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Summon Zombie Dogs
is a Defensive Witch Doctor skill, unlocked at level 4.


When activated, summons Zombie Dogs, which are autonomous minions following the Witch Doctor. Originally the spell summons three of them, and only three can be summoned at a time, but with certain passives, the limit (and amount summoned per cast) can be increased up to six. All means of summoning obey this limit.

Each Dog will have a limited amount of Life, but they do block enemy pathing, and deal
damage as Physical on every attack. They have roughly 75% of the Witch Doctor's total Toughness, and fully benefit from their Elemental Damage skill bonuses, elites damage and damage reduction, Thorns and many other stats, but not from Life per Hit, and their attacks have zero proc coefficient.

Summoning the Dogs costs no Mana, but can only be done as fast as once every 45 seconds at the latest. Otherwise, its cooldown will prevent further usage.

Many other skills and items may summon Zombie Dogs, even if the Witch Doctor has no Summon Zombie Dogs skill, but having it is the only way to enhance them with runes.

Zombie Dogs (no matter if they were summoned through the Summon Zombie Dogs spell or not) may be sacrificed.


  • Rabid Dogs: The Zombie Dogs now deal Poison damage. In addition, each attack made by the dogs will inflict a poison on the victim that deals
    weapon damage as Poison per second for
    seconds. Poisoning stacks, but is not renewed.
  • Final Gift: When Zombie Dogs die (no matter the cause of death), they have a
    chance to leave behind a health globe.
  • Life Link:
    of all damage taken by the Witch Doctor is split evenly among Zombie Dogs instead. If no Zombie Dogs remain, has no effect.
  • Burning Dogs: The Zombie Dogs now do Fire damage. In addition, each dog radiates an aura of heat, burning enemies within
    yards of themselves for
    damage as Fire per second.
  • Leeching Beasts: Zombie Dogs' attacks gain
    the full effect
    of the Witch Doctor's Life on Hit (but the Proc Coefficient stays at zero for other 'on hit' effects).

Non-rune enhancementsEdit

  • Uhkapian Serpent (Legendary Mojo): additional 25-30% of all damage taken by the Witch Doctor is split evenly among Zombie Dogs.
  • Homunculus (Legendary Mojo): every 2 seconds, automatically summons a Zombie Dog.
  • Mask of Jeram (Legendary Voodoo Mask): increases damage of Zombie Dogs by 75%.
  • Tasker and Theo (Legendary Gloves): Zombie Dogs attack 40-50% faster.
  • The Tall Man's Finger (Legendary Ring): all Zombie Dogs are replaced with one colossal Dog, which has +400% Life and +400% damage of all other Dogs combined.
  • Anessazi Edge (Legendary Ceremonial Knife): each Zombie Dog will Stun all enemies within 10 yards of for 1.5 seconds when summoned (through any way).
  • Enforcer (Legendary Gem): increases damage by 15% (+0.3% per rank) and reduces damage taken by 25% (rank 25 bonus).
  • Death is Life: each enemy dying in the Grasp of the Dead area has a 15% chance to spawn a health globe or summon a Zombie Dog.
  • Next of Kin: each sacrificed Dog has a 35% chance to be resurrected with full Life.
  • Devolution: an enemy killed while under Mass Confusion has a 30% chance to summon a Zombie Dog.
  • Boogie Man: an enemy killed in the ritual area has a 50% chance to summon a Zombie Dog.


  • Jungle Fortitude: Zombie Dogs (and the Witch Doctor) take 15% less damage.
  • Circle of Life: whenever an enemy dies within 20 yards of the Witch Doctor (increased by health / gold pickup radius), there is a 15% chance to summon an additional Zombie Dog.
  • Zombie Handler: increases maximum number of Zombie Dogs and amount summoned per cast by one, and increases the Witch Doctor's and their Life by 20%.
  • Fierce Loyalty: increases maximum number of Zombie Dogs and amount summoned per cast by one, and increases movement speed by 30% when not in combat if any pets are alive.
  • Tribal Rites: reduces cooldown by 25%.
  • Midnight Feast: increases maximum number of Zombie Dogs and amount summoned per cast by one, and increases their damage by 50%.


Originally, Zombie dogs could be enchanted with poison or fire bonus damage, if the Witch Doctor used his attack skills, Locust Swarm and Skull of Flame respectively on them. Enchanting them would not harm the dogs, but grant them the appropriate elemental power. However, Bashiok revealed in later posts that this effect has been removed, but was then replaced with similar runes.

Originally, the Zombie Dogs were called Mongrels.


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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