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Last Epoch: Best Warlock Builds

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The Warlock is a powerful mid-ranged class in Last Epoch that focuses on dealing damage over time and using curses. Doing continuous Necrotic damage, Poison damage, and draining enemies’ blood is the name of the game here. To make an optimal build for the Mastery, you must combine attacks that work together and utilize the same damage type to take full advantage of your passive skills.

Last Epoch isn’t as complicated as Path of Exile, but there’s still much to weave together—from passive skills to active skill point distribution. In this guide, we’ll break down the best builds you can do for your Warlock.

Warlock Profane Veil Last Epoch Build

The Warlock Profane Veil build lets you consume your Minions and absorb their life force as your own, leaving volatile zombies in your wake. The goal is to have a never-ending supply of Minions that’ll be used to generate Wards. At the same time, the explosions can deal a ton of AoE damage. Sinity, an active member of the ARPG community, created this build.

Active Skills for the Warlock Profrane Veil Build

This build’s bread and butter are Chthonic Fissure and Profane Veil. Chthonic Fissure will be your main source of personal damage, which will scale with Torment and the Unique Staff, Wheel of Torment. Meanwhile, Profane Veil is used as a Ward generator to create Minions for us. It will summon volatile zombies that will explode near enemies.

By casting Sacrifice on nearby Minions and summoning Skeleton Vanguards whenever they die, you can create more Minions to absorb through Profane Veil. This creates a never-ending Minion loop for you to deal damage and keep yourself healthy.

Chthonic Fissure

Chthonic Fissure will mainly deal damage through Torment, which you’ll inflict onto targets hit by the Spirits from Fissure. The damage from Torment can be scaled through different interactions, including the Unique Staff—the Wheel of Torment—you’re using. It’s best to cast Cththonic Fissure manually and frequently when clearing maps. However, for boss fights, you can auto-cast it by using Soul Feast.

Profane Veil

The Profane Veil skill will consume Minions and generate volatile zombies, creating an endless cycle of explosions from the zombies and casts of Sacrifice. When the zombies die, they’ll immediately create Skeleton Vanguards, who’ll then get consumed on your next cast of Profane Veil. This is what makes the rotational loop for your build.

Summon Volatile Zombie

The Summon Volatile Zombie is what glues everything together. This skill lets you have a constant supply of Necrotic Ghouls by your side, dealing damage and creating Minions for you to absorb for Ward.

Summon Skeleton

Summon Skeleton replenishes your Mana while also serving as a source of Ward through Profane Veil. At first, you’ll need to summon your skeletons manually and consume them to start generating zombies. But once you have the Volatile Zombies Summon On Pation Use Experimental Affix, it can be done automatically. However, you can still self-summon them periodically to ensure that your Minion count stays above three to get the bonus Sacrifice damage and the Spell Damage buff to be applied via Memory Catcher.

Sacrifice

You don’t have to proc Sacrifice manually for this build. Instead, you’ll rely on your volatile zombies to automate it whenever they die. Aside from dealing decent damage, Sacrifice also boosts your DoT (damage over time). It’s primarily used to increase your damage from Torment and create a consistent source of Bleed and Ignite.

Passive Skills for the Warlock Profane Veil Build

Acolyte Passive Skills and Points

  • Forbidden Knowledge (8/8) - Increases Necrotic resistance and Intelligence.
  • Blood Aura (1/8) - Increases Minion damage and damage.
  • Mania of Mortality (1/10) - Increases Ward gained whenever a death occurs nearby.
  • Stolen Vitality (5/5) - Increases Minion health and Vitality.
  • Unnatural Preservation (5/5) - Increases Necrotic resistance, Poison resistance, and Ward retention.

Lich Passive Skills and Points

  • Apocrypha (10/10) - Increases Mana regeneration and Intelligence.
  • Dance With Death (5/8) - Increases damage, with the effect increased when HP is low.
  • Grasp of Fate (5/5) - Increases Necrotic damage.
  • Crippling Insight (8/8) - Increases Intelligence.

Warlock Passive Skills and Points

  • Soul Stealer (5/8) - Increases Mana regeneration.
  • Unholy Torment (6/6) - Increases Area for Curse skills and Spell damage.
  • Occultist’s Mind (8/8) - Increases Intelligence.
  • Ward of Malevolence (1/5) - Increases Ward gained on kill and Ward Decay threshold.
  • Doom Herald (8/8) - Deal more damage to damned and take less damage while channeling.
  • Malefic Body (10/10) - Increases Vitality and Intelligence.
  • Wither (5/5) - Gain 100% Withering chance on hit.
  • Chaotic Strikes (2/5) - Gain double damage chance and double damage chance per curse.
  • Wreak Havoc (5/5) - Increases Critical multiplier.
  • Fleeting Crone (5/5) - Increases Hast chance on kill and when hitting a boss or rare. Increases Haste effect.

Necromancer Passive Skills and Points

  • Grave Thorns (5/5) - Increases Minion health.
  • Reclamation of Souls (5/5) - Gain extra Ward retention.

Gear

You should strive to aim for the gear below to recreate this build down to a tee. The most crucial aspect is the Unique staff, the Wheel of Torment. That’s because it has access to affixes and effects that alter how volatile zombies are summoned.

Gear Slot

Equipment

Helmet

Boneclamor Barbute

Weapon

Wheel of Torment (Two-Handed Staff)

Off-Hand

N/A

Gloves

Maehlin’s Hubris

Belt

Immolator’s Oblation

Chest

Any armor that gives resistances/Minion resistances

Feet

Any greaves that increase movement speed and Fire resistance

Relic

Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros

Ring

Cycle of Putrescence

Ring

Cycle of Putrescence

Amulet

Any amulet that increases Physical and Necrotic resistance.

Torment Warlock Build

The Torment Warlock build uses Chthonic Fissure to release Spirits that inflict Torment upon enemies—a powerful Curse that deals DoT. While Torment will be your main source of damage, you can also take advantage of multiple Necrotic skills. This build doesn’t require any Uniques to shine, which is a sign of relief for many players who don’t have time to farm them.

Overall, the Torment Warlock can cruise through all of Last Epoch’s content—even in Hardcore mode. This is for you if you want a Necrotic-based Warlock with amazing AoE skills to survive the harshest encounters.

Active Skills for the Torment Warlock Build

Chthonic Fissure

Chthonic Fissure releases Spirits that’ll apply Torment; this will be your primary source of damage. Adding Twisted Waves can stack Necrotic resistance for a massive damage multiplier. Your Spirits can also get powerful ailments thanks to Damned Waters and Severed Wards.

Spirit Plague

Since Spirit Plague is a Curse, it counts toward the ‘per Curse on target’ bonuses to which the Warlock has access. You can get big damage multipliers by chucking in Rotten to the Core and Concentrated Rot, while Plague of Eyes deals a lot of flat damage. We recommend grabbing Exsanguination to apply Ignites.

Wandering Spirits

When combined with Profane Veil, Wandering Spirits does a lot of damage on a cooldown. Make sure to grab False Damage and Reap the Damned for those juicy damage multipliers. Then, spec into Familiar Souls to reveal the Spirits in a smaller radius, which increases single-target damage.

Transplant

Transplant will be your movement skill for this build since it gives you tons of buffs and utility. Thanks to the Acolyte’s Fervor node, you can use this skill to grant yourself Haste and Frenzy buffs.

Profane Veil

Profane Veil is a channeled skill that provides excellent defensive and offensive buffs. You can dodge every hit you take using this as long as it is specced into Spirit Plate. Don’t forget to add Scorn since it also grants a global damage multiplier.

Passive Skills for the Torment Warlock Build Last Epoch

Acolyte Passive Skills and Points

  • Bone Aura (6/8) - Increases armor and Minion armor.
  • Forbidden Knowledge (8/8) - Increases Intelligence and Necrotic resistance.
  • Mania of Mortality (1/10) - Increases Ward gained upon a death nearby.
  • Unnatural Preservation (5/5) - Increases Ward retention, Necrotic resistance, and Poison resistance.

Warlock Passive Skills and Points

  • Soul Stealer (5/8) - Increases Mana regen and decreases effect cooldown.
  • Unholy Torment (6/6) - Increases Area for Curses and Spell damage for Curses.
  • Occultist’s Mind (5/8) - Increases Intelligence.
  • Ward of Malevolence (5/5) - Increases Ward Decay threshold and Ward gained on kill.
  • Harrowing Armor (5/8) - Increases armor and health.
  • Spirit Leech (6/6) - Increases health leech and health leeched against Cursed.
  • Imperishable (3/5) - Increases Vitality.
  • Doom Herald (8/8) - Take less damage while channeling and deal more damage to Damned enemies while channeling.
  • Dark Protections (5/7) - Increases Ward per second.
  • Malefic Body (10/10) - Increases Intelligence and Vitality.
  • Wither (5/5) - Gain 100% Withering chance on hit.
  • Chaotic Strikes (2/5) - Increases Double Damage chance and Double Damage chance per Curse.
  • Encroaching Darkness (2/5) - Increases enemies anguished on Curse cast.
  • Wreak Havoc (5/5) - Increases Critical multiplier.
  • Fleeting Crone (5/5) - Gains Haste chance on kill and when hitting a boss or rare. Increases Haste effect.
  • Duskbringer (6/6) - Increases Spell damage for Curses.

Lich Passive Skills and Points

  • Apocrypha (10/10) - Increases Mana regen and Intelligence.

Gear

Having the correct Item Bases allows you to use their Implicits. For this build, your gear should give you stable Wards, reduced bonus damage taken from Crits, and 600% increased damage when you’re in the endgame.

Starting Gear

Gear Slot

Equipment

Helmet

Acolyte’s Burial Mask of the Ox

Weapon

Eviscerating Profane Wand of Lethargy

Off-Hand

Occultist’s Opulent Focus of Hope

Gloves

Blighted Crusader Gauntlets of Insulation

Belt

Occultist’s Praetorian Belt of the Giant

Chest

Acolyte’s Necropolis Plate of Purity

Feet

Mercurial Solarum Greaves of Insulation

Relic

Acolyte’s Putrid Souls of Purity

Ring

Blighted Ivory Ring of Sanctuary

Ring

Blighted Ivory Ring of Deflection

Amulet

Victorious Bone Amulet of Life

Endgame Gear

Gear Slot

Equipment

Helmet

Acolyte’s Boneclamor Barbute of Purity

Weapon

Eviscerating the Ghost Maker

Off-Hand

Occultist’s Sealed Opulent Focus of Hope

Gloves

Maehlin’s Hubris of Purity

Belt

Immolator’s Oblation of Lucidity

Chest

Acolyte’s Sealed Necropolis Plate of Fortification

Feet

Mercurial Sealed Citadel Boots of Lucidity

Relic

Acolyte’s Twisted Heart of Uhkeiros

Ring

Blighted Sealed Ivory Ring of Insulation

Ring

Blighted Sealed Ivory Ring of Purity

Amulet

Omnis

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