Leveled your Wizard to 70 already? It is time to go and get your free set for this season! Here are Wizard builds and tips to help you get your Seasonal Journey and Haedrig’s gifts ASAP! Get to endgame ASAP with Fresh 70 Wizard guide! Not quite there yet? Check our Wizard Leveling Guide.
In Season 24, the Wizard free set is: Vyr’s Amazing Arcana.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Fresh 70: The first step – setting up!
The very first step of your journey! Here, I discuss items, rerolls, and basic advice to keep in mind during your ascent.
Early Reaper’s Wraps? This will help you get to Vyr 6 (Plans drop from any Torment Malthael), but is virtually useless after. IMO, for the tiny amount of resources it takes – make one especially if you’re struggling with Arcane Power.
You have to ALWAYS BE AWARE of how your FOLLOWER can greatly affect farming speed! S23 introduced the “full build” and emanate system – keeping items important for your Follower Farming Build is high priority!
0pc Vyr’s free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Vyr’s free set – getting the 4pc
4pc Vyr’s free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Vyr’s free set, going for 6 (you have the first+second Haedrigs gift bag, going for the third). This segment is further divided into three parts – Torment II, Torment IV, and GR20.
Torment II seasonal journey entries
Torment IV seasonal journey entries
4pc Vyr’s free set GR20
S24 Fresh 70 Wizard 6pc Vyr’s
|S24 Fresh Level 70 Wizard Vyr’s 6pc Free Set Build|
|Spectral Blade ()||
Barrier Blades (Static Discharge)
|Archon||Pure Power / All|
|Diamond Skin||Enduring Skin|
|Energy Armor (Storm Armor)||
Prismatic Armor (Shocking Aspect)
|Evocation||Blur / Illusionist|
|Unstable Anomaly / Unwavering Will|
Okay, It’s sad to say this but, Vyr’s really ISN’T A “REAL build” until you get a few quality of life items. The build above tries to absolutely maximize your survivability as a human. Also, this build is completely centered on Archon – trying to kill things as a human is impossible.
The two items that will vastly improve your quality of life are:
Messerschmidts Reaver and The Swami.
(More on this in the item farming segment down there)
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the good items you need to find.
Important notes right now:
- Rubies and/or Emeralds on chest & legs for armor. Diamond on Helm for CDR.
- Low effort rerolls – remove trash stats and get decent ones. No need to tryhard, but a little care goes a long way. Get CDR wherever you can (without sacrificing too much)
- Follower build and items – MASSIVE Farming speed gains for almost no effort.
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Also, before you proceed, here’s a preview / reminder/ of items you need to look for.
Okay, congrats on the 6pc, but your journey has just begun!
Powering Up: Legendary Gems
Your next step after getting your 6pc is Legendary Gems. Why? LGems are a huge power spike relying on very little RNG. Simply spam Neph -> GR until you get the three gems you need and power them up to 25.
Gogok of Swiftness lowers down Archon cooldown. Nuff said. More Archon = Less risk of dying = more killing.
YOU NEED SURVIVAL! Molten Wildebeests Gizzard and Moratorium will help you RIGHT NOW. You DO NOT NEED DPS yet. Double defensive gems will shore up your horrible survivability as a human. Once your build matures a little, you can toss them into augments.
Bane of the Powerful is another great gem to have around. If you feel like you don’t need double defensive gems, Powerful is a solid hybrid gem that only needs 25 levels.
In the future, when you do not need Gizzard and Moratorium anymore (throw them away as augments), level up Bane of the Trapped and Bane of the Stricken as your typical DPS gems.
Bane of the Stricken – is the go to LATE GAME DPS Gem of choice. Its main use is shortening your Rift Guardian time (and helping out vs yellow elites).
Esoteric Alteration – is probably the best defensive gem in the game, and is worth having a strong one around.
Boon of the Hoarder – is used in many speedfarming builds alongside Avarice Band.
Again, Legendary Gems are a massive priority given their NON-RNG powerspike. Just having three useful gems at 25 will allow you farm a few torment levels higher.
Powering Up: Important Items & how to get them
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) items to round out. Here, I list down what items you’re looking for, and how best to get them using various currencies and means.
Spending currencies (Blood Shards, Deaths Breath):
Spending Blood Shards
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Wizard Hat (Helm) for The Swami. This extends your Archon stacks INTO HUMAN FORM, allowing you to, well, mainly survive as a human. The duration is FINITE, so that’s another reason to push your Archon CD down to 20ish seconds.
Bracers for Ashnagarr’s Blood Bracer is an oatmeal-tier thiccness buff. Doubling your shields is no joke, with Galvanizing Ward being the primary beneficiary of this.
Belts for Fazula’s Improbable Chain gives you a healthy amount of starter stacks on activating Archon. Not bad!
Source for Chantodo’s Force. It’s a long shot when it comes to Sources, but there’s not really much else you want with DB’s.
Aside from this, there’s nothing else you really want… even for fillers. Maybe look for Follower Gear!
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance.
Upgrade 2H Axe for Messerschmidts Reaver. GET THIS ASAP. Your build will feel A LOT BETTER. This essentially gives us an angle to attack “CDR” from a whole different vector. Luckily it’s one we’re good at – “things killed”. It’s not and endgame item, but this ain’t the endgame.
Upgrade 2H Mace for The Furnace. I like to go for this second since the next goals are a set item and quite difficult to obtain.
Upgrade 1h Wands for Chantodo’s Will. One half of the Archon set!
Upgrade Source for Chantodo’s Force. You can get this off Blood Shards too.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Halo of Karini is the BEST accessory you can get. It’s an unbelievable toughness increase. Make sure to change your Prismatic Armor into Storm Armor! Be careful as it isn’t a “mindless” buff – you actually have to trigger it.
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is a “filler” if you’re using Reaver, but this ring is always good to have as you change your build around. It makes it to many “final forms” of archon builds.
Convention of Elements is really good for tryharding with Archon. Not really important at this stage of the game, but worth mentioning.
Squirt’s Necklace is dead last. You really don’t want this until you get ALL your defensive buffs, or at least most of ’em.
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
This is just a list of your “all-around” items that may or may not be mentioned previously. While I do not take set-specifics in this tab, it serves as a seasonal reminder (and helpful general list for newbies) on what’s “generally good”.
Reapers Wraps: A Crafted legendary whose plans drop from any Torment Malthael (and is oft mentioned in our Fresh 70 guides), any NON-RNG boost to power (in this case, resource generation) is welcome. MOST builds can benefit from an early reapers.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra deaths breaths!), newer players might not value this as highly – try it out and you’ll be surprised.
Unity: Used alongside another Unity on your follower (Plus their unique “Cannot Die” relic) essentially halving all damage you take for one ring slot, that’s usable for any character. Not bad.
Obisidian Ring of the Zodiac: Core on many builds, but usable for any build that spends resource. It’s a unique source of “in-combat” CDR that would give you 100% uptime on skills you couldn’t otherwise achieve. It’s pretty crazy.
Focus+Restraint: If you can trigger both halves of the set bonus, and don’t mind losing defenses from rings – this is will “more than double” your DPS.
Travellers Pledge + Compass Rose: Another accessory set, this one is more suited for “elite killer” builds that like to travel in between packs, and face-tanking builds that tend to stay still while DPSing. It’s not very universal, but it can reasonably benefit any character.
Convention of Elements: Literally any character can use this ring. It’s a titanic boost in DPS (especially for builds that have tons of short-duration buffs… LINE THEM UP!).
Ring of Royal Grandeur: -1 set item requirements to help you fit random core or filler legendaries to help your build out. While absolutely necessary on some builds, most builds can benefit from this using “generic” legendaries for a temporary power boost (IE Aquilla Cuirass).
Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder (+Goldwrap) the gold farming speedy holy trinity. While you don’t really need all three all the time, this combo allows you to speed through and survive ANY difficulty (careful, this doesn’t improve DPS!).
You also need specific items for the farming follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
Vyr’s Full Build Template Preview
|S24 Wizard Vyr’s 6pc Build Template / Preview|
|Shoulder||Vyr’s||Spectral Blades||Barrier Blades|
|Chest||Vyr’s||Arcane Torrent||Static Discharge|
Fazula’s Improbable Chain
Pure Power (All Active)
Ashnagarr’s Blood Bracer
|Ring||Halo of Karini||Evocation|
|Ring||Zodiac / CoE||Unwavering Will (Audacity)|
|Weapon||Chantodo’s Will||Unstable Anomaly (Audacity)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Messerschmidt’s Reaver / Furnace||Bane of the Powerful (Stricken)|
|The Swami||Bane of the Trapped|
|CoE / Zodiac||Gogok of Swiftness|
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Vyr’s. It’s not heavily optimized for pushing GR, but more of a speedy farming slant. It’s a great place to be in, as you adjust the build to your needs!
Season 24: Ethereals and YOU? What do!?
I can’t go through every detail given the focus of this guide (Fresh 70). Best general advice? If it has a legendary power you want – then it’s “ALWAYS” AN UPGRADE. Does it convert your 2H into a 1H? GODLY UPGRADE. Rolling a good passive is simply icing on the cake!
Now, specifically for us, hmm… Sadly none of the Ethereals are worth it for us (After we get Chantodo set). Since we NEED both the weapon slots for the Archon set. They can be good fillers, or for “reverse archon” builds. I’ll look into it!
On the other hand, if the legendary power doesn’t match… it’s gonna be hard to justify using it.
Other useful links, speedfarming, ETC
So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first. You can easily “transorm” Typhon into a speedy variant.
It’s highly likely you’ll transition into a PURE speedfarming build. If so, check out:
Wizard Best Speedfarming Build
- Follower Guide (Builds, FAQ, Tips etc)
- Wizard Speedfarming: General
- D3 Speedfarming with any Class!
- Wizard Support Builds
Other Wizard Guides:
- Wizard Leveling Guide
- Wizard Support Build
- Firebird’s Finery | Firebird’s Set Dungeon
- Delsere’s Magnum Opus | Delsere’s Set Dungeon
- Tal Rasha’s Elements | Tal Rasha’s Set Dungeon
- Vyr’s Amazing Arcana | Vyr’s Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.
!!! Not every link is updated for S24 yet!!!
although many are still very usable as a point of reference