Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
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 2.6.4 and Season 16.
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 % bonus, and is advisable to obtain it on both items.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
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 ring and 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 and Locust Swarm spam into static Firebats channeling. The Ring of Emptiness will occupy your second ring slot; this legendary jewelry piece dramatically increases your damage against enemies affected by both Haunt and Locust Swarm, necessitating their inclusion in the build. Note that this slot is interchangeable with Unity depending on your better rolled item, with the weaker one going into the jewelry Cube slot.
Two Firebats-synergistic legendaries will be worn during Greater Rift progression. Lakumba's Ornament works alongside the bonuses of the equipped 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 were added later, in Patch 2.4.1, as a way to further boost Firebats damage on the condition that the enemy is affected by Locust Swarm or Piranhas (further cementing the inclusion of the former in the build).
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 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, 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 mojo, adding the Pestilence rune for free to the build and thus easing the Locust Swarm spread onto enemies.
1.1. Season 16 Adjustments
During Season 16 (and in seasonal play only), you will be getting the benefits of Ring of Royal Grandeur passively, without the need to wear it. For the Acid Cloud WD builds, this allows you to up the damage and crowd control of the build considerably.
Due to the free RoRG buff, you are able to drop a core Arachyr piece, Arachyr's Mantle, and retain the Arachyr 6-piece bonus. Shift the Mantle of Channeling from your armor Cube slot into your worn equipment, and do keep in mind the significant variance in its unique property — anywhere from 20 to 25% on the bonuses. The empty armor slot in the Cube should be taken up by Coils of the First Spider, a powerful sustain piece that you previously needed to drop for maximum progression. Now you can enjoy its benefits, and fully maximized too, due to cubing — both 30% DR and 80,000 Life per Hit.
2. Paragon Points
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 and 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, a gem dedicated to this very purpose.
Taeguk is taken as a rare hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, with continued Firebats channeling keeping the stacks capped from fight to fight. Mana management in order to channel Firebats continuously until the end of a big fight will require practice, but is well worth it for the Taeguk DPS and toughness build up.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Early on in character progression, it is recommended that your armor Cube slot is taken by 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, 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 or Unity. The latter is used, of course, to bring 50% damage reduction when paired with a Unity on the follower (who also equips an immortality relic, i.e. Enchanting Favor).
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.
- 18 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 12 Nov. 2017: Revised gemming and Cube recommendations.
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