The Abattoir of Zir is the most difficult endgame content in Diablo 4 to date, and there’s no better way to tackle it than with the almighty Ball Lightning build for the Sorcerer!

The Ball Lightning build is currently one of the most powerful builds in the entire game and has seen many a Sorcerer through to level 100 in Diablo 4 Season 2. It’s an ideal choice for the Abattoir of Zir.

Below we go over how to build your Ball Lightning Sorcerer effectively for the Abattoir of Zir in Diablo 4, including where to spend your Skill points, what Aspects to equip, and what gear to look out for.

Monsters in the Abattoir of Zir dungeon in Diablo 4 Season 2

Ball Lightning Build for the Abattoir of Zir Guide

The Ball Lightning build is the best Sorcerer build to take on the Abattoir of Zir in Diablo 4 Season 2.

When built correctly, it can deal devastatingly high amounts of damage to large groups and single targets, while also still managing to tank large amounts of incoming damage. It’s perfect for this punishing pinnacle endgame activity!

Here’s a breakdown of the skills required for a complete version of the Ball Lightning build for the abattoir of Zir (numbers indicate how many skill points are allocated) when spending 58 skill points:

Basic2 Fire Bolt
Core1 Chain Lightning
1 Charged Bolts
1 Enhanced Chain Lightning
1 Enhanced Charged Bolts
1 Destructive Chain Lightning
1 Destructive Charged Bolts
1 Devastation
3 Elemental Dominance
Defensive1 Flame Shield
1 Teleport
1 Enhanced Flame Shield
1 Enhanced Teleport
1 Shimmering Flame Shield
1 Shimmering Teleport
1 Elemental Attunement
Conjuration1 Ice Blades
1 Lightning Spear
1 Enhanced Lightning Spear1 Invoked Lightning Spear3 Conjuration Mastery
1 Align the Elements
3 Mana Shield
3 Protection
Mastery5 Ball Lightning1 Enhanced Ball Lightning1 Wizard’s Ball Lightning1 Inner Flames
3 Devouring Blaze
1 Static Discharge
3 Invigorating Conduit
Ultimate1 Unstable Currents1 Prime Unstable Currents1 Coursing Currents
3 Electrocution
3 Conduction
Key Passive1 Vyr’s Mastery

Build Credit: RageGamingVideos

The final version of the Ball Lightning Abattoir of Zir build requires players to reach Level 50 and earn 8 skill points from Renown in Diablo 4. This will total up to 58 skill points.

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Check out the table below for a clearer picture of what order to spend each of your Skill points as you level:

Fire Bolt1Basic
Fire Bolt2Basic
Elemental Dominance4Core
Elemental Dominance5Core
Elemental Dominance6Core
Chain Lightning7Core
Enhanced Chain Lightning8Core
Destructive Chain Lightning9Core
Charged Bolts10Core
Enhanced Charged Bolts11Core
Destructive Charged Bolts12Core
Flame Shield13Defensive
Enhanced Flame Shield14Defensive
Shimmering Flame Shield15Defensive
Enhanced Teleport17Defensive
Shimmering Teleport18Defensive
Elemental Attunement19Defensive
Ice Blades20Conjuration
Lightning Spear21Conjuration
Enhanced Lightning Spear22Conjuration
Invoked Lightning Spear23Conjuration
Conjuration Mastery24Conjuration
Conjuration Mastery25Conjuration
Conjuration Mastery26Conjuration
Align the Elements27Conjuration
Mana Shield28Conjuration
Mana Shield29Conjuration
Mana Shield30Conjuration
Inner Flames34Mastery
Devouring Blaze35Mastery
Devouring Blaze36Mastery
Devouring Blaze37Mastery
Ball Lightning38Mastery
Enhanced Ball Lightning39Mastery
Wizard’s Ball Lightning40Mastery
Ball Lightning41Mastery
Ball Lightning42Mastery
Ball Lightning43Mastery
Ball Lightning44Mastery
Static Discharge45Mastery
Invigorating Conduit46Mastery
Invigorating Conduit47Mastery
Invigorating Conduit48Mastery
Unstable Currents49Ultimate
Prime Unstable Currents50Ultimate
Vyr’s Mastery51Key Passive
Coursing Currents52Ultimate

Build Credit: RageGamingVideos

It’s important to note that the active Skills you will be using are: Flame Shield, Ice Blades, Teleport, Lightning Spear, Ball Lightning, and Unstable Currents.

Despite having one Skill point assigned to Charged Bolts, you won’t be using that as an active Skill. Instead, you’ll gain its benefits passively while using the Unstable Currents Ultimate Skill.

Check out the build guide from RageGamingVideos below to get a better sense of how this all appears in Diablo 4’s Skill Tree Menu:

Best Sorcerer Enchantments

The best Skills to put into your Sorcerer’s Enchantment Slots are Fire Bolt and Chain Lightning. This is because they both work together to increase your survivability while also enabling you to deal large amounts of AOE damage.

Here are the Skills to equip in the two available Enchantment Slots for the Sorcerer

  • Enchantment Slot 1 – Fire Bolt Enchantment
    • Direct damage from Skills applies to an additional X [26%] Burning damage over 8 Seconds
  • Enchantment Slot 2 – Chain Lightning Enchantment
    • Chain Lightning forms automatically after spending 100 Mana
Enchanment Slots for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos

You should slot the Fire Bolt Skill in the first Enchantment Slot. It’s a reliable way to apply Burning damage to your enemies, which is extremely useful as it takes advantage of this build’s damage reduction from Burning enemies.

For the second Enchantment Slot, you’ll want Chain Lightning. When paired with the Static Surge Legendary Node on the Paragon Board, you’ll be able to restore 10% Mana frequently. This allows you to cast your Ball Lightning Skill more frequently, which means more DPS!

Best Vampiric Powers

For Sorcerers running the Ball Lightning Abattoir of Zir build, these are the five best Vampiric Powers you’ll want to use:

Minor Vampiric Powers (1-3 Pacts Required):

  • Infection (1 Ferocity):
    • Hitting enemies with direct damage infects them with Pox. Inflicting Pox 8 times on an enemy expunges their infection, dealing 70% Poison damage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Major Vampiric Powers (6 Pacts Required):

  • 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.
How to Equip & Use Vampiric Powers in Diablo 4 Season 2

Best Legendary Aspects

The best Legendary Aspects for the Ball Lightning Abattoir of Zir build in Diablo 4 Season 2 should include buffs to your Attack Speed, Mana generation, Armor, Critical Chance, and Ball Lightning Skill.

With that in mind here are some of the most effective Legendary Aspects for the Ball Lightning build in Season 2 of Diablo 4:

  • Gravitational Aspect
    • Ball Lightning orbits around you, but its damage is decreased by (10-20)%.
  • Conceited Aspect
    • Deal (15-25)% increased damage while you have a Barrier active.
  • Elementalist’s Aspect
    • Core or Mastery Skills cast at or above 100 Mana gain a (20.0-40.0)% increased Critical Strike Chance.
  • Mage Lord’s Aspect
    • The Vyr’s Mastery Key Passive also grants (6.0-9.0)% Damage Reduction for each Close enemy, up to (18.0-27.0)%.
  • Accelerating Aspect
    • Critical Strikes with Core Skills increase your Attack Speed by (15-25)% for 5 seconds.
  • Prodigy’s Aspect
    • Using a Cooldown restores (XX) Mana.
  • Aspect of Disobedience
    • You gain [0.25 – 0.50%] increased Armor for 4 seconds when you deal any form of damage, stacking up to [15.00 – 30.00%].
Edgemaster's Aspect Diablo 4

Best Unique Gear

Here are some of the best Unique items you can equip to get the most out of the build:

  • Tal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop
    • Unique Effect:
      • For each type of Elemental damage you deal, gain 10.0-15.0% increased damage for 4 seconds. Dealing Elemental damage refreshes all bonuses.
    • Essential for all Sorcerer builds, the Unique Ring is incredibly powerful as it allows you to reliably deal huge amounts of damage for each type of Elemental damage you deal. As Sorcerers are masters of the elements, this is a no-brainer!
    • If you’re wondering how to get it, check out our Tal Rasha’s Iridescent Loop guide.
Diablo 4 How to Get Tal Rasha's Iridescent Loop & All Unique Effects
  • Tibault’s Will
    • Unique Effect:
      • You deal 20-40% increased damage while Unstoppable and for 4 seconds after. When you become Unstoppable, gain 50 of your Primary Resource.
    • The Metamorphosis Vampiric Power allows you to reliably proc the Unstoppable state, massively increasing your damage and filling up your Mana on the fly
    • Find out how to get Tibault’s Will here!
Diablo 4 Tibault's Will
  • Flickerstep
    • Unique Effect:
      • Each enemy you Evade through reduces your active Ultimate Cooldown by 2-4 seconds, up to 10 seconds.
    • As your Ultimate Skill is so powerful in this build, the significantly reduced cooldown from Flickerstep is an essential perk to have if you want to be proccing Unstable Currents as much as possible

For more info on how to get these Uniques, be sure to check out our guide on how to target farm for Unique and Uber Unique items from endgame bosses in Diablo 4 Season 2!

Best Paragon Boards, Nodes & Glyphs

Here’s an overview of the Paragon Boards, Rare Glyphs to socket into each one, and important Rare Nodes to equip:

  • Board 1 – Default
    • Glyph – Elementalist
    • Rare Nodes:
      • Resilience
      • Elementalist
Paragon Board 1 for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos
  • Board 2 – Enchantment Master
    • Glyph – Reinforced
    • Rare Nodes:
      • Elemental Balance
      • Erudite
      • Elementalist
      • Ruinous
Paragon Board 2 for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos
  • Board 3 – Burning Instinct
    • Glyph – Destruction
    • Rare Nodes:
      • Cinders
      • Smoldering Embers
      • Kindling
      • Keeper of Flames
      • Safeguard
Paragon Board 3 for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos
  • Board 4 – Frigid Fate
    • Glyph – Flamefeeder
    • Rare Nodes:
      • Oppressive
    • Legendary Node – Frigid Fate
Paragon Board 4 for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos
  • Board 5 – Static Surge
    • Glyph – Adept
    • Rare Nodes:
      • Paralyzing
      • Electro
      • Incapacitate
    • Legendary Node – Static Surge
Paragon Board 5 for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos
  • Board 6 – Ceasless Conduit
    • Glyph – Territorial
    • Rare Nodes:
      • Galvanic Catalyst
Paragon Board 6 for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos

For more detail on how this is all laid out and oriented in the Paragon Board, make sure to jump to the relevant section in the above video by RageGamingVideos!

How to Use the Ball Lightning Build for the Abattoir of Zir

Now that you’ve built the strongest and tankiest Ball Lightning Sorcerer you possibly can, it’s time to put it to the test!

To use the Ball Lightning Build in the Abattoir of Zir, you need to spam (you guessed it) your Ball Lightning ability as much as you can as this will be your main source of damage.

To be able to cast Ball Lightning frequently, you’ll want to regularly use your Teleport Skill to proc the Unique effect from Tibault’s Will. Doing so will increase your damage while Unstoppable and restore a hefty amount of Mana to go towards more casts of Ball Lightning.

You’ll also want to make sure that you Evade through enemies as much as you can, as this will reduce the Cooldown for Unstable Currents, allowing you to inflict a devastating amount of damage onto your foes more frequently.

Testing on Training Dummy for Ball Lightning Sorcerer Abattoir of Zir Build in Diablo 4
Credit: RageGamingVideos

With all that said, it’s easy to see why the Ball Lightning build is the king of Season 2 and is the perfect place to start to tackle the Abattoir of Zir in Diablo 4!

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