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[3.16] Chilling Scyther - Cold Reap Occultist - 20-30M sDPS - Moderately expensive (10ex --->50ex)

Overview:

Taking inspiration from Fire Reap Assassin/Inquisitor and most Power Charge Stacking Badge of the Brotherhood builds, here's PC-stacking Badge Cold-convert Reap Occultist (because I like Occy). This is not even remotely min-maxed but destroys bosses aka A9 Sirus, Maven, Maven invitations, Wave 20 Kosis, Uber Elder, etc.

Mapping
Herald of Ice explosions carry clear. Blast-freeze for freeze prolif. Very fast and smooth thanks to onslaught, tailwind boots and elusive effect from Badge

Bossing
Disgusting damage against bosses with Unleash stacks and enough AoE overlaps via Woke spell cascade and Inc AoE from ascendancy

Playstyle
One-button for the most part. Cast Reap, watch everything explode, run around. Arcanist brand for bossing only. Frostblink (yes!) for movement

Defenses
Determination + Enduring composure + Iron Flask of NewFancyVocabulary + Lunaris/Solaris pantheon = 90% phys reduction
Elusive (boots) + Elusive effect from Badge = 30% damage avoidance
Malediction = 10% reduced damage taken
Cannot be Frozen, Cannot be Chilled from ascendancy
Corrupted Soul = Decent ES pool
Doryani's lesson = life leech. Essence Rush = ES leech
Freeze while mapping, Chill while bossing is underrated

POB
https://pastebin.com/xH9CHHNE
Use POB community fork

DPS calculation

TLDR;
POB says 6 million per Reap. Accounting for my impatient casting (not waiting for max Unleash Seals) and Woke Spell Cascade overlaps, Total DPS ~ 20-30 million

Unleash explained
Unleash builds up seals which repeat each cast of Reap.
POB calculates DPS assuming you are constantly casting without waiting for Unleash seals. However, your seals will recharge while casting depending on seal gain frequency (POB accounts for this).
If you are like me and cast spells impatiently, POB DPS is accurate PER REAP.
If you wait for max Unleash seals (example Sirus, Maven, etc. fights), DPS is ~2x of POB PER REAP.

Overlaps explained
Spell cascade makes spells reoccur in front and behind = 3 Reaps
Woke spell cascade makes spells reoccur in front, behind, and each side = 5 Reaps.
With enough AoE, we can make most of these overlap.
AoE sources:
6% AoE per PC x 10 PC = 60% inc
Weapon enchant 1% per 4% quality = 14% inc
Woke AoE while mapping = 54% inc
Woke spell cascade = 28% LESS
Conc effect while bossing = 30% LESS
Find your own sweet spot where you're comfortable with overlaps.

I used Woke AoE for mapping and Conc effect for bossing and could reliably get 3-5x overlaps with Woke Spell Cascade


Scaling Damage
Crit cap without diamond flask
Crit Multi (500+ feels good. I only have 480 rn lol)
Phys as extra cold/chaos; Unholy Might
Crits have chance to deal double damage
Seal gain frequency. +1 Unleash seals if youre patient
3rd Curse from chest for Ele Weakness
Unnerve and Culling gloves
Boot enchant 10% resistance penetration
Good clusters (discussed in Misc questions)

Current Gear





Miscellaneous Questions

Minimum needed to switch to build
2x Void Battery
Badge of the Brotherhood
Frenzy on hit Redeemer chest
Doryani's lesson cluster for life leech
Hrimsorrow gloves for 50% convert (before Watcher's)
Assassin's Mark on hit ring for crit cap. Use Inc Crit Strikes gem too.
Budget ~10ex

Key Cluster Notables
Mandatory:
Doryani's lesson = life leech
Essence Rush = ES leech
Good notables:
Blast-freeze = freeze prolif
Blanketed Snow = 10% Cold pen
Seal Mender = Seal gain frequency
Practiced Caster = 35% stun immune
Pressure Points = 5% Double damage
Quick Getaway = SPEEEED
Basics of Pain = crit chance
Force multiplier = chance of deal double damage

Get a Megalomaniac if you want with any of those notables.

Who TF uses Frostblink?
I was messing around with Frostblink+elemental proliferation to dash into packs and freeze explode them. Feels satisfying AF.
Badge gives 10% cooldown recovery of travel skills per frenzy charge. Frostblink is always up basically.
AND it doesn't interrupt casts like Flame Dash does.

How to fit all auras?
Fitting auras was hard. I run Determination + Hatred + Herald of Ice + Herald of Purity + Temporal Rift
Get Sovereignty cluster + mastery for aura reservation
Level 3 Enlighten
Spiteful Presence small cluster for 50% Hatred effeciency

Until then, I switched between HoI and HoP for mapping and bossing respectively.

Potential future upgrades
Woke orb -9 cold resistance OR +1 Unleash stacks to +1 PC helmet
Aisling slam chest after Suff cannot change for % inc life, % inc mana
Better assassin's mark ring (very cheap but I'm lazy)
Elevated onslaught/tailwind boots
Herald of Purity Buff effect Ring (if can cap resistances elsewhere)
Crit multi jewels (if attributes look good. GL. I spend 3 points to get +30 STR, DEX lol)
Double Hatred Watcher's

Last edited by Cowboy2757 on Nov 28, 2021, 3:49:05 PM
Last bumped on Mar 17, 2022, 4:29:01 PM
How do you level this build?
Appreciate if you can provide levelling POB tree.
Last edited by maxineji on Nov 30, 2021, 8:37:43 AM
Sounds interesting, got some vids? :)
Been trying out this build, feels really good on red maps at least.

Might shell out the cash for the awakened gems.
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Last edited by Cowboy2757 on Dec 3, 2021, 11:33:50 AM
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mdpoe wrote:
Sounds interesting, got some vids? :)

I will record some this week.
Last edited by Cowboy2757 on Dec 3, 2021, 11:34:24 AM
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Taw0n wrote:
Been trying out this build, feels really good on red maps at least.

Might shell out the cash for the awakened gems.


For sure! Awakened Unleash at level 5 gives +1 to Unleash seals. And Awakened Spell Cascade is a game changer for both both AoE and bossing. Definitely worth the upgrade.
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maxineji wrote:
How do you level this build?
Appreciate if you can provide levelling POB tree.


I leveled this build as a standard Bane/Blight/ED Occultist until level 85 or so. Need doryani's lesson cluster before you can switch.
For Bane leveling refer to Subtractem on Youtube :D
Buddy love the build, the tankyness is not the best aber DMG and all is great, love it.

What you think what is the best possible cluster setup?
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punison wrote:
Buddy love the build, the tankyness is not the best aber DMG and all is great, love it.

What you think what is the best possible cluster setup?


Thanks! With elusive effect and decent phys reduction (with flasks off), the build feels really good for mapping. The freeze and HoI explosions help a lot.

For clusters, Doryani's lesson (life leech), Essence Rush (ES leech), and Blast-freeze (freeze prolif) are almost mandatory.

Other good notables whenever you can fit them:
Blanketed Snow = 10% cold pen
Seal Mender = Seal gain frequency
Practiced Caster = 35% stun immune
Pressure Points = 5% double damage
Quick Getaway = SPEEEED
Basics of Pain = crit chance
Force multiplier = chance to deal double damage

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