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Class: Witch Doctor
Required Level: 5
Skill Category: Secondary
Cost: 150 Mana and additional 75 Mana per tick

Call forth a swarm of fiery bats to burn enemies in front of you for 425% damage as Fire.

Damage Type: Fire
Other Stats: Channeled

Firebats is a Fire spell used by Witch Doctors in Diablo III.


Channels a swarm of fiery bats, hitting all enemies in a 20 yard, 45 degree cone in front of the Witch Doctor for Fire damage per tick. This counts as a torrent, bypassing most obstacles and walls.


  • Dire Bats: instead of the swarm, summon larger bats that deal 495% damage as Fire each. Distance is increased to 40 yards, and the bats pierce through enemies and obstacles.
  • Vampire Bats: removes the channeling cost, but the initial Mana cost increases to 225.
  • Plague Bats: changes damage type to Poison. As the spell is channeled, the damage grows by +25% per tick, up to 638% (that is, +50%).
  • Hungry Bats: instead of the swarm, launches homing bats (3 per tick) that seek enemies within 20 yards and hit them for 635% damage as Fire each.
  • Cloud of Bats: instead of the cone, creates a swirl of bats that damages enemies within 10 yards of the Witch Doctor for 425% damage as Fire per tick. The damage of the bats increases by +20% every second, up to a maximum of +100%, but is reset if the channeling is interrupted.


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.

The spell is named after the Firebats, Terran flamethrower heavy infantry in Starcraft and Starcraft II.

Witch Doctor Skills
Primary Skills
Poison DartCorpse SpidersPlague of ToadsFirebomb

Secondary Skills
Grasp of the DeadFirebatsHauntLocust Swarm
Defensive Skills
Summon Zombie DogsHorrifySpirit WalkHex
Soul HarvestSacrificeMass Confusion
Zombie ChargerSpirit BarrageAcid CloudWall of ZombiesPiranhas
GargantuanBig Bad VoodooFetish Army
Passive Skills
Jungle FortitudeCircle of LifeSpiritual AttunementGruesome FeastBlood RitualBad Medicine
Zombie HandlerPierce the VeilSpirit VesselFetish SycophantsRush of EssenceVision Quest
Fierce LoyaltyGrave InjusticeTribal RitesCreeping DeathPhysical AttunementMidnight Feast

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