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Cyclone Berserker Marauder build

Cyclone Berserker Marauder build

Extremely powerful and enjoyable Berserker build based on the Cyclone skill and raw physical power

Brutal Cyclone
Berserker-Marauder build

Updated for Patch 3.8

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Guide notes
September 10, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.8


Cyclone is one of the most popular, and the most enjoyable Melee Skills in Path of Exile. With the buffs to both Melee combat and the Berserker Ascendancy class in Patch 3.7, this became one of the most deadly combinations in the game. Rage alone grants 150% increased Attack Damage, 50% Attack Speed, and 30% Movement Speed. With the recent changes, you will not lose Life when you weren't hit in the past 4 seconds, so the degeneration will not be as painful when you can't Leech. 

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1. Gameplay

This is a very straight-forward Melee build which lets you spin through enemies and obliterate everything on your way. It utilizes high DPS Two-Handed Swords and relies on purely Physical Damage. With the new Auras; Pride and Precision, Physical builds are no longer so much behind Elemental builds. This build is also heavily reliant on Rage which is accumulated while you fight - with high Cyclone's Hit coefficiency this takes seconds to reach the maximum of 50 Rage, and when you use Berserk skill while at it, you will melt Bosses in a matter of seconds. For the defenses, this build utilizes high Life (approximately 7,000), insane Life Leech, Physical Damage mitigation, and various defensive bonuses while channelling skills from the Passives and Infused Channelling Gem.

0:06 Tier 16 Hydra Guardian
0:50 Tier 15 Palace
1:15 Tier 14 Caldera
1:43 Tier 15 Acid Caverns
2:23 Shaper

The video was recorded on a level 86 Berserker in Standard wielding Starforge. It was recorded in Patch 3.7, but the gameplay hasn't changed at all since then

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane clear speed
  • absurd DPS
  • all content viable
  • very high Life pool
  • smooth leveling
  • can't do Physical Reflect and No Leech Maps


3. Leveling tips

For the leveling, you can use any Melee Skill that can be used with Two-Handed Swords. With the recent buffs, all skills will do exceptionally well on lower levels, and you can switch to Cyclone at level 28. You should prioritize high Physical DPS weapons over Life and Elemental Resistances. Below you will find a list of suggested Gem setups and several useful Uniques for this build. Keep in mind that you should add extra Support Gems as you obtain items with more sockets available.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - very strong AoE Attack which has decent base damage and area coverage
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support - a 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 - primary attack used in this build. It's a spinning AoE attack that deals very high damage to all enemies around you while channelling it
Maim Support Maim Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Infused Channelling Infused Channelling - one of the core Support Gems in this setup, however, it has high Intelligence requirements
Utility Gems
Vulnerability Punishment - cursed enemies receive increased Physical damage and grant increased Attack Speed
War Banner War Banner - increases both your Accuracy and Physical damage received by nearby enemies


We recommend helping Alira for bonus Resistances and Crit. Multiplier or killing all Bandits for the two extra Passives

Leveling Skill Trees:

31 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Warrior's Blood 2) Butchery 3) Barbarism 4) Art of the Gladiator 5) Destroyer

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Golem's Blood 2) Charging Offensive 3) Leech/Vaal Pact nodes 4) Fatal Blade

Recommended leveling items:

Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - very solid Belt which grants high DPS bonuses and Intimidating enemies grants very high bonus against Bosses
+(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 - one of the best leveling Helmets in the game which grants very high All Elemental Resistances bonus
+(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)
BlackheartBlackheart - these Rings provide everything - Attributes, Damage, and Resistances
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Global Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee

Edge of MadnessEdge of Madness - it's an amazing leveling weapon, which scales its damage every time you level up. If you decide to use it, don't use Brutality Support Gem

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

Carnage HeartCarnage Heart - one of the recommended Amulets for this build, which just happens to be a great leveling item

+(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:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building (PoB) link 

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Flawless Savagery
  2. Crave the Slaughter
  3. Rite of Ruin
  4. War Bringer


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
Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
Rage Support Rage Support - grants very high bonus damage based on your Rage
Brutality Support Brutality Support - grants a very high increase to Physical Damage, but makes supported skill deal no Chaos and Elemental Damage
Optional Gems:
Maim Support Maim Support - a rare Body Armour which supports socketed Gems with level 1 Maim can be used instead of Kaom's Heart
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief and Leap Slam
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Physical Damage
Leap Slam Leap Slam - mobility skill which allows you to jump over obstacles and reach packs of enemies faster
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a solid defensive buff on Hits with Leap Slam
[UTILITY] Rallying Cry
Leap Slam Rallying Cry - grants bonus damage based on the number of nearby enemies. It also instantly restores 25% of your Life and Mana, and grants increased DPS for a short duration thanks to the War Bringer Passive
Pride Pride - grants very high bonus Physical Damage, and truly shines in longer fights when the bonus gets higher the longer it takes
Precision Precision - grants extra Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance. If you have issues with Mana you may want to use this Gem on lower levels
War Banner War Banner - grants extra Accuracy Rating and increases Physical Damage taken by nearby enemies
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana reserved by Support Skills. Unless you can afford a level 3 or higher Enlighten, you may need to skip Precision or War Banner
[UTILITY] Punishment, Berserk, and Golem
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts your Curse and resummon the Golem when you take a certain amount of damage. Use this Gem at level 10
Punishment Punishment - the recommended Curse for this build which increases Physical Damage taken by enemies, and increases your Attack Speed. Use this Gem at level 13
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - grants extra Accuracy and Crit. Chance. Use this Gem at level 12
Berserk Berserk - grants insane damage bonuses based on your Rage. It provides an amazing burst against Bosses and Rares. It's supposed to be used at the maximum level and to be cast manually

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended items for this build. This build is very flexible, and you can replace all the items with rare equipment and similar stats. You should primarily focus increases to Physical/Melee and Area Damage, and of course Life and Elemental Resistances. 

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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. Melee Physical or Area Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Attack Speed
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - great budget option for the Helmet slot. It grants very high defensive utility, however, you may need to use a different Helmet if you get to Low Life too often

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

Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - very solid option which grants extra bonuses to clear speed making it a perfect Map-grinding Helmet
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Helmet enchantments:
Increased Cyclone Attack Speed
Increased Cyclone Damage
Starforge(Weapon) Starforge - one of the best weapons for this build. It has very high DPS, grants extra Life, and makes you Shock enemies with Physical Attacks
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 Exquisite Blade - good rolled Exquisite blade with over 600 Physical DPS and extra Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier will be the best in the slot. You should be prepared to spend at least 20 Exalted Orbs though
Min. requirements:
550+ Physical DPS
Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Kaom's Heart(Body Armour) Kaom's Heart - grants an insane amount of extra Life making it one of the best chests for this build
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - a good rolled chest which will support socketed Gems with level 1 Maim will be the best in the slot. Just make sure you have enough defensive stats to suffice for the lack of Kaom's Heart's bonus
Min. requirements:
1000 Armour Rating
110 maximum Life
Socketed Gems are supported by level 1 Maim
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - we need as much Elemental Resistances as possible and high Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Maximum Mana
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - we are trying to cap Resistances with your Belt's bonuses so try to get at least 70% Total of the Resistances you are lacking

Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
300 to Armour
35% Cold Resistance
35% Fire Resistance

Carnage Heart(Amulet) Carnage Heart - provides very high all Attributes bonus which makes it very easy to use Concentrated Effect and Infused Channelling Support Gems in your core DPS setup
+(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

Min. requirements:
min. 10 added Physical Damage to Attacks
60 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating

Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - extremely powerful Ring which should be used only if your Ring is Shaper item
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
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Spiked Gloves - they grant solid DPS bonus and unlike the other two recommended pairs, it can also provide high Elemental Resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
min. 10 added Physical Damage to Attacks
70 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Shaper's Touch(Gloves) Shaper's Touch - this pair should grant very high bonuses to Accuracy Rating, maximum Life, and Melee Attack Damage
(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
Maligaro's Virtuosity(Gloves) Maligaro's Virtuosity - grant very high bonus DPS which is what this build is all about. They are cheap, so a corrupted pair with added Crit. Chance to Attacks shouldn't cost you a fortune
+(20-30) to Dexterity
5% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(60-80)% increased Evasion Rating
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Melee/Area/Physical Damage
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Abyss Jewels(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - your priority should be added flat Physical Damage to Attacks
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Added Physical to Attacks/Sword Attacks
Optional affixes:
Chance to grant Onslaught for 4 seconds on kill
Critical Strike Multiplier
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. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (Freezing immunity)
  3. Ample Silver Flask of Adrenaline (Movement Speed)
  4. Ample Basalt Flask of Iron Skin (Armour/Physical Damage Taken Reduction)
Lion's RoarLife FlaskDiamond FlaskSilver FlaskBasalt Flask

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