Helltooth Acid Cloud Witch Doctor Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 19, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 3 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Helltooth Acid Cloud Witch Doctor. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

1.

Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

The Helltooth Acid Cloud Witch Doctor can deal reasonably well with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. The build variation suffers from minor inconveniences compared to top tier speed farming builds (needing specific weaponry setup, depriving the build of speedrunning Manajuma set options). We have speed farming 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.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Poison Dart Icon Poison Dart Spined Dart Spined Dart Right Mouse Button Acid Cloud Icon Acid Cloud Slow Burn Slow Burn 1 Wall of Death Icon Wall of Death Fire Wall Fire Wall 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado 4 Haunt Icon Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit
Passive Skills

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

3.

Adapting Gear

In the jewelry, the damage scaling mechanics of the Bastions of Will set will be unfit for speedruns; you should use Avarice Band Avarice Band and a Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan of your chosen elemental damage instead. Avarice Band Avarice Band is an Act III cache legendary item that increases pickup radius as you collect gold, all the way to the generous 30 yards. When complemented with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, it becomes a utility engine feeding into your speed, toughness (with a cubed Goldwrap Goldwrap) and damage (for Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast). Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan simply provides a consistent elemental and elite damage increase. Optimally, you will pair these rings with The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, which doubles the duration of Pylon pickups and further smooths out farming runs.

When doing regular Rifts, you can swap this slot out for Goldwrap Goldwrap, which paired with Avarice Band Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder will render you practically invulnerable. Finally, when doing Bounties, you can also take advantage of the Krelm's Buff Belt Krelm's Buff Belt for its gold-independent movespeed increase.

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.

4.

Adapting Gemming

In speed farming, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken's damage buildup mechanic is too slow to matter, and it is best replaced by the well-rounded damage and toughness increase of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful. In Torment runs, the Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration slot from progression is best taken by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, whose interaction with the worn Avarice Band Avarice Band (and potentially worn Goldwrap Goldwrap, depending on your preference) will keep you rich, safe and sped up throughout the run.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

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

5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

During speedrun, swap The Furnace The Furnace out of your weapon Cube slot for In-geom In-geom and its massive cooldown reduction boon at every elite kill.

Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers will be a great boon to your overall speed in standard Rift runs with their additional elite spawn at every shrine.

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 Haunt Haunt or Locust Swarm Locust Swarm. The former is part of your rotation, making the ring an easy inclusion in the build.

During Season 22, you are able to add Krelm's Buff Belt Krelm's Buff Belt for additional movement speed, without any cost of utility items for your build.

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.

6.

Changelog

  • 19 Nov. 2020: Enriched the guide with additional information and added Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
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