Angry Chicken Witch Doctor Guide

Introduction

I know why you're here and it's OK. You're angry and you need a release. What if I told you that the way to release your anger was by being a Chicken? By the end of this guide you will WANT to be the Angry Chicken, you will NEED to be the Angry Chicken and even though you know that you probably shouldn't, you ARE going to be the Angry Chicken! If there was ever a time to do it that time is now, because in Season 22 Manajuma's Way now launches mini-Chickens that blow up for 25% damage as well as the set receiving a 1600% damage buff! Spirit of Arachyr has also been buffed this Season from 9000% to 17,500% and combining this with the power of a 4th slot in Kanai's Cube, your little Chicken of Terror is going to be better than ever before! Now before you get too excited keep in mind that this will still be a build used to speed farm T16 content and very low Greater Rifts at best. But just because it's not the strongest build in the game doesn't mean it can't offer a fun and unique playstyle! Let's find out below how you can leave everyone in the dust!

Insanely Fast ✔
One-of-a-Kind Playstyle
You're Literally a Chicken ✔
Massive Toad = Massive Fun ✔
Gigantic Spider is Very Spooky ✔

Super Clunky
Feast or Famine
❌ Doesn't Lay Eggs

Zero Ability to Push
❌ We All Love it Anyway


T16 Angry Chicken

Core Setup

Items

  • Spirit of Arachyr (4) Bonus and (6) Bonus are what you're interested in as they give 50% Damage Reduction and heal you for 10% of your maximum Life per second for 15 seconds after using Hex and a 17,500% Damage buff for your Hex Angry Chicken.
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings gives a massive Damage boost since you are focused on Cooldown Reduction with this build. The Resource Cost Reduction benefits aren't utilized as much but you still get a slight Toughness buff here.
  • Manajuma's Way is the heart of the build and it gives Hex Angry Chicken: 2000% increased Damage, a 15 second duration, 100% increased Movement Speed, chain reaction explosions from your detonation AND spawns mini-Chickens that do 25% damage.
  • In-geom reduces all of your Cooldowns by 10 seconds after killing an Elite.
  • Sacred Harvester can be used in the Cube to give 5 more stacks of Soul Harvest Soul to Waste giving us Damage and more Movement Speed.
  • Nemesis Bracers allow you to spawn an extra Elite on each pylon.
  • Squirt's Necklace is easy to keep up when using Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard providing up to 100% increased damage.
  • Rechel's Ring of Larceny grants 60% Movement Speed after fearing an enemy.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur is required to utilize both Spirit of Arachyr and Captain Crimson's Trimmings.
  • Avarice Band increases Gold and Globe Pickup Radius by 1 yard for 10 seconds every time you pick up gold, up to 30 stacks.
  • Ring of Emptiness is an option if you don't seem to have enough damage, at the cost of speed it provides an insane 300% Damage buff as long as the target is affected by Locust Swarm.


Global Stat Priorities
Our offensive priorities are: Critical Hit Chance/Critical Hit Damage > Poison Damage > Cooldown Reduction > Area Damage. Cooldown is very important as we want to go in and out of Angry Chicken form as often as possible for maximum explosions, fortunately there are several things at play already helping like Captain Crimson's Trimmings, Grave Injustice, Tribal Rites and In-geom. So for item stats we can focus on the Critical Hit Chance and Damage a bit more at first then top it off with more Cooldown or Area Damage when we find better items. Attack Speed and Resource Cost Reduction aren't important on this build so you can focus on Intelligence and Vitality more. You unfortunately don't have any Crowd Control immunity on a Witch Doctor so try to roll at least 1-2 Crowd Control Reduction Secondary Stats on your Helm or Jewelry.

Item Stat Priorities

SLOTITEMSTAT PRIORITY
Main-HandManajuma's Carving Knife
Sacred Harvester (Cubed)
In-geom (Cubed)
Wormwood (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Damage %
5. Attack Speed
6. Intelligence
Off-HandManajuma's Gory Fetch
1. Damage Range
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Area Damage
5. Intelligence
6. Elite Damage
7. Vitality
HelmArachyr's Visage1. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
5. Life %
6. Armor
GlovesArachyr's Claws1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Intelligence
5. Area Damage
6. Attack Speed
7. Resource Cost Reduction
ShouldersArachyr's Mantle1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Area Damage
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
5. Armor
6. Life %
Chest Arachyr's Carapace
Aquila Cuirass (Cubed)
1. Sockets Flawless Royal Topaz
2. Intelligence
3. Vitality
4. Armor
5. Reduced Damage from Elites
PantsCaptain Crimson's Thrust (Crafted)1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Armor
4. Sockets Flawless Royal Topaz
BootsArachyr's Stride1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Armor
4. All Resistance
5. Movement Speed
Left Ring
Rechel's Ring of Larceny
Ring of Emptiness
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Cooldown Reduction
5. Area Damage
Right RingAvarice Band (A3 Bounties)
Convention of Elements
Ring of Royal Grandeur (A1 Bounties) (Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Cooldown Reduction
5. Area Damage
BracersNemesis Bracers1. Poison Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Intelligence
4. Vitality
5. Armor
AmuletSquirt's Necklace
The Flavor of Time
1. Socket
2. Poison Damage
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Intelligence
6. Cooldown Reduction
BeltCaptain Crimson's Silk Girdle (Crafted)
Goldwrap (Cubed)
1. Intelligence
2. Vitality
3. Armor
4. Life %
5. All Resistance

Gems

  • Bane of the Trapped is the most powerful DPS gem in the game and provides a 1.6x Damage multiplier.
  • Boon of the Hoarder gives you 30% Movement Speed for 2 seconds after picking up gold as well as making enemies have a chance to drop gold on death.
  • Bane of the Powerful is a good option for speed Greater Rift runs as it provides a consistent, long lasting Damage and Damage Reduction buff without requiring you to slow down or position yourself to get the buff.
  • Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard gives a giant Life per Second boost and is used to give a shield based off your Life per Second which protects our Squirt's Necklace. This gives double Damage, some additional Toughness & insane Healing.
  • Esoteric Alteration can replace Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard when running with The Flavor of Time instead of Squirt's Necklace while doing Greater Rifts.

Skills

  • Hex Angry Chicken is your main source of damage. Step 1 - Turn into a Chicken. Step 2 - Boom. The range of this explosion is unfortunately small so get nice and close to what you want to blast.
  • Horrify Stalker is used with Rechel's Ring of Larceny for another 60% Movement Speed Bonus.
  • Soul Harvest Soul to Waste gives 3% Intelligence per enemy affected and increases Movement Speed by 5% per stack, up to 5 stacks or 10 with Soul Harvester equipped.
  • Summon Zombie Dogs Life Link is used for the Movement Speed buff from Fierce Loyalty as well as the Damage Reduction it provides.
  • Piranhas Piranhado gives you a way to "pixel" enemies together if your first Chicken blast doesn't kill the pack you dove into.
  • Spirit Walk Severance can be used to get out of harm's way if you end up waiting on your Hex Cooldown and to get close to enemies for Soul Harvest. It also gives another 100% Movement Speed bonus before going into Angry Chicken.
  • Locust Swarm Pestilence is what allows you to get the 300% Damage buff from the Ring of Emptiness if needed for damage, make sure to have Wormwood in the Cube when using this skill.

Passives

  • Grave Injustice is an amazing Passive that restores 1% of your Life and Mana as well as reducing all skills Cooldowns by 1 second every time an enemy dies within 20 yards. This bonus is also impacted by your Pickup Radius, increasing the range of the effect.
  • Gruesome Feast can be utilized for a consistent Damage boost as you'll pick up a lot of Health Globes due to the massive Pick up Radius boost from Avarice Band.
  • Fierce Loyalty is also great in speeds for the 15-30% increase to Movement Speed based on if you're in combat or not.
  • Tribal Rites reduces the Cooldown of your Hex by 25%.
  • Spirit Vessel is the Witch Doctor's Cheat Death and can be used to provide an extra layer of protection if you're constantly getting turned into a Chicken Nugget. Take away Fierce Loyalty if you use it.

Paragon Points

CoreOffensiveDefensiveUtility
1. Movement Speed1. Cooldown Reduction1. Armor1. Area Damage
2. Intelligence2. Critical Hit Damage2. Life %2. PIckup Radius
3. Vitality3. Critical Hit Chance3. All Resistance3. Life Per Hit
4. Maximum Mana4. Attack Speed4. Life Per Second4. Resource Cost Reduction

Follower

The Templar is fine for this build since he is a popular choice for most other builds and it doesn't matter at all who is brought here. When there's a monster in range he will always stand still and fight it, making him very predictable and easy to play around. AKA you'll be flying so fast as an Angry Chicken you couldn't possibly care what your Follower is up to as long as they have The Ess of Johan, Oculus Ring and a Hellfire Ring.

For the Skills pick Heal, Loyalty, Onslaught and Inspire. All the alternatives, except Intimidate, include AoE hard-CC, which makes mobs harder to manipulate.

Follower's Damage is completely irrelevant, so you stack Attack Speed for more on-hit procs and Cooldown Reduction for more Heals. The Items are:

  • Enchanting Favor to make follower immortal
  • Oculus Ring for 85% multiplicative Damage boost
  • Hellfire Ring for 0.9% XP boost
  • The Ess of Johan to pull mobs together
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker for the Attack Speed slow
  • Any Shield with Cooldown Reduction

Gameplay

This build is very easy to play and have some success with, you will however notice that some of the skills don't synergize with Angry Chicken as well as one might expect. Simple things like having to go in and out of Angry Chicken form to cast other skills can make it a bit clunky, so timing of your skill cycle is important to really maximize the Movement Speed bonuses and make the most of the build. It's also important to note that this build performs much better in solo than in groups, in a full party even T16 can feel quite overwhelming so keep your Angry Chicken to yourself if you really want to see where it thrives.

  • Always cast Summon Zombie Dogs LIfe Link at the start of a Bounty of Rift as they provide Damage Reduction as well as a Movement Speed Bonus from Fierce Loyalty. After this you're going to want to use your Spirit Walk to get close to enemies before casting Soul Harvest and Horrify.
  • At this point you have all of the buffs and are ready to cast Hex Angry Chicken and pursue your first elite! Angry Chicken will last a very long time and the Cooldown starts right when you cast it, not when you explode. So it's fine to be patient as you search for a sufficient amount of enemies or an Elite before detonating, this can also be used to detonate twice in quick succession when you get to your first Elite as the Cooldown will be over so you can explode, cast Angry Chicken and explode again in an instant.
  • Keep in mind that your explosions trigger a chain reaction when enemies die, so making sure there is a decent amount of trash around an Elite before detonating is crucial to killing them in one shot.
  • If you detonate your Angry Chicken without an Elite or enough enemies around you won't get a buff from In-geom or Grave Injustice and might end up with some downtime. This is very undesirable as you want to spend as much time going in and out of Angry Chicken form since all of our damage comes from that explosion. You're also very squishy and want to spend very little time hanging around enemies without the ability to blow them up quickly.
  • After detonating on a pack, one of two things will be the result; either everything around you will be dead or you'll have some Trash / Elite still alive.
  • If everything around is dead and there are no enemies to get buffs from you can use Spirit Walk to quickly find some enemies to cast Horrify and Soul Harvest on before going back into Angry Chicken and finding the next Elite pack. If it's going to cost you several seconds to slowly walk to find an enemy in a Sewer, Cave or other terrible map, just cast Spirit Walk before Angry Chicken and get to the next pack ASAP.
  • If post detonation there are many enemies alive, cast Piranhado to gather everything around any Elites that you didn't kill, especially on to an Oculus Ring circle as there should be one from the previous carnage. Recast your buffs then blast them away with another explosion! The explosion from Angry Chicken has a surprisingly small area of effect so make sure you're getting very close to Elites before detonating.
  • You'll notice against high HP Elites or Rift Guardians that your damage falls off significantly, due to the lack of chain reactions and Area Damage. We have our mini-Chickens but they do virtually nothing so don't count on them helping out here either. This is a great time to take advantage of our ability to explode twice in quick succession that we discussed in the second bullet point. Evade during the Hex Angry Chicken Cooldown and be prepared for Rift Guardians to require a few explosions to take down.
  • Keep your buffs up and keep moving!

Hardcore

99% chance of being turned into a chicken nugget, would not advise.


Variants

Nephalem Rifts Faster
Angry Chicken T16

Concept
The goal of this build is to be one of the fastest ones around to farm Bounties and Greater Rift Keys. You take advantage of this builds feast and famine playstyle by hunting down Elites and large groups of enemies as an Angry Chicken then blowing them to pieces in an instant once you arrive. With a focus on Cooldown Reduction and Movement Speed you're able to get right back into Angry Chicken form and get to the next pack in an instant.


Gameplay
This is the Variant discussed in the main portion of the guide. A quick summary: Summon Zombie Dogs at the start and keep your Soul Harvest stacks up. Use Horrify and Spirit Walk to get insane Movement Speed buffs and sprint from Elite to Elite as an Angry Chicken. Cast Piranhado to gather everything up around any Elites that you don't kill in the first blast, then rinse and repeat!

Setups
For Nephalem Rifts use Nemesis Bracers to spawn extra Elites and have In-geom in the Cube so you have as much Hex uptime as possible. In Season 22 there is a 4th slot in the Cube and you can fill that with Sacred Harvester. We use Horrify Stalker and put on Rechel's Ring of Larceny to get a tremendous Movement Speed buff. Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard can be used to gain a shield buff in T16 runs in combination with Squirt's Necklace for double Damage, providing some additional Toughness & insane Healing. The final touch is the combination of Goldwrap, Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder which make you immortal once gold starts dropping.
Want to go even faster? You can if you have very high Paragon and great gear! Drop Squirt's Necklace as well as Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard for The Flavor of Time and Wreath of Lightning, while you're at it go ahead and get rid of that Goldwrap and throw in Warzechian Armguards, now you are the definition of speed!

Nephalem Rifts More Damage
More Damage Chicken

Concept
In this build Movement Speed is the primary focus as it's somewhat of a MEME build and the point is to highlight what it is good at, going fast! However it's very easy to remove Movement Speed to take on more Damage if you find that you aren't able to kill things. This version will likely be more viable early in a Season, but once you get higher Paragon you should be able to go with the faster version exhibited in the majority of the guide.

Gameplay
The only difference here is that we no longer need to cast Piranhas, you also never need to cast Locust Swarm as we are using Wormwood as well. So really it's the exact same thing but now you'll do quite a bit more damage at the cost of a bit of Movement Speed.

Setups
To give the Nephalem Rift build extra damage you can drop Rechel's Ring of Larceny, Sacred Harvester and Piranhas to pick up Ring of Emptiness, Wormwood and Locust Swarm, this reduces our Movement Speed to give us 300% more Damage against affected enemies.

Take note that Horrify Stalker isn't as great here without Rechel's Ring of Larceny but it's worth keeping as this is a speed build. If you find that you're having to drop all of the Movement Speed bonuses to find Damage and Toughness it may be wise to look into another option for T16 farming or to lower the difficulty of what you're doing. If you take the speed build and make it too slow then it's just a bad build all around at that point.

GR Solo Speeds
Speed GR Chicken

Concept
You can utilize this build quite well in very low tier Greater rifts, perhaps up to around GR 90 with pretty solid gear and Paragon. This really is an insanely fast build so this can be useful to upgrade very low Legendary Gems until you reach your ceiling. However keep in mind this still is very likely not a good use of your time since you can be using a much simpler and smoother build to farm Greater Rifts just as fast but 10+ tiers higher. See GoD Demon Hunter or WW Rend Barb as examples.


Gameplay
Playing in speed Greater Rifts should feel exactly like your T16 play with the exception that now you don't have to pick up any items or materials from the ground so you can focus on moving forward at all times! You'll be a bit stronger with this build and can time your Angry Chicken Explosions with your Poison cycle on the Convention of Elements for a 200% damage buff. When played right you can really blast Elites with this at the right Greater Rift level and clear them in around 60-90 seconds consistently.

Setups
Now there is no gold that you can utilize for Toughness and Movement Speed so you'll be dropping Avarice Band, Boon of the Hoarder and Goldwrap and instead use Convention of Elements, Bane of the Powerful and Aquila Cuirass. With these changes you will be a bit slower and more fragile but you will do significantly more damage. Keeping Squirt's Necklace buff can be much more difficult in Greater Rifts so Switching it and the Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard out for The Flavor of Time and Esoteric Alteration is advised once it becomes a problem. If Toughness is still an issue consider equipping a Unity instead of the Convention of Elements. A reminder that Unity only works in solo, but that's where the Angry Chicken should be played if you want to thrive.


Video Guide

Coming Soon!


Mechanics

Goldwrap - Avarice Band - Boon of the Hoarder

  • A simple concept that's worth mentioning, this combination of items is a core part of any T16 build.
  • Boon of the Hoarder makes enemies drop gold, Avarice Band increases your Pickup Radius when you pickup Gold and Goldwrap gives an insane Armor boost based off the amount of Gold you've picked up. The Pickup Radius bonus will cap out at 30 yards but this otherwise will scale continuously if you keep a consistent flow of Gold coming in.
  • If you're playing T16 with any build this should be incorporated at all costs. PICK UP THE GOLD!

Gruesome Feast

  • The intelligence bonus stacks additively with the Soul Harvest bonus.
  • Picking up a single Health Globe will not reset the entire 5 stack, 15 second timer. Every Health Globe counts as its own timer and the stacks will deplete individually as each stack completes its 15 seconds. If you find yourself fighting in an area for a long time and there are a lot of Health Globes around, leave some around to utilize later or before you move on to keep your stacks fresh.

Manajuma's Way

  • This set allows your Hex Angry Chicken to last for 15 seconds, meaning you have that long before it will automatically explode if you don't manually activate it.
  • A great thing about this is that your Hex Angry Chicken Cooldown actually starts the moment you become a Chicken and not when you explode.
  • This can be used to your advantage in that you can let the Cooldown finish while still running around as a chicken then explode, recast Angry Chicken and explode once more in an instant once you find an Elite.

Summary

  • Summon Zombie Dogs LIfe LInk at the start of every Rift or Bounty for the Damage Reduction bonus.
  • Use Horrify and Spirit Walk to get insane Movement Speed buffs between your Angry Chicken Explosions and make sure that you are maintaining your Soul Harvest stacks as these provide Damage and Movement Speed.
  • Sprint from Elite to Elite as an Angry Chicken and cast Piranhado to gather everything up around any Elites that you don't kill in one blast.
  • Rinse and repeat!

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Guide by Facefoot with insights from Wudijo and Northwar