Diablo 4 Sorcerer Guide

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Diablo 4 Sorcerer Guide

Unlike every other class in Diablo 4, the Sorcerer/Sorceress is one that practically requires playing at range. While the Sorcerer is one of the best options for dishing out plenty of damage, it’s not all that great at withstanding it, making it a true “glass cannon” in every sense of the term. Additionally, players choosing the Sorcerer should carefully consider what type of elemental magic they want to focus on. Sorcerers can become adept at wielding the powers of Frost, Shock, or Pyromancy, but trying to spread attention to all three results in not playing the class to its full potential. Better to focus on one elemental magic type than trying to be a jack of all trades and master of none.

Sorcerer Class Statistics

The Sorcerer is a perfect class choice for those who like to stay at range and deal damage from afar. In fact, it’s highly advisable to stay as far out of harm’s way as possible with how few defensive options the class has. That said, what the Sorcerer lacks in survivability it more than makes up for in pure offensive output and power potential. As the only purely casting-type class in Diablo 4, the Sorcerer is a classic choice with roots dating all the way back to the origin of the series. After taking some time off for Diablo 3, it’s great to see the class return in such strong form in Diablo 4.

Class Type

  • Caster


  • Mana; generates through the use of Skills and is affected by Willpower stat

Class Mechanic

  • Enchantments; the Sorcerer has access to passive Enchantments that provide them with various buffs affecting and determining playstyle

Sorcerer Skills

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Just like every other class in Diablo 4, the Sorcerer/Sorceress’ Skills can be broken down into two categories: Active and Passive Skills. Active Skills are the Skills that players can assign to one of 6 Skill Bar slots and will be the regularly used abilities in gameplay. Passive Skills are the automatically active boons and buffs that impact the effectiveness and power of Active Skills. What sets the Sorcerer apart from other classes is the distinct division among its Active Skills. All of the Sorcerer’s abilities fall into one of three elemental schools of magic — Frost, Shock, and Pyromancy (Flame). Lastly, the Sorcerer’s skill tree is separated into Basic, Core, Defensive, Conjuration, Mastery, and Ultimate Nodes.

Basic Node Active Skills

  • Fire Bolt — Basic, Pyromancy; Hurl a flaming bolt that deals 18% damage and Burning for 7% damage over 6 seconds.
    • Enhanced Fire Bolt — Pierces through Burning enemies.
    • Flickering Fire Bolt — Generates 2 Mana after hitting an enemy.
    • Glinting Fire Bolt — Increase Burning damage dealt to the enemy by 25% for 3 seconds.
  • Frost Bolt — Basic, Frost; Throw a bolt of frost at an enemy, dealing 28% damage and Chilling them for 15%.
    • Enhanced Frost Bolt — 15% chance to explode on Chilled enemies and hit surrounding enemies. Increases to 100% against Frozen enemies.
    • Flickering Frost Bolt — Frozen Enemies become Vulnerable for 3 seconds.
    • Glinting Frost Bolt — Generate 4 Mana when hitting Chilled or Frozen enemies.
  • Arc Lash — Basic, Shock; Unleash arcing lightning that deals 42% damage to enemies in front. Stuns enemies hit for 2 seconds every 10 times it swipes.
    • Enhanced Arc Lash — If the initial swipe of Arc Lash is a Critical Strike, it swipes again.
    • Flickering Arc Lash — Gain 6% Movement Speed for 5 seconds per enemy hit by Arc Lash (up to 18%).
    • Glinting Arc Lash — Hitting Stunned enemies with Arc Lash reduces Cooldowns by 0.15 seconds.
  • Spark — Basic, Shock; Launch a bolt of lightning that shocks an enemy 4 times, dealing 10% damage per hit.
    • Enhanced Spark — When Spark hits its primary target, it gains a 40% chance to hit up to 3 additional enemies for 6% damage. Deals 20% increased damage to the primary target if no other enemies are around.
    • Flickering Spark — Spark has a 4% chance to generate Crackling Energy each time it hits an enemy.
    • Glinting Spark — Spark grants a 2% increased Critical Strike Chance per cast for 5 seconds (up to 8%).

Core Node Active Skills

Pyromancy Core Skills

  • Fireball — Core, Pyromancy; Mana Cost: 35. Hurl a ball of fire that explodes, dealing 60% damage to surrounding enemies.
    • Enhanced Fireball — Increases Fireball’s radius by 50%.
    • Destructive Fireball — Fireball’s Critical Strike Damage increases by 20% (30% when hitting at least 3 enemies).
    • Greater Fireball — Fireball deals 10% of Burning damage applied to enemies as additional direct damage.
  • Incinerate — Core, Pyromancy, Channeled; Mana Cost: 25 per second. Channel a beam of fire that Burns enemies for 84% damage per second. Damage per second increases over 2 seconds (up to 113%). Gain 20% Damage Reduction while channeling.
    • Enhanced Incinerate — Burn enemies around the Sorcerer for 50% damage per second while channeling Incinerate.
    • Destructive Incinerate — Enemies deal 30% less damage while Burning from Incinerate.
    • Greater Incinerate — Enemies are Immobilized for 1.5 seconds for every 3 seconds they are hit by Incinerate.

Frost Core Skills

  • Frozen Orb — Core, Frost; Mana Cost: 40. Unleash an orb that Chills for 34% and expels piercing shards that deal 43% damage. Frozen Orb explodes when it expires, dealing 41% damage and Chilling enemies for 8.7%.
    • Enhanced Frozen Orb — The explosion of the Frozen Orb deals 45% increased damage while Healthy.
    • Destructive Frozen Orb — Frozen Orb’s explosion restores 5 Mana after hitting a Frozen enemy.
    • Greater Frozen Orb — Frozen Orb’s explosion has a 40% chance to make all enemies it hits Vulnerable for 3 seconds. Frozen enemies always become Vulnerable.
  • Ice Shards — Core, Frost; Mana Cost: 30. Launch 5 ice shards that deal 32% damage each. Deals 25% increased damage to Frozen enemies.
    • Enhanced Ice Shards — Ice Shards have a 50% chance of ricocheting to another enemy. Ice Shards always ricochet off Frozen enemies.
    • Destructive Ice Shards — Hitting an enemy with 5 Ice Shards in a single cast makes them Vulnerable for 2 seconds.
    • Greater Ice Shards — With a Barrier active, Ice Shards receive bonuses against Frozen enemies.

Shock Core Skills

  • Chain Lightning — Core, Shock, Chain; Mana Cost: 35. Unleash a stream of lightning that deals 36% damage and chains between Nearby enemies up to 5 times.
    • Enhanced Chain Lightning — 3% increased Critical Strike Chance per each time Chain Lightning bounces.
    • Destructive Chain Lightning — 30% chance to form Crackling Energy after each time Chain Lightning Critically Strikes.
    • Greater Chain Lightning — Chain Lightning deals 5% increased damage for its duration for each time it bounces.
  • Charged Bolts — Core, Shock; Mana Cost: 30. Release 5 bolts of lightning that course along the ground, dealing 30% damage each.
    • Enhanced Charged Bolts — After hitting an enemy 3 times with a single Charged Bolt, that bolt surges on impact to deal 44% damage in an area.
    • Destructive Charged Bolts — Hitting enemies with Charged Bolts reduces their damage dealt by 25% for 3 seconds.
    • Greater Charged Bolts — Charged Bolts deal 35% increased damage to Stunned enemies.

Core Node Passive Skills

  • Devastation — Maximum Mana increases by 3.
  • Elemental Dominance — Core Skills deal 4% increased damage when cast above 50 Mana.
  • Potent Warding — Casting a Skill grants 3% to All Resistances and 2% Maximum Resistance to that Skill’s element for 9 seconds.

Defensive Node Active Skills

  • Flame Shield — Defensive, Pyromancy; Cooldown: 20 seconds. Become Invulnerable and Burn surrounding enemies for 40% damage per second.
    • Enhanced Flame Shield — Flame Shield has a 50% larger Burn radius.
    • Mystical Flame Shield — When Flame Shield ends, surrounding enemies are Stunned for 3 seconds and the next Skill is a guaranteed Critical Strike.
    • Shimmering Flame Shield — Flame Shield Heals for 50% of missing Life.
  • Frost Nova — Defensive, Frost; Cooldown: 24 seconds. Unleash frost that Freezes enemies for 3 seconds.
    • Enhanced Frost Nova — Killing enemies Frozen by Frost Nova reduces its Cooldown by 1 second (up to 4 seconds per cast).
    • Mystical Frost Nova — Frost Nova makes enemies Vulnerable for 4 seconds (6 seconds against Bosses).
    • Shimmering Frost Nova — 3% Dodge Chance for every enemy hit by Frost Nova (up to 15%). Hitting a Boss grants the maximum bonus. Lasts for 8 seconds and generates 20 Mana on each successful Dodge.
  • Ice Armor — Defensive, Frost; Cooldown: 20 seconds. A Barrier of ice forms for 6 seconds, absorbing 25% of Maximum Life in damage. 5% of damage dealt is added to the Barrier while active.
    • Enhanced Ice Armor — Mana Regeneration increases by 30% with Ice Armor active.
    • Mystical Ice Armor — Periodically Chill Close enemies for 20% and deal 15% increased damage to Frozen enemies.
    • Shimmering Ice Armor — With Ice Armor active, reduce its Cooldown by 1 second for every 50 Mana spent.
  • Teleport — Defensive, Shock, Mobility; Cooldown: 11 seconds. Transform into lightning, becoming Unstoppable and surging to the target location. Deal 25% damage to enemies in the area upon arrival.
    • Enhanced Teleport — Gain 30% Movement Speed for 3 seconds after Teleporting.
    • Mystical Teleport — Teleport deals 500% increased damage and forms Crackling Energy for every enemy it hits (up to 3).
    • Shimmering Teleport — Gain 30% Damage Reduction for 4 seconds after Teleporting.

Defensive Node Passive Skills

  • Elemental Attunement — Critical Strikes have up to a 7% chance to reset the Cooldown of a Defensive Skill. Can only happen once every 10 seconds.
  • Glass Cannon — Deal 6% increased damage but take 2% more damage.

Conjuration Node Active Skills

  • Hydra — Conjuration, Pyromancy; Mana Cost: 20. Summon a 3-headed hydra for 10 seconds. Each head spits fire at enemies dealing 14% damage. Up to 2 Hydras can be active at any time.
    • Enhanced Hydra — Hydras gain 1 additional head while the Sorcerer is Healthy.
    • Invoked Hydra — Hydras gain 30% Critical Strike Chance for 3 seconds after Critically Striking.
    • Summoned Hydra — Hydra Burns enemies for an additional 60% of its Base damage dealt over 6 seconds.
  • Ice Blades — Conjuration, Frost; Cooldown: 16 seconds. Conjure a pair of ice blades for 6 seconds, slashing enemies for 22% damage and having a 40% chance to make them Vulnerable for 2 seconds.
    • Enhanced Ice Blades — Ice Blades’ Cooldown reduces by 0.5 seconds each time it hits Vulnerable enemies.
    • Invoked Ice Blades — Ice Blades gain 10% increased Attack Speed per active cast.
    • Summoned Ice Blades — 10% of Enhanced Ice Blades’ Cooldown reduction applies to other Skills.
  • Lightning Spear — Conjuration, Shock; Cooldown: 20 seconds. Conjure a spear of lightning that seeks out enemies for 6 seconds, dealing 16% damage per hit. Critical Strikes apply Vulnerable for 3 seconds.
    • Enhanced Lightning Spear — Lightning Spear gains a 5% increased stacking Critical Strike Chance for the entirety of its duration after Critically Striking.
    • Invoked Lightning Spear — Lightning Spear Stuns enemies for 2 seconds after Critically Striking.
    • Summoned Lightning Spear — Collecting Crackling Energy increases the damage of the next Lightning Spear by 20% (up to 160%).

Conjuration Node Passive Skills

  • Align the Elements — Gain 3% Damage Reduction against Elites for each second the Sorcerer hasn’t taken damage from one, up to 40%. Bonus persists for 3 seconds after taking damage.
  • Mana Shield — After every 100 Mana spent, gain 8% Damage Reduction for 5 seconds.
  • Protection — Using a Cooldown grants 10% of Maximum Life as a Barrier for 3 seconds.
  • Conjuration Mastery — Gain 1% damage, 1% Movement Speed, and 2% Mana Regeneration for each active Conjuration.
  • Precision Magic — Lucky Hit Chance increases by 5%.

Mastery Node Active Skills

  • Firewall — Mastery, Pyromancy, Core; Mana Cost: 30. Create a wall of flames that Burns enemies for 20% damage over 8 seconds.
    • Enhanced Firewall — Enemies take 25% increased burning damage while standing in the Firewall.
    • Mage’s Firewall — Enemies remain Burning for 3 seconds after leaving Firewall.
    • Wizard’s Firewall — 5% increased Mana Regeneration per active Firewall (up to 35%).
  • Meteor — Mastery, Pyromancy, Core; Mana Cost: 40. Summon a meteor that strikes the target location, dealing 80% damage and Burning the ground for 11% damage over 3 seconds.
    • Enhanced Meteor — If Meteor hits 3 or more enemies, there’s a 30% chance an additional Meteor will fall on the same location.
    • Mage’s Meteor — Meteor falls 30% faster.
    • Wizard’s Meteor — Meteor’s impact Immobilizes enemies for 2 seconds.
  • Blizzard — Mastery, Frost, Core; Mana Cost: 40. Summon a blizzard that deals 130% damage and Chills enemies for 18% over 8 seconds.
    • Enhanced Blizzard — Blizzard deals 25% increased damage against Frozen enemies.
    • Mage’s Blizzard — Blizzard’s duration increases by 4 seconds.
    • Wizard’s Blizzard — Core Skills cost 20% less Mana with an active Blizzard.
  • Ball Lightning — Mastery, Shock, Core; Mana Cost: 50. Discharge a ball of lightning that slowly moves forward, continually dealing 19% damage against enemies.
    • Enhanced Ball Lightning — Ball Lightning’s attack rate increases by the Attack Speed Bonus (up to 25%).
    • Mage’s Ball Lightning — After hitting Close enemies 50 times with Ball Lightning, the next cast Stuns enemies for 1 second.
    • Wizard’s Ball Lightning — If an enemy is hit at least 4 times by Ball Lightning, Crackling Energy forms. Limited to 2 times per cast.

Mastery Node Passive Skills

  • Inner Flames — Pyromancy Skills deal 4% increased damage while the Sorcerer is Healthy.
  • Crippling Flames — Pyromancy Skills have up to a 5% chance to Immobilize enemies for 2 seconds. Chance doubles while the Sorcerer is Healthy.
  • Devouring Blaze — Deal 7% increased Critical Strike Damage against Burning enemies. Bonus increases to 10% if enemies are Crowd Controlled.
  • Ice Veil — Barriers have an 8% increased duration.
  • Cold Front — Apply 8% more Chill with a Barrier active.
  • Snap Freeze — Frost Skills have up to a 5% chance to instantly Freeze enemies.
  • Static Discharge — Critical Strikes with Shock Skills have up to a 5% chance to generate Crackling Energy.
  • Invigorating Conduit — Gain 4 Mana every time the Sorcerer absorbs Crackling Energy.
  • Shocking Impact — Deal 40% Lightning damage to enemies each time the Sorcerer Stuns them.

Ultimate Node Active Skills

  • Inferno — Ultimate, Pyromancy; Cooldown: 45 seconds. Summon a fiery serpent that constricts the target area, Burning enemies for 36 damage over 8 seconds.
    • Prime Inferno — Inferno Pulls enemies in towards its center.
    • Supreme Inferno — Pyromancy Skills cost no Mana while Inferno is active.
  • Deep Freeze — Ultimate, Frost; Cooldown: 60 seconds. Encase the Sorcerer in ice, becoming Immune for 4 seconds, continually dealing 25% damage and Chilling enemies for 14%. Deal an additional 100% damage when Deep Freeze ends.
    • Prime Deep Freeze — When Deep Freeze ends, gain 10% of Base Life as Barrier for 6 seconds per each enemy Frozen while it was active.
    • Supreme Deep Freeze — When Deep Freeze ends, surrounding enemies become Vulnerable for 5 seconds and all non-Ultimate Cooldowns are reset.
  • Unstable Currents — Ultimate, Shock; Cooldown: 70 seconds. Lightning surges within the Sorcerer for 10 seconds. Casting a Shock Skill causes a random Core, Conjuration, or Mastery Shock Skill to cast.
    • Prime Unstable Currents — Unstable Currents increases Attack Speed by 25% when active.
    • Supreme Unstable Currents — With Unstable Currents active, pulse Crackling Energy at no Mana cost and 25% faster.

Ultimate Node Passive Skills

  • Firey Surge — Killing Burning enemies increases Mana Regeneration by 15% for 3 seconds.
  • Endless Pyre — Deal increased Burning damage to enemies for each second they are Burning (up to 5% after 5 seconds).
  • Soulfire — Pyromancy Skills cost 4% less Mana and deal 2% increased damage. Bonus doubles after standing still for 2 seconds.
  • Warmth — Heal for 0.5% of Maximum Life for each Nearby Burning enemy every second. Healing increases to 2% from Bosses.
  • Permafrost — Frost Skills deal 5% increased damage against Elites.
  • Hoarfrost — Deal 3% increased damage to Chilled enemies and 6% increased damage to Frozen enemies.
  • Icy Touch — Deal 4% increased Cold damage to Vulnerable enemies.
  • Frigid Breeze — Cold damage against Vulnerable enemies has up to 20% chance to generate 5 Mana.
  • Coursing Currents — Hitting enemies with Shock Skills increases Critical Strike Chance by 1%. Resets after Critical Strike.
  • Conduction — Critical Strikes with Shock Skills increase Movement Speed by 4% for 4 seconds.
  • Electrocution — Enemies deal 6% less damage for 5 seconds after being Critically Struck by Shock Skills.
  • Convulsions — Shock Skills have up to 5% chance to Stun enemies for 3 seconds.

Key Passive Skills

  • Combustion — Burning effects deal 20% increased damage and an additional 4% per unique source of Burning applied to the enemy.
  • Esu’s Ferocity — Fire Critical Strike Damage increases by 25% against enemies above 50% Life. Fire Critical Strike Chance increases by 10% against enemies below 50% Life. Critical Strikes that kill enemies or hit a Boss grant both bonuses against all enemies for 3 seconds.
  • Avalanche — Frost; Frost Skills have up to 10% chance to make the next cast of Ice Shards, Frozen Orb, or Blizzard consume no Mana and deal 60% increased damage (doubles against Vulnerable enemies).
  • Shatter — After Freeze expires, enemies explode for 30% of the damage dealt to them while Frozen.
  • Overflowing Energy — Shock; Crackling Energy hits 1 additional enemy. Each time Crackling Energy hits an enemy, Shock Skill Cooldowns reduce by 0.1 seconds (increases to 0.35 seconds against Elites).
  • Vyr’s Mastery — Shock; Close enemies take 20% increased damage from Shock Skills and deal 20% less damage. Critical Strikes increase the bonus to 25% for 3 seconds.

Sorcerer Unique Class Mechanic — Enchantments

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Similar to other classes in Diablo 4, the Sorcerer has a class-specific quest that opens at Level 15 and grants them access to their unique class ability: Enchantments. Fittingly, the Enchantment System allows players to further enhance and fine-tune their favorite Spells/Skills toward their desired playstyle, granting an elevated sense of customization and progression in comparison to other classes. Regardless of which Enchantments players choose, they each apply various bonuses/buffs that enhance the Sorcerer’s Skills. As such, each of the Enchantments is tied to one of the three elemental schools of magic available to the Sorcerer — Frost, Shock, or Pyromancy.

Sorcerer Legendary Aspects

The Sorcerer ends up being one of the primary classes to benefit from the new Aspects introduced as part of Diablo 4‘s Season 4. In addition to all the normal Legendary Aspects that players can farm from dungeons, Season 4 introduces 2 brand-new seasonal Aspects that wind up being some of the better options available for various high-powered Sorcerer builds. The seasonal Legendary Aspects players can earn for the Sorcerer include:

  • Aspect of Tenuous Destruction — Deal [25.0-40.0]% increased damage with no Defensive Skills on the Action Bar.
  • Flamethrower’s Aspect — Incinerate splits into 3 beams, each dealing [70-85]% of normal damage.

Some of the better standard Legendary Aspects for the Sorcerer include:

  • Aspect of Biting Cold — After Freezing enemies, there’s a [25-40]% chance they become Vulnerable for 3 seconds.
  • Aspect of Conflagration — Burning damage increases by [25-40]% while channeling Incinerate. Enemies damaged by Incinerate explode, Burning all surrounding enemies for [120-345] river 6 seconds. The effect occurs once every 3 seconds.
  • Aspect of Splintering Energy — Casting Lightning Spear always spawns an additional Lightning Spear and increases Shock Skill damage by [10-25]% for 3 seconds.

Best Sorcerer Builds (as of Season 4)

The consensus around the Sorcerer seems to be somewhat mixed in Season 4. While some claim that the class is great for quick leveling and running Helltides, the opposite holds true for the endgame. Essentially, the Sorcerer is in need of some serious buffs in order for it to begin to stack up against the likes of the Barbarian in terms of endgame viability. Still, there are some excellent leveling builds that players can have plenty of fun with when choosing the Sorcerer as a seasonal class for Diablo 4.

Leveling Builds

  • Chain Lightning Sorcerer — While Shock Skills are the bread and butter of the Chain Lightning Sorcerer build, it does utilize some select Frost Skills for better defensive options to round out its incredible offensive capabilities. If walking through dungeons and chaining together massive streaks of lightning damage sounds like a good time, Chain Lightning Sorcerer is the build for you. Key Skills: Frost Nova, Unstable Currents, Ice Armor, Teleport, Spark, Chain Lightning, Overflowing Energy
  • Firewall Sorcerer — The Firewall Sorcerer is one of the best early-to-mid-game Sorcerer builds thanks to its viability without any Legendary Aspects. And, similar to the Chain Lightning Sorcerer, the Firewall build is great at dealing massive amounts of AoE damage utilizing a single elemental magic school. Key Skills: Teleport, Frost Nova, Flame Shield, Ice Armor, Arc Lash, Firewall, Shatter

Endgame Builds

  • Fire Bolt Sorcerer — As of Season 4, the Sorcerer finally has an excellent Pyromancy-based build to contend with earlier seasons’ focus on Shock and Frost-based builds. The Fire Bolt Sorcerer is extremely powerful, but it does rely heavily on specific gear and Legendary Aspects (especially the new Flameweaver unique gloves). Key Skills: Teleport, Flame Shield, Frost Bolt, Fire Bolt, Firewall, Esu’s Ferocity
  • Ball Lightning Sorcerer — Ball Lightning is still one of the primary build lynchpins for the Sorcerer thanks to its pure destructive potential. Add to the fact that it’s great from range and keeps the Sorcerer out of harm’s way and you have a build focused purely on survival that works great in co-op or solo play. Key Skills: Ice Blades, Unstable Currents, Ice Armor, Flame Shield, Ball Lightning, Lightning Spear, Vyr’s Mastery

Primary Stats & Effects

Stats tend to have a significant impact on the Sorcerer thanks to its primary resource: Mana. Though the Sorcerer can generate Mana through using Basic Skills, the class also gains a significant boost to Mana pool size and regeneration rates through the stat bonuses granted at level-up. The Sorcerer gains the following bonuses to the primary stats with each new level gained:

StatPrimary EffectSecondary Defensive Effect
StrengthN/AArmor increases by 1 for every 1 point of Strength
IntelligenceSkill Damage increases by 0.1% for every 1 point of IntelligenceAll Elemental Resistances increase by 0.025% for every 1 point of Intelligence
WillpowerResource Generation increases by 0.1% for every 1 point of Willpower
Overpower Damage increases by 0.25% for every 1 point of Willpower
Healing Received increases by 0.1% for every 1 point of Willpower
DexterityCritical Strike Chance increases by 0.02% for every 1 point of DexterityDodge Chance increases by 0.025% for every 1 point of Dexterity

Why Play as a Sorcerer in Diablo 4?

The Sorcerer can be a bit of a mixed bag depending on how players like to experience ARPGs like Diablo. On the one hand, the class has some of the greatest offensive potential in the game. On the other hand, Sorcerers aren’t nearly as viable in the endgame as other classes and have far fewer defensive options that can withstand high-damage output like the Barbarian. Still, the ability to rain death upon enemies from range and embrace being a “glass cannon” makes playing as a Sorcerer incredibly fun. For those who don’t mind hanging back and taking out mobs from range, the Sorcerer is a great class to choose for quick leveling or running through the campaign.

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