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Lightning Archon Wizard Solo Progression Variation

Last updated on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:23 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Solo Progression variant of Lightning Archon Wizard. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

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

1. Solo Greater Rift Pushing Variation

The Tal Vyr Lightning Archon is the top tier solo Greater Rift pushing build for the Wizard class.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Magic Missile Icon Magic Missile Glacial Spike Glacial Spike Right Mouse Button Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 1 Archon Icon Archon Combustion Combustion 2 Black Hole Icon Black Hole Spellsteal Spellsteal 3 Teleport Icon Teleport Calamity Calamity 4 Energy Armor Icon Energy Armor Force Armor Force Armor
Passive Skills

The very rotation of a soloing Lightning Archon changes, mostly due to dropping Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac for Convention of Elements Convention of Elements in the gear. This is done to put an even larger emphasis on the burst potential of the Archon Archon activation.

Your general tactic will be to search for large, densely populated areas where you can get the most survivability out of your Teleport Teleport Calamity Calamity stuns working with Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders.

You will strive to maintain the full 15 stacks of Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness at all times in order to synchronize the Archon Archon pop (and subsequent 3rd and 4th stacks of Tal Rasha) with the Lightning cycle of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and the Archon Archon stacks from the previous cycle. In order to achieve this, aim to activate Archon Archon right at the end of the Cold Convention of Elements Convention of Elements cycle and the first second of the Fire cycle. Since Tal Rasha stacks last for 8 seconds and Convention of Elements Convention of Elements cycles last for 4, this will allow the Tals and Lightning rotations to end at roughly the same time, giving Archon Archon the optimal time to cooldown.

The following skill selection alterations will be necessary:

  • Changing Frost Nova Frost Nova Frozen Mist Frozen Mist with Magic Missile Magic Missile Glacial Spike Glacial Spike as your Cold proc of Tal Rasha. This primary will also bring a valuable Freeze proc that will trigger Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders, as well as solid Arcane Power on Crit procs from gear to sustain your Teleport Teleport spam.
  • Changing Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent Static Discharge Static Discharge for Black Hole Black Hole Spellsteal Spellsteal. This brings a valuable enemy grouping tool and a damage increase to maximize your burst cycle. Do not be alarmed at the loss of a normal form Lightning proc for Tal Rasha, as the Archon beam will inherit the Lightning element from gear and proc the missing stack on its own.

3. Adapting Gear

While this does not change between any of the Lightning Archon variations, it bears repeating — aim for a 63% Cooldown Reduction goal in your sheet (prior to Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness stacks) for this build to function optimally. Please read the guide's other pages thoroughly to get the complete picture of desired rolls and alterations of this complex build.

You will be exchanging Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac for Convention of Elements Convention of Elements. While this will increase the general Archon Archon downtime, it also introduces a whopping 200% damage multiplier if timed correctly. The ring cycles through all the elements available to Wizards on a 4-second basis and factors in Manald Heal Manald Heal's damage during the Lightning cycle, making it extremely valuable.

Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders are a staple progression piece that gives you up to 12% damage reduction per enemy stunned in a 25 yard radius. While you will get the occasional benefit from them during Archon Archon, they are mostly valuable in your regular form. While you wait for Archon Archon to come back up, you will be spamming Teleport Teleport Calamity Calamity in large packs of enemies to keep your protection up. This item replaces Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers.

Aether Walker Aether Walker will be included in the setup (either equipped or cubed) in the place of the farming spec's In-geom In-geom or the group's Serpent's Sparker Serpent's Sparker. This wand turns Teleport Teleport from a cooldown into a spender skill, maximizing your mobility in the Archon Archon downtime and allowing you to spam the Calamity Calamity stun for Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders procs.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Arcane Power on Crit (if The Swami The Swami)
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. Life %
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Attack Speed (if Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit)
  4. Vitality
  5. Reduced damage from Elites
  6. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Lightning Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Intelligence
  6. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Attack Speed
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Attack Speed
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Attack Speed
  6. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Arcane Power on Crit

4. Adapting Gemming

When attempting the highest tiers of Greater Rift progression, health numbers of Elites and especially Rift Guardians will jump to near-impossible numbers. In order to tackle the sheer health walls, you will need to swap Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped for Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken, a gem dedicated to this very purpose.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

As previously mentioned, you will either wear or cube Aether Walker Aether Walker to ensure maximum mobility during the Archon Archon downtime.

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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