[3.18] 20ex CWDT Ward loop Very easy guide Occultist

Rejoice, the build lives

3.18

3.18
Drought Bringer and Temporal bubble can be dangerous, be careful around them


3.18 Leveling guides

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3177175


This should be possible in under 20 ex if you are savvy with your crafts. If you buy things out right it can be 25 ex or possibly 30 ex.


This is going to be a very easy copy paste guide with trade links.

Youtube videos

3.18 Sirus Kill on Occultist level 85, same items as Scion
https://youtu.be/lu7weRp6MhE


Scion Omni 3.17 Boss Kill
https://youtu.be/58Byvk2hZCo


Index
  • PoB
  • Build Mechanics
  • How to level up
  • Level and Life Math
  • Ascendancy
  • Flask
  • To Dust
  • Jewels
  • Clusters
  • Rings
  • Amulet
  • Body Armour
  • Weapon
  • Belt
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Skeleton gems
  • Gem links
  • CWDT Gems
  • Flasks
  • Swap weapons
  • Pantheon
  • Life Required Math
  • Start Stop Loop
  • Map mods
  • Upgrades


Calculator, to check life/chaos res and heartbound loop damage
https://instacalc.com/55610

No Armour allowed. Avoid chaos resistance or use the above calculator
When you buy items make sure they don't have Armour or chaos resistance


POB

Budget Pob


3.18 25 ex budget
https://poe.ninja/pob/8eM



Omni pobs - Omni is 50ex

3.18 POB
Template pob
https://pastebin.com/be5mj4Cj




How the build works
Build Mechanics




Expedition items have Ward
Ward will absorb the damage done to you

If you have 1500 ward, and a monster hits you for 2000, only 500 damage will go to life and your ward will disappear, it breaks

Ward will be recharged after 5 seconds

Olroth's flask



When this flask is on, your ward will not break/disappear
The goal is to permanently have Olroth's flask on
If Ward is always on, then ward will absorb the damage

Permanent Olroth's flask effect

So we want to have Olroth's permanently on, to do this we use Brutal Restraint The Traitor

https://www.poewiki.net/wiki/The_Traitor_(keystone_passive)

Using the traitor keystone and 2 cluster jewels which give us high flask duration, we can get permanent Olroth's effect

The traitor keystone works when you have 3 empty flask slots, means you can only use 2 flasks.

High budget 100ex
you can use 3 flasks at high budget, this is explained in upgrades section


Heartbound loop ring explained



You summon skeletons, and when skeleton die, the ring will do damage to you
Since you are damaged, CWDT will cast spells linked to it

The damage each skeleton does is 420, its less than 1500 ward. So you take no damage. If you have 300 ward then you will take 120 damage to life.

CWDT gem needs to be level 20 to cast level 20 spell gems

For CWDT level 21, you should take about 3580 damage to cast spells

We use 3 skeletons and forbidden rite gem to reach self 3580 damage

Forbidden rite is a skill that will deal damage to yourself
If you cast forbidden rite, it will deal a lot of damage to your life

https://www.poewiki.net/wiki/Forbidden_Rite

As long as your ward is more than the Forbidden rite self damage, you will take no damage to life


How to Level up

Spoiler


Use any Witch build guide to level up, respec at level 85



Level and Life

Spoiler


Calculator

Check this calculator

https://instacalc.com/55610



Required level

This build will work from level 80, you just need 1700 life minimum. And also allocate all necessary staff nodes. You can make it work below that, but its not worth the hassle.

Also complete all the labs and get pathfinder and elementalist.

420 heartbound loop ring requires 1700 life

350 heartbound loop ring needs 2400 life









Ascendancy

Spoiler




Olroth's Resolve Flask

Spoiler

Olroth's Resolve




Option 1
Buy the flask for 1ex
Divine it for 40, 41 or 42 increased charges used
Anything more that 42 is bad
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/5prgaRmta
Once you buy this, make it 28% quality with Hillock from T4 Research Betrayal
You can do this yourself or buy this craft from TFT Services channel

Option 2
Or you can simply buy the flask with 28% quality
If not less than 42, divine it to make it less that 42 increased charges used
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/LnWvl67Cn

Divine for 40, 41 or 42



Craft Reused at end of flask effect




To Dust Jewels

Spoiler




We will need to buy 3 - To Dust jewels
Two with 20% reduced skeleton duration
One with 19% reduced skeleton duration

How to smart craft
You can buy 3 To Dust jewels and divine first, second, third
And which ever becomes 19 or 20, keep them aside then Divine the other two
Then finally simply buy the third one from trade

If you don't want to divine them yourself, just buy from trade using the following links

One - 19%

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/7n7K7Oru5

Two - 20%

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/6zG8BYqFG






Amulet
Spoiler


The Pandemonius



https://www.poewiki.net/wiki/The_Pandemonius

Craft it by using Blessing of Tul and The Halcyon amulet




Other Jewels

Spoiler

Survival Secrets


Act 2 Yeena quest reward, buy this or do the quest
First kill the white beast and then do this quest
https://www.poewiki.net/wiki/Survival_Secrets

Or you can buy this

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/ZJJRCQ

Brutal restraint


Balbala for The Traitor keystone

The number does not matter

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/ypmdYKWiR

Buy this and put it in your tree
Make sure your Jewel does not grant you Alchemist's Genius, this will break the build
If your Brutal restraint gives you alchemist genius, then simply buy a new one

Intuitive Leap


Hatred cold pen Watcher's eye



Jewels, budget version


This will help you cap resistance, you can get % life and also cold damage or ele damage.
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Sentinel/4e08MS9


Cluster jewels

Spoiler


If you are under very tight budget use Voices and blessed rebirth, Otherwise buy a normal cold damage cluster and use Anomalous Summon skeleton. See Upgrades section for this info!

Again I will repeat, See Upgrades Section 1 before you commit to Voices.
In 3.18 Anomalous Summon Skeleton is cheap. It should not be corrupted.


5p Voices

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/aVklGj7Ce

Blessed rebirth Minion jewel


https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/qb2VMEvTg

Flask clusters


Option 1 - Buyout, correct option for no risk gamers

You can just buy them from trade
Trade buyout url
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/Ebo63ZyC5

Option 2 - Craft

Buy the base and simply use Chaos orb spam till you get

Fasting + 25 effect
or
Fasting + distilled perfection

Base url
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/LL0pGyVtn




Rings

Spoiler



https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/3rnv6Rdi5


Buy 2 heartbound loop rings with 420 physical damage
Or buy a ring and use noxious catalyst on it

If you buy 350 damage rings then you will need 2400 life.
You can buy 350 rings with good corruption

Such as Ingite immunity, poision immunity, lightning or cold damage to spells.







Body Armour

Spoiler

Easy option
Skin of the Loyal
2 Red, 2 Blue , 2 green

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/0EnbZpcg

Skin of Lords - MORE DPS


You can only insert corrupted gems in Skin of the lords
And Cast When Damage taken should be level 19/20 corrupted

Use the below link to buy, I have filtered out the keystones that break the build
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/35jmdzGu5




Weapon
Spoiler

Lots of choices for budget weapon

Either buyout 6-linked weapon or
6-link using the bench recipe
Or you can ask a friend to 6-link it for you
Or you can try the TFT discord for 6link harvest craft

3.18 Best weapon is




Buy a 5-link if you cannot afford 6-link

Duskdawn - more easy dps, simple to understand and search

This item can be crafted for 15c vendor recipe, see the wiki on how to craft it
https://www.poewiki.net/wiki/Duskdawn




Cane of kulemak


https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/zv9dJXqs4


Rare staff 6-link with essence






Belt
Belt




Use the link to get a cheap belt

Divine orb the belt for 19% or 20% reduced flask charges used
You can also do reroll suffix lucky harvest


https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/l4o678pcV


Bench Craft 9-12% Increased Cooldown recovery rate on it, craft using bench
You can buy the craft in TFT or ask a friend


Crafting CDR




CRAFTING

Spoiler
Crafting guide for helm/gloves/boots coming soon
Short summary
Just spam dense fossil and craft suffix using eldtrich currency
On helm/gloves you can block accuracy with bench
You can watch LOLCOHOL video on how to craft, its the same for helm/gloves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y02Pn61bZEY



Helmet



Gloves


Spoiler

Gloves


Resists, all about resists here again

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Sentinel/vPL0KnLHE




Boots

Spoiler




Boots are the same for all builds, only resistances

I managed to grab a nice pair again with 2 ex

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/VQlvoOoIp



Skeleton gems

Spoiler

Anomalous minion speed

Level does not matter, but quality should be 20%

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/68MyPV2hG

Gems in helm, very important keep same levels

CWDT level 5

Summon skeleton level 11 - Minion speed x/20 - Forbidden rite 1 - Cast When Damage taken 5

Buy Skeleton Gem using this link, sell gem to vendor with Orb of Scouring to reduce level
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/BJLZOqjS8




The levels of these gems should be fixed, do not level it up

CWDT must be 5, skeleton must be fixed at 11

Don't change these in the helm, or else you need to do math




Gem links


Spoiler



https://poe.ninja/pob/4xR


CWDT Gems


Spoiler


Cast When Damage Taken - Body armour

It should be 20/20 for Skin of the Loyal

It should be 19/20 for Skin of the Lords

Reason is Skin of the lords has +2
Skin of the loyal is +1

CWDT should never go above level 21, if you make CWDT level 22, build will fail.

19/20 Corrupted CWDT, cheaper to make it than buy it
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/44mrbKvu9


20/20 for Weapon
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/kjqK0F5

20 for gloves
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/qoEvIg

21/20 for weapon if your skill gem levels are 21
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/vyQ8DhE

Also don't link CWDT gem to Righteous fire, flame dash or phase run
Make gloves 3-link and use Righteous fire in gloves
Or use RF 21 in gloves, that way CWDT 20 won't tirgger RF


Helm and glove implicits

Spoiler
See POB please, just spam greater ichor and lesser ember till you get it



Gloves - Cold exposure with Greater ichor, and lesser ember for unnerve
Helmet - Spell damage with ichor and ember for lightning damage.


Very important - Use only 2 flasks with Brutal Restraint Traitor, 3 if you have high budget


Flasks

Spoiler


Resistance and curse reduction flask
We also want defense from shock, if possible try to swap flasks when necessary or use purity of elements for shock immunity

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Sentinel/3X3Mn8kF5
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Sentinel/v4k7JaDHE





In this build you can only use 3 flasks not use more than 3.
You will die if you use more than 3 flasks

Get a flask with shock immunity and another flask with reduced effect of curses

Dont buy armour flask, its useless

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/9QZrgwycK



Weapons in second slot

Spoiler

Buy wands from Act 1 Nessa
And use Essence of insanity





You can put cast when damage taken and portal in 2nd weapon




Pantheon - Very important again

Spoiler

Soul of Brine King

Soul of Yugul

You need to kill the bosses to get freeze/chill immunity
And also kill Shrine map boss for reduced curse effect

Atoll map boss

You can also change craft on boots to give you chill immunity



Start / Stop
Spoiler

Swap weapons to start, Press X

To stop remove belt and put it back on
Or you can remove helm for one second



Map mods

Spoiler


You can do reflect and no regen, easy

YES DO


Elemental reflect
No regen


CANNOT DO - RED ALERT


Reduced cooldown recovery rate
Reduced flask charges gained




Upgrade 1 - Anomalous summon skeleton

Anomalous Summon Skeleton




This will help you get rid of Voices cluster.
Buy this and remove the minion life cluster, the blessed rebirth cluster

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/L9LeErBHn

Then you can remove voice and replace it with a damage cluster
High budget
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/ae9RmMMse

Low budget
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/Xb5wWaJhP




Upgrade 2 - Crit Watcher's eye

Watcher's Eye


Hatred critical - Divine it for more than 1.7



https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/MQQLMTJ



Upgrade 3 - Rare Ring

Rare Ring


Its time to remove one heartbound loop and use a rare ring

Examples, they are missing life, so they are quite Ok, not great



What and why and how

Spoiler
For this upgrade, there are 2 - ways
Increase life to 3626, or Use Divergent Cast When Damage Taken
Assuming you have a 420 heartbound ring, and level 11 Skeleton

Lets find out how much life required

Level 21 CWDT requires 3580
Heartbound 420 does 1260, its 3 skeleton X 420

3580 - 1260 = 2,320
2320 / 0.4 / 1.6 = 3,625

2320 should come from Forbidden rite.
0.4 is Forbidden rite damage, see the gem text
1.6 is -60 chaos resistance

So you need at least 3625 life.

Forbidden rite should deal 2320 damage to reach 3580 for CWDT 21
The problem with this is, when you ward is 1800 or even 1900, around 300 damage will go to your life pool. And this is really bad for sustain and makes you squishy.


Buy Divergent cast when damage taken

Weapon 20/20

Body armor 19/20 for Skin of the Lords



You need 2510 life for Heartbound 420
You need 2840 life for Heartbound 350

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/j8wgOQrCX

https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/MDl2M0RFJ

You can make this yourself by corrupting

If you lose quality, don't worry, you just need to increase your life pool.
Keep increasing your life pool till skills get cast.


Get 3020 life for 420, the worst quality level 11
Get 3400 life for 350



Upgrade - 4 - Empower 4 and gems
Spoiler

Just buy Empower 4 support


Ice spear 21, creeping frost 21

Weapon keep 20/20, its easier, because divergent CWDT 21 is 50 ex ore more


Upgrade - Omniscience Amulet
Spoiler


Crystallised Omniscience




With the amulet updated, you need to change your helm and gloves to have attributes instead of resistances

Omni Helmet
Craft Dex on it in the suffix



https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/zv9Zkmvc4

Omni gloves dex/int

Crafted Int on it in suffix


https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/Ebojgz4u5



Helm Enchant

Spoiler

Best
Ice Spear fires an additional Projectile

Second
Righteous Fire grants 30% increased Spell Damage


Awakened GMP
Spoiler

This is a lot of damage, buy this if you can





27% cdr
27CDR

We are now in uncharted territory, this can get complicated from here
Do all the above upgrades before doing this.

Especially the divergent cast when damage taken upgrade.

I am not a fan of Level 21 summon skeleton, the reason is, its complicated, because of trigger order, it gets messy.

And you will run out of Mana issue with 27% cdr and this causes a lot of frustration

Yes you need mana to cast the skills, mana is used when CWDT casts the skill.

Make sure you have 6% Mana Recoup on the Ring as well!!! Else mana issue.

Get a belt from here
https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Archnemesis/KBWaRmPc5

Get some CDR on boots



Also get CDR on abyss jewel

Total must be 27 or more.



To Dust
Update To Dust for 20/20/18
Total 58

20+20+18 = 58
20+19+19 = 58

Gems in helm now become

Skeleton + Minion speed + Less Duration 4/20 + CWDT 5


Forbidden Rite goes to gloves

420 heartbound ring
Forbidden Rite level 1 + CWDT level 9 + sniper mark 12

350 heartbound ring
Forbidden rite level 1 + CWDT Level 7 + sniper mark 10


You also need to downgrade sniper's mark in gloves
To level 10 or level 12





The Annihilating staff
Spoiler


If you still aren't using this one, then get this weapon

With omni, get a good stat ring
if you are not using omni, get a rare ring with lots of resistances



Get perfect resistances on helm, gloves, boots

With Omni
55 int on hlem, craft 30 dex
55 dex on gloves, craft 30 int

Then use the staff.
There is no other way.

You need to buy Unnatural instinct as well.

Make you tree like this
https://pastebin.com/8pzFRqY6



Last edited by Akshay on Jun 6, 2022, 9:33:43 AM
Last bumped on Jun 22, 2022, 8:11:50 AM
I keep dying from time to time from a damage over time, is corrupted blood dangerous for this build? ignite? I don't know, health just goes down slowly till i die. I'm level 80 atm so just enough to start, i took all staff nodes except counterweight that is only dps i think, will be my next point. Am i missing something? Character is FreeTheKraken if you can check it
looks like that purity of elements instead of hatred is more safe, i don't die anymore, i also bought a corrupted blood immunity abyss jewel, now it's all a matter of passive points :)
Hi!.. thx for share this build, it look funny
One question, in your pob, CF and IS have cast rate 4.33...
I currently have 1.5, i dont know how increased it :/

pd: sometimes dying when swap weapons, i dont know why -.-
Last edited by IverzonX on Apr 24, 2022, 10:56:30 PM
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IverzonX wrote:
Hi!.. thx for share this build, it look funny
One question, in your pob, CF and IS have cast rate 4.33...
I currently have 1.5, i dont know how increased it :/

pd: sometimes dying when swap weapons, i dont know why -.-


The cast rate is probably due to gmp support, i have almost the same gear as him, and i have your same cast speed. there's no other explanation

about dying, be sure that BEFORE weapon swapping when entering a zone you first of all move, to remove the immunity debuff (when you change zone until you stand still you can't be seen/damaged, it's to protect yourself), then wait like 3 seconds while moving a bit that the 2 flask buffs appear on top of your screen, near your auras. when they appear you can press x 2 times and start the rotation. that's something he had to explain better, but whatever
"
shariv1982 wrote:
"
IverzonX wrote:
Hi!.. thx for share this build, it look funny
One question, in your pob, CF and IS have cast rate 4.33...
I currently have 1.5, i dont know how increased it :/

pd: sometimes dying when swap weapons, i dont know why -.-


The cast rate is probably due to gmp support, i have almost the same gear as him, and i have your same cast speed. there's no other explanation

about dying, be sure that BEFORE weapon swapping when entering a zone you first of all move, to remove the immunity debuff (when you change zone until you stand still you can't be seen/damaged, it's to protect yourself), then wait like 3 seconds while moving a bit that the 2 flask buffs appear on top of your screen, near your auras. when they appear you can press x 2 times and start the rotation. that's something he had to explain better, but whatever

oh i get it lol
ty for reply bro
Hello,
I will try this build. ty.
I have one question

"
You can buy 2 Red, 2 Blue , 2 green
Or 2 Red, 3 Blue, 1 Green

I bought 2-3-1 which gems should I put in slots?
This is like a scion version of cwdt ward but on a weird class o.0


Corrupting blood will kill you with this build in most high tier maps
You can do reduced flask charge mod as long as you only use 2 flasks (elemental version?)
You can do reduced CDR if you remove less duration gem (elemental version?)

If you dont run purity of elements i think a lot of random things will make you kill yourself (standing on shocking ground etc)

The staff this build is using is way worse then the triple damage staff (but way easier to cap res ;p)


Adding on to this from my exp with the elemental version:
This build will die and is not immortal
This build can do wave 30 simu but not most of the time (ive done it like 6 times out of 300 trys)
This build can do 100% t16 dels but you will likely die a couple of times (may just be if your running beyond tho...)

To get this build close to being *done* its WAY more then 20ex... unless everything is dirt cheap this league
Last edited by Lynerus on May 8, 2022, 6:17:34 PM
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aprilrealm wrote:
Hello,
I will try this build. ty.
I have one question

"
You can buy 2 Red, 2 Blue , 2 green
Or 2 Red, 3 Blue, 1 Green

I bought 2-3-1 which gems should I put in slots?


You can put increased crit damage

Will update this guide for 3.18 after Draught bringer is nerfed.

Yes corrupted blood is bad, it will kill you


Occultist is very tank and a good class for this build.

Annihilating staff is high budget, because its hard to cap resistances with just 20 ex

And yeah this build can be done with 20ex late stage 3.17

Its going to be expensive in 3.18
Hey, i by and change all, but i can use only 1 flask, cna u help me?

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