Lightning Fury Amazon Guide

Introduction

The Lightning Fury/Charged Strike Amazon, aka “Javazon, is the most powerful and versatile Amazon build from mid-Nightmare onwards. The Javazon effortlessly plows through densely packed mobs with Lightning Fury, while simultaneously boasting unrivaled single target Damage with Charged Strike. From Cow culling to Boss melting, this lady is a meat grinder. She really puts on a show with Lightning Bolts scattering across the screen!

The Javazon primarily deals Lightning Damage with some Physical Damage mixed in. Lightning Immunity tends to be the easiest Immunity to break with Conviction Aura from an Infinity-equipped Mercenary. This positions the Lightning Fury Amazon as a farming powerhouse in the late-game. However, because most Hell areas contain Lightning Immune monsters, farming options are limited without Infinity. In spite of this, this build is also among the strongest starting options due to Lightning Fury's insane clear speed.

Ideal Standard Setup

Lightning Fury

Charged Strike

Jab

Teleport

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. It follows the progression of our Amazon Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.

Top Boss Killer ✔
Easy To Learn And Master ✔
Top-Tier Density Destroyer ✔
Clears All Content In Late-Game ✔

❌ Repetitive Skill Usage
❌ Slow Cast Animations
❌ Lack Of Damage Type Diversity
❌ Requires GG Gear For Full Potential


Skills

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Lightning Fury* is your Density Clearing Skill. It imbues your Javelins or Throwing Spears with Lightning Damage. Upon making contact with an enemy, its Lightning splits off into multiple projectiles seeking out nearby enemies. The number of these projectiles/Bolts is based on its Level.

Charged Strike* is your Boss/Single Target Skill. It emits Lightning Bolts at the tip of your Javelin or Spear Weapon, dealing concentrated Lightning Damage to an enemy at close range. The number of Bolts is based on its Level.

Jab* is your Back-up Skill for mobs that are Lightning Immune or that have too much Lightning Resistance even after applying Lower Resist or Conviction. It makes you lunge 3 "jabs" in quick succession with a Javelin or Spear Weapon, dealing Physical Damage to an enemy or enemies directly in front of you. Your Character is stuck in the attack animation until the 3 "jabs" have been completed.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)

Utility

Pierce* adds a % chance of your projectiles piercing through targets to others. This Passive Skill greatly boosts the effectiveness of Lightning Fury.

Dodge* provides a chance that you "Dodge" melee attacks while attacking or standing still. This negates any potential Damage from a melee attack completely.

Avoid* provides a chance that you "Dodge" ranged attacks and/or spells while attacking or standing still. This negates any potential damage from a ranged attack completely.

Evade* provides a chance that you "Dodge" an attack (any) while walking or running. This negates any potential damage from an attack completely.

Valkyrie* creates a Valkyrie Warrior which fights by your side, mainly serving to tank damage. Re-summon her if she dies.

Decoy* creates a replica of your Amazon with increased health at the location of your cursor. It remains in one spot, drawing monster attacks/abilities until it is destroyed or expires.

Slow Missiles* slows and reduces the damage from ranged enemies' attacks/projectiles when cast. This Skill also illuminates nearby enemies.

* 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 may require different allocations!

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

Do not allocate any Stat Points into Energy. Mana costs are covered by “x% Mana stolen per hit” and "Mana after each Kill" on your gear; they are also covered by Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, Mana Potions, and Redemption Aura provided by Phoenix on Weapon-Swap.


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 Notes: Any Items with specialized or niche uses have a superscript that refers here.
1) Ethereal Titan's Revenge is preferred if it can be backed-up by an additional Titan's Revenge or a Thunderstroke when low on Quantity. Don't worry, it cannot permanently break or disappear by reaching 0 Quantity. Upgrading this item from a Ceremonial Javelin to a Matriarchal Javelin (Titan's Revenge), while not required, boosts its Physical Damage output along with effective Leech from % Mana stolen per hit and % Life stolen per hit stats on your gear.
2) Use a Lower Resist Charge Wand on Weapon-Swap to reduce monster Lightning Resistance or break monster Lightning Immunity if you do not have Infinity or Plagues equipped on your Mercenary.
3) Equip Wizardspike and Spirit on Weapon-Swap for fast and safe Teleporting if Barbarian-granted Battle Orders is available.
4) Only use Naj's Puzzler or a Staff of Teleportation for Teleport Charges if you are not using Enigma.

SlotItem OptionsDesirable Stats
Weapon Ethereal Upgraded Titan's Revenge1
Ethereal Titan's Revenge1
Upgraded Titan's Revenge1
Titan's Revenge
Thunderstroke
Lancer's Javelin of Quickness
Rare Javelin
Javelin of Quickness
+x to Javelin and Spear Skills [Amazon Only]
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Enhanced Damage
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
-x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+x to Attribute
Increased Stack Size
Replenish Quantity
Ethereal
Off-HandSpirit Monarch
Stormshield (Ber Rune)
Stormshield (5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facet)
Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting (4x 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facets)
Gemmed Monarch (4x 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facets)
Sanctuary
Moser's Blessed Circle
Rhyme
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x% Faster Block Rate
x% Increased Chance of Blocking

-x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+x% to Lightning Skill Damage
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
Damage Reduced by x%

Cannot Be Frozen
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Weapon-Swap Call to Arms
Lower Resist Charge Wand2
Naj's Puzzler4
Teleport Charge Staff4
Harmony
Wizardspike3
Level 10 Vigor Aura When Equipped
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x to Battle Orders
+x to Battle Command

+x Mana
All Resistances +x
Level x Lower Resist [x/x Charges]
Level x Teleport [x/x Charges]
Off-Hand SwapPhoenix Monarch
Spirit Monarch
Ethereal Spirit Monarch
Lidless Wall
Stormshield
Moser's Blessed Circle
Ancients' Pledge
Level 10-15 Redemption Aura When Equipped
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x% Faster Block Rate
x% Increased Chance of Blocking
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
Damage Reduced by x%
HelmetsGriffon's Eye (Scintillating Jewel of Fervor)
Griffon's Eye (5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facet)
Griffon's Eye (Cham Rune)
Harlequin Crest
Valkyrie Wing
Kira's Guardian
Rockstopper
Tarnhelm
Peasant Crown
Wisdom
Lore
Gemmed Crown (3x Perfect Topazes)
Gemmed Crown (Ral Rune, Ort Rune, Thul Rune)
+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
Piercing Attack
+x% Mana stolen per hit
-x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+x% to Lightning 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 ArmorsEnigma
Chains of Honor
Treachery
Skullder's Ire
Gemmed Dusk Shroud (4x Perfect Topazes)
Duriel's Shell
Peace
Smoke
5% Chance to cast Level 15 Fade When Struck
+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%
Magic Damage Reduced by x
Cannot Be Frozen
+x to Life after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
GlovesRare Gloves
Rare Gloves
Lancer's Gloves of Alacrity
Caster Crafted Gloves
Death's Hand (2-Piece Death's Set)
Sander's Taboo
Laying of Hands
Coral Gloves of Alacrity
+x to Javelin and Spear 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 to Mana after each Kill
Poison Length Reduced by x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BeltsRazortail
Arachnid Mesh
Thundergod's Vigor
Goldwrap Battle Belt
Verdungo's Hearty Cord
Nosferatu's Coil
Death's Guard Demonhide Sash (2-Piece Death's Set)
Credendum
Garnet Belt of the Whale
+x to All Skills
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
Piercing Attack
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Lightning Fury [Amazon Only]
+x to Attribute
+x Life
Increased Maximum Mana x%
+x% to Maximum Lightning Resist
X Resist x%
+x Lightning Absorb
Damage Reduced by x%
Cannot Be Frozen
+x to Mana after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BootsWar Traveler
Aldur's Advance
Silkweave
Rare Boots
Rare Boots
Natalya's Soul
Garnet Boots of Acceleration
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x to Attribute
+x Life
Increased Maximum Mana x%
X Resist x%
+x to Mana after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Amulets Highlord's Wrath
The Cat's Eye
Caster Crafted Amulet
Caster Crafted Amulet
Mara's Kaleidoscope
Fortuitous Amulet of Luck
Chromatic Amulet
+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+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
RingsRaven Frost
Rare Ring
Rare Ring
Rare Ring
Rare Ring
Rare Ring
The Stone of Jordan
Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Nature's Peace
Dwarf Star
Manald Heal
Nagelring
Fortuitous Ring of Fortune
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Mana stolen per hit
+x% Life stolen per hit
Slain Monsters Rest in Peace
+x to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
Increased Maximum Mana x%
X Resist x%
Cold Absorb x%
Fire Absorb x%
Magic Damage Reduced by x
Cannot Be Frozen

+x to Mana after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
CharmsHarpoonist's Grand Charm of Vita
Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Balance
Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Inertia
Harpoonist's Grand Charm
Shimmering Grand Charm of Balance
Shimmering Grand Charm of Inertia
Shimmering Grand Charm
Resistance Grand Charm
Shimmering Large Charm of Vita
Large Charm of Vita
Shimmering Small Charm of Good Luck
Shimmering Small Charm of Vita
Shimmering Small Charm of Balance
Shimmering Small Charm of Inertia
Small Charm of Good Luck
Small Charm of Vita
Shimmering Small Charm
Resistance Small Charm
+x to Javelin and Spear Skills [Amazon Only]
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x Life
X Resist x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Unique CharmsAnnihilus
Amazon 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%
+x to Light Radius

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 Build Variant.

Act 1

AreaStarterRewards
The CountessRunes
Key of Terror
The PitAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
The Secret Cow LevelRunes
Runeword Bases
Charms / Gems / Jewels

Act 2

AreaStarterRewards
Arcane Sanctuary
(Specters/Super Chests)
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Jewelry
SummonerKey of Hate

Act 3

AreaStarterRewards
Ruined TempleAll Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
MephistoUniques
Sets

Act 4

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

Act 5

AreaStarterRewards
Eldritch the RectifierGearing
Gold
Leveling
Shenk the OverseerGearing
Gold
Leveling
PindleskinGearing
Gold
Leveling
Thresh Socket-Gearing
Gold
Drifter Cavern-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
Halls of Anguish / Halls of Pain-All Item Types
Leveling
Nihlathak-Key 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 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

Use a Desert Mercenary with Might Aura to increase the Physical Damage of Lightning Fury and Jab, and to deal with enemies that are Lightning Immune. A Holy Freeze Aura Mercenary can also be used for the Crowd Control it provides.
Equip him with Infinity to reduce enemy Resistances and Defense with its Conviction Aura, drastically boosting damage. This Aura is also capable of breaking Immunities, including most Lightning Immunes.

Gear Progression

Early-GameMid-GameEnd-Game
Insight
(Any Polearm)
Insight
(Ethereal Elite Polearm)
Infinity
(Ethereal Elite Polearm or Spear)
Smoke
(Any Body Armor)
Treachery
(Any Body Armor)
Fortitude
(Ethereal Body Armor, 700++ Base Defense)
Wormskull
(Helmet With Life Leech,
Resistances, and/or Life)
Tal Rasha's Horadric CrestAndariel's Visage
(Ethereal Preferred)

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

  • Keep additional Javelins in your inventory or Horadric Cube to minimize repair trip frequency.
  • Before starting your Magic Find/Experience run, cast Valkyrie. Recast Valkyrie as necessary to reposition it to your side and draw monster aggro.
  • If you have Harmony equipped on Weapon-Swap, use it for faster travel.
  • Gather/group nearby monsters as much as possible to maximize the effectiveness of Lightning Fury.
  • Cast Decoy and/or Slow Missiles when faced with dangerous ranged enemies.

For High Mob Density Farming:

  • When encountering high mob density or Elite Packs, use Lightning Fury to thin out your surroundings. Finish off any stragglers with Charged Strike before moving on.

For Bosses:

  • Make short work of Act Bosses, Uber Bosses, Diablo Clone, and isolated Elites by poking them down with Charged Strike. Position yourself in the 3, 6, 9 or 12 o’clock position to hit them with as many Lightning Bolts as possible.
  • Use a Lower Resist Charge Wand to cast Lower Resist on Bosses to reduce their Lightning Resistance before you have Infinity or Plagues equipped on your Mercenary.

Immunities

  • Before you have access to Infinity or Plagues, purchase a Lower Resist Charge Wand from Nightmare Drognan and equip it on your Weapon-Swap. Use Lower Resist to reduce enemy Resistances or break Immunities. Recharge this Wand using Gold at a repair vendor or the Chipped Gem + Ort Rune Horadric Cube Recipe.
  • Monsters still Lightning Immune while affected by Lower Resist or Conviction can be killed using Jab or by your Mercenary. You can also slowly kill groups of these monsters using Lightning Fury's Physical Damage. However, in many cases, skipping these mobs is best.
  • Always skip Unique monsters that are both highly Lightning and Physical Resistant or Immune.

Late-Game

  • Before starting your Magic Find/Experience run, first cast Battle Command 2 times and then Battle Orders once using Call to Arms. Refresh these buffs as soon as they expire (approx. every 2-3 minutes).
  • Use Teleport from Enigma to travel to your Farming Spot or between Elite Packs and pockets of high mob density. Teleport outpaces running despite the fact that Amazons have the worst Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints in the game.
  • Also use Teleport to reposition your Mercenary close to enemies to apply Conviction Aura from his Infinity, reducing their Resistances and breaking Lightning Immunities. This also helps with procing Lower Resist using Plagues.
  • To help sustain Life and Mana, switch to a Phoenix on Weapon-Swap after killing monsters to use its Redemption Aura on surrounding corpses. This is optional, as you can rely on high x% Life/Mana stolen per hit stats on your gear and/or Potions.
  • Keep a back-up Titan's Revenge or Thunderstroke in your inventory (inside the Horadric Cube to save space) to swap to when Quantity is depleted on your active weapon. This is especially important when using Ethereal Titan's Revenge, but also saves repair trips while using Thunderstroke or Non-Ethereal Titan's Revenge.
    Note: Ethereal Titan's Revenge persists and regenerates even after reaching 0 Quantity. This wasn’t always the case!

Optimal Loot/Experience Farming Strategies

  • The Secret Cow Level - The Standard Razortail 100% Chance to Pierce Javazon featured in this guide is designed for this farm. Lightning Fury's mechanics take full advantage of the densely packed Hell Bovines. Felled with ease, these legions of "Cows" are great sources of Runes, Charms, Jewels, Jewelry, Gems, and Runeword Bases. High Player Count games (/Players5-7 on Single Player) are optimal for this farm.
  • Arcane Sanctuary with 5-8 Players in the Game or /Players7 on Single Player - With no Lightning Immune mobs, "ghost hunting" in this Farming Spot is a highly effective strategy on this build. Even a Starter Lightning Fury Amazon can effectively farm this area (see "Build Variants" below). The Specters and Super Chests found here are incredible sources of Runes, Charms, Jewels, Jewelry, and Gems.
  • The Pit with 3-8 Players in the Game or /Players7 on Single Player - The densely packed low Life monsters in this Max Level Area are primed for slaughter by a Lightning Fury Amazon. Lightning Fury quickly turns this place into a bombed-out cave. The Dark Archers found here can be troublesome; use Slow Missiles to gain the upper hand! See the "Mobility/Magic Find" Build Variant below for the most optimal Pit farming setup.
  • Worldstone Keep/Throne of Destruction/Baal with 3-8 Players in the Game or /Players3-8 on Single Player - The Javazon is an unrivaled Baal killer, making a joke out of Baal and his Waves alike. Nothing gets her to Level 99 faster. She takes full advantage of WSK/Throne's high monster density for loot and Experience as well.

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.

Faster Cast Rate (FCR)

Faster Cast Rate speeds up your casting animation for spells. Aim for the 68% FCR Breakpoint for Enigma Teleport cast speed on the Standard Build. You don't need FCR if you are not using Enigma. Note: FCR only controls the animation speed of the Character, and not any internal Cooldowns spells have.

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FCR07142232486899152

Increased Attack Speed (IAS)

Increased Attack Speed speeds up your attack animations. Weapon Bases have different IAS Breakpoints. Reach the 52% IAS Breakpoint for Lightning Fury on the Standard Build. Consult the d2planner for other bases.

Titan's Revenge/Thunderstroke/Other Javelin Bases

Frames1413121110987
Lightning Fury IAS0616305289--
Charged Strike IAS---010265095

Faster Hit Recovery (FHR)

Faster Hit Recovery increases survivability. Aim for at least the 32% FHR Breakpoint. The 52% FHR Breakpoint is achieved with Spirit alone on the Standard Build.

Frames11109876543
FHR061320325286174600

Hardcore

For all Hardcore gameplay, your primary focus is increasing your Resistances, Damage Reduction, Chance to Block and Maximum Life. This can mean sacrificing overall power level for a more secure playstyle.

The Lightning Fury Amazon can become Hardcore viable with key changes to Gear, Stat Point allocation, and Skills. Review the changes below before building this character in Hardcore, as some of these changes differ significantly from the Standard Build.

Gear Changes

  • Damage Reduction: Equip Stormshield instead of Spirit. The % Damage Reduction and Increased Chance of Blocking granted by Stormshield both drastically improve your survivability. A setup using Stormshield socketed with a Ber Rune and either Enigma or Chains of Honor exceeds the 50% Damage Reduction cap. Given the high Dexterity requirements of a Lightning Fury Amazon's weapons, achieving maximum Chance to Block (75%) with Stormshield requires little additional investment.
  • Faster Cast Rate: Equip Arachnid Mesh instead of Razortail to achieve at least the 48% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on your main weapon loadout. This change helps maintain decent Teleport mobility while prioritizing Damage Reduction.
  • Stacking Resistances: Stack your Fire/Lightning/Cold Resistances beyond the default maximum values of 75 each (175 total in Hell). Stacking 85 additional Resistances in Hell completely negates the Conviction Aura of any Elite Boss or the Oblivion Knight's Lower Resist Curse. Beware of encountering both at the same time! Consider the primary damage type(s) of the monsters in the area you want to farm. Chains of Honor is a great Body Armor option for stacking Resistances on this build if you are willing to forgo Enigma Teleport. Boots, Jewelry, and Charms are also ideal sources of Resistances.
  • Faster Hit Recovery: Aim for at least the 32% Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoint with Charms and/or Boots. Faster Hit Recovery is not as important when going for maximum Chance to Block (75%). You mainly rely on the 32% Faster Block Rate Breakpoint attained by Stormshield.
  • Lightning Absorb: Equip Thundergod's Vigor when farming Worldstone Keep or Teleporting to the Throne of Destruction to avoid getting destroyed by the Burning Souls that often spawn there. Thundergod's Vigor additionally grants +3 to Lightning Fury, increasing your raw damage.

Stat Point Changes

  • Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear Stormshield.
  • Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%) while having Stormshield equipped.
  • Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Skill Point Changes

  • Allocate additional Skill Points into Pierce to achieve at least 82% Chance to Pierce without Razortail.

    See the "Hardcore" Build Variant below for additional suggestions and visuals.

Build Variants

Starter

Setup

In almost every regard, the Starter variant of the Lightning Fury Amazon is what you end up with by following the Amazon Leveling Guide. This setup meets the minimum gear requirements for farming the Starter tagged areas in the "Farming Spots" section above. These areas can be Solo-farmed by this setup (/Players1 on Single Player) in both Nightmare and Hell difficulty. The Starter build can even farm The Secret Cow Level with 3 Players in the game (/Players3). Prioritize Increased Attack Speed, Resistances, Faster Run/Walk, + to Skills, Life, and the Cannot Be Frozen stat on your gear. Achieving the 52% Increased Attack Speed (IAS) Breakpoint for Lightning Fury is ideal, while 30% IAS is needed at minimum. Depending on the farm, use a Lower Resist Charge Wand, Teleport Charge Staff, or Harmony on Weapon-Swap (or a combination thereof).

Mercenary

The Starter Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Insight for Mana Regeneration. This helps with Lightning Fury's high Mana cost. Mercenaries require Resistances, Life Leech, and/or Damage Reduction to stay alive. Smoke is a cheap Body Armor option for Resistances, while Wormskull is a Helmet that provides Life Leech.

Skills

Allocate enough Skill Points into Pierce to achieve 82% Chance to Pierce. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to wear your gear. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality. You can also choose to allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%) with Rhyme.

Budget

Setup

The Budget Lightning Fury Amazon achieves solid results with gear that is much easier to acquire than the gear on the Standard Build. This setup can farm the Starter tagged areas in the "Farming Spots" section above faster than the Starter one; it can also farm them on higher Player Count. These lower-end gear options still provide solid Attack Speed, Damage, Faster Run/Walk, Resistances, Damage Reduction, Life/Attributes, and the Cannot Be Frozen stat. Razortail allows this setup to achieve 100% Chance to Pierce. Just as with the Starter Build, use a Lower Resist Charge Wand, Teleport Charge Staff, or Harmony on Weapon-Swap (or a combination thereof) depending on the farm. The Budget variant achieves the 89% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Lightning Fury.

Mercenary

Because Infinity is a luxury your Budget Lightning Fury Amazon cannot afford, use an Insight on an Act 2 Might Mercenary for Mana Regeneration. Also use Treachery and Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest for the tank stats they provide. This Mercenary is better at surviving and dealing damage than the Starter one.

Skills

Achieve Level 9 Pierce with Razortail equipped. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

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

Standard

Setup

This is the Standard Best in Slot (BiS) Lightning Fury Amazon featured in the beginning of the guide. It is the balanced "jack-of-all-trades" version of the Javazon, capable of performing the most tasks well. This variant is the point of comparison for all other variants. It carefully balances Damage, Magic Find, and mobility. This is also the ideal setup for the Javazon's best Farming Spot: The Secret Cow Level. 100% Chance to Pierce made possible by Razortail maximizes the effectiveness of Lightning Fury for slaughtering dense herds of Hell Bovines (Cows). The Standard Build achieves the 52% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Lightning Fury and the 68% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint for Teleport mobility.

Mercenary

The Standard Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Infinity, Fortitude, and Andariel's Visage socketed with a Ruby Jewel of Fervor.

Skills

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

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

Mobility/Magic Find

Setup

This variant achieves the 99% Faster Cast Rate (FCR) Breakpoint for high Teleport cast speed. It also prioritizes Magic Find (MF) wherever possible. This setup excels at Teleporting to the Throne of Destruction (Baal) and farming areas which require long distance travel. Farming Spots such as The Pit, Arcane Sanctuary, Nihlathak, and Worldstone Keep are highly efficient on any Player Count. The Mobility/Magic Find Lightning Fury Amazon uses Arachnid Mesh and a Caster Crafted Amulet with at least 9% FCR or 19% FCR. It also stacks its inventory full of Magic Find Charms. Chance to Pierce, Attack Speed, and Damage are sacrificed for FCR and MF. You can also use a setup with Thunderstroke, Highlord's Wrath, Griffon's Eye socketed with a Cham Rune, and an extra 10% FCR Ring to achieve 52% IAS and not lose Attack Speed. This increases the frequency of repair trips, however. This build achieves the 30% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Lightning Fury and at least 82% Chance to Pierce.

Mercenary

Just as with the Standard Build, the Mobility/Magic Find Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Infinity, Fortitude, and Andariel's Visage socketed with a Ruby Jewel of Fervor.

Skills

You can choose to allocate additional Skill Points into Pierce for a higher Chance to Pierce without Razortail. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

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

Boss Killing

Setup

This variant is designed to kill Act Bosses (like Baal), Mini Ubers (like Lilith), and Diablo Clone as fast as possible using Charged Strike. It is also the best setup for killing Uber Diablo and Uber Baal. Killing Uber Mephisto requires the "Ubers" variant, however. The Boss Killing Lightning Fury Amazon stacks as much -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance and + to Skills as possible. It also achieves the 50% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Charged Strike and the 68% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap for Teleport mobility. Thunderstroke, Griffon's Eye socketed with a 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facet, and Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting socketed with 4x 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facets are the core of this setup. You can use a Gemmed Monarch, Stormshield, or even a Spirit if you have not acquired the ultra-rare Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting. Use a Lower Resist Charge Wand to further increase your damage against Mini Ubers and Diablo Clone.

Mercenary

The Boss Killing Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with an Infinity Mancatcher for fastest Attack Speed. This Base allows the Mercenary to proc Crushing Blow as often as possible. Treachery and Vampire Gaze socketed with a Scintillating Jewel of Fervor are used for high Attack Speed and survivability.

Skills

Because Charged Strike damage is the priority, max Lightning Fury last. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Charged Strike
2. Lightning Strike
3. Power Strike
4. Lightning Bolt
5. Lightning Fury

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and enough into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%). Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Ubers

Setup

The Ubers variant specializes in defeating the Uber Bosses, particularly Uber Mephisto, using Charged Strike. The "Boss Killing" variant is faster at killing the Mini Ubers, Uber Diablo, and Uber Baal. -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance, + to Skills, Damage Reduction, Resistances, and Life are priority stats on this setup. Use Stormshield if you have not acquired the ultra-rare Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting. Thundergod's Vigor and stacking Lightning Resistance allows this build to tank Uber Mephisto. Pre-buff Fade with Treachery prior to engaging the Ubers for massive boosts to Resistances and Damage Reduction. The Ubers Lightning Fury Amazon achieves the 50% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Charged Strike.

Mercenary

The Ubers Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 5 Frenzy Mercenary with 2x Plagues for their Lower Resist proc. This high Level Lower Resist is needed to break Uber Mephisto's Lightning Immunity. Vampire Gaze and Treachery make him tanky while avoiding high Defense.
Note: The Mercenary is notoriously hard to keep alive when facing Uber Bosses. Don't count on him always being alive.

Skills

Charged Strike damage and survivability are the focuses of this variant. Max Charged Strike and all of its Synergies. Allocate all remaining Skill Points into the Passive and Magic Skill Tree. Additional Skill Points into Dodge, Avoid, Evade, and Valkyrie improve your survivability. Lightning Fury is not used to kill the Ubers. Do not put Skill Points into Lightning Fury, Critical Strike, Penetrate, or Pierce.

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and enough into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%). Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Hardcore

Setup

For the Hardcore mode variant, aim for 50% Damage Reduction and maximum Chance to Block (75%) to guard against taking extreme amounts of Physical Damage. Additionally, overcap Resistances beyond the natural cap of 75% if possible to counteract hostile Conviction or Lower Resist. This setup achieves the 52% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Lightning Fury, the 48% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on its main weapon loadout for Teleport mobility, and at least 82% Chance to Pierce. Consult the "Hardcore" section for more detailed information.

Mercenary

Just as with the Standard Build, the Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Infinity, Fortitude, and Andariel's Visage socketed with a Ruby Jewel of Fervor. A Defiance Mercenary may be preferred for the Defense boost. You can also use a Holy Freeze Mercenary for Crowd Control.

Skills

You can choose to allocate additional Skill Points into Pierce for a higher Chance to Pierce without Razortail. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and enough into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%). Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup
This is the "Standard" Best in Slot (BiS) Lightning Fury/Charged Strike Amazon featured in the beginning of the guide. It is the balanced "jack-of-all-trades" version of the Javazon, capable of performing the most tasks well. This variant is the point of comparison for all other variants. It is also the ideal setup for the Lightning Fury Amazon's overall strongest Farming Spot: The Secret Cow Level. In combination with 1 Skill Point into Pierce, Razortail allows us to achieve 100% Chance to Pierce, which is perfect for shredding dense Hell Bovine herds. It also allows us to comfortably max Lightning Fury and all of its Synergies for maximum sheet damage. The rest of this setup balances damage output and mobility for optimal The Secret Cow Level clear speed and high performance nearly everywhere else.

Mercenary
The "Standard" Mercenary uses an Infinity, Fortitude, and Andariel's Visage socketed with a Jewel providing 15% Increased Attack Speed and Fire Resist +30%.

Skills
The "Standard" Lightning Fury Amazon primarily puts Skill Points into the Javelin and Spear Tree.

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:

1. Jab
2. Pierce
3. Slow Missiles

Max out the following Skills in this order (20 Points each):

1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Attributes
For the "Standard" variant, only allocate enough Strength and Dexterity to wear your gear. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.


Video Guide

Video Guide by DarkHumility

Mechanics

Teleport

  • Teleport instantly moves you to a selected square on the visible screen in which you can stand. The game tries to place you within a small radius around your cursor even if it would be impeded normally.
  • Teleport is not obstructed by walls or other impediments but can fail if your cursor is not completely passed those impediments when cast. Your Mercenary and Valkyrie travel with you.
  • You can “extend” the visible screen by opening UI-windows like the Inventory or the Character screen. Continuously cast Teleport and drag your mouse to the edge of your screen.
  • The Mana cost of Teleport decreases with additional Skill Levels down to 1 Mana per cast.
  • You can use “ESC” to open the menu in single player to pause the game after a Teleport to determine if you are safe.
  • Teleport cast speed is affected by the Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint that you achieve with your gear.

Lightning Fury

  • The speed of this Skill is based on Attack Speed.
  • Can only be used with the weapon types Javelin and Spear.
  • Lightning Damage is added to the Javelin.
  • Lightning Bolts are released upon impact or expiry, aimed at targets within 10 yards. While the maximum of Lightning Bolts released scales with the Skill Level (slvl), the number of actually released Lightning Bolts depends on the target number within the radius.
  • A target can be hit by multiple Lightning Bolts of a single use.
  • Pierce can increase the potential Damage output to the extreme. A Skill Level 39 Lightning Fury theoretically can lead to up to 200 Lightning Bolts: to reach this, the initially thrown target needs to pierce 4 times and hit the maximum of 5 targets, while 40 targets are in the 10 yards radius.
  • The minimum Lightning Damage is not affected by Synergies.

Scaling


Mana Cost

Formula

Mana Cost = 9.5 * slvl + 0.5


Lightning Damage

slvl 1-8:
slvl 9-16:
slvl 17-22:
slvl >22:

base Lightning Damage = (20 * slvl) + 20
base Lightning Damage = (30 * slvl) - 60
base Lightning Damage = (40 * slvl) - 220
base Lightning Damage = (50 * slvl) - 440


Synergies

+% Lightning Damage = 1 * (Power Strike.blvl + Lightning Bolt.blvl + Charged Strike.blvl + Lightning Strike.blvl)

Charged Strike

  • The speed of this Skill is based on Attack Speed.
  • Adds Lightning Damage to a regular Attack which release a number of Charged Bolts with the same Lightning Damage in the direction of the attack.
  • While the "hit part" of this Skill relies on a successful hit check to apply its Damage, the emitted bolts always get released and cannot be blocked.
  • Can only be used with the weapon types Javelin and Spear.
  • The number of bolts emitted increases every 5 Skill Levels (slvl), starting with 3 at Skill Level 1:
    # of Bolts = 3 + (slvl / 5)
  • The bolts of lightning can "shotgun", meaning multiple bolts can hit the same target. The amount of bolts that hit a target depends on the target size:
    • Bolts do not hit size 1 targets.
    • A size 3 target usually gets hit by every bolt.
    • The number of bolts hitting a size 2 target depend on the attack angle.
  • These factors in mind, it generally is best to attack a target that is at the 12, 3, 6 or 9 o'clock position from your Amazon.
  • The calculation for the added base Lightning Damage (before Synergies) depends on the Skill Level (slvl). While the minimum Lightning Damage will always stay 1, the maximum damage scales with these formulas:

slvl 1-8:
slvl 9-16:
slvl 17-22:
slvl 23-28:
slvl >28:

base Lightning Damage = 18 + (12 x slvl)
base Lightning Damage = (16 x slvl) -14
base Lightning Damage = (20 x slvl) - 78
base Lightning Damage = (24 x slvl) - 166
base Lightning Damage = (28 x slvl) - 278

  • Synergy bonuses don't increase the minimum Lightning Damage.
  • Synergies apply the maximum Lightning Damage as a single multiplier. To calculate the +% Lightning Damage you have to sum up the base Levels (blvl) of Power Strike, Lightning Bolt, Lightning Strike, and Lightning Fury:
    +% Lightning Damage = 10 x (Power Strike.blvl + Lightning Bolt.blvl + Lightning Strike.blvl + Lightning Fury.blvl)

Jab

  • The speed of this Skill is based on Attack Speed.
  • Enemies targeted by this Skill are struck by 3 consecutive hits.
  • Requires a successful hit check to apply Damage.
  • Can only be used with the weapon types Javelin and Spear.
  • It cannot be interrupted by Blocking, Casting, Hit Recovery, being Knocked Back or Stunned after the first hit has been executed.
  • The Mana costs increase by 0.25 with each Skill Level (slvl), starting at 2 Mana on Skill Level 1.
    Mana Cost = 1.75 + (0.25 x slvl)
  • The bonus % Attack Rating increases by 9% with each Skill Level, starting at 10% on Skill Level 1.
    +% Attack Rating = 1 + (9 x slvl)
  • The bonus % Damage increases by 3% with each Skill Level, starting at -15% on Skill Level 1.
    +% Damage = (3 x slvl) - 18

Summary

  • The Lightning Fury Amazon or Javazon is the overall strongest Amazon build in both the early and late-game, destroying both high-density mobs and Bosses alike. Take advantage of high mob density areas with Lightning Fury and evaporate Bosses with Charged Strike.
  • Hell can be obliterated with Lightning Damage after equipping Infinity on your Mercenary.
  • Building a Javazon requires a fine balance between Increased Attack Speed, Faster Cast Rate, +x to Skills, -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance, Magic Find, Life/Mana sustain, and survivability stats.
  • The Lightning Fury Amazon is the #1 The Secret Cow Level farmer and one of the fastest Baal killers. Take advantage of these Farming Spots to get maximum value from this build.
  • Remember to Repair and/or swap out your Javelins!

We hope you enjoy this build! Get Cow tipping for Ber Runes. Dominate Baal Runs! Nothing can stand between you and your loot on a Lightning Fury/Charged Strike Amazon.

Good luck!


Credits

Written by DarkHumility
Reviewed by Teo1904 and Lexyu


Changelog

Apr 25th 2022
Updated to Patch 2.4