LoD Meteor Wizard Skills and Runes

Last updated on Jan 10, 2024 at 09:00 by Deadset 15 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing LoD Meteor Wizard in Diablo 3. Updated for Patch 2.7.7 and Season 30.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Spectral Blade Icon Spectral Blade Barrier Blades Barrier Blades Right Mouse Button Meteor Icon Meteor Star Pact Star Pact 1 Storm Armor Icon Storm Armor Shocking Aspect Shocking Aspect 2 Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 3 Teleport Icon Teleport Wormhole Wormhole 4 Black Hole Icon Black Hole Spellsteal Spellsteal
Passive Skills
1.

Skill Rotation

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. Note that Halo of Karini Halo of Karini has a range requirement and try to keep track of your positioning relative to enemies so that the defensive buff does not drop off (more about that on the build's gear page). Scout out the rift and try to attract the attention of enemies to form a large pull; once a large group of enemies trails after you, get a 4-stack of your Arcane Dynamo Arcane Dynamo passive with Spectral Blade Spectral Blade Barrier Blades Barrier Blades. Halfway through the Lightning Convention of Elements Convention of Elements rotation, cast Black Hole Black Hole to clump up enemies tightly; then, as the Arcane CoE rotation comes around, get a fifth stack of Arcane Dynamo Arcane Dynamo with one more cast of Spectral Blade Spectral Blade, and drop a devastating Meteor Meteor Star Pact Star Pact nuke on your enemies' heads. During the 4-second CoE cycle, you can fit in another round of 5-stack Arcane Dynamo Arcane Dynamo and Star Pact Star Pact before CoE moves to the Cold part of the rotation.

In order to maximize your survivability, try to always position yourself at a relatively safe distance from the enemy (but not too far as to drop the Audacity Audacity bonus) with calculated Teleport Teleports around the battlefield. Ideally, in any given fight you should be able to take down a smaller enemy first, which nets you a proc of Oculus Ring Oculus Ring to jump into, giving you yet another damage multiplier.

2.

Skills and Runes

Meteor Meteor is the focal point of the build, taken with its strongest burst rune — Star Pact Star Pact. Its Arcane Power-dependency for damage necessitates that you focus on extending your AP reserve through passives, gear and Paragon points (see this build's gear page for more information). Make a point to always cast Star Pact Star Pact after you fully stack Arcane Dynamo Arcane Dynamo, and always during the Arcane rotation of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements.

To counteract the complete Arcane Power depletion of Star Pact Star Pact, you will be including a primary attack in the build — adding a resource generation angle to it through the cubed The Shame of Delsere The Shame of Delsere (see this build's gear page for more information). Signature spells are also important to include in order to introduce a proc for the damage multiplier of Arcane Dynamo Arcane Dynamo to the build. Lastly, you will benefit from any source of protection you can layer on top during Greater Rift pushes, and a good option to fit all these purposes is found in Spectral Blade Spectral Blade Barrier Blades Barrier Blades.

As consistent means of protection, 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.

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 multiple-charged Wormhole Wormhole, which — coupled with the cooldown-resetting powers of the Illusionist Illusionist passive — allows for unparalleled mobility throughout the rift.

3.

Passives

Audacity Audacity is a natural inclusion for the fighting style of a Meteor Wizard — you will be casting your burst rotation right in the thick of the fight, where you will get the most out of this damage multiplier.

Arcane Dynamo Arcane Dynamo fits into the goals of the build nicely, as spamming a The Shame of Delsere The Shame of Delsere-empowered primary skill is necessary for Arcane Power build-up for Star Pact Star Pact anyway, and the passive's five-stack mechanic will feed extra damage to your burst.

A powerful survival tool is hidden in your Illusionist Illusionist passive, turning Teleport Teleport from a strategic cooldown into a constantly available asset. The requirement of 15% life taken per hit is calculated prior to mitigation and translates into “any hit taken” in high Greater Rifts. The additional 30% movement speed after using some of the build's core abilities is just icing on the cake.

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.

4.

Reverse Archon Variant

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Spectral Blade Icon Spectral Blade Siphoning Blade Siphoning Blade Right Mouse Button Meteor Icon Meteor Star Pact Star Pact 1 Storm Armor Icon Storm Armor Shocking Aspect Shocking Aspect 2 Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 3 Archon Icon Archon Teleport Teleport 4 Black Hole Icon Black Hole Spellsteal Spellsteal
Passive Skills

Another option for this build is the so-called "Reverse Archon" playstyle, which takes advantage of Archon Archon skill simply as means of a powerful damage buff for your main nuke, Star Pact Star Pact. While there is no focus on Archon damage, or indeed any expectation to kill monsters with your Archon skills (it is strictly treated as a buff), you will generate Archon stacks due to the Fazula's Improbable Chain Fazula's Improbable Chain mechanics. The Swami The Swami keeps your Archon stacks for 20 seconds outside of Archon form, meaning every second Convention of Elements Convention of Elements full cycle (16 seconds in total per full cycle, 4 seconds per element) you can be supremely buffed by these temporary bonuses. With optimized cooldown reduction (see this variant's paragraph in the gear page for more information), you will be able to enter right at the start of an Arcane CoE cycle and exit after a second Arcane cycle, giving you a few seconds to prepare the Star Pact Star Pact nuke as described in the general build above (you spend your time in Archon Archon drawing monster aggro and setting up the fight). As you exit Archon Archon form, you have a few seconds to execute the following rotation:

Then, repeating the process all over again (this is the so-called 32 second cycle).

The remainder of your skills are fairly close to the base build: keeping up the shields (Storm Armor Storm Armor, Deflection Deflection), and grouping up monsters with Black Hole Black Hole. Note the change of Spectral Blade Spectral Blade from Barrier Blades Barrier Blades to Siphoning Blade Siphoning Blade (since you lose The Shame of Delsere The Shame of Delsere in favor of Fazula's Improbable Chain Fazula's Improbable Chain in an Archon-reliant setup), and the change from Illusionist Illusionist to Evocation Evocation to improve your Archon Archon uptime.

It goes without saying, but this timing-intensive, high skill cap alteration is only meant to push this build to the outer limits of its power, and is not recommended for casual play.

5.

Changelog

  • 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.
  • 31 Aug. 2022: Guide un-retired, thoroughly reworked, and updated to include recommendations for Season 27.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Skills were reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019: Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17.
  • 10 Mar. 2019: Guide added.
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