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Helltooth Gargantuan Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:42 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Helltooth Gargantuan Witch Doctor in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

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

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

This build incorporates the complete Helltooth set bonuses, taking five of the six available pieces and cubing a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to reduce the number of items for set bonus completion by one. Rolls-wise, this pet-centric playstyle makes good use of skill bonuses across gear. Gargantuan % 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. The Helltooth Leg Guards Helltooth Leg Guards and Helltooth Greaves Helltooth Greaves should be devoted purely to Toughness stats. The remaining set pieces — Helltooth Mask Helltooth Mask and Helltooth Gauntlets Helltooth Gauntlets — might be replaced with a legendary item depending on your itemization choices (see below), but the optimal stats remain the same: Intelligence, Vitality and Crit Chance for the helm; Intelligence, both Crit stats and Increased Attack Speed for the gloves.

Depending on your best rolled items and set pieces, you will either wear Mask of Jeram Mask of Jeram and cube Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo, or vice versa (and substitute the appropriate Helltooth set pieces). Both items are without equal in pet-oriented builds, as Mask of Jeram Mask of Jeram increases pet damage by up to a 100% (additive with elemental damage on gear), while Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo increases pet attack speed by up to 50% (multiplicative bonus).

The ability to store the powers of Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Kanai's Cube allows you to split between offense and defense in the jewelry slots. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This dynamic fits the Gargantuan WD playstyle, which alternates agile scouting with Spirit Walk Spirit Walk with periods of stationary Wall of Death Wall of Death spam. Naturally, your remaining ring slot will be taken by The Short Man's Finger The Short Man's Finger, a mandatory inclusion in Gargantuan-focused setups. This ring triples the number of summons and the individual damage of each.

The best-in-slot belt for the build when pushing Greater Rifts is the glass cannon favorite, The Witching Hour The Witching Hour. What this belt lacks in unique properties, it makes up in unique rolls: it is the only item in the slot that can roll Attack Speed and Critical Damage. Both stats are immensely beneficial to your damage output, so seek as close to the maximum 7 IAS and 50 Crit Damage as you can.

Introduced in Patch 2.4 and mostly targeting the Jade Harvester rework, Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament is nevertheless an excellent bracer for a Helltooth Gargantuan Doctor as well. Synergizing with the bonuses of the Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester (discussed below), this bracer will add 46% Damage Reduction to the build (6% per stack, multiplicative), significantly improving the survival chances of this mid-range summoner build in Greater Rifts.

The appropriately named Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester is the best-in-slot weapon for a Helltooth Gargantuan Doctor in GRs, as its unique bonus extends the number of Soul Harvest Soul Harvest stacks from 5 to 10. With no other synergistic weapon to take up the slot and the opportunity to buff up for 30% Intelligence (true damage multiplier) and reduce incoming damage in half from a simple Soul Harvest Soul Harvest, this Ceremonial Knife is hard to pass up. To complement it, the best Greater Rifting offhand you can pick for the build is the former Season 4 exclusive, Henri's Perquisition Henri's Perquisition. The cat mojo offers a significant source of upfront damage reduction and crowd control. As previously mentioned, Uhkapian Serpent Uhkapian Serpent is a viable soloing alternative offhand. The preferred rolls on the mojo are high damage range, Intelligence, Crit Chance, Area Damage and Gargantuan %.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Socket
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Life %
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Gargantuan %
  3. Area Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Intelligence
  3. Gargantuan %
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Cold Damage
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Crit Damage (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  3. Attack Speed (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  4. Vitality
Legs
  1. 2 Sockets
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Movement Speed
  5. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Cold Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit 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. Area Damage
  5. % Damage
  6. Vitality
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Gargantuan %
  6. Vitality

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. Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  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, and is otherwise triggered by Communing with Spirits Communing with Spirits and Languish Languish.

Enforcer Enforcer is a pet-oriented gem that both increases Gargantuan Gargantuan damage and lessens the damage the summons take. This secondary bonus grows in value during Greater Rift progression, where Humongoid Humongoids start taking considerable amounts of damage and die on a regular basis.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket in Greater Rift progression. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. Helltooth Gargantuan Doctors are no exception.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

To improve your damage, the best choice for the weapon slot in the Cube is The Furnace The Furnace — the strongest generic legendary bonus in the game. With its 50% additional elite damage affix it speeds up clear times greatly, as Champion and Rift Guardian fights are the usual GR bottleneck.

As previously mentioned, you should cube your weaker rolled item between Mask of Jeram Mask of Jeram and Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo for the armor slot.

The final item that binds the setup together is the Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur. The ability to run with full set bonuses, a complementary legendary item and full offense jewelry, dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur by cubing its power, is a tremendous boost to the build.

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.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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