Witch doctors are spiritual warriors who summon dead souls and crawling creatures to do their bidding. By surrounding themselves with conjured zombies and vermin, witch doctors are free to assault their enemies with exploding skulls, acrid poison clouds, and wasting curses.

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What determines the health of Witch Doctor minions?

I've seen comments in the forums that minions like the Zombie Dogs will scale with gear, allowing them to be competitive. I certainly hope this is the case, however I was not able to find any ...
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Do stat boosts affect DoT effects already in play?

I'm playing Witch Doctor and making use of several of the wonderful Intelligence boosts they can get (Gruesome Feast, Soul Harvest...). I need to know when to time these boosts, however, to get the ...
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Why does my Plague of Toads make me croak?

When my Witch Doctor hit level 11, I decided to take my Plague of Toads for a spin. However, a typical encounter for me with Plague of Toads goes something like: I see a mob of enemies I summon ...
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Is a summoning Witch Doctor build viable in Hell and Inferno?

Summons are fun, however they do not seem viable in Hell or Inferno We recently started Hell, and none of my summons survive more than a hit or two, even the Gargantuan, which is supposed to be the ...
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Does intelligence influence Witch Doctor minion damage?

The "Soul Harvest" ability harvests the souls of up to five surrounding enemies, upping your intelligence by 28 (at the base level) for each. This means that right now, I can quadruple my intellgence ...
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With Witch Doctor Mass Confusion, do elite affixes still affect you?

When using the Witch Doctor "mass confusion" ability, it is possible to confuse elites into fighting on your side. Many of them have AoE affixes like fire chains, arcane enchantment, mortar, etc. I ...
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Witch Doctor build for Inferno?

I am in the beginning of Inferno and I am having a bit of trouble some places, I have been using the zombie bears build (this or a variant of it), while the damage is very nice and it is a very good ...
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How do I become the Puppet Master?

I'm trying to get the achievement Puppet Master for the Witch Doctor: I've got the following: 4 Zombie Dogs (requires the Zombie Handler passive skill) Gargantuan Fetish from Big Bad Voodoo My ...
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How does the AI work for a Witch Doctor's summoned pets?

I'm mostly curious about how they'll prioritize their actions. Will they just attack the first target they see, attack the target their summoner is, attack targets attacking them, attack targets ...
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How can I detonate my chicken?

The Witch Doctor "Hex" skill as a rune "Angry Chicken" where I can temporarily transform my corporeal form into that of a deadly exploding chicken. Fun, right? However, I can't seem to figure out ...
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Does “Big Stinker” count as “Bad Medicine?”

I'm currently using the "Big Stinker" rune on my Gargantuan: Big Stinker The Gargantuan is surrounded by a poison cloud that deals 15% weapon damage as Poison per second to nearby enemies. I ...
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What skills from other party members affect witch doctor summons?

There are a number of skills that provide benefits to a player "and their allies". Do any of these include creatures summoned by a witch doctor? Examples: Does a Monk heal affect summons? Do ...
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“Hotdogging” achievement, what are the parameters?

The achievement in question is to summon 3 zombie dogs at once, without using the summon zombie dog skill. I tried using "Circle of Life", which took a while, but when I finally got 3 dogs, no ...
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Does Jinx increase the additional damage of Hex to 20% or 30%?

The description of the Jinx rune is a little unclear, and therefore I'm uncertain if it increases the additional damage of Hex by 20% to a total of 30%, or if it only increases it by 10% to a total of ...
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Diablo 3 Witch Doctor Base Intelligence difference

I have two level 60 witch doctors. I'm playing the console version. One of them has about 16k intelligence with no gear, and the other has about 7k, also with no gear. Why? Is it because I leveled ...
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What is the strategy in using Zombie Dogs and Sacrifice?

I unlocked the Sacrifice ability of my Witch Doctor a few days, but I haven't used it at all because I don't understand how to use it effectively. When dealing with a throng of enemies, I'd prefer to ...
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Are there end-game tactics viable for Witch Doctors that don't require Spirit Walk?

As I near the end of Nightmare, I have come to realize that the single most useful skill I have is Spirit Walk. I use it constantly, and it has saved my life more times than I can count. It is also ...
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How does Quetzalcoatl's legendary ability interact with Creeping Death?

Quetzalcoatl has an interesting legendary ability: Locust Swarm and Haunt now deal their damage in half of the normal duration. Creeping Death is a new Witch Doctor passive that also affects ...
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What can I walk through using Spirit Walk?

Once again, the skill description for Spirit Walk leaves a bit to the imagination. What exactly does it mean that my movement is unhindered? Does it negate any movement slowing effects? Does it ...
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Does Soul Harvest “Siphon” steal life?

Is the Life the Witch Doctor gains from the "Siphon" rune of Soul Harvest taken from the enemy? Does the enemy's life decrease? Or does the Witch Doctor just gain the Life, without the monster losing ...
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Does Grave Injustice reduce the cooldown on Spirit Vessel?

Is there any evidence, stated by Blizzard or others, that the cooldown of Spirit Vessel is reduced whenever Grave Injustice is triggered?
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How can I increase my maximum mana?

I've been playing on Inferno for a while now, and I constantly feel like I'm running out of mana during fights. I understand that mana will never be unlimited and I'll have to use some conservation ...
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What skills complement the Toad of Hugeness?

I just unlocked this skill, but can't fathom how to use it in conjunction with my other skills. Since the giant toad sits there doing damage to one enemy, it seems rather useless when large crowds of ...
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How does the “Soul Harvest” skill work?

I just unlocked this skill which feeds on the life force of my enemies to increase my Intelligence by 30 seconds. When I activate it, a circle of light surrounds me. What's not clear to me is whether ...
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Does mana cost matter at all for Witch Doctor skills?

I'm about 10 levels into my Witch Doctoring experience. Thus far I've unlocked about 4 or 5 skills I can use on demand. Each of these skills requires a certain amount of mana in order to cast. ...
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How many Fetishes are summoned with Fetish Army

I can't find how many Fetishes are summoned when you cast Fetish Army. Is it random each time they're summoned? Does it depend on the caster level? Do they actually have limited life, or are they ...
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Is there an onscreen way I can tell gruesome feast is working?

I recently unlocked the passive ability gruesome feast. It states: Whenever you are healed by a health globe, you gain 10% of your maximum Mana and 10% Intelligence for 10 seconds. The ...
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What are tactics for a Witch Doctor to use against Invulnerable Minion packs? [closed]

Invulnerable Minion packs have been very challenging for me while soloing Hell. Generally I've been using Haunt and Poison Darts with Splinters for my single target damage, but Splinters tends to ...
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What proc values do the witch doctors skills have?

What are the proc values (effect probability, e.g. for crowd control damage) for the different skills of the witch doctor? Some are given in the Patch 1.0.4 notes: Firebomb - Fire Pit: 0.067 ...
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What unlisted effects does Spirit Walk have?

The tooltip for Spirit Walk hints at a single effect: "While in the spirit realm, your movement is unhindered" Which I believe references the fact that you can use it to break effects like ...
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How often does a Gargantuan with the Bruiser rune stun?

The level 56 Witch Doctor rune for Gargantuan called "Bruiser" has the following effect: Bruiser The Gargantuan gains the ability to periodically slam enemies, dealing 100% of your weapon damage ...
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Do multiple casts of Haunt on the same target stack?

I would generally assume they don't as dots in every other game blizzard has created have not stacked when cast by the same player, only I just fought a mini-boss with haunt and it being my first time ...
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Witch Doctor pets, Fierce Loyalty and LOH

I am wondering if the LOH of the player is naturally transfered to the Witch Doctor pets (patch 1.0.4). If yes, is there restriction (like a reduced proc or reduced amount), and if not, does Fierce ...
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Does Phantasm Stack?

The rune for Spirit Barrage, Phantasm, deals damage over time in a small area of effect. If I overlap them and an enemy is standing on 2 or more at once, does it take double, triple, etc. damage? Or ...
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Are Flash Fires bad?

The Diablo 3 Witch Doctor skill FireBomb does 85% of your weapon damage in an 8 yard radius. The Flash Fire rune for said skill changes it from an AOE to a single target bouncing attack with a ...
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What is the best Witch Doctor build against vampiric bosses?

My level 36 Witch Doctor is relatively effective against big groups of monsters, but I have problems defeating some vampiric bosses. The problem is made worse by the gargantuan which is delivering ...
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What stats are best for casters (Wizard/Witch Doctor) doing Inferno?

Both my witch doctor & wizard are just about level 60 and I am preparing to go try out inferno. I like the casters so much I can't decide which one should be my main. My friends (all melee ...
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Mechanics of Plague of Toads: Does it deal 130% dmg each frog or all three frogs combine?

Plague of Toads Primary Cost: 34 Mana Release a handful of toads that deal 130% weapon damage as Poison to enemies they come in contact with. So is it 130% dmg per frog or its all 3 ...
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Is it possible to have more than 4 Zombie Dogs?

I'm playing a sacrifice build Witch Doctor, and recently added Mass Confusion with Devolution rune. However, I have yet to get any additional zombie dogs from killing a confused opponent. Each time, ...
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Does Big Bad Voodoo stack?

If there are multiple WDs in party and they all use the Big Bad Voodoo skill: 1) If they have the same rune, does the bonus stack? 2) If they have different runes, do I get bonus from all runes ...
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Strategy for Iskatu Nightmare/Hell - Witch Doctor

I have a been trying to solo farm Iskatu for experience to get my levels up to a point where playing Hell is less "squishy". For some reason I am not finding the right build for the Witch Doctor to ...
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How does Hex work?

There are a few things about Hex that I'm uncertain of: How often does the Fetish Summon turn an enemy into a chicken? Is there anyway to increase the rate at which the Fetish Shaman turns enemies ...
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How does the Restless Giant rune work?

The description on Blizzard's site is a bit vague: Restless Giant 20% movement speed 35% attack speed 200% Physical damage This effect cannot occur more than once every 120 seconds. Elite enemies ...
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Do the fetishes spawned from Fetish Sycophants match elements with the skill?

Fetish Sycophants randomly spawns fetishes when I attack, do those fetishes match the element of the Fetish army skill? I am using Tiki Torchers since I have + fire element gear.
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What changes to specific Witch Doctor skills can I make through equipment?

Before the game was released, data miners were speculating that each class would have a list of certain modifiers available on equipment that would provide small changes to the way class skills would ...
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Is Locust Swarm ranged or melee

Is the Witch Doctor's skill Locust Swarm ranged or melee? Can I hit someone across the screen if my pointer is on them, then the swarm goes to that spot or do I need to be right in front of the ...
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How does the Zombie Dogs rune Life Link work?

I'm uncertain on some of the details of Life Link, specifically: Is it 10% damage reduction, or 10% damage reduction for each dog? How is the absorbed damaged divided amongst the dogs? (evenly, ...
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Honestly, is there anything better than Zombie Bears? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Witch Doctor build for Inferno? I've been playing a Witch Doctor for a while now, and have just reached Act II of Inferno. Needless to say, ever since I unlocked it ...
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How do corpse spiders interact with on-hit properties

How does the corpse spiders skill (witch doctor) interact with on-hit properties of gear. Is there some reduction? Does it proc at all? What about on-hit properties with chance?
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Do the mimics of the Grin Reaper Mask do any damage?

I recently got my hands on one of these from Kedala. Here is the link to the mask: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/the-grin-reaper It's a cool mask. But does the mimics actually do any damage at all? ...