[3.11] bOOgy's Wintertide Brand Occultist in SSF Hardcore - Comfortable boss fights all around



Introduction:
This is my Wintertide Brand / Vortex Occultist that i played in SSF HC in Harvest League to lvl 96.

I saw Waggle playing a similar setup with a Trickster as a Leaguestarter and I wanted to play it as an Occultist and see what happens.

The Occultist killed bosses like Oshabi, Shaper, Sirus at awakening level 8 and is still alive and smiling.

It doesn't have particular fast clear speed in maps, but it really shines when fighting bosses. You will slow down basically every boss fight thanks to increased chill effect of the cold damage over time.

If you have any questions, let me know in this thread or when I'm streaming on https://www.twitch.tv/boogywc <3

VideoShowcase

Sirus AL 8
Oshabi (first time i saw the fight so i was quite careful)
Cortex

Video Guide:
I also made a guide on Youtube if you are into that:
Youtube Guide


Pro's & Con's:
+ very comfortable boss fights thanks to chill/freeze effect.
+ Leaguestart viable
+ decently cheap, i got everything SSF. (thx Harvest)
+ can run any reflect maps (got to be careful though)

- reduced regeneration maps can be rough
- got to get some crafts from syndicate/unveiling
- not invincible (but decently tanky)


Gear:
I highly recommend using Path of Building Community Fork.
The passive tree in PoB has several versions for leveling to Endgame.

https://pastebin.com/UXZZngUw

You can find the latest Version of "Path of Building Community Fork" here.

Endgame



If you dont know how to craft good flasks, watch this: https://youtu.be/Bm3aXY19e-w (12min video)

UsefulForLeveling

Tabula Rasa
Wanderlust
Goldrim

For weapons use the crafting recipe for 2 wands at lvl 8 and lvl 20:
lvl 8:
1x magic Wand
1x normal Topaz Ring (lightning dmg) or normal Sapphire Ring (cold dmg)
1x Orb of Alteration

lvl 20:
1x magic Wand
1x rare Topaz Ring or rare Sapphire Ring
1x Orb of Alteration

Gem Setup: (In order of importance)
Spoiler

6-Link:
Wintertide Brand - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction - Efficacy - Hypothermia - Swift Affliction

secondary dmg 4-link:
Vortex - Elemental Focus - Efficacy - Bonechill

Applying Elemental Equilibrium/ proccing Elemental Overload:
Orb of Storms (lvl 9) - Culling Strike (lvl 1/Quality 20) - Arcane Surge (lvl 2) - Increased Critical Strikes (max lvl)

Mana Reservation:
Vaal Discipline - Malevolence
Precision (lvl 1)(only if you have spare mana)

Movement:
1. (dont level too high, no need to get extra attributes for it)
Shield Charge - Fortify - Faster Attacks
2.
Flame Dash

Trigger socketed Spells in weapon (top to bottom):
Frostbite (max lvl) - Frost Bomb (lvl 1) - Tempest Shield (lvl 1)

Skills for leveling:
If you need some help for skills to use while leveling until you have access to endgame setup:
Spoiler

Act 1: (i would recommend to trade an onslaught gem from a lvl 2 Ascendant)
1. Stormblast Mine - Swift Assembly - Added Lightning Damage
2. Frostbomb - Added Lightning Damage - Onslaught
3. Orb of Storms - Arcane Surge - Added Lightning Damage

For movement whatever you prefer.

Pick up Wintertide Brand, but you probably want to wait until A2 to use it.

Act 2:
Pick up Herald of Thunder & Skitterbots

Change Stormblast Mine to:
Wintertidebrand - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction

Change FrostBomb to:
Cold Snap - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction

Change Orb of Storms:
Orb of Storms - Onslaught - Increased Critical Strikes - Added Lightning Damage

Act 3:
Change Cold Snap to
Vortex - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction

Pick up Malevolence (replace Skitterbots & Herald of Thunder) and self cast Frostbite for bosses

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As an example, I'll post what your complete setup could look like at the beginning of Act 6:

Wintertide Brand - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction - Efficacy -
If you have more than 4 links, add these: Hypothermia - Swift Affliction

Vortex Setup:
Vortex - Elemental Focus - Efficacy - Bonechill

Proccing Elemental Overload:
Orb of Storms (lvl 9) - Increased Critical Strikes (max lvl)- Onslaught (lvl 1/Quality 20)

Mana Reservation:
Malevolence

Selfcast Frostbite

Movement:
Flame Dash - Faster Casting - Arcane Surge
Additionally Smoke Mine if you wanna zoom.

Utility:
Cast when Damage Taken - Immortal Call - Summon Stone Golem -
If you have a free slot in a 4 link: Increased Duration

Passive Tree:
I highly recommend using Path of Building.
I have a leveling tree and proper endgame tree here:

https://pastebin.com/UXZZngUw

You can find the latest Version of "Path of Building Community Fork" here.

Alternative is here:
CI Endgame Tree without Cluster Jewels
A1-A5
A6-A10


Bandits
Kill All


Pantheon
Major: Soul of the Brine King
Soul of Solaris once you have picked up stun immunity from Occultist tree
Minor: Shakari (you are flexible here)

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That's all I got for now. I will be reading here if questions come up and try to improve the guide wherever needed.
Last edited by boogywc on Jul 28, 2020, 7:17:51 PM
Last bumped on Sep 19, 2020, 9:20:34 AM
Hey, I´m thinking to try first the option without cluster jewells, this seems to be a very nice build, my only question is, what do you think to level a pj to 100 doing maps with this?... will be tanky enough, and killing bosses its ok or so slow?... Thanks

What are the most differences with or without cluster tree?...

Thanks in advance...
Last edited by Vyr75 on Jul 23, 2020, 4:44:20 PM
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Vyr75 wrote:
Hey, I´m thinking to try first the option without cluster jewells, this seems to be a very nice build, my only question is, what do you think to level a pj to 100 doing maps with this?... will be tanky enough, and killing bosses its ok or so slow?... Thanks

What are the most differences with or without cluster tree?...

Thanks in advance...


Hey Vyr,
first, what is a pj ? :D sry, never heard that before in poe.

Fighting bosses is definitely the easy part with this char at nearly any point. The cold damage over time just lets you run circles around any boss. One big part is the bonechill support on vortex. It's very effective :o

For me personally the biggest difference with the cluster jewel was mapping with wintertide brand. Once i got the cluster jewel, i could just tag a pack of monsters with a brand and move on and be pretty sure that the pack dies from that one brand.

I havent played this char in super juiced up maps, which you probably want to do if you go for lvl 100. I didnt feel super safe in high dmg maps, so i tried to avoid them. But i might have been too careful since i really like to avoid dying :D

But if you want to go beyond lvl 95 and dont want to fall asleep while waiting for the dot dmg to kick in, i would say you need the cluster jewels for that.

Oh sorry, pj is the same as char, and thanks for all the explanations I will think if I change build or not ,really appreciated your comments...
Last edited by Vyr75 on Jul 23, 2020, 6:28:07 PM
tried this build, very BAD i would not recommend this to Anyone.
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haniii1 wrote:
tried this build, very BAD i would not recommend this to Anyone.


hehe, i just killed Cortex and the 4 other Synthesis bosses with this trash build in SSF HC.
Doesn't using Elemental Focus on Vortex stop us applying the chill effect to slow them down?

Never mind, noticed the chill ground from Vortex.
Last edited by Khurune on Aug 2, 2020, 11:48:24 PM
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Khurune wrote:
Doesn't using Elemental Focus on Vortex stop us applying the chill effect to slow them down?

Never mind, noticed the chill ground from Vortex.


Yeah, its fine with elemental focus.
I looked at your Profile for the Occultist and i am a little shocked :D

How much Energy shield do you have atm? :D

Please try go get a pure energy shield Body armour, preferably a Vaal Regalia, and just roll Defence Seeds on it.
Even on a 5 Link it should be fine, doesnt have to be 6 linked early on. But i think you should really focus more on Energy shield everywhere, specifically Body armour, Helm & shield.
I'm still leveling with this, but I'm having a blast! Looking forward to when I hit maps. :)
Last edited by Sirielia on Aug 3, 2020, 9:18:50 PM
I just want to say thank you, you make some incredible builds and incredibly well explained with everything you need so that a newbie like me can follow them and it is very appreciated that you put leveling area and a divided skill tree thank you very much

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