Best Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Builds: Season 26

. 3 months ago
Blizzard Entertainment, Dexerto

Looking for the best Diablo 3 Witch Doctor builds coming into Season 26? Here’s everything you need to know to creep out the competition. 

Of all Diablo 3’s classes, the Witch Doctor remains probably the most bizarre. Shrouded in a veil of secrecy with an aptitude for summoning some of the game‘s most gruesome creatures, the character offers a wide range of playstyles.

They’re just as fierce as they are straight-up weird, though. Their entourage of beastly creatures and ability to tear through the enemy hordes without taking so much as a scratch makes them a pretty powerful choice.

Looking to master the Witch Doctor? Here’s everything you need to know to get started during this season of Diablo 3.

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Diablo 3 Male Witch doctor with weapons
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The Witch Doctor is just as fierce as they look.

Is the Witch Doctor for me?

If you’ve got a strong stomach and fancy unleashing an array of terrifying creatures upon your opponents, then the Witch Doctor is for you. Juggling raw damage with healing spells and buffs, this mysterious shaman is perfect for players who prefer to remain on the back lines.

Diablo 3’s Witch Doctor is a very unique class, though, so classic mage players we’d recommend you try out the spell slinging Wizard instead.

Is the Witch Doctor good in Diablo 3 Season 26?

Witch Doctor mains can finally rejoice! The creepy character has finally breached the S-Tier once more after having lagged behind the competition for quite some time. With several different builds to pick from, you’ll be able to tear the hordes asunder with your own army of terrifying creatures with little to no trouble.

Diablo 3 witch doctor summons creatures
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Sadly the Witch Doctor isn’t quite the one person army they once were.

Best Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Build: Season 26

This season, players can choose from two builds: Arachyr Spiders or Zunimassa Poison Dart. Our preference is Arachyr (after all, who doesn’t want to toss spiders at people), but we’ve detailed Zunimassa below, too.

In order to make use of this build, though, you’ll need the new and improved Spirit of Arachyr armor set, so if you don’t have it yet get ready to grind.

Active Skills

As you can imagine, this bizarre build relies on Corpse Spiders, one of the Witch Doctor’s nastiest spells. This means you’ll want to try and max out your Corpse Spider damage, as well as DPS stats like Attack Speed, Damage, and Critical Hit Chance – with Attack Speed being the priority.

Skill Rune
Corpse Spiders Widowmakers
Locust Swarm Any rune
Piranhas Piranhado
Spirit Walk Severance
Soul Harvest Languish
Horrify Frightening Aspect

Passive skills

In terms of your passives, you’ll want to have:

  • Grave Injustice
  • Pierce the Veil
  • Confidence Ritual
  • Spirit Vessel
  • Swampland Attunement (perfect for defensive players)

Item Build

To unlock the Witch Doctor’s true potential, you’ll need a decent set of armor and some ceremonial blades to sacrifice your enemies to the spirits:

Item Type Name
Helm Arachyr’s Visage
Shoulders Arachyr’s Mantle
Chest Arachyr’s Carapace
Gloves Arachyr’s Claws
Bracers Lakumba’s Ornament
Belt Blood of Arachnae
Pants Arachyr’s Legs
Boots Arachyr’s Stride
Ring 1 The Compass Rose
Ring 2 Ring of Emptiness
Amulet The Traveler’s Pledge
Main-Hand Weapon The Spider Queen’s Grasp
Off-Hand Weapon Shukrani’s Triumph

Follower

As much as the Followers can be seen as rather irritating on your journey, Season 23 overhauled how they work entirely, making them a little bit more important to your build path.

The Templar and Enchantress are the two best options to accompany your Witch Doctor, with the Enchantress inching out. For Greater Rifts the Templar acts as the perfect battering ram alongside your creatures, while on the whole, the Enchantress gives you some much-needed Cooldown Reduction.

Diablo 3 drawing of bald witch doctor looking at camera
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Is there really just one Witch Doctor build?

Alternative Diablo 3 Witch Doctor builds

Season 26 sees multiple different builds return to the fray, with several different options available to help you hone your playstyle. There’s the aforementioned Zunimassa Poison Dart, or Mundunugu Spirit Barrage, but of the two we recommend the former.

Zunimassa Poison Dart

Making use of your menagerie of fearsome beasts, Zunimassa Poison Dart centers on the Poison Dart ability (obviously) and your Fetishes. Reliant on the Zunimassa’s Haunt armor set, you’ll need to ensure you’ve collected every piece to maximize your damage output.

Below are all of the skills you’ll need to intoxicate your foes:

Skill Rune
Poison Dart Spined Dart
Fetish Army Legion of Daggers
Piranhas Piranhado
Spirit Walk Severance
Soul Harvest Languish
Horrify Frightening Aspect

The full Zunimassa Poison Dart guide can be obtained here.

Mundunugu Spirit Barrage

Once reigning supreme, Mundunugu Spirit Barrage has fallen down the tier list slightly; but it’s still a very viable build. Centered around Season 20’s Mundunugu’s Regalia armor set, you’ll be making use of the Witch Doctor’s arcane prowess instead of their summons.

Here are all of the active skills you’ll need:

Skill Rune
Spirit Barrage Manitou
Locust Swarm Pestilence
Spirit Walk Jaunt
Big Bad Voodoo Ghost Trance
Soul Harvest Languish
Piranhas Piranhado

The full Mundunugu Spirit Barrage guide can be obtained here.

So that’s it for our Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Builds for this Season! Hoping to become a Season 26 champion? Be sure to check out our guides:

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