This is a fairly standard cookie-cutter lightning (+infinity) sorceress. I remember when Denton first posted his sub 2:30 baal run with a lite/infinity sorceress. Ever since then (2007), I’ve wanted to build one. I finally built my infinity a few days ago (thanks 1.13b!), and immediately started this gal. She is remarkably fast at baal-runs, and is a lot of fun to play.
Her name is the latin name for the Northern Hawk Owl. It’s a nice, fairly handsome small owl of the boreal forests of north America, occasionally showing up in the US during particularly cold winters up north. No real relevance to this build, but I have always thought it was a cool name for a sorceress.
Level: 87 (matted at 82)
Strength: 130 (156)
Dexterity: 29 (35)
Vitality: 331 (353)
Energy: 35 (35)
Life (after BO): 1734
Mana (after BO): 860
Skills (after + skills):
Charged Bolt: 20 (39)
Lightning: 20 (39)
Chain Lighning: 20 (39)
Lightning Mastery: 20 (39)
Nova: 14 (33)
Static Field: 1 (20)
Telekinesis: 1 (20)
Teleport: 1 (20)
Warmth: 1 (11)
Lightning damage: 6-28986
Chain Lightning damage: 6-11124
Charged Bolt damage: 636-663 (24 bolts)
Nova damage: 1561-2077
Static Field radius: 16 yards
How I got there:
Levelled up as a complete lite sorc. Used 1.07 MPK (“Gods gift to leveling) rings early on. Initially statted to strength of 156, respecced once I settled on current equipment.
On to equipment….
Head: Griffon’s eye (+16/-21, with facet)
Amulet: Stone Talisman (crafted, +2lite skills, +20 FCR, other unexciting mods)
Armor: Chains of Honor dusk shroud
Weapon: Crescent Moon crystal sword
Shield: Spirit (35 FCR, 104 mana)
Belt: Arachnid’s mesh
Rings: 2x SoJ
Boots: Loath Greaves (tri-resists rares)
8x Sparking grand charms (most with nice suffixes)
A mix of shimmering and serpents SCs
Merc: Holy freeze with Infinity ethereal thresher, fortitude archon plate, Vampire gaze (ummed)
Has been lucky finding skillers (chilling, fletchers, preservers, all with suffixes). Baal dropped an ethereal occulus.
A warning to anyone thinking of building one of these: they are really as fast as advertised, and will make all other baal-runners feel slow. I did tons of baal runs with my Blova (Sturnella_Magna) and was feeling pretty zippy with ~4:00-4:20 runs. This gal is routinely well under 3:00 (players 1/8/3), with a fastest so far of 2:38, and with practice and some levels (and maybe a more ideal map), she’ll even get faster. Nothing slows her down. The biggest risk is unseen dolls when clearing the throne, but nova works well for them.
I tried multiple gear rigs with her, including Denton’s 200FCR (Hoto, SotVM, FCR ring, rest the same), a 117FCR rig with more + skills (Hoto, powered ammy, frostburns for more mana), and a MF rig (occulus, Shako, wartravs, etc).
I am definitely happiest with this set of gear. I didn’t notice much difference, to be honest, with the 200FCR rig. The difference that the -56% ELR (crescent moon + griffons) makes for lite immunes once they are broken by infinity is amazing. With just griffons (hoto or occulus build), lite immunes are still pretty darn slow, and potentially dangerous. With crescent moon, they die nearly as fast as those that aren’t immune. There is not a lot of value (my opinion), in pushing the + skills much higher. There is no appreciable difference between a 28k lightning and a 34k lightning against non-immune monsters. They melt instantly either way. The difference between 28k (-56%ELR) and 34k (-21%ELR) is dramatically in favor of the former. I think it is faster against all monsters, but especially against lite immunes that are left with high resistance still after infinity breaks them.
The only downside to her is that she doesn’t have much MF (49% currently). I feel sure that I could switch out some charms to add some MF (gheeds, SCs) without any issues. I also have another griffons (+10/-20) that I may socket with a PT to add a bit too. Overall, though, I couldn’t be happier with her.
She’s going to rest for a while, though. There are other builds waiting for that infinity!
Thanks for reading.