Diablo® III

[GUIDE] Spirit Barrage Gameplay + Build

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I'm back with another guide! If you missed my last guide for a Hand of Ytar Monk, you can find it here:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7593582669

This build pairs Spirit Barrage with the spirit theme of Rush of Essence to allow for spamming your abilities. Horrify with Frightening Aspect, Soul Harvest and Gruesome Feast provide significant boosts do your damage and defensive stats allowing you to get by with mediocre gear. You can use the version shown here for fast AoE clearing of the lower MP levels through Grave Injustice or swap in more traditional abilities like Zombie Bears and Acid Cloud for the higher MP levels.

Feedback and/or criticism is welcomed and appreciated as always :D

-----GAMEPLAY PREVIEW
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyTZrNlFFK0

-----SPIRIT BARRAGE BUILD GUIDE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc4eiKYZp6Q

Build Calculator - http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/witch-doctor#gZXUdQ!fYT!ZbYYcb

Gear Set - http://d3up.com/b/12377

You can find my channel at www.youtube.com/ProzaicMuze
Edited by ProzaicMuze#1158 on 2/4/2013 2:36 AM PST
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Cool, but unfortunately, there is bunch of skills that would kill faster in same scenario, if you would only replaced spirit barrage with them. Even acid rain.
Fact that spirit barrage is single target ability (it can spread to several targets but so is the damage), makes it pretty bad against groups, and really bad against large crowds.
Even weak fire bomb, fact that is is that 110% aoe, and you hit elitepack with this, puts it already agead in damage. I don't even mention bears.

Only thing I could find this skill useful, is single targets that run away very much (most annoying ai). But even then, even if these targets are small, bears still do superior damage, so much, that often they turn to be better. Short burst of bears deals more damage, even if you land it once every several seconds, than continous streaming of spirit barrage.

I get that you are trying some new builds there, not necessarily most optimal once, so it's cool.
There is bunch of people who likes this skill, and under their influence I've tried to include it in my build, even with use of very high end items, that grant bonus to spirit barrage skill, but it always sucked, compared to bears. And it even costs you a passive.
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Write out your guide in the forum and you can put a link to your YouTube stuff.

Once it is reviewed, I'll post it in Index to Witch Doctor Builds and Guides
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7350275486
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There are few other benefits to using Well of souls . 1) they never miss 2) go through walls 3)Covers a larger distance then bears 3)Spirit barrage gets a bonus of + 49% damage in gear as well as 20% more since ROE allows you to use Pierce the veil.

But I think more importantly, you don't HAVE to use just 1 offensive spell.
Edited by Jimbob#1821 on 1/21/2013 3:38 PM PST
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WoS can be mana regen to spam bears. Which deals even more damage. Replace GotD or BBV with Bears.
Use mana Passives like BR and SA if necessary.
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Cool, but unfortunately, there is bunch of skills that would kill faster in same scenario, if you would only replaced spirit barrage with them. Even acid rain.
Fact that spirit barrage is single target ability (it can spread to several targets but so is the damage), makes it pretty bad against groups, and really bad against large crowds.
Even weak fire bomb, fact that is is that 110% aoe, and you hit elitepack with this, puts it already agead in damage. I don't even mention bears.

Only thing I could find this skill useful, is single targets that run away very much (most annoying ai). But even then, even if these targets are small, bears still do superior damage, so much, that often they turn to be better. Short burst of bears deals more damage, even if you land it once every several seconds, than continous streaming of spirit barrage.

I get that you are trying some new builds there, not necessarily most optimal once, so it's cool.
There is bunch of people who likes this skill, and under their influence I've tried to include it in my build, even with use of very high end items, that grant bonus to spirit barrage skill, but it always sucked, compared to bears. And it even costs you a passive.

As others have pointed out, Spirit Barrage and Zombie Bears aren't mutually exclusive. I mentioned the possibility of using Zombie Bears in the guide as well. The boost to mana regen gives you a short window of free Zombie Bears before you revert to your normal mana regen rate. Spam Spirit Barrage as they close on you and finish with Zombie Bears.

Write out your guide in the forum and you can put a link to your YouTube stuff.

Once it is reviewed, I'll post it in Index to Witch Doctor Builds and Guides
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7350275486

I really, really REALLY hate the formatting limitations of the B-Net forums. Until I can do something like this "www.sc2mapster.com/forums/resources/tutorials/9016" I'm not interested in making text based guides. The information is best communicated through the videos. Thank you for the offer though :)
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I would go as far as to say that you produce the finest video guides I have come across. I have a couple of builds I have been holding on to. Would you consider a collaboration?

For reference. here are a couple of the guide I have posted...

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7415792561
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7593579285
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7199642173#2
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7393019692?page=1

Some are better than others (I got better as time went on).
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I'll take a look. Shoot me a message through the YouTube system so that I have a way to reply to you outside of this thread as well :)
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Just posted the guide for a Sleet Storm Wizard:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7763736933
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That is the best Video Guide I have ever watched.

Great Job!

Also I dont think you covered it in the vid but Huant/Draining spirt adds 20mp at it's spirt spell so it builds rush of essence.

I dont know what you would pull out for it but nice vid. :)
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I've been playing around with WoS for some weeks now.

As you can see in your gameplay video, you never run low on mana. I think this might make IAS worth stacking, I currently have 69MR unbuffed and 1.83 APS (trying to get atleast 2 APS without sacrificing CC/CD) and Im still not running low on mana.
I haven't been able to run it with PtV yet, but I feel WoS benefits way more from high IAS, and PtV makes this impossible, unless you have a very high mana pool and 90-100 MR.

The only downside to this build is AoE damage. Single target if you can do the weird WoS targetting is immense crazy !@#$ yo!

btw, Nice guides! :D
Edited by Menty#2753 on 1/29/2013 6:45 AM PST
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That is the best Video Guide I have ever watched.

Great Job!

Also I dont think you covered it in the vid but Huant/Draining spirt adds 20mp at it's spirt spell so it builds rush of essence.

I dont know what you would pull out for it but nice vid. :)

Someone else brought up haunt on the DFans thread for this, here's a repost of my reply:

I actually have tried Haunt with a number of runes:

Consuming Spirit (Used as a crutch until I had a LS weapon)
Draining Spirit (Experimented with as an option for mana when I didn't have full Zuni's)
Lingering Spirit (Tried using it as a passive damage boost, didn't work very well)
Resentful Spirit (Tried once, but the shorter duration makes it impossible to maintain it AND Spirit Barrage)

Ultimately I wasn't satisfied with Haunt as once sufficiently geared, it only gets in the way of the build. It DOES work well in conjunction with Spirit Barrage in PvP though. Easiest damage you'll ever do.


I've been playing around with WoS for some weeks now.

As you can see in your gameplay video, you never run low on mana. I think this might make IAS worth stacking, I currently have 69MR unbuffed and 1.83 APS (trying to get atleast 2 APS without sacrificing CC/CD) and Im still not running low on mana.
I haven't been able to run it with PtV yet, but I feel WoS benefits way more from high IAS, and PtV makes this impossible, unless you have a very high mana pool and 90-100 MR.

The only downside to this build is AoE damage. Single target if you can do the weird WoS targetting is immense crazy !@#$ yo!

btw, Nice guides! :D


Rush of Essence makes this build scale very well with attack speed. The faster you attack, the more stacks of mana regen you get! I will agree that PTV is very hard to incorporate, though. It's possible to drop Gruesome Feast and Grave Injustice to make room for Vision Quest (applies to mana regen from Rush of Essence) AND PTV, but then you lose your damage boost and CD abuse so the build takes on a kiting feel. You also have to drop Grasp of the Dead for a VQ trigger like Fire Bomb.

Also, thank you both for the praise :D
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Just posted the guide for a Thunderstrike Barbarian:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7811252094
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