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Lightning Arcane Torrent Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 27, 2017 at 16:39 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Lightning Arcane Torrent Wizard in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Lightning Arcane Torrent Wizard guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build relies on the full power of Tal Rasha's Elements set, wearing 6 of the 7 available pieces during Greater Rift progression. When rolling your gear, a general factor you have to be aware of is the attack speed breakpoint dependent nature of Manald Heal Manald Heal builds. You will be striving to reach the 9 frame breakpoint through maximized attack speed bonuses on Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit (natural roll), Tal Rasha's Grasp Tal Rasha's Grasp, your weapon, both rings, and in your Paragon points.

The fixture in your jewelry slots will be the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet. They add 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 matches the playstyle of Manald Heal Manald Heal wizards well, as they alternate teleporting from pack to pack with extended periods of lightning spell channeling.

Your other ring slot will vary according to your better drop — simply wear the better rolled of the two, and cube the other. You have two cornerstone legendary rings in the build, one for offense and one for defense:

  • The cornerstone offense ring is Manald Heal Manald Heal — a Patch 2.4.3 rework that introduces a chance for a massive damage proc on enemies stunned by the Paralysis Paralysis passive. Due to the significant range of the unique property however (13,000-14,000%), there is a good chance you will need to cube Manald Heal Manald Heal until you find a higher end roll. In terms of game mechanics, it is important to note that Manald Heal Manald Heal is unaffected by proc coefficients and internal cooldowns, and can trigger multiple times during a Paralysis Paralysis proc — making Attack Speed a highly desirable stat. The Manald Heal Manald Heal proc factors in crit stats, but will not trigger area damage, further influencing itemization. Additionally, Manald Heal Manald Heal's proc does not scale with Lightning damage on gear, making the otherwise popular elemental damage rolls on gear pointless. Last but not least, even if Paralysis Paralysis procs and does not stun due to the diminishing returns on crowd control, Manald Heal Manald Heal will still produce its damage, making the ring deceptively potent.
  • The cornerstone defense ring, Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse, will be paired with the Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders bracer for a potent protective combo. Together, they multiply the effectiveness of the Ice Armor Ice Armor mitigation and provide unparalleled crowd control. Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse releases a constant streak of Frost Nova Frost Novas, unhindered by internal cooldowns. In turn, their freezing effect triggers Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders for a massive damage reduction pool in bigger fights.

Your shoulder piece during GR progression will be Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling, which will increase your damage during Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent channeling with 25% while simultaneously reducing damage taken by the same amount.

We take several factors under consideration for the boots slot. First, while they are tailor-made for the Tal Rasha set, Nilfur's Boast Nilfur's Boast boots emphasize Meteor damage, which this build does not rely on. Second, there is a distinct lack of attractive alternatives in the slot, with the possible exceptions of Ice Climbers Ice Climbers and Boots of Disregard Boots of Disregard. And third, freedom of movement is vital in Greater Rift progression — and no other piece delivers quite like Illusory Boots Illusory Boots, which allow you to ignore enemy collision and Waller affixes alike.

The BiS weapon for Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent builds is Deathwish Deathwish — its damage increasing unique property will also affect the Manald Heal Manald Heal proc.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Socket
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Armor
Torso
  1. Attack Speed (natural roll)
  2. Intelligence
  3. 3 Sockets
  4. Vitality
  5. Life %
  6. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Life per Hit
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Attack Speed
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Intelligence
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Intelligence
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Intelligence
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Life per Hit
  6. Vitality
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Arcane Power on Crit
  5. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Maximum Arcane Power (up to personal preference)
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Resource Cost Reduction
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Area Damage
  4. Gold Find

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped 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, and is otherwise triggered by Paralysis Paralysis and Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse.

Taeguk Taeguk is a rare hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, and continued Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent channeling will ensure that your stacks remain capped for a constant, well-rounded benefit.

You have two viable alterations in this gem slot, both aimed at increasing Attack Speed and subsequent Manald Heal Manald Heal procs. Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer increases your Attack Speed by 3% per bleeding enemy within a 20 yard radius, which scales much better over its alternative if you gamble on finding high monster density rifts. Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness is capped at 15% IAS, but is much easier to attain (simply based on attacks), and also offerse a protective angle with scaling Dodge chance. This is a more consistent, safer option.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

The build extracts Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth in the weapon Cube slot — with the use of Explosive Blast Explosive Blast Obliterate Obliterate you will quickly and inexpensively halve incoming damage, as well as gain a minor damage increase.

Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass will halve incoming damage as long as Arcane Power does not dip below 90% of its reserve, which is the major incentive behind the resource cost reduction and arcane power refunding focus of the build.

As previously mentioned, your jewelry cube slot will be taken up by your weakest rolled ring between Manald Heal Manald Heal and Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse.

5. Follower

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.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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