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[3.19] Essence Drain Occultist | Full Build

Intro & build description

Essence Drain is a classic league starter build and it is no different with the upcoming Lake of Kalandra expansion. Build can be pushed through the leveling phase and well into maps without any special items as mostly we rely on decent flat damage that comes from skill gem level ups and passive points on the tree. A great overall choice if you are not sure what to play in the upcoming league and want to be safe.

On a side note, Soulrend is receiving a hefty buff as well. If you would like to respec and check out the spell once ED + Contagion is getting too stale for you, this can be done with minimal effort.

Build Pros

  • League starter build
  • Cheap to begin with
  • Reflect immune
  • Good clear speed
  • Great bosser

Build Cons

  • Some people don't like ED playstyle

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

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PoB Link


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Void Beacon
Labyrinth 2Withering Presence
Labyrinth 3Vile Bastion
Endgame LabyrinthMalediction

Skill gem setup




Enlighten Support


Body Armor

Essence Drain

Swift Affliction Support

Efficacy Support

Void Manipulation Support

Controlled Destruction Support

Empower Support


Flame Dash

Vaal Molten Shell


Arcane Surge Support




Divergent Precision (1 lvl)


2h Weapon


1h Weapon


Infused Channelling Support

Vaal Blight

Offhand weapon / shield

Defiance Banner

Anomalous Discipline

Tempest Shield

Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Crown of the Inward Eyes

Amazing helm to have. Use a rare hubris with high ES until you get your hands on Crown of the Inward Eyes.

Body Armour

Skin of the Lords

Best in slot armor. Use any rare chest with high energy shield and resistances until you get Skin of the Lords.


Rare Gloves

Rare gloves with high energy shield, elemental resistances and stats.


Rare Boots

Rare boots wit high movement speed, high energy shield and elemental resistances.

Left Ring

Rare Iolite Ring

Rare ring with stats, increased chaos damage and elemental resistances.

Right Ring

Rare Iolite Ring

Rare ring with stats, increased chaos damage and elemental resistances.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with damage over time multiplier, chaos damage over time multiplier and chaos or +all skill gems depending on what you can afford.


Rare Crystal Belt

A rare crystal belt with elemental resistances, stats and if you can afford, % increased energy shield.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Wand

Rare wand with spell damage, damage over time multiplier or chaos damage over time multiplier.

Depending on your budget, prioritize getting either +1 to level of all spell skill gems or +1 to level of all chaos skill gems.


Aegis Aurora

Shield is required to run all the auras we have. Use a rare shield with ES and resistances until you farm up to buy Aegis Aurora.


Thread of Hope (Large)

Socket it next to the “Overcharge” notable to grab “Glancing Blows” keystone and “Light of Divinity” notable for 1 point each.


Watcher's Eye

4% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
4% increased maximum Mana
+8% Chance to Block Spell Damage while affected by Discipline
+22% to Damage over Time Multiplier while affected by Malevolence


Cluster Jewel

Small cluster jewels that grant increased mana reservation efficiency of skills.

Large cluster jewels that grant 12% chaos damage.

1. Introspection
2. Sublime Form
3. Touch of Cruelty
4. Unholy Grace
5. Unwaveringly Evil
6. Dark Ideation
7. Wicked Pall


Rare Jewel

1. Increased spell damage
2. Chaos damage over time multiplier
3. Increased spell damage while holing a shield
4. Increased damage


Flask Setup

1. Chemist’s Quartz Flask of the Pangolin
2. Rumi’s Concoction
3. Examiner’s Jade Flask of the Ibex
4. Bottled Faith
5. Wide Quicksilver Flask of the Hare

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

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