Decided to get Haedrig’s gift this season on Witch Doctor? Well, we’re here to help you get it in the most effective way possible with our Fresh 70 Witch Doctor Guide. Build progression will be placed per chapter to aid in acquiring the free set this season, which can also help in your character’s progression.

Witch Doctor free set for season 18 is Zunimassa’s Haunt.

NO Free Set? Go to PAGE 2!

Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: Free set available! | No free set!
Getting the Free Set | Free Set 70 | Gaining Power | Bridging to the End-game
Want to check out our WD Leveling Guide?

Important Note: Crafting Reaper’s Wraps RIGHT NOW is a significant boost for such little effort. The recipe drops from any torment Malthael. While not HUGE for WD, it helps.

S18 Season of Triune and YOU

In S18, the seasonal bonus DIRECTLY BENEFITS any character, at any point in their progression – which is great seeing as this is a “Fresh Level 70” guide.

A chance to gain an “occulus ring” of any one of the following: Damage, CDR, or RCR, is a godly bonus. While RCR isn’t so hot, and CDR depends on build – ANYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM DOUBLE DAMAGE!

Luckily, this makes our leveling and progression journey a little easier this time around.

Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: Getting the Free Set!

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

IMPORTANT: Setting up!

Fresh 70 Witch Doctor Items needed: As you progress just be aware of what you’re gonna need. A little care goes a long way. INT+VIT is a great start, rolling out useless stats like resource cost reduction and life regen. REROLLING YELLOWS IS PURE VALUE!


Since our main stat (INT) does NOT GIVE ARMOR – it gives Resists! This is great, but we lose an important piece of our defensive stack. Long story short, an Int char should roll Armor on: Chest, Legs, Boots, Belt, and Shoulders (early on). ALSO REMOVE ALLRES on your gear for better stats.

2H Mace: You’ll be using this for a while. A good 2H mace will carry you, and you’ll need something really bad ass to consider replacing this. INT goes without saying, LIFE PER HIT is SUPER LEGIT on weapon for WD’s.

Life per hit: If you can’t get it on your weapon, get it SOMEWHERE else. Why? We abuse Leeching Beasts to blaze through the seasonal journey. Many slots roll LpH so you’re bound to run into it. OK, fine I’ll list ’em. WPN, HELM, RING, NECK, WRIST, HAND.

Belt is a huge source of defense as well. INT VIT ARMOR LIFE > RES, you can get 4 of 5.

Fetish Army% (and Gargantuan%) roll on shoulders and chest.

Zunimassa has no shoulder piece! So you may as well roll a good one with INT VIT (Skill%) Armor, or something like that.

Gems:ARMOR GEMS FOR BODY/LEGS/Other basic sockets are AMAZING (Rubies or Emeralds give ARMOR) Amethyst on weapon can be a great source of Life per Hit.

Elemental% for Bracer & Necklace: LISTEN UP! This varies wildly depending on what your build is. Also, is it your bracer for RIGHT NOW? or is it your ENDGAME bracer? I won’t take responsibility for ruined items. Personally, I’m going for Poison% (for Darts).

SAVE YOUR BEST 1-HANDER & MOJO. As a backup. Why? Let’s say you get a great Mojo – you have no 1 hander to use it with! And vice versa. Just a precaution you should note.

Don’t forget to take Templar and a pet with you! Helps with your health and regen, and the gold collection from monsters (need this to level up your crafters!)


  • ALLRES– you have too much of it. Go for Armor
  • Life Regen – trash tier stat. Not impactful at all.
  • CDR and RCR – too much is not needed, especially in unrefined early builds.
  • ASPD is more for endgame tuning….

Take GREAT STATS such as…

  • INT & VIT – your core stats. It’s hard to get too much
  • ARMOR– is SUPER IMPORTANT for your defenses.
  • Any CRIT STAT – can’t go wrong with these.
  • Life Per Hit – is very useful early on. Great rolls on temporary items.

It’s not about getting the perfect stats right now – but getting “good ones”, while avoiding useless ones.

Customizing 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 Mouse wheel 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. 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 Kill Izual on T2
Blacksmith to L10 Blacksmith, Jeweler & Mystic to L12 Kill Butcher at L70 on Master Keywarden Act I at T4
Jeweler to L10 Unlock Kanai’s Cube Kill Urzael at L70 on Master Keywarden Act II at T4
Mystic to L10 Get to L70 Act I bounty cache Keywarden Act III at T4
Kill Araneae  Kill Maghda at L60 Act II bounty cache Keywarden Act IV at T4
Kill Cydaea  Kill Adria at L60 Act III bounty cache  Kill Zoltun Kulle 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 + Ring
3rd set: Chest + Pants + Off-hand

Season Journey Chapter 2: Getting the 2 piece set

This build is pretty much Speedfarming ready!

Fresh 70 Witch Doctor’s No Set Build
Skills Rune
Poison Darts Splinters
Locust Swarm Searing Locusts
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Haunt Poisoned Spirits (Any)
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste / Languish
Gargantuan Humongoid
Midnight Feast Pierce the Veil
Fetish Sycophant Fierce Loyalty

***Pressing Shift+J (Default) opens up your Seasonal Journey tracker!***

Due to the power of basic WD’s, we can be greedy enough to place many speedy elements into our build. A really basic, efficient killer this one is.

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 (Neph on Expert).

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.

Season Journey Chapter 3: Getting the 4 piece set

No change to build! We can still be greedy, but defense will be a problem soon. Life per Hit and Armor… don’t care how many times I remind ya.

S18 Fresh 70 Zunimassa 2pc Build
Skills Rune
Haunt Resentful Spirit (Preference)
Fetish Army Legion of Daggers
Soul Harvest Soul to Waste / Languish
Spirit Walk Severance
Gargantuan Humongoid
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Pierce the Veil Fetish Sycophants
Fierce Loyalty Midnight Feast

A direct upgrade from our previous build. We replace our “worst” skill, Locust Swarm – into a workhorse! Fetish Army!

***Pressing Shift+J (Default) opens up your Seasonal Journey tracker!***

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; if that’s the case, why make it harder for you? Done? Increase difficulty to Master and do the following:

Beat these on Master difficulty:

  • Nephalem Rift just complete this. Stack up on defensives if needed. 
  • Kill Butcher – Act I, Halls of Agony Level 3
  • Kill Urzael – Act V, Westmarch Heights

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.

Season Journey Chapter 4: Getting the 6 piece set
S18 Fresh 70 Zunimassa 4pc Build
Skills Rune
Haunt Resentful Spirit (Preference)
Fetish Army Legion of Daggers
Soul Harvest Languish (Soul to Waste)
Spirit Walk Severance (Jaunt)
Gargantuan Humongoid
Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Pierce the Veil (Open) Confidence Ritual / Swampland
Fetish Sycophants Midnight Feast

The Torment IV entries may seem really fat right now. The 4pc bonus is a phenomenal toughness boost, but we don’t actually deal THAT much damage…  Adjust your build accordingly.

***Pressing Shift+J (Default) opens up your Seasonal Journey tracker!***

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 is a tough call. Go for 1h Ceremonial Knife and hope for something “usable”. There are a lot of decent ones you can cube for some gain in power.

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 Torment II – Kill Izual – Act IV, The Silver Spire Level 1

Set Difficulty Torment IVYou gotta kill some bosses here, lots of walking involved!

  • Kill Zoltun Kulle – Act II, Archives of Zoltun Kulle
  • Kill Odeg – Keywarden in ACT I – Fields of Misery.
  • Kill Sokahr Keywarden in ACT II – Dahlgur Oasis.
  • Kill Xah’Rith – Keywarden in ACT III – Stonefort.
  • Kill Nekarat – Keywarden in ACT IV – Gardens 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: Will tackle this in the next clicky. But before that, check if GR20 is already unlocked for you. If not, do a few GR runs to open up this tier. You can also level up your first legendary gem that drops from here (Hello, Bane of the Powerful).

Witch Doctor GR 20: 4pc Zunimassa's Haunt

Minor build adjustment: removing Spirit Walk for Poison Dart-Splinters to bolster our DPS. The only way you’ll fail this is a massive lack of damage.

S18 Fresh 70 Zunimassa 4pc GR 20 Set Build
Skill Rune
Haunt (Acid Cloud) (Any Spender) Poisoned Spirit (Acid Rain)
Poison Dart (Piranhas?) Splinters (Piranhado)
Soul Harvest Languish
Fetish Army Legion of Daggers
Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Garagantuan Humongoid
Fetish Sycophants Confidence Ritual (Open)
Pierce the Veil (Open) Midnight Feast

“Hey I have a legendary that can really help me out: what skill do I remove?” If looking at the above, removing Poison Darts is your best bet for build adjustments. If you need a mana passive, use Rush of Essence since we spam Haunt.

FIX PARAGONS: INT | Crit | All Res | LpH

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): 300k~
  • Toughness (sheet): 7.7M~
  • Recovery (sheet): 550k~
  • NO ‘special’ legendaries aside from the 4PC Zunimassa’s Haunt.
  • NO Pylons taken.
  • NO Legendary Gems.
  • NO Cubed powers used.
  • Remaining Time: 2-5m

Defense is well taken care of: as long as you have at least 1 Life per Hit roll for your Dogs, and “some” Armor rolls. Zuni 4pc is a workhorse in this regard.

DAMAGE IS YOUR MAIN ISSUE! Annoyingly, this build kills pretty slowly. The addition of Poison Dart is “KEY” if you’re attempting this with the same restraints as I did. Spirit Walk, while be sorely missed in the rift, is the only skill we can let go.

This is an anti-RNG setup, but you’ll get a close call. If you heavily neglected your gear, you will fail. You’ll clear with anywhere between 1 and 3 minutes I guess.

Reroll yellows for more DPS! Topaz on sockets!!!

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Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: 6pc Free Set Build

As you approach the end-game,
A GARGANTUAN FOCUSED BUILD is probably better.

S18 Fresh 70 Zunimassa 6pc Set Build
Skill Rune
Haunt (Acid Cloud) Resentful (Acid Rain)
Spirit Walk Severance (Jaunt)
Soul Harvest Languish (Soul to Waste)
Gargantuan (Open) Humongoid (Open)
Fetish Army Legion of Daggers
Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts
Fetish Sycophants Swampland Attunement
Midnight Feast (Fierce Loyalty) OPEN (Jungle, Mana passives)

The question right now is whether you like Haunt or not. FEEL FREE TO EXPERIMENT what suits you best. Some people like Acid Cloud-Acid Rain, some people like Spirit Barrage-Phantasm. There’s a bunch of possibilities here.

Feel free to craft Reaper’s Wraps (plans from T1 Malthael) if you’re experimenting with spenders. It’s always a great early game item!

Zunimassa 6 – 3 phases of evolution:

  • Sorting our your spender issues via random drops.
  • Nabbing a Short Man’s Finger, retaining Gargs (great boost of power)
  • Getting the full Darts build! (if you choose this path)

So, now what now!?

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!


Keep in mind if you have a passive, item or rune which removes mana cost – it is still considered a spender BUT A BUTTON MUST BE PRESSED for it to trigger. Meaning things like Wormwood won’t work.

Haunt, and its various runes, is REALLY EFFECTIVE – i know it sounds really bad when you think about it (slow application) but it just work, but the spirit “passing to a new guy” doesn’t seem to work? Need confirmation.

You have to flex your creativity a bit – experiment! Many random drops might help you find some weird in-between setup that’s best for now.


The Darts build requires a lot of items. Even if we don’t use Gargs later on, Short Man’s Finger is a midgame “filler” that really boosts you up since “getting the ENTIRE DARTS SETUP” is difficult.

Item Review

Armor & Intelligence Characters: Hate to be a broken record! Roll Armor on: Chest, Legs, Boots, Belt Shoulders. INT gives Resists, which is awesome, but leaves Armor sorely lacking.

Zunimassa’s has no shoulder piece! So you may as well roll a good one with INT VIT (Skill%) Armor, or something like that.

Life per Hit with Leeching Beasts is OP. Rolled on weapons (amulet) or temporarily, a Purple on weapon. Leeching Beasts may have to be dropped for temporary build evolutions from time to time – but remember that it is one of your best methods of sustainability.

Skill% (Fetish Army or Gargs) shows up Chest and Shoulders.

Belt is a massive toughness boost. INT VIT ARMOR LIFE RES, in that order.

Save your best one-hander and mojo – in case you get a great legendary one! It would suck picking up Sacred Harvester with no Mojo to use, and vice versa.

Getting the “correct” stats has a much higher impact vs.
getting the “perfect” stats, for now.

Gaining Power!

It’s time to get beefier. The easiest way is Legendary Gems, and obtaining key items.

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 Zunimassa “Big 3” gems, and “others”.

WD Zunimassa 6 Fresh 70: Big 3 GemsOther gems?

Get these three to L25 ASAP:

Bane of the Powerful is a great gem to 25 first. Why? Its power maxes out at L25, and only improves in duration after that. Perfect for our next goal of “farming fast”.

Enforcer is a no brainer. “Increase pet damage”. Sink all the points you can here.

Right now you might want to use a defensive option for the third gem, since you will be doing more than enough damage. Esoteric Alteration or Moratorium comes to mind! However, your whole setup simple fails if you don’t have Leeching Beasts online.

Any other gems worth it?

Bane of the Trapped is a generic DPS gem that may be difficult to have consistently up right now, but that’s easily fixable down the line. This replaces Powerful down the line.

Bane of the Stricken is great for any endgame character.

Simplicity’s Strength is used for the endgame if you’re going for the Darts build.

Esoteric Alteration is the default endgame defensive gem.

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

Efficient farming and powering of gems will get your top 3 gems to 25 in no time! Just do Greater Rifts until 34 to ensure a level 25 gem.

With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels (VI+ at least). DEFENSE BECOMES A SERIOUS PROBLEM from here on out!

Playing the Build & Adjustments

Now that you have the base “power level” of your 6 set and gems, let’s take a short time to review How to Play the Build. Here’s some really basic tips for playing Zunimassa to help you as you progress into higher difficulties. It’s by no means comprehensive, but still helpful.

Also, 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.

Here we discuss Playstyle Notes and build Build Adjustments.

Playing Zunimassa 6 - BasicsOffense & ResourceDefense & HealingSpeed & Mobility
Well there ain’t much to say: summon and “AFK”. Or not.
Zunimassa 6 is triggered by a MANA SPENDER.

Keep in mind if you have a passive, item or rune which removes mana cost – it is still considered a spender BUT A BUTTON MUST BE PRESSED for it to trigger. Meaning things like Wormwood won’t work.

The most important aspect of the build is actually tagging enemies with a spender and “mentally keeping tabs”. It’s not like Helltooth wherein you gain a damage buff, it’s a debuff placed on enemies!

23 is the number. Your max fetishes possible. Always keep it at or near that number!

There isn’t much nuance to these kinds of builds early on.

Ultimately, this isn’t a skill heavy build for the content we’re doing right now.

More offense or Mana needed?

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

The build is preeeeetty tight right now… but here are some suggestions.

Damage? There’s a lot you can do to increase your damage, but the best ones are locked behind finding legendary drops. Here’s a few suggestions:

Mana? I don’t think you’ll really need much Mana now, BUT there are game-changing legendaries that might cause you to be Mana starved, so here are the best choices:

Reaper’s Wraps can be an amazing filler! Keep it in mind.

  • Rush of Essence is pretty good! Haunt actually GIVES YOU BACK MP.
  • Grave Injustice is great overall. Gives “CDR” too which is great for some skills.
  • Mojo with mana regen roll. Unexciting but effective. (Templar too)

Poison Dart-Spined Dart (which is eventually used in the Darts build) gains MP, so that takes care of much of your worries LATER ON.

More defense needed?

Defense is usually seen as mitigation or self-healing.

Use Armor gems on your gear (Rubies, Emeralds).
It REALLY helps early on!

First, I will talk about Witch Doctor’s main defenses (both of which I recommend). 1) Armor via Soul Harvest-Languish. It won’t work well if your base Armor rating is CRAP, so get those Armor rolls going. 2) Leeching Beasts has been mentioned enough, but again, the self-healing is insane.

Swampland Attunement is king of defensive passives. Pickup radius is relevant for WD’s if you haven’t noticed. Note that this doesn’t increase lightning and arcane resist.

Increasing your INT increases your Resists. So augments and gearing up is a huge factor. In terms of your actual kit, there’s not much practical defenses you can gain…

Luckily Z6 has no problems here. 23 fetishes x 3% is 69% single-stack DR.

More mobility needed?

Mobility and speed simply make farming faster. If you’re slightly newer, you may underestimate just how important this is!

Fierce Loyalty is too good. Brainless movespeed increase, and it’s HUGE. Try to fit it into the build whenever you can!

Spirit Walk-Severance: is the basic Mobility skill/rune. The massive distance you cover with this is already amazing. (It’s already in the build).

Grave Injustice is fantastic with the build. You will always have Spirit Walk up after each chunk of mob dies. It’s a great passive in general.

Soul Harvest-Soul to Waste: Again, a low impact rune selection for a huge boost in Mobility. Always keep this in mind if you have no problem surviving – as sacrificing the Languish rune is pretty harsh.

WD’s have no problem getting faster – but any other niche changes are too greedy for now.
(See: Speedfarming General, Witch Doctor Speedfarming, Best WD 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).

Last reminder: Reapers Wraps can save you some headaches if you’re still aching on Mana. Plans drop from any Torment Malthael.

Blood ShardsDeath's BreathClassics

Using Blood Shards:

You can easily fit filler items via replacement, kanai’s cube, and 2 with RoRG.

Mask of Jeram and Tasker and Theo are two of the most “Brainless equip and forget”, “no build adjustments”, “just plain good” items a pet doctor can get. Comes from helms and gloves, respectively. As such Helms and Gloves are up first.

I suppose Belts are next. Belt of Transcendence is amazing! It’s better than Fetish Sycophant passive (sadly, it doesn’t stack – you don’t get 30!). Keep note that, while it doesn’t stack, it WORKS ALONG with your passive, so it might be a good idea to keep both up at the same time. There’s other fillers here like Goldwrap.

Mojos are an OK choice for blood shards – there are many odds and ends here that can temporarily augment your build. The winners here are the defensive Mojos: Uhkapian Serpent, Henri’s Perquisition, and Thing of the Deep. TotD is best paired with Swampland Attunement and/or Grave Injustice.

While I love the Dart Setup, Gargs (Restless Giant) with Spite Mojo
seems to be best right now.

Dart Setup? Depth Diggers is ONLY WHEN USED WITH CARNEVIL. And a skill change to Poison DartsSpined Darts, with the legendary gem Simplicity’s Strength.

Rings: The Short Man’s Finger is so powerful that I’m willing to gamble shards on it.

I might as well remind you now about the “golden pair” from bounties –
Ring of Royal Grandeur: is from ACT I bounties.
Avarice from Act III bounties, for speedfarming – might as well list it down here.

Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:

Upgrade Ceremonial Knife! There are many ceremonial knives that you want. The main two are: Sacred Harvester – a generic boost for “all” WD builds. Not only is it an absurd damage boost, it gives us a little more Armor from Languish. For the future you’ll want to bag Dagger of Darts in the dart build! There are other nice fillers along the way.

I’ll repeat what I said in the previous tab about Mojos. You can get ’em off Death’s Breath upgrades, too. DEFENSIVE MOJOS ARE GREAT – Uhkapian Serpent, Henri’s Perquisition, and Thing of the Deep. TotD is best paired with Swampland Attunement and/or Grave Injustice.

Spite is also a massive Mojo upgrade for Gargs, allowing you to use the Restless Giant rune.

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: A classic of the ages. An obviously powerful ring that acts as “godtier CDR”, it single handedly enables many builds.

Accessory Sets: FocusRestraint 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. Be on the lookout. Avarice drops from ACT III bounties.

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.

Other Witch Doctor Guides:

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Fresh 70 Witch Doctor: Free set available! | No free set!
Getting the Free Set | Free Set 70 | Gaining Power! | Bridging to the End-game

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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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