Meteor Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Meteor Wizard in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.9 and Season 21.
Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The build incorporates the complete Firebird's Finery 6-piece bonus, taking six of the seven available pieces and opening up the jewelry for the Endless Walk set and its damage multiplication bonuses. The build can roll the vast majority of set armor slots completely into toughness, dedicating Firebird's Breast and Firebird's Down entirely to the task, and splitting it in half with Resource Cost Reduction on the Firebird's Pinions and Crit Stats on Firebird's Talons. Meteor damage increase is possible on both the Firebird's Plume and Firebird's Tarsi, and you should seek it out on both. Note that stacking Armor benefits you because of the balancing of sources of mitigation, as All Resistance is already abundant on an Intelligence-based character. Notice also the absence of crowd control immunity in the spec (it is a non-Archon build), making Crowd Control Reduction secondary stats (ideally on helm, but can also roll on jewelry) very beneficial.
Taking enough pieces to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Firebird set naturally opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds 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. Meteor Wizards share this playstyle, alternating long distance movement to favorable monster density with periods of stationary Arcane Torrent channeling (see this build's skills page for more information). Your second ring slot should be taken by Convention of Elements; the ring rotates through all elements available to Wizards, providing a massive bonus to your main damage skill during the Fire proc. You can notably alternate your second ring slot for the additional protection of Unity, coupled with another on the follower plus an immortality relic for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor). This will result in lesser damage output, but more consistent Rift completion vs. the fishing-oriented CoE.
The best-in-slot belt for the build when pushing Greater Rifts is Hergbrash's Binding. This legendary belt single-handedly allows for extended periods of Arcane Torrent channeling by vastly reducing its resource cost. You will add to the belt's incentive to remain stationary with a thick-of-the-fight protective bracer — Ancient Parthan Defenders. Its unique property triggers off the Freeze of Halo of Arlyse Frost Novas.
The remaining item slots — weapon and offhand — will be occupied by dedicated channeling legendary items that enable the playstyle interactions in the first place and increase the build's damage output. Etched Sigil is a build-defining legendary source that augments and casts equipped spenders for free (you purposefully limit yourself to Meteor in this case). Deathwish is a pure damage increase, affecting your overall damage (including Etched Sigil casts) while channeling Arcane Torrent.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. You will benefit from it naturally, as Meteor Wizards tend to fight in melee range to maximize the Firebird DoT uptime — Bane of the Trapped procs itself with the level 25 property.
Taeguk is a rare hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, and continued Arcane Torrent channeling will ensure that your stacks remain capped for a constant, well-rounded benefit.
Bane of the Powerful provides a 20% multiplicative damage increase after killing an elite pack, as well as baseline 15% damage increase against, and damage reduction from, elite enemies. The bonus duration upgrades at a steady pace with gem levels, and is usually a good indication of your power — if it falls off, you are past the limits of your current setup. Nevertheless, in the highest tiers of Greater Rift progression, you will have to swap this slot out for the stacking damage increase of Bane of the Stricken.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Your weapon and armor Cube slots will be taken by Meteor-dedicated legendary powers. First, you have The Grand Vizier augmenting the Meteor's damage and cutting its resource cost in half. And second, you have Nilfur's Boast strengthening Meteors even further and empowering their capabilities in small-scale combat (very useful against Rift Guardians).
The jewelry Cube slot is best taken by the crowd control king, Halo of Arlyse, which will multiply the effectiveness of your Ice Armor mitigation. As long as the requirements of the ring are met, it will release a constant streak of Frost Novas, unhindered by internal cooldowns.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
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.
- 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
- 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
- 17 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 18 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 12 Nov. 2017: Revised the guide to improve its endgame itemization.
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