doesn’t need to be replaced as often as weapons.

Light’s Watch Dungeon is closely located below Kyovashad

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 Incinerate leveling build. They are listed in order of priority.

Aspect NameLegendary Aspect PowerSource
Aspect of ConflagrationAspect of ConflagrationWhile channeling Incinerate, your Burning damage is increased by x [25 – 40%] . Enemies hit by Incinerate explode, Burning all surrounding enemies for [X] over 3 seconds. This effect occurs once per 4 seconds.Light’s Watch, Fractured Peaks
Flamethrower's AspectFlamethrower’s AspectIncinerate splits into 3 beams, each dealing [70 – 85%] of normal damage.Random Drop
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
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 ControlAspect of ControlYou deal [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
Storm Swell AspectStorm Swell AspectYou deal [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
Aspect of the Bounding ConduitAspect of the Bounding ConduitGain [25 – 30%] Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.Komdor Temple, Dry Steppes
Aspect of Engulfing FlamesAspect of Engulfing FlamesYou deal [10 – 30%] bonus Burning damage to enemies who are below 50% of their total Life. While enemies are affected by more Damage Over Time than their total Life, you deal [80 – 100%] increased Burning damage to them.Random Drop


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.


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 channeling of IncinerateIncinerate.
  2. 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 Incinerate 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 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. Incinerate Size is 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): Incinerate Size
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Focus1. Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction
2. Maximum Life, Intelligence
Pyromancy AugmentsPyromancy Augments (Weapon): Incinerate Size
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Helm1. Mana per Second, Cooldown Reduction
2. Resistances, Armor
3. 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. Ranks to Incinerate, Resource Cost Reduction
2. Resistances, Armor
3. 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
Boots1. 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
3. Resistances, Armor
Natural MotionNatural Motion (Mobility): Evade Cooldown Reduction
Natural FinesseNatural Finesse (Offensive): Damage to Close Enemies
Rings1. 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 Incinerate 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)

The Burning InstinctBurning Instinct board does not need to be rotated before attachment. 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 a large boost in Burning damage increased from 2 sources. 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 created for Season 4 (Patch 1.4.0).
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