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, Gargantuan'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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Table of contents
- General information
- Recommended items
- Recommended skills
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 allows you to remain stationary - when not moving the damage buff from the Endless Walk set can reach its' peak.
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Summons a pool of piranhas that deals 400% damage as Poison over 8 seconds. Affected enemies also take 15% increased damage
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%
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
increases the movement speed bonus by additional +100%
Your main mobility skill. It should be also used as a defensive mechanism to avoid death
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
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 a slight DPS boost
Summon a Gargantuan zombie to fight for you. The Gargantuan attacks for 450% damage as Physical
Damage type changes to cold, and base damage increase to 585%. In addition, Gargantuan can now cleave (180 degrees arc AoE attack)
The core DPS skill used in this build. All of the legendary and set items in this build are used to amplify Gargantuan insane damage
Summon 3 Zombie Dogs to fight by your side. Each dog deals 120% weapon damage as Physical
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
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 the 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
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 the same effect as Spirit Walk.
This effect may occur once every 60 seconds and is unaffected by the cooldown reduction
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
All damage dealt is increased by 20%, but also increases Mana cost of spells by 30%
Increases damage dealt by 25% to enemies within 20 yards
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