Battlemage Wizard PvP Guide

Introduction

Battlemage is the most aggressive Wizard build in PvP game modes like Battlegrounds and the Rite of Exile. Designed to rack up the kill count, this build focuses on jumping into the fray and dealing damage up close. Multiple knockbacks are chained together by combining Memory of Xiaoyu and Angmar's Repulsive Burden to lock down opponents, while passively activated damage skills hit simultaneously.

This build is lacking survivability, making you quite squishy. You need to fight up close in the enemy lines, so this build won't work well if your Combat Rating and Resonance is considerably lower than your opponents'. Consider the Chill Control Wizard Build for PvP for a safer ranged/supportive playstyle if you don't have enough Combat Rating and Resonance. Otherwise, continue on to learn how to conqueror the arena!

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 60. Check out the Wizard 1-60 Leveling Guide and Complete Leveling Guide if you're not there yet!

Chain Knockbacks
Rewards Tactical Play in PvP
Racks Up Kill Count
Instant Mobility Skill

Long Skill Cooldowns
Requires Fast Reactions
Takes Significant Damage
Lacks Group Buffs


Wizard PvP Build - Battlemage Variants

Battlemage Wizards have 2 distinct variants. The DPS version focuses on skills that can be precasted before engaging with Teleport, like Ice Storm (Ice Armor) and Lightning Nova, in order to kill opponents as quickly as possible. This strategy becomes more effective the higher your Combat Rating and Resonance is above your opponents.

If your Combat Rating and Resonance isn't up to par, consider the Control Battlemage variant. This version of the build trades damage for skills with hard Crowd Control, like Black Hole and Ray of Frost with Kyn's Cyromantle. Make sure you play with your team so they can output damage while you lock down opponents.

DPS Battlemage

Magic Missile (Primary) - The extra single target damage is spammed while your other skills are passively dealing damage.

Teleport - The Wizard's instant repositioning skill that can be used to jump on top of opponents and instantly deal high damage. Manage your charges well, allowing them to recharge before engaging into battle.

Scorch - All four Flaming Orbs from Memory of Xiaoyu cause knockback when combined with Angmar's Repulsive Burden. Knockback is the most powerful crowd control mechanic in PvP. Learn to move around opponents to hit them with the Flaming Orbs.

Ice Armor - Becomes Ice Storm with Winter's Eye for passive damage that can be precasted before engagements. Chills nearby opponents.

Lightning Nova - This skill can be precasted before Teleporting on top of opponents. The balls will hit them as they follow you to the new location.

Untouchable Mountebank set bonuses provide essential shielding for survivability in PvP.

Check out our Set Item Guide and Equipment Guide for more information.

Alternative Setups

There are a few changes you can make depending on your preferred playstyle:

  • Electric Orb from Vaetia's Resourceful Coutenance and Frozen Orb from Vision of the Frozen Path also work with Angmar's Repulsive Burden to cause multiple knockbacks.
  • Lightning Nova can be replaced with Black Hole or Ray of Frost with Kyn's Cyromantle for more control. These skillshots can be harder to land in PvP.
  • Storm Armor with Heart of the Storm has more range than Ice Storm, but no Chill. For this setup, Zann Esu Elemental Weave can be used to provide Chill with Lightning Nova instead.
Control Battlemag

Magic Missile (Primary) - The extra single target damage is spammed while your other skills are passively dealing damage.

Teleport - The Wizard's instant repositioning skill that can be used to jump on top of opponents and instantly deal high damage. Manage your charges well, allowing them to recharge before engaging into battle.

Scorch - All four Flaming Orbs from Memory of Xiaoyu cause knockback when combined with Angmar's Repulsive Burden. Knockback is the most powerful crowd control mechanic in PvP. Learn to move around opponents to hit them with the Flaming Orbs.

Black Hole - Devouring Void removes the suckage startup time, instantly locking down nearby targets. It can be used to either push opponents back away from objectives or into your team's reach for an easy kill.

Ray of Frost - Kyn's Cyromantle turns this skill into an instant cast freeze ray. It has a short delay and narrow AoE, so combo it after Scorch knockback or Black Hole drag.

Untouchable Mountebank set bonuses provide essential shielding for survivability in PvP.

Check out our Set Item Guide and Equipment Guide for more information.

Alternative Setups

There are a few changes you can make depending on your preferred playstyle:

  • If you prefer the stationary Black Hole, swap Devouring Void to Azkalor's Fire.
  • Meteor is another source of hard Crowd Control that can replace Ray of Frost. Use Starcaller's Drapery for this setup.
  • Electric Orb from Vaetia's Resourceful Coutenance and Frozen Orb from Vision of the Frozen Path also work with Angmar's Repulsive Burden to cause multiple knockbacks.

Gameplay

Battlemage playstyle involves using Teleport offensively to jump right on top of your opponents while quickly firing off all your skills. Here are the mechanics to manage:

DPS Battlemage
  1. Make sure you have 3 Teleport charges before starting a fight.
  2. Precast Scorch, Ice Armor and Lightning Nova right before starting a fight. These skills will deal damage passively while you're in combat. Check your minimap for approaching enemies so you can be ready.
  3. Teleport on opponents to engage and deal damage. Don't use excessively. Save some charges for chasing or disengaging.
  4. Stay on top of your opponents to allow your passive damage to hit, while casting Magic Missiles. Legendary Gems like Howler's Call and Lightning Core can proc off your Magic Missiles for extra damage. Flaming Orbs can be casted again after the first 4 knockbacks are used. Use additional Teleport charges if they get away from you.
Control Battlemage
  1. Make sure you have 3 Teleport charges before starting a fight.
  2. Precast Scorch before starting a fight. Check your minimap for approaching enemies so you can be ready.
  3. Teleport on opponents to engage and deal damage. Don't use excessively. Save some charges for chasing or disengaging.
  4. Rotate between hitting with Scorch, Black Hole and Ray of Frost to keep opponents locked down.
  5. Weave in Magic Missiles in-between other skills to deal more damage. Legendary Gems like Howler's Call and Lightning Core can proc off your Magic Missiles for extra damage.

Check out our Battlegrounds and General PvP Strategy guides for more information.


Legendary and Normal Gems

Legendary Gems provide incredible attribute bonuses and unique effects. They are found as a reward after completing an Elder Rift that is enhanced with a Legendary Crest. Many of them are also crafted using Runes and Platinum at the Jeweler in Westmarch.

Read our Legendary Gems Guide for more information.

Starter Legendary Gems
  1. Fervant Fang provides global damage increase that is easy to stack up and comes with no penalties.
  2. Ca'arsen's Invigoration boosts single target damage from Magic Missile to finish off opponents.
  3. Berserker's Eye provides a guaranteed damage increase, if you're willing to take more damage. This is a risky gem to use in PvP if you get caught off guard.
  4. Bloody Reach can still provide a global damage increase for Battlemage Wizards, especially when sniping with Magic Missile.
  5. Battleguard provides useful damage reduction for PvP. Especially useful in Battlemage builds due to its melee range.
  6. Lightning Core can hit an entire enemy team for moderate damage.
  7. Cutthroat's Grin provides extra damage if an opponent tries to run from you.
  8. Power & Command requires a proper skill cycle to optimize, but can buff overall damage even if you don't pay attention to it.
Best in Slot Legendary Gems
  1. Blood-Soaked Jade is the best Legendary Gem in the game. It provides a global damage increase and movement speed.
  2. Phoenix Ashes provides a cheat death that keeps you in the fight for longer or gives you a better chance of escape.
  3. Blessing of the Worthy is especially useful for the melee range playstyle of Battlemage builds. Any damage taken can activate devastating damage every 15 seconds, obliterating anything nearby.
  4. Howler's Call adds a damage proc that complements Magic Missile spam.
  5. Chip of Stone Flesh activates from hard Crowd Control like Freeze or Stun. Only useful if you are using Meteor stun or Ray of Frost with Kyn's Cyromantle.
  6. Seeping Bile is more effective in other activities that have more density, but still provides some damage against opponents in PvP.

Normal Gems

  1. Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
  2. Sapphire is better than Aquamarine, since Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage) is better than Armor (Increased Damage Reduction On Block).
  3. Topaz is slightly better than Citrine, but All Resistance and Potency are both underwhelming stats. Prefer Topaz over Citrine since you will be hit by crowd controlling effects more often than you will be using them.

Attribute Priorities

Primary Attributes

The Wizard's main Primary Attribute is Intelligence, giving +0.3 Damage per point. All other things equal, use gear with Intelligence to maximize the damage you deal. Fortitude is also important early on because it gives you Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage), but becomes less important later due to diminishing returns.

The Wizard's worst Primary Attribute is Strength because it only gives +1 Combat Rating. If possible, don't use it.

  1. Intelligence +1 Combat Rating and +0.3 Damage.
  2. Fortitude +1 Combat Rating, +0.1 Armor, and +0.1 Armor Penetration. Armor increases your chance to Block, which mitigates 20% of incoming damage. This is a nice defensive boost, especially when fighting Dungeon Bosses or large packs of enemies. Armor Penetration gives Critical Hit Damage, which is nice if you already have a high Critical Hit Chance.
  3. Vitality +1 Combat Rating and +3 Life. It never hurts to have more life, especially for end game pushes and PvP. Vitality is the best attribute after the damage-dealing ones.
  4. Willpower +1 Combat Rating, +0.1 Potency, and +0.1 Resistance. Potency increases the duration of harmful effects on enemies, while Resistance lowers the duration of harmful effects on you from enemies. Willpower may play a larger role in the future, but currently it is never prioritized.
  5. Strength +1 Combat Rating. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst attribute.

Check out our Stats Mechanic Guide for more information.

Special Attributes

Because the total amount of primary attributes is so important, you rarely prioritize special attributes on gear. Still, several special attributes can make a difference, here are some of the best ones you can find:

  1. Increased Damage to Players is an obvious choice for PvP. This special attribute is useless in PvE content, so you need to save separate equipment sets.
  2. Critical Hit Chance to increase damage.
  3. Critical Hit Damage to synergize with Critical Hit Chance for more damage.
  4. Primary Attack Damage Increase to boost Magic Missile for much needed single target damage.

Check out our full Attribute and Magic Affix Guide and Upgrading and Reforging Guide for more information.

Bonus Attributes, Family Bonus, and Reforging

Family bonuses are hard to change so picking a powerful option is important. Here are some of the best Family Bonuses available for the Wizard:

  1. Wildfire Stone rolls Critical Hit Chance, which is one of the strongest offensive attributes in the game. The Hydra can provide a little extra damage.
  2. Vengeance Stone is a great option for the extra single target damage. Focus on the Attack Speed rolls here for even more overall DPS and Vengeance Stone procs.

For more details, see our Upgrading and Reforging Guide.


Awakening

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Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.


Paragon

For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Use Survivor as your active tree while leveling up your Paragon from 1-99. Its active nodes work in PvP unlike Vanquisher, making it a stronger option for players wanting to focus on PvP. At Paragon 100 you can respec and follow the example below to get a great boost to your PvP bonuses.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Once you hit Paragon 100 respec your Paragon Points so you can utilize the more powerful Gladiator tree. Start picking up some of the the Vanquisher tree as well so you can use it during PvE activities. Even the most PvP focused player needs to do PvE content to stay powerful, so this is worth the investment. For Paragon 100-199 keep filling in Life and Damage nodes across the board and grab some active nodes in the Soldier Tree towards the end.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Check out our Paragon Guide for more information.


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Summary

  • Dominate Battlegrounds and the Rite of Exile with this Battlemage Wizard PvP build.
  • Precast Scorch, Ice Armor and Lightning Nova before engaging into a fight with Teleport.
  • Chain Knockbacks from Scorch with Memory of Xiaoyu and Angmar's Repulsive Burden to keep an opponent locked down.
  • Rank up Normal and Legendary Gems for huge bonuses while hunting for a Wildfire Stone Family Bonus.
  • Seek out Increased Damage to Players Special Attributes specifically for PvP.
  • Invest into PvP focused nodes in the Paragon Trees.
  • Destroy all opponents to rack up your kill count, but don't forget to complete any objectives necessary to win.

Credits

Written by Lexyu
Reviewed by Dredscythe


Changelog

May 13th 2022
Published Guide.

Jun 13th 2022
Added Control variant. Updated Legendary Gem rankings.