Ultimate Cyclone Slayer Build Guide - Slay the Stars (PoE Ultimatum 3.14)

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Introduction

Cyclone 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 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 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.

Since Patch 3.11 Harvest 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. In 3.14 Ultimatum League the build has no significant changes in power or pathing.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ 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 Cyclone in the end-game

Cons

Not a good Cyclone 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 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 using the Community Fork.

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.

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.

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 93 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.

Passive Skill Tree

Gems

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

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 Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise (with Endless Hunger) or Soul Tether Soul Tether
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade, or Starforge Starforge

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 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 Blood Rage active on bosses sometimes.
  • Discipline and Training — Big boost to survivability and maximum life.

Why Do You Take Point Blank on the Tree?

Should only be used with Soul Tether Soul Tether and Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity in niche setups.

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

Changelog

  • Removed Exquisite Blade crafting advice for now; currently testing new possibilities in Path of Building.

  • Updated Exquisite Blade section with all-new crafting advice.

  • Updated Exquisite Blade section with all-new crafting advice.

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    Thanks Furty. Might start out with this one for 3.9. Would it be a good league start?

    Are there any areas we can give up some AOE/move speed for more single target dps? Or is it even necessary?

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    On 13/12/2019 at 3:30 PM, symphony said

    Thanks Furty. Might start out with this one for 3.9. Would it be a good league start?

    Are there any areas we can give up some AOE/move speed for more single target dps? Or is it even necessary?

    It’s a good league starter. The Abyssus Abyssus swap for single target is probably the easiest to facilitate, gain a huge amount of damage and dropping the Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion 20% bonus.

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    Hey Furty,

    Which one is stronger on 3.9 (endgame) : ultimate cyclone build or cyclone cast on critical ice nova build?

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    Hi, (sry if a noob question) why should Molten Shell lvl be limited to 11?

    — i found why —
    Ok I know now, the Cast on Damage Taken support only works for gems which does not exceed lvl required 38.

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    On 15/12/2019 at 2:32 AM, Paul_poe said

    Hey Furty,

    Which one is stronger on 3.9 (endgame) : ultimate cyclone build or cyclone cast on critical ice nova build?

    I was just asking this in global, lol.

    Very curious about the response.

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    How 40milion dps ? this is impossible i have max 500k…have all items and jewels…98lvl

    Link for my character – https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/PanczoTenPrawdziwy/characters

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    Are the exquisite elder blades even possible to have the Fortify support now?

    This build is really broken without it.

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    Yeah, something isn’t right about the Fortify Support. This is the closest I’ve gotten in 1K orbs: https://prnt.sc/qd8k22

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    On 15/12/2019 at 2:32 AM, Paul_poe said

    Hey Furty,

    Which one is stronger on 3.9 (endgame) : ultimate cyclone build or cyclone cast on critical ice nova build?

    I would say this build is overall more balanced, as it is defensively a lot safer than the CoC build I wrote.

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    On 19/12/2019 at 7:57 PM, Bacon Overlord said

    Yeah, something isn’t right about the Fortify Support. This is the closest I’ve gotten in 1K orbs: https://prnt.sc/qd8k22

    I didn’t see it mentioned in the original patch notes, but I figured something might be bonkers which is why I added the little disclaimer section. Haven’t yet had time to do some crafting for science but once I have some more concrete information I’ll patch it into the rare weapon section. I imagine GGG will want us using some of the new influence effects for our top tier items instead. For now Starforge Starforge is the easy way out.

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    On 19/12/2019 at 9:56 PM, Furty said

    <div style=“padding-left: 2rem;”>On 19/12/2019 at 7:57 PM, Bacon Overlord said

    Yeah, something isn’t right about the Fortify Support. This is the closest I’ve gotten in 1K orbs: https://prnt.sc/qd8k22</div>

    I didn’t see it mentioned in the original patch notes, but I figured something might be bonkers which is why I added the little disclaimer section. Haven’t yet had time to do some crafting for science but once I have some more concrete information I’ll patch it into the rare weapon section. I imagine GGG will want us using some of the new influence effects for our top tier items instead. For now Starforge Starforge is the easy way out.

    Thanks for the response.

    Yeah, soemone told me in their official forums that it was “in the patch notes” although I haven’t seen it specifically.

    What I DID see was that there are only 3 support gem type affixes you can get on elder two handed swords.

    Fortify level 1
    Onslaught level 10
    or Endurance level 10

    That’s it in 1K enchants. Each of those I probably got 3-10x each with exactly the same level of support. So… the exquisite blade isn’t so exquisite for this build anymore. (har har)

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    Hello!

    I’ve been playing this build for a while now in 3.9 league and I have one huge problem.

    I don’t see the 9k life you are talking about in the introduction? I have almost every piece of gear that’s in this guide, (except Enlighten(3)). I can’t figure out how I’m missing 4,5k life?

    At the moment I am standing on 4.5k life with 1k ES and I’m quite squishy frankly. Please Help.

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    Hi Furty,

    thank you very much for a great guide. I am beginner and I have just started read you guides. One thing is confusing my very much :-). In the passive tree I can see a lever 70 tree, but it is a final level 70 tree, so I am not sure how to progress with the tree (there are a lot of forks in the tree, which confuses me a lot).

    Please, can you advice me where should I put my priority during the progression? Maybe it is a very stupid question and the answer is obvious, but for now I am lost.

    Thanks for you help.

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    Hi,

    First time cyclone btw.

    I have everything but Atziri’s Acuit and Starforge (Expencive for now), but my dps seems really low with a 6L(around 130k dps), it takes ages to kill some boss’s on metamorph.

    How do you even get close to the 1M damage?

    Can i see ur Pob or talk to you in game?

    Great build anyways.

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    Hi Furty,i wanted to ask a big favor.. i’m pretty noob in this game but i was interested in this ur build.. just i have a problem,i’m unable to understand which gems do i need…Because i bought items with the colored sockets as listed on the image u posted in ur build but seems if was just an example even if i followed :(

    So could u kindly explain me clearly here which ones do i need? It’ll be appreciated if u’ll do like this :

    Helm = which gems should i have so i could understand solo which kind of colored sockets i need..
    and same for the other pieces of equipment that need gems…

    Hoping in an ur answer i wish u all the best…

    Ty

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    can you give Pob link pls with your end game gear ?

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    Hi. May i ask a question ? For the anointment i cant understand why you dont use “fatal blade” instead of “troathseeker” is it for the price or i am just stupid ?

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    On 19/12/2019 at 11:25 PM, Bacon Overlord said

    <div style=“padding-left: 2rem;”>On 19/12/2019 at 9:56 PM, Furty said

    <div style=“padding-left: 2rem;”>On 19/12/2019 at 7:57 PM, Bacon Overlord said

    Yeah, something isn’t right about the Fortify Support. This is the closest I’ve gotten in 1K orbs: https://prnt.sc/qd8k22</div>

    I didn’t see it mentioned in the original patch notes, but I figured something might be bonkers which is why I added the little disclaimer section. Haven’t yet had time to do some crafting for science but once I have some more concrete information I’ll patch it into the rare weapon section. I imagine GGG will want us using some of the new influence effects for our top tier items instead. For now Starforge Starforge is the easy way out.</div>

    Thanks for the response.

    Yeah, soemone told me in their official forums that it was “in the patch notes” although I haven’t seen it specifically.

    What I DID see was that there are only 3 support gem type affixes you can get on elder two handed swords.

    Fortify level 1
    Onslaught level 10
    or Endurance level 10

    That’s it in 1K enchants. Each of those I probably got 3-10x each with exactly the same level of support. So… the exquisite blade isn’t so exquisite for this build anymore. (har har)

    Second to last point in the Shaper and Elder Modifiers section:

    “Hybrid Physical Damage and Support/Spell Damage and Support modifiers can no longer roll on two-handed weapons.”

    Weirdly worded but basically you can’t get Fortify + Physical damage or Endurance charge on melee stun + Physical damage (or the spell equivalent ones) on 2h weapons. I wish I would have checked it before dumping 1k alts, 600 fuses and a 2 white socket craft on the weapon beforehand :D. Ah well, you live and learn. Starforge seems to be the way to go for this atm.

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    Hi, love the build!
    I am currently at late game, and come across a problem with crafting the exquisite blade.
    I got everything up to the rare and the anuul part. However, what do i do even if i hit the one line rare since now we can only have 3 crafted mods?

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