Witch Doctor beginner guide for leveling, building a fresh 70 and using Haedrig's Gift to start farming end-game content. Updated for Patch 2.6.1 and Season 15 The Jade Harvester starting build uses much of the leveling and fresh 70 build, but makes minor adjustments to take advantage of the unique, DoT-reliant nature of the set. The recommended changes are. 2016: Updated the guide with a starter build for the Season 9 free set, Jade Harvester. 21 Oct. 2016: Updated the guide with a starter build for the Season 8 free set, Spirit of Arachyr. 31 Jul. 2016: Updated the guide to include leveling, a better fresh 70 setup and Haedrig's Gift use tips.
General Information Welcome to our build guide for Jade Harvester Witch Doctor in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 15. 1. Introduction Patch 2.4 marked the return of Raiment of the Jade Harvester as one of the top tier Witch Doctor playstyles.
This bursty, melee range spellcaster playstyle is available in both solo progression and speedfarming variations, explained in that order.
2. Quick Reference 2.1. Skill Setup The basic skill setup of the Jade Harvester Witch Doctor is displayed below. Read the dedicated for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization. 3. Builds () 3.1. Gear Setup The required gear setup for the Jade Harvester Witch Doctor is listed below.
Check the for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution. • Helm: • Shoulders: • Gloves: • Chest: • Belt: • Pants: • Boots: • Bracers: • Amulet: • Ring 1: • Ring 2: • Weapon: • Offhand: 3.2.
Legendary Gems • Legendary Gem 1: • Legendary Gem 2: • Legendary Gem 3: 3.3. Kanai's Cube • Weapon Slot: • Armor Slot: • Jewelry Slot: 4.
Role in the Current Meta This build is ranked as a High Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If high leaderboard position without strict adherence to the meta is attractive to you, consider using this build. This build is oriented mostly at solo Rifting (Greater and Normal).
Due to its mediocre mobility on long distances, it is not recommended for Bounties. It is also not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own. 5. Reading Further To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages: • : exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable); • : detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable); • : Jade Harvester variation for endgame speed farming; • : for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.
About the Author This build is presented to you by , one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on and streams on , where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.
6. Changelog • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15. • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14. • 27 Oct. 2017 (this page): No changes necessary for Patch 2.6.1. • 29 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated for 2.6 and moved to new format. + show all entries - show only 10 entries
best dating a witch doctor build season 13 jade - The Best Witch Doctor Build for Season 13
Season 15 current. This Diablo 3 patch 2.6.1 season 13 witch doctor Jade Harvesters build can push GR111+ and is one of the best witch doctor builds.
Season 12 start date unknown. Gameplay shown in video. RHYKKER'S RAIDER'S T-SHIRT: goo.gl/75beMJ Reference link to build: www.d3planner.com/149625603 More Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls guides, builds for all classes - Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor, Crusader, Barbarian, Monk, and Wizard: ▬ Subscribe for more videos ►bit.ly/RhykkerSub ▬ Follow me on Twitch to join me when I play: ►bit.ly/1v5gqDu ▬ Patreon rewards: www.patreon.com/rhykker ▬ Follow me on Twitter for updates: ►twitter.com/rhykker Executive producers: Kiskaloo, MohEternal, NickTick, Recramorcen, 2hoste, Shane Buller Special thanks: Maia Nashira, Matthew Feiteira, Joel Williams, Neme5i5, TepidTurtle, Toioiz, LazIsOnline, Terry Lee Publicado em Anos atrás Mês atrás Seriously been trying to make this build work but it SUCKS against RG.
I had a great fucking run going, had 5 minutes left to kill RG on GR 90 but once I died when RG was on 3/4 of life it was game over. Tried getting stacks back but kept dying. Had to rage quit when timer started count down from 1 minute. FUUUUCK THIS BUILD • 6 meses atrás Hey Rhykker, Yesterday, the 29th, I got my second Primal in a Rechel's Ring of Larceny. I immediately began looking for a build where I could use this and ended up here. If I'm not looking to push (I have a Tal Rasha's Wizard for that) and, I'm just looking for T13 clear, would I be ok without the Endless Walk set?
Or maybe I cube ROE and drop COE out entirely? I turn to your guides first when looking at new sets (I took a LONG break from D3) and link the most relevant ones for my friends and I in our discord so it'd be nice to get your personal input. • 9 meses atrás hey Rhykker - thanks so much for all the D3 build videos. Yours are extremely helpful. I've been watching them for a few seasons now. For Season 13, I'm loving the Witch Doctor Jade Harvester build. Only variation is that I found an ancient Pandemonium Loop and have been using it instead of Convention.
It seems to synergize well with Horrify and I don't have to keep track of the elemental cycles of CoE (currently at GR80). Thanks again for all the great videos! • 9 meses atrás After deciding to roll witch doctor for season 13 (not the easiest class for me) I got to 70 running a kinda sorta pet build.
My BF suggested I watch your video for this as that's the gear they're giving us this season. About as far from the usual thing I try as you can get. However I start trying to adapt, changing out talents, passives, etc...then screaming as I had no idea what to do.
Now...24 hours later. Just finished chapter 4, debating slayer, and killing at a fairly good rate with about 1/2 of your suggested pieces of gear. Thank you, I'm not an elite player, just a "filthy casual" but I've got stuff that works, and a lot has to do with you. • 11 meses atrás The most efficient ways is to run rifts (Small chance of getting the parts you need) and get blood shards.
Once you collect enough blood shards, use them at Kadala and buy as many of one piece of gear as possible until you get the set piece you need, then move on to another set piece. If you are getting enough Deaths Breath, use them to upgrade a rare piece and pray that you get the set part that you need.
Rinse and repeat. • Anos atrás Hey rhykker I was wondering if I could hear from you. I'm currently running a lightning Hydra wizard build with 665 Paragon but I can't seem to be able to push any higher than GR 60-63.
I really want to try for 70 gr and higher but I don't know how too. So maybe if you can message me I can go over my build with you. Anyway I'd really like to hear from you, playing on Xbox one.
• Anos atrás Hey Rhykker, been playing this build... well, jade, for a long time... I love jade, have loved jade, and I wanted to let you know, I just did a GR95 with 1400 paragon.
2.2m sheet dmg, and using wormwood in cube instead of furnace... I feel, and believe, that wormwood helps a lot more than the 50% dmg, due to the fact that you no longer have to take time to cast locust swarm. so you can spam haunt, and free up time, which enables me to kill faster. EDIT: I also used a primal witching hour instead of Haunting girdle... Makes up for the damage difference in loss of furnace. • Anos atrás I agree I was in the top 30 as jade when the top spec was actually helltooth build, and I was using wormwood.
Furnace is clunky and doesn't help on big trash packs where wormwood lets you apply LS really quickly and get massive progress on white mobs, only difference is a little less on elites and RG but it's not even that noticeable to me. • Anos atrás I misspoke when I said 300x, but 300% more damage means quadruple damage, because 300% more means you're dealing 400% damage (quadruple).
If something makes you do 1% more damage, you are then dealing 101% damage. If something makes you do 100% more damage, you are dealing 200% damage (double). If something makes you do 200% more damage, you are dealing 300% damage (triple) etc.
The purpose of the beginner Witch Doctor guide is to provide you with a build and item recommendations that will reliably carry you from leveling, through the pre-Torment difficulties and get you into low Torment farming, without requiring specific legendary or set bonuses.
The guide also includes a section for Seasonal Witch Doctors, explaining how best to take advantage of the free set from Haedrig's Gifts. 1. About the Author This build is presented to you by , one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on and streams on , where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice. 2. Video Guide The following video guide was created to accompany the present written guide and demonstrate how to play the build in-game.
3. Why choose the Witch Doctor? Choose the Witch Doctor if you enjoy outsmarting the enemy, rendering them helpless and broken through hexes and transmutations. Once in control, you can either dive in for the kill with a devastating curse, or revel in the carnage your pets will deliver.
Figures misshapen and undead bend to your will, as will reality itself — distorted, blurred and bloodied. 4. Leveling and Fresh 70 Build 4.1. Beginner Build Active Skills Resentful Spirits Acid Rain 1 Vengeful Spirit 2 Severance 3 Burning Dogs 4 Humongoid Passive Skills () Note that while the skills and runes recommended in the build are specifically chosen to be available at an early level and remain a solid pick throughout the leveling and early character progression, you will have to temporarily work with other skills as the build gradually unlocks.
To familiarize yourself with the class, experimentation is strongly encouraged. 4.2. Rotation The build begins farming runs with an activation of and , who are to be kept at your side at all times and re-summoned when killed — which, in the lower difficulties, is almost impossible.
You assume an aggressive playstyle, rushing ahead of the pack of minions while dropping s and ing as much as your Mana allows, as well as ing big enemy packs to buff yourself up and deal some additional damage. Whenever you feel endangered or have no enemies in sight, you should have a available to reposition. 4.3. Skills, Runes and Passives The basis of every build lies in its chosen damage dealing skills.
As they invariably require resource or cooldown management mechanics of some sort, and such are scarce for low level and less geared characters, you will focus on fewer damage dealing abilities early on. The typical early game build will feature dominant damage dealing skill/s (in the Witch Doctor's case, summoning skills are extremely effective), a mobility skill, buffs and/or shields, and resource generators (either active or passive).
The recommended split is: • Slots 1 and 2 — Summoning skills: The Witch Doctor is one of the strongest early game characters due to his summons, one-time cast abilities that put minions at your side — acting autonomously and dealing considerable damage of their own. You acquire at level 4, and you will augment them with a stronger damage rune — Rabid Dogs as soon as it unlocks at level 12.
Further down the leveling line (level 40), you will swap it out to the strongest damage dealing rune, Burning Dogs. You will complement the dogs' DoTs with the bigger burst of , available at level 19. The most consistent rune, Humongoid, unlocks right after at level 22, and you will stick to it throughout the Witch Doctor journey. • Slots 3 and 4 — Supplementary DPS: While the minions are responsible for a chunk of your damage and protection, you will be far from idle: the build assumes a proactive, leader of the pack attitude, with the Witch Doctor spreading deadly DoTs and minions cleaning up.
will be your bread and butter — a cheap and powerful self-spreading DoT, acquired at level 12. For the entirety of your leveling process, you should take advantage of the doubling effect of Resentful Spirits (level 23), making the skill even easier on your Mana. It will allow you to run a second hard-hitting spender in the face of , unlocking at level 22.
Enlarge its effect with the rune Acid Rain at level 26, and stick to it for the remainder of your leveling. • Slot 5 — Mobility: is the solitary mobility skill for Witch Doctors, and you will add it to the build at level 16. You get the safer, longer-lasting Jaunt rune early on (level 23), but it is advisable to switch to the speedfarm-oriented Severance rune as soon as it becomes available at level 47.
• Slot 6 — Utility: is a signature Witch Doctor self-buff, with a base damage increasing effect and additional utility gained through runes. Note its near-melee range and try to time your to dive in and out of an enemy pack, maximizing your benefits and minimizing your losses.
unlocks early on at level 9, and you can freely experiment with its runes throughout the leveling process. Since early game farming is mostly about quick kill speed and movement efficiency, the best runes are Soul to Waste (level 39) and Vengeful Spirit (level 49).
• Passives: You can freely experiment with damage buffing ( , ) and damage reducing ( , ) passives early on, until better passives kick in mid-leveling. At level 30, you gain the Witch Doctor cheat death, , and — another summoning skill, hidden among your passives.
Easily maxed out with spam, this passive will amass a Fetish army at your side and lay waste to your enemies with an efficiency comparable to your other summons.
One of the best movement speed passives in the game, , becomes available to you at level 45 — a solid addition to an early farming setup. Finally, you will add at level 50 to gain access to kill-based cooldown reduction and resource regeneration, an amazing bonus you will likely keep all the way into the endgame.
4.4. Gear and Stats Priorities As the leveling process in Diablo 3 is relatively quick, specific legendary recommendations are impossible. During leveling finding upgrades is frequent, so your gear will be swapped in and out within the span of a few minutes. Following the in-game comparison system and the stat priorities outlined in the tables below will result in a solid character throughout the leveling journey.
Note that skill damage and elemental damage recommendations only apply if the majority of your damage is done through that skill or element. For alt characters however, sockets take priority above all other attributes, since you can slot high level gems and benefit massively from their stat increase. For the purposes of an alt character, leveling a to level 25 and socketing it in a level 70 weapon will be the single biggest boost you can provide to the leveling process.
5. Season 15 Starter Build 5.1. Haedrig's Gift Completion of chapters II, III and IV of the Seasonal Journey yields Haedrig's Gifts, a cache-like reward that drops two pieces of a fixed class-specific set.
With the completion of these chapters, you will have a full 6-piece set bonus available to you, skyrocketing your character power well into the mid-to-high Torments.
This makes the early portion of the Seasonal Journey your first priority upon reaching max level. The Season 15 Haedrig's Gift for Witch Doctors is the Helltooth set.
5.2. Helltooth Harness Starter Build Active Skills Fire Wall Acid Rain 1 Soul to Waste 2 Severance 3 Burning Dogs 4 Humongoid Passive Skills () The Helltooth starter build will be fairly similar to the leveling and fresh 70 build, keeping its rotation and general strategy with minor adjustments.
You will be swapping out for the Helltooth centerpiece, . is one of the abilities that apply the Necrosis effect of the set, in turn DoTing and slowing enemies from the 2-piece Helltooth bonus and reducing incoming damage by 60% from the 4-piece bonus. More importantly, alone triggers the 6-piece bonus of the set, empowering a good deal of your summons and Mana spenders to a point that will trivialize most in-game difficulties. You have two viable rune choices: Fire Wall will deal the highest damage, which is preferable early on; when you push against your gear's limits, or at any point that you feel lacking Toughness, you can change to the rune Communing with Spirits for another 25% reduction of enemy damage.
The other swap in the beginner Helltooth build is in your passives; since the set empowers your and more than enough, you will abandon and buff up your active summons with the passive . The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.
• — and (Ceremonial Knives); (staff); , and (rings); (amulet); (Voodoo Mask); , and (Mojos); and (belts); and (bracers).
6. Other Set Starter Builds While you get a fixed free set at the start of every Season, it is not unreasonable to assume you will attain other sets in quick succession. If you are interested in switching around your playstyle, take a look at the beginner points for other sets below, and note to which endgame builds they point you after. 6.1. Zunimassa's Starter Build Active Skills Consuming Spirit Piranhado 1 Humongoid 2 Soul to Waste 3 Severance 4 Legion of Daggers Passive Skills () The Zunimassa starting build is roughly similar to the leveling and Fresh 70 build, but takes into account the -centric nature of the set and leans heavily into the pet strengths of the set bonuses.
You will be replacing from the leveling spec with Legion of Daggers as early as the 2-piece bonus; this will provide a significantly larger menagerie at your side, and one that is able to dish out more damage overall. With this extra DPS added to the build — and because you will not be needing to keep up massacre DoT streaks from your leveling strats — you will drop for the grouping tool Piranhado.
The earlier you learn how to work the only mass displacement in your arsenal, the better — most endgame builds incorporate that skill. The remaining active skill changes mostly revolve around rune swaps, and you can retain the skills you used from leveling. If survival becomes problematic as you push your early game gear to its limits, you should swap the rune from Resentful Spirits to Consuming Spirit.
In theory, any resource-efficient will fulfill the requirement of the Zunimassa 6-piece, so if you stumble upon , you can also try Vampire Bats.
can vary between the extra survivability of Languish and the bonus movement speed from Soul to Waste, depending on your needs. Severance stays as a solid movement tool. will also remain in the build and will benefit from the Zunimassa bonuses, providing the bulk of your damage. This makes finding or gambling a big priority in the early game.
In the passives, you can stay on for a while, but exchange it for as soon as you find a — a common legendary that basically provides a superior, guaranteed proc version of the Fetish passive.
You can also stay on for as long as you feel comfortable, but it is likely you will need the extra damage from until you optimize gear. and are staples in your passive selection, and should not be swapped out.
The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to. Note that while the link will take you to a Helltooth set build, it will also work with the Zunimassa's set, albeit with a lower Greater Rift potential. • — and (Ceremonial Knives); (staff); , and (rings); (amulet); (Voodoo Mask); , and (Mojos); and (belts); and (bracers).
6.2. Jade Harvester Starter Build Active Skills Resentful Spirits Pestilence 1 Languish 2 Severance 3 Piranhado 4 Stalker Passive Skills () The Jade Harvester starting build uses much of the leveling and fresh 70 build, but makes minor adjustments to take advantage of the unique, DoT-reliant nature of the set.
The recommended changes are: • While is a respectable nuke, it is not a damage over time effect, and such are required for the Jade set to thrive. should replace it as one of the two major DoTs that will consume with the power of the Jade 6 piece set bonus.
• is a centerpiece of the Jade Harvester playstyle and turns from a utility skill into a nuke with the 6 piece set bonus. Note that the leveling rune Vengeful Spirit should be changed to elementally match your rune; since Resentful Spirits is the most cost efficient rune for starting characters, the recommended rune is the cold Languish.
• Continuing the transition from a pet-centric build into a DoT-nuke playstyle, will be replaced by Piranhado. While it does add a minor DoT of its own, Piranhado is primarily taken to group up monsters and prepare them for a consumption. • To finalize the transition away from pets, replace with the Jade set staple . You can choose between the speed-oriented Stalker or the toughness champion Frightening Aspect according to your needs.
• Passives: Pet related passives like and should give way to and , both of which complement the Jade playstyle perfectly. The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to. • — (Ceremonial Knife); (1h sword); and (Mojos); and (bracers); (belt); and (rings); (amulet).
6.3. Arachyr Starter Build Active Skills Cloud of Bats Draining Spirit 1 Jinx 2 Severance 3 Leeching Beasts 4 Pestilence Passive Skills () Arachyr builds naturally emphasize on creature-related skills, as defined by the 6 piece set bonus. It is recommended to build around as the most efficient damaging skill in the category, splitting your skill slots like so: • Slot 1 — Main Damage: will fulfill the purpose of a primary damage dealer in the build, taken with the strongest rune Cloud of Bats.
Note that prior to obtaining the 6-piece Arachyr bonus, you will not have any set related bonuses to damage, and you can temporarily work with any Mana spender of your liking until then. • Slot 2 & 3 — Supplementary Damage and Buffs: While only is affected by the Arachyr set, you will do well to adopt both and early on, and get used to the dynamic of supplementing your damage with Pestilence and restoring Mana with Draining Spirit.
This will best prepare you for , a key legendary item that quadruples your damage against enemies affected by both DoTs. • Slot 4 — Set Mechanic: is taken into the build by necessity, as the 4-piece set bonus grants you Damage Reduction that hinges on regular ing.
The default rune recommendation is the damage increasing Jinx, but once you obtain the Manajuma set you swap into the speedfarming staple Angry Chicken. • Slot 5 — Mobility: Every well rounded build needs mobility, and for Witch Doctors this means ; for farming, consider taking the speediest rune of them all — Severance. • Slot 6 — Utility: Early on when you are still missing key legendaries, Leeching Beasts can provide some decent sustain and act as meat shields that protect you from the fray.
As soon as you acquire (and especially when you add a ), you should switch to the Witch Doctor protective mainstay — Languish. • Passives: Try to balance your passives according to your needs, adding and subtracting offensive and defensive passives as needed. Preferred offensive passives for the build (in order) include: , , and . The preferred defensive passives are and . Note that in speedfarming trumps pretty much all other passives due to the fast killspeed of normal rifts — even more pronounced if you obtain the Manajuma set, due to the Angry Chicken resets.
The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.
• — and (Ceremonial Knives); (staff); and (Mojos); and (bracers); (shoulders); and (rings); (amulet). 7. Gear To Look For To learn how to gear up quickly and approach a character's progression in general, check out our .
It includes advice and tactics related to gambling Blood Shards, doing Bounties, Regular, Greater and Challenge Rifts, and using Kanai's Cube for easy upgrades.
Certain items can be targeted through the completion of bounties or boss kills. The following is a list of such items, in order of importance for the class. • is a legendary from Act I caches that reduces the number of set items required for set bonuses by one. While it might not be immediately useful, obtaining powerful bonuses (such as the 4 and 6 piece set bonuses of the Helltooth set) as early as possible for a huge spike in character power is an opportunity you should not pass up.
Doing bounties will be inevitable for crafting materials anyway, so optimize your farming time and get this ring as soon as possible. • is an Act III cache legendary ring that extends your pickup radius by up to 30 yards as you pick up gold.
This unassuming bonus has the potential to turn in the strongest source of defense during normal rifts due to its synergy with and . Their powers combined, they can render your character practically invulnerable even in the highest of Torment difficulties.
• are an Act II cache legendary item that removes enemy collision — a staple of support builds in Greater Rifts, as their precise positioning for party-wide buffs and enemy disables dictates the course of Greater Rift progress. Witch Doctors have decent support character potential, with several party-wide damage buffs and plenty of damage reduction to add to the group, making reasonably attractive to the class. • are an Act II cache legendary that extends the duration of Shrines to 10 minutes, a very decent farming effect that is usually stored in Kanai's Cube.
The combined power of Empowered Shrines (doubled resource gain, halved cooldowns), Frenzied Shrines (25% Attack Speed) and Fleeting Shrines (25% increase to Movement Speed and 20 yard pickup radius), often refreshing before their 10 minute duration, is a huge buff during normal rifts. Witch Doctors are among the classes that can benefit from , as the armor Cube slots of their most common farming specs (usually based around the Manajuma set) are flexible enough to fit the item in.
• is an Act II cache dagger with one of the most powerful speedfarming bonuses in the game — a guaranteed Critical Hit against enemies at full health.
A well equipped character using this dagger can oneshot entire screens of enemies in a suitable farming difficulty. Since Witch Doctors can not dual wield and their weapon slots are frequently taken by more important legendaries, is not considered a cache priority. • are meant to assist classes and builds with resource management problems. These bracers restore up to 30% of your Mana reserves when you get healed by a health globe — an easy trigger if you keep an eye on the battlefield.
Note that these bracers are craftable, and the plan for their creation drops when you kill the Act V boss Malthael on any difficulty. Relying on summons and usually spending less and less Mana the closer they get to endgame, Witch Doctors mostly skip the crutch. • is a helm obtained through Act III cache bounties, whose legendary effect reduces resource costs by 30% after not taking damage for 5 seconds.
Rarely fighting at a range that can abuse this power and never really struggling with Mana, Witch Doctors do not consider farming a priority. The majority of the gear will be found by random chance as you farm normally, by killing monsters, opening chests, gambling at Kadala and upgrading rare items at the Cube. While the list below is not exhaustive, these are some of the pieces to seek, spend blood shards on, or upgrade yellows for — in order of priority: • Sets: While the seasonal journey will reward you with a complete set through Haedrig's Gifts, gambling for armor set pieces still makes sense — to improve lackluster pieces, or complete class sets other than the gifted one.
The Witch Doctor sets are: • Helltooth Harness: , , , , and ; • Zunimassa's Haunt: , , , , , and ; • Raiment of the Jade Harvester: , , , , and ; • Spirit of Arachyr: , , , , and ; • Manajuma's Way: and .
• The weapon is by far the most impactful item on your damage output, putting a priority on the weapon slot as the first to obtain an ancient item for. Due to its higher bloodshard cost (75 for weapons vs. 25 for armor pieces and offhands), you should delay weapon gambling — avoiding it at the start of character progression and only considering it when you start perfecting your gear. If you simply need a specific weapon, you will get a much better deal with the Upgrade Rare recipe in Kanai's Cube.
The Hope of Cain recipe (1 rare item, 25 Death's Breaths, 50 of white, blue and yellow crafting materials) will only produce the type of item you put in (i.e. ceremonial knives), cutting out all other weapons from the RNG pool that you would have to deal with through regular gambling at Kadala. Ceremonial knives are the Witch Doctor-specific one handed weapon you can easily target through upgrading rares, with valuable and build-defining ceremonial knives such as , , , and .
Witch Doctors also have several important staves: , and . Other weapons valuable to the Witch Doctor include , , and . • Voodoo masks are Witch Doctor-specific headpieces that significantly alter or boost most builds of the class. Due to their cheap gambling price and significant impact, it is highly recommended to gamble on helmets early on.
Crucial Witch Doctor Voodoo masks include: , , and . An important cross-class item from the same slot is . • Jewelry has a huge influence on your DPS, but similarly to weapons it is expensive to gamble (50 shards for rings, 100 for amulets). When searching for specific jewelry rolls, you should consider upgrading rares instead. warrants a mention before anything else, as it is the highest damage multiplier available to Witch Doctors at the cost of using two skills (core part of many WD builds to begin with); get this ring as soon as possible.
All three jewelry sets can be utilized by Witch Doctors, in order of importance: the Endless Walk set, and ; the Bastions of Will set, and ; and the Legacy of Nightmares set, and .
Witch Doctors also have powerful summon-oriented jewelry that you have to look out for, especially if you are intending to use the Helltooth Harness set: and , both of which multiply the efficiency of their dedicated skills. Other situational Witch Doctor jewelry includes , , , and . • Mojos mostly add protective or utility effects, and can be safely gambled for early on due to their low bloodshard price. Offhands with important augmentative effects include , , , and .
• Belts are a moderately important slot for Witch Doctors, adding considerable power to the majority of the popular builds. Since they are cheap to gamble, you can sink some amount of bloodshards into the slot if you need to boost your chosen playstyle. The important Witch Doctor-specific belts include: , and , and cross-class belts like and also warrant mention here.
• Similarly to belts, bracers are an inexpensive gambling slot with several important specimens. You will be prioritizing the progression powerhouse and the speedfarming staple first, but and are also important to their respective playstyles.
• Most remaining armor slots only have one or two desirable items for Witch Doctors, and it is preferable to leave them to drop from normal farming instead of wasting shards and materials on the numerous possible duds for the slot. In the long run, you will want to find and (chest pieces); (pants); (gloves); (shoulders); no legendary boots are especially attractive to Witch Doctors.
8. Stat Priorities Slot Stat Priority Head • Intelligence • Socket • Critical Hit Chance • Vitality Shoulders • Intelligence • Vitality • Life % • Cooldown Reduction Torso • Intelligence • 3 Sockets • Vitality • Elite Damage Reduction • Life % Wrists • Intelligence • Elemental Damage • Critical Hit Chance • Vitality Hands • Intelligence • Critical Hit Chance • Critical Hit Damage • Vitality Waist • Intelligence • Vitality • Life % • Armor Legs • Intelligence • 2 Sockets • Vitality • Armor Feet • Intelligence • Vitality • Armor • Skill Damage • Movement Speed Amulet • Socket • Critical Hit Chance • Critical Hit Damage • Elemental Damage • Intelligence Rings • Socket • Critical Hit Chance • Critical Hit Damage • Intelligence Weapon • High Damage Range • Intelligence • Socket (preferably from ) • % Damage Off-hand • High Damage Range • Intelligence • Critical Hit Chance • Skill Damage • Vitality 9.
Paragon Points Slot Paragon Points Core • Movement Speed up to 25% cap • Intelligence • Vitality • Maximum Mana Offense • Critical Hit Damage • Critical Hit Chance • Cooldown Reduction • Attack Speed Defense • Armor • Life % • All Resistance • Life Regeneration Utility • Area Damage • Resource Cost Reduction • Life on Hit • Gold Find 10.
Gems Your armor sockets should be taken up by the highest tier Topaz gems you can afford at the time, while the helm is usually best filled by an Amethyst gem for a boost to Toughness.
The weapon is best fitted with an Emerald. When you stumble upon jewelry with good primary stats and a socket, you should start dabbling into Legendary Gems. The Legendary Gems to consider for Witch Doctors are, in order of importance: • — staple multiplicative damage increase.
The gem triggers upon crowd control (and is self-sufficient in melee range), which the Witch Doctor class excels at with his numerous skill and item-based sources of slows, stuns and disables. • — almost mandatory gem for Greater Rift progression, as it is designed to whittle down the scaling health numbers of monsters with a percentage-based increase on successive attacks.
• — synergizing with other farming mainstays like and , this gem will not only keep you rich, but also sped up and safe during normal rift farming. • is a signature Witch Doctor gem, as the class fulfills the summoner role in Diablo 3. It offers a multiplicative damage increase to your minions, as well as majorly boosting their Toughness (important in Greater Rifts).
• — the speedfarm counterpart to , offers a solid overall damage and survivability increase as long as your killing speed does not fall behind the timer of the gem. • Situational gems — is a primary skill empowering gem, strengthening your basic attacks with a multiplicative damage increase and a heal; highly recommended for setups. is sometimes added to close range spellcasting builds (i.e.
Jade Harvester setups) to counteract bursty elemental affixes. and are often part of support builds. Slot Gems Helm • (or highest available) Torso and Pants • (or highest available) Weapon • (or highest available) 11. Kanai's Cube Kanai's Cube choices are highly build- and content-specific, making them hard to summarize. Generally speaking, Witch Doctors should store the powers of the following items in the Cube as soon as they have the materials available: , , , , , , , , , , , , , and . 12.
Follower For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our , which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower. 13. Changelog • 20 Sep. 2018: Updated for Season 15. • 14 Jun. 2018: Updated for Season 14. • 23 Feb. 2018: Updated for Season 13. • 08 Nov. 2017: Updated for Season 12. • 29 Jun. 2017: Updated for Season 11. • 31 Mar. 2017: Updated the guide with a starter build for the Season 10 free set, Zunimassa's Haunt.
• 05 Jan. 2016: Updated the guide with a starter build for the Season 9 free set, Jade Harvester. • 21 Oct. 2016: Updated the guide with a starter build for the Season 8 free set, Spirit of Arachyr. • 31 Jul. 2016: Updated the guide to include leveling, a better fresh 70 setup and Haedrig's Gift use tips. + show all entries - show only 10 entries
Diablo 3 - Helltooth Speed Witch Doctor Build! NOT Chicken! - Season 13