Occultist Ascendancy - Path of Exile

1. PoE Occultist Build Guide

The Occultist is an Ascendancy class for Witches. The Occultist is a Witch class that specializes in cold and chaos damage over time (DoT) effects as well as curses, with a minor affinity for both energy shield and power charges. The class is capable of reliably generating said Power Charges without needing to trigger on-kill effects, using Forbidden Power. Malediction and Profane Bloom are a great boon to builds that utilize curses in any form, though to bring out their full potential you would ideally combine them with other sources of non-chaos damage. Withering Presence and Frigid Wake, the two specialized damage over time nodes behind Void Beacon, amplify the power of chaos and cold damage over time respectively. Historically the Occultist has been one of the most resilient Ascendants, utilizing many forms of damage mitigation and energy shield generation. With the removal of its notable Wicked Ward and the power down of Vile Bastion, it still retains its powerful defensive layers in either Frigid Wake or Malediction but is no longer the be-all and end-all for energy shield durability.

  • Cyclone: 23%
  • Caustic Arrow: 21%
  • Death Aura: 21%
  • Divergent Cyclone: 12%
  • Ice Spear: 10%
  • Ice Nova: 9%
  • Forbidden Rite: 8%
  • Anomalous Ice Spear: 8%
  • Power Siphon: 8%
  • Eye of Winter: 7%

2. PoE Occultist Ascendancy Passive Skills

Name Category Stats
Energy Shield, Curse Effect
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased Effect of your Curses
Energy Shield, Cold and Chaos Damage
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Chaos Damage
10% increased Cold Damage
Energy Shield, Power Charge Duration
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
15% increased Power Charge Duration
Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
15% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate
Profane Bloom
Notable Cursed Enemies you or your Minions Kill have a 40% chance to Explode, dealing a quarter of their maximum Life as Chaos Damage
Your Hexes can affect Hexproof Enemies
Notable You can apply an additional Curse
15% increased Effect of your Curses
Enemies you Curse have Malediction
Vile Bastion
Notable Regenerate 2% of Energy Shield per second for each
Enemy you or your Minions have Killed Recently, up to 10% per second
Cannot Be Stunned while you have Energy Shield
Regenerate 40 Energy Shield per second
Void Beacon
Notable Nearby Enemies have -20% to Chaos Resistance
Nearby Enemies have 100% reduced Life Regeneration rate
Nearby Enemies have -20% to Cold Resistance
Forbidden Power
Notable +1 to Maximum Power Charges
6% increased Area of Effect per Power Charge
6% increased Damage per Power Charge
Gain a Power Charge after Spending a total of 200 Mana
Energy Shield, Chaos Damage
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Chaos Damage
Energy Shield, Cold Damage
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Cold Damage
Withering Presence
Notable 15% more Chaos Damage
+60% to Chaos Resistance
Every second, inflict Withered on nearby Enemies for 15 seconds
Nearby Hindered Enemies deal 15% reduced Damage over Time
Frigid Wake
Notable 15% more Cold Damage
Cannot be Chilled
Cannot be Frozen
Every 4 seconds, Freeze nearby Chilled Non-Unique Enemies for 0.6 seconds
Every 4 seconds, 33% chance to Freeze nearby Chilled Unique Enemies for 0.6 seconds
Nearby Chilled Enemies deal 10% reduced Damage with Hits

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