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LoN Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor Speed Farming 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 Speed Farming 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. 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.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Spirit Barrage Icon Spirit Barrage Phlebotomize Phlebotomize Right Mouse Button Horrify Icon Horrify Stalker Stalker 1 Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado 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:

  • Since you will not be needing the damage multiplication of Ring of Emptiness Ring of Emptiness in regular Rifts and low GRs (overkill of damage), you will swap out Haunt Haunt and Locust Swarm Locust Swarm from the base build for speed-oriented choices like Horrify Horrify Stalker Stalker and Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs Leeching Beasts Leeching Beasts. The latter will be paired with Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty in your passives for extra speed, replacing the unneeded Creeping Death Creeping Death.
  • 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

You will simply need to exchange Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament, an overly defensive piece for farming difficulties, with Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers. Their extra elite summons will play nicely into the cubed In-geom In-geom to provide you with a streak of mobility and invulnerability via chained Spirit Walk Spirit Walks. In a perfected speedfarming setup, you will also have a Hellfire Amulet Hellfire Amulet with an extra DPS passive like Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast.

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 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

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.

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