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POE Scourge League Witch Essence Drain Occultist Starter Build

For this starter build, there are Bane and Contagion for you to choose from, you can select a more suitable one according to your game style. The build is tanky enough and has good damage and a high-intensity endgame.


+ Very High Damage output

+ Decently tanky, safe to play

+ Can do any map mods

+ All Content

+ HC Viable

+ Very versatile, a lot of utility options 

+ Decently fast clear speed, fun playstyle rushing from pack to pack

+ League starting is possible due to good damage output

+ Great boss killer, can do any boss


-Cannot reliably do no-regen maps

-Not quite beginner-friendly and takes time to learn all mechanics and gearing in the build (but worry not, this guide is designed comprehensively so that beginners can follow through)

-Min-maxing with double corruptions is very expensive for high-end gear, and build only shines with certain investments and at higher levels

-Essence Drain can miss against fast-moving bosses, has very limited AoE and requires re-casting the skill sometimes

Skill Tree

Ascendancy: Void Beacon-Profane Bloom-Malediction-Withering Presence


Shaper & Hard Boss: Soul of Lunaris /Soul of Solaris and Soul of Tukohama/Ralakesh

Mapping: Soul of Lunaris Minor Gods and Soul of Garukhan/Ryslatha

Bandit: Kill All

Gems Setup

* All gems are at 20% quality unless otherwise stated.

* Most gems are best to have at lv 21, but usually, lv 20 is enough.

* Arcane Surge should be at lv 7 to proc after 1 Bane cast. Empower lv 3 or 4 is fine. Any gems gated by Str/Dex requirement can be leveled up to the limit.

Gear Setup


Cane of Unravelling, Carcass Jack, Solstice Vigil, Mark of the Shaper


+1 to Level of Socketed Gems

Can have up to 3 Crafted Modifiers

+2 to Level of Socketed Support Gems

+39% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier

15% increased Chaos Damage

18% increased Cast Speed

10% chance to gain Arcane Surge when you Kill an Enemy


* 12% to Fire and Lightning Resistances

* Grants Level 20 Aspect of the Spider Skill

* 12% increased Rarity of Items found

* +35% to Fire Resistance

* +44% to Lightning Resistance

* +3 Mana gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks

* +46 to maximum Life

* Find "#%increased Area of ​​Effect", life and resis mod on other items


If you cannot afford a Watcher's Eye Prismatic Jewel with

+x% to Damage over Time Multiplier while affected by Malevolence

Gain +x% of Maximum Mana as Extra Maximum Energy Shield while affected by Clarity

any rare jewel with

x% inc max ES and chaos dmg/resistance/Strength can be obtained instead. An abyss jewel for stygian vise should give some flat ES amount, damage over time if possible, and even resistance or to fulfill strength requirement.

A defensive Watcher's Eye with

"x% increased ES recovery rate by Discipline"

"y% increased life and ES recovery rate by Malevolence".

These 2 mods will greatly boost the ES recharge rate (and we take advantage of our total life pool to further boost ES regen/recharge through this combination of mods). For the life-based variant instead of the Discipline mod, you can get more damage with chaos damage over time multiplier + Malevolence mod, but will be very expensive and not worth it.


* The essence on the helmet is not necessary to absorb damage, there are various options.

* If you have been attacked recently, the boots restore 2% of life and mana every second.

* Gloves Trigger Decree of Frost on kill

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