Diseased Swarm


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Diseased Swarm is a rune effect in Locust Swarm, is a Physical Realm Witch Doctor skill.

This rune effect adds a poisonous cloud of insects to the skill. This cloud lingers for 3 seconds in the place of anything that dies from the Lcousts, dealing 25% weapon damage to anything that passes through the area. The damage is negligible in the larger scheme of things, but like many Witch Doctor skills, this one is about adding just a bit more damage from multiple sources, all adding up to a considerable damage output.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Refer to the Locust Swarm rune effects page for a thorough description of all five rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description
Locust Swarm

Physical realm spell
1 Cost: 300 Mana

Unleash a plague of locusts that swarms an enemy, dealing 1040% weapon damage as Poison over 8 seconds.

The locusts will jump to additional nearby enemies.

MedRuneE Diseased Swarm
1 Enemies killed while affected by Locust Swarm leave behind a cloud of locusts that deal 750% weapon damage as Poison over 3 seconds to enemies who stand in the area.


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


Prior to the skill revision in February 2012, this rune effect was enabled by the Alabaster Rune, granting the following effect with a level 7 runestone:

Diseased Swarm


Targets killed by the Locust Swarm leave behind a disease cloud that deals 50% weapon damage per second as Poison to enemies in the cloud. The cloud lasts 3 seconds.