Wizard Lightning Archon Build With Manald Heal and Tal Rasha/Vyr Sets
Welcome to our build guide for Lightning Archon Wizard in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.4 and Season 16.General Information
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Gradually emerging from several targeted buffs and reworks over the course of Patch 2.4's lifecycle, the Lightning Archon build finally takes an endgame form. This long range, high skillcap build is provided in a Speed Farming, a Greater Rift solo progression and a Greater Rift Group progression variations, explained in that order.
2. Video Guide
The following video guide was created to accompany the present written guide and demonstrate how to play the build in-game.
3. Quick Reference
3.1. Skill Setup
The basic farming skill setup of the Tal Vyr Lightning Archon is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.
|Arcane Torrent Static Discharge Magic Weapon Deflection 1 Archon Combustion 2 Frost Nova Frozen Mist 3 Teleport Calamity 4 Energy Armor Force Armor|
|Magic Missile Glacial Spike Magic Weapon Deflection 1 Archon Combustion 2 Black Hole Spellsteal 3 Teleport Calamity 4 Energy Armor Force Armor|
|Magic Missile Glacial Spike Slow Time Stretch Time 1 Archon Combustion 2 Hydra Lightning Hydra 3 Teleport Calamity 4 Energy Armor Force Armor|
4.1. Gear Setup
The required gear setup for the Tal Vyr Lightning Archon is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution. It also includes detailed explanations for Season 16 adjustments.
- Helm: Tal Rasha's Guise of Wisdom or Vyr's Sightless Skull
- Shoulders: Vyr's Proud Pauldrons
- Gloves: Tal Rasha's Grasp or Vyr's Grasping Gauntlets
- Chest: Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit or Vyr's Astonishing Aura
- Belt: Fazula's Improbable Chain
- Pants: Tal Rasha's Stride or Vyr's Fantastic Finery
- Boots: Vyr's Swaggering Stance
- Bracers: Nemesis Bracers
- Amulet: Tal Rasha's Allegiance
- Ring 1: Ring of Royal Grandeur (or Halo of Karini in Season 16)
- Ring 2: Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
- Weapon: Starfire
- Offhand: Tal Rasha's Unwavering Glare
4.2. Legendary Gems
- Legendary Gem 1: Zei's Stone of Vengeance
- Legendary Gem 2: Bane of the Trapped
- Legendary Gem 3: Gogok of Swiftness
4.3. Kanai's Cube
5. Role in the Current Meta
This build is ranked as a High Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If high leaderboard position without strict adherence to the meta is attractive to you, consider using this build.
This is a versatile build, able to handle all three major activities in the game (Greater Rifts, Normal Rifts and Bounties) with the adjustments outlined in this guide. With proper adaptation outlined on the Group variant page, it is also recommended as a DPS option in groups.
- 18 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 18 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
- 18 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
- 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
- 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
- 27 Oct. 2017 (this page): No changes necessary for Patch 2.6.1.
- 27 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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