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Hexblast Occultist Build

Hexblast Occultist Build

Hexblast build for Occultist that uses Curses and deals Chaos Damage over Time

Occultist Build

Updated for Patch 3.19

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Guide notes
November 20, 2021
-Build created
August 30, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.19
Build overview



Boss DPS:



It's an Ignite version of a Hexblast Build for Occultist - Hexblast can Ignite from all damage sources, and with Blackflame Unique Ring, this damage will be "converted" to Chaos Damage. Stack modifiers for Damage over Time for Fire and Chaos - it is especially easy given that there are a lot of easily available Passives for both types of damage. You will play as Occultist - it has great synergy with Curses and Chaos Damage thanks to Withering presence, Malediction, and Profane Bloom. Hexblast works really good when its target enemy is Cursed, especially when the Curse is affected by Doom which comes from Hexes. You can have up to 40 Doom, and with Doomsday Keystone, it will be applied instantly when the effect ends if you cast it yourself, otherwise, it's 10 Doom per second - you can cast the Curses using Vixen's Entrapment Unique Gloves or Bane Skill, and Blasphemy Support to cast them as Auras. Hexblast's AoE can grow up by 120% and its Damage by 320% when the enemy is Hexed by a Curse with 40 Doom.

It's a 4 to 5k Life build with a lot of Armour, Elemental Resistances, Block Chance, high Chaos Resistance, Life Recoup, Regeneration, Recovery on Block, and Divine Shield Keystone with some Energy Shield. The build is very durable, it's unlikely to get one-shotted. Your Damage will be increased by a few Curses, a lot of Damage over Time mods on your gear and Passives Skill Tree, and good Staff - it's heavily recommended to use Cane of Kulemak with increased Chaos and Fire DoT. You won't need Fire Resistance Penetration since almost all of your Damage dealt to enemies will be Chaos Damage. A cheap version of the build can be easily achieved even in SSF, making it a good league starter.

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1. Gameplay

Smaller enemies can be killed with just Hexblasat, although you can target only one enemy with his Spell, when you link it with Ignite Proliferation Support the Ignite will spread to nearby enemies quickly dealing with large packs of monsters. For boss fights use your Wither Spell cast via Totems and apply the Curses, you can use Vixen's Entrapment to do it more efficiently. Recommended Curses are Despair, Punishment, Temporal Chains, and Enfeeble. The Auras and mana-reserving Spells should be Malevolence, Determination, Defiance Banner, a Blasphemous Curse, and Vitality at a low level. Use Molten Shell as a Guard Spell, and Flame Dash to increase your mobility.


This video was recorded on a level 92 Occultist wielding Martyr of Innocence

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • solid damage against single targets and good clear speed
  • the use of multiple curses and auras increases the character's survivability and damage significantly
  • it's cheap and easy to set-up
  • gets expensive later on - all the support gems for the main DPS setup have an Awakened version


3. Leveling tips

Start with Holy Flame Totem and then switch to Armageddon Brand. After being able to cast three Curses, acquiring Blackflame, and after your 3rd Lab, you can start using Hexblast. Begin with default Fire Damage over Time, Burning, and Ignite Damage. You can use Wands, Sceptres, or a two-handed Staff. Use vendor Recipes and Essences for increased Spell Damage, Fire Damage, or Damage over Time.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Armageddon Brand setup
Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand - Brand Spell that attaches to an enemy and constantly summons Fire Meteors causing Ignite on Hit
Combustion Support Combustion Support -higher chance to Ignite, more Fire Damage, and Lower Fire Resistance of your opponents
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - increases your Burning Damage
Ignite Proliferation Support Ignite Proliferation Support - causes Ignite to spread to nearby enemies, you deal more Fire Damage and Ignite Damage
Auras setup
Anger Anger - you deal additional Fire Damage with Spells and Attacks
Clarity Clarity - use for faster Mana regeneration
Curses and Flame Dash setup
Flammability Flammability - Curse lowering Fire Resistance of your enemies
Despair Despair - it increases Damage Over Time, adds Chaos Damage to Hits, and later will be used to reduce Chaos Resistance of your Cursed targets
Flame Dash Flame Dash - useful movement Spell to dodge attacks and move faster


Kill all three bandits and be rewarded with two additional Skill Points


Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Passive Tree
Look for Spell Damage, Maximum Life, Brand Damage, and Fire Clusters

68 Points Passive Tree
Continue the trend of gathering Fire Damage, Maximum Life, and Damage over Time 


Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - you deal more Damage, your Elemental Resistances are increased as well as all Attributes
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
PyrePyre - you gain more Cold and Fire Resistance, and have significantly increased Burning Damage
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(25-35)% to Fire Resistance
(60-80)% increased Burning Damage
40% of Cold Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% increased Light Radius
Ignited Enemies Killed by your Hits are destroyed
GoldrimGoldrim - helmet granting a lot of Elemental 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 have a six-linked setup from the start
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:

108 Points Final Passive Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
119 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Malediction
  2. Void Beacon
  3. Withering presence
  4. Profane Bloom


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 Ralakesh: Moving while Bleeding doesn't cause you to take extra Damage; 25% reduced Physical Damage over Time Damage taken while moving


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Hexblast setup
Hexblast Hexblast - Hexblast is a Spell that can only target one enemy, you will be using it for boss fights and to run maps; to make it viable for clearing link it with Ignite Proliferation Support, or use Curse before Hexblast. Use the Divergent version for more damage.
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - your Burning Damage is increased significantly
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - Damage over Time is higher, but you deal less damage with Hits
Added Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support - adds Chaos Damage, linked Skills deal increased Chaos Damage
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - more DoT, but less duration for the Ignites you cause by Hexblast
Ignite Proliferation Support Ignite Proliferation Support - Ignites caused by Hexblast spread to nearby enemies, you deal more Fire and Ignite Damage
[UTILITY] Mana-reserving Spells setup
Malevolence Malevolence - an Aura to increase your Damage over Time and Skill Effect Duration
Determination Determination - your Armour is increased by 50%, and you gain an additional 2000 Armour at a high gem level
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - you have even more Armour and Evasion Rating while reducing enemies' Critical Strike Chance, grants additional bonuses when placed
Vitality Vitality - it regenerates your Life, keep it at a low level, you're going to need Mana to cast your Spells
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - Lowers the Cost of Mana for Mana-reserving Spells
[UTILITY] Guard Spell
Molten Shell Molten Shell - your Guard Spell that has a great scaling with Armour, it reduces the damage you take
[UTILITY] Blasphemous Aura setup
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - lowers Action Speed and increases Curse Duration on the opponents
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - you should be able to have one Curse constantly up in a form of a Mana-reserving Spell, Temporal Chains is the best candidate for that
[UTILITY] Mobility setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - a regular Dash Spell to move faster and to dodge attacks
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - you can cast Flame Dash faster for even greater mobility
[UTILITY] Wither setup
Wither Wither - applies a stack of Debuff on the enemy causing it to take more Chaos Damage and reducing Movement Speed, enemies won't lose the Debuff if they're Ignited while you're using Blackflame
Spell Totem Spell Totem - Wither is being cast automatically via Totems
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - you can place more totems to stack the maximum number of Withered Debuff faster


[UTILITY] Despair Curse
Despair Despair - One of the best Curses for this build, you deal more Chaos Damage with Hits, more DoT, and enemies have lower Chaos Resistance
[UTILITY] Curse setup
socketed in Vixen's Entrapment
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - increases the AoE for Curses, if you're not using Vixen's Entrapment, put the Despair Despair Curse here
Punishment Punishment - enemies receive much more Damage while at Low Health
Enfeeble Enfeeble - enemies deal less damage and have lowered Accuracy Rating, you can alternatively use VulnerabilityVulnerability if you need more damage
Impending Doom Support Impending Doom Support - A skill that deals damage when the Hex Curse Duration ends, if you're not using Vixen's Entrapment, use Bane Bane instead to apply all the linked Curses with just one Spell

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6. Gear Setup

To increase your damage look for Chaos Resistance Penetration, Fire Damage, Chaos Damage, and Damage over Time - that's all that there is. You will need also Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, Armour, and Block Chance for survivability. This build requires Blackflame Unique Ring while all the other Unique Items listed here are heavily recommended. You will need at least 155 Strength for Determination Aura and Molten Shell, and 111 Dexterity for Swift Affliction Support Gem - look for these two Attributes on your gear.

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. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Damage over Time
  4. Chaos Damage / Fire Damage / Spell Damage
  5. Dexterity
  6. Strength
  7. Armour
  8. Block Chance
  9. Chaos Resistance Penetration
  10. Additional Curse mods - to be able to cast up to 4 Curses in total
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - A Helmet with Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and reduced Chaos Resistance for nearby opponents would be great
Min. requirements:
+60 to Maximum Life
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Chaos Resistance
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Helmet enchantments:
Hexbalst enchantment mods
Cane of Kulemak(Weapon) Cane of Kulemak - This Unique Weapon has the biggest damage potential out of any other Rare ones, look for mods such as +3 to Level of Socketed Support Gems, Fire Damage over Time Multiplier, increased Chaos Damage, increased Fire Damage, and increased Skill Effect Duration
+20% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
(60–90)% increased Unveiled Modifier magnitudes
Catarina's Veiled Prefix
Veiled Suffix
Veiled Prefix
Martyr of Innocence(Weapon) Martyr of Innocence - It's hard to find a Cane of Kulemak that would be better than this weapon, it provides solid Fire Damage while being one of the cheapest Uniques
+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
Grants Level 15 Vengeance Skill
+(12-16)% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
100% increased Fire Damage
Adds (315-360) to (450-540) Fire Damage
Damage Penetrates 15% of Fire Resistance if you have Blocked Recently
Immune to Freeze and Chill while Ignited
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Rare Body Armour allow you to potentially get more Life, Elemental Resistances, Energy Shield, Attributes, and to inflict an additional Curse
Min. requirements:
+90 to Maximum Life
+80% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
You can apply an additional Curse
Maximum Life as Extra Energy Shield
increased Area of Effect
increased Maximum Life
The Brass Dome(Body Armour) The Brass Dome - It requires 177 Strength and the upsides are one of the best of in the game: it grants an enormous amount of Armour and Maximum Elemental Resistances which are hard to come by, and you take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes; the only downside is that it reduces your Maximum Life by around 200 - 300
(350-400)% increased Armour
+(1-5)% to all maximum Elemental Resistances
Strength provides no bonus to Maximum Life
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
Doppelgänger Guise(Body Armour) Doppelgänger Guise - This body Armour grants a meaningful buff while you're sane - less Physical Damage taken and a massive boost to Life Regeneration when Hit.
Grants Level 20 Unhinge Skill
(40-60)% more Critical Strike Chance while Insane
Enemies Killed by your Hits are destroyed while Insane
(40-30)% less Physical and Chaos Damage Taken while Sane
Regenerate 10% Life over one second when Hit while Sane
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - choose Rare Boots if you need to increase your Ignite Damage and for more Maximum Life and potentially more Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
+50 to maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
+50% to Elemental Resistances
Ignites you inflict deal Damage 10% faster
Optional affixes:
chance to gain Onslaught o Kill
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Windshriek(Boots) Windshriek - besides the decent stats, these allow you to apply an additional Curse which is a really good trait
(200-250)% increased Armour
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage
You can apply an additional Curse
60% increased Area of Effect of Hex Skills
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Apothecary Gloves with mods to increase your DoT can be a better option than the Unique Gloves in terms of Damage, Maximum, Life, and Resistances
Min. requirements:
+60 to Maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
25% increased Damage over Time
Optional affixes:
Fire Damage over Time multiplier
Vixen's Entrapment(Gloves) Vixen's Entrapment - with these Gloves on you will be able to cast three Curses with just one cast and apply an extra Curse on your enemies, a heavily recommended gear piece
Trigger Socketed Curse Skill when you cast a Curse Skill, with a 0.25 second Cooldown
+(50-90) to maximum Energy Shield
0.2% of Spell Damage Leeched as Energy Shield for each Curse on Enemy
You can apply an additional Curse
Curse Skills have (10-20)% increased Cast Speed
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - a belt with increased Chaos Damage and regular defensive stats should do
Min. requirements:
+60 to Maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
15% increased Chaos Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - Try to get an Amulet with increased DoT Multiplier, and increased Maximum Doom. It's also a good place to look for Attributes, Maximum Life, and Resistances.
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
+80% to Elemental Resistances
25% to Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Damage penetrates Chaos Resistances
Hexes you inflict have +# to Maximum Doom
Solstice Vigil(Amulet) Solstice Vigil - you can have Temporal Chains as a Blasphemous Aura for free which is a big upside, it also has some decent stats and Shaper's Presence for your Skill Effect to expire slower
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(30-40)% increased Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
Regenerate (8-10) Mana per second
Temporal Chains has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Shaper's Presence for 10 seconds when you kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Impresence (Chaos)(Amulet) Impresence (Chaos) - Impresence can allow you to use the Blasphemous Despair Curse for free - a significant upside when you're struggling with Mana sustain and Reservation Efficiency.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Despair has no Reservation if Cast as an Aura
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Recommended Anointments:
Dirty Techniques
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - it's simply an increase to your Maximum Life, Elemental resistances, and Attributes, it's highly recommended to look for a Synthesised Implicit mod to make your Ignite deal damage faster, as is the case with a mod on your Rare Boots
Min. requirements:
+80% to Elemental Resistances
+80 to Maximum Life
Ignites you inflict deal damage 12% Faster (Synthesised Implicit)
Optional affixes:
Damage over Time Multiplier
Non-Channelling Skills have -7 to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Blackflame(Ring) Blackflame - Obligatory Item, it makes your Ignite Damage Deal Chaos Damage, note that it is not a damage conversion, it works only on Ignite Damage, not on all Fire Damage. Your Wither won't expire as long as you're hitting enemies, and it grants some additional Resistances and Damage
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
+(8–12)% to Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
50% reduced Ignite Duration on Enemies
(10–15)% chance to Ignite
Enemies Ignited by you take Chaos Damage instead of Fire Damage from Ignite
Withered does not expire on Enemies Ignited by you
+(20–25)% to Fire and Chaos Resistances
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should increase your Maximum Life and Damage over Time, you can easily fix your Resistances and Attributes with these Jewels too

Recommended affixes:
7% Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Damage over Time for Fire and Chaos

Intuitive Leap(Jewel) Intuitive Leap - put it in the socket near Instability and allocate up to four useful Notables
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - increased Damage over Time while Affected by malevolence is the best mod to seek, additionally, look for Determination, and Vitality mods
(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 Jewels - it's an optional addition to your build to grant you more damage if you happen to stumble upon a base with Fire or Chas Damage
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Drive the Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Cremator
1 Added Passive Skill is Smoking Remains
1 Added Passive Skill is Widespread Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Burning Bright
Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi's Concoction - use this Flask for more Armour and Block Chance, both very useful stats
+1500 to Armour
+(8-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Life Flask with Freeze immunity/removal
  2. Mana Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Granite Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  4. Quicksilver Flask with random ailment removal or increased Movement Speed
Rumi's ConcoctionLife FlaskMana Flaskgranite flaskquicksilver flask

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