DMO Frozen Orb Wizard Guide

DMO Frozen Orb Solo Push

Introduction

The Delsere’s Magnum Opus (DMO) is a staple Wizard set with a distinct playstyle. While it can be used with a variety of skills, by far the most popular and useful one is Arcane Orb Frozen Orb. With Season 22, this build has come into the spotlight for Wizard players once again. With the iconic Frozen Orb known and loved by many from Diablo II times, this build can be played once again on a competitive level.

It’s quick, impactful and the explosions are very satisfying when played correctly. Very few builds incorporate the fantasy of a spell-slinging Wizard as well as this one. It's also possible to play this build as a Legacy of Dreams version, which frees up one skill slot and allows to include a lot of utility choices.

While it’s not the best in very fast speedfarming content such as Nephalem Rifts, it can be quite successful in Greater Rifts farming and especially pushing. The basic idea is to trap enemies inside your Slow Time bubble, stack them up by kiting and the use of Black Hole or the Energy Twister + Ranslor’s Folly combo and unleash devastating icy explosions onto them from the right distance.

Although it is not really one of the fastest in movement, the build's high damage makes it a great choice for pushing in solo Greater Rifts, while the AoE coverage is decent for farming. Throwing Frozen Orbs into a tightly stacked pull of monsters feels great while you get some supplementary damage from the shards flying in all directions. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to make it a more viable speedfarming alternative as you always have to rely on the Slow Time setup to activate your damage bonuses and can't just start blasting right away like other builds.

Iconic Frozen Orb ✔
Actual Spellcaster ✔
Rewards Good Gameplay ✔
Fun and Satisfying Explosions ✔

❌ Squishy
❌ Clunky Playstyle
❌ Difficult Execution

❌ Vulnerable to Crowd Control


Core Setup

Core Item Build

Items

  • The Delsere’s Magnum Opus (DMO) set grants 60% damage reduction to our character as well as a massive 12,500% separate damage multiplier to our Frozen Orbs.
  • 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.
  • The Shame of Delsere helps us by increasing the Attack Speed and Resource generation of Signature Spells.
  • 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 24 Ethereals

Ethereals are powerful rare weapons that can only be found during Season 24. They have incredible stats, a random Legendary power, and a free passive for your class. Read our Ethereal Mechanics Guide for full details on how they work and our Ethereal Farming Guide to learn how to acquire them. What you should prioritize on them is the following:

  1. The Legendary Power
    This build requires Unstable Scepter and Wizardspike to be functional. We need our Ethereal to roll one of these powers so we can cube the other. We also want a good roll on our Legendary power if it has a range. For speed content it is always helpful to have Ethereals with Echoing Fury, In-geom or Messerschmidt's Reaver powers, so keep those if you find them.
  2. The Ethereal Itself
    There are 3 different weapons available to us, each with its own benefits:
    • Wizardspike - This is by far the best Ethereal for any variation of the build. It has great Attack Speed and a Stacking Damage effect that helps with Elites and Rift Guardians. Also, you can put a Wizardspike into your Wizardspike. Isn't that amazing?!
    • The Oculus - This is the second best option and offers extra Arcane Power on Critical Hit (APoC) and Damage Reduction.
    • Mang Song's Lesson - Since this build requires Triumvirate, the Staff can't be used.
  3. The Ethereal Stat Rolls
    Each Ethereal comes with its own fixed set of powerful affixes. While some have a static value, many have a wide stat range. This means the difference between good and bad rolls is significant and something you should look for.
  4. A Useful Passive
    This is just icing on the cake because a fifth passive is not going to make or break your build. You're better off hunting for the things above. Check out the Passives section down below to see which ones you're looking for.

Global Stat Priorities

Stack the typical damage stats such as Critical Hit Chance, Critical Hit Damage and Cold Damage on every piece possible. Next you want to add Arcane Orb damage rolls to your Helm, Boots and Offhand slots. In addition, the build relies on heavy Area Damage by stacking up monsters tightly. We want to have it on as many pieces as possible, especially Shoulders, Gloves, Offhands and Rings. The remaining options go to Resource Cost Reduction, Attack Speed, Damage Range (Rings) and Defense whenever you can fit it in. Arcane Power on Critical Hit (APoC) on Off-Hand can be useful especially for farming but is not required.

For toughness, like most Wizard setups, we take advantage of Galvanizing Ward and Spectral Blade Barrier Blades to generate Shields based on our HP pool. This means Vitality and Life % are very important as they double dip into Shields. This is the reason why you want to aim for a decent HP pool in Greater Rift Solo Push.

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 Delsere's Magnum Opus 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.

3. Gamble from Kadala in this order:

  1. The full Delsere's Magnum Opus set
  2. Triumvirate
  3. The Shame of Delsere
  4. Nemesis Bracers and Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer
  5. Stone of Jordan, Unity, Halo of Karini and Convention of Elements

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

  1. Wands to get Unstable Scepter and Aether Walker
  2. Daggers to get Wizardspike
  3. Amulets to get Squirt's Necklace
  4. 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:

  • Act 2: Illusory Boots and Gloves of Worship
  • Act 3: Avarice Band
  • Act 4: Can drop any bounty item from any act
  • Bounty Turn In: Recipes for Sage's Journey and Cain's Destiny (for your follower)

Item Stat Priorities

SLOTITEMSTAT PRIORITY
Main-HandWizardspike
The Oculus
Unstable Scepter
Wizardspike (Cubed)
Aether Walker (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Damage %
3. Area Damage
4. Attack Speed
5. Intelligence
Ideally, you want a Fire or Lightning Damage Range in order to get an additional stack of Elemental Exposure.
Off-HandTriumvirate1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Arcane Orb Damage
3. Area Damage
4. Arcane Power on Critical Hit
HelmShrouded Mask
Crown of the Primus (Cubed)
1. Arcane Orb Damage
2. Intelligence
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Socket Flawless Royal Topaz
5. Vitality
GlovesFierce Gauntlets1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Area Damage
4. Intelligence
5. Attack Speed
ShouldersDashing Pauldrons of Despair1. Area Damage
2. Intelligence
3. Vitality
4. Life %
5. Resource Cost Reduction
6. Cooldown Reduction
Chest Harness of Truth1. Sockets Flawless Royal Amethyst
2. Intelligence
3. Vitality
4. Armor
5. Elite Damage Reduction
PantsLeg Guards of Mystery1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Sockets Flawless Royal Amethyst
4. Armor
BootsStriders of Destiny1. Arcane Orb Damage
2. Intelligence
3. Vitality
4. Armor
5. All Resistance
Ring 1Halo of Karini1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Area Damage
5. Damage Range
6. Attack Speed
Ring 2Convention of Elements
Avarice Band (Bounties A3)
Unity
Stone of Jordan
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cold Damage (SoJ)
4. Elite Damage (Unity, SoJ)
5. Critical Hit Chance
6. Area Damage
7. Damage Range
BracersAshnagarr’s Blood Bracer
Nemesis Bracers
Ranslor’s Folly (Cubed)
1. Cold Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
AmuletSquirt’s Necklace1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cold Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Intelligence
BeltThe Shame of Delsere1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Life %
4. Armor
5. All Resistance
PotionBottomless Potion of Kulle-AidFor breaking walls to pull enemies
and increase DPS

Gems

  • Bane of the Trapped is procced by default from our main damage skill and a very strong DPS choice, providing up to 60% multiplicative damage increase.
  • Zei’s Stone of Vengeance is another huge damage increase for ranged builds, giving up to 80% multiplicative damage increase. Frozen Orbs will explode at 40 yards distance and thus provide most of the benefit by default.
  • The third slot will be taken up by different gems depending on your needs and activities. Boon of the Hoarder is strong in Nephalem Rifts, Bane of the Stricken is necessary for solo pushing in higher Greater Rifts and Bane of the Powerful or Esoteric Alteration are useful in Speed Greater Rifts.

Skills

  • Arcane Orb Frozen Orb is our main damage dealer.
  • Slow Time Time Warp will activate our set bonuses and keep monsters contained while adding 15% additive damage done.
  • Spectral Blade Barrier Blades is necessary for our 2-piece bonus and the synergy with Triumvirate. It also adds additional shields for survival.
  • Storm Armor is the activator for Halo of Karini. Without this buff you will be squashed like a fly, so make sure to keep it up. Typically you want to use the Shocking Aspect rune for pushing and Scramble for farming.
  • One of two abilities for grouping enemies must be used to be effective: 1) Energy Twister Wicked Wind combined with Ranslor’s Folly or 2) Black Hole Absolute Zero. This is very important to give you enough time to throw Orbs from exactly the right distance and benefit from Area Damage.
  • The last skill slot will be filled with Teleport Wormhole or Safe Passage for mobility.

Passives

  • Galvanizing Ward is a must-have for any Wizard build and synergizes with Squirt’s Necklace and Ashnagarr’s Blood Bracer.
  • Power Hungry boosts our damage by 30% multiplicatively, one of the best DPS passives in the game.
  • The other passives are situational depending on activity. For most purposes Blur and Elemental Exposure are recommended. For farming, Illusionist and Dominance are good utility or defensive choices. Glass Cannon could be used when combined with Goldwrap. Unstable Anomaly will allow you to survive death when you get trapped.

Paragon Points

CoreOffensiveDefensiveUtility
1. Movement Speed1. Critical Hit Damage1. Armor1. Area Damage
2. Intelligence2. Critical Hit Chance2. Life %2. Resource Cost Reduction
3. Vitality13. Cooldown Reduction3. All Resistance3. Life per Hit
4. Maximum Arcane Power24. Attack Speed4. Life Regeneration4. Pickup Radius

1 Aim for a decent HP pool (~800,000 Life) as your Shields (Galvanizing Ward and Barrier Blades) scale with it.
2 Only spend points here if you are really struggling to cast during your nuke.

Follower

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 mainstat (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. Followers share 20% of their Experience, Magic and Gold Find stats with you.
  4. Legendary gems do not work on followers, except Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard.
  5. With Enforcer equipped on the player it's much easier to keep followers alive even without an immortality relic. The 90% damage reduction counts for them, too.
  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.

With these in mind, let’s get into our recommendations for this build.

T16 Enchantress

T16 Enchantress

For T16 we recommend this Enchantress setup because she is the only follower that gives Cooldown Reduction, allowing you to spam your abilities more. Since this is T16 content, she’ll stay alive with Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard and use Hand of the Prophet to gain all skills. This will give us Cooldown Reduction, Elemental Damage, Reduced Damage from Ranged Attacks, Armor, Attack Speed, and a Cheat Death.

Stat Priorities:

Since we do not have the immortality focus, we need to stack survivability on our Enchantress.

Intelligence > Vitality > Life % > Armor > All Resistance > Life Per Hit > Attack Speed.

Key Items:

  • The Flavor of Time: For double duration on Pylons.
  • Nemesis Bracers: For extra Elites, Death’s Breaths and In-geom procs.
  • Avarice Band: For the insane pickup radius.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur: To complete our sets.
  • Gloves of Worship: For 10 Minute Shrine Buffs.
  • Sage’s Journey: For double Death’s Breaths.
  • Cain’s Destiny: For 25% more Greater Rift Keystones.

GR Pushing Templar

GR Pushing Templar

For Greater Rift pushing we recommend this Templar setup for the sustain from Heal, 10% increased damage from Onslaught, and the very powerful cheat death mechanic from Guardian. This is the only follower build that stacks Cooldown Reduction because it works with Heal. Since we take the immortality relic, we do not need any survivability stats.

Stat Priorities:

Since we have the immortality relic, we do not need to stack survivability on our Templar.

Strength > Cooldown Reduction > Attack Speed.

Key Items:

  • The Flavor of Time: For double duration on Pylons.
  • Nemesis Bracers: For more progression from Elites.
  • Oculus Ring: For 85% increased damage.
  • Unity: For 50% damage reduction if you're also wearing one.
  • Ice Climbers: To make your follower immune to Freeze and Immobilize effects.
  • Leoric's Crown and Captain Crimson's Trimmings: For more Cooldown Reduction on Heal.

Gameplay

  • At the start of a run, buff yourself with Storm Armor to enable the 80% damage reduction from Halo of Karini. Make sure you keep this buff up at all times. In most situations it will not require much attention, but be careful when there are only very few or one enemy as you need to hit something that is at least 15 yards away from you. When fighting single target Rift Guardians especially, make sure to walk away a few steps regularly. The damage reduction can be tracked on your buff bar. Don’t forget to re-apply this skill after 10 minutes when pushing.
  • Set up Slow Time bubbles on top of your enemies. Only those inside a bubble will take extra damage provided by the set.
  • Stack up Triumvirate and keep it up by using Spectral Blade at least once every 6 seconds. It also resets the cooldown on Slow Time and helps to stack up shields and Bane of the Stricken quickly on Rift Guardians.
  • Pull enemies and then group them up at a safe distance before your nuke using Black Hole or Energy Twister.
  • Position yourself exactly 40 yards away from the center of the pull to cast Arcane Orb. This will maximize the value of Zei’s Stone of Vengeance and most importantly unleash the final explosion of Frozen Orb exactly on top of the enemies, dealing devastating damage. The Orb will shoot out shards in all directions as it travels, but by far the biggest portion is included in the explosion at the end of its path (which is also doubled by Unstable Scepter).
  • Use Teleport for mobility and survival as necessary. With the Wormhole rune, generally try to make sure to use both charges before the cooldown begins.
  • When possible, try to kill one small enemy before your big nuke during your Convention of Elements Cold damage cycle to spawn Oculus Ring. When it appears in the right spot, you can dramatically increase your damage by teleporting into one.

Hardcore

The build is overall relatively mobile and tanky, so you should not have much trouble once your setup is complete. You should use Unstable Anomaly at all times, but don’t rely on it as it does not make you invincible, only protect you with a certain amount of shield based on your life pool! If you forget your buffs or your damage reduction from the Delsere's Magnum Opus (4) Bonus or Halo of Karini drops, you are almost guaranteed dead. Make sure to pay special attention to your defensive buffs and you will be fine.


Variants

Nephalem Rifts
DMO Frozen Orb Solo T16

Ethereals
If you don't have any Ethereal Item use Unstable Scepter or Wizardspike.

Concept
In T16 we don’t need a lot of damage and also won’t care about throwing Frozen Orb from the right distance all the time. The damage is good enough to destroy enemies with just the shards. We shouldn't need Convention of Elements and Unity here, so Stone of Jordan and Avarice Band combined with Boon of the Hoarder are great replacements.

Gameplay
Be fast, use your Teleport to move around quickly and set up bubbles on large pulls, then throw your Frozen Orb and move on. It’s not really the smoothest T16 build but it does the job.

Setups
Black Hole is not really needed nor very strong in Nephalem Rifts. You could replace it for Familiar Arcanot for extra resources or Magic Weapon Deflection for more shields. If you feel like you don't need any more damage, you could swap out some stats such as Damage Range or Critical Hit Chance/Damage on Rings for more Cooldown Reduction.

In groups, swap Warzechian Armguards with Nemesis Bracers and Rechel's Ring of Larceny with Avarice Band. You can also drop Stone of Jordan to equip Halo of Karini and cube The Flavor of Time.

GR Solo Speeds
DMO Frozen Orb Solo Speeds

Ethereals
If you don't have any Ethereal Item use Unstable Scepter or Wizardspike.

Concept
In Speed Greater Rifts we try to combine a great mix of damage, toughness and utility. Ultimately, the build plays similarly as in solo pushing, but is much more fast-paced. Bane of the Stricken should not be necessary at all, so we can take Bane of the Powerful, Gogok of Swiftness or Esoteric Alteration.

Gameplay
Similar to pushing, try to make big pulls and destroy them either with your Convention of Elements cycle active (on elites) or without (most trash monsters). Don’t waste too much time on stray enemies, Waller elites, burrowers, wasps or similar and just move on towards the next pull.

Setups
If you feel tanky enough, you can consider replacing Unity with Stone of Jordan for extra Elite Damage. Nemesis Bracers is also a great option to speed up your runs on lower Tiers.

GR Solo Push
DMO Frozen Orb Solo Push

Ethereals
If you don't have any Ethereal Item use Unstable Scepter or Wizardspike.

Concept
We stack up as much damage as possible while getting just enough toughness to keep up our shields at all times. Squirt’s Necklace is a considerable damage boost you don’t want to lose when pushing.

Gameplay
The basic gameplay revolves around making large pulls of monsters, stacking them up before your Convention of Elements Cold cycle using Black Hole or the Energy Twister + Ranslor’s Folly combo and obliterating them with your Frozen Orb. Playing around this is the most important part as most of your damage comes from Area Damage procs and the explosion of the Orb. The shards do almost nothing on higher Greater Rift Tiers. Since the Bracers can’t pull in elites, you should generally either try to pull them on top / next to them, or just ignore and skip them entirely until you find some that you can kite and kill easily. Just be swift and go for the juicy big pulls.

Setups
Instead of Black Hole you can use Energy Twister Wicked Wind + Ranslor's Folly to pull enemies. You will have to give up the benefits of Crown of the Primus and the Cold damage bonuses from Absolute Zero, but gain a much larger pulling radius with a pixel-stacking ability (which however doesn't work with elites). This setup is generally better for very high end pushing with rifts that have big density. The Black Hole variant is recommended for most purposes and pushes that go all the way up to a few tiers below the build’s maximum potential, where killing elites is more realistic.


Video Guide

Coming soon.


Mechanics

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.
  • The shards deal 315% weapon damage to enemies along the path.

Wizardspike

  • Frozen Orbs spawned by this item benefit from all the damage multipliers but won’t deal Area Damage.
  • When you spawn one 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.

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 will reset 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.
  • 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 will fall 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.

The Shame of Delsere

  • The Attack Speed bonus of The Shame of Delsere is multiplicative with other bonuses.
  • This can be used to stack Bane of the Stricken quite fast on longer boss fights. Try to use it a lot especially at the start of a long boss fight and when you are waiting for your Convention of Elements Cold cycle!

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 Arcane damage by default, having a Fire or Lightning 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.

Summary

  • Keep up your Storm Armor and Halo of Karini buffs at all times.
  • Trap enemies in your Slow Time to activate the set bonuses.
  • Activate your Triumvirate bonus by using your Signature Spell (Spectral Blade) regularly.
  • Pull enemies together with Black Hole or Energy Twister to stack them tightly.
  • Position yourself at the right distance to explode Arcane Orb Frozen Orb directly on top of the enemies.
  • Play around the Convention of Elements cycle to maximize your damage.
  • Avoid ever losing any HP to keep up your Squirt’s Necklace at all times. Try to learn to feel the incoming damage as there is no UI indicator of how much shield you have.

I hope you enjoyed this guide! Frozen Orb is one of the core Wizard builds and it can be very fun and rewarding setting up the correct pulls and destroying them with your icy explosions. Good luck!

Guide by wudijo reviewed by Northwar. Updated by wudijo.