Wizard101 Best Level 130 Life Gear

 

Last updated 12/15/2019 (Added new Catacombs gear & Festive Fox mount)

 

What’s the best Life gear at max level (currently level 130)?  We’ve seen this question many times, so we’ve provided our recommendations about the best Life gear below, in a format to help you compare options.

We’ll take a moment to review our criteria first, since the “best” life gear depends on your role and objectives.

  1. Our Criteria
  2. Recommendations by Gear Type
    1. Hats
    2. Robes
    3. Boots
    4. Wands
    5. Athames
    6. Amulets
    7. Rings
    8. Decks
    9. Mounts
  3. Sample Builds

Looking for the best gear for other schools?  Check out our guides for the best max gear for Balance, Death, Fire, Ice, Myth and Storm.

Our Criteria

We consider the gear listed below the best max level life gear if your wizard is:

  • Questing by yourself (solo)
  • Questing in a group & playing the role of a hitter, or
  • Playing PvP in an offensive or traditional role

If you are questing in a group and playing a support role (i.e., buffing the wizard that is going to hit and/or healing) or if you are playing a very defensive PvP strategy, we assume you are more interested in global resist and outgoing healing.  We suggest that you check out Cody’s guide on gear with the best outgoing healing, as it includes several high-resist life gear options as well.

There are three types of recommendations, depending on your focus:

1. Damage Focus

Typically used against opponents with high block, such as bosses.

  • Primary objective is to maximize damage
  • Secondary objectives are power pips, accuracy and pierce

2. Critical Focus

Typically used against opponents with low block, such as mobs.  Some PvP builds focus on high critical as well.

  • Primary objective is critical
  • Secondary objectives are damage, power pips and accuracy

3. Balanced

Typically used in PvP or against bosses that hit hard (e.g., Storm Titan anyone?):

  • Primary objective is to provide decent damage and several helpful stats, including universal resist, power pips, accuracy, pierce and important jewel sockets
  • Many balanced items contain some critical, although it’s typically not a “critical” objective (pun intended)

 

Best Life Hats

For balanced hats, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Life Hats

Reminder: Other Life hats of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage & Critical

Dragoon’s Vibrant Helm

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Alternative Damage

Lively Paradox Conical

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Recommended Balanced

Krokopatra Vigor Fez

Drop from Krokopatra Exalted Duel

Alternative Balanced

Cowl of Undying Malistaire

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Highest Critical

Nadezha’s Cowl of Recovery

Crafted: Recipe from Kazidan the KeenEye in Sardonyx

Other Life Hats of Interest

 

Alternative Damage & Critical

Vanguard’s Vibrant Helm

Drop from King Detritus and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage & Critical

Soldier’s Vibrant Helm

Drop from King Detritus (and possibly others)

Alternative Damage (and good Critical)

Alphoi Guerilla Helm

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage & Critical

Sinister Harlequin Mask (Level 130+)

Creepier Carnival Bundle

Alternative Damage (and good Critical)

Monarch’s Diadem

Fantastic Fairytale Bundle

High Critical

Hades’ Helm of Retribution

Drop from Hades the Unseen

Highest Pierce

Thunderous Karanahn Veil (Level 100+)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced Pierce

Valiant Jouster’s Helm (Level 120+)

Grand Tourney Gauntlet

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Best Life Robes

For balanced robes, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Life Robes

Reminder: Other Life robes of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced

Undying Malistaire’s Tunic

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Ornate Light Brigade Armor

Drop from Corporal Tenni’syn

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Bonesmasher Robe of Zeal

Drop from Rattlebones Exalted Duel

Highest Damage

Royal Fusilier’s Dress Coat (Level 130+)

Yuletide Pack

Other Life Robes of Interest

Alternative Balanced (health & block)

Dragoon’s Vibrant Armor

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Alternative Damage & Critical (with Outgoing Healing)

Zeus’ War Eagle Raiment

Drop from Hades the Unseen

Alternative Damage & Balanced

Darkwraith’s Shroud of Penance (Level 120+)

Nightmare Pack

High Critical

Charred Nirini Robe (Level 100+)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Highest Pierce

Nightfall Torment Guise (Level 120+)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

Alternative Damage, Critical & Pierce

Glorious Avenger’s Armor (Level 100+)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

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Best Life Boots

For balanced boots, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Life Boots

Reminder: Other Life boots of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced

Dragoon’s Vibrant Boots

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Alternative Balanced (with Accuracy)

Silent Knight’s Snowboots (Level 130+)

Winter Wonder Pack

Alternative Balanced (more resist)

Abyssal Warrior’s Boots (Level 130+)

Fantastic Voyage Bundle

Highest Damage (and good Critical)

Sinister Harlequin Shoes (Level 130+)

Creepier Carnival Bundle

Other Life Boots of Interest

 

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Vanguard’s Vibrant Boots

Drop from Prince Viggor and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

stats slightly less than Vanguard Boots

Soldier’s Vibrant Boots

Drop from Prince Viggor (and possibly others)

Prior Damage & Critical

Lively Paradox Boots

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Prior Damage & Critical

Alphoi Guerilla Boots

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage & Critical

Cabalist Stompers of the First

Drop from Secret Tunnel and other bosses in Empyrea

Alternative Balanced (with block & pierce)

Undying Malistaire’s Boots

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Highest Pierce

Footgear of the Afterlife

Drop from Hades the Undying

Balanced Pierce

Marvelous Avenging Boots (Level 100+)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

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Best Life Wands

For balanced wands, we prioritize pierce and critical.

Recommended Life Wands

Reminder: Other Life wands of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage

Ebony Pandamonium Jian

Pandamonium Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage (with Pierce)

Zander’s Focused Staff

Crafted: Recipe from Ignus Ferric

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

Dragoon’s Vibrant Broadsword

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

Nimbari Praetor Scimitar

Nimbari Hoard Pack

Recommended Critical

Tormentor’s Skullsplitter (Level 120+)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

Recommended Balanced Offense

Admiral’s Boarding Hook (Level 130+)

Sinbad Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced Offense

Witch Hunter’s Arbalest (Level 120+)

Witch Hunter’s Bundle

Recommended Balanced with Block

Eye of the Soothsayer (Level 120+)

Terror’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced with Block

Rapturerider’s Skull (Level 120+)

Road Warrior’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced with Block

Aquilan Velite Lance (Level 110+)

Immortal’s Lore Pack

Highest Pierce

Staff of the Undying Heart

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Other Life Wands of Interest

 

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

All Souls Cranium Wand (Level 120+)

Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

Wysteria Warrior’s Longsword (Level 130+)

Wysteria Lore Pack

Alternative Critical (with Accuracy)

Polarian Explorer’s Pickaxe (Level 120+)

Polarian Explorer’s Bundle

Alternative Critical (with Pierce)

Shard Warrior’s Hammer (Level 120+)

Jewel Crafter’s Bundle

Highest Block

Teeth of the Lords of Night (Level 100+)

Shaman’s Lore Pack

Alternative Pierce

Sherlock’s Eyeglass (Level 130+)

Great Detective Bundle

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Best Life Athames

For balanced athames, we prioritize power pips and two circle slots (typically for pierce or critical jewels).

Recommended Life Athames

Reminder: Other Life athames of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Spirit of Darkmoor’s Thorn

Drop from Yevgeny Nightcreeper

Recommended Damage and Balanced

The Dark Woman’s Dagger

Drop from Morganthe

Alternative Balanced (Health & Block)

Dragoon’s Vibrant Dagger

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Recommended Critical (PvP Only)

Duelist’s Fatal Razor (Level 100+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Life Athames of Interest

 

Alternative Balanced (with one less Circle Jewel slot)

Blade of the Felled Titan

Drop from Cronus

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Best Life Amulets

For balanced amulets, we prioritize pierce, universal resist, critical and helpful item cards.

Recommended Life Amulets

Reminder: Other Life amulets of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Balanced

Jewel of the Shadow Web

Drop from Morganthe

Recommended Critical and Pierce

Spirit of Darkmoor’s Jewel

Drop from Shane von Shane in Upper Halls

Recommended Resist & Health (and 4-pip AoE)

Dragoon’s Vibrant Charm

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Recommended Damage

None!

Maybe KI doesn’t realize Life Wizards can hit? 🙂

Other Life Amulets of Interest

 

Alternative Resist & Health 

Rasputin’s Charm of Exertion

Drop by Rasputin

Alternative Balanced

Amulet of Divine Influence

Drop by Hades the Unseen

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Best Life Rings

For balanced rings, we prioritize power pips and a ciricle jewel slot (typically for pierce or critical jewels).

Recommended Life Rings

Reminder: Other Life rings of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Ring of the Usurper

Drop from Aphrodite II

Recommended Critical

Dragoon’s Vibrant Ring

Crafted: Recipe from Zasha Emberforge

Recommended Pierce (PvP only)

Duelist Daredevil Ring (Level 100+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Highest Damage and Critical (PvP only)

Duelist Daredevil Ring (Level 130+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Life Rings of Interest

 

Alternative Critical & Damage

Vanguard’s Vibrant Ring

Drop from the Devourer and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Critical & Damage

Soldier’s Vibrant Ring

Drop from the Devourer

Prior Critical

Lively Paradox Ring

Drop in Spiritual Forest

Alternative Balanced

Alpha and Omega Ring

Drop by Gladiator Dimachaerus

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Best Life Decks

For balanced decks, we prioritize a triangle socket, critical, and max copies.

Recommended Life Decks

Reminder: Other Life decks of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Critical

wizard101 best Life gear

Lively Paradox Deck

Drop in Astral Forest

Recommended Balanced (Size & Copies)

Luphilim’s Rapture Deck

Drop from Omen Stribog

Alternative Balanced (Copies)

Rasputin’s Set of Fortitude

Drop from Rasputin

Highest Copies

Tatyana’s Deck of Salvation

Crafted: Recipe Sold by Harker

Alternative Balanced (PvP only)

Duelist’s Devil-May-Care Deck (Level 130)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Life Decks of Interest

 

Highest Damage

Cell of Survival

Drop by Bosses in Khrysalis

Alternative Critical

Verdant Zanadu Deck

Drop by Bosses in Empyrea Part 2

Highest Pip Conversion

Righteous Kalamar Deck

Drop by Bosses in Empyrea Part 2

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Best Life Mounts

Recommended Life Mounts

Reminder: Other Life mounts of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage

Life Ghulture

Ghulture’s Hoard Pack

Highest Pierce

Vulpine Avenger

Avalon Outlaw’s Bundle

Highest Pierce

Clockwork Courser

Cuckoo Clock Gauntlet

Other Life Mounts of Interest

 

Alternative Damage

Balance Ghulture

Ghulture’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage

Battle Havox

Battlemage Keep Bundle

Alternative Pierce

Festive Fox 

Crowns Shop (Christmas only)

Alternative Damage

Battle Narwhal

Polarian Explorer’s Bundle

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Sample Builds

Highest Damage

168% Life Damage:

  • Hat: Lively Paradox Conical (25% Life Damage)
  • Robe: Royal Fusilier’s Coat (26% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Sinister Harlequin Shoes (31% Universal Damage)
  • Wand: Ebony Pandamonium Jian (20% Universal Damage)
  • Athame: The Dark Woman’s Dagger (17% Life Damage)
  • Amulet: Any (0% Damage)
  • Ring: Ring of the Usurper (12% Universal Damage)
  • Deck: Cell of Survival (1% Life Damage)
  • Mount: Life Ghulture (3% Life Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Life-Dealer, Life-Giver, Life-Boon, Pain-Giver, Pain Bringer, Mighty Jewel (22% Life Damage; 11% Universal Damage)

100% Critical and Max Damage

843 Life Critical (100%) and 135% Life Damage:

  • Hat: Dragoon’s Vibrant Helm (152 Life Critical; 24% Life Damage)
  • Robe: Glorious Avenger’s Armor (80 Universal Critical; 23% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Dragoon’s Vibrant Boots (126 Life Critical; 30% Life Damage)
  • Wand: Admiral’s Boarding Hook (120 Universal Critical; 17% Universal Damage)
  • Athame: The Dark Woman’s Dagger with 2 Sparkling Life Critical Jewels (36 Life Critical; 17% Life Damage)
  • Amulet: Spirit of Darkmoor’s Jewel (35 Universal Critical)
  • Ring: Dragoon’s Vibrant Ring with 1 Sparkling Life Critical Jewel (119 Life Critical; 9% Life Damage)
  • Deck: Lively Paradox Deck (49 Life Critical)
  • Mount: Life Ghulture (3% Life Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Life-Dealer, Life Assailant, Life Striker, Critical Striker, Critical Hitter, Thinkin’ Cap (64 Life Critical; 63 Universal Critical; 11% Life Damage)

Balanced for PvP

Note: This is just a sample PvP build.  We understand that you may use different gear and welcome your comments below about the differences and why.  The intent of this article was to show you options so you can decide for yourself!

Stats before Pet: 113% Life Damage, 44% Universal Resist, 35% Life Pierce

  • Hat: Krokopatra Vigor Fez (17% Life Damage; 12% Universal Resist, 3% Universal Pierce)
  • Robe: Undying Malistaire’s Tunic (19% Life Damage; 14% Universal Resist)
  • Boots: Dragoon’s Vibrant Boots (30% Universal Damage; 14% Universal Resist)
  • Wand: Admiral’s Boarding Hook (17% Universal Damage; 4% Universal Pierce)
  • Athame: Spirit of Darkmoor’s Thorn with 2 Polished Life Piercing Jewels (16% Universal Damage, 12% Life Pierce)
  • Amulet: Spirit of Darkmoor’s Jewel (4% Universal Resist, 4% Universal Pierce)
  • Ring: Duelist Daredevil Ring with 1 Polished Life Piercing Jewel (11% Universal Damage, 6% Universal Pierce, 6% Life Pierce)
  • Deck: Any with a Triangle Socket (e.g., Paradox for stats or Omen for max copies)
  • Mount: Life Ghulture (3% Life Damage)

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Any alternative perspectives on best life gear?  Let us know in the comments!

Do you have screenshots for any of the life gear we are missing?  Please email them to finalbastion@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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Patrick enjoys sharing insights about optimizing various activities in Wizard101 and Pirate101. He helps out with technology and often covers new dungeon/boss strategies and speed runs after story updates.

18 COMMENTS

  • Hi, the current 100% Critical and Max Damage build is incorrect. You can obtain 137% Damage w/ 839 Critical with the following: Dragoon’s Vibrant Helm, Ornate Light Brigade Armor, Dragoon’s Vibrant Boots, Admiral’s Boarding Hook, The Dark Woman’s Dagger w/ 2x 18 critical jewels, Spirit of Darkmoor’s Jewel, Dragoon’s Vibrant Ring w/ 1x 18 Critical Jewel, Lively Paradox Deck, Life Ghulture Mount and a pet with Life Striker, Life Assailant, Critical Striker, Critical Hitter, Life Bringer and Life giver.

    • Actually with the Sinister Harlequin Shoes you can get 138% damage with the same 839 critical rating using everything else in the aforementioned build.

  • Hey I use life and ever since I’ve been bombarded by people begging me to heal them I’ve decided to turn my life into a storm so to speak damage wise, so I think this is very helpful. I’ve been looking to have some Pierce but have as much damage as possible.

  • Thanks to Eevee918 for some pics! Appreciate it.

  • Hey if you want good damage and critical i would go with paradox hat, the ornate brigade armor, paradox boots, paradox ring, the dark woman athame, the jewel of the shadow web, and the paradox ring and deck, and the sinbad wand, if you combine all of this with the best jewels and the life ghulture mount you will have 137 damage, and around 800 critical which is about 90%, 25% resist, 100% power pips, 6% pierce, i would say this is one of the most balanced sets you can get.

    • Agreed! Thanks for the input.

    • This is a good setup, but is now superseded by the new dragoon gear. Swap the paradox for the dragoon hat, boots and ring (plus a life ghulture and a triple/triple pet) and you can achieve 143 damage with 96 critical. Bonus? The new gear also boosts resist and pierce, taking them to 33 and 11 respectively.

  • Thank you so much for the guide!

  • Why is there no death one?

    • Soon! A little more patience 😉

  • What about the mimic ring

    • We included the Lively Paradox Ring instead of the Mimic one (Mithraya Vivid Seal) since it’s got 8 more critical and better overall healing (17% in & 17% out vs only 20% in). Felt like this offsets the tradeoffs (48 less mana and 90 less health — assuming you have a health tear jewel in the Mimic one), so didn’t mention it.

      If you think it’s helpful to include the Mimic one in the “Other Rings of Interest” LMK and will add.

  • Hiya! Could I make a suggestion for the boots section of the guide? It notes the Silent Knight’s Snowboots as the highest critical, but the Spooky Carnival Boots (130) have higher critical by 2 (123 vs 121). Just a note 🙂 Amazing guide, I love that you guys did Life (I appreciate all of these in the series so much), and I’m looking forward to the last two!

    • Good catch — thank you! Added the Spooky Carnival Boots as Highest Critical. Appreciate the feedback, as it helps make the guides as accurate as possible.

  • can you do death i have been asking for 5 months

    • Yes, we are planning on doing a death gear guide. Our authors are working as hard as they can However, we do not appreciate the rudeness you expressed as a result of your comment not being rapidly approved. We don’t tolerate that language on our site. Have a good day.

  • For the 100% Critical Build I would use Ornate Light Brigade Armor instead of Glorious Avenger’s Armor and list it as one of the 2 recommended instead of alternative because Life has enough accuracy

    • Thx for the input. The intent of the critical build is to show the max damage you can get while maintaining 100% critical. Agree with you that the Ornate Light Brigade Armor (or Darkmoor or Rattlebones) is usually a better choice given the other stats (especially the resist).

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