Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor Group Progression Variation

Last updated on Nov 22, 2019 at 11:10 by Deadset 16 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Group Progression variant of Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor. Updated for patch 2.6.7 and Season 19.

1.

Arachyr Firebats Group Build

With minor adaptations from the solo GR progression build, Arachyr Firebats can be adapted to handle the highest tiers of group play. Its role in a 2-DPS setup is to take care of AoE damage, clearing large packs of trash and elite enemies. This variation is no longer the preferred AoE DPS spec for groups, but you can still build it and play it in your group with a reasonable degree of success.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Firebats Icon Firebats Cloud of Bats Cloud of Bats Right Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Draining Spirit Draining Spirit 1 Hex Icon Hex Jinx Jinx 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish 4 Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Cloud of Insects
Passive Skills

The most important changes in the skills happen in the passive selection, where solo-oriented utility choices like Grave Injustice Grave Injustice and Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel give way to pure damage increases: Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast and Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil. During group Greater Rifting, your safety is guaranteed by support teammates and no investment in the cooldown reduction passive Grave Injustice Grave Injustice will be needed; this opens up the passive slot for the additive damage increase of Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil, whose additional Mana costs should be a non-issue with a properly spread Draining Spirit Draining Spirit. For similar reasons, the cheat death of Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel can be dropped and this slot is best left to Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast. The strongest damage passive for Witch Doctors due to its true multiplier, it grants you a 10% increase of Mana and Intelligence when you pick up a health globe, stacking up to five times.

3.

Adapting Gear

The only change necessary in gear is to adapt your ring selection; if you are wearing Unity Unity in your soloing variation, exchange it for the damage increase of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements. If your Unity Unity was cubed, the change will occur there. Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness and the Endless Walk set remain a fixture to the build.

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

To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.

4.

Adapting Gemming

When grouped with a single target DPS teammate, you can omit any Guardian-killing concerns from the build and focus on improving your AoE DPS. To that end, you will be dropping Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken from the soloing setup and replacing it with Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer — the attack speed scaling of the gem works wonders in high density, leading to your overwhelming performance against trash packs.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

The weapon Cube selection remains the same as the soloing spec — Staff of Chiroptera Staff of Chiroptera. The armor Cube slot needs to be occupied by Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling, similarly to how it was suggested for high end soloing (there is even less of a need for the Coils of the First Spider Coils of the First Spider sustain when grouped with a healing Monk). Finally, the jewelry Cube slot needs to be taken by your weaker rolled item between Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness.

6.

Changelog

  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 17 Nov. 2017: Added group variant.
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