3.16 Scourge Disclaimer
The Scourge Challenge League has turned Path of Exile on its head in many new and exciting ways. While the full scope of the changes have not yet been fully felt, we expect several updates to this build over the first week of the league as new insights are gained through playtesting.
Cyclone is a perennial powerhouse that immediately asserted itself as one of the staple skills in the melee metascape on its inception. Slayer also received a few redesigned keystones, and is now one of the perfect pairings for crit-based melee builds. Despite a few tweaks in recent patches Cyclone remains — not only viable — one of the most potent melee end-game builds available. The result of many leagues of careful build chemistry is a Cyclone build of monstrous proportions. With the ability to melt any content in a matter of moments, our Crit-Based Cyclone Slayer is doubtless one of the strongest overall melee builds to ever grace Path of Exile.
No content is out of reach for this build. With 9000 or more effective Life, increased maximum Resistances, tons of Armour, and more, this build is not lacking in defense. It is always a great time to play Cyclone, and this is the most overpowered way to do it. Our Crit-Based Cyclone Slayer is a truly unstoppable force that is the perfect candidate to fulfill any task.
+ Absurd damage potential — can basically scale indefinitely with enough currency
+ Excellent clear speed — one of the S-Tier melee builds
+ Solid all-round defenses — excellent Level 100 candidate
+ Melts bosses in the blink of an eye
+ Crit-based build with incredible scaling (~88% Crit Chance in top-end gear)
+ All map mods are possible (except no regeneration), immune to reflect
+ Strongest way to play Cyclone in the end-game
– Not a good Cyclone build for beginners — knowledge of how to upgrade a character and quickly generate currency is very helpful
– Expensive to achieve top-end gear, depending on the popularity and availability of items
– Cyclone can be a polarizing skill — careful movement is necessary for dangerous enemies
Path of Building and Furty’s Character
Make sure you are using the Path of Building Community Fork to include Impale DPS in the calculations.
You can find the Ultimate Cyclone Slayer’s Path of Building information here.
We use the Path of Building Community Fork for all of our builds, which is highly recommended. If you are encountering errors importing the build, please ensure you are .
You can also find a link to Furty’s personal character for this build — last played in the 3.10 Delirium challenge league — by clicking here.
Changes in 3.16 Scourge
While the tree has received a dramatic touch up, it hasn’t hampered the build in many ways due to the new masteries and the improvement of many existing melee nodes. In particular, the Fortify mastery that allows us to generate Fortify on melee hits should allow us to drop it from the main link and increase damage dramatically. Masteries may yet play a large role in this build — stay tuned for updates regarding these.
Playstyle and Build Mechanics
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, Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier, Attack Speed, Impale, and Movement Speed, our Cyclone Slayer glides effortlessly through maps while shredding packs and bosses alike.
This is an exclusively Physical damage build, which makes it relatively easy to itemize for early on. As you start to become more ambitious with armour acquisitions, gear can become a little more difficult and/or expensive to obtain — after all, crit items are highly sought after for many builds. Fortunately, many of the items can be crafted yourself, and for only a few Exalted Orbs you outfit yourself with extremely strong items.
100% Delirious Forge of the Phoenix Map with Kosis and Omniphobia
Simulacrum Wave 20 (feat. Kosis, the Revelation)
Passive Skill Tree
For more details on the Passive Tree, an earlier game version, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.
We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon
Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.
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 section in its entirety.
Some example gear used by our character:
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Amulet||Daresso's Salute OR Rare Amulet ( Turquoise Amulet is ideal)|
|Gloves||Atziri's Acuity OR Rare Spiked Gloves|
|Belt||Rare Stygian Vise|
|Weapon||Rare Exquisite Blade|
For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to examine our detailed Gear Breakdown page.
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
Start out with Ground Slam, which you should use until Level 12, when 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:
- Melee Physical Damage Support
- Onslaught Support
- Multistrike Support
- Maim Support
- Ruthless Support
Just use what you can get until the gems become available — Maim Support and Ruthless Support are available very early, along with Onslaught Support, but you will have to wait until Act II for Melee Physical Damage Support. Added Fire Damage Support is an option in the meantime, if you are using a Tabula Rasa.
Blood and Sand is available right at Level 4, and should be picked up immediately. Acquire Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity in Act II to help you level up. You can get Pride in Act III after doing Lost in Love and drop Herald of Purity.
Cyclone can honestly be used as soon as you can sustain it (e.g. using a ring such as Thief's Torment, but we recommend waiting until the latter part of the leveling process, or even after finishing Kitava. If you are league starting, you will probably want to do a little mapping before making the full switch, as Cyclone is a relatively weak skill until it gets a bit of scaling behind it.
Which Anointments are Best for my Amulet?
As with all anointment advice, you can make a variety of different choices depending on how you want to tailor your build. Consider these recommendations:
- Fatal Blade — Our default recommendation for pure damage performance if using Swords.
- Vitality Void — Expensive, but a great option for increasing leech to the maximum. Recommended if you forget to keep Blood Rage active on bosses sometimes.
- Discipline and Training — Big boost to survivability and maximum life.
I’m Having Mana Issues
Make sure you have the crafted affix -# to Total Mana Cost of Skills on both your rings. If you do not have those affixes, you will need to disable one of your auras and acquire % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana on one of your gear pieces (recommended: Gloves).
I Can’t Afford Atziri's Acuity. Should I take Vaal Pact on the Tree?
This is a complicated question, because it largely depends on you, your gear, what league you are playing on, and your priorities as a player. If you don’t have -cost on Rings, it can be a powerful to path to Vaal Pact and Vitality Void, solving both Mana and Leech simultaneously.
Check out the rest of the guide for any additional information: