Using the best Diablo 3 Witch Doctor build for Season 27 will be absolutely essential for players wanting to push the limits of what’s possible. The better the build, the better the chance you have of topping the Diablo 3 Leaderboards.
Naturally, with every new season you’ll need to reevaluate which builds are worth sticking with, especially for solo greater rift pushing. Unless you’re seriously not fussed in which case you might as well use whatever playstyle you prefer; or alternatively the Angry Chicken Witch Doctor build because it’s just bonkers.
That said, we imagine that if you’re reading this you want to know what Witch Doctor build to run use in the current season. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or a seasoned pro, it always helps to assess your options before you start levelling up and beginning that new season grind. Especially when new seasonal features like Soul Shards, Ethereal Weapons – and now Sanctified Powers in Season 27 – can massively alter the meta too.
Assuming you’ve read our Diablo 3 Tier List for Season 27, you’ll likely already know the best S Tier builds from the F Tier flops. However, if you read on we’ll take you through everything you need to know to ensure you have the best Witch Doctor build for Solo Greater Rift Pushing in Season 27.
Is The Witch Doctor Good In Diablo 3 Season 27?
It’s probably fair to say that the Witch Doctor is an okay class option in Season 27. Not great, but not bad.
Players have no S-Tier builds to choose from in Season 27, but there are at least 4 A-Tier options.
One of the S-Tier builds from Season 26, the Zunimassa Poison Dart Witch Doctor, is still the most powerful build of Season 27, but has been bumped down to A-Tier following a few nerfs.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that the Zunimassa Poison Dart Witch Doctor can be very squishy (read: too soft or easily-killed). In fact, Diablo expert Rhykker has previously called it “almost unplayable” at lower paragon levels early in the season. It might be one of the strongest, but you’ll need plenty of experience to use it, so just keep that in mind.
What is the Best Witch Doctor Build in Diablo 3 Season 26
As we noted, the Zunimassa Poison Dart build is good, but has a number of problems. If you don want to try and run with that in Season 27, go for it. We’ve linked to a build guide on Maxroll.gg
However, for Season 27 we would suggest using another build which was an alternative S-Tier option in Season 26, and has also been bumped down to A-Tier in Season 27. We’ve of course talking about the Arachyr Corpse Spiders build – which is our defacto choice for the best Witch Doctor build in Season 27.
Keep reading, we’ll explain everything you need to set up your Witch Doctor build, including your gear, active skills, passive skills and more.
Spirit of Arachyr Witch Doctor Gear Setup
As the name suggests this Diablo 3 build uses the Spirit of Arachyr armor set and we’re looking to make use of the six-piece bonus. For those who don’t know how it works, we’ve explained on the table below:
|Spirit of Arachyr||Bonus|
|2 Piece||Summon a permanent Spider Queen connected to you by an infested thread. Enemies caught in the thread are infested. Corpse Spider attacks against infested enemies inflict the same damage to all infested enemies. The Spider Queen is commanded to move to where you cast your Corpse Spiders. Corpse Spiders now spawns with health.|
The Spider Queen now leaves behind webs that lasts for 15 seconds and Slows enemies. Infested enemies remain infested while on the web. You take 75% reduced damage while in the web and for 4 seconds after.
The damage of your creature skills is increased by 25,000%. Creature skills are Corpse Spiders, Plague of Toads, Firebats, Locust Swarm, Hex, and Piranhas.
It’s worth noting that for this build, we’ll only equip five pieces of the set, which we’ll amplify with Ring of Royal Grandeur in our Kunai’s Cube slot.
Now let’s take a closer look at the items you want to equip. In addition, if you follow the links you’ll also be able to take a closer look at the item stats on the official Diablo 3 website.
|Helm||Mask of Jeram|
|Amulet||The Traveler’s Pledge|
|Ring 1||The Compass Rose|
|Off-hand weapon||Shukrani’s Triumph|
Best Kanai’s Cube Slot Choices
The table below will give you a run-through of the best options for the Kanai’s Cube slots when assembling your Witch Doctor build.
|Weapon Slot||Echoing Fury|
|Armor Slot||Depth Diggers|
|Jewellery Slot||Ring of Royal Grandeur|
Best Witch Doctor Active Skills
The table below will give you a run-through of the best active skills to choose from when assembling your Witch Doctor build.
|Corpse Spiders||Widowmakers skill rune|
|Horrify||Frightening Aspect skill rune|
|Soul Harvest||Languish skill rune|
|Locust Swarm||Cloud of Insects skill rune|
|Spirit Walk||Jaunt skill rune|
|Piranhas||Piranhado skill rune|
Best Witch Doctor Passive Skills
The table below will give you a run-through of the best passive skills to choose from when assembling your Witch Doctor build.
|Creeping Death||Your Haunt, Locust Swarm and the damage amplification from Piranhas last almost forever.|
|Confidence Ritual||You deal 25% additional damage to enemies within 20 yards.|
|Swampland Attunement||You and your pets gain 120 Physical, Poison, Fire, and Cold Resistance for every enemy within 20 yards. The range of this effect is increased by your gold pickup radius.|
|Grave Injustice||Gain 1% of your maximum Life and Mana and reduce the cooldown of all of your skills by 1 second when an enemy dies within 20 yards. The range is extended by items that increase your gold pickup radius.|
In Season 27 Blizzard is adding a new type of consumable item called Angelic Crucibles. Once uncovered by Nephalem, these heavenly artifacts can be used to Sanctify any equippable Legendary item. Sanctifying an item reforges it to have perfect Ancient-level stats on all affixes while also preserving the item’s Legendary Power.
However, it also adds one of three new Sanctified Powers unique to each class. For our Witch Doctor Build, the best power to opt for is Sanctified Horrify. Here’s what it does:
- Horrify becomes an aura that causes enemies to receive 100% more damage and deal 15% less damage in addition to its other effects.
As for which Legendary item we would sanctify, we’d personally opt for the Witch Doctor’s main weapon, the Spider Queen’s Grasp.
Best Witch Doctor Follower
Once again we’re turning to the Enchantress as our choice of follower for this Witch Doctor build. Whilst cooldown reduction is sometimes the best aspect of the Enchantress, in this case, her Focused Mind attack speed boost is the real buff we’re after.
For those who don’t know, Focused Mind will deploy a 40 yard aura that increases attack speed for you and the Enchantress by 3.00% based on the Enchantress’s Intelligence. As such it goes without saying that when it comes to her stats you want to improve Intelligence on every piece of gear.
If you’re looking for a really comprehensive guide on the Enchantress follower skills and gear, follow the link to a brilliant overview from icy-veins.com
Arachyr Corpse Spiders video guide
If you want to get really in-depth we suggest having a watch of the below guide from Diablo expert Rhykker in his Witch Doctor Arachyr Corpse Spiders build video.
It’s worth noting that whilst the video was made for Season 25, the video also covers the non-seasonal variant which means it’s still relevant for Season 27 players.
Alternative Diablo 3 Witch Doctor builds in Season 27
As we noted previously there are a few alternative options for Witch Doctors in Season 27, although they are all A Tier options, so might not outperform the Arachyr Corpse Spiders build by any great margin.
If you would prefer to play with something a little different though, might we suggest either the Mundunugu Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor or the Legacy of Nightmares Poison Dart Witch Doctor. Both are respectable options if you’re looking for something different. You’ll find links to all builds, just below:
- Zunimassa Poison Dart Witch Doctor Guide
- Mundunugu Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor Guide
- LoD Poison Dart “Carnevil” Witch Doctor Guide
That’s it – everything you need to know about the best Diablo 3 Witch Doctor build for Season 27.
If you’re looking for more Diablo 3 Tier Lists, Builds and tips then you’ll find plenty more guides on the links below:
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