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Diablo 4 - Sorcerer Build - Ice Shards

June 23, 2023

This Diablo 4 Sorcerer Ice Shards Build is amazing and is one of the most over-powered class builds we've seen yet. If you like diving into huge mob packs and blasting them with Ice instantly, then this build is for you!

You can use this build early on Diablo 4 also; you might run out of Mana occasionally, but as you progress and get more and more power, this build starts to become insanely good to use.

The Diablo 4 Sorcerer has plenty of different build potential, so let us know in the comments how you feel about this Ice Shard build.

Diablo 4 Sorcerer Ice Shards - Build Explanation

Ice Shards Flame Shield Teleport Ice Armor Frost Nova Deep Freeze

The Ice Shard Sorcerer build works on rotating between several different cooldown skills to help generate Mana, whilst blasting away enemies with Ice Shards due to the amount of stacked Frozen, Vulnerable and Chilled damage bonuses you have on items.

Ice Shards is your main attack skill and it does consume a lot of mana when used. At early levels, you'll run out of Mana plenty of times, so it's important to understand what skills are available during tricky moments.

Frost Nova

The idea is to run into huge packs of mobs, blast them with Frost Nova and then destroy them with Ice Shards. What really sets Ice Shards off is making it an Enhanced Skill, as this will cause your Ice Shards to automatically seek out frozen enemies. That pretty much means you just run into a pack of mobs, freeze them with Frost Nova and then blast them away.

The build starts to excel when you get the Legendary Aspect Frostblitz Aspect for an additional Frost Nova charge and the Aspect Of Piercing Cold so that Ice Shards pierce enemies multiple times.

Getting plenty of Cooldown Reduction stats, Mana Reducing Stats and increasing the skill level of Frost Nova through items can make this build perfect so that you never run out of Mana.

You get two Barrier skills with this build: Ice Armor and Flame Shield. Flame Shield makes you immune for a very short amount of time, but perfect for when you get surrounded by enemies with zero mana.

Ice Armor gives you a 6 second Barrier that takes 5% of the damage you dealt and adds it to the Barrier's life.

Equipping the Prodigy's Aspect will allow you to generate Mana each time you use a Cooldown.

You use Teleport skill to get out of trouble and generate some Mana.

Deep Freeze

Your ultimate skill is Deep Freeze, which is an amazing skill to have; not only does it wipe out huge amounts of enemies, it also makes you invincible for its duration and freezes enemies around you once it's over. It does have a long cooldown of 60 seconds, but it's still one of the best parts of this build.

Check out some gameplay of the Ice Shards Build here:

Sorcerer Ice Shards Skill Tree

Follow this skill tree build to create the Sorcerer Frost / Ice Build.

Icon Skill Points Details
Fire Bolt Fire Bolt 2 Hurl a flaming bolt, dealing [10]% damage and Burning for [40]% damage over 8 seconds.
Ice Shards Ice Shards 5 Launch 5 shards that deal [25%] damage each. Deals 25% increased damage to Frozen enemies.
Ice Shards Enhanced Ice Shards 1 Ice Shards have a 40% chance to ricochet to another enemy. Ice Shards always ricochet off of Frozen enemies.
Ice Shards Destructive Ice Shards 1 Hitting an enemy with 5 Ice Shards in a single cast makes them Vulnerable for 2 seconds.
Devastation Devastation 1 Your Maximum Mana is increased by 3
Elemental Dominance Elemental Dominance 3 Your Core Skills deal 9% increased damage when cast above 50 Mana.
Flame Shield Flame Shield 1

Cooldown: 20 seconds
Engulf yourself in flames for 2 seconds, Burning surrounding enemies for 40% damage per second.

While Flame Shield is active, you are Immune.

Flame Shield Enhanced Flame Shield 1 Flame Shield grants 25% Movement Speed while active.
Flame Shield Shimmering Flame Shield 1 Flame Shield Heals you for 50% of your missing Life.
Teleport Teleport 1 Cooldown: 11 seconds
Transform into lightning, becoming Unstoppable and surging to the target location, dealing 25% damage around you upon arrival.
Teleport Enhanced Teleport 1 Teleport's Cooldown is decreased by 0.5 seconds per enemy hit, up to 3 seconds.
Teleport Shimmering Teleport 1 After Teleporting, you gain 30% Damage Reduction for 3 seconds.
Elemental Dominance Elemental Attunement 1 Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes have up to a 5% chance to reset the Cooldown of one of your Defensive Skills. Can only happen once every 10 seconds.
Glass Cannon Glass Cannon 3 You deal 18% increased damage, but take 9% more damage.
Ice Armor Ice Armor 1 Cooldown: 20 seconds
A Barrier of ice forms around you for 6 seconds, absorbing 30% of your Base Life in damage. While Ice Armor is active, 5% of your damage dealt is added to its Barrier.
Ice Armor Enhanced Ice Armor 1 While Ice Armor is active, your Mana Regeneration is increased by 25%.
Frost Nova Frost Nova 1 Cooldown: 24 seconds
Unleash a torrent of frost, Freezing enemies around you for 3 seconds.
Frost Nova Enhanced Frost Nova 1 Killing enemies Frozen by Frost Nova reduces its Cooldown by 1 second, up to 4 seconds per cast.
Frost Nova Mystical Frost Nova 1 Frost Nova makes enemies Vulnerable for 4 seconds, increased to 6 seconds against Bosses.
Align The Elements Align The Elements 1 You gain 1% Damage Reduction against Elites for each second you haven't taken damage from one, up to 40%.
Mana Shield Mana Shield 3 Every time you spend 100 Mana, you gain 15% Damage Reduction for 5 seconds.
Protection Protection 1 Using a Cooldown grants 10% of your Maximum Life as a Barrier for 2 seconds.
Icy Veil Icy Veil 3 Your Barriers have a 15% increased duration.
Snap Freeze Snap Freeze 3 Lucky Hit: Frost Skills have up to a 9% chance to instantly Freeze.
Inner Flames Inner Flames 1 Your Pyromancy Skills deal 3% increased damage while you are Healthy.
Devouring Blaze Devouring Blaze 3 You deal 30% increased Critical Strike Damage against Burning enemies. If they are also Immobilized, this bonus is increased to 75%.
Permafrost Permafrost 2 Frost Skills deal 10% increased damage to Elites
Icy Touch Icy Touch 3 You deal 12% increased Cold Damage to Vulnerable enemies.
Frigid Breeze Frigid Breeze 3 Lucky Hit: Cold damage against Vulnerable enemies has up to 20% chance to generate 15 Mana.
Hoarfrost Hoarfrost 3 You deal 9% increased damage to Chilled enemies, and 18% increased damage to Frozen enemies.
Deep Freeze Deep Freeze 1 Cooldown: 60 seconds
Encase yourself in ice, becoming Immune for 4 seconds, continually dealing 25% damage, and Chilling enemies for 14%. When Deep Freeze expires, it deals an addtional 100% damage.
Deep Freeze Prime Deep Freeze 1 When Deep Freeze ends, gain 10% of your Base Life as a Barrier for 6 seconds for each enemy you Froze while it was active.
Deep Freeze Supreme Deep Freeze 1 When Deep Freeze ends, your Non-Ultimate Cooldowns are reduced by 50%.
Avalanche Avalanche 1 Lucky Hit: Your Frost Skills have up to a 10% chance to make your next cast of Ice Shards, Frozen Orb, or Blizzard consume no Mana and deal 40% increased damage. Chance is doubled against Vulnerable enemies.

Sorcerer Enchanment Slots

Add these skills to your Enchantment slots for boosting the skill's effects. They become available at Level 30 and Level 50.

Skill Bonus
Fire Bolt
Fire Bolt
Direct damage from skills applies up to an additional 26% Burning damage over 8 seconds.
Ice Shards
Ice Shards
Ice Shards automatically conjure and fly towards Frozen enemies.

Sorcerer Ice Shards - Legendary Aspects

Once you've got your Skill Build sorted, next up you need to start hunting down these Legendary Aspects to imprint onto your equipment. This is what truly makes the build shine and it can take a little while to find all the right ones.

Some Aspects only come on Unique Items and cannot be imprinted onto other items.

Aspect Details Equipment
Aspect Of Control You deal [25-35]% more damage to Immobolized, Stunned or Frozen enemies. Gloves, 1-Handed Weapon, 2-Handed Weapon [+100%], Amulet [+50%], Ring
Aspect of Piercing Cold Ice Shards pierces [3-4] times, dealing [20-25]% less damage per subsequent enemy hit. Gloves, 1-Handed Weapon, 2-Handed Weapon [+100%], Amulet [+50%], Ring
Unique Item: Iceheart Brais Enemies that die while Frozen have a chance [11-20%] chance to unleash a Frost Nova Pants
Aspect Of Frozen Memories The Avalanche Key Passive now applies to 1 additional cast. Gloves, 1-Handed Weapon, 2-Handed Weapon [+100%], Amulet [+50%], Ring
Frostblitz Aspect Frost Nova gains an additional Charge but the Cooldown per Charge is increased by [30-40]%. Helmet, Chest, Pants, Amulet [+50%], Shield
Encased Aspect While Deep Freeze is active, you restore [10-20]% of your Maximum Life and Mana per second. Helmet, Chest, Pants, Amulet
Conceited Aspect Deal [15-25%] increased damage while you have a Barrier active. Gloves, 1-Handed Weapon, 2-Handed Weapon [+100%], Amulet [+50%], Ring
Prodigy's Aspect Using a Cooldown restores [15-25] Mana. Ring
Aspect Of Disobedience You gain [0.25-0.50%] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [25-50%]. Helmet, Chest, Pants, Amulet [+50%], Shield

Sorcerer Ice Shards - Gear Stats - Affixes

The following affixes should be considered for your equipment that you find. You'll find several different combinations on gear.

Whilst finding the perfect equipment is great, you'll most likely come across gear that isn't perfect, so you'll have to settle for one or two important affixes. Check out our Upgrading Guide for details on replacing Affixes.

Gear Possible Affixes Gem

+% Cooldown Reduction
+ Intelligence

Ruby Gem
Chest +% Frost Skill damage
+ Intelligence
Ruby Gem x2
Gloves + Ranks of Ice Shards
+% Lucky Hit Chance
+ Intelligence
Pants + Intelligence
+% Damage to Frozen Enemies
+% Damage to Injured Enemies
+% Freeze Duration
Ruby Gem x2
Boots + All Stats
+% Mana Reduction
+ Ranks of Frost Nova
Staff + Damage to Frozen Enemies
+ Damage to Chilled Enemies
+ Intelligence
+ All Stats
Emerald Gem x2
Amulet + Ranks of all Defensive Skills
+ Ranks of all Mastery Skills
+% Cooldown Reduction
+ Ranks of Glass Cannon
Ring +% Damage to Frozen Enemies
+% Damage to Stunned Enemies
+% Damage to Chilled Enemies
+% Cold Damage
Ring +% Damage to Frozen Enemies
+% Damage to Stunned Enemies
+% Damage to Chilled Enemies
+% Cold Damage

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