Ultimate Cyclone Slayer Build Guide (Crit-Based, 40M DPS) - Slay the Stars (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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 at Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing Essence Drain Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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 end-game builds available.

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 melee builds to ever grace Path of Exile.

Spin to Win

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. Couple that with up to 30 Million Shaper DPS and vastly increased AoE, this Cyclone Cycloner is ready to party.

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

The absolute maximum output we have discovered with this build was over 60 Million DPS in Patch 3.7.0:

POB DPS

In Patch 3.8.0 Blight League Cyclone Cyclone was brought a little closer down to earth, but numbers in excess of 40 Million DPS are still possible on bosses with Abyssus Abyssus equipped. A realistic end-game number for a properly equipped player in mapping gear is around 10 Million DPS!

Pros

+ Absurd damage output (Well over 20 Million DPS+ in top-end gear)
+ 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

Cons

Cyclone Cyclone can be a polarizing skill — careful movement is necessary for dangerous enemies
Can be moderately expensive to achieve top-end gear, depending on the popularity and availability of items (e.g. Starforge Starforge).

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 Overwhelm and Impact Ascendancy keystones have ideal synergy with a crit Cyclone Cyclone setup, massively boosting critical strike chance, multiplier, and hugely increasing our area of effect while clearing.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

Though there is typically little variance in melee skill trees, especially after the Legion 3.7 and Blight 3.8 changes, there are a few unique aspects to this one.

  • Point Blank is taken due to a Historic Jewel we use called Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity. See the Glorious Vanity section for more information. Do not take Point Blank or the Jewel socket near it until you have this Jewel and are ready to add Soul Tether Soul Tether to your build.
  • Do not take Rampart unless you are using the Crafted Elder Exquisite Blade with the pseudo 7-Link using Fortify Support Fortify Support, or have Elder Boots supported by Fortify .
  • You may want to take Resolute Technique well leveling and respec out of it and into Critical Strike later on, when you reach maps.
  • Refer to the Ascendancy Section for pathing — this tree shows end-game Ascendancy choices and not the keystones you should take if you are league starting or leveling up.
  • Save Impale and Jewel Sockets for some of the latter upgrades.

Vaal Pact and Atziri's Acuity Atziri's Acuity

Vaal Pact and Vitality Void are optional but provide good defense, particularly if your level of gear is low and your only source of leech is Blood Rage Blood Rage. This is optional and is in no way required to make the build tick, and in most cases we opted to play without Vaal Pact until we acquired Atziris Acuity. One benefit of playing with Vitality Void, however, is that Mana Leech is now organic and is no longer necessary to have on either Gloves on Rings. To acquire Vaal Pact and Vitality Void you will need to free up 6 Passive Skill points. Drop Kinetic Impacts and Juggernaut, or simply follow this passive skill tree instead.

You can also put 3 passive skill points towards Martial Experience for additional leech to further support a heavier leech style of play.

Passive Tree Progression Advice

Gems

Cyclone Cyclone is our main skill for both bossing and clear, and as such is the only 6-Link in our build. The links are somewhat flexible, and can be adjusted to suit your preferences and the situation.

Moving through maps is quite quick due to Leap Slam Leap Slam and Phase Run Phase Run. Blood Rage Blood Rage provides additional leech as well as Frenzy Charges during clear. For auras we use the typical choices for most Physical melee builds; Pride Pride, Blood and Sand Blood and Sand, and Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone. This grants a good combination of damage and defense, and we can also incorporate the active component of a Vaal aura for even more in one of these departments. We recommend either Vaal Grace Vaal Grace or Vaal Haste Vaal Haste.

Cyclone Cyclone 6-Link

If you do not have the intelligence requirement for Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support yet, we recommend using Pulverise Support Pulverise Support instead.

  1. Cyclone Cyclone
  2. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  3. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  5. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  6. Player’s Preference

There are several options to fulfill the sixth link, based on your preference. Unfortunately, all of them are different colors, so you cannot swap them out until you have added some white sockets to your weapon using Vorici.

If you are not sure what to choose, we recommend sticking with Impale Support Impale Support as your sixth link. If you color your weapon with white sockets using Vorici on the Research division of the Syndicate, it opens the option to use Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support for bossing, and Pulverise Support Pulverise Support for clearing.

Leap Slam Leap Slam 4-Link

This is our preferred mobility skill and can be adjusted to suit your preference. Once you have the recommended Mana cost reduction rings, you should swap out Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support with either War Banner War Banner or Blood and Sand Blood and Sand, whichever you chose not to run.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support (Crafted Weapon) or Fortify Support Fortify Support (Starforge Starforge)
  4. Preferred Vaal Skill

Our recommendations for Vaal skills are Vaal Haste Vaal Haste (damage and clear speed) or Vaal Grace Vaal Grace (defense for monoliths and syndicate).

Auras 4-Link

Maim Support Maim Support is not necessary, but it is a noticeable damage increase.

  1. Pride Pride
  2. Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone
  3. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support (Level 3/4)
  4. Maim Support Maim Support or Phase Run Phase Run

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support 4-Link

Since we have a large amount of Armour, Molten Shell Molten Shell is actually quite a potent choice. If your focus is clearing and mapping with some bossing, this is our recommended skill. If your focus is instead farming Uber Elder, we recommend Immortal Call Immortal Call.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 2)
  2. Molten Shell Molten Shell (Level 11) OR Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 4)
  3. Blood Rage Blood Rage (Level 20)
  4. Dread Banner Dread Banner (Level 20) or War Banner War Banner (Level 20)

Either banner is a fine choice and they fall within a relatively close margin on DPS gain. Dread Banner Dread Banner adds a bit of survivability and excels on longer fights, such as Uber Elder or Aul the Crystal King. War Banner War Banner will be a little more damage while starting out, helps with accuracy, and a slightly better choice while clearing. Overall we feel that War Banner War Banner has slightly more damage potential but Dread Banner Dread Banner is a more well-rounded gem.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Ascendancy

This choice depends on whether you have Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity or not. Refer to the Glorious Vanity Section for more information. If you are leveling up, follow the “No Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity / Early Game” recommendations.

No Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity / Leveling Up

No Vanity

  1. Endless Hunger
  2. Brutal Fervour
  3. Overwhelm
  4. Impact

With Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity / Late Game

Glorious Vanity

  1. Headsman
  2. Bane of Legends
  3. Overwhelm
  4. Impact

Additional Ascendancy Information

Overleech is very important to build, and often one of the cornerstones of the Slayer ascendancy itself. Unfortunately, the Ascendancy keystones that lead to and grant Overleech (Endless Hunger and Brutal Fervour) are not particularly strong from a damage perspective.

Once we have the Corrupted Soul keystone, granted by Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity, the Soul Tether Soul Tether belt becomes a strong and viable choice to replace Brutal Fervour. This allows us to take the Headsman and Bane of Legends keystones, which are far stronger. See the Glorious Vanity Section for more information.

Deal with the Bandits Reward

You can choose to either Kill All the Bandits for the 2 Passive Points or to Help Alira. By default, we recommend Helping Alira early on, as the Resistances are very helpful, and this build can sometimes struggle with them. The multiplier is also quite powerful and feeds perfectly into the nature of this build.

In the late-game, especially if you can no longer make use of Alira’s Resistances, the 2 Passive Points can be more valuable if you can properly make use of them. Once you have reasonable levels of gear and are into the 90s we recommend making the switch.

Pantheon

Major Gods

  • Soul of Solaris remains one of the supreme choices for defense when properly upgraded, preventing crit chains against your character and reducing rogue-wave elemental damage.
  • Soul of Lunaris is an option for a little extra movement speed and clear.

Minor Gods

  • Soul of Gruthkul is the best choice if you have not upgraded any of your Pantheon.
  • Soul of Shakari is recommended once you have upgraded it to provide Poison immunity.
  • Soul of Yugul is the best choice for Uber Elder.

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 Crafted Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade OR Starforge Starforge

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Having at least one item that helps you sustain Mana can be convenient, especially if you do not have Enlighten Support Enlighten Support at Level 3 or 4. If you are not using Atziri's Acuity Atziri's Acuity then this is easiest to obtain on your Rare Gloves, however, you can see the Rings section for alternatives. With Enlighten Support Enlighten Support at Level 4 you may find this is unnecessary altogether, however, you should try this for yourself before committing to any decisions.

Armour

Chest

Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart is the natural choice for this build. We only use a single 6-Link, and with a 2-handed weapon there is little need for a chest with sockets. The big upside of Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart is the enormous effective life increase it provides, which gives us the confidence to slam straight into the most dangerous map mods and massive packs of monsters without any hesitation.

Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast is a cheaper and highly effective alternative. One of the upsides of Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast is the option to run a second link, which could even bolster your boss damage early on. If you opt to go this route at first, we recommend linking another Vaal skill for damage, such as Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief or Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike.

Helmet

Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion is the natural choice for virtually all Cyclone Cyclone builds out there. It simply has everything you need: Dexterity, Attack Speed, and most essential of all, Movement Speed. The reduced Physical Damage is not nearly enough to put a damper on how amazing this item is for Cyclone Cyclone builds. This is one of the most important pickups for the build, and should be one of your first targets.

Abyssus Abyssus is actually disgustingly strong in certain situations, despite the increased Physical damage taken. For bosses in particular, such as Uber Elder or Shaper, this item will increase your damage by millions upon millions in the late game. While it is not a default recommendation, we mention it simply because it can take your damage to absolutely hilarious heights and allow you to do some really silly things on softcore.

Gloves

Atziri's Acuity Atziri's Acuity are the best choice overall, as they have Global Critical Strike Strike, a huge chunk of Armour, Intelligence, Life, and Vaal Pact. Basically, everything you could possibly want in a Cyclone Cyclone build. The Intelligence is a huge help, as it allows you to use blue gems like Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support and Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support without the need to spec into additional Intelligence on the tree. They can be pricey, and are not essential to get the build working, but they feel oh-so-sweet when you get your “hands” on a pair.

Rare Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves are perfectly adequate as well, and make filling out the Resistance cap a lot simpler. Prioritize your secondary stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistance
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
  4. % Increased Attack Speed
  5. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  6. +# to Dexterity or Intelligence (as needed)
  7. % Increased Armour
  8. +# to Armour

Boots

In most situations a Rare pair of Two-Toned Boots Two-Toned Boots (Armour + Energy Shield is the preferred base) or Titan Greaves Titan Greaves is going to be your best option. This allows us to fill out Resistances the most easily and have solid across the board defenses. Some of the Elder affixes are quite nice to have, but are not required by any means.

Prioritize the affixes as follows:

  1. % Increased Movement Speed (25%+)
  2. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistance
  3. +# to Maximum Life
  4. Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Fortify Support Fortify Support (only if using Starforge Starforge — socket your Leap Slam Leap Slam in this link)
  5. % Chance to Gain an Endurance Charge on Kill (Elder)
  6. % Increased Armour / Energy Shield / Evasion
  7. +# to Armour / Energy Shield / Evasion

Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be used for Uber Elder if you are really struggling to dodge mechanics.

Weapon

Since this build relies heavily on Critical Strike, Swords are preferred over Axes due to their implicits, despite lower base damage. If you are not using a Rare sword, Starforge Starforge is the best go-to, which is also a sword.

Starforge Starforge

Starforge Starforge is a great weapon and relatively attainable for most players due to the preference of Shaper farm, keeping the prices within reach. The damage is fantastic, gives you the ability to shock, has bonus area for clear, and adds a nice Maximum Life roll to boot. While it does not have the same top-end damage potential as a Rare, it is a very powerful weapon and not far behind, either. Depending on your level of gear, it is arguably better for clearing as well due to the area of effect bonus.

If you are not entirely comfortable with crafting, or the price of Starforge Starforge is relatively low (a couple of Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs) we recommend starting out with this weapon. It can easily carry you over ten million DPS and does not require any special crafting or forethought.

Crafted Elder Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade

A crafted Elder Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade is the best possible option in the late-game, due to the huge multiplier implicit and the possibility of a pseudo 7-Link. This can be made yourself for around 10 Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs or less, although you will need the recipes or another player to help you. We will teach you how to craft it yourself.

[Optional] First Steps:

  • Buy an Elder Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade of at least Item Level 80
  • Use Perfect Fossil Perfect Fossils to make it 30% Quality to improve linking chances and increase damage. Highly recommended for all players.
  • If you plan on 6-Linking the item yourself, craft additional quality onto your Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade at the crafting bench to improve linking chances
  • 6-socket the item using Jeweller's Orb Jeweller's Orbs
  • 6-link the item using Orb of Fusing Orb of Fusings

To craft your Elder Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade, follow these steps:

  1. Use an Orb of Scouring Orb of Scouring to make the item white
  2. Use an Orb of Transmutation Orb of Transmutation to make the item Magic quality
  3. Use Orb of Alteration Orb of Alterations to roll the item until you hit the Tier 1 Affix: Socketed Gems Are Supported by Level 20 Fortify / % Increased Physical Damage
  4. If there is another mod in addition to the Fortify/Physical Damage affix, you will have to use an Orb of Annulment Orb of Annulment and hope that it eliminates the other affix.

Once you have a Magic (blue) Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade with the Socketed Gems Are Supported by Level 20 Fortify / % Increased Physical Damage affix, you may want to make an imprint of this item using Beastcrafting in the Menagerie, as the next step involves using another Orb of Annulment Orb of Annulment on your item.

  1. Use a Regal Orb Regal Orb on the Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade to make it Rare quality.
  2. Use an Orb of Annulment Orb of Annulment on the Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade to attempt to remove the added affix unless it is a Tier 1-2 desirable roll (e.g. Attack Speed, Crit Multiplier, Adds # to # Physical Damage).
  3. If you annuled your Socketed Gems Are Supported by Level 20 Fortify / % Increased Physical Damage, you can use your imprint to restore the item. Consider making another imprint before repeating the step.
  4. If you annuled the other stat, your crafted item is basically finished. All that’s left is to multi-mod it at the crafting bench and craft the desired stats.

Make sure you are using the best possible crafts or you will have wasted currency and time crafting this item. If you do not have all the recipes, use a master crafting service, ask a friend, or seek out the recipes yourself. We recommend crafting these stats:

  1. Can Have Multiple Crafted Modifiers
  2. Adds # to # Physical Damage
  3. 13-16% Increased Attack Speed / 13-18% Increased Quality
  4. Hits Can’t Be Evaded
  5. 8-10% Chance to Deal Double Damage

Weapon

Congratulations, you now have a weapon that is ~35% better than a Starforge Starforge and grants you permanent Fortify Support Fortify Support.

The only downside of this weapon versus Starforge Starforge is that it has slightly less area of effect. The Life roll is made up for by the huge effective Life increase of permanent Fortify Support Fortify Support.

Accessories

Amulet

Daresso's Salute Daresso's Salute is a great amulet for Cyclone Cyclone and is obtainable for relatively cheap prices. Once you have Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity, this amulet is not as desirable, however, as it reduces Maximum Energy Shield by 50%, though even then it is still quite strong. The movement speed is delicious and a great boost to clear speed, as is the area of effect and damage on full life. This should be a relatively early pickup as it is so strong.

A Rare Amulet, preferably an Agate Amulet Agate Amulet to help with attribute limitations, is the best choice for flat out damage, especially once you are using Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity and Soul Tether Soul Tether. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. +# to Intelligence (if needed for Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support levels)
  4. # to Accuracy (+only if using Starforge Starforge)
  5. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  6. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  7. % Increased Attack Speed
  8. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  9. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life

Rings

Rare Rings are best for this build. Diamond Ring Diamond Rings and Steel Ring Steel Rings offer the best damage as you might expect, but Resistance rings are helpful for capping your Elemental Resistances, particularly once you are using Atziri's Acuity Atziri's Acuity.

If you do not have Mana Leech on your Gloves you may need to craft the % of Damage Taken Gained as Mana Over 4 Seconds When Hit enchant on to one of your rings to help you sustain Cyclone Cyclone without any issues. This should only be done on a single ring.

Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. 6% of Damage Taken Gained as Mana Over 4 Seconds When Hit / +# to Maximum Mana
  3. +# to Maximum Life
  4. # to Accuracy (+only if using Starforge Starforge)
  5. Curse Enemies with Level # Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark on Hit (only needed on one ring, Shaper)
  6. Shock Nearby Enemies for 4 Seconds When You Focus (Crafted — multi-modded ring necessary)
  7. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  8. % Increased Damage

Belt

Soul Tether Soul Tether is the best possible option once Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity has been implemented, as it allows you to benefit from the effects of Overleech without having to invest 4 Ascendancy Points towards Brutal Fervour.

A Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise socketed with a Murderous Eye Jewel Murderous Eye Jewel is best option if you are not using Soul Tether Soul Tether. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. +# to Strength
  4. +# to Armour
  5. % Increased Effect of Flasks on You

Jewels

Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity

The new Historic Jewels offer some radically different keystones that we are only just scratching the surface on how to exploit. One of the Vaal Keystones, Corrupted Soul, fits perfectly into this build.

The effect of socketing a Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity Jewel (that has the Doryani tag in the tooltip) within the radius of a keystone on the passive skill tree is that the keystone is transformed to Corrupted Soul:

  • 50% of Non-Chaos Damage taken bypasses Energy Shield
  • Gain 20% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield

So how exactly is this useful?

By combining this Jewel with the Soul Tether Soul Tether belt, we can gain a large amount of Energy Shield and get the overleech passive without taking Brutal Fervour in the Ascendancy path. This allows us to instead take the two far more powerful keystones (from a damage perspective), Headsman and Bane of Legends.

To facilitate this, we take Point Blank on the tree and the nearby Jewel socket.

Doryani

The seed for the Jewel is not particularly important, as long as it is in the name of Doryani. Later down in the build, however, you can start trying out different seeds to see if any of the nearby notable wheels are transformed into more useful stats. There can be some very overpowered combinations!

Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye

The Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye is the literal “crown Jewel” and one of the last and most luxurious upgrades any build can make. Unfortunately, they can be extraordinarily expensive and an entirely unrealistic acquisition for the majority of players. For that reason, we left Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye out of all our DPS calculations, but if you have deep moneybags, you could push the build to new limits.

The Pride Pride mods are all pretty amazing, but you would prioritize them as follows:

  1. (8-12)% chance to deal Double Damage while using Pride
  2. Impales you inflict last 2 additional Hits while using Pride
  3. (40-60)% increased Attack Physical Damage while using Pride
  4. Your Hits Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds while you are using Pride
  5. 25% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks while using Pride
Be aware that these mods can shift in value depending on your level of gear; the double damage mod, for example, has significantly lower value in low levels of gear and Attack Speed. Check in Path of Building before making any significant purchases.

Standard Jewels

This build uses Standard Jewels (Crimson Jewel Crimson Jewel and Viridian Jewel Viridian Jewel primarily) over Abyss Jewels, as they are simply better in every respect. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. % Increased Maximum Life
  2. % to Critical Strike Multiplier with Two-Handed Melee Weapons
  3. % to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
  4. % Increased Damage with Swords
  5. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  6. % Increased Attack Speed with Swords
  7. % Increased Attack Speed
  8. % Increased Damage

Resistances, or any other helpful damage mods, are perfectly fine to work in as well!

Flasks

This is our recommended Flask setup. Feel free to swap out Flasks or Prefixes/Suffixes to suit your preferred style of play, as there are no real “mandatory” flasks for this build.

Flasks

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask of Staunching (note: if you are not yet using Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity you do not need bleed immunity due to Endless Hunger)
  2. Experimenter’s Diamond Flask Diamond Flask of Warding
  3. Lion's Roar Lion's Roar
  4. Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn or Chemist’s Silver Flask Silver Flask of Adrenaline
  5. Experimenter’s Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask of Heat

If you can get your hands on a Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn with a Critical Strike veiled mod, you can drop the Diamond Flask Diamond Flask in favor of a Sulphur Flask Sulphur Flask or Basalt Flask Basalt Flask.

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:

  • Throatseeker — Exceptional damage increase
  • Discipline and Training — Big boost to survivability and maximum life
  • Martial Experience — A compromise between damage and survivability (via additional leech)

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.

Changelog
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    Added a Vaal Pact tree to help players who can't activate Blood Rage.

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    Updated gem links and gearing recommendations to make sustaining Cyclone more clear. Added Annointment advice to the FAQ.

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    Updated for Patch 3.8.0 Blight League: Skill Trees, Leveling, Gems Links, and more!

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    Updated weapons section!

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    Guide added.

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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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