DMO Arcane Orbit Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your DMO Arcane Orbit Wizard in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.5 and Season 17.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The build incorporates the complete Delsere's Magnum Opus set, taking all six available pieces and opening up the jewelry for the Endless Walk set and its damage multiplication bonuses. Area Damage is important for the Arcane Orbit Wizard and is a recommended roll on Fierce Gauntlets (along with both Crit stats and Intelligence) and Dashing Pauldrons of Despair (along with Intelligence, Vitality and Life %). Harness of Truth and Leg Guards of Mystery should remain pure Toughness slots. Shrouded Mask and Striders of Destiny can roll Arcane Orb %, and it is recommended to seek the skill bonus on both. Note that stacking Armor benefits you because of the balancing of sources of mitigation, as All Resistance is already abundant on an Intelligence-based character.
Not skipping on any of the six available set pieces to obtain the full Delsere's Magnum Opus set bonus allows you to split between offense and defense in the jewelry slots. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This is identical to the DMO Arcane Orbit playstyle, which teleports long distances into a favorably dense area and then transitions into a stationary Spectral Blade and Arcane Orb rotation. Your other ring slot will be taken by the pure damage boost of Convention of Elements, whose rotation of elemental bonuses you will need to learn and time to maximize the benefits of the short-lived Arcane cycle.
Introduced in Patch 2.4, The Shame of Delsere belt is an Arcane Power regeneration powerhouse that speeds up your signature spells by 50% and restores up to 12 AP per hit. This bonus will be vital in Greater Rift pushes in order to maintain the damage reduction of a cubed Aquila Cuirass.
In progression, the cubed Halo of Arlyse finds a synergistic companion in the Ancient Parthan Defenders, whose unique property triggers off Freeze effects as well (inexplicably missing from the item tooltip). With the chain triggers of Frost Nova from the ring, diving into massive fights turns from a suicide tactic into a survival tool through the numerous damage reduction procs of the bracer. An important playstyle tip to remember is to stay on the move, as crowd control on the same monster diminishes with each successive application — so always seek out fresh packs to reduce damage with.
The mandatory weapon of the progression build is the Unstable Scepter, a 2.4 addition that not only increases Arcane Orb damage, but also has a unique property that detonates Arcane Orbs twice — effectively doubling the spec's damage output.
Triumvirate is best-in-slot source for the progression Arcane Orb build, whose unique bonus stacks Arcane Orbit damage in three increments, achieved by an easy triple attack from Spectral Blade. Orb of Infinite Depth can be used in the slot interchangeably (provided you are not using the Magic Weapon Deflection variant of the push spec), depending on your better rolled item.
2. Paragon Points
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in melee range, perfectly suitable to the Arcane Orbit playstyle.
Esoteric Alteration is the strongest mitigation gem available, and its impact is noticeable in this close range caster build. Improving your elemental resistances with every gem level and adding an emergency toughness spike through the level 25 property, Esoteric Alteration ensures that enemies will have a hard time bursting you down.
Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies.
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4. Kanai's Cube
The default recommendation for the weapon slot in the Cube is Orb of Infinite Depth, which turns every Explosive Blast detonation into a multiplicative damage increase and damage reduction bonus. Getting these bonuses up as soon as possible dictate the choice of the Chain Reaction rune. If you run the Magic Weapon Deflection variation of the progression build you can cube The Furnace for the 50% additional damage against elites, greatly speeding up Champion and Rift Guardian fights.
Aquila Cuirass will halve incoming damage as long as Arcane Power does not dip below 90% of its reserve, which is an uncompromising teaching tool on using Spectral Blade with The Shame of Delsere during GR progress. Be mindful of your AP spending if you are using the Explosive Blast variation of the build to progress, as it consumes slightly more AP on a regular basis than the Magic Weapon variation.
As a build that regularly stands toe to toe with monsters, Halo of Arlyse will occupy the jewelry cube slot by necessity during GR progression. Halo of Arlyse will multiply the effectiveness of your Ice Armor mitigation, and provide additional crowd control. As long as the requirements of the ring are met (and they are calculated pre-mitigation), it will release a constant streak of Frost Novas, unhindered by internal cooldowns. For the progression spec, the jewelry cube slot is interchangeable with Convention of Elements depending on your better rolled item.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
- 17 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 18 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 27 Oct. 2017: A few wording changes. Build remains unchanged for Patch 2.6.1.
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