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Helltooth Zombie Bears Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:43 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Helltooth Zombie Bears 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 Zombie Bears 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, taking all six available pieces and opening the jewelry for the damage multiplication of the Endless Walk set. Rolls-wise, this spender-heavy 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. Zombie Charger Zombie Charger % is the perfect fourth primary on the Helltooth Greaves Helltooth Greaves, and can be considered on the Helltooth Mask Helltooth Mask — but it is unlikely that 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 are best taken with a hefty Vitality roll alongside the usual Intelligence and double Crit stats. With the current class design, secondary stats have become quite important for Witch Doctors, and Helltooth builds are no exception: try to offset your Swampland Attunement Swampland Attunement weaknesses with Lightning or Arcane Resists in your secondaries. Another thing to note if you opt for Henri's Perquisition Henri's Perquisition (discussed below) is that pickup radius becomes an important secondary stat — and it is recommended you get a total of at least 10, spread across several pieces.

Not skipping on any of the six available set pieces to obtain the full Helltooth set bonus 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 mirrors the Zombie Bears playstyle, which goes from extended periods of drawing agro with Corpse Spiders Corpse Spiders spam into static Zombie Charger Zombie Charger Zombie Bears Zombie Bears channeling.

The Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness will occupy your second ring slot; while seemingly an odd addition to the set, this ring dramatically increases 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.

This is by no means a pet build, but the Belt of Transcendence Belt of Transcendence is still adopted to give 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 for the build, 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 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 Fire damage.

The reworked Scrimshaw Scrimshaw legendary spear has been tailored for Zombie Charger Zombie Charger builds, eclipsing any potential competition with a natural skill bonus roll of up to 80%, along with a unique resource cost reduction property of up to 50%. Notice the large roll ranges of both stats and aim to obtain as close to the maximum values as you can, along with high damage range, damage %, Intelligence and Area Damage.

The offhand slot remains open for a mojo of your choice; your best option is Henri's Perquisition Henri's Perquisition, offering a significant source of upfront damage reduction and crowd control. Alternatively, you can wield a Thing of the Deep Thing of the Deep, whose uniquely large pickup radius property will maximize the benefits of Swampland Attunement Swampland Attunement and Grave Injustice Grave Injustice. Regardless of your choice, aim for high damage range, Intelligence, Vitality, Crit Chance and Wall of Death Wall of Death skill roll.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Socket
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Zombie Charger %
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Wall of Death %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Intelligence
  3. Wall of Death %
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Poison Damage
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Life on Hit
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. Zombie Charger %
  5. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
  5. Poison Damage
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Intelligence
  5. Area Damage
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Intelligence
  5. Area Damage
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Damage Range
  3. Zombie Charger Cost Reduction
  4. Zombie Charger Damage %
  5. Intelligence
  6. Damage %
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Zombie Charger %
  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. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Resource Cost Reduction
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Area Damage
  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 Languish Languish and the Wall of Death Wall of Death necrosis effect from the Helltooth set.

Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration is the strongest mitigation gem available, and its impact is noticeable in this close range caster build. Improving your elemental resistances with every gem level and adding an emergency toughness spike through the level 25 property, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration ensures that enemies will have a hard time bursting you down in higher Greater Rifts.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket. 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. While Zombie Bears WDs do well in 1v1 combat, it is a testament to the quality of the gem that it still comes out as the biggest damage increase for the setup.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

While greatly efficient at it, automatically spreading a generic Locust Swarm Locust Swarm with a cubed Wormwood Wormwood might seem an odd choice. However the combination of Haunt Haunt on your skill bar and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm in the Cube unlocks the potential of Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness multiplication, which is far too high to ignore.

The Grin Reaper The Grin Reaper has been consistently buffed, 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.

Functioning exactly as if you wore it, the cubed Unity Unity ring offers 50% damage reduction when paired with another on the follower, plus an immortality item for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor).

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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