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Helltooth Gargantuan Pet Witch Doctor Build - Diablo 3 RoS

Helltooth Gargantuan Pet Witch Doctor Build - Diablo 3 RoS

We are presenting the strongest Pet build in Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls - Witch Doctor with Helltooth Set

Helltooth Gargantuan
Witch Doctor Build
Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.1

Helltooth Gargantuan is the strongest Pet build in Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls. This build may feel a little bit slow - it has nearly no area damage, Witch Doctor has one of the worst movement skill (Spirit Walk without high cooldown reduction is just bad compared to other classes) and sometimes Gargantuan are slow getting close to the target and require to be resummoned. However, Garguantuan's single target dps, and the pace at which they finish off bosses and hard elites, should compensate for the lack of mobility

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Helltooth Gargantuan Witch Doctor

Table of contents

  1. General information
  2. Recommended items
  3. Recommended skills

General information

The entire build is based on the Helltooth Harness set which provides the following bonuses:

  • Enemies hit by Primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, or Wall of Death are afflicted by Necrosis, becoming Slowed by 60% and taking 1500% damage per tick for 10 seconds (2/6)
  • After applying Necrosis to an enemy, the Witch Doctor takes 60% reduced damage for 10 seconds (4/6)
  • After casting Wall of Death, gain 4400% increased damage for 15 seconds to all primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, and Wall of Death (6/6)

Helltooth Gargantuan build is easy to play. Your pets do the job, while all you have to do is cast buffs and defensive spells, and recast Wall of Death once in a while to keep the Helltooth's 6 part bonus up. The tricky part is staying close to monsters, so that you can get all 10 stacks of Soul Harvest and keep them up at all times, and at the same time you have to position yourself in a way that allow you to remain stationary - when not moving the damage buff from the Endless Walk set can reach its' peak.


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Recommended items

Equipment

Helltooth Mask
Head - Helltooth Mask
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Socket
3) Intelligence
4) Vitality
5) Secondary res.
Socket: 
Can be replaced with Mask of Jeram, and then Tasker and Theo have to be cubed, while you need to wear Helltooth Gauntles as the 5th part of your set
Helltooth Tunic Chest - Helltooth Tunic
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Increased Gargantuan damage
4) Secondary res.
Sockets: 
Helltooth Leg Guards

Pants - Helltooth Leg Guards
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Armor
4) Secondary res.
Sockets: 

Tasker and Theo Gloves - Tasker and Theo
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Critical Hit Damage
3) Attack Speed
4) Intelligence
5) Secondary res.
Special power:
Increase attack speed of your pets by 40–50%
Can be replaced with Helltooth Gauntlets, and then Tasker and Theo have to be cubed, while you need to wear Mask of Jeram instead of Helltooth Mask
Helltooth Greaves Boots - Helltooth Greaves
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Armor
4) All Elemental resistances
Helltooth Mantle

Pauldrons - Rathma's Spikes
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Increased Gargantuan damage
4) Chance to deal area damage

Lakumba's Ornament Bracers - Lakumba's Ornament
Stat priorities:
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) Cold damage%
3) Intelligence 
4) Vitality
5) Secondary res.
Special power:
Reduces all damage taken by 6% for each stack of Soul Harvest
Traveller's Pledge Amulet - Traveller's Pledge
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Damage
3) Critical Hit Chance
4) Cold damage%
5) Intelligence
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Set bonuses:
  • While moving, all damage taken is reduced by up to 50%
  • While standing still, all damage dealt is increased by up to 100%
Compass Rose Ring - Compass Rose
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Attack Speed
5) Intelligence
6) Vitality
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Short Man's Finger

Ring - The Short Man's Finger
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Critical Hit Chance
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Attack Speed
5) Intelligence
Special power:
Gargantuan instead summons three smaller gargantuans more powerful than before, dealing 500-650% more damage each

The Witching Hour Belt - The Witching Hour
Stat priorities:
1) Intelligence
2) Vitality
3) Critical Hit Damage
4) Attack Speed
5) Secondary res.
Sacred Harvester Weapon - Sacred Harvester
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) High average damage
3) Damage%
4) Attack Speed
5) Intelligence
Sockets: 
Special power:
Soul Harvest now stacks up to 10 times
Uhkapian Serpent Off-hand - Uhkapian Serpent
1) Critical Hit Chance
2) High average damage
3) Increased Gargantuan damage
4) Intelligence
5) Chance to deal area damage
Special power:
25–30% of the damage you take is redirected to your Zombie Dogs
Kanai Cube powers
The Furnace The Furnace
Increases damage against elites by 40–50%
Tasker and Theo (either of the two)Tasker and Theo
Increase attack speed of your pets by 40–50%
Mask of Jeram (either of the two)Mask of Jeram
Pets deal 150-200% more damage
Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur
Reduces the number of items needed for set bonuses by 1 (to a minimum of 2)
Legendary Gems
Bane of Trapped Bane of the Trapped
  • Increases damage done to enemies under the control-impairing effects by 15%
    Upgrade: +0.3% additional damage per Rank
  • Gain an aura that slows the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30% (Requires Rank 25)
Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful
  • Gain 20% increased damage for 30.0 seconds after killing an elite pack. Upgrade: +1 second duration per Rank
  • Increases damage against elites and reduces damage taken from elites by 15.0% (Requires Rank 25)
Enforcer Enforcer
  • Increases the damage of your pets by 15% Upgrade: +0.3% damage per rank
  • Your pets take 90% less damage (Requires Rank 25)
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Recommended skills

Active Skills

Piranhas
Piranhas
Summons a pool of piranhas that deals 400% damage as Poison over 8 seconds. Affected enemies also take 15% increased damage
Piranhado
Decreases damage and duration 200% as Poison over 4 seconds, and increases the cooldown to 16 seconds. The pool becomes a tornado that pulls in enemies. This effect counts as Knockback

Provides decent crow-control effect, and increases the damage enemies take from your pets by additional 15%
Spirit Walk Spirit Walk
You leave your physical body and enter the spirit realm for 2 seconds. While in the spirit realm, your movement is unhindered, allowing to pass through enemies. Your movement speed is also increased by 50% while spirit walking
Severance
increases the movement speed bonus by additional +100%

Your main mobility skill. It should be also used as defensive mechanism to avoid death
Soul Harvest Soul Harvest
Feed on the life force of up to 5 enemies within 18 yards. Gain 3% Intelligence for each affected enemy. This effect lasts 30 seconds
Languish
Slows the movement speed of harvested enemies by 80% and increases your Armor by 10% per stack for 5 seconds

Core Witch Doctor skill for pretty much every build. Provides amazing defensive and damage reduction bonuses. Also gives slight dps boost
Gargantuan Gargantuan
Summon a Gargantuan zombie to fight for you. The Gargantuan attacks for 450% damage as Physical
Frozen Lands
Damage type changes to cold, and base damage increases to 585%. In addition Gargantuan can now cleave (180 degrees arc aoe attack)

The core dps skill for this build. All of the legendary and set items in this build are used to amplify Gargantuan insane damage
Zombie Dogs Zombie Dogs
Summon 3 Zombie Dogs to fight by your side. Each dog deals 120% weapon damage as Physical
Leeching Beasts
Zombie Dogs' attacks now benefit from Life on Hit, healing both the Witch Doctor and themselves

Zombie Dogs are used as meatshields in this build. They mitigate a lot of incoming damage, and grant decent Life regeneration through their Life on Hit bonus
Wall of Death Wall of Death
Raise a line of zombies 28 yards wide from the ground that attacks nearby enemies for 1200% damage as Physical over 6 seconds
Communing with Spirits
Changes damage type to Cold. Also slows and reduces damage of all enemies within range 

Mandatory skill for this build. Without it you will not gain the amazing damage bonuses provided by full Helltooth set bonus
Passive Skills
Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel
Whenever you would suffer fatal damage, you do not die, but instead you enter the spirit realm for 2 seconds and are healed to 50% of maximum Life. Entering Spirit Realm has same effect as Spirti Walk.
This effect may occur once every 60 seconds, and is unaffected by the cooldown reduction
Midnight Feast Midnight Feast
Increases the maximum number of their Zombie Dogs by 1. In addition, all damage done by Zombie Dogs and the Gargantuan is increased by 50%
Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil

All damage dealt is increased by 20%, but also increases Mana cost of spells by 30%

Confidence Ritual Confidence Ritual
Increases damage dealt by 25% to enemies within 20 yards
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We hope you will enjoy this build as much as we did. And see you soon in the world of Sanctuary.

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