The Meteor Wizard has been dictating the META using the Star Pact from Season 12 to Season 19, especially from Season 16 to 19 with the infamous LoD "Bazooka" build (see Mechanics for a complete overview). However with Season 20, channeling interactions have been nerfed to bring down that setup, leaving the build in a much weakened state.
Especially for Nephalem Rifts, using Meteor Shower can be a fun and decent alternative to other builds that looks and feels amazing. If you are after a strong Greater Rift build, you should consider checking out our Hydra, Twister or Frozen Orb guides!
Even though the Meteor Wizard is not exactly a top build for anything anymore, it remains capable of decent performance for farming Greater Rift keystone or to just play something different in Greater Rifts for a change. It also offers an interesting Reverse Archon playstyle around Star Pact that is something truly unique in the game and produces amazingly impactful explosions when you pull it off correctly.
It's also possible to play different versions using the Tal Rasha's Elements or Firebird's Finery sets. However, since there is no set directly buffing this skill with a large enough number, the best possible setups revolve around using the Legacy of Dreams Legendary Gem and stacking up a lot of other small but useful effects from different items.
Useful in Nephalem Rifts ✔
Feels like an actual Wizard ✔
Fun and Satisfying Impacts ✔
❌ Heavily Nerfed in the Past
❌ Low Single Target Damage
❌ Vulnerable to Crowd Control
❌ Shields can't be tracked in UI
- The Grand Vizier is a core item, providing a 400% damage increase while cutting the Meteor cost in half.
- Nilfur’s Boast gives another huge 600% damage increase and even up to 900% when you hit only 3 targets or less.
- 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.
- Halo of Karini is a core Wizard defensive item, providing us with a tremendous 80% damage reduction at the cost of using Storm Armor.
- Cindercoat is a great addition to any Fire-based build and can be paired with Magefist and Blackthorne's Jousting Mail for some small extra benefits.
- Aether Walker gives us great mobility by letting us spam Teleport almost as much as we want.
- Orb of Infinite Depth adds another 80% damage reduction and 40% damage increase with Explosive Blast.
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:
- The Legendary Power
This build requires The Grand Vizier and either Aether Walker, Fragment of Destiny or Orb of Infinite Depth 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.
- 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. The fast Attack Speed is amazing for farming and the Stacking Damage effects helps a lot against Elites and Rift Guardians in pushing.
- The Oculus - This is the second best option with a Damage Reduction debuff and a high Arcane Power on Critical Hit (APoC) roll to help out with resources.
- Mang Song's Lesson - This weapon can be used for big impacts but will force you to drop one legendary power, which will leave you either with low toughness, low mobility or low attack speed.
- 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.
- 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 Fire Damage on every piece possible. Next you want to add Meteor damage rolls to your Helm, Boots and Offhand slots. Other item rolls can go to Area Damage (for Greater Rifts) or extra Resource Cost Reduction (especially in Nephalem Rifts), Attack Speed, Damage Range (Rings) and Defense whenever you can fit it in. Arcane Power on Critical Hit (APoC) on Offhand is mandatory in push variants to sustain Arcane Power.
Cooldown Reduction is not needed as long as you don't aim to play the Reverse Archon Variant (see below). In regard to toughness, like most Wizard setups, we take advantage of Galvanizing Ward, Spectral Blade Barrier Blades and Magic Weapon Deflection to generate Shields based on our HP pool. This means Vitality and Life % are very important as they double dip into Shields. This is why you want to aim for a decent HP pool in Greater Rift Solo Push.
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 and mitigating these will ease up our gameplay significantly. Make sure to get the Primary Affixes locked in before attempting to get CCR though.
- Put together the core items and level up the Legacy of Dreams gem.
- Keep up your Storm Armor and Halo of Karini buffs at all times. The same goes for Magic Weapon if you use it.
- Zip around the battlefield by using Teleport.
- Throw Meteor Meteor Shower everywhere to wreak havoc.
- In Greater Rifts, use Black Hole to group up enemies for Area Damage.
- Play around the Convention of Elements cycle to maximize your DPS.
- 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! Meteor Shower is one of the coolest and visually appealing skills in the Wizard's arsenal and even after severe nerfs still useful for farming at least in Nephalem Rifts. The Star Pact version offers a challenge for those interested and allows you to push into the higher Greater Rift tiers.
Guide by wudijo with special help from Chewingnom and Northwar. Updated by Chewingnom and wudijo.