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.
|Name||Category||Stats||Distance from start|
|Energy Shield, Curse Effect||Basic||
|Energy Shield, Cold and Chaos Damage||Basic||
|Energy Shield, Chaos Damage||Basic||
|Energy Shield, Cold Damage||Basic||
(Freeze lowers Enemy Action Speed to zero, preventing them from acting. Duration is based on the Cold Damage of the Hit)
|Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate||Basic||
|Energy Shield, Power Charge Duration||Basic||
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