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[3.0] Cyclone Starforge Ranger (Raider)

Intro & build description

Very strong build to push hard content due to tankyness and raw physical damage it outputs. Build has very solid balance of damage and defense. As main layer of defense we use evasion, dodge and spell dodge paired with vaal grace and belly of the beast. On top of that build uses Starforge unique sword which offers solid flat life and has huge physical damage, built-in increased area of effect for attacks we use.

Build Pros

  • Very fast clearing and satisfying gameplay
  • Very strong physical damage
  • Tanky, build has lots of dodge and evasion and decent health pool
  • Immune to Elemental Status Ailments (freeze/shock/ignite) while phasing

Build Cons

  • Melee character, we have to be up close all the time

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Help Kraityn

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Way of the Poacher
Labyrinth 2Avatar of the Slaughter
Labyrinth 3Rapid Assault
Endgame LabyrinthAvatar of the Chase

Skill gem setup


Blasphemy Support



Enlighten Support (3 lvl)

Body Armor


Increased Area of Effect Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Melee Physical Damage on Full Life Support

Ruthless Support

Brutality Support


Leap Slam

Fortify Support

Faster Attacks Support

Blood Magic Support


Vaal Grace

Vaal Lightning Trap

Vaal Clarity

Increased Duration Support

2h Weapon

Ancestral Warchief

Melee Physical Damage Support

Faster Attacks Support

Concentrated Effect Support

Ruthless Support

Brutality Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Lion Pelt

Generic evasion based helmet with life, resistances.

Body Armour

Belly of the Beast

Lots of life, makes build very tanky. Lightning Coil is great alternative as well.


Spiked Gloves

Spiked Gloves with attack speed or flat physical damage and life/resistances.


Atziri's Step

Very cheap and great boots for this build, high movement speed, life and spell dodge.

Left Ring

Coral Ring

  1. Life
  2. Intelligence
  3. Elemental resistances
  4. Flat physical damage

Right Ring

Steel Ring

  1. Life
  2. Flat physical damage
  3. Elemental resistance
  4. Intelligence or strength


Daresso's Salute

Insane amulet for Starforge, increases clear speed (reach of cyclone) because of + 2 weapon range and 60% increased physical damage on full life mod.


Leather Belt

Simple leather belt with high life and as much elemental resistances you can get/find. Weapon elemental damage on belt does nothing for this build.

2Hand Weapon


Key item of the build, you can use pretty much any sword till you buy Starforge. Doomsower is great alternative.


Crimson Jewel

  1. %maximum life
  2. %increased physical damage
  3. %increased area damage


Flask Setup

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
  2. Ample Jade Flask of Reflexes
  3. Lion’s Roar
  4. Chemist’s Silver Flask of Heat
  5. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

About prime

Prime is knowledgeable in everything builds related. Mostly focuses on writing build guides and tutorials on how to play with certain skills.


  1. Most of the passive trees are not working for your 3.0 builds

  2. Sin’s Rebirth and Atziri’s Promise are useless since we use Brutality Gems (can’t do chaos damage)

    • Indeed, thanks for pointing it out. They changed Brutality Support on release, previously in beta poison worked with Brutality.

  3. So this build still viable after all the release changes? Reading the comments above (belove?) Some changes were required? were they made?

  4. What nodes to get first when leveling?

    • Go for 50/50 mix of damage and life nodes. Weapon that you are using is more important than node priority – make sure you have 2-hander with as high damage as possible and you will have absolutely no problems leveling up.

  5. Why going Avatar of the Chase instead of Avatar of the Veil?

  6. What is the best way to get the skill gems that rangers can’t purchase from vendors?

  7. Mana problems are pretty bad on this build …. also salute isnt even in harbinger league… and ruthless works on every 3rd cast of cyclone .. which makes it kindof jank … not every 3rd hit =/ .. was this build even played?

    • It is, thanks to Zana’s map device. Poe.trade link – http://poe.trade/search/arionomatarezu As for mana problems, jewel with mana gained on hit helps a lot, Vaal Clarity is awesome as well. You can swap in life leech or life gained on hit, fortify if you feel like ruthless is worthless for you in the build. Builds are flexible, gem supports are not set in stone. 🙂

  8. any tips fo lvling ? what skill to use and melee weapon or range ?

    • Sunder is excellent leveling skill – as for weapon use highest pDPS 2-Handed mace or axe you can find.

      • Ty ill keep playing with sunder then 🙂 im lvl 45 now if u play cyclonen now i have Massive mana problems 🙁 so netterto to keep playing sunder untill i have some gear forum thé cyclone build ?

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