Diablo® III

[Monster] Toads on Acid [Build+Guide+Stream]

Build: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/witch-doctor#RWYTUd!aWU!ZbaYZb
Stream: http://www.own3d.tv/Monster12/live/390036

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This build is focused around high sustained healing with good damage for higher MP levels. The amount of healing this build puts out can reach levels where you do not need much AR/HP to be able to 'facetank' elite pack affixes such as desecrate/molten/etc.

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Key Stats: INT, VIT, IAS, LOH, CHC, CHD, AR etc..

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Skills

Plague of Toads: Rain of Toads (Rune)
The ability you will be casting the most of, due to the Life on Hit coefficient being super high on this skill, it will outheal most of any damage done to you (assuming you have enough defenses)

Acid Cloud: Lob Blob Bomb (Rune)
Since we will be using Pierce the Veil as a passive (20% more dmg, 30% increased mana cost), the 250% weapon dmg over 5 seconds will be the best rune for us. The extra damage over 5 seconds (instead of 3 for other runes), gives us enough time to regen some mana. The key is to keep the Blobs up and recast as soon as they dissapear, fill with Rain of Toad casts when you have 3 Blobs up. Spamming Acid Cloud will make you go constantly out of mana and have to wait longer than 5 seconds to recast Acid Cloud for the Blob respawns.

Spirit Walk: Honored Guest (Rune)
For high mana returns, or running out of sticky situations. I wouldn't use any other rune for Spirit Walk since this setup is a high mana drain spec with PTV.

Soul Harvest: Languish (Rune)
HUGE DMG buff from Soul Harvest is too much to give up. Miainly used as a DMG buff. You can use any rune here basically, but I found the snare to be useful in high MP levels.

Gargantuan: Big Stinker (Rune)
15% weapon damage per second, more sustained damage. (as well as a beefy tank)

Summon Zombie Dogs: Rabid Dogs (Rune)
9% weapon damage over 3 seconds, even more sustained damage. (as well as 3 more tanks)

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Passives

Jungle Fortitude: 15% DMG reduction, our best passive, the more you dont have to worry about dying, the easier it is. The longer you stay alive the more you can DPS, and the more DMG you can take the more you can focus on doing DMG than surviving.

Pierce the Veil: 20% more damage at the cost of 30% more mana cost. Since most of our damage is sustain and not burst (through pets and acid cloud dots), the main spell we will be casting most of the time is a primary which is not a huge mana spender. Acid Cloud was not meant to be 'spammed' and to gain the full benefit of the spell, you let it run its course.

Vision Quest: 30% increased mana regeneration for 5 seconds whenever we cast Plague of Toads. Mainly to make up for the increased mana cost by using PTV passive.

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Gearing

As of writing this guide, my person defensive stats are 53k HP, 583 AR, 910 LoH and 2.9% LS. I am able to do up to MP10 Key runs, and able to do Uber runs on MP8 without any survival issues at all. My DPS atm is 170k, but the main point here is my defensive stats. Depending on your DPS, as long as you have close to my defensive stats (which isn't hard to get) you shouldn't have any problem -surviving- the same content I do, raising your DPS past that point is what will allow you to do higher MP levels.

Key Items

These are just some high end items that would work very well in this build. You do not need these items so to say but they work very well with the build.

Life on Hit:
Ouroboros: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/ouroboros
Skull Grasp: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/skull-grasp
Unity: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/unity
Blackthorne's Jousting Mail: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/blackthornes-jousting-mail

3pc Zunimassa set (For Resist Bonus):
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/zunimassas-marrow (Resists)
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/zunimassas-trail
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/zunimassas-vision

High Mitigation Piece:
Vile Ward: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/vile-ward

End note: The main priority in gearing for this build isnt about how much gold you have and aiming for legendaries in every slot. To be able to pull this build off, all you really need is an average amount of resist (400-500), a good chunk of hp (30-40k), paired with some Life on Hit, then just start stacking on the DPPSSS
Edited by Soundb#1770 on 11/28/2012 8:50 AM PST
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You are back to WD?
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11/25/2012 10:25 AMPosted by Jibikao
You are back to WD?


yesss sirrr
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stream back online, gona be doing some key runs if anyone wants to join in as well, 185k dps WD/.
Edited by Soundb#1770 on 11/25/2012 1:30 PM PST
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I went to my barb after I got sick and tired of my WD not being able to keep up with my friends in higher MP. Even with 4p zuni sustaining bears was annoying, and just took the fun out of the game for me. I am thinking of regearing my WD (WD is fully geared for a modest 76k dps at the moment. Only spent 15m in total) though once I get more funds. As crazy as it seems, I think I enjoy Acid cloud over bears. Unfortunately WD doesn't get great build synergy like a WW barb or archon/cm wiz builds so other than crazy gear for a 0 dog cd build the higher mp kind of elude our resources.

For this build would you recommend a loh or ls skorn? 3 or 4p zuni (thinking of visage instead of the zuni helm)?
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I added your skill set to my 'time to kill Ghom on MP0' which compares the time to kill Ghom with various skill set ups.

It did well using it the exact way you described. I didn't use SH, since I don't use it in any other skill setups.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AnpveMxENzcldHc2ZGRicFJDNUxlcThHeWxxVU8wcFE&output=html

Also the discussion about that document is here. Any input you have is appreciated.
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7004407721?page=5#83
Edited by MCP#1477 on 11/26/2012 10:42 PM PST
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I went to my barb after I got sick and tired of my WD not being able to keep up with my friends in higher MP. Even with 4p zuni sustaining bears was annoying, and just took the fun out of the game for me. I am thinking of regearing my WD (WD is fully geared for a modest 76k dps at the moment. Only spent 15m in total) though once I get more funds. As crazy as it seems, I think I enjoy Acid cloud over bears. Unfortunately WD doesn't get great build synergy like a WW barb or archon/cm wiz builds so other than crazy gear for a 0 dog cd build the higher mp kind of elude our resources.

For this build would you recommend a loh or ls skorn? 3 or 4p zuni (thinking of visage instead of the zuni helm)?


the 4pc zuni helps a ton in rolling Acid clouds into rotations, i noticed i am able to 'spam' it more. a nice acid cloud crit+crit chance zuni or visage helm would be very nice though if u just want to go 3pc zuni.

I personally find the best setup as far as weapons goes for a WD is still 1h+Mojo. a High DMG mojo with high crit chance witha nice 1handed weapon will beat 2handers in damage.
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Are you able to solo uber runs on MP8 with this or are you talking about grouped runs? Do you really find both sets of pets necessary? How about swapping Garg for something like BBV?

Any specific reason why Rabid Dogs over Burning Dogs (just curious as I haven't used Rabid yet)? You also didn't mention that either of these dogs runes will proc LoH.

Is Vision Quest really better than Blood Ritual? Probably depends how high your mana regen is I would imagine (2H might be better off with BR).

Nice build, I look forward to trying it as it complements my current gear quite well.
Edited by BigRed#1100 on 11/27/2012 11:56 AM PST
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I'm slowly working on upgrading my WD gear. If I was going to go with a Skorn, should I get LoH or LS though? Does Cloud benefit at all from LS?
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Are you able to solo uber runs on MP8 with this or are you talking about grouped runs? Do you really find both sets of pets necessary? How about swapping Garg for something like BBV?

Any specific reason why Rabid Dogs over Burning Dogs (just curious as I haven't used Rabid yet)? You also didn't mention that either of these dogs runes will proc LoH.

Is Vision Quest really better than Blood Ritual? Probably depends how high your mana regen is I would imagine (2H might be better off with BR).

Nice build, I look forward to trying it as it complements my current gear quite well.


i do grouped uber runs, havent tried soloing ubers that high yet.
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This looks like a really good build for a Skorn doctor too.

Bleed damage delivered through pets and AC. Attack speed more or less not an issue.

Sure you need some LoH on your Skorn or gear. Other than that, looks good.
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This looks like a really good build for a Skorn doctor too.

Bleed damage delivered through pets and AC. Attack speed more or less not an issue.

Sure you need some LoH on your Skorn or gear. Other than that, looks good.


its pretty good with a 2hander, i threw on one of my old 2h that didnt have any LoH or LS, (900+loh only from rings+neck) and it was still enough to keep me up at MP8 ubers/mp8+ farming. You might need a bit of IAS with a 2hander though, the ias helps tons when using RoT cuz of LOH procs.
Edited by Soundb#1770 on 11/27/2012 10:13 PM PST
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stream up finally, gona be doing some runs with this build as well as my new bears build
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