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Multi-Shot Bowazon Amazon PD2 Build

Multi-Shot Bowazon Amazon PD2 Build

One of the best Bow-setups for the Amazon class in Project Diablo 2

Multi-Shot Bowazon
Amazon Build

Updated for Season 2
 

Build notes:
April 23, 2021
-Build created

 

Build Overview

Despite the range reduction, Multi-Shot still remains extremely powerful, especially when you stack as much Enhanced Damage as possible. It is not unheard of to get over 10k Damage-per-shot Multi-Shot with the proper gear! Below, we present you our take on PD2 Multi-Shot Bowazon - it may not be a top-of-the-line ultimate farming machine, like some S-Tier builds, but it definitely is very powerful in its own right and you'll have a lot of fun playing it. 

The main strong point of this Bowazon Build is its incredibly high AoE damage output. If you are looking for a character that is fully capable of annihilating groups of monsters with incredible efficiency, you will definitely like this one. 

You can also check our other Best Project Diablo 2 Builds

 

 Pros  Cons
 Versatile  Multi-Shot had its range reduced in PD2 
 Great for farming in the Cow Level   Rather fragile if you decide to stack Dex 
 Good utility and above-average survivability   Deals mainly physical damage 
 Extremely high AoE Damage with Multi-Shot   

 

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 - There are two ways of doing Dexterity in this build. One is to add just enough for gear and the other one is to stack it at the expense of Vitality. The latter option is only recommended if you have extremely strong gear and a lot of survivability from it.  
  3. Vitality - You should put all your remaining points here - main stat. Alternatively, you can split these points with Dexterity, just like we've said above.  
  4. Energy - Adding points to Energy is an extreme waste - don't do it. 

BOW AND CROSSBOW SKILLS

This skill tree is the main source of this build's damage. You will mostly use Multi-Shot but Guided Arrow and Magic Arrow will find their uses as well - The latter two Skills were chosen mainly for dealing with physical resistances. Magic Arrow can crack enemies the Multi-Shot has problems with, and Guided Arrow starts dealing considerable magic damage if you invest enough points into Magic Arrow. 

Skills:

  1. Magic Arrow [X/20] - Surprisingly strong for a simple prerequisite; It comes in handy against enemies with high physical resistance - you might want to spend your remaining points here (doing so will add Magic Damage to your Guided Arrow which will be extremely helpful). 
  2. Multi-Shot [20/20] - The main offensive ability of this build. It fires multiple arrows in a cone in front of you, and the number of arrows scales with the Skill Level (up to 24 Arrows at Level 22). Multi-Shot is great for clearing waves of enemies and can deal surprisingly high amounts of damage to single monsters. 
  3. Guided Arrow [X/20] - An enchanted arrow that will track your target or seek one of its own. This ability comes in handy when things get a bit too heated up and you have to move (you can fire these in any direction and they will find their way to a target). If you invest enough points into Magic Arrow, this skill will become effective at taking out physically resilient enemies. 

PASSIVE AND MAGIC SKILLS

This skill tree provides us with some much-needed utility and solid defenses. Skills from the Passive and Magic tree were chosen in a way that supports our damage-dealing abilities; either by simply buffing them or by enabling us to use them more easily (by providing dodge, evasion, and meat shields). 

Skills:

  1. Inner Sight [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  2. Critical Strike [20/20] - This simply gives our attacks a chance to deal double damage, which is nice... Level 20 gives a 68% Crit chance, but level 30 gives only 73% (you can clearly see diminishing returns, but spending 20 points here is still worth it).
  3. Evade [20/20] - 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 definitely max it out. 
  4. Slow Movement [1/20] - Prerequisite. 
  5. Decoy [1/20] - Nice to have in some situations as it allows you to distract weaker monsters for long enough to take out primary targets. 
  6. Dodge [20/20] - 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 or simply max it out as we did. 
  7. Valkyrie [1/20] - 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. 
JAVELIN AND SPEAR SKILLS

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

Skills:

  1. none 

 

Items

You want to get as much Enhanced Damage and as many Skill levels (Amazon/Bow and Crossbow 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

Valkyrie Wing (Winged Helm) - A very solid offensive choice that not only buffs Amazon Skills but also provides up to 40% Enhanced Damage. Moreover, it allows us to move much faster and recover from hits quicker. 

Valkyrie Wing

  • Defense:  247 - 297
  • Required Level: 44
  • Required Strength: 115
  • Durability: 40
    • +150-200% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • +1-2 to Amazon Skill Levels (varies) 
    • 30% Faster Run/Walk 
    • 20% Faster Hit Recovery 
    • +2-6 Mana after each kill (varies) 
    • 20-40% Enhanced Damage (varies) 

Andariel's Visage (Demonhead) - A great helmet that offers a very high Attack Speed bonus and +2 Skills increase. If Also gives quite high Life Leech which can be extremely helpful. 

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) 

WEAPONS

Buriza-Do Kyanon (Ballista) - This incredibly powerful Crossbow offers extremely high Damage increase, great attack speed, 100% chance to pierce, and 35 Dexterity, but it does not increase our skills. Still, this is the best offensive weapon choice and you simply can't go wrong with it. 

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 

[Alternative] Widowmaker (Ward Bow) - A very interesting choice that provides high Skill bonuses (up to +5 to Guided Arrow and +5 to Multishot). It also allows you to ignore the target's defense which will increase your damage passively. 

Widowmaker

  • TTwo-Hand Damage:  50 - 239 
  • Required Level: 65
  • Required Dexterity: 146 
  • Required Strength: 72   
    • +150-350% Enhanced Damage (varies) 
    • Ignore Target's Defense 
    • 33% Deadly Strike 
    • +3-5 To Guided Arrow (varies) 
    • Fires Magic Arrows [Level 11] 
    • +100-150% Bonus To Attack Rating (varies) 
    • +3-5 to Multishot (varies) 
WEAPON SWAP

Lidless Wall (Grim Shield) - A very powerful Shield that grants up to +2 Skills and high FCR. Good to have on swap for that additional Skill Levels. 

Lidless Wall

  • Defense: 271 - 347
  • Required Level: 41
  • Required Strength: 58
  • Durability: 70
    • +80-130% Enhanced Defense (varies) 
    • +1-2 to All Skills (varies) 
    • Increase Maximum Mana 10% 
    • 20% Faster Cast Rate 
    • +4-6 to Mana After Each Kill (varies) 
    • +10 to Energy 
    • +1 to Light Radius 

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 

AMULETS

[BiS] Atma's Scarab - A definite top choice for this Build. Atma's Scarab has a chance to cast level 18 Amplify Damage on Striking (and you will deal a lot of hits with Multi-Shot...) which is simply amazing for damage output. 

Atma's Scarab

  • Required Level: 60
    • 7% Chance to Cast Level 18 Amplify Damage on Striking 
    • 40-60% Bonus to Attack Rating (varies) 
    • 400 Poison Damage over 4 Seconds 
    • Poison Resist +30-60% (varies) 
    • Attacker Takes Damage of 400-600 (varies) 
    • +3 to Light Radius 

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 

ARMORS

[BiS] Fortitude (Rune Word) - This Rune Word seems to be tailored for this build specifically; it provides A LOT of enhanced damage, high resistance bonuses, and great overall defenses. You can't go wrong with this one. 

Fortitude

  • Defense: Depends on base Armor 
  • Required Level: 59 
  • Required Strength: Depends on base Armor 
  • Durability: Depends on base Armor 
  • El + Sol + Dol + Lo
    • +25% Faster Cast Rate 
    • +200% Enhanced Damage 
    • +200% Enhanced Defense 
    • +15 Defense 
    • +X To Life (Based on Character Level) (1-1.5 Per Level) 
    • Replenish Life +10 
    • +4% To Maximum Lightning Resist 
    • All Resistances +25-30 
    • Damage Reduced By 7 
    • 12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana 
    • +1 To Light Radius 

Chains of Honor (Rune Word) - A great alternative option. 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 

RINGS

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) 

Raven Frost - This ring provides Freeze immunity which is extremely important to have. If you have freeze immunity from another item (M'avina's Icy Clutch, for example), 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

GLOVES

M'avina's Icy Clutch (Battle Gauntlets) - These gloves give us "Cannot be frozen" which is enough to not consider anything else. Moreover, they add quite a lot of cold damage. 

M'avina's Icy Clutch

  • Defense: 84-97 (varies)(Base Defense: 39-47)
  • Required Level: 32
  • Required Strength: - 88
  • Durability: 18
    • +45-50 Defense (varies) 
    • 12-36 Cold Damage, 6 sec. Duration (Normal) 
    • Cannot Be Frozen 
    • 56% Extra Gold From Monsters 
    • +8-12 To Strength (varies) 
    • +10-20 To Dexterity(varies) 

[Alternative] Magic Gloves With +3 to Bow and Crossbow Skills 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 Bow and Crossbow Skills 
    • +20% Increased Attack Speed 

BOOTS

War Traveler's (Battle Boots) - This pair of boots 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) 

[Alternative] Waterwalk (Sharkskin Boots) - These boots are a top pick if you're after a faster run/walk and almost infinite stamina. 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) 

BELTS

Nosferatu's Coil (Vampirefang Belt) - A definite 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 

[Alternative] String of Ears (Demonhide Sash) - A top-level defensive option that provides up to a 15% damage reduction bonus which is just amazing for this Item slot. 

String of Ears

  • Defense: 102-113
  • Potion Slots: 16 
  • Required Level: 29
  • Required Strength: 20
  • Durability: 22
    • +150-180% Enhanced Defense 
    • +15 Defense 
    • 6-8% Life Stolen Per Hit 
    • Damage Reduced By 10-15% 
    • Magic Damage Reduced 10-15 

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 +Bow and Crossbow Skills and +Life/+Faster Run/Walk Speed. Alternatively, you can go for Max Damage Charms. 
  5. Small Charms - With these, you should get your desired Resistances, bonuses to Life, or bonuses to Magic Find - whatever suits your needs, basically. Alternatively, you can go for Max Damage Charms. 
  6. Large Charms - If you find these with Max Damage, you can use them to a good effect. 

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! 

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.