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LoN Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor Group Progression Variation

Last updated on Jun 29, 2017 at 13:53 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Group Progression variant of LoN Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our LoN Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Group Greater Rift Pushing

The Spirit Barrage LoN build is the top tier group Greater Rift pushing build for the Witch Doctor class.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence 1 Grasp of the Dead Icon Grasp of the Dead Death Is Life Death Is Life 2 Sacrifice Icon Sacrifice Provoke the Pack Provoke the Pack 3 Spirit Barrage Icon Spirit Barrage Phlebotomize Phlebotomize 4 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish
Passive Skills

The following skill selection alterations will be necessary:

  • Changing Piranhas Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado and Spirit Walk Spirit Walk Severance Severance from the soloing build into Grasp of the Dead Grasp of the Dead Death Is Life Death Is Life and Sacrifice Sacrifice Provoke the Pack Provoke the Pack. The former two are a monster grouping and a survival tool respectively, and both these tasks are taken care of by Support teammates in groups. The latter combination will net you a nice 20% increase of damage.
  • Changing Grave Injustice Grave Injustice (mainly a reset tool for your soloing invulnerability cooldown, Spirit Walk Spirit Walk) into Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast — a staple DPS passive that gets fed by globe spawning support teammates.

3. Adapting Gear

You will simply need to exchange The Barber The Barber for Voo's Juicer Voo's Juicer. This is the other Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage-related legendary that only gets overlooked when soloing due to the power of Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester in keeping you alive. Voo's Juicer Voo's Juicer has a natural Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage damage roll however, edging over the competition when survival is no longer a concern. You will still retain the powers of The Barber The Barber in the Cube.

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

4. Adapting Gemming

In a group Greater Rifting setup, your role will be the AoE damage dealer. Since killing the Rift Guardian will no longer be your concern, you need to exchange Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken for Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer. Due to Spirit Barrage Spirit Barrage's excellent scaling with Attack Speed and the clumps of monsters created by Support teammates, this 'APS per bleeding enemy in radius' gem will net you the highest DPS gain.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

As previously mentioned, you will be cubing The Barber The Barber in order to retain the damage accumulating powers of the ceremonial knife.

Due to the numerous stuns and freezes available to your Support teammates, you can take advantage of one of the strongest damage reduction sources in the game by cubing Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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