So you’re makin’ an alt and you don’t have the free set for your fresh 70 Witch Doctor? It’s okay – we got you covered!

Right now, I’ll just be putting the basic setup for a fresh 70 WD and a short write-up.

Have the Free Set? Got to PAGE 1!

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Fresh 70 Witch Doctor Build: No Free Set

WD Fresh 70 : Basic
Skill Rune
Haunt Resentful Spirits (Any)
Locust Swarm (Open) Diseased Swarm (Any)
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste (Any)
Spirit Walk Severance
Summon Zombie Dogs  Leeching Beasts (Any)
Garagantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sycophants Fierce Loyalty
Pierce the Veil Midnight Feast


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Playing the Build

There’s not much to say here – this build abuses PETS + DoT’s to do passive damage, and brainlessly clear any kind of fresh 70 content!

Zombie Dogs + Gargantuan do the brunt of your legwork for you, steamrolling anything you come across. Fetish Sycophants is also in the mix – naturally try go get an Enforcer asap to boost your damage to even greater heights.

Haunt and Locust Swarm are “filler” spells that can be anything actually. They’re just here to get faster AoE clears. I chose Resentful Spirits due to laziness, but Poisoned Spirit is probably the “strongest” selection.

Of all the six characters, a Fresh 70 Witch Doctor is, without doubt, the most powerful. It’s not only the best fresh 70 build, but the one most easily manipulated…

The build can afford to make speedy selections since it’s so powerful. Simple rune, skill and passive changes can boost your toughness or survivability by a huge amount. The default skillset above is a balance of power and speed – but here’s what you would change first if you’re try hard:

There are other tiny improvements, but I hope you get the picture.

As you can see you have a lot of rune choices, skill choices, too, as Locust Swarm (and Haunt somewhat) are optional. What does this mean? You have a lot of space to jump in power, when you get a game-changing legendary. I won’t list down all the possibilities, as they’re endless – but I hope you have enough wisdom to adjust your build to give you the most powerful setup at any given time.

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Life without a free set is quite hard these days, but hopefully the build outlined above will help you out in smoothing out the early game!

Good luck with your Fresh 70 Witch Doctor!

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Well, you’ve finally reached Fresh Level 70 Witch Doctor. If this is your first character this season, you will be getting the Spirit of Arachyr as a free set from Haedrig for completing the seasonal journey! We will be discussing the build progression and protips in our Fresh 70 WD Guide EVERY STEP OF THE WAY to help you get the free set in no time! Let’s go!

Witch Doctor free set for season 20 is Spirit of Arachyr.

NO Free Set? Go to PAGE 2!

You can freely cube any three items (IE:3 weapons, 2 armors and a ring)
Instead of being forced to use one weapon, armor, and jewelry.

How does Season of the Forbidden Archives affect me? 

In General

In your journey to powering up, it mildly helps you since you can cube your “three best things” to help you fill out your build. This is quite a potent effect to help your growth snowball out of control. It is heavily affected by your luck, though.

As for the endgame? This is not the scope of this guide but I may put some notes on unusual cube combinations for each seasonal free set.

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Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: Getting the Free Set!

You can CRAFT AND USE REAPER’S WRAPS for a huge boost!

Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:

IMPORTANT: Setting up!

Gear to look out for during this process!

Compared to other classes, Witch Doctors are a walk in the park when it comes to getting your free set. While you won’t have a difficult time, it’s never a bad idea to gather and fix gear to invest in your future.


2H Mace: This is the first thing you want to make sure you have once you’re 70. Only replace if you have a powerful legendary effect! INT and LIFE PER HIT are super important. Try to get Vit or a Socket (which gives Life per Hit when socketed with an Amethyst).

2 Important Notes: Armor and Life per Hit

Witch Doctors are INT characters, meaning INT gives damage and RESISTS. You do not naturally gain Armor, so get it on gear. Armor becomes our prime defensive stat alongside VIT! You want Armor on Chest, Legs, Belt, and Shoulders.

Life per Hit is great for any character in the early game, however, for WD’s it pulls DOUBLE DUTY with Leeching Beasts. This should be rolled in, at least, one of your gear (weapon has a HUGE LpH value). It will single-handedly carry your defensive needs for quite a while.

Belt is a chunky source of defense. Try for INT VIT ARMOR LIFE%.

Socketshave these in both Chest and Legs so you can socket in some Topaz for that extra INT. Sockets in accessories are in preparation for the legendary gems you will be getting from doing Greater Rift runs.

Amulet and Rings: Sockets are a must for these items in preparation for legendary gems. Accessories are also great since they roll almost any stat. If you’re in need of early defenses, stack your rings with defensive stats. Otherwise, take Crit Stats.

Bracer and Amulet with Fire%. Have this element% on here, too, if you can afford it. This will boost your DPS by a large amount for just two rerolls.

Skill%? Since you don’t need skill% to clear the early game, you might as well try to get Firebats% on your first set boots.

  • In general, remove bad stats like:
    • Life Regen (Actually a trash tier useless stat)
    • Attack Speed (more for lategame optimization)
    • Excessive CDR (ehhhh… depends on your build but you don’t need it now)
    • Resource Cost Reduction (Borderline useless)
    • All Resists (take armor or VIT instead)
  • And reroll into good stats like:
    • INT and VIT (Our core stats)
    • Armor (Highest scaling defensive stat)
    • Life per Hit (Great for WD’s!)
    • Life% (Not too bad for defense)
    • Crit Stats (Great for DPS, never sad to have it)
Customize Skill Binding

If you’re not allowed to put two skills on your bar because they’re from the same category – FEAR NOT! This isn’t a bug or a permanent in-game restriction. You simply have to CHECK ON ELECTIVE MODE, via Esc > Options > Gameplay > Elective Mode!

Binding Force Move to Mousewheel up & down is a value change that every player should make IMO. It prevents misclicks and skill misfires, and forces you to move to where otherwise an enemy might be.

Season Journey Chapters Table

Here’s an overview of what you should accomplish per chapter for this season. Or press Shift+J in game to check.

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4
Complete a Neph Rift Neph Rift on Expert Neph Rift on Master Neph on T1
Do 5 Bounties Craft L70 Weapon or Armor Craft Imperial Gem Reforge weapon with Mystic
Socket 5 gems in gear Fully equip a follower Spend Blood Shards at Kadala Keywarden Act I at T4
Blacksmith to L10 Blacksmith, Jeweler & Mystic to L12 Kill Urzael at L70 on Master Keywarden Act II at T4
Jeweler to L10 Find Kanai’s Cube Kill Skeleton King at L70 on Master Keywarden Act III at T4
Mystic to L10 Get to L70 Act I bounty cache Keywarden Act IV at T4
Kill Siegebreaker Kill Azmodan at L60 Hard Act II bounty cache Kill Adria on T2
Kill Maghda Kill Zoltun Kulle
at L60 Hard
Act III bounty cache Kill Butcher on T4
Get to L50 Craft L70 Ring or Amulet Act IV bounty cache GR 20 solo
Enchant an item with Mystic Act V bounty cache Upgrade rare to legendary item
Transmogrify an item with Mystic Extract Legendary Power 5 Blacksmith recipes
5 Jewelcrafting recipes
NO REWARD 1st set of
Haedrig’s Gift
2nd set of
Haedrig’s Gift
3rd set of
Haedrig’s Gift

1st set: Helm + Gloves
2nd set: Boots + Shoulders
3rd set: Chest + Pants

Here is the Conqueror Season Journey entries you need to accomplish to unlock a stash tab (if you haven’t unlocked all).

Complete a TXIII Neph Rift in under 5 mins
GR 60 Solo
Kill Izual at L70 under 15 sec on TXIII
Kill Greed on TXIII
Reforge a Legendary or Set item
Augment an Ancient item with a L50 Legendary Gems
Level 3 Legendary Gems to 55
Complete 2 Conquests
Seasonal Journey Chapter 2: Getting the 2 piece

This is a damn SPEEDFARM build!

Fresh 70 WD: Fresh 70 No Set Build
Skills Rune
Haunt Resentful Spirits (Any)
Locust Swarm (Open) Cloud of Insects (Any)
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste / Languish (Any)
Spirit Walk Severance
Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Garagantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sycophants Fierce Loyalty
Pierce the Veil Midnight Feast

Difficulty: As per our reco, we suggested to level up your Witch Doctor in Hard mode. This holds true as you try to complete the seasonal journey, most of it at least. The only times you have to increase difficulty is when its requiring you to.

Season Journey Chapters 1 & 2: entries here are pretty basic and self-explanatory. No need for us to delve into this too much. What I do to make it easier for me, I’ll just wait til I get to level 60-65, start a a full round of bounties making sure I tag all the bosses I need to obliterate for these 2 chapters.

That’s just my strategy but, of course, this will be easy if you take into consideration the things we discussed in the “Setting Up” Tab earlier.

Seasonal Journey Chapter 3: Getting the 4 piece
S20 Spirit of Arachyr 2-piece Set Build
Skills Runes
Corpse Spiders Widowmakers
Haunt Consuming Spirit (Any)
Spirit Walk Severance
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Midnight Feast Pierce the Veil
Grave Injustice Fierce Loyalty

The only notable change in the build is Poison Darts to Spiders to abuse Arachyr 2 piece set bonus.

Difficulty: If you still have to get bounty caches, complete them in Hard Mode. I’m sure you want to complete this as fast as you can. Increase difficulty to Master and do the following:

  • Nephalem Rift just complete this. Stack up on defensives if needed. 
  • Kill Urzael – Act V, Westmarch Heights
  • Kill Skeleton King – Act I, The Royal Crypt

The rest of the entries are just NPC interactions…. Finish these, get your 2nd set of Haedrig’s Gift from the mail and let’s go through the next chapter’s entries.

Seasonal Journey Chapter 4: Getting the 6 piece
S20 Spirit of Arachyr 4-piece Set Build
Skills Runes
Corpse Spiders Widowmakers
Hex Jinx
Spirit Walk Severance
Soul Harvest Languish
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Midnight Feast Pierce the Veil
Grave Injustice Fierce Loyalty / Swampland Attunement

We have to let go of Haunt. Even though you’re gonna lose a bit of firepower, the bonuses you’ll get from the free set will more than offset this.

Before you go head on to do GR20, try to familiarize yourself with the build and maybe increase your chances of getting a much better gear!

Upgrade a Rare to Legendary w/ Kanai’s Cube: This one’s a no-brainer for me. Try your luck with Staff – hoping you get either Chiroptera or Wormwood!

Recipes: Still missing a couple? Grab a few from Squirt the Peddler in Act II town. The Hellfire Amulet gives you a free passive skill! Just noting it here…

Complete a Torment I Rift: TI will be our new “minimum” when farming. But I highly doubt you’ll need to do any extra farming.

Set Difficulty to Torment II: Beat Adria in Act V, Ruins of Corvus

Set Difficulty to Torment IV: No need to kill chumps along the way! just go straight to these bosses:

  • Kill Butcher – Act I, Halls of Agony Level 3
  • Kill Odeg the Keywarden – Act I, Fields of Misery
  • Kill Sokahr the Keywarden – Act II, Dahlgur Oasis
  • Kill Xah’Rith the Keywarden – Act III, Stonefort
  • Kill Nekarat the Keywarden – Act IV, Garden of Hope 2nd Tier
  • Keywardens maps have a key icon next to the waypoint. Purple arrows point you to their location after a short while once you’re in their respective map.

GR20: Done with all the other entries for this chapter? Go check the obelisk if GR20 is unlocked for you. If not, do a couple of runs until it’s no longer grayed out. Now go to the next clicky for all GR20 related stuff!

Witch Doctor GR 20: Spirit of Arachyr 4 piece
S20 Spirit of Arachyr GR20 Set Build
Skills Runes
Corpse Spiders Widowmakers
Hex Jinx
Spirit Walk Jaunt
Soul Harvest Languish
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Midnight Feast Pierce the Veil
Grave Injustice Swampland Attunement

Basically swaps in Jaunt rune and Swampland Attunement for added defense. Without Haunt, damage “seems” smaller but the Spider is a faster ticking Haunt, albeit on lesser targets.

FIX PARAGONS: INT | Crit | All Res | LpH (I used only 5 each, 20 total)

  • Practically the same build with a little more defense – the ONLY possible avenue of loss is dying a lot – EVEN THEN it is VERY UNLIKELY YOU WILL LOSE.  For a “reference”, here were my stats and what I tested with:
    • Offense (sheet): 277K
    • Toughness (sheet): 4.8M
    • Recovery (sheet): 165K
    • NO ‘special’ legendaries aside from the 4PC Spirit of Arachyr.
    • NO Pylons taken.
    • NO Legendary Gems.
    • NO Cubed powers used.
    • Remaining Time: 5m+

LIFE PER HIT IS THE ONLY “REQUIRED STAT”, and even so, a single roll should be enough.

Losing Haunt gave me a tiny moment of paranoia – aaand it was gone once I zoned in.

Offense numbers DO NOT take into consideration most Legendary Powers and Gems. But since I did it RAW – these will serve as a great estimation. Tried multiple times with varying yellows, not once did I fear I wouldn’t clear.

Barring gross negligence of gear or abysmal failure you should win easily. I repeat – dying repeatedly is the only chance of failure – and getting Life per Hit minimizes this already low chance. Move along, nothing to see here!

Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: 6pc Free Set Build

Arachyr isn’t too hot right now for high tier, so I’ll try to guide you to a speedfarmy Arachyr setup (and maybe try to build up towards the actual WD speedfarm build).

S20 WD’s Spirit of Arachyr Free Set Build
Skills Runes
Corpse Spiders (Open) Blazing Spiders
Firebats (Main DMG) Cloud of Bats (Try any fire rune)
Spirit Walk Severance (Jaunt for tryhard)
Soul Harvest Languish (Soul to Waste for speed)
Hex (Required for 4pc) Hedge Magic / Jinx
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Rush of Essence (Mana!) Blood Ritual (Mana!)
Swampland Attunement Grave Injustice

Looks like junk, doesn’t it? Arachyr is a rather open set but is seriously restricting if you wanna make the EARLY BUILD feel “smooth” and “fast”. I guarantee that every part of the above build contributes to a HIGHLY SYNERGISTIC whole! A “how to play” is discussed below but first a summary…

The above build uses 2 MANA REGEN passives. You can help yourself out by beating any Torment Malthael and crafting REAPER’S WRAPS!

NonRNG Crafted Items?

The two main sets you should be aware of (aside from the singular Reaper’s Wraps, which is amazing for almost every early build) are Captain Crimson’s set and Aughild’s set. Note that both of these sets require Ring of Royal Grandeur to be really useful (which is worth farming for ASAP almost every season…)

Captain Crimson’s set is by far the more important of the two for now, since the RCR and CDR you get is actually useful for you. The defense gained is also welcome for any channeling build.

Aughild’s set is “fine”, I suppose, but I would rather use Captain Crimson’s.

While using either of these sets have a “cost” down the line (belt and bracer come to mind), it’s a godlike option for this early on.

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So, now what!?

Torment V+ should be your new “minimum” to farm – don’t worry, it’ll jump after the next step – getting your legendary gems!

A quick review before proceeding…

As you’re proceeding with the next steps, keep these important things in mind!

Fresh 70 Arachyr 6 Basics

Spirit Walk > Soul Harvest > Hex > Locust Swarm (if you have it) > FirebatsGrave Injustice allows you to repeat this easily. As long as you keep Harvest and Hex up your defense is A-OK.

The build has definite mana problems which is why I placed Corpse Spiders as the default. If you’re not having mana problems, I suggest you use Locust Swarm – Cloud of Insect or any other defensive/utility skill.

There’s not much to say except pick whichever Firebats Fire rune that suits your playstyle. I personally chose Cloud of Bats.

Gear Review & Fixing up

You won’t have problems killing things in the very near future.
Surviving is gonna suck without some small precautions!

Amulet and Rings with SOCKETS: is a must! You need to socket in the legendary gems that will catapult you to your endgame goals! You can refer to the “Setting Up” Tab above for the other stats you need for these.

Life per Hit is very IMPORTANT as it activates Leeching Beasts! Have this in at least one of your gear or weapon.

Armor in your gear! Don’t you forget! WD’s are INT characters, they have low base Armor but stupidly high resists. So you take Armor where you would usually take ALLRES (Chest, Boots, Legs, Belt and/or Shoulder).

Bracer with Fire%: While you may be tempted with other runes, the Fire rune(s) on Firebats are best. These two rolls give a mega DPS boost.

Firebats% on Boots is worth a huge amount for 1 roll. No matter how bad your stat stack is on your free boots there’s no excuse not to get this ASAP.

Ignore Skill% on Chest and Shoulder (Locust Swarm) – Swarm actually does a pathetic amount of damage compared to Bats and it’s not worth the defensive loss. Yes, I would take a lowly Armor roll over 15% Locust Swarm.

Gems? Early on you want to put Armor gems into your gear (Rubies and/or Emeralds will provide you with Armor). While Topaz (INT) can be used, the defensive loss may be too much right now.

In general, remove bad stats like:

  • Life Regen (Actually a trash tier useless stat)
  • Attack Speed (more for lategame optimization)
  • Excessive CDR (ehhhh… depends on your build but you don’t need it now)
  • Resource Cost Reduction (Borderline useless)
  • All Resists (take armor or VIT instead)

And reroll into good stats like:

  • INT and VIT (Our core stats)
  • Armor (Highest scaling defensive stat)
  • Life per Hit (Great for WD’s!)
  • Life% (Not too bad for defense)
  • Crit Stats (Great for DPS, never sad to have it)

Keep these in mind when looking and rerolling the gear you pick up or craft! The difference between a guy who just picked up and used anything versus a person who rerolled is TITANIC. I can say that great rerolled yellows versus shitty ones can yield dozens and dozens of GR levels of difference.

Gaining Power!

We now need to gain as much power as we can.

Legendary Gems

This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short time span.

Click on the tabs to see Spirit of Arachyr’s “Big 3” gems, and “others”.

WD Arachyr 6 Fresh 70: Big 3 GemsOther gems?

There are four great gems for this specific Arachyr build early on…

Taeguk: I hate recommending Taeguk on something as clunky as Firebats BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS. It scales EXTREMELY WELL and is your MOST POWERFUL GEM hands down. Breaking Taeguk to dodge or heal sucks, though. So to counter that – we stack defense (as we’re pretty soft right now).

Invigorating Gemstone Before you close this and laugh at me, listen up. Level 25 makes you CC IMMUNE – allowing you to FIREBATS WITHOUT HASSLE! It’s a strange choice, but trust me on this. Use it for augments when you’ve outgrown it. Krelm’s bracer is a great substitute later on!

You might want to look at defensive gems first, after these two.

Esoteric Alteration is your lategame THICC DEFENSE gem of choice. HOWEVER, since our early game suffers from a lack of defense, stacking this up early is great! This plus your incredible self-healing make you near invincible. Alternatively, Moratorium is also great.

Powerful: If you’re in the market for more DPS and a little defense, this just plain helpful – the best part is that you don’t have to spend more than 25 on it! The defensive boost against elites is welcome, to say the least.

Any other gems worth it?

Bane of the Stricken: The damage range of this build is so unbelievably high that Stricken would only be needed on staggeringly high GR levels. Keep it in mind, though… for 99% of your time in-game, Powerful will take it’s place.

Bane of the Trapped: a basic DPS gem, everyone loves good ‘ol Trapped. I really don’t know when you would use this, but as far as DPS gems go, this one is strong and consistent.

Pain Enhancer: Even at only level 25, this gem has implications for almost any high end build looking to scale through another vector – attack speed.

Boon of the Hoarder: You need this for speedfarming – get it up to 50 ASAP!
(See: Speedfarming General | Witch Doctor Speedfarming | Best WD Speedfarming Build)

Aside from the gems listed above, any other gem is considerably worse. Also, GR 34 is enough to get these gems to level 25. Just go for efficient farming and cheap empowering.

With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels. So now the real farming begins!

Playing the Build & Adjustments

Here’s some really basic tips for playing Spirit of Arachyr to help you as you progress into higher difficulties. It’s by no means comprehensive, but still helpful.

As you progress and get items, your build may have a weak point here and there that you can patch up given the simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below.

WD Arachyr 6 - The BasicsOffense & ResourceDefense & HealingSpeed & Mobility

Like I said earlier, this is the basic rotation:

Spam Soul Harvest as long as it’s up! It’s never bad even if you Soul Harvest the last dude in a pack – just don’t ever Harvest AIR.

Be a little more careful with HEX – judge when you NEED to reapply it in the tail-end of an encounter since it’s quite an important spell to have when you OPEN a new fight!

It may feel a little weird but give it a few minutes and you’ll be rolling them in no time.

More offense or Mana needed?

Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.

We “need” 1-2 Mana Regen passives to help us out EARLY ON. Build evolutions will allow us to drop these in the near future

You can try to mix and match ’em to your needs. A lot of items you can pick up may also help you on this front but remember our ultimate goal is to MINIMIZE the mana regen items/passives we need – making sure we have “just enough”.


There is no practical way to increase our damage right now. However, you need to keep some passives in mind for when you find key item pieces –

Pierce the Veil – seems terrible considering our mana problem but certain items will allow you to eventually use this with ease. The best brainless DPS passive for WD. Confidence Ritual is the next best thing, I’d wager.

More defense needed?

Defense is usually categorized in either Toughness or Self-healing capability.

LIFE PER HIT can carry you for quite a while, via Leeching Beasts. While the dogs won’t survive the final iteration of the build (or can they…), you will squeeze ’em for all they’re worth for now. Weapon and Bracer are some non-intrusive places to get this on, but anywhere is fine earlier on.

Armor… this makes it the third time I mention this? Haha. An important part of any INT characters’ defensive stack. Notice how you have many runes which increase Armor by %. Just as all % increases go, the higher the base – the better the final result!

The above aren’t build adjustments, but simply reminders on how powerful these two are for your Witch Doctor right now.

Soul Harvest-Languish is already recommended in the base build. This rune has the highest impact out of any of them, barring the movement one for speedfarming content.

Swampland Attunement is a godlike passive which inflates your toughness to near impenetrable levels early on, and is key for survival in the late game. It’s worth getting “increase pickup radius” on as many of your pieces as you can – since it empowers Grave Injustice as well.

Locust Swarm-Cloud of Insects is part of the base build since you’re not relying on Swarm for damage. It’s simply a bonus DoT to “help out” for now. The damage reduction is far more valuable than any of the DPS runes.

Horrify-Frightening Aspect is a crazy boost to Armor but a HEAVY INVESTMENT as it uses up a skill slot. The fear and Immobilize is worth a ton of virtual defenses, too.

There are a bunch of other Defensive boosts you can try, but the above are the highest impact ones. Jungle Fortitude Passive, maybe? Zombie Handler Passive for more life and an additional dog?

More mobility needed?

Fierce Loyalty (passive) as long as you’re using dogs, this passive is amazing for getting a little bit of speed. If you’re doing bounties, STICK THIS IN YOUR BUILD. A huge mobility boost for such little effort…

Soul HarvestSoul to Waste is a simple rune change that gives a large boost in mobility. Remember that you’re dropping Languish for this so be careful.

Grave Injustice – already recommended. Carries hard. This passive seems odd at first but when you suddenly play without it you’ll see how sorely you’ll miss it. Spirit Walk 100% uptime between packs is a good thing!

WD’s have no problem getting faster – but any other niche changes are too greedy for now.

(See: Speedfarming General | Witch Doctor Speedfarming | Best Witch Doctor Speedfarming)

Items to look for

Okay, now that the easy part of powering up is done, it’s time for the farmy bit. Here, I will be listing all the high-impact items you can pick up, and how to get them (aside from drops).

RING OF EMPTINESS deserves special mention! It will drastically change your build – more on this later. Sadly, there is no easy way to bait these out with either shards or DB’s, but if you really can’t find it, it’s time to dump blood shards and DB’s for it.

NonRNG Crafted Items?

I hate to remind you 100 times, but Reaper’s Wraps can save you from a mana passive – or even allow you to go generator-less, replacing spiders with piranha.

Captain Crimson’s set and Aughild’s set are amazing “almost zero effort” evolutions right now. Note that both of these sets require Ring of Royal Grandeur to be truly good. You’re never sad to farm for a RoRG  asap.

Captain Crimson’s > Aughild’s IMO for this kind of build.

Blood ShardsDeath's BreathSample items & build changesClassics

Using Blood Shards:

Bracer: is where you’d look first to shore up your defenses. Here’s what you’re after:

These two bracers are most important to you now, IMO. While Coils is better early on, Krelm’s becomes almost mandatory later on (or any way to stop CC from affecting you). Aside from this, there are other great bracer fillers:

Bracer’s are a great place to start. Now for some damage…

Belt: Bakuli Jungle Wraps speaks for itself. 200% boost that fits right into our build if we convert the open skill slot to Locust Swarm. Sadly, killing faster is the LEAST of our problems. THANKFULLY, Goldwrap is also a welcome defensive filler.

Shoulder: Mantle of Channeling – a basic item any channeling user should consider.

Chest: Cindercoat is a pretty good early game filler item. Reduces our mana requirements by quite a chunk.

Any other defensive filler will help you greatly right now.

Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:

There are A LOT of weapons that can help you as WD (IE Sacred Harvester), but if we want to empower our build ASAP…

Upgrading Staff for Staff of Chiroptera OR Wormwood. You’re never sad to own either of these items, especially Wormwood’s synergy with Ring of Emptiness and speedfarming.

Strictly speaking, those two are all you need for any content I’d consider for fresh 70 (pre GR70+). Keep an eye out for a good Sacred Harvester, from Ceremonial Knife..

There’s no other weapon classification that comes close aside from the weapons mentioned above. Getting any of those two staves is immense value.

RINGS are another story. It’s 100% worth dumping DB’s into rings until you get Emptiness. You also get great things from this like Compass Rose and fillers like CoE. Unlike other classes or builds, a single ring can actually have a huge impact.

There’s A LOT of nuance when it comes to the little things with how items should affect your build as a WD. More so a fresh level 70 one where these smart moves can propel you!

I picked up the Staff of Chiroptera! DITCH your Mana Regen passives! (If you’re still using Locust Swarm manually – keep Spiritual Attunement). I’d use Pierce the Veil at this point!

I picked up Wormwood! Remove Locust Swarm from your bar unless you badly need the DR from Cloud of Insects. You can also ditch a mana passive since manually casting this is a pain. It saves time and breaking the “Rhythm” of your rotation. Great QoL item.

I picked up Ring of Emptiness! GREAT! You have to use Locust Swarm somehow. Either manually or Wormwood.

Having access to these 3 items gives you many, many choices – and this isn’t the place to discuss that. Don’t get me started with Mojos like Thing of the Deep and passives…

The Classics: Good for any type of newer character, and even the most battle-hardened of builds.

Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item!

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is basically a godlike source of pseudo CDR that would assist most builds.

Accessory SetsFocusRestraint or Traveler’s Pledge. Completing any of these 2-sets is a vast power jump. +100%++ is substantial for only 2 slots.

Convention of Elements: Good ‘ol CoE. Wear it, Kanai it, as a filler or till the end of time. Learning to maximize CoE in any build you choose is a turning point for higher GR’s.

Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction in the cube. Too bad you need two of ’em.

Goldwrap + Avarice + Boon of The Hoarder: I don’t care how many times I have to remind you about this combo.

Just reminding you of the Bounty Rings:

Bridging to the End-Game

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.

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  1. Also when is a good time to start replacing the season set? Like how much of an increase should the item be before I swap it in to replace a piece of the seasonal set?

  2. What are your thoughts on the ancient legendary pig sticker? I got one with cdr skills 6%/reaource cost 10%/dmg to beasts 19%/dmg to humans 26%.

    • Pig sticker isn’t typically used by Witch Doctor. Sacred Harvester is a better all-purpose 1hander. It gets pretty insane once you augment it. But if you feel like it’s well rolled, save it.

      • Right after I posted about pig sticker I got the wormwood lol. That staff is so good I HAD to unequip it to complete the set dungeon. It would kill everything before I could do anything lol. Its gonna be hard to let this staff go.

  3. Brilliant guide! Perfect and exactly what I needed for the new ladder.
    Only suggestion would be advice to slowly transition into what looks like the most powerful build this season, which seems to be Jade Harvester.

  4. I am using Z6 and have tried to follow this guide as closely as possible but I just can’t seem to get my fetishes up past 8. I am using haunt and I spam it liberally and move around and stuff. I tried acid rain but it just doesn’t work for me that well because it is not fire and forget like haunt (targeting issues) and I run out of mana so quickly and then stand there twiddling my thumbs. So not sure what I am missing because I am trying different things but since my gems got to 25 I can’t get past GR40 (T7) in time and that feels like I am behind the curve.

    Advice? Suggestions? Appreciation in advance and thanx for the bitchin’ guide 🙂

  5. last time I played diablo 3 was at the auction house disaster.Now I am back,taking a break from overwatch and the game completely change,without thinking about my build its already enormous,You helped me a lot and I really appreciate the time and effort you put on this.
    Thank you very much

  6. Am I using acid cloud wrong if I am not getting Fetishes up to the passive max? I can do it easily with haunt but that is also much easier to spam.
    Love yalls guides btw, third season using them and it is always great.

    • You’re absolutely correct and that’s why I mentioned both of those skills. Fetishes are much easier to gather with Haunt compared to Acid Rain. But alas, the Haunt coverage is pretty bad. Honestly there’s no way around suffering usability issues of Z6 early on.

    • Yes, you get them up faster. Also, in the eventual Darts build keep in mind that the belt only triggers off SPENDERS. The Passive works with all attacks. It can be suboptimal to have them both, but in the early game – them working in tandem can be a load off your mind.

  7. Ok nervermind, i send a post before but because I didnt know how the Kunai’s Cube works. Now I do (didnt play for a long time).

  8. I have a doubt.
    I just got the set of 6 free pc, but, before completing the set, I got the Quetzalcoatl, so it’s worth losing the 6 bonus level?

  9. Thank you so much for this guidea. It helped me out a ton. I am new to seasonal and Diablo 3. I am confused when you say ‘GR 38 is enough to 25 a gem.’ Does that mean I need to get to GR38 to get a gem up to 25? Thanks again.

    • hi! its just the basic paragon priorities.
      Core – Primary stat > Vit > Move speed (depends, 25 points at most) > Max Resource (optional). all other points will be placed in primary
      Offense – CHC > CHD > CDR > Attack Speed
      Defense – Res All > Life > Armor > Life Regen
      Utility – Area Damage > RCR > LoH > Gold Find

  10. Which gems should you level ASAP? You list Zei’s, Powerful, and Trapped but only talk about Trapped and Enforcer which isn’t listed.

  11. So what do I do once Ive followed the above? Unless im missing something here all you do is talk about build and playstyle?

    • You can now start farming for items (getting ancient legendaries, death’s breath, materials for kanai-ing). Long term goals are up to you really. You can aim to climb the WD leaderboard, complete the season journey (shift+J) to get stash tab/s or just complete achievements (Y). It depends on you.

      This guide is to help you somehow beef up your fresh 70 witch doctor, with or without the free set, so you could go clear higher torments asap. Once you’ve completed the above, you can even try other Witch doctor set builds or classes.


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