Witch Doctor Arachyr Firebats Build

Last updated on Aug 26, 2022 at 10:00 by Deadset 33 comments
1.

Introduction

This guide brings three different playstyles to the table: a flashy, Firebats Firebats-centric progression spec for solo GR pushes (the present build), a progression spec for group GR pushes, and a speed farming variation for T16 runs (both linked above). Note that this playstyle alternates between the Arachyr and Helltooth sets almost one for one with very minor variations, explained in the sections ahead.

2.

Quick Reference

2.1.

Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Firebats Icon Firebats Cloud of Bats Cloud of Bats Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Cloud of Insects 1 Horrify Icon Horrify Frightening Aspect Frightening Aspect 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Honored Guest Honored Guest 3 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish 4 Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado
Passive Skills
2.2.

Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution.

2.2.1.

Angelic Crucible Sanctification

Season 27 comes with the theme of Angelic Crucibles — consumable items that empower Legendary items with perfected Ancient-level stats, as well as infuse them with one of three unique, powerful, class-specific abilities at random. For this build, we recommend substituting the rune on Piranhas Piranhas from Piranhado Piranhado to Bogadile Bogadile, and aiming for the Haunt Haunt Sanctification, which adds the following power to your build:

  • Haunt Sanctification: Enemies affected by Locust Swarm are also Haunted. When you cast Piranhas, all Haunted enemies within 60 yards are pulled into the pool. A lesser enemy stunned by Bogadile is instantly killed. Elites and Bosses stunned by Bogadile take massive damage.

Use Angelic Crucibles on an item that crosses over most (if not all) variants of a build, and is also an item that is relatively harder to perfect than other slots (since sanctifying an item maximizes its stats). In the case of this build, good candidates for Sanctification are the Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester and Shukrani's Triumph Shukrani's Triumph.

You can read more on Angelic Crucibles and the sanctification process in our dedicated Angelic Crucible Mechanics guide.

2.3.

Legendary Gems

2.4.

Kanai's Cube

3.

Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2022 (this page): Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022 (gear page): Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022 (skills page): Skills and passives reviewed for Season 27.
  • 14 Apr. 2022 (skills page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 14 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 14 Apr. 2022 (this page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 06 Dec. 2021 (this page): Enriched the guide and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2021 (gear page): Enriched the guide and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 06 Dec. 2021 (skills page): Revised skill recommendations and enriched the guide.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (this page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 24.
  • 01 Apr. 2021 (this page): Added follower recommendation.
  • 01 Apr. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 23.
  • 01 Apr. 2021 (gear page): Added follower recommendation.
  • 19 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 19 Nov. 2020 (this page): Added Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 19 Nov. 2020 (skills page): No changes required for Season 22.
  • 01 Jul. 2020 (skills page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 01 Jul. 2020 (this page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 01 Jul. 2020 (gear page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 14 Mar. 2020 (skills page): Skills adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 14 Mar. 2020 (this page): Guide adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 14 Mar. 2020 (gear page): Item recommendations adjusted to reflect the changes to Ring of Emptiness.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (skills page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 22 Nov. 2019 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 19.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (skills page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 23 Aug. 2019 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019 (skills page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 17 May 2019 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 17 May 2019 (gear page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 17 Nov. 2017 (this page): Re-added group progression variant.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (skills page): Revised skill recommendations.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (this page): Revised skill, gemming and Cube recommendations.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Revised gemming and Cube recommendations.
  • 27 Oct. 2017 (this page): No changes necessary for Patch 2.6.1.
  • 29 Jun. 2017 (this page): Updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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