The Witch Doctor seems loosely based on the real-world Voodoo practitioners, most likely Haitian, though the male speaks with an African accent. The males are depicted as frail old men; having a hunched back and always shaking their hand. Interestingly, the female Witch Doctor seems much younger and is capable of walking without a hunch. It may also be noted that both the male and female Witch Doctors have a distinctly purple color-scheme in their equipment, although this may be just to show them off during the gameplay video.
They both posses great spiritual power and manipulative hexes and curses which hinder their enemies, as seen in gameplay videos. They can be seen easily controlling the minds of their foes, raising the legions of the dead without the use of corpses and lobbing alchemical projectiles at unwary victims.
The male Witch Doctor is also the first character officially announced showing the new elemental damage type, Arcane. In keeping with his purple color-scheme, he is shown holding a sword imbued with Arcane damage glowing in a purplish glow.
It is also notable that both genders have been shown wearing stereotypical Voodoo masks. As in the Barbarian trailer it has been stated that items will be class-specific, it is very likely that all or most witch doctor helmets will look like Voodoo masks.
Description and Lore
"Many believe the Witch Doctors of the Umbaru to be legend, though their abilities suggest otherwise. They dispatch their opponents with terrifying precision, assaulting a victim's mind and body with elixirs and powders that evoke fires, explosions and poisonous spirits. In addition, the Witch Doctors have the ability to summon undead creatures from the Netherworld to do their bidding." "The tribes of the Umbaru define themselves by their belief in the Mbwiru Eikura, which roughly translates to "The Unformed Land." This belief holds that the true, sacred reality is veiled behind the physical one normally experienced. Their vitally important public ceremonies are centered upon sacrifices to the life force that flows from their gods, who inhabit the Unformed Land, into this lesser physical realm. The Witch Doctors are finely attuned to this Unformed Land and are able to train their minds to perceive this reality through a combination of rituals and the use of selected roots and herbs found in the jungles. They call the state in which they interact with this other world the Ghost Trance." - Abd al-Hazir
The Witch Doctor's three skill trees are Plague, Spirit, and Voodoo. Only a few skills have been confirmed.
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Skills seen as of Blizzco n09. The Plague tree was renamed Zombie at Blizzcon 09. The current Beta skill trees are now Spirit, Voodoo and Zombie.
- The Witch Doctor may be partially based on its Warcraft counterpart. Blizzard Entertainment has indeed admitted that they like to steal from themselves. It would seem that the Witch Doctors are related to the Fetish Shaman, since there is a unique Fetish Shaman named Witch Doctor Endugu.
- The shaking hand of the male witch doctor might also be due to the cannibalistic tendencies of their culture. In the booklet with the game it mentions that fallen warriors are eaten for their strength, and medical knowledge confirms that one sign of cannibalism is in the shaking hands of the consumer. Note: The Female witch doctor's hands or any other body parts of hers do not shake as the males do.