The Gargantuan Witch Doctor is one of the classic pet builds in Diablo 3. As a master of voodoo and spirits, it's very laid back and easy to play. While Gargantuans are outclassed by other setups such as Spirit Barrage, Zombie Bears or Jade Harvester, they can still be used to successfully both in farming and pushing solo Greater Rifts.
While a few setups are possible for this, the best set to use is the Helltooth Harness for its massive 17,500% damage bonus to your Gargantuans. The best part about is: you won't have to rely on a single pet, but instead you will have three little Gargs through The Short Man's Finger that will decimate your foes! Just stay back, activate your buffs and enjoy the show. This makes this build ideal for console and newer players!
With the Witch Doctor changes in Season 25 buffing Lakumba's Ornament for more toughness and allowing Gargantuan to benefit from Ring of Emptiness the build has become a lot stronger than in the past, allowing it to compete with Zombie Bears.
Since you only need two core skills and a few items alongside the set to make it work, you can experiment with other setups, especially for speedfarming lower content. This guide will show you what we believe is best for Nephalem and Greater Rifts alike!
Easy to Play ✔
Great Class Fantasy ✔
Few Buttons to Press ✔
Has Massive Meatshields ✔
❌ Lacks Speed
❌ Very small AoE
❌ Relies on Borked Pet AI
❌ No Match for META builds
- The Helltooth Harness set is the core of the build, giving 17,500% damage increase to your Gargantuans after using Wall of Death.
- Spite effectively adds the most important rune (Humongoid) to the setup, giving your Gargs cleave damage.
- The Short Man's Finger splits your Gargantuan into three, each dealing 750% of the original damage (for a total of 2,250% damage done).
- Mask of Jeram adds 200% damage bonus to your Pets. This affix stacks additively with Elemental damage rolls on your items.
- Tasker and Theo give 50% Attack Speed to your Pets, adding another great bonus and allowing you to reach the right breakpoint.
- Lakumba's Ornament is a core defensive item for any Witch Doctor build, buffing Soul Harvest with an extra 70% damage reduction.
- Sacred Harvester is a great boost, adding an extra 15% Intelligence bonus to Soul Harvest and buffing Lakumba's Ornament damage reduction to a tremendous 80% due to additional stacks!
- Shukrani's Triumph adds 100% additive damage during Spirit Walk and lots of mobility.
Season 29 Paragon Cap
Season 29 brings several features, first the brand new Visions of Enmity mechanic. They are an optional and rewarding mini dungeon system where players slay monsters in quick succession of portals. These portals have a chance to spawn upon killing any monster in the open world and they hide many rewards for you to reap! Read the full guide on the Visions of Enmity Mechanics by Chewingnom to learn everything about this fantastic feature!
As if it wasn't enough, Season 29 also shakes things up with a Paragon Cap and a Paragon Distribution Twist! You can only assign a total of 800 Paragon Points to your character. Previously, you were only able to assign a total of 50 Paragon Points to each attribute within the Core, Defense, Offense and Utility categories, but now you can assign up to 200 in each attribute. Each category can only have 200 Paragon Points placed into them.
This forces you to make choices while also enabling crazy possibilities such as 200% Area Damage or 40% Cooldown Reduction! Note that Movement Speed now only grants 0.125% per point but can also go above the 25% Movement Speed cap from items. With that in mind, here is the Paragon Distribution you should follow for the build described in the main sections of the guide. Variants may differ, see below.
Global Stat Priorities
As this is a Pet build, Gargantuan Damage acts as a separate multiplier instead of being in the additive category, making that item affix stronger than usual. Rolling this on your Off-Hand, Chest and Shoulders will be the main priority.
On the other hand, Mask of Jeram's damage bonus counts into the same category as Elemental Damage, which makes this stat comparatively worse here than in most other builds. Your overall offensive stat priority will be: Critical Hit Damage > Gargantuan Damage > Critical Hit Chance > Area Damage > Attack Speed > Physical Damage > Intelligence. Defensively you want to go with Vitality > Armor > Elite Damage Reduction > All Resistance.
Contrary to most other pet builds in the game, there are only very few fixed breakpoints for Gargantuans, which depend on whether Tasker and Theo is equipped and Restless Giant is active. Attack Speed instead scales their damage done per hit. See the Mechanics section for more info.
Assembling the Build
Item Stat Priorities
This is also the variation described in the main section of this guide. For Greater Rift pushing we take all the damage we can get. This includes lots of Area Damage, Attack Speed and all the other damage stats you can get. The build is very slow paced, focused around killing small packs of enemies and positioning yourself, your pets and your enemies in the right place.
As described above: Keep up your buffs (Wall of Death, Soul Harvest) and focus on pulling enemies together. When your Gargantuans get distracted by single enemies, try to position them better so that their cleave hits more targets. For the best DPS, stay close to your enemies for Confidence Ritual and apply Locust Swarm regularly for Ring of Emptiness. On the boss, stack Bane of the Stricken with Wall of Death or Piranhado.
If you feel like you don't need the cheat death, you could replace Spirit Vessel with Swampland Attunement to be able to tank more damage at a time.
The Short Man's Finger
Mask of Jeram
- Summon your Gargantuan squad to protect you!
- Keep up Soul Harvest and Necrosis from Helltooth Harness up at all times.
- Position both enemies and your pets to maximize your DPS.
- Keep up Locust Swarm on your enemies for the damage buff from Ring of Emptiness.
- Stay back and enjoy your Gargantuans mowing through your enemies!
While this build is not really top of the game right now, it's still quite good and decent enough if you are looking for a pet-focused playstyle.
Written by wudijo with help from Rob.
Reviewed by Northwar, Raxxanterax.
Updated by wudijo.