Cyclone Slayer Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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Passive Tree

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.

Gems

Cyclone Cyclone is the build’s main skill, it should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Leap Slam Leap Slam. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief is used for some additional damage when fighting tougher foes. Vaal Grace 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 Hatred and Herald of Ash Herald of Ash are offensive buffs that provide a lot of damage to the build. Dread Banner Dread Banner is a great addition to the build, mainly for the chance to Impale it provides. A standard Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support is used for additional defence. Blood Rage 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 (6-Link)

Cyclone 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.

  1. Cyclone Cyclone
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  4. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  5. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  6. Close Combat Support Close Combat Support

Leap Slam (4-Link)

Leap Slam 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.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  4. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Immortal Call and Enfeeble (4-Link)

Immortal Call Immortal Call is used in order to gain some additional damage mitigation. Since the build does not utilize any other curse, Enfeeble Enfeeble is used in combination with Cast when Damage Taken Support 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 Increased Duration Support.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call
  3. Enfeeble Enfeeble
  4. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Vaal Grace (2-Link)

Vaal Grace 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.

  1. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace
  2. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Vaal Ancestral Warchief (4-Link)

Vaal Ancestral Warchief 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.

  1. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Other Gems

Blood Rage 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 Hatred, Grace Grace, Determination 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 Herald of Ash, Arctic Armour Arctic Armour, War Banner War Banner, Dread Banner Dread Banner and the new Blood and Sand gem.

Note: We recommend the following buff setup Pride, Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and one of the Banner skills depending on if you are Crit or not (if you are Crit use War Banner).

Check out the main page of the guide or use the menu on the right side of this page to navigate to the other sections of the guide.

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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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