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Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 12, 2017 at 20:42 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

The other pages of our Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build incorporates either the complete Spirit of Arachyr set, or the complete Helltooth set — they are similarly successful when soloing. By taking all six available pieces of the respective set you open up the jewelry for the Endless Walk set and its damage multiplication bonuses. Rolls-wise, the build takes good advantage of Skill and Area Damage affixes, as well as Cooldown Reduction during speedfarming. The BiS roll for gloves includes high Intelligence, double Crit stats and either Area Damage for Greater Rifts, or Cooldown Reduction for speeds. Area Damage is also helpful on shoulders. It is recommended that you focus on toughness stats on the chest, as well as the pants. The helm and boots can roll Firebats Firebats % bonus, and is advisable to obtain it on both items.

Wearing a complete set allows you to split between offense and defense in the jewelry slots. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This mirrors the Firebats Arachyr playstyle, which goes from extended periods of Haunt Haunt and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm spam into static Firebats Firebats channeling. The Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness will occupy your second ring slot; this legendary jewelry piece dramatically increases your damage against enemies affected by both Haunt Haunt and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm, necessitating their inclusion in the build. Note that this slot is interchangeable with Unity Unity depending on your better rolled item, with the weaker one going into the jewelry Cube slot.

Two Firebats Firebats-synergistic legendaries will be worn during Greater Rift progression. Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament works alongside the bonuses of the equipped Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester (discussed below) and adds 46% Damage Reduction to the build (6% per stack, multiplicative), significantly improving the survival chances of this melee spellcaster build. Bakuli Jungle Wraps Bakuli Jungle Wraps were added later, in Patch 2.4.1, as a way to further boost Firebats Firebats damage on the condition that the enemy is affected by Locust Swarm Locust Swarm or Piranhas Piranhas (further cementing the inclusion of the former in the build).

Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester is the best-in-slot weapon for a Firebats Witch Doctor in GRs, as its unique bonus extends the number of Soul Harvest Soul Harvest stacks from 5 to 10. With the opportunity to buff up for 30% Intelligence (true damage multiplier) and reduce incoming damage in half from a simple Soul Harvest Soul Harvest, this Ceremonial Knife is hard to pass up. To complement it, the best Greater Rifting offhand you can pick for the build is the Vile Hive Vile Hive mojo, adding the Pestilence Pestilence rune for free to the build and thus easing the Locust Swarm Locust Swarm spread onto enemies.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Socket
  4. Firebats %
Shoulders
  1. Intellect
  2. Vitality
  3. Area Damage
  4. Life %
Torso
  1. Intellect
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
Wrists
  1. Fire %
  2. Intellect
  3. Vitality
  4. Critical Hit Chance
Hands
  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
Waist
  1. Intellect
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Armor
Legs
  1. Intellect
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intellect
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Firebats %
Ring #1
  1. Critical Hit Chance
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Socket
  4. Area Damage
Ring #2
  1. Critical Hit Chance
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Socket
  4. Area Damage
Amulet
  1. Fire %
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Socket
Weapon
  1. Damage range
  2. Intellect
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Area Damage
Off-hand
  1. Damage range
  2. Intellect
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Firebats %
  6. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Mana
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  4. Gold Find

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property, and is otherwise triggered by Hex Hex and Haunt Haunt.

When attempting the highest tiers of Greater Rift progression, health numbers of Elites and especially Rift Guardians will jump to near-impossible numbers. In order to tackle the sheer health walls, you will need to use Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken, a gem dedicated to this very purpose.

Taeguk Taeguk is taken as a rare hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, with continued Firebats Firebats channeling keeping the stacks capped from fight to fight. Mana management in order to channel Firebats Firebats continuously until the end of a big fight will require practice, but is well worth it for the Taeguk Taeguk DPS and toughness build up.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Tailored after Firebats Firebats builds, Staff of Chiroptera Staff of Chiroptera will be your weapon during GR progression, sporting a unique affix that doubles the skill's attack speed and reduces its Mana cost by up to 75%.

Early on in character progression, it is recommended that your armor Cube slot is taken by Coils of the First Spider Coils of the First Spider, providing much needed sustain and damage reduction in this near-melee build. Later, as you perfect your character and push him to the very limit, you should switch to the damage increase from Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling, which also retains some of the necessary damage reducing properties in the build.

As previously mentioned, the jewelry Cube slot is interchangeable between your better rolled Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness or Unity Unity. The latter is used, of course, to bring 50% damage reduction when paired with a Unity Unity on the follower (who also equips an immortality relic, i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor).

5. Follower

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 12 Nov. 2017: Revised gemming and Cube recommendations.
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