Just got your Witch Doctor to Level 70 Witch Doctor? Now what? Look no further. In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step for Seasonal Jounery, Haedrigs Gift, Builds & Items,and ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Witch Doctor.
In Season 23, the Witch Doctor free set is: Helltooth Harness.
Updated Apr 15 2021: Added mentions of Follower Guide where applicable.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Fresh 70: The first step – setting up!
The very first step of your journey! Here, I discuss items, rerolls, and basic advice to keep in mind during your ascent.
You have to ALWAYS BE AWARE of how your FOLLOWER can greatly affect farming speed! S23 introduced the “full build” and emanate system – keeping items important for your Follower Farming Build is high priority!
0pc Helltooth free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Helltooth free set – getting the 4pc
4pc Helltooth free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Helltooth free set, going for 6 (you have the first + second Haedrigs gift bag, going for the third). This segment is further divided into three parts – Torment II, Torment IV, and GR20.
Torment II seasonal journey entries
Torment IV seasonal journey entries
4pc Helltooth free set GR20
Fresh 70 Witch Doctor 6pc Helltooth Free Set, onwards
|S23 Fresh 70 WD 6pc Helltooth Free Set Build|
|Wall of Death||
Communicating with Spirits
|Zombie Charger (Any HT skill)||Zombie Bears|
Severance / Jaunt
Languish / Soul to Waste
Fierce Loyalty (Jungle Fortitude)
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the good items you need to find.
Some build notes:
- Zombie Charger – Bears already? Well, it’s really up to you. Almost any of the helltooth spenders work early game.
- No generator? Double mana passives and Grave Injustice should be enough early on to play even without a mana generation skill. You can adjust your build a little if you like.
- Gargantuan? Is actually pretty useless right now. It’s truly an OPEN skill slot. You can add a mana generator or something here, or some utility like Horrify.
- Passives? WD passives are amazing and it’s very very difficult to recommend only four. However, Blood Ritual is super important for all stages of this build (especially when getting Captain Crimson set) – it’s the one you should always have. Grave Injustice is better than it looks, and works in both speed and tryhard scenarios.
- Follower build and items are IMPORTANT!
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Also, before you proceed, here’s a preview / reminder/ of items you need to look for.
Powering Up: Legendary Gems
Your next step after getting your 6pc is Legendary Gems. Why? LGems are a huge power spike relying on very little RNG. Simply spam Neph -> GR until you get the three gems you need and power them up to 25.
Bane of the Powerful: For 25 points you get a “maxed out” gem that’s useful for a LONG TIME, as well as remaining viable for certain content types. Never bad to own an L25 BoP.
Moratorium: Most people would need a defensive gem at this point, and Moratorium also “practically caps” at 25. Can be used for augments later! Alternatively, you can straight up just go Esoteric.
Bane of the Trapped: One of your most powerful gems, and the one you want to level up most (except maybe Stricken once you need it). A basic DPS gem you’re never sad to have a high level one of.
Bane of the Stricken – is the go to LATE GAME DPS Gem of choice. Its main use is shortening your Rift Guardian time (and helping out vs yellow elites).
Esoteric Alteration – is probably the best defensive gem in the game, and is worth having a strong one around.
Boon of the Hoarder – is used in many speedfarming builds alongside Avarice Band.
Again, Legendary Gems are a massive priority given their NON-RNG powerspike. Just having three useful gems at 25 will allow you farm a few torment levels higher.
Powering Up: Important Items & how to get them
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) items to round out. Here, I list down what items you’re looking for, and how best to get them using various currencies and means.
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Bracers – Lakumba’s Ornament: For a much needed defensive boost. Nemesis also drops here, for your follower, which is a great item for better rift clear speeds.
Mojo – Ursua’s Trodden Effigy: Your only other truly core item. Increases damage and QoL for Zombie Bears! There are quite a number of good fillers here too like Ukhapian Serpent and Thing of the Deep.
From here, there’s not much you really want with Blood Shards…
Rings? It’s a long shot, and it’s expensive, but you can get some of your useful rings here. I repeat, this is a long shot! Unity, Compass Rose, Ring of Emptiness – all great finds.
Amulets? Weapons? Don’t bother with shards.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades, roughly in order of importance.
Ceremonial Knives for Scrimshaw AND Sacred Harvester. Well, having both come from one pile is surely an advantage! Scrimshaw is what you want first. It gives a huge resource discount for Zombies, as well as a near unparalleled 700% bonus damage. Harvester
Mojo – Ursua’s Trodden Effigy: If you’re unlucky with Shards, you can try fishing for your Mojo with DB’s which is a little better.
2h Staff – Wormwood is always nice to have as a speedfarming option when running setups with Ring of Emptiness. Keep in mind Wormwood should only be considered for non-tryhard content.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from them – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Ring of Royal Grandeur is your priority here, as it allows you to equip Captain Crimson legs and belt. This just gives you so many good stats! RDR, CDR, Damage reduction and increase! Lots of value for “one drop”. This ONLY DROPS from ACT I Bounties.
Ring of Emptiness is a great ring – but it does come with a “tax” of a skill slot, or cubing Wormwood. You can both tryhard and speedfarm with this, with slightly different setups.
Unity is a great defensive option for now, as well. However, you do need a pair.
Compass Rose + Traveler’s Pledge is the accessory set that best suits this build IMO.
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
This is just a list of your “all-around” items that may or may not be mentioned previously. While I do not take set-specifics in this tab, it serves as a seasonal reminder (and helpful general list for newbies) on what’s “generally good”.
Reapers Wraps: A Crafted legendary whose plans drop from any Torment Malthael (and is oft mentioned in our Fresh 70 guides), any NON-RNG boost to power (in this case, resource generation) is welcome. MOST builds can benefit from an early reapers.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra deaths breaths!), newer players might not value this as highly – try it out and you’ll be surprised.
Unity: Used alongside another Unity on your follower (Plus their unique “Cannot Die” relic) essentially halving all damage you take for one ring slot, that’s usable for any character. Not bad.
Obisidian Ring of the Zodiac: Core on many builds, but usable for any build that spends resource. It’s a unique source of “in-combat” CDR that would give you 100% uptime on skills you couldn’t otherwise achieve. It’s pretty crazy.
Focus+Restraint: If you can trigger both halves of the set bonus, and don’t mind losing defenses from rings – this is will “more than double” your DPS.
Travellers Pledge + Compass Rose: Another accessory set, this one is more suited for “elite killer” builds that like to travel in between packs, and face-tanking builds that tend to stay still while DPSing. It’s not very universal, but it can reasonably benefit any character.
Convention of Elements: Literally any character can use this ring. It’s a titanic boost in DPS (especially for builds that have tons of short-duration buffs… LINE THEM UP!).
Ring of Royal Grandeur: -1 set item requirements to help you fit random core or filler legendaries to help your build out. While absolutely necessary on some builds, most builds can benefit from this using “generic” legendaries for a temporary power boost (IE Aquilla Cuirass).
Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder (+Goldwrap) the gold farming speedy holy trinity. While you don’t really need all three all the time, this combo allows you to speed through and survive ANY difficulty (careful, this doesn’t improve DPS!).
You also need specific items for your follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
Helltooth 6 Full Build Template Preview
|S23 Fresh L70 Witch Doctor Helltooth 6pc full build template|
|Shoulder||Helltooth||Wall of Death||
Communicating with Spirits
|Chest||Helltooth||Zombie Charger (Any HT skill)||Zombie Bears|
Severance / Jaunt
|Legs||Cpt Crimsons||Soul Harvest||
Languish / Soul to Waste
|Belt||Cpt Crimsons||Gargantuan (Open)||Humongoid|
Traveler’s Pledge (Squirt)
|Ring||Compass Rose||Grave Injustice|
|Jungle Fortitude (Open)|
|Weapon||Scrimshaw||Fierce Loyalty (Open)|
Ursua’s Trodden Effigy
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Sacred Harvester / Wormwood||Bane of the Powerful|
|Aquila Cruiass (Semi open)||Bane of the Trapped|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||(OPEN) Esoteric, Hoarder, Stricken etc|
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Helltooth. It’s not heavily optimized for pushing GR, but more of a speedy farming slant. It’s a great place to be in, as you adjust the build to your needs!
- Ring of Emptiness is solid for DPS, but you need to add Locust Swarm to your build (removing Gargs which is fine), or thru adding Wormwood in the cube (speedfarming).
- Wormwood should only be considered for non-tryhard farming.
- Many viable LGems depending on the content. Trapped will always be there, Stricken for high tier GR, Powerful for nephs… If you go for Squirt, you might want Wildebeest.
- Passives are pretty lose, but Blood Ritual should always be there if you’re using Captain Crimson as it counts towards Reduced Resource cost!
Bridging to the End-Game
!! Some of these links are not updated for S23 !!
But will serve as a valud data point in the meantime.
(Want to add a non-Mundunugu speedfarm build, Helltooth bears is legit)
So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first.
It’s highly likely you’ll transition into a PURE speedfarming build. If so, check out:
Witch Doctor Best Speedfarming Build (Still being updated for S21)
- Newer WD? Check out these speedfarming resources:
Other Witch Doctor Guides:
- Witch Doctor Leveling
- Raiment of the Jade Harvester | Jade Harvester Set Dungeon
- Helltooth Harness | Helltooth Set Dungeon
- Spirit of Arachyr | Arachyr Set Dungeon
- Zunimassa’s Haunt | Zunimassa’s Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.