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Meteor Wizard Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 01, 2017 at 18:38 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Meteor Wizard. 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. Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

While slightly worse at progression, the Tal Rasha Meteor Wizard can deal excellently with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties.

Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Energy Twister Icon Energy Twister Mistral Breeze Mistral Breeze Right Mouse Button Teleport Icon Teleport Calamity Calamity 1 Meteor Icon Meteor Thunder Crash Thunder Crash 2 Explosive Blast Icon Explosive Blast Chain Reaction Chain Reaction 3 Familiar Icon Familiar Arcanot Arcanot 4 Storm Armor Icon Storm Armor Power of the Storm Power of the Storm
Passive Skills

In a speedfarming build, you will be manually casting your Meteor Meteors, instead of waiting on them from the Etched Sigil Etched Sigil interation. To that end, you should make the following skill alterations:

  • Changing the slower, channeled and overly protective Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent from the progression spec to the character-centric, zero aiming Fire proc of Explosive Blast Explosive Blast Chain Reaction Chain Reaction.
  • Familiar Familiar will be kept in the build, but should be swapped from the Fire-based Sparkflint Sparkflint to the Arcane Power regeneration of Arcanot Arcanot, allowing for generous manual Meteor Meteor spam in speedruns.
  • The higher damage, but slower impact Meteor Shower Meteor Shower rune of Meteor Meteor should be swapped to the immediate descent of the Thunder Crash Thunder Crash rune. It will also conveniently fulfill the Lightning Tal proc.
  • In order to get the Cold proc of Tal Rasha, you will also need to fit a Cold element skill into the build. A good candidate is Energy Twister Energy Twister Mistral Breeze Mistral Breeze, whose synergy with the worn Ranslor's Folly Ranslor's Folly will group large amounts of monsters right underneath your Meteor Meteors.
  • Last but not least, remember to set your Teleport Teleport rune to the Arcane damage proc of Calamity Calamity.
  • Passives-wise, get extra Arcane Power from Astral Presence Astral Presence, and consider adding Unstable Anomaly Unstable Anomaly for an extra layer of protection during careless speedfarming.

3. Adapting Gear

Due to Tal Rasha being a 7-piece set, you can adapt the Meteor build to include the Death's Breath farming Sage set. In order to do this, you will include 2 of the 3 pieces of the Sage's Journey set — Sage's Apogee Sage's Apogee and Sage's Purchase Sage's Purchase — and cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur. Note that you will need to wear the Tal Rasha's Unwavering Glare Tal Rasha's Unwavering Glare that you skip in the progression setup.

The progression-oriented Endless Walk set and Convention of Elements Convention of Elements should be dropped from your jewelry during farming, since the Rift's clear speed makes their conditional buffs too slow to attain. In their stead, use a lightning damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan for the consistent boost to your Thunder Crash Thunder Crashes, and wear the Halo of Karini Halo of Karini for its massive protection bonuses.

Lastly, use Aether Walker Aether Walker as your weapon to ensure limitless mobility during farming. The loss of Deathwish Deathwish is inconsequential, since you drop the channeling aspect of the progression build altogether.

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. Lightning Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. 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. Lightning 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

4. Adapting Gemming

Since in farming you will be dropping channeling altogether, Taeguk Taeguk is best replaced by a gem that empowers you when fighting large groups of monsters, affected by your skills in large quantities. Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer fits the bill perfectly with the massive bleed it inflicts, plus the subsequent attack speed bonuses.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

Lastly, in order to maintain the valuable 6-piece bonus of Firebird and 3-piece bonus of the Sage set, you will need to cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot.

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.

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