HI! and welcome to our Wizard Leveling Guide! Leveling up Wizard is a struggle in the early part right up until a certain ‘tipping point’! This leveling build revolves ENTIRELY around abusing Disintegrate – once you have it… It’s a snap to 70!

I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU OPEN our D3 Leveling Process (all classes). It answers the usual leveling questions. “Leoric’s?” “Grinding?” There’s a ton of supplemental info there.

Update Notes: Overhaul and cleaning up – build is as good as it’s every been! Your Wizard will literally disintegrate its way to 70 a little easier, now.

Wizard Leveling – Quick Navigation:
FULL Leveling BuildSummary, Reminders | Leoric’s Crown? | Notes | Fresh Level 70!

Wizard Leveling: FULL BUILD per Level

Put your level in the box on the upper right – or hit back / next found in the bottom right!

Lvl LR1234
1SkillMagic Missiles-----
1Rune------
1Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
2SkillMagic MissilesRay of Frost----
2Rune------
2Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
3SkillMagic MissilesRay of Frost----
3Rune------
3Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
4SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostFrost Nova---
4Rune------
4Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
5SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostFrost Nova---
5Rune------
5Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
6SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostFrost Nova---
6RuneCharged Blast-----
6Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
7SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostFrost Nova---
7RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
7Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
8SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond Skin---
8RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
8Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
9SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of Force--
9RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
9Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
10SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of Force--
10RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
10Passive 1BlurPassive 2-Passive 3-
11SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of Force--
11RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
11Passive 1BlurPassive 2-Passive 3-
12SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of Force--
12RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
12Passive 1BlurPassive 2-Passive 3-
13SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of Force--
13RuneCharged BlastCold Blood----
13Passive 1BlurPassive 2-Passive 3-
14SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceIce Armor-
14RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell---
14Passive 1BlurPassive 2-Passive 3-
15SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceIce Armor-
15RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell--
15Passive 1BlurPassive 2-Passive 3-
16SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceIce Armor-
16RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell--
16Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2-Passive 3-
17SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceStorm Armor-
17RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell--
17Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2-Passive 3-
18SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceStorm Armor-
18RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell--
18Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2-Passive 3-
19SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceStorm ArmorExplosive Blast
19RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell--
19Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2-Passive 3-
20SkillMagic MissilesRay of FrostDiamond SkinWave of ForceStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
20RuneCharged BlastCold BloodCrystal Shell--
20Passive 1BlurPassive 2Glass CannonPassive 3-
21SkillMagic MissilesDisintegrateDiamond SkinWave of ForceStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
21RuneCharged Blast-Crystal Shell--
21Passive 1BlurPassive 2Glass CannonPassive 3-
22SkillMagic MissilesDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
22RuneCharged Blast-----
22Passive 1BlurPassive 2Glass CannonPassive 3-
23SkillMagic MissilesDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
23RuneCharged Blast---Reactive Armor-
23Passive 1BlurPassive 2Glass CannonPassive 3-
24SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
24RuneSiphoning Blade---Reactive Armor-
24Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3-
25SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
25RuneSiphoning Blade---Reactive Armor-
25Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3-
26SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
26RuneSiphoning Blade-Safe Passage-Reactive Armor-
26Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3-
27SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
27RuneSiphoning Blade-Safe Passage-Reactive ArmorElectrify
27Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3-
28SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
28RuneSiphoning Blade-Safe Passage-Reactive ArmorElectrify
28Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3-
29SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
29RuneSiphoning Blade-Safe Passage-Reactive ArmorElectrify
29Passive 1Blur / GlassPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3-
30SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
30RuneSiphoning BladeVolatilitySafe PassageSparkflintReactive ArmorElectrify
30Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
31SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
31RuneSiphoning BladeVolatilityWormholeSparkflintReactive ArmorElectrify
31Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
32SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
32RuneSiphoning BladeVolatilityWormholeSparkflintReactive ArmorElectrify
32Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
33SkillSpectral BladeDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
33RuneSiphoning BladeVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormElectrify
33Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
34SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
34RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormElectrify
34Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
35SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
35RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
35Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
36SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
36RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
36Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
37SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
37RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
37Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
38SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
38RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
38Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
39SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
39RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
39Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
40SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
40RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
40Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
41SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
41RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
41Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
42SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
42RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
42Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
43SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
43RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
43Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
44SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
44RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
44Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
45SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
45RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
45Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
46SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
46RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
46Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
47SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
47RuneLightning HydraVolatilityWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
47Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
48SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
48RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
48Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
49SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
49RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeSparkflintPower of the StormForce Weapon
49Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
50SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
50RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
50Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
51SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
51RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
51Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
52SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
52RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
52Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
53SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
53RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
53Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
54SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
54RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
54Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
55SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
55RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
55Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
56SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
56RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
56Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
57SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
57RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
57Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
58SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
58RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
58Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
59SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
59RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
59Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
60SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
60RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
60Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
61SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
61RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
61Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
62SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
62RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
62Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
63SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
63RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
63Passive 1BlurPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
64SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
64RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
64Passive 1Unwavering WillPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
65SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
65RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
65Passive 1Unwavering WillPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Glass Cannon
66SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
66RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
66Passive 1Unwavering WillPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Audacity
67SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
67RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
67Passive 1Unwavering WillPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Audacity
68SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
68RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
68Passive 1Unwavering WillPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Audacity
69SkillHydraDisintegrateTeleportFamiliarStorm ArmorMagic Weapon
69RuneLightning HydraChaos NexusWormholeArcanotPower of the StormForce Weapon
69Passive 1Unwavering WillPassive 2Astral PresencePassive 3Audacity
70DONE!!!See >>>F70 Wizard
Help! I can't use those skills because they're from the same category! - Turn On Elective Mode
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Wizard Leveling: Skills & Reminders Summary

LvlSlotSkill & Notes
0!!!*SEE: D3 Leveling Process if you're confused.
*Start Adventure mode in HARD.
*Follower: Hire Templar, then steal his weapon!
1(L)Magic Missile (auto)
2(R)Ray of Frost (auto)
4(1)Frost Nova (auto)
6(L)Magic Missile - Charged Blast
7(R)Ray of Frost - Cold Blood
8(1)Diamond Skin
8!!!Craft a 2-handed axe and check back often!
9(2)Wave of Force (auto)
10(P1)Blur
14(1)Diamond Skin - Crystal Shell
14(3)Ice Armor (auto)
16(P1)Blur / Glass
16!!!Craft a 2-handed axe and check back often!
17(3)Storm Armor
19(4)Explosive Blast
20(4)Magic Weapon
20(P1)Blur
20(P2)Glass Cannon
21(R)Disintegrate
22(1)Teleport
22(2)Familiar
23(3)Storm Armor - Reactive Armor
24(L)Spectral Blade - Siphoning Blade
24(P1)Blur / Glass
24(P2)Astral Presence
27(4)Magic Weapon - Electrify
30(R)Disintegrate - Volatility
30(2)Familiar - Sparkflint
30(P1)Blur
30(P3)Glass Cannon
31(1)Teleport - Wormhole
33(3)Storm Armor - Power of the Storm
34(L)Hydra - Lightning Hydra
34!!!At L34 your build is basically 'set':
(L) Hydra - Lightning
(R) Disintegrate - Volatility
(1) Teleport - Wormhole
(2) Familiar - Sparkflint
(3) Storm Armor - Power of the Storm
(4) Magic - Weapon - Elecrify (Force @ 35)
(P1) Blur
(P2) Astral Presence
(P3) Glass Cannon
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35(4)Magic Weapon - Force Weapon
48(R)Disintergrate - Chaos Nexus
50(2)Familiar - Arcanot
61!!!*craft level 61 items! 2H AXE is most impt! L61 items are FAR better!
64(P3)Unwavering Will
66(P1)Audacity
70!!!Grats! See: Fresh 70 Wizard
Help! I can't use those skills because they're from the same category! - Turn On Elective Mode
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Wizard Leveling & Leoric’s Crown – When, and is it worth it?

Review our D3 Leveling Process (all classes) for more notes on this. Summary:

Worth it! || You must be minimum L16 (to be safe)
You must beat him in Campaign Mode || You must not have beaten him previously

Wizards aren’t very mobile so it’s difficult to speed this up! Personally I do this every season as a change of pace. You won’t lose any time by taking this detour – likely the reverse!

Make sure you’re 21 at least. Pre-Disintegrate SUCKS, and you don’t wanna slog through Campaign with that. Equip Evocation (Passive) to reduce cooldown on Teleport.

I dislike opening seasonal characters by rushing to Leoric then switching to adventure. Imagine having to deal with that without Teleport or Disintegrate

Wizard: Leveling Notes

Playing the Build

Disintegrate – Our whole build basically stacks passive effects which empower it! Needless to say, the short life pre-Disintegrate is noticeably worse for you.

Teleport is essential for SPEED. Much more so in basic BOUNTIES (Wormhole rune, especially). It’s too good to pass up, and should be in your hotbar at all times.

Hydra (Lightning) shines against Elites and bosses – generally another pseudo passive source of damage! Don’t be lazy to summon it whenever you’re swarmed, too. 

Familiar, Magic Weapon and Storm Armor are just there purely for passive bonuses. Between Disintegrate and Hydra – you have all the tools you need!

Aside from that, there’s nothing fancy goin’ on here. Seriously – Disintegrate2Win.

Followers – Hire them!

Get your Templar out with you! Templar takes care of any healing you might need. More importantly – increased Arcane Power regen. Choose all of the left skills!

Crafted Yellow Weapons

Craft the best 2H Yellow Axe (Level 8 onward). The difference is huge. What I do is just check if there’s a new one available to make whenever I’m in town after a few levels. Don’t forget to upgrade the Blacksmith as you go along.

Disintegrate and 2H weapons synergize well in the sense you do much more damage per mana spent – it’s really obvious seeing the difference in channeling spells!

At level 61 it is IMPORTANT you craft a new weapon since the stat difference is gigantic compared to pre-60 weapons. Oh, do this for armor too if you can.

Wizard: Gems while Leveling up

Ruby (red) gems should always be combined as much as possible as it’s the best gem to put in BOTH your Helmet and Weapon during the leveling up phase.

Topaz (yellow) gems in all other open sockets, for increased Intelligence (damage).

Fresh 70 Wizard, now what?

Congratulations on reaching Level 70 Wizard! A quick reminder – Craft a level 70 2-handed mace and any other outdated items you may have. We highly suggest you check out:

>> Fresh Level 70 Wizard Guide <<<

For more Wizard and D3 guides, head on to our D3 Directory Guide.

Wizard Leveling – Quick Navigation:
FULL Leveling BuildSummary, Reminders | Leoric’s Crown? | Notes | Fresh Level 70!

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35 COMMENTS

  1. -On level 15 you should NOT rune Wave of Force. You want to be running into packs and wave forcing 2ish times, while kiting rare mobs to bigger groups until they die. The knockback of the rune makes it slower.

    -On level 29 should i craft the next 2 handed axe?

    Thanks for the guide!

  2. Thanks a lot. As a new D3 player, this guide taught me a lot!
    I noticed a small typo: the “Magic Weapon” currently links to the “Familiar” page. Feel free to delete my comment once fixed 🙂

  3. Strangely enough (because the comments on this post seem recent) this guide seems outdated already: I am only lvl 20 so far but it appears that magic weapon and storm armor are on the same skill slot. Could you update the build (which of the 2 should be kept and what other skill to choose for slot 4)?
    Thank you!

    • Hi! it seems that not a lot of people are familiar with the elective mode so you can use the skills under the same category. here’s my reply to another’s comment about the same issue. * Hi! Try this: press Esc – Options – Gameplay. then under Interface,make sure that there’s a check mark on Elective mode. You’ll be able to customize skills selection now. *
      It looks like we have to include this in our guides the soonest.

  4. I found Hergbrash’s Binding while running this build, and it opened up my skill slots substantially letting me customize a little of my play style

  5. Do these guides work with the XBOX One version? My wizard she keeps getting killed really easy. I’ve currently got her at lvl 52.

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