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This page suggests that the wizard can use:

  • Axes
  • Daggers
  • Maces
  • Spears
  • Swords

(Click on the Wizard icon, and all of those weapons are not disabled, meaning that the class can use them.)

This Diablo Wiki article explains weapons types, but it is not clear whether the Wizard can use only wands, or other weapons.

So do you know the exact list or weapons type that a class can use? Or can you find this information somethere?

My motivation to know is that the damage per second of those weapons can change quite a bit from one to the other, and the spell damage is based on that. For example, the level 1 wand (apprentice's want) is only 3 DPS, whereas the level 1 spear (javelin) has a DPS of 7.2–8.4.

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Does this count as speculation as the game hasn't yet come out (unless the title says: ... in Diabloe 3 beta)? Or am I horribly wrong again? – deutschZuid Apr 2 '12 at 0:52
@JamesJiao yah not sure either, i know i asked one but decided that futher questions could wait till the game actually comes out and i get a chance to play it. – Paralytic Apr 2 '12 at 7:21
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Any character (including wizards and witch doctors) can wield any non class-specific weapon, with a few small exceptions.

The class-specific weapons are:

  • Ceremonial Knife (Witch Doctor)
  • Hand Crossbow (Demon Hunter)
  • Fist Weapon (Monk)
  • Daibo (Monk)
  • Mighty Weapon (Barbarian)
  • Wand (Wizard)

There are also off-hand class-specific items, as well as class-specific armor.

In addition to the class weapons, a few classes are restricted from using certain general items. The restrictions are as follows:

  • Wizard: No polearms or two-handed maces (other two-handed weapons are OK)
  • Barbarian: No staves, no ranged
  • Demon Hunter: No two-handed weapons other than bows and crossbows, some skills restricted to ranged weapons.
  • Monk: No ranged
  • Witch Doctor: No special restrictions

The idea behind having wands for Wizards is that the magic enchantments on them are particularly beneficial to the Wizard so it's more likely you'll be using a wand if you care about general Wizard stats or skills. You are otherwise, however, free to use whichever general weapon you want.

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Not quite true. For instance, Monks can't use any ranged weapons, even the generic "bow" types, and Wizards can't use 2-handed weapons at all. – Raven Dreamer Apr 1 '12 at 20:49
You mean two handed melee weapons, right? I can most definitely equip a bow on a wizard. – authenticgeek Apr 1 '12 at 20:58
Yes. I meant 2-handed melee weapons. Blizzard's site refers to the three groups of items as "1-handed, 2-handed, and ranged". – Raven Dreamer Apr 1 '12 at 21:31
@RavenDreamer I updated this with restrictions. Turns out that Wizards are mostly ok with two-handed weapons. Tested experimentally as well. – authenticgeek Apr 7 '12 at 16:48
I think Witchdoctors aren't able to dual-wield, but I can't be sure. – Raven Dreamer Jun 19 '12 at 23:06

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