Leveled your Wizard to Fresh 70 already? It is time to go and get your free set for this season! Here you’ll find advice on builds and items to go for, and how to get Haedrig’s gift ASAP! Race to the endgame with your Fresh 70 Wizard!
Tal Rasha’s Elements is Season 15’s free set.
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|Tal Rasha’s 6 piece Set Build|
|Electrocute||Surge of Power|
|Arcane Orb||Frozen Orb|
|Energy Armor (Ice Armor)||Prismatic Armor (Crystallize)|
Teleport in > Hydra > Electrocute > Disintegrate. Or for me, “2-3, L-R”. CDR makes the build much more fluid. Evocation, Diamond on Helmet (reduces CD on Tele and Explosive Blast). I use defensive and utility passives since damage isn’t really a problem right now – all of the passives are relatively open.
What direction are we headed?
Our initial goal will be a “midgame speedfarming setup” that involves Arcane Orb. The endgame build likely be Meteors. You should FOCUS on setting up your speedfarming build first, while picking up and stashing Meteor build items. Either way go ahead and CRAFT A REAPER’S WRAPS (plans from any Torment Malthael). It will help you out with Arcane Power.
A quick review before proceeding…
Keep these important things in mind as you progress!
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short time span.
Click on the tabs to see Tal Rasha’s “Big 3” gems, and “others”.
Get these three to L25 ASAP:
I heavily recommend a DOUBLE DEFENSIVE GEM setup for now.
Molten Wildebeest’s Gizzard combined with Moratorium is a godlike defensive pair that will keep you afloat with your ragtag items for quite some time. Don’t worry about wasting upgrades on these – I would keep them at 50 and use them for augments later.
Want more DPS gems?
Any other gems worth it?
Bane of the Stricken: Is one of those gems that are always great to have. While this is only useful in ultra high GR’s, you may want to work on it ASAP.
Taeguk: Is GODLY for when you eventually build up a meteor setup.
Bane of the Trapped: Triggering this isn’t hard since most Wizard builds end up in melee. Either way, there’s many ways to trigger this aside from being in their face. A decent gem to level and invest heavily in to.
Esoteric Alteration as mentioned above is “the” lategame defensive gem.
Boon of the Hoarder: You need this for speedfarming. Tal Rasha is the best speedfarming build for Wizard so thankfully we have that goin’ for us.
(See: Speedfarming General, Wizard Speedfarming, Wiz Fastest Speedfarming)
Do nephs and GRs until you get your gems and leveled them up to 25. Be efficient in leveling them up. GR38 is enough to get a gem to 25.
With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels. Now, we enter into the real “farming” phase, and this is where your knowledge with Tal Rasha, and how to best edit your build and setup will yield the best results.
Now that you have the base “power level” of your 6 set and gems, let’s take a short time to show you how to manipulate your build depending on what aspect of your current setup is weak. Simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below –
I made a “tiny Tal Rasha play guide” up there in case you need a reminder of the mechanics. How does one even write about “generic Tal Rasha build changes!?”
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
Arcane Power Regen? I’ll list down some good sources. Mix and match ’em as you need. Remember that you don’t really need INFINITE resource, “practically infinite” is enough.
- Familiar–Arcanot – a LARGE boost
- Magic Weapon–Conduit
- Storm Armor–Power of the Storm
- Astral Presence (Passive)
- Off-hand and Wizard Hats stat ‘Arcane Power on Crit’ is amazing.
- The various generators in your primary skills.
- Using a 1h weapon “uses more resource” on channeling spells due to higher ASPD.
Looking for more damage?
Elemental Exposure is better for GR’s when enemies are likely to get hit by all of your elemental attacks. It’s pretty much made for Tal Rasha.
Glass Cannon speaks for itself. Use at your own risk.
Defense is seen as self-healing and damage reduction.
Unwavering Will is an excellent passive that covers offense and defense. It’s already recommended in the above build. It really helps in the tougher fights.
Galvanizing Ward is my favorite go-to defensive pick. It’s extremely powerful and scales well. While many end-game builds may not like it – this ain’t the endgame yet. Dominance is also part of this pile (*cough* Ashnagarr’s Blood Bracer).
Ice Armor–Crystallize is the usual tryhard defense aura. You need the proper armor rolls to see the most value out of this, though.
Energy Armor–Prismatic Armor is a generic damage reduction. Plain but effective.
If you need to speed bounties early on or just clear weak nephs faster.
Illusionist is a “brainless passive swap” for a little bit more speed, and it’s the only one I can recommend without guilt that doesn’t gimp you too badly. It’s awesome for bounties.
Items to look for
Okay now that the easy part of powering up is done, it’s time for the farmy bit. Here I will be listing all the high-impact items you can pick up, and how to get them (aside from drops). First of all, though CRAFT A REAPER’S WRAPS (plans drop from any torment Malthael) to help you with arcane power!
This time around, we’re going for a mid-game speedfarming setup that uses Arcane Orb – Frozen Orb. Also, If you find a defensive filler – use it.
Luckily, you don’t need many items to come online…
Sources: can be your next bet. Triumvirate is for the Frozen Orb setup, and Etched Sigil is for the Meteor setup. There are a bunch of fillers here, too.
And that’s it for the Frozen Orb setup!
For the Meteor setup:
- Boots: Nilfur’s Boast – Tal Rasha doesn’t have boots!
- Shoulders: Mantle of Channeling – Tal Rasha doesn’t have shoulders too!
A small note on bounty items to chase for…
There’s so many useful legendaries at this point I’d feel bad leaving some out. However, after some thought, there is ONE legendary that will CARRY YOUR BUTT for a long time.
Aether Walker – Upgrading 1h Wand: This is especially compounded by Tal Rasha’s reliance on Teleport–Calamity. Aether Walker improves our SPEED and CONSISTENCY. We also get the Unstable Scepter from this pile too which massively boosts Arcane Orb.
In-geom comes from 1h Swords and is a MASSIVE BOOST to our speed farming. You won’t regret this one. A lot of newer players are afraid of In-geom… Don’t be. From 1h Swords also comes Deathwish for the Meteor build!
How very fortunate all the weapons we want are from two piles!
Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item!
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac: Massively reduce cooldowns, as channeling spells like Disintegrate trigger it extremely quickly.
Reaper’s Wraps: Not so relevant on Wizards, but since bracers aren’t our strong point, this can be used as a filler. Obtaining it has ZERO RNG (Kill Malthael).
Convention of Elements: Good ‘ol CoE. Wear it, Kanai it, as a filler or till the end of time. Learning to maximize CoE in any build you choose is a turning point for higher GR’s. This ring fits in amazing thematically with Tal Rasha, ey?
Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction in the cube. Too bad you need two of ’em.
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.
- Wizard Speedfarming: General
- D3 Speedfarming with any Class!
- Wizard Best Speedfarming Build (uses Tal Rasha!)
- Wizard Support Builds
Other Wizard Guides:
- Wizard Leveling
- 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.