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LoD Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jul 01, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 5 comments

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your LoD Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.9 and Season 21.

1.

Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

As this is a Legacy of Dreams setup, the rest of your gear slots will be comprised entirely of legendary items. As a rule of thumb, focus on synergistic stats like Attack Speed, Average Damage and skill bonuses, and remember the setup's requirements for ancient items, as well as its restriction on other set bonuses. You can run individual set pieces with beneficial stats, as long as they do not form any set bonus.

The Legacy of Dreams power allows you to run any legendary item combination while not losing out on the damage amplification and reduction associated with the traditional 6-piece sets. You can obtain this power in two ways; the older way is equipping the two rings — The Wailing Host The Wailing Host and Litany of the Undaunted Litany of the Undaunted — as your only active set bonus. The newer (and more powerful, since it also opens your ring slots for legendary jewelry) method is the Legacy of Dreams Legacy of Dreams legendary gem.

In a setup with Legacy of Dreams Legacy of Dreams, you will be wearing your two best rolled rings and cubing the third between Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, Unity Unity, and Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness. Unity Unity will cut incoming damage in half when paired with another on the follower, along with an immortality relic for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor). Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness greatly amplifies your damage as you spread at least one of the two DoTs associated with its power, Haunt Haunt and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm. Convention of Elements Convention of Elements simply provides a massive damage increase during the Cold cycle of its rotation.

The recommended amulet is The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, whose revised legendary power now doubles the duration of Pylons — an extremely potent power that, with careful timing, can turn the progressively harder fights in Greater Rifts greatly in your favor. The former recommendation for the slot, Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence Hellfire Amulet of Intelligence, remains a viable option, especially if you obtain a roll with a synergistic fifth passive like Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel.

With the changes in Patch 2.6.9, the Spectres from the Phantasm Phantasm rune no longer benefit from pet bonuses, effectively ending our previous recommendation for the slot — Mask of Jeram Mask of Jeram. In its stead, we recommend that you equip Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown for the additional Toughness with a socketed Amethyst. Rolls-wise, aim for Intelligence, Spirit Barrage %, Crit Chance and an open Socket.

In terms of gearing outside the jewelry, we can roughly divide gear into four categories: offense, defense, utility and Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage-specific.

Your offensive armor equips will be evenly split between boosting elemental damage and pet damage, working in unison to boost your primary skill. A straightforward addition to the build, Frostburn Frostburn will increase Cold damage (affecting both Phlebotomize Phlebotomize and Phantasm Phantasm), as well as bring circumstantial survivability to the build via the 50% chance to freeze affected enemies. Swamp Land Waders Swamp Land Waders are a well-known addition to LoN Witch Doctors, who completely disregard the Sacrifice Sacrifice properties of the item for the universally useful elemental damage roll. Finally, the glass cannon staple The Witching Hour The Witching Hour brings its unique Crit Damage and Increased Attack Speed rolls to a great benefit for Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage.

Your two defensive items bring the bulk of the survivability in the build, requiring you to pick skills, passive and Cube choices to cater to their mechanics. Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass reduces damage in half as long as you do not dip below 90% of your resource pool, which is main reasoning to use Draining Spirit Draining Spirit early on as you get used to the build. On the other hand, Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament is a class cornerstone that reduces incoming damage significantly as you Soul Harvest Soul Harvest your way through fights (see this build's skills page for more information).

As far as utility picks are concerned, you will focus on maneuverability and cheating death with Illusory Boots Illusory Boots and Pauldrons of the Skeleton King Pauldrons of the Skeleton King respectively. Illusory Boots Illusory Boots are an Act 2 cache legendary item that enables you to move through enemies (ignoring collision), as well as through Waller affixes. In a build that relies on Soul Harvest Soul Harvest for much of its survival, this freedom of movement cannot be understated; you could, however, find temporary substitutes in similarly synergistic legendaries like Boots of Disregard Boots of Disregard (Act 3 cache item) and Ice Climbers Ice Climbers. Lacking any truly synergistic shoulders, your best bet for the slot are the Pauldrons of the Skeleton King Pauldrons of the Skeleton King — an Act 1 cache legendary that gives you an independent, yet minor chance for a cheat death proc.

You have two options for the weapon slot: the Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage-specific The Barber The Barber and the generic utility staple Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester. Both are necessary in the setup and you will be wearing your better rolled one and cubing the other. The Barber The Barber forms a unique interaction with Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage, turning it from a directly damaging skill to an accumulated one, where you choose when the damaging detonation actually occurs; it enforces a rather unique playstyle where you try to buff up during the accumulation phase rather than lining up buffs during the detonation. Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester simply extends your Soul Harvest Soul Harvest stacks to 10, and coupled with Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament forms the basis of your survivability in this generally squishy build.

In your other hand, the Gazing Demise Gazing Demise will be a crucial piece in the formation of the build; it brings the "pets" of the Phantasm Phantasm rune for free and multiplies their damage for each spirit in the field. The item has an unfortunate base Life Regeneration roll and lacks a natural Crit Chance stat, making it hard to obtain with a good roll and a high priority gamble target.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Spirit Barrage %
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Armor
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cold Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Critical Hit Chance
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Intelligence
  5. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Damage (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  3. Attack Speed (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  4. Vitality
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. All Resistance
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cold Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. Attack Speed
  5. % Weapon Damage
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Spirit Barrage %
  5. 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.

2.

Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Mana (up to personal preference)
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
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 Stricken Bane of the Stricken is a frequent part of Greater Rift solo progression builds, as it is meant to aid strong AoE builds against their nemesis — high health, single target Champions and Rift Guardians. Its stacking damage mechanic is a mechanical guarantee for taking down bulkier enemies in high progression, making it a natural inclusion in Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage builds.

With the changes in Patch 2.6.9, the Spectres from the Phantasm Phantasm rune no longer benefit from pet bonuses, effectively ending our previous recommendation for the slot — Enforcer Enforcer. In its stead, we recommend that you use Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness which indirectly provides you with more damage and survivability by increasing Cooldown Reduction for Spirit Walk Spirit Walk, Attack Speed for faster Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage output, as well as scaling Dodge chance.

Your final slot is best occupied by the Legacy of Dreams Legacy of Dreams legendary gem, which provides a scaling bonus for each legendary item equipped, as long as you have no set bonuses equipped. This bonus is multiplied for Ancient or Primal quality items, and when the gem is maxed out, it matches the Legacy of Nightmares (The Wailing Host The Wailing Host and Litany of the Undaunted Litany of the Undaunted rings) set bonus. This potent bonus allows you to play around with all your gear slots for synergistic legendary powers at the cost of a gem slot; in the older LoN setup, this socket would be occupied by Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

4.

Kanai's Cube

Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester brings a deceptively simple, yet quite potent effect — extending your Soul Harvest Soul Harvest stacks from 5 to 10. Not only does the base effect of the skill scale quite nicely with that extension, but also in conjunction with a powerful rune like Languish Languish and the Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament bracer this combo will form most of your survivability. This slot is theoretically interchangeable with The Barber The Barber depending on your better rolled item.

While a less obvious choice, a cubed Belt of Transcendence Belt of Transcendence brings a stronger version of the Fetish Sycophants Fetish Sycophants passive to the build (guaranteed proc on cast vs. chance based). In turn, this provides you with a sizable army of Fetish companions, who bring indirect survivability in the form of a meath shield that distracts enemies and soaks affixes and spells.

While bringing nice damage and survival buffs of their own, the true purpose of including Haunt Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Cloud of Insects is to proc Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness — a powerful, DoT-reliant damage multiplier.

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.

5.

Changelog

  • 01 Jul. 2020: Guide revised to reflect the changes in pet damage calculation.
  • 14 Mar. 2020: Gear selection adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019: Item recommendations are revised for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019: Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 17.
  • 18 Jan. 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 16.
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