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Meteor Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 12, 2017 at 20:38 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

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 2.6.1 and Season 12.

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

1. 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 Firebird's Breast and Firebird's Down Firebird's Down entirely to the task, and splitting it in half with Resource Cost Reduction on the Firebird's Pinions Firebird's Pinions and Crit Stats on Firebird's Talons Firebird's Talons. Meteor Meteor damage increase is possible on both the Firebird's Plume Firebird's Plume and Firebird's Tarsi 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 The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge 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 Arcane Torrent channeling. Your second ring slot should be taken by Convention of Elements 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 Unity, coupled with another on the follower plus an immortality relic for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor 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 Hergbrash's Binding. This legendary belt single-handedly allows for extended periods of Arcane Torrent 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 Ancient Parthan Defenders. Its unique property triggers off the Freeze of Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse Frost Nova 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 Etched Sigil is a build-defining legendary source that augments and casts equipped spenders for free (you purposefully limit yourself to Meteor Meteor in this case). Deathwish Deathwish is a pure damage increase, affecting your overall damage (including Etched Sigil Etched Sigil casts) while channeling Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Meteor Damage
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Critical Hit Damage (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  4. Attack Speed (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  5. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Meteor Damage
  4. Armor
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
  5. Intelligence
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. % Weapon Damage
  5. Life per Hit
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Arcane Power on Crit
  5. Meteor Damage

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. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Life on Hit
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  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. 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 Bane of the Trapped procs itself with the level 25 property.

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.

Bane of the Powerful 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 daamge increase of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Your weapon and armor Cube slots will be taken by Meteor Meteor-dedicated legendary powers. First, you have The Grand Vizier The Grand Vizier augmenting the Meteor Meteor's damage and cutting its resource cost in half. And second, you have Nilfur's Boast Nilfur's Boast strengthening Meteor 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 Halo of Arlyse, which will multiply the effectiveness of your Ice Armor Ice Armor mitigation. As long as the requirements of the ring are met, it will release a constant streak of Frost Nova Frost Novas, unhindered by internal cooldowns.

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.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Nov. 2017: Revised the guide to improve its endgame itemization.
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