[3.11] VOC - BANE BLOOM - 325% Despair - Occultist (Updated for Harvest)



A8 SIRUS KILL VIDEO >> https://tinyurl.com/VOCPOE

IMO - THIS BUILD IS MUCH MUCH MORE FUN TO PLAY THAN ED/CONTAGION- IF YOU ARE BORED WITH ED/CONTAGION YOU CAN EASILY TRANSITION TO THIS BUILD.


My profile is OPEN, you can contact me in game @VOC, or Discord @Jentry#5659 with any questions. I am always happy to discuss this build and try to help whenever I am available.


THIS GUIDE IS FOR A BANE / PROFANE BLOOM OCCULTIST WHO HAS MAXIMUM DESPAIR CURSE EFFECT - THE PURPOSE OF THIS BUILD IS TO SPEED FARM T14-18 MAPS FOR HARVEST LEAGUE. IT HAS HUGE FLEXIBILITY TO TRANSITION TO A TANKY CURSE SUPPORT WITH MINOR GEARING CHANGES. IT IS TRULY A TWO BUTTON BUILD, SUPER EASY TO PLAY.


This guide represents a MAJOR overhaul and update to my previous two BANE GUIDES;
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[3.9] - VOC's ENDGAME BANE OCCULTIST- 200+ EX BUDGET- 3.8 MIL SHAPER DPS W/ BANE - EZ SIRIUS FARMER
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2741328

[3.9] - VOC's 7 Curse BANE BLOOM Occultist (5EX - 25EX BUDGET) - GOOD STARTER
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2638560


GUIDE OVERVIEW
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Cluster Jewels have VASTLY expanded the flexibility and enjoyment of this build, and this league they can all be rolled with T1 Harvest Seeds (PRIMAL MAW SEED) very cheaply and easily.

I want you to first understand that this build is VERY flexible and very attainable to begin cheaply and progress one upgrade at a time. I played this build fully through Awakener 8 Sirus in GUCCI-HOBO league even.


With slight changes in gear choices you can play this build as a VERY TANKY 7 curse / 3 aura support.

For this guide I will display my current gearing which is MAXIMUM Despair / Maximum Damage / Maximum Speed T16+ Harvest seed farmer.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this iteration of the build and its current playability in HARVEST. I have FILLED over 1,000 Horticrafting Stations this league and sold hundreds of crafts. I self crafted 95% of all my rare items with HARVEST CRAFTING. The progression of the build was very rewarding as each gear upgrade felt impactful and gave me additional flexible.


GEAR OVERVIEW
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SKILL TREE


CURSE EFFECT (325% Despair Curse Effect Explained)
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At my core, since 2012, I have always played CURSE builds in POE. This Build has 115% Curse Effect on the Tree, Ascendency, and Jewels. My shield gives global 20% Curse Effect. So globally I have 135% global curse effect on Temp Chains, Enfeeble, Assassin Mark, and Poacher Mark. This build specifically uses 6 "Misery Everlasting" nodes to give Despair an additional 150% curse effect. With a despair helm enchant (30%) and with Bane Bonus Curse Effect(10%) this pushes Despair up to 325% Effect. At this level Everything in the game is "VULNERABLE TO CHAOS". The ability to stack and scale this new jewel node has DOUBLED the damage output of this build overall versus previous versions. Remember this is scaling to a level 33-34 Bane and corresponding 33-34 Despair.





A NOTE ON PROFANE BLOOM
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Profane Bloom is the MAIN clear damage of this build, it is absolutely nuts. I do 2 things with Profane Bloom that I don't see a lot of other people do. First, I skill two GLOBAL poison on hit nodes and pick up one jewel to get 30% poison on hit. This allows my profane bloom to Poison HUGE stacks of poison. This allows me to VERY QUICKLY cap and use Plague Bearer and do other occasional poison tricks. Second, I use VAAL BREACH, this allows me at every boss to pop packs on top of the boss and blow them up with BLOOM hitting and poisoning the boss with big deeps. These two tricks double my boss damage versus other occultist builds I see, it turns boss fights from 10-30 seconds to 3-10 seconds.


VIDEOS OF BUILD

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NOTE THESE VIDEOS ARE ALL FROM THE OLD GUIDE // THE BUILD IS EVEN STRONGER IN 3.11, I WILL TRY TO UPDATE WITH SOME NEW 3.11 VIDEOS WHEN I HAVE TIME, JUST KNOW IT IS ABOUT TWICE AS STRONG NOW IN 3.11 COMPARED TO THESE OLD VIDEOS


A8 Sirus Kill 3.11 July 13 2020
https://tinyurl.com/VOCPOE

Killing 3.9 Shaper using ONLY Bane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ujKnpm1Po&feature=youtu.be


NEWEST VIDEO 12292019 T16 SPEED METAMORPH CLEARS

https://youtu.be/hF18yDYAwXE?t=15


DAY 3 of BLIGHT - PURE BREACHSTONE CLEAR WITH BOSS (I had very basic gear)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIUvoDM_WIk

ANOTHER DAY 3 BLIGHT STONE where I show my gear (4 link chest, 6l COU Staff)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB3UWOkksPo

DAY 6 BLIGHT WITH OPTIMIZED GEAR - T16 Vaal Temple Map
(Sorry video is ASMR level quiet, ill make one later with better audio)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU1q8Ja9vLs

DAY 7 BLIGHT LEAGUE - 5 ARMY BATTLE SUPPORT / RESETTER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcmFViWUiOY

Delving DAY 7 BLIGHT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHktHhAL5T0&t=23s

VOC vs SHAPER ( I die one time b/c noob bosser )
But the DPS output seems legit !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogLhWx3NwMc&feature=youtu.be


VAAL TEMPLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8UKtKzPrGM


SHAPER with gear as of Blight day 20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sNQ7sZLh8M&feature=youtu.be



CURRENT POB LINK AS OF 07/08/2020



***NOTE: This Damage Calc just shows BANE, our MAIN clear damage is from PROFANE BLOOM which scales from our Chaos Scaling, we also get Plague Bearer's full damage at the bosses, and Profane Bloom at the bosses through Vaal Blight!***

IGN @VOC

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Last edited by Jentry on Jul 15, 2020, 2:50:53 PM
Last bumped on Sep 20, 2020, 8:26:09 PM
DETAILED GEAR BREAKDOWN

WAND (Deterministically Self Crafted for less than 5 ex each w/Harvest)


Both of these wands can be made by starting with an iLVL 64-65 OPAL wand then rolling with alts until you hit the +1 All Spell Skills prefix, then you can Augment Chaos and Add+Remove Chaos using HARVEST to complete the wand. I find that GLYPHIC spell damage is as good as the +1 Chaos Mod. I got lucky and FRACTURED an abyssal socket with a HARVEST craft on the second wand I make allowing the use of a powerful abyss jewel. The Trigger is NOT 100% necessary, it just allows for convenience. You currently can find many of these wands in the 8-10 Exalted price range because so many have been crafted for ED / CONTAGION players. I recommend preparing a base and rolling your own wand starting with either FRACTURED abyssal socket or FRACTURED damage over time multiplier. I recommend an iLVL 64-65 opal wand as a base to limit the chaos modifier pool to easily complete the project.

SHIELD (12 Exalted)


Atziri's Reflection gives us UNAFFECTED BY CURSES, this allows us to use our belt for free Pain Attunement, and allows us to ignore all curse aspects (we can cap res at 75 75 75 because we don't worry about ele weakness), the curse effect is huge, all around amazing item.

If your just beginning you can use a CANE OF UNRAVELING 6 LINK in place of wand and shield which costs less than 2 exalted currently.

AMULET (5-10 Exalted)


This item is amazing and incredibly easy to deterministically craft with harvest crafts. You start with an iLVL 82+ Hunter Amulet. You roll for +1 Int Gems, then you just AUGMENT CHAOS, or BENCHCRAFT CHAOS and ADD+REMOVE chaos until you hit the +1 Chaos and the Chaos DOT Multi. You can then close the prefixes with a BENCHCRAFT and AUGMENT INFLUENCE MOD to hit one of four very powerful influence mods. If you hit the life regen influence mod you can use REMOVE LIFE to try again. I recommend using ATTRIBUTE CATALYSTS when the amulet is WHITE to try for a strong attribute suffix in addition to the +1 to all intelligence gems on the augment/regal stage of crafting. STRENGTH on the amulet will be very helpful for this build.

HELMET (1 Exalted)


Scales damage off %Maximum ES and % Mana in tree allows us to put Hunter's Gambit Annoint on our amulet instead of Tranquility. The optimal enchant is Despair 30% effect, equally good is 40% Bane Damage enchant.

CHEST (7-25 Exalted)


The chest is our most critical component of this build. It gives our primary skill BANE +6 levels, this is the root from which all of our damage scales. for the chest you can look for + 1 to level of socketed gems, +2 to level of socketed duration gems, +2 to level of socketed aoe gems, and +2 to level of socketed curse gems, the ideal colors are RBBBBG (Bane in chest) or RBBBGG (Temp Chains in chest)

If your just beginning, you can start with a +3-4 version of this chest for 100 CHAOS and then upgrade to a +5-6 version of this chest later on. You can also start with a TABULA that has the right implicits.

GLOVES(20-50 Chaos)


These gloves are key to this build- they apply 4 of curses. The reflection enchant or the spite enchant is preferred.

BOOTS (100-150 Chaos)


These boots are key to this build - they give 60% AOE which is HUGE and they give +1 curse. Then 10% movement speed enchant or the stun avoidance enchant is preferred.

BELT


This belt in conjunction with our Atziri's Reflection shield confers to us FREE "LOW-LIFE" Status. This allows us primarily to skill PAIN ATTUNEMENT in the tree for the 30% MORE MULTIPLIER to spell damage. It also allows us to use Lori's Lantern for the large defensive benifit of UNLUCKY hits. In combination with our strong curses this lets us play all content with only 5k LIFE+ES.

RINGS


Try to get corrupted versions of these rings for the resistances.

TREE JEWELS


Slotting this above witch gives 27% DOT Multiplier (More than watchers eye) at the cost of 20 Intelligence. 100% worth it.

LARGE CLUSTER JEWELS (Harvest Self Crafted, iLVL 84+ Best)


Jewels are where I STAT FIX;
- CAP ELE RESISTS at 75+ (more is not needed because we are ele-weak immune)
- CAP CHAOS RESIST at 76+
- Achieve DEX and STRENGTH needed

other than that the Large Cluster jewels should be 8 passive jewels with MISERY EVERLASTING and 2 other NOTABLES (Unholy Grace, Wicked Pall, Touch of Cruelty are my preferred 3)

Misery Everlasting gives 10% Skill Effect Duration and 25% Despair Curse Effect.

I run SIX (6) jewels with this node for an additional 60% Skill Effect Duration and an additional 150% Despair Curse Effect. With the Despair Helm Enchant and the bonus from bane I can get the Despair Curse Effect over 325%.

MEDIUM CLUSTER JEWELS (Harvest Self Crafted, iLVL 84+ Best)


Again , I continue to fix Stats and Resists on these jewels, AND each one has MISERY EVERLASTING. Other notables I take advantage of are;
- EVIL EYE (Blinds everything I curse for 4 seconds)
- Dark Discourse (Hinders to activate 20% MORE damage from the TOUCH OF CRUELTY nodes on my two large jewels
- Whispers of Death - 20% damage node with 5% curse effect

SMALL JEWELS (Cobalts 50-100c per / Watcher 8-12 Exalted)


CRITICALLY I look for 4% Chaos DOT Multi, 15% Spell Damage while holding a shield, and 5% poison on hit. For implicits I look for Mana gained on Hit (so i can run no regen maps without a potion) , OR Stun Avoidance. I also try to get one jewel with IMMUNE TO SILENCE somewhere in the tree.

This Watchers Eye is amazing. You really only NEED the 22% DOT multi from malevolence, but this additional CDR mod makes my frostblink cooldown go under 1.5 seconds which makes me zippy.

ABYSS JEWEL IN WAND (Harvest Self Crafted)


This jewel gives Onslaught and Phasing with virtually 100% uptime.

You can force ONSLAUGHT on this jewel with AUGMENT Caster Harvest Craft, so just find a good one with an open suffix that already has the Phasing and remove and add caster until you get the t1 Onslaught roll, it should only take 3 rolls on average.

FLASKS (1 exalted total)


The flasks are pretty self explanatory;
- Adrenaline flask for movement (core)
- Rumi's for Block (Flexibility slot, you can use anything here that suits you)
- Cinderswallow (core) - BEST FLASK FOR US (Stun Avoidance to 90% with jewels) and HUGE Recovery
- Sulphur Flask (Flexibility slot, I use it for FREEZE/CHILL and 40% Damage)
- Blood of the Karui (AMAZING UNDERRATED FLASK !!) - I use in place of a bleed flask, what makes this flask amazing is when you are pianoing the flasks it is only triggered when you need it... this aspect of this flask makes it amazing... solves all my bleed and Corrupting Blood issues)
IGN @VOC

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Last edited by Jentry on Jul 15, 2020, 2:51:40 PM
JEWEL LINKS


CORE BANE/DESPAIR


THIS IS THE MAIN DAMAGE LINK, you can slot Temporal Chains in place of despair if you have a RBBBGG chest instead of an RBBBBG chest. You can also use RBBGGG using Temporal Chains and Swift Affliction in place of Efficacy and it is only slightly worse overall.


MOVEMENT


Running Arcane Surge at level 10 gives me 100% uptime at 14% more damage. With my watcher eye I get to blink every 1.5 seconds. The chilled ground stays around for over 10 Seconds from all of my additional "Skill Duration".


AURAS


I run maleovalence haste for 99% of my play, for CRUCIAL bosses I turn off haste and run discipline which is always slotted for Disc/Vaal Disc.

Plague Bearer is super fun, and helpful for killing T16 guardians, and T17,18,19 Map Bosses. You only have to skill 1-2 global poison nodes in the tree (so your profane bloom poisons) and Plague Bearer will CAP-OUT in 1-2 packs. I generally just save it until the boss to pump out an additional 1.2 million "TRUE DAMAGE." Super-Super-Useful for 1 Gem and 2 Passives.


CONVENIENCE / LAZY-VOC CWD


I seriously run this 100% of the time. This allows me to play super super lazy while watching tv, responding to trades, etc... If I die ... who cares... I just pop back into the map at the same place. I have run 1,000 + T16, 17, 18, 19 maps... I have probably failed 10... so I don't give a shit if I waste a portal here and there.

I turn this off when I fight HARVEST T4 Bosses... I have failed only TWO(2) harvest T4 bosses out of maybe 100, both because I tried them in Delirium T16+ maps which is not even necessary... just me being dumb.

Vaal Breach is also an amazing Utility skill for our build. I pop it at bosses for charges and to profane bloom chaos/poison explosions onto the boss.


WAND TRIGGERS


You can put whatever you want here, ED/Contaigon works for a bit of added damage. You could use a GUARD here, or a GOLEM, or and OFFERING. Lots of options. Trigger just makes everything automatic. You don't even need the trigger, it is just fancy, you could use a wand without it and not even notice a difference in play style.


VIXEN TRIGGER CURSES


These are the four curses that trigger from VIXEN.
- Temp chains for SKILL DURATION and DEFENSE
- Enfeeble for Huge Defence
- Assassin Mark for Power Charges and Life/Mana gained on kill
- Poacher Mark for Frenzy Charges (12% more damage) and 235% More Flask Charges
IGN @VOC

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Last edited by Jentry on Jul 9, 2020, 3:58:03 AM
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Last edited by Jentry on Jul 9, 2020, 3:58:39 AM
As of this post 1 AM PST 07-09-2020 the guide is updated and complete for HARVEST SPEED SEED FARMING.

REMEMBER THIS BUILD IS VERY FLEXIBLE AND CAN GO FROM SUPER TANKY TO SUPER SPEEDY WITH JUST A FEW GEAR CHANGES.
IGN @VOC

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Nice update to my favorite Bane build.
Thanks.
Firstly, thanks for updating, I've been interested in trying this build for a while.

Secondly, you mention that it can go from super speedy to super tanky with "just a few gear changes", would you be able to elaborate on what those changes might be? I'm still fairly new to the game and wouldn't really know how to switch a build from one to another and not lose out massively in the process.

Thirdly, PoB link seems to not be working for me.

Thanks
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Aquiline_Fury wrote:
Firstly, thanks for updating, I've been interested in trying this build for a while.

Secondly, you mention that it can go from super speedy to super tanky with "just a few gear changes", would you be able to elaborate on what those changes might be? I'm still fairly new to the game and wouldn't really know how to switch a build from one to another and not lose out massively in the process.

Thirdly, PoB link seems to not be working for me.

Thanks


- Updated and tested the POB code , thanks

- In terms of switching to become tanky, I mainly change AURAS, turning off Haste and Malevolence and Turning on Discipline and another defense aura. I also have a 600 es 6 Link Vaal Regalia with +1 Curse. And a crystal belt with TONS of ES and DEFENSE as well as Cooldown Reduction. So by swapping a belt, a chest, and a ring I go to 7 curses and my Energy Shield doubles. If I am going to be tanky for more than just a short time, I respec about 10 points in the tree out of Damage and into ES % and My ES Triples from the DPS version. So it is Very Very easy to change back and forth from a SUPER cursebot support for high tier mapping to a solo Speed Harvest Mapper.
IGN @VOC

See all my reddit posts (even the shadowbanned ones)

https://www.reddit.com/user/minescsm/
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Jentry wrote:
"
Aquiline_Fury wrote:
Firstly, thanks for updating, I've been interested in trying this build for a while.

Secondly, you mention that it can go from super speedy to super tanky with "just a few gear changes", would you be able to elaborate on what those changes might be? I'm still fairly new to the game and wouldn't really know how to switch a build from one to another and not lose out massively in the process.

Thirdly, PoB link seems to not be working for me.

Thanks


- Updated and tested the POB code , thanks

- In terms of switching to become tanky, I mainly change AURAS, turning off Haste and Malevolence and Turning on Discipline and another defense aura. I also have a 600 es 6 Link Vaal Regalia with +1 Curse. And a crystal belt with TONS of ES and DEFENSE as well as Cooldown Reduction. So by swapping a belt, a chest, and a ring I go to 7 curses and my Energy Shield doubles. If I am going to be tanky for more than just a short time, I respec about 10 points in the tree out of Damage and into ES % and My ES Triples from the DPS version. So it is Very Very easy to change back and forth from a SUPER cursebot support for high tier mapping to a solo Speed Harvest Mapper.


Thanks a lot for the swift response. Can't wait to try it out!
Last edited by Aquiline_Fury on Jul 9, 2020, 7:37:38 AM
Very nice guide. Will be saving this for next league.

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