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Poison Dart

Class: Witch Doctor
Required Level: 1
Skill Category: Signature Spells

Shoot a deadly Poison Dart that deals 185% damage as Poison and an additional 40% damage as Poison over 2 seconds.

Damage Type: Poison
Other Stats: Signature spells are free to cast.
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Poison Dart is a Poison spell used by Witch Doctors in Diablo III. It resembles the Blow Darts from the second game.


Darts deal both instant damage and damage over time. The latter effect stacks, but is not renewed.


  • Splinters: shoots 3 Poison Darts instead of one in rapid succession (in the same direction), each dealing 110% damage as Poison, but no longer deals damage over time.
  • Numbing Dart: damage type changes to Cold and also Chills the enemies hit, slowing them by 60% for 2 seconds.
  • Spined Dart: damage type changes to Physical and also gain 50 Mana per hit.
  • Flaming Dart: instead of usual effect, deals 565% damage as Fire over 4 seconds; effect stacks but is not renewed.
  • Snake to the Face: instead of a Poison Dart, throws a snake that has a 35% chance to Stun the enemy for 1.5 seconds. Speed and range do not change.

Non-rune enhancements:[]

  • Carnevil (Legendary Voodoo Mask): Up to 10 Fetishes shoot Poison Darts at the same target every time the Witch Doctor does. The Splinters rune does not increase the number of shots made by the Fetishes.
  • The Dagger of Darts (Legendary Ceremonial Knife): Witch Doctor's and Fetishes' Poison Darts Pierce through enemies and deal 400-500% increased damage.
  • Depth Diggers (Legendary Pants): damage increases by 80-100% (Spined Dart Rune only).
  • Simplicity's Strength (Legendary Gem): increases damage by 25% (+0.5% per rank) and heals the character for 4% of maximum Life per hit (rank 25 bonus).
  • Helltooth Harness Set (Set Bonus for 2 items): damaging enemies with Poison Dart will apply Necrosis, Slowing enemies by 60% and inflicting 3000% damage per tick for 10 seconds. Elemental Damage type is chosen from the highest skill bonus of the character.
  • Helltooth Harness Set (Set Bonus for 6 items): after casting Wall of Death, gain +9000% increased damage for 15 seconds for Poison Dart.
  • Boyarsky's Chip (Legendary Gem): Taunts the first enemy hit for 2 seconds (rank 25 bonus).


  • Vision Quest: every damaging hit increases Mana regeneration by 40% for 5 seconds; effect does not stack.


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
  • Poisoned blow darts are a common tribal weapon in the real world, usually envenomed with the poison of tree frogs, plants or snakes.