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Cyclone Slayer Resolute Technique Budget build

Cyclone Slayer Resolute Technique Budget build

We are presenting the best Patch 3.7 build which lets you kill Shaper on a less than 1 Exalted Orb budget

Cyclone Slayer
RT/Budget build

Updated for Patch 3.9

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Guide notes
December 16, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.9


Cyclone is currently the single-best Melee Attack in Path of Exile and is used by 50% of all the players in the Legion League. Also, Slayer became the most popular Ascendacy Class with high Melee Damage bonuses and the highest benefits from Life Leech. This build was made purely to allow farming end-game content on a 1 Exalted Orb budget (excluding Skill Gems, which should be obtained during the leveling/early mapping phase). At the same time, this build offers very good clear speed with Rampage allowing efficient currency farming and transitioning into meta in no time. 

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1. Gameplay

This builds is extremely easy to master. All you have to do is spin through enemies and obliterate everything in your path. With the recommended gear, your Cyclone should cost near to 0 Mana allowing you to endlessly spam it. Most of the buffs are triggered automatically as well, making it even smoother. All you need to do is place Ancestral Warchief and Dread Banner manually to gain extra burst DPS against Bosses. You can also benefit from insane Rampage bonuses on Maps with high monster density, allowing even covering the entire screen with your Cyclone.

0:06 Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera
0:50 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
1:17 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:39 Shaper

The video was recorded on a level 88 Slayer on a merely 1 Exalted Orb budget. It was recorded in Patch 3.7 - since then Cyclone has received a nerf to its Radius. We will try to update the video for Patch 3.9 soon

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • extremely cheap
  • solid DPS
  • all content viable
  • high Life, Leech, and Armour Rating
  • smooth leveling
  • can do Physical Reflect Maps
  • will struggle on no Leech Maps


3. Leveling tips

Leveling a Duelist/Slayer is quite easy, however, it may feel slow at first. You should primarily focus high DPS Two-Handed Axe, and get as much Life and Elemental Resistances on your other gear. Also, getting extra Movement Speed is always nice on lower levels. You can start off with any preferred Attack Skill, and switch to Cyclone at level 28. Cyclone offers much better clear speed and damage than most of the other available Gems. Below you will find basic Gem setups and several useful uniques that can help you level up quickly. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - very strong AoE Attack which has good base damage and attacks multiple enemies with each swing
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support - a great boost to Physical Damage
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - every 3rd hit with Cleave will deal much higher damage
Cyclone setup
Cyclone Cyclone - the core Attack Skill Gem used in this build. It makes you spin around obliterating enemies
Maim Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Pulverise Pulverise Support - greatly increases your Cyclone's DPS and radius
Brutality Support Brutality Support - greatly increases Physical Damage dealt but makes the skill deal only Physical Damage
Utility Gems
Vulnerability Punishment - the recommended Curse for this build which increases your Melee Damage and Attack Speed
War Banner Dread Banner - increases your Physical Damage and grants increased chance to Impale with your Attacks
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Damage


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Destroyer 2) Harvester of Foes 3) Splitting Strikes 4) Bloodless

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Slaughter 2) Cleaving 3) Resolute Technique 4) Barbarism 5) Vitality Void/Vaal Pact

Recommended leveling items:

Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - very solid Belt which grants high DPS bonus and some defensive stats. It can be efficiently used until mid-tier Maps
+(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 Elemental Resistances bonuses
+(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, Life, and flat Physical Damage
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

LimbsplitLimbsplit - one of the first unique Axes that can be used in this build

+1 to Level of Socketed Strength Gems
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 5 to 10 Physical Damage
+(15-30) to Strength
Culling Strike

Daresso's SaluteDaresso's Salute - very good Amulet which also happens to be the recommended end-game item

+(16-24) to Strength and Dexterity
50% reduced maximum Energy Shield
+(30-40)% to Fire Resistance
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
10% increased Movement Speed when on Full Life
+2 to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack range
60% increased Melee Damage when on Full Life


4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

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


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. You can try to get a Vaal Cyclone for extra burst against Bosses
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - grants very high Melee/Physical DPS bonuses 
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants high Damage bonus with the recent buffs, and also a very strong defensive buff
Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support - one of the best Skill Gems for this build. It grants high DPS and defensive bonuses. Requires you to get some Intelligence on your gear to match the Gem requirements
Pulverise Pulverise Support - grants very high Melee Area DPS bonus and increases the radius of your Cyclone
Brutality Support Brutality Support - grants a very high increase to Physical Damage, but makes supported Skills deal no Chaos or Elemental Damage
[UTILITY] Leap Slam and Ancestral Warchief
Leap Slam Leap Slam - the recommended Mobility Skill which allows you to jump over obstacles and reach packs of enemies faster
Faster Attacks Faster Attacks - increases Leap Slam's speed and DPS of your Ancestral Warchief Gem
Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support - generates Endurance Charges if you jump into packs of monsters and stun them
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - deals a moderate amount of damage and increases your Melee DPS
Pride Pride - grants very high bonus Physical Damage which is amplified the longer your target stays in Melee Range
Blood and Stance Blood and Sand - allows you to switch between Blood and Sand stances. Use Sand Stance for farming/leveling and Blood Stance against Bosses and tougher rares
Dread Banner Dread Banner - increases Physical Damage taken by nearby enemies and increases your chance to Impale enemies
[UTILITY] Punishment, Molten Shell, Blood Rage
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts all the supported Utility Skills. Use this Gem at level 11
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 14
Summon Ice Golem Blood Rage - grants increased Attack Speed and generates Frenzy Charges for even more DPS. Use at level 14
Berserk Molten Shell - grants a protective shield and extra Armour Rating while active. Use a level 16 Molten Shell Gem
[UTILITY] Lightning Golem and Phase Run
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - use this Gem at level 13 in this setup
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed. Use at level 15
Phase Run Phase Run - grants Phasing which increases your Movement Speed for a short duration. After it ends, you will have increased Melee Damage. Use a level 15 Gem


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for this build. We are only listing items that will make all the equipment affordable on a mere 1 Exalted Orb budget including Sockets/Links/enchantments/Flask and Jewels. With a basic understanding of the build and fight mechanic, it should allow you to face Shaper on a level 90 character.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to take down Shaper on a 1 Ex budget

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Melee/Physical Damage
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Attributes
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - just aim for decent Life, Elemental Resistances and possibly Intelligence bonus
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
70% Total Elemental Resistances
35 Intelligence
Helmet enchantments:
Increased Cyclone Attack Speed
Increased Cyclone Damage
Sinvicta's Mettle(Weapon) Sinvicta's Mettle - has very high DPS and gives you Rampage for extra Damage and Area of Effect. At the same time, it's very cheap
(200-212)% increased Physical Damage
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
2% increased Area of Effect per 25 Rampage Kills
Gain a Frenzy Charge on every 50th Rampage Kill
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - just aim for high Life (preferably 100+) and 6-links. This will be the most expensive part of this build, but it shouldn't cost more than 30 Chaos 
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - again, mainly defensive stats and increased Movement Speed. I would suggest using Labyrinth Enchantment on the boots since they can roll something valuable while getting the right Helmet enchantment will require a lot of luck
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
70% Total Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
The Retch(Belt) The Retch - grants very high bonus damage based on your Leech and extra Movement Speed making it one of the best Belts for this build. It will, however, cost over 15 Chaos
(12-24)% increased Global Physical Damage
+(60-80) to maximum Life
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
60% increased Flask Effect Duration
30% reduced Flask Charges gained during any Flask Effect
200% of Life Leech applies to Enemies as Chaos Damage
15% increased Movement Speed during any Flask Effect
Belt of the Deceiver(Belt) Belt of the Deceiver - another overall very solid Belt for this build. The Intimidation grants very high bonus DPS against end-game 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
Daresso's Salute(Amulet) Daresso's Salute - increases your Weapon Range and Damage while at full Life. With Slayer's Leech, you are basically at full Life at all times
+(16-24) to Strength and Dexterity
50% reduced maximum Energy Shield
+(30-40)% to Fire Resistance
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
10% increased Movement Speed when on Full Life
+2 to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack range
60% increased Melee Damage when on Full Life
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - try to look for Rings with an empty Prefix to craft the reduced flat Mana Cost of Skills which makes Cyclone free to cast
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Attack Speed
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - again, aim for defensive stats and either Attack Speed and Added Physical Damage to Attacks (a pair with all of these stats can get expensive)
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Attack Speed
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - try to get extra Life and one Damage mod (either Melee/Physical/Area) and an extra useful stat like Attack Speed 
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Melee/Area/Physical Damage
increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - grants very high bonus Damage and extra defensive utility
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 Heat (Freeze immunity)
  2. Ample Sulphur Flask of Warding (extra damage and Curse immunity)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (Movement Speed)
  4. Experimenter's Basalt Flask of Iron Skin (Armour/Physical Damage Taken Reduction)
Lion's RoarLife FlaskSulphur FlaskQuickSilver FlaskBasalt Flask

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