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[3.8] Reworked Cyclone Duelist (Slayer)

Intro & build description

Cyclone was reworked in 3.7 and it is still in great position, especially when combined with Slayer ascendancy.

Build Pros

  • High damage - can go over 1 million DPS with just Cyclone alone
  • Great clear speed
  • You can forget about reflect
  • Tanky - can go over 7000 life + insane life leech
  • Doesn't require a lot of items to get going
  • A huge area of effect

Build Cons

  • Starforge will definitely be expensive this league

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.7] Skill Tree
[3.8] Skill Tree


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Headsman
Labyrinth 2Endless Hunger
Labyrinth 3Brutal Fervour
Endgame LabyrinthImpact

Skill gem setup


Blood Rage

Herald of Purity

Blood and Sand

Enduring Cry

Body Armor

Vaal Ancestral Warchief (Use Regular version when you are out of souls)

Bloodlust Support

Concentrated Effect Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Pulverise Support

Multiple Totems Support


Cast When Damage Taken (Level 1)

Immortal Call (Level 3)

Vaal Haste (Level 20) - We only use Vaal version



Leap Slam

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support

Blood Magic Support

2h Weapon


Close Combat Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Increased Area of Effect Support (for clearing) / Concentrated Effect Support (for single target)

Infused Channeling Support

Pulverise Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Devoto's Devotion

Devoto’s is a classic helm for cyclone builds because of its attack and movement speed bonuses.

It will probably be a bit pricey at the beginning of Legion, so any rare helm with life and resistances will work just fine until you can get Devoto’s.

Ideal enchants for the helm would be 40% increased cyclone damage, cyclone attack speed or 40% increased Ancestral Warchief damage.

Body Armour

Belly of The Beast

Belly is a solid defensive body armour for any melee build. Another great defensive option would be Kaom’s Heart, however you would lose Ancestral Warchief,

If you want to go more offensive route, you can use Loreweave or Carcass Jack.



Haemophilia is a great choice for gloves slot – it gives us potent way to apply bleeding on our enemies.

It’s great because Ancestral Warchief is linked with Bloodlust which gives 60% more damage against bleeding enemies.

When you acquire some more currency, you should aim for Haemophilia gloves with “Curse enemies with Level x Vulnerability on Hit” corrupted implicit.


Rare Two-Toned boots

Look for generic rare Two-Toned boots with at least 80 life, 30% movement speed and some resistance.

As an enchantment, go for “16% increased Attack and Cast speed if you’ve Killed Recently”

Left Ring

Rare Steel Ring

Look for 2 rare steel rings with high life, adds #-# physical damage to attacks and some resistances.

Use crafting bench to craft attack speed on top of those stats and you have yourself an insane ring.

Right Ring

Rare Steel Ring

Same as previously mentioned ring


Daresso's Salute

Daresso’s Salute is a perfect option for this build.

This amulet gives us plenty of damage, movement speed, area of effect, free resistances and we are unaffected by its downside.


The Retch

The Retch is a great option for leech builds, albeit quite expensive.

It has life, life leech, 60% increased flask duration, increased movement speed and extra damage – all the mods are extremely useful for this build.

If you cannot afford or don’t want to use this belt, Stygian Vise with high life and resistances is a great option as well.

2Hand Weapon


Starforge is a priority item this build should focus on getting as soon as possible.

Since this is purely physical build, Starforge works perfectly due to its high physical damage and ability to shock enemies without dealing lightning damage.

While you are saving up for a Starforge, other alternative weapons you could use would be:

1.) Kaom’s Primacy
2.) Sinvicta’s Mettle
3.) Kitava’s Feast

Keep in mind, if you are using an axe, you should not choose Blade Master/Razor’s Edge and go for Slaughter/Cleaving nodes on the skill tree instead.


Jewel Setup

On jewels look for following mods:

1.) Increased physical damage with swords / Two-Handed Melee Weapons
2.) % Increased Maximum life
3.) Increased attack speed / increased attack and cast speed
4.) Increased Area Damage / Melee damage / Increased damage
5.) Resistances / Attributes that you are lacking


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1.) Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
2.) Silver Flask with freeze removal
3.) Sin’s Rebirth
4.) Basalt Flask with curse Removal / Atziri’s Promise
5.) Blood of The Karui

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

About gems

Always tries to keep up with the game, its ever-changing mechanisms and explain them in understandable manner.


  1. Just wanted to mention that your skill tree is for 3.6

  2. This is such a perfect build holy fuck im excited for 3.7 now. I was crushed when I had my heart set on molten and they raped it.

  3. Hmmmm caps out at 96,524 DPS on Path of Building with basically perfect gear. I wonder what’s wrong…

  4. Is there a PoB link or did I overlook it?

  5. Would be happy if you Update PoB overtime while playing if its possible, Starting this build aswell.

  6. I did a version of this build, with crit instead, still pretty tanky, but imo more damage, Take a look and decide for yourself. Its not fully optimal atm.. its just an idea

    • Overall I think it looks good! Could use a few more life nodes, and personally, I would go for Belly still, because essentially you would do 2x the damage to the bosses due to Warchief.

  7. Lol forgot to link it … Here you go https://pastebin.com/9mr7wB3k

  8. Im really intressted what you guys have to say about this build, Its the first one i ever made.. It looks pretty decent, but i might be completly clueless thats why im asking for opinions 🙂 Thank you.

  9. Why dont you recommend multiple totem support for the totem?

    • I haven’t tested it personally, so I cannot give you a good answer to this. Will test it in Legion, theoretically it could work pretty well.

  10. Hi,
    I wish you can make a step by step tech tree.
    First station will be “resolute technique” ..and then?
    I am really not sure were i have to go next.

    Until lvl 100 it will be a long long way …(i never reached before)

    • Hey! While you are leveling and after taking the Resolute Technique, the best idea is to get damage nodes, since the monsters don’t hit that hard yet. Go for Blade Master, Razor’s Edge, Executioner, Wrecking Ball. After that, go for some life nodes and just follow the tree in whichever direction you want – it matters less than you’d think.

  11. Hey, i was wondering what your thoughts on kondo’s pride are for an alternate weapon until starforge

  12. Is vaal Haste level 20 supposed to cast when damage taken? Because you say to have it level 20 but then it looks like it would have to self cast

  13. after playing a bit would you still link all the same gems for the cyclone setup?

  14. I don’t understand how your supposed to use cyclone with 95% of mana reserved is there something i missed ?

    • The build reserves 85% of the mana, leaving plenty to work with. Due to mana leech nodes, we will never run out of mana for Cyclone as long as we are hitting something.

  15. Brutality is the biggest dps increase in pob why didnt you use it here?

    • Also pob shows belt of the deciever as better dps than the retch with AND without brutality support, wtf?

      • Yes, Belt of The Deceiver might be a better damage option, but The Retch is absolutely awesome on this build. Not only we get 10-second Quicksilver flask duration, but it also gives us extra movement speed which is a rare stat for the belt slot.

    • The problem with Brutality for me was the fact that it prevents the build from doing chaos damage. I have Sin’s Rebirth + Atziri’s Promise, and altogether it nets more damage than Brutality.

  16. so, which flask setup do you reccomend now then?

  17. Hey, I might be missing something, but what is the reason for Immortal call to be lvl 3 and CWDT to be only lvl 1 ?

  18. Can’t get my aura’s active at once. Can’t get pride, blood and sand, and haste active at once. What can I do to resolve?

  19. Hello, what is the cap of intelligence in Ur opinion for this build, because of the 3 blue gems? And how do U reach it?

    • Hey. You can grab a 30 int node on the tree, there are also a few nodes near the Templar area. If you still lack int, get it on jewel or 2.

  20. Why enduring cry when we lose to regen

  21. Hp not to

  22. just wanted to check back in for a 3.8 update on this. I ended up using this build as my main character, leveled it to 100 before even thinking about another build, wonderful character. I swapped chest with a kaoms and just dealt with lower dps until gear caught up. Did well over 100 ubers for challenge and boss service with it so single target was fine

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