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CycloneCyclone of TumultVaal Cyclone
CycloneAttack, AoE, Movement, Channelling, Physical, Melee
Level: (1-20)
Cost: 2 Mana
Attack Speed: 300% of base
Attack Damage: (44-59)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (44-59)%
AoE Radius: 1.6
Requires Level 28Channel this skill to move towards a targeted location while spinning constantly attacking enemies in an area around you. While channelling this skill, you cannot be knocked back.(5-28) to (8-42) Added Attack Physical Damage
10% increased Area of Effect per 0.1 metre additional Melee Strike Range
30% less Movement Speed

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
(0.5-10)% more Movement Speed
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop level: 28
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1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemCyclone

Cyclone is a channeling melee attack skill that rapidly hits all enemies in a circular area around the player. The player can move while channeling Cyclone.

Cyclone can be used with any melee weapon, or while unarmed.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Attack speed: Cyclone spins at the player's attack speed and deals damage once per spin.
  • Area of Effect and Melee Strike Range: The base radius of Cyclone is 1.6 metre, regardless of the base range of the wielded weapon. It gains 10% increased area of effect per 0.1 metre of additional melee strike range, whether from global modifiers like on Daresso's SaluteDaresso's Salute
    Citrine Amulet
    Requires Level 16+(16-24) to Strength and Dexterity50% reduced maximum Energy Shield
    +(30-40)% to Fire Resistance
    +(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
    10% increased Movement Speed when on Full Life
    +0.2 metres to Melee Strike Range
    60% increased Melee Damage when on Full Life
    "A bit short in the arm, are you?
    Then you'll be short of a head soon enough."
    - Daresso the Daring
    or local modifiers like on Atziri's DisfavourAtziri's Disfavour
    Vaal Axe
    Two Handed Axe
    Physical Damage: (414-434) to (544-564)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.29-1.33)
    Weapon Range: 2.3 metres
    Requires Level 64, 158 Str, 76 Dex25% chance to Maim on Hit+30% to Quality of Socketed Support Gems
    Adds (310-330) to (370-390) Physical Damage
    (12-16)% increased Attack Speed
    25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
    +1 metres to Weapon Range
    "I do not believe in disguising my disappointment."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
    .[a] The total area is also affected by general area of effect modifiers.[1]
  • Movement modifiers: While channeling, the player is immune to all sources of knockback and has 30% less movement speed. Bear TrapsBear TrapTrap, Spell, Duration, Physical
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost: (6-23) Mana
    Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
    Can Store 3 Use(s)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Effectiveness of Added Damage: 300%
    Requires Level 4Throws a trap that damages and immobilises a single enemy for a duration based on how much damage was dealt. After the immobilise expires, a debuff remains on the enemy for a duration, lowering their movement speed by an amount which lessens over time. The affected enemy will take increased damage from traps and mines until the debuff expires. Modifiers to spell damage do not affect this skill's damage.Deals (16-1447) to (22-2026) Physical Damage
    Traps do not Trigger at the end of their Duration
    Trap lasts 4 seconds
    Base duration is 3.00 seconds
    Locks enemy in place
    Enemies take 25% increased Damage from Trap or Mine Hits
    Enemies have 80% less Movement Speed when the Debuff starts

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Base duration is (0.05-1) seconds
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    will still stop movement. Characters can pass through enemies for the duration of the attack (this is not considered phasing).
  • Dual wielding: Cyclone will alternate weapons while dual wielding.
    • While dual wielding, every 0.1 additional weapon range on those weapons only contributes 5% increased area of effect.
  • Multistrike SupportMultistrike SupportAttack, Melee, Support
    Icon: 3
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Supports melee attack skills, making them repeat twice when used, targeting a random enemy each time. Cannot support Vaal skills, channelling skills or triggered skills.Supported Skills Repeat 2 additional times
    Supported Skills have (35-44)% more Melee Attack Speed
    Supported Skills deal (30-20)% less Attack Damage
    First Repeat of Supported Skills deals 22% more Damage
    Second Repeat of Supported Skills deals 44% more Damage

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Melee Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    : Cyclone (and all channelled skills) cannot be supported by Multistrike.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired StrengthDamage
Physical DamageExp.Total Exp.
128422944%44%5 to 800
231463245%44.8%6 to 9199345199345
334503546%45.6%7 to 10285815485160
437543746%46.4%8 to 12401344886504
540584047%47.2%9 to 135543791440883
642604248%47.9%10 to 144774371918320
744634449%48.7%10 to 165837862502106
846664650%49.5%11 to 177103593212465
948684850%50.3%12 to 1813555114567976
1050714951%51.1%13 to 2011388775706853
1152745152%51.9%14 to 2213682337075086
1254765353%52.7%16 to 2316383388713424
1356795553%53.5%17 to 25195664810670072
1458825754%54.3%18 to 27365518414325256
1560845955%55.1%20 to 29301732717342583
1662876056%55.8%21 to 32775999525102578
1764906257%56.6%23 to 341513819340240771
1866926457%57.4%24 to 372608382566324596
1968956658%58.2%26 to 3962620247128944843
2070986859%59%28 to 42211708088340652931
21721007060%59.8%30 to 45N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A61%60.6%32 to 49N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A61%61.4%35 to 52N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A62%62.2%37 to 56N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A63%62.9%40 to 60N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A64%63.7%43 to 64N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A65%64.5%46 to 69N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A65%65.3%49 to 73N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A66%66.1%52 to 78N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A67%66.9%56 to 84N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A67%67.3%58 to 87N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A68%67.7%60 to 89N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A68%68.1%62 to 92N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A68%68.5%64 to 96N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A69%68.9%66 to 99N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A69%69.3%68 to 102N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A70%69.7%70 to 105N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A70%70.1%73 to 109N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A70%70.4%75 to 112N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A71%70.8%77 to 116N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Cyclone can drop anywhere.


Cyclone can be created from the following recipes:

6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
Random level 20 gemA
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
Random gem with 20% qualityA
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorStack Size: 10Adds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing {0} monsters
Right click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
Random gem with 1–20% qualityA
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Random divination card set exchangeA

Quest reward

This item is given as a quest reward for the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

This item can be bought at the listed NPC vendors, after completing the following quests:

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Cyclone.

Note that helmet enchantments are no longer obtainable since version 3.23.0 and can only be obtained in permanent leagues as already enchanted items from before this patch.

NameFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.LabyrinthStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Cyclone Attack Speed 166Merciless Labyrinth10% increased Cyclone Attack Speedhelmet 100
Enchantment Cyclone Attack Speed 275Eternal Labyrinth15% increased Cyclone Attack Speedhelmet 100
Enchantment Cyclone Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Cyclone Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Cyclone Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Cyclone Damagehelmet 100

Alternate skill effects

Cyclone has the following alternate skill effects:

Automaton Cyclone EffectAutomaton Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes an Automaton Effect.Your Cyclone becomes an Automaton Effect.
Blue Cyclone EffectBlue Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes blue.Your Cyclone becomes blue.
Celestial Cyclone EffectCelestial Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes a Celestial Effect.Your Cyclone becomes a Celestial Effect.
Currency Cyclone EffectCurrency Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes a Currency Effect.Your Cyclone becomes a Currency Effect.
Dark Cyclone EffectDark Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone gains a dark effect.Your Cyclone gains a dark effect.
Darkshard Cyclone EffectDarkshard Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes a Darkshard Effect.Your Cyclone becomes a Darkshard Effect.
Ghostflame Cyclone EffectGhostflame Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes a Ghostflame Effect.Your Cyclone becomes a Ghostflame Effect.
Illusionist Cyclone EffectIllusionist Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes a Illusionist Effect.Your Cyclone becomes a Illusionist Effect.
Sawblade Cyclone EffectSawblade Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes augmented with spinning sawblades.Your Cyclone becomes augmented with spinning sawblades.
Shark Cyclone EffectShark Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes a Shark Effect.Your Cyclone becomes a Shark Effect.
White Cyclone EffectWhite Cyclone EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Cyclone becomes white.Your Cyclone becomes white.

Version history

Version Changes
  • No longer has "First Hit deals 50% less Damage", "Gain 1 Stage every 0.3-0.2 seconds while Channelling", "Lose 1 Stage every 0.3 seconds while not Channelling, +0.1 metres to radius per Stage, or Maximum 3-6 Stages. It now has 10% increased Area of Effect per 0.1 metre additional Melee Strike Range at all gem levels (previously 8%), and a base radius of 1.6 metres (previously 1.1).
  • Quality now provides 0-10% more Movement Speed, instead of 0-10% increased Area of Effect.
  • Alternate quality gems, labyrinth helmet enchantments and unique threshold jewels are all systems that were trying to subtly modify the behaviour of skills. With this expansion these have been combined into a new system called Transfigured Gems that allows us to fully achieve the goal of these three systems, and then some.
  • Transfigured Gems are alternate versions of existing skill gems that have different functionality and balance than their regular versions. We have added many of these, with interesting variations that drastically change how existing skills play.
  • Anomalous, Divergent and Phantasmal Quality Gems have been removed from the game. Existing alternate Quality Gems now have the base Quality effect found on the respective Gem.
  • Many Skill Gems now display their radius in metres in the Gem description.
  • Weapon Range displayed on Melee Weapons and other descriptions that use ranges with values now instead use metres. The reminder text for "Close Range" and the description of Presence range in the Character panel also now use metres.
  • Now deals 59% of Base Damage, and has 59% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 54%).
  • Fixed a bug which prevented Cyclone's channelling speed to be affected by modifiers to Action Speed.
  • Now has alternative gem quality:[2]
Anomalous: 1% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit (per 1% quality)
Divergent: 0.25% more Movement Speed (per 1% quality)
Phantasmal: 1% Chance to Avoid Interruption from Stuns While Using this Skill (per 1% quality)
  • No longer makes you immune to Stun while channelling.
  • Now has a base range of 11, rather than a range based on your weapon type.
  • No longer gains additional radius based on Melee Range.
  • Now gets 8% increased Area of Effect per 1 additional Melee Range.
  • Now deals 5 to 8 added Attack Physical Damage at gem level 1 (from 10 to 15), up to 28 to 42 at gem level 20 (from 56 to 85).
  • Now adds +1 to radius per stage (rather than +1 to melee range).
  • You now gain 1 stage every 0.2 seconds while channelling, rather than based on your attack time.
  • You now lose 1 stage every 0.3 seconds while not channeling (from 0.2 seconds).
  • Now a channelling skill.
  • Now costs 2 mana at all gem levels (from 12).
  • Now deals base damage equal to, and has an added damage effectiveness of, 44% at gem level 1 (from 45%), up to 54% at gem level 20 (from 56%).
  • Now adds 10 to 15 physical damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 56 to 85 at gem level 20.
  • Now gains stages as it is channelled, up to a maximum 3 at gem level 1 and 6 at gem level 20, and loses stages every 0.2 seconds while not channelling.
  • Now gains +1 to melee range per stage.
  • Now has an attack speed multiplier of 300% (previously had 50% more attack speed).
  • Modifiers to melee attack range now also apply to this skill's area radius.
  • Cyclone's additional attack range per level has been lowered, and now matches the same progression as the other attack skills, gaining additional melee weapon range every 7 levels, up to +2 at level 20 (and +3 at level 21).
  • Can no longer be supported by Ruthless SupportRuthless SupportSlam, Support, Melee, Attack, Strike
    Icon: u
    Level: (1-20)
    Cost & Reservation Multiplier: 120%
    Supports melee strike or slam skills. Every third time you use a supported attack, that use of the skill will be more powerful.Every third Attack with Supported Melee Attacks deals a Ruthless Blow
    Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal (70-98)% more Melee Damage
    Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills deal (70-98)% more Damage with
    Ailments caused by Melee Hits
    Ruthless Blows with Supported Skills have a base Stun Duration of 0.8 seconds

    Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal (0.5-10)% increased Attack Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
  • Cyclone's additional melee range now applies to unarmed attacks. Cyclone now also uses pathfinding to determine where the skill will take the player (as opposed to moving in a direct line). Cyclone's description has been updated.
  • Fixed a bug where stats with the "while stationary" condition would erroneously stay active in certain cases while using Cyclone.
  • Attack skills that have their damage based on the wielded weapon have their mana costs fixed in place from level 1 onwards.
  • There was a display bug that caused Cyclone to show the wrong DPS value and attack speed. We have fixed this bug, so you'll now notice the visual DPS almost double and the attack speed on the gem shoot up a lot. In addition, we have reduced the damage of Cyclone by around 10% and have reduced the damage of its initial hit.
  • Reduced the mana cost at all levels. It now grants 0.5% increased area of effect radius per 1% of quality (was 1% per 1% quality).
  • Fixed a bug related to Cyclone where its stats could apply for a while after it ended.
  • Cyclone now attacks slightly slower and has an equivalent increase to damage. It now deals damage immediately when it is used, in addition to periodic damage. Cyclone no longer targets enemies, only locations.
  • We no longer treat Cyclone as a movement skill for the cases of Karui Spirits or flags in Capture the Flag.
  • This skill can no longer be supported by the Multistrike support gem.
  • Fixed the skill tooltip damage per second display for Cyclone.
  • Melee skills with Damage Effectiveness have been changed to having a "Deals % of Base Damage" stat.
  • The damage effectiveness of Cyclone has been increased from 35% to 40%.
  • We have also reduced the minimum distance it travels, so that you have more control. This distance is now about a third of what it was previously.
  • Cyclone has been added to the game.


  1. From 3.10.0 patch notes: Modifiers to Melee Weapon and Unarmed Attack Range are now described as "+X to Melee Strike Range". The functionality hasn't changed. Weapons that describe their range still refer to "Weapon Range".


  1. Mark_GGG (September 17, 2015). "Cyclone". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  2. Bex_GGG (September 17, 2020). "Alternate Quality Gems in Path of Exile: Heist". Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved December 1, 2023.