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Brutal Ascendant Cyclone build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Brutal Ascendant Cyclone build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Purely-Physical Melee build which utilizes the Scion-Ascendant class, terrific defenses, and lethal Cyclone DPS

Brutal Cyclone
Slayer/Raider Ascendant build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
January 20, 2018
- Build created

Cyclone is Melee Skill, that was added back in the Beta, but since then it's always on the top in terms of damage. Very high Attack Speed combined with great Area of Damage makes this build both enjoyable and very strong. Investing in more expensive uniques like Starforge or Mark of the Elder setup will allow you to reach and kill even Guardians and Shaper himself. It's purely Physical damage build, so you are immune to any type of Elemental Reflection.

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1. Gameplay

Cyclone is a specific skill to use because while it drains mana during spinning, it's not channeling skill. You can't break Cyclone during it's spinning, so try to use it on shorter distance, but more often. This way it's both safer and you will deal much more damage, especially against Bosses. Our movement skill is Leap Slam, which is a perfect choice for jumping fast between monster packs. Vaal Double Strike and Ancestral Warchief Totem are here to help melting Bosses and tougher Rare monsters.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • good clear speed
  • terrific single-target DPS
  • great Boss farming capabilities
  • very high Life pool up to 9k with Kaom's Heart
  • scales great with high Dexterity gear and Shaper's Touch
  • can do all Map mods including Reflect
CONS
  • requires investment into Elemental Resistances due to the number of uniques

3. Leveling tips

It's recommended to level this build with Cleave skill until level 28 when you can start using Cyclone until the late game. All Support Gems during leveling are going to be used in the final build as well. Your primary goal should be to increases your weapon's base Physical DPS and Life/Resistances on other gear parts.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - one of the first skills you can acquire, works well until you can get Cyclone
Maim Support Maim Support - great boost to Physical Damage and inflicts Maim, which reduces Movement Speed of your enemies
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - every 3rd hit will hit much harder and deal increased damage
Cyclone setup
Cyclone Cyclone - switch to Cyclone as soon as you hit 28
Maim Support Maim Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - a huge boost to Physical Damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - you will spin much faster
Utility Gems
Vulnerability Vulnerability - cursed enemies receive increased Physical damage
War Banner War Banner - increases both your Accuracy and Physical damage received by nearby enemies

Bandits:

We recommend helping Alira for bonus Resistances and Crit. Multiplier

Leveling Skill Trees:

36 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Constitution 2) Mortal Conviction 3) Blade Master 4) Juggernaut 5) Barbarism

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Disemboweling 2) Heart of the Warrior 3) Hematophagy 4) Art of the Gladiator

Recommended leveling items:

Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - insane leveling belt, which grants Elemental Resistances, Life, and Increased Damage
+(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Global Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
 
GoldrimGoldrim - amazing leveling Helmet which covers up all your needs for Elemental Resistances during early levels
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
 
Le heup of AllLe Heup of All - these Rings provide everything - Attributes, Damage, and Resistances
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
 
Redbeak Redbeak - perfect starting weapon, that you can use since level 1. It's recommended to dual-wield them
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
100% increased Damage when on Low Life
50% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 6 Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
 

Edge of MadnessEdge of Madness - it's a very good leveling weapon, that will increase its damage based on your level

40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems
(40-60)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (60-68) to (90-102) Chaos Damage
1% increased Chaos Damage per Level
Adds 1 to 2 Physical Damage to Attacks per Level
 

Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - 6-links makes leveling very easy, so it's definitely the best option for Body Armour

3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
 

Carnage HeartCarnage Heart - you are going to use it during endgame. This Amulet provides a lot of attributes, which are going to scale really well in the endgame, as well as Resistances and much faster Life Leech rate

+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-40) to all Attributes
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
(1.2-2)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
50% increased Life Leeched per second
(30-40)% increased Damage while Leeching
Extra gore

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

118 Points Skill Tree
118 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Duelist Ascendancy - Slayer
  2. Ranger Ascendancy - Raider
  3. Path of the Ranger

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Cyclone
Cyclone Cyclone - your primary DPS skill. Deals massive both single and AoE damage
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - biggest damage boost 
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - massive Damage boost in exchange for lower Area of Effect
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Maim Support Maim Support
Brutality Support Brutality Support - insane Physical damage boost, but you can no longer deal Elemental and Chaos damage
[DPS] Ancestral Warchief and Vaal Double Strike setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - not only deals a lot of damage by itself but also boost your Melee damage
Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike - this skill deals massive damage against the single target. Use it against tough Rare enemies and bosses
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - biggest damage boost 
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - every third hit will hit like a truck
Maim Support Maim Support - great boost to Physical Damage and inflicts Maim, which reduces Movement Speed of your enemies
Brutality Support Brutality Support - insane Physical damage boost, but you can no longer deal Elemental and Chaos damage
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your primary movement skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the movement speed of Leap Slam
Fortify Support Fortify Support - after hitting an enemy with Leap Slam it will grants you Fortify Buff, which reduces Damage Taken 
Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Support - after stunning an enemy with Leap Slam it will generate Endurance Charges
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Vaal Haste
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Immortal Call after a certain amount of damage is taken. Keep this Gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at max level 1-3
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call and Vaal Haste
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - after acquiring enough souls you can use this skill, which increases your Attack Speed by a lot
[AURA] War Banner 
War Banner War Banner - increases both your Accuracy and Physical damage received by nearby enemies
[UTILITY] Ice Golem and Blood Rage
Ice Golem Ice Golem - increases your Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating
Blood Rage Blood Rage - not only increases our Attack Speed and Life Leech but also generates Frenzy Charges which increases both Movement and Attack Speed
Cast When Damage Taken Support Cast When Damage Taken Support - it will automatically recast Blood Rage and Ice Golem after receiving Damage


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required items for this build. As usual, all required stats are listed (items are also included in the PoB link). 

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical Damage/Attack Damage/Melee Damage
  4. Attack Speed/Critical Strike Multiplier
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - best in the slot for this build. Grants a lot of Life, Evasion but also Attack Speed and Critical Strike Chance

50% reduced Damage when on Low Life
+(50-70) to Dexterity
10% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(100-130)% increased Evasion Rating
+(80-100) to maximum Life
150% increased Global Evasion Rating when on Low Life

Helmet enchantments:
Increased Cyclone Damage
Starforge(Weapon) Starforge - definitely the best possible weapon for pure Physical Cyclone
30% increased Global Accuracy Rating
(400-500)% increased Physical Damage
(5-8)% increased Attack Speed
+(90-100) to maximum Life
20% increased Area of Effect for Attacks
Deal no Elemental Damage
Your Physical Damage can Shock
Rare Sword(Weapon) Rare Two-Handed Sword - good and cheap alternative for Starforge. Try to get one with highest Physical damage

450+ Physical DPS
1.5 Attacks Per Second

Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - good starting option. Carcass Jack provides maximum Life, Elemental Resistances and damage boost for Cyclone
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
(40-50)% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Loreweave(Body Armour) Loreweave - all around perfect Body Armour for this build. It provides increased Damage, Survivability, and Defenses. Try to get one with 80% Maximum Resistances
Has 6 Sockets
Adds (4-10) to (14-36) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(8-24) to all Attributes
(20-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(15-50) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20-60) to maximum Life
+(20-50) to maximum Mana
(6-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
(15-50)% increased Elemental Damage
Your Maximum Resistances are (76-80)%
Corrupted modifiers:
+2 levels of Socketed AoE Gems
+1 level of Socketed Gems
increased Damage
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - we need as much Elemental Resistances, as possible
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
35% Cold Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Dexterity
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - we are trying to fix Resistances here, so try to get as much as possible

Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
35% Cold Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Fire Resistance

Carnage Heart(Amulet) Carnage Heart - provides a lot of stats, which are going to scale really well with Shaper's Touch, as well as Resistances and much faster Life Leech rate
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-40) to all Attributes
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
(1.2-2)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
50% increased Life Leeched per second
(30-40)% increased Damage while Leeching
Extra gore
Steel Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - preferably Steel Rings for additional flat Physical Damage. Try to get one of them as Shaper for combination with Mark of the Elder

Min. requirements:
Curse enemies with Level 12 Assassin's Mark on Hit
40 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Physical Damage to Attacks

Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - use it only if your other ring is Shaper one. Provides immense Damage boost for the Ring slot
Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to Attacks
Adds (26-32) to (42-48) Cold Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Attack Damage if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
Cannot be Stunned by Attacks if your other Ring is an Elder Item
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Tentacle Whip on Kill
Shaper's Touch(Gloves) Shaper's Touch - since we are getting tons of Attributes on other Equipment slots, these gloves are going to provide over 100% Melee Damage boost
(80-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+4 Accuracy Rating per 2 Intelligence
+1 Life per 4 Dexterity
+2 Mana per 4 Strength
2% increased Energy Shield per 10 Strength
2% increased Evasion Rating per 10 Intelligence
2% increased Melee Physical Damage per 10 Dexterity
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Physical Damage/Area Damage/Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - your priority should be added flat Physical Damage to Attacks
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Adds Physical to Attacks/Sword Attacks
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - grants amazing Physical Damage boost as well as knockback, which helps with survivability
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (Freezing immunity)
  3. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Adrenaline (Critical Strike)
  4. Ample Basalt Flask of Iron Skin (Armour/Physical Damage Taken Reduction)
Lion's RoarLife FlaskLife FlaskDiamond FlaskBasalt Flask


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