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 great for dense areas and very satisfying with its Ice Explosions.

This build also has multiple damage types, which is great against Immunes and different tactical situations. Think of this build like an elemental spell caster with Fire and Cold Damage types. The Standard Variant shown on the right uses Immolation Arrow and Exploding Arrow for Fire 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

Immolation Arrow

explodingarrow

Pierce

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

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. FreezingArrow
2. IceArrow
3. ColdArrow
4. Immolation Arrow
5. Exploding 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 directly or is in range of the arrow's explosion. This Skill does not require Attack Rating to hit targets and Freeze them.

Immolation Arrow* is a backup Damage Skill that deals Fire Damage. This Skill can pierce targets and leaves an AOE Fire on the first target you hit.

Exploding Arrow* is a backup Damage Skill that deals Fire Damage. This Skill pierces targets and explodes on each target it hits, dealing AOE.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)

Utility

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

Note: This section provides you with the standard Stat Point allocation. Build Variants can require a different allocation!

Strength

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Strength your gear provides when equipped.

Dexterity

Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Dexterity your gear provides when equipped.

Vitality

Allocate any remaining Stat Points into Vitality after meeting Strength, Dexterity and Energy requirements.

Energy

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


Essentials

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 easily identify the Most Important Stats on them.

Hover over any Item to see a pop-out with the full Item description.

Gear/Base Notes: Any Items with specialized or niche uses have a superscript that refers 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
Mist Matriarchal Bow
Melody
Wizendraw
M'avina's Caster1
+x to All Skills
+x to Bow and Crossbow Skills [Amazon Only]
+x to Amazon Skills

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

+x to Attribute
All Resistances +x
Off-HandArrowsQuantity: x of 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
Wisdom
Shako
Valkyrie Wing
Nightwing's Veil
Andariel's Visage
Kira's Guardian
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% Piercing Attack
-x% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+x% to Cold Skill Damage

+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist 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
Death's Guard Demonhide Sash
Garnet Belt of the Whale
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x% 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 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 efficient farming locations that make use of the build’s strengths. Other farming spots might not be as effective due to immunities or bad layouts.

Anything that has a in the "Starter" column can be farmed with the Starter Variant.

Act 1

AreaStarterRewards
MausoleumAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
The Countess-Runes
Key of Terror
The Pit-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
AndarielUniques
Sets
Jewelry
The Secret Cow LevelRunes
Runeword Bases
Charms / Gems / Jewels

Act 2

AreaStarterRewards
Stony TombAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Ancient TunnelsAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Maggot Lair-All Item Types
Max Area Level

Act 3

AreaStarterRewards
Arachnid LairAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Travincal-Gearing
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Gold

Act 4

AreaStarterRewards
River of Flame-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Chaos Sanctuary-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Diablo-Uniques
Sets
Leveling (Level 97-99)

Act 5

AreaStarterRewards
PindleskinGearing
Gold
Leveling
NihlathakKey of Destruction
Leveling
(Level 97-99)
Worldstone Keep / Throne of Destruction-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Baal / Waves-Uniques
Sets
Max Area Level
Leveling
(Baal for Level 97-99)

Mercenary

Your Mercenary serves an incredibly important role to the overall success of your build. They can be a front line tank, provide a pivotal Aura, and/or deal Physical Damage to kill enemies with Immunity to your Skill set.

Act 2 Desert Mercenary

The Act 2 Desert Mercenary is 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

Use a Desert Mercenary with Might Aura to deal with enemies that are immune to your main damage source.
Equip him with Infinity to reduce enemy Resistances and Defense with Conviction Aura, drastically boosting damage.

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
(Ethereal)

The Mercenary is hard to keep alive until you have the minimum gear recommended in this guide. 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. 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. Keep that in mind and decide if the Mercenary is currently worth the cost.

Playstyle

General

  • Use Freezing Arrow to Freeze and kill monsters with icy attacks. This is fantastic for dense areas.
  • Before infinity, use an Insight on your Mercenary to reduce Mana problems. Silkweave also greatly help 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 procs on each target it hits, dealing massive AOE-damage.
  • Always keep a 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 Immolation Arrow and or Exploding 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 Fire or 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

Breakpoints in Diablo 2 are the minimum values required to reduce the frames of an action. Below are the important breakpoints considered for this build. For more information on the mechanics involved, check out our in-depth Resource: Breakpoints.

Increased Attack Speed (IAS)

Increased Attack Speed speeds up your attack animations. Weapon bases have different IAS breakpoints. Values for recommended weapon options provided below. Consult the d2planner for other bases.

Ice Matriarchal Bow

Frames1211109987
Freezing Arrow Gear IAS0822426075142

Faster Hit Recovery (FHR)

Faster Hit Recovery is not required for survivability in this build, but early breakpoints can be utilized.

Frames11109876543
FHR061320325286174600

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

Freezing Arrow Amazon aims to get as many + to Skills to increase our Cold Damage from freezing arrow. 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

Equip your Mercenary with a Body Armor and Helmet that provides Resistances and Life. Insight is an easy Runeword to make that gives a great amount of damage and Quality of Life with Meditation. Hire the Might Aura Mercenary for extra damage on the field.

Skills

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

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

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Standard

Setup

Freezing Arrow Amazon focuses on +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

Hire a Might Aura Mercenary for extra damage against Single Target and Cold Immunes. Infinity Giant Thresher pierces Resistances and even breaks some Cold Immunities. Andariel's Visage, and Fortitude provide the remaining damage and survivability needed.

Skills

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

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

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

M'avina's Battle Hymn

Setup

The Set Variant is fairly cheap, well-rounded, and also even makes your character glow! SHINY! Items and stats of interest include: Cannot be Frozen from Raven Frost, a great amount of damage with Fletcher's Grand Charm of Vita, and Rainbow Facet Jewels.

Mercenary

Hire a Might Aura Mercenary for extra damage against Single Target and Cold Immunes. Infinity Giant Thresher pierces Resistances and even breaks some Cold Immunities. Andariel's Visage, and Fortitude provide the remaining damage and survivability needed.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Pierce
2. Dodge
3. Avoid
4. Evade
5. Decoy
6. 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

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your 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 ImmolationArrow, 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!

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!


Credits

Written by BTNeandertha1
Reviewed by Teo1904

Changelog

Mar 17th 2022
Updated to Patch 2.4 - Standard Variant Changed - Added Immolation Arrow as Supplemental Hybrid Damage - Added Gear Options - Added Farming Spots - New Playstyle Stratigies - Reworked Build Variants - Updated Summary