[2.5 Video Guide] Beginners "End-Game-Viable" Tanky Cyclone Build

Video Guide: Path of Exile: Beginners Tanky Cyclone Champion Build

This video will explain the details of the build, and help you get a better understanding of how this character works as well as showing in-game footage of how the build performs.

If you have any questions about the build come to my twitch stream and I will do my best to answer them:

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This is the official thread for my "Tanky Beginners Cyclone Marauder/duelist build". In this thread I will cover the requirements of the build. To get a more detailed explanation on how the build works and needs to be set up, check out the link to my video-guide above.


First of all, what is this build and who is it suited for?

1. Beginners who seeks an effective, safe and fairly simple but fun character to begin their adventure in Wraeclast.

2. Players who seek a budget friendly and powerful build that can run the highest level maps and kill the hardest bosses without massive currency investments.

3. Fans of blenders and melee builds!

4. A build that is both viable for hardcore as well as softcore.

5. People who prefer a build that has a video-guide linked to it.


Skill-gems and setups:

Main Damage Setup, Champion:

- Cyclone, Melee Physical Damage, Faster Attacks, Added Fire Damage, Life Gain on Hit & Weapon Elemental Damage.

NOTE: While leveling use the Blood Magic support gem if you are having trouble sustaining the mana cost.

Main Damage Setup, Juggernaut:

- Cyclone, Melee Physical Damage, Faster Attacks, Fortify, Life Gain on Hit & Added Fire Damage

Note: The main damage setup depends on which ascendancy class you chose, the Champion or the Juggernaut.

Defensive Setup:

- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 13), Immortal Call (lvl 15), Molten Shell (lvl 17 ) & Increased Duration (max level)

Mobility & Curse

- Leap Slam, Faster Attacks, Blasphemy & Warlords Mark

Aura & Golem

- Hatred, Rallying Cry, CWDT (lvl 1) & Flame Golem (lvl 2)

Vaal Skills & Frenzy Charges

- 2x Vaal Haste, Blood Rage & Increased Duration


Skill-trees & Ascendancy class:

Ascendancy Class: The Champion & The Juggernaut

Champion setup:

Juggernaut setup:

Leveling skill-tree, 25 points:

Leveling skill-tree, 44 points:

Leveling skill-tree, 69 points:

Leveling skill-tree, 93 points:

Finished build 113 points: (Includes Juggernaut ascendancy points)

With the changes in 2.3 I personally prefer the Juggernaut ascendancy class. It is super tanky and still has its 10% increased movement speed buff.


Bandit Quest Rewards:
- Normal : Help Oak for 40+ life
- Cruel : Kill them all for the skill-point (jewel efficient)
- Merciless: Help Kraityn for +1 to maxium Frenzy Charge

Gearing and stat priorities:

When you are resistance capped, this is the stats you should aim for

For defense: (Number 1 being the most important and number 4 the least important)

1. Life
2. Armor
3. Dexterity/Intelligence (to help leveling up your skill-gems)
4. Chaos Resistance

For offense:

1. Increased flat physical damage.
2. Attack Speed

My Current Gear (ignore the gems):

- Inc. Maximum life%
- Inc. Physical Damage%
- Inc. Attack Speed%
- Inc. Area Damage%


Recommended unique items:




A bit more expensive, but highly recommended if you can afford it. It also solves all potential mana issues!


Click the "spoiler" below for a list of awesome and cheap unique leveling-weapons:






The above information serves as a rough guideline to get you started with the build. I recommend watching my video-guide, especially if you are new to the game, in the video I will explain some of the skills and how they work and how you should spend your skill points while leveling.

Video Guide: Path of Exile Ascendancy: Beginners Tanky Cyclone Champion Build

Check out my other build guides for 2.5

- 2.5 Warchief Totems Champion/Juggernaut [HC/SC]

- 2.5 Ultimate Beginner's Flame Totem Chieftain [HC/SC]

- 2.5 Earthquake Champion/Juggernaut/Slayer [HC/SC]

Stay safe!
FREQUENTLY ADDED AND UPDATED BUILD GUIDES AT: https://www.youtube.com/LiftingNerdBro
Last edited by LiftingNerdBro on Dec 2, 2016 8:11:29 AM
Last bumped on Jan 18, 2018 12:01:24 AM
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FREQUENTLY ADDED AND UPDATED BUILD GUIDES AT: https://www.youtube.com/LiftingNerdBro
Wow! This build looks awesome. I'm creating a character now, and trying it out right away!

Thank you for, yet another, awesome build Bro!
Completed 15 ChallengesChocoholic wrote:
Wow! This build looks awesome. I'm creating a character now, and trying it out right away!

Thank you for, yet another, awesome build Bro!

Best of luck mate!

I suggest getting the leveling items listed if you have a bit of currency for it =)
FREQUENTLY ADDED AND UPDATED BUILD GUIDES AT: https://www.youtube.com/LiftingNerdBro
I'm going to try this build, it looks great! I should have enough currency for the leveling items you listed too so that's great
Looks great! Might play it after I make my flame totem witch a bit higher. Just got 82 with it and I am loving it in maps.
Ya know I was just looking for a cyclone build, and lo and behold muh [Removed by Support] lifting posts one.
Last edited by Ethan_GGG on Oct 18, 2016 1:45:32 AM
What do you think about thr bringer of rain ?
Like SchlomoGoldstein, was just looking for a cyclone build.

Will try this out straight ahead.

Thanks LiftingNerdbro!
New player who tried the Lazy Pally build and wasn't loving it (Static Strike just feels slow); this looks great and will definitely give it a go. I got the LV 45 Unique Axe/Scythe referenced in the video while playing on my first Ranger so at least I'd have something solid until 58.

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