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

  • 3.14 Ultimatum updates to the tree and gear recommendations for the early game (swords all the way through). 

  • Herald of Purity replaces Flesh and Stone.

  • 3.13 Ritual updates; Ascendancy pathing changed, Soul Tether and Glorious Vanity no longer default, gear updates, passive tree slightly changed, cluster jewel added, and more.

  • Updated Gear advice; Assassin's Mark ring affix was changed this patch, recommendation now correctly reflects this.

  • Ready for Heist 3.12; Path of Building updates, new skill trees, gear recommendations revised, and text body updates.

  • Updated for 3.11 Harvest; new tree(s), updated Ascendancy, Pantheon, Weapon advice (Disfavour, Rare Sword), and more.

  • New video of Wave 20 Simulacrum with Kosis, the Revelation added.

  • Path of Building updated.

  • 100% Delirious Forge of the Phoenix Map video added! Uber Awakener kill video added!

  • Path of Building link added!

  • Simulacrum Wave 20 video added, Uber Awakener kill GIF added.

  • 3.10 Delirium; Updated with new trees and some love for the gems and assessment. More to come!

  • Updated summaries.

  • Initial updates for Metamorph 3.9: Passive Skill Trees, Leveling, Gear, Annointment Advice, and Build Assessment.

  • Guide format updated in preparation for Patch 3.9.

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

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

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

  • Updated weapons section!

  • Guide added.

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  1. Furty

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    On 21/09/2019 at 8:34 PM, TooToo said

    Hi Furty !

    Many thanks for the guide. As a newcomer to PoE (it’s my second league) I also would find very useful if you could share a PoB even though I’ve understood how time consuming it can be to keep it updated.

    Maybe one with “just” the gems to caculate the real DPS ? It’s really hard for a newbie to understand all the calculations. I hope that Pride has been fixed on PoB, but I’m not sure of my formula for Impale, let alone Glorious Vanity…

    I would also have 3 questions :
    - with the lvl 88 tree, even with a max roll on dex on Devoto’s Devotion we get 148 dex and 155 is required for gems (Impale, Phase Run and Blood Rage). What would be the best between use one skill point for 10 dex in the tree, try to get it on an item or not lvl up these gems above lvl 17 ? The skill point maybe ?
    - also is War Banner really better than Dread Banner for the build ? From my calculation we get 80% chance to impale (40% gem + 40% from tree) without Dread Banner, and it would be 100% with it.
    - are the 3 points spent for life regen in the tree (making 4.4% per sec) enough for survivability or is it mandatory to have a Life flask that we may have to use against bosses ?

    Thanks a lot again for your hard work and for sharing it with us !

    Unfortunately none of this is fixed in POB. You have to create custom items with increased Physical damage (as an example) which is tedious and not always 100% accurate. This is because stacks of Impale will vary based on fight length and uptime and so on.

    1. If they are in your main link (Impale Support Impale Support) I’d get Proficiency for the +30 Dexterity or use your annointment to get a notable (examples are Trickery, Fangs of the Viper, Aspect of the Lynx).
    2. With a more impale focused setup I would use Dread Banner Dread Banner. They are pretty similar, with War Banner War Banner providing a bit higher potential with the main setup I provided but Dread Banner Dread Banner not far behind and also adding a bit of extra defensive merit.
    3. Overleech combined with other defenses is usually enough for survivability. My preference is always to have a panic button with the bleed removal but it could be swapped out.
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    On 20/09/2019 at 11:14 PM, maxx1574 said

    why not usse Carcass Jack

    The survivability of Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart is preferable in most situations, and we don’t really have any real use for a second 6-link.

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    On 20/09/2019 at 6:59 PM, Bonux said

    hey my glorious jewel gives me 2 corrupted soul nodes(iron reflexes and point blank), if i take both i only recive 1× 20pct hp as shield, what about the 50non chaos damage bypass shield where can i check if it gives more than 50pct

    Could you take a screen shot? I’ve never tried this interaction, so I’m not sure off the top of my head.

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    On 23/09/2019 at 4:00 PM, Deadly said

    waiting on mana cost update the -3 channeling rings are not enough. is dropping the kaoms chest a good idea for a rare chest with good stats and -15mana cost? I see the 1 handers use maim also in the chest is that usable and how would you implement it if it was? ty

    Next major update to the guide is on Wednesday!

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    On 23/09/2019 at 6:45 PM, 1012 said

    On 23/09/2019 at 4:00 PM, Deadly said

    waiting on mana cost update the -3 channeling rings are not enough. is dropping the kaoms chest a good idea for a rare chest with good stats and -15mana cost? I see the 1 handers use maim also in the chest is that usable and how would you implement it if it was? ty

    I am wondering the same. Please reply!

    It’s usable, just not my recommendation for the setup I’ve provided in the guide. My Cyclone Gladiator Build is much closer to that style of play.

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    On 24/09/2019 at 12:44 AM, Penthox said

    Does someone know what is the better helmet enchant for this build? Between 15% increased Cyclone attack speed and 40% increased cyclone damage. Thanks

    For my character they are pretty close in Path of Building, with the 40% damage edging out by a narrow margin. I’d recommend checking for yourself before making any significant investment though, as it could change depending on your level of gear.

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    On 24/09/2019 at 8:23 AM, ganghee00 said

    hello, i’m bad at english so there may be a mistake
    i got almost every gear except rings and i’m having mana issue
    my seven-link elder blade makes my cyclone 12cost but due to the change in mana cost reduce modifier i can’t make my cyclone free
    i’m now using pride,flesh and stone-maim support,war banner (88%used) and use mana leech in jewel to sustain mana but it is sometimes dangerous(my useable mana pool is about 80)
    should i drop war banner or aura?
    or should i change my cyclone support to reduce mana support?

    and i got fortify in elder blade and endurance charge in elder boots
    what gem should i use in leap slam link? (now i’m using vaal ancestal warchief)

    Are you running out of Mana even with the leech?

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    Hello! Is there something wrong with the links for the skill trees? I can’t seem to open it but whenever I do it just shows the tree with no allocated points.

    I have path of building. Is there any pastebin link that I can use for this build?

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    On 24/09/2019 at 2:50 PM, Reyteri said

    Hello! Is there something wrong with the links for the skill trees? I can’t seem to open it but whenever I do it just shows the tree with no allocated points.

    I have path of building. Is there any pastebin link that I can use for this build?

    Nevermind! I tried using a different browser and it worked! I just have a question! which passive skills nodes should I get first? Like what should I prioritize? I’m still a beginner so I don’t trust myself on picking which nodes should I take first

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    On 24/09/2019 at 10:48 AM, Furty said

    Unfortunately none of this is fixed in POB. You have to create custom items with increased Physical damage (as an example) which is tedious and not always 100% accurate. This is because stacks of Impale will vary based on fight length and uptime and so on.

    1. If they are in your main link (Impale Support Impale Support) I’d get Proficiency for the +30 Dexterity or use your annointment to get a notable (examples are Trickery, Fangs of the Viper, Aspect of the Lynx).
    2. With a more impale focused setup I would use Dread Banner Dread Banner. They are pretty similar, with War Banner War Banner providing a bit higher potential with the main setup I provided but Dread Banner Dread Banner not far behind and also adding a bit of extra defensive merit.
    3. Overleech combined with other defenses is usually enough for survivability. My preference is always to have a panic button with the bleed removal but it could be swapped out.

    Thank you very much for the answer !

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    On 24/09/2019 at 3:01 PM, Reyteri said

    On 24/09/2019 at 2:50 PM, Reyteri said

    Hello! Is there something wrong with the links for the skill trees? I can’t seem to open it but whenever I do it just shows the tree with no allocated points.

    I have path of building. Is there any pastebin link that I can use for this build?

    Nevermind! I tried using a different browser and it worked! I just have a question! which passive skills nodes should I get first? Like what should I prioritize? I’m still a beginner so I don’t trust myself on picking which nodes should I take first

    Check the Passive Tree Progression section. If you’re just leveling up it doesn’t really matter at all so long as you loosely follow the advised tree. I’d probably get Resolute Technique early and avoid all the critical strike nodes, then respec out of it in the second half of the leveling process when you start acquiring crit.

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    On 24/09/2019 at 11:11 AM, Furty said

    On 24/09/2019 at 8:23 AM, ganghee00 said

    hello, i’m bad at english so there may be a mistake
    i got almost every gear except rings and i’m having mana issue
    my seven-link elder blade makes my cyclone 12cost but due to the change in mana cost reduce modifier i can’t make my cyclone free
    i’m now using pride,flesh and stone-maim support,war banner (88%used) and use mana leech in jewel to sustain mana but it is sometimes dangerous(my useable mana pool is about 80)
    should i drop war banner or aura?
    or should i change my cyclone support to reduce mana support?

    and i got fortify in elder blade and endurance charge in elder boots
    what gem should i use in leap slam link? (now i’m using vaal ancestal warchief)

    Are you running out of Mana even with the leech?

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    Thanks for the time you put into this guide. Has helped me a lot.

    Quick question – is it better to use Thief’s Torment or rare rings with element resist + -manacost ?

    At the moment my mana is fine, but I am lacking int. Had to take +30 int on skill tree to use blue gems.

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    Would “critical strike chance” be fine as an additional modifier after regal orbing my Exquisite Blade (tier 1 roll)?

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    was looking threw and could not find recommended enchants for gloves boots and helm? can point in the right direction pls. Thx

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    I got a Watcher’s Eye for cheap. What slot should I be sticking it in?

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    If you are having mana troubles use the new blight oils. 3 teal on your amulet gives you mana leach.

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    Thanks for the guide(s). This is my first league in PoE and it’s been great having this website as a resource. Obviously, I am very much a noob, but learning fast!

    I really wanted to play a cyclone build, and I previously leveled up an Incinerate Witch (so I had a Tabula). The leveling went fairly fast, but after beating Kitava with my cyclone slayer, I am kind of stuck. I don’t really like spending a lot of time shopping (prefer to just play, and find gear myself). Not necessary SSF, but just a preference.

    Do you have any tips for making this cyclone slayer just a bit more SSF friendly? For example, during leveling I did buy a Rigwald’s Charge 2hander, which has served me well, but I feel like I need to upgrade now that I am in early maps. Where should I go? Try to craft a rare? (I don’t have a ton of resources/crafting mods, but might be able to get something).

    Any tips would be helpful, and thanks again.

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    Noob here so maybe a stupid question…

    I have Glorious Vanity equipped and sit with 3k health and 950es, have swapped the ascendency nodes but my es never regains value and i’ve become extremely vulnerable to death. Any tips on what I may have done wrong, I have followed the tree exactly. I have the soul tether also..

    basically my es doesn’t regen like its supposed to

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    On 26/09/2019 at 11:50 AM, IntrepidMuppet said

    Noob here so maybe a stupid question…

    I have Glorious Vanity equipped and sit with 3k health and 950es, have swapped the ascendency nodes but my es never regains value and i’ve become extremely vulnerable to death. Any tips on what I may have done wrong, I have followed the tree exactly. I have the soul tether also..

    Hi !

    Im’ not sure my answer will be accurate, but from what I’ve understood from the build (still mostly on a PoB phase for me…), life leech comes from Blood Rage, are you using it ?
    Now if I’m not mistaken, you will leech life until you’re full HP, and then with Soul Tether all the leeching will replenish your ES (that will start at 0 anyway and 5% will drop every second, also “thanks” to Soul Tether).

    I would also have some questions as well :
    - I don’t really understand how you can get about 9k HP : with all the HP nodes on tree, Kaom’s Heart, ~80 HP on amulet/rings, 100+ HP on boots and 2 jewels with 7% increased max life and a Watcher’s Eye with 6% I barely reach 6.2k HP at lvl 92. If anyone doing the build having 8k+ HP could share his stuff that would be very kind.
    - It’s the same for crit chance, I’m curious to see if anyone got close to 80% crit chance, I only get close to 70% with a diamond flask.

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