Leeching Beasts


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Leeching Beasts is a rune effect in Summon Zombie Dogs, a Support Witch Doctor skill that creates undead hounds to tank for the Witch Doctor.

This rune effect grants the Mongrels a whopping 50% of the damage they deal as life, half of which flows to the Witch Doctor. It's not clear from the tool tip if the 50% damage that is leeched is divided between the dog and the WD, or if the dog gets 50% and the WD gets another 25% on top of that.

It's also irrelevant, since the damage dealt by Mongrels is too low to make any real difference, and since they die immediately on higher difficulty levels, at least in the weeks after Diablo III's release.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

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

Name Level Description
Summon Zombie Dogs



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:

Leeching Beasts


Your zombie dogs gain 65% of damage dealt as Life, half of which heals you.

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