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Chaos Cyclone Occultist Build

Chaos Cyclone Occultist Build

A Strength-stacking Cyclone build for Occultists that deals massive Chaos Damage

Cyclone
Occultist Build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
February 22, 2022
-Build created
February 26, 2022
-Added gameplay video
Build overview
Tags: [MELEE] [CHAOS] [LIFE]

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AoE:

 

It's a Cyclone build for Occultist which uses a Unique Weapon - Replica Frostbreath. With this weapon, you deal double damage to Chilled enemies. To make it easier, the weapon also allows your Chaos Damage to inflict Chill, so it's clear now why Occultist is the most-recommended Ascendancy. Your Chaos Damage and clear speed are significantly improved thanks to the Keystones you can allocate. It's also a strength-stacking build. After you allocate Iron Will and equip Crown of Eyes your Spell Damage from Strength, and Spell Damage in general at 150% of its value applies to the Attack Damage of Cyclone. Additionally, you can use Battlemage's Cry for a temporary Buff of the same type. Strength-stacking build often uses many other Unique Items, granting you more Life and Attack Damage.

You can easily reach 7 to 8k of Maximum Life with a lot of Armour, Fortify, and Block Chance at 75% - the build is able to withstand some of the most devastating Hits. It's a common practice to take Resolute Technique as getting Accuracy Rating is too costly for a build like this, but there is an option to get the necessary Accuracy from a Rare Helmet with a mod that grants you as much Accuracy as you have Strength. This hoverer would be a very expensive upgrade. It's a simple-to-play Cyclone build that most of the players are familiar with, however, this one requires a more specific setup.

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1. Gameplay

It plays like a regular Cyclone with Dash, a big part of it is Shockwave Support which makes clearing substantially faster. As is often the case with Melee Attacks, use both Ancestral Totems and Blood Rage to increase your Attack Speed and Damage. As an Occultist you will be able to use two Curses, Punishment and Despair are ones you can cast via Bane, or Automatically with Blasphemy, Hextouch, Corrupted Gloves Implicit, or Ring Affix. Wither Debuff is to be applied via your Ancestral Totems with Withering Touch Support. For a Guard Spell use Molten Shell, combined with Determination it's very efficient. For other Mana-reserving Spells, you can use Skitterbots, Defiance Banner, Purity of Elements, Vitality, Blood and Sand, or Precision if you plan not to take Resolute Technique. You should also use a Golem - Stone or Lightning type depending on your preferences. Finally - the Warcries. Pick Enduring Cry for Life Regeneration or Battlemage's Cry for increased Damage.

Full gameplay video:

 

This video was recorded on level 95 Occultist with around 2500 Strength in total - the POB link included in this Guide shows the exact equipment used and detailed stats for this character


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • it's surprisingly easy to play despite its complexity
  • most of the Unique Items are cheap
  • has excellent single target damage and clear speed due to multiple factors
  • has a potential to grow much stronger with expensive late-game uprageds
CONS
  • Strength stacking gets exponentially expensive

 

3. Leveling tips

Occultists usually don't use Attacks as all the Attack nodes are on the opposite side of the Skill Tree from their starting location. The build can be completed with Replica Frostbreath, it requires level 50, and at this point, you can start allocating skill points as you would in the final version. Start with Combra Lash and at level 12 get Poisonous Concoction - it's a Chaos Attack you can use until level 50 and it's great to level with. The Iron Fortress requires level 59, Crown of Eyes  - 69, after equipping these items your build should start dealing a lot of damage.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cyclone setup
Cyclone Cyclone - Channeling Attack you should start using after level 50
Fortify Fortify Support - Fortifiers you and increases your damage
Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support - increases your damage and decreases the damage you take while Channeling
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - more Chaos Damage, but you con;t deal Elemental Damage
Utility skills 
Despair Despair - Curse that lower Chaos Resistance of the enemies
Dash Dash - a Spell that allows you to dash
Clarity Clarity - use to regenerate your Mana at a faster rate
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony - grants you increased Poison Damage and Poison Chance, it's great with Cobra Lash and Poisonous Concoction

Bandits:

Two Additional Passive Skill Points seems like the best option for this build

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
to increase your damage you will have to invest in Acrimony and Heart of Darkness, Poisonous Concoction doesn't require Accuracy, and Cobra Lash doesn't require too much of it during the first 12 levels

68 Points Skill Tree
Take Resolute Technique if you're already using Cyclone or any Attack that can easily be evaded, Iron Will - after you equip Crown of Eyes or have Battlemage's Cry, and Utmost Might - at this point, you should start stacking Strength and have Meginord's Vise and The Iron Fortress on, swap to Replica Frostbreath at level 50 and use any Attack, preferably Cyclone. There are a lot of useful Attack Damage nodes near the Duelist's starting location, you should go for these.

 

Recommended leveling items:

Karui WardKarui Ward - it grants you some Dexterity and Projectile Damage
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - it's a well-balanced Ring suitable for most builds during leveling phase
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best unique leveling Helmets - it grants a lot of Resistances
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - allows you to create a six-linked Gem setup at level 1
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

101 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
116 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Void Beacon
  2. Withering Presence
  3. profane Bloom
  4. Malediction

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Lunaris: 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each
nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul: 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Cyclone setup
Cyclone Cyclone - The main source of damage. It's a Channeling Attack that combined with Profane Bloom and Shockwave has an amazing clear speed.
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - allows you to deal more Chaos Damage, but no Elemental Damage
Pulverise Support Pulverise Support - increased AoE and Melee Area Damage, reduced Attack Speed
Shockwave Shockwave Support - your Melee Hits create Shockwaves which deal a lot of Area Damage
Cruelty Support Cruelty Support - Cruelty grants you damage and Cruelty Buff - you deal more Damage over Time with your Cyclone Hits. Swap it for Fortify Support Fortify Support if you don't have a Cluster Jewel with Overlord.
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - you deal more Damage against Chilled enemies, and you're more likely to cause Freeze on Hit against Chilled enemies. Swap it for Infused Channeling Support Infused Channeling Support if you value your defenses more
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Determination Determination - Armour is extremely valuable, use Determination for additional and increased Armour
Purity of Elements Purity of Elements - provides you with a lot of Resistances and immunity to all Elemental Ailments
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - Skitterbots Chill and Shock enemies with increased Effect, you can swap it for Blood and Sand Blood and Sand for more damage or AoE
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - Linked Spells Reserve less Mana
[UTILITY] Defiance Banner
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - it's more Armour and Evasion Rating which is useful, it also reduces nearby enemies' Critical Strike Chance
[UTILITY] Warcry
Battlemage's Cry  Battlemage's Cry - it's useful if you have increased the Warcry Buff Effect - it can Increase the "Spell Damage also apply to Attacks" effect to over 200% of its original value, which is more than Crown of Eyes. Use it if you have a Rare Helmet granting you Accuracy that's sourced from your Strength.
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - It's a Warcry granting you Life Regeneration, much like a Life Flask. Use only one Warcry if you have Call to Arms.
[MOBILITY] Dash
Dash Dash - a basic Travel Skill used to move faster and avoid damage
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - a Buff that stays on as long as you kill enemies. It provides you with Attack Speed, Life Leech, and Frenzy Charges while draining your Life.
[UTILITY] CwDT setup
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken - It will activate linked Spells automatically as you take a specific amount of damage. All the Gems should be kept at level 20.
Molten Shell Molten Shell - A Guard Spell. You can have it cast automatically and put the Warcry as your movement key bind if you need to constantly use Battlemage's Cry, or you can use this Spell there instead without linking it to CwDT.
Sumon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - Golem granting your increased Attack and Cast Speed
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - linked Skills cost Life instead of Mana
[UTILITY] Ancestral Totems setup
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - Totem granting you 20% more Attack Speed
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - Totem granting you 18% more Melee Attack Damage
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - you can have two of the linked Totems up at once
Withering Touch Support Withering Touch Support - Totem's Hits apply Withering Debuff which can be stacked up to 15, each stack makes an enemy take 6% increased Chaos Damage
[UTILITY] Curse setup
Punishment Punishment - Curse that makes afflicted enemy Debilitated and take more damage if their Life falls below 50%. Cursed enemies can explode on kill dealing Reflected Damage - that's why it's a good idea to link it with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support as it will affect all enemies near you. It would increase your clear speed even more.
Despair Despair - Despair can be found as an Implicit on Corrupted Gloves. If you're using cheap Uniques like Meginord's Vise it can be easily achieved. The Curse lowers Chaos Resistance and adds Chaos Damage to your Hits against Cursed enemies.
Reckoning Reckoning - In this setup, these cursed are applied via Reckoning on Block. You have a 75% Block Chance so it will trigger constantly, especially during boss fights.
Hextouch Support Hextouch Support - linked Curses are applied on hit with Reckoning


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6. Gear Setup

There are quite a few Uniques that are mandatory - the weapon is obviously one of them, but depending on the type of build you're playing - Crit or non-Crit, the items will slightly differ. Crit variant must have a Rare Helmet with "Gain Accuracy Rating equal to your Strength" or an elevated version of it, making you unable to wear Crown of Eyes and forcing you to use Battlemage's Cry. To make it then more efficient you will have to use the Redblade Banner. Strength-stacking build should also use The Iron Fortress, Replica Alberon's Warpath, Meginord's Vise, Astramentis, and for Jewels - Efficient Training, Split Personality times two, Lethal Pride, and as many Brawns as you can. Your Rings and Belts should be Rare, it's where you can get Elemental Resistances and other stats.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Elemental Resistances until capped
  2. Strength
  3. Maximum Life
  4. Chaos Damage with Attacks
  5. Attack Speed
  6. Critical Strike Multiplier
  7. Block Chance
  8. Armour
  9. Chaos Resistance
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Rare Helmet with the Elevated Warlord's mod for Accuracy allows you to give up Resolute Technique, it's an upgrade worth looking for later in the game.
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
Gain Accuracy Rating equal to your Strength
Optional affixes:
1% increased Critical Strike Chance per 10 Strength (elevated)
Armour
Strength
Nearby Enemies have -#% to Chaos Resistance
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Crown of Eyes(Helmet) Crown of Eyes - It's the commonly-used Helmet. The Strength Damage normally affects your melee physical damage, with Iron Will it also applies to Spell Damage, and with this Helmet, the Spell Damage applies to Attacks at 150% of the original value. It can be later replaced with Battlemage's Cry Skill.
+(300-350) to Accuracy Rating
(120-150)% increased Energy Shield
-30% to Fire Resistance
(0.4-0.8)% of Attack Damage Leeched as Life
(0.2-0.4)% of Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Increases and Reductions to Spell Damage also apply to Attacks at 150% of their value
Helmet enchantments:
Cyclone enchantments
Replica Frostbreath(Weapon) Replica Frostbreath - it's the core element of the build, it basically deals double damage at all times while increasing your basic Attack stats
15% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
Adds (53-67) to (71-89) Chaos Damage
(8-14)% increased Attack Speed
+(23-31)% to Chaos Resistance
Your Chaos Damage can Chill
Attacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage to Chilled Enemies
Shield(Weapon) Rare Shield - Rare Shield is good if you don't really on Battlemage's Cry. It should provide basis defensive stats and increased Reservation Efficiency for socketed Gems.
Min. requirements:
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+70 to maximum Life
Strength
Optional affixes:
Chance to Block
Socketed Gems have #% increased Reservation Efficiency
Armour
Redblade Banner(Weapon) Redblade Banner - it's an optional Shield to be used with Battlemage's Cry as it increases its effectiveness and Recovery Rate
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(80-100)% increased Armour
+(50-60) to maximum Life
20% increased Taunt Duration
+5% Chance to Block
50% increased Warcry Cooldown Recovery Rate
Warcries have infinite Power
The Iron Fortress(Body Armour) The Iron Fortress - It not only grants you a lot of Strength but also scales up your Damage and Chance to Block with this Attribute
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage per 50 Strength
Chance to Block Spell Damage is Unlucky
+(60-120) to Strength
(80-100)% increased Armour
10% reduced Movement Speed
Strength's Damage Bonus instead grants 3% increased Melee Physical Damage per 10 Strength
Replica Alberon's Warpath(Boots) Replica Alberon's Warpath - increases your Strength and adds Chaos Damage to Attacks that scales up with Strenght - a must-have
(15-18)% increased Strength
+(180-220) to Armour
+(9-12)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Cannot deal non-Chaos Damage
Adds 1 to 80 Chaos Damage to Attacks per 80 Strength
Meginord's Vise(Gloves) Meginord's Vise - these are great for every strength-stacking build, you should Corrupt them so that Despair is applied with Hits
+100 to Strength
10% increased Global Physical Damage
(40-60)% increased Armour
Regenerate 2% of Life per second with at least 400 Strength
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - can't compare the Strength bonus you can get to Meginord's Vise, but if you get high Resistances here you should be able to cap them without extra Auras and excessive investments in Jewels
Min. requirements:
+70 Maximum Life
+50 Strength
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Damage while Leeching
Chaos Resistance
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - there's an Implicit mod you can get on Synthesised Belts that increases your Strength - you should get one of these with added Strength and Maximum Life
Min. requirements:
+70 Maximum Life
+60 Strength
15% increased Strength (Synthesised Implicit)
Optional affixes:
increased Damage
increased Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Astramentis(Amulet) Astramentis - It grants you a lot of Strength and other Attributes which you will need anyway, increase the Attributes Quality of this Amulet with Intrinsic Catalysts
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(80-100) to all Attributes
-4 Physical Damage taken from Attack Hits
Recommended Anointments:
Charisma
Heart of Darkness
Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - as was the case with the Belt, look for a Synthesised version with increased Strength and some added Strength on top of that
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
+60 Strength
5% increased Strength (Synthesised Implicit)
Optional affixes:
Non-channeling Skills have -7 to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Chaos Resistance
Brawn(Jewel) Brawn - there's no limit on how much of these you can have, get as much as you can afford to for more Strength
(4-6)% increased Dexterity
(4-6)% increased Strength
(15-10)% reduced Intelligence
Efficient Training(Jewel) Efficient Training - it transforms Intelligence in radius to Strength, you should put it near your starting location where Intelligence is abundant
+(16-24) to Strength
Intelligence from Passives in Radius is Transformed to Strength
Lethal Pride(Jewel) Lethal Pride - it grants you more Strenght, put it in the proximity of allocated Notables, the socket between Vigour and Savagery is your best pick
Commanded leadership over (10000-18000) warriors under (Akoya-Kaom-Rakiata)
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Karui
Historic
Split Personality(Jewel) Split Personality - if you followed the Skill Tree, it can provide you with 100 Strength and 100 Maximum Life, and you can have up to two of these
This Jewel's Socket has 25% increased effect per Allocated Passive Skill between
it and your Class' starting location
+5 to Strength
+5 to maximum Life
Unnatural Instinct(Jewel) Unnatural Instinct - above Sentinel is a great spot for this Jewel, however, it's optional
Allocated Small Passive Skills in Radius grant nothing
Grants all bonuses of Unallocated Small Passive Skills in Radius
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye -  Determination or Purity of Elements mods can be great, however, if the mods are not really good don't bother with this Jewel and go for Brawn instead
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Overlord is really good as it saves you a Support Gem Slot - it grants you Fortify, other Notables are not as important, but you beneficial nonetheless
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
1 Added Passive Skill is Overlord
1 Added Passive Skill is Drive the Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - One of the most expensive Flasks, it grants you more Damage and Life Regeneration. It's optional of course.
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Life Flask of Staunching for Bleed removal
  2. Granite Flask with Immunity to Poison during Flask Effect
  3. Basalt Flask with random ailment removal
  4. Silver Flask with random ailment removal
  5. Quicksilver Flask with random ailment removal
Granite FlaskBasalt FlaskLife FlaskSilver FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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