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Occultist

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Occultist
Occultist ascendancy class.png
Throw off the chains of fear and embrace that which was forbidden.

The Occultist is an Ascendancy class for Witches.

Overview

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.

Passive skills

Minor skills

This class has the following minor passive skills:

NameStats
Energy Shield, Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
EnergyShieldChaos (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
+5% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier [1]
Energy Shield, Cold and Chaos Damage
IncreasedEnergyShieldAttackAndCastSpeed (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Chaos Damage
10% increased Cold Damage [1]
Energy Shield, Cold Damage over Time Multiplier
EnergyShieldCold (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
+5% to Cold Damage over Time Multiplier [1]
Energy Shield, Curse Effect
IncreasedEnergyShieldManaReservation (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased Effect of your Curses [1] [2]
Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate
IncreasedEnergyShieldMaximumMana (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
15% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate [1]
Energy Shield, Power Charge Duration
IncreasedEnergyShieldCriticalStrikeChance (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
6% increased maximum Energy Shield
18% increased Power Charge Duration [1]

Notable skills

The class has the following notable passive skills:

Skill Modifiers Prerequisite Preceding Passive
Forbidden Power
VowOfDamnation (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
5% increased Area of Effect per Power Charge
5% increased Spell Damage per Power Charge
Gain a Power Charge after Spending a total of 200 Mana
Energy Shield, Power Charge Duration
Profane Bloom
LotusExtract (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
Cursed Enemies you or your Minions Kill have a 25% chance to Explode, dealing a quarter of their maximum Life as Chaos Damage
Your Curses can apply to Hexproof Enemies
Energy Shield, Curse Effect
Malediction
FatefulEchoes (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
When you Kill an Enemy, for each Curse on that Enemy, gain 8%
of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage for 4 seconds
You can apply an additional Curse
15% increased Effect of your Curses
Enemies you Curse have Malediction
Profane Bloom Energy Shield, Curse Effect
Void Beacon
VoidBeacon (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
Nearby Enemies have -20% to Chaos Resistance
Nearby Enemies have 100% reduced Life Regeneration rate
Nearby Enemies have -20% to Cold Resistance
Energy Shield, Cold and Chaos Damage
Withering Presence
WitheringPresence (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
+20% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
+60% to Chaos Resistance
Every second, inflict Withered on nearby Enemies for 15 seconds
Nearby Hindered Enemies deal 15% reduced Damage over Time
Void Beacon Energy Shield, Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
Frigid Wake
FrigidWake (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
+20% to Cold Damage over Time Multiplier
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
Void Beacon Energy Shield, Cold Damage over Time Multiplier
Vile Bastion
SoulCatalyst (Occultist) passive skill icon.png
Regenerate 1% 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
Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate

Version history

Version Changes
3.7.0
  • Wicked Ward has been removed from the Ascendancy tree.
  • Vile Bastion no longer requires any Ascendancy notables.
  • Each of the small passives on the Occultist Ascendancy tree now grant 6% increased energy shield (from 8%).
3.5.0
  • New Notables - Withering Presence and Frigid Wake.
  • Added a small passive leading to Withering Presence which grants 8% increased maximum Energy Shield and +5% to Non-Ailment Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier.
  • Added a small passive leading to Frigid Wake which grants 8% increased maximum Energy Shield and +5% to Cold Damage over Time Multiplier.
  • The small passive leading to Void Beacon now also grants 10% increased Cold Damage.
3.2.0


See also