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Pyrogeist is a rune effect in Firebomb, is a Physical Realm Witch Doctor skill.

This rune effect changes the firebomb to a column of flame that spews fire at the closest enemy for 140% weapon damage over 3 seconds. Only one Pyrogeist may be active at one time.

The range of the Pyrogeist flames is medium to far.

Note the terms; that's 140% over 3 seconds = 47% per second. Compare to Fire Pit, which retains the base skill (85% damage) + 8% per second for 3 seconds (24%). So each Fire Pit can deal 109% in 3 seconds, to all enemies in the area, while Pyrogeist is 124% to a single target.

Pyrogeist maintains a single advantage over Fire Pit in that it has a more reliable chance to hit an enemy, due to it's ability to track movement. This skill seems to be geared towards hard-to-hit targets such as Burrowing Leapers, Desert Hornets, and at some point, other players during PvP matches.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

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

Name Level Description

Physical realm spell
1 This is a Signature spell. Signature spells are free to cast.

Lob an explosive skull that deals 155% weapon damage as Fire to all enemies within 8 yards.

MedRuneD Pyrogeist
1 Create a column of flame that spews fire at the closest enemy for 880% weapon damage as Fire over 6 seconds.

You may have up to 3 Pyrogeists active at a time.


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


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



Create a column of flame that spews fire at the closest enemy for 64% weapon damage as Fire. The column lasts 3 seconds.