[3.8] LIfe based Essence Drain/Bane Occultist - PewAndRun [Budget]

Hi Im LieAndSMile, here is my HP ED Occultist!
What's new in 3.8 for us?

-More damage, thanks for new nodes on the top of the Witch tree
-We can Destroy the barrels using the Bane or Contagion
-New game mechanics which is perfectly suits for ED!
Tree updated

Main idea of this ED build is using a Temporal Chains and Aspect of the spider Curse auras for slowing enemies as...

3.5 Video


Eradicator fight

Last Elder phase was bugged, died 2 times, but looks fun =D:

Red Elder fight

3.6 Video

3.7 Video

Very good league starter
Decent clear speed(not for all map layouts)
Very good lab farmer
Can do any map modes(allows to buy cheap corrupted maps)
Easy mechanics, is a good build for new player ( i think )
Good at mine


To get end content shaper/red elder need to be skilled enough.
Fortification syndicate gates( harder then Shaper, lol)

Some stats:


POB Shows 450k dot damage, keep in mind that it's 5l lvl 21 ED gem. 650k with empower


5.4 HP, 40% Dodge, 30% Spell Dodge, 61% chaos res. All of those stats are possible to rise if you'll invest some currency in your build. You can survive Shapers clap(as on my video with Uber Elder fight), also minions with chaos damage doesn't hurt as much as with negative Chaos Resistance and this is cool.

My Current gear

Breath of the council isn't cheap at the start of the league, but also it's not the best option for this build. Imagine that any Shapped stick like this-

with just 20% and more Non-Eilment Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier mode is much better than Breath of the council. Imagine if it had a good spell damage/Chaos damage/Damage over time mods, also some cast speed or mana regen on it would be tasty.

Forbidden taste is a best flask for our capped chaos res.

Items for Swap or Different play style

I would say that's a hipster item for ed/bane build, also for getting the right colors it's required about 200-300 chromes and some rng. But then it gives you enough chaos damage to ignore white packs at T15 or higher, with 75% chaos resists you won't feel it's chaos damage.

Previously most desire stick for ED, but currently just a good looking Sceptre, I suggest to find a Shaped Wand/Dagger with a 20%+ Non-Element Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier.

Prefer gloves with Aspect of the Spider mode over other items, but you may choose your desired.

Good for farming legion atm, huge aoe and good stats

Another pretty Cheap (not at league start) but decent Unique which gives -20% res every time we use a spell. That's pretty much.

This boy gives the biggest deeps according to POB, which should be 5-6l at least.
600k DOT dps with lvl 3 empower. If you want to kill Shaper/Elder/Uber Atziri really fast and you know how to dodge their Mechanics I Suggest making this 6l Staff your core item. Also, you may try to craft a rare staff, but it will take more time and currency investments.

This is probably a fun item, which gives us a skill "Petrification Statue", it's some sort of Medusa Gargona skill which can freeze stuff for a while, It has duration 4 seconds but can be affected by increased duration support and raised almost to 8 seconds.

Any Helmet with 30% increase Temporal Chains curse effect gives you almost 100% additional curse effect effectivness.

Also, don't forget about Helmet Enchantmen increased temporal chains curse effect 30%, catch it on my Ebe's Unification helmet is a dream =D

POB And Character



For ascendancy, we go Void Beacon-Withering presence-Profane bloom-Malediction

Pantheon - Soul of the Brine King and Soul of Tukohama


Pick up the Blight gem after the killing Hillcock on the beach and use it until you finish The Siren's Cadence quest ACT 1. Finishing this quest gives you Essence drain gem as a reward, from now you start using it + Contagion. Possible to use blight for bosses until you get Bane in act 3 for Lost In Love Quest. Rushing Hex Master node gives you a huge aoe for Bane.
Kill all bandits in act 2 for 2 passive points.
24 points tree

Use Bane for trash and ED+Bane for bosses or big amount of monsters.
44 points

From this lvl you should already be able to use a Despair in bane+ Temporal chains as Curse Aura
79 Points

This is an end game tree, here you got reduced mana reserve for 3 auras - Malevolence/ Temporal Chains/Aspect of the spider. This 3 will work only with lvl 3 Enlighten gem, or for example Helmet with 5+ Mana reduce for auras. About 100-130 mana is left unreserved which is enough for the cast.
114 points


I never look at map modes(it's the coolest part of chaos builds), but you should remember some most deadly where you have to play safety to avoid being one-shot:
- Monsters' Action Speed cannot be modified to below the base value
After a bulk of maps where everything around you is slowed as hell, you have to switch your reaction time and this makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Monsters have increased Critical Strike Chance, just don't face range packs, try to avoid projectiles
- Double ele damage, also should be not faced, we play safety.
- <<Legion Red Wall>> I may survive Shaper's clap but not this thing, also Legion archers which can drop half of your HP each...
- No mana regen, we just drop 1 aura, usually, I do drop Offensive aura to stay with a def, it's still enough to clear any map.
As for Hardcore I would suggest avoiding all of those modes at all, also spend more in life on gear, life can be raised up to 6.5k if we pick up more nodes near Scion but drop some damage.

Bossing looks like using your Bane/Ed and run around

For a hight tear map Legion, I use Vaal blight to kill commander, because usually, it's around 4-6 sec when you'll find him behind the minions.

Delve is just made for ED.

Skills and gems

Essence/deaths aura drain setup, Empower should be added as 6 link
If you have 6l then add Empower, else Reduced duraton in unlincked socked for


Contagion for big AOE

My movemant skill with Arcane surge, can be changed for Shield charge

Aura setup

Defensive setup
a little bit change in 3.7, I porefer to use max level Steelskin with Chaos golem.

If you like this build I wish you could follow me on Twitch, trying to get my first 100 followers =D
Last edited by Desire61 on Sep 13, 2019, 5:25:56 AM
Last bumped on Sep 14, 2019, 3:09:07 AM
3.6 Shaper Done =D


3.7 Uber Elder

Uber Elder run
Last edited by Desire61 on Jun 17, 2019, 7:04:51 AM
Why not use Alleopathy gloves for a 5 link Blight instead?
Hi, Vaal blight helps a lot with boss fights, some dps boost and slow looks pretty solid. You can see at my vid how boss almost stand still. Also that essence is cheap right now.
Last edited by Desire61 on Dec 13, 2018, 4:51:43 PM
First shaper build done with my build!

Shaper kill
Since one of my two mains is an ED/contagion occultist as well, I'd like to point out that any crafted weapon with Decay out-DPSes breath of the council.


Confirmed with actual damage/clear speed and PoB stats.
I proclaim myself a PoEtheist - RNGesus doesn't exist!
PPS. Synthesis is meh.
Ydoum wrote:
Since one of my two mains is an ED/contagion occultist as well, I'd like to point out that any crafted weapon with Decay out-DPSes breath of the council.


Confirmed with actual damage/clear speed and PoB stats.

That's a nice crafted wand, with such hight spell dmg it's much better then breath of the concil.
Will this be updated for synthesis?
:: Man in black fled across the desert, and the gun slinger followed"
I'm taking personal interest in this type of build.. Especially with the upcoming Soul rend spell, which seems a lot like Essence drain without the need to cast Contagion to spread (projectiles pierce all targets, and make small aoe)

So I'm building it into CI Occultist.. ES should be +10k with small investment, and dps will skyrocket after getting a crafted wand.

We still don't have gem details released before next league, but I have something like this in mind:

it gives you raw idea, and it shows +320k shaper dps for essence drain. I'm betting it would be even more for Soul Rend, but we gotta see!
Last edited by givemelight on Feb 28, 2019, 3:23:34 PM
Have you had a chance to compare this build to the new patch notes?

From what I've seen there doesn't seem to be any loss in power rather it looks like this build will only be stronger.

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