DMO Energy Twister Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your DMO Energy Twister Wizard in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.9 and Season 21.
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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 Energy Twister Wizard and is a recommended roll on Dashing Pauldrons of Despair (along with Intelligence, Vitality and Life %) and perfected, quadfecta Fierce Gauntlets (along with both Crit stats and Attack Speed, replacing Intelligence). Harness of Truth and Leg Guards of Mystery should remain pure Toughness slots. Shrouded Mask and Striders of Destiny can roll Energy Twister %, 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. Notice also the absence of crowd control immunity in the spec (it is a non-Archon build), making Crowd Control Reduction secondary stats (ideally on helm, but can also roll on jewelry) very beneficial. Lastly, Attack Speed is an important affix as far as Arcane Torrent- Etched Sigil combo builds are concerned, since you want to match the 60-frame internal cooldown of the source with a 10-frame/tick rate of the skill. In short, this requires that you get 1.81 to 2.00 sheet attacks per second, attainable from Paragon points and 3 maxed out gear Attack Speed rolls (weapon, gloves and one ring).
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 Energy Twister playstyle, which teleports long distances into a favorably dense area and then transitions into stationary Arcane Torrent and Energy Twister alternation (see this build's skills page for more information). 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.
In accordance with your considerable focus on channeling skills, you will be equipping Hergbrash's Binding — a dedicated legendary belt that reduces the strain on your Arcane Power reserves while holding down the Arcane Torrent barrage. Note the considerable range of the unique bonus, and strive to attain as close to the maximum 65% as possible.
Ranslor's Folly are an Energy Twister-dedicated item that both increases the skill's damage considerably (up to 300%) and introduces a powerful monster-pulling mechanic to the tornados. Similarly to the belt, there is a considerable disparity between a low and high roll of the unique property, so prioritize maximizing the damage bonus first.
The remaining item slots — weapon and offhand — will be occupied by dedicated channeling legendary items that enable the playstyle interactions in the first place and increase the build's damage output. Etched Sigil is a build-defining legendary source that augments and casts equipped spenders for free (you purposefully limit yourself to Energy Twister in this case). Deathwish is a pure damage increase, affecting your overall DPS (including Etched Sigil casts) while channeling Arcane Torrent. Note that Deathwish is interchangeable with the devoted Energy Twister sword, the aptly named The Twisted Sword. This unique one hander increases the skill's damage by up to 150% for each tornado you have out on the battlefield, up to a maximum of 5; one of the two weapons will simply end up getting cubed.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
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, but can easily be triggered from afar with your numerous, large radius Slow Times.
Taeguk is a rare hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, and continued Arcane Torrent channeling will ensure that your stacks remain capped for a constant, well-rounded benefit. You can notably alternate this gem slot to Zei's Stone of Vengeance for a larger damage increase, but for the trade-off of an enforced far-range gameplay and glassier playstyle. Zei is another independent multiplier, whose range-dependent amplification can be easily maxed out by the long reach of Energy Twister.
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. In lower Greater Rifts, when you are not yet pushing against the very limits of your gear, you can alternate this slot to Bane of the Powerful for the dependable overall damage and toughness increase.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
As previously mentioned, your weapon Cube slot can be taken either by Deathwish or The Twisted Sword; both legendaries add considerable and irreplaceable benefits to the playstyle, so simply wear your better roll and cube the weaker.
Mantle of Channeling lends itself nicely to the playstyle, offering a balanced 25% increase of damage dealt and an equal decrease of damage taken while channeling skills — a trivial bonus to maintain with Arcane Torrent as part of your core rotation.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
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.
- 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
- 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
- 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.
- 30 Mar. 2018: Added the guide.
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