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Take Your Diablo 3 Archon Wizard's Power Level to Over 9000!

CJ Miozzi | 9 Mar 2016 17:45
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Vyr Archon Skills Diablo

2. Skills

Arcane Torrent with the Static Discharge rune makes every missile explode into two piercing bolts. Because we want our Obsidian Ring to trigger as often as possible, we're opting for this rune.

We take Ice Armor due to its synergy with the Halo of Arlyse. The Crystallize rune will enable us to often take advantage of the armor buff, since this is a melee build.

Magic Weapon with the Deflection rune gives us a damage buff and absorb shield.

Teleport gives us great utility, and the Safe Passage rune adds survivability.

Frost Nova with the Deep Freeze rune is a great skill to pop right before entering Archon form. You'll gain a damage buff lasting throughout half of your Archon duration. A different option that would sacrifice some utility in favor of damage would be Familiar with the Sparkflint rune.

For our passives, we want Audacity, because most of the damage we deal is happening right in front of us; we want Evocation, because we want to stack as much cooldown reduction as possible; and Unstable Anomaly and Blur will help us survive. Instead of Blur, you can opt for the more aggressive option, Unwavering Will, which requires you to stay put to buff your damage and defenses.

3. Playstyle

This playstyle comes together by maximizing the effectiveness of all your buffs and stacks. You ideally do not want to enter Archon form until you have 20 Chantodo stacks, because the wave of destruction is a huge part of your overall damage.

While in Archon mode, make sure you always have your Slow Time bubble up. Left Mouse Button will be your main Archon attack - it deals slightly more damage than Right Mouse Button and does so in an area around you. Leave Right Mouse Button for rare cases when you don't want to be near enemies. Also, hold down the "1" key to constantly trigger the explosive blast around you.

When out of Archon form, try to re-enter Archon as quickly as possible. This entails spamming Arcane Torrent - but remember, only do so when you have no other skills on cooldown but Archon. The Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac randomly selects one skill that is currently on cooldown, but if Archon is the only one on cooldown, then it is guaranteed to be the one affected.

4. Legendary Gems

Bane of the Trapped, Bane of the Stricken, and Bane of the Powerful.

5. Paragon Points

Start by getting your Move Speed up to 25, including what might be on your boots, then dump everything into Intelligence. Under Offense, prioritize Cooldown Reduction, then Critical Hit Chance and Damage. For Defense, start with Armor, then All Resist, then Life. For Utility, Resource Cost Reduction, Area Damage, and Life on Hit.


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