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

The Occultist is an Ascendancy class for Witches.


Occultists are suited for Witches with a focus on chaos damage or curses. Malediction greatly enhances curse specialists, while Profane Bloom and Void Beacon amplify the output of chaos damage. Occultists are well-served by builds that rely on & maximize energy shield. Occultists also may serve as a generic way to generate Power Charges in builds which lack other means of doing so.

Passive skills

Minor skills

This class has the following minor passive skills:

Name Bonuses
Energy Shield, Chaos Damage
  • 10% increased Chaos Damage
  • 8% increased maximum Energy Shield
Energy Shield, Critical Strike Chance
  • 8% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 20% increased Critical Strike Chance
Energy Shield, Curse Duration
  • 8% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 15% increased Curse Duration
Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate
  • 8% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 15% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate

Notable skills

The class has the following notable passive skills:

Skill Modifiers Prerequisite Preceding Passive
Forbidden Power
  • 10% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
  • +1 to Maximum Power Charges
Energy Shield, Critical Strike Chance
Profane Bloom
  • Enemies you Curse take 10% increased Damage
  • Cursed Enemies you Kill have a 20% chance to Explode, dealing a quarter of their maximum Life as Chaos Damage
Energy Shield, Curse Duration
  • Enemies can have 1 additional Curse
  • When you Kill an Enemy, for each Curse on that Enemy, gain 4%

of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage for 4 seconds

Profane Bloom Energy Shield, Curse Duration
Void Beacon
  • Nearby Enemies have -20% to Chaos Resistance
  • Nearby Enemies have 25% reduced Life Regeneration rate
Energy Shield, Chaos Damage
Wicked Ward
  • +100 to maximum Energy Shield
  • Energy Shield Recharge is not interrupted by Damage if Recharge began Recently
Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate
Vile Bastion
  • 0.5% of Energy Shield Regenerated per second for each

Enemy you've Killed Recently

  • Cannot Be Stunned while on Full Energy Shield
Wicked Ward Energy Shield, Energy Shield Recharge Rate