WD Firebats Group Build Season 12 Patch 2.6.1

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  • Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects
  • Firebats Cloud of Bats
  • Hex Jinx
  • Soul Harvest Languish
  • Spirit Walk Jaunt
  • Haunt Draining Spirit
  • Confidence Ritual
  • Creeping Death
  • Gruesome Feast
  • Pierce the Veil


More Details
  • Legendary Gems

    • Bane of the Trapped
    • Taeguk
    • Pain Enhancer

Kanai's Cube

  • Staff of Chiroptera
  • Mantle of Channeling
  • Ring of Emptiness

As much as I hate to say it, the build does not have a lot of room for adjustment. The Ring of Emptiness and Convention of Elements can be swapped, just wear which ever one is better.

Put a yellow gem in your helm for the reduced resource cost, and whites in your armor for the all resist. Obviously, your weapon will have the standard green gem to increase your critical strike damage.

Bane of Trapped because it is the single best gem in the game, Taeguk for flat damage and armor, and Pain Enhancer for the attack speed boost. Attack speed, while not a primary stat, will increase the number of ticks by your damage over time spells, as well as Firebats.

Paragon Priorities


Movement Speed
Primary Stat
Maximum Resource


Critical Hit Chance
Critical Hit Damage
Attack Speed
Cooldown Reduction


Resist All
Life Regeneration


Area Damage
Resource Cost Reduction
Life on Hit
Gold Find

Build Guide

Like most Non-pet builds for the WD, this set up takes a little bit of getting used to and a lot of timing. Below I will discuss the rotation, defensive CD's, and how to go about generally playing with and around your supports in order to push as high as possible. Let's begin!


1: Hex - Keep this buff up at all times. End goal is to keep 5 mobs in a pack hexed at all times, but main priority is to have the buff up. It is better to pop the buff on a few, than to wait for all 5.
2: Haunt - Haunt will be one of the main sources of mana regeneration. The more mobs you have with the Haunt debuff, the better your effective mana pool will be. As if this wasn't enough, the Ring of Emptiness causes you to do 300% more damage to enemies which are debuffed by both Haunt and Locust Swarm. Keep this buff up on as many mobs as possible.
3: Locust Swarm - As mentioned above, Locust Swarm will be cast into the grouped up mobs in order to let it spread with the pestilence rune granted by the Vile Hive. This will trigger the second requirement for your Ring of Emptiness and let the good times roll! As a bonus effect, the free pestilence rune allows us to take Cloud of Insects, decreasing the damage of all enemies under its effects.
4: Soul Harvest - This is not only intellect, but it also equates to a lot of armor. The added bonus of being able to stack up to a maximum of 10, instead of the normal 5 due to Sacred Harvester makes this buff a very important one. Keep this up at all times. With the monk pulling everything together and you having to stand close for the Firebats AOE anyway, this is not a very difficult task.
5: FireBats - Spin-to-win! Mash down that button and hold on for dear life. If your support is able to fancy foot themselves over to an Oculus Ring circles on the ground, it's a rather large DPS increase, however, staying on the monk's Inner Sanctuary buff is the most important. Don't get too carried away with your flaming goodness however, that you forget your rotation. Hex is still extremely important and needs to be recast.

~Defensive CD's~

Spirit Walk - Spirit Walk does much more than just speed you up for 3 seconds. This ability gives you incredibly high damage mitigation as well as giving you the ability to re-position during those "oh shit" moments like waller. Do not be mistaken, this is a defensive CD and should be treated as such.
Potion - Easy right? Life drops, hit potion. Yes and no. There are several legendary potions out there and picking one of the top three can be make or break in the higher levels. In my opinion, the top three potions are Amplification, Leech, and Tower. Close seconds would be Diamond, Rejuvenation, and Regeneration. DO NOT USE Fear or Chaos. Chose will teleport you out of the monk's Inner Sanctuary and will most likely force you to panic or die. The Fear potion will cause mobs to leave the monk's control and cause havoc to the group.

~Group Dynamic~

Key to dealing massive amounts of damage is based around one thing, knowing the rolls of every player. You will not deal damage unless you can stay alive, and while you may feel strong seeing those numbers go up your screen in the billions, I must stress that you are not. Back in the days of Diablo 2, there was a term tossed around quite a bit that has been mainly lost within the Diablo 3 community. The term is Min-Maxing. This build is exactly that. You have minimized your survivability in order to maximize your DPS. What I am trying to say is, trust your supports. They are your life link. Trust the Barb will pull and look for elites. Trust that the monk will pop their CD's like Epiphany and Inner Sanctum. I can't count how many times I have been in a group and the DPS doesn't care for the stop spot, or doesn't think the group is big enough and tries to run ahead to use Haunt and Locust Swarm to pull more mobs. Guess what, they ALWAYS die. I am not saying shut up and color, please, try to give tips and help the supports out between runs, but don't waste everyone's time by letting your ego get too big and dying left and right needlessly.
That being said, the current meta is still double DPS and double support at the time of this guide's creation. What this means is that you have a second DPS to help you, this does NOT mean they can pick up your slack. It is your role as the WD to take out the giant groups of mobs and trash. The second DPS, whether it is a monk, or a wizard, will take out the elite mobs and the rift guardian. DPS your heart of out, but don't get bummed out when you do not perform as well during the single target fights. It isn't your role.

I'd like to thank everyone for letting me post this guide, and for all the feedback about it. This is only my second attempt at making a guide on Diablofans and my first in-depth one. Please help me to learn more than I have and any tips would be greatly appreciated. Now go out there, grind for the leader boards and may RNGsus be with you!


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