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Manitou is a rune effect in Spirit Barrage, a Spirit Realm Witch Doctor skill.

This rune effect summons an odd-looking ghostly specter that hovers over the Witch Doctor for 20 seconds, lobbing spirit bolts at enemies for 28% weapon damage.

Casting this spell multiple times will only refresh its duration.

The spell is short-range and multi-directional.

This spell is useful for kiting enemies, for dealing damage while incapacitated (such as while frozen or jailed), and for dealing additional damage if the Witch Doctor prefers close range abilities such as Firebats.

Each hit has a chance to cause on-hit effects from weapons such as freeze, fear, stun, etc. Each hit contributes life if using items with Life on Hit.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Refer to the Spirit Barrage rune effects article for thorough descriptions of all five rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description
Spirit Barrage

Spirit spell
1 Cost: 100 Mana

Bombard an enemy with 4 spirit bolts that deal a total of 600% weapon damage as Cold.

MedRuneE Manitou
1 Summon a spectre that hovers over you, unleashing spirit bolts at nearby enemies for 6000% weapon damage as Cold over 20 seconds.


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:



Summons a Spectre for 20 seconds that hovers over you conjuring spirit bolts at nearby enemies for 85% weapon damage as Physical.


Another interesting rune effect name, this one refers to a spirit being or state in Native American mythology. A quote from the wikipedia article:[1]

Manitou is a term used to designate spirit beings among many Algonquian groups of Native Americans. It refers to the concept of one aspect of the interconnection and balance of nature/life, similar to the East Asian concept of qi or the Hindu concept of Brahman;[citation needed] in simpler terms it can refer to a spirit (compare to the Japanese concept of kami). This spirit is seen as a (contactable) person as well as a concept. Everything has its own manitou—every plant, every stone, even machines.[citation needed]