[3.20] Shockwave Cyclone Build (League Starter) | Slayer | Forbidden Sanctum | Path of Exile 3.20

Hey guys, this is a possible league starter for next league. Patch notes are not out yet but according to balance manifesto this build is viable. I'll update the pob link after the patch notes.

End Game Version: https://youtu.be/1D0sMQfwiro
Champion Starter Version: https://youtu.be/rwaW9OuGN3o

Build Cost
- Low Budget: 0-20 div

Shockwave: Shockwave Support is a support gem that causes the supported attack skill to release a Shockwave on hit, dealing attack damage to enemies around the enemy. It causes the supported skill to be restricted to staves and maces.

Mana: "Channelling Skills have -3 to Total Mana Cost" mod on rings and "#% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana" mod on a jewel
- If you have a body armour with "Socketed Attacks have # to Total Mana Cost" mod you don't need - mana cost on rings and mana leech

- Awakened Gems (Melee Physical Damage and Brutality)
- Watcher's Eye (Impales you inflict last # additional Hits while using Pride)
- Cluster Jewels
Large: Feed the Fury / Martial Prowess / Fuel the Fight
Medium: Pressure Points / Quick Getaway - Towering Threat / Magnifier

Leveling: Start with ground slam and keep playing until level 68 then switch to cyclone - shockwave setup. Leveling gems and trees are in the video. (Use a two-handed axe while leveling because staff nodes are way up there and all crit related.)
Recommended weapons for leveling:
- Limbsplit (Level 13-33)
- Reaper's Pursuit (Level 33-68)

PoB: https://pastebin.com/303H0gaa

Build Video: https://youtu.be/uZsTDfwECLg

Bandits: Kill All (Alira is fine too)

- Flesh and Stone now causes you to take 11–15% less Damage from Attacks from Enemies that aren't nearby while in Sand Stance at gem levels 1–20 (previously 9–11%)
- The Reservation Mastery that granted 15% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency of Skills has been removed from the Passive Skill Tree.

You may run into some problems after the changes.

Problem: Can't use all auras with this setup now because 15% mana reserve mastery is gone.

Solution: There are some ways to solve this problem.
- Get a helmet enchant with any reserve efficiency.
- Use Enlighten support.
- Annoint Charisma.

- Curse changes:

(Footage is from 3.16)


Gem Setup:

Cyclone - Shockwave - Melee Physical Damage - Impale - Pulverise - Brutality

Blood and Sand / Flesh and Stone / Pride / Determination / Dread Banner

Vaal Ancestral Warchief - Maim - Multiple Totems - Ancestral Protector

Leap Slam - Faster Attacks - Lifetap (Lvl 3) - Enduring Cry

Vaal Molten Shell - Cast when Damage Taken / Blood Rage / Precision
Last edited by wishdropper on Dec 9, 2022, 7:07:14 AM
Last bumped on Aug 11, 2023, 12:14:45 PM
Hey! Nice build, i might start in 3.17 with this build.

He is works in 3.17, right?)
Wondering the same, does it work in 3.17 and is it true it's leaguestart viable and not expensive?
I rerolled to this, but as a Chieftan last league, and it was a great fun to play all way to level 93.
I will follow this for my starter for sure!
Thanks for writing this one down.
Oohh.. Look at that!
Dunno gonna be squishy unless you'll invest a lot.
Last edited by Prov1eh on Feb 4, 2022, 4:44:38 AM
Always want to do a cyclone build but always annoying to start with I feel.
Looks like a promising starter! Fair POB, cheap items.
i want to try it.. would you recomend this or the champ version for a L starter?
so looking at the items the end game item is a staff? but we pick up axe nods, and there are fort nods but i cant see where we get fort from.

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