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Helltooth Zombie Bears Witch Doctor Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Mar 14, 2020 at 12:28 by Deadset 2 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Helltooth Zombie Bears Witch Doctor. Updated for patch 2.6.8 and Season 20.

1.

Helltooth Zombie Bears Speed Farming

The Zombie Bears Witch Doctor deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. 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 Haunt Icon Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit Right Mouse Button Zombie Charger Icon Zombie Charger Zombie Bears Zombie Bears 1 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Soul to Waste Soul to Waste 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado 4 Wall of Death Icon Wall of Death Fire Wall Fire Wall
Passive Skills

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • Exchanging the unnecessarily tanky Languish Languish rune of Soul Harvest Soul Harvest for the boost of speed coming from Soul to Waste Soul to Waste.
  • Replacing the safety overkill of Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel for the considerable damage increase of Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast.
3.

Adapting Gear

The buildup mechanics of the Endless Walk set are unfit for speedruns; instead, you should use a Poison damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan for the consistent damage increase to Zombie Bears Zombie Bears. Optimally, you will pair this ring with The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, in order to double the duration of Pylon pickups.

When doing regular Rifts, you can swap Belt of Transcendence Belt of Transcendence 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.

If not for GR progression, Thing of the Deep Thing of the Deep should be favored at least in speedruns, where it will synergize with the similar effect from Avarice Band Avarice Band to the ultimate benefit of speed and efficiency.

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

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

When doing regular Rifts, the toughness provided by Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration can be easily replaced and even overshadowed by the interaction of Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder with Goldwrap Goldwrap.

During speed farming, the damage buildup mechanic of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken will be too slow, and is best replaced by the well-rounded damage and toughness increase of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

In regular Rift runs, the protection of Unity Unity will be excessive, and the slot is best left to Avarice Band Avarice Band. Its effect will synergize greatly with almost all of your passives, as well as the worn Goldwrap Goldwrap and the gemmed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

6.

Changelog

  • 14 Mar. 2020: Guide adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Flavor of Time is now the recommended amulet.
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