Continuing on with the elemental damage gear from my earlier post about elemental damage legendary weapons, this time we take a look at what armor pieces can be used to buff your character’s unseen DPS.
One thing is having a high DPS on your character sheet, another is what kind of DPS you are actually doing. Anyone can take a piece of gear and see whether their DPS gets higher or lower. If they are smart, they also look at how their defensive stats are affected, and if they are really smart, they look at their skills and playstyle before deciding on an upgrade. But then there is the unseen DPS, that isn’t mentioned anywhere. That’s what elemental damage is all about.
Which gear buffs your elemental damage in D3?
Compared to weapons that buffed your lightning damage and other things, you would expect there to be a lot of gear that did the same. There is, but surprisingly not that much; only 7 pieces of legendary gear gives you unmeasured DPS increases on the elemental scale. And two of those are pretty wizard specific.
There are two stats we are interested in: +elemental damage and +damage to elemental-based skills. The first is usually “+5-6% to lightning damage”. This is applied to your black weapon damage. So if you have a weapon damage of 100 and add 6% lightning damage, your weapon does 106 damage. This can add up quickly, so it can be a really good stat. An even better stat, can be the “+20-30% damage to lightning based skills”. Basically you do more damage with your skills that deal this kind of damage.
Elemental damage gear for wizards – Storm Crow and Frostburn Gauntlets
First up we have Storm Crow:
Storm Crow is a wizard hat, that adds 7-8% to lightning damage, increases damage against elites by 3-4%, has a 20-40% proc to cast a fireball and it has LOH.
On top of this it can spawn with some decent stats and crits gain you arcane power….but if you are running a lightning build, that is most likely not of concern to you.
Now since, it doesn’t have a socket, there aren’t CM/WW stats on it and the stats it can spawn with are in the lower end of the spectrum, they are really cheap. But what you lack in stats, you gain in the extra 10-12% of uncharted damage. The stats are then just a nice bonus. And it has LOH and a proc. Personlaly I would actually have prefered life regen, since I run around a lot and let lightning armor do the work for me, but that’s just my playstyle. All in all, it’s a nice helmet for lightning wizards.
Frostburn Gauntlets are cold specific, but they give a huge boost to damage here. 5-6% extra cold damage and 15-30% extra damage from cold skills. On top of this it has pickup radius, which is just nice to have. Since it doesn’t spawn with stats at all, you can get a pair that does 6% cold damage and +30% cold skill damage for next to nothing.
So if you want to try your hand at a cold build on the cheap, then these are a must-have.
Amulets and rings that boost elemental/elite damage
Tal Rasha’s Allegiance and Stone of Jordan can both roll different elemental damage affixes. Tal Rasha can roll 6 different in the 5-6% range and Stone of Jordan can roll the same.
However, Stone of Jordan also has the massive advantage of being able to roll between 20-30% extra damage against Elites.
Stone of Jordan can also roll skill specific affixes, so you can boost your electrocute damage as a wizard. This is also the case for Skull Grasp:
It’s not as sexy as Stone of Jordan, but it is cheap as chips. However, you can also get cheap Stone of Jordans and the 20-30% elite damage is a huge factor. But at the prices you can buy these for….give them both a go!
Mara’s Kaleidoscope can also roll one of 58 affixes. It can also roll medium stats for everything and a decent AR. On top of this it rolls 3 different magic properties. Depending on the 3 props, it can be an expensive Mara or a cheap one. If it rolls perfect trifecta stats, it’s unpayable. If it rolls sucky stats, practically free!
Finally, we have Zunimassa’s Trail:
These boots add poison damage and can be really awesome depending on how the two 2 props roll. 12% movement speed is a must and the 2 and 3 set bonus is pretty good as well.
So there you have it. The final round up of off the chart DPS. If you haven’t already, then swing by and read the first part on legendary elemental damage weapons, then head on over the Diablo3 Farming FB group for daily updates on awesome Diablo 3 stuff.