The Wizard is a pure spellcaster, harnessing arcane and elemental magic to do his/her bidding via a devastating array of offensive spells.

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Any tips for beating Malthael as a Wizard on high difficulty levels?

I'm playing solo as a hardcore Wizard on Torment IX, running Tal Rasha's with dual hydras. Usually when I encounter hard boss fights with melee bosses, I'm forced to kite and rely on my hydras + ...
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What skills/passives proc Tal Rasha stacks, but are not cast for Etched Sigil?

I'm building a character with 6pc Tal Rasha's for 2000% damage (4) Set: Arcane, Cold, Fire, and Lightning attacks each increase all of your resistances by 25% for 8 seconds. (6) Set: Attacks ...
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How can a Firebird build compete with Tal Rasha's after 2.4?

In patch 2.4, the Firebird set has received a damage boost in the form of +25% damage per burning enemy. But Tal Rasha's also received a boost, now adding +500% damage per stack. This seems horribly ...
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How does Blur stack with resistances?

The Blur passive skill states that it reduces damage taken by 17%. Another answer stated that different classes of damage buffs stack multiplicatively, so I would suspect that also applies to damage ...
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How does Bane of the Trapped stack with Time Warp?

The Bane of the Trapped legendary gem has the effect: Increase damage against enemies under the effects of control-impairing effects by 15.00%. Per numerous other sources, Slow Time counts as a ...
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What causes Storm Armor to go off?

The Storm Armor skill for the Wizard says: Bathe yourself in electrical energy, periodically shocking a nearby enemy for 175% weapon damage as Lightning. Lasts 10 minutes. But what causes the ...
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Tal rasha 2 pieces vs 4 pieces

Quick description on skill: Electrocute - arc lightening (lightning) Teleport - wormhole Meteor - thunder Crash (lightning) Magic Weapon - Ignite (fire) Ice Armor - Frozen storm (ice) Familiar - ...
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new damage calculation with set bonuses

So with the revamp of sets in 2.2 my question is how the new damage buffs get applied. are they all multiplicative from diffrent sets/legendary vs additive (stacking elemental dmg) With the new ...
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Do the shields of Magic Weapon Deflection and Dominance stack?

I'm using Magic weapon Deflection and Dominance (passive) at the moment but I'm not really sure whether they stack. In other words: Do I get more shields this way, or is one skill just wasted here? ...
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Getting past 30 grift with Rimeheart/LoG

Has anyone gotten past a lvl 30 grift with a Rimeheart and a Light of Grace ? This is what I use currently. I'd like some advice on how to improve gear and generally what stats/gems should I be ...
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Does Paralysis stack with Wyrdward?

I'm just curious if the Paralysis passive (for Wizard), which gives a 15% chance for lightning damage to stun the enemy for 1.5 seconds, stacks with the ring Wyrdward's special, which does the same, ...
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Problems with single target dps as fire wizard (d3)

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#aPNOSj!YiSe!cYYcZa That's my build, and I completely decimate rifts on t5 until I come up to a yellow elite or rift boss. My damage is seriously lacking ...
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Is Black Hole a Knockback?

Is the spell Black Hole counted as knockback? It would be insane with Strongarm Bracers. I've googled it and some people say it does, while others say it doesn't, does anyone have an offical ...
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How do I regain Arcane Power effectively with my Frozen Orb Wizard?

I'm mainly using a Frozen Orb/Electrocute Wizard at the moment. It works pretty well, but I run out of AP very often. Until recently this wasn't bad enough to actually do much about it, I was somewhat ...
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Space Dementia Wizard Achievement

What is the easiest way to earn the Space Dementia achievement? Space Dementia Damage 30 enemies with one Black Hole cast.
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Why do Wizards use 1-hand weapons if 2-hand weapons hit harder?

The answers to the question Should we use slow or fast weapon on the wizard? say that many spells, like Blizzard, are not affected by attack speed. So, for better DPS, people should be better off ...
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How does attack speed affect damage for various skills?

Summon an Arcane Hydra that spits Arcane Orbs that explode on impact, dealing 111% weapon damage as Arcane to enemies near the explosion. So it seems that fast hitting weapon don't make hydra ...
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Blazing Hydra vs Arcane Hydra

What's the advantage of Blazing Hydra compared to Arcane Hydra? It looks like they both do the same thing except that blazing hydra damage is a little lower and the damage is delayed by 3 seconds. ...
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What skills provide what elemental damage for elemental exposure wizard?

So we need fire, cold, arcane, and lightning. Say I have sparkflint familiar. Does that give fire? Frozen orb. Okay cold covered Arcane? How do I get arcane? Arcane hydra? Lightning comes from ...
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Which monsters are immune to Black Hole's vortex?

Black Hole has no "pull" effect on some monsters, as I observe. And as far as I could see, these are the larger ones. Under what circumstances does the vortex affect monsters? Elites, champions? ...
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Does Mirror Ball double/triple Magic Missile damage?

Mirror Ball source has a special attribute "Magic Missile fires [1-2] extra missiles". If I'm using a one missile rune (e.g. Glacial Spike), does this effectively double/triple the DPS of Magic ...
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What shield is this item referring to and is it really better than what I have?

Is this item really better than what I have? Assuming I can enchant this item to have generic damage instead of holy, is it worth the material to do so? Shouldn't the mace be slighly better, ...
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How does Spectral Blade affect Hydra?

Spectral Blade combined with Flame Blades gives a buff that increases Fire Damage for 1% on each Stack. Does Hydra get the buff while it is active or if I cast it at say 25 stacks and it drops to 20 ...
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Can you choose which way you move when casting Mirror Image?

When casting Mirror Image, you slide in one direction while the other Mirror Images created go in other directions, to misdirect the enemy. Sometimes, the sliding puts me in an advantageous position, ...
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When does Mocking Demise trigger?

When using Mirror Image with the Mocking Demise rune, the images deal damage and have a chance to stun in an area when they die. My question is, what exactly triggers this? Does this occur no matter ...
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How do Mirror Image, Slow Time, and Illusionist interact?

When I use Mirror Image with Slow Time equipped, the mirror images also cast Slow Time. Using the Time Warp rune in Slow Time also increases the damage enemies inside the bubble take by 10%. With ...
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Does (passive) Cold Blooded apply to enemies if they were frozen by my mirror images and not me?

Using the Diablo 3 Wizard Spell "Mirror Images" or "Teleport: Fracture", do the created mirror images make use of passive effects? theoretical build example: ...
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Do my arcane spells hit harder if my mirror images cast Wave of Force: Arcane Attunement?

Using the Diablo 3 Wizard Spell "Mirror Images" or "Teleport: Fracture", do I get the arcane damage bonus if my mirror images cast Wave of Force: Arcane Attunement or is the bonus linked/limited to ...
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Do mirror images created by the wizard get the bonus from Magic Weapon: Ignite and (passive) Conflagration

Using the Diablo 3 Wizard Spell "Mirror Images" or "Teleport: Fracture", do the created mirror images make use of both effects? theoretical build example: ...
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Do mirror images benefit from the increased damage of Slow Time: Time Warp?

Do mirror images from the Diablo 3 Wizard Spell "Mirror Images" or "Teleport: Fracture" benefit from the increased damage of the Time Warp rune for Slow Time? theoretical build example: ...
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How does Frozen Orb work?

As part of the Frozen Orb's animation, it spews ice in all directions, supposedly damaging enemies it touches. I wonder how exactly this works. Does it deal more damage if the orb hits the enemy ...
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How is it possible to use the Diablo III Wizard skills Magic Weapon and Familiar at the same time? [duplicate]

Recently I saw the following profile: I am wondering how it is possible to use Magic Weapon and Familiar at the same time. Can anybody explain?
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Why does Arcane Torrent slow me down? [closed]

I recently noticed that when I cast Arcane Torrent I'm apparently under some slowdown effect: This effect disappears the instant the cast animation stops. But what is the point of this effect in ...
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What are the attack speed breakpoints for a critical mass wizard?

When playing a critical mass wizard, attack speed is an important stat because it increases the amount of tornadoes that you can cast. But attack speed also increases the tick rate of the tornadoes, ...
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Why use Magic Weapon and Familiar over Storm Armor

So I've chosen to disable electives with my Wizard, and found MW, Familiar, and SA to be in the same category. I don't have all the runes unlocked but I am finding SA to be far better that the other ...
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Can Archon Beam Shoot Through Wall?

Archon beam is the right click stuff when you turned into archon as wizard. It definitely can when the wall is created by the monster. When it's a regular wall, the result is not clear. I can't see ...
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Why Twister over Piercing Orb

My question is, what is the reasoning behind using twister, is there a large advantage over using something like piercing orb? Is it an AP sink? If so, what is the advantage over using the Arcane Orb ...
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Does Cold Blooded affect all players?

Quoting the skill description: All damage dealt to chilled and frozen targets is increased by 20%. Does "All Damage" mean it applies to damage dealt by other players?
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Storm Armor and Diamond Skin?

I note that in each of the Armor skills in the Conjuration tree, it says that only one armor skill can be active at a time. Does Diamond Skin count as an Armor spell? Or can I trigger both Diamond ...
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How can I build a melee/kite wizard? [closed]

I'm running a 1/2 melee, 1/2 kite wizard build. The build is: Passives: Astral Presence Galvanizing Ward Temporal Flux Offense spells: Arcane orb (celestial) Hydra (Poison) Blizzard (stark ...
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Diablo 3 Wizard Skills/Build [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Solo Wizard Builds? I have recently switched from Diablo 2 to 3 and the new way the skills evolve is messing with me a little (automatically things unlock on certain ...
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Diablo 3 - Improving killspeed in Nightmare [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Primary Stat Worth More Than Weapon Damage? So I'm in Act 1 Nightmare right now, playing as a Wizard, and I'm having a hard time killing some of the mooks. My killing ...
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Does blizzard actually slow enemies down and by how much?

Some runes like grasping chill slow enemies down. What about the others? My main use of blizzard is not really to damage enemy but to slow them down for poison hydra. The tooltips doesn't say it ...
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Are the Fracture Rune and Mirror Image exclusive?

There are 2 ways to get mirror image as wizard in diablo 3 Mirror image Teleport (with Fracture Rune). Every time I cast normal mirror image, the mirror image from teleport goes out. I sometimes ...
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Build defense or damage in order to survive against unique monsters in Inferno?

My question is quite simple: what should I choose for my level 60 wizard to survive and pursue the game better in inferno, defense or dps ? I can imagine that a tank wizard may not be a wise choice, ...
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Wizard CDR builds?

So I've been looking to improve my Wizard's survivability in Inferno. I've looked into a group of Wizard builds called CDR (Cooldown Reduction) builds, whose primary skills are Critical Mass and Frost ...
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Fire hydra vs. arcane hydra on single target

Arcane hydra does AoE damage, while basic, fire hydra, only does direct attacks. Tooltips have same basic damage. Do arcane hydras have drawbacks on single target (like slower fire) or they are plain ...
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Does a Wizard's lightning hydra proc the paralysis passive?

As per the title, does the Wizard's lightning hydra proc the passive to stun mobs?
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Do Spectral Blades - Healing Blades get a bonus penalty in inferno?

I'm considering trying out a melee wizard build for Inferno (now that monsters in acts 3/4 don't hit quite as massively!) but was wondering one thing... I know that Lifesteal (weapons with 2.5% ...
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When would I use Venom Hydra over Mammoth Hydra, and vice versa?

On paper, Venom Hydra and Mammoth Hydra seem very similar. Both have an AOE effect that deals damage per second to enemies that remain in it, except that Mammoth Hydra deals more (22% weapon damage ...