ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Best Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Builds

Updated on August 8, 2012

The Witch Doctor offers various different play styles.This hero uses three different skill types: Physical, Spirit and Command (which is also known as Summon). Depending on which skill build you choose, the Witch Doctor can deal great damage with either elemental spells, ranged physical abilities or let the summoned demons do the work for him. If you choose the right skills the minions also come in handy for solo play because they can tank so you wouldn't take that much damage. The Witch Doctor also has a lot of crowd controlling abilities that can be employed in battle.

Please note that all builds are designed for a level 60 Witch Doctor. Here is a list of different fun and useful Witch Doctor skill builds for you to try:

  • High DPS Sacrificing Witch Doctor Build
  • Zookeeper Witch Doctor Build
  • Witch Doctor Build Without Minions
  • Balanced PVP Witch Doctor Build


Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build : High DPS Sacrificing
Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build : High DPS Sacrificing

High DPS Sacrificing Witch Doctor Build

Preview

Active Skills

  • Hungry Bats (Firebats)
  • Siphon (Soul Harvest)
  • Final Gift (Summon Zombies)
  • Pride (Sacrifice)
  • Devolution (Mass Confusion)
  • Rain Dance (Big Bad Voodoo)

Passive Skills

  • Spiritual Attunement
  • Gruesome Feast
  • Vision Quest

This is one of the most efficient Witch Doctor builds if you are looking for ultra high damage and decent survivability. The goal of this build is getting huge burst damage by sacrificing Zombie Dogs and getting them available for sacrificing as soon as possible in many different ways.. It is also made in order to preserve as much mana as possible. Although this build offers some means of surviving, it is far from best of it. This is a variation of the builds most endgame players use in hell mode.

Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build : Zookeeper
Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build : Zookeeper

Zookeeper Witch Doctor Build

Preview

Active Skills:

  • Rabid Dogs (Summon Zombie Dogs)
  • Jinx (Hex)
  • Bruiser (Gargantuan)
  • Slam Dance (Big Bad Voodoo)
  • Legion Of Daggers (Fetish Army)
  • Jaunt (Spirit Walk)

Passive Skills

  • Zombie Handler
  • Spirit Vessel
  • Tribal Rites


The strength of this Witch Doctor build is the summoned minions. While Gargantuan and Zombie Dogs tank for you, the Big Bad Voodoo does great damage and Hex will turn them into chickens too. This build allows the Witch Doctor to relax quite a bit because his minions will do the job for him. The weakness of this build is high mana cost of the summoned creatures but if they have decent survivability there won't be much need to intensively use the summoning spells. This is a fun build to play and can help a solo Witch Doctor to survive in hell mode.


Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build: Build Without Minions
Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build: Build Without Minions

Witch Doctor Build Without Minions

Preview

Active Skills

  • Spined Dart (Poison Dart)
  • Phantasm (Spirit Barrage)
  • Healing Journey (Spirit Walk)
  • Siphon (Soul Harvest)
  • Rain Of Corpses (Grasp Of The Dead)
  • Frightening Aspect (Horrify)

Passive Skills

  • Jungle Fortitude
  • Spirit Vessel
  • Spiritual Attunement


If you don't want to rely on minions while fighting then this Witch Doctor build without minions is worth looking at. This build requires intense gameplay because the Witch Doctor without minions really depends on kiting while using snares (which also do a big portion of overall damage) and DoTs (abilities that damage the target over time).

Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build: Balanced PVP
Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build: Balanced PVP

Balanced PVP Witch Doctor Build

Preview

Active Skills

  • Hungry Bats (Firebats)
  • Searing Locusts (Locust Swarm)
  • Grasping Spirit (Haunt)
  • Unbreakable Grasp (Grasp Of The Dead)
  • Phobia (Horrify)
  • Fetish Ambush (Fetish Army)

Passive Skills

  • Pierce The Veil
  • Jungle Fortitude
  • Spiritual Attunement


This build allows to do good damage and almost all damage dealing abilities also incapacitate the enemy one way or another. This Witch Doctor build is like a bag full of nasty, dirty tricks. It has loads of DoT abilities, improved Grasp Of The Dead keeps the enemies at place while surprise Fetish attack does insane amount of burst damage.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Andre 5 years ago

      For those interested, check VodooX at http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/B4n1sH3r-1263/

    • profile image

      Kirby 5 years ago

      I have been wanting to do a sacrifice build. I played around with using all of the runes that give % to spawn new dogs. A lot of times I can blow them up and get all 4 dogs back a couple of times.

      The problem seems to be when I run out of dogs I have huge cooldowns. I thought the passive Grave Injustice could cut that back, but now I need new equipment to increase me pickup radius.

    • Eranofu profile image
      Author

      Eranofu 5 years ago from Europe

      I'm glad you liked the article, John. :))))

      The Zombie Dogs are both cute and terrifying at the same time. One of the best looking pets I have ever seen.

      And I went 'wooooot' when I saw Grasp Of The Dead for the first time. An area where hands reach out of the earth and grab ankles of your enemies... just too cool. :D

    • JohnGreasyGamer profile image

      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Excellent article, and I might have to give these a try when I get the game! I personally like the idea of a caster + pet class, which for some reason, I can't seem to get the hang of in WoW (Fine with Hunters, but terrible with Warlocks). Plus he's got some of the best summons I've seen in a video game!

      I was looking at some of the abilities around a month back, all the talent trees and such, and I think out of all the classes, the Witch Doctor has the most interesting and appealing. Mostly for the poisons and summons!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and liked on FB ^^

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)