Cyclone Slayer Build Guide - Two handed - Path of Exile 3.24

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Cyclone Slayer Build Guide - Two handed - Path of Exile 3.24


Experience the thrill of battling your way through Wraeclast as a Cyclone Slayer, a build that perfectly marries high damage output, versatility, and ease of gameplay. With this guide, you'll learn the ins and outs of the build that spins to win, dealing substantial area-of-effect damage while enjoying the benefits of life leech and impale mechanics. It's an excellent league starter build, affordable to set up, and it lets you fight with nearly all map mods. The guide will delve into each aspect of the build - the Passive Skill Tree, Gear, Gem Setups, Ascendancy, Pantheon, and Bandits choices, along with detailed leveling tips and a FAQ section to tackle common questions.

Build Overview

Let's take a quick look at the advantages and the challenges that come with the Cyclone Slayer:


  • Affordable starter build
  • Can tackle all map mods
  • Excels in dealing high damage
  • Swift map clearing speed
  • Solid boss damage


  • It's a melee build, which some players may not prefer
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Build Mechanics

The core mechanics revolve around the Cyclone skill with the Impale effect, coupled with the life leech from the Slayer Ascendancy. Critical strikes also play a significant role in increasing the overall damage output. You will be employing automatic casting of various skills, such as curses, golem summoning, blood rage activation, and immortal call, to minimize manual input and maximize efficiency.

It's critical to carefully level your gems. Overleveling certain gems can render them ineffective due to interaction with the Cast When Damage Taken setup. You want to maintain Blood Rage at level 8, Cast When Damage Taken at level 2, Immortal Call at level 4, Punishment at level 7, Cast When Damage Taken at level 3, and Summon Ice Golem at level 5.

Ascendancy, Pantheon, and Bandits


As a Cyclone Slayer, your Ascendancy progression should be as follows:

  1. Endless Hunger
  2. Brutal Fervour
  3. Headsman
  4. Bane of Legends


The recommended Pantheon choices are Solaris for added defenses and Shakari for Poison Immunity.


Help Alira during the Bandit quest for a good early boost to resistances and extra critical strike multiplier. Later in the game, you can switch to +2 passive points based on your needs.

Skill Gems and Links

Primary Attack Setup:

Your Cyclone setup will go into your weapon, which ideally is a 6-linked Starforge:

  1. Cyclone (21/20)
  2. Brutality Support (20/20)
  3. Impale Support (20/20)
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support (20/20)
  5. Infused Channeling Support (20/20)
  6. Fortify Support (20/20)

Aura Setup:

Your auras will go into your body armour. A Belly of the Beast with six sockets is recommended:

  1. Pride (20/20)
  2. Flesh and Stone (20/20)
  3. Maim Support (20/20)
  4. Herald of Purity (20/20)
  5. Precision (Keep this at a manageable level, preferably at 1, to maintain sufficient mana pool)
  6. Enlighten Support (As high a level as you can afford)

You have other supportive setups including your leap slam for mobility, Vaal Ancestral Warchief for damage boost, and Cast When Damage Taken (CWDT) setup for automatic skill casting. Refer to the linked sources for a detailed guide on gem placements and levels.


The Cyclone Slayer can work well even with basic gear, making it a strong starter build. As you accumulate wealth, aim to upgrade your gear for maximum potential. Your primary weapon should be a Starforge, with a Lion's Roar Flask for added damage.

For your armor, Belly of the Beast is a good option, and Starkonja's Head is recommended for your helmet. Look for rings and amulets that provide resistances, life, and physical damage. Aim to get a Stygian Vise belt with life, resistances, and an open suffix to craft increased effect of Flasks.

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The best leveling strategy involves using the strongest melee skill available to you at any point, transitioning to Cyclone when you hit level 28. Sunder, Ground Slam, and Lacerate are all good choices to help you reach this level. Refer to a detailed leveling strategy in the sources provided to make your leveling process smooth and efficient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why not use Atziri's Disfavour over Starforge?

While Atziri's Disfavour is a strong weapon, it's outclassed by Starforge for this build because Starforge provides a substantial increase in life and a huge physical damage roll.

Can I use this build for Hardcore gameplay?

Yes, it's viable for Hardcore play, although a bit risky due to the melee nature of the build. Positioning and player skill will heavily factor into survivability.

Why choose Slayer over Champion?

Slayer offers a better damage bonus and provides an excellent leech effect, which enhances your survivability in tough situations.

There you have it, a comprehensive guide to the Cyclone Slayer build in Path of Exile. You'll be spinning your way through the hordes of enemies in no time. Happy hunting, Exile!

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