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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    In your pob you have Bottled faith and a normal sulphur flask, they both give 40% damage so it doesnt stack right, why do you have it ?

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    how to get the accuracy cap? i 88 lvl and i have only 88% hit

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    I think the guide underestimates how poorly Starforge will perform. I made the build and went to level 75 with it and clearing maps is painful. Damage capped out with Starforge at about 60k, which is very slow to clear with.

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    On 21/02/2021 at 4:22 PM, nico91k said

    In your pob you have Bottled faith and a normal sulphur flask, they both give 40% damage so it doesnt stack right, why do you have it ?

    Probably just an oversight during the update, I’ll take a look and fix it as needed!

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    On 24/02/2021 at 8:34 PM, masterslave said

    I think the guide underestimates how poorly Starforge will perform. I made the build and went to level 75 with it and clearing maps is painful. Damage capped out with Starforge at about 60k, which is very slow to clear with.

    It’s not nearly as powerful as before but it’s definitely fine to get you to red maps and maybe beyond that. There are other factors that influence damage so make sure things like accuracy are capped and you have a fair amount of flat physical on gear. It’s certainly not the best option, however, and that is why the guide no longer recommends it as a default pick.

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    Hi there,
    I’ve been working on this build. I’ve hit a wall and can’t seem to figure out what needs to be changed. I am new to the POB fork but have been using that as well. I have a lot of questions regarding the configurations and calc tabs. I’m falling down the rabbit hole and was wondering if you could take a look at my POB and tell me what I need to be focusing on.

    https://pastebin.com/BBEpXWcS

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    On 27/02/2021 at 2:12 PM, Rage_Queen said

    Hi there,
    I’ve been working on this build. I’ve hit a wall and can’t seem to figure out what needs to be changed. I am new to the POB fork but have been using that as well. I have a lot of questions regarding the configurations and calc tabs. I’m falling down the rabbit hole and was wondering if you could take a look at my POB and tell me what I need to be focusing on.

    https://pastebin.com/BBEpXWcS

    What specifically are you having issues with?

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    Hello,
    I just started the build and I really enjoy it. I wanted to know if with the POB that we have in the guide I will be able to handle 100% delirious map, and If I can get an HH (I got it in 10 EX), is it worth to keep it for the 100% del maps ? Thank you

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    On 02/03/2021 at 12:56 PM, Furty “said”:

    What specifically are you having issues with?

    Hey, thanks for the reply! I really enjoyed the build until endgame. I am currently only level 89, I have completed 138 maps in the atlas and conquers 4 watchstones..barely. I don’t think I should be dying as often as I am. Tier 16 maps one shot even without crazy painful mods. Comparing the builds in POB I can’t identify where I am missing defense. The 11 passives would be a big help but I can’t seem to gain xp.

    Why am I dying so much? My defensive stats are comparable but I can’t seem sustain. My total life is 2.5k less than yours because when I respected to swords I orb regretted some Life to get Wrecking Ball, Executioner, and Blade Master; I was thinking that more DPS would allow more leaching. Should I regret some of the nodes around Disemboweling to place some of the Life I regretted already?

    How is my DPS 1/4th of the DPS in the build? Where is it coming from? I have all the unique gear, some average gem, and a worthy sword (my sword DPS is 635- build sword 911) What am I missing in the build to get the DPS returns I see in the Build POB?

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    Hi Furty, thanks for the guide, been using it for years.
    Can you please add a section for best alternate quality variant for each gem?
    Thanks!

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    Noticed in your final PoB thank you recommend that you aren’t using glorious vanity+soul tether combo. Is it not recommended anymore due to the changes in the ascendancy?

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    Hey, Thanks for the guide. It looks like a real nice build I would like to try out. I have quite a bit of currency so equipping is no problem. How necessary is accuracy on the weapon? I am seeing many high pDPS exquisite blades in trade but none have accuracy. Can accuracy be acquired on other gear? How much if any accuracy is required or needed? Thanks again Oh and I use your leveling guide with every character I make. Very helpful. Thank you

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    Hi,
    right now i am about to buy a new weapon but i have some troubles with choseing the right one.
    When is the rare weapon better than the starforge ? Is it about the DPS or am i supposed to look on other things?

    Thank you for the answer.

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    On 05/03/2021 at 12:34 PM, Hashakgik said

    Hi Furty, thanks for the guide, been using it for years.
    Can you please add a section for best alternate quality variant for each gem?
    Thanks!

    I will look at including this on the gems page!

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    sorry if this has been answered already, i don’t know how to search the comments. have you tried presence of chayula with the glorious vanity/soul tether setup for stun immunity and more ES? is it a good fit?

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    On 17/03/2021 at 7:10 PM, AlishFitness said

    Hi there,

    how do you stack pride & haste? They reserve by 50% mana.

    the build uses vaal haste, which is an active skill that uses souls and not mana. there’s no way to take out “regular” haste from the PoB because the same gem provides both skills.

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    Im having mana issues even with both rings have channeling skill cost reduction on them

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    Hematophagy is better than swift skewering for more survivor chance

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