Gargantuan

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Gargantuan with a Witch Doctor.

Gargantuan is a Voodoo Witch Doctor skill unlocked at level 19. It summons a large huge, humanoid zombie to fight for the Witch Doctor.

The Gargantuan deals considerably damage and certainly looks imposing, at more than double the height of a human, with skulls and other objects dangling from chains and hooks set into the undead behemoth's body.

Post release this skill, like all the other pet skills in the game, was basically useless at higher levels, as the Gargantuan did not scale up enough in defense or hit points to remain alive for more than a few seconds on Hell or Inferno difficulties.


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[edit] Background

The Witch Doctor summons forth a huge lumbering gargantuan to do his bidding.


[edit] Skill Rune Effects

The following is a very quick summary. See the Gargantuan rune effects page for a more thorough description of rune effects, or any of the individual rune pages for numbers, screenshots, blue quotes, and much more.

Name Level Description
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Gargantuan
(database)

Voodoo
Pet spell
19 Cooldown: 60 seconds


Summon a Gargantuan zombie to fight for you. The Gargantuan attacks for 100% of your weapon damage as Physical.

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Humongoid
(database)
22 The Gargantuan gains the Cleave ability, allowing its attacks to hit multiple enemies for 130% of your weapon damage as Cold.
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Restless Giant
(database)
29 When the Gargantuan encounters an elite enemy or is near 5 enemies, it enrages for 15 seconds gaining:
 20% movement speed
35% attack speed
200% Physical damage


This effect cannot occur more than once every 120 seconds. Elite enemies include champions, rares, bosses, and other players.

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Wrathful Protector
(database)
39 Summon a more powerful Gargantuan to fight for you for 15 seconds. The Gargantuan's fists burn with fire, dealing 575% of your weapon damage as Fire and knocking enemies into the air.
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Big Stinker
(database)
48 The Gargantuan is surrounded by a poison cloud that deals 45% weapon damage as Poison per second to nearby enemies.
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Bruiser
(database)
56 The Gargantuan gains the ability to periodically slam enemies, dealing 200% of your weapon damage as Fire and stunning them for 3 seconds.


[edit] Skill Design

The Gargantuan towers over a hero. The Gargantuan is one of the Witch Doctor's pets, and serves as a tank. Jay Wilson described it in an interview:[1]

One of the newest pets that we've added to the Witch Doctor, which is the Gargantuan, which is a big giant, kind of, tough zombie creature that is designed more to absorb damage and kind of distract enemies.

It certainly looks more than capable of dealing as well as absorbing damage.


[edit] Synergies

The following Witch Doctor passives provide a benefit to Gargantuan, runed or not:

Name Level Description
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Jungle Fortitude
(database)

Passive
10 Reduce all damage taken by you and your pets by 15%.
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Zombie Handler
(database)

Passive
24 You can have 1 additional Zombie Dog summoned at one time. Your Life, and that of your Zombie Dogs and Gargantuan are increased by 20%.
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Pierce the Veil
(database)

Passive
27 All of your damage is increased by 20%, but your Mana costs are increased by 30%.
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Fierce Loyalty
(database)

Passive
45 You can have 1 additional Zombie Dog summoned at one time. While you have a Zombie Dog, Gargantuan, or Fetish following you and not in combat, your movement speed is increased by 30%.


[edit] Development

Gargantuan was listed amongst the Witch Doctor's skills at BlizzCon 2009 and BlizzCon 2010, but was never seen in use.

[edit] Beta

Skill tiers were removed shortly before the beta started in September 2011, and Gargantuan became a level 18 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13 in February 2012, and Gargantuan was classified as a Voodoo skill and moved to level 19.

Prior to release, Gargantuan had never been seen or used by players.


[edit] Post-Release

Immediately after release, this skill was as useless as the other pet skills, since the Gargantuan did not scale up enough in defense or hit points to remain alive for more than a few seconds on Hell or Inferno difficulties.


[edit] Media

You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery:


[edit] References