Ultimate Cyclone Slayer Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

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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 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 Recommendations 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.

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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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