(Season 18) Witch Doctor Starter Zunimassa build by Rhykker

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Skills

Primary

Fetish Army
Fetish Army
Legion of Daggers

Secondary

Spirit Walk
Spirit Walk
Jaunt

Defensive

Summon Zombie Dogs
Summon Zombie Dogs
Leeching Beasts

Terror

Gargantuan
Gargantuan
Humongoid

Decay

Soul Harvest
Soul Harvest
Languish

Voodoo

Haunt
Haunt
Resentful Spirits
Fetish Sycophants
Fetish Sycophants
Swampland Attunement
Swampland Attunement
Midnight Feast
Midnight Feast
Pierce the Veil
Pierce the Veil

Items

(Season 18) Witch Doctor Starter Zunimassa build by Rhykker
Zunimassa's Vision
Aughild's Power
Aughild's Search
Zunimassa's Pox
The Compass Rose
Zunimassa's Marrow
The Witching Hour
Zunimassa's Finger Wraps
The Traveler's Pledge
Zunimassa's Cloth
Zunimassa's Trail
Sacred Harvester
Zunimassa's String of Skulls

Head

Zunimassa's Vision
Zunimassa's Vision
Carnevil
Carnevil
Mask of Jeram
Mask of Jeram
Vitality, Intelligence, Critical Hit Chance

Shoulders

Aughild's Power
Aughild's Power
Pauldrons of the Skeleton King
Pauldrons of the Skeleton King
Vitality, Intelligence, Area Damage, Skill: Fetish Army

Wrists

Aughild's Search
Aughild's Search
Lakumba's Ornament
Lakumba's Ornament
Vitality, Intelligence, Poison Skills Damage, Critical Hit Chance

Rings

Zunimassa's Pox
Zunimassa's Pox
The Compass Rose
The Compass Rose
Ring of Royal Grandeur
Ring of Royal Grandeur
Critical Hit Damage, Intelligence, Attack Speed, Critical Hit Chance

Torso

Zunimassa's Marrow
Zunimassa's Marrow
Aquila Cuirass
Aquila Cuirass
Vitality, Intelligence, Skill: Fetish Army

Waist

The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
Critical Hit Damage, Intelligence, Attack Speed, Skill: Poison Dart

Hands

Zunimassa's Finger Wraps
Zunimassa's Finger Wraps
Tasker and Theo
Tasker and Theo
Critical Hit Damage, Intelligence, Attack Speed, Critical Hit Chance

Amulet

The Traveler's Pledge
The Traveler's Pledge
Hellfire Amulet
Hellfire Amulet
Critical Hit Damage, Attack Speed, Critical Hit Chance

Legs

Zunimassa's Cloth
Zunimassa's Cloth
Depth Diggers
Depth Diggers
Vitality, Intelligence, Skill: Poison Dart

Feet

Zunimassa's Trail
Zunimassa's Trail
Illusory Boots
Illusory Boots
Vitality, Intelligence, Resistance to All, Bonus Armor

Weapon

Sacred Harvester
Sacred Harvester
The Dagger of Darts
The Dagger of Darts
Starmetal Kukri
Starmetal Kukri
Intelligence, Attack Speed, Damage

Offhand

Zunimassa's String of Skulls
Zunimassa's String of Skulls
Uhkapian Serpent
Uhkapian Serpent
Area Damage, Critical Hit Chance, Damage against Elites, Skill: Fetish Army

Kanai’s Cube

Echoing Fury

Weapon power

Echoing Fury
Mask of Jeram

Armor power

Mask of Jeram
Stone of Jordan

Jewel power

Stone of Jordan

Legendary gems

Enforcer
Enforcer
Bane of the Powerful
Bane of the Powerful
Simplicity's Strength
Simplicity's Strength
You can go with Bane of the Powerful. If you have problems clearing Greater Rifts, switch it to Bane of the Striken.

Paragon priorities

Core

  • Primary stat
  • Vitality
  • Movement speed
  • Maximum resource

Offense

  • Attack speed
  • Cooldown reduction
  • Critical hit chance
  • Critical hit damage

Defense

  • Life
  • Armor
  • Resist all
  • Life regeneration

Utility

  • Area damage
  • Resource cost reduction
  • Life on hit
  • Gold find

Build guide

Based on Rhykker's video -- Create a level 1 Seasonal Witch Doctor. Then complete the Challenge Rift. This cache will reward you:

4.6 million gold
475 blood shards
35 death's breath
100 Veiled Crystals
300 Reusable Parts
300 Arcane Dust
15 of each Bounty material

These will help your Witch Doctor level 1 gambling on boots at Kadala.

From level 1-70, wear a Ruby on your weapon instead of Emerald. Emerald won't be good until you have built up enough crit chance, so it is recommended to use a Ruby to be more efficient for its raw damage. Add Rubies to all your gear as well.

STARTER

Launch your level 1 Witch Doctor and use the Challenge Rift cache's blood shards to gamble at Kadala for the Pox Faulds pants.

Upgrade your Blacksmith to the max, and then craft a level 70 weapon when you are at level 40. Aim for a two-handed Mace. Look for a secondary attribute: Reduced Level Requirement at the enchanter. Usually if the item rolls crowd controlling stats, that can be enchanted into Reduced Level requirement.

At Level 70, start with this build:

Poison Dart (Splinters): Shooting these at enemies increases your resource for spending on heavy damage skills.

Locust Swarm (Searing Locusts): No need to spam it as it is a over-time damage skill and it spreads to nearby enemies.

Summon Zombie Dogs (Leeching Beasts): contributes damage, but helps your survivability as a meat shield and gives life per hit.

Gargantuan (Humongoid): Heavy hitter rune that grants the pet the ability to cleave multiple enemies. With the newly buffed Spite (off-hand), you can choose Gargantuan (Restless) because Spite serves the same purpose of Humongoid rune.

Soul Harvest (Languish): gives you armor and intelligence (offensive and defensive buff).

Haunt (Resentful Spirits): damage-over-time skill that spreads when the target dies. You can spam this one more often, and costs less resource.

Passive Skills: Fetish Sychophants, Fierce Loyalty, Midnight Feast and Pierce the Veil.

Fetish Sychophants gives you a chance to summon a fetish every time you land a Poison Dart, which translates into more meat shields, and extra damage.

Fierce Loyalty: Gives you movement speed for each pet, and adds an additional zombie dog.

Midnight Feast: Increases your Gargantuan and zombie dogs's damage; and adds another zombie dog.

Pierce the Veil: increases your damage by 20% at the price of increasing your mana cost by 30%.

This starter build will help you get your Zunimasa 2-piece bonus.

Once you have obtained the Zunimasa 2-piece bonus, you can switch Poison Dart and replace it with Fetish Army (Legion of Daggers). Replace Locust Swarm with Spirit Walk (Jaunt).

Try to obtain for the Zunimasa's String of Skulls (off-hand). When you have acquired your Zunimassa (4-piece bonus) you can switch Fierce Loyalty (passive) for Swampland Attunement for extra toughness. This will allow you to farm for your 6-piece bonus.

At this point, you should be using your blood shards on gambling at Kadala to obtain Mask of Jeram for more damage; or Carnevil (if you go for the Dagger of Darts which makes all your fetishes shoot darts along with you). Get the Depth Diggers pants to increase the damage of your generators with the spined dart rune.

Use your Death's Breath to upgrade a Ceremonial Knife (yellow item) into a Dagger of Darts at the Kanai's Cube.

For more on the Zunimassa Starter Build watch Rhykker's 2.6.5 video that may be used in 2.6.6 -- https://youtu.be/6zTR8yg4HbI