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Vyr Archon Wizard Skills and Runes

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

Table of Contents

General Information

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

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent Static Discharge Static Discharge Right Mouse Button Teleport Icon Teleport Safe Passage Safe Passage 1 Archon Icon Archon No rune chosen 2 Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 3 Ice Armor Icon Ice Armor Crystallize Crystallize 4 Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova Bone Chill Bone Chill
Passive Skills

1. Rotation

The strategy of this build revolves around the in- and out- of Archon Archon dynamic, trying to conserve and increase power as much as you can outside your alternate form and unleashing the built up damage potential during the Archon Archon uptime.

Once you return to regular form, The Swami The Swami helm in the Cube will ensure you keep the positive effects of your Archon Archon stacks up to 20 seconds; this enables you to survive and efficiently reset your Archon Archon cooldown through Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac. You have another important task in regular form: each of your attacks will increase Chantodo's Resolve set pulse power, stacking up to 20 times — a stack that needs to be maxed out before the next Archon Archon activation. Besides Archon Archon and Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent, your normal form abilities comprise of passive buffs (Magic Weapon Magic Weapon and an Armor spell — to be kept up permanently) andutility skills (Teleport Teleport, Frost Nova Frost Nova — used defensively). Regardless of your current survivability and defensive cooldowns at your disposal, always strive to build bigger fights and find new enemies, as the interaction between your Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse and Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders depends on the number of frozen enemies, and ones you have already frozen get progressively resistant to it.

2. Skills, Runes and Passives

Its presence in the build is pretty self-explanatory, but Archon Archon should be on your skill bar. You have a degree of freedom with your element of choice, as you receive the benefits of all the runes through the Vyr 2-piece set bonus. You should however match the Archon Archon rune elementally with the elemental damage you stack on gear, as the Wave of Destruction AoE from Chantodo's set and the explosion upon transforming (coming from the Combustion Combustion rune) use your Archon Archon rune to determine their own elemental damage. It goes without saying, but pop this form as soon as your Chantodo set is stacked and stay in it as long and as frequently as you can.

Your trusty tool for cooldown resets, Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent will be used with the projectile splitting Static Discharge Static Discharge rune to bring you fast and reliable Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac procs and Chantodo set stacks. Depending on your positioning, confidence and leftover Archon Archon stacks, you can either remain stationary and channel it for optimal damage output, or kite and hope for a fast enough reset.

Your biggest moment of weakness comes when Archon Archon falls off, and immediate repositioning will often be in order — evading a bad situation, engaging fresh enemies for Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders procs, or simply moving ahead to a new area. Teleport Teleport will be instrumental for all these purposes, along with the damage reduction of the Safe Passage Safe Passage rune.

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. Note that using Frost Nova Frost Nova yourself in normal form is not only redundant, but also hurtful to your Archon Archon reset, because Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac will have more downtimes to go through — so keep it for emergencies and generally stick to the Halo of Arlyse Halo of Arlyse proc.

Fighting at a closer range than most Wizard builds can afford, the Archon build exposes itself to regular danger; thus, a source of defense and minor damage amplification will be found in Magic Weapon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection. This long lasting steroid remains quietly in the background and procs consistently off your Frost Nova Frost Novas, Arcane Blasts and Arcane Strikes, bringing a nice damage buffer on top of your health and mitigation.

For additional protection, we will be using Ice Armor Ice Armor with the massive bulwark of Crystallize Crystallize. The short reach of the build will inevitably put you in melee brawls, refreshing your 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.

Reworked into a comparable function to other cheat deaths, Unstable Anomaly Unstable Anomaly gives you one shot at dodging a lethal situation. Operating on a standard 60-second cooldown and adding a 3-second stun to nearby enemies — plus a solid, 400% max life shield for 5 seconds — it will become a constant companion to your Greater Rift pushes.

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.

Evocation Evocation rounds out the passive choices with its solid chunk of 20% Cooldown Reduction. With the overarching goal of the playstyle to bring your Archon downtime as low as possible, Evocation becomes a natural fit.

Your final passive slot is flexible between offense and defense. To focus on the former (likely necessary in high-end pushing, especially for Softcore characters), take Power Hungry Power Hungry — it is the mirror of Audacity Audacity, reworked into a multiplicative damage increase against enemies further than 30 yards. This allows the ranged half of the build (Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent, Disintegration Wave) to catch up damage-wise to the melee range potential. Alternatively, Blur Blur can be included if you feel you are lacking Toughness; the passive brings a sizable, unconditional 17% decrease in damage taken.

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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