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 24, the Witch Doctor free set is: Spirit of Arachyr.
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.
Early Reaper’s Wraps? WD Doesn’t really benefit much from this since it’s kind of easy to manage mana. But, it’s essentially free and it’s easy to get (Plans from any Torment Malthael). So, it’s an option but not a critical one.
Witch Doctor typically SMASHES the early seasonal journey so, while you don’t need to tryhard, keeping the below notes in the back of your mind is something.
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 Arachyr free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Arachyr free set – getting the 4pc
4pc Arachyr free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Arachyr 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 Arachyr free set GR20
S24 Fresh 70 Witch Doctor 6pc Arachyr Build
|S24 Fresh 70 WD Arachyr Free Set 6pc Build|
|Corpse Spiders (Open)||Blazing Spiders|
|Locust Swarm (Firebats)||Pestilence (Dire Bats, Cloud)|
Languish (Soul to Waste)
Angry Chicken (Open)
Fierce Loyalty (Open)
|Blood Ritual (Open)||
Jungle Fortitude (Open)
Choose between Locust Swarm and Firebats as your primary DPS skill for now. Corpse Spiders, if you can survive without a “generator”, do it (It does decent damage and restores mana). Hex can be anything, but Angry Chicken is actually a decent nuke.
Jungle Fortitude can be switched to Spiritual Attunement if you want more mana. Fierce Loyalty is purely for speed, so you can sub that out too if you like.
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.
Important notes right now:
- Crafted Reapers Wraps can help you now that you’re not spamming Haunt with Rush of Essence. It’s not a huge deal for WD’s, but it’s an easy non-rng upgrade.
- Rubies and/or Emeralds on chest/legs, Topaz/Diamond/Amethyst on Helm. Topaz might not be a bad idea early on, as your spells can be resource heavy.
- Low effort rerolls – remove trash stats and get decent ones. No need to tryhard, but a little care goes a long way.
- Follower build and items – MASSIVE Farming speed gains for almost no effort.
Okay, congrats on the 6pc, but your journey has just begun! Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide!
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 is just plain good for what we want to do. At level 25 it maxes out, and it will give you good value for a LONG TIME.
You need a defensive gem – either Molten Wildebeest Gizzard (to help with Squirts later on), or Moratorium. You need an extra defensive gem this early on. Trust me on this. You can toss them in augments later on.
Boon of the Hoarder… Since this is strictly a speedfarming build you will want to use this alongside the follower farming build.
Check the next tab for more “normal” gem recommendations.
Bane of the Trapped is the usual DPS gem, never sad to own one. This should “always” replace Powerful at higher levels.
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.
Keep in mind Captain Crimson items are crafted (but you need RoRG to use ’em).
Spending currencies (Blood Shards & Deaths Breath):
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Belt for Goldwrap – this is only useful if you have a Boon of the Hoarder, and Avarice Band. The “Trifecta”, the “Holy Trinity” of gold-centric builds. See Follower Build.
Bracer for Nemesis Bracer, and fillers like Krelms Buff or Lakumba’s Ornament. Nemesis can go on your follower. For the “final build” the
Mojo for Manajuma’s Gory Fetch. The other half of the angry chicken weapon set.
Past this, there’s nothing else you NEED.
You can try to get your rings with shards too, but it’s a long shot. You can also try to get items for other builds you wanna try out. Accessories in general are EXPENSIVE to fish for with shards.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance.
1h Ceremonial Knife for Manajuma’s Carving Knife. One half of your Angry Chicken weapon set!
2h Staff for Wormwood. This is only used to trigger Ring of Emptiness for free. So don’t try to get this until you get RoE.
1h Sword for In-Geom. This is an option for certain Angry Chicken setups, and the final weapon I would want for this build (BUT I REALLY WOULDNT SPEND DB ON THIS, and just wait for it to drop).
If you’ve got the above, you got two options. Use DB’s for RINGS and Squirt’s Necklace (Accessories are long shots), or try for weapons used in other builds.
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 these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Ring of Emptiness is a generic DPS increase, but requires some work. Luckily, the Wormwood method is how we wanna achieve it.
Hellfire Amulet is crafted – so it’s a non-RNG boost.
Squirt’s Necklace is your “final piece”, you only want to use this in conjuction with your full build, alongside Molten Wildebeests Gizzard.
2x Unity. You need two for it to work, and it’s certainly an option. However, with the typical Follower farming build you might not have space for Unity on your follower. It’s an option. Wouldn’t waste resources trying to get this, but just let it come.
There’s lots of other rings you can use…
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
^- you’ll need both of ’em.
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 the farming follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
Arachyr Full Build Template Preview
This is the aforementioned “Sane and Balanced ANGRY CHICKEN BUILD ™“. It’s a goldwrap build (but you can easily adjust it). This is purely built for speedfarming, and not tryharding. But it does what it’s meant to do WELL.
|S24 WD Fresh 70 Arachyr 6pc Build Template / Preview SPEEDFARMING|
|Shoulder||Arachyr||(Open) Spirit Walk||Severance|
|Boots||Captain Crimson||Hex||Angry Chicken|
|Belt||Captain Crimson||Zombie Dogs||
Krelms Buff Bracers (Open)
|Amulet||Squirts Necklace (Hellfire)||Grave Injustice (Needed)|
|Ring||Ring of Emptiness||Jungle Fortitude (Open)|
|Weapon||Manajuma’s Carver||Tribal Rites (Open)|
|Offhand||Manajuma’s Gory Fetch||—|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Wormwood (In-Geom)||Boon of the Hoarder|
|Goldwrap||Bane of the Powerful (Trapped)|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||Molten Wildebeests Gizzard (If Squirts)|
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Arachyr. 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!
Season 24: Ethereals and YOU? What do!?
I can’t go through every detail given the focus of this guide (Fresh 70). Best general advice? If it has a legendary power you want – then it’s “ALWAYS” AN UPGRADE. Does it convert your 2H into a 1H? GODLY UPGRADE. Rolling a good passive is simply icing on the cake!
Sadly, ETHEREALS ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ANY WEAPON SETS.
And in our case, that includes Manajuma’s.
But, of course, keep your Ethereals for any other “tryhard” “more serious” builds you want to try. Angry Chicken is a godly farming build that sadly has a lower “cap” than most, so it’s serves perfectly as a transitionary build.
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.
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)
(I should be adding an Angry Chicken page to the above!)
- 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 more D3 info.
Some of these links are not updated for S24
But will serve as a data point in the meantime
Well, good luck with your Fresh 70 Witch Doctor! Arachyr Angry chicken (as long as it’s a “sane” variant) can be quite good. It gets a bad rap from people trying to overly optimize it for speed, but at least it’s a unique angle of attacking a season start. Honestly a fun and refreshing free set to have. Hopefully our guide helped you gain power quickly. HF out there!
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?
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.
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.
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 🙂
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
Thank you for your kind words! It’s what these guides are made for good sir!
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.
What do you mean when you say Belt of Trans works along Fetish Sycophant? Is it that you get Fetishes up faster?
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.
are you going to update this for Season 10 set ?
updated it last tues.
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).
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?
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.
we’re glad we’re able to help you! 🙂 GR38 is enough to level a gem up to 25 with 100% success rate
what about paragon points?
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
This needs updating for S8
yes sir… we are working on it! will post once its ready
Thanks for this awesome guide! Followed it with super success! Awesome looking forward to see more like this!
wow thats insane! Best guide ever found sofar! GJ !!
Which gems should you level ASAP? You list Zei’s, Powerful, and Trapped but only talk about Trapped and Enforcer which isn’t listed.
Oh ZEIS??? That’s a typo! Leave powerful @ 25 (level sparingly), dump points into Enforcer and Trapped. FIXED LGEM SECTION
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.
I can’t get any set pieces to drop from Izual in Torment 2. Is it just luck and RNG?
Is this your first class that you played this season? If yes, you should get the 2nd free set in your mailbox right after you kill Izual.
In the build you said ” I see it as unnecessary” where you talking about the ‘Locust Swarm’ or the ‘Corpse Spiders’ skill?
Technically both are lol. Use Spiders if you have mana problem and Locust Swarm or any other if you don’t.