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Incinerate Low-Life Occultist Witch build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Incinerate Low-Life Occultist Witch build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Very powerful and all content-viable Witch/Occultist build based on the reworked Incinerate spell and Energy Shield

Incinerate Low-Life
Patch 3.3 Build

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Guide notes
July 25, 2018
-Build created
August 23, 2018
-Added gameplay video

Incinerate has been completely reworked in Patch 3.3 and is currently one of the best Channelled/Fire Spell in Path of Exile. It deals an astounding 500% increased damage while at the final stage and always Ignites. 

Our Low-Life Incinerate build utilizes the Occultist class which grants the highest Energy Shield bonuses, making it perfect choice for Low-Life builds. By using Shavronne's Wrappings, you can use two additional Auras with Blood Magic Support Gem, and also benefit from the Pain Attunement Passive. 

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1. Gameplay

This build is based on Incinerate Spell and high Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier for maximum DPS. Incinerate is a channeled spell that deals increased damage with every wave, by up to 500%. However, because of high Crit. Chance and the Additional Chaos Damage from Malediction, most enemies will not get to that point. Most of the enemies die instantly and such tremendous damage, makes this build perfect for dealing with end-game Bosses and the highest tier content. For defenses, this build relies on high Energy Shield, which is regenerated at an astounding rate thanks to Vile Bastion and Ghost Reaver Passives.  

0:06 Tier 10 Wasteland
0:23 Tier 12 Defiled Cathedral
0:41 Tier 13 Shaped Laboratory
1:31 Tier 15 Carcass

This video was recorded on a level 82 Occultist with Doryani's Catalyst, The Vertex helmet, and Sin Trek boots. Gems weren't fully leveled yet

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high DPS and amazing AoE
  • end-game viable 
  • good clear speed
  • amazing Energy Shield and its' regeneration
  • slow leveling
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect map mods
  • requires Watcher's Eye to deal with Mana problems

3. Leveling tips

While leveling your character to build this Low-Life Occultist, it's recommended to play as full Life or eventually a Hybrid character. This will require choosing slightly different Passives for the leveling phase, and refunding them later on. On the other hand, the core Spell - Incinerate is available early on, and with Praxis rings it is very easy to continuously channel it without worrying about Mana issues even on a low level and 6-linked Tabula Rasa equipped. 

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Fireball setup
(until level 12)
Fireball Fireball - the first Spell available to Witches. Just use it until level 12 when you get Incinerate Gem
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases the Cast Speed of supported Spells
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - grants increased Spell Damage and Mana Regeneration rate. You can find this Gem in a chest in Twilight Strand
Incinerate setup
Incinerate Incinerate - the primary Spell Gem for this build
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants increased Fire Spell Damage and chance to Ignite, also,  lowers enemies resistance to Fire
Utility gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases Attack and Cast Speed
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants increased Burning Damage and Fiery AoE explosions when killing enemies
Clarity Clarity - and Aura that grants increased Mana Regeneration rate. It is mandatory if you can't afford/obtain Praxis rings
Shield Charge Shield Charge - recommended movement skill for this build


We recommend helping Alira, mainly for the increased Critical Strike Multiplier

Leveling Skill Trees:

29 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Occultist's Dominion 2) Blast Radius 3) Heart of Flames 4) Breath of Flames

58 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Written in Blood 2) Coordination 3) Doomcast 4) Snowforged

You should refund Life nodes and follow up the Final Skill Tree after you manage to obtain Shavronne's Wrappings at level 60 or above

Recommended leveling items:

Axiom PerpetuumAxiom Perpetuum - the best weapon you can get for early levels
12% increased Elemental Damage
(4-6)% increased Cast Speed
(100-140)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Fire Damage to Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds 1 to (10-12) Lightning Damage to Spells
PraxisPraxis - the best leveling ring for this build. It reduces the Mana Cost of Incinerate and allows you to spam it
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
WanderlustWanderlust - great leveling pair of boots. Both freeze immunity and increased Mana Regeneration rate are very useful 
+5 to Dexterity
(20-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+(10-20) to maximum Energy Shield
20% increased Movement Speed
Cannot be Frozen
GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling helmet in Path of Exile which grants very high All Elemental Resistances bonus
+(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 - if you manage to get Praxis rings, you can easily set up your Incinerate in Tabula Rasa. Channeling it continously drains your Mana real quick otherwise
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
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:

114 Points Final Skill Tree
114 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Wicked Ward
  2. Vile Bastion
  3. Profane Bloom
  4. Malediction


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] Incinerate
Incinerate Incinerate - your primary spell and the core skill of this entire build
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Combustion Support Combustion Support
Immolate Support Immolate Support - increases Fire Damage against burning enemies
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases the chance to Critically Hit with supported skills
Optional gems:
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - should be used against Bosses
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - should be used while leveling and farming
[MOBILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge - recommended movement skill for this build
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants the Fortify buff for a brief duration
[AURAS] Herald of Ash and Discipline
(Blood Magic setup)
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash
Discipline Discipline - significantly increases your maximum Energy Shield
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - makes the supported Auras reserve Life instead. By socketing this Gem, you are always considered as "low-life" character and the 
[CURSE/AURA] Flammability and Assassin's Mark
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - increases the chance to Critically Hit cursed enemies, as well as the Critical Strike damage they take
Flammability Flammability - reduces Fire Resistance of affected enemies
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - makes supported Curses work as an Aura around you
[AURA] Clarity
Clarity Clarity - increases your Mana Regeneration rate
[UTILITY] Orb of Storms
Orb of Storms Orb of Storms - used for the quick Power Charge generation and Arcane Surge buff
Contagion Power Charge on Critical Support - causes Critical Hits with Orb of Storms to generate Power Charges
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - keep this Gem at level 7, which will make it grant the buff with every cast of Orb of Storms
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
[UTILITY] Lightning Golem
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem
[UTILITY] Vaal Righteous Fire
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - grants increased Spell Damage for the duration. Also deals a percentage of your maximum Energy Shield per second as Damage
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will cast supported spells after you take a certain amount of damage. Do not upgrade this Gem above level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants short immunity to Physical Damage

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the required items for this build. As usual, we try to include mainly moderately expensive gear, which should be obtainable by everyone. If you would like to see end-game upgrades, including Shaped and Elder items worth tons of Exalted Orbs, let us know in the comments. We may start adding them in our guides.

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The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS, Energy Shield and Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Energy Shield
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Chaos/Spell/Damage over time
  4. Life
  5. Cast Speed
Vertex(Helmet) Vertex - is characterized by high Energy Shield and increased level of socketed gems. It is also cheap compared to high Energy Shield rare helmets
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
(245-280)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
+(24-30)% to Chaos Resistance
Enemies Cannot Leech Mana From you
Socketed Gems have 50% reduced Mana Cost
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare ES/Res. helmet - can provide extra Resistances, however, high Energy Shield and Res. helmet can get very expensive
Min. requirements:
220 Energy Shield
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
10% increased Incinerate Damage for each stage
40% increased Incinerate Damage
Doryani's Catalyst(Doryani's Catalyst) Doryani's Catalyst - is one of the best weapons for this build. It also grants the extremely important Life Leech
32% increased Elemental Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
(11-15)% increased Attack Speed
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
(80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
Rare Sceptre(Weapon Slot) Rare Sceptre - should be used on lower levels while leveling and farming. It should grant the highest affordable Fire/Burning/Elemental Damage and Cast Speed bonuses on your current level
Min. requirements:
60% Fire/Burning/Elemental Damage
18% Cast Speed
Optional affixes:
Attack Speed
Rare ES Shield(Shield) Rare Spell Damage/Crit. Shield - preferably with high increases maximum Energy Shield
Min. requirements:
160 maximum Energy Shield
60% Fire/Spell Damage
50% Critical Strike Chance for Spells
12% All Elemental Resistances
Shavronne's Wrappings(Body Armour) Shavronne's Wrappings - mandatory body armour for this build. It allows the entire Low-Life playstyle
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(3-10)% increased Spell Damage
(100-150)% increased Energy Shield
10% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
+(30-40)% to Lightning Resistance
Reflects 1 to 250 Lightning Damage to Melee Attackers
Chaos Damage does not bypass Energy Shield
Rare boots(Boots) Rare ES/Res. boots - get a pair with the highest maximum defensive stats you can afford
Min. requirements:
70 Energy Shield
30 Dexterity
25% increased Movement Speed
36% Fire Resistance
21% Cold Resistance
Boot enchantment:
0.6% of Damage Leeched as Life and Mana if you've Killed Recently
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare ES/Res. belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest stats affordable
Min. requirements:
45 Strength
45 maximum Energy Shield
36% Fire Resistance
36% Lightning Resistance
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare ES/Res. amulet - it's important to get the required Strength and Dexterity attributes with this piece
Min. requirements:
20 maximum Energy Shield
40 maximum Mana
30% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
50 Strength
50 Dexterity
Mark of the Shaper(Ring) Mark of the Shaper - which provides amazing DPS bonus if your order Ring is an Elder item
(15-25)% increased Elemental Damage
Adds (13-18) to (50-56) Lightning Damage to Spells
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
Coral Ring(Ring) Elder Rare ES/Res. ring
Min. requirements:
40 maximum Energy Shield
40 maximum Mana
35% Fire Resistance
42% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
ES Gloves(Gloves) Rare ES/Res. gloves
Min. requirements:
120 Energy Shield
43% Cold Resistance
39% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Spell Damage
Watcher's Eye(Jewels) Watcher's Eye - it is a necessity to use Watcher's Eye with reduced Mana Cost of skill while affected by Clarity
Min. requirements:
-(10-5) to Total Mana Cost of Skills while affected by Clarity
Optional affixes:
Gain (12-18)% of Maximum Mana as Extra Maximum Energy Shield while affected by Clarity
+(20-30) Energy Shield gained for each Enemy Hit while affected by Discipline
Hypnotik Eye jewel(Jewels) Rare Hypnotik Eye jewel - used mainly for the Hinder on Spell Hit effect, and at least one such jewel is recommended. Other jewels can have Global Critical Strike Multiplier instead
Recommended affixes:
maximum Energy Shield
added Fire Damage to Spells
chance to Hinder enemies on Spell Hit
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
maximum Mana
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - this should provide extra ES and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Energy Shield
increased Fire/Elemental/Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Cast Speed
increased Cast Speed while holding a Shield
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - one of the best Flasks for this build. Not only increases your DPS, Life Leech and Chaos Resistance, but it is also very cheap
+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - assuming your Fire Resistance is the highest (and it should be), your Fire Damage will penetrate an additional 6% of enemy Fire Resistance for the duration
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
Other suggested flasks:
  1. Ample Diamond Flask of Warding (increased Crit. and Curse immunity)
  2. Ample Silver Flask of Staunching (Onslaught buff and Bleeding immunity)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat (Movement Speed and immunity to Freeze and Chill effects)
The Wise OakAtziri's PromiseDiamond FlaskSilver FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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