Helltooth Grasp Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Helltooth Grasp 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 freeing the jewelry slots for synergistic offensive choices. Rolls-wise, this Grasp of the Dead-centric playstyle makes good use of skill bonuses and Area Damage across gear. Grasp of the Dead % bonus is sought after on the Helltooth Tunic, alongside Toughness stats; on the Helltooth Mantle, it is ideally paired with Area Damage. The Helltooth Leg Guards and Helltooth Greaves should be devoted purely to Toughness stats. Your head piece, the Helltooth Mask, will ideally have high Crit Chance alongside solid Intelligence and Vitality rolls. Lastly, the Helltooth Gauntlets is a critical offensive piece with the potential to roll high Crit Chance, Crit Damage and Area Damage all in the same slot.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
Wearing all six pieces of the Helltooth set allows you to invest in powerful offensive jewelry. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose ring and 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 Grasp of the Dead WD playstyle, which alternates quick bursts of scouting with Spirit Walk with periods of stationary Grasp of the Dead spam. Your remaining ring slot is best taken by the rotating elemental damage increase of Convention of Elements. Pay close attention to its cycles and make sure your Helltooth set is empowered, that your Endless Walk set is stacked, and that you are ready and spamming during the Cold element duration.
The best-in-slot belt for the build when pushing Greater Rifts is the glass cannon favorite, 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 is nevertheless an excellent bracer for a Helltooth Grasp of the Dead Doctor as well. Synergizing with the bonuses of the cubed 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 close-range spamming build in Greater Rifts.
A duo of Grasp of the Dead-specific legendary items will occupy your weapon and offhand slots. Deadly Rebirth is the dedicated ceremonial knife, increasing Grasp of the Dead damage by up to 60% and adding the Rain of Corpses rune (the only one that stacks with spam, interestingly) for free. In your other hand, Wilken's Reach will provide a similar skill bonus (up to 60% for Grasp of the Dead), along with the irreplaceable removal of the skill's cooldown.
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 Grasp of the Dead WD builds, this allows you to greatly increase the build's damage potential.
With the addition of a free RoRG effect, you are now able to drop a single core Helltooth piece while still retaining the set's full bonuses. Your best option in this case is to increase the build's damage output by replacing Helltooth Gauntlets with Frostburn. These legendary gloves increase your Cold elemental damage by up to 20% and will freeze enemies on a regular basis, entrapping them in your Unbreakable Grasp pools.
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, and is otherwise triggered by Unbreakable Grasp, Communing with Spirits and Languish.
Considering the spam-heavy nature of the build (devoid of resource spending and cooldowns on its main damaging ability), Pain Enhancer is a logical second inclusion. Its own physical DoT is dwarfed by the stacking Attack Speed increase it offers on affected close-range enemies, feeding nicely into the melee spellcasting nature of the build.
Introduced in Season 4, 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 Grasp of the Dead Doctors are no exception.
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4. Kanai's Cube
The appropriately named 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 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, this Ceremonial Knife is hard to pass up.
The Grin Reaper spawns mimics that are able to cast nearly all of your selected skills at a decent 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.
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.
- 15 Jun. 2018: Added the guide.
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