Firebird Explosive Blast Wizard Skills and Runes

Last updated on Apr 10, 2024 at 09:00 by Deadset 14 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing Firebird Explosive Blast Wizard in Diablo 3. Updated for Patch 2.7.7 and Season 31.

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


As you begin your run, a crucially important step is to ensure your survivability as soon as possible — firstly, with Combustion stack upkeep via Disintegrate Disintegrate channeling and the 4-piece bonus of Firebirds, but also by stacking up your Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth damage reduction through hitting enemies with Explosive Blast Explosive Blast. Disintegrate Disintegrate channeling is also vital for its set-based ignition aspect, as your damage is multiplied by your Combustion stacks against enemies that are Ignited. As you spread the ignition effect, never stop casting Explosive Blast Explosive Blast; its lack of casting animation ensures Disintegrate Disintegrate remains uninterrupted. Late into the Cold Convention of Elements Convention of Elements cycle, you should make your current monster pull more susceptible to damage with Frost Nova Frost Nova Bone Chill Bone Chill; this will ensure their devastation during the upcoming Fire cycle. The remainder of your skillset is dedicated to utility, with Magic Weapon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection bolstering your defenses, Diamond Skin Diamond Skin improving your Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace uptime, and Teleport Teleport Safe Passage Safe Passage adding strategic mobility to the build.


Skills and Runes

As you might have surmised from the Firebird set bonus, the inclusion of Disintegrate Disintegrate is mandatory due to the skill-specific trigger of the 2- and 4-piece bonuses. Note that despite the "ignition" wording of the set power, the selection of a Fire rune is not mandatory to achieve this effect; as a consequence, the preferred rune is Chaos Nexus Chaos Nexus — its splitting beam spreads the ignition very efficiently, and its Arcane nature adds a stack to the Elemental Exposure Elemental Exposure damage bonus. Channeling also buffs up your overall damage with Deathwish Deathwish, and provides the balanced bonuses of Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling.

Despite its short range, Explosive Blast Explosive Blast offers a reliable source of a non-channeling Fire spell to deliver Combusted damage with. Of course, you will be taking the Fire-based Chain Reaction Chain Reaction rune, whose multiple explosions tie closely with the mechanics of Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth for a utility-laden combo that buffs up your own damage, while also greatly reducing damage taken.

One of the staples of the Wizard arsenal, Magic Weapon Magic Weapon is taken with the protective rune Deflection Deflection for a nice defensive layer that is easily kept up with your constant channeling and Explosive Blast Explosive Blast spam. While it has a relaxing 10-minute duration, do not neglect to refresh its bonuses, as you need its protective powers to keep up the Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace bonus.

Frost Nova Frost Nova brings decent crowd control to the build, but CC's diminishing returns with successive applications make the base Freeze of the skill less meaningful than the rune effect; Bone Chill Bone Chill makes enemies more susceptible to damage, and serves as a Cold proc for Elemental Exposure Elemental Exposure. Similarly to Explosive Blast Explosive Blast, its effect is centered on the hero and has no casting animation, making it a great fit in a build that depends on constant channeling to strengthen its damage.

With one more skill slot to play with over its Flame Blades-based counterpart, the Explosive Blast Firebird Wiz can fit extra utility in the build. You have two competing options for the slot. We generally recommend to use Diamond Skin Diamond Skin Prism Prism in this slot for a combination of a Life-based shield (to assist your Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace uptime) and quality-of-life Resource Cost Reduction. A high Paragon option is to alter to Familiar Familiar Sparkflint Sparkflint for another passive damage boost.

Last but not least, Teleport Teleport will round out your skill selection with valuable maneuverability across the battlefield; either to engage, reposition, or simply move away from an unfavorable fight. The preferred rune is the protective Safe Passage Safe Passage, which — coupled with the cooldown-resetting powers of the 4-piece set bonus — allows you to spam the damage reduction effect with permanent uptime.



Matching closely with the close-range fighting style of this build, the Audacity Audacity passive nets you a valuable 1.3x damage multiplier against enemies within 15 yards — completely covering the detonation range of Explosive Blast Explosive Blast.

One of the strongest protective passives in the game, Galvanizing Ward Galvanizing Ward brings a duration-less absorption barrier that soaks 60% of your maximum (not current!) life in damage and refreshes every 5 seconds after not taking damage. This passive is a major protective layer for the upkeep of the Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace damage bonus. Note that both Galvanizing Ward Galvanizing Ward and Magic Weapon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection scale off total life, making Vitality and Life % much better for overall Toughness compared to many other classes in the game.

A unique take on damage buffing, Elemental Exposure Elemental Exposure increases your damage in 5% increments for 5 seconds, based on each source of elemental damage you bring to the build. The Explosive Blast Firebird Wiz can take advantage of up to four sources of elemental damage in this base build, with sources of Fire, Cold and Arcane damage baked into the skillset, along with our recommendation to try and roll for a Lightning damage weapon — this passive uniquely takes weapon damage type into account.

You have a measure of flexibility in your final passive slot. We generally recommend Evocation Evocation, which cuts the downtime of Frost Nova Frost Nova and Diamond Skin Diamond Skin a more readily available utility arsenal. Another option, especially attractive during early character progression, is to use Blur Blur for its massive, percentage-based damage reduction bonus.



  • 10 Apr. 2024: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 31.
  • 10 Jan. 2024: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 30.
  • 13 Sep. 2023: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 28.
  • 26 Aug. 2022: Skills and passives reviewed for Season 27.
  • 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 28 Dec. 2021: Guide added.
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