Life is not important… at
least in terms of Witch Doctor hit points. You get one shot! If you don’t, the amount
of stats you allocated to health and resists instead of damage will undoubtedly
cost you. Spirits both Walk and Vessel are your best friends! When upgrading
your gear, focus on stats in the following order:
Weapon Damage increases
the damage dealt by your skills. For example, Dire Bats deal 220 percent weapon
damage to all enemies they touch during their 40 yards of travel. A high damage
weapon is crucial to combat our infernal foes. More details on what weapon to
look for are provided in the Gear section below. Damage increase can also be
found on rings and amulets.
Intelligence is a
direct increase to your damage and resistances. This stat can be found on every
gear slot. There is no such thing as too much Intelligence. We recommend at
least 1750 points.
Mana Regeneration increases the rate at which your Mana replenishes per second.
This ability is found on Witch Doctor only gear: voodoo masks, mojos, and
ceremonial knives. Witch Doctor’s can easily regenerate 50 Mana per second by
equipping all three items while the Spiritual Attunement passive is active.
Attack Speed increases the rate at which you attack or cast spells. You can find this stat
on gloves, rings, amulets, and weapons. Note that bonus attack speed on a
weapon is already factored into the weapon’s attacks per second. You’ll want to
hit at least 1.7 attacks per second while the Enchantress’s Focus Mind is active.
Critical Hit Chance will increase your chance on landing a higher damage attack. You
can find this stat on helms, gloves, bracers, off-hands, rings, and amulets.
This is best paired with critical hit damage. Aim for at least 25 percent
critical hit chance.
Critical Hit Damage will increase the amount of damage your critical strikes deal. You
can find this stat on weapons, gloves, rings, and amulets. This is best paired
with critical hit chance. Shoot for at least 100 percent critical hit damage.
Maximum Mana increases
the amount your resource globe can hold. Witch Doctors can have well over 1000 Mana
when pairing this stat with the Spiritual Attunement passive.
Crowd Control [CC] stats are found on almost every gear slot (chance to stun, fear,
freeze, etc.). Although their chance to trigger is small, you will notice an
improvement during your Inferno combat. The higher attack speed you have, the greater
chance one will occur. Look for the [CC]
indicator in the Gear section below on where to find these useful stats.
Life Regeneration – Some amount of life regeneration is useful when moving from
battle to battle so you don’t have to expense a health potion each time you hit
the red zone or Spirit Vessel pops.
Vitality – Fill up the red globe
when you can, but do not invest in this over any damage stat. They are nice
when paired together, but can be very costly. You will likely end up at around
20,000 life by accident, which is fine for completing Inferno. Do your best not
to get hit more than once every 90 seconds.
– This stat is on par with Vitality. It will improve your
survivability, but it is very expensive when paired with the more important
damage stats. You can complete Inferno with as little as 200 to all
resistances, which will come naturally from your high Intelligence.
You will end up with at
least 30,000 base damage (likely much more) if you use the following gear
upgrade guidelines. Note: The item
descriptions below do not account for legendary or set items that may include
stats not found on magic and rare gear slots.
A one hander is key due to
the increased attack speed. We recommend AT LEAST a 900 damage + ceremonial
knife with Mana regeneration. If you have the gold/cash, go for higher damage, intelligence,
and attack speed. If you are so lucky to get one with an open socket, throw an
emerald in for bonus critical hit damage. You can shop for other weapons, but a
ceremonial knife has high base attack speed and can include Mana regeneration. [CC] Any single crowd control stat is available
mojos can offer up to 400 to your maximum damage. High damage is the best stat to
look for here, but Intelligence, Mana regeneration, max Mana, and critical hit chance
are also great perks. Shields do not compare to the damage increase of a mojo,
so don’t waste any time looking for one. [CC]
Any single crowd control stat is
Helm Look for a voodoo mask with
Mana regeneration and high Intelligence (upwards to 200 is good). An open
socket is a nice life percentage boost, but it is not necessary. [CC] Chance to fear on hit is available here.
Shoulders do not offer
any offensive bonus aside from a primary stat. Look for around 150
intelligence. [CC] Chance to chill
on hit is available here.
This armor slot has a
chance to roll 3 open sockets. When searching on the auction house, look for
200 Intelligence since the search includes the added gem bonus.
This armor slot has a
chance to roll 2 open sockets. When searching on the auction house, look for
175 Intelligence since the search includes the added gem bonus. [CC] Chance to slow on hit is available
Gloves Gloves are unique in that
they can provide attack speed and critical hit damage. Pair these with around
150 Intelligence. Critical hit chance can also be found on this gear slot. [CC] Chance to stun on hit is available
hit chance is a great stat to look for on bracers. Aim for at least 100 Intelligence.
[CC] Chance to knockback on hit is
Like shoulders, you will
not find attack speed, critical hit chance, or damage on this item slot. Look
for at least 100 Intelligence. [CC]
Chance to freeze on hit is available here.
Boots Up to 12 percent movement
speed can be found on boots. This is great for survivability and let’s you
wander even faster when Spirit Walking. Look for at least 100 Intelligence. [CC] Chance to immobilize on hit is available here.
Rings / Amulet
Damage bonus and attack speed are unique to these item slots. Look
for those first followed by Intelligence, critical hit chance and damage. An
open socket is also welcome for added Intelligence. Aim for around 200 Intelligence
on the amulet and 100 on each ring. [CC]
Chance to blind on hit is available on amulets.
Following this guide will increase your effectiveness in Diablo 3’s
Inferno difficulty. There are other viable strategies to engage Diablo 3’s
Inferno minions and we would love for you to share your war stories below. Good
luck and may the Random Loot Drop Gods be with you! And be on the lookout for
more Inferno Character guides to come.