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Meteor Wizard Skills and Runes

Last updated on Nov 12, 2017 at 20:39 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing Meteor Wizard in Diablo 3. 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent Flame Ward Flame Ward Right Mouse Button Teleport Icon Teleport Safe Passage Safe Passage 1 Meteor Icon Meteor Meteor Shower Meteor Shower 2 Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Ignite Ignite 3 Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova Bone Chill Bone Chill 4 Ice Armor Icon Ice Armor Crystallize Crystallize
Passive Skills

1. Skill Rotation and Firebird Explanation

The Firebird Meteor Wizard strategy is to lure enemies, dragging them along to form the biggest fight possible. Notice that the 6-piece set bonus will scale your damage and protection for each burning enemy, and will automatically max out if an elite enemy is burning — contributing to the elite hunting playstyle of the build. Once you scout out a sizable fight with Teleport Teleport, begin channeling Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent Flame Ward Flame Ward to trigger the Meteor Meteors from Etched Sigil Etched Sigil, and add your own, manually cast Meteor Meteors at three second intervals (the duration of a Meteor Shower Meteor Shower) to maximize damage output. Needless to say, keep passive background buffs like Ice Armor Ice Armor and Magic Weapon Magic Weapon active at all times.

To clarify the Firebird set bonus, dealing Fire damage with any character skill (weapon damage and item procs are excluded) cause the enemy to burn for 1000% weapon damage over a 3-second period. Doing fire damage with any other skill will add to the DoT damage in 1000% increments, and reset its duration. Once the enemy is burning from three separate fire skills, he will ignite with an indefinite 3000% weapon damage per second DoT — which does not imply, of course, that you should stop attacking that enemy. There is an accompanying visual over the head of the monster in the shape of a flame, once the permanent DoT is applied. The DoT will not crit (similarly to other DoTs in the game), but will factor in your crit stats into an average number. The DoT will display every 0.8 seconds and will not interact with attack speed in any way. Moving more than two screens away from the burning enemy will make the DoT fall off, but coming back in range will resume it.

2. Skills, Runes and Passives

The primary damage dealer and namesake of the build, Meteor Meteor, summons a delayed aerial strike over a large surface approximating the position of your cursor, lending itself perfectly to large AoE situations. You will be taking the skill with its hardest hitting rune, Meteor Shower Meteor Shower, and you will augment its damage even further with other skill choices and itemization.

In order to circumvent the massive Arcane Power cost of spamming Meteor Meteor (40 AP per shot from about 100 AP pool max — simply unsustainable), you will be equipping Etched Sigil Etched Sigil and using its power to get free Meteor Meteors by channeling Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent. While the other listed channeled spenders can also work, Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent outshines them with speed, versatility and adaptability, plus a great Fire rune to boot, which is necessary for the Firebird set bonus. The Flame Ward Flame Ward rune will add a valuable protective angle to a skill you will be channeling for most of the run.

To finish off the trio of necessary Fire skills to max out the Firebird set bonus, you will be using Magic Weapon Magic Weapon for its minor, yet elementally appropriate DPS proc with the Ignite Ignite rune.

The remainder of your skills will be dedicated to protection and utility, leading off with the Wizard's trusty mobility and repositioning tool Teleport Teleport. You will add an angle of survivability to the skill during your progression attempts with the rune Safe Passage Safe Passage.

The independence of Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse procs might discourage you to take Frost Nova Frost Nova at first — after all, the ring will cast a generic Frost Nova Frost Nova regardless of you slotting the skill or not. The reason to include it in the build is that the Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse spam will inherit the rune from your skill bar, and Bone Chill Bone Chill will essentially provide you with a permanent 33% additive damage increase against enemies in melee range.

For additional protection, we will be using Ice Armor Ice Armor with the massive bulwark of Crystallize Crystallize. Firmly standing in place to channel for its damage, the build will inevitably put you in melee brawls, refreshing your Crystallize Crystallize stacks constantly. The added value from Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse will bring excellent crowd control on top of the mitigation, solidifying Ice Armor Ice Armor as the defensive spell of choice for Greater Rifts.

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

Two protective picks provide the foundation of the passive choices. Blur Blur is a straightforward addition to the glassy Firebird build, reducing incoming damage by a flat 17%. On the other hand, Unwavering Will Unwavering Will provides a conditional layer of protection — including valuable Armor to counterbalance the abundant Resistance of Wizards — as long as you briefly stand still. This is easily fulfilled in a channeling build.

Illusionist Illusionist is a passive with a lot of depth and nuance; it serves this build specifically by resetting the Teleport Teleport cooldown when receiving a damage spike in high Greater Rifts, and working with a pre-mitigation calculation it gives you near infinite mobility. The additional 30% movement speed after Teleport Teleporting makes the passive even more attractive.

Finally, Audacity Audacity gets a chance to shine in this dominantly melee range build by bringing an impressive 30% multiplicative damage increase against enemies within 15 yards.

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.

3. ChangeLog

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