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Sacrifice Hexblast Occultist

Sacrifice Hexblast Occultist

A very powerful setup for Occultist that accumulates high amounts of maximum Life to boost Damage with the new Sacrifice Support Gem

Sacrifice Hexblast
Occultist Build

Created for Patch 3.22

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Guide notes
October 9, 2023
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Build Overview



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One of the new Support Gems introduced in Path 3.22 is the Sacrifice Support. Every time you cast a Spell you will lose 25% of your current Life, and a big portion of lost Life will be added to your Spell as a Chaos Damage. The list of Spells that synergize with this Support is rather short. The best candidate for that is the Hexblast Spell. It has a very high Effectiveness of Added Damage and a unique gameplay style that rewards slow Hits, which gives you time to regain your current Life between Casts, all of those qualities are important for the Sacrifice Support. 

With the Dissolution of the Flesh Unique Jewel, you can obtain very high amounts of maximum Life, up to 10k. Its unique mechanic changes the way your maximum Life works. When you take Damage you will Reserve your maximum Life for the same amount instead of losing it. If you stop taking Damage for at least 2 seconds, all Reservation is undone. This allows you to freely Sacrifice all your maximum Life without any worries about dying. With the Eternal Youth Keystone, you will constantly recharge 1/3 of your maximum Life per second. It is important for the Sacrifice Support, as its bonus depends on your current Life, not the maximum limit. 

The Hexblast is a very powerful and unique Spell. It deals Chaos Damage but it can inflict Elemental Ailments and is resisted by the lowest Enemy Resistances. Hexblast deals insanely high but slow Hits, which makes it very easy to apply Freeze and Shock on your Enemies.  By default, it deals Damage to a single Enemy, but if the target is Hexed it will deal much more Damage in the Area around it, and remove the Hex. You can use the Profane Proxy Ring to make your Skitterbots apply a Curse of your choice to all Enemies in their radius or use the Blasphemy Support to turn your Hex into Aura. 

The Build is both tanky and squishy due to the Dissolution of the Flesh. You will have a very high amount of Life, but you cannot survive sustained Damage for too long. The Petrified Blood is especially powerful in this setup, as it reduces the Damage taken by 40%, and the Damage over time effect is negated by the Life Reservation mechanic. 

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1. Gameplay

Use Hexblast on Cursed Enemies. The Curse should be applied automatically by your Skitterbots or Blasphemy Aura. You can automate the Assassin Mark by using Shield Charge and Glove Enchant or Cast it manually for better Mark Effectiveness. To move around use Shield Charge and Flame Dash. You will sometimes have to back up a bit and wait 2 seconds to clear out Life Reservation. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • Hard-hitting and slow Hits that apply powerful Freeze and Shock
  • Profane Bloom Explosions
  • Decent Clear Speed
  • Bypass strongly Resistant Rare Enemies 
  • Vulnerable to Damaging Ailments
  • Dissolution's gameplay may not suit everyone


3. Leveling tips

You can level up as a generic Spell Caster Witch, you don't have to use Chaos Spells or Sacrifice Support straight away. Cold Spells like Freezing Pulse seem to work out the best, as the Occultist's Notable lowers both the Chaos and Cold Resistance of nearby Enemies. Hexblast is also a great choice, but you will need level 28 to start using it. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Freezing Pulse setup
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - creates a Projectile that deals Cold Damage and Pierces all targets.
Added Cold Damage Added Cold Damage Support - adds a flat amount of Cold Damage to your Spells. 
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - adds 2 more Projectiles but lowers their Damage. 
Arcane Surge support Arcane Surge Support - grants you Spell Damage, Cast Speed, and Mana Regeneration. 
Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support - increases your Damage with Critical Strikes. 
Increased Critical Strikes support Increased Critical Strikes Support - improves your Chances of landing a Critical Strike.  
Aura setup
Petrified Blood Petrified Blood - allows you to benefit from the Pain Attunement Keystone for a 30% more Spell Damage bonus.  
Clarity Clarity - grants you Mana Regeneration which is very important for Casting your Spells.   
vitality Vitality - this Aura grants you Life Regeneration. You will need it to make the Petrified Blood useful defensively too.    
Utility setup
Frostblink  Flame Dash - a short teleport used to cross terrain gaps.  
Frostbite Frostbite - lowers Cold Resistances of affected Foes and makes them easier to Freeze. 
steelskin Steelskin - it is a Guard Skill that protects you from incoming Damage and disables Bleeds.


Kill all Bandits to get an additional 2 Passive Tree Skill Points.

Leveling Skill Trees:
35 Points Passive Tree
1) Annihilation 2) Disciple of the Forbidden 3) Assassination 4) Coordination 5) Pain Attunement 

70 Points Passive Tree
1) Arcane Potency 2) Purity of Flesh 3) Sovereignty 4) Corruption 5) Heart of Darkness (respec when you equip Cluster Jewels) 6) Retribution

Recommended leveling items:

Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - this Ring grants you an insane amount of Cold Damage for your Spells. 
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
Axiom PerpetuumAxiom Perpetuum - grants tons of Critical Strike Chance for your Spells so you can scale your Critical Strikes right from the start. 
12% increased Elemental Damage
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
(4-6)% increased Cast Speed
(100-140)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - a mandatory Unique Item for leveling. It grants you easy access to a six-link setup. 
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
GoldrimGoldrim - Elemental Resistances are the only defensive modifier you should care about during the Campaign, and this Helmet provides a lot of them.  
+(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)
Doedre's TenureDoedre's Tenure - those slow down your Casting Speed, but grant a ton of Spell Damage in the return. 
+(20-50) to Intelligence
100% increased Spell Damage
(25-15)% reduced Cast Speed
Replica PrismweaveReplica Prismweave - it grants a ton of flat Elemental Damage for your Spells. It also increases your Damage during any Flask and provides Elemental Resistances. 
(12-24)% increased Global Physical Damage
Adds (14-16) to (30-32) Fire Damage to Spells
Adds (10-12) to (24-28) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds 1 to (60-68) Lightning Damage to Spells
+(6-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
30% increased Elemental Damage during any Flask Effect
seven league stepSeven-League Step - with high Movement Speed you will travel through the Campaign quickly. It saves you a lot of time. 
50% increased Movement Speed
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

103 Points Final Passive Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique Jewels)
118 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in this order:

  1. Void Beacon
  2. Withering Presence
  3. Profane Proxy
  4. Unholy Authority


Major God: Soul of Arakaali: 10% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time; Debuffs on you expire 20% faster; +40% Chaos Resistance against Damage Over Time

Minor God: Soul of Abberath: 60% less Duration of Ignite on You; Unaffected by Burning Ground, 10% increased Movement Speed while on Burning Ground


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Hexblast setup
Hexblast  Hexblast - your main source of Damage. You should use it on a Hexed Enemy to greatly improve the Damage and AoE. It can inflict Elemental Ailments and is resisted by the lowest Enemy's Resistance.
Sacrifice  support Sacrifice Support - by using the Skill you will Sacrifice 20% of your current Life to add a portion of it as Chaos Damage to your Spell. Try to regain as much current Life as you can between the Casts to maximize the Damage bonus. 
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - solving Mana Regeneration would require too many resources, so it is better to simply use this Support and pay your Costs with Life instead. 
Increased Critical Damage Support  Increased Critical Damage Support - grants a lot of Critical Strike Multiplier, which is the main way of scaling Damage in this Build. 
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - improves your Chaos Damage. The Awakened version also increases the Gem level of Hexblast by 1, but the Divergent Quality grants you Life Leech which is also useful to have.  
Hypothermia  Support Hypothermia Support - improves your Damage against Chilled Enemies. Swap it to Increased Critical Strikes Support if you still lack Critical Strike Chance. 
[UTILITY] Aura setup
Petrified Blood Petrified Blood - reduces incoming Damage by 40%, and thanks to the Dissolution of the Flesh you can ignore the DoT effect. It also keeps you at a Low Life status for the purpose of Pain Attunement Keystone.
Zealotry  Zealotry - improves your Spell Damage and Critical Strike Chance. It also creates Consecrated Ground occasionally.  
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - summons 2 Skitterbots that apply Shock and Chill on nearby Enemies. With the Profane Proxy Unique Ring, it will apply a Curse instead. 
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved by linked Skills. 
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - grants you a solid amount of Spell Block Chance and makes you immune to Shock. With enough Mana Reservation Efficiency on your Items, you don't have to get a second Enlighten Support for this.  
[UTILITY] Frostbite setup
Frostbite  Frostbite - it lowers the Cold Resistance of affected Foes. It should be socketed in your Ring so it will be automatically applied to nearby Enemies. 
Blasphemy support Blasphemy Support (optional) - if you don't have access to the Profane Proxy Ring, you should use this setup instead. It is important to automate the Curse application for smooth gameplay. 
[UTILITY] Arcanist Brand setup
Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness - lowers all Elemental Resistances of Affected Foes. Hexblast removes the Curse with the lowest Duration, so it should prioritize the Frostbite instead. 
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - applies Cold Exposure which lowers the Enemy' Cold Resistance. It also lowers their Life Regeneration.
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - a Brand that casts all linked Spells in rapid succession. 
Arrogance Support Lifetap Support - Casting all those utility Spells would drain your Mana very quickly, so it is better to pay their Costs with Life instead. 
[UTILITY] Mark setup
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - greatly improves your Critical Strikes and generates Power Charges for you. Marks don't interact with Hexblast. 
Mark on Hit Mark on Hit Support - it lowers your Mark effectiveness but makes it easier to apply. It only works with Attacks, so you can use Shield Charge and Glove Enchant for it.
[UTILITY] Mobility setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - a quick teleport that can be used to cross terrain gaps or move around a bit faster. 
Withering Steps Withering Step - grants you Phasing and inflicts Withering stacks on nearby foes.
Arcane Surge support Arcane Surge Support - spending Mana grants you a buff that improves your Cast Speed. Keep it at a low level to trigger it with every use. 
[UTILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge - your main Movement Skill. It is a quick charge toward the targeted location, it has no Cooldown, and scales with your Attack and Movement Speed. 
Faster Attacks support Faster Attacks Support - makes your Shield Charge quicker to use. 
Additional Accuracy support Additional Accuracy Support - if you use a Mark on Hit Support in your setup, you will need a bit of extra Accuracy to reliably Hit your opponents. 
[UTILITY] Guard setup
Steelskin Steelskin - it absorbs a part of the incoming Damage and disables Bleeding on you. 

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6. Gear Setup

You will need high Maximum Life modifiers on every Gear piece you wear. It is not an Attribute stacking Build, but Strength grants you flat maximum Life and a bit of Damage, so it is also worth having everywhere you can. In terms of Damage, you should look for Cast Speed, Critical Strike Multiplier, Chaos or Spell Damage bonuses, or additional Gem Levels for Hexblast. Energy Shield Recharge Rate will improve your Life Recovery thanks to the Eternal Youth Keystone, which makes the Sacrifice Support more effective.  

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life 
  2. Resistances
  3. Critical Strike Multiplier
  4. Mana Reservation Efficiency
  5. Strength
  6. Cast Speed
  7. Physical Damage Taken as Elemental
Divinarius(Weapon) Divinarius the best Weapon for this Build. It grants you tons of Damage against Single-target and caps your Critical Strike Chance against Enemies you wouldn't bother to Mark. 
(150-200)% increased Spell Damage
Gain (100-200) Life per Enemy Killed
Gain (50-100) Mana per Enemy Killed
30% increased Area of Effect
(200-250)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells if you've Killed Recently
+(60-100)% to Critical Strike Multiplier for Spells if you haven't Killed Recently
Rare Wand(Weapon) Rare Wand if you are limited by your budget, use a Wand that grants you lots of Spell Damage, Critical Strike Chance and Damage, Cast Speed, and Gem Levels. You can also craft Double Damage Chance there. 
Min. requirements:
+70% increased Spell Damage
+70% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
+30% to Critical Strike Multiplier for Spells
Optional affixes:
% increased Cast Speed
+1 to Level of all Chaos Spell Skill Gems
% increased Cast Speed
Rathpith Globe(Shield) Rathpith Globe - grants you tons of Critical Strike Chance and Spell Damage, as you stack a lot of maximum Life. Unfortunately, the Sacrifice from this Shield does not count towards extra Damage from the Sacrifice Support
(10-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(120-160)% increased Energy Shield
10% increased maximum Life
Sacrifice 10% of your Life when you Use or Trigger a Spell Skill
5% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells per 100 Player maximum Life
5% increased Spell Damage per 100 Player maximum Life

Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - on your Helmet it is important to obtain high quantities of Mana Reservation Efficiency. Other than that, look for high bonuses to maximum Life, Strength, or Resistances. You can also craft a special modifier that converts part of the incoming Physical Damage to be taken as Elemental. 

Min. requirements:
+90 to maximum Life
% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage 
increased Mana Reservation Efficiency (Essence + Eldritch Implicit) 
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistance
Chaos Resistance
Rare Armour(Body Armour) Rare Armour - it should have the Hunter Influence, so it can grant you additional Spell Critical Strike Chance and improve your maximum Life by up to 10%. It should also grant you flat maximum Life, and be crafted with Physical Damage Taken as Elemental modifier. 
Min. requirements:
+#% to Spell Critical Strike Chance
10% increased maximum Life
+110 to maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental and Chaos Resistance
% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Elemental Damage 
Rare amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - here you should look for maximum Life, Cast Speed, Critical Strike Multiplier, and additional Levels for your Gems. It can also provide a bit of Resistances or Attributes. 
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+30% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
+15% increased Cast Speed
Optional affixes:
Elemental and Chaos Resistance
+1 to Level of all Chaos Skill Gems
% increased Damage while Leeching
Recommended anointment: 
Whispers of Doom
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - your Boots should provide you with high Movement Speed, maximum Life, and a Chance to Avoid being Poisoned, which you can obtain from Eldritch Implicits. It can also provide immunity against Freeze and lacking Atributes or Resistances. 
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
% chance to Avoid being Poisoned
+60% to Elemental Resistance
Optional affixes:
% chance to Avoid being Frozen
Action Speed
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - on gloves look mostly for maximum Life, Resistances, Attributes, and an empty Prefix so you can craft useful Damage modifiers. Eldritch Implicits are also useful here, as they can provide you with a Chance to Unnerve Enemies, apply Exposure, or grant you Life Leech. 
Min. requirements:
+80 to maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistance
Optional affixes:
% increased Damage while Leeching
% increased Damage during any Flask Effect
% chance to Unnerve Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit
% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
Inflict Cold Exposure on Hit, applying -#% to Cold Resistance
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - a proper Belt can grant you tons of maximum Life through the flat and percentage modifiers. It should also grant you lacking Resistances and Attributes.  
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistance
Optional affixes:
% increased Life
Chaos Resistance
Flask Charges gained/used 
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Rare Abyss Jewel - in your Stygian Vise Belt you can socket additional Abyss Jewel, which should have a high maximum Life bonus and a Corrupted Implicits that grants you immunity against Corrupting Blood. It can also improve your Cast Speed or provide Resistances and Attributes. 
Min. requirements:
+30 to maximum Life
Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you 
Recommended affixes:
% increased Cast Speed if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Profane Proxy(Ring) Profane Proxy - this Ring automates the Hex application with your Skitterbots. It is more beneficial to disable the Shocking Skitterbot, as you will inflict much more powerful Shocks by yourself. 
+3 to Level of Socketed Curse Gems
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance
Left Ring Slot: Your Chilling Skitterbot's Aura applies Socketed Hex Curse instead
Right Ring Slot: Your Shocking Skitterbot's Aura applies Socketed Hex Curse instead
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - here you should look for modifiers to maximum Life, increased Cast Speed, Critical Strike Multiplier, and lacking Resistances and Attributes. You can also craft additional Minimum Frenzy or Endurance Charges. 
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistance
Optional affixes:
% increased maximum Life
Chaos Resistance
% increased Cast Speed
#% to Critical Strike Multiplier
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - on your Jewels you should look for maximum Life, Critical Strike Multiplier, and Cast Speed or lacking Resistances and Attributes. You can also reduce the Poison Duration or improve Mana Reservation Efficiency. 
Min. requirements:
increased maximum Life
Recommended affixes:
% increased Cast Speed while holding a Shield
% to Critical Strike Multiplier for Spell Damage
Mana Reservation Efficiency
% reduced Poison Duration on you
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - here you can look for generic Chaos Damage bonuses. Use a Large Cluster Jewel with 8 Passive Skills to save your Passive Points. The Unwaveringly Evil Notable is especially useful, as it prevents Stuns from Interrupting your Casts. 
Recommended modifiers: 
1 Added Passive Skill is Unholy Grace
1 Added Passive Skill is Unwaveringly Evil
1 Added Passive Skill is Wicked Pall
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - those can greatly improve your Critical Strike Chance and the Damage you Deal. The Quick Getaway also improves your Movement Speed, which is a rare modifier to find outside your Boots.  
Recommended modifiers: 
1 Added Passive Skill is Pressure Points
1 Added Passive Skill is Quick Getaway
1 Added Passive Skill is Basics of Pain
Dissolution of the Flesh(Jewel) Dissolution of the Flesh - causes you to Reserve your Life instead of losing it upon taking Damage, and you need to avoid taking Damage for 2 Seconds to Unreserve it all. It greatly improves your maximum Life and allows you to freely Sacrifice it with your Spells. 
Removes all Energy Shield
Life that would be lost by taking Damage is instead Reserved
until you take no Damage to Life for 2 seconds
(20-30)% more Maximum Life
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - the Zealotry Aura modifiers provide a decent bonus to your Damage. You can also fit in a level 1 Vitality or Precision Aura to benefit from the special modifiers here. 
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura mods:
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed while affected by Zealotry
Critical Strikes Penetrate (8-10)% of Enemy Elemental Resistances while affected by Zealotry
(0.8-1.2)% of Damage leeched as Life while affected by Vitality
+(20-30)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - improves your Critical Strike Chance and Damage against Enemies standing in the large Consecrated Ground it creates upon use.
(30-15)% reduced 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 Effect

Suggested Flasks:

  1. Quartz Flask with Bleeding Removal
  2. Quicksilver with Cast Speed bonus
  3. Jade Flask with Evasion Rating bonus 
  4. Silver or Diamond Flask with increased Critical Strike Chance
Bottled Faithjade flasklife Flaskquicksilver flaskQuartz Flask

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