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Zuni Gargantuan Witch Doctor BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 17, 2017 at 17:52 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Zuni Gargantuan Witch Doctor in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

The other pages of our Zuni Gargantuan Witch Doctor guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build equips six of the seven available Zunimassa set pieces (skipping Zunimassa's Pox Zunimassa's Pox, attaining the 6-piece bonus naturally and leaving the jewelry for fully offense-oriented combinations. Rolls-wise, this is a Gargantuan-centric build that benefits greatly from Skill and Area Damage affixes. You will be striving to roll Gargantuan Gargantuan % on the Zunimassa's Marrow Zunimassa's Marrow, Area Damage on Zunimassa's Finger Wraps Zunimassa's Finger Wraps and a combination of both on Zunimassa's String of Skulls Zunimassa's String of Skulls and your shoulder, Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling (discussed below). Zunimassa's Cloth Zunimassa's Cloth, Zunimassa's Trail Zunimassa's Trail and Zunimassa's Vision Zunimassa's Vision can be dedicated to large toughness rolls, of course paired with Crit Chance on the latter.

You will complement the start-stop playstyle of the build (Spirit Walk Spirit Walking between fights, and then channeling Firebats Firebats in place while the Gargs do the work) with the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge. Their power increases damage while standing still, and gradually replaces it with damage reduction while moving.

Complete the jewelry with your better rolled ring between Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and The Short Man's Finger The Short Man's Finger. They both greatly enhance your damage, with the former spiking Humongoid Humongoid's power during its Cold cycle, and the latter — tripling the number of summons and increasing Gargantuan Gargantuan DPS as a whole.

Considering the Fetish dependency of Zunimassa-based specs, the inclusion of Belt of Transcendence Belt of Transcendence is a logical gearing step. This legendary piece basically offers a superior version of the Fetish Sycophants Fetish Sycophants passive: a guaranteed Fetish Sycophant summon oh hit, instead of chance-based. Bear in mind you can alternate to The Witching Hour The Witching Hour in this slot for extra DPS, but you will have to alternate your passive selection accordingly (getting Fetish Sycophants Fetish Sycophants in the place of the Spirit Vessel Spirit Vessel cheat death — a daredevil trade).

With no set piece to occupy your shoulder slot, you are free to take any synergistic legendary for the build. With the Zuni requirement of a Mana spender and the powerful channeling options available to Witch Doctors, Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling is without a doubt your best option. Both decreasing incoming damage and increasing your own while channeling Firebats Firebats, this shoulder will improve your GR potential significantly.

Finally, your bracer and weapon of choice will work in unison; Sacred Harvester Sacred Harvester will extend the number of Soul Harvest Soul Harvest from 5 to 10, and Lakumba's Ornament Lakumba's Ornament will reduce incoming damage for 6% per stack (multiplicatively, for a 46% total).

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Life %
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Gargantuan %
  3. Area Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Intelligence
  3. Gargantuan %
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Cold Damage
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Movement Speed
  5. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Cold Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Intelligence
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Damage Range
  3. Intelligence
  4. Area Damage
  5. % Damage
  6. Attack Speed
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Area Damage
  5. Gargantuan %
  6. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Intelligence
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Mana
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Damage
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Defense
  1. Armor
  2. Life %
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Life on Hit
  2. Area Damage
  3. Resource Cost Reduction
  4. Gold Find

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in range, and is otherwise triggered by Languish Languish and your follower, usually armed with Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.

Enforcer Enforcer is a pet-oriented gem that both increases Gargantuan Gargantuan damage and lessens the damage the summons take. This secondary bonus grows in value during Greater Rift progression, where Humongoid Humongoids start taking considerable amounts of damage and die on a regular basis.

Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket in Greater Rift progression. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. The multitude of summons at your side attacking constantly and your Firebats Firebats building up the gem on every tick lead to the good performance of the build against Guardians.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

To improve your damage, the best choice for the weapon slot in the Cube is The Furnace The Furnace — the strongest generic legendary bonus in the game. With its 50% additional elite damage affix it speeds up clear times greatly, as Champion and Rift Guardian fights are the usual GR bottleneck.

Mask of Jeram Mask of Jeram is the preferred inclusion to the armor slot in the Cube, as it directly increases pet damage (additive with elemental damage on gear). Its buff in Patch 2.6.1 and the natural IAS caps of Gargantuan Gargantuan make it more attractive than the other pet staple, Tasker and Theo Tasker and Theo.

As previously mentioned, you will be cubing your weaker rolled item between Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and The Short Man's Finger The Short Man's Finger, and wear the other.

5. Follower

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.

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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