[3.6] Death's Oath CI Occultist



Tried out Uber elder and posted a video. Damage is there, just not faceroll levels of damage.

3.6 changes:
Pops are back. Profane Bloom instead of Withering Presence.
Malevolence. Changed tree to fit it in and Spiritual Aid.
Solstice Vigil instead of Impresence.
Dropped despair, using Witchfire Brew now. (swap out the quartz)
Blight links -> Infused Channeling, CwC, ED, Efficacy.
Blight + CWC ED + DO for single target.

I'll leave the weapon choice upto you guys. Using wand+shield over the Grey Spire means less damage, no +4 max res, BUT about +1.5k ES, arctic armor and one more spot to get res, stats/focus crafts.
Added PoB for both. Check the FAQ.


Note: Post all your questions in this thread. Make sure your profile is PUBLIC before asking for help so your character is visible. Please check out the FAQ or previous responses in the thread if you can, chances are I've answered them already.

Hi, this my first build guide. If this is well received, I might make more for my other characters.

I do not claim my guide to be original or the best or even this build to be super efficient. I write guides mostly because I'm fond of my characters and I'd like to share them. (and cause I want to kill time)

I did not make this out of scratch, I was looking to try an occultist in Bestiary and Pohx was playing a DO Occultist in Bestiary that I liked and put my own spin on it.

Pros:
Pretty fast map clearer.
Tanky while mapping.
Can farm uber lab comfortably. (Some dodging required, can't facetank everything)
Can do any map mod. (No regen is annoying)
Minimal effort required to play.

Cons:
T16+ bosses need gameplay. Dmg is decent but can't facetank everything due to limited ES recovery mechanics. (Chimera is cancer with rippy mods)
Strength hungry, need to prepare to get 180 str for DO.

Introduction
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This build focuses on the chest piece Death's Oath:



It has an in-build chaos degen aura that you support with 6 support gems.

[You DON'T need it 6 linked.]

We scale DO dmg by the following ways:

% increased chaos damage
% increased damage over time
% increased effect of non-curse auras
% increased area damage
% increased damage
% increased minion damage
% to Non-Ailment Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier

The Aspect of the Spider aura from Fenumus:


You can craft this a suffix on any non craftable piece of gear at the blood altar in your Menagerie. All you need is Fenumus, access to beastcrafting and a free suffix. It provides an aura (Aspect of the Spider), which reserves 25% mana (by default) for an aoe debuff that slows enemy movement speed by 30% and hinders them every second. Also applies 1 "spider web" per second for 6 seconds which increased dmg taken by 5% (stacks 3 times).

We use Blight along with the Blight threshold jewel Spreading Rot to apply wither and hinder.



We get reservation, area and aura nodes on the tree to shove in 5 auras and buff Death's Aura dmg.

Can do any map mod. Swap in a mana flask for no regen ones.


PoB
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https://pastebin.com/9ffjY5Fe

It still has the wither 3L to simulate the withered effect from Spreading Rot (Pob doesn't support it yet)


Levelling
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I suggest levelling with Essence Drain and Contagion, since they benefit from all the dmg over time nodes we already take.

ED Links -> ED > Efficacy > Swift Affliction > Controlled Destruction (Void manip. and Empower are your 5th and 6th links should you choose to get them)

Cont Links -> Cont > Inc Aoe > Arcane Surge > Faster Casting.

37 points


70 points


75 points - Change to CI and DO
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http://poeurl.com/cliw

You should use DO only after you change to CI.

Don't rush the change to CI, you need decent ES gear to have good ehp once you do switch. You can pretty much farm any content with ED/cont, so stick to it, till you get DO with the right colors and decent ES gear to get around 5k ES. You can import your char into PoB and check how much ehp you'd get after the switch.

You will need to about respec 17 points, less if you choose to not get as many life nodes.


117 points - Reservation nodes for DO and Jewel sockets




Final Tree


Bandits
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Kill all


Ascendancy
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Wicked ward > Vile Bastion > Void Beacon > Profane Bloom

Getting the ES two pointers early helps with switching to CI.


Pantheon
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Lunaris and Ralakesh for mapping.

Solaris and Tukohama for bossing.


Playstyle
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Walk through maps to clear them. We clear T16 just by walking. Maps with % more monster life and chaos res take slower walks and some blight casting on rares.

You should be casting Blight every 6-8 seconds anyway to keep 'Infused' up from the Infused Channeling support gem for 10% more damage. Flask management is important so you can keep Witchfire Brew up. Flame dash often enough to keep arcane surge up.

For T16+ bosses, you need to avoid rippy map mods and facetanking.


Current Gear
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Jewels:



Gear slot analysis:
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Weapon:
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TON of damage. +4 max res is huge.

Look for the highest global dmg and max res roll.

Budget option: Dark seer/Breath of the council with an es shield.

Note: I've talked about using multi-modded wands instead of the Grey Spire in the FAQ.


Helmet:
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Has in build skill Void gaze which triggers on using any skill (2 sec cd, 10 sec duration)
gives enemies affected by it -20% chaos res.

Look for max es roll.

BIS - 40% Blight dmg.

Budget option: Anything with ES, res, dex, str.

Another option is to get a fossil crafted helm with -9 chaos res. If you can get one with 300ES or so it should be worth the swap.


Chest:
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Core item. Don't need it 6 linked.

Check how to 5 off colors further below.


Gloves:
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Level 22 in-built Blight, pretty great for CWC ED.

BIS - +2 duration gems corruption.


Boots:
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Look for high ES, MS and resists.

BIS - Regenerate 2% of Life and Mana per second if you were Hit Recently.

Budget option - Sin Trek, Doryani's Delusion.


Amulet:
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No mana reservation for Temp chains. Shaper's Presence, increases duration of Vaal Discipline, Infusion, Arcane Surge on you.

Look for max damage roll.

Budget option: Anything with ES, res, stats. Look for free prefix to craft % max es.


Belt:
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Crystal belt is the best base. Alternatively, you may use a darkness enthroned with two abyss jewels with 35+ flat es and % dmg if killed recently mods for a decent chunk of dmg and similar ehp has a rare belt. However a rare belt allows you to get str and res since you have limited slots to get them.

Look to craft 20% increased damage or % life regenerated during flask effect.


Rings:
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As much ES, res and strength as you can get. DO needs 180.

Look for free prefixes to craft faster start of ES recharge.


Aspect of the Spider:
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Can be beast craft as a suffix on any rare gear if you have Fenumus.

Reserves 25% mana (by default) for an aoe debuff that slows enemy movement speed by 30% and hinders them every second.

Also applies 1 spider web per second for 6 seconds which increased dmg taken by 5% (stacks 3 times).


Flasks:
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You don't need a legacy Witchfire.



For curse maps.


If you're running no regen maps.


Jewels:
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Get a combination/subset of chaos dmg, damage over time and Non-Ailment Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier mods.


You want x2 of these. Look for max % chaos dmg roll. Allocate them wherever as long as you have 40 int in the radius (the int does not have to be allocated).
'Cannot be cursed with silence' and 'Corrupted blood cannot be inflicted on you' are desirable corruptions.


If you have one. Remember to use clarity with it if you do. (Level 1 clarity is fine)




Gem Links
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Chest:

Arcane surge is required to add duration tag to Death's aura, otherwise less duration and swift affliction do not apply to it. It enables our 7L.

Gloves:


Remaining links (put them wherever you get the right colors):




Unlinked:

Clarity is optional here, only being worth it if you have a watcher's eye with the clarity bonus es mod.


Getting DO colors:


LL version:
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TL;DR - Don't do it.

Going LL makes the playstyle rippy af IMO. You would need constant uptime of Coruscating Elixir to not die immediately, since DO deals chaos dmg to us with each kill.

Also going LL only boosts your ED and Blight dmg not your DO dmg, so the only place where it would be useful which is bosses, where you won't get flask charges consistently, but would still get chaos degen from the adds dying.


Videos:
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Phoenix + Syndicate
Shaper
Double Beyond Tower (T15)
Vaal Temple
Double Beyond, turbo, 60% less recovery Chimera - By far my worst run. 60% less recovery + turbo is not a good idea.

Shaper, guardians, Uber elder (wand and shield with CWC ED)

Old videos(3.5) with no Profane Bloom or Malevolence.:


Even older videos(3.2 and 3.4) with Profane Bloom and without Grey Spire:



FAQ:
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What about soulrend/bane instead of ed? Weapon swaps?
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Soulrend looks good, but I have to test the duration of it. You can use it instead of ED in the CWC setup.

You can get a Bane/Soulrend/ED 6L in your weapon if you want to, for a separate 6L single target setup. That would mean you weapon swap when you need the single target and run grey spire/wand + shield otherwise for clearing.

If you use Bane as your weapon swap, you can link it to:
Efficacy > Controlled Destruction > Swift Affliction > Despair > Void Manip

With temp chains as an aura, this meaning you won't have to rely on witchfire brew uptime to have despair up on bosses. You should still be running witchfire for clearing with DO.


3rd curse? Enfeeble? Malediction?
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I don't recommend getting Malediction instead of Void Beacon. I don't want to sacrifice clear speed to be a better boss killer. I feel we have no problem mapping with the current setup, the extra tankiness would only be useful with bosses.


x2 Multimodded wand / Wand + Shield instead of Grey Spire?
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Okay first, the possible wands you might use:

The % minion damage mod is a drop from Hybridization Chamber (most likely). It is more damage but harder to get and more expensive to craft. Get it if you want to min max with wands. (FYI: You can't craft chaos damage prefix on an item with Citaqualotl's mod)

Regular multimodded wand.

I don't recommend x2 wands. Makes us stay at 6K ES and also lose +4 max res.

Wand + Shield is most likely better than Grey Spire. We lose damage and +4 max res but gain about 1-1.5k ES. We also gain CDWT IC and are able to fit in Arctic armour, cause more gem sockets.

Pob for wand + shield - https://pastebin.com/xvPMtr0e



Changelog:
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Added an image.
Added a changelog. LUL
Added ways to scale DO damage to introduction.
Added a bandits section.
Added a pros and cons list.
Added arcane surge mechanical explanation.
Added dual curse to title for clarity.
Added uber lab to pros list.
Added a video.
Updated PoB.
Added a Levelling section.
Added a t14,t15 video.
Found a watcher's eye. Updated PoB.
Added 3.3 update section
Added PoBs for 3.3
Added 3.4 update section and Pob
Added disclaimer
Added an Other guides section
Updated Picture + VD
Changed a bunch of nodes and gear for 3.5
Added an LL section.
Added a 3.5 Lava Lake Video.
Updated gear and pob with good corruptions and new crafts.
Added shaper video.
Changed tree, gems, gear. A bunch. (3.6)
Added new videos.
Added CWC ed links, spiritual aid, alternate wand, shield setup.
Updated Pob and trees to reflect the change.
Optimized tree a bit. Credit to areyouabc1. Check page 20 of the thread.
Added U elder kill video.


Other guides:
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YouTube - http://yt.vu/+fatfat664
Last edited by fatfat664 on Apr 7, 2019, 1:51:32 PM
Last bumped on Apr 18, 2019, 5:48:07 AM
I'm making a character to try this build, thanks for the guide. It's just that I've never really leveled a witch since many years ago when I made my very first character with a Flame Totem. I'm not sure what spells would be most efficient to level with untill you can use all the uniques? Any advice on a leveling spell would be appreciated. :)
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I'm making a character to try this build, thanks for the guide. It's just that I've never really leveled a witch since many years ago when I made my very first character with a Flame Totem. I'm not sure what spells would be most efficient to level with untill you can use all the uniques? Any advice on a leveling spell would be appreciated. :)


Level with Essence Drain and Contagion, you can use that setup till you find and color your DO, switch to CI and get the strength to equip it, which should be around level 65+.

ED links are in the potential upgrades section (skip empower and void manip as the last 2 links).

Contagion -> Cont > Inc aoe > Arcane surge > faster casting.

I also suggest staying away from profane bloom for as long as you're using ED cont as it will mess up your ability to chain cont to clear entire screens. Get it as soon as you switch to DO.

I'll add a leveling section soon.
I make build guides for fun.

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Last edited by fatfat664 on May 16, 2018, 8:04:53 AM
Thanks for that.
This build is a near point per point perfect amalgamation between FlasherCatcher's Death's Oath build and DemonicSlayer2015's, each of which were added to the listing due to being significantly different. With the exception of choosing different jewel sockets to reach for and emphasizing curse effectiveness, there really is little difference.

Skilltree A

Skilltree B

Allow me to state that I am totally aware that this may have been due to a limited number of possible choices when approaching this unique item as a build, the limitations of the game itself, or simply great minds thinking alike. I recognize that you have put forth a lot of effort to make this guide, and I would like to add it to the build guide listing as per your request. If you can pm me any additional information that I may have overlooked that distinguishes your build as unique from the aforementioned prior submissions, I will add it immediately to the listing.

Cheers
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This build is a near point per point perfect amalgamation between FlasherCatcher's Death's Oath build and DemonicSlayer2015's, each of which were added to the listing due to being significantly different. With the exception of choosing different jewel sockets to reach for and emphasizing curse effectiveness, there really is little difference.

Skilltree A

Skilltree B

Allow me to state that I am totally aware that this may have been due to a limited number of possible choices when approaching this unique item as a build, the limitations of the game itself, or simply great minds thinking alike. I recognize that you have put forth a lot of effort to make this guide, and I would like to add it to the build guide listing as per your request. If you can pm me any additional information that I may have overlooked that distinguishes your build as unique from the aforementioned prior submissions, I will add it immediately to the listing.

Cheers


Responded via pm.
I make build guides for fun.

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Last edited by fatfat664 on May 16, 2018, 8:05:17 AM
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Kwitch wrote:
This build is a near point per point perfect amalgamation between FlasherCatcher's Death's Oath build and DemonicSlayer2015's, each of which were added to the listing due to being significantly different. With the exception of choosing different jewel sockets to reach for and emphasizing curse effectiveness, there really is little difference.

Skilltree A

Skilltree B

Allow me to state that I am totally aware that this may have been due to a limited number of possible choices when approaching this unique item as a build, the limitations of the game itself, or simply great minds thinking alike. I recognize that you have put forth a lot of effort to make this guide, and I would like to add it to the build guide listing as per your request. If you can pm me any additional information that I may have overlooked that distinguishes your build as unique from the aforementioned prior submissions, I will add it immediately to the listing.

Cheers



I think I've been fiddling around with my tree lately (might have forgotten to update it.)

personally it seems unique enough to me. Just a quick glance it has 113% more (increased damage than my build, void beacon and eber's really seems to ramp up the damage though)

Tried putting an eber's on my pob character with despair enchant and end up breaking the despair gem an hour later and I still can't get it figured out. Overall the damage is definately higher, but it does lack the defensive power of a third curse and malediction. (if malediction was still just a boring +1 curse I would have gone void beacon again.

Anyways, healthy death's oath competition will be the death of me =D
Is this post or your other post the most up to date? Build looks cool, definitely going to have a crack.
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Is this post or your other post the most up to date? Build looks cool, definitely going to have a crack.


As far as I see both of our builds at up to date.
I make build guides for fun.

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Last edited by fatfat664 on May 16, 2018, 8:05:33 AM
"Atziri's Reflection"
Man, r u mad???!!! Do u see a price of prophecy "The Queen's Sacrifice" on poetrade?

And u post t8 video? With 7k ES just t8? I killed Phoenix with 7k ))). It was a long fight but still...
Last edited by Spooneer on Apr 2, 2018, 5:45:15 AM

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