Ultimate Cyclone Slayer Build Guide - Slay the Stars (PoE Harvest 3.11)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing Delirium League at Rank 61 playing his Kinetic Blast & Power Siphon Pathfinder Build, Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing his Essence Drain & Contagion Trickster Build, and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing his Elemental Hit Ascendant Build. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Power


Gear , Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Introduction

Cyclone Cyclone received several buffs in Legion 3.7, and has once again reasserted itself as one of the staple skills in the melee metascape. 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 Blight 3.8, Cyclone Cyclone remains — not only viable — one of the most potent melee end-game builds available.

In Patch 3.11 Delirium League Cyclone Cyclone no longer grants stun immunity and Starforge Starforge was heavily nerfed. This prompts us to changed our Ascendancy path and switch over to Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour as our early game weapon, later transitioning to a Rare Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade for maximum damage when our bank has been built up.

The result is a Cyclone 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.

Uber Awakener

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 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.

Build Assessment

Furty’s Path of Building

This will not be updated for future patches but the character can be used for gear and pathing reference:

Make sure you are using the Path of Building Community Fork to include Impale DPS in the calculations. Alternatively, you can multiply DPS by 2.04 (just over doubling our DPS) as our Impale effect and chance affords us 104% more damage.

POB Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/1G6mKCza

This is my 3.10 Delirium character and still in the process of being built up. Toggle Abyssus Abyssus for Sirus numbers as Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion is not necessary for that fight.

Pros

+ Great damage output
+ Excellent clear speed — on par with S-Tier clear 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 Cyclone in the end-game

Cons

Not a good Cyclone Cyclone build for beginners — knowledge of how to upgrade a character is very helpful
Expensive to achieve top-end gear, depending on the popularity and availability of items
Cyclone Cyclone can be a polarizing skill — careful movement is necessary for dangerous enemies

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

Cyclone 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 Orb Exalted Orbs you outfit yourself with extremely strong items.

Simply enter a map, Leap Slam Leap Slam into a pack, and Cyclone Cyclone through it to blow it to pieces. The new Impact Ascendancy keystone has ideal synergy with a crit Cyclone Cyclone setup, hugely increasing our area of effect while clearing.

Videos

100% Delirious Forge of the Phoenix Map Forge of the Phoenix Map with Kosis and Omniphobia

Simulacrum Wave 20 (feat. Kosis, the Revelation)

Uber Awakener

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more details on the Passive Tree, an earlier game version that uses axes, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Gems

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

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

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.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

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:

Example Gear

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion
Amulet Daresso's Salute Daresso's Salute OR Rare Amulet (Turquoise Amulet Turquoise Amulet is ideal)
Chest Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart
Gloves Atziri's Acuity Atziri's Acuity OR Rare Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Soul Tether Soul Tether
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade, Starforge Starforge, or Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour

For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to examine our detailed Gear Breakdown page.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Leveling

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

Start out with Ground Slam Ground Slam, which you should use until Level 12, when Sunder 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:

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

Just use what you can get until the gems become available — Maim Support Maim Support and Ruthless Support Ruthless Support are available very early, along with Onslaught Support Onslaught Support, but you will have to wait until Act II for Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support is an option in the meantime, if you are using a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa.

Blood and Sand Blood and Sand is available right at Level 4, and should be picked up immediately. Acquire Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity Herald of Purity in Act II to help you level up. You can get Pride Pride in Act III after doing Lost in Love and drop Herald of Purity Herald of Purity.

Cyclone Cyclone can honestly be used as soon as you can sustain it (e.g. using a ring such as Thief's Torment 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 Cyclone is a relatively weak skill until it gets a bit of scaling behind it.

FAQ

Which Annointments are Best for my Amulet?

As with all annointment 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 Blood Rage active on bosses sometimes.
  • Discipline and Training — Big boost to survivability and maximum life.
  • Throatseeker — Critical Multiplier for axe builds.

Why Do You Take Point Blank on the Tree?

See the Glorious Vanity Section for more information.

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 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 already have Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity and have specced into Corrupted Soul, we recommend pathing to Vaal pact (3 point investment). If you have not yet done this, the answer is a lot murkier, as it is a 5 point investment from Golem’s Blood, and you will have to decide for yourself.

Check out the rest of the guide for any additional information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Power


Gear , Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

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    Hi, trying this one now. Fee questions
    - What’s the purpose of phase run? Isn’t leap slam enough to use as movement skill?
    - there is wat banner in links, suppose it should be Sand and Blood?

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    On 15/08/2019 at 7:57 AM, satispunk said

    Hi, trying this one now. Fee questions
    - What’s the purpose of phase run? Isn’t leap slam enough to use as movement skill?
    - there is wat banner in links, suppose it should be Sand and Blood?

    • Phasing is just lifesaving in a lot of situations and Leap Slam Leap Slam isn’t always the most effective movement skill in certain tilesets. Phase Run Phase Run isn’t required but it’s a solid utility choice for a filler gem.
    • Good catch actually! I’ll edit the guide when I’m back from vacation. You can actually run both, although my gear setup wasn’t yet 100% immaculate when I was plotting some of the links. I dropped Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support in favor of the extra aura, since I have chance on kill anyways.
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    Hi, slightly confused, I have both the glorious vanity jewel and the soul tether belt and yet upon changing my ascendancy passives to headsman and bane of legends, i don’t retain any life leach, and can’t regen my shield. why is this happening? more importantly i don’t understand why i should retain overleach after changing from Brutal Fervour. PLease, a reply would be appreciated!

    Edited by Wthomas334 on August 20th, 2019

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    On 17/08/2019 at 9:21 PM, Wthomas334 said

    Hi, slightly confused, I have both the glorious vanity jewel and the soul tether belt and yet upon changing my ascendancy passives to headsman and bane of legends, i don’t retain any life leach, and can’t regen my shield. why is this happening? more importantly i don’t understand why i should retain overleach after changing from Brutal Fervour. PLease, a reply would be appreciated!

    Sorry, I’ve been on vacation (and I’m still traveling) so I haven’t had a chance to keep on top of comments as I usually am. Soul Tether Soul Tether grants Life Leech effects are not removed at full life (overleech), however, you leech Energy Shield instead of Life when on Full Life. Corrupted Soul (from Doryani’s Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity) causes 50% of Non-Chaos Damage to bypass Energy Shield, which helps us ensure that we can fully take advantage of the Life Leech as often as possible, and also provides a decent heap of Energy Shield on its own.

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    On 17/08/2019 at 9:21 PM, Wthomas334 said

    Hi, slightly confused, I have both the glorious vanity jewel and the soul tether belt and yet upon changing my ascendancy passives to headsman and bane of legends, i don’t retain any life leach, and can’t regen my shield. why is this happening? more importantly i don’t understand why i should retain overleach after changing from Brutal Fervour. PLease, a reply would be appreciated!

    Bloodrage to trigger life leech.

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    On 23/08/2019 at 1:56 AM, QuantifySiN said

    Bloodrage to trigger life leech.

    Exactly, and you can further spec into it should you desire, or itemize for it on a piece or two of your gear.

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    On 23/08/2019 at 2:54 AM, Furty said

    On 23/08/2019 at 1:56 AM, QuantifySiN said

    Bloodrage to trigger life leech.

    Exactly, and you can further spec into it should you desire, or itemize for it on a piece or two of your gear.

    Ah, thank you very much, I don’t think I have blood rage equipped

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    On 23/08/2019 at 2:54 AM, Furty said

    On 23/08/2019 at 1:56 AM, QuantifySiN said

    Bloodrage to trigger life leech.

    Exactly, and you can further spec into it should you desire, or itemize for it on a piece or two of your gear.

    Ah, thank you very much, I don’t think I have blood rage equipped

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    How is the aoe change going to effect your build. I’m having issues gaining energy shield, I have the belt and the jewel, any advice?

    Edited by Falco_ on August 30th, 2019

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    hi everyone; i start playing again a week ago, haven’t played for two years, now i was doing a cyclone build, but read abount he nerf, it will still be a good build even after the nerf or better do somthing else?
    thanks for your answers.

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    On 27/08/2019 at 2:22 PM, Falco_ said

    How is the aoe change going to effect your build. I’m having issues gaining energy shield, I have the belt and the jewel, any advice?

    Do you mean gaining Energy Shield from leech? Make sure you have Blood Rage Blood Rage active. Additionally, the Corrupted Soul keystone provided by Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity means a lot of damage is bypassing the Energy Shield, so you might simply be leeching Life instead.

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    On 30/08/2019 at 9:20 AM, Costa9090 said

    hi everyone; i start playing again a week ago, haven’t played for two years, now i was doing a cyclone build, but read abount he nerf, it will still be a good build even after the nerf or better do somthing else?
    thanks for your answers.

    It should still be very strong, yes.

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    furty, do you have passive trees for 80 and 90? im currently 76 and trying to decide what to choose first

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    On 02/09/2019 at 3:26 AM, Falco_ said

    furty, do you have passive trees for 80 and 90? im currently 76 and trying to decide what to choose first

    I don’t right now, but I’m considering working in Passive Skill order for the next patch as it’s been heavily requested from readers. If you link me your character sheet I can advise. Alternately, if you plan on playing this build in Blight, you can wait for the 3.8 update to the guide where I’ll include a few milestones — Early Mapping, Uber Lab, and End-Game trees.

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    On 02/09/2019 at 1:23 PM, Furty said

    On 02/09/2019 at 3:26 AM, Falco_ said

    furty, do you have passive trees for 80 and 90? im currently 76 and trying to decide what to choose first

    I don’t right now, but I’m considering working in Passive Skill order for the next patch as it’s been heavily requested from readers. If you link me your character sheet I can advise. Alternately, if you plan on playing this build in Blight, you can wait for the 3.8 update to the guide where I’ll include a few milestones — Early Mapping, Uber Lab, and End-Game trees.

    Here you go, I was following a different build prior to yours, it was pretty close so I havent refunded too many passives, i’m currently 80 and want to know where i should be at passive wise, and what to go for between 80-90. https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/filco_/characters

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    Hello,

    I saw you’re going to update this guide for 3.8. Are the baseline enough to make a league starter despite the cyclone nerf ?

    Edited by ReNacK on September 5th, 2019

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    On 05/09/2019 at 4:44 PM, ReNacK said

    Hello,

    I saw you’re going to update this guide for 3.8. Are the baseline enough to make a league starter despite the cyclone nerf ?

    Definitely still fine. Cyclone Cyclone was in a pretty good place before 3.7 and it remains totally playable and even (dare I say) very strong in 3.8. The only thing that really changed is the spotlight — GGG themselves like to shift it around, but the balance of the skill isn’t skewered.

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    On 03/09/2019 at 7:13 PM, Falco_ said

    On 02/09/2019 at 1:23 PM, Furty said

    On 02/09/2019 at 3:26 AM, Falco_ said

    furty, do you have passive trees for 80 and 90? im currently 76 and trying to decide what to choose first

    I don’t right now, but I’m considering working in Passive Skill order for the next patch as it’s been heavily requested from readers. If you link me your character sheet I can advise. Alternately, if you plan on playing this build in Blight, you can wait for the 3.8 update to the guide where I’ll include a few milestones — Early Mapping, Uber Lab, and End-Game trees.

    Here you go, I was following a different build prior to yours, it was pretty close so I havent refunded too many passives, i’m currently 80 and want to know where i should be at passive wise, and what to go for between 80-90. https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/filco_/characters

    I’ll take another look and get back to you once I’ve finished the updates to this build!

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    Hello, i’m not english so sorry if i make mistakes.
    So Blight going to be my second league, it is a good idea to start with this build knowing that I am a beginner ?
    It is possible to get this build on Path of Building ? If yes, how ?
    Do you think that Cyclone will be played by as many players as last League ?
    Ty for your work, your guide for the beginners and for the leveling just saved me !

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    On 06/09/2019 at 4:57 PM, XCVIIII said

    Hello, i’m not english so sorry if i make mistakes.
    So Blight going to be my second league, it is a good idea to start with this build knowing that I am a beginner ?
    It is possible to get this build on Path of Building ? If yes, how ?
    Do you think that Cyclone will be played by as many players as last League ?
    Ty for your work, your guide for the beginners and for the leveling just saved me !

    Cyclone Cyclone will definitely not be as popular this league as it was in Patch 3.7 — not only was melee making a renaissance due to the rework, but it was in a much stronger state than in 3.8 Blight.

    It should still be a great build in this league, and a fine choice for league starting.

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