The stampede is on the way and you're the one commanding the charge! This build utilizes the immense power of the Helltooth Harness to deliver a devastating stream of Zombie Bears to destroy everything in your path. An old school Witch Doctor fan favorite has been enhanced in Season 22 with a new Mojo Ursua's Trodden Effigy, an improvement to the Scrimshaw as well as a giant boost to the 6 piece Helltooth Harness bonus from 9000% to 17,500%! Dive in below and check out some of the build updates and how you can make the most of Zombie Bears this Season.
You'll spend your time running around using Locust Swarm to gather up enemies, while maintaining your toughness buffs from Soul Harvest and the Helltooth Harness. Captain Crimson's Trimmings and Blood Ritual work together with high Resource Cost Reduction to make your Zombie Bears cost virtually no Mana, allowing you to spam them at will. This build is quite easy to play and showcases a variety of Witch Doctor Skills making it a great choice for anyone new to the Witch Doctor Class.
Despite the buffs this set has received it's still one of the weaker choices for the Witch Doctor, especially compared to the Mundunugu's Regalia Spirit Barrage build.
High Toughness ✔
Never Resource Starved ✔
Great Against Large Packs ✔
❌ Low Damage Overall
❌ Weak on Single Target
❌ Struggles in High GR's
❌ Poor Performance in Groups
- Helltooth Harness (4) Bonus and (6) Bonus are the primary focus of this build as they give 60% Damage Reduction for 10 seconds when you use your Zombie Charger or Wall of Death and a 17,500% Damage buff for 15 seconds after casting Wall of Death.
- Captain Crimson's Trimmings gives a massive Toughness boost since you are focused on Resource Cost Reduction with this build. The Cooldown benefits aren't utilized as much in solo but still provide a great Damage buff.
- Scrimshaw reduces the Mana cost of Zombie Charger by 75% and boosts its Damage by 6-7 times. This Main-Hand also has a Primary Stat option to get another 80% additive Damage buff to the skill.
- Ursua's Trodden Effigy gives Zombie Charger up to a 150% Damage buff as well as spawning more Zombie Bears, launching 8 per cast instead of 3.
- Ring of Emptiness provides a 300% Damage buff as long as the target is affected by Locust Swarm.
- Finally Ring of Royal Grandeur allows you to utilize both Helltooth Harness and Captain Crimson's Trimmings.
Season 24 Ethereals
Ethereals are powerful rare weapons that can only be found during Season 24. They have incredible stats, a random Legendary power, and a free passive for your class. Read our Ethereal Mechanics Guide for full details on how they work and our Ethereal Farming Guide to learn how to acquire them. What you should prioritize on them is the following:
- The Legendary Power
This build requires Scrimshaw and Sacred Harvester to be functional. We need our Ethereal to roll one of these powers so we can cube the other. We also want a good roll on our Legendary power if it has a range. For speed content it is always helpful to have Ethereals with Echoing Fury or In-geom powers, so keep those if you find them!
- The Ethereal Itself
There are 3 different weapons available to us, each with its own benefits:
- Arioc's Needle - This is the best option for Greater Rifts as it provides massive damage along with 200% damage to Decay skills which applies to Zombie Bears.
- The Gidbinn - This is a good option for Nephalem Rifts since it gives plenty of damage as well as a 40% movement speed boost after picking up a Health Globe.
- Ghostflame - This Ethereal won't be as strong as the other two options but will still provide a nice damage boost to this build. Consecutive hits increase Attack Speed and Critical Hits will restore Mana making you a bear launching machine!
- The Ethereal Stat Rolls
Each Ethereal comes with its own fixed set of powerful affixes. While some have a static value, many have a wide stat range. This means the difference between good and bad rolls is significant and something you should look for.
- A Useful Passive
This is just icing on the cake because a fifth passive is not going to make or break your build. You're better off hunting for the things above. Check out the Passives section down below to see which ones you're looking for.
Global Stat Priorities
Our offensive priorities are: Critical Hit Chance & Damage > Poison Damage > Zombie Charger Damage > Attack Speed & Area Damage > Resource Cost Reduction > Cooldown Reduction. A mix of Attack Speed and Area Damage is nice as they can both help in different areas of a Rift. Attack Speed will help greatly on the Rift Guardian where you'll struggle the most and having some Area Damage will help throughout the Rift a decent amount as we group enemies together.
When doing T16 or speed Greater Rifts prioritize Cooldown more to give yourself as much Spirit Walk uptime as possible and to get a greater Damage buff from the Captain Crimson's Trimmings set. 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. There are many desirable stats for this build which means Vitality is sometimes left behind a bit but this can be made up for easily using Paragon points if needed.
- You are the Lord of the Bears and no one can tell you differently.
- Keep your Wall of Death and Soul Harvest buffs active and never let them fall off, especially on the Rift Guardian as they provide a large portion or your Damage and Toughness respectively.
- Use your Wall of Zombies to push all the enemies into a tight line to maximize the effectiveness of your Area Damage.
- Don't forget to get a Life per Hit roll on your Bracers or Weapon so the Leeching Beasts can heal you immensely.
- Don't deplete your resources so you keep your Aquila Cuirass buff!
The buffed Zombie Bears come back as a blast from the past and add an exciting - although at times a bit clunky - build to the Witch Doctor's arsenal. It's not the strongest, but can be used for solo pushing into the higher tiers regardless. But be careful, PETA is watching you!
Guide by Facefoot with insights from wudijo. Updated by wudijo.