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Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:35 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

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

1. Angry Chicken Speed Farming

By adopting Hex Hex Angry Chicken Angry Chicken into the build, The Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor deals excellently 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.

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.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence 1 Hex Icon Hex Angry Chicken Angry Chicken 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Summon Zombie Dogs Icon Summon Zombie Dogs Life Link Life Link 4 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Soul to Waste Soul to Waste
Passive Skills

The speedrun rotation tries to apply, detonate and re-apply the Angry Chicken Angry Chicken as often as it possibly can, taking advantage of the huge damage multipliers of both the Arachyr 6-piece and the Manajuma 2-piece sets. During the minimal downtime of the avian form, you can refresh your Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness buffs with a few quick Haunt Haunts. Before you enter your next Angry Chicken Angry Chicken form, you can Soul Harvest Soul Harvest for the additional movement speed from Soul to Waste Soul to Waste, as well as apply another huge movement speed buff from Spirit Walk Spirit Walk Severance Severance. Last but not least, Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs to accompany you during your farming, as they will speed you up through the Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty passive.

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • Hex Hex turns from a utility cooldown into the centerpiece of the build for the speedfarming spec, transforming the Witch Doctor into an Angry Chicken Angry Chicken. The standard 2-second duration of the Angry Chicken Angry Chicken form is extended to the generous 15 seconds through the Manajuma set, and receives two major damage multipliers from both Arachyr and Manajuma. In a dense fight, the player-controlled detonations will trigger additional detonations from slain enemies, effectively oneshotting trash and elites alike.
  • In speedruns, you will be losing Vile Hive Vile Hive to Manajuma's Gory Fetch Manajuma's Gory Fetch, necessitating that you use Locust Swarm Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence on your bar.
  • You can also consider dropping Firebats Firebats as a whole, since Angry Chicken Angry Chicken should do more than enough damage. In its stead, you can take Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs Life Link Life Link for some upfront mitigation, as well as a proc for the Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty movespeed increase.
  • Make a mental note to pop Spirit Walk Spirit Walk right before adding another 100% movement speed from Angry Chicken Angry Chicken (due to the Manajuma set) to send yourself flying through rifts and bounties — especially useful for bad RNG, empty maps.
  • Swap the Soul Harvest Soul Harvest rune from Languish Languish to Soul to Waste Soul to Waste for yet another movement speed boost.
  • In your passives, you can consider swapping Confidence Ritual Confidence Ritual out for the movespeed increase of Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty, but you will ideally include both passives via a well-rolled Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence.
  • Slot Tribal Rites Tribal Rites instead of Creeping Death Creeping Death, as it will cut the cooldown of Hex by 25%, ensuring you get back into Angry Chicken Angry Chicken form as soon as possible.
  • Finally, you should replace Creeping Death Creeping Death with 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 buildup mechanic of the Endless Walk set is unfit for speedruns; you should use Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan and a Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence instead. A poison-rolled Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan is a straightforward damage addition to the build, preferable to the rotation-based Convention of Elements Convention of Elements due to its consistency and on-demand damage during farming. Optimally, you will pair this ring with a crafted Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence with good rolls and a solid fifth passive like Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast or Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty.

As you will not rely on Firebats Firebats at all during speedrunning, two farming staples fill out the aforementioned gear slots. The recommended legendary in the wrists slot are the Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, which will spawn an additional elite for every Shrine or Pylon that you pick up, cutting down time spent looking for elites in Rifts. For Torment farming, a strongly suggested belt swap is the Goldwrap Goldwrap. Synergizing with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Avarice Band Avarice Band, Goldwrap Goldwrap will render you practically invulnerable and allow you to focus on killing and looting without regards for your safety.

The mandatory weapon and offhand swap for speedrunning are the Manajuma's Way set, Manajuma's Carving Knife Manajuma's Carving Knife and Manajuma's Gory Fetch Manajuma's Gory Fetch. They are essential to the farming playstyle by providing Hex Hex damage multiplication, AoE potential and movement speed bonuses. Rolls-wise, aim for high Damage and Cooldown Reduction on Manajuma's Carving Knife Manajuma's Carving Knife and high Damage range, Intelligence, Crit Chance and CDR on Manajuma's Gory Fetch Manajuma's Gory Fetch.

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. Poison %
  2. Intellect
  3. Vitality
  4. Critical Hit Chance
Hands
  1. Intellect
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Intellect
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Armor
Legs
  1. Intellect
  2. Vitality
  3. 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. Poison %
  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. Cooldown Reduction
Off-hand
  1. Damage range
  2. Intellect
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Firebats %
  6. Vitality

4. Adapting Gemming

In regular Rift farming, damage-oriented gems that scale with time spent fighting (Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken) or density (Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer) will prove too slow and inefficient to be worth the socket. In their place, use farming staples like Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful for the generic damage increase, and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder for its synergy with an equipped Goldwrap Goldwrap and cubed Avarice Band Avarice Band.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

During speedruns with Angry Chicken Angry Chicken, swap Staff of Chiroptera Staff of Chiroptera out of your weapon Cube slot for Wormwood Wormwood and its convenient auto-spread of Locust Swarm Locust Swarm.

Since you drop Firebats Firebats entirely during normal rifts and rely mostly on Hex Hex burst damage, you will be changing the armor Cube slot to Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown in order to return to Angry Chicken Angry Chicken form faster.

Your jewelry Cube slot will be taken by Avarice Band Avarice Band: an Act III cache legendary ring, whose unique property extends your pickup radius up to 30 yards for a generous 10-second period. Triggered, maximized and constantly refreshed from the endless stream of Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder gold, the ring and the gem will keep you sped up throughout the rift.

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