Path of Exile Witch Ascendancy

1. Path of Exile Witch Ascendancy Classes

Witches can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Occultist, Elementalist, Necromancer.

The Witch is Path of Exile's pure intelligence class, making her an unmatched master of the elemental and dark arts. She wields the power of raw magic to decimate her foes from a distance. Her tremendous will surrounds her with a shimmering barrier against physical and magical attacks, a barrier that must first be pierced before the Witch herself is vulnerable. In addition to pure damage-based magic, the Witch can also cripple and kill her enemies with curses and diseases. She is a leery friend, and a dangerous enemy.

2. PoE Witch Build Leveling Guide

Classes Occultist Elementalist Necromancer
Skills Build
  • 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%
  • Summon Carrion Golem: 25%
  • Summon Stone Golem: 20%
  • Herald of Thunder: 11%
  • Storm Brand: 10%
  • Raise Spectre: 6%
  • Animate Guardian: 4%
  • Raise Zombie: 4%
  • Conductivity: 3%
  • Ice Spear: 3%
  • Tornado Shot: 3%
  • Raise Spectre: 70%
  • Signal Prey: 33%
  • Summon Skeletons: 13%
  • Vaal Summon Skeletons: 12%
  • Summon Carrion Golem: 11%
  • Aspect of the Spider: 10%
  • Raise Zombie: 10%
  • Animate Guardian: 5%
  • Summon Raging Spirit: 4%
  • Summon Stone Golem: 2%

Buy PoE Currency Cheap

3. PoE Witch Ascendancy Skill Tree

3.1 Occultist Ascendancy

The Occultist is an Ascendancy class for Witches. It 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.

Name Category Skill Tree
Energy Shield, Curse Effect
IncreasedEnergyShieldManaReservation
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased Effect of your Curses
Energy Shield, Cold and Chaos Damage
IncreasedEnergyShieldAttackAndCastSpeed
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Chaos Damage
10% increased Cold Damage
Energy Shield, Power Charge Duration
IncreasedEnergyShieldCriticalStrikeChance
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
15% increased Power Charge Duration
Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate
IncreasedEnergyShieldMaximumMana
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
15% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate
Profane Bloom
LotusExtract
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
Malediction
FatefulEchoes
Notable You can apply an additional Curse
15% increased Effect of your Curses
Enemies you Curse have Malediction
Vile Bastion
SoulCatalyst
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
VoidBeacon
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
VowOfDamnation
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
EnergyShieldChaos
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Chaos Damage
Energy Shield, Cold Damage
EnergyShieldCold
Basic 6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Cold Damage
Withering Presence
WitheringPresence
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
FrigidWake
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

3.2 Elementalist Ascendancy

The Elementalist is an Ascendancy class for Witches. It deals in all things elemental. They can enhance the power of elemental ailments to be more powerful, even against bosses, and make them compatible with other damage types. They also have access to Mastermind of Discord to make elemental Exposure more powerful, Heart of Destruction to gain powerful conditional offensive bonuses, and Bastion of Elements to ward off against elemental damage. Finally, Elementalists have access to golem-related skills, which not only enhance their survivability, but also give bigger enhancements to your own character the more golems you have active.

Name Category Skill Tree
Elemental Damage, Attack and Cast Speed
ElementalDamageAttackCasteSpeed
Basic 10% increased Elemental Damage
4% increased Attack and Cast Speed
Elemental Damage and Resistances
ElementalDamageElementalResistances
Basic 10% increased Elemental Damage
+6% to all Elemental Resistances
Liege of the Primordial
LiegeOfThePrimordial
Notable Summoned Golems are Resummoned 4 seconds after being Killed
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems
100% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Golems
Mastermind of Discord
PrimevalForce
Notable Exposure you inflict applies an extra -25% to the affected Resistance
Regenerate 1% of Mana per second if you've inflicted Exposure Recently
Heart of Destruction
PendulumOfDestruction
Notable Gain Convergence when you Hit a Unique Enemy, no more than once every 8 seconds
60% increased Area of Effect while you don't have Convergence
Bastion of Elements
IridescentFlesh
Notable Triggers Level 20 Primal Aegis when Allocated
Primal Aegis can take 75 Elemental Damage per Allocated Notable Passive Skill
Other Aegis Skills are Disabled
Cannot take Reflected Elemental Damage
Elemancer
ElemancerIcon
Notable +1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems
Summoned Golems are Immune to Elemental Damage
25% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Golems per Summoned Golem
Elemental Damage, Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
ElementalDamageFreezeShockIgnite
Basic 10% increased Elemental Damage
+4% to Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Elemental Damage, Lightning Ailment Effect
ElementalDamageFreezeShockIgnite
Basic 10% increased Elemental Damage
10% increased Effect of Lightning Ailments
Elemental Damage, Cold Ailment Effect
ElementalDamageFreezeShockIgnite
Basic 10% increased Elemental Damage
10% increased Effect of Cold Ailments
Shaper of Flames
IgniteSpecialisation
Notable All Damage with Hits can Ignite
Your Hits always Ignite
25% more Damage with Ignites you inflict with Hits for which the highest Damage Type is Fire
Shaper of Storms
ShockSpecialisation
Notable Your Hits always Shock
All Damage with Hits can Shock
25% more Effect of Lightning Ailments you inflict with Hits if the highest Damage Type is Lightning
Shocks from your Hits always increase Damage taken by at least 15%
Shaper of Winter
ChillSpecialisation
Notable All Damage with Hits can Chill
50% more Effect of Cold Ailments you inflict with Hits for which the highest Damage Type is Cold
Chills from your Hits always reduce Action Speed by at least 15%
Your Chills can reduce Action Speed by up to a maximum of 40%

3.3 Necromancer Ascendancy

The Necromancer is an Ascendancy class for the Witch. It is an Ascendancy class themed around the dead and the undead. They are an excellent choice for minion-based builds, having access to minion-enhancing skills, as well as bonuses related to auras and Offering skills. They also have skills based around corpses, gaining powerful bonuses from spawning and consuming corpses, which makes them pair well with corpse-based skills like Unearth and Detonate Dead.

Name Category Skills Tree
Minion Damage and Life
IncreasedMinionDamageIncreasedMinionLife
Basic Minions deal 10% increased Damage
Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
Minion Damage, Skill Duration
IncreasedMinionDamageIncreasedSkillDuration
Basic Minions deal 10% increased Damage
10% increased Skill Effect Duration
Minion Damage, Mana
ManaNode
Basic Minions deal 10% increased Damage
8% increased maximum Mana
Minion Damage, Aura Effect
IncreasedMinionDamageIncreasedSkillDuration
Basic Minions deal 10% increased Damage
5% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
Mindless Aggression
GenericMinionNotable
Notable Minions deal 30% increased Damage
Minions have 10% increased Attack Speed
Minions have 10% increased Cast Speed
Minions have 10% increased Movement Speed
Unnatural Strength
OffensiveMinionNotable
Notable +2 to Level of all Minion Skill Gems
Bone Barrier
DefensiveMinionNotable
Notable Grants Level 20 Bone Armour Skill
1% additional Physical Damage Reduction per Minion, up to 10%
2% increased Recovery Rate of Life and Energy Shield per Minion, up to 20%
Minions have 20% more Maximum Life
Mistress of Sacrifice
GiftsOfTheDamned
Notable 40% increased Skill Effect Duration
Your Offering Skills also affect you
Your Offerings have 50% reduced Effect on you
Essence Glutton
EssenceGlutton
Notable Regenerate 4% of Mana over 2 seconds when you Consume a corpse
Regenerate 8% of Energy Shield over 2 seconds when you Consume a corpse
For each nearby corpse, you and nearby Allies Regenerate 5 Mana
per second, up to 50 per second
For each nearby corpse, you and nearby Allies Regenerate 0.2% of Energy Shield per second, up to 2.0% per second
Commander of Darkness
CommandingTheDarkness
Notable Auras from your Skills grant 3% increased Attack and Cast
Speed to you and Allies
You and nearby Allies have +30% to Elemental Resistances
You and nearby Allies deal 30% increased Damage
Minion Damage, Cast Speed
CorpseConsumptionNode
Basic Minions deal 10% increased Damage
4% increased Cast Speed
Plaguebringer
PlagueBringer
Notable With at least one nearby corpse, nearby Enemies deal 10% reduced Damage
With at least one nearby corpse, you and nearby Allies deal 10% more Damage
If you've Consumed a corpse Recently, you and your Minions have 30% increased Area of Effect
Corpse Pact
CorpseConsumptionNotable2
Notable Corpses you Spawn have 50% increased Maximum Life
Enemies near corpses you Spawned Recently are Chilled and Shocked
2% increased Attack and Cast Speed for each corpse Consumed Recently, up to a maximum of 200%

Path of Exile Guides & Tips