Ultimate Cyclone Slayer Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

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Find all our recommended gear from the comfort of Path of Building, available here.

Included in the Path of Building are skill trees, all gem links and possible variations, and an example set of mid-level gear with room for upgrades. For simplicity’s sake, Elemental Resistances are not included on gear, and you can fill them in as you like depending on available gear.

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.

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 Rare Amulet (Turquoise Amulet Turquoise Amulet is ideal) OR Daresso's Salute Daresso's Salute
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
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade

For crafting Rare items, you can check out all the affixes that can roll on an item base, depending on its level, influence, and many other factors, using our affix tool.

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.

Rare Astral Plate Astral Plates are the most popular choice for cycloners lately and have some distinct advantages with the second 6-Link and various affix combinations. This build is a bit different to the grain but this option is very potent as well if you want to investigate it further.

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 (Fire and Lightning Resistances) Two-Toned Boots (Fire and Lightning Resistances) (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. Unfortunately Starforge Starforge was heavily nerfed in 3.11, which hurts our end game but opens up our options.

Our two main Unique options:

  • Kondo's Pride Kondo's Pride is fine as an extreme early game way of getting your foot into the door for maps.
  • Starforge Starforge is still a usable option, but the heavy nerfs make it far less desirable for us in the late game. Depending on the price during the league it may be worth picking up before your rare weapon, as it allows you to use Swords for more consistent criticals as well as annointing Fatal Blade, a powerful notable. If you are leveling up this character mid league Starforge is generally very cheap post nerf and can be another great way of busting down the door of the late game without heavy investment.

In the late game, a Rare Exquisite Blade Exquisite Blade will surpass either option. Only one Attack Speed suffix should be taken. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. % Increased Physical Damage
  2. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  3. % Increased Physical Damage / +# to Accuracy
  4. % Increased Attack Speed
  5. % Increased Attack Speed While You Have Fortify (Crusader Suffix)
  6. % Increased Damage on Full Life
  7. % Increased Impale Effect (Crusader Suffix)
  8. % Increased Critical Strike Chance

There are many other reasonable and powerful combinations; feel free to ask for advice in the comments as needed. Be sure to compare in Path of Building before making major investments.

Accessories

Amulet

Daresso's Salute Daresso's Salute is a great amulet for Cyclone Cyclone and is obtainable for relatively cheap prices. 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 Turquoise Amulet Turquoise Amulet to help with attribute limitations, is the best choice for flat out damage. 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.

Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. Channeling Skills Have -3 to Total Mana Cost (Required on both rings — if you can’t acquire these you need Mana leech somewhere on gear)
  3. +# to Maximum Life
  4. Trigger Level # Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy (only needed on one ring, Shaper)
  5. +# to Accuracy (only if using Starforge Starforge)
  6. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  7. % Increased Damage

Belt

A Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise socketed with a Murderous Eye Jewel Murderous Eye Jewel is best option. Prioritize stats as follows:

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

Headhunter Headhunter is exceptional for this builds clearing ability and can be a whole lot of fun. It is not recommended unless all your major slots are fully upgraded, but if you want to go wild and at crazy speeds it can be effectively used by this build.

Jewels

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!

Cluster Jewel(s)

This build uses a lot of the main trees notables, particularly those with Impale and Critical Strike/Multipler, to great effect. To this end, we don’t really need to use more than one Cluster Jewel, and even that is optional and a facilitator to slot in more regular Jewels. Our preference is to use a single Large Cluster with 2 Jewel Sockets and Devastator, Feed the Fury, and Smite the Weak. The Jewel Sockets should be filled with regular Jewels.

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.

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 Preferred Suffix or Bottled Faith Bottled Faith (late game)
  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.

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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!

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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?

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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 ?

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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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