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Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir (AoZ) Build Guide for Diablo 4 (Season 2)

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This build guide is specifically designed for Season 2 of Diablo 4, and may not be effective for use after the season ends.

Abattoir of Zir (AoZ) Build Introduction

The Abattoir of Zir (AoZ) variant builds for Ball LightningBall Lightning Sorcerers are late endgame setups, focused on performance for the most difficult content in Season 2 of Diablo 4. This guide includes setups for both speed farming to obtain Sigil Powder and Glyph Experience for leveling Tears of Blood, as well as pushing up the AoZ Tiers. This is the best Sorcerer build for AoZ content in Diablo 4. For more information on this endgame activity, check out our Abattoir of Zir Guide.

Climbing up high tiers of Abattoir of Zir requires enough Damage Per Second (DPS) to clear enemies before the timer runs out, as well as enough defense to survive highly damaging enemy attacks. In order to achieve these requirements, the best parts of the Telestomp and Immortal variants from the original Ball Lightning Sorcerer Endgame Guide are combined together.

The major differences between the speed farm and push variant builds are listed below.

  • For speed farming, run an AoZ Tier that you can complete in 3 to 4 minutes to quickly gain Sigil Powder and Glyph Experience.
  • TeleportTeleport Enchantment is used to travel quickly during speed farm, while Ball LightningBall Lightning Enchantment maximizes Damage Per Second (DPS) to push up AoZ Tiers.
  • Lucky Hit Chance becomes a high priority for more Ball LightningBall Lightning Enchantment procs while pushing AoZ Tiers. Lucky Hit Chance can be obtained on Gloves, Focus and Rings. In addition, leftover Skill Points can be allocated in Precision MagicPrecision Magic.
  • The Shatter Build Variant makes further changes to the pushing setup to complete the highest AoZ Tiers.

This Abattoir of Zir build guide assumes your character is Level 100. Check the Sorcerer Leveling Guide if you are starting a new character from Level 1-50, and then the Ball Lightning Endgame Guide from Level 50-100. You should also already have the Build Requirements listed in the section below.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • High sustained DPS
  • Endless Mana generation without a Basic Attack
  • Fast movement and dungeon clearing
  • Multiple Defensive Skills for survivability
  • Multiple casts are needed to ramp up DPS
  • Damage partially reliant on Crowd Controlled enemies or Staggered bosses
  • Requires proper Mana and cooldown management
  • Lacks survivability when Defensive Skills or Crowd Controls are inactive

AoZ Video Guide & Gameplay Footage

Ball Lightning Bug

Ball Lightning is currently bugged. The tooltip bug fix in Patch 1.2.0 caused the full base damage to be dealt on every tick of Ball LightningBall Lightning, increasing damage done by 3.33x. In addition, Attack Speed with Enhanced Ball LightningEnhanced Ball Lightning no longer scales damage down to compensate for faster tick rates. This means DPS can now be increased by up to 3x (10 / 3.33) by increasing the tick rate from the base 3.33 per second to the maximum 10 per second with Attack Speed. Both damage increases result in a total DPS increase of 10x (3.33 x 3) for the Ball Lightning Sorcerer build!

Watch the video below for the explanation and a demonstration against Uber Lilith with a Level 85 Ball Lightning Sorcerer.

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

Build Requirements

Required Aspects

Ball LightningBall Lightning has a high resource cost at 50 Mana and requires specific gear to perform well. We recommend starting with our Chain Lightning Leveling Guide to begin a new Sorcerer character, then transitioning to the Chain Lightning Endgame Guide to collect the required items listed below.

  • Rings with Maximum Mana and Resource Generation.
  • A Helm with Maximum Mana and Cooldown Reduction
  • A Focus and Gloves with Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource
  • Boots with Mana Cost Reduction
  • An Amulet with Mana Cost Reduction and Cooldown Reduction
  • A highly rolled Prodigy's AspectProdigy’s Aspect, preferably above 20 Mana
  • Gravitational AspectGravitational Aspect

While these items are minimum requirements, being prepared with all the aspects and the priority affix gear listed in this build will make the switch easier.

Season of Blood

Season 2 Patch Updates

The following list details the changes in the Season 2 Update (Patch 1.2.0) that may pertain to Ball Lightning Sorcerers. Check the Changelog for all the other guide updates.

  • Resistances now stack additively and no longer become less effective with each additional source, while also contributing their full value to Non-physical Damage Reduction. Resistance values on equipment, Elixirs and Paragon have been increased to more easily reach the new 70% cap. Furthermore, Intelligence now gives +0.025% All Resistance per 1 Intelligence instead of 0.05% All Resistance to compensate.
  • Increased Critical Strike / Vulnerable Damage affixes are now additive with other damage increases instead of being multiplicative. This change is a nerf to make Critical Strike Damage and Vulnerable Damage comparable to other damage increase options. All classes are affected by this change, therefore it doesn’t necessarily make Sorcerers weaker compared to other classes.
  • Armor no longer contributes to Non-physical Damage Reduction and now only reduces damage against Physical damage.
  • +% Total Armor affix has been increased by 160%.
  • Aspect of DisobedienceAspect of Disobedience – Armor % value has been increased from a maximum of +30% Armor to +66% Armor.
  • Wizard's Ball LightningWizard’s Ball Lightning – Adjusted the maximum number of Crackling Energy generated per cast from 1 to 2.
  • Supreme Unstable CurrentsSupreme Unstable Currents – Additional functionality added to make Crackling Energy pulse 25% faster while Unstable Currents is active.
  • Potent WardingPotent Warding – Resistance to All Elements increased to +3/6/9% from +2/4/6%.
  • Align the ElementsAlign the Elements – Bonus now persists for 2 seconds after taking damage.
  • Fists of FateFists of Fate – Lucky Hit: Chance to Heal Life affix replaced with Lucky Hit: Chance to Gain Damage for 4 Seconds.
  • Esu's HeirloomEsu’s Heirloom
    • Slow Duration Reduction affix replaced with Critical Strike Damage.
    • Evade Grants Movement Speed inherent affix duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Galvanic CatalystGalvanic Catalyst
    • +17% Crackling Energy Damage changed to +10% Lightning Damage.
    • Surrounding Crackling Energy Damage Magic Nodes changed to +5% Lightning Damage.
  • Static SurgeStatic Surge
    • Previous: Stunning Close enemies restores 10 mana.
    • New: After spending 100 Mana, your next cast of Chain Lightning or Charged Bolts makes enemies Vulnerable for 2 seconds and grants you 10% of your maximum Mana. This Mana cost requirement is reduced by Mana Cost Reduction bonuses.

Best Vampiric Powers for Ball Lightning Sorcerers in Abattoir of Zir

The Season 2 theme introduces Vampiric Powers that provide build-altering bonuses. Spend Potent Blood, acquired from vampiric enemies, to unlock and upgrade Vampiric Powers. Make sure your equipped Chest Armor, Pants, Gloves, Boots and Helm contain the appropriate Pacts (Ferocity, Divinity and Eternity) that match the activation costs listed on the powers.

A Vampiric Curse status effect has been added to complement the new powers: Killing an enemy affected by your Vampiric Curse stores their soul. Casting a Defensive, Macabre or Agility Skill will unleash stored souls to attack nearby enemies. You can hold up to 8 souls.

Listed below are the best Vampiric Powers for Ball Lightning Sorcerers in Abattoir of Zir, ranked by importance. Stat values displayed reflect maximum Level 3 Vampiric Powers.

  1. Ravenous (3 Ferocity): Lucky Hit: Up to a 20% chance to increase your Attack Speed by 40% of your Total Movement Speed for 6 seconds.
  2. Resilience (2 Eternity): You gain 1% Damage Reduction for each 2% Life you are missing.
  3. Sanguine Brace (1 Divinity, 1 Eternity): When you kill an enemy, Fortify for 6% of your Base Life. While you have more Fortify than half of your Maximum Life, you gain 8% Critical Strike Chance.
  4. Prey on the Weak (2 Ferocity): You deal 16% increased damage to Vulnerable enemies. Enemies are Vulnerable while affected by a Vampiric Curse from your other Vampiric Powers.
  5. Accursed Touch (6 Divinity): Lucky Hit: Up to a 44% chance to inflict Vampiric Curse on enemies. Enemies with the Vampiric Curse have a 15% chance to spread it to other surrounding enemies. Accursed Souls deal 200% increased damage.

Skill Tree Points and Skill Bar

Skill Bar Setup for Ball Lightning Sorcerer (order does not matter)
Ball Lightning Ball Lightning Frost Nova Frost Nova Teleport Teleport Ice Blades Ice Blades Flame Shield Flame Shield Unstable Currents Unstable Currents

The following table shows the full allocation of Skill Points for the Ball Lightning Sorcerer build. A Level 100 character should obtain 10 Skill Points from Renown, in addition to 48 points from leveling.

Priority SkillsCluster
Fire BoltFire Bolt Level 2 for Enchantment Slot (not on Skill Bar)Basic SkillBasic Skill
DevastationDevastation Level 1, Elemental DominanceElemental Dominance Level 3Core SkillCore Skill
TeleportTeleport Level 1, Enhanced TeleportEnhanced Teleport, Shimmering TeleportShimmering Teleport
Frost NovaFrost Nova Level 1, Enhanced Frost NovaEnhanced Frost Nova
Flame ShieldFlame Shield Level 1, Enhanced Flame ShieldEnhanced Flame Shield, Mystical Flame ShieldMystical Flame Shield
Elemental AttunementElemental Attunement Level 1
Glass CannonGlass Cannon Level 3
Defensive SkillDefensive Skill
Ice BladesIce Blades, Enhanced Ice BladesEnhanced Ice Blades, Summoned Ice BladesSummoned Ice Blades
Align the ElementsAlign the Elements Level 1, ProtectionProtection Level 3, Mana ShieldMana Shield Level 3
Conjuration SkillConjuration Skill
Ball LightningBall Lightning Level 5, Enhanced Ball LightningEnhanced Ball Lightning, Wizard's Ball LightningWizard’s Ball Lightning
Inner FlamesInner Flames Level 1, Devouring BlazeDevouring Blaze Level 3
Static DischargeStatic Discharge Level 1, Invigorating ConduitInvigorating Conduit Level 3
Mastery SkillMastery Skill
Unstable CurrentsUnstable Currents, Prime Unstable CurrentsPrime Unstable Currents, Supreme Unstable CurrentsSupreme Unstable Currents
Coursing CurrentsCoursing Currents Level 1, ElectrocutionElectrocution Level 3
PermafrostPermafrost Level 1, HoarfrostHoarfrost Level 3, Frigid BreezeFrigid Breeze Level 3
Frigid Breeze is bugged. It works with any type of damage, instead of requiring Cold damage.
Ultimate SkillUltimate Skill
Overflowing EnergyOverflowing EnergyKey PassivesKey Passives

Alternative Skills

If you are playing Season 2 with Vampiric Powers, Vulnerable is applied by Prey on the Weak and Accuresed Touch, instead of Mystical Frost NovaMystical Frost Nova.

Enchantment Slots

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

Slot Fire BoltFire Bolt in the first Enchantment Slot. This applies Burning to enemies for Devouring BlazeDevouring Blaze and Burning Effects from Paragon. Do not equip Fire Bolt on the Skill Bar.

For speed farming AoZ with Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite, slot TeleportTeleport in the second Enchantment Slot to enable the Telestomping playstyle.

For pushing high tiers of AoZ, slot Ball LightningBall Lightning in the second Enchantment Slot to maximize Damage Per Second (DPS) or ShatterShatter for the Shatter Build Variant.


The Paragon progression system unlocks after reaching Level 50, and offers a considerable boost to character power. Within the Paragon Board, there are many different bonuses, ranging from minor stat enhancements on Magic Nodes to more significant gains with Rare Glyphs and Legendary Nodes.

Important Notes:

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

Season 2 Update (Patch 1.2.0) – The priority of Critical Strike Damage and Vulnerable Damage are lower due to them becoming additive with other damage bonuses. Separate damage multipliers from Additional Bonuses on Rare Glyphs, along with Damage Reduction nodes, remain highly valuable.

The list below contains the most beneficial Rare Glyphs and Legendary Nodes for the Ball Lightning Sorcerer build, sorted in the order obtained in the final Level 100 Paragon Tree. The images that follow provide a visual of each Paragon Board. The AoZ Paragon setup remains unchanged from the original endgame version of the Ball Lightning Sorcerer build.

FlamefeederFlamefeeder• For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal + [9.6%] increased damage to Burning targets.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Dexterity purchased in radius range):
You deal x10% increased direct damage to Burning enemies.
Elemental SummonerElemental SummonerYour Conjuration Skills have 10% reduced Cooldown or Mana cost. They also deal bonus Damage equal to x3% of the total amount of your Bonus Damage with Cold, Fire, and Lightning. (Legendary Node not used)
ControlControl• For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal + [14.4%] increased damage to Crowd Controlled targets.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Dexterity purchased in radius range):
You deal x10% increased damage to Slowed or Chilled enemies or, instead, x20% increased damage to Stunned or Frozen enemies.
Burning InstinctBurning InstinctYour Burning damage deals bonus damage equal to x10% of the total amount of your Critical Strike Damage bonus, plus x1% for every 75 Intelligence you have.
(Legendary Node not used)
ReinforcedReinforced• Grants + [120%] bonus to all Rare nodes within range.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Willpower purchased in radius range):
You gain 15% Damage Reduction while you have an active Barrier.
Enchantment MasterEnchantment MasterYour Enchantments are 20% stronger. (Legendary Node not used)
TerritorialTerritorial• For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal + [9.6%] increased damage to Close targets.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Dexterity purchased in radius range):
You gain 15% Damage Reduction against Close enemies.
Ceaseless ConduitCeaseless ConduitCrackling Energy has a 25% chance to not consume a Charge when triggered. Crackling Energy’s damage is increased by x3% per 20 total Intelligence you have. (Legendary Node not used)
DestructionDestruction• For every 5 Dexterity purchased within range, you deal + [19.2%] increased Critical Strike Damage.
• Additional Bonus (requires 25 Dexterity purchased in radius range):
Critical Strikes increase all damage the enemy takes from you by x2% for 10 seconds, up to x12%.
Static SurgeStatic SurgeAfter spending 100 Mana, your next cast of Chain Lightning or Charged Bolts makes enemies Vulnerable for 2 seconds and grants you 10% of your maximum Mana. This Mana cost requirement is reduced by Mana Cost Reduction bonuses.
AdeptAdept• For every 5 Intelligence within range, Mastery Skills gain + [9.6%] increased damage.
• Additional Bonus (requires 40 Intelligence purchased in radius range):
Mastery Skills have 20% increased area.

Starting Board (Flamefeeder)

Elemental Summoner (Control)

Burning Instinct (Reinforced)

Enchantment Master (Territorial)

Ceaseless Conduit (Destruction)

Static Surge (Adept)

Paragon Board images courtesy of d4builds.gg. Click this link for the Paragon planner.

Tears of Blood

Once you acquire the Tears of Blood Unique Glyph from completing Abattoir of Zir Tier 1, replace ControlControl in the Elemental SummonerElemental Summoner board. Control can replace FlamefeederFlamefeeder in the starting board if more damage to Stunned and Frozen Enemies is preferred. Take extra stat nodes out of other glyph areas (without losing any additional bonuses) to allocate all stat nodes within radius range of Tears of Blood. Click this planner link for the entire setup including this unique glyph.

Mechanics and Playstyle in Abattoir of Zir

The Ball Lightning Sorcerer requires management of resource with multiple cooldowns. Wizard's Ball LightningWizard’s Ball Lightning forms Crackling Energy to absorb for Mana gains with Invigorating ConduitInvigorating Conduit. Crackling Energy also reduces the cooldown of Unstable CurrentsUnstable Currents with Overflowing EnergyOverflowing Energy.

Mystical Flame ShieldMystical Flame Shield provides Mana Cost Reduction. Additional Mana can be generated with Prodigy's AspectProdigy’s Aspect or Aspect of ConcentrationAspect of Concentration if needed.

Cast Frost NovaFrost Nova to freeze an entire pack of enemies and apply Vulnerable with Mystical Frost NovaMystical Frost Nova.

Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite allows this build to use up to two 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 and pushing Abottoir of Zir!

Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig turns Mana into a defensive resource that protects your Life, in addition to Barrier. Combined with Maximum Mana and Resource Generation, this setup makes you insanely tanky. This Uber Unique Item has an extremely low chance of dropping from Uber Duriel, but it is highly recommended to survive difficult content, such as Tier 100 Nightmare Dungeons or the Abattoir of Zir.

Damage Rotation

Use the following rotation to optimize damage.

  1. If you have Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite, use TeleportTeleport to Stun and group up enemies.
  2. Cast Frost NovaFrost Nova to Freeze enemies and apply Vulnerable with Mystical Frost NovaMystical Frost Nova.
  3. (Optional) Activate Unstable CurrentsUnstable Currents against tough Elites and Bosses. This Ultimate Skill can be used often due to Overflowing EnergyOverflowing Energy, but make sure it is available for Bosses at the end of dungeons.
  4. Activate Flame ShieldFlame Shield for 25% Mana Cost Reduction, or reserve the skill for emergencies in dangerous battles.
  5. Spam Ball LightningBall Lightning, making sure to collect Crackling Energy in order to stay above 100 Mana.
  6. Activate Lightning SpearLightning Spear for more Stuns.
  7. Repeat the rotation, making sure to allow Mana to fill completely before using Frost NovaFrost Nova.

Gear Choice and Stats

While farming with your Ball LightningBall Lightning Sorceress, make sure to pick up all Rare Item drops that may be upgrades. Additionally, save Legendary Items that have useful aspects in your stash to be used later, or for extracting and imprinting onto well rolled Rare Items.

A Wand and Focus are preferred over a Staff for the extra Cooldown Reduction rolls. A Focus has a Cooldown Reduction implicit, as well as a possible affix mod. A Wand is preferred for the Lucky Hit Chance implicit while using Ball LightningBall Lightning Enchantment or Frigid BreezeFrigid Breeze.

Mana Cost Reduction is an important stat to spam more Ball LightningBall Lightning. Maximum Mana allows for more casts above 100 Mana for Elementalist's AspectElementalist’s Aspect. Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource is helpful for Mana generation.

The extra TeleportTeleport from the Enchantment Slot that replaces Evade also benefits from additional Ranks to Teleport, Cooldown Reduction and Attacks Reduce Evade’s Cooldown implicit effect on Boots. Prioritize Boots with the implicit, and make sure to upgrade the Boots 5 times to get the highest effect possible.

If you are using Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig, prioritize Damage Reduction while Injured affixes on Pants and Boots. You can drop below 35% Life before regaining Mana and applying Barrier to stay Injured (also known as Low Life). Ensure you prioritize Resource Generation affixes on Rings and Focus to maintain Mana for protection.

Higher Item Level gear provides higher stat values. Replace outdated gear often, and upgrade new gear at the Blacksmith to increase Item Levels further.

Stat Priority List

Listed below are the affixes to prioritize on gear for Ball Lightning Sorcerers. 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 how much is stacked or other character stats. Bolded stats are the most important and sometimes vital for the build to function properly.

Season 2 Update (Patch 1.2.0): Critical Strike Damage and Vulnerable Damage affixes are changed to be additive with other damage increases. All additive damage increases of the same amount are equal in value, as long as their conditions are active. Utility and survivability affixes, like Resource and Maximum Life on Rings, are more useful than highly stacked additive damage increases.

Resistances have been reworked to be more effective in Patch 1.2.0, and they are now included in the Stat Priority List. 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.

Barrier Generation bonus is bugged. It does not work correctly to increase the Barrier amount from ProtectionProtection and is not worth obtaining until fixed. Click this link for a video explaining and testing the Barrier bug.

Gear SlotImportant Affixes
1-Handed Weapon+ Intelligence, All Stats
+ Damage to Close Enemies
+ Vulnerable Damage, Mastery Skill Damage
+ Critical Strike Damage, Lightning Critical Strike Damage
+ Damage to Burning Enemies, Damage to Stunned Enemies
Focus+ Cooldown Reduction, Mana Cost Reduction, Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource, Critical Strike Chance
+ Lucky Hit Chance, LHC while You Have a Barrier
+ Crowd Control Duration
+ Damage Reduction from Burning Enemies
+ Intelligence
+ Resource Generation
+ Critical Strike Chance Against Injured Enemies
Helm+ Cooldown Reduction, Maximum Mana, Armor, Resistances
+ Maximum Life, Crowd Control Duration
+ Lucky Hit Chance while you Have a Barrier, Intelligence
+ Barrier Generation
Chest+ Damage Reduction, DR from Close Enemies, DR from Burning Enemies, Armor
+ DR from Distant Enemies, Maximum Life, Intelligence, Resistances
+ Lightning and Shock Skill Damage
+ Barrier Generation
Gloves+ Attack Speed, Critical Strike Chance, Lucky Hit Chance to Restore Primary Resource, Lucky Hit Chance
+ Intelligence, Lightning Critical Strike Damage
Pants+ Ranks of Ball Lightning, Damage Reduction while Injured, Armor
+ DR from Burning Enemies, DR from Close Enemies
+ Damage Reduction, DR from Distant Enemies, Maximum Life, Resistances
+ Dodge Chance, DC Against Close Enemies, Intelligence
Boots+ Damage Reduction while Injured, Mana Cost Reduction, Movement Speed, Resistances
+ Ranks of Flame Shield, Frost Nova, Ranks of Teleport, Intelligence
+ Dodge Chance and DC Against Distant Enemies
Amulet+ Damage Reduction while Injured, Cooldown Reduction, Ranks of the Devouring Blaze Passive, Ranks of All Mastery Skills
+ Movement Speed, Mana Cost Reduction
+ Armor, Damage Reduction, DR from Burning Enemies, DR from Distant Enemies, DR from Close Enemies
+ % Intelligence
+ Crowd Control Duration, Shock Skill Damage
Rings+ Critical Strike Chance, Maximum Life, Resource Generation, Maximum Mana, Lucky Hit Chance
+ Vulnerable Damage, Damage to Close Enemies
+ Critical Strike Damage, Lightning Critical Strike Damage, Lightning Damage
+ Barrier Generation

Legendary Aspects and Unique Items for Abattoir of Zir

Listed below are all the best-in-slot Legendary Aspects and Unique Items for the Ball Lightning Sorcerers in Abattoir of Zir. Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig and Harlequin CrestHarlequin Crest are Uber Unique Items with an extremely low chance to drop from Uber Duriel, so alternatives are provided if they are not obtained.

Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig provides a huge survivability increase with a low investment cost. This Uber Unique Item makes speed farming lower AoZ Tiers (1-9) incredibly easy without dying. The setup can also be used push up to around Tier 15 with ease, before starting to lack the damage to beat the timer. Melted Heart of Selig needs to be replaced with a Legendary Amulet with an Offensive Aspect in order to climb up further. Check out the Shatter Build Variant for a low life setup without Melted Heart of Selig.

If additional Mana generation is needed, an Offensive Aspect can be replaced by Prodigy's AspectProdigy’s Aspect. Alternatively, Aspect of ConcentrationAspect of Concentration can be used with Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig. Damage taken while Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig is equipped does not remove the Mana Regeneration effect, as long as you have Mana to drain instead of losing Life. Replacing an Offensive Aspect with a Resource Aspect is not recommended for pushing AoZ Tiers. Mana management is more difficult at the beginning of engagements without a Resource Aspect, until enough Crackling Energy is spawned.

Frostblitz AspectFrostblitz Aspect seems like it has a bad tradeoff of increasing the cooldown on Frost NovaFrost Nova, but it has an unexpected interaction (possible bug) with Enhanced Frost NovaEnhanced Frost Nova. The Cooldown Reduction effect double dips when you have two maximum charges, reducing cooldown by 2 seconds for every kill, up to 8 seconds total. This interaction makes Frostblitz AspectFrostblitz Aspect worth using when it normally would not be used.

Gear SlotLegendary Aspect or Unique Item
AmuletMelted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig or Elementalist's AspectElementalist’s Aspect
Ring Slot #1Tal Rasha's Iridescent LoopTal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop
Wand, Focus, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Gravitational AspectGravitational Aspect
Wand, Focus, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Elementalist's AspectElementalist’s Aspect
Wand, Focus, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Conceited AspectConceited Aspect
Wand, Focus, Gloves or Ring Slot #2Storm Swell AspectStorm Swell Aspect
HelmHarlequin CrestHarlequin Crest or Frostblitz AspectFrostblitz Aspect
ChestRaiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite
PantsAspect of DisobedienceAspect of Disobedience
BootsExploiter's AspectExploiter’s Aspect

Alternative Unique items

Ahavarion, Spear of LycanderAhavarion, Spear of Lycander: Gain a random Shrine effect for 10-20 seconds after killing an Elite enemy. Can only occur once every 30 seconds. — This Uber Unique Item can be used if you do not mind the randomness of the Shrine effects. Although, it replaces two Offensive Aspects and some Shrines become less effective in higher AoZ Tiers.


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

  • Weapon: Royal EmeraldRoyal Emerald for Critical Strike Damage to Vulnerable Enemies.
  • Armor: Royal RubyRoyal Ruby for Maximum Life or Royal TopazRoyal Topaz to prevent deaths from chain Crowd Controls. If you are playing Season 2 with the Sanguine Brace Vampiric Power, Royal SapphireRoyal Sapphire is also worthwhile.
  • Jewelry: Royal SkullRoyal Skull for Armor or Individual Resistance Gems for Resistances that are not already capped at 70%. The priority order of Resistances is Lightning > Poison > Fire > Cold > Shadow.


Listed below are the best Elixirs to consume for Abattoir of Zir, ranked by importance. Elixirs that are not available at the Alchemist can only be found as drops. Open Splitting Steel and Mystery Chests in Helltides to farm non-craftable Elixirs.

  1. Iron Skin ElixirIron Skin Elixir (non-craftable): Essential to cap Armor against high level enemies, especially in higher AoZ Tiers. Alternatively, Heady Iron Barb ElixirHeady Iron Barb Elixir can be crafted at the Alchemist.
  2. Elixir of ResourcefulnessElixir of Resourcefulness (non-craftable): Maximum Mana provides more buffer for casts above 100 Mana for Elementalist's AspectElementalist’s Aspect and Life protection with Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig.
  3. Elixir of FortitudeElixir of Fortitude (non-craftable): Maximum Life increases Barrier amount and reduces Mana drain from Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig.
  4. Elixir of Combatant FortuneElixir of Combatant Fortune (non-craftable): Lucky Hit Chance provides more Ball LightningBall Lightning Enchantment procs.
  5. Heady Assault ElixirHeady Assault Elixir (craftable): Attack Speed allows for more potential active Ball Lightnings. Although, the tick rate of Ball LightningBall Lightning should already be capped with around 41% Attack Speed Bonus.
  6. Elixir of CrueltyElixir of Cruelty (non-craftable): Provides the highest source of Critical Strike Chance from an Elixir, if not already capped at 100%. Alternatively, Heady Precision ElixirHeady Precision Elixir can be crafted at the Alchemist.

Shatter Ball Lightning Sorcerer Build Variant

The Shatter Ball Lightning Sorcerer is a build variant focused on clearing the highest possible Abattoir of Zir Tiers. ShatterShatter is utilized with Raiment of the InfiniteRaiment of the Infinite to explode grouped up enemies for massive Area of Effect (AoE) damage. Each Frozen enemy in a tightly packed area causes individual explosions, contributing to a “density multiplier”.

This build variant utilizes a low life setup, which attempts to remain below 35% Life to constantly benefit from Damage Reduction while Injured affixes on Pants, Boots and Amulet. Melted Heart of SeligMelted Heart of Selig is not used to protect Life with Mana, so Barriers are relied upon to survive.

Make the following changes to the original AoZ build to complete your highest Tier.


  • December 22th, 2023:
    • Shatter Variant Build section added.
    • Vampiric Powers adjusted.
    • Skill Tree Setup adjusted to include Frigid BreezeFrigid Breeze due to a bug discovery.
  • December 11th, 2023: Guide created.
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