Lightning Strike Amazon Guide

Introduction

Vaporizing enemies with a vengeance, the Lightning Strike/Charged Strike Amazon is shockingly powerful. She's got a deadly current that decimates foes with lightning speed. Lightning Strike tears through dense packs of mobs, proving more effective than Lightning Fury at dealing with spread out enemies. Her Charged Strike is also even more formidable than that of the Lightning Fury Amazon, her sister build. Bosses, including Uber Bosses, melt before her. This Amazon boasts record-breaking Boss killing speed.

Wielding an Infinity Matriarchal Spear in the late-game, there is practically nothing the Lightning Strike Amazon cannot shred. Having insane -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance allows this build to effortlessly plow through the most Lightning Resistant mobs. This includes Lightning Immune monsters whose Immunity is broken by Infinity's Conviction Aura. She performs the Electric Slide with amazing grace. If you want a little danger and a lot of fun, this lady will lead the way!

Ideal Standard Setup


Lightning Strike


Charged Strike


Jab


Teleport

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.

Fun Playstyle ✔
Fastest Boss Killer ✔
Great Density Destroyer ✔
Easy To Learn And Master ✔
Clears All Content In Late-Game ✔

Dangerous Playstyle
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. Critical Strike
3. Penetrate
4. Slow Missiles
5. Decoy

Put 3-5 Skill Points into the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade

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

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Lightning Strike* is your Density Clearing Skill. Each attack with a Javelin or Spear Weapon starts a Lightning Chain that seeks out nearby targets until reaching its maximum number of "hits" (based on its Level). It can seek new targets or double back on previous ones in the process. This Skill deals Lightning Damage each time it passes through an enemy.

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 Conviction or Lower Resist. 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

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.

Critical Strike* adds a % chance to deal double Physical Damage with your attacks. It significantly increases Jab's damage. This chance increases with Skill Level.

Penetrate* grants Attack Rating based on Skill Level. This is particularly important for Jab, but improves the effectiveness of your Mana Leech and Life Leech with all attacks.

* 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

Don't allocate any Stat Points into Energy. This build gets enough Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, and Mana Potions. The “x% Mana stolen per hit” stat on your gear provides reliable Mana sustain.


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) 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 equipped.
2) Only use Naj's Puzzler or a Staff of Teleportation for Teleport Charges if you are not using Enigma.
3) Equip Wizardspike and Spirit on Weapon-Swap for fast and safe Teleporting if Barbarian-granted Battle Orders is available.

SlotItem OptionsDesirable Stats
WeaponInfinity Matriarchal Spear
Thunderstroke
Ethereal Upgraded Titan's Revenge
Upgraded Titan's Revenge
Titan's Revenge
Javelin of Quickness
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+x to Javelin and Spear Skills [Amazon Only]
+x to Amazon Skills

+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Enhanced Damage
+x% Life stolen per hit
-x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+x% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
+x to Attribute
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Replenish Quantity
Ethereal
Off-HandNone
Spirit 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
None
+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-SwapCall to Arms
Lower Resist Charge Wand1
Naj's Puzzler2
Teleport Charge Staff2
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-SwapSpirit Monarch+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
HelmetsGriffon's Eye (5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facet)
Griffon's Eye (Cham Rune)
Griffon's Eye (Scintillating Jewel of Fervor)
Crown of Ages (Cham Rune + Ber Rune)
Crown of Ages (2x 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facets)
Harlequin Crest
Valkyrie Wing
Kira's Guardian
Rockstopper
Peasant Crown
Tarnhelm
Lore
Artisan's Crown (3x Perfect Topazes)
Artisan's 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
-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
Socketed [x]
Body ArmorEnigma
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
Lancer's Gloves of Alacrity
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 Resist x%
Poison Length Reduced by x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BeltsThundergod's Vigor
Arachnid Mesh
Verdungo's Hearty Cord
Goldwrap Battle Belt
Death's Guard Demonhide Sash (2-Piece Death's Set)
Rare Belt
Credendum
Coral Belt of the Squid
+x to All Skills
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Lightning Strike [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% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BootsWar Traveler
Rare Boots
Rare Boots
Aldur's Advance
Natalya's Soul
Ruby Boots of Acceleration
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x to Attribute
+x Life
X Resist x%
+x to Mana after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
AmuletsHighlord's Wrath
The Cat's Eye
Mara's Kaleidoscope
Chromatic Amulet
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x to Attribute
X Resist x%
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
Nagelring
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x to Attack Rating
+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% 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

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
Travincal-Gearing
Runes
Charms / Gems / Jewels
Gold
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
Pindleskin-Gearing
Gold
Leveling
Thresh Socket-Gearing
Gold
Drifter Cavern-All Item Types
Max Area Level
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 1 Rogue Mercenary

Her Arrow Skill options are Fire (using Exploding Arrow and Fire Arrow) and Cold (using Freezing Arrow and Cold Arrow). Both options alternate between their 2 Skills, dealing AoE damage with Exploding Arrow and Freezing Arrow respectively. Freezing Arrow additionally Freezes enemies, providing a great deal of Crowd Control. An Act 1 Mercenary also casts Inner Sight, which lowers the Defense of affected enemies. She can be equipped with a Bow, a Body Armor and a Helmet.

Freezing Arrow Faith

Faith, Freezing Arrow

Equip the Rogue with Faith to benefit from Fanaticism (Level 12-15). This Aura increases your Attack Speed and Physical Damage depending on its Level. A Cold Act 1 Mercenary is used for Crowd Control.

Gear Progression

Early-GameMid-GameEnd-Game
Act 2 Holy Freeze MercenaryAct 2 Holy Freeze MercenaryAct 1 Cold Mercenary
Insight
(Any Polearm)
Insight
(Ethereal Elite Polearm)
Faith
Smoke
(Any Body Armor)
Treachery
(Any Body Armor)
Shaftstop
(Ethereal Upgraded Preferred)
Wormskull
(Helmet With Life Leech,
Resistances, and/or Life)
Tal Rasha's Horadric CrestVampire Gaze
(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

  • 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.
  • 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 Strike on the closest mob until most nearby monsters are dead. 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 if you don't have Infinity Matriarchal Spear equipped.

Immunities

  • Before you have access to Infinity Matriarchal Spear, 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. However, in many cases, skipping these mobs is best.
  • Always skip Unique monsters that are both Lightning and Physical 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.

Optimal Loot/Experience Farming Strategies

  • 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 quickly vaporized by a Lightning Strike Amazon. Even the Lightning Immune Dark Archers melt with Infinity Matriarchal Spear equipped. See the "Mobility" Build Variant below for the most optimal Pit farming setup.
  • Chaos Sanctuary with 3-8 Players in the Game or /Players3-8 on Single Player - Infinity Matriarchal Spear allows this build to melt this choice Max Level Area that has high Lightning Resistance/Lightning Immunity.
  • Worldstone Keep/Throne of Destruction/Baal with 3-8 Players in the Game or /Players3-8 on Single Player - This lady kills Baal in a split second. His Waves are also flattened with little effort. She takes full advantage of WSK/Throne's high monster density for loot and Experience as well.
  • Ubers - The Lightning Strike Amazon is currently the fastest Uber Boss killer in the game. Full power Charged Strike with insanely high -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance makes the Ubers (including Uber Mephisto) look like a joke (see the "Ubers" Build Variant below).

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 Weapon-Swap 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.

Frames191817161514131211
FCR07142232486899152

Increased Attack Speed (IAS)

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

Infinity Matriarchal Spear

Frames151413121110109
Lightning Strike IAS091830487586125
Lightning Strike IAS (Level 15 Fanaticism)---02152037
Frames151413121110109
Charged Strike IAS091830487586125
Charged Strike IAS (Level 15 Fanaticism)---02152037

Titan's Revenge/Thunderstroke/Other Javelin Bases

Frames111099877
Lightning Strike IAS01026425095142
Lightning Strike IAS (Level 15 Fanaticism)---032444
Frames111099877
Charged Strike IAS01026425095142
Charged Strike IAS (Level 15 Fanaticism)---032444

Faster Hit Recovery (FHR)

Faster Hit Recovery increases survivability. Aim for at least the 32% FHR Breakpoint.

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 Strike Amazon can become Hardcore viable with key changes to your Gear. 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: A setup using Crown of Ages socketed with Cham Rune and Ber Rune, Verdungo's Hearty Cord, and Enigma achieves 46% Damage Reduction. You can still achieve decent Damage Reduction using Crown of Ages socketed with 2x 5/5 Lightning Rainbow Facets or Harlequin Crest in the Helmet slot if you prefer to have more Damage or Magic Find respectively.
  • 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. Crown of Ages is the best Helmet option for stacking Resistances; it also enables you to reach the 52% and 86% Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints. Gloves, Boots, Charms, and Jewelry are also ideal sources of Resistances.

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

Build Variants

Starter

Setup

The Starter variant of the Lightning Strike Amazon 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. Titan's Revenge and Thunderstroke are great budget weapons on this build. Prioritize Increased Attack Speed, Resistances, Faster Run/Walk, + to Skills, Life, and the Cannot Be Frozen stat on your gear. Achieving the 95% Increased Attack Speed (IAS) Breakpoint for both Lightning Strike and Charged Strike is ideal, while 50% IAS is recommended at minimum. Depending on the farm, use a Lower Resist Charge Wand, Teleport Charge Staff, or Harmony on Weapon-Swap (or a combination thereof). Follow the Amazon Leveling Guide to get your Amazon to Level 75.

Mercenary

The Starter Lightning Strike Amazon uses an Act 2 Holy Freeze Mercenary with Insight for Crowd Control and Mana Regeneration. Mercenaries require Resistances, Life Leech, and/or Damage Reduction to stay alive. Smoke is a cheap Body Armor option for Resistances, while Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest is a Helmet that provides both Resistances and Life Leech.

Skills

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

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

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.

Standard

Setup

This is the Standard Best in Slot (BiS) Lightning Strike Amazon featured in the beginning of the guide. It is the balanced "jack-of-all-trades" version of this build, 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. The insane amount of -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance on this setup enables her to farm areas such as Chaos Sanctuary and Travincal with ease. Even areas like the Mausoleum and Maggot Lair become possible on this build. Unlike with a Mercenary Infinity, Infinity Matriarchal Spear's -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance stat applies to your damage. Swapping in Arachnid Mesh and Lancer's Gloves of Alacrity optimizes this variant for Act Boss killing. The Standard Build achieves maximum Attack Speed for Lightning Strike and Charged Strike, and the 68% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap for Teleport mobility.

Mercenary

The Standard Lightning Strike Amazon uses an Act 1 Cold Mercenary with Faith, Shaftstop, and Vampire Gaze. The Fanaticism Aura from Faith allows this build to reach maximum Attack Speed.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Jab
2. Critical Strike
3. Penetrate
4. Slow Missiles
5. Decoy

Put 3-5 Skill Points into the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade

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

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

Setup

This variant achieves the 99% Faster Cast Rate (FCR) Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap for high Teleport cast speed at the expense of some Damage. This setup excels at Teleporting to the Throne of Destruction (Baal) and farming areas which require long distance travel. The Mobility Lightning Strike Amazon uses Arachnid Mesh, 2x 10% Faster Cast Rate Rings, and Griffon's Eye socketed with a Cham Rune to maintain the Cannot Be Frozen stat. Just like the Standard Build, the Mobility variant achieves maximum Attack Speed for Lightning Strike and Charged Strike.

Mercenary

Just as with the Standard Build, the Mobility Lightning Strike Amazon uses an Act 1 Cold Mercenary with Faith, Shaftstop, and Vampire Gaze.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Jab
2. Critical Strike
3. Penetrate
4. Slow Missiles
5. Decoy

Put 3-5 Skill Points into the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade

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

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.

Ubers

Setup

The Ubers variant specializes in defeating the Uber Bosses, particularly Uber Mephisto, using Charged Strike. The Standard Build is slightly 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. 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 Strike Amazon achieves the 48% Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint for Charged Strike.

Mercenary

The Ubers Lightning Strike 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 it always being alive.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Jab
2. Critical Strike
3. Penetrate
4. Slow Missiles
5. Decoy

Put 3-5 Skill Points into the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade

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

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.

Hardcore

Setup

For the Hardcore mode variant, aim for solid Damage Reduction 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 maximum Attack Speed for Lightning Strike and Charged Strike, and the 48% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint on Weapon-Swap for Teleport mobility. Consult the "Hardcore" section for more detailed information.

Mercenary

Just as with the Standard Build, the Hardcore Lightning Strike Amazon uses an Act 1 Cold Mercenary with Faith, Shaftstop, and Vampire Gaze.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Jab
2. Critical Strike
3. Penetrate
4. Slow Missiles
5. Decoy

Put 3-5 Skill Points into the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade

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

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.


Video Guide

Video Guide by DarkHumility

Summary

  • Equipping Infinity Matriarchal Spear is what makes this build powerful and unique. Unlike using Infinity on the Mercenary, both the Conviction Aura and -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance apply to your own damage.
  • Use Lightning Strike to shred groups of monsters and Charged Strike to decimate Act Bosses, Uber Bosses, Diablo Clone, and other single targets. Jab is handy for killing Lightning Immune mobs that refuse to break.
  • Dodge, Avoid, and Evade make this build deceptively tanky, even without a Shield. Smart use of Valkyrie, Decoy, and Slow Missiles can further reduce the damage you take.
  • Use Titan's Revenge or Thunderstroke for decent effectiveness before acquiring Infinity Matriarchal Spear.
  • The Lightning Strike Amazon is the fastest Boss killer in the game. Kill Diablo, Baal, and Uber Bosses to make the most of her insane Charged Strike.
  • There is virtually nothing the Lightning Strike Amazon cannot farm while wielding Infinity Matriarchal Spear. Take her for a spin in the Mausoleum!

We hope you enjoy this build! Nothing can stand in her way...not even Lightning Immunes. Melt bosses like regular mobs and everything else along the way!

Good luck!


Credits

Written by DarkHumility
Reviewed by Teo1904


Changelog

Apr 22nd 2022
Updated to Patch 2.4