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Ice Shards Cold Sorcerer Build for Diablo 4

Ice Shards Cold Sorcerer Build for Diablo 4

One of the best Cold setups for the Sorc class in Diablo 4 with tons of crowd-control

Ice Shards
Sorcerer Build for Diablo 4

Last Update: June 9, 2023

Build notes:
June 9, 2023
-Build created 


Build Overview

Ice Shards Sorcerer build is a great combination of high damage and crowd control for a single character. It can reliably Freeze, Chill, and apply Vulnerability to all surrounding enemies, making it a great party member. It uses various Cold Skills, the most prominent being of course Ice Shards. You will also use Frost Nova to instantly Freeze, Ice Blades to reduce Cooldown, Ice Armour for a major survivability boost, and Deep Freeze as the ultimate Skill with both defensive and offensive merits. Teleport is one of the best mobility tools you can equip. The build has quite good defenses with a nearly constant Barrier you can source from various Skills and Passives, not to mention the Frozen enemies which cannot deal damage. The Key Passive it uses is Avalanche for a much better Mana sustain and increased damage.

Please keep in mind, that the following Guide explains the basic variant of the build, without diving into all alternative variants that may utilize different utility skills for various benefits. This will be obviously updated as we have a chance to test out this build properly in the actual game. 

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 Pros  Cons
 Has very high damage due to multiple Skills synergizing with one another.  Has to approach enemies to Freeze them with Frost Nova.
 Enemies are nearly constantly Chilled or Frozen making them easier to hit and less likely to deal damage.  
 Your opponents are also Vulnerable, it results in high DPS when combined with Critical hits.  





Fires five Ice Shards which deal x25% increased damage to Frozen enemies. Use its enchantment too - Ice Shards will automatically conjure and target Frozen enemies. It's a Core Skill.


  1. Enhanced Ice Shards [1/1] - Ice Shards will ricochet off of Frozen enemies and have a 40% chance to do so if the enemy isn't Frozen.
  2. Greater Ice Shards [1/1] - While you have a Barrier, the Ice Shards you've cast will treat all enemies as if they're Frozen.



Frost Bolts will be used to apply Chill and make enemies Vulnerable. It's a single projectile that deals relatively high damage.


  1. Enhanced Frost Bolt [1/1] - Frost Bolt has a 15% chance to explode on contact with a Chilled enemy, and 100% against Frozen ones.
  2. Flickering Frost Bolt [1/1] - It makes Frozen enemies Vulnerable for 3 seconds on hit.



It won't be used manually, but due to the enchantment, it will have a 30% chance of unleashing on Lucky Hit with Conjuration Skills (Ice Blades). It Freezes and makes enemies Vulnerable.


  1. Enhanced Frost Nova [1/1] - Killing enemies Frozen by the Nova will reduce its Cooldown by up to 4 seconds if you can kill 4 enemies.
  2. Mystical Frost Nova [1/1] - Makes enemies Vulnerable on hit, this effect will last 6 seconds.



It's the utility Skill used only to move faster and dodge attacks. It won't deal a lot of damage, its purpose it strictly to improve mobility.


  1. Enhanced Teleport [1/1] - Decreases Cooldown by half a second for each nearby enemy, stacking up to 6.
  2. Shimmering Teleport [1/1] - The 30% Damage Reduction after Teleporting lasts for 3 seconds.



Summons a pair of Blades for 6 seconds which will hit enemies, and each hit has a 30% chance of making them Vulnerable. Try to have them up constantly by reducing their Cooldown.


  1. Enhanced Ice Blades [1/1] - Each time the Blades hit a Vulnerable enemy, their Cooldown gets reduced by 0.5 seconds.
  2. Shimmering Teleport [1/1] - 20% of the Cooldown Reduction of this Skill is applied to all the other Skills.



A Barrier Skill with a 20-second Cooldown. For the next 6 seconds, it will absorb 30% of your Base Life in Damage. 5% of Damage dealt is added to the Barrier. Having a Barrier is a big advantage in this build.


  1. Enhanced Ice Armor [1/1] - While Ice Armor is active your Mana Regeneration is increased by 25%.
  2. Mystical Ice Armor [1/1] - Hits against Vulnerable enemies contribute 50% more to the Armor's Barrier.



The ultimate Skill that makes you immune for 4 seconds. During this time it deals damage to surrounding targets and Chills them. When it expires it deals an additional burst of damage.


  1. Prime Deep Freeze [1/1] - After Deep Freeze ends, you gain 10% of your Life as a Barrier for the next 6 seconds per each enemy you've Frozen when it was active.
  2. Supreme Deep Freeze [1/1] - After Deep Freeze ends, all your other Non-Ultimate Cooldowns are reduced by 50%.


Passive Skills


Lucky Hit Chance is increased by 15%. Lucky Hits are very important in this build.


You gain a 1% Damage Reduction against Elites for each second you haven't taken damage from one. It stacks up to 40%, but it's to really needed, it just allows you to grab the Protection Passive.


Critical Hits have a 15% chance to reset one of your Defensive Skill's Cooldowns. It can happen only once every 10 seconds.


Using Cooldown grants 30% of your Maximum Life as a Barrier for 2 seconds. The Cooldown Skill used here are Teleport, Forst Nova, Ice Blades, Deep Freeze, and Ice Armour.

ICY VEIL [3/3]

All your Barriers last Longer. You have them from Protection Passive, Deep Freeze, and Ice Armor.


While you have a Barrier, you apply 24% more Chill. You should have them most of the time.


Makes your Frost Skills deal x5% increased damage to Elites.


With it you'll deal x9% increased Damage to Chilled enemies, and twice that to Frozen enemies.


Allocate it to deal 12% increased Cold damage to Vulnerable enemies.


Makes your Lucky Hits have a 20% chance to Generate 15 Mana with hits against Vulnerable enemies.


Key Passive



Your Lucky Hits with Frost Skills have a 10% chance to make the next cast of Ice Shards consume no Mana and deal x40% increased damage. If the enemy is Vulnerable, the chance grows to 20%.



Here's the stat priority list. The build benefits from modifiers such as Mana or Resource Generation, Crit Chance and Damage, CDR, Lucky Hits, Intelligence, and Vulnerability-adjacent additions as the enemies are Vulnerable nearly permanently. They'll also be Frozen or Chilled most of the time. You should be looking for these on your gear:

  1. Main Hand - % Vuln DMG → % Crit DMG → Lucky Hit Chance → Int
  2. Off-Hand - % CDR → % DMG Reduction from Burning → % Mana Reduction → Int
  3. 2-Hand - % Vuln DMG → Core Skill Damage → DMG to Frozen → % Crit DMG
  4. Helm - % CDR → Lucky Hit Chance with Barrier → % Max Life → Int
  5. Chest Armor - % Max Life → % Barrier Gen → % Element DMG → % DMG Reduction
  6. Gloves - % Crit Chance → % Crit DMG → Lucky Hit Chance → Int
  7. Pants - % DMG Reduction → % Max Life
  8. Boots -% Move Speed → % Resource Cost → % Move Speed
  9. Amulet - % CDR → % DMG → % Max Life → % Resource Cost Reduction
  10. Rings - % Vuln DMG → Damage to Frozen → % Lucky Hit Chance → Int

In the Sockets use Emerald Gem in a Weapon slot for Critical Strike Damage against Vulnerable enemies. Use Diamond in your Armor for a better Barrier Generation. For the Jewelry, choose a Diamond too for extra Resistance of all kinds.


Harlequin Crest (Helm) - One of the most popular helmets in the game. You can choose it for extra Armor, Maximum Life, CDR, Resource Generation, +20 to All Stats, Damage Reduction, and +4 Ranks to all Skills. All of these qualities have a positive impact on the build.

Harlequin Crest

+Maximum Life

+Cooldown Reduction

+Crafting Material Find

+All Stats

+Gain [10.0 - 20.0%] Damage Reduction. In addition, gain +4 Ranks to all Skills.

Iceheart Brais (Pants) - Use these Pants for extra damage to Frozen Enemies and Freeze Duration. It also grants Intelligence, Damage to Injured Enemies, and better Potions. You will Freeze enemies very frequently.

Iceheart Brais

+Your Potion also restores X% Resource


+Damage to Frozen Enemies

+Damage to Injured Enemies

+Freeze Duration

+Enemies that die while Frozen have a [11 - 20%] chance to unleash a Frost Nova.

Legendary Aspects

Mandatory/Heavily recommended Aspects

  1. Frostblitz Aspect provides an additional Charge of Frost Nova, but it also increases its Cooldown by 30 to 40%.
  2. Aspect of Frozen Memories upgrades your Key Passive. The Avalanche applies to one additional cast.

Optional Aspects

  1. Aspect of Control makes you deal up to 40% more Damage to Frozen, Stunned, or Immoblized enemies. It's easy to do so in this build.
  2. Aspect of Piercing Cold upgrades your Ice Shards. They'll pierce 3 to 4 more enemies, dealing less damage per each pierced foe.
  3. Prodigy's Aspect restores up to 25 Mana upon using a Cooldown.
  4. Aspect of Fortune increases your Lucky Hit Chance by up to 20% while you have Barrier active, so most of the time.
  5. Aspect of the Frozen Tundra upgrades your Ultimate Skill. While Deep Freeze is active it creates Ice Spikes which explode dealing Cold damage.
  6. Aspect of Protector will get you an additional Barrier lasting 10 seconds when you Hit an Elite enemy. It can be triggered only once every 30 seconds.
  7. Everliving Aspect makes you take up to 25% less damage from CC'd or Vulnerable enemies.
  8. Conceited Aspect increases your damage by up to 25% while you have a Barrier on.


1st Board - Starting Board

Nodes - Gather Dexterity from around the Glyph.

Glyphs - Use Control Glyph to deal increased damage to CC'd targets, especially Chilled or better yet, Frozen ones.

2nd Board - Frigid Fate Board

Nodes - Pick Dexterity around the Glyph and the Legendary node for a higher chance of landing a Lucky Hit.

Glyphs - Exploit Glyph makes you deal increased damage to Vulnerable targets. It increases your damage by 1% for 6 seconds each time you hit a Vulnerable enemy, it stacks up to 6%.

3rd Board - Icefall Board

Nodes - Pick up nodes near the Glyph and the Legendary node for a Barrier on killing a Frozen enemy.

Glyphs - With Winter Glyph you'll deal 3% increased Cold Damage for 10 seconds each time you Chill an enemy, stacking up to 15%.

4th Board - Enchantment Master Board

Nodes - Get the Legendary node for stronger Enhancements and Dexterity from around the Glyph.

Glyphs - Destruction makes your Ice Shards deal increased Critical Damage, and overall damage the enemies take from you after dealing Critical Strikes.

5th Board - Elemental Summoner Board

Nodes - Purchase Intelligence in the area around the Glyph.

Glyphs - Enchanter Glyph is the best option - it increases your damage and grants a lot of various Resistances.



This is the beta version of our Ice Shards Sorcerer Build for Diablo 4. The game has just launched so we expect all of the Guides will require constant updates when we get to test all the builds properly. Make sure to check out the Guides regularly to keep track of all the changes!

If you have any Build requests, please post them in the Comments section below. We will be happy to cover your most requested builds in the future! Also, we hope that you have found this guide useful and informative. Also, we will be happy to receive constructive criticism that will help us improve our future work, so don't hesitate to give us your feedback. 

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