D2R 2.6 Best Sorc, Amazon, Paladin, Barb, Necro Builds for Ladder Season 3 in Diablo 2 Resurrected

2/14/2023 3:37:56 PM

Diablo II Resurrected Season 3 ladder start is right around the corner, you haven't decided what character to use yet? Fear not, because here we are bringing you our list of the best ladder start builds.


Best D2R 2.6 Ladder Season 3 Budget Starter Builds

This is not necessarily the most Godly end-game build in all of Diablo 2 Resurrected this is also not a full list of all the Ladder start characters that work really well some of this is actually an opinion. Another thing important to note these skills aren't necessarily going to be the ones that you use through normal or even in Nightmare sometimes there are better skills early on or early on in normal you won't even have access to these skills yet.

Top 1 - Best 2.6 Sorc Build: Nova Sorceress

Nova does not have that many synergies, all you have is Static Field and then you pump points into Lightning Mastery and that's it a total of 60 points and you can completely max out the damage on Nova. With the extra points on that, a lot of times we would recommend this go into Energy Shield, it makes your build almost impossible to die if you have the right gear. This build also varying from a lot of other builds in the game you don't go max vitality, going down the path of the actual lore of a sorceress you actually pump all your points into energy. So with those points into the Nova and its synergies, you get your Energy Shield and obviously, your one point wonders your warmth your teleport telekinesis things like that. This character is ready to go, this works great even with budget gear, but once you even get some of the basics once you get your Mage Fists, Viper Magi, or Shaco, this character really rocks. And actually, on the glove side, the actual best in slot is an item - Frostburns, you can find in normal because they actually have 40% to your Mana.

Top 2 -  Best 2.6 Amazon Build: Lightning Fury Jabazon

This isn't a jack of all trades until you get the best gear, this is actually good at one specific thing. The Lightning Fury Javasan is Bar None, the absolute best cow farmer. You can take this build-out in cows absolutely naked at level 60 and just lay waste to all that beef. And cows are specifically known for getting a ton of runeward bases which are incredibly high demand at the beginning of the ladder, on top of that cows are a great place to find high runes due to the massive density out there and they actually each individual cow has a higher Rune drop rate than a regular monster. Now this build absolutely shines early on, but once you get a bunch of The Godly End Game Gear this character is not to be messed with, it really does end up being one of the most powerful builds in the entire game.

Top 3 - Best 2.6 Sorc Build: Blizzard Sorceress

The blizzard sorcerer's got a nerf, the way its Cold Mastery works while having a Sunder Charm, but that doesn't do anything for affecting how good of a Ladder starter it really is. This is really one of the most versatile characters and that's why it's used so often at the beginning of the ladder, it's great for taking out Mephisto, you can take out cow's easy peasy, you could go after Pindle, it really is great at a ton of areas. Or you can go out and even hit some of the 85 areas such as the Ancient Tunnels and Stoney Tombs. On top of the absolutely amazing damage from blizzard, you also have the teleport skill obviously, so it's really easy to get anywhere you want to go. Obviously being a great ladder start character, even with budget gear it does absolutely amazing, and getting that God the End Game Gear will step up your kill speed a ton.

Top 4 - Best 2.6 Paladin Build: Hammerdin

Hammerdin is been used at the start of the ladder since the beginning of time and you'll know why if you ever used one. Unlike a lot of the other ones though, you don't even necessarily need a Sunder Charm to break immunities in order to really be able to clear everything in the game. These hammerdins are actually magic damage and there are almost no magic immunities in the entire game, with the exception of just a few. This build is specifically known for doing great in the Chaos Sanctuary, but really it works great almost anywhere after you end up stepping up to that Godly End Game Gear. A lot of people would agree this is the most powerful, most versatile, most overpowering build in the entire game as well.

Top 5 - Best 2.6 Paladin Build: FOH Paladin

It's kind of a new kid on the block here for Diablo 2 Resurrected anyways and that's the Fist of Heaven Paladin. It got the bump up at the same time that they decided to redo the Nova skill making that one now very good Fist of Heavens came right up with it. It actually has some advantages over Hammerdin because you can cast the Fist of Heavens on monsters all the way across the screen, just sniping them right out from in the middle of a pack. And just like everyone on the list here, it's very good even with budget gear. The good thing with Fist of the Heavens is actually taken fewer points into the synergies leaving you with a little bit extra left over so you can actually go ahead and dual or even try speck it. Maybe you want to go Fist of the Heavens and do a little bit extra damage, maybe get out Uber with it as well, putting points into Smite and things that help that out. There are even different specs of it where you can have Fish of the Heavens and then put some points into Hammers and Zeal. There are a lot of different ways you can go with it because you have a lot of extra points left over. These other skills are the dual spec and it really does add to the versatility of this build because the Holy Bolt and the Fist of Heavens by themselves only do that damage to Undead and demons.

Top 6 - Best 2.6 Barb Build: Barbarian

This is an absolutely classic type of character every single type of game ever made has one of these in there and we're going with the Barbarian. Unlike the other ones, we are not actually going to specify a build here, there's a lot of personal preference based upon what you really want to do, people start off with all different types ranging from the Singer Barbarian, and Berserker Barb to Frenzy Whirlwind, they all seem to be their own type of good, it just depends on what you really feel like doing. But the specific spot that these are always the best at for each one of these builds right off the bat is running Trav.  Travincal is known for jewelry and really a great spot to find High runes. The reason this Barbarian is such a good ladder starter is because of the Find Item skill, even if you're on Players 1 difficulty that doesn't affect the drop you get from the actual Find Item, what you'll get from the Find Item is based solely upon your Find Item, your Fine Potion synergy and how much magic find you have. There is another option for this build too, you could even not even go out and kill any monsters, you can actually just kind of follow people around and use the Find Item skill on all the monsters that they've killed, so you're getting free opportunities with no effort of your own in order to find good items.

Top 7 - Best 2.6 Necro Build: Summon Necromancer

This build early on perhaps isn't quite as fast as things like the sorcerers because you can't teleport around like that, but it is so basic and easy that's why we love it so much. Once you get up all those summonses, you get a half-decent mercenary one body drops, you use corpse explosion and you can melt an entire room. This is even with budget gear, you don't even necessarily need the crazy end-game stuff, you can march right into a Chaos Sanctuary with a completely naked Necromancer and take the whole joint out yourself. On top of that, once you get the most Godly End Game Gear, some people might not believe it or might not even realize it, you can literally clear mobs as fast as any character in the game with a sick amazing summon Necromancer. What's more,  though the summon necro benefits a ton from being able to have teleport so getting a tele staff on this character, just to reposition your summons and your mercenary is very key.