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Check out the video guide: Occultist Vortex Cold Snap DoT Build Guide

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Path of Building Link for the guide: https://pastebin.com/JTNkjxj5
Simply go to "Import/Export Build" > Click the "Import from Pastebin" paste the link in there, and then click "Import"

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for a build that makes end-game bosses a joke.

2. If you are just that cool that you have to play a cold oriented build.

3. If the build you seek can start with a very low budget with possible upgrades with more currency.

4. If you like to play a CI build for the first time.

5. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.

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Defence & Utility

The build utilizes Chaos Inoculation which makes you 100% immune to all sources of chaos damage including poison. However, you'll have 1 HP and therefor need to cover yourself with Energy Shield alone. This is not suggested for early levels and this guide will cover the transition and workarounds to get yourself to CI.

Besides this the build slows enemies down and utilizes a massive eHP pool to be as tanky as possible. For higher budget builds you can also throw in Temporal Chains allowing for even more slow effects on enemies.

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Pantheon Choices:

Pantheon List

Major God:

- Soul of Lunaris
Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage

Minor God:

- Soul of Abberath
Since the builds defensive design requires you to not take damage for about 1 second to start your energy shield recharge, this allows you to be immune to burning ground effects.

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Skill-gems & Setups:

Vortex:

- Vortex, Controlled Destruction, Elemental Focus, Efficacy, Hypothermia, Swift Affliction

Vaal Cold Snap:

- Vaal Cold Snap, Hypothermia, Bonechill, Efficacy

Note:
This setup is designed to increase cold damage taken by bosses and to use the Vaal version to speed up the map clearing speed.

3L TRIGGER weapon:

- Storm Brand, Frost Bomb, Orb of Storms

Note:
It is VERY important that they are linked in the order described above, the craft "Trigger socketed spell when you use a skill" puts the ability on a 4 second CD and will be cast in the order of the links. This is used to provide cold resistance exposure (-25% cold res) debuff on enemies via Frost Bomb whilst the Storm Brand & Orb of Storms are consistently hitting enemies with Lightning damage making sure the enemies have lower Cold resistances via Elemental Equilibrium this makes it very important that you do NOT, EVER, get any sort of FLAT added cold damage on your tree or gear (%increased is fine, just not # added cold) as that will ruin this setup.

Cast When Damage Taken:

- Cast When Damage Taken, Immortal Call

Note:
The lvl of CWDT is suppose to be low, this comes down to a matter of taste, I prefer to keep it at lvl 3 with the Immortal Call at lvl 5, if it's higher it won't work. It also does not require Endurance Charges to function though the duration will be rather low without which is still enough to keep you from getting instantly killed by Porcupine packs that dies!

Mobility:

- Flame Dash
- Phase Run,, Increased Duration, Efficacy

Auras:

- Malevolence, Discipline


Extra:
If you play a high budget version you can run Blasphemy + Temporal Chains if you have a Solstice Vigil equipped!

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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:
As this build is a CI build and an Occultist is it important to always start with Vile Bastion.
When this node picked up you're able to reach comfortable energy shield numbers for your CI switch explained in the lvling trees below.
The other 2 ascendancy nodes you're gonna want to take are pure damage increasers in the form of: Void Beacon then Frigid Wake!

Lastly you'll pick up Forbidden Power for some extra damage.


Leveling skill-tree, 51 points

Leveling skill-tree, 77 points

Leveling skill-tree, 89 points

Finished skill-tree

A few notes:

* As this is a CI build it is very important to understand that you're gonna have to level the build up as either pure life based or hybrid utilizing both Life & Energy Shield as your sources for effective HP. To follow the leveling trees blindly is not always ideal as the video describes: it all depends on how comfortable you are with your character based of the gear you've found / have equipped. The leveling trees are generically designed to fit most situations though. Always keep your elemental resistances at 75%+ after act 6 (preferably before if possible).

* You will need to spend some regret orbs when you do the "transition"

* Never pick up Elemental Equilibrium unless you have a weapon with the craft "Trigger socketed spell when you use a skill" or you'll do next to 0 damage.

* You're most likely going to need assistance with attributes from a rare amulet and/or the +30 Dexterity & Strength nodes left of the witch area as shown in the finalized tree. This usually doesn't become an issue unless you go with high budget items such as the Solstice Vigil.

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Leveling Tips:

1. Freezing Pulse till you reach lvl 12 at which point you'll get yourself a Storm Brand and later in Act 2, pick up Brand Recall. This will carry you all the way to lvl 70 and beyond if you wish till you're ready to transition to CI / Vortex.

2. Items such as Goldrim, Lifesprig, Wanderlust helps a lot to speed up the leveling process.

3. If you get a Tabula Rasa early on you're gucci all the way!

Bandits:

- Kill them all

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Gearing & Stat Priorities

What items to use:

Low Budget:

Before we talk about items it is VERY important to repeat what was stated in the gem section:
The craft "Trigger socketed spell when you use a skill" puts the ability on a 4 second CD and will be cast in the order of the links. This is used to provide cold resistance exposure (-25% cold res) debuff on enemies via Frost Bomb whilst the Storm Brand & Orb of Storms are consistently hitting enemies with Lightning damage making sure the enemies have lower Cold resistances via Elemental Equilibrium this makes it very important that you do NOT, EVER, get any sort of FLAT added cold damage on your tree or gear (%increased is fine, just not # added cold) as that will ruin this setup.

The build can use the Fenumus unique set items or simply use rare items in all slots. It has a tonne of possibilities allowing you to approach the build in an extremely cheap manner.

I would strongly suggest to use the Aegis Aurora shield due to the defensive layers it applies vs the harder end-game bosses such as deeper delve lvl Aul as well as Shaper & Uber Elder.

Besides this it is important to note that the build doesn't need more than ~300-350k Shaper DPS to handle Uber Elder smoothly which makes the weapon the only real important piece which will allow for Elemental Equilibrium to be used which significantly increases your damage output. With that "threshold" reached you only need to focus on getting as tanky as your budget allows which can be anything from a couple of chaos to hundreds of exalted orbs. There really is no direct roof to what you can do with this build!

Higher Budget Examples:

The use of Solstice Vigil allows you to use a Blasphemy + Temporal Chains setup!

Other styles of higher budget would include the bestiary Spider craft allowing that to be used which will require mana reservation tricks from the tree and/or specific items crafted or unique or even higher lvl Enlighten to allow for that approach, this not only increases the defensive layers a bit but also increases your damage dealt significantly.

Stat Priority:

Defensive Stats:

1. Energy Shield
2. Resistances
3. Intelligence

Offensive Stats:

1. Spell Damage
1. Damage over Time
1. Cold Damage
1. Elemental Damage

Jewels:

1. Energy Shield
2. Spell Damage
2. Cold Damage
3. Cold damage over time multiplier

Flasks:

1x [urlhttps://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Sorrow_of_the_Divine]Sorrow of the Divine[/url] or a normal Sulphur Flask
1x w/e Stibnite Flask of Dousing
1x w/e Basalt Flask of Staunching
1x w/e Jade Flask of Warding
1x Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

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Recommended Unique Items:



Recommended LvLing Uniques:
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Tabula Rasa
Simple Robe
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Wanderlust
Wool Shoes
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  • +5 to Dexterity
  • +18 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 32% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
  • 20% increased Movement Speed
  • Cannot be Frozen
  • All the world is my home.

    Lifesprig
    Driftwood Wand
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  • 9% increased Spell Damage
  • +1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
  • 24% increased Spell Damage
  • 8% increased Cast Speed
  • +18 to maximum Life
  • +19 to maximum Mana
  • Regenerate 6 Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
  • From the smallest seeds

    To the tallest redwoods,

    Life endures in Wraeclast.

    Goldrim
    Leather Cap
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  • +38 to Evasion Rating
  • 10% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +30% to all Elemental Resistances
  • Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
  • No metal slips as easily through the fingers as gold.


    Heartbreaker


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    Outro:

    This build thread is merely a rough guide to lead you in to the builds basics. If you wish to see more details about this beautiful build check out the video guide: Occultist Vortex Cold Snap DoT Build Guide

    Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am as always available in my stream!


    Hope you guys will enjoy the build! Below you can access my other build guides:

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    //Ghazzy

    Ghazzy
    Mar 27, 2019 03:03:48 AM

    * Reserved

    BUILD IS NOW LIVE!


    OBS OBS OBS OBS
    Please note that since I'm not a fulltime streamer, it has become impossible for me to keep up with responding to ALL my forum threads. However, I am ALWAYS answering questions posted in the YouTube video, my discord, twitter, instagram & twitch!


    If you find any issues with the build guide let me know asap and I will make sure it's fixed equally fast :)

    Ghazzy
    Mar 27, 2019 03:04:01 AM

    Fuck yeah Bosskilling time .-)

    Thank you Ghazzy!!!

    skullwalker03
    Mar 27, 2019 03:30:19 AM

    As always, thanks for your awesome builds and guides, Ghazzy :D

    DaiKahn
    Mar 27, 2019 07:53:36 AM

    You are great to utilize MoM and EB in this build ;-)) Really new approach... :-))

    Hiob83
    Mar 27, 2019 09:18:47 AM

    Recommended uniques are also very original to the build :-]

    But seriously now, good advice with the order of the gems in the weapon. It doesn't matter if storm brand or orb of storms will be first right ?

    Hiob83
    Mar 27, 2019 09:24:49 AM

    "
    Hiob83 wrote:
    You are great to utilize MoM and EB in this build ;-)) Really new approach... :-))


    Awwww sheeeet!
    Fixing it asap!

    Ghazzy
    Mar 29, 2019 00:15:25 AM

    Pretty awesome build guide, Vortex/CS is a real smooth skill and plenty of bossing potential. This is my gear thus far, always looking to min-max little things though. Any idea what equipment I can get to push this build further? Atm I'm always on the look out for a really good new wand/sceptre. Also plan to improve my Regalia but comfortably sitting at 10.5k ES.

    Spoiler
    Honour Gnarl
    Crystal Wand
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  • 32% increased Spell Damage
  • 33% increased Physical Damage
  • +22% to Cold Damage over Time Multiplier
  • 90% increased Cold Damage
  • Adds 15 to 25 Cold Damage to Spells
  • +6 Mana gained on Kill
  • +44 to Accuracy Rating
  • Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Use a Skill
  • Aegis Aurora
    Champion Kite Shield
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  • 391% increased Armour and Energy Shield
  • +10% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +5% to maximum Cold Resistance
  • +6% Chance to Block
  • Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
  • 14% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  • Born from the marriage of ice and sky,

    the aurora evokes both awe and power.

    Onslaught Star
    Hubris Circlet
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  • +90 to Accuracy Rating
  • +54 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 114% increased Energy Shield
  • 17% increased Stun and Block Recovery
  • +22 to Dexterity
  • +17% to Quality
  • Soul Wrap
    Vaal Regalia
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  • +42 to Intelligence
  • +55 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 182% increased Energy Shield
  • +23% to Lightning Resistance
  • 16% increased Stun and Block Recovery
  • Solstice Vigil
    Onyx Amulet
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  • +16 to all Attributes
  • 25% increased Damage
  • +66 to maximum Life
  • Regenerate 2.8 Mana per second
  • Temporal Chains has 100% reduced Mana Reservation
  • Gain Shaper's Presence for 10 seconds when you kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
  • Time, like light, can be refracted into all its myriad colours.

    The first shade is beautiful, but the last will drive the unwary insane.

    Wrath Twirl
    Two-Stone Ring
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  • +12% to Fire and Cold Resistances
  • +29 to Strength
  • +36 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +32% to Fire Resistance
  • +36% to Lightning Resistance
  • 16% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
  • Brimstone Twirl
    Unset Ring
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  • Has 1 Socket
  • +100 to Evasion Rating
  • +42 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +35% to Fire Resistance
  • +36% to Lightning Resistance
  • 16% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
  • Blood Claw
    Sorcerer Gloves
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  • 32% reduced Attribute Requirements
  • +47 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +43% to Cold Resistance
  • +35% to Lightning Resistance
  • 71% increased Energy Shield
  • Mind Lock
    Crystal Belt
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  • +77 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +36 to Strength
  • +50 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +44% to Lightning Resistance
  • +18% to Fire and Cold Resistances
  • Miracle Hoof
    Sorcerer Boots
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  • 46% increased Energy Shield
  • +43% to Fire Resistance
  • +45% to Cold Resistance
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • +25 to Dexterity
  • +17% to Quality
  • Also have a Malevolence ES Regen + Cold DoT watcher's eye.

    HughJdik
    Mar 29, 2019 03:38:16 AM

    Level 95 following this build. Only issue- the build is damn hard to put down, even with medicore gear I can't find another build to catch my attention

    daiur
    Mar 29, 2019 09:21:57 AM

    Love this build so much too! I have one question, I'm not using any curse (don't have amulet) - but if I would have one, is there something wrong with frostbite over temporal chains?
    Or is it simply because we don't need more damage...?
    Thanks in advance and keep up that amazing builds!

    Seff87
    Mar 31, 2019 19:43:53 PM
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