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Vyr Archon Wizard BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated Yesterday at 18:57 by Deadset

Table of Contents

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 2.6.1 and Season 12.

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 Karini Halo of Karini). Rolls-wise, this Archon Archon-centric playstyle takes good advantage of Attack Speed and 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 an ideal quadfecta of Crit Chance, Crit Damage and Attack Speed.

Patch 2.6.1 sees the change of the traditional Vyr to incorporate Manald Heal Manald Heal, one of the strongest, proc-based items in the game. While it should be generally cubed (as noted in the appropriate section below), it also enforces several particular considerations while gearing. First, in order to direct Archon Archon to deal Lightning damage (the only elemental type that works with the Paralysis Paralysis passive and triggers Manald Heal Manald Heal), Lightning % needs to be highest elemental damage on gear — but Lightning % itself will not affect the Manald Heal Manald Heal proc, so it doesn't need to be boosted across mutliple pieces of gear. Just one will serve, usually the bracer. Second, Manald Heal Manald Heal is unaffected by proc coefficients and internal cooldowns, and can trigger multiple times during a Paralysis Paralysis proc — making Attack Speed a highly desirable stat alongside the usual CDR in Archon builds. The Manald Heal Manald Heal proc factors in crit stats, but will not trigger area damage, further influencing itemization. Last but not least, even if Paralysis Paralysis procs and does not stun due to the diminishing returns on crowd control, Manald Heal Manald Heal will still produce its damage, making the ring deceptively potent.

The scaling difficulty of Greater Rifts forces you to split between offense and utility 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. Note that Manald Heal Manald Heal's proc curiously does not benefit from elemental damage, making Increased Attack Speed the fourth desirable primary on the amulet. Finish off your jewelry with the massive damage reduction bonus of Halo of Karini Halo of Karini, whose trivial requirement is simply using Storm Armor Storm Armor in the build.

Spending a lot of time in the crowd control-immune Archon Archon form, you will find yourself at your weakest and most susceptible to deadly affixes in your regular form. To counteract an unlucky streak of CC, include Krelm's Buff Bracers Krelm's Buff Bracers in your setup, as they render you immune to Knockbacks and Stuns.

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.

With the powerful presence of Manald Heal Manald Heal dictating much of your itemization, the old favorite Chantodo's Resolve set (Chantodo's Will Chantodo's Will and Chantodo's Force Chantodo's Force) find themselves outclassed by gear oriented at proccing and boosting the ring as much as possible. While they remain a viable choice, the currently preferred setup for your weapon and offhand has become Pig Sticker Pig Sticker and Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth. While lacking any flashy bonuses, Pig Sticker Pig Sticker more than makes up for the fact. First, it has the superior attack speed of the dagger weapon class (1.5 base); second, it rolls up to five primary stats, meaning it can have high Intelligence, Increased Attack Speed, Cooldown Reduction and Damage %. And third, its unique bonuses vs. human and beast enemies are multiplicative in nature and can lead to massive damage spikes in certain rift compositions. In your other hand, Orb of Infinite Depth Orb of Infinite Depth will provide both a multiplicative damage increase and (more importantly) substantial Damage Reduction at its maximum 4 stacks.

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. Lightning Damage
  4. Life per Hit
  5. Vitality
Hands
  1. Critical Hit Chance
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Intelligence
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. Attack Speed
  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. Increased Attack Speed
  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. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Attack Speed
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
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.

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 consistent, well-rounded benefit during your Archon downtime.

For the vast majority of GR play, your final jewelry socket should be taken by Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness. Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness indirectly provides you with more damage and survivability by increasing the essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as scaling Dodge chance. Even its Attack Speed aspect is not lost, since it brings additional Manald Heal Manald Heal procs to the table. In the highest tiers of Greater Rift progression, you can consider replacing this gem with the scaling damage increase of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken, as it can help you tear down the wall of Guardian HP that will otherwise prove impenetrable.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Tucked away in the weapon Cube slot, Deathwish Deathwish is a pure damage increase to your Manald Heal Manald Heal procs while you channel Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent in your normal state, leading to massive damage bursts that rival your alternate form's performance.

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 wait out the next Archon.

As previously mentioned, Manald Heal Manald Heal needs to be stored in the jewelry Cube slot. While it is interchangeable with Halo of Karini Halo of Karini in this slot, it has a bigger range of the unique property roll, making it easier to perfect by cubing.

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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  • 26 Nov. 2017: Significant revision to itemization.
  • 27 Oct. 2017: Revised gear to reflect its Patch 2.6.1 buffs.
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