Diablo® III

Key Features

  • Pets

    Witch doctors are surrounded by hordes of things - mongrels, zombies, bats, fetishes, spiders and more. Many of these creatures stand beside their masters and fight until they are slain, serving as convenient targets in the meantime.
  • Destructive Magic

    Witch doctors command frightful magics that damage groups of enemies with clouds of acid, gouts of flame and swarms of locusts. They can even sacrifice the bodies of their pets to ravage their foes in a wave of bony shrapnel.
  • Curses and Hexes

    Weakening and slow-killing hexes can help soften and invalidate even the most terrible of the Burning Hells's minions. Witch doctors employ a number of these curses, including debilitating poisons and bolts of spirit energy that steal life and vitality.
  • Battlefield Control

    Those who battle witch doctors find their bodies and minds twisted, limiting their effectiveness in combat. The enemies of the Unformed Land are held in place by ghastly undead hands, transformed into chickens, and sent fleeing in fear or striking at their fellows in utter bewilderment.

Resource: Mana

Witch doctors’ inborn connection to the Unformed Land allows them to tap into a deep well of spiritual energy, called Mana.

Mana is a vast but slowly-regenerating resource; witch doctors must be choosy with their attack spells and hexes to ensure that they don’t leave themselves depleted of power and exposed to enemy attacks.

Since Mana returns ponderously, witch doctors conserve it by relying on semi-permanent additions to their arsenal, such as their summoned mongrels and the horrific gargantuan, which can offer protection and chew through enemies without any further mana cost.

Witch doctors have a sizeable reservoir of energy to call upon at once, and, when they need to, they can deploy immense blasts of destructive force and cut a swath across nearly any battleground in a short period of time.

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.

The ability to infect, slow and terrify their enemies gives witch doctors unprecedented control over a battlefield. They can manipulate opposing attacks and movements with debuffs and crowd control spells, rendering enemies easy prey for hungry pets. Witch doctors can also lay down fields of fire and venom that slowly leech life from advancing foes.

Although some witch doctors avoid melee combat in favor of augmenting their pets and crippling their enemies from afar, they are also more than capable of slaying weakened foes with their own hands.

Background

“The spirits smile upon me.”

Only a select few men and women among the umbaru tribes can ascend to the hallowed role of witch doctor, for they must possess both a history of battle and a talent for communing with spirits. The latter ability belongs solely to those born with the touch of the Unformed Land – the invisible realm where the umbaru believe the spirits of the dead dwell once they have left Sanctuary behind.

When a man dies, witch doctors feel what they suspect is the breath of life leaving his cooling body. And, when calamity or genocide sends hundreds to their graves at once, witch doctors can sense their trembling and shrieking from beyond.

Witch doctors cannot cover their ears to the voices of the spirits. As the sounds of disquiet grow louder, their choice is made. They must restore the balance between their world and the Unformed Land, or watch the torment of generations past for the rest of their lives… and forever after.

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Equipment

Though witch doctors make use of a variety of weaponry, they boast several one-of-a-kind pieces of equipment. Mojos are fragile talismans held in the off-hand; instead of being used directly as weapons, they aid witch doctors in warding off the wrong dark forces…and calling out to the right ones. Witch doctors have also been known to carry enchanted ceremonial daggers. Unlike common knives, these blades are honed towards one purpose – human sacrifice – and so they are well-suited to ending lives.

Armor Progression

The paint covering novice witch doctors’ bodies almost serves as better protection than the fur and cloth they gird themselves with.
Experienced witch doctors are able to piece together superior defenses, augmenting their armor with fine metal plates and wicked-looking masks.
Well-girded witch doctors strike fear in the hearts of their foes with armor covered in ancient skulls, feathers and horns. They’re also hard to kill, thanks to sharp body plating and custom shoulder guards.

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