Jade Harvester Witch Doctor Speed Farming Variation
Jade Harvester is a capable speed farming build for both T16 key farm as well as bounties. We have solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 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.
|Haunt Resentful Spirits Locust Swarm Searing Locusts 1 Soul Harvest Soul to Waste 2 Spirit Walk Severance 3 Piranhas Piranhado 4 Horrify Stalker|
When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.
While playing standard Nephalem Rifts for key farming, the build still retains similarities to the GR solo rotation, but pretty much every aspect of the build is reworked for extra speed an utility, especially when it comes to spreading DoTs. You zip from fight to fight in Spirit Walk form with the powers of Shukrani's Triumph, spreading your Locust Swarm automatically via Wormwood and spamming Resentful Spirits. You should have a Piranhado pull up for every fight with the Grave Injustice reset, and you simply follow up with a Haunt, dive in and Soul Harvest the pack. This will more than likely nuke the entire pull, resetting your Spirit Walk movement and readying up Piranhado for the next one. Do not forget to Horrify your enemies regularly for the movement speed boost from Stalker and Rechel's Ring of Larceny.
Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.
- Soul Harvest is still your main damage dealer, attaining all the runes via the Jade set 4-piece bonus and turning from a utility skill into a nuke via the 6-piece bonus.
- Haunt is still a major DoT for your rotation, but it is recommended that you use the faster spread of the Resentful Spirits rune.
- Swap progression-oriented Locust Swarm runes like Pestilence and Cloud of Insects for the superior damage of the Searing Locusts rune, spreading automatically around with a cubed Wormwood.
- The protective Frightening Aspect rune on Horrify should be replaced by the movement speed boost of Stalker.
- Just like in progression, the movement speed and invulnerability utility from Spirit Walk and the monster pull from Piranhado retain their value in speed runs.
- Change Confidence Ritual to Gruesome Feast, as it undeniably offers the strongest damage increase among its peers, provided you can keep it stacked with health globes — an easy task when farming. Use Pierce the Veil over progression-oriented passives like Blood Ritual or Spirit Vessel. Maintain Creeping Death (for the lengthened DoT duration, directly increasing your DPS via the Jade set mechanics) and Grave Injustice (for the kill-based Cooldown Reduction) as build staples.
The basics of your gear setup remain the same; however you will equip the full 6-piece Jade Harvester set and drop the Cpt. Crimson plus Ring of Royal Grandeur combo from the GR progression setup. This opens up the jewelry slots for all-out damage and utility items to assist you in speed farming in the fastest way possible. Stat-wise, the T16 Jade Harvester refocuses from Haunt damage into Locust Swarm damage, and changes from Poison (or Cold, depending on your progression rune of choice) into Fire elemental damage. The remaining adaptation and changes will happen in your jewelry, where you need to swap from the slow paced, rotation-oriented combo of the Endless Walk set ( The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge) into more speedfarm-appropriate gear.
You will keep Ring of Emptiness from the GR progression build, as it provides a time- and pacing-agnostic damage bonus at the mere cost of including Locust Swarm in the build, attained via the cubed Wormwood. Another great ring for GR speed farming is Rechel's Ring of Larceny, whose movement speed bonus will be triggered constantly via Horrify. The third suggested ring for the setup is a Cold damage Stone of Jordan, which provides a consistent elemental and elite damage bonus. You should have the SoJ equipped, since its elemental and elite bonuses cannot be extracted in the Cube; pair it with your better rolled item between Ring of Emptiness and Rechel's Ring of Larceny, and cube the worse one.
It should be noted that Avarice Band is a supremely useful legendary item that, in conjunction with Goldwrap and Boon of the Hoarder, will form a gold triumvirate that keeps you safe and showered in gold as you farm up T16s. When you are farming solo however, this ring can be equipped on your Follower, and its power will "Emanate" to you (meaning you gain the benefits of the item as if you wore it yourself). That being said, in group farming you will need to wear the Avarice Band yourself, replacing the SoJ, since you cannot have a Follower in parties.
Finish off the jewelry with the powerful damage multiplication from Squirt's Necklace. Take heed of its downside (increase in damage taken, as well as loss of the damage buff as you take hits) and try to safeguard its bonus with Goldwrap, as well as crowd controlling monsters prior to engagements with Horrify, rendering them unable to retaliate.
Weapons-wise, early on you can stay on Sacred Harvester to bolster the benefits of Lakumba's Ornament. The latter however quickly become survivability overkill once you get the hang of Goldwrap mechanics; a good alternative for the weapon then becomes In-geom, as it allows you to chain cast Spirit Walk from elite to elite, clearing the rift lightning-fast. Another source of additional speed will be found in Warzechian Armguards, which provide an environment destruction-based speed boost. Note that the former favorites in the slot, Nemesis Bracers, are still quite valuable to the build. In solo play however, they should be equipped on the follower, and their power will carry over to you via the Emanate mechanic. Nemesis Bracers should still be equipped by you in group play.
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.
Season 29: Paragon Cap
Season 29 introduces a season-specific cap to stat benefits from Paragon levels, all while updating how Paragon point distribution is handled. For the duration of this Season, you can only assign 800 Paragon stat points to your character, removing the long-standing practice of main-stat stacking (with some gearing implications — see below) after you reach Paragon 800.
On top of that, you could only allocate 50 Paragon stat points to each of the four stats in a given Paragon category (Core, Offense, Defense, and Utility). In Season 29, you can allocate up to the full 200 points per category into any attribute, allowing you to more easily reach necessary build breakpoints (as outlined in the Gear page of the guide) for Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction, etc.
With the changes to Paragon in mind, we recommend using the following Paragon distribution for this build:
- Core: Movement Speed: 200 points.
- Offense: Cooldown Reduction: 200 points.
- Defense: Life and All Resistance: Allocate points to maximize survivability; for Witch Doctors, this is usually achieved by evenly splitting 100 points into Life (directly increasing your Health pool) and Armor (to complement the naturally high All Resistance stat of Intelligence-based characters).
- Utility: Area Damage: 200 points.
Season 29: Gearing Considerations
In terms of gear, keeping the Paragon cap in mind is paramount, as it stymies the traditional endless supply of main stat after Paragon 800. This means re-rolling mainstat off your gear is no longer desirable, and full equipment augmentation with your main stat is even more critical. Additionally, you should take a careful look at your build and consider if you can fit the following changes to strengthen your damage and survivability:
- Guardian's Jeopardy: This is a craftable armor set, and the recipe for its creation drops from Bounty farming. Guardian's 2-piece provides a decent damage reduction bonus, but the true powerhouse of the set is the 3-piece bonus, which nets you an additional 100% of your main stats from equipped items. This is a tremendous benefit in an 800 Paragon capped Season. If the Guardian set can fit into the build with minimal sacrifices (other craftable sets, tertiary damage multipliers, etc.), consider its implementation. The available pieces are Guardian's Aversion (Wrists), Guardian's Case (Waist), and Guardian's Gaze (Head). Of course, you can wear 2 pieces of the set and complete the full 3-piece bonus with a Ring of Royal Grandeur (found from Act I bounty caches).
- Endless Walk:This is a jewelry set consisting of The Traveler's Pledge (Amulet) and The Compass Rose (Ring), and is randomly found through farming, gambling Blood Shards, and/or Kanai's Cube recipes. The Endless Walk set is a nice compromise between damage bonuses (building up while stationary) and defensive bonuses (building up while moving). It can replace glass cannon choices like the Bastions of Will set ( Focus and Restraint) and Squirt's Necklace with acceptable losses to DPS.
- Unity: A character wearing this ring, along with another Unity on their follower plus an immortality relic for them (i.e., Enchanting Favor), will reduce their damage taken by 50%. Unity can roll excellent offense-oriented stats and has an innate Extra Damage to Elites roll, which somewhat offsets losing all-out offense jewelry.
Gogok of Swiftness retains its usefulness in T16 farming, as an increase of both Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction is universally valuable for Jade Harvester builds. Offense-oriented, damage multiplication gems should be replaced by utility; Bane of the Trapped should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder, whose interaction with the Avarice Band and Goldwrap will keep you rich, safe and sped up throughout the run. Bane of the Stricken should give way to Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard, whose shielding mechanics will safeguard your Squirt's Necklace damage bonus.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting Kanai's Cube
You need to maintain Quetzalcoatl in the armor slot of the Cube, as it is a cornerstone legendary piece for the mechanics of the Jade Harvester build.
Your jewelry Cube slot will be occupied by your worse rolled item between Rechel's Ring of Larceny (massive speed boost whenever you Fear an enemy with Horrify), and Ring of Emptiness (massive damage multiplication against enemies affected by either Haunt or Locust Swarm).
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.
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.
The preferred potions for this build are Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid (allowing you to break down Waller affixes that impede your positioning) and Bottomless Potion of the Tower (whose Armor-increasing properties complement the naturally high All Resistances stat of Witch Doctors). Pick whichever you feel helps you out the most.
- 13 Sep. 2023: Added Season 29 Paragon Cap and Gearing recommendations.
- 22 Feb. 2023: Added Season 28 Altar of Rites recommendations.
- 26 Aug. 2022: Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
- 14 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
- 06 Dec. 2021: Enriched the guide and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
- 22 Jul. 2021: Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
- 01 Apr. 2021: Minor gear revision and added follower recommendation.
- 19 Nov. 2020: 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: Flavor of Time is the new recommended amulet.
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