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The Best Wizard Build for Season 12 - Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.1

The Best Wizard Build for Season 12 - Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.1

Top Tier Wizard build for Season 16 and Patch 2.6.4 based on the Firebird's Finery set

Firebird's Finery
Channeling Meteor Wizard build
Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.4

Firebird's Finery was, and still remains, one of the most powerful Wizard sets in the game. It has not received any changes in Patch 2.6.4, which was apparently required to keep a greater balance between classes and their sets. The following guide introduces an interesting variation of the Firebird's Meteor build, which is based on Channeled spells and Meteor with the Meteor Shower Rune. It's inferior to the Star Pact version of this build but still offers formidable firepower.

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Firebird Finery Meteor

Table of contents

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

General information

The entire build is based on the Firebird's Finery set which provides the following bonuses:

  • If the character dies, a Meteor will fall from the sky to revive them (60 seconds cooldown) (2/6)
  • Dealing Fire damage with one of the Wizard skills causes the enemy to take 1000% damage as Fire per second for 3 seconds. This effect can be repeated a second and third time through different skills. If an enemy is burning due to three different skills simultaneously, the enemy will Ignite, dealing 3000% damage per second until they die (4/6)
  • The Wizard gains +200% increased damage, and 3% reduced damage taken for each enemy that is Ignited with three different skills. This effect can stack up to 20 times. An Ignited Elite monster grants full 20 stacks (6/6)

The Firebird's set causes different sources of Fire damage to apply a stacking debuff on enemies. Applying this debuff by three different skills simultaneously Ignites enemies. Each ignited enemy increases your damage by 200%, stacking up to a total of 4000% increased damage, while Ignited Elites grant the maximum buff instantly. There is a popular strategy to always keep an Elite alive and "carry it along" when Rifting to have 100% uptime on the maximum buff.

This build allows you to ignite monsters by using simply channeling the Arcane Torrent - Flame ward skill. With Etched Sigil equipped Meteors will be cast automatically, and the summoned Familiar will act as your third Fire damage source. This makes this build extremely powerful and easy to master. It allows players to learn the Firebird's set's mechanics and enjoy the game at the same time.


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Recommended items

Equipment

Firebird's Plume
Head - Firebird's Plume
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Intelligence
3) Vitality
4) Secondary res.
Socket: 
Firebird's Plume Chest - Firebird's Breast
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Life%
4) Secondary res.
Sockets: 
Firebird's Down Pants - Firebird's Down
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Armor
4) Secondary res.
Sockets: 
Firebird's Talons Gloves - Firebird's Talons
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Area damage% / Vitality
5) Secondary res.
Firebird's Tarsi Boots - Firebird's Tarsi
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Increased Movement Speed
4) Armor
5) Secondary res
Firebird's Pinions Pauldrons - Firebird's Pinions
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Area damage%
4) Life%
5) Secondary res.
Ashnegarr's Blood Bracer Bracers - Ashnegarr's Blood Bracer
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Fire damage%
3) Intelligence
4) Vitality
5) Secondary res.
Special power:
Increases the potency of absorption shields by 75–100%
Traveller's Pledge Amulet - Traveller's Pledge
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Damage
3) Critical Hit Chance
4) Fire damage%
5) Intelligence
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Set bonuses:
  • While moving, all damage taken is reduced by up to 50%
  • While standing still, all damage dealt is increased by up to 100%
Compass Rose Ring - Compass Rose
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Area damage%
5) Intelligence
6) Vitality
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Convention of Elements

Ring - Convention of Elements
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Area damage%
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

Witching Hour Belt - Witching Hour
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Damage
2) Intelligence
3) Vitality
4) Attack speed
5) Secondary res.
Deathwish Weapon - Deathwish
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) High average damage
3) Damage%
4) Intelligence
5) Vitality
Sockets: 
Special power:
While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, all damage is increased by 250-325%
Etched Sigil Off-hand - Etched Sigil
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) High average damage
3) Intelligence
4) Vitality
5) Area damage%
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%
Bonus Items for Season 16
(thanks to built-in Ring of Royal Grandeur power)
Cindercoat Chest - Cindercoat
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Secondary res.
Sockets: 
Special power:
Reduces the resource cost of Fire skills by 23–30%
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%
Nilfur's Boast Nilfur's Boast
Increase the damage of Meteor by 600%. When your Meteor hits 3 or fewer enemies, the damage is increased by 675-900%
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)
Bane of 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)
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)
Active Skills

Arcane Torrent
Arcane Torrent
Hurl a barrage of arcane projectiles that deal 400% weapon damage as Arcane on impact
Arcane Torrent damage is increased by 305% damage every second, up to 1010% weapon damage
Flame Ward
You take 15% less damage from attacks while channeling, increasing by 5% every second up to a maximum of 25% damage reduction. Damage type is changed to Fire

Your main skill. With the Etched Sigil equipped, channeling Flame Wards will auto-cast Meteor spell
Teleport Teleport
Teleport to the selected location up to 50 yards away
Safe Passage
Grants 25% damage reduction for 5 seconds after using Teleport

Used as a mobility skill, and for the damage reduction buff
Familiar Familiar
Summon a Familiar that attacks for 240% weapon damage as Arcane. This companion cannot be targeted or damaged by enemies and lasts 10 minutes
Sparkflint
Increases Wizard's damage dealt by 10%. Also, Familiar damage type is changed to Fire

Required as the third source of Fire damage. Simply summon the Familiar 
Storm Armor Storm Armor
Periodically shocks a random nearby enemy for 175% damage as Lightning. Lasts 10 minutes
Power of the Storm
Reduces the Arcane Power cost of all skills by three while Storm Armor is active

Keep the buff up at all times. It procs the damage reduction bonus on Halo of Karini ring and reduces Arcane power cost of your Flame Ward spell
Magic Weapon Magic Weapon
Grants 10% increased damage. Lasts 10 minutes
Deflection
Gain a protective shield on attacks for 3 seconds that absorbs damage equal to 4% of maximum Life

Keep the buff up for both defensive and offensive bonus
Meteor Meteor
Summon a Meteor that plummets from the sky, dealing 740% weapon damage as Fire. The ground it hits is scorched with molten fire that deals 235% damage as Fire over 3 seconds
Meteor Shower
Summons 7 Meteors instead of one, hitting random locations within 30 yards of the target. Damage of each meteor is reduced to277%, and blast radius to 8 yards. Meteors deal no periodic damage

Simply keep it on the skill bar to gain the effect of the Meteor's most powerful rune. Casting it manually is not recommended
Passive Skills
Unwavering Will Unwavering Will
Standing still for 1.5 seconds increases damage dealt by 10%, and Armor and all elemental resistances by 20%
Moving cancels this effect
Blur Blur
Damage taken is reduced by 17%
Audacity Audacity

All damage done to enemies within 15 yards of the Wizard increases by 30%

Unstable Anomaly

Unstable Anomaly
Receiving fatal damage prevents the Wizard from dying. Instead, it grants an absorb shield for 400% of maximum Life for 3 seconds and releases a shockwave that knocks enemies back and stuns them for 3 seconds.

This effect cannot occur more than once every 60 seconds


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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 we could improve this build, or if you believe the Firebird's Finery Meteor wizard is not suitable for this title, please let us know in the comments below.

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