[3.5] Death's Oath CI Occultist



Note: People are having trouble finding the 2 and 3 socket vorici recipe. Apparently they can be found in lower delves. I suggest referring here or here if you're missing the required recipes to color DO. PoeDb lets you know what crafting options are available.


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:
Fast map clearer. (Not the fastest)
Tanky.
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:
Only attempt t16+ bosses if you're a masochist. (6L ED makes it easy)
Strength hungry, need to prepare to get 180 str for DO.
Boring?

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 limited ways, so it is important to get as much of these as possible:

% increased chaos damage
% increased damage over time
% increased effect of non-curse auras
% increased area damage
% increased damage

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 augment our damage.



We get reservation, area and aura nodes on the tree to shove in 4-5 auras and buff Death's Aura dmg.

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

and The Grey Spire:



Lots of damage and max res. Pretty amazing for this build, since we have limited ways to scale DO damage.

This is not a Guardian/Shaper/U-Atziri/Red Elder farmer (Elder is particular is annoying since the Null portals have chaos res, making the add phase difficult to complete fast).

I don't suggest doing them without an ED single target setup that just takes 3 gem swaps.


PoB
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https://pastebin.com/CqFFgjNk

It still has the wither 4L to simulate the withered effect from Withering Presence (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.

36 points


70 points


76 points - Change to CI and DO
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http://poeurl.com/bQ1C

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 respec 20 points, less if you choose to not get as many life nodes.


116 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 > Withering Presence

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.


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.


Helmet:
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Has in build skill Void gaze which triggers on using any skill (3 sec cd, 2.5 sec duration)
gives enemies affected by it -10% chaos res.

Look for max es roll and Despair curse effect enchant.

BIS - Despair curse effect/ED enchantment.

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


Chest:
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Core item. Check how to 5 off colors further below.


Gloves:
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If you have access to Fenumus beastcrafting:

Level 22 in-built Blight, pretty great.

BIS - Commandment of Light or +2 duration gems corruption.

If you don't have access to Fenumus beastcrafting:


Drop void manipulation from the Blight 5L (in Allellopathy) to fit in a Blight gem.

BIS - Commandment of Light or +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.


Amulet:
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No mana reservation for Despair. Damage over time. Maddening Presence, giving a nice defensive boost.

Look for max damage over time 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, specially if you're running Impresence.


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 from Leo.


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).

15% more multiplier from a suffix. Cool.

If you don't have access to Fenumus beastcrafting, you will need to get:

instead of Allellopathy and don't need the free suffix for the craft.


Flasks:
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Main clearing setup.



Swap in Rumi's for tough bosses instead of quicksilver.


If you're running no regen maps.


Jewels:
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Its important to get chaos dmg and over time rolls, since we have very little ways to scale DO aura dmg. Ats for shield charge speed, stats and res are good as remaining rolls.


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).


If you have one. Remember to use clarity with it if you do.




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.

ED (if you link chest):


Gloves:

If using Allellopathy:


If using Fenumus' Weave: (you can socket these wherever)

Blight +


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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Going LL makes the playstyle tedious 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.

TL:DR - Don't do it.

Pros:
Lot of ED damage.
More ES.
Profane Bloom pops.
Curses bypass Hexproof enemies.

Cons:
Slightly less DO damage.
Less mobile, slower flame dash.
ES regen loss from Vile Bastion.
More Expensive. (Presence of Chayula)
Will die if you run out of Coruscating Elixir charges.


Pob:
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https://pastebin.com/cadfhMvy


Changes to be made:

Ascendancy:
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Instead of Void Bastion, we take Profane Bloom.


Passive Tree:
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We take Pain Attunement instead of CI.


Gear:
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For stun immunity and ES.


To not die.


Gem links:
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Chest and Gloves remain the same.

Remaining links:




Unlinked:





Videos:
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Old videos(3.2 and 3.4) with Profane Bloom and without Grey Spire:

T15 Lava Lake, buffs look good


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.


Other guides:
[3.4] Death's Oath CI Occultist - view-thread/2115725
[3.4] Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Berserker - view-thread/2251990
[3.4] Molten Strike Chieftain - view-thread/2252035
[3.4] Generic Cyclone Slayer - view-thread/2254574
Last edited by fatfat664 on Dec 12, 2018, 6:54:44 AM
Last bumped on Dec 13, 2018, 3:11:00 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.
[3.4] Death's Oath CI Occultist - view-thread/2115725
[3.4] Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Berserker - view-thread/2251990
[3.4] Molten Strike Chieftain - view-thread/2252035
[3.4] Generic Cyclone Slayer - view-thread/2254574
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
Hot Flashes: poeurl.com/bPZT
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Shocking EleHit: poeurl.com/bZXo
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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.
[3.4] Death's Oath CI Occultist - view-thread/2115725
[3.4] Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Berserker - view-thread/2251990
[3.4] Molten Strike Chieftain - view-thread/2252035
[3.4] Generic Cyclone Slayer - view-thread/2254574
Last edited by fatfat664 on May 16, 2018, 8:05:17 AM
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Completed 11 ChallengesKwitch 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.
[3.4] Death's Oath CI Occultist - view-thread/2115725
[3.4] Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Berserker - view-thread/2251990
[3.4] Molten Strike Chieftain - view-thread/2252035
[3.4] Generic Cyclone Slayer - view-thread/2254574
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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