Vyr Reverse Archon Frozen Orb Wizard Guide


Vyr Reverse Archon Frozen Orb Solo Push
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Difficult execution, meticulous timings… Reverse Archon builds are arguably among the hardest and most satisfying setups to master in Diablo III. While they are more commonly used with Legacy of Dreams setups, Vyr Reverse Archon builds have sometimes shined in the past.

In Season 6 the zET Wizard, a setup using the Tal Rasha & Vyr combination and Energy Twisters with conerstacking, was the strongest build ever seen by a large margin, ultimately resulting in a GR130 4man clear that remained unbeaten for almost a year.

In Season 12, Reverse Archon Vyr Frozen Orb was theorycrafted and proven to be an extremely competitive setup with an incredibly hard to master but flavorful playstyle. These days, Vyr Reverse Archon setups are slightly weaker than the common Vyr-Chantodo build since Chantodo's Resolve got buffed.

In Season 24, Ethereals offered a unique opportunity for Vyr Reverse Archon builds to shine once again as they can equip Ethereals while Vyr-Chantodo could not, losing its edge.

This is an Area Damage (AD) build, since Frozen Orbs can and will proc it. The whole playstyle revolves around the precise use of Archon cycles in conjunction with Absolute Zero and Convention of Elements, in order to unleash devastating icy explosions like a machine gun onto stacked enemies due to an incredible Attack Speed granted by Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus. This guide will show you the way to become a phenomenal Archon spellslinger!

Unique Playstyle ✔
Fast Paced Gameplay ✔
Incredible Burst Damage ✔
Rewards Excellent Gameplay ✔

❌ Difficult Execution
❌ Not Beginner Friendly
❌ Vulnerable to Crowd Control
❌ Heavy Cooldown Dependency

Core Setup

Core Item Build

This build makes use of the Vyr's Amazing Arcana Set and the basic Archon Starter Kit™:

  • The Vyr's Amazing Arcana set grants us all Archon runes, 1% Resistances, Armor and Attack and 100% increased damage instead of the base 6% per Archon Stack and allows us to build Archon stacks with every enemy hit.
  • Fazula's Improbable Chain is a staple, providing us with 50 Archon stacks by default when you use Archon.
  • The Swami is mandatory, allowing us to keep our Archon stacks for 20 seconds after it expires, which is the main idea behind the Reverse Archon concept.
  • Unstable Scepter is our core Weapon, providing a 450% separate damage multiplier and a second explosion for Frozen Orbs, nearly doubling our total damage.
  • Triumvirate grants us a stacking 400% damage buff for a total 1,200% separate damage multiplier to Frozen Orb when using Signature Spells.
  • Wizardspike provides another 350% separate damage multiplier on top of a 25% chance to cast an extra Frozen Orb when attacking.
  • Squirt’s Necklace is a default inclusion for Wizards in any build due to their shield strength. Protecting our HP pool for a 100% global separate damage multiplier with continuously refreshing shields is a Wizard speciality.
  • Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer to double our Shields, to ensure we keep the Squirt’s Necklace 100% damage multiplier.
  • Unity grants us a welcome 50% damage reduction.
  • Convention of Elements is another separate damage multiplier, giving you triple damage during your Cold cycle, which is incredibly good due to our burst playstyle.
  • Halo of Karini is a core Wizard defensive item, providing us with a tremendous 80% damage reduction at the cost of using Storm Armor.

Season 27 Sanctified Items

Angelic Crucibles are new consumables that drop anywhere once you're Level 70. Using them on items reforges them into Sanctified Items with Primal Ancient stats, and adds one of three new unique Class Powers listed below. For full details on how they work, check out this Seasonal Guide by Chewingnom!

Let's look at our Class Powers and see how they apply to our build:

  1. The only power for us is the Sanctified Arcane Orb allowing us to get additional Frozen Orbs to generate better bursts.
  2. The Sanctified Magic Missile power doesn't help us, so go for the one listed above.
  3. The Sanctified Storm Armor power doesn't help us, so go for the one at the top.

Since you can only equip one of them, choosing the right item to craft it on matters! Great candidates are Weapons, Offhands, Jewelry or any item with an important multiplier. With that in mind, we recommend Sanctifying one of the following items:

  • Unstable Scepter
  • Triumvirate
  • Convention of Elements
  • Halo of Karini

Global Stat Priorities

You want to stack damage stats wherever possible, especially Critical Hit Chance and Damage, Area Damage as well as Cold Damage and Arcane Orb Damage. Cooldown Reduction is however your first priority as you need it on every single piece of gear. You can only afford to miss up to 2% Cooldown Reduction in total in order to reach the Breakpoint to perform a proper 32 seconds Reverse Archon cycle.

Arcane Power on Critical Hit (APoC) is mandatory on your Off-Hand in order to sustain the insane Arcane Power drain of your damage burst, which also makes Critical Hit Chance really important. Attack Speed is not really useful as Archon stacks grants you plenty of it due to Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus.

For toughness, we prioritize Vitality and Life % as Galvanizing Ward and Magic Weapon Deflection shields are scaled on our HP pool (See Mechanics). This is why we aim for a solid HP pool in Greater Rift Solo Push. The next priority would be Armor, mainly in Chest and Pants sockets using Flawless Royal Ruby if you feel too squishy.

Crowd Control Reduction is an incredibly valuable secondary Affix to roll on both Rings, Amulet and Helmet as we are very sensitive to Hard Crowd Control effects during our short damage burst window and mitigating these will ease up our gameplay significantly. Make sure to get the Primary Affixes locked in before attempting to get CCR though.

Assembling the Build

1. Do the Challenge Rift for the materials to cube Legendary Powers. You can complete this once a week for additional resources and we always update the guide for you!

2. Gather the full Vyr's Amazing Arcana set. Each piece can be gambled from Kadala for Bloodshards. Do not salvage any duplicate pieces you find! Instead convert them to another part of the set with Recipe 4 in Kanai's Cube. If you have extra materials you can use Recipe 3 to craft the remaining pieces, but this is expensive and not recommended for new players. Note that this is mainly a push build, farming with Firebird's Finery to collect the Vyr Frozen Orb setup gear is a good option.

3. Gamble from Kadala in this order:

  1. The full Vyr's Amazing Arcana set
  2. Triumvirate
  3. Fazula's Improbable Chain
  4. The Swami
  5. Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer

4. Craft using Recipe 3 in Kanai's Cube in this order:

  1. Wands to get Unstable Scepter
  2. Daggers to get Wizardspike
  3. Rings to get Unity, Halo of Karini and Convention of Elements
  4. Amulets to get Squirt's Necklace
  5. Anything from the Gamble list in Step 3 that you haven't already acquired.

5. Do Bounties to acquire several important items for this build:

  • Bounty Turn In: Recipes for Cain's Destiny (for your follower)

6. This build heavily relies on Cooldown Reduction to get to the hardcap 32 seconds Archon rotation so when starting out you need to include extra CDR items such as Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac or Gogok of Swiftness which will be later phased out when you get better gear. With those items you can comfortably farm Nephalem or Speed Greater Rifts where you can find all the remaining items you need for the different variants of the build. From that point, spend your materials on improving your set pieces, getting ancient weapon etc.

Item Stat Priorities

Main-HandUnstable Scepter
Wizardspike (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Attack Speed
5. Area Damage
6. Damage %
7. Intelligence
Ideally, you want a Fire or Arcane Damage Range in order to get an additional stack of Elemental Exposure.
Off-HandTriumvirate1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Arcane Power on Critical Hit
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Arcane Orb Damage
5. Area Damage
6. Intelligence
HelmVyr's Sightless Skull
The Swami (Cubed)
1. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Arcane Orb Damage
4. Intelligence
5. Vitality
GlovesVyr's Grasping Gauntlets1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Area Damage
5. Intelligence
ShouldersVyr's Proud Pauldrons1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Area Damage
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
5. Life %
Chest Vyr's Astonishing Aura1. Sockets Flawless Royal Topaz
2. Life %
3. Elite Damage Reduction
4. Intelligence
5. Vitality
6. Armor
PantsVyr's Fantastic Finery1. Sockets Flawless Royal Topaz
2. Intelligence
3. Vitality
4. Armor
5. All Resistance
BootsVyr's Swaggering Stance1. Arcane Orb Damage
2. Intelligence
3. Vitality
4. Armor
5. All Resistance
Ring 1Convention of Elements
Halo of Karini (Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Area Damage
6. Damage Range
7. Intelligence
Ring 2Unity1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Elite Damage
Ideally, you want to equip Halo of Karini with a 78%+ Legendary power there and cube Unity instead.
BracersAshnagarr's Blood Bracer1. Cold Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
5. Armor
AmuletSquirt's Necklace1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Cold Damage
6. Area Damage
7. Intelligence
BeltFazula's Improbable Chain1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Life %
4. Armor
PotionBottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid
Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered
For breaking walls to pull enemies
and increase DPS or to avoid Crowd Control
effects during your DPS phases


  • Bane of the Trapped is equipped since it grants us a nice 1.6 global separate multiplier and is applied by default in this build, since Frozen Orb applies its slow before the damage instance.
  • Bane of the Stricken helps us kill the Rift Guardian. As long as you don't need more than 2 minutes to kill it you can equip Bane of the Powerful instead.
  • Zei's Stone of Vengeance is an incredible gem for this build due to Frozen Orbs explosion triggering after traveling 40 yards and Power Hungry.


  • Archon is the cornerstone of the build. We make use of Archon only to open specific insane damage burst windows while outside of it.
  • Arcane Orb Frozen Orb is our main skill to deal damage using the benefits from Archon stacks.
  • Shock Pulse Piercing Orb is used as a nice long ranged Signature Spell to sling from a safe distance and to activate the damage multiplier of Triumvirate.
  • Black Hole Absolute Zero increases our Cold damage by a tremendous amount to maximize our damage burst window.
  • Magic Weapon Deflection has amazing synergy with Archon since it grants a shield for each ability used in Archon (including Teleport). The shields are protecting your hit points from taking damage, preserving the damage buff of Squirt's Necklace.
  • Storm Armor Shocking Aspect is needed to proc the defensive capabilities of Halo of Karini. Shocking Aspect has the best overall uptime while Power of the Storm grants a nice flat Resource Cost Reduction on your spells.


  • Evocation is mandatory to reach the Cooldown Reduction cap to achieve a 32 seconds Archon rotation.
  • Galvanizing Ward is a must-have for any Wizard build and synergizes with Squirt’s Necklace and Ashnagarr’s Blood Bracer.
  • Power Hungry provides us with a 30% separate damage multiplier which perfectly complements our ranged playstyle.
  • Other options can include:
    • Elemental Exposure for more damage.
    • Unwavering Will for some mitigation and damage.
    • Blur for some damage mitigation.
    • Prodigy to get even more Arcane Power sustain.
    • Dominance is a decent defensive choice mainly for lower Greater Rifts.
    • Unstable Anomaly for a cheat death proc.

Paragon Points

1. Movement Speed1. Cooldown Reduction1. Armor1. Area Damage
2. Maximum Arcane Power2. Critical Hit Damage2. Life %2. Resource Cost Reduction
3. Intelligence3. Critical Hit Chance3. All Resistance3. Pickup Radius
4. Vitality14. Attack Speed4. Life Regeneration4. Life per Hit

1 Aim for a decent HP pool (~900,000 Life in Solo Push) as your Shields (Galvanizing Ward and Deflection) scale with it.


Patch 2.7.0 revamped the follower system giving all 3 hirelings new powers and the emanate system. The first thing you should do is read our complete follower guide and remember the key takeaways:

  1. The emanation system allows followers to share certain legendary and set powers with you. The most important ones are: The Flavor of Time, Nemesis Bracers, Avarice Band, Sage’s Journey and Cain’s Destiny. Click the guide above for the full list.
  2. Follower’s powers are based on their main stat (maxed at 25,000, but they have a 2.5x multiplier so you only need 10,000). This means we stack Intelligence on the Enchantress, Dexterity on the Scoundrel and Strength on the Templar.
  3. Guardian's Jeopardy (3) Bonus works for followers by improving their inherent stat multiplier from x2.5 to x3.5, making it slightly easier to hit the 25,000 main stat threshold if needed.
  4. Followers share 20% of their Experience, Magic and Gold Find stats with you.
  5. Legendary gems do not work on followers, except Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard.
  6. Cooldown Reduction does not work for any follower skill except the Templar’s Heal.
  7. Followers never deal significant damage; you’re on your own to clear the content.

Select Follower


The idea of the build revolves around entering Archon during a very precise window to benefit from Archon stacks outside thanks to The Swami. You are very squishy in your first rotation, and each time you drop out of Archon. When entering a Greater Rift:

  • Activate Storm Armor and Magic Weapon Deflection instantly.
  • Click Archon 2 seconds in Lightning Convention of Elements cycle. This is why you preferably want to launch the Greater Rift end of Cold cycle or very early Fire cycle to reduce the waiting time before your first Archon.
  • During your Archon, activate Slow Time to slow down and dodge projectiles and Teleport around to bodypull monsters and trigger them at long range with your Disintegration Wave beam (Right Click).
  • Always spam Blast (Button 1) which has no cast animation and a 600 ms Cooldown to help build Archon stacks and Strike (Left Click) to punch monsters and build even more stacks once you've made a decent pull.
  • Make sure to think about your position to perform your damage burst beforehand while preparing the pull and Teleport 40 yards away from the monsters the very last second of your Archon or you won't be able to perform a proper burst!
  • Archon is ending 2 seconds in your Arcane cycle. When you are out of Archon, instantly use Black Hole Absolute Zero on the monsters for a massive amount of Cold damage and to lock them in place.
  • Convention of Elements Cold cycle is coming 2 seconds after you are outside Archon. After using Black Hole Absolute Zero, use Shock Pulse Piercing Orb three times to stack up Triumvirate damage multiplier and proceed to spam Frozen Orbs on the monsters from a safe distance: you are a real machine gun!
  • When you are out of Arcane Power (which happens really fast considering the massive Attack Speed granted by Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus), start to weave in some Piercing Orbs between Frozen Orbs. After your Cold cycle, refill your Arcane Power a bit and dump all of it again at the start of your Lightning cycle (you can cast Black Hole again as well), right before entering Archon again 2 seconds during Lightning cycle.
  • When entering Archon again, you should have a 8 seconds overlap with The Swami stacks and new Archon stacks. You need to use this overlap to build Archon stacks quickly due to the Attack Speed granted by Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus. Use either your current pull or build stacks while slowly moving towards your next pull.
  • After those 8 seconds of overlap, you are completely free to Teleport around again and pull more monsters or move towards a new pull.


For Hardcore you can use Esoteric Alteration instead of Zei's Stone of Vengeance and incorporate the passives Unstable Anomaly and Blur at all times. Check out our dedicated Hardcore Survival Guide to learn more about how to succeed in this game mode!


Frozen Orb Solo Push
Vyr Reverse Archon Frozen Orb Solo Push

This is the setup described in the main sections of the guide. While the potential of this build is pretty high, it requires practice to pull off the rotation perfectly and master the gameplay.

Upon entering a Greater Rift you immediately activate Storm Armor and Magic Weapon. During this phase you should refrain from using the Right Click Beam except for long range pulling since it builds up Archon stacks significantly slower than the Melee Strike (Left Click). For a step-by-step gameplay description on how you should sequence your skills, check out the "Gameplay" section above.

For the Rift Guardian fight you should regularly Teleport in and out quickly to refresh your Halo of Karini damage reduction buff in time with Storm Armor. Additionally, you want to purely use Archon's Melee Strike to stack Bane of the Stricken on the Rift Guardian, since the Right Click Beam suffers from a channeling skill penalty.

If you feel too squishy, replace Elemental Exposure with Blur. At very high Paragon, you can drop Unity and Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer to cube Ring of Royal Grandeur and equip Aughild's Authority alongside more Vitality in Paragon points to scale your shields in order to maintain Squirt's Necklace. This setup loses ~35% toughness to gain around 2 Greater Rift tiers in damage.

Twister Solo Push
Vyr Reverse Archon Energy Twister Solo Push

This is an Energy Twister variant of the Frozen Orb setup described in the main sections of the guide. While the build is easier to play overall, it has a lower damage burst ceiling due to channeling and Etched Sigil mechanics not synergizing well with Attack Speed.

Upon entering a Greater Rift you immediately activate Storm Armor and Magic Weapon. During this phase you should refrain from using the Right Click Beam except for long range pulling since it builds up Archon stacks significantly slower than the Melee Strike (Left Click).

The Archon cycle is slightly different for this variant, you enter Archon right at the start of your Convention of Elements Cold cycle to go out at the end of Cold cycle with your Arcane cycle being your last 4 seconds before reentering Archon. This allows you to set up your Energy Twister burst properly.

During your burst damage rotation, you will self cast Energy Twister as much as you possibly can to take advantage of your massive Attack Speed. Don't forget that only selfcast Twisters can proc Area Damage, and that any Etched Sigil Twister merging into a self cast Twister inherits this property. You only channel to keep up Taeguk stacks and during your Convention of Elements Arcane cycle to benefit from the Etched Sigil damage multiplier.

For the Rift Guardian fight you should regularly Teleport in and out quickly to refresh your Halo of Karini damage reduction buff in time with Storm Armor. Additionally, you want to purely use Archon's Melee Strike to stack Bane of the Stricken on the Rift Guardian, since the Right Click Beam suffers from a channeling skill penalty.

If you feel too squishy, replace Elemental Exposure with Blur. At very high Paragon, you can replace Unity with Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac to remove some Cooldown Reduction rolls on your equipment for more damage.

Echoing Nightmare
Echoing Nightmare Setup

For more information, check out our full Echoing Nightmare Guide and take a look at our Echoing Nightmare Build Tier List and our META post for the best builds and strategies! This build is terrible for this game mode since we rely on Reverse Archon rotations. Typically we utilize a Greater Rift pushing build with a few tweaks.


  • Go for the Energy Twister variant of this build which fits more the Echoing Nightmare activity.
  • Swap Bane of the Stricken with Bane of the Powerful since we are fighting hordes of enemies.


  1. Click Speed Pylon instantly to boost your mobility and dodge Green Meteors.
  2. Around Wave 90, click Channeling Pylon and Power Pylon.
  3. After Wave 100, use Conduit Pylon.
  4. At Wave 122, stop attacking and run to the corner to let the timer run out.

The idea of the build revolves around entering Archon during a very precise window to benefit from Archon stacks outside thanks to The Swami. You are very squishy in your first rotation, and each time you drop out of Archon. Since the build is rather complicated to execute, it is recommended to take a look at the "Gameplay" and "Variants" sections below for a step-by-step gameplay description.

Video Guide

S24 GR136 Vyr Frozen Orb Gameplay Showcase


Arcane Orb Frozen Orb

  • This skill fires in a straight line from your character towards your cursor position and explodes precisely 40 yards away.
  • The final explosion deals the most damage by far but its AoE is really small. It deals 950% weapon damage twice in succession because of Unstable Scepter, for a total of 1900% weapon damage.
  • The main orb deals 635% weapon damage to enemies it passes through while the shards deal 315% weapon damage to all enemies along the path.
  • Frozen Orbs spawned by Wizardspike benefit from all the damage multipliers but won’t deal Area Damage.
  • When Wizardspike procs from your own Frozen Orb, they overlap so well that it is only noticeable from the higher amount of frost shards emitted by the two stacked orbs.


  • Being in Archon form grants a 30% global separate damage multiplier.
  • Archon and The Swami stacks instances are additive with each other to form one global separate damage multiplier.
  • Archon Slow Time inherits the Slow Time rune equipped on your skill bar. Crown of the Primus works on Slow Time. Slow Time and Slow Time effects stack for Exhaustion, Time Warp and Stretch Time runes.
  • Archon Teleport benefits from both Aether Walker and Cosmic Strand.
  • All Archon Abilities snapshot their Elemental Type upon Archon cast to your current highest element.
  • Each Archon Abilities' damage is dynamic with its current Elemental Damage Bonus (according to its Elemental Type) which is not always your current highest element.
  • Archon Strike's Attack Speed is fully dynamic with Increased Attack Speed. Any Attack Speed gained during Archon will speed up Archon Strike and any IAS lost will slow it down.
  • Archon Disintegration Wave tickrate is snapshotted upon entering Archon. Any Attack Speed gained (or lost) during Archon has no effect on its tickrate. The 50 stacks granted from Fazula's Improbable Chain are accounted for.

Wizard Shields

  • In order to keep up your shields to survive while maintaining Squirt's Necklace damage multiplier, you need to learn to judge the incoming damage and how fast you can build those shields yourself, which requires practice.
  • Shields have no direct UI indicator unless you mouseover your health globe.
  • You can see that you have any shield up when you see a transparent blue bubble around your character (not the size of the shield, however).
  • Because Wizard Shield values scale with your total life, Vitality and Life % stats become substantially better for toughness scaling compared to other builds.
  • Galvanizing Ward is the main shielding mechanic used for most Wizard builds, which combined with Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer adds up to 120% of your total life as a shield. This shield resets to its maximum value every 5 seconds if this shield in particular doesn't take any hit in the meantime.
  • Spectral Blade Barrier Blades and Magic Weapon Deflection represent the secondary shielding mechanic of the Wizard and can be stacked as much as you like, but their shield value is set at 4% (up to 8% with Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer) of your total life and they only lasts for 3 seconds. The duration is counted for each stack individually. These effects have an incredible synergy with the Attack Speed from Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus.
  • While Barrier Blades or Deflection (or any other shield in that matter) protect the Galvanizing Ward shield, it is possible to reset the shield gained from the passive to full even while taking hits.
  • All of these mechanics make it so that when your shields start breaking or your Galvanizing Ward doesn't find enough time to reset, the whole setup falls apart really quickly. Make sure you understand your limits and survivability in different situations.

Black Hole Absolute Zero

  • The damage bonus from Black Hole Absolute Zero is additive with your Cold Elemental damage. As a consequence, "Cold skills deal X% more damage" affixes (Mainly found on Bracers and Amulet slots), grants a lower relative damage increase to builds using Absolute Zero.

Elemental Exposure

  • Each stack is a debuff for one of the following elements: Arcane, Cold, Fire or Lightning.
  • Each stack is unique and refreshes its own duration when reapplied.
  • Any ability with a proc coefficient greater than zero applies a stack of its respective element. This inherently means that only selfcasted abilities grant stacks.
  • The elemental range on the Weapon applies its respective stack with all abilities if the elemental range is of the type: Arcane, Cold, Fire or Lightning.
  • Since the build already deals Cold and Lightning damage by default, having a Fire or Arcane damage roll on your weapon is the most optimal choice.
  • The 5% damage from each stack is additive to each other adding up to a total of 20% separate damage multiplier.


  • Put together the core items and acquire the full Vyr's Amazing Arcana set.
  • Keep up your Storm Armor for Halo of Karini buff at all times.
  • Make sure to cast your Archon at the right moment and respect the 32 seconds rotation.
  • Position yourself at the right distance to explode Frozen Orbs directly on top of the enemies.
  • Hard Crowd Controls Effects and Walls are incredibly annoying during your burst damage window.



Thanks to LouLou for theorycrafting the original build in Season 12!
Written by Chewingnom.


Aug 6th 2022
Updated for Season 27 / Patch 2.7.4.

Mar 20th 2022
Updated for Season 26 / Patch 2.7.3.