[3.7] Cyclone/Ngamahu's Flame 8-12 Frenzy Charges Raider / 6k Life+ / 2mil+ Shaper DPS

Hello, fellow exiles!

I was always a big fan of all cyclone based builds, with the 3.7 patch I can finally say that the melee builds are finally viable for all people - no matter the gear!

Uber Elder with end-game gear:


T16 Chimera with starting gear:


A general idea of the build:



I present to you Raider build utilizing Ngamahu's Flame and recently buffed cyclone. The build relies heavily on Frenzy Charges, which you will be able to achieve with an absolute minimal investment (8 frenzy charges with 1 alchemy orb investment, and up to 12 frenzy charges for min-maxers in Standard League). Additionally, we scale flat phys and flat ele dmg, that is later on converted to Fire.

How does the build work in a nutshell? We spin with cyclone, our weapon is generating 'Molten Burst' a very similar projectiles that Molten Strike is creating, which scale with area damage, fire damage, elemental damage etc. with the recent changes to cyclone's AOE radius and more ways to obtain Weapon Range, it's quite easy to get high AOE coverage for smooth mapping. Lastly we use vaal haste to get even more speed and new skill 'Dash' to close the gap.
Another interesting new mechanic is Blood and Sand gem, which basically allows us to switch between two stances (Sand for AOE clear, and Blood for Single-Target/Tough encounters).

So with 10 frenzy charges we get following perks:
90% increased attack speed
40% increased cast speed (irrelevant)
40% more (it multiplies your entire damage!)
90% movement speed
90% evasion
50% increased damage (additive but still nice boost)
20% Dodge attack

Source of information below and in Path of Building:
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Note that each frenzy charge grants by default:

4% increased Attack Speed
4% increased Cast Speed
4% more Damage

and from tree we get:

Raider ascendancy:
2% movement speed
3% attack speed
3% attack damage

other notables:
4% + 5% evasion
2% movement speed
2% increased attack speed
5% increased damage

Darkray vectors:
2% dodge
5% movement speed

in total:
9% increased attack speed per frenzy charge
4% increased cast speed per frenzy charge (irrelevant)
9% more damage per frenzy charge
4% movement speed per frenzy charge
9% evasion per frenzy charge
5% increased damage
2% dodge


Path of Building
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End-game set-up (level 94):
https://pastebin.com/hyDPmqXS

Entry level setup (level 94, with 5 links, starting items)
https://pastebin.com/eSBesH24


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Leveling Tips 1-67
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Always try to have boots with 25% movement speed or more!

Level 1 - 28

-Use whatever melee skill you like, I personally choose 'Cleave', at level 4 buy new aura Blood and Sand (use Blood stance only for bosses and harder Rare mobs)
-At level 1 Buy Tabula Rasa if you can afford it (this chest will serve you well through-out entire leveling process so it's worth every penny)
-At level 1 Buy 'Goldrim' unique helmet, you will use it till level 55+ so it's a good investment (it will greatly help you to keep good resists during leveling process)
-At level 16 buy Daresso's Salute amulet, you can keep it till end-game so it's a great investment
-At level 16 buy Herald of Ash and use it till end-game (good investment for leveling)

Level 22-24

-At level 22 Buy this ring will help you keep your mana up, and have more mana to kill mobs

-At level 24 buy Anger (it will be needed for your end-game setup so it's worth to buy it)

Level 28-33

-At level 28 Buy Cyclone and use it with Fortify (level 31 required), Pulverise (level 31 required) Melee Physical Damage, Infused Channeling, Increased Area of Effect, Added Fire Damage
-At level 28 buy Vaal Ancestral Warchief and use it during Boss fights and Elite packs

-At level 33 Buy unique axe 'Reaper's Pursuit' or if you have good rare axe that has more than 150-200 damage per second use it instead.

-At level 38, buy 'Cast when damage taken' & 'Immortal Call from vendors in Act 4. (link them together and don't level up them, keep them at level 1). You can also add third gem to the link 'Increased Duration' to prolong the effect of Immortal Call.

-At level 40 Buy unique axe 'The Cauteriser' and use it till level 55

-At level 55 buy Non-corrupted Ngamahu's Flame and start following main guide as you should have access to all gems and items listed there.



-At level 55 you can upgrade your helmet to 'Rat's Nest'
-At level 67 you can upgrade your helmet to 'Devoto's Devotion' this can be your end-game helmet so it's worth the investment


Bandits: Kill all bandits
Ascendancy order: Rapid Assault -> Way of the Poacher -> Avatar of the Slaughter -> Avatar of the Chase
Leveling Tree: First focus on grabbing all nodes from the bottom left side of the tree (below duelist area) and after this go to the top part (shadow area). So first go left, once you get everything start going up.

For the rare items simply try to get as much life and resists (and intelligence and strength to level up the gems).





Pros (+)
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-Jack of all trades (you will be able to do almost everything in a decent manner, but will never be 'the best in it' which is also a cons)
-Fast clear speed
-Extremely satisfying gameplay
-Relatively high single target DPS due to Molten Burst balls from the weapon (Almost 2 mil shaper cyclone dps, and 170k per 1 ball!)
-Cheap to start
-With some investment, your life leech (or rather life gained on hit) will keep you alive in most dangerous encounters! (up to 100 life per 1 hit from various sources)
-Only one item is required, itemization of remaining gear-pieces is just an endless pleasure :)
-A lot of synergies, frenzy charges, evasion, etc.


Cons (-)
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-No flexibility in terms of weapon itemization (we need to use Ngamahu's Flame)
-Min/maxing can be very expensive
-You won't be able to facetank end-game bosses (requires positioning from you)
-Jack of all trades, neither the boss farmer nor the fastest mapper



End-game Gem links:
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Weapon 6 sockets, no need to link them! [2 Blue, 2 Red, 2 Green]



Chest 6 sockets, 6 links [3 red, 2 blue, 1 green]



Head/Boots/Gloves:

4link setups (put them whenever it suits you):

Increase duration will boost not only Immortal call, but also our Vaal Haste :)


Auras:


If you don't use Watcher's Eye with Life gain on hit while affected by Vitality, switch Vitality to Herald of Ash


You can also use Projectile Weakness, which will greatly increased your Molten Balls damage, but not affect cyclone at all so it's a double-edged sword


In remaining sockets try to squeeze:



Don't level precision to a very high level, as it will reserve too much of your mana (at level 20 even 30% of mana), i prefer to keep it at level 1-8 and use other more powerful auras/heralds.

Blood and Sand is a great new melee gem, remember to keep Sand stance while mapping killing packs of mobs, and switch to blood for bosses/harder pack leaders (essences etc.)




Gear Section:
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Starting items (very cheap! and capable of T16)
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I did t16 Pit of Chimera with this setup without any problems! As you can see all of these items are easy to craft/buy for few chaos orbs from poe.trade. I took out Watcher's eye and simulated 5 link in weapon and armour to make it look more realistic for league start :)





My current gear in Std league:
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Weapon:

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We got only 1 choice here:


I didn't know that life gain on hit can spawn as an implicit on 2handers, it's absolutely great for our build!

But don't worry, if you can't find one, there as plenty of other useful corruptions, to name a few:
+1/2 weapon range, increased area of effect, flat phys, attack speed, %phys, %crit


Amulet:

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Cheap unique that fits cyclone playstyle:

It has everything what cyclone needs, but don't forget that cyclone is only part of our damage, so i wouldn't recommend it as an endgame amulet.

My recommendation:


It's just great, fire resists, debuff for enemies (20% increased fire dmg taken by enemies and 20% less movement speed), fire pene, %life!

Unfortunately +1 Frenzy Charge corruption is now legacy :( however Attack Speed % corruption is also nice :)

Alternative option:


If someone really wants to invest a lot into this build he can try to craft a similar amulet, although it is not going to extremely outperform Xoph's Blood


Head:

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Resists, life, dmg/utility

If you are not fully res capped then it's the right place to boost your resists, if you don't have any resistance problems, you can try to craft delve helmet with -9% fire resists (scorching fossil) and life/maximum% life (pristine fossil). If you end-up with open prefix i recommend crafting life/armour/evasion, +1 weapon range, or increased level of AOE gems +x% aoe dmg

Useful uberlab enchants:

40% increased Cyclone Damage
15% increased Cyclone Attack Speed
Blood Rage grants additional 12% increased Attack Speed

Example of cheap uniques:

Ratnest

Rare helmets:

Simple but that's what we need, life resists and accuracy as a nice bonus to reach max hit chance


You should be able to get something similar with few tries (maybe not t1s but at least t3/t2 life). Use pristine for life and %life, and scorching for -9% fire res aura and fire resists.


unfortunately '12% weapon elemental damage' is now legacy but you have other good options here for prefix crafts. Again very simple helmet, life, and as much resists as it is possible


Chest piece:

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Interesting uniques:


My recommendation:

You can get additional 40-50% free movement speed out of this armour only by using this flask:

Additionally evasion improves your survability, and resists and life are always a nice addition!


My recommendation, if you like the build and want it to excel even more (high cost):





Boots:

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Very cheap and decent option, it provides you up to 60% movement speed and 20%+ free dodge attack!, lightning resists will surely help you to cap resists.

I wouldn't recommend switching it unless you have huge problems with caping your resists, then go for something like that:





Belt:

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Life, Resists, Elemental Damage with Attacks, Elemental Damage, Fire Damage, Socket for Abyss Jewel



Luxury product only for STD and under the condition that your resists are caped:






Gloves

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Best base: Gripped (18% projectile dmg) or +1 frenzy synth if you play standard and sit on exalted orbs..

Life, Resists, Attack speed, Accuracy (if you need it for 100% hit chance), flat phys/fire dmg, abyssal socket (hollow fossil)

Example of nice gloves:



Tombfists are also a decent option, if you have your resists caped:




Rings

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I could spend 1-hour writing here about potential combination of mods that we might need on rings, but again try to answer 2 questions:
1) are your resists caped? If not try to get some resists on your rings
2) do you have enough intelligence (114 int) to equip level 21 blue gems that we NEED?
3) do you have enough strength to use Ngamahu's Flame weapon? (128 str)

If yes, then feel free to get:
Life, Life gain on hit (one of the most underrated mods, it will keep you alive I promise), Weapon Elemental Damage, Attack Speed, 10% phys as fire (essence), %projectile damage, curse enemies with assassin's mark on hit, % elemental damage, % fire damage, flat phys, flat fire and many many more!

Below are some examples of end-game rings:



In standard you can also get +1 frenzy rings from synthesis league, but 99% of them are 'mirrored' and with crap stats like this:


If you are really rich just reach out to Mai_Cedere he has some insane Frenzy rings for mirror service, unfortunately, I cannot afford them yet :(

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1755533



Jewels

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Anger Watcher's Eye with Life gain on hit from vitality is just awesome, if you can't get it try to get at least one mod watcher's eye.

On jewels, try to look for Life/%life, crit multi for axes, crit multi for fire spells, flat phys, flat fire, %area, %fire etc.





Flasks:

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Dying sun is just Best in Slot, on rest focus on getting Freeze immunity and bleed immunity.






FAQ:

Is this build Uber-Elder viable? Yes, sure it is (I will try to post some deathless UE videos soon!)

What is a minimal investment required to get this build going?
You will be able to farm T16 maps with an investment of less than 100 chaos orbs.

Is this build Solo-Self-Found SSF viable? Definitely not. There is no easy way to farm our build-enabling weapon Ngamahu's Flame.

Is this build Hardcore viable? It should be possible, but you would require to drop a lot of damage nodes and allocate them in life/defenses accordingly. So to sum up, for sure it's not the best HC build, but with the right choices and safe playstyle you should do okay.

Videos:

Currently some GIFs, full videos coming soon :)

Uber Elder with end-game gear:

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T16 Chimera with starting gear:
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https://youtu.be/aan7z2O-MNk <-- Krillson video
https://youtu.be/YM6LMmSHXh4 <-- My Hideout
https://youtu.be/abEteliYk5E <-- Deathless Uber Elder Golemancer kill
thread/2526420 <-- My 3.7 Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Raider Build (8-12 Frenzy)
Last edited by Talamoe on Jun 14, 2019, 7:47:24 PM
Last bumped on Jun 18, 2019, 10:58:50 PM
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https://youtu.be/aan7z2O-MNk <-- Krillson video
https://youtu.be/YM6LMmSHXh4 <-- My Hideout
https://youtu.be/abEteliYk5E <-- Deathless Uber Elder Golemancer kill
thread/2526420 <-- My 3.7 Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Raider Build (8-12 Frenzy)
Great guide! I'll try this build in the legion.
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Aealar wrote:
Great guide! I'll try this build in the legion.


Thank you very much :) I hope you will enjoy it in the Legion league.

I've added entry level gear as a separate section to help people start in early days of a league:



Short video of above entry level gear (5links) in action (T16 Chimera Pit):

https://youtu.be/aan7z2O-MNk <-- Krillson video
https://youtu.be/YM6LMmSHXh4 <-- My Hideout
https://youtu.be/abEteliYk5E <-- Deathless Uber Elder Golemancer kill
thread/2526420 <-- My 3.7 Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Raider Build (8-12 Frenzy)
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Talamoe wrote:

I've added entry level gear as a separate section to help people start in early days of a league


Thank you very much for this!
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Aealar wrote:
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Talamoe wrote:

I've added entry level gear as a separate section to help people start in early days of a league


Thank you very much for this!


No problem, if anyone got questions about Passive Tree, Gameplay, Items or anything, feel free to send me a forum message or try to ping me directly in game: Ashenmour
https://youtu.be/aan7z2O-MNk <-- Krillson video
https://youtu.be/YM6LMmSHXh4 <-- My Hideout
https://youtu.be/abEteliYk5E <-- Deathless Uber Elder Golemancer kill
thread/2526420 <-- My 3.7 Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Raider Build (8-12 Frenzy)
Hey Talamoe!

I will be playing this as my league starter, it looks really nice and fun.

I was just wondering, could you maybe include a "leveling tips" part in your guide? Such as what axe to use before we get Ngamahu's Flame, what to pick in the bandit quest, ect.

Thank you! :)
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littlezoe wrote:
Hey Talamoe!

I will be playing this as my league starter, it looks really nice and fun.

I was just wondering, could you maybe include a "leveling tips" part in your guide? Such as what axe to use before we get Ngamahu's Flame, what to pick in the bandit quest, ect.

Thank you! :)


Hello Littlezoe, please find my brief comments on leveling strategy below:

Always try to have boots with 25% movement speed or more!

Level 1 - 28

-Use whatever melee skill you like, I personally choose 'Cleave', at level 4 buy new aura Blood and Sand (use Blood stance only for bosses and harder Rare mobs)
-At level 1 Buy Tabula Rasa if you can afford it (this chest will serve you well through-out entire leveling process so it's worth every penny)
-At level 1 Buy 'Goldrim' unique helmet, you will use it till level 55+ so it's a good investment (it will greatly help you to keep good resists during leveling process)
-At level 16 buy Daresso's Salute amulet, you can keep it till end-game so it's a great investment
-At level 16 buy Herald of Ash and use it till end-game (good investment for leveling)

Level 22-24

-At level 22 Buy this ring will help you keep your mana up, and have more mana to kill mobs

-At level 24 buy Anger (it will be needed for your end-game setup so it's worth to buy it)

Level 28-33

-At level 28 Buy Cyclone and use it with Fortify (level 31 required), Pulverise (level 31 required) Melee Physical Damage, Infused Channeling, Increased Area of Effect, Added Fire Damage
-At level 28 buy Vaal Ancestral Warchief and use it during Boss fights and Elite packs

-At level 33 Buy unique axe 'Reaper's Pursuit' or if you have good rare axe that has more than 150-200 damage per second use it instead.

-At level 38, buy 'Cast when damage taken' & 'Immortal Call from vendors in Act 4. (link them together and don't level up them, keep them at level 1). You can also add third gem to the link 'Increased Duration' to prolong the effect of Immortal Call.

-At level 40 Buy unique axe 'The Cauteriser' and use it till level 55

-At level 55 buy Non-corrupted Ngamahu's Flame and start following main guide as you should have access to all gems and items listed there.



-At level 55 you can upgrade your helmet to 'Rat's Nest'
-At level 67 you can upgrade your helmet to 'Devoto's Devotion' this can be your end-game helmet so it's worth the investment


Bandits: Kill all bandits
Ascendancy order: Rapid Assault -> Way of the Poacher -> Avatar of the Slaughter -> Avatar of the Chase
Leveling Tree: First focus on grabbing all nodes from the bottom left side of the tree (below duelist area) and after this go to the top part (shadow area). So first go left, once you get everything start going up.

For the rare items simply try to get as much life and resists (and intelligence and strength to level up the gems).
https://youtu.be/aan7z2O-MNk <-- Krillson video
https://youtu.be/YM6LMmSHXh4 <-- My Hideout
https://youtu.be/abEteliYk5E <-- Deathless Uber Elder Golemancer kill
thread/2526420 <-- My 3.7 Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Raider Build (8-12 Frenzy)
Last edited by Talamoe on Jun 12, 2019, 1:02:41 PM
Thank you very much! I'm excited to start playing this! ^^
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littlezoe wrote:
Thank you very much! I'm excited to start playing this! ^^


Great! If you will have any doubts, or questions feel free to post them here, it might help other people who follow this guide as well!

Happy playing :)
https://youtu.be/aan7z2O-MNk <-- Krillson video
https://youtu.be/YM6LMmSHXh4 <-- My Hideout
https://youtu.be/abEteliYk5E <-- Deathless Uber Elder Golemancer kill
thread/2526420 <-- My 3.7 Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone Raider Build (8-12 Frenzy)

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