LoD Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 19, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 5 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of LoD Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

1.

Speed Farming

The Spirit Barrage LoN build is a capable speed farming build — only suffering on unfavorable long distance layouts or bounties, where a Manajuma-based build is able to outrun it to the destination. We have speed farming rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Spirit Barrage Icon Spirit Barrage Phlebotomize Phlebotomize Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence 1 Horrify Icon Horrify Stalker Stalker 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Summon Zombie Dogs Icon Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts Leeching Beasts 4 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Soul to Waste Soul to Waste
Passive Skills

The following skill selection alterations will be necessary:

  • Enemy grouping from Piranhas Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado will not be necessary in the one-shot territories of speed farming, so it is recommended that you swap this slot out for Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts Leeching Beasts. The summons will be paired with Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty in your passives for extra speed, replacing the unneeded Creeping Death Creeping Death.
  • Horrify Horrify will be kept in the build, but the excessive defense of Frightening Aspect Frightening Aspect should be replaced by the speed boost from Stalker Stalker.
  • Changing the rune of Soul Harvest Soul Harvest from the defensive Languish Languish into the speed-oriented Soul to Waste Soul to Waste.
3.

Adapting Gear

The timing mechanics of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements are unfit for speedruns; you should use Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny instead. Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny will greatly increase your movement speed after Fearing an enemy, a bonus you can take advantage at will with the inclusion of Horrify Horrify in the build. Note that you can either wear this ring, or place the staple Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness in its stead and cube your weaker rolled item.

Exchange the extra damage of the progression-oriented The Witching Hour The Witching Hour for Goldwrap Goldwrap; paired with an Avarice Band Avarice Band and gemmed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, this belt will render you practically invulnerable while farming.

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.

4.

Adapting Gemming

In speed runs, taking down Champions and Rift Guardians no longer requires chewing through a near-insurmountable wall of health like in high Greater Rift progression. Thus, you can take off Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken for Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder (in normal Rifts) or Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful (in lower GRs).

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

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

5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

In lower tier difficulties, chaining elite kills in the matter of seconds will not be uncommon. As such, In-geom In-geom will provide the biggest boon in your weapon Cube slot by practically nullifying all your vital cooldowns (Spirit Walk Spirit Walk, Piranhado Piranhado).

If you choose to slot Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder in your sockets while running regular Rifts, your biggest source of survivability easily becomes Goldwrap Goldwrap. This belt renders you practically invulnerable as long as you maintain your killing streak and pick up the streaks of gold from the gem. In lower tier GRs, simply swap this slot back to Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament.

In the jewelry slot, cube Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny to enjoy one of the strongest speed buffs in the game — constantly triggered by your Horrify Horrify Stalker Stalker resets. An alternative here is Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness, depending on your weaker rolled item.

During Season 22, you are able to add Voo's Juicer Voo's Juicer and gain some nice mana and life restoration properties on your main damage dealing skill.

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.

6.

Changelog

  • 19 Nov. 2020: Added Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 01 Jul. 2020: Guide revised to reflect the changes in pet damage calculation.
  • 14 Mar. 2020: Guide 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.
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