Hi and thanks for checking out our Witch Doctor Leveling guide! WD’s are EXTREMELY powerful while leveling up! This will pose no challenge whatsoever. WD’s can do any leveling method – I guess mix it up to prevent boredom!

I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU OPEN our D3 Leveling Process (all classes). It answers the usual leveling questions. “Leorics?” “Grinding?” There’s a ton of supplemental info there.

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FULL Leveling Build |Skills & Reminders | Leorics Crown? |Notes | Fresh Level 70!

Witch Doctor Leveling: FULL BUILD per Level

Put your level in the box on the upper right – or hit back / next found in the bottom right!

Lvl LR1234
1SkillPoison Dart-----
1Rune------
1Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
2SkillPoison DartGrasp of the Dead----
2Rune------
2Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
3SkillPoison DartGrasp of the Dead----
3Rune------
3Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
4SkillPoison DartGrasp of the DeadZombie Dogs---
4Rune------
4Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
5SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie Dogs---
5Rune------
5Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
6SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie Dogs---
6RuneSplinters-----
6Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
7SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie Dogs---
7RuneSplinters-----
7Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
8SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie Dogs---
8RuneSplinters-----
8Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
9SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsSoul Harvest--
9RuneSplinters-----
9Passive 1-Passive 2-Passive 3-
10SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsSoul Harvest--
10RuneSplinters-----
10Passive 1Jungle FortitudePassive 2-Passive 3-
11SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsSoul Harvest--
11RuneSplintersDirebats----
11Passive 1Jungle FortitudePassive 2-Passive 3-
12SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHaunt--
12RuneSplintersDirebats----
12Passive 1Jungle FortitudePassive 2-Passive 3-
13SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHaunt--
13RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid Dogs---
13Passive 1Jungle FortitudePassive 2-Passive 3-
14SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul Harvest-
14RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid Dogs---
14Passive 1Jungle FortitudePassive 2-Passive 3-
15SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul Harvest-
15RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid Dogs---
15Passive 1Jungle FortitudePassive 2-Passive 3-
16SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul Harvest-
16RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid Dogs---
16Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2-Passive 3-
17SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul Harvest-
17RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid Dogs---
17Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2-Passive 3-
18SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul Harvest-
18RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsConsuming Spirit--
18Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2-Passive 3-
19SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
19RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsConsuming Spirit--
19Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2-Passive 3-
20SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
20RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsConsuming Spirit--
20Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
21SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
21RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsConsuming SpiritSiphon-
21Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
22SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
22RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsConsuming SpiritSiphon-
22Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
23SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
23RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
23Passive 1Gruesome FeastPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
24SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
24RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
24Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
25SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
25RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
25Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
26SkillPoison DartFirebatsZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
26RuneSplintersDirebatsRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
26Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Spiritual AttunementPassive 3-
27SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
27RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
27Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3-
28SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
28RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
28Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3-
29SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
29RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
29Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3-
30SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
30RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
30Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
31SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
31RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSiphonHumongoid
31Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
32SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
32RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
32Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
33SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
33RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
33Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
34SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
34RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
34Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
35SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
35RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
35Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
36SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
36RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
36Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
37SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
37RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
37Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
38SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
38RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsLanguishHumongoid
38Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
39SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
39RuneSplintersPestilenceRabid DogsResentful SpiritsSoul to WasteHumongoid
39Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
40SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
40RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
40Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
41SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
41RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
41Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
42SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
42RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
42Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
43SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
43RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
43Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
44SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
44RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
44Passive 1Zombie HandlerPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
45SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
45RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
45Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
46SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
46RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
46Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
47SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
47RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsResentful SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
47Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
48SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
48RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsPoisoned SpiritsLanguish / WasteHumongoid
48Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
49SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
49RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
49Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
50SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
50RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
50Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
51SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
51RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
51Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
52SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
52RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
52Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
53SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
53RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning DogsPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
53Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
54SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
54RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
54Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
55SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
55RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
55Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
56SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
56RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
56Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
57SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
57RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
57Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
58SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
58RuneSplintersPestilenceBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
58Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
59SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
59RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
59Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
60SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
60RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
60Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
61SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
61RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
61Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
62SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
62RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
62Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
63SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
63RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
63Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
64SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
64RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
64Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
65SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
65RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
65Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
66SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
66RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
66Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
67SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
67RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
67Passive 1Fierce LoyaltyPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
68SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
68RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
68Passive 1Midnight FeastPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
69SkillPoison DartLocust SwarmZombie DogsHauntSoul HarvestGargantuan
69RuneSplintersSearing LocutsBurning / LeechingPoisoned SpiritsAnyHumongoid
69Passive 1Midnight FeastPassive 2Pierce the VeilPassive 3Fetish Sycophant
70Done!!!See>>>F70 Witch Doctor
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Simple rune changes can cover your needs for defense or offense – mainly in Haunt, Swarm, Dogs, and Soul Harvest (nearly the whole build…) WD’s are OP leveling up!

Witch Doctor Leveling Skills & Reminders Summary

LevelSlotSkill & Notes
1!!!Start in Adventure (HARD)
Steal your Templars weapon then Hire him, haha.
1(L)Poison Dart (auto)
2(R)Grasp of dead (auto)
4(1)Zombie Dogs (auto)
5(R)Firebats
6(L)Poison Dart - Splinters
9(2)Soul Harvest (auto)
9(P1)Jungle Fortitude
11(R)Firabats - Direbats
12(2)Haunt
13(1)Zombie Dogs - Rabid Dogs
14(3)Zombie Charger (auto) change to Soul Harvest
16!!!Craft 2H Axe - and check often if there's a new one.
16(P1)Gruesome Feast
18(2)Haunt - Consuming Spirit
19(4)Gargantuan (auto)
20(P2)Spiritual Attunement
21!!!Leoric Reminder! Go back to campaign and kill him!
21(3)Soul Harvest - Siphon
23(2)Haunt - Resentful Spirits
23(4)Gargantuan - Humongoid
24(2)Haunt - RUNE IS PREFERENCE!
24(P1)Zombie Handler
27(R)Locust Swarm - Pestilence
27(P2)Pierce the Veil
30(P3)Fetish Sycophant
39(3)Soul Harvest - Soul to Waste
40(1)Zombie Dogs - Burning Dogs
45(P1)Fierce Loyalty
48(2)Haunt - Poisoned Spirits
59(R)Locust Swarm - Searing Locusts
61!!!Craft a 2H Axe - the stat difference at this level is huge.
68(P1)Midnight Feast
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Witch Doctor Leveling & Leorics Crown – When, and is it worth it?

Review our D3 Leveling Process (all classes) for more notes on this. Summary:

Still worth it || You must be minimum L16 (to be safe)
You must beat him in Campaign Mode || You must not have beaten him previously

WD is so stupidly OP leveling up that you don’t REALLY need it. However, if you’re newer or wanna relax taking the “Detour” to Leorics Crown is a nice change of pace, pays off!

I would suggest no earlier than L23. Why? Gargantuan – Humongoid comes out at 22, Haunt – Resentful Spirits come out at 23. This completes your AFKLOLSTOMP build, so you can even INCREASE the difficulty when restarting in campaign mode! Fit in Horrify – Stalker for added speed, likely replacing Locust Swarm.

Why wait? I dislike opening your seasonal by campaigning and ditching before leoric. It’s TERRIBLY SLOW without skills to help you travel WHILE killing.

Witch Doctor Leveling Notes

Playing the Build

Weather it’s nephs, bounties, campaigns, or anything – you DO NOT need to make any major build adjustments. That’s how brainlessly powerful this build is.

Summon all your chumps – spam Haunt and Locust Spawn. That’s IT. That’s 100% of the build in a nutshell. The basic attack recommended, Poison Dart – Splinters? It’s COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, and you can try any other skill in its place!

All adjustments to the build are purely fixable with a few rune and passive changes

Witch Doctors are probably the best candidate for increasing difficulty above Hard while leveling up. This build is strong, mobile and SAFE. Can’t ask for anything more!

Followers – Hire them!

When soloing, make sure to hire Templar. Takes care of healing and gives a bit of Mana Regen, and CC – never sad to have those.

Crafted Yellow Weapons

Craft the best 2H Axe you can! Typically starts at 8 and and the yellows come out at 16. Upgrade your Blacksmith as you go along! This is a huge DPS increase for zero effort. At level 61 its notable that the stats JUMP so craft another 2H Axe (and other armor optionally) once you hit 61.

This applies for any armor piece you may have that’s really under your current level. Just an advanced reminder – at 70 craft the only 2H Mace.

Witch Doctor: Gems while Leveling up

Red gems (Ruby) should be slotted into your WEAPON and HELM at all times whenever a socket is open, giving +DMG / +EXP% respectively. Combine them when you can.

Yellow Gems (Topaz) for +Intelligence (Damage for Witch Doctors) go into any other socket you may have on ALL OTHER ITEMS (non-helm, non-weapon).

Fresh 70 Witch Doctor, now what?

Grats on max level Witch Doctor! The end-game is just beginning! We highly suggest you check out the guide next in line, which would be:

>>> Fresh Level 70 Witch Doctor Guide <<<

It’ll help you out power up quickly and get to the REAL end-end-game, heh.

Witch Doctor Leveling – Quick Navigation:
FULL Leveling Build | Skills & Reminders | Leorics Crown? |Notes | Fresh Level 70!

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I used this “build” for my first S6 Char and now for Hardcore to get that journey done. Works great thanks for that!

  2. You can’t seem to be able to steal the hirelings weapons any more when i unequip the templar. It doesn’t show the spear in my weapons tab. Just letting you know.

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