Witch Doctor US Index to builds/links thread


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Index to Witch Doctor Builds and Guides

If you are new to the Witch Doctor class or you are just looking for build ideas or guides, then you’ve come to the right place.

New to Level 60 Guides

Recount's Budget Build Guide 1.0.6 http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7320822516 – If you’re a new level 60 Witch Doctor, this is a good place to start. Has recommendations for a basic build, suggestions on where and how to run for gear, etc. (Author: Recount)

WD Extreme Budget Challenge http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/6794233346 – Building a new Witch Doctor on a budget? This thread is for you. Get a good starter Witch Doctor on the cheap. (Author: Kamahl)

Other Guides

Pet Guide (Patch 1.0.5) http://us.battle.net/d3/en-us/forum/topic/7004045226 – If you want to know the mechanics of zombie dogs and gargantuan and how they interface with Witch Doctor skills, gear, and damage then this is for you. (Author: Peter)

Witch Doctor Proc Rate for Each Skill - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7166796695 Testing done to determine rate each which doctor skill can proc (a "procedure" triggered under particular circumstances). Used to determine how often a skill will proc life on hit or crowd control effects e.g. freeze, stun, blind, chill, etc. (Author: PlonX)

Best in Slot Gear for an All Around Build - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7200182155 This post attempts to answer the question, "What is the best piece of Witch Doctor gear for each equipment slot?" Not necessarily agreed to by all, but certainly a good read for all those looking for gear upgrades. (Author: Kwikee)

Attack Speed vs Mana Usage (Bears Example) - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7392969555 This post delves into how attack speed and mana usage are related. Also discusses how to correct your build when attack speed or mana becomes an issue. (Author: Skywalkerfx)

Witch Doctor Builds

Speed Builds

Advanced Speed Run Build - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7350275486?page=3 - This build uses the Cain's set to maximize experience and item farming. The author claims that in MP0 you can get 100 million experience per hour. Gear dependent. (Author: Ket)

Sacrifice/Bears Speed Build http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7350275486?page=3#50 - This build focuses on Sacrifice/Pride for mana and damage while spamming bears. Also uses GI + GF passives for dog cool down. Advanced build requiring 100K+ DPS in MP5. (Author: Ket)

Blitz Para Exp Build - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7415642889 - Strap on your Lacuni's or Inna's and light up your Firebomb and Manitou for this low MP speed build. Uses GI passive with Thing of the Deep to cool down movement skills. Requires 100K DPS. (Author: Oranz)

Bear Builds

Advanced PTV Bears Build (MP7+) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7199961490?page=1#3s – This build is focused around high damage with high mana sustain through GEAR. OPTIMAL levels of this build will require high amounts of gold. (Author:Soundb)

Bear/Spirit Barrage Build (MP7+) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7200302890 – Spam spirit barrage for ranged attack and to provide mana for bears. (Author: SiCo)

Widowmaker Spiders/Bears/AC Build http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7200083546 – (Low to High MP) This is a universal build that uses Widowmaker Spiders to reclaim mana for Bears and Acid Cloud (AC) spam. Also focuses on burst damage from Soul Harvest and Gruesome Feast. (Author: Skywalkerfx)

Acid Rain Builds

Acid Rain/Rain of Toads LoH Build http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7199961490?page=2#30 - This build is focused around high sustained healing with good damage for higher MP levels. The amount of healing this build puts out can reach levels where you do not need much AR/HP to be able to 'facetank' elite pack affixes such as desecrate/molten/etc. (Author: Soundb)

Rain Doctor Build http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7414952546?page=1#3 - A Rain of Toads/Acid Cloud build with a lot of proc effects mixed into it. Author does a good job explaining proc effects and how to use them. (Author: blackjack)

Sacrifice/Zero Dogs

Summoner http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?843224-Ultimate-Witch-Doctor-Summoner-Build - Low repair costs and never run out of mana. (Author: Illusions)

Zero Second Zombie Dogs http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7199961490?page=2#32 – A very gear specific build designed to spam zombie dog sacrifice. Very expensive to gear for. (Author: Soundb)

Sacrifice Build Guide V1.1 http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5724133490 - This build focuses on the Sacrifice and Summon Zombie Dogs skills. Through gear you will reduce your Summon Zombie Dogs to 0 seconds which allows sacrifice to be used as a main ability. Very expensive to gear for. (Author: ColdNCursed)

No Pets Builds

Domination Build http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5825763043?page=1 - A pet-less bear build, that focuses on Spirit barrage/Phlebotomize for life return, and uses the Rush of Essence passive for mana generation. (Author: Sensation)

Cloud of Bats/Spirit Barrage/AC Build http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7415492223?page=1 - A pet-less Cloud of Bats build that returns mana with Spirit Barrage/Well of Souls and uses AC to proc freeze. Very gear specific. (High MP) (Author: SayGa)

Combination Builds

Hybrid C4Dogs Proctor http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7004696095 – A combination of a freeze/stun “proc” doctor and zero dogs build. Very gear specific. (Author: ZeMickey)

Minion Master + Poor Man's Sacrifice http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7320002035 – Low MP. This build is a combination of the poor man's zombie dog - sacrifice build, with fetishes, and short term mini-pets (corpse spiders/firebomb/spirit barrage). (Author: Zenvota)

In Defense of Fetish Sycophants http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7378957869 A variant of a Rain of Toads/Acid Cloud build that uses the Fetish Sycophants passive to create a horde of fetishes for offense and defense. (All MP) (Author: jjc16)

Snare Doctor http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7200061181 - The idea behind this build is to stack as many slow spells as possible while your corpse spiders and acid cloud eat away at your enemies. (All MP) (Author: Zandalar)

Unusual Builds

Chicken Run Racing (Poulet Time Race) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7200031694
The author describes it as, "Time is to introduce you to a minigame/sport, that'll make you roll on the floor laughing for it's fun, and will get you a bit more interested in D3." (Author: ZeMickey)

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Thank you so much for posting this. Yesterday I got my hardcore Witch Doctor to 60 and didn't enjoy any of the bears builds, and I wanted a bit more than just acid rain spam. The LoH/Toads/Acid build is working really well for Hardcore, and is a lot of fun. Can't wait until Inferno Diablo meets his death to the sound of toads falling on his face.


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I was actually able to edit it through my phone's forum app and removed the quote tags that seemed to be causing the links not to work, still can't edit it in the browser though.

Nice info though, thanks!


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I use a Summoner Built for my Witch Doctor, im able to solo inferno 5 and up with very minimal repairs required for this built. What is so special about this built, is it requires absolutely NO MANA BOOST. You will never run out of mana.

Active Skills
- Gargantuan (Bruiser - Stun is good and 200% weap dmg)
- Summon Zombie Dog (Life Leech - Your only skill to get life)
- Plague of Toads (Addling Toads...low mana, AoE, and confuses enemies... what else do u need? Stay back and spam while ur pets kill)
- Fetish Army (Devoted Following - Lowers cooldown to 68 secs)
- Big Bad Voodoo (Slam Dance - All your pets get 30% dmg + 20% atk speed + 20% movement)
- Spirit Walk (Jaunt) ... this is the only optional skill, can be replaced by Mass Confusion (Paranoia - for more dmg) OR Soul Harvest

Passive Skills
- Tribal Rites (25% reduce cooldown on most of ur skills, IT IS A MUST, ur fetish army cooldown goes down to 51 secs)
- Pierce The Veil (ur overall dmg increased by 20%, ur mana cost increased by 30% ... who cares about increase of mana? The main skill ur gonna be spamming is 12 mana which is regenerated instantly when u cast almost.)
- Fetish Sycophants (these little guys are ALOT STRONGER then the active skill, but both is a deadly combination, if anyone knows exact weapon dmg % of this passive skill pls share.)

My DPS is around 175k without Big Bad Voodoo activated, so with Big Bad Voodoo activated , ur summon zombie dogs get 9% + 30% so 39% of 175k , gargantuan is 200% weapon dmg + 30% so 230% of 175k , Fetish Army is 20% base + 30% so 50% of 175k ... the Fetish Sycophants are much stronger, I heard around 150% base or more but cant guarantee this.

Your probably gonna ask, why no Soul Harvest and why no Gruesome Feast ?

No Soul Harvest because Radius is only 15-16 yards ... ur standing far from ur pets whos attacking for u... pointless.
Gruesome Feast ... my gear doesnt have high Pickup Radius... if your gear does have high pickup radius u might want to use this skill

An easy way to get high DPS is by not sacrificing any crit hit chance on any equipment except the mojo (I recommend using Skorn with crit hit dmg and a socket with 1400 dps+ for ur 2H weapon, it will increase ur dps by minimum 10k , by using that instead of a 1000 dps crit weap + mojo)

I havent seen this built anywhere online, try it out and share with the forum how it works for u.
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