The Whispering Ice Occultist Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

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Gear

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources. All you need to get started is the The Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice unique staff, simply 6-socketing it will allow you to bypass the threshold of 6-linking items, which most builds struggle with. Besides that, you should look for items with great amount of Energy Shield and Intelligence.

Helmet

A well rolled Energy Shield Helmet is best in slot for the build. When it comes to enchantments from the labyrinth, you should look for any Discipline Discipline or Arctic Armour Arctic Armour enchant. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield (at least 250)
  3. # to Intelligence (at least 40)
  4. Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance

Body Armour

Well rolled Vaal Regalia Vaal Regalia is the best in slot chest piece, preferably Shaper-based. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield (at least 500)
  3. # to Intelligence (at least 40)
  4. % increased Intelligence (Shaper Suffix)

Gloves

Well rolled Energy-Shield-based Gloves are best in slot. You should also look for a corrupted pair with Curse on Hit in order to make use of the Profane Bloom ascendancy node. Prior to corrupted gloves you can also use Asenath's Gentle Touch Asenath's Gentle Touch. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield (at least 100)
  3. # to Intelligence (at least 40)

Boots

As other items, well rolled rare Energy Shield Boots is best in slot. Inya's Epiphany Inya's Epiphany are also great choice, since they provide % increased Intelligence. Steppan Eard Steppan Eard and Sin Trek Sin Trek can also be used. When it comes to labyrinth enchant, look for Leech if you’ve killed recently or Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve killed recently. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Movement speed (at least 25%)
  3. Energy Shield (at least 150)
  4. # to Intelligence (at least 40)
  5. % increased Skill Effect Duration (Elder Suffix)

Belt

Bated Breath Bated Breath is a great choice for the build. Cyclopean Coil Cyclopean Coil provides a good amount of % increased Attributes. A belt corruption you should look for is “% increased Intelligence”.

Amulet

The Amulet slot can be one of the most powerful and currency-consuming gear piece you can have. Prior to a well rolled rare Amulet you can use Astramentis Astramentis. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. # to Intelligence (at least 70)
  3. 1% increased Damage per 15 Intelligence (Shaper Prefix)
  4. % increase Energy Shield

Rings

Dream Fragments Dream Fragments is a good unique Ring that solves all of your Freeze and Chill effects, which essentially gives you more freedom when rolling flasks. A Shaper-based Ring with Curse on hit can be used. This will also allow you to use regular Gloves instead of corrupted ones for the Curse application.

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield
  3. # to Intelligence (at least 40)
  4. % Faster start of Energy Shield recharge (crafted via crafting bench)

Weapon

For the weapon slot we are using The Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice. You only need to 6-socket the Staff and not 6-Link it. You can use a second Whispering Ice for a different gem setup and weapon-swap when needed.

Flasks

Playing Chaos Inoculation build allows you to use only utility flasks. Considering you mainly rely on running for mobility Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask is mandatory for the build, it should be rolled with additional movement speed. Quartz Flask Quartz Flask provides additional dodge chance and Phasing, which will allow you to run through monsters. Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask creates a smoke cloud, which blinds nearby enemies, it should be rolled with Bleeding immunity. Basalt Flask Basalt Flask provides 15% physical damage reduction, it should be rolled with Burning immunity. Sulphur Flask Sulphur Flask has a great duration, this is why it should be rolled with Curse immunity. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak provides additional Cold penetration if your Cold resistance is the highest.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

There are no mandatory jewels for the build, although we recommend having Emperor's Wit Emperor's Wit and Emperor's Mastery Emperor's Mastery; do not focus on the too much early on, they will probably be expensive. Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Discipline Discipline and Clarity Clarity mods can be very handy but also expensive.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Increased Energy Shield
  2. Intelligence/Attributes
  3. % increased Area Damage
  4. % increased Cold Damage
  5. % to Critical Strike Multiplier with Cold Skills
  6. % increased Cast Speed while wielding a Staff
  7. % increased Spell Damage
  8. increased Critical Strike Multiplier for Elemental Skills
  9. increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
  2. Energy Shield (at least 35)
  3. % increased Cast Speed if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently

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    Hi,
    which is the gem setup for this build beside for the described whispering ice and flame dash?

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    Changed the Ascendancy from Curses to Frigid Wake. He never mentions the use of curses and so I don’t think you should burn your ascendancy points without them.

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    Another note – the author skills A LOT of crit chance and then subsequently recommends the Controlled Destruction Support gem. Do not use Controlled Destruction if you’re skilling crit passives.

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    On 01/05/2020 at 6:06 AM, Aeon said

    Another note – the author skills A LOT of crit chance and then subsequently recommends the Controlled Destruction Support gem. Do not use Controlled Destruction if you’re skilling crit passives.

    Hey, Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support is very often used in Crit Spell Caster builds, I’d be surprised if you actually see that for the first time. The 100% Crit reduction results in 6% total less Crit Chance, which is easily mitigated by the tons of % increased Crit you acquire any ways through gear, passives and Power charges. The gem’s damage multiplier is simply too good to pass.

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    On 01/05/2020 at 6:04 AM, Aeon said

    Changed the Ascendancy from Curses to Frigid Wake. He never mentions the use of curses and so I don’t think you should burn your ascendancy points without them.

    Malediction will allow you to utilize at least two Curses, which can result in tons of extra damage through the notable’s extra Chaos damage. Frigid Wake provides little to nothing compared to Malediction.

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    On 03/05/2020 at 2:06 AM, Vvckd said

    On 01/05/2020 at 6:04 AM, Aeon said

    Changed the Ascendancy from Curses to Frigid Wake. He never mentions the use of curses and so I don’t think you should burn your ascendancy points without them.

    Malediction will allow you to utilize at least two Curses, which can result in tons of extra damage through the notable’s extra Chaos damage. Frigid Wake provides little to nothing compared to Malediction.

    Can you add in a section about curse guides then for late-game character building? I agree this would be much better, but for a newer player (who really needs explicit guides), having curse suggestions called out in the gemming section would be awesome.

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    On 15/05/2020 at 6:46 PM, Aeon said

    On 03/05/2020 at 2:06 AM, Vvckd said

    On 01/05/2020 at 6:04 AM, Aeon said

    Changed the Ascendancy from Curses to Frigid Wake. He never mentions the use of curses and so I don’t think you should burn your ascendancy points without them.

    Malediction will allow you to utilize at least two Curses, which can result in tons of extra damage through the notable’s extra Chaos damage. Frigid Wake provides little to nothing compared to Malediction.

    Can you add in a section about curse guides then for late-game character building? I agree this would be much better, but for a newer player (who really needs explicit guides), having curse suggestions called out in the gemming section would be awesome.

    Hey, for defense you should run Enfeeble Enfeeble and Temporal Chains Temporal Chains. For offense you can run Frostbite Frostbite, Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness or Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark.

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    How do you apply these curses if you are playing on SSF, don’t have much curse on hit.. Would it be worth me going void beacon > Frigid Wake path till i get these curse on hits? I would take one for bosses as self cast ? But just wondering how to apply them.

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    On 17/05/2020 at 8:11 AM, sewells said

    How do you apply these curses if you are playing on SSF, don’t have much curse on hit.. Would it be worth me going void beacon > Frigid Wake path till i get these curse on hits? I would take one for bosses as self cast ? But just wondering how to apply them.

    Hey, use Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support.

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