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I'm playing as a Wizard and have lots of weapons already. At least visually, wizards don't use weapons at all, just magic. So, is there any need for weapons at all?

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All classes effectively use weapons the same way, the only difference is that spell casters don't always visually have them equipped. All damage-dealing spells deal base damage as a multiplier of your weapon damage, and weapon speed affects how quickly you launch your actual spells. You can cast spells more quickly and channeled spells/dots tick more frequently when you are using a faster weapon, and generally hit harder per cast/tick but less frequently when using a slow weapon.

This is pretty easy to see yourself. Try equipping a 1h weapon and casting a spell like magic missile by holding down the cast key, then equip a 2h and cast the same spell. It will be very obvious that the spell fires faster with the 1h weapon equipped.

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Sure. The weapons still provide you with stat bonuses. There are even weapons specifically for wizards, e.g. wands and sources. But any weapon will help you deal more damage as many skills deal a percentage of weapon damage (thanks @Arthur). There are endgame wizard builds, which use swords for example.

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    Most crucially, spells deal damage based on weapon damage, like Magic Missile, which says "Launch a missile of magic energy, dealing 230% weapon damage as Arcane." (emphasis mine). – Arthur Nov 28 '18 at 13:46
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    This answer would benefit from stating how and why weapons are important to wizards, beyond just being a stat-stick. See Arthur's comment above. – GreySage Nov 28 '18 at 16:15
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    @Arthur That comment's got more votes than the answer. You could probably post your own answer. – wizzwizz4 Nov 28 '18 at 17:58
  • I would change sure to "absolutely, you have to". Without weapons, a wizard is HEAVILY hamstrung, for reasons Arthur explained. – user213824 Nov 28 '18 at 21:10

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