Cyclone Blood and Sand Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing at Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing Essence Drain Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Introduction

Cyclone Cyclone was a wildly popular skill in Patch 3.7 after the melee rework, receiving a redesign of its own and numerous buffs. Though Patch 3.8 Blight League has been accompanied by a few justified tweaks to Cyclone Cyclone — specifically to its Area of Effect and Added Physical Damage — the skill remains a powerful choice that can hang with some of Path of Exile’s strongest builds. With the Gladiator changes and reworks, this Ascendancy has become a fantastic all-rounder that blends offense and defense seamlessly, with organic Frenzy and Endurance Charge generation. Not only is this build dealing a lot of damage, but it is a brick wall of fortitude — with over 7000 Life, 6 Endurance Charges, Fortify Support Fortify Support, and a plethora of Leech and Armour, this build feels stable as a rock as you spin-to-win through Maps.

In Patch 3.10 Delirium League the Cyclone Cyclone skill is entirely unchanged, and is still a powerful league starter for all league types.

If you are looking to transition this build into the ultimate end-game destroyer, check out our Ultimate Cyclone Slayer Build guide for more information.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Great League Starter
+ Good end-game
+ Great defenses
+ Multiple configurations
+ Very fast

Cons

Cyclone Cyclone is a polarizing “love it or hate it” skill
Requires careful play on difficult bosses to dodge mechanics
Cyclone Cyclone is not really viable until the end-game — leveling must be done using a skill such as Sunder Sunder

Playstyle

Cyclone Cyclone is a very simple and straightforward skill. Now a channeled ability, your character spins around and attacks extremely quickly — technically it is considered a movement skill, although it slows your character. By stacking a lot of damage, Attack Speed, Bleeds, and Movement Speed, our Cyclone Gladiator glides effortlessly through maps while shredding packs and bosses alike.

This is a primarily Physical damage build, which makes it relatively easy to itemize for, and a viable candidate for Solo Self-Found and Hardcore leagues due to its quick ramp up, great end-game, and cheap kickstart cost. Simply enter a map, Leap Slam Leap Slam into a pack, and Cyclone Cyclone through it to blow it to pieces. The new Gratuitous Violence Ascendancy keystone causes Bleeding enemies to explode and deal 10% of their Maximum Life as Physical damage, which is essentially a built in Physical version of Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Powers page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page thoroughly.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast or Carcass Jack Carcass Jack or Rare Astral Plate Astral Plate
Gloves Rare Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves
Boots Rare Two-Toned Boots (Cold and Lightning Resistances) Two-Toned Boots (Cold and Lightning Resistances)
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Ring Rare Steel Ring Steel Rings or Shaped Ring + Mark of the Elder Mark of the Elder
Weapon 1 Rare Siege Axe Siege Axe or Soul Taker Soul Taker
Weapon 2 Rare Siege Axe Siege Axe or Soul Taker Soul Taker

For in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

Start out with Ground Slam Ground Slam, which you should use until Level 12, when Sunder Sunder can be acquired. Sunder is a fairly potent leveling skill due to its high base damage and ease of use. Your Sunder links, in order of priority, are:

  1. Sunder Sunder
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  5. Maim Support Maim Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Just use what you can get until the gems become available — Maim Support Maim Support and Ruthless Support Ruthless Support are available very early, along with Onslaught Support Onslaught Support, but you will have to wait until Act II for Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support is an option in the meantime, if you are using a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa.

Blood and Sand Blood and Sand is available right at Level 4, and should be picked up immediately. Remember to acquire Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity Herald of Purity in Act II.

Leveling Trees

FAQ

What Should Annointment Should I Use on my Amulet?

We recommend any of the following, based on what you need:

  • Rampart: Increases effectiveness of Fortify Support Fortify Support and our damage output, making it a great all around choice for damage, clear speed, and defense.
  • Discipline and Training: A huge chunk of Maximum Life and great for survivability or Hardcore.
  • Graceful Assault: Provides solid damage and free Onslaught, making it the best choice for pure clear speed.
  • Whispers of Doom: Expensive but allows you to add Vulnerability Vulnerability as well, which is likely the best possible damage increase and excellent for bossing.

What About Historic Jewels?

There are not any specifically overpowered keystones that can be warped with Historic Jewels for this build, but the Karui options are many and varied and can have some pretty potent effects on notables, depending on the seed.

Changelog
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    Delirium 3.10; Fully updated, including tree changes, gems, gear, introduction, and much more!

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    Updated for Patch 3.9 Metamorph.

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    Updated Gear advice, Gem Links, and added Annointment Recommendations.

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    Updated for Patch 3.8 Blight League.

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    Updated Gear recommendations.

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    Updated Pantheon recommendations and Gear.

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    Updated Cyclone links.

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    Added new links for Blood and Sand gem.

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    Guide added.

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    Its called blood and sand but i dont see that skill gem anywhere in ur build ??

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    How do you generate the endurance charges? Or Frenzy for that matter?

    Never mind, im blind, forgot about the last ascendancy :)

    Edited by Riggorius on June 11th, 2019

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    What’s the point of Brutality + Herald of Ash?
    Does the overkill burn even matter, and wouldn’t Pride be better?

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    5.4. Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike 4-Link

    This is mainly here for bosses, allowing you a massive frontload burst of damage that will melt most Map bosses when combined with Ancestral Protector.

    Dont you mean Ancestral Warchief vaal

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    On 12/06/2019 at 7:58 PM, Psycrow said

    5.4. Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike 4-Link

    This is mainly here for bosses, allowing you a massive frontload burst of damage that will melt most Map bosses when combined with Ancestral Protector.

    Dont you mean Ancestral Warchief vaal

    Yes, one of those ancestors! Warchief is right :) Thanks for catching it.

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    Curious, how do you handle the mana cost with the new 6 link cyclone you have set up? I have to basically spam my mana potions just to be able to continue my cyclone.

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    On 14/06/2019 at 7:25 PM, Linix said

    Curious, how do you handle the mana cost with the new 6 link cyclone you have set up? I have to basically spam my mana potions just to be able to continue my cyclone.

    Did you buy gear with mana/life leech

    I got 1 ring and 1 amulet with mana leech and it keeps me up when there are enemies to leech from

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    On 11/06/2019 at 5:53 PM, Arichist said

    What’s the point of Brutality + Herald of Ash?
    Does the overkill burn even matter, and wouldn’t Pride be better?

    The overkill feeds into the league mechanic, but in any case, I’ve updated the main link to no longer use Brutality Support Brutality Support and Fortify Support Fortify Support.

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    On 14/06/2019 at 11:41 PM, Psycrow said

    On 14/06/2019 at 7:25 PM, Linix said

    Curious, how do you handle the mana cost with the new 6 link cyclone you have set up? I have to basically spam my mana potions just to be able to continue my cyclone.

    Did you buy gear with mana/life leech

    I got 1 ring and 1 amulet with mana leech and it keeps me up when there are enemies to leech from

    Exactly, having at least one piece is a massive help!

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    Cool, good to know, thank you. Just gotta keep an eye out I suppose. RNG is not in my favor

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    On 15/06/2019 at 10:44 AM, Linix said

    Cool, good to know, thank you. Just gotta keep an eye out I suppose. RNG is not in my favor

    No problem — try crafting it onto your gear if you can’t find it anywhere.

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    On 15/06/2019 at 11:14 AM, Furty said

    On 15/06/2019 at 10:44 AM, Linix said

    Cool, good to know, thank you. Just gotta keep an eye out I suppose. RNG is not in my favor

    No problem — try crafting it onto your gear if you can’t find it anywhere.

    Or use Poe trade..you can get some cheap rings and amulets for starters with these stats

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    Got any suggestions on what to put in the stygian vise?

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    do you have a lvl 100 tree?

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    On 20/06/2019 at 10:31 PM, happycrack said

    do you have a lvl 100 tree?

    Yes, it’s listed in the guide in section 4

    Edited by Vlad on June 21st, 2019

  16. Furty

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    On 20/06/2019 at 6:51 AM, sezs said

    Got any suggestions on what to put in the stygian vise?

    A Murderous Eye with Life and Physical Damage to Axe Attacks, plus whatever other nice stats or damage you can find or want to tack on.

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    On 20/06/2019 at 10:31 PM, happycrack said

    do you have a lvl 100 tree?

    Check the Passive Skill Tree section of the guide.

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    hi,
    can you tell me how to reach the 108 intelligence needed to use the “concentrated effect support” gem pls? cause in my case amulet is not enought..
    thx!

    Edited by Zemour on July 1st, 2019

  19. Furty

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    On 01/07/2019 at 6:14 AM, Zemour said

    hi,
    can you tell me how to reach the 108 intelligence needed to use the “concentrated effect support” gem pls? cause in my case amulet is not enought..
    thx!

    You can only get it from gear or from the tree, so if you don’t have enough across your items you’ll have to put a point or two on the tree towards Intelligence (e.g. Hard Knocks).

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