[3.3] CYCLONE CHAMPION <> Strong League Starter <> Tanky, Fast, Fun, High Dps & budget friendly!

CYCLONE CHAMPION
Hi guys, I am Bashtart and you might know some of my other builds like Spark Inquisitor or my Frost Blades / Molten Strike Trickster.

My newest build is a CYCLONE CHAMPION. I used this for Flashback Event as my league starter and leveling was super easy and fast. The build is not finished yet so I will update it over next few weeks. I made a little preview from it after two days into the Flaskback Event League.

>>> VIDEO Build Guide <<<

PoB: https://pastebin.com/esL52ETD (With leveling skilltree, different gear version etc.)

How to farm Oni Goroshi

For more information check out pathofexile.gamepedia.com!
Farmtime: Unforunately the farmtime is pretty much random... 6-22 hours. (I got lucky and needed 5 hours and 45min)
I would recommend you create 3-4 scion characters... scion seems to be the best choice to farm the sword because of movement speed bonus of onslaught support and also because of spectral throw which makes it easy to kill Hillock. From reports of other player it can be hard to kill him with some other classes like shadow. More or less you grind the twillight beach until you kill Hillock and then you log out without goin to town! (When you go into town you can't go back!!!) Then you log into your next scion and to the same... You always run to Hillcock and kill all enemies in the way until you reach level 7. When you reach level 7 you just straight (without killing all mobs on the way) to Hillock and kill him until you get the Oni-Goroshi.
How to deal with Her Embrace DoT

The negative effect... the damage over time effect of Her Embrace can be really nasty... especially while leveling. The first time you will really feel this is when you kill Kitava the first time and get the resistance debuff. So what can you do against this DoT?
> Cap your fire resistances! (use Purity of Fire & Elements, Ruby or Bismuth Flasks if necessary until you get the gear to cap your resistances)
> Use 2-3 Life Flasks
> get as much life leech, life on hit and regeneration as possible
> Stone golem


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Pro's & Con's
+ Fast Clearspeed
+ High Dps
+ Tanky
+ Very good sustain
+ Budgetfriendly Starter Gear
+ Fun & easy playstyle
+ Strong League Starter
+ Immune to nearly everything
+ a speaking sword :)


- DoT effect of Her Embrace
- cannot do reflection maps without setup adjustment
- no regeneration / lower regeneration can be annoying


Gear & Skill Gems: (level 93)



Level 82

Gear in Detail

In generell try to get on every rare gear piece high life and resistances. The best for damage scaling is to get physical damage to attacks / crit chance / crit multiplier. It is very likely that you need some attributes on your gear ... especially intelligence.

Somewhere on your gear you will need "add % fire damage to attacks" to proc Her Embrace from Oni-Goroshi.

Weapon: Oni-Goroshi is our endgame weapon... you either can farm it directly at the start from lvl 1-7 or just buy it later. I used Scaeva swords until I had enough currency to buy one.

Body armour: Daresso Defiance (budget), Kaom's Heart, Belly of the Beast, a rare chest with high life and resistances.

Gloves: Haemophilia for great clearspeed, Tombfist, Meginord's Vise for more tankyness, Shaper's Touch or some rare gloves with high life and resistances.

Helmet: Starkonja's Head, Devoto's Devotion, or a rare helmet with high life and resistances. Look for a cyclone (40% dmg or 15% attack speed) or a golem (150% buff effect) helm entchantment.

Boots: Rare boots with +30% movement speed, high life and resistanes. A good entchantment is for example the +life/mana reggen when hit, attack/cast speed when you killed an enemy...

Amulets: Carnage Heart, Daresso's Salute, Impresence (physical), Blood Grip or a good rare amulet.

Rings: Use your ring slot to cap your resistances, if possible get +10 gain life per hit on one of them, every ring should have at least 40 life on them. Additionally you can look for a curse on hit (Assassin's, Poacher's or Warlord's Mark). For damage look mainly for crit and physical damage to attacks.

Belt: A Stygian Vise with high life and resistances is best in slot. Or a elder belt with "increased life recovery rate".

Flasks:

Life Flask: I normally try to get anti bleeding on this flask. Very important for our survivability.
Diamond Flask: Try to get one with anticurse effect.
Quicksiler Flask: For fast clearspeed... try to get one with additional movememt speed. For harder bossfights you switch this flask for another damage or defense flask.
Sulphur Flask: dps boost and gives as crazy additional regeneration on consecrated ground. Very important flask!
Atziri's Promise: Crazy for dps... and additional leech.

Skills

Cyclone > Fortify > Melee Physical Damage > Maim > Concentrated Effect / Increased Area of Effect > Increased Critical Damage

Whirling Blades > Faster Attacks > Culling Strike > Ancestral Protector

CWDT (High level) > Summon Stone Golem > Blood Rage > Molten Shell

CWDT (Low level) > Immortal Call > Enfeeble

Blasphemy > Blood Magic > Random Curse (setup to proc Adrenaline from Champion Ascendancy)

Utility & Mana reservation:
Hatred
Herald of Ice
Vaal Haste

Ascendancy Champion:
1) Unstoppable Hero
2) First to Strike, Last to Fall
3) Conqueror
4) Worthy Foe

Skilltree:
>>>Click Me!<<<

Pantheon & Bandits:
Bandits: Help Alira

Pantheon:
> Soul of Solaris
> Soul of Gruthkul

Quick Leveling Guide

WORK IN PROGRESS

VERY IMPORTANT! If you feel to weak at some point while leveling... go back to some safe area and farm some levels and gear before you move on!

First decision you have to make: farm Oni-Goroshi directly at the start or buy it later. With Oni-Goroshi leveling will be really easy but the farmtime is random between 6 - 22 hours. I leveled my char without it and felt "Unstoppable Hero" more or less carry us anyway.

When you level with Oni-Goroshi don't take "Resolute Technique" because it will prevent you to ignite (no crits) enemies and proc Her Embrace.

With Oni-Goroshi you will need way more sustain to counter Her Embrace Debuff... get 2-3 life flask while leveling. Additionally use two Quicksilver Flasks for fast movement speed while leveling until you get your Whirling Blades setup going.

So if you just level with self-found weapons on the way... a cyclone dps check ingame should be enough to decide which weapons to use while leveling. Here a list all of unique swords. With level 60 I would recommend to buy to scaeva swords because they are really strong and cheap.

On gear look for:
> life
> resistances
> add % adamage to attack (prefered physical damage)
> Life regeneration / life on hit / life leech

Before you start to use Cyclone you can use:
Molten Strike > Ancestral Call > Added Lightning Damage / Added Cold Damage / Added Fire Damage > Faster Attacks ...

Try to get all skill gems of the final setup as soon as possible to work. Other usefull skills for leveling are:
Clarity
Purity of Elements to cap your resistances
Herald of Ice / Ash / Thunder

In the Path of Building (https://pastebin.com/esL52ETD) you can find some usefull leveling item & leveling skilltree.


I will update the build guide while progressing in the May Flashback Event League!


[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Last edited by bashtart on Aug 1, 2018, 1:26:26 AM
Last bumped on Oct 5, 2018, 12:14:14 AM
A little update... I reached lvl 90 and starting red maps atm. I changed quiet a bit about gear, skilltree and setups. Still not finished with finding the best setup but I am coming there slowly ;)
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Hey I am following this build. I am just curiously what your mana and health are?
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KVO_Killer wrote:
Hey I am following this build. I am just curiously what your mana and health are?

Hi there, my char in Flashback Event League has atm with lvl 92 about 6,2 - 6,4k life and about 176 unreserved mana depending on which gear setup I use... atm I still playing about around to find the best possible setup (which is affordable for everyone).
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
I’m level 22 with 870 like and about 175 unreserved. Does that sound right for my level?
I feel like that is low for my level.
Does that sound low?
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KVO_Killer wrote:
I’m level 22 with 870 like and about 175 unreserved. Does that sound right for my level?

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KVO_Killer wrote:
I feel like that is low for my level.

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KVO_Killer wrote:
Does that sound low?

Sounds normal I guess... don't worry too much about it because your gear will change a lot early on. If you feel too squishy just take some life nodes on your skilltree... if you feel you need more dps... take damage nodes. All your gear should have life on it.
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Last edited by bashtart on May 16, 2018, 12:37:54 AM
Hi guys, the build is more or less ready and should be a really strong league starter for 3.3.

I made a Video Build Guide.... enjoy!!!

>>> VIDEO Build Guide <<<

I will update the written guide when more details for 3.3 are published!
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Cool build. I will do this tos tart then upgrade to starforge.

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