Frost Sorceress Leveling Build for Diablo 4

Last updated on Mar 19, 2023 at 06:00 by Lexyu 3 comments

Freeze your foes to death with the chilling power of ice. Ice Shards provides high single target damage and has a powerful Enchantment Effect, automatically being cast at Frozen enemies. All the crowd control and Barriers make this an extremely defensive build, great for Hardcore mode or supporting a team. Render your enemies helpless with the Ice Shards Sorcerer!



The Ice Shards Sorcerer build freezes your foes to death with the chilling power of ice. This is your leveling guide for the Diablo 4 beta, with Skill Point allocation up to the max level 25. Ice Shards Sorcerer is easily capable of blasting through the entire Fractured peaks content that is available. Let us go over the build mechanics, character progression, and playstyle!

Ice Shards IconIce Shards provides high single target damage and has a powerful Enchantment Effect that automatically casts it at Frozen enemies. In order to auto-cast often, Frost Nova IconFrost Nova is used to guarantee Freeze. Freezing a group of mobs with the piercing legendary effect causes a shotgun of Ice Shards to fly out, hitting enemies multiple times.

All the Crowd Control and Barriers make this an extremely defensive build, great for Hardcore mode or supporting a team. Render your enemies helpless with the Ice Shards Sorcerer!


Skill Tree Points

The following table shows the order in which to allocate your Skill Points for the Ice Shards Sorcerer leveling build. You gain 24 points at level 25 and 2 points from completing Renown, for a total of 26.

Order Skill Cluster
1 Frost Bolt IconFrost Bolt Basic
2 Enhanced Frost Bolt IconEnhanced Frost Bolt Basic
3 Ice Shards IconIce Shards Core
4 Glinting Frost Bolt IconGlinting Frost Bolt Basic
5 Enhanced Ice Shards IconEnhanced Ice Shards Core
6 Ice Shards IconIce Shards Level 2 Core
7 Teleport IconTeleport Defensive
8 Frost Nova IconFrost Nova Defensive
9 Ice Armor IconIce Armor Defensive
10 Greater Ice Shards IconGreater Ice Shards Core
11 Enhanced Frost Nova IconEnhanced Frost Nova Defensive
12 Shimmering Frost Nova IconShimmering Frost Nova Defensive
13 Ice Shards IconIce Shards Level 3 Core
14 Ice Shards IconIce Shards Level 4 Core
15 Ice Shards IconIce Shards Level 5 Core
16 Enhanced Teleport IconEnhanced Teleport Defensive
17 Shimmering Teleport IconShimmering Teleport Defensive
18 Align the Elements IconAlign the Elements Conjuration
19 Protection IconProtection Conjuration
20 Protection IconProtection Level 2 Conjuration
21 Protection IconProtection Level 3 Conjuration
22 Elemental Attunement IconElemental Attunement Defensive
23 Elemental Attunement IconElemental Attunement Level 2 Defensive
24 Deep Freeze IconDeep Freeze Ultimate
25 Prime Deep Freeze IconPrime Deep Freeze Ultimate
26 Supreme Deep Freeze IconSupreme Deep Freeze Ultimate


Playing this build requires some careful management of Mana, Cooldowns and Barrier. Ice Shards IconIce Shards can easily kill individual enemies, but Frost Nova IconFrost Nova needs to be used offensively to shotgun multiple targets. Stacking Cooldown Reduction, multiple charges for Frost Nova and piercing effect for Ice Shards allows you to clear groups of mobs faster.

Engage battles with the Damage Rotation and then use Frost Bolt IconFrost Bolt to recover Mana.


Damage Rotation

  1. Activate Ice Armor IconIce Armor to gain more damage with Greater Ice Shards IconGreater Ice Shards. Alternatively, any cooldown skill can also be used to gain a Barrier from Protection IconProtection.
  2. (Optional) Teleport IconTeleport into the middle of mobs to close the gap.
  3. Cast Frost Nova IconFrost Nova to Freeze all enemies, activating auto-casted Ice Shards IconIce Shards.
  4. Spam more Ice Shards IconIce Shards manually at the toughest enemies.
  5. (Optional) Cast Deep Freeze IconDeep Freeze after all skills are on cooldown to refresh them.

Enhancement 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 Enhancement Slot. Choose to enhance Ice Shards IconIce Shards to automatically cast them at Frozen enemies.


Codex of Power

Aspect of the Piercing Cold can be unlocked in the Codex of Power by completing the Dead Man's Dredge dungeon in Fractured Peaks. Visit the Occultist to imprint this Aspect onto an item to allow Ice Shards IconIce Shards to pierce through four enemies. An amulet is a good choice for imprinting Aspects since the effects gain a 50% bonus.


Legendary Item Aspects

Listed below are the Aspects found on Legendary items to look for to complete the build. They are listed in order of importance.

Aspect Name Legendary Aspect Power
Piercing Cold Ice Shards pierce # times, dealing #% less damage per subsequent enemy hit.
Frostblitz Frost Nova gains an additional Charge but the Cooldown per Charge is increased by #%.
Control You deal #%[x] more damage to Immobilized, Stunned, or Frozen enemies.
Prodigy Using a Cooldown restores # Mana.
Edgemaster Skills deal up to #%[x] increased damage based on your available Primary Resource when cast, receiving the maximum benefit while you have full Primary Resource.
Rapid Basic Skills gain #%[+] Attack Speed.
Might Basic Skills grant 25% Damage Reduction for # seconds.
Unwavering Taking direct damage has a #% chance to reset the Cooldown of one of your Defensive Skills.
Biting Cold When you Freeze an enemy there is a #% chance they become Vulnerable for 3 seconds.
Bounding Conduit Gain #% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.
Protector Damaging an Elite enemy grants you Barrier absorbing up to # damage for 10 seconds. This effect can only happen once every 30 seconds.
Eluding Becoming Injured while Crowd Controlled grants you Unstoppable for 4 seconds. This effect has a # second Cooldown.
Deflecting Barrier While you have a Barrier active, there is a #% chance to ignore incoming direct damage from Distant enemies.
Storm Swell You deal #%[x] increased damage to Vulnerable enemies while you have a Barrier.
Disobedience You gain #%[x] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to #%[x].
Expectant Attacking enemies with a Basic Skill increases the damage of your next Core Skill cast by #%[x], up to 50%[x].
Vengeful Making an enemy Vulnerable has up to #% chance to grant 3%[+] increased Critical Strike Chance for 3 seconds, up to 9%[+].
Inner Calm Deal #%[x] increased damage for each second you stand still, up to 30%[x].
Snowveiled Casting Ice Armor makes you Unstoppable for # seconds.
Energizing Damaging an Elite enemy with a Basic Skill generates # Energy.
Umbral Restore # of your Primary Resource when you Crowd Control and enemy.
Elementalist Core or Mastery Skills cast at or above 100 Mana gain a #%[+] increased Critical Strike Chance.
Efficiency Casting a Basic Skill reduces the Mana cost of your next Core Skill by #%.
Retribution Distant enemies have a #% chance to be Stunned for # seconds when they hit you. You deal #%[x] increased damage to Stunned enemies.


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

  • Weapon: Sapphire for +#% Critical Strike Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies.
  • Armor: Diamond for +#% Barrier Generation.
  • Jewelry: Any Gem that gives the Resistance type you are lacking the most.

Elixirs and Health Potions

Visit the Alchemist in Kyovashad 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. Use an Elixir providing any Resistance you need most, or the Weak Assault Elixir to increase Attack Speed by 7%.

Return to the Alchemist when you reach level 10 and 20 to upgrade your potion. The extra healing is essential to survival.



  • 19 Mar. 2023 (this page): Build renamed and no longer includes Blizzard.
  • 15 Mar. 2023 (this page): Guide created.
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