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Helltooth Acid Cloud Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Mar 14, 2020 at 12:27 by Deadset 3 comments

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 2.6.8 and Season 20.

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 Wall of Death % bonus is sought after on the Helltooth Tunic Helltooth Tunic, alongside Toughness stats; on the Helltooth Mantle Helltooth Mantle, it is ideally paired with Area Damage. Acid Cloud Acid Cloud % is the perfect fourth primary on the Helltooth Greaves Helltooth Greaves, and can be considered on the Helltooth Mask Helltooth Mask — if you can spare the Vitality loss. The Helltooth Leg Guards Helltooth Leg Guards are strictly a source of protection, and the Helltooth Gauntlets Helltooth Gauntlets adopt either Vitality or CDR alongside the usual Intelligence and double Crit stats.

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 Focus and Restraint 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 Slow Burn assault with a regular primary attack. On both rings, aim for Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Area Damage, and an open Socket.

The recommended amulet is The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, whose revised legendary power now doubles the duration of Pylons — an extremely potent power that, with careful timing, can turn the progressively harder fights in Greater Rifts greatly in your favor. The former recommendation for the slot, Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence, remains a viable option, especially if you obtain a good roll with a synergistic fifth passive like Bad Medicine Bad Medicine, Jungle Fortitude Jungle Fortitude, or Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil (see this build's skills page for more information).

Seemingly an odd fit for the build, Belt of Transcendence Belt of Transcendence simply gives you a better Fetish Sycophants 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 Jeram's Bracers increase the damage of Wall of Death 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 SuWong Diviner staff more than makes up for it with the high, two-hander damage range, rolling up to 100% Acid Cloud Acid Cloud damage, and adding the Lob Blob Bomb 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.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Socket
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Acid Cloud %
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Wall of Death %
  3. Area Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Intelligence
  3. Wall of Death %
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cold or Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. 2 Sockets
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Acid Cloud %
  5. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cold or Fire Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Intelligence
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Damage Range
  3. Intelligence
  4. Acid Cloud %
  5. Area Damage
  6. % Weapon 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.

2.

Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Mana
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  3. Life on Hit
  4. Gold Find
3.

Gems

Bane of the Trapped 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 Haunt.

Esoteric Alteration 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 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.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
4.

Kanai's Cube

Cubing The Furnace The Furnace provides you with an incomparable source of bonus elite damage, significantly shortening fights with champion packs and Rift Guardians — arguably the most dangerous fights in Greater Rift progression attempts.

The Grin Reaper 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 Ring of Emptiness takes a firm slot as your jewelry in the Cube, dramatically increasing your damage against enemies affected by both Haunt Haunt and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm. You will be applying the former manually, while the latter will be spread by the cubed Wormwood Wormwood.

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.

5.

Follower

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.

6.

Changelog

  • 14 Mar. 2020: Item recommendations adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Item recommendations have been revised for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 18 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
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