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Class: Wizard
Required Level: 30
Skill Category: Mastery
Cooldown: 120 seconds

Transform into a being of pure arcane energy for 20 seconds. While in Archon form, all normal non-passive skills are replaced by powerful Archon abilities. Damage dealt increases by 30%, while Armor and resistances are increased by 150%.

Each enemy killed while in Archon form increases your damage by 6% for the remaining duration of Archon.

Damage Type: Arcane
Other Stats: Shapeshift; Can be cast on the move; Breaks crowd control effects; Can be used under crowd control effects

Archon is a Mastery Arcane spell used by Wizards in Diablo III.



An Archon

The Archon is a being of pure Arcane energy.[1] The Wizard Vyr claimed that it existed on another plane of reality, and constructed the Black Obelisk to try and gather its power.[2]. Fearing he would bring doom upon them all, his acolytes murdered him,[3] and the obelisk was destroyed.[4]

Currently, the technique is able to be used by another Wizard.[1]


Archon transforms the player, replacing all normal skills with Archon abilities. Every enemy killed while in Archon form increases all damage done by 6% for the remaining duration, stacking infinitely, making the Wizard near-invincible in combat with numerous lesser foes. This damage buff is multiplicative to other similar modifiers, but the stacks themselves are added up rather than multiplied.

All Archon abilities cost no Arcane Power to cast. While in this form, the player is also immune to all forms of Crowd Control, existing effects are removed.

The ability is very effective against numerous monsters (due to damage buff stacking rapidly) and against Illusionist elite monsters (since destroyed illusions count as kills). Familiar, Magic Weapon and Armor spells remain active when Archon is activated, but cannot be renewed until the Archon fades. Because Archon attacks cost no Arcane Power and must be used in a limited amount of time, they benefit greatly from Increased Attack Speed.

Archon AbilitiesEdit


Archon form in game

All Archon abilities ignore line of sight, obstacles and Waller affix barricades, but cannot pierce through solid walls. Unless a rune with different damage type is selected, they use Arcane damage type. Vyr's Amazing Arcana set picks the damage type that currently has the highest elemental skill damage bonus.

Arcane Strike (Default LMB): melee skill, slams the ground in front of Archon, blasting all enemies within a roughly 10 yards radius circle for 790% damage. Only hits the area in front of the Archon, has no effect on enemies behind the Wizard: the circle is placed so that its outer edge barely touches the Wizard.

Disintegration Wave (Default RMB): uninterrupted beam that pierces through enemies in shape of a reversed cone (broad side is large enough to damage enemies directly to the left and right of the Archon) for 779% damage per tick. Killed enemies are disintegrated, leaving no corpse. The beam is roughly 50-55 yards long (a little bit longer than the graphics show).

Arcane Blast (Default 1): releases an energy blast hitting enemies around the Archon within roughly 20 yards for 604% damage. Has no cooldown (technically, 0.5 seconds). Does NOT interrupt the Disintegration Wave and Arcane Strike, and can be cast while moving.


Archon's Disintegration Wave, as seen in game


Wizard Archon rune diff

The Archon Rune used to channel spells

  • Combustion: Upon activation of Archon, the Wizard releases a blast that hits enemies within 15 yards of him/her for 3680% damage as Fire. The damage type of all abilities changes to Fire.
  • Teleport: Archon form adds one more ability (default 2): Teleport with cooldown reduced to 2 seconds. This Teleport does not benefit from enhancements of a regular Teleport, but will gain Wormhole rune from Cosmic Strand or removed cooldown from Aether Walker.
  • Pure Power: Archon's cooldown is reduced by 20 seconds (to 100 seconds). The damage type of all abilities changes to Lightning as well.
  • Slow Time: Archon form adds one more ability (default 2): Slow Time with no cooldown, placed atop of Archon and following them as they move. Using the ability again drops the shield. In addition, the damage type of all abilities changes to Cold, Arcane Strike and Arcane Blast will Freeze affected enemies for 1 second. This Slow Time will not benefit from enhancements of a regular Slow Time, but can gain runes from Crown of the Primus.
  • Improved Archon: All damage dealt by Archon abilities is increased by 50%, stacking multiplicatively with the damage buff for killing enemies and general skill damage increases.

Non-rune enhancements:Edit

  • Fazula's Improbable Chain (Legendary Belt): activating Archon form immediately adds 40-50 kill stacks.
  • Halcyon's Ascent (Legendary Amulet): Upon casting Archon, makes nearby enemies jump uncontrollably for 6-8 seconds.
  • The Swami (Legendary Wizard Hat): bonus from Archon kill stacks remains for additional 15–20 seconds after Archon expires.
  • Vyr's Amazing Arcana Set (Set Bonus for 2 items): Archon gains the effects of all runes at once. Elemental Damage type is chosen by the highest elemental skill bonus the player has.
  • Vyr's Amazing Arcana Set (Set Bonus for 4 items): each Archon kill stack also increases Attack Speed, all Resistances and Armor by 1%.
  • Vyr's Amazing Arcana Set (Set Bonus for 6 items): each hit or tick of damage of Archon abilities also adds an Archon kill stack.
  • Chantodo's Resolve Set (Set Bonus for 2 items): for every spell cast outside Archon form that hits an enemy, Wizard generates a charge of Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times. While in Archon form, deals 350% damage per Wave of Destruction stack per second to all enemies within 30 yards.
  • Crown of the Primus (Legendary Wizard Hat): grants all skill runes to the otherwise unmodifiable Slow Time.
  • Aether Walker (Legendary Wand): removes the cooldown of Teleport.
  • Cosmic Strand (Legendary Source): adds Wormhole rune to Teleport.


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This article contains information that is no longer relevant to gameplay, but is kept here for informational purposes.

In the later days of 1.0, Archon lasted only 15 seconds, but also gained 1 second in the total duration for each enemy that the Wizard killed (or at least had damaged before someone else killed that enemy) while in the Archon form. This, to a certain extent, was like the perma-Wrath Barbarian, in that as long as the form was allowed to persist, the Wizard was practically unstoppable, and dealt staggering amounts of damage. It is for this reason that it was rebalanced in 2.0, being given the damage increase per kill.

In patch 1.0.3., a bug allowed the Wizard to become permanently invulnerable by combining Archon and Teleport (Fracture) spells[5]. This bug existed for months, and was only fixed when someone reported it on the official forum[6].

Prior to patch 2.0.5., all Archon runes were doing Arcane damage.

Prior to patch 2.1, Archon was the only shapeshifting skill that did not grant the Crowd Control immunity.


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
  • The last tier of armor in Diablo III (before the Reaper of Souls) is named Archon.
  • Archons of similar design exist in StarCraft, being powerful protoss units.
  • This is the Wizard's transformation skill which boosts powers and changes appearance, each class (barring the Witch Doctor) has one and all of them give the added bonus of immunity to Crowd Control (post patch 2.1 only for Archon however as noted above); the other class equivalents are: Vengeance (Demon Hunter), Akarat's Champion (Crusader), Epiphany (Monk), and Wrath of the Berserker (Barbarian).
  • Archon is the only Shapeshift skill (the only other may be Angry Chicken) that replaces the normal skills with special, shape-specific abilities, and as such, the only one that interrupts casting.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Archon, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-07-03
  2. Diablo III, Vyr's Astonishing Aura
  3. Diablo III, Vyr's Fantastic Finery
  4. Diablo III, Vyr's Swaggering Stance
  5. Invincible Wizard Invincible Wizard - Archon and Teleport God Mode Bug, Game Gate. Accessed on 2014-07-03
  6. 2012-07-22, Exploit/Bug: Invulnerable Wizard. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-07-03

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