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Tal Rasha's Meteor Wizard Build - Diablo 3 RoS

Tal Rasha's Meteor Wizard Build - Diablo 3 RoS

One of the strongest Wizard builds in Patch 2.6.1 We also include a speed farming variation of this build

Tal Rasha's Meteor
Wizard Build
Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.1

Tal Rasha's Meteor is one of the most influential Wizard builds in Patch 2.6.1. It may be a little behind the Firebird's Meteor build in terms of high GR pushing, but it provides an excellent speed farming variation. If you want to have a smooth transition between GRs and farming Bounties or Keystones, this is a build for you. 

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Tal Rasha's Meteor

Table of contents

  1. General information
  2. Recommended items
  3. Recommended skills

General information

The entire build is based on the Tal Rasha's Elements set:

  • Damaging enemies with Arcane, Cold, Fire or Lightning will cause a Meteor of the same damage type to fall from the sky. There is an 8-second cooldown for each damage type (2/6)
  • Arcane, Cold, Fire and Lightning attacks each increase all resistances by 25% for 8 seconds (4/6)
  • Attacks increase total damage done by 750% for 8 seconds. Arcane, Cold, Fire, and Lightning attacks each add one stack but do not refresh the duration of each other. At four stacks, each different elemental attack will also prolong the duration by 2 seconds, up to 8 seconds (6/6)

While Tal Rasha's gameplay mechanics may seem complex at first, when you get at it, they are nowhere near being hard to master. When using Tal's set you need to use four different elemental attacks to earn a total of 3000% increased damage (750% for each type of elemental attacks). While at four stacks you need to use different elemental attacks to increase the duration of this buff by 2 seconds. 
Tal Rasha's Meteor is about teleporting into enemies with the Calamity (Arcane damage type rune) to grant the first stack, using Frozen Mist whenever off cooldown (Cold attack), and channeling Arcane Torrent for both Lightning and Fire-type attacks.

In this build, on top of the Tal set, you are using Deathwish sword, Etched Sigil, The Grand Vizier and the Nilfur's Boast which amplify Meteors damage even further. The damage output is so high that you may as well replace the sword with Aether Walker for fantastic mobility. This is the speed farming variation, which should still allow farming Greater Rifts up to level 85 much faster.


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Recommended items

Equipment

Tal Rasha's Guise of Wisdom
Head - Tal Rasha's Guise of Wisdom
Stat priorities:
1) Increased Meteor Damage
2) Critical Strike Chance
3) Socket
4) Intelligence
5) Vitality
6) Secondary Res.
Socket: 
Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit Chest - Tal Rasha's Relentless Pursuit
Stat priorities:
1) Attack Speed
2) Intelligence
3) Vitality
4) Armor
5) Melee/Ranged damage reduction
Sockets: 
Tal Rasha's Stride

Pants - Tal Rasha's Stride
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Armor
Sockets: 

Tal Rasha's Grasp Gloves - Fiendish Grips
Stat priorities:
1) Attack Speed
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Intelligence
5) Secondary Res.
Nilfur's Boast Boots - Nilfur's Boast
Stat priorities:
1) Increased Meteor Damage
2) Intelligence
3) Vitality
4) Armor
5) Secondary resistance
Special power:
Increase the damage of Meteor by 600%. When your Meteor hits 3 or fewer enemies, the damage is increased by 675-900%
Mantle of Channeling

Pauldrons - Mantle of Channeling
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Armor
4) Life%
5) Secondary resistance
Special power:
While channeling Whirlwind, Rapid Fire, Strafe, Tempest Rush, Firebats, Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, deal 20–25% increased damage and take 25% reduced damage

Ashangarr's Blood Bracer Bracers - Ashangarr's Blood Bracer
Stat priorities:
1) Fire damage%
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Intelligence
4) Vitality
5) Secondary res.
Special power:
Increases the potency of absorption shields by 75–100%
Tal Rasha's Allegiance Amulet - Tal Rasha's Allegiance
Stat priorities:
1) Fire damage%
2) Critical Hit Damage
3) Critical Hit Chance
4) Socket
5) Intelligence
Unity Ring - Unity
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Attack Speed
5) Intelligence
Special power:
All damage taken is split between wearers of this item
Convention of Elements

Ring - Convention of Elements
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Attack Speed
5) Intelligence
Special power:
Gain 150–200% increased damage to a single element for 4 seconds. This effect rotates through the elements available to your class in the following order: Arcane, Cold, Fire, Holy, Lightning, Physical, Poison

Tal Rasha's Brace Belt - Tal Rasha's Brace
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Armor
4) Life%
5) Secondary res.
Deathwish Weapon - Deathwish (for high GR pushing)
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) High Average Damage
3) Attack Speed
4) Damage%
5) Intelligence
Sockets: 
Special power:
While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, all damage is increased by 250-325%
Aether Walker Weapon - Aether Walker (speed farming)
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) High Average Damage
3) Attack Speed
4) Damage%
5) Intelligence
Sockets: 
Special power:
Teleport no longer has a cooldown but costs 25 Arcane Power
Etched Sigil Off-hand - Etched Sigil
1) Increased Meteor damage
3) High average damage
4) Critical Strike Chance
5) Attack Speed
6) Intelligence
Special power:
Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, and Ray of Frost also cast one of other damaging Arcane Power Spenders every second and increase the damage of Arcane Power spenders by 125-150%
Kanai Cube powers
The Grand Vizier The Grand Vizier
Reduces the Arcane Power cost of Meteor by 50% and increases its damage by 300-400%
Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass
While above 90–95% of primary resource, all damage taken is reduced by 50%
Halo of Karini Halo of Karini
The Wizard takes 60-80% less damage for 5 seconds after their Storm Armor electrocutes an enemy more than 15 yards away
Legendary Gems
Bane of Trapped Bane of the Trapped
  • Increases damage done to enemies under the control-impairing effects by 15%
    Upgrade: +0.3% additional damage per Rank
  • Gain an aura that slows the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30% (Requires Rank 25)
Taeguk Taeguk
  • Gain 2.00% increased damage for 1.5 seconds for each tick of a channeled skill. This effect stacks up to 10 times. Upgrade: +0.04% increased damage per stack per Rank
  • Gain 2% increased Armor for every stack (Requires Rank 25)
Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken
  • Each attack you make against an enemy increases the damage it takes from your attacks by 0.8%. Upgrade: +0.01% damage per Rank
  • Gain 25% increased damage against Rift Guardians and bosses (Requires Rank 25)

Recommended skills

Active Skills

Arcane Torrent
Arcane Torrent

Hurl a barrage of arcane projectiles that deal 400% damage as Arcane to all enemies near the impact location
Arcane Torrent damage is increased by 305% damage every second, up to a maximum total of 1010% damage as Arcane
Sudden Impact
Changes damage type to Lightning, and makes each missile to release two projectiles that damage enemies they pass through for 150% weapon damage

Your main channeled attack. It is used to grant the Lightning damage type stack, and call forth Meteors thanks to Etched Sigil source equipped
Teleport Teleport
Teleport through the ether to the selected location up to 50 yards away
Calamity
Damages and stuns enemies on impact. Damage type changes to Arcane

Main mobility skill. It is also used to proc the Arcane elemental type stack on Tal's set
Storm Armor Storm Armor
Bathe in electrical energy, periodically shocking a nearby enemy for 175% damage as Lightning. Lasts 10 minutes
Power of the Storm
Reduces Arcane power cost of your skills by 3

Used to grant the damage reduction buff from Halo of Karinig ring, as well as reduce Arcane power costs (to have 100% uptime on Aquila Cuirass' buff)
Meteor Meteor
Summon an immense Meteor that plummets from the sky, crashing into enemies for 740% damage as Fire. The ground it hits is scorched with molten fire that deals 235% damage as Fire over 3 seconds
Meteor Shower
Calls forth seven smaller meteors that each damage enemies for 277% weapon damage. Removes the damage over time effect of Meteor skill, but grants the highest base DPS

Core ability of this build. Meteors, however, are auto-cast by your channeled spells while Etched Sigil is equipped
Magic Weapon Magic Weapon
Imbues the Wizard's weapon with magical energy, granting it 10% increased damage. Lasts 10 minutes
Deflection
Each attack grants a protective shield that absorbs damage equal to 4% of your maximum life. Stacks up to 5 times

Grants decent defensive utility and moderate damage buff
Frost Nova Frost Nova
Blast nearby enemies with an explosion of ice and freeze them for 2 seconds
Frozen Mist
Instead of chilling or freezing enemies, Frost Nova creates a cloud that damages enemies for 915% weapon damage over its' duration

Used as the Cold-type attack to grant all of the Tal's stacks
Passive Skills
Illusionist Illusionist
Upon taking 15% or more of maximum Life in damage over 1 second resets the cooldowns of Teleport, Slow Time and Mirror Image. Using either of these abilities also increases the movement speed by 30% for 3 seconds. This effect will also be triggered if the damage has been absorbed by any of the Wizard's abilities
Elemental Exposure Elemental Exposure
All damaging attacks of Arcane, Cold, Fire or Lightning type cause the enemy to take 5% increased damage from all attacks for 5 seconds. This effect stacks, up to a total of 20%
Galvanizing Ward Galvanizing Ward

As long as no damage has been taken the Wizard in 5 seconds, they gain a shield that can absorb unsaved damage. This shield is refreshed as soon as the Wizard manages another 5 seconds without taking any damage. The amount of damage absorbed equals 60% of maximum Life

Audacity Audacity
All damage done to enemies within 15 yards is increased by 30%
Passive Skills (speed farming)
Astral Presence Astral Presence
Increases maximum Arcane Power by 20, and increases Arcane power regeneration rate by 2.5 per second

Replacement for Galvanizing Ward for speed farming purposes


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We hope you will enjoy this build as much as we did. And see you soon in the world of Sanctuary.

If you have any ideas how this build could be improved, or if you have suggestions for other Demon Hunter Guides we could make next, please let us know in the comments below.

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