LoD Frozen Orb Wizard Skills and Runes

Last updated on Nov 18, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 8 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing LoD Frozen Orb Wizard in Diablo 3. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Spectral Blade Icon Spectral Blade Barrier Blades Barrier Blades Right Mouse Button Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb Frozen Orb Frozen Orb 1 Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent Flame Ward Flame Ward 2 Black Hole Icon Black Hole Spellsteal Spellsteal 3 Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 4 Storm Armor Icon Storm Armor Shocking Aspect Shocking Aspect
Passive Skills


You will start runs with an activation of Storm Armor Storm Armor and Magic Weapon Magic Weapon, both of which are to be kept up throughout the rift. Move around the rift, drawing monster aggro and stacking up your shields with Spectral Blade Spectral Blade; once you build up a decent fight, stack monsters tightly together with Black Hole Black Hole just before the Cold cycle of your Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, channel Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent for just a second to obtain the Deathwish Deathwish buff and then toss out a Frozen Orb Frozen Orb. Remember to alternate Frozen Orb Frozen Orbs with brief tapping of Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent to maximize the benefits of said buff.


Skills and Runes

The main damage dealer and namesake of the build is Arcane Orb Arcane Orb Frozen Orb Frozen Orb — a long range projectile attack that hurls a pulsating orb of frost, exploding at the end of its 40-yard travel distance. Do your best to internalize the length of the Frozen Orb Frozen Orb shot to maximize the benefits of said detonation, as it is stronger than the piercing projectile while it is moving. Make a point to always cast Arcane Orb Arcane Orb after you fully stack Triumvirate Triumvirate, especially if the Cold cycle of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements is coming up.

To counteract the considerable Arcane Power spending of Frozen Orb Frozen Orb — 30 AP per shot — you will be including a primary attack in the build, adding a resource generation angle to it through Arcane Power on Crit on gear (see this build's gear page for more information). You have a good number of viable primary attacks for the slot, including the protective Spectral Blade Spectral Blade Barrier Blades Barrier Blades (our general recommendation), the crowd control synergy of Magic Missile Magic Missile Glacial Spike Glacial Spike, or the superior proc coefficient of Shock Pulse Shock Pulse Piercing Orb Piercing Orb.

In Season 22, you will still be able to add a channeling skill to the build to enjoy the benefits of Deathwish Deathwish. The preferred skill for the purpose is the Wizard staple Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent, along with the Flame Ward Flame Ward rune for additional protection.

Magic Weapon Magic Weapon offers an attractive, long-lasting damage buff by default, which branches out even more nicely into defense via the rune Deflection Deflection — highly desirable in order to safeguard your Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace damage buff. Note that this protective effect is doubled via the worn Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer, if you choose to wear it.

When pushing Greater Rifts, immediate repositioning will often be required — whether it is evading a bad affix or engaging fresh enemies. Early on in character progression, this slot can be temporarily taken by Teleport Teleport with the multiple casts of the Wormhole Wormhole rune — a beginner-friendly choice. Later on, you will focus on microing your character's position and exerting stronger control over the enemy — this is done with Black Hole Black Hole, also sporting a damage increase and reduction buff with the rune Spellsteal Spellsteal.

Rounding skills out, you will be adding Storm Armor Storm Armor to the build. With a fire-and-forget duration of 10 minutes and a negligible damage proc, it can be easily overlooked if not for the massive damage reduction properties of Halo of Karini Halo of Karini (see this build's gear page for more information). You will be taking the rune Shocking Aspect Shocking Aspect for the superior uptime of the procs for the Karini buff. Alternatively, you can consider Scramble Scramble for the additional movement speed.

This concludes the overview of the Active Skills, now let us look through the Passives.



Added with similar reasoning to Magic Weapon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection (mainly Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace buff maintenance), Galvanizing Ward Galvanizing Ward introduces a solid damage buffer that benefits from the doubled effectiveness via Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer. You will also be adding a second damage buffer in the form of the percentage-based damage decrease of Blur Blur.

Elemental Exposure Elemental Exposure is taken to bolster your damage through your myriad of elemental damage sources. Notice that the passive bumps damage in 5% increments per element used; you fulfill the cold with Frozen Orb Frozen Orb, lightning with Storm Armor Storm Armor, arcane with Barrier Blades Barrier Blades, and fire with Flame Ward Flame Ward.

Finally, take Power Hungry Power Hungry — it is the mirror of Audacity Audacity, reworked into a multiplicative damage increase against enemies further than 30 yards. This passive synergizes excellently with the long range orientation of the build, based on the Frozen Orb Frozen Orb mechanics.



  • 20 Nov. 2020: Guide added.
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