[3.6] Occultist CI AuraCurseBot [11Aura+Smite+Aspect+5to6Curses]

Hello Exiles and welcome to my very first guide!

Introduction
With the introduction of the new Vixen's Entrapment Gloves and the new Skill Gem Bane I have been thinking of making an occultist support that does not rely on blasphemy to apply it's curses and therefor has more space to run more Auras.


How does the build work?
Very simple the Build relies on the use Bane to apply all its linked curses. While Vixen's Gloves are used for the +1 Curse and the ability to automate up to 4 more curses socketed in them. Bane itself is considered a curse skill which will Apply it's own curses AND trigger all curses socketed in the gloves.

This interaction allows us to cast multiple curses at once and dropping the need for blasphemy. Which then free up more mana for us to run as mana auras as we can fit!

Max Curses?
+1 From Ascendancy (Malediction)
+1 From Passive Tree (Whispers of Doom)
+1 From Vixen's Gloves
+1 From Doedre's Damning
+1 From a potential second Doedre's Damning

For total of 5 to 6 Curses

Overview
Pros:
+ Very Active Game play, casting Bane to Curse Packs and Bosses as opposed to just running around makes you feel more part of the action and gives you something more to do.
+ We Run almost every single DPS Aura + 3-4 DPS Curses carrying any pleb no damage MFer.
+ Adaptable damage support by swapping Auras and/or Curses depending on carry/group.
+ Hexproof enemies have nothing on us thanks to Profane Bloom.
+ Free Stun immunity and Sustain thanks to Occultist Ascendancy.
+ Easy high ES Pool.
+ Victario's Influence + CI for no need of Coruscating Elixir feels amazing.
+ Cost can be scaled down easily with going LL BM or removing 1Aura or Aspect of the Spider.
+ With investment can have a zero mana Flame Dash with very low CD.
+ Scales AMAZINGLY with the Defensiveness of a ManaGuard(even more so with Tribunal Mask ManaGaurd)
+ Lot's of upgrade paths and min-maxing potential if you so chose.

Cons:
- Apart from Purities and Curses you provide no other Defensive Auras.
- The Build can get expensive quickly if chosen to go CI.
- You do not provide the 70%+ Attack and Cast speed that a Scion Aura bot provides.
- You do not provide 18%+ Physical Damage Reduction that a Scion Aura bot Provides either.
- You do not have Party Conduit either. (which more often is not a big deal)
- Dex is hard to get by since you're tight on Passives points.
- No Room for gem setups such as CwDT.
- No Regen maps are extremely bothersome.

How Much Damage?
A lot of it. Every Aura effectiveness node + 6 DPS Auras + Generosity Level 30 + DPS Curses!
Here's a Jewel you can copy past into PoB which has all the current bonus my Curse bot gives.

Jewel

CurseAura Bot
Cobalt Jewel
Quality: 0
Implicits: 0
--Remove All your Auras and Curses
--Add 4 [22/20] Damage Curses and a [23/20] Enfeeble
--Socket this Jewel
--Set Spider Stacks to 3
--Profit?
[Anger]
Adds 269 to 379 Fire Damage to Spells
Adds 295 to 422 Fire Damage to Attacks
[Haste]
29% increased Cast Speed
29% increased Attack Speed
16% increased Movement Speed
[Hatred]
44% more Cold Damage
Gain 63% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
[Malevolence]
49% increased skill effect duration
49% more Damage over Time
[Smite]
+35% chance to shock
Adds 22 to 411 lightning damage
[Wrath]
51% more Lightning Damage with Spells
Adds 44 to 722 Lightning Damage to Attacks
[Zealotry]
37% more spell damage
99% increased Critical Strike Chance
[Clarity]
+5.49 Mana regeneration
[Discipline]
61% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate
+515 base Energy Shield
[4 Purities]
+9 Maximum Lightning Resistance
+82% Lightning Resistance
+9 Maximum Fire Resistance
+82% Fire Resistance
+9 Maximum Cold Resistance
+82% Cold Resistance
+50 all Elemental Resistances
[Aspect of the Spider]-(set to 3 stacks)
Grants Level 20 Aspect of the Spider Skill
[Tiger Hook's Aura Mod]
45% increased Damage
[Vigiliant Strike]
You Have Fortify
[Curses]
69% increased effect of your curses
Enemies you Curse have malediction
You can apply an additional curse
You can apply an additional curse
You can apply an additional curse
You can apply an additional curse


On top of all that you provide extremely powerful curses (Both Offensive and Defensive)

Enfeeble
- Enemies have 42% reduced Accuracy
- Enemies have 59% reduced Critical Strike Chance
- Enemies have -54% Critical Strike Multiplier
- Enemies deal 54% less Damage

Temporal Chains
- Enemies have 69% reduced Action Speed
- Other Effects Expires on enemy 71% Slower

Projectile Weakness
- Enemies take 94% increased Damage from Projectiles
- Projectiles Piece all Cursed Enemies

Assassin's Mark
- 439% increased Critical Strike Chance versus Cursed Enemies
- 43 Life and Mana on Kill
- +33% Critical Strike Multiplier
- Chance to Gain Power Charge on Kill

Elemental Weakness
- -78% to All Elemental Resistances

Conductivity/Frostbite/Flammability
- -78% of said Elemental Resistance (Stacking with Elemental Weakness)

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! Malediction also reduces the damage enemies we curse deal while they also take 10% increased damage!

Lowlife Variant (Budget)
Gear


For a budget/starter setup we will be going using Blood Magic Keystone and the Notable Behind it 'Mortal Conviction' for its "50% Less Mana Reserved" Allowing us to reserve a lot of auras on our life with not much cost to our gear!

Chest:

For our chest piece we are going to be going for Victario's Influence. This Chest provides insane amount of Reduced mana Reservation to socketed gems on top of Global Aura Effectiveness AND Level 30 Generosity. This is where we will be placing or 50% DPS auras since we do not need to be affected by them. You do not need a 5L nor do you need Enlighten or Empower a 6socketed one will be just enough for starting off!

Helmet:

Alpha's Howl will ne our helmet of choice since we are not going to be running blasphemies. This Helm provides us with a lot of reduced mana reservation (will refer to as RMR) on top of giving of Freeze immunity and +2 to socketed auras! This is Where we will be running our Purity setup, All 3 Purities + Enlighten

Shield:

Prism's Guardian is a very cheap shield that provides massive RMR to its Gems on top of giving them +2! and some well needed Dexterity (trust me you'll be wanting all the dex you can get) In This shield we will be socketing the rest of our Big Auras, such as Haste, Purity of Elements and Vitality.

Gloves:

No much question here, our build revolves around the Vixen's Gloves and they allow us to automate all socketed curses.
We will be socketing 3-4, The Cast speed doesn't matter we will have ample enough of cast speed so try to get as high es as yo ucan afford.

Weapon:

Since we do not need to do damage as an Aura bot, Ephemeral Edge is good cheap option that will give a great amount of ES. We can later upgrade to a rare crafted Tiger Hook with "Auras From you Skills Grant 2% Increased Damage to you and Allis"

Boots:

We have 2 possible options for Boots, Steppan Eard or Sin Trek, if you want more survivability I recommend Seppan's immunity to desecrated ground is a big QoL, while Sin Treks also provide great ES and help with our DEX.

Belt:

A Rare belt with some Chaos Resistance will do just fine, but you can also use a Bated breath for high Energy shield, especially if you can get one with Discipline Aura Effect Corruption.

Ring:

For Rings we want at least 1 Doedre's Damning ring for the additional curse, your second ring can be another one if you want 6 curse or it can be a unset ring with ES and +Socketed Gems for a higher level discipline.

Amulet:

For an Amulet any Rare Amulet with as much flat Energy Shield and % Energy shield as you can afford, try to get one with Chaos Resistance if you can and an open suffix to craft Aspect of the Spider if you so wish.

Flasks:

For Flasks you can use any flasks that you want/prefer but you need at least 1 Coruscating Elixir. Remember that solve Bleeding, Ignite and Shock with flask as well!

Jewels:

There are 2 Required Jewels Conqueror's Efficiency and Potency, these are also the first Jewels you should focus on getting with 1%RMR corruption if you so wish to upgrade to CI later on.
As for Rare Jewels Any Jewel will work as long as it has some of the following ES, Int, Dex, Chaos Res.
Try to get Abyss Jewels with Flat ES instead of of Regular Jewels with %ES for more ES.



Watcher's Eye:

Get anything you feel will help you and your play style and within your budget! Personally i love the Cooldown recovery speed of movement skills while affected by haste for a better flame dash experience.
You may also get a Chaos Resistance while Affected by Purity of Elements if you are struggling in that department.


Gem Setup


Chest: (Use appropriate gems depending on carries build)
You can put All Damage Aura Gems in here with Smite, however since most builds wont actually scale with All auras you can usually drop an aura and link the rest to Empower if you have a 4 to 6-link, Just be mindful of your Reservation.
Smite +
5 of the following: Wrath, Hatred, Anger, Malevolence, Zealotry , Empower.

Helmet: (Purity Set up)
Enlighten + Purity of Ice + Fire + Lightning

Shield:
If you have 2 Doedre's Ring you can Socket Discipline Here instead of Clarity
Clarity(1)+ Purity of Elements + Haste

Ring:
Only applicable if you are using an Unset ring! Place Discipline in Shield instead if you have 2 Doedre's Ring
Discipline

Boots:
Bane - Temporal Chains - Enfeeble - Vitality

Gloves: (If you are running 6 Curses you can either place 3 with Bane and 3 Here or 2 With Bane and 4 Here, Since I settled for 5 Curses in the time being I have linked my curses to incAoE but you can also link to enhance for that juicy quality bonus)
Chose any 3(+incAoE) or 4 curses depending on the carry (I recommend 3b-1g for colors if no white sockets)
Assassin's Mark, Frostbite, Ele Weakness, Poacher's Mark, Conductivity, Flammability, Projectile Weakness, (warlords mark?).

Weapon:
Socketed any movement speed skill setup you would like to use here!


Skill Tree and more

Skill Tree:
Level 73 Tree: Focus on getting all the Aura nodes first and some ES
http://poeurl.com/cl91

Level 86 Tree: Then Finish up by Taking all the Curse Nodes in this order: Whisper's of Doom>Hex Master>Skittering Runes
http://poeurl.com/cl90

Level 100 Tree: Finish up by taking as many Jewels Sockets as you can.
http://poeurl.com/cl92
Use an intuitive Leap to save 2 points when taking Skittering Runes


Bandits:
-Kill All for 2 Passives

Pantheon:
Major:
-Soul of Lunaris for Mapping/Delving
-Soul of Solaris for Bossing

Minor
-Soul of Yugul for Elder/Shaper/UberElder
-Soul of Shakari for Mapping and Delving for the Poison Immunity

Ascendancy Order:
Profane Bloom -> Wicked Ward -> Vile Bastion -> Malediction


Upgrading to CI

First off why would an Aura bot want to go CI? Pretty simply it's a huge quality of life. Since we are going to be using Victario's Influence we have no way of protecting ourselves from chaos damage out side of Coruscating Elixir while also needing to get Chaos Resistance in our gear.
When going CI we completly nullify the downsides of Victario's Influence over Shavs.

Alright so on earth can we reserve so many Auras on mana with out the "50% less Mana Reserved" node behind Bloodmagic?
We need a LOT of "%Reduced Mana Reserved" for our Auras and theres 4 key things that are required before we can make the swap.

CI Gear


Before we get into the gear required to go CI we should understand that this is NOT cheap compared to the LL variant. This would likely cost you at the minimum 4-5 exalts so if this is out of your budget you should stay Lowlife!

First, Skyforth

We are only getting these Boots for the 6% RMR they provide while the little bit of ES they give is nice. Theres no way around having this boots for us and are REQUIRED to go CI.

Second, Rare Shield
Since we are CI we cant use Prism Guardian anymore since socketed gems have bloodmagic. There for we will need a replacement, being a Rare Shaped Shield (Prefferably) Titanium Shield, Roled with "15% RMR of Socketed Gems"

It is not as strong as the 25% from Prism Guardian but it will do the job just as well for us while also providing potentially much more ES!
You can get one already rolled with Low ES for very cheap on poe.trade or craft your own by Alteration Spamming until you can hit the Suffix 15%RMR of socketed gems, then regal and craft ES on it.

Third, %RMR Amulet
We are gonna need a 5%RMR Amulet, for the same reason we are getting skyforth for its %RMR we are getting an amulet with the same to further reduce the amount mana our auras reserve.

There are 2 ways to get RMR on your amulet, the first is on Shaper Amulet since it is a mod that can roll on those, and the second is as an implicit via synthesis league!
You can either buy one straight out (synthesized ones go for about 1~1.5ex) or you can alteration spam a shaper amulet until you can get the mod then Regal and protentially craft % increased energy shield.

Lastly, our Jewels
This is the last thing we need and is the more annoying and most tedious part. Jewels. And not just any kind of Jewel we need as many Jewels with the newly introduced coruption in 3.3 "1% Reduced Mana Reserved" and we need as many as we can get. You will need atleast 4 of them to swap to CI.
I recommend you get the following 3 as a priority. Conqueror's Efficiency, Conqueror's Potency, Intuitive Leap.

You can then focus on getting Rare or Unique ones afterwards:

How to get Jewels like this? Personally I dont recommend buying rare jewels with corruption, Rares with ES alone + Corruption sell for 2-3 exalts depending in the ES roll.
Instead I recommend you craft your own ES jewels and corrupt them yourself, just Alt until you can hit ES, Regal and Vaal for your jewels it will take some time but it will cost infinitly cheaper!
While you wait to hit your corruption you can use Cheap Jewels like Careful Planning/Fluid Motion or whatever cheap jewel with the corruption you can find.

Rest of Gear

Chest
We are still and always will be using this chest.


Helmet
Here we can either stick with an Alpha's Howl OR once we get enough %RMR Jewels we can upgrade to a rare helmet with a helmet enchant.

For such a helm you want to buy a itemLevel 84 Hubris Circlet with "Haste has 15% reduced mana reservation" enchant. Then to get the 5% RMR suffix you want to craft the helm using Bound Fossiles until you can hit the 5% mod as well as a decent amount of ES (use dense fossils as well if yo ucan afford).


Rings
Rings havn't changed but if you are struggling with mana reservation you should take 2 Doedre's Rings and socket discipline in Shield

Get an Aura Effect Corruption if you can afford it.

Gloves
Still thae same gloves since out build revolves around them, if you can you can get an upgrade by getting a +2 AoE or Curse Corruption.


Belt
Any Belt will do honestly Crystal Belt, Stygian Vise, Darkness Enthroned or Bated breath. Each have their own upsides.
Darkness Enthroned: Allows us to fix our Dex problems more easily and have more Jewel Slots for 1%RMR jewels allowing us to cheap out on some jewels.

Bated Breath: Gives us a LOT more ES when paired with a mana guard as well as being cheap with Discipline Aura Effect Corruption


Weapon
You have 2 options here, More Energy Shield with Ephemeral Edge or a Rare Weapon (Usually a Shaped Tiger Hook) with the Delve Suffix 'Auras from your skills grand 2% increased Damage' paired with the Shaper Suffix 'Socketed Movement Skills have no mana cost'.
If you want a Low CD Flame dash that you can spam (even in no regen Maps) you should go for the Tiger Hook.

You can craft such a Weapon by using Bound + Lucent Fossils until you can hit both mods togheter. It can take a lot of tries however but it is a very nice upgrade to get.


Gem Setups

For Gem Setups you have many different options depending on the Auras you want to run, how much 1%RMR Jewels you have and if you are running disciplining in ring or not.

5Curse Lvl 24 discipline:
6 RMR Jewels + Rare Helm with 5% and Haste Enchant Aura Calc Link

Chest: (Use appropriate gems depending on carries build)
Empower + Smite +
4 of the following: Wrath, Hatred, Anger, Malevolence, Zealotry .

Helmet: (Purity Set up)
Enlighten + Purity of Ice + Fire + Lightning

Shield:
Clarity(1)+ Purity of Elements + Haste

Ring: (+3 unset Ring for Discipline)
Discipline + Aspect of the Spider

Boots: (If you have Level 21 Curses and not a 21 Bane you need to put those Curses in gloves) Otherwise since Bane gives curses effectiveness with its quality I decided to socketed Defensive curses with Bane
Bane - Temporal Chains - Enfeeble - Portal(not necessary)
(Note: you can replace Portal with Enhance here to add more curse effectiveness to Curses applied by Bane)

Gloves: (If you are running 6 Curses you can either place 3 with Bane and 3 Here or 2 With Bane and 4 Here, Since I settled for 5 Curses in the time being I have linked my curses to incAoE but you can also link to enhance for that juicy quality bonus)
Chose any 3(+incAoE) or 4 curses depending on the carry (I recommend 3b-1g for colors if no white sockets)
Assassin's Mark, Frostbite, Ele Weakness, Poacher's Mark, Conductivity, Flammability, Projectile Weakness, (warlords mark?).

Weapon: (Ideally you want a Rare Tiger Hook with Aura mod, Socketed Movement skills no mana and crafted +2 Support Gems for the maximum amount of Cool down recovery Speed for Flame Dash)
Flame Dash (21/20) - Faster Casting (21/20) - Enhance(4) - (+1/+2 Support Gems Craft)


6Curse (2Doedres Damning):
5 RMR Jewels + Rare Helm with 5% and Haste Enchant Aura Calc Link

Chest: (Use appropriate gems depending on carries build)
Empower + Smite +
4 of the following: Wrath, Hatred, Anger, Malevolence, Zealotry .

Helmet: (Purity Set up)
Enlighten + Purity of Ice + Fire + Lightning

Shield:
Discipline+ Purity of Elements + Haste + Aspect of the Spider Craft

Boots: (If you have Level 21 Curses and not a 21 Bane you need to put those Curses in gloves) Otherwise since Bane gives curses effectiveness with its quality I decided to socketed Defensive curses with Bane
Bane - Temporal Chains - Enfeeble - Clarity(1)

Gloves: 4 curses depending on the carry (I recommend 3b-1g for colors if no white socekts)
Assassin's Mark, Frostbite, Ele Weakness, Poacher's Mark, Conductivity, Flammability, Projectile Weakness, (warlords mark?).



Flask Setup

You can use any flasks you want and swap them depending on the content you are doing.

You need to however solve the following one way or another:
-Freeze, Bleeding, Ignite, Curses, Shock

So get suffixes that apply to the ailments you need/want to cover.

Good flasks to have are: Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Quicksilver, Basalt, Silver. Pick 5 adapting to the content you are doing.

for Prefix chose any you like the most, personally I prefer Chemist's

Current Setup:



Passive Tree

The Tree is very simple, we are taking every Aura and Curse Node.
We also want CI, Some ES, and Faster ES Start(to help us sustain) and the closest most efficient jewel sockets.

When taking Jewel Sockets you should prioritize in this order:
-Least Amount of Points to spend
-Stats/ES (not really applicable)
-Mana
-Armor
-Attack Speed (for Smite)
-Whatever else

Keep in mind that you can always drop an aura and aspect of the spider and run alpha's howl if you wish to swap to CI earlier (what I did)

My Current Level 94 Skill Tree: http://poeurl.com/cl5L
Level 89 Skill Tree: http://poeurl.com/cl5N
Level 83 Skill Tree: http://poeurl.com/cl5P

When Swapping from LL you will be unspecing Bloodmagic, Acrane Vision then taking Chaos Inoculation, saving you 4 passive skill points!

Pantheon and Bandits

Please take the time to fully unlock all the following pantheons

Major:
-Soul of Lunaris for Mapping/Delving
-Soul of Solaris for Bossing

Minor
-Soul of Abberath for Mapping/Delving
-Soul of Yugul for Elder/Shaper/UberElder

Bandits:
-Kill All for 2 Passives



General things for both variants
Leveling

I am unfortunately not great at the whole leveling a support build, but what I did was level up as a Bane/ED/Contagion Occultist until I was Level 75
I then respected my Tree and went LL-BM Victario's with Elixir until i had enough RMR to swap to CI Use Alpha's Howl until you can use a Rare Crafted Hubris with 5% RMR and Haste enchant.

Level 75 (Make sure you have a Conqueror's Efficiency socketed.
After 75 start pathing to curse nods: Hex Master > Skittering Runes > Swap the Left nod to Whispers of Doom for the 2 right nodes

After all that start taking more and more Jewels Sockets



MISC
FAQ

-How Many %RMR do I Need to go CI?
That depends on how many Auras you want to be running and what the rest of your set up is.
With Alpha's Howl (no Enchant) you can run as few as 4 If you want 11+Aspect
If You want to drop aspect of the spider you can run 2 and be fine
Personally I am running 6 because I want me 21 Discipline to get +3 from my ring, if it was in my shield I would need 1 less

If you want to test setups i recommend using Aura Calc Here
You get 38% RMR from tree as a base and +5 from Amulet (which is mandatory for CI) then simply set up all your auras and keep adding RMR until you have enough mana.

-Why Occultist, couldn't you do this similarly with Scion?
Yes, for sure with Scion we would have easier pathing and more points to spend, However we would lose the ability to curse hex proof enemies, +1 curse from ascendancy and ES+Sustain from the Occultist.
But you could do a very similar set up with Scion and similar items.

-Why Haste Enchant?
It just comes out to the enchant that will save you the most %mana since haste is a 50% Reservation Aura that isn't in Chest. The next one that is almost as good is Discipline (IF its not in Shield), but that one is more expensive usually. So Haste is our best option.

-23 Purities With Hubris???
It's very difficult to get 23 purities on this build While traditional aura bots get +2 from Shaper's touch corruption or Alpha's Howl, we on the other hand need our curses in Gloves (and a +2 skyfroth is astronomically expensive)
HOWEVER, given enough RMR you could swap out Enlighten on purities for a Level 4 Empower and get 20+3 Purities.
Currently it would take 7 Jewels to be comfortable with my setup while also dropping aspect of the spider. And 8 if I want to keep it (which is definitely expensive but not impossible)

-What kind of builds is this good with?
All your standard builds that like having auras bots really.
You Provide INSANE damage boosts.
But Storm burst seems (from my so far experience) to scale with this the best with Curses+Zealotry+Malevolence

Tribunal Mask Mana Guardians is Also BROKEN insane with this build since a mana Guard can run all the defensive auras, Phys Reduction and provide insane CastSpeed/ES/CritMulti with the new helmet


PoB and Profile and ScreenShots

You I will be continuing to play and upgrade this character throughout the league character name: 'IBoostDPS' If i don't update guide with more information you can always look at the character for gear choices and upgrade paths for you.

PoB Lv94, 11Auras/Smite/5Curses/AspectofTheSpider/8.9k ES/(Lvl 24Discpline): https://pastebin.com/FE3EM4yV

Current setup: https://pastebin.com/hPiZBGF0 (old cheaper)
12 Auras (11 if Empower in chest)
Smite
5 Curses
30 sec of Group Fortify
Aspect of the Spider

Screenshots:
Aruas:

FlameDash with Enhance 3+1 and Watcher's Eye:


AoE of Curses:





Current Gear and Setup
Currently Running:
-13Auras (12 if chose to use empower)
-Aspect of the Spider
-Group Fortify
-5 Curses
-9.5k ES
Gear



Jewels:


Gem Setup

Weapon:


Helmet:


Shield:


Chest:
or replace 1 with


Gloves:


Boots:


Ring:



If you have any ideas or questions i would be happy to hear and help :)
Last edited by LittoBum on Apr 14, 2019, 7:59:13 AM
Last bumped on Jun 5, 2019, 11:33:55 PM
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does bane itself counts towards the curse limit?
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does bane itself counts towards the curse limit?


No bane itself doesn't its just has the Curse tag in its skill description (the curses applied by it do of course)
with the changes in occu ascendancy. how will this change the build?
not much changed other than massssiivee loss of es and having to path a little weirdly for skill tree to take wicked ward, honestly would rather just play Scion instead

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