Cyclone Slayer Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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:

Introduction

We are looking at one basic strong all-around build. Two-handed Cyclone Cyclone builds have been solid for long time. Combining high single target damage with decent clear speed and reliable sustain makes the build very fun to play. Slayer’s over leech and Vaal Pact is something that trivializes content when your damage and life pool are high enough. Spinning around with your two-handed weapon and obliterating everything in your path feels very good. Cyclone is a skill that hits multiple times in a short period of time, this is why high damage item bases are great for the skill. There are very solid endgame weapon choices like Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour, Starforge Starforge and many other cheaper options. Slayer’s 20% culling strike is insanely strong when it comes to boss killing. Physical reflect is not an issue and that is one less map mod to worry about, also if you choose Starforge Starforge you can run elemental reflect too. Overall if you like the beefy melee brutes this is definitely the build for you.

Build Summary

Cyclone Cyclone ’s early levels do not have enough radius in order to feel good for clearing, at this point you do not have enough movement speed too. It is recommended leveling the build with Sunder Sunder or Earthquake Earthquake. Leveling should be very easy if you have the right uniques items to carry you through it. For mapping you can start very cheaply, two-handers like Kaom's Primacy Kaom's Primacy can carry you to mid-yellow maps with ease. With gear for less than 100 Chaos Orb Chaos Orb you can comfortably clear red maps. A lot of the clear speed is carried by the Haemophilia Haemophilia gloves. Every bleeding enemy that dies explodes for 5% of its maximum health, this makes the build feel much smoother when it comes to clearing packs of monsters. For single target these gloves can be swapped with a decent pair of well rolled rare ones with attack speed, physical damage and life. The good thing about the build is that there is no specific item that makes or breaks it, which makes it even Solo Self Found viable.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Smooth leveling experience
+ Can be played on a budget
+ Does not slack in any particular content
+ Can run huge variety of map mods
+ Scales very well into endgame maps

Cons

- Melee builds might not appeal to some people
- Relies on over leech and Vaal Pact, you have to keep in mind you have no health regeneration and you have deal damage in order to survive
- Although the clear speed is better than average, it is not the fastest clearing build in the game

Playstyle

Offensively, you Cyclone Cyclone straight into packs of mobs, they explode via Haemophilia Haemophilia gloves. Blood Rage Blood Rage is a great addition to the build as the over leech out weights the degeneration effect. While over leeching you are considered to be on full life so even Blood Rage does not stop you from benefiting from things like Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support gem. The build also benefits greatly from offensive flasks like Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise, Lion's Roar Lion's Roar and Taste of Hate Taste of Hate, although Lion's Roar Lion's Roar knock back effect might make it kind of clunky so you can skip it if you do not like it. Hatred Hatred and Herald of Ash Herald of Ash are always a good choice when it comes to builds like this. If you choose to use Starforge Starforge you do not benefit from them, at this point we recommend going Blood Magic or just use some defensive auras. Slayer’s Headsman and Bane of Legends are just insanely valuable.

Defensively, as always the over leech takes care of business. Proper passive tree and good item choice can bring a build like this to 9k+ life, while also maintaining great damage output. Playing a two-hander build gives us the freedom to run our main 6-Link in the weapon so we can choose to use Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart for the extra maximum life. Other good options are Loreweave Loreweave for the additional maximum resists, Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast provides a decent percent maximum life, or just a well rolled Astral Plate Astral Plate is also a good option. While spinning around with Cyclone Cyclone you are immune to stuns. This is always a great defensive mechanic. Slayer’s bleed immunity while leeching frees up a flask slot. Make sure you keep up your Blood Rage Blood Rage all the time because the additional attack speed and frenzy charges are very handy. Beyond that you are just spinning around and crushing everything in your path. Indoor maps should feel better for clearing than outdoor ones, although it does not make a huge difference.

For Playstyle, as in all builds that depend on Vaal Pact and over leech mechanic, you should start slow in every new zone. Once you’ve killed the first pack of monsters and have some leech stored up, you can activate Blood Rage and go aggressive. With recent changes to how life leech works, the Cyclone Slayer is one of the best builds that makes use of the mechanic.

Passive Tree

The build can use either a Sword tree or an Axe passive tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

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

Gems

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

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks section in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Carnage Heart Carnage Heart
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail or Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Starforge Starforge or Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour

Leveling

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

Leveling the build is fairly easy. Having decent weapons will carry you through the leveling content. Sunder Sunder and Earthquake Earthquake are both strong skills. Leap Slam Leap Slam helps jump through broken roads and edges. Both gem levels and weapon range improve the area of effect of Cyclone Cyclone and therefore it is recommended to start using it at level 70+.

Leveling Trees

Here is an early passive skill tree that will help you deal with the levelling content with ease.

Resolute Technique will allow you to have much smoother leveling experience, since you are not really able to invest into Accuracy Rating early on. Grab all the life and two-hand nodes on the way.

Useful Leveling Uniques

As you begin a new character there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Limbsplit Limbsplit, Reaper's Pursuit Reaper's Pursuit and The Blood Reaper The Blood Reaper will carry you up to level 60 without any problems. Sinvicta's Mettle Sinvicta's Mettle will take care of the of the game up until Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector for additional single target damage.

By level 8, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 10, you should add Leap Slam Leap Slam for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ash Herald of Ash for the additional damage.

By level 18, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred in order to improve damage even further.

At level 28, you can replace your Ground Slam Ground Slam gem setup with the following Earthquake Earthquake. Cyclone Cyclone is not the best leveling skill, due to the fact its area of effect scales with gem levels, at this point you also do not have enough attack speed for the skill to feel good. You should start using Cyclone around level 62, when you equip Sinvicta's Mettle Sinvicta's Mettle.

  1. Earthquake Earthquake
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

By level 31, you should replace Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector with Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief. Your Earthquake Earthquake link should look like this.

  1. Earthquake Earthquake
  2. Less Duration Support Less Duration Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  6. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

Elemental Reflect and Cannot Leech.

Conclusion

The build is very versatile over all. This is one of the few two-handed builds that can keep up with the current meta. The Cyclone Slayer has enough damage and survivability in order to deal with the toughest encounters the game has to offer.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build received some well-deserved nerfs via changes to the Cyclone gem and the Overwhelm ascendancy node. The build is still a very solid melee choice.

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    Revisited and updated the whole guide for Legion 3.7. Mainly focused on Ascendancy choices, the new passive skill tree and Gem setups.

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    Improved Gem and Gearing sections.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6. Recent changes to life leech make the build one of the few viable strong options that fully take advantage of the mechanic.

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    Made the playstyle section more descriptive, and improved the gearing section by providing more detailed recommendations.

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    Reworked Gem Link and Gem Progression sections for improved visibility.

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    Reworked recommended leveling skills and some recommended utility gems.

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    How do you generate endurance charges for Immortal Call to use?

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    You can either use Enduring Cry Enduring Cry or you can leave it just the way it is, the main idea behind the CWDT Immortal Call setup is to have a split-second physical damage immunity to prevent deaths from porcupines that die at the same time and to proc the additional life recovery from the Major pantheon

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    Hi,
    Humm what is the best for end game so, Atziri’s, Starforge or Ngamahu ? Can you explain me plz ? Thx you :D

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    Ngamahu definitely falls behind the other two. When it comes to pure damage output and clear speed, Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour is the best option. Starforge is not bad, it allows you to go Blood Magic, essentially with Starforge Starforge you will be a bit more tanky and will not worry about elemental reflect, but you will do less damage compared to Atziri’s Disfavour.

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    Thank you very much for this answer :D

    Edited by Atix on January 30th, 2019

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    Feel free to come back and ask whatever you want, we will be glad to help.

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    Only one bad thing about this build… sometimes cyclone decides to have a mind of it’s own. Otherwise I have found it to be a great build.

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    Hellow Madaje, I don’t know how long have you been playing the game but if you compare nowadays Cyclone Cyclone to before, it is way better. Long time ago in Path of Exile, Cyclone was stopping every single time you hit the smallest peddle, this was super annoying. Now there might still be some issues but the skill is not as bad as before for sure.

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    Just came back, I last played during Beta. My brother’s and I am always looking for new co-op games. I suggested we try this one and they are really enjoying it. Back then I loved playing flicker strike…. of course, that is, when it didn’t crash the game.

    Edited by madaje on March 23rd, 2019

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    Hey Madaje, I’m sure you enjoy PoE the more you play it. Flicker Strike requires a lot of mental stability to play hehe.

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    Isn’t brutality support better then added fire damage support? in total i lose like 40% of my damage if i take that off, using the exact same build as this except for enfeeble cause i have corrupted abyss gloves with curse enemy’s with vulnarability on hit

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    And another question, Do you not evade Physical reflect maps, i thought i was supposed to avoid that like a plague, am i missing something?

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    Hey dRACO777, if you use Brutality Support Brutality Support you will lose great amount of Chaos/Elemental damage provided by flasks, gear and auras/buffs. When it comes to your second question, Slayer’s Headsman ascendancy node makes you immune to reflected Physical damage.

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    omfg. i’ve been using brutality support all along i thought it was a great idea :‘D. and with the elemental auras LOL. i need to start reading the whole text before i sign lol. Good thing i asked. and also about the physical damage. i’ve been rerolling maps unecessery allot then, Thanks mate :)

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    Im doing well currently sitting at 92 with this builds with all guardians and shaper down. I have a nice kaoms and 8500 hp but im not sure which skills i should run without having those extra six slots on my chest. I currently have cyclone 6-l, IC setup 4-l, leap/fort 4-l, and then herald of ash, vaal grace, dread banner, and blood rage as my final 4-l… didnt op to go with bobonic. i would realy like to use hatred but im not sure how to fit it in unless i go with an unset ring or something. what did/do you run with a kaoms setup?

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    On 03/04/2019 at 2:01 PM, dRACO777 said

    omfg. i’ve been using brutality support all along i thought it was a great idea :‘D. and with the elemental auras LOL. i need to start reading the whole text before i sign lol. Good thing i asked. and also about the physical damage. i’ve been rerolling maps unecessery allot then, Thanks mate :)

    Haha, we are all work in progress, no worries, glad to help.

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    Heya V, I’ve been playing for a short while and just started this (Synthesis) league, so I’m still getting the hang of things. 2 questions for you: 1) is why would one choose Earthquake over Sunder while leveling as Sunder seems to do WAY more damage for me. 2) Why would you use/need Blood magic when using Starforge but not Atziri’s? I like the idea of being able to do more maps at the cost of slightly less damage but I can’t figure this bit of the build. Thanks!

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    On 29/04/2019 at 6:02 PM, null said

    Heya V, I’ve been playing for a short while and just started this (Synthesis) league, so I’m still getting the hang of things. 2 questions for you: 1) is why would one choose Earthquake over Sunder while leveling as Sunder seems to do WAY more damage for me. 2) Why would you use/need Blood magic when using Starforge but not Atziri’s? I like the idea of being able to do more maps at the cost of slightly less damage but I can’t figure this bit of the build. Thanks!

    1) Sunder is a great levelling skill, but lacks single target, while Earthquake Earthquake one shots packs of monsters while also has respectable single target.

    2) With Starforge Starforge you do not need auras, simply because you cannot deal Elemental Damage. If you want to, you can go Blood Magic even with Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour, as you say you will lose some damage in order to gain Life.

    Have fun in Path of Exile.

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    There is a lot of new nodes under the duelist start point and you haven’t touched them. Have you evaluated them and disregarded them so quickly ?

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