Considering the build can be played with two-handed Axes and Swords we will provide two passive skill trees.
The Sword tree focuses on all the great and efficient Sword nodes that excel at building up your powerful Critical Strikes.
The Axe passive tree picks up all the efficient Axe nodes along with Resolute Technique, which allows us to always Hit and never deal Critical Strikes. This keystone allows us to focus on scaling our damage as much as possible and not worry about Accuracy Rating and Hit Chance.
Note: To check your skill tree priority during leveling, refer to the leveling section of the build. It includes the state your passives should be at early levels, prior to the absolute endgame.
Cyclone is the build’s main skill, it should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Leap Slam. Vaal Ancestral Warchief is used for some additional damage when fighting tougher foes. Vaal Grace can be used only for the vaal version of the skill, the additional dodge chance combined with all your other layers of defence will make you very hard to kill. Hatred and Herald of Ash are offensive buffs that provide a lot of damage to the build. Dread Banner is a great addition to the build, mainly for the chance to Impale it provides. A standard Cast when Damage Taken Support is used for additional defence. Blood Rage provides great amount of damage via the attack speed and Frenzy charges, along with a very good amount of life leech.
For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority (starting from the top left, going to the right on each row of the links), meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom (with the bottom right being the last). Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.
Cyclone can have very strong area and single target damage, especially when used with 2-handers. While cycloning around you are immune to Stun and you will Stun-lock regular packs of mobs before they even have the chance to strike at you. Slayer’s Over Leech mechanic will make you feel save while you recklessly Cyclone into enemies and leave only corpses behind. We recommend one 6-Links, which works great for both clearing and single target purposes.
- Melee Physical Damage Support
- Damage on Full Life Support
- Infused Channelling Support
- Pulverise Support
- Close Combat Support
Leap Slam (4-Link)
Leap Slam will provide the mobility you need. When combined with a decent amount of attack speed this skill will feel very good when you need to move around quickly, you will also get the Fortify effect for free with the following link.
Immortal Call and Enfeeble (4-Link)
Immortal Call is used in order to gain some additional damage mitigation. Since the build does not utilize any other curse, Enfeeble is used in combination with Cast when Damage Taken Support as an additional layer of defence. All gems should be kept at level requirement of level 40, except for the Increased Duration Support.
Vaal Grace (2-Link)
Vaal Grace proves to be very useful in hairy situations. When you encounter a very tough foe simply use Vaal Grace for the additional Dodge Chance and you will have 6+ seconds to go for the kill without worrying about your survivability.
Vaal Ancestral Warchief (4-Link)
Vaal Ancestral Warchief is used for the additional damage multiplier it provides along with the damage it does on its own. Place a regular and a Vaal totem on the ground for maximum single target damage output.
Blood Rage is a utility gem that will be of great use later on when your character advances in levels. For auras, you can use Hatred, Grace, Determination, Precision (only if you choose to play around Critical Strikes) and Pride (added in 3.7, the best offensive choice). For other buffs, you can make use of Herald of Ash, Arctic Armour, War Banner, Dread Banner and the new Blood and Sand gem.
Note: We recommend the following buff setup Pride, Herald of Ash and one of the Banner skills depending on if you are Crit or not (if you are Crit use War Banner).
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