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Witch Doctor Arachyr Firebats Build

Last updated on Nov 17, 2017 at 15:29 by Deadset 118 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

1. Introduction

This guide brings two different playstyles to the table: a flashy, Firebats Firebats-centric progression spec for solo GR pushes, a progression spec for group GR pushes, and an amusing, explosive Angry Chicken Angry Chicken speedfarming variation, explained in that order. 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.

3. Builds

GR Rift Solo Progress GR Group Progress Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Firebats Icon Firebats Cloud of Bats Cloud of Bats Right Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit 1 Hex Icon Hex Jinx Jinx 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Honored Guest Honored Guest 3 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish 4 Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Cloud of Insects
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Firebats Icon Firebats Cloud of Bats Cloud of Bats Right Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Draining Spirit Draining Spirit 1 Hex Icon Hex Jinx Jinx 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish 4 Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Cloud of Insects
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Poisoned Spirit Poisoned Spirit Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence 1 Hex Icon Hex Angry Chicken Angry Chicken 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Summon Zombie Dogs Icon Summon Zombie Dogs Life Link Life Link 4 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Soul to Waste Soul to Waste
Passive Skills

3.1. 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.

3.2. Legendary Gems

3.3. Kanai's Cube

4. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as the Top Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season.

This build is oriented mostly at solo Rifting (Greater and Normal). Due to its mediocre mobility on long distances, it is not recommended for Bounties. It is also not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

5. Reading Further

To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages:

  • Skills and Runes: exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points: detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Group Progression Variation: Arachyr Firebats variation for endgame group progression;
  • Speed Farming Variation: Arachyr Angry Chicken variation for endgame speed farming;
  • Follower Guide: for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

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.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 17 Nov. 2017 (group progression variant page): Added group variant.
  • 17 Nov. 2017 (this page): Re-added group progression variant.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Revised gemming and Cube recommendations.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (skills page): Revised skill recommendations.
  • 12 Nov. 2017 (this page): Revised skill, 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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