2.4.3 Firebird Fire and Lightning 95-100+ Group Build

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  • Arcane Torrent Static Discharge
  • Archon Pure Power
  • Hydra Mammoth Hydra
  • Magic Weapon Ignite
  • Energy Armor Force Armor
  • Teleport Safe Passage
  • Paralysis
  • Unstable Anomaly
  • Evocation
  • Audacity


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  • Legendary Gems

    • Bane of the Stricken
    • Bane of the Trapped
    • Gogok of Swiftness

Kanai's Cube

  • The Furnace
  • The Swami
  • Manald Heal

Cube armor slot is obviously Swami. Head gem is diamond, everything else should be self explanatory.

You pretty much literally need to be capped out on CDR to use this build optimally. Every slot except amulet needs max CDR. Even I don't have that but as you will see in the video below it still works with a bit less. You'll just be off on COE cycles by a bit (like I was in the video; I'm missing about 2% or so on the weapon).

As far as elemental, Fire % NEEDS TO BE YOUR HIGHEST. This is of course to make your chantodo wave be fire. Afterwards, you can either have fire or lightning % on your other slot. Fire % will increase your consistent Chantodo damage, Lightning % will increase manald heal bursts (which are quite massive, so I suggest doing this).

The ideal elemental % distribution will probably be 20% fire, 19% lightning. Some Korean players found during testing that lighting damage on gear does not affect manald damage. So pure fire distribution will be best.

Note that for this build attack speed is actually highly valued. If you find a pair of gloves with CDR/IAS/CHC/CHD, you're lucky. Weapon benefits from having IAS on it too. It will increase your manald bursts considerably with more IAS.

Here is an ideal d3planner:


Paragon Priorities


Primary Stat
Movement Speed
Maximum Resource


Cooldown Reduction
Critical Hit Chance
Critical Hit Damage
Attack Speed


Resist All
Life Regeneration


Area Damage
Resource Cost Reduction
Life on Hit
Gold Find

Build Guide

Video shows a run with a ZDH, but this is not ideal. Ideal is obviously zwizard (more survivability, more attack speed, etc). But those were the volunteers available at the time.

I changed the video out and it now shows what a run with a zwiz can be like. Link to old 95 video: https://youtu.be/yyeHQ_SlIA0

Okay so here's the deal. You can't ignite outside of archon like usual, but you also can't ignite inside of archon. It's a combination of the two.

Here's kind of how it goes:

- Put down Hydra

- Get to 20 chantodo stacks

- (if on first transformation) wait for Fire Cycle (if on second transformation with overlap, pray you have enough CDR to land on another fire cycle with overlap)

- Put down Hydra again right before you go into archon

- Archon! Use your laser on elites, and try to stand in those oculus stacks.

- Sit there and use arcane torrent, try to stand in oculus stacks, and hope that manald goes off. If it does, you're going to do a lot of damage

- Repeat.

If you're currently in archon and something new gets found, note that the only way to ignite it is to have your hydra hit it. So ideally your barb keeps dragging over to the same spot. Hydra lasts about 15 seconds, so you only have 5 seconds of downtime during archon where you can't ignite at all. This also goes for RG. If the RG spawns and you're in archon, try to let your group know that it needs to come over and get hit by the hydra. Yes, you're only possibly losing a little bit of time during the archon downtime but if you ignite right before archon goes off, manald can do a HUGE burst while you're waiting for it to come back up, those 16 seconds can be a big deal.

To be completely honest I'm not sure if this build does more damage than standard firebirds group spec, owing to the fact that it's kind of awkward to ignite. But it felt like it was doing way more damage to me. So I'm posting it as an alternative. It's very satisfying to be able to kill both in and out of archon. Note that in a zwiz party you might actually have enough survivability to drop Force Armor and use the third slot for another fire ability so you can ignite on demand. If someone wants to test this, please feel free. Not too many people on NS with a zwizard.