Firebird Explosive Blast Wizard Greater Rift Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Dec 28, 2021 at 09:00 by Deadset 3 comments
1.

Greater Rift Speed Farming

The Firebird Explosive Blast Wizard can deal excellently with Greater Rift Speed Farming, with versatile and unconditional damage at its disposal and great mobility offered by the Teleport Teleport-resetting powers of the Firebird set. We have solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

During lower tier Greater Rift farming, the balance between defense, damage and utility can be shifted to favor the latter two aspects of character building.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Disintegrate Icon Disintegrate Chaos Nexus Chaos Nexus Right Mouse Button Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 1 Explosive Blast Icon Explosive Blast Chain Reaction Chain Reaction 2 Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova Bone Chill Bone Chill 3 Teleport Icon Teleport Safe Passage Safe Passage 4 Diamond Skin Icon Diamond Skin Prism Prism
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are Speed Farming Greater Rifts, your playstyle should at least partially reflect the circumstances by focusing on massive pulls, generic bonuses against enemies and chaining pylon effects.

In GR speeds, you will basically be doing an accelerated version of the core rotation. You will still put priority on establishing defenses first thing in the rift — channeling Disintegrate Disintegrate for stacks, activation of Magic Weapon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection, and hitting enemies with Explosive Blast Explosive Blast for the Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth interaction. With that handled, you will simply keep up your Combustion stacks with continued channeling of Disintegrate Disintegrate, which also spreads the Ignition effect on enemies, while exploding them in melee range with Explosive Blast Explosive Blast. Ease the strain on your resources with Diamond Skin Diamond Skin Prism Prism spam, which also helps to keep up your Squirt's damage bonus with its basic defensive properties. Lastly, reposition with Teleport Teleport to the follower-worn Oculus Ring Oculus Ring procs in battle, keeping in mind the 1-second delay before Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling's buff kicks into effect — important when you want to line it up with Convention of Elements Convention of Elements's Fire cycle when you want to burst down elites.

3.

Adapting Skills

Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to burst down enemies quicker takes precedence.

Your entire active skill selection will match the base GR solo progression setup, with the interplay between Disintegrate Disintegrate Chaos Nexus Chaos Nexus and Explosive Blast Explosive Blast Chain Reaction Chain Reaction forming the base of the build by ramping up Combustion stacks and bursting them down, respectively. You will augment this damage by taking Audacity Audacity and Elemental Exposure Elemental Exposure in your passives, and Evocation Evocation will help keeping the Explosive Blast Explosive Blast spam as frequent as possible.

Your utility lineup from the GR progression build remains intact; Frost Nova Frost Nova brings crowd control and a valuable 'damage taken increased' debuff on affected enemies via the rune Bone Chill Bone Chill, while Magic Weapon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection and Diamond Skin Diamond Skin construct a shielding buffer that protects your Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace damage multiplier. Diamond Skin Diamond Skin also gets a valuable resource management angle from the rune Prism Prism.

To account for the reckless playstyle of speed Greater Rifts, with plenty of Teleport Teleport Safe Passage Safe Passages into unfortunate enemy AoE, you should finalize the protective layer over Squirt's with Dominance Dominance. This defensive passive is very fitting for speed farming specifically, as it emphasizes your advantage in difficulties that you easily triumph in and snowballs your advantage even further with its stacking shield.

4.

Adapting Gear

You will be equipping 5 pieces of the Firebird set, and will be adding the dual utility of the craftable Cpt. Crimson and Aughild sets on top; of course, both sets will be complete via a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube. Stat priorities will remain largely the same, with a focus on Toughness stats across gear, as well as Cooldown Reduction wherever possible.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Life %
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Life %
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Life per Hit
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Armor
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Flat Damage Increase
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Weapon
  1. High Weapon Damage (ideally Lightning)
  2. Intelligence (replaced by % Damage at high Paragon)
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Elite Damage Increase
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Arcane Power on Crit
  5. Fire Damage
  6. Cooldown Reduction

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.

5.

Adapting Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped still bring excellent damage multiplication value to the build in speed farming; Taeguk Taeguk is also universally helpful to solo channeling builds with its additive damage and Armor bonuses.

Within the limited challenges of Speed Greater Rifts, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken should be replaced by Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful for its well-rounded damage increase and damage mitigation bonuses; its limited duration should be of no consequence when you are demolishing the difficulty.

5.1.

Season 25 Soul Shards

In Season 25, your helm and weapon sockets will be taken over by the supremely powerful Soul Shards. For this variant, we recommend the following.

  • HelmShard of Hatred with "You now deal 10% increased damage for every enemy" as its Rank 3 power. For optimization benefits, aim for Intelligence or Melee/Ranged Damage Reduction on its Rank 2 roll.
  • WeaponEssence of Anguish with "50% increased Poison damage from all sources" as its Rank 3 power. For optimization benefits, aim for Fire Skills % Increase or Weapon Damage Increase on its Rank 2 roll. Note that Essence of Anguish requires dealing Poison damage to trigger its Base Power; in this build, you accomplish this either by re-rolling the weapon damage range (the two numbers displayed just under the big total DPS number; the first Primary stat roll of any weapon) of your own weapon to Poison, or doing the same to your follower's weapon.
Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

The GR solo progression emphasis on Explosive Blast Explosive Blast as the central damage dealer of the build is kept well into GR speed farming, and you will be hard-pressed to find a bigger "bang for your buck" item than Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth in the weapon Cube slot. It turns every Explosive Blast Explosive Blast detonation into a multiplicative damage increase and damage reduction bonus.

Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling retains its value in speed GRs as well, with a multiplicative increase to damage dealt, as well as an equal reduction in damage taken while channeling.

As previously mentioned, in order to tie the set bonuses of Firebird, Cpt. Crimson and Aughild together, you will have to put Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot of the Cube.

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.

7.

Follower

The recommended follower for this build during GR speed farming is the Enchantress, due to her cooldown reduction bonus from Prophetic Harmony Prophetic Harmony and damage reduction from Powered Shield Powered Shield. She can also add a free cheat death to the build via Fate's Lapse Fate's Lapse.

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.

8.

Legendary Potion

Your recommended potion is Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered, which renders you immune to Crowd Control effects for a brief time after consuming it — valuable bonus to a build that lacks means to break away from CC outside of straight up evasion via teleporting.

9.

Changelog

  • 28 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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