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Freezing Arrow Bowazon Amazon Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Freezing Arrow Bowazon Amazon Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

A powerful Bow build that deals solid sustained damage from a distance while keeping total control of the battlefield

Freezing Arrow Bowazon
Amazon Build

For Diablo 2 Resurrected

Build notes:
September 07, 2021
-Build created


Build Overview

Freezing Arrow is one of our favorite Amazon Skills in Diablo 2 Resurrected. It offers very high Cold Damage, increases Attack Rating, and Freezes enemies in place. With it, you can pin multiple targets in place and finish them off at your leisure, especially if you have a high attack speed. This amazing Skill works the best if you combine it with an alternative source of damage - we prefer Exploding Arrow as it offers a nice AoE that is great for dispatching packs of enemies quickly. 

The featured version of the Freezing Arrow Bowazon is a fun-to-play, versatile build, capable of clearing most of the content available in Diablo 2 Resurrected. It offers great mobility (with our proposed gear setup), high dual-elemental Damage with high physical damage component (Cold, with Fire as a backup), and amazing Crowd Control capabilities. 

You can also check our other  Diablo 2 Resurrected Builds


 Pros  Cons
 Great Mobility   Mobility comes from Gear - you won't have it if you run the build on a tight budget 
 Great Crowd Control with Freezing Arrow   Cold-Immune enemies can cause some problems 
 High Damage Output   Rather Squishy - your mobility is your best defense with this build 



  1. Strength - All you want, in terms of Strength, is enough of it to equip everything you will want to use on your character. 
  2. Dexterity - Same as Strength - you only need enough Dexterity to meet gear requirements. 
  3. Energy - This might be a surprise for some of you, but this build actually requires a lot of energy as Freezing Arrow burns through mana extremely quickly. We recommend that you get ~275 Energy in total (from points and gear). 
  4. Vitality - You should put all your remaining points here. 

This is the core Skill Tree of this Build. It provides you with two extremely powerful Skills; the first of them is Freezing Arrow that lets you freeze everything that moves in place (except bosses and elites) and shatter it to pieces. And the second is Exploding Arrow that comes in handy against cold-immune enemies. 


  1. Magic Arrow [1/20] - Prerequisite. A powerful magical projectile that knocks targets back and deals magic damage. It requires no arrows, which makes it somewhat useful when you run out of them. 
  2. Fire Arrow [20/20] - Imbues an arrow with magic, allowing it to deal additional fire damage. This is your Exploding Arrow synergy Skill (+12% Fire Damage per Level) - you should max it out. 
  3. Multiple Shot [1/20] - Prerequisite. Fires multiple arrows in a cone in front of you, the number of arrows scales with Skill Level. 
  4. Cold Arrow [20/20] - Enchants an arrow, adding cold damage and slowing your enemy. This is the main synergy skill of Freezing Arrow - max it out for +12% Cold Damage per skill level. 
  5. Exploding Arrow [20/20] - A magical arrow that explodes on impact, dealing fire damage to all nearby enemies. This is your backup skill - you will use it mainly to deal with cold-immune enemies. 
  6. Ice Arrow [1/20] - Enhances your Arrows with Ice, allowing them to freeze targets for a short duration and deal additional Cold Damage. You only want 1 point here as Ice Arrow, despite having synergy with Freezing Arrow, only increases its Freeze Length by 5% per point, which is not worth the points at all - with high attack speeds this build achieves, higher freeze duration is not needed. 
  7. Freezing Arrow [20/20] - A powerful elemental arrow that deals high Cold Damage and freezes any monsters near the point of impact. This is your main offensive skill and the reason you need a lot of Energy (at level 20, Freezing Arrow costs 18.5 mana per shot). Its base arrow damage works with Critical Strike and it can fully benefit from Pierce, which makes it extremely deadly when combined with those two. 


This skill tree offers great utility skills - both passive and active ones. For this build, we focus on the passive power boosts, as they supplement our Arrow Skills very well. Having said that, once you max out everything else, you might want to get the Valkyrie as well (especially if you feel like you need some extra defensive power). 


  1. Critical Strike [1/20] - Grants a chance to do double physical damage with your attacks. The majority of your Damage comes from Freezing Arrow (and it deals mainly Cold Damage), so 1 Point here is enough. 
  2. Inner Sight [1/20] - Optional. Prerequisite. Illuminates monsters and decreases their ability to defend themselves. 
  3. Dodge [1/20] - Grants a chance to move out of the way of a melee attack while standing still. Dodge is great when you get surrounded by monsters. It suffers from diminishing returns, so spending 1 point on it is enough (on level 4, it grants 34% Dodge; on level 20, it grants only 56%...). 
  4. Avoid [1/20] - Grants a chance to move out of the way of a missile attack while standing still. Same idea as with Dodge - spend 1 point here, no more, because of diminishing returns. 
  5. Slow Missiles [1/20] - Optional. Prerequisite. Slows the missiles of nearby enemies. 
  6. Penetrate [X/20] - Increases Attack Rating. Unlike the previous passives, Penetrate does not suffer from diminishing returns (it grants 10% to Attack Rating for every skill point, except the first one which gives 35%). If you feel like you're missing too much, adding some points here is a good idea. 
  7. Evade [1/20] - Grants a chance to escape any attack while moving. Same idea as earlier - invest 1 point for a nice passive boost and avoid spending more because of diminishing returns. 
  8. Decoy [1/20] - Optional. Prerequisite. Creates a duplicate image to distract enemies. 
  9. Pierce [1/20] - A chance that your missile will continue through its victim. This gives you a solid chance of hitting multiple enemies with a single arrow, which is nice. 
  10. Valkyrie [X/20] - Optional. Prerequisite. Summons a powerful Valkyrie warrior to fight by your side. If you decide to go for Valkyrie, keep in mind that it gains a lot of strength from additional skill points - spending just 1 point on it is not worth it, generally. 

This build focuses on Bows and Crossbows, so we skip this entire skill tree. 


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For this Diablo 2 Resurrected Build, you will want to get as many Skill Levels as possible to increase its overall power level. Increases to Cold Damage are another one of your priorities - you should go out of your way to get the suggested items that offer it. Resistances are also vital, but they should never come before the offensive power. Increased Attack Speed is also extremely important as it will allow you to... well, attack faster (just remember to check your breakpoints or you might over/underinvest in it - we recommend the 75% Breakpoint). Moreover, consider investing in Mana Leech as this build can experience severe mana problems without it. Defensive stats, like faster hit recovery and life leech/life on each kill, are a nice addition but they should come naturally - don't choose gear because it has these on it. 


Andariel's Visage (Demonhead) - A great helmet that offers a very high Attack Speed bonus and +2 Skills increase. Moreover, it boosts your survivability by giving you high Life Leech. Its only real downside is the negative Fire Resistance - you might need to get some additional Fire Resistance charms to counteract it. 

Andariel's Visage


  • Defense: 310-387
  • Required Level: 83
  • Required Strength: 102
  • Durability: 20  
    • +100-150% Enhanced Defense 
    • +2 To All Skills 
    • 20% Increased Attack Speed 
    • 8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit 
    • +25-30 To Strength 
    • +10% To Maximum Poison Resist 
    • Fire Resist -30% 
    • Poison Resist +70% 
    • 15% Chance To Cast Level 15 Poison Nova When Struck 
    • Level 3 Venom (20 charges) 

Nightwing's Veil (Spired Helm) - A very solid offensive choice that not only buffs All Skills but also provides up to +15% Enhanced Cold Skill Damage. If you're after DPS, this is the way to go. 

Nightwing's Veil

  • Defense:  303 - 352
  • Required Level: 67
  • Required Strength: 96
  • Durability: 40
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • +2 to All Skills 
    • +8-15% to Cold Skill Damage (varies) 
    • +10-20 to Dexterity (varies) 
    • +5-9 Cold Absorb (varies) 
    • Half Freeze Duration 
    • Requirements -50% 


Ice (Runeword) - This amazing Runeword feels like it was made specifically for this build. It boosts Cold Skill Damage by up to 30%, increases Attack Speed by 20%, reduces enemy Cold Resistance, and makes your attacks ignore Target's Defense. You can't go wrong with it and you should go out of your way to get it as you won't find anything better, ever. 


  • Defense: Depends on base Weapon 
  • Required Level: 65 
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Weapon 
  • Durability: Depends on base Weapon 
  • Amn + Shael + Jah + Lo 
    • 25% Chance To Cast Level 22 Frost Nova On Striking 
    • 100% Chance To Cast Level 40 Blizzard When You Level-up 
    • Level 18 Holy Freeze Aura When Equipped 
    • +20% Increased Attack Speed 
    • +[140-210]% Enhanced Damage (varies) 
    • Ignore Target's Defense 
    • 7% Life Stolen Per Hit 
    • +[25-30]% To Cold Skill Damage (varies) 
    • -20% To Enemy Cold Resistance 
    • 20% Deadly Strike 
    • [3-309]% Extra Gold From Monsters (Based On Character Level, 3.125 per Level) 

Buriza-Do Kyanon (Ballista) - One of the best Ranged Weapons in the game. This incredibly powerful Crossbow offers an extremely high Damage increase, great attack speed, 100% chance to pierce, and 35 Dexterity, but it does not increase your skills or Cold Damage. 

Buriza-Do Kyanon

  • Two-Hand Damage: (135-180) to (224-298)-(469-543) ((179.5-302)-(239-361.5) Avg)(Base Damage: 45-74)
  • Required Level: 41 
  • Required Strength: 110 
  • Required Dexterity: 80 
  • Base Weapon Speed: [10] 
    • +200-300% Enhanced Damage (varies) 
    • + (2.5 Per Character Level) 2-247 To Maximum Damage (Based On Character Level)  
    • Adds 32-196 Cold Damage - 8 Second Duration 
    • 100% Piercing Attack 
    • Freezes Target +3 
    • +75-150 Defense (varies)  
    • +35 to Dexterity 
    • 80% Increased Attack Speed 

Call to Arms (Rune Word) - This powerful Runeword will allow you to pre-buff yourself up with Warcries (buffs persist through weapon swap). 

Call to Arms

  • Defense: Depends on base Weapon 
  • Required Level: 57
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Weapon ​​​​​
  • Durability: Depends on base Weapon 
  • Amn • Ral • Mal • Ist
    • +1 to All Skills 
    • +40% Increased Attack Speed 
    • +250-290% Enhanced Damage 
    • Adds 5-30 Fire Damage 
    • 7% Life Stolen Per Hit 
    • +2-6 To Battle Command 
    • +1-6 To Battle Orders 
    • +1-4 To Battle Cry 
    • Prevent Monster Heal 
    • Replenish Life +12 
    • 30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items 

Lidless Wall (Grim Shield) - A very powerful Shield that grants bonuses to all skills and FCR. If you are using CTA on weapon swap to boost your stats with Warcries, it's good to equip this shield to best the effect. 

Lidless Wall 

Note: Spirit Shield is also a viable option here but has a much higher Strength requirement

  • Defense: 271 - 347
  • Required Level: 41
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 70
    • +80-130% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • +1 to All Skills
    • Increase Maximum Mana 10% 
    • 20% Faster Cast Rate 
    • +3-5 to Mana After Each Kill (varies) 
    • +10 to Energy 
    • +1 to Light Radius 


Mara's Kaleidoscope - An amazing unique amulet that will boost your resistances, attributes, and all Skill levels. A great choice for any Diablo 2 Resurrected Build. 

Mara's Kaleidoscope

  • Required Level: 67
    • +2 To All Skills 
    • All Resistances +20-30 (varies) 
    • +5 To All Attributes 

Highlord's Wrath - This amazing unique Amulet is actually better for this build than Mara's Kaleidoscope (thanks to its +20% Attack Speed increase). The only thing it lacks compared to Mara's is Resistances. 

Highlord's Wrath

  • Required Level: 65
    • +1 to All Skills 
    • 20% Increased Attack Speed 
    • +0-37% Deadly Strike (+0.375 per Character Level) 
    • Lightning Resist +35% 
    • Adds 1-30 Lightning Damage 
    • Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 15

The Cat's Eye - Another great offensive amulet. this one offers an interesting mix of offensive power and survivability. 

The Cat's Eye

  • Required Level: 50
    • +30% Faster Run/Walk
    • +20% Increased Attack Speed
    • +100 Defense vs. Missiles
    • +100 Defense
    • +25 To Dexterity


Skin of the Vipermagi (Serpentskin Armor) - A rather nice budget choice that increases All Skills and boosts All Resistances quite significantly. You should be able to get this one rather cheaply. 

Skin of the Vipermagi

  • Defense: 279
  • Required Strength: 43
  • Durability: 24
  • Required Level: 29
    • +120% Defense
    • +1 to All Skills
    • 30% Faster Cast Rate
    • Magic Damage Reduced By 9-13 (varies) 
    • All Resistances +20-35 (varies) 

Enigma (Runeword) - The most powerful Chest Runeword in the game, by far. It provides everything you might want from an item, including +2 to All Skills, Teleport (!),  +14 to Life after each kill, and a very nice boost to Magic Find.  


  • Defense: Depends on base Armor 
  • Required Level: 65 
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor 
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor 
  • Jah + Ith + Ber  
    • +2 To All Skills 
    • +45% Faster Run/Walk 
    • +1 To Teleport 
    • +750-775 Defense (varies) 
    • +(0.75*Clvl) To Strength (Based On Character Level) 
    • Increase Maximum Life 5% 
    • Damage Reduced By 8% 
    • +14 Life After Each Kill 
    • 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana 
    • (1*Clvl)% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)

Treachery (Runeword) - A great alternative to Enigma, especially if you want to maximize your DPS and you don't mind sacrificing your mobility to do it. It will increase your attack speed by +45%, which is insane. 


  • Defense: Depends on base Armor 
  • Required Level: 45 
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor 
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor 
  • Shael + Thul + Lem  
    • 5% Chance To Cast Level 15 Fade When Struck 
    • 25% Chance To Cast Level 15 Venom On Striking 
    • +2 To Assassin Skills 
    • +45% Increased Attack Speed 
    • +20% Faster Hit Recovery 
    • Cold Resist +30% 
    • 50% Extra Gold From Monsters 


Bul-Kathos Wedding Band - A great ring for this build. It grants a bonus to all skills, Life Steal, and maximum Life - all exceptionally valuable affixes. 

Bul-Kathos Wedding Band

  • Required Level: 58
    • +1 To All Skills 
    • + (0.5 Per Character Level) 0-49 To Life) 
    • 3-5% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) 
    • +50 Maximum Stamina 

Raven Frost - An amazing ring that provides Freeze Immunity which is extremely important to have on every build. Also, it adds Cold Damage which is ideal for the build. 

Raven Frost

  • Required Level: 76
    • +150-250 Attack Rating (varies) 
    • 15-45 Cold Damage 
    • +15-20 Dexterity (varies) 
    • +40 Mana 
    • Cold Absorb 20% (varies) 
    • Cannot be Frozen 

The Stone of Jordan - If you run out of mana too quickly, you should consider this one as it increases your max mana by a whopping 25% which scales with high Energy extremely well. Also, it gives +1 to all skills. 

The Stone of Jordan 

  • Required Level: 29
    • +1 to All Skills
    • Maximum Mana to 25% 
    • Adds 1-12 Lightning Damage 
    • +20 to Mana


Dracul's Grasp (Vampirebone Gloves) - A good all-around choice that increases your attack speed and gives you some extra survivability. These also give a high strength bonus which is very convenient for choosing equipment for other gear slots. 

Dracul's Grasp


  • Defense: 125 - 145
  • Required Level: 76
  • Required Strength: - 50
  • Durability: 14
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • +10-15 to Strength (varies) 
    • +5-10 Life After Each Kill (varies) 
    • 25% Chance of Open Wounds 
    • 7-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) 
    • 5% Chance to Cast Level 10 Life Tap on Striking
    • 20% Increased Attack Speed 

Soul Drainer (Vambraces) - A very solid pair of gloves, ideal for increasing your overall sustainability. It offers high Mana and Life leech which should make the build much more reliable in zones with high mob density. 

Soul Drainer

  • Defense: 129 - 149
  • Required Level: 74
  • Required Strength: 106
  • Durability: 16
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • 4-7% Mana Stolen Per Hit (varies) 
    • 4-7% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) 
    • -50 to Monster Defense per Hit 
    • 8% Chance to Cast Level 3 Weaken on Striking 


War Traveler (Battle Boots) - A solid overall choice that boosts your mobility and income. From War Traveler, you'll get up to 50% Magic Find, unlimited running (thanks to slower stamina drain), and 25% Faster Run/Walk. 

War Traveler

  • Defense: 120-139 
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Kick Damage: 37-64 
  • Durability: 48
    • +150-190% Enhanced Defense 
    • 25% Faster Run/Walk 
    • +10 to Vitality 
    • +10 to Strength 
    • Adds 15-25 Damage 
    • +40% Slower Stamina Drain 
    • Attacker Takes Damage Of 5-10 
    • 30-50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 

Waterwalk (Sharkskin Boots) - Waterwalks are an interesting choice for the build; pick them if you feel like you need some extra survivability. They also provide a solid boost to Run/Walk Speed and Stamina, which is great. 


  • Defense: 112-124
  • Required Level: 32
  • Required Strength: 47
  • Kick Damage: 28-50
  • Durability: 14  
    • +180-210% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • 20% Faster Run/Walk 
    • +100 Defense vs. Missile 
    • +15 to Dexterity 
    • +5% to Maximum Fire Resist 
    • Heal Stamina Plus 50% 
    • +40 to Maximum Stamina 
    • +45-65 to Life (varies) 


Razortail (Sharkskin Belt) - This amazing belt adds Piercing Attacks, which makes it ideal for pretty much any Bowazon Build. It also provides a nice damage and defense boost. 


  • Defense: 96-107
  • Required Level: 32
  • Required Strength: 20
  • Durability: 14
  • 16 Potion Boxes
    • +120-150% Enhanced Defense
    • +15 Defense
    • +10 To Maximum Damage
    • Piercing Attack (33)
    • +15 To Dexterity
    • Attacker Takes Damage of 1-99(1 Per Character Level)

Goldwrap (Heavy Belt) - An interesting choice for this build; it increases Magic Find and Attack Speed, both of which come in handy. 


  • Defense: 34-36 
  • Potion Slots: 12 
  • Required Level: 27
  • Required Strength: 45
  • Durability: 18
    • +40-60% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • +25 Defense 
    • 10% Increased Attack Speed
    • 30% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items
    • 50-80% Extra Gold From Monsters (varies) 
    • +2 To Light Radius  

Arachnid Mesh (Spiderweb Sash) - A great offensive option that will maximize your damage output. It gives you +1 to all Skills, which is ideal for the build. 

Arachnid Mesh

  • Defense: 119-138 
  • Potion Slots: 16 
  • Required Level: 80
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 12
    • +90-120% Enhanced Defense  
    • Slows Target by 20% 
    • +1 To All Skills 
    • 20% Faster Cast Rate 
    • Maximum Mana 5% 
    • Level 3 Venom (11 Charges) 


  1. Annihilus - This fabled Charm boosts your Skills, Stats, and Resistances. It's the best Unique Small Charm, and it's limited to just 1 in your equipment. 
  2. Gheed's Fortune - The secret to Gheed's wealth and prosperity. Pretty much a must-have if you're after the best available charms. It adds 80-160% extra gold from monsters, reduces vendor prices by up to 15%, and gives up to 40% better magic find. 
  3. Hellfire Torch - The BiS Unique Large Charm that increases your Vitality, Skills, and more. You should, of course, go for one that gives +1 to Amazon Skills. 
  4. Grand Charms - These should have +Bow and Crossbow Skills and +Life/+Faster Run/Walk Speed.
  5. Small Charms -  With these, you should get your desired Resistances, bonuses to Mana/Life, or bonuses to Magic Find - whatever suits your needs, basically. 
  6. Large Charms - Try to avoid using these as they generally provide sub-par bonuses for this particular build. 


We recommend picking up Act 2 Defiance Mercenary for extra damage mitigation bonuses. He should be equipped with: 

  1. Infinity Runeword in Ethereal Spear - This offers the best DPS bonus. Infinity itself has insane Physical damage (which makes the Merc much more useful), and its conviction Aura boosts the Elemental damage your Freezing and Exploding Arrows deal, which is ideal. 
    • If you're on a budget, you can switch this up for Insight Runeword. 
  2. Fortitude Rune Word in Armor - This Runeword gives solid defenses that are necessary to keep your merc alive. 
  3. Vampire Gaze - An extremely solid and versatile headgear that will make your merc much more durable. 



This is our premiere Diablo 2 Resurrected build where we tried to include all of the important information on how to set up this character while keeping the guide as compact as possible. If we've missed something of importance, please let us know! 

If you have any Build requests, please post them in the Comments section below. We will be happy to cover your most requested builds in the future! Also, we hope that you have found this guide useful and informative. Also, we will be happy to receive constructive criticism that will help us improve our future work, so don't hesitate to give us your feedback. 


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