[3.5] Toasters HC Occultist Support – 7 Auras + 4 Curses – Victario's Influence

INTRODUCTION


Heyhey, since my Guardian Support from 3.1 was a huge success, I want to share my Occultist Support build with you.
Occultist is in a very good state right now, and at least equally good to Guardian.

Update 3.5


- ES Recharge is not interrupted by some types of damage over time anymore -> really huge QoL
- All Auras and many other skills can be used instantly now
- Banners could be a nice addition, but they have to be tested first
- Skill Tree didn't change at all, since nothing relevant changed
- No actual nerfs in 3.5 - Build still works the same

Update 3.4


- Support got a HUGE buff. You can use now Smite, which equals to a high lvl Wrath aura and scales with aura effectiveness as well! It's a really huge DPS boost.
- Some skills, for example Vaal Grace, Haste etc. can be used instantly now (while moving)
- Vaal Skill Prevention time is now increased by skill effect duration -> Vaal Grace can't be used permanently anymore
- Shield Charge doesn't scale with local attack speed modifiers on your weapon anymore. So Prismatic Eclipse is probably the way to go

Update 3.3


- Support got buffed in terms of End Game potential (reduced mana reservation on corrupted Jewels)
- Vaal Skills combine now the normal skill + Vaal Skill, but not longer 24/7 useable


Overview


Pros:
+ High offensive and defensive boost
+ 6-9k ES affordable (& ~1.3k life)
+ Very budgetfriendly (you can start with a budget of 10c)
+ Curses offer an extremely good defensive boost and a decent damage increase for the party
+ Good defenses vs chaos damage

Cons:
- No regen maps are very annoying to run
- Gameplay is for some player not as smooth as Shavs support, because chaos damage bypass ES -> have to take care of your life pool very rarily
- Need necessarily 3 uniques to get going (Broken Crown, Prism Guardian, Victarios Influence)


Occultist vs. Guardian vs. Ascendant (Necromancer)


Occultist
+ Offers very high defense for yourself and the party (7-8% to max Elemental Resistance, powerful curses, Malediction)
+ Good speed and damage for the party
+ Easy to gear -> only requires cheap uniques and rares and no crafts to reach the full endgame potential
+ Good defense vs. chaos damage
+ Has 4 curses in the base setup
- Reduced Curse Effect Map Mod is kinda rippy

Guardian
+ Offers very high defense for yourself and especially the party (High flat ES, 9% to max Elemental Resistance, physical damage reduction, life regen)
+ Good speed and damage for the party
+ Very easy to gear -> only requires cheap uniques and rares and no crafts to reach the full endgame potential
+ Best defense vs. chaos damage (because of MoM) -> Coruscating Elixir is not needed!
- Not as much speed as the Ascendant

Ascendant (Necromancer)
+ Offers average defense for yourself and the party (7% to max Elemental Resistance, physical damage reduction, Flesh Offering)
+ Very good speed and damage for the party
+ Mediocore to gear -> requires an expensive crafted helmet
+ Good defense vs. chaos damage
+ Has 2 curses in the base setup
- Doesn’t feel as smooth to play as the Guardian (way worse defense)

Conclusion
In my opinion the Occultist is the smoothest ascendancy to play support. The Curses are extremely powerful and make you superb tanky. It feels really good, to be able to tank all mobs without dying at all.
In comparison to Ascendant and Guardian you loose a few Auras (Grace, Hatred, Clarity), but the curses and Malediction are compensating.
If there is only one support to carry your party, I would go with Occultist. If there are 2 supports (1 aurabot, 1 curser) in your party, I would go with Guardian + Occultist Hexa Curse Support -> check the section "Hexa Curse Support" for more information.


How much damage and defense do I actually offer?


Auras
- Wrath: 319 Lightning Damage for Attacks, 47% more Lightning Damage with spells
- Anger: 266 Fire Damage for Attacks, 216 Damage for Spells
- Purities: 7-8% on all max elemental resistances
- Discipline: 380 Energy Shield
- Haste: 37% Attack & Cast Speed & 20% Movement Speed
- Vaal Haste: 54% Attack & Cast Speed & 22% Movement Speed

Curses
- Enfeeble: Enemies have 84% reduced accuracy rating & 62% reduced critical strike chance & 53% less damage & -53% critical strike multiplier
- Temporal Chains: Enemies are 69% slower
- Projectile Weakness: Enemies take 96% increased damage from projectile hits
- Assassin´s Mark (I use Conductivity bc of Impresence): Enemies take 35% increased extra damage from critical strikes & 15% chance to receive a critical strike & 43 mana/life gained on kill & 53% chance to gain a power charge

Ascendancy
- Bypass Hexproof
- 1 additional Curse
- Enemies deal 10% reduced damage
- Enemies take 10% increased damage
- 250 ES for you
- 25% Curse Effectiveness

[Aura Effectiveness 75%, with Generosity: 124% - Curse Effectiveness 79%]


Gem Setup


- Body chest: Wrath – Anger – Haste – Blasphemy + Enfeeble + Temporal Chains
- Shield: Purity of Ice + Purity of Fire + Purity of Lightning
- Helm: Vaal Haste + increased Duration + Summon Stone Golem + Vaal Discipline
- Boots: Shield Charge (lvl 1) + Faster Attacks + Fortify – Portal
- Gloves: Freezing Pulse (lvl 1) + Curse on Hit + Projectile Weakness + Faster Projectiles (swap out Faster Projectiles with Projectile Weakness, if you don't use Impresence)
- Weapon: Blasphemy + Conductivity – Flame Dash (Only use Conductivity + Blasphemy if you use Impresence)

Aura Setup: https://poe.mikelat.com/#VaThyMCd/9b.8nr/BWlVb.xTbc/9b.e



Gear Section


Quick Overview:



Detailed Explanation:
Spoiler

Gear
Body Chest: Victario’s Influence (6s)

Boots: Sin Trek (try to get a high ES roll)

Sword: Prismatic Eclipse (3x green socket) or Epheremal Edge (only below 85)

Shield: Prism Guardian

Helmet: Broken Crown

Gloves: Rare ones with high ES or Kalisa's Grace (swap out Faster Projectiles with Assassin's Mark, if you don't use Impresence)

Ring 1: Rare Ring with Chaos Resistance and Energy Shield

Ring 2: Doedre’s Damning

Amulet: Impresence (Lightning or Cold or Fire) -> if you’re okay with two curses in your Curse on Hit Setup, you could also go with: Chaos Resistance, Energy Shield, Increased Maximum Energy Shield OR Presence of Chayula (not needed, just Quality of Life)

Belt: Rare Crystal Belt (Lot ES + Chaos Res) - craft if with Essence of Envy

Jewels: Conqueror’s Efficiency + Conqueror’s Potency + Rare (Abyss) Jewels (eg. Energy Shield, Resistances, Chaos Resistance) [Corrupted Jewels with reduced mana reservation are not an end game possibility as well]

Flasks
Divine Life Flask with immunity to Bleeding and instant recovery on low life

Stibnite with immunity to Freeze

Ruby Flask with immunity to Curses

Quartz Flask with immunity to Burning

Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline


Of course you could also take three Elemental flasks.


Progression & Skill Tree


Spoiler
You can fully spec to support on lvl 71.
You can basically level with any spell, but I recommend you to search a friend for leveling together, since leveling support solo is rather slow.

Pastebin
Includes Lvling and final trees (+ example gear):
https://pastebin.com/EeM5gBaM

Skill Tree
Lvl 14: http://poeurl.com/bRMw - Grab the dmg nodes at the start and pick some life. You can lvl with Lifesprigs or +1 Fire/Cold/Lightnings Gems wand (eg Frost Bolt + Added Lightning Damage + Arcane Surge)
Lvl 25: http://poeurl.com/bRMy - Grab some damage nodes, go for Elemental Overload if you're leveling solo.
Lvl 40: http://poeurl.com/bRMz - Travelling continues.. nothing interesting
Lvl 49: http://poeurl.com/bRMB - Travelling continues.. nothing interesting
Lvl 62: http://poeurl.com/bRMC - Getting some Aura nodes and ES
Lvl 71: http://poeurl.com/bRMD - From now on you can go full support, and should equip all the required items
Lvl 83: http://poeurl.com/bRME - Now you have all required key nodes, the build is finally working in ist best form
Lvl 90: http://poeurl.com/bRMG - Take some es nodes and jewel sockets
Lvl 100: http://poeurl.com/bRM2 - Take all the remaining es nodes and jewel sockets

Aura/Curse Setup while lvling
Take Anger as early as possible.
Otherwise Auras like Haste, Discipline and Purities may be useful while lvling.
I would use a Blasphemy early on as well. Feel free to set up some curse on hit setups, or Elemental Equilibrium if you lvl with a friend.

Bandits
Kill them all.

Ascendancies
The order highly depends, if you have decent gear of if you’re new in a league:
Normal: Profane Bloom
Cruel: Malediction
Merciless: Wicked Ward
Uber Lab: Vile Vastion
If you don’t have decent gear, it could be the following: Wicked Ward – Profane Bloom – Malediction – Vile Bastion

Pantheon
Major: Soul of the Brine King (take Soul of Lunaris after you got Vile Bastion)
Minor: Soul of Shakari - You can swap it out with Soul of Abberath on Burning Ground Maps (Never did it, just a Quality of Life)

Very fast way to level solo!
There is a way to level solo really fast (around 8h to get lvl 80). The key to achieve this is called Poet’s Pen.
Get 2 Poet’s Pen, link them with:
Unearth + Body Swap + Greater Multiple Projectiles
Volatile Dead + Elemental Focus + Concentrated Effect
Now just use Frenzy non stop till you reached lvl 70+. :D
(You can use the lvling tree listed above.)



How to deal with chaos damage?


The build utilize many different layers of defense vs. chaos damage:
- Around 1.3k life with 75% chaos res -> Equal to around 9k Life with -60% chaos res.
- Pantheon: Soul of Shakari -> 25% reduced chaos damage from caustic clouds, 5% reduced chaos damage taken
- Over 100 life regen

This build is very tanky vs chaos damage. You can use Coruscating Elixir, but it’s not needed. It adds a nice layer of defense vs chaos damage, 6% max fire resistance and a nice ES regen.


Hexa Curse Support


I still want to give you an overview of my hexa curse support, I played while pushing @ Bestiary League.
This hexa curse support is only recommended, if you play together with an aurabot. If you’re most of the time, the only support for your carry, then don’t choose this option!
Spoiler

Overview


Pros:
+ High defensive boost
+ 6-8k ES affordable (& ~1.3k life)
+ Budgetfriendly (6 curses are kinda expensive, 5 are budget)
+ Curses offer an extremely good defensive boost and a decent damage increase for the party
+ Good defenses vs chaos damage

Cons:
- No regen maps are very annoying to run
- You need at least lvl 90 and a 6l Victario’s to get 6 curses on Blasphemy. You can run 5 Curses way earlier.
- Gameplay is for some player not as smooth as Shavs support, because chaos damage bypass ES -> have to take care of your life pool very rarily
- Doesn’t increase the power and speed of players as much (no dmg auras)

How much damage and defense do I actually offer?


Auras
- Purities: 7-9% on all max elemental resistances
- Discipline: 399 Energy Shield
- Vaal Haste: 57% Attack & Cast Speed & 23% Movement Speed

Curses
- Enfeeble: Enemies have 84% reduced accuracy rating & 62% reduced critical strike chance & 53% less damage & -53% critical strike multiplier
- Temporal Chains: Enemies are 69% slower
- Projectile Weakness: Enemies take 96% increased damage from projectile hits
- Assassin´s Mark: Enemies take 35% increased extra damage from critical strikes & 15% chance to receive a critical strike & 43 mana/life gained on kill & 53% chance to gain a power charge
- Elemental Weakness: Enemies elemental resistances are lowered by 78%
- Poachers Mark: Enemies have 87% less evasion & grant 179% increased flask charges & give 42life/21mana on hit & 53% chance to grant a frenzy charge

Ascendancy
- Bypass Hexproof
- 1 additional Curse
- Enemies deal 10% reduced damage
- Enemies take 10% increased damage
- 250 ES for you
- 25% Curse Effectiveness

[Aura Effectiveness 84%, with Generosity: 124% - Curse Effectiveness 79%]


Gem Setup


- Body chest: Blasphemy + Enfeeble + Temporal Chains + Assassin’s Mark + Projectile Weakness + Poacher’s Mark
- Shield: Purity of Ice + Purity of Fire + Purity of Lightning
- Helm: Vaal Haste + increased Duration + Summon Stone Golem – Flesh Offering
- Boots: Shield Charge (lvl 1) + Faster Attacks + Fortify – Portal
- Gloves: Freezing Pulse (lvl 1) + Greater Multiple Projectiles – Blasphemy + Elemental Weakness
- Weapon: Discipline + Flame Dash + (Enlighten lvl 2 or higher)

Aura Setup: https://poe.mikelat.com/#RupLeQCd/9b.8nr/EK3Je._fXb/A=fZ.e



Gear Section


Quick Overview:



Detailed Explanation:
Spoiler

Gear
Body Chest: Victario’s Influence (6l, if you only have a 5l, you can only run 5 curses – instead you can put in Vitality)

Boots: Sin Trek (try to get a high ES roll)

Sword: Prismatic Eclipse (3x green socket) or Epheremal Edge
Shield: Prism Guardian

Helmet: Broken Crown

Gloves: Rare ones with high ES and chaos resistance

Ring 1: Doedre’s Damning

Ring 2: Doedre’s Damning

Amulet: Corrupted Amulet with 1 additional Curse – Shaper’s Seed is cool, because regen is a nice stat for you and the party (only take a 1 additional curse amulet, if you have a 6l Victario’s Influence)

Belt: Rare Crystal Belt (Lot ES + Chaos Res) - craft if with Essence of Envy

Jewels: Conqueror’s Efficiency + Rare (Abyss) Jewels (eg. Energy Shield, Resistances, Chaos Resistance) + Conqueror’s Potency (not necessarily needed)

Flasks
Divine Life Flask with immunity to Bleeding and instant recovery on low life

Topaz with immunity to Freeze

Coruscating Elixir OR Rare Ruby Flask

Sapphire Flask with immunity to Curses

Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline


Of course you could also take the same flasks as the 7 Auras + 4 Curses Occultist (Stibnite, Quartz).


Progression & Skill Tree


Spoiler
You can fully spec to support on lvl 71 (only 5 curses)
You can basically level with any spell, but I recommend you to search a friend for leveling together, since leveling support solo is rather slow.

Pastebin
Includes Lvling and final trees (+ example gear):
https://pastebin.com/TCsS9fNw

Skill Tree
Lvl 14: http://poeurl.com/bRMw - Grab the dmg nodes at the start and pick some life. You can lvl with Lifesprigs or +1 Fire/Cold/Lightnings Gems wand (eg Frost Bolt + Added Lightning Damage + Arcane Surge)
Lvl 25: http://poeurl.com/bRMy - Grab some damage nodes, go for Elemental Overload if you're leveling solo.
Lvl 40: http://poeurl.com/bRMz - Travelling continues.. nothing interesting
Lvl 49: http://poeurl.com/bRMB - Travelling continues.. nothing interesting
Lvl 62: http://poeurl.com/bRMC - Getting some Aura nodes and ES
Lvl 71: http://poeurl.com/bRMD - From now on you can go full support, and should equip all the required items
Lvl 83: http://poeurl.com/bRRA - Getting some ES nodes, Elemental Equilibirum, Skill Effect Duration etc.
Lvl 90: http://poeurl.com/bRRz - Now you can get Champion of the Cause for the sixth Blasphemy
Lvl 100: http://poeurl.com/bRRw - Take all the remaining es nodes and jewel sockets

Aura/Curse Setup while lvling
I would use a Blasphemy early on. Feel free to set up some curse on hit setups, or Elemental Equilibrium if you lvl with a friend.
Otherwise Auras like Haste, Discipline and Purities may be useful while lvling.

Bandits
Kill them all.

Ascendancies
Normal: Profane Bloom
Cruel: Malediction
Merciless: Wicked Ward
Uber Lab: Vile Vastion

Pantheon
Major: Soul of the Brine King (take Soul of Lunaris after you got Vile Bastion)
Minor: Soul of Shakari - You can swap it out with Soul of Abberath on Burning Ground Maps (Never did it, just a Quality of Life)

Very fast way to level solo!
There is a way to level solo really fast (around 8h to get lvl 80). The key to achieve this is called Poet’s Pen.
Get 2 Poet’s Pen, link them with:
Unearth + Body Swap + Greater Multiple Projectiles
Volatile Dead + Elemental Focus + Concentrated Effect
Now just use Frenzy non stop till you reached lvl 70+. :D
(You can use the lvling tree listed above.)


Video


https://youtu.be/msPWd9o3CK8




Video


Working on it.

Last edited by Toaster404 on Dec 7, 2018, 8:59:07 AM
Last bumped on Dec 11, 2018, 7:55:12 PM
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Looks great! Gonna give it a try and I'll let you know how it goes.

BTW, your pastebin link is to a poe.url, not a pastebin...dunno if that was intended or not.
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Completed 5 Challengesjfk0094 wrote:
Looks great! Gonna give it a try and I'll let you know how it goes.

BTW, your pastebin link is to a poe.url, not a pastebin...dunno if that was intended or not.


Oh, you're right, thanks.
I just updated the guide and changed the poeurl with the right pastebin.

I hope you enjoy the build! :)
Hi, I'm currently trying out your build with 1 friend who is playing an elementalist reave character. I am wondering if I still need to use projectile weakness? I'm thinking that is kind of a waste of a curse when he isn't using any projectiles. Is the proj. weakness just for my own freeze pulse? Thanks for the build, I'm loving the character! This is my first support build.
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Completed 7 ChallengesBergiiQ wrote:
Hi, I'm currently trying out your build with 1 friend who is playing an elementalist reave character. I am wondering if I still need to use projectile weakness? I'm thinking that is kind of a waste of a curse when he isn't using any projectiles. Is the proj. weakness just for my own freeze pulse? Thanks for the build, I'm loving the character! This is my first support build.



Heyhey! :)

The curses are besides Enfeeble and Temporal Chains all adjustable.

You can always fit the curses in, which fits best for your carry.
If your carry is for example a non-projectile crit build, use Assassin's Mark.
If your carry is non-crit non-projectile, use Elemental Weakness.
If your carry is scales from physical damage, swap in Hatred for Anger.

Personally, I have noticed, that most meta builds are projectile based, and don't scale physical damage. That's why I have chosen Anger over Hatred and Projectile Weakness over Assassin's Mark/Elemental Weakness.

If you don't have always the same carry, just get a second Victario's and Kalisa's Grace, so you don't have to recolour every time you get a different carry.
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Completed 14 ChallengesToaster404 wrote:
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Completed 7 ChallengesBergiiQ wrote:
Hi, I'm currently trying out your build with 1 friend who is playing an elementalist reave character. I am wondering if I still need to use projectile weakness? I'm thinking that is kind of a waste of a curse when he isn't using any projectiles. Is the proj. weakness just for my own freeze pulse? Thanks for the build, I'm loving the character! This is my first support build.



Heyhey! :)

The curses are besides Enfeeble and Temporal Chains all adjustable.

You can always fit the curses in, which fits best for your carry.
If your carry is for example a non-projectile crit build, use Assassin's Mark.
If your carry is non-crit non-projectile, use Elemental Weakness.
If your carry is scales from physical damage, swap in Hatred for Anger.

Personally, I have noticed, that most meta builds are projectile based, and don't scale physical damage. That's why I have chosen Anger over Hatred and Projectile Weakness over Assassin's Mark/Elemental Weakness.

If you don't have always the same carry, just get a second Victario's and Kalisa's Grace, so you don't have to recolour every time you get a different carry.


Wow, thanks for the quick reply. Do you think Conductivity + Elemental Weakness or Conductivity + Assassin Mark (assuming temp chains + enfeeble for 2 remaining curses)? My dps' build uses all 3 heralds and crit but majority of damage is from lightning and shock.

I should add that I already bought an impresence with conductivity for lvl 64.
Last edited by BergiiQ on Apr 8, 2018, 6:17:25 AM
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Completed 7 ChallengesBergiiQ wrote:

Wow, thanks for the quick reply. Do you think Conductivity + Elemental Weakness or Conductivity + Assassin Mark (assuming temp chains + enfeeble for 2 remaining curses)? My dps' build uses all 3 heralds and crit but majority of damage is from lightning and shock.

I should add that I already bought an impresence with conductivity for lvl 64.


Depends if he's crit based or not. If he goes for crits, then use Assassin's Mark, if he's non crit, then use Elemental Weakness.
So in other builds I saw that they say to kill all three bandits or not, so for your build should we kill them all or not?
heya chicken nuggets <3

what do think about Doedre's Skin chest ? instead of Victario's Influence for Curse build (already got an aura bot in my team)

gl ss for incoming race

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