[2.5] Occultist - Blight 195K DPS ES/EV/AA/FOR [Gameplay Video]

Introduction

I have been playing this character the last 4 weeks and it has been the most fun I ever had in path of exile. I was quite scared of the offense and defense when I started.

For the offense, I decided to use Skin of the loyal at level 1. Didn't have any problem with my offense ever since. I was able to level from 1 to 95 while using only blight.

For the defense, you cannot leech with Blight. Pohx used Xigil Crank in is build which gave him an amazing defense. However, I wanted to use Skin of the loyal which required me to use an ES shield. I decided to go crazy with "start of energy shield recharge". Plus, I didn't want the increased global defense stats of the skin to go waste ... let use evasion !!!! With these two mechanisms, my character is way more tanky that what I was expecting.

Overall the character worked well on "budget" and scale very well with investment!

Summary

+ 8150 Chaos damage per stack unbuffed (195K DPS)
+ 12.3K Energy Shield
+ 12.6K Evasion (from Grace)
+ Energy shield recharge start after 980ms
+ Arctic Armour
+ Fortify

Gameplay (With Fortify)

Gorge Gameplay - http://plays.tv/video/5872bb2a2396fae89c
Atziri (First time ever, never practiced and had few beer) - http://plays.tv/video/58731543ca1cea8382

Gameplay (Before Adding Fortify)

Quick Overview - http://plays.tv/video/5871a64fa6709bc078
Defense Mechanism - http://plays.tv/video/5871a223c4578e2d51
Shaped Atoll Gameplay - http://plays.tv/video/5871a4f01fc430b4b3
Phoenix Boss Fight - http://plays.tv/video/5871c974ded0341bc5
Chimera Boss Fight - http://plays.tv/video/5871accb408faa88a4
Hydra fight - http://plays.tv/video/5871c50745b54025b4/
Abyss Double Boss Vul + Crit + Extra Life - http://plays.tv/video/5872838144fe2b2a12
Xoph Breach - http://plays.tv/video/5871b1a2877d3d3da5

Pros
Spoiler

+Tanky
+Enough DPS to do all content
+Can do almost all map mods

Cons
Spoiler

+Reaching full potential is not cheap
+Freeze is handle with Flask
+Clear speed is good but not great

How it is different than most Blight/CI build

+ Different defense mechanism (EV + Fast start of energy shield recharge)
+ Scale the damage with Skin of the loyal

Viable ?

+ Can do 4 out of 5 breach lords (didn't test Chayula yet)
+ Can do all guardian
+ Can do all map T15 and lower
+ Can do almost all map mod
+ Can do vaal temple
+ Can do Artizi
+ Can do Hall of Grandmaster (use scorching ray against CI)

Didn't test Shaper yet
I don't play hardcore but it should be

Defense

Our defense work this way,

+ With wicked ward, our energy shield recharge is not interrupted by damage
+ We make our energy shield recharge start as soon as possible (980ms)
+ Our energy shield recharge rate is high (5.4K)
+ We make sure enemy miss us as much as possible (12.5K evasion)
+ Enemy that hit us are chilled and will take longer before they attack again. Energy shield recharge might trigger in between.
+ High enough energy shield pool (12.2K)
+ Two Vaal discipline (19K ES and 8.4K recharge rate) for stressful event
+ Fortify with shield charge

Spoiler


Energy Shield is scaled with

+ Tree
+ Gear
+ Discipline
+ Skin of the loyal 100% global defense

Evasion is scaled with

+ Tree
+ Grace
+ Skin of the loyal 100% global defense

Faster start of energy shield recharge is enhanced by

+ Tree
+ Jewel
+ Ring
+ High evasion = less hit
+ Arctic Armour = monster are slower


Unbuffed
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Buffed
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Offense

+arrive near pack
+cast abyssal cry
+apply 1 to 2 stack of blight
+go to next pack
+repeat until boss

Spoiler


Path of Math

Duration = 4.38 seconds
Maxmimum Number of Stack = Max(4.38/0.15,20) = 20
Apply 20 Stack: 20 * 0.15 = 3 seconds
20 Stack: 8150 * 20 stack = 163,000 DPS
Void Beacon: 163,000 * 1.2 (Void Beacon) = 195,000 DPS
Cursed Ennemy: 195,000 * 1.1 (Profane Bloom) * 1.33 (Vulnerability) = 285,285 DPS
20 Wither Stack: 285,285 DPS * (1 + (0.07 * 20)) = 684,684 DPS

How does it work

Blight is scaled with

+ Occultist -20% chaos resistance
+ Occultist 10% more damage taken for cursed enemy
+ Skin of the loyal + Empower
+ Breath of the Council for duration and chaos damage
+ Tree

Offense - Unbuffed
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Offense - Buffed
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Tree

Spoiler


At Level 95

+50% Area Damage
+30% Radius Area Skills
+157% Chaos Damage
+99% Damage over Time
+142% Spell Damage
+41% Cast Speed
+50% Skill Duration

+15% More Energy Shield
+275% Energy Shield
+120% Energy Shield Recharge Rate
+15% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
+90% Evasion
+14% Movement

+8% Reduced Mana Reserved
+32% increased effect of Auras

Occultist

Occultist is your only choice, Wicked Ward is mandatory and really strong in this build.

Normal Lab: Wicked Ward
Cruel Lab: Void Beacon
Merciless Lab: Vile Bastion
Uber Lab: Profane Bloom

POE Planner Link

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Leveling

+ Put the skin of the loyal with blight an empower as soon as possible
+ Use abyssal cry as soon as possible
+ Switch to CI when you feel comfortable (at least twice the amount of ES than required life for this level)
+ Follow the Investment Order section for upgrade

Hardcore

For hardcore, drop some damage for more % maximum ES.

Bandits

Normal - Point
Cruel - Cast Speed
Merciless - Point





Mandatory Gears

WARNING ! My gear is very good, the build works very well with lesser items. However, you need for red map at least these

1) Skin of the loyal BBBGGR
2) 1 Elreon Ring
3) Breath of the Council
4) Eye of Chayula
5) High start of energy shield recharge (at least 60%)
6) ES Shield, Helmet, Boots and Glove for at least 10K ES

Since skin of the loyal provides 0 ES, you need good ES gears.

Spoiler


1) Skin of the loyal

This is the most important item in the build. It scales the offense, ES and evasion. For the color, we need BBBGGR.

First, buy a normal one
Second, try to buy one with a nice corruption like +1% max elemental resistance
When you are rich (got mine at ~20ex), buy a corrupted +1 level to socketed gem




2) Elreon Ring

You need a -8 mana cost ring. This is mandatory for sustaining your mana.

Extra point if you have

+ elreon extra mod
+ % increased energy shield
+ faster start of energy shield recharge



3) Breath of the Council

Breath provides you two critical stats, chaos damage and duration.



4) Eye of Chayula

You need stun immunity.



5) Faster start of energy shield recharge

Unique Jewel

Leo Level 3

Jewel


6) High Energy Shield items



Helm Enchants

I prefer blight area of effect for better clear speed

1 Blight Area of Effect
2 Blight Damage
3 Vulnerability effect



Current Gears

Spoiler







Gems

Spoiler

Blight - Empower - Void Manipulation - Controlled Destruction - Rapid Decay - Faster Casting
Abyssal Cry - Void Manipulation - Increased Area of Effect - Poison
Vaal Discipline - Vaal Discipline - Increased Duration
Wither - Spell Totem - Faster Casting
Grace - Discipline - Arctic Armour - Enlighten
Shield Charge - Fortify - Curse on Hit - Vulnerability



Reflect

+ Immune to any reflect

Investment Order

Spoiler

Price are subject to change

1) Skin of the loyal BBBGGR (45c to 1.5ex)
2) Empower Level 1 (very cheap now)
3) Eye of Chayula (15c)
4) Elreon Ring (few chaos)
5) Brittle Barrier x 2 (almost free, nobody use them)
6) Empower Level 3 (10c)
7) Breath of council (40c for good roll)
8) Hubris Circlet with Blight Radius enchantment (uber) (~15c)
9) Blight Level 21/20 (3ex)
10) Empower Level 4 (350c)
11) Elreon Ring MultiMod (ES%, Start of Recharge) (3ex and few chaos)
12) Skin of the loyal with +1% Maximum Resistance (1.5ex to 3ex)
13) Skin of the loyal +2 level total (30ex+)
14) Enlighten Level 3 (enable arctic armor) (30c)
15) Enlighten Level 4 (more mana freedom) (300c+)



Brittle Barrier



Really ???? Yes Really.


Spoiler

The 40% (from 2 jewels) make my energy shield start 240 ms faster. This can be the difference between life and death. We don't have any leech or life regen.

The 10% more damage taken is only while the energy shield is full. I never died because of this.


Map

Can do most of the map mods except

+ No Regen
+ All hit ignite, douable but slow down our recharge

Improvement Left

+ Buy enlighten level 4 [DONE]
+ good enchent for boots and glove
+ Improve Jewel
+ Buy level 21 gems

Special Thanks to

Pohx - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1790235
[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
Last edited by omirandette on Jan 10, 2017 10:25:23 PM
Last bumped on Feb 16, 2017 8:38:32 PM
added gameplay video
[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
looks nice , how did you lvl ?
I will add more details in the post.

Life and ES and I switched very early to CI. I wouldn't recommend that for hardcore. I would wait around level 50 or 60.

For the skill, plain blight with empower in skin of the loyal.
[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
Added fortify
[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
added video of atziri (first kill ever)
[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
edited viable section - did all guardians
[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
What flasks do you use? gonna try this build
Flask are supposed to be in the gear section. Ill add them!

Overall you need an anti freeze and anti-bleed.

Anti-ignites is also usefull.

[2.3]InfernalBlow FaceBreaker - 11 Grand Spectrum - 118K DPS - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1699600
[2.5]Occultist - Blight - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1814013
Designer of Warden's Brand - http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Warden%27s_Brand
IN THEROY
since this is a ci base cant you use death's oath on this do cast when channeling contagion essence drain? i mean if your gonna do chaos might as well use all you got right?

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