Cyclone Gladiator Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

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Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

Start by making a beeline towards Resolute Technique, which is essential for this build. While Critical Strike stacking is possible, it is absolutely not necessary or really worth it and does not play towards the strengths of the Gladiator Ascendancy, which is why we instead opt for a much cheaper, easier to execute, and punchy version of the build. The Endurance Charges are extremely valuable once you reach the end-game and early Maps, and allow you to greatly extend your Immortal Call Immortal Calls for nearly permanent 25% reduction of Elemental and Physical Damage. See the Leveling section at the end of the guide for more information.

Gems

Cyclone Cyclone is our main damaging skill, and requires a fair amount of Dexterity to fully level up. Since it does not really shine until the end-game, we prefer to use Sunder Sunder to level up, which has high base damage, prioritizes the same stats, and uses the same items. This allows for a quick and clean transition to Cyclone when you are ready with no respeccing or gear swaps — simply ensure that you are leveling a Cyclone gem while making your way through Acts 1-10.

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief does exceptional damage and serves as our Vaal skill of choice, although the base totem, Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief, can also be potent for assisting with tough enemies and bosses. Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark is used for additional Leech which is essential for this build. The 6 Endurance Charges that we have extend Immortal Call Immortal Call immensely, allowing us to maintain extremely high uptime on Elemental and Physical damage reduction.

Herald of Purity Herald of Purity and Herald of Ash Herald of Ash are used as our auras, as well as the new Blood and Sand Blood and Sand. Blood Rage Blood Rage adds some additional damage and leech, while Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike also reinforces our boss damage even further.

Cyclone Cyclone 6-Link

  1. Cyclone Cyclone
  2. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  5. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  6. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support / Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support

As you might expect, Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support is far superior for smashing bosses, while Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support boasts much smoother clear. You can opt to swap them in and out as necessary, although Concentrated Effect is not usually necessary for Map bosses in average gear. It is highly recommended, however, that you use Concentrated Effect for tankier bosses, such as Shaper Guardians and above.

Sunder Sunder 6-Link

If you have not yet made the switch to Cyclone Cyclone, you should set up your Sunder Sunder as follows:

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

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief 4-Link

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief can be used as necessary while clearing, but you should save some uses for the boss. The Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief itself does not need to be used, except for extremely tanky or long-lived enemies, where it should always be kept active to grant you the Melee damage bonus. It also does great damage on its own, which can be helpful when you need to move or kite around.

  1. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief
  2. Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support 4-Link

Immortal Call Immortal Call‘s damage reduction will have 100% uptime, provided your Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support is getting triggered, which adds a significant amount of safety in Red Maps.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 10)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 12)
  3. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support (Level 20)
  4. Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark (Level 13)

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 Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief.

  1. Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Leap Slam Leap Slam 3-Link

A standard mobility link. Even though we have Fortify Support Fortify Support in our main link, it still pays to have it here for when you are hopping into fresh packs, preventing any unexpected bursts of damage.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support

Auras 3-Link

These do not have to be linked together, though it makes no difference.

  1. Herald of Ash Herald of Ash
  2. Herald of Purity Herald of Purity
  3. Blood and Sand Blood and Sand

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Changelog

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    Ritual 3.13; updated for the new league.

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

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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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    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 :)

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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.

  9. Furty

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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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    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

  15. 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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    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!

  17. 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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