LoD Carnevil DoD Witch Doctor Skills and Runes

Last updated on Jul 01, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 1 comment

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing LoD Carnevil DoD Witch Doctor in Diablo 3. Updated for patch 2.6.9 and Season 21.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Poison Dart Icon Poison Dart Spined Dart Spined Dart Right Mouse Button Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado 1 Summon Zombie Dogs Icon Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts Leeching Beasts 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish 4 Horrify Icon Horrify Frightening Aspect Frightening Aspect
Passive Skills


The first task of the Carnevil Witch Doctor is to summon all the Fetishes he can muster at his side through attacks, their numbers quickly swelling via the Fetish Sycophants Fetish Sycophants passive. Once you spot an enemy-dense area, get control over the monsters with Piranhas Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado, close the distance to them and feast on their numbers with the Soul Harvest Soul Harvest and Horrify Horrify buffs. Then, you can begin the Poison Dart Poison Dart onslaught. When endangered, take advantage of the temporary invulnerability from Spirit Walk Spirit Walk and either reposition, or disengage from an unfavorable fight. Ideally, you will always have the meat shield of Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs in front of you to protect you from harm.


Skills and Runes

Your main damage dealer is found in Poison Dart Poison Dart, a primary skill supported by two powerful legendary items, Carnevil Carnevil and The Dagger of Darts The Dagger of Darts, and a dedicated legendary gem — Simplicity's Strength Simplicity's Strength. While its potential is already considerable with those items in mind, it gains the additional multiplicative damage increase of Depth Diggers Depth Diggers through the mana generating Spined Dart Spined Dart rune.

A mobility and all-round safety mainstay in the Witch Doctor arsenal, Spirit Walk Spirit Walk finds its place in yet another build. Its moderate cooldown is compensated by its versatility: it renders you invulnerable, removes enemy collision, and increases your movement speed by 100% via the rune Severance Severance.

One of the strongest utility cooldowns of Witch Doctors, Soul Harvest Soul Harvest is almost universally a great addition — but especially in builds that take advantage of Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester, doubling the number of possible stacks. Soul Harvest Soul Harvest acts as a damage buff by default, increasing your Intelligence by up to 30% for the reasonable requirement of 10 harvested enemies. With the Languish Languish rune and the worn Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament bracers, it nets you additional crowd control and reduces incoming damage in half, solidifying its place in this mid-range playstyle. The naturally overlapping duration simply sweetens the deal.

Ever since the Area Damage mechanics revision that enabled it for pets, enemy grouping skills grew tremendously in value. Witch Doctors' take on that type of utility is found in the Piranhas Piranhas skill, using the vortex effect of the Piranhado Piranhado rune.

Completing the build with defensive utility, the Horrify Horrify crowd control helps when the tough enemies of Greater Rift progression survive your Poison Dart Poison Dart onslaught and swarm you, thirsting for vengeance. The recommended choice for GR progression is the Toughness-oriented Frightening Aspect Frightening Aspect, buffed to the impressive 50% additional armor for 8 seconds. The final piece of your protective puzzle are the Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs minions, which — coupled with Leeching Beasts Leeching Beasts rune and the worn Uhkapian Serpent Uhkapian Serpent mojo — bring another layer of defense and sustain to the build.

This concludes the overview of the active skills, now let us look through the passives.



Fetish Sycophants Fetish Sycophants is a signature passive of the build, spawning additional Fetishes as you naturally go through your rotations. Capping at an impressive 15, this ability solidifies the meat shield in front of you and significantly increases the damage reduction benefits of the Zunimassa 4-piece set bonus.

Confidence Ritual Confidence Ritual is another straightforward addition, increasing your damage by 25% against enemies within 20 yards — arguably a dangerous bonus to keep up, but relatively easier to maintain due to your mid-range playstyle.

A well-rounded DPS increase for Greater Rifting, Pierce the Veil Pierce the Veil provides a guaranteed 20% additive damage bonus at the cost of a 30% increase in Mana costs. The drawback is hardly noticeable in this build, as it is mostly primary- and cooldown-centric and the chosen spender is cheap and effective.

Among the most dynamic and interesting passives in the game, Grave Injustice Grave Injustice is a Cooldown Reduction engine that fuels the damage output and survivability of the build. It delivers a neat package of CDR, health and Mana regeneration upon killing an enemy within a starting radius of 20 yards, extendable by Pickup Radius on gear (see this build's gear page for more information).



  • 01 Jul. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: Minor clarifications added.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Skill recommendations are revised for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019: Guide added.
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