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Javazon Amazon PD2 Build

Javazon Amazon PD2 Build

Complete guide on Javelin Amazon in Project Diablo 2

Javazon
Amazon Build

Updated for Season 2
 

Build notes:
April 16, 2021
-Build created

 

Build Overview

Javazon builds were a true staple of the original Diablo 2. Sadly, the changes made in PD2 included some severe nerfs to Amazon's Javelin and Spear Skill tree (Lightning Fury was nerfed to the ground, most notably), which has made the "classic" Javazon builds somewhat obsolete. Despite the nerfs, however, Javazons are not dead; on the contrary - with some changes to the original builds, they still thrive in Project Diablo 2! 

The main strong point of this (and all the others, to be honest) Javazon Build is its incredibly high single-target damage output. If you are looking for a character that is fully capable of soloing every boss while not being underpowered when fighting against packs of strong enemies, look no further than this one. 

You can also check our other Best Project Diablo 2 Builds

 

 Pros  Cons
 Extremely versatile - capable of clearing all types of content    Does not scale as good as some of the very top meta builds 
 Easy to equip cheaply during early ladder - very good starting character   Can actually get very expensive to gear up if you decide to go for top-shelf equipment 
 Good utility and survivability   Single-target-focused, not the best at dealing with packs of enemies 
Fast clear speeds   

 

Skills

ATTRIBUTES
  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 - Get enough Dex to get a 75% chance to Block. 
  3. Vitality - You should put all your remaining points here - main stat. 
  4. Energy - Adding points to Energy is an extreme waste - don't do it. 

JAVELIN AND SPEAR SKILLS

This skill tree is the main focus of this build. The two main skills we take are Charged strike - our main single-target ability that makes us very strong against high health monsters, and Lightning Strike - a very potent AoE-like skill that helps us to deal with groups of enemies. Power Strike is our main synergy skill and we take it for its damage boost. Lightning Fury, while still usable, is much less effective in Project Diablo 2 so it's taken only because it synergizes with our main skills. 

Skills:

  1. Jab [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  2. Poison Javelin [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  3. Power Strike [20/20] - A simple skill that adds lightning damage to attacks with javelins and spears. It synergizes with our two main damage dealers (Charged Strike and Lightning Strike) so we max it out without hesitation. 
  4. Lightning Bolt [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  5. Plague Javelin [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  6. Charged Strike [20/20] - This skill adds a very high lightning damage bonus to your javelin and spear attacks. Thanks to this, it is extremely powerful when fighting against high health enemies - use it as your main single-target ability. 
  7. Lightning Strike [20/20] - A Skill that adds lightning damage to javelin and spear strikes, releasing a chain lightning upon impact. This is a great clearing ability that provides some nice AoE capabilities to the build. The only downside is that it's much less effective against lightning-immune enemies. 
  8. Lightning Fury [20/20] - Adds an AoE Damage component to thrown Javelins, making them very powerful. This skill was severely nerfed in PD2 and we take it solely because of its synergies - it's not worth using over the Lightning Strike currently. 

PASSIVE AND MAGIC SKILLS

This skill tree provides us with some much-needed utility and solid defenses. Some of the skills are optional, but we'd say that you should still take them as they can be extremely useful in the right circumstances (and by "right circumstances" we mean "when things get too heated up for your liking"). 

Skills:

  1. Inner Sight [1/20] - Prerequiisite. 
  2. Evade [X/20] - Increases your movement speed and gives you a chance to dodge missiles and melee attacks when running or walking. This is extremely useful to have and you should put all your remaining points into it. 
  3. Slow Movement [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  4. Decoy [1/20] - Optional. Nice to have in some situations as it allows you to distract weaker monsters for long enough to take out primary targets. 
  5. Dodge [X/20] - A very strong passive skill that greatly increases your survivability by allowing you to dodge melee and ranged attacks when standing still or attacking. You should put enough points here to get to your desired Faster Hit Recovery breakpoint. 
  6. Valkyrie [1/20] - Optional. This might as well be called "summon a meat shield". Valkyrie is very useful when you need some more breathing space as it's very good at distracting monsters. 
BOW AND CROSSBOW SKILLS

This build focuses on Javelins, so we skip this entire skill tree. 

Skills:

  1. none 

 

Items

As per usual with PD2 Builds, you want to get as many Skill levels (Amazon/Javelin and Spear Skills in this case) as possible to increase the build's overall power level. Resistances are also important, 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). 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. 

HELMETS

Harlequin Crest (Shako) - A true classic that fits into pretty much any build. It gives you everything you might want - +2 to all skills, damage reduction, magic find, and some attributes. 

Harlequin Crest

  • Defense: 98 to 141 
  • Required Level: 62
  • Required Strength: 50
  • Durability: 20
    • +2 to All Skills 
    • +1-99 to Life(1 per character level) 
    • +1-99 to Mana(1 per character level) 
    • Damage Reduced By 3-5% (varies) 
    • 50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 
    • +2 to All Attributes 

Griffon's Eye (Diadem) - A very good offensive choice that increases our Lightning Damage AND decreases enemy lightning resistance. It also gives +1 to all Skills which is nice. Its main downside is a complete lack of defensive stats (except for raw defense). 

Griffon's Eye

  • Defense: 150 - 260
  • Required Level: 76
  • Durability: 20  
    • +100-200 Defense (varies) 
    • +1 to All Skills 
    • 25% Faster Cast Rate 
    • -(15-20)% to Enemy Lightning Resistance (varies) 
    • +(10-15)% to Lightning Skill Damage (varies) 

WEAPONS

{BiS] Thunderstroke (Matriarchal Javelin) - This incredibly powerful Javelin can give us up to +4 to Javelin and Spear Skills on top of -15% enemy lightning resistance, +15% to our Attack Speed, and a high bonus to our Lightning Damage. 

Thunderstroke

  • Thrown Damage: (105-122) To (198-231) (151.5-176.5 Avg)(Base Damage: 35-66) 
  • One-Handed Damage: (90-105) To (162-189) (126-147 Avg)(Base Damage: 30-54) 
  • Required Level: 69 
  • Required Strength: 107
  • Required Dexterity: 151  
    • +200-250% Enhanced Damage (varies) 
    • Adds 1-511 Lightning Damage  
    • +15% Increased Attack Speed 
    • -15% To Enemy Lightning Resistance 
    • 20% Chance to Cast Level 28 Lightning On Striking 
    • +2-4 to Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only) (varies) 
    • +3 to Lightning Bolt (Amazon Only) 

[Alternative] Titan's Revenge (Ceremonial Javelin) - This is a solid choice that gives +4 to Javelin and Spear Skills in total (+2 All Skills and +2 Javelin ad Spear Skills specifically). 

Titan's Revenge

  • Thrown Damage:  (80-102) To (220-288) (150-195 Avg)(Base Damage: 22-68) 
  • One-Handed Damage: (83-106) To (160-204) (121.5-155 Avg)(Base Damage: 23-44) 
  • Required Level: 42
  • Required Dexterity: 109 
  • Required Strength: 25   
    • +150-250% Enhanced Damage (varies) 
    • Adds 25-50 Damage 
    • +1-2 to Amazon Skill Levels (varies) 
    • 5-9% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) 
    • +30% Faster Run/Walk 
    • +20 to Strength
    • +20 to Dexterity 
    • Replenish Life +20 
    • +2 to Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)
SHIELDS

[BiS] Stormshield (Monarch) - a defensive option that will allow you to come very close to (or achieve) Max Block. 

Stormshield

  • Defense: 136-519 (Depends on your level)
  • Required Level: 73
  • Required Strength: 156
  • Durability: Indestructible
    • +3-371 Defense (+3.75/level) 
    • 25% Increased Chance of Blocking 
    • 35% Faster Block Rate
    • 20-30% Physical Damage Taken Reduction 
    • +40-50% Cold Resist 
    • +25% Lightning Resist 
    • +20-30 Strength 
    • Indestructible 
    • Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 800-1400 

[Alternative] Spirit Shield (Rune Word) - A solid balance between offense and defense and the best overall option. Also, it provides some solid resistances. 

Spirit Shield

 

  • Defense: Depends on base Shield 
  • Required Level: 25
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Shield ​​​​​
  • Durability: Depends on base Shield 
    • +1 to All Skills 
    • +25% Faster Hit Recovery 
    • +250 Defense versus Missile 
    • +11-22 Vitality 
    • +59-82 Mana 
    • +35% Cold Resistance
    • +35% Poison Resistance
    • +35 Lightning Resistance 
    • +3-8 Magic Absorb 
    • Attacker Takes Damage of 14 
    • -25% Requirements 

AMULETS

Mara's Kaleidoscope - This is one of the best Amulets in PD2 overall and it fits most of the builds, which makes it a good investment. It provides a great combination of offensive (+2 to all skills) and defensive (+20-30 to all resistances) properties.

Mara's Kaleidoscope

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

[Alternative] Rare/Magic Amulets with + Amazon/Javelin and Spear Skills are great budget choices and solid fillers before you are able to get Mara's Kaleidoscope. 

Amulet Amulet

  • Required Level: varies. 
  • In Magic Amulets, look for:
    • +3 to Spear and Javelin Skills. 
  • In Rare Amulets, look for:
    • +2 Amazon Skills 
    • Magic Find 
    • Resistances 
    • Attributes 

ARMORS

[BiS] Chains of Honor (Rune Word) - A great option for this build. This powerful Runeword offers tons of damage and Resistances. It should be socketed in a chest with the highest defense rating you can afford. 

Chains of Honor

  • Defense: Depends on base Armor 
  • Required Level: 65 
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor 
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor 
  • Dol + Um + Ber + ist 
    • +2 To All Skills 
    • +200% Damage to Demons 
    • +100% Damage to Undead 
    • 8% Life stolen per hit 
    • +70% Enhanced Defense 
    • +20 Strength 
    • Replenish Life +10 
    • All Resistances +40-60 (varies) 
    • Damage reduced by 4% 
    • 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 

Enigma (Runeword) - A solid all-around choice; it provides pretty much everything you might want from an item, including 3 charges ob Blink (they recharge quite quickly which makes them extremely useful to have). Because of the Jah • Ith • Ber runes required to complete it, it is very expensive, however. 

Enigma

  • 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 
    • +25% Faster Run/Walk 
    • Blink Charges 3/3 [Recharges 1 per 6 sec]
    • +500-775 Defense (varies) 
    • +(0.5*Clvl)-(0.75*Clvl) (varies) To Strength (Based On Character Level)
    • Increase Maximum Life 5%
    • Damage Reduced By 4%
    • 15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    • +(0.5*Clvl)-(0.75*Clvl) % (varies) Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level) 

[Alternative] Skin of the Vipermagi (Serpentskin Armor) - A solid budget choice that should be enough at the start. 

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 Damaged Reduced by 5-8 
    • All Resistances +20-30 

RINGS

[BIS] Raven Frost - This ring provides Freeze immunity which is extremely important to have. If you have freeze immunity from another item, you can choose a different ring. 

Raven Frost

  • Required Level: 76
    • +150-250 Attack Rating (varies) 
    • 15-45 Cold Damage 
    • +15-20 Dexterity (varies) 
    • +40 Mana 
    • Cold Absorb 5-10% (varies) 
    • Cannot be Frozen 

Bul-Kathos Wedding Band - Another great ring that adds +1 to Skills. It also increases stamina and gives some nice life steal. 

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 

The Stone of Jordan - One of the most iconic items in Diablo 2, which increases the level of all your Skills and your max Mana. A solid offensive choice. 

The Stone of Jordan 

  • Required Level: 29
    • +1 to All Skills
    • Maximum Mana to 15-20% 
    • Adds 1-120 Lightning Damage 
    • +20-40 to Mana (varies) 

GLOVES

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) 
    • 20% Increased Attack Speed 

[Alternative] Magic Gloves With +3 to Javelins and +20% to Attack Speed. These can be farmed by resetting Anya's inventory in Act 5 which means that they are extremely cheap, but also tedious to farm (and extremely strong, actually). 

Magic Gloves

  • Defense: Varies. 
  • Required Level: Varies. 
  • Required Strength: - Varies. 
  • Durability: Varies. 
    • +3 to Javelin and Spear Skills 
    • +20% Increased Attack Speed 

BOOTS

[BiS] Waterwalk (Sharkskin Boots) - These boots are a top pick if you're after Faster Block Rate, especially. They also provide a solid boost to Run/Walk Speed and Stamina. 

Waterwalk

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

[Alternative] Aldur's Advance (Battle Boots) - This pair of Boots offers a very high bonus to Movement Speed and Life. Also, they have a very high bonus to Fire Resistance, which should help you cap it @75 without having to find additional small charms for it. 

Aldur's Advance

  • Defense: 39-47
  • Required Level: 45
  • Required Strength: 95
  • Kick Damage: 37-64
  • Durability: Indestructible  
    • Indestructible 
    • 40% Faster Run/Walk 
    • 10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana 
    • +180 Maximum Stamina 
    • Heal Stamina Plus +32% 
    • +50 To Life 
    • Set Bonuses: 
      • +15 To Dexterity (2 Item) 
      • +15 To Dexterity (3 Items) 
      • +15 To Dexterity (Completed Set) 

[Alternative] War Traveler's (Battle Boots) - Another good option. This pair is notable for providing a  high Magic Find bonus in addition to other useful bonuses. 

War Traveler's

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

BELTS

[BIS] Thundergod's Vigor (War Belt) - The only real choice - It not only gives +1 to all Skills but also increases Lightning Fury and Lightning Strike by +2! Also, it provides a lot of resistance against Lightning, which is very important in the end-game. 

Thundergod's Vigor

  • Defense: 137-159
  • Potion Slots: 16 
  • Required Level: 47
  • Required Strength: 110
  • Durability: 24
    • +160-200% Enhanced Defense 
    • 1-(150-250) Lightning Damage 
    • 5% Chance to Cast Level 17 Fist of the Heavens When Struck 
    • +5-10 Lightning Absorb 
    • 5% to Maximum Lightning Resist 
    • +10-15 to Strength 
    • +10-15 to Vitality 
    • +2 to Lightning Fury (Amazon Only) 
    • +2 to Lightning Strike (Amazon Only) 
    • +1 to Lightning Skills 

[Alternative] Nosferatu's Coil (Vampirefang Belt) - If not for the Thundergod's Vigor, this belt would be considered a top choice for this build. It gives some nice offensive bonuses, including 20% increased attack speed 

Nosferatu's Coil

  • Defense: 56 - 63 
  • Potion Slots: 16 
  • Required Level: 51
  • Required Strength: 50 
  • Durability: 14
    • Slows Target By 10% 
    • +2 To Mana After Each Kill 
    • 3-6% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) 
    • +10-15 Strength (varies) 
    • 20% Increased Attack Speed 
    • 10% Deadly Strike 

CHARMS

  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 +Javelin and Spear Skills (mandatory) and +Life/+Faster Run/Walk Speed. 
  5. Small Charms - With these, you should get your desired Resistances, bonuses to Life, or bonuses to Magic Find - whatever suits your needs, basically. 

MERCENARY

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

  1. Infinity Rune Word in Ethereal Spear - This provides Conviction Aura, which reduces the defenses and resistances of nearby enemies and offers very high bonus damage. A top (and expensive) choice for any Act2 merc build. 
  2. Fortitude Rune Word in Armor - This will ensure that your merc doesn't die (it will make him almost immortal). 
  3. Steelrend Gloves - For massive damage bonus and Crushing Blow. 
  4. Vampire's Gaze - For high Life Leech and damage reduction. 
  5. String of Ears - Very high damage reduction and excellent survivability boost. 
  6. Gore Rider Boots - For Deadly Strike and Crushing Blow greatly boosting the merc's DPS. 

 

END NOTE

This is our premiere Project Diablo 2 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! 

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