[3.12] Devon's Impending Hexblaster Occultist | Most Content Viable | Reflect Immune



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The reasons I decided to go with the Cold elemental alternative are multiple:
- Occultist provides -20% cold resistance aura
- Can stack Frostbite + Elemental weakness for a total of -89% cold resistance (ofc reduced on bosses)
- Cold penetration gem on Hexblast that provides up to -42% cold resistance (if awakened)
- Elemental Penetration gem on Hexblast provides an additional -32% cold resistance to enemies
- if all of that wasn't enough EQ lowers it further by -50%

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Pros
+ new Chaos skills!
+ tanky
+ reflect immune
+ can do most if not all map mods
+ satisfying explosions
+ freezes

Cons
- not the best boss damage
- not a starter build
- some items expensive

THE BUILD


How does it work?

Spoiler
Hex stuff with Elemental Weakness + Impending doom. Use Doomsday to apply max doom after 1 second. USE HEXBLAST AND EXPLODE STUFF.
Elemental weakness is self-cast since Frostbite + Temp chains will be applied as curse auras. The reason why Frostbite and Temp chains are auras is if you charge into a pack with FB+TC and just Hexblast they will die most of the time just from the default HB explosion and their reduced resistances. Temporal chains are there to protect you from their attacks when you do it. Fairly simple but efficient.

Playstyle: You move close you Hexblast, you move close you Hexblast. If there's a tougher mob/boss just cast Elemental Weakness, wait 1s and Hexblast for mega damage. If there's an even tougher boss then you use Wither totems as well.

Mapping = Get close and Hexblast or Ele Weakness and Hexblast
Bossing = Summon Wither totems, cast Ele Weakness, wait 1s and Hexblast

Keep sand stance on Flesh and Stone at all times.


Videos and Gifs

GIFs



Early showcase:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-LSgVh6BY

Showcase [Mapping + Shaper]:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJquSHKo3DQ


Path of Building - Pastabin

community fork
https://pastebin.com/PU8ewqt8 (updated for 3.12, 20.10.)
- updated the gear

Everything is inside, use this^
Alongside Normal/Cruel/Merciless/Endgame trees, to the bottom left where it says "Hexblast+ID (94) (Cold)", click on that and you can swap out the trees to see what you need to prioritize. Also here you can check out the whole tree, gear, gems, enchants, damage, etc. Basically you can see everything that I used and what you should aim for.

Leveling

General tips:

Spoiler
Make sure to keep upgrading your wands as you go on, not too important as spells mostly depend on spell gem level and links
- Can use one Praxis ring to help with the mana costs
- prioritize Life and Resistances -> a good starting item is Goldrim, you can basically wear it to maps with the resists it provides, afterwards you want an armor based helm with life and resists
- boots should have movement speed -> Wanderlust are a great choice for starting out, later on equip armor boots with movespeed, life and some resistances
- links are important, more links more damage -> at Act I you should have a 3L, at Act III a 4L and around Act VI if you get lucky or buy one (shouldn't be too expensive) 5L chest and throw an alch/essence on it
- spell damage, chaos damage and gem levels ALL help you

Guide:

Spoiler
ACT 1

As soon as you kill Hillock pick up Blight as the quest reward.
Quicksilver and infused chanelling after mud flats.
Pick up Contagion after entering Flooded depths
Void manipulation after prison, link with contagion
Essence drain with contagion and Void manipulation after entering merveils caverns

ACT 2

Take controlled Destruction when you can. NOTE: Concentrated effect does not apply to hexblast.

ACT 3

Pick up Frostbite, Ele Weakness and Temp Chains if you can.
Pick up Hexblast after killing Gravicius, link with controlled destruction
Pick up Impending doom from Siosa quest in library.
Complete the quest Fixture of Fate, take Cold penetration as a reward.
Link Cold Pen and Controlled Destruction with Hexblast.
Link Impending doom with Elemental Weakness.
Can drop other gems like Contagion and Blight at this point except Essence drain for bosses.

Take node Doomsday
Cast Elemental Weakness, wait 1 second, use Hexblast (repeat).


Will update further later on...


Passive tree, Bandits and Pantheon

Passive Tree


Bandits

Recommended: - Kill all, others give no real benefit to this build


Pantheon

BiS:
Lunaris + Shakari - placeholders
Alternative:
Brine King + Ryslatha - placeholders


All Links

[from most important to least, prioritize like this]

Body Armour (6L) Hexblast(21/20) = Added Chaos Damage(20/20) + Controlled Destruction(20/20) + Void Manipulation(20/20) + Cold Penetration(20/20) + Elemental Penetration(20/20)

Wand (3L) = Flesh and Stone(20/20) + Vaal Discipline (21) + Blood Magic(20)

Shield (3L) = Flame Dash(20/20) + Faster Casting(20/20) + Arcane Surge(6/20)

Heretic's Veil (Helmet) (4L) = Frostbite(20/20) + Temporal Chains(20/20) + Zealotry(20/20) + Enlighten(3)

Gloves (4L) = Impending Doom(21/20) + Elemental Weakness(20/20) + Added Chaos(20/20) + Concentrated Effect(20/20)

Boots (4L) = Wither(20/20) + Multiple Totems(20/20) + Faster Casting(20/20) + Spell Totem(20/20)


Gear

Recommended during leveling:

TUMBLEWEED

Tabula Rasa or any decent yellow 5L with life and resists until you get Shavs is fine Also a 4L Solaris Lorica is amazing if you want to go Energy shield sooner rather than later.

Leveling Gear

Spoiler



My Gear




Flasks


For now.

Anointment:

UNDISPUTED KING OF ANOINTS:
Skittering Runes

2nd best Anointment:
Hex Master or Method to the Madness

My achievements with the build:

- 18 challenges
- level 92
- killed some guardians
- killed Shaper

Check out my other guides:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2724153
"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile." -unknown
"The Emperor beckons and the world attends." -Izaro
"Shine boldly so that all may find you when the night falls." -Izaro
Last edited by devon752 on Oct 20, 2020, 3:01:39 PM
Last bumped on Oct 24, 2020, 11:13:47 AM
Thanks for this, I hadn't been able to find a single written guide for this, just POB links.
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Pyrok wrote:
Thanks for this, I hadn't been able to find a single written guide for this, just POB links.
Np at all man. I've spent most of the past few days researching these skills. Hopefully it's good now.
I'm getting close to maps as well albeit a bit slower since I'm writing this and have other stuff I have to do as well.
"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile." -unknown
"The Emperor beckons and the world attends." -Izaro
"Shine boldly so that all may find you when the night falls." -Izaro
Why no unleash? you are having to wait anyways for doomsday.

Also why dispair? isnt the point of hexblast inflicitng elemental ailments and reducing elemental resistance as much as possible (equilibirum/elemental weakness/elemental curse)?

And finally, im using tri-curse with two blassphemy setup. That way I can kill white packs without having to manually curse since hex/impending will proc albeit without the doom multiplier. I think its much more smoother however im not very far into the game so theres that.
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rcalldz wrote:
Why no unleash? you are having to wait anyways for doomsday.

Also why dispair? isnt the point of hexblast inflicitng elemental ailments and reducing elemental resistance as much as possible (equilibirum/elemental weakness/elemental curse)?

And finally, im using tri-curse with two blassphemy setup. That way I can kill white packs without having to manually curse since hex/impending will proc albeit without the doom multiplier. I think its much more smoother however im not very far into the game so theres that.

1.) Because your damage is insignificant without doomsday and unleashing wont change much, although it will help a little when casting without Doomsday. Tt will also lessen your hexblast damage by 11% once you actually get the Doomsday proc.
2.) I thought long and hard about this one and it's because of a couple of reasons. The main reason being that I'm also scaling Impending doom. Impending doom needs chaos reduction as well. Impending doom does not work like Hexblast but is a chaos skill as any other. Might as well make them both chaos then for the maximum damage output. We also get the 2 chaos reduction nodes at the top side of the tree for free. Yes with other elements the reduction will be greater but as I previously mentioned it wont affect impending doom as well. The only thing that you're losing are the chosen ailments and that you can decide to keep or not. It's not too hard switching Despair to Frostbite and equipping cold pen instead of Efficacy for Hexblast and slapping the elemental weakness blasphemy instead of Skitterbots.
3.) You just need one curse on your blasphemy setup to do that, two-curse does the same a one-curse. You just charge into a pack they get cursed by your aura and you right click.

tl;dr for now I'm gonna keep it like this since I'm scaling both impending doom and hexblast chaos damage, it I deem it underwhelming I'll switch to an element or make an alternative
"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile." -unknown
"The Emperor beckons and the world attends." -Izaro
"Shine boldly so that all may find you when the night falls." -Izaro
Last edited by devon752 on Sep 20, 2020, 2:53:50 AM
I use
wand: despair + impending doom +1 lvl to socketed gems from item
flamability on vixens gloves
hexblast + added chaos dmg + spell echo support + void manipulation support.

everyone is dying instantly.
except bosses.
"Brutus transformed himself out of fear. Fidelitas did so out of love."


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Why no Skittering Runes for +10 DOOM ?
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Ejdzej wrote:
Why no Skittering Runes for +10 DOOM ?
Placed it as best anointment.
"Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile." -unknown
"The Emperor beckons and the world attends." -Izaro
"Shine boldly so that all may find you when the night falls." -Izaro
How is (Despair + Imp Doom + Increased AoE) + (Hexblast + Supporting Dmg Buffs)

vs (Bane + Despair + Frostbite) + (Hexblast + Supporting Dmg Buffs)

Basically seems like two ways to play the new hexes but with PoB not having the capability for calculating the hexes on an enemy and such, has anyone done the math to compare how these to stack up?
Summoner Main, Love trying to get new skills every league, Sometimes play ranger
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Cyanogen101 wrote:
How is (Despair + Imp Doom + Increased AoE) + (Hexblast + Supporting Dmg Buffs)

vs (Bane + Despair + Frostbite) + (Hexblast + Supporting Dmg Buffs)

Basically seems like two ways to play the new hexes but with PoB not having the capability for calculating the hexes on an enemy and such, has anyone done the math to compare how these to stack up?


Only self cast curses trigger the doom mechanic. So because bane is the actual casted skill that triggers linked curses, it won't trigger the doom mechanics. Which in turn makes hex blast weak. So You'd be better off doing Bane and Soulrend/Essence Drain/Blight. I believe the Blasphemy linked curse(s) are just there to provide their debuffs for a self casted Despair/Frostbite to trigger the doom mechanic to trigger Hexblast.

Now I don't know the math but at least bane feels a lot more league start friendly since its pretty much link curses and go. Hexblast really wants Doomsday to get rolling and then after that you need to decide between going chaos spam or adding in an ailment. Plus to me since Hexblast can crit and the Witch Tree and Occult has easy access to Power Charges, Hexblast wants to go with a crit set up.
Last edited by Diablocbovine on Sep 20, 2020, 10:39:05 AM

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