Cyclone Blood and Sand Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Sentinel 3.18)

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Due to the latest balancing changes in Lake of Kalandra 3.19, we do not recommend to play this build anymore, as it does not meet the high standards we apply to our guides in terms of fun and performance. We are leaving it up as a reference and are working hard to make it viable again.

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 recent leagues have 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.

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 92 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

  • Updated for 3.17 Archnemesis, still waiting on POB to be updated.

  • 3.16 Scourge; updated tree and gear recommendations, ready for the new league.

  • 3.15 Expedition updates.

  • Ritual 3.13; updated for the new league.

  • Harvest 3.11 updates including tree, ascendancy, gem links, pantheon.

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

  • Updated for Patch 3.9 Metamorph.

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

  • Updated for Patch 3.8 Blight League.

  • Updated Gear recommendations.

  • Updated Pantheon recommendations and Gear.

  • Updated Cyclone links.

  • Added new links for Blood and Sand gem.

  • Guide added.

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