Helltooth Acid Cloud Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Helltooth Acid Cloud 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
This build incorporates the complete Helltooth set, taking all six available pieces and opening the jewelry for the damage multiplication of the Bastions of Will set. Rolls-wise, this DoT playstyle makes good use of skill bonuses across gear. Wall of Death % bonus is sought after on the Helltooth Tunic, alongside Toughness stats; on the Helltooth Mantle, it is ideally paired with Area Damage. Acid Cloud % is the perfect fourth primary on the Helltooth Greaves, and can be considered on the Helltooth Mask — if you can spare the Vitality loss. The Helltooth Leg Guards are strictly a source of protection, and the Helltooth Gauntlets adopt either Vitality or CDR alongside the usual Intelligence and double Crit stats.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6 set bonus allows you to use a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry: the Bastions of Will set, Focus and Restraint. These rings provide an impressive 2.25 independent damage multiplier as long as you alternate between primary and spender attacks, so discipline yourself to intertwine the Slow Burn assault with a regular primary attack. On both rings, aim for Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Area Damage, and an open Socket.
Completing the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. Optimally, you would craft a Hellfire Amulet with good rolls and a solid fifth passive ( Bad Medicine, Jungle Fortitude, or Pierce the Veil); a solid alternative can be found in Countess Julia's Cameo and Xephirian Amulet, which render you immune to your elemental weaknesses. A perfect roll would include both Crit stats, Cold or Fire elemental damage, and an open Socket.
Seemingly an odd fit for the build, Belt of Transcendence simply gives you a better Fetish Sycophants passive at the cost of a gear slot. With its guaranteed trigger, this belt will quickly take you to the cap of 15 summons that act as a solid meat shield and distraction for your enemies.
Undeniably best-in-slot, Jeram's Bracers increase the damage of Wall of Death by up to a 100%. As if that was not enough, they also enable the use of Wall of Death thrice within one cooldown period, allowing you to cover an entire room in incinerating flames. Stat-wise, seek Intelligence, Crit Chance and elemental damage — either Cold or Fire.
While it deprives you of several potent Mojo combinations, the SuWong Diviner staff more than makes up for it with the high, two-hander damage range, rolling up to 100% Acid Cloud damage, and adding the Lob Blob Bomb rune for free. While the skill bonus is certainly impressive, the added rune is not to be underestimated, as Lob Blob Bomb stacks the slimes and excels at single target.
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.
Since you are able to receive the full Helltooth set bonuses just by wearing 5 pieces, one of the core armor slots can be dedicated to a synergistic legendary for the build. You can kill two birds with one stone, and improve both the damage of the build and its survivability in the thick of fights by equipping Frostburn, instead of Helltooth Gauntlets. Those legendary gloves increase the damage of Cold skills (matching your primary damage dealer, Slow Burn) and have a 50% chance to Freeze enemies — a hard crowd control effect that indirectly improves survivability.
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 when in range, and is otherwise triggered by Haunt.
Esoteric Alteration is the strongest mitigation gem available, and its impact is noticeable in this mid-range caster build. Improving your elemental resistances with every gem level and adding an emergency toughness spike through the level 25 property, Esoteric Alteration ensures that enemies will have a hard time bursting you down.
Bane of the Stricken builds up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and has a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, making it perfect for AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. Acid Cloud Doctors are no exception.
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4. Kanai's Cube
While greatly efficient at it, automatically spreading a generic Locust Swarm with a cubed Wormwood might seem an odd choice. However the combination of Haunt on your skill bar and Locust Swarm in the Cube unlocks the potential of Ring of Emptiness multiplication, which is far too high to ignore.
The Grin Reaper has been consistently buffed throughout the 2.3 testing phase, casting almost the entirety of your skill selection at an improved rate and range. The mimics will also benefit from the Helltooth 6-piece bonuses, turning into a significant, independent source of damage for the build.
The Ring of Emptiness takes a firm slot as your jewelry in the Cube, dramatically increasing your damage against enemies affected by both Haunt and Locust Swarm. You will be applying the former manually, while the latter will be spread by the cubed Wormwood.
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.
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