Hi, i noticed the lack of a vanilla wizard guide in this section and here it is! The build is very simple and straightforward, Wizard is a super strong class and doesnt require any gimmicks to deal a lot of damage and control the field.
This guide is POTD/Upscaling party oriented but its completely viable for solo which i will give some insights. My experience comes mostly from full-party play, but i provided and some tests in solo runs.
If you are looking for an advanced solo run check Sintee's triple crown solo guide for for a complete walkthrough.
His guide helped improve this build, so thanks a lot. Check it here.
Wizard (No subclass)
The solid choice for the wizard's race: Infuse with vital essence provides us an easy +1 power level.
This is not mandatory, so feel free to change it if you want. Elf is also is an optimal choice for +1 perception if you want to wear a mask.
The white that ends, Deadfire Archipelago and The Livings Lands are the best choices.
White that ends is the most optimal choice being the best for solo play. Perception is our most important stat.
Deadfire Archipelago is the best choice for the dialogues and +1 dex is great.
The living lands is decent because more damage is always good, but its not optimal.
Skills & Background
This is up to you. I recommend Alchemy for active skills, but a few points in Atletics can help. Invest your points in Alchemy and you can take Laborer as background so you can be Eora's working class hero.
For passive its your call. Later in the game you will want to respec to max History for Giftbearer's Cloak. Tip: If you are playing Huana, you will want 9 points in Metaphysics (with party assist) for an important check.
Party oriented atributes
We want to maximize our damage output by boosting perception, dexerity and might. Intellect is important, but 14 is ok.
If you are going to solo, i suggest not dumping any stat, so lowering your might and dex to get at least 8 in res and con. Always max perception in this case.
Grimoire: Ninagauth's Teachings (found at Archemyr's Manor).
Weapon specialization: Medium shield, Flail and Pistol.
Choosing your abilities
Passives (they are NOT in picking order)
Important spells and strategy:
Chill fog, Weapon & Shield.
These two will help you make it. Port Maje in POTD is really hard and the chill fog is the key to survive it. Weapon & shield style + medium shield modal boost your survival a lot and will be useful the whole game in some situations.
Your DPS bread and butter:
Combusting Wounds: Doesnt look that much strong? Combine it with with your damage over time spells and this spell is one the most important DPS spells for wizards. High accuracy and fire power level helps to land this awesome ability.
Ninagauths Death Ray: Works with C. Wounds. The raw damage works versus high armor enemies. You will use it less later in the game because PL3 will be taken by Displaced Image and DAOM when you get Ninas Bitter Mooring, but until that its one of your most important sources of damage.
Nina's Shadowflame: Stronger fireball with paralyze chance and greater ranger.
Nina's Freezing Pillar: Works with C.Wounds. Colossal damage.
Wall of Flame: Clunky to land but combined with C. Wounds its one of the strongest sources of damage versus big guys that dont move around.
Minolettas: Pick every kind of Minoletta's Spells except for the level 1. They work with C.Wounds (especially PL9 Salvo). So good its hard to talk about.
Meteor shower: Works with C.Wounds too. Its clunky and Salvo is better, buts can come in handy.
Other very good skills used often: Wilting Wind, Delayed Fireball, Nina's Killing Bolt, Fireball, Wall of Many Colors. Empowered fireball + Fireball as stealth opener is a cheap strategy, but it works...a bit too much.
Spirit shield: Always use it. +AR and most importantly: Concentration.
Wizards Double: This skill is not that great, i know. But Mirrored Image and Arcane Veil are PL2 skills, which our resources are used by Infuse V.E and C.Wounds. We dont use Chill Fog that much later in the game and we get 3 resources for PL1 spells (+1 from Nemnok).
DAOM: Action speed. You will use it more and more later in the game when you have more resources.
Infuse with Vital Essence: ALWAYS use this buff first, the Intellect bones will make your following inspirations last longer.
Llengrath's Displaced Image: +Reflex, convert to grazes. Your reflex will be very high so you dont get hit by AoEs.
Llengrath's Safeguard: Very good but situational, PL5 gives us Enervating Terror and Bitter Mooring which we use more often.
Chest: Miscreant's Leather or Garari’s Cuirass (if are you solo or you want Exchange DPS for survival)
Miscreants he best choice for DPS. You get it very early in the game by killing Benweth. Good stats with very low recovery and +8 reflex. Uncanny luck and Kidney Gyard can come in handy. Garari's Cuirass provides Hits to Grazes and Damage reduction from weapons, very good for a light armor with 20% recovery.
Necklace: Stone of power
+1 power level per rest.
Rings: Ring of focused flame and Kuaru's Prize.
You get ring of focused flame very early in the Dark Cupboard (Periki's Outlook shop at Neketaka). Kuaru’s prize you will get later but its good to skip.
Gloves: Firethrower's gloves.
You can buy it very early at the shop activated with Berath's blessings (5 points) in Port Maje. If you dont activate it, you get it later in the game. Use accuracy gloves until that.
Boots: Bounding Boots
Leap grants us a lot of mobility, works for positioning and escape.
Waist:The Maker’s Own Power
There's a lot of good viable options early game, but this is my final choice which saved me quite a few times.
There's a lot of good early game options which include Cloak of Greater Deflection, Cloak of Greater Protection and the Magnificent Escape Cape. But my final choice is the Giftbearear's Cloth which is obtained later in the game and increases with History skills.
Otto Starcat provides +1 Fire Power level which is insanely good and is obtained early in the game. Nemnok is another great option if want +1 resource for level 1 spells.
Mask: If you dont pick Nature godlike, Whitewitch mask is great and is obtained early in Delvers Row.
There's a lot good choices for wizard weapon. But some standout:
- Sun and Moon (Flail). +2 Fire PL during the day +2 Ice PL during the night. 5% chance to repeat Fire attacks:
This flail is a beast and is easy to obtain. Its around 25-30k in the Shop at Radiant Court in Dunnage. You can start with +50k gold with Beraths Blessing.
- Magran's Favor (Axe): +2 Fire PL and looks really cool.
Notice that when the description says "kills with Magran's favor" it means that you need to kill WITH THE WEAPON, so spells dont work for Living Pyre stacking, but Enduring Flame does. If this has changed, let me know.
- Nerian's Ward (Medium Shield). Weapon damage reduced as health is lost and 15% Hits to Grazes.
Very good choice for early-mid game. Wizards starts very frail and you get a lot of enemies attenton, and this will help you a lot. Get Weapon and Shield specialization as soon as possible.
Considerations: Sun and Moon + Nerian's is your primary kit. You will get them quite fast and will stay with you. Later you replace Nerians with Magran's Favor for increased Fire Power Level, but keep Nerian in your secondary kit if **** goes down.
Some other great options:
- Griffins sword. +10% spell damage/+5 will.
You will probably get it first than S&M and it one of best weapons for wizard.
- Eccea's Arcane Blaster (Fractured Bullet + Elemental Shot Fire)
Really good if you run out of spells in longer fights and against Enemies with high armor.
- Fire in the Hole & Hand Mortar (COMPANION).
I havent tested much but these 2 hand cannons have a lot of sinergy with Combusting Wounds. I recommend a Ranged DPS companion use them. You can use them yourself with DAOM and your high dex but its not optimal because you are already busy casting your spells.
And thats it. If i missed anything let me know. Please, share your thoughts!
Edited by eschu101, 03 August 2018 - 06:14 AM.