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Vyr Archon Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 27, 2017 at 18:20 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Vyr Archon Wizard in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Vyr Archon 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 Vyr's Amazing Arcana set, taking all six available pieces and leaving the jewelry to balance offense (with the Endless Walk set) and defense (with Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse). Rolls-wise, this Archon Archon-centric playstyle takes good advantage of Cooldown Reduction affixes. Vyr's Sightless Skull Vyr's Sightless Skull, Vyr's Astonishing Aura Vyr's Astonishing Aura, Vyr's Fantastic Finery Vyr's Fantastic Finery and Vyr's Swaggering Stance Vyr's Swaggering Stance can all be dedicated to Toughness, as Archon abilities are not possible skill damage rolls on gear. Cooldown Reduction should be the fourth primary alongside Toughness stats on the Vyr's Proud Pauldrons Vyr's Proud Pauldrons, and is also taken on Vyr's Grasping Gauntlets Vyr's Grasping Gauntlets alongside the traditional Intelligence, Crit Chance and Crit Damage recommendations.

You will adjust jewelry and bracers according to the content you clear — a defensive setup for Greater Rifts and a glass cannon variation for speed farming.

The scaling difficulty of Greater Rifts forces you to split between offense and defense in the jewelry slots. 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. This mimics the Archon playstyle, alternating long distance movement to favorable monster density with periods of stationary Arcane Blast and Arcane Strike spam.

A socketed Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse will occupy the second ring slot. Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse will multiply the effectiveness of your Ice Armor Ice Armor mitigation, and provide additional crowd control. 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.

The Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse finds a synergistic companion in the Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders, whose unique property triggers off Freeze effects as well (inexplicably missing from the item tooltip). With the chain triggers of Frost Nova Frost Nova from the ring, diving into massive fights turns from a suicide tactic into a survival tool through the numerous damage reduction procs of the bracer. An important playstyle tip to remember is that crowd control on the same monster diminishes with each successive application — so always seek out fresh enemies to reduce damage with.

Fazula's Improbable Chain Fazula's Improbable Chain belt is tailored after Archon builds, with a BiS roll giving you 50 automatic Archon Archon stacks when entering Archon Archon form. Aiding you in your most vulnerable moments, this belt gets your damage and Toughness off the ground quicker, making it vital for the playstyle.

The mandatory weapon and offhand for the build are the Chantodo's Resolve set, Chantodo's Will Chantodo's Will and Chantodo's Force Chantodo's Force. Essential to the playstyle by providing the stacking Wave of Destruction effect, this set will be responsible for a 7000% weapon damage chunk in your DPS. Rolls-wise, aim for Cooldown Reduction and either % Damage Increase or Life per Hit on Chantodo's Will Chantodo's Will, and high damage range, Crit Chance and Arcane Power on Crit on Chantodo's Force Chantodo's Force.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Life %
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Elemental Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. 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. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Elemental Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Intelligence
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Intelligence
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Life per Hit
  6. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Arcane Power on Crit
  5. Increased Damage Against Elites

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Arcane Power
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. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  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 Archon Wizards tend to fight in melee range to maximize the Wave of Destruction — Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped procs itself with the level 25 property, along with the constant Frost Nova Frost Nova triggers.

Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful has been reworked into a multiplicative damage increase, further enticing you to focus on chaining and bursting down elite fights, at which the Archon Wizard excels in the first place. This is reinforced by the gem’s level 25 bonus now increasing AND reducing elite damage by 15%, making it a well-rounded choice for the Vyr setup.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket during Greater Rift progression. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. The Archon Wizard is not an exception, and Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken is considered a great addition to the setup.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Stored in the weapon Cube slot, The Furnace The Furnace provides 50% additional elite damage — which speeds up GR clear times greatly, as Champion and Rift Guardian fights are the usual bottleneck.

The Swami The Swami is an essential addition to the cube for the armor slot, as the power of this wizard hat allows you to maintain the Archon Archon stack benefits for 20 seconds in your normal form. That window of opportunity allows you to survive and safely reset your damage form.

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is another key item to cube, as this jewelry slot will enable the lightning-fast recharge of your Archon. Benefiting greatly from the attack speed increase of the Archon Archon stacks, it allows for re-entry into your damage form long before The Swami The Swami-sustained stacks expire, leading to stack overlapping.

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.

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