Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Apr 14, 2022 at 09:00 by Deadset 33 comments
1.

Angry Chicken Speed Farming

The Arachyr Firebats deals reasonably well with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. With the appropriate gear modifications outlined below, it should also prove as a reliable and capable bounty farming build. We have solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Firebats Icon Firebats Cloud of Bats Cloud of Bats Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence 1 Horrify Icon Horrify Stalker Stalker 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Soul to Waste Soul to Waste 4 Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

You still begin runs by Soul Harvest Soul Harvesting the nearest enemy pack, preferably from the safety of Spirit Walk Spirit Walk. Whether you wear Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament for extra protection or not, harvesting will speed you up with the Soul to Waste Soul to Waste rune. Horrify Horrify is also used for a movement speed buff via the rune Stalker Stalker. Refresh both buffs and try not to let them fall off. You are at a significant combat advantage with the powers of Shukrani's Triumph Shukrani's Triumph, which allows you near limitless mobility in your Spirit Walk Spirit Walk state, and when you decide to engage, it multiplies your damage — more than enough to oneshot packs during speed farming. To ensure their destruction, pre-pull with Piranhado Piranhado to render them helpless and spread Locust Swarm Locust Swarm on them to trigger the damage multiplication from Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness.

3.

Adapting Skills

Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.

  • Firebats Firebats is still your main damage dealer, taken with the highest damage rune — Cloud of Bats Cloud of Bats. This is a 15-yard radius channeling skill, whose damage ramps up over a 3-second period and whose attack speed gets snapshotted at the start of channeling with any applicable buffs.
  • A proc for Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness will also be quite helpful to cement your ability to oneshot enemies; our default recommendation is to take Locust Swarm Locust Swarm with the superior spread of the Pestilence Pestilence rune, and to focus on Firebats Firebats damage on gear. You can however viably alternate the rune to the fiery Searing Locusts Searing Locusts and take advantage of the Arachyr set damage multiplication for this skill as well; if you opt to do so, consider rolling Locust Swarm Locust Swarm damage on your shoulders and chest, and using Vile Hive Vile Hive over Shukrani's Triumph Shukrani's Triumph.
  • You should exchange the lengthier effect of the Jaunt Jaunt rune on Spirit Walk Spirit Walk for the faster movement of Severance Severance.
  • You should exchange the unnecessarily tanky Languish Languish rune of Soul Harvest Soul Harvest for the boost of speed coming from Soul to Waste Soul to Waste. With similar argumentation, swap the Horrify Horrify rune from Frightening Aspect Frightening Aspect to Stalker Stalker.
  • You can keep some crowd control in the build with Piranhas Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado, clumping up enemies for the ease of Firebats Firebats destruction.
  • In your passives, replace the progression-oriented Blood Ritual Blood Ritual for a cheat death failsafe from Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel. Replace Confidence Ritual Confidence Ritual with Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast, as it undeniably offers the strongest damage increase among its peers, provided you can keep it stacked with health globes — an easy task when farming. Keep Grave Injustice Grave Injustice for the cooldown reduction utility, and Creeping Death Creeping Death to reduce the need to reapply Locust Swarm Locust Swarm.
4.

Adapting Gear

The foundation of the build will closely resemble the GR progression build, as you still rely on the 6-piece set bonus of Arachyr to deal damage. You will be equipping all 6 available pieces of the set, freeing up your jewelry slots for damage and utility-oriented amulet and rings, as well as allowing you to equip speedfarm-oriented gear in your rermaining armor slots. Your weapon and offhand can stay on the same pieces from GR progression, as both Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester and Shukrani's Triumph Shukrani's Triumph provide generically useful bonuses for speed farming as well.

You will keep Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness from the GR progression build, as it provides a time- and pacing-agnostic damage bonus at the mere cost of including Locust Swarm Locust Swarm in the build. Another great ring for GR speed farming is Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, whose movement speed bonus will be triggered constantly via Horrify Horrify. The third suggested ring for the setup is a Fire damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan, which provides a consistent elemental and elite damage bonus. You should have the SoJ equipped, since its elemental and elite bonuses cannot be extracted in the Cube; pair it with your better rolled item between Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness and Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, and cube the worse one.

It should be noted that Avarice Band Avarice Band is a supremely useful legendary item that, in conjunction with Goldwrap Goldwrap and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, will form a gold triumvirate that keeps you safe and showered in gold as you farm up T16s. When you are farming solo however, this ring can be equipped on your Follower, and its power will "Emanate" to you (meaning you gain the benefits of the item as if you wore it yourself). That being said, in group farming you will need to wear the Avarice Band Avarice Band yourself, replacing the SoJ, since you cannot have a Follower in parties.

Early on in character progression, you can keep Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament for the immense damage reduction it provides to the build. When you have progressed your character and are comfortable with Goldwrap Goldwrap mechanics and relying on procs to survive, you can swap Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament out for Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards, which provide you with an additional speed boost based on environmental destruction. The former favorite for the slot, Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, are still quite valuable to the build; when soloing, they should be equipped on the follower however, since their power can be transferred to you via the Emanate mechanic.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Firebats % Damage
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Area Damage
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire % Damage
  4. Life per Hit or Vitality
  5. Reduced Damage Melee Attacks (Secondary stat)
Hands
  1. Intelligence (or Cooldown Reduction at high Paragon)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Firebats % Damage
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire % Damage
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Weapon
  1. High Weapon Damage
  2. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  3. Intelligence (or % Damage at high Paragons)
  4. Increased Attack Speed
  5. Area Damage
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Firebats % Damage
  5. Area Damage

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.

5.

Adapting Gemming

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a universally useful damage multiplication gem that matches the fighting range of this build for the application of its bonuses. Other legendary gems that are meant for prolonged fights should be replaced by utility; Taeguk Taeguk should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, whose interaction with the Avarice Band Avarice Band and Goldwrap Goldwrap will keep you rich, safe and sped up throughout the run. Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken should give way to Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard, whose shielding mechanics will safeguard your Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace damage bonus.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

The weapon Cube selection remains the same as the soloing spec — Staff of Chiroptera Staff of Chiroptera. It sports a unique affix that provides a 2.5 damage multiplier, doubles the skill's attack speed (cutting the frames per animation in half), and provides a Resource Cost Reduction multiplier that enables its prolonged channeling.

Our default recommendation for the Firebats Firebats-reliant speedrunning spec is to store Bakuli Jungle Wraps Bakuli Jungle Wraps for the massive damage multiplier to Firebats Firebats against enemies affected by Locust Swarm Locust Swarm or Piranhas Piranhas. In an alternative setup that splits damage duties with Locust Swarm Locust Swarm (as described above), you can consider slotting Quetzalcoatl Quetzalcoatl in this slot, which practically doubles the damage of your DoTs.

Your jewelry Cube slot will be occupied by your worse rolled item between Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny (massive speed boost whenever you Fear an enemy with Horrify Horrify), and Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness (massive damage multiplication against enemies affected by either Haunt Haunt or Locust Swarm Locust Swarm).

The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.

7.

Follower

The recommended follower for this build during T16 key farming is the Enchantress due to her cooldown reduction buff from Prophetic Harmony Prophetic Harmony, as well as the Focused Mind Focused Mind attack speed buff.

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.

8.

Legendary Potion

The preferred potions for this build are Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid (allowing you to break down Waller affixes that impede your positioning) and Bottomless Potion of the Tower Bottomless Potion of the Tower (whose Armor-increasing properties complement the naturally high All Resistances stat of Witch Doctors). Pick whichever you feel helps you out the most.

9.

Changelog

  • 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 06 Dec. 2021: Enriched the guide and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2021: No changes required for Season 24.
  • 01 Apr. 2021: Minor gear revision and added follower recommendation.
  • 19 Nov. 2020: Added Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 14 Mar. 2020: Guide adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Flavor of Time is now the recommended amulet.
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