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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 3.12

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Guide notes
September 24, 2020
-Updated for Patch 3.12
-Guide completely reworked for current content
October 2, 2020
-Updated gameplay video


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 (or more with Berserking Passive). This build is in Top Tier when it comes to scaling DPS. This build can easily reach tens of Millions of DPS if you include massive Impale bonuses, however, you should treat it as a glass cannon type of build. Still, it is one of the most enjoyable Melee builds out there, as you can spin through the entire Map without stopping and everything will die on your path. 

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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. You will use multiple Auras including Pride, Flesh and Stone, and Precision - depending on your equipment and Mana Pool. 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 level, and when you cast Berserk while at maximum Rage, you will melt Bosses in a matter of seconds. For the defenses, this build utilizes high Life (somewhere between 5.5 to 7k), insane Life Leech, Physical Damage mitigation, and various defensive bonuses while channelling skills from the Passives and Infused Channelling Gem.

0:08 Tier 16 Arachnid Tomb
0:33 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
0:50 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:04 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:26 Tier 17 Shaper

The video was recorded on a level 90 Berserker in Standard wielding a Rare high Physical DPS Exquisite Blade. The build simply melts Bosses and everything on its' way, though you can get killed occasionally (if the enemy lives long enough to land a few hits)

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane clear speed
  • absurd single-target DPS
  • all content viable
  • reasonable defenses with high Life Pool and Physical Damage mitigation
  • smooth leveling
  • can't do Physical Reflect and No Leech Maps
  • can get one-shotted against tougher enemies


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
Maim Support Maim Support - increases your Physical Damage and inflicts Maim, which slows down enemies and increase Physical Damage taken by them
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 channeling 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 so you need to make sure you have it added on your Rare equipment
Utility Gems
Vulnerability Vulnerability - the best Curse for this build which increases your Physical Damage against Cursed enemies
War Banner War Banner - increases both your Accuracy and Physical damage received by nearby enemies. It's a great addition on lower-levels and Reserves only 10% of your Mana
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - adds extra Physical Damage to your Attacks
Dash Dash - the recommended Mobility Skill used in this build


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

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Warrior's Blood 2) Butchery 3) Kinetic Impacts 4) Martial Experience 5) Art of the Gladiator

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blade of Cunning 2) Dismembering 3) Constitution 4) Forceful Skewering

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:

114 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Passives from Cluster Jewels)
114 Points Path of Building (PoB) link 

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Aspect of Carnage
  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 - core Support Gem for all Physical/Melee Attacks 
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants high bonus Melee Damage but also a very important defensive buff
Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support - grants high bonus damage to Cyclone as it's a Channelling Skill, and also decent protective buffs
Impale Support Impale Support - grants a high chance to Impale with Attacks, resulting in you applying it with each Hit
Brutality Support Brutality Support - grants a very high increase to Physical Damage, but makes supported skill deal no Chaos and Elemental Damage
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Physical Damage. In this setup, it also deals decent damage too
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - makes every third Attack hit much harder
Culling Strike Culling Strike Support - will make your Totem instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
[UTILITY] Enduring Cry/Dash
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - the best defensive Warcry in the game. And you need to use one to trigger Warbringer Passive's bonuses. At the same time, it grants high Life Recovery and generates Endurance Charges
Dash Dash - the recommended mobility skill for this build, which is currently one of the fastest and most convenient to use
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - adds extra Charge to your Dash, and reduces cooldowns of Dash and Enduring Cry
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - causes linked Spells to cost Life instead of Mana
Pride Pride - grants very high bonus Physical Damage, and truly shines in longer fights as the bonus gets higher the longer the fight takes
Precision Precision - grants extra Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance. Adjust this Gem's level to your comfortable level of Maximum Mana
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - when you are using it in the Blood Stance, nearby enemies will take increased Physical Damage
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana reserved by linked Auras
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts your Golem when you take a certain amount of damage. Use this Gem at level 20
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - this Minion is optional, but if you have trouble getting a 100% Chance to Hit Evasive enemies, it's highly recommended
[UTILITY] Molten Shell and Berserk
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - again use at maximum level
Molten Shell Molten Shell - grants protective Shield and extra Armour Rating. Presumably the best Guard Spell you can use for this Berserker character. It will be triggered automatically so you don't have to worry about anything here
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[UTILITY] Berserk
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
[UTILITY] Vulnerability
Vulnerability Vulnerability - this is the recommended Curse for this build which greatly increases your Physical DPS. You should aim to get it from a Ring affix and apply automatically with Cyclone

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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 Crit. Multiplier, 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 Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Attack Speed
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - pretty much the BiS in terms of raw DPS (and aren't you here exactly for that?)
+(20-25) to all Attributes
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Rare Helmet can offer much higher defensive utility, and with the new affixes like Physical Damage increase dealt to nearby enemies or Crit. Multiplier, it's not that far behind Abyssus 
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Nearby enemies take #% increased Physical Damage
Critical Strike Multiplier
Helmet enchantments:
Increased Cyclone Attack Speed
Increased Cyclone Damage
Starforge(Weapon) Starforge - one of the best weapons for this build. It has very high base 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 - this Weapon can reach much higher DPS than Starforge and will be considered the BiS option. Obviously the higher base DPS you can afford the better
Min. requirements:
550+ Physical DPS (up to over 1000 is possible)
Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Chance
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - basically the best option since without a Rare Armour, you may run into Mana Issues, while on the other hand, it will also provide the best DPS bonuses and/or defensive utility
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
Socketed Attacks have -15 to Total Mana Cost
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Attacks have +#% Critical Strike Chance
High Armour Rating
Maximum Life%
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - we need as much Elemental Resistances as possible and a high Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
85% Total Elemental Resistances
30% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
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 90% Total of the Resistances you are lacking

Min. requirements:
90 Maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Armour Rating
Global Physical Damage

Carnage Heart(Amulet) Carnage Heart - that's a very budget-friendly option for this build. It will be behind a solid Rare Crafted Amulet, but it provides high Attribute bonuses and a decent DPS bonus
+(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
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - just aim to get high Attributes, extra Life, and some DPS bonuses via Crit. Multi/Added Physical Damage
Min. requirements:
50 Maximum Life
50 Dexterity
30% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Melee Strike Range
Recommended Anointments:
Discipline and Training
Steel Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - preferably Steel Rings for additional flat Physical Damage. And you should make sure to have one Amulet with Vulnerability Curse

Min. requirements:
min. 10 added Physical Damage to Attacks
60 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Curse Enemies with Vulnerability on Hit, with 20% increased Effect

Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - extremely powerful Ring which should be used only if your Ring is a Shaper item. It's something you can consider if you have capped Resistances as it provides none
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 a 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
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - we recommend getting a Large Cluster Jewel with Mana Leech to make the gameplay much smoother if you don't have the recommended affix on your Body Armour. Even then, Mana Leech is very useful to cast other Spells freely
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Brutal Infamy
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
1 Added Passive Skill is Smite the Weak
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - with extra Impale stacks while affected by Pride will be your best possible Jewel 
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura modifier:
Impales you inflict last 2 additional Hits while using Pride
Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - getting this Jewel with Medium Ring modifiers allow you to pick up very important Passives without connecting them to your Tree. This includes Endurance/Frenzy Charge generation, extra Life, and Crit. Multiplier with Swords
Only affects Passives in <size> Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Passives allocated:
Bravery + optionally adjacent Life
Titanic Impacts + optionally adjacent Sword nodes
Versatile Stance
Disciple of the Unyielding
Disciple of the Slaughter
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Damage with Swords/Two-Handed Weapons
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
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
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - the best Utility Flask in Path of Exile which grants massive DPS bonuses
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-50)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
+(1-2)% to Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Effect
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (Freezing immunity)
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
Lion's RoarBottled FaithLife FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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