I had this build on grimtools before patch 0.6 hit. This started as just another variant of an aether BH apostate I was running a while back (and might post after some adjustments) but never touched it. That was until I failed in some melee builds (melee isn’t really my thing), also Fluff and spanksalot posted Doom Bolt builds which made me quite interested in this setup again. So here we are.
Char sheet with all permanent buffs and Blood of Dreeg
This is basically the aether version of Fluff’s Solael Conjurer. With added RNG of Clairvoyant Set. It’s good that both Sigil and Doom Bolt have Aether support, otherwise this build wouldn’t even be half as good as this is. The best feat of this build is that it can dish out pure aether doom bolts that can crit for 400k, while having TD and 10% chance to not have a cooldown, you can easily dish out 5x doom bolts in succession. The only weakness of this build for me is that the most dangerous nemeses, Reaper and Alex are both aether resistant and will not be bursted easily, especially if you’re not lucky in your RNG at that certain time, so you have to kite. 160 and 170 aside, this has a pretty good cleartime. Clears Crucible in about 13 minutes (4 buffs +vanguard banner) but if you’re either better than me or have a better pc or both, then maybe this can do 11.
Items, Skills and Devotions
For Itemization, Clairvoyant set and the conversion items are mandatory. Focus on getting 100% Conversion on your items. So, Tome + Amulet Vit>Aether should total 100, and Clairvoyant + AD ring Chaos>Aether should total 100. This is more important than % Aether Damage rolls on your items or even the affixes of the offhand (okay, you probably want one good affix). Don’t worry about farming the offhand cause you can just buy it on Malmouth Steelcap district. There’s an MI vendor there after you complete some rescue quest, for those who don’t know. Just restart game if you don’t see some desirable tome and try again. Medal affixes can be anything you like, but the medal itself is BiS. Pants can be anything that provides necessary resistances. Relic can be Eldritch pact, just make it something Occultist so we can cap Doom Bolt.
As for skills, Doom Bolt and sigil are the ones we build this around. Blood of Dreeg and Mark are autoinclude as usual. The trio of Sigil, Siphon Souls and Pox give this build a very good defense with Sigil and Siphon lifestealing, then Pox and Blood Boild giving a total of 411 OA reduction, making us able to run around with 2800 DA. Ravenous Earth also provides nice defense bonuses while being a good devotion proccer. The choice of Exclusive skill was made mostly due to skill point efficiency cause I would need more points to cap Possession.
Devotions The endgame of TD, Spear and 4 Dying God is pretty Standard for Aether. Wendigo and Imp are the stranger choices I made. Wendigo because Bat would make me not take Hawk for OA. I do recognize that Bat is a lot better for survivability. Imp because Flame Torrent is overused even after nerfs (for me at least)
Thank you for reading. Hope you guys like this build. I need sleep.