Just got your WD to Fresh Level 70 Witch Doctor? Now what? Your goal is to get your FREE SET ASAP. In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step, ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Witch Doctor.

In Season 15, the Witch Doctor free set is: Helltooth Harness.

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Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: Getting the Free Set!

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IMPORTANT: Setting up!

Helltooth, heck all Witch Doctor sets, have no problems moving up the difficulty ladder. You should be able to complete the season journey without any hitch.

Now, for the items your Witch Doctor will need, make sure all items have INT VIT on them. Since WD is an INT class, you better make sure you have Armor rolled in your items, too. You can find them on Chest, Legs, Boots, Belt, and Shoulders. No legendary items looted? Don’t worry! All you need are decent yellows with the proper stat on them.

2H Mace: a good 2h mace should have Life on Hit on it. It will go hand in hand with Leeching Beasts.

You chanced upon a good 1Hander instead? Keep it just in case you got yourself a nice mojo, or vice versa.

Life per hit: Got it on your weapon already? Good! If not, feel free to roll it anywhere. You can also get them in helm, ring, neck, wrist and hand. Again, it’s for Leeching Beasts. YOU NEED AT LEAST 1 BIG LpH ROLL or 2 SMALL ONES.

NOT HAVING LIFE PER HIT will make your life CONSIDERABLY harder.

Cold%. Have this on wrists and/or amulet. This improves your main damaging skill which will eventually be Gargantuan – Humongoid.

Belt is a huge source of defense as well. INT VIT ARMOR LIFE% > RES.

Rings and Amulet: Sockets! In preparation for legendary gems. We’re looking for INT, Socket and any “needed” stats. Accessories are a great place to cover for your weakspots as they roll almost any stat. Chest and legs should have sockets, too.

Witch Doctors are an INTELLIGENCE CLASS so they get free ALL RESISTS. Therefore, ARMOR is the better defensive stat on gear. HEAVILY FAVOR Armor over ALLRES when weighing gear against each other.

Rerolling your gear, whether crafted or looted, will make clearing seasonal journey chapters easier. A lot of people forget rerolling yellows is a thing, and it’s cheap too.

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 Skeleton King at L70 on Master Keywarden Act II at T4
Jeweler to L10 Find Kanai’s Cube Kill Ghom 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 Butcher Kill Cydaea at L60 Hard Act II bounty cache Kill Urzael on T2
Kill Siegebreaker Assault Beast Kill Belial at L60 Hard Act III bounty cache Kill Rakanoth 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

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

Set your game to Hard difficulty. I know I mentioned that WD won’t have any problems during the early game, but why make things difficult? Only increase difficulty when needed.

Chapters 1 & 2. Entries here are pretty basic. Just to make things easier, I personally complete the bounties at around L60 so I can also tag the the bosses we have to “nyerk”. Got a bounty in Ruins of Sescheron? Drop by on the next floor, Elder Sanctum, and unlock Kanai’s Cube.

Check your items if they have the proper rolls on them! See our reminder tab on above!

Seasonal Journey Chapter 3: Getting the 4 piece
Helltooth Harness 2 piece Set Build
Skill Rune
Firebomb Flash Fire
Haunt Consuming Spirit (Any)
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste (Languish)
Spirit Walk Severance
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sychophants Fierce Loyalty
Pierce the Veil Midnight Feast

Helltooth 2pc is stupidly strong. A free, brainless 1500% DoT is extremely powerful and will single-handedly carry you thru these early parts (and beyond). What most people forget is that primary skills apply this. Hello Firebomb-Flash Fire.

There’s just a couple of noteworthy entries in this chapter. Kill bosses, Neph on Master, and bounties. Do the bounties first. Unlike the other 2, bounties can be done on Hard mode.

Complete on Master difficulty:

  • Beat a Nephalem Rift: You can change Fierce Loyalty to Fetish Sycophants more “security”, but it doesn’t matter really.
  • Beat the Bosses 
    • Skeleton King (Act I, The Royal Crypts)
    • Ghom (Act III, The Keep Depths Level 3)

Finish up the other entries if you haven’t and let’s get on to the next chapter!

Seasonal Journey Chapter 4: Getting the 6 piece
Helltooth Harness 4 piece Set Build
Skill Rune
Firebomb Flash Fire
Haunt Consuming Spirit (any)
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste (Languish)
Spirit Walk Severance
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sychophants Fierce Loyalty
Pierce the Veil Midnight Feast

Helltooth 4pc gives us huge damage reduction. It doesn’t change our build. The above listed is the highest impact “well balanced” setup you can get. Some rune changes on Haunt or Soul Harvest are purely optional, feel free to explore. The build above packs a punch, and a ton of speed.

While GR20 is the highlight in this chapter, we still need to get some things done.

Upgrade a Rare to Legendary w/ Kanai’s Cube: Upgrade a 2H mace and hope you’ll get The Furnace. Or Wrath of the Bone King. You could also go for Ceremonial Daggers for Sacred Harvester.

Complete a Torment I Rift: This should be a breeze…This will also be your new minimum torment when farming for stuff. Equip yourselves with good rare items and you can go higher.

Set Difficulty to Torment II: Beat Urzael, in Act V, Westmarch Heights

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

  • Kill Rakanoth – Act IV, Gardens of Hope 1st Tier
  • 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.

Complete the other requirements. If you’re still missing a couple of jewelcrafting recipes, just buy some from Squirt in Act II Town. Finally done with all other entries? Then let us obliterate Helltooth GR20!

GR20 locked for you? Just do a couple of higher unlocked GRs.

Tips and any advice pertaining to GR20 will be discussed on the next tab! Click the clicky!

Witch Doctor GR 20: Helltooth 4 piece

See our video: Helltooth 4 GR20 clear

Helltooth Harness GR20 4 piece Set Build
Skill Rune
Firebomb Flash Fire
Haunt Consuming Spirit
Soul Harvest Languish
Spirit Walk Jaunt
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sychophants Gruesome Feast
Pierce the Veil Midnight Feast


This is a little anti-climactic. Helltooth 4, along with that setup above make this a walk in the park. Even “semi-trash” to “meh, okay” level yellows are enough to carry you through this.

  • Offense (sheet): 330,000 (min. lol… 250?~)
  • Toughness (sheet): 7,700,000 (min. lol… 5m?~)
  • Recovery (sheet): 220,000 (varies…)
  • MAINSTAT: 6600
  • NO ‘special’ legendaries aside from the Helltooth Harness 4 set.
  • NO Pylons taken.
  • NO Legendary Gems.
  • NO Cubes powers used.
  • Remaining Time: 6 MINUTES 30 SECONDS!

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. It wasn’t so bad.

The only thing you actually need? Is one LIFE ON HIT roll for Leeching Beasts – it’s not STRICTLY required, but it adds a huge layer of SAFETY and to everything you do.

Yes, I understand you can squeeze more damage in the build but why? Clearing this 30s faster or even 10 mins faster means nothing if you get bricked by bad elites. So don’t tell people you can clear GR20 faster – that’s a drop in the bucket, sir…

Unless your yellows are TRASH TIER – you will clear.

See our video: Helltooth 4 GR20 clear


Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: 6pc Free Set Build

Helltooth Harness 6 piece Set Build
Skill Rune
Wall of Death Comm. w/ Spirits
Piranhas (Open) Piranhado
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste Languish
Spirit Walk Severance / Jaunt
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Gargantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sychophants Gruesome Feast
Pierce the Veil Midnight Feast

Piranhas can be anything but you may as well get used to it now. Group ’em for cleaves.
Soul Harvest and Spirit Walk both have tryhard and speed rune options.
Passives: Fetish Sycophants is pure defensive filler. Change later on.

So, now what!?

Torment VI++: It’s time to push your Helltooth set to its max power. This will now be your minimum speedfarming level. Increase torment as you see fit.

A quick review before proceeding…

Non-set pieces and quick review

Your jewelries have socket already? Get them! We’re gonna stick in legendary gems on them soon, if not now!

Skill%? Gargantuan-Humongoid will be your main damage source. Even if you don’t feel it now, you may as well prepare for that. Gargantuan% appears in chest and shoulder. INT > VIT > GARG% > ARMOR > is a decent priority.

Elemental% is a possible 40% increase for 2 rerolls – you’re looking for COLD%, btw.

Necklace: more often than not, they have sucky stats. While Cold%, CHC, CHD, Socket is quite a tall order, INT Socket and one of the others is good enough.

Weapon? While 2H Mace is the best option for these pet builds early on, only replace it once you get a great Ceremonial Dagger and/or Mojo.

Life on Hit on your gear might be hard to obtain. At least have it either your bracers or weapon. Have it on your ring, too, if you can.

Having the “correct” stats on your items will have a much higher impact on your game. Reroll usable items with the Mystic.

Armor: As an INT CHARACTER, Armor serves a very real purpose. INT does not give ARMOR, it gives ALLRES. Try to get Armor in Legs, Belt, and Boots. You NEED some armor for your late game defenses to shine. It’s a luxury now but it’s something you’d wanna know, right?

Gaining Power!

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

Legendary Gems

One way to gain power is using Legendary gems! 3 of these legendary gems will grant you access to higher torments.

WD Helltooth 6 Fresh 70: Big 3 GemsOther gems?

Get these three to L25 ASAPEnforcerPowerfulTrapped.

Powerful: Should be left at 25~ in the early game, and should be leveled sparingly.  Level this up to 25 first if you can, since its L25 bonus is huge, and doesn’t scale well past that.

Enforcer: This does it all. Makes your pets nigh invulnerable (yes, they actually die later on), and increases your damage by a HUGE amount. No-brainer for any pet build.

Bane of the TrappedWall of Death’s cold rune (you know, the one we recommended in the table above…) makes short work of triggering the slow we need to reap the damage bonus.

Defensive gem? If defenses are a problem, simply interchange
Bane of the Powerful with Esoteric Alteration.

Any other gems worth it?

Bane of the Stricken: You might be forced to use this sooner or later. Higher level Rift Guardians can take a while, and this is the answer right here.

Esoteric Alteration: Is a hard carrying defensive gem which serves you well at any point.

Boon of the Hoarder: NEEDED for efficient speedfarming. Luckily, Helltooth is an amazing set for just that… Stops at L50 so that’s great.
(See: Speedfarming General | Witch Doctor Speedfarming | Best WD Speedfarming Build)

Aside from the gems listed above, any other gem is considerably worse.

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 I’m gonna list 2 main things. Some tips on how to play better with the build, and various build adjustments you might need as you progress and pick up more items.

Helltooth isn’t THAT strict on build so you can be creative with fillers…

Here we discuss Playstyle Notes and build Build Adjustments.

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

Summon your boys and go ham. That’s it! There are many intricacies to the build but you’ll only ever remotely need them if you go waaaay up. Here’s a few small tips.

Wall of Death – don’t let it fall off. You don’t need ANY CDR to keep the Helltooth 6 buff on 100% of the time. It’s only the little thing called “laziness” that makes it fall off.

Frozen sucks – Yes they can be frozen and it’s bad news for you. Try to “port” your boys to safety before they get iced, it’s a massive loss of DPS!

Teleporting your friends or “porting” occurs after you travel a short distance from their location. I’m sure you know of this by now… It’s worth mentioning anyway.

Spirit Walk – Invulnerability for the most part. This is the most OP defensive skill, and when tryharding the Jaunt rune is an obscenely long “defensive” cooldown.

More offense or Mana needed?

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

The build is fully packed on “practical” sources of damage. If you want to increase your DPS further you can try the following, but I can’t really recommend what to remove…

Confidence Ritual comes with the keyword “Confidence” in it.

I honestly cannot recommend any other minimal skill or rune changes to accommodate more damage this early on.

More defense needed?

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

Leeching Beasts is also extremely good in keeping yourself healthy, and also currently recommended in the build above. It single handedly carries these types of WD builds for such a minimal cost.

As you’ll soon find out damage gets insane really quickly. Swampland Attunement (already listed above) helps out with this – increasing the range actually does a lot.

Spirit Walk-Jaunt should be used in tryharding, replacing Severance.

Soul Harvest-Languish is the ultimate survival tool for WD’s. The problem is you actually need to have a decent BASE ARMOR RATING. Meaning having this on Belt, Legs, Boots (and sometimes maaaaaybe, chest). Ancients also have a higher Armor rating, so you’ll notice this more a bit later on. It’s great to keep in mind.

Spirit Vessel – ain’t no shame in this. If constant one-shots are getting ya, then this may be the best choice to facilitate more brainless (less salty) play.

More mobility needed?

Mobility and Speed shouldn’t be focused on THIS EARLY. It’s a luxury for a Fresh 70 Witch Doctor. But when you can fit them in, consider these…

Spirit Walk-Severance is the ultimate go-to WD mobility skill. A simple rune change does so much, at little cost. If you’re not pushing GR, this is the rune to use.

Fierce Loyalty is a godlike speed passive that should find its way into your build for bounties or other when you’re speedfarming.

Any other changes for speed at this point is too greedy and I can’t recommend it.

(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).

Core Reminder: informing you as early as now that Short Man’s Finger  is just too powerful – look out for ‘it! This ring singlehandedly “triples” your DPS. 

Blood ShardsDeath's BreathClassics
Using Blood Shards:

Since you got a free Helltooth 6, it’s time to patch up the extra pieces –

Mask of Jeram IS EXTREMELY RARE. It’s the absolute best thing you can pull out of Kadala’s butt, so I’m listing it high up here. The problem? The rarity on this thing will make you pull your hair out. A TRICK I USE is to ask for help PL’ing an L31 WD. Spend blood shards for helmet on this guy for a greater chance of MoJ. It’s gonna be cubed anyway.

Tasker and Theo from Gloves is a super godlike pickup as well this early on. While the use of this in the ultra end-game is debatable, there’s some serious gains to have here. Using MoJ and T&T in the same build requires RoRG.

Bracers: Lakumba’s Ornament is good for pretty much any WD, and our end-game item. Oh, you can get Nemesis here too, which pretty much what you’ll be using most of the time (speedfarming) until you actually NEED the damage reduction on Ornament. Jeram’s Bracer isn’t as good as it sounds, but serves as a good filler in the same pile.

Belt: Quite a few good belts here and there. Personally, my favorite at this point in the game is String of EarsBelt of Transcendence is another amazing defensive option, too providing more little guys to tank for us. Witching Hour is the tryhard belt of choice. Goldwrap is never bad to have, either.

Just reminding you of the Bounty Rings:

Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:

Upgrading Ceremonial Knife – for Sacred Harvester is the end-game plan. +5 stacks of Soul Harvest is pretty huge and gets better the higher our base INT is. There’s a couple cute fillers here, nothing actually worth mentioning (which is why I recommend 2H Mace).

Upgrading Mojo – for any number of usable legendaries helps out. Henri’s PerquisitionThing of the Deep and Uhkapian Serpent are ALL usable. But they’re all gonna suck if you don’t have a 1-hander to use ’em with which is why this step goes last. ALSO because we try to get these with Blood Shards, as well.

Coincidentally, Ceremonial Knife and Mojo also give us Manajuma’s Set, of which we can easily make a temporary bounty build from.

Lastly, Upgrading 2H Mace – hopefully gets us The Furnace. Also, Wrath of the Bone King is an amazing filler we might get along the way.

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! Or you know… Mask of Jeram! (Tasker and Theo, too)

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.

Just reminding you of the bounty rings:

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

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. 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.

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

    • 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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).

    • 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.

  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.

  7. 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

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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.


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