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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Solo Wizard Builds?

I'm currently playing a Wizard in Diablo III. I'm in Nightmare and can solo with the rest of them, but I've heard Wizards are tough solo-ers in Hell/Inferno. Anybody knows of a solid Diablo III ...
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What are the Archon’s abilities?

The description for Archon reads: While in Archon form, your normal abilities are replaced by powerful Archon abilities But no further information is provided. What does that mean, precisely? ...
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What attack does the Wizard do when attacking with a spell while out of Arcane Power?

I've noticed that if my Wizard runs out of Arcane Power while I'm spamming an ability that costs arcane power, I start shooting little white dots at the enemy which do damage. This surprised me ...
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Why does Disintegrate deal more damage than Ray of Frost?

According to the spell description, Ray of Frost deals 215% weapon damage and disintegrate deals 155% weapon damage. However, if I enable the damage numbers in the option menu I can see that I deal ...
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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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Does Prodigy take effect for each hit of multiple hit abilities?

The Wizard class in Diablo 3 has a passive ability called 'Prodigy', gained at level 20. The text for this passive ability is as follows; When you deal damage with a Signature spell, you gain 4 ...
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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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What projectiles does Slow Time not affect?

I have noticed that certain things, such as the spikes from Quill mobs and mortar fire are not influenced by Slow Time's 90% projectile slow. What other sorts of ranged attacks fall into this ...
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Will the enemies killed by the explosion caused from Arcane Destruction prolong my Archon duration

The Arcane Destruction on the Archon skill causes an explosion when you transform to the Archon form, causing 450% weapon damage as Arcane to all enemies within 15 yards. Will the enemies killed by ...
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Should we use slow or fast weapon on the wizard?

Should I max out DPS, or damage? I like arcane orb. Will the amount of damage enemies get depend on damage or dps? Does slow but big damage weapon better than fast and low damage weapon if DPS is ...
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Do Blizzards from multiple Wizards stack?

The description of Blizzard states "Multiple casts in the same area do not stack." What if there are two Wizards in my party? Will each of their Blizzards deal damage, or only one?
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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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What's the highest DPS Wizard rotation for a single-target fight?

For some boss fights where the vast majority of the time you're simply beating on a single big baddie, what are the most effective spells (and runes) for the Wizard to use? Such a build might not be ...
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Damage calculation of the Wizard's Magic Weapon?

I'm currently trying to determine how exactly the DPS calculation works. The only thing I'm not quite sure about is Magic Weapon, which gives me a huge dps boost. My unbuffed DPS is about 17k, using ...
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Does the Wizard's Electrocute gain the effects of Prodigy for every monster hit in the chain?

The Wizard's signature spell Electrocute reads Lightning arcs from your fingertips, dealing 80% weapon damage as Lightning. The lightning can jump, hitting up to 2 additional enemies. I use it ...
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Is Magic Weapon associated with a weapon or with the hero?

The Wizard’s Magic Weapon skill description reads: Imbue your weapon with magical energy, granting it 10% increased damage. Lasts 5 minutes. What does it mean, imbue the weapon? If I switch ...
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Does Diamond Skin scale?

Diamond skin for the Wizard is rare because it doesn't scale based on attributes, it is a flat amount of damage that is absorbed. Although extremely useful in normal, I imagine it will not scale ...
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What healing options are there for a wizard?

My wizard is pretty squishy, I usually put on Diamond Skin, but if an enemy deals more damage than it can absorb or if Diamond Skin is on cooldown my health goes down very quickly. If my health ...
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How does Cold Blooded work?

The Wizard's Cold Blooded passive says "Cold damage dealt to chilled and frozen targets is increased by 20%". While 'frozen' is pretty obvious (although there aren't many ways to freeze targets) ...
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What skill gives the greatest knockback for a wizard?

The wizard is, as always, something of a glass cannon. Is there a skill the provides the greatest knockback for the purposes of crowd control? If there are two (one for single targets, one for ...
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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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Diablo 3 Wizard sparkflint familiar rune + conflagration?

Does sparkflint familiar benefit from conflagration passive skill? I know that sparkflint does not benefit from temporal flux skill as un-runed familiar and cannoneer familiar do.
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Wizard - What is the Purpose of Teleport?

I remember Diablo 2 where we could teleport without cooldown to travel the map very fast, but now with that high cooldown of Teleport, in what situation would I ever use this skill ?
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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 ...
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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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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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Surviving Inferno Spiderlings in Act 1

As a Wizard in Act 1 Inferno, I haven't really had any issues progressing so far, until tonight - when I hit the cave of the spider queen. Everything dies pretty easily, but the damn spiderlings just ...
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Can Frost Nova with Shatter result in more than two Frost Novas?

The Frost Nova ability freezes all enemies around the Wizard for 3 seconds. Shatter reads: A frozen enemy that is killed has a 50% chance of releasing another Frost Nova. If a second Frost Nova ...
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Why is my Wizard taking so much damage?

I'm primarily playing single player, and I've noticed that at the very end of Act I/beginning of Acti II the amount of damage that I'm taking from enemies has dramatically spiked. Whenever I'm near a ...
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Does the Wizard Talent Conflagration work with weapons with +Fire Damage?

The Wizard Passive skill Conflagration causes enemies hit by fire damage to take increased damage: Fire damage dealt to enemies applies a burning effect, increasing all damage done to them by 10% ...
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Which signature spell is the fastest for generating Flashes of Insight?

The Wizard’s Arcane Dynamo skill description reads: When you deal damage with a Signature spell you may gain a Flash of Insight. The “may” is very vague. What is the actual chance? And more ...
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Why doesn't magic weapon have a buff indicator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I track “Magic Weapon”s cooldown? I've noticed playing on my wizard that most of my skills show a buff with an indicator of how much time is left, ...
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What increases a Wizard's arcane power regeneration?

Arcane power, the resource for the Wizard's non-signature spells generates rapidly on its own, however on Diablo Wiki, it is stated that arcane power Regeneration over time (can be boosted by ...
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Where can I find a firing squad (for Time Takes Its Toll and A Forceful Rebuke)?

Two Wizard Challenge achievements deal with projectiles: Time Takes Its Toll (slow 20 with one Slow Time) and A Forceful Rebuke (reflect 8 with one Wave of Force). It seems like getting both with ...
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How should I be using teleport?

I just keep dying with my Wizard, and seeing as I want to prepare myself for hardcore, but I keep facing death, I'd like a few tips on how to maximize my usage of teleport in order to avoid dying so ...
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Killed in one hit with Force Armor?

Why is it that Fallen Maniacs can kill me flat from 23k hp to zero when I have Energy Armor with Force Armor rune up? Is that even possible or did my Energy Armor decay without me realizing?
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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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When would I use Arcane Strike instead of Disintegration Wave?

The wizard's Archon form has a couple of different attacks: Arcane Strike: Hits for 250% dmg Disintegration Wave: Hits for 300% dmg From the skill description, its simple to just choose Wave which ...
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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 abilities will consume the Arcane Dynamo stacks?

The Arcane Dynamo passive states: When you deal damage with a Signature spell you may gain a Flash of Insight. After 5 Flashes of Insight, your next non-Signature spell deals 75% additional ...
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On Wizard, Is it better to use Magic Weapon or Familiar(sparkflint)?

So the Wizard gets the skill Magic Weapon that raises your dmg by 10% and this IS reflected in your DPS rating when you cast it. A few levels later you get the Familiar which eventually gets ...
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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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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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Gear for an Inferno Wizard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What stats are best for casters (Wizard/Witch Doctor) doing Inferno? I'm trying to rebuild my gear towards beating Act 2 Inferno, most of my gear consists of very basic ...
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Does Illusionist ability trigger based on current life or max life?

One of the Wizard's passive abilities is called Illusionist: Whenever you suffer more than 15% of your Life in a single hit, the cooldowns on Mirror Image and Teleport are automatically reset. ...
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What stats are best for casters (Wizard/Witch Doctor) doing Inferno?

Both my witch doctor & wizard are just about level 60 and I am preparing to go try out inferno. I like the casters so much I can't decide which one should be my main. My friends (all melee ...
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What's the wizard's main strength (or role)?

While there is no strong "role" for classes in Diablo 3, you can't deny that each of them is especially good at something. The barbarian can receive a lot of damage (tank), the demon hunter can ...
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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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Is there a Wizard skill that makes us go closer to the enemies?

I am a melee wizard and I want to get close and attack enemy in one click. Is there an ability that can help with this?
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Inferno Stats to get through Act 2 as a Wizard?

I've been reading a lot of forums and watched quite a few videos. While most people seem to agree All Resist are the best-stat-ever you could get, and suggest getting it to 1000+, some say it's ...