Freezing Arrow Amazon Guide

Freezing Arrow Amazon

Introduction

The Freezing Arrow Amazon primarily focuses on dealing Cold Damage and well, "Freezing" them. This is fantastic for Crowd Control. This build is fantastic for dense areas and very satisfying with its Ice Explosions.

This build to can also have multiple damage types, which is great against Cold Immunes and different tactical situations. The Standard Variant shown on the right uses both Guided Arrow for Physical Damage and MagicArrow for some Magic Damage in addition to the Freezing Arrow Skill.

As an extra layer of safety we can even cast Decoy and Valkyrie to take some heat off of us while moving.

Our Mercenary not only protects us, but also can break immunes with Conviction from Infinity Giant Thresher.

Ideal Standard Setup
FreezingArrow
Guided Arrow
MagicArrow
Decoy

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. Check out our Amazon Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.

Beginner Friendly ✔
Relaxed Gameplay ✔
Fast Paced Playstyle

Lots Of Crowd Control

Multiple Damage Types ✔

Low Mobility
❌ Relatively Squishy
❌ Gear Can Be Hard To Get
❌ Heavy Mana Dependency
❌ Bad In Open Low Density Areas



Skills

This is the Skill Point allocation for the Freezing Arrow Amazon.

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Critical Strike
2. Penetrate
3. Pierce
4. Dodge
5. Avoid
6. Evade
7. Decoy
8. Valkyrie

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. FreezingArrow
2. IceArrow
3. ColdArrow
4. Guided Arrow
5. Magic Arrow

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Freezing Arrow* is your main Damage Skill. The Skill shoots an arrow in the direction you are aiming. It deals Cold Damage and applies a Freezing/Chilling effect for a duration to anything it either hits or is in range of the arrow's explosion. This Skill does not require Attack Rating to hit targets and Freeze them.

Guided Arrow* is a backup Damage Skill that deals additional Physical Damage. This Skill shoots in the direction you aim and also tracks your targets.

Magic Arrow* converts some of your Physical Damage into Magic Damage. This Attack also grants additional Attack Rating and travels in the direction you aim.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)

Utility

Critical Strike* simply grants you a chance to deal double Physical Damage. Though this build does not solely rely on this damage type, it works great for Guided Arrow or Magic Arrow.

Penetrate* gives you additional Attack Rating as a passive bonus.

Pierce* is a very important Skill for this build. It allows your Projectile (Arrows/Javelins) to pass through your enemies allowing you to not only deal damage to your first impacted target, but also the ones behind them.

Dodge*, Avoid*, and Evade* passively grant you a chance to dodge enemy attacks in the situations mentioned in the Skill. A dodged attack is negated completely.

Decoy* spawns a duplicate of yourself on the area you target drawing the enemy's attention to it.

Valkyrie* also can be used like a Decoy but she acts similar to a Mercenary as it follows you and attacks monsters.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)
* Faster Cast Rate Skills (FCR)
* Skills that do NOT utilize either FCR or IAS


Attributes

Strength
In this build, we allocate enough Stat Points to Strength to equip all of our gear. Be mindful of how much Strength your gear needs and how much it provides when equipped.

Vitality
After you put your points into Strength and Dexterity, make sure to check if it is recommended to put Stat Points into Energy. Meet the suggested amount of Energy and put any remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Dexterity
In this build, we allocate enough Dexterity to equip all of our gear. Be mindful of how much Dexterity your gear needs and how much it provides when equipped.


Energy
In this build, we don't allocate any Stat Points into Energy. This build gets enough Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, and Mana Potions.


Miscellaneous

Gear Options

While every Stat in the Desirable Stats column is useful for this Build, we highlighted the Priority Stats in Teal so you can review the recommended Items and more easily identify the Most Important Stats on them.
Hover over any Item in the Item Options to see a pop-out with the full Item description.


Gear/Base Notes: Any Items with specialized or niche uses have superscript that refer to a Note listed here.
1) M'avina's Battle Hymn makes a great setup for Hybrid Cold and Fire damage when using the full set together.
2) Wizardspike is great for your Weapon-Swap, allowing you to get around faster with Teleport.

SlotItem OptionsDesirable Stats
WeaponIce Matriarchal Bow
Melody
Wizendraw
M'avina's Caster1
+x to Bow and Crossbow Skills [Amazon Only]
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x% to Cold Skill Damage
-x% to Enemy Cold Resistance

+x to Attribute
Off-HandArrowsQuantity: x
Weapon-SwapCall to Arms
Lower Resist Charge Wand
Staff of Teleportation
Wizardspike2
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x to Battle Orders
+x to Battle Command
+x to Battle Cry
+x to Teleport
+x Mana
All Resistances +x
Level x Lower Resist [x/x Charges]
Off-Hand-SwapSpirit
Lidless Wall
Ancients' Pledge
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist +x%
HelmetsLore
Shako
Valkyrie Wing
Nightwing's Veil
Kira's Guardian
Rockstopper
M'avina's True Sight1
+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
-x% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+x% to Cold Skill Damage

+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
Damage Reduced by x%
Cannot Be Frozen
+x to Mana after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Body ArmorEnigma
Chains of Honor
Duriel's Shell
Treachery
Peace
Smoke
Stealth
M'avina's Embrace1
+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x to Teleport
+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist x%
Damage Reduced by x%
+x to Life after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
GlovesHit Power Crafted Gloves
Archer's Gloves of Alacrity
M'avina's Icy Clutch1
Sander's Taboo
Magnus' Skin
Coral Gloves of Alacrity
+x to Bow and Crossbow Skills [Amazon Only]
+x% Increased Attack Speed

+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BeltsRazortail
Arachnid Mesh
Nosferatu's Coil
Goldwrap Battle Belt
Credendum
M'avina's Tenet1
Garnet Belt of the Whale
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
Piercing Attack
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Attribute
X Resist x%
+x to Mana after each Kill

x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BootsWar Traveler
Silkweave
Aldur's Advance
Natalya's Soul
Rare Heavy Boots
Garnet Boots of Acceleration
Sander's Riprap
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
+x to Mana after each Kill

x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
AmuletsHighlord's Wrath
Mara's Kaleidoscope
The Cat's Eye
Blood Crafted Amulet
Fortuitous Amulet of Luck
Chromatic Amulet

+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Rings
Raven Frost
The Stone of Jordan
Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Nagelring
Rare Ring
Fortuitous Ring of Fortune
Triumphant Ring of the Mammoth

+x to All Skills
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Attribute
+x Mana
Increased Maximum Mana x%
+x Life
X Resist x%
Cannot Be Frozen
+x to Mana after each Kill

x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
CharmsGrand Charm
Large Charm
Small Charm
+x to Bow and Crossbow Skills [Amazon Only]
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Unique CharmsAnnihilus
Hellfire Torch
Gheed's Fortune
+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills

+x to All Attributes
All Resistances +x

+x% to Experience Gained
x% Extra Gold from Monsters
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Reduces all Vendor Prices x%

Farming Spots

The areas below are well suited for this build to farm efficiently. While this build can also farm other areas, we’ve selected these specific areas to make the most use of the build’s strengths. Please take special note of the danger level, clear speed, item types, and Immunities that define these areas.

Anything that has a in the "Starter" column can be farmed with the Starter Variant.
While there are other Farming Spots in the game, some Builds struggle to efficiently farm those Areas. This may be because the Monsters in the Area are Immune to your primary Damage type, or the Build lacks mobility to quickly progress to its objectives.

Act 1:

AreaStarterDangerRewardsImmunities
MausoleumLowAll item types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Lightning
The Countess
(Forgotten Tower Level 5)
-MediumRunes
Key of Terror
Fire, Cold
The Pit-MediumAll item types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Fire, Lightning, Cold
Andariel
(Catacombs Level 4)
LowUniques
Sets
Jewelry
The Secret Cow LevelMediumRunes
Runeword Bases
Charms / Gems / Jewels

Act 2:

AreaStarterDangerRewardsImmunities
Ancient TunnelsMediumAll item types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Magic, Fire, Lightning, Cold
Maggot Lair-MediumAll item types
Max Area Level
Physical, Lightning, Poison

Act 3:

AreaStarterDangerRewardsImmunities
Travincal-HighGearing
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Gold
Fire, Lightning, Cold

Act 4:

AreaStarterDangerRewardsImmunities
River of Flame-HighAll item types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Fire, Lightning, Cold, Poison
Chaos Sanctuary-HighAll item types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Fire, Lightning, Cold
Diablo
(Chaos Sanctuary)
-MediumUniques
Sets
Leveling (Level 97-99)

Act 5:

AreaStarterDangerRewardsImmunities
Pindleskin
(Nihlathak's Temple)
HighGearing
Gold
Leveling
Poison
Nihlathak
(Halls of Vaught)
HighKey of Destruction
Leveling
(Level 97-99)
Fire, Lightning, Cold or none
(Depends on his Affixes)
Worldstone Keep / Throne of Destruction-HighAll item types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Physical, Magic, Fire, Lightning, Cold, Poison
(Depends on monster spawns)
Baal / Waves
(Worldstone Chamber /
Throne of Destruction)
-HighUniques
Sets
Max Area Level
Leveling
(Baal for Level 97-99)
Magic, Fire, Cold, Poison
(on Waves)

Mercenary

Your Mercenary can serve an incredibly important role to the overall success of your build. Whether it’s serving as a front line tank, bringing a pivotal Aura to your arsenal, or employing Physical Damage to kill monsters with an Immunity to your skillset.

Act 2 Desert Mercenary
The Act 2 Desert Mercenary can be hired from Greiz.
He can be equipped with a Spear or a Polearm, a Body Armor and a Helmet. 
Every Act 2 Mercenary has access to an Aura and uses Jab as his base Attack. The Aura activates once the Mercenary has engaged in combat and remains active between traveling to and from town. The Auras available are based on what difficulty you hire the Mercenary from.

Might Infinity

Infinity, Might
We recommend the Might Aura version as it provides us with a Mercenary that can deal with enemies that are immune to our main Damage source.
Infinity provides us with a massive damage boost as it reduces the enemies Resistances and Defense due to its Conviction Aura. This Aura is also capable of breaking some Immunities.

Gear Progression

Early-GameMid-GameEnd-Game
Insight
(any Polearm)
Insight
(Elite Polearm)
Infinity Thresher
Smoke
(Any Body Armor)
Treachery
(Any Body Armor)
Fortitude
(Body Armor, 700++ Base Defense)
Any Helmet
with Resistance / Life
Tal Rasha's Horadric CrestAndariel’s Visage
(preferably Ethereal)

The Mercenary is hard to keep alive until you have the minimum gear recommended in this guide. To help survive various scenarios, remember you can drag Healing Potions onto the portrait, or shift + 1/2/3/4 to directly feed them a Healing Potion from your belt. Pro tip: The Mercenary also gains bonus Resistances from Thawing Potions and Antidote Potions.

If your Mercenary dies in battle, you can revive them from any of the Mercenary NPCs in each Act. This does come with an increasing cost, capping at 50,000 Gold. So keep that in mind and decide if the Mercenary is currently worth the cost.

Playstyle

General:

  • Use Freezing Arrow to Freeze monsters and slay them with icy attacks. This is fantastic for dense areas.
  • Use an Insight on a Mercenary early on to reduce Mana problems otherwise Silkweave greatly helps reduce the use of Mana Potions. Freezing Arrow is a very Mana intensive Skill.
  • Kite enemies to group up behind each other. With 100% Chance to Pierce you can get Freezing Arrow's ice explosion to proc multiple times, dealing massive area damage.
  • Always keep a bit of distance and use Valkyrie or Decoy in dangerous situations. This build is generally squishy and can either get stuck in Faster Hit Recovery or just die when your allies are not around to tank for you.

Immunities:

  • Use Guided Arrow and or Magic Arrow to fight against Cold Immunes or single target monsters if needed.
  • Use Lower Resist against Cold Resistant or Cold Immune monsters to bring down their Resistance in the early stages. In most cases you can’t break their Immunity because of their high Resistances.

Late-Game:

  • At the beginning of each run, buff yourself by swapping to Call to Arms and cast Battle Command then Valkyrie if desired. Cast Battle Command again followed by Battle Orders. Switch back to your main setup.
  • A Mercenary using Infinity Giant Thresher for Conviction can help you break some Immunities and deal more Cold Damage.
  • Teleport provided by either Enigma or a Staff of Teleportation allowing you to move from place to place, reposition yourself, and reposition your Mercenary and Valkyrie.

Breakpoints

For more information on the mechanics involved check out our in-depth Resource: Breakpoints.

All builds rely on specific Breakpoints for effectiveness throughout the game. Meeting Breakpoints for Cast Rate, Hit Recovery, and Block Rate increases the rate of casting spells, recovering from big Damage, and blocks by 1 Frame per Breakpoint.

Faster Cast Rate (FCR)
We do not target a specific Cast Rate Breakpoint in this Build. We do not rely on casting Skills to deal Damage.

Increased Attack Speed (IAS)
Increased Attack Speed controls how fast our Character attacks. In this build we aim for 60% Increased Attack Speed, which is achieved with the suggested Gear. Note: Using other weapon bases requires different amounts of Increased Attack Speed to have the same effect. Please consult the d2planner to determine what values your alternative base requires.

Faster Hit Recovery (FHR)
We do not target a specific Hit Recovery Breakpoint in this build. It would not increase our survivability in a meaningful way.

Faster Block Rate (FBR)
We do not target a specific Block Rate Breakpoint. We do not rely on Chance to Block in this build.

Faster Run Walk (FRW)
There are no Breakpoints for Faster Run / Walk. With the recommended gear you reach 30% Faster Run / Walk.

Hardcore

For all Hardcore gameplay, your primary concern is increasing your Resistances, Damage Reduction, Chance to Block and Maximum Life. This can mean sacrificing overall power level for a more secure playstyle.
This build is Hardcore viable. If you are unaccustomed to this playstyle, we recommend trying this build on Softcore to gain experience on how to successfully pilot it.


Build Variants

Starter

Setup
The Starter Variant of the Freezing Arrow Amazon aims to get as many + to Skills for additional Cold Damage. Lore, Peace, and Melody are easily obtainable sources of additional Skills.
The secondary goal is Increased Attack Speed to increase our Damage per Second (DPS) further. Other desirable Stats are Faster Run/Walk, +x to Mana after each Kill, +x to Life, and x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items.

Mercenary
To keep your Mercenary alive, equip him with a Body Armor and Helmet which provide Resistances and Life. Insight is a pretty easy Runeword to find and farm that gives a great amount of damage and Quality of Life with Meditation. Hire the Might Aura Mercenary, to gain extra Physical Damage.

Skills
This is the Starter Variant for the Freezing Arrow Amazon:

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Critical Strike
2. Penetrate
3. Pierce
4. Dodge
5. Avoid
6. Evade
7. Decoy
8. Valkyrie

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. FreezingArrow
2. IceArrow
3. ColdArrow
4. Guided Arrow
5. Magic Arrow

Attributes
In this build we allocate enough Stat Points to Strength and Dexterity to equip all of our gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Standard

Setup
In this variant our main focus is to stack +x% to Cold Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Cold Resistance, and Bow Skills for more damage. We aim to hit 60% Increased Attack Speed in total with a Matriarchal Bow. Though Faster Hit Recovery is helpful, we don't aim for a Breakpoint here. The main goal is to stay at a range, Freeze monsters, and not get hit. One of the most important stats for this build is +x to Mana after each Kill with the heavy Mana cost of FreezingArrow .

Mercenary
Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability when trying to control a situation. Might Aura increases Physical Damage, increasing your Mana and Life off of targets. Infinity Giant Thresher is great for breaking some Immunes and Piercing Resistances. Andariel's Visage and Fortitude Sacred Armor fill in everything else he needs from damage to survivability.

Skills
This is the Standard Variant for the Freezing Arrow Amazon:

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Critical Strike
2. Penetrate
3. Pierce
4. Dodge
5. Avoid
6. Evade
7. Decoy
8. Valkyrie

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. FreezingArrow
2. IceArrow
3. ColdArrow
4. Guided Arrow
5. Magic Arrow

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes
In this build we allocate enough Stat Points to Strength and Dexterity to equip all of our gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

M'avina's Battle Hymn

Setup
This is the Set Variant that has been used for ages. It is fairly cheap, well-rounded, and also even makes your character glow! SHINY! Important things to have are a form of Cannot be Frozen from Raven Frost, a great amount of damage with Fletcher's Grand Charm of Vita, and Rainbow Facet Jewels. We can also deal dual elemental Damage by using both FreezingArrow and ExplodingArrow.

Mercenary
Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability when trying to control a situation. Might Aura increases Physical Damage, increasing your Mana and Life off of targets. Infinity Giant Thresher is great for breaking some Immunes and Piercing Resistances. Andariel's Visage and Fortitude Sacred Armor fill in everything else he needs, from damage to survivability.

Skills
With this variant we are going with hybrid Cold and Fire damage through both FreezingArrow and ExplodingArrow:

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Critical Strike
2. Penetrate
3. Pierce
4. Dodge
5. Avoid
6. Evade
7. Decoy
8. Valkyrie

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. FreezingArrow
2. IceArrow
3. ColdArrow
4. ExplodingArrow
5. FireArrow

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes
In this build we allocate enough Stat Points to Strength and Dexterity to equip all of our gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.


Summary

  • Enough Strength and Dexterity to wear gear and put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.
  • Keep your distance during combat and pay attention to the enemy’s positioning, movements, and Auras.
  • Utilize the combination of Freezing Arrow and pierce by stacking up large groups of enemies before attacking. This strategy increases your damage output drastically!
  • Use GuidedArrow, Magic Arrow, Exploding Arrow, and your Mercenary against Cold Immunes.
  • Use Valkyrie or Decoy in dangerous situations.
  • Keep your Battle Command, Battle Orders and Valkyrie up at all times.
  • Insight Scythe Mercenary solves your Mana problems in the early stages of your progression.
  • Have fun!

Guide by BTNeandertha1

I hope you enjoy this build! This is one of my favorites because of satisfying icy explosions and turning enemies into ice cubes. This is a very chill build and visually rewarding. Happy hunting!

Good luck!