Plague Javelin Amazon Guide

Poison Javelin Amazon

Introduction

The Poison Javelin Amazon primarily focuses on dealing Poison Damage as Damage Over Time (DOT). This is great for being able to attack and move on to other targets, adding a consistent flow of gameplay. This build specializes in farming The Secret Cow Level which is very dense, and cows are weak to Poison Damage. Ambitious players can even venture into the Chaos Sanctuary, but she really shines in wide open areas.

Poison Javelin Amazon uses Plague Javelin for mass Area Of Effect (AOE) Poison Damage, Charged Strike for any time you need Lightning Damage, and Jab for Physical Damage. Our Passive Skills Decoy and Valkyrie provide us with decent survivability allows us to keep a distance from our enemies. In addition to protection, the Mercenary also increases our Elemental and Poison Damage with his Lower Resistance proc from the new Runeword Plague.





Ideal Standard Setup

Plague Javelin

Charged Strike

Jab

Evade

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.

Relatively Safe ✔
Beginner Friendly ✔
Excellent Cow Farmer ✔
Multiple Damage Types ✔

❌ Can Lack Mobility
❌ Repetitive Gameplay

❌ Limited Farming Areas
Expensive Top End Gear



Skills

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Charged Strike
4. PowerStrike
5. Lightning Strike

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Plague Javelin* is your primary Damage Skill. It has a short cooldown and leaves a trail of Poison Damage behind its travel path. When the Javelin stops traveling, it releases a larger cloud of Poison AoE damage. DOTs prevent a monster from healing until the effect expires.

Charged Strike* is your secondary Damage Skill. This Skill emits Charged Bolts which deal concentrated Lightning Damage to the initial target and targets behind it.

Jab* is a back up Skill that deals melee Physical Damage with 3 attacks in rapid succession.

* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)

Utility

Impale* is a slow attack skill that uses a lot of durability, but Always Hits and is Uninterruptible. This Skill Slows monsters by a percent. It's also used to apply certain effects like Open Wounds or Crushing Blow for niche scenarios.

Slow Missiles* slows ranged attacks in a large radius and grants Physical Damage Reduction when cast.

Critical Strike* grants a chance to double Physical Damage on Attack Skills. Though this build does not rely on this damage type, it boosts your average Jab damage.

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

Pierce* is a very important Skill for this build. It allows your Projectiles (Arrows/Javelins) to pass through your enemies and hit the ones behind as well. You can Pierce up to 5 targets.

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.

* Faster Cast Rate Skills (FCR)
* Increased Attack Speed Skills (IAS)
* 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) Wizardspike is great for your Weapon-Swap, allowing you to get around faster with Teleport.

SlotItem OptionsDesirable Stats
WeaponTitan's Revenge
Lancer's Javelin of Quickness
Rare Matriarchal Javelin
Maiden Javelin of Swiftness
+x to Javelin and Spear 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 Attribute
Replenishes Quantity
Off-HandHead Hunter's Glory Troll Nest (3x Rainbow Facet)
Spirit
Stormshield
Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting
(4x Rainbow Facet)
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 Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
Damage Reduced by x%
Cannot Be Frozen
Weapon-Swapdeath’sweb
Call to Arms
Lower Resist Charge Wand
Wizardspike1
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x to Battle Orders
+x to Battle Command
+x to Battle Cry
+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
Crown of Ages Corona
Kira's Guardian
Rockstopper
+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 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 ArmorBramble Dusk Shroud
Enigma
Chains of Honor
Duriel's Shell
Treachery
Peace
Smoke
Stealth
+x to All Skills
+x to Amazon Skills
+ x% Faster Run Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed

+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x% to Poison Skill Damage
+x to Teleport
+x to Attribute
+x Life
Increase Maximum Mana x%
+x% to Maximum Cold Resist
X Resist x%
Damage Reduced by x%
+x to Life after each Kill
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
GlovesRare Gloves
Lancer's Gloves of Alacrity
Laying of Hands
Sander's Taboo
Magnus' Skin
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% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
BeltsRazortail
Arachnid Mesh
Nosferatu's Coil
Goldwrap Battle Belt
Death's Guard Demonhide Sash
Credendum
Garnet Belt of the Whale
+x to All Skills
+x% Faster Run/Walk
+x% Increased Attack Speed
+x% Faster Cast Rate
+x% Faster Hit Recovery
+x% Piercing Attack
+x% Life stolen per hit
+x to Attribute
X Resist x%
Cannot Be Frozen
+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 to Attribute
+x Life
+x Mana
X Resist x%
x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
RingsRaven 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 Javelin and Spear 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
The Pit-All Item Types
Max Area Level
Leveling
The Secret Cow LevelRunes
Runeword Bases
Charms / Gems / Jewels

Act 5

AreaStarterRewards
Eldritch the RectifierGearing
Gold
Leveling
Shenk the OverseerGearing
Gold
Leveling

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 5 Barbarian

The Act 5 Barbarian is hired from Qual-kehk.
The Barbarian can be equipped with a One-Handed or Two-Handed Sword, a Body Armor and a Helmet (Including Barbarian Class Helmets). He attacks with Bash, Stun and uses BattleCry to lower enemy Defense and Damage.
Equip this Mercenary with Plague Phase Blade for a Cleansing Aura and a 20% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. Lower Resist increases your Elemental and Poison Damage dealt to enemies, and can even break some Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze and Shaftstop for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist casts.

Bash, Plague

Gear Progression

This Mercenary is only recommended with these items:

  • Weapon: Plague Phase Blade
  • Body Armor: Shaftstop
  • Helmet: Vampire Gaze

Plague, Bash

We recommend the Bash version due to his utilization of BattleCry decreasing the damage he receives from enemies.
Plague provides us with a Level 13-17 Cleansing Aura which reduces the duration of Poison or Curses. It also has a 20% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck.

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 Plague Javelin in dense areas with lots of monsters. Lead your shot to the side of enemy groups and kite them into the created Poison clouds to slay them with Damage over Time (DOT). 
  • Use Valkyrie and Decoy to take the heat off of you, tanking any high-danger monsters and boss packs.
  • Cast Slow Missiles to slow ranged attacks and reduce the target's Physical Damage.
  • Kite enemies to group up behind each other. With 100% Chance to Pierce you can get Plague Javelin to hit multiple enemies in the cluster.
  • Keep a distance from your enemies. This build is generally squishy and can either get stuck in Faster Hit Recovery or just die when your allies are not around or tanking for you.

Immunities

  • Use Charged Strike and your Mercenary to deal with Poison Immunes.
  • Use a Wand of Lower Resistance to reduce enemy's Poison Resistance and increase your damage.

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.
  • Use your Mercenary as an enticing piñata, making enemies group up and hit him. This gives the best chance to proc Lower Resist to help increase your Poison and Lightning Damage.
  • [Alternative damage method] - Immediately after you cast Plague Javelin swap to death'sweb for additional DOT.

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.

Titan's Revenge Ceremonial Javelin

Frames24232221
Poison Javelin Gear IAS042360

Faster Hit Recovery (FHR)

Faster Hit Recovery increases survivability. Aim for at least the 86% FHR Breakpoint.

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.

Stat Point Changes

  • We put enough into Strength to wear gear, as well as enough Stat Points into Dexterity to maintain 75% Chance to Block with Stormshield. Everything else goes into Vitality.

Item Changes

  • Be sure to keep your Resistances over capped with up to 135% additional Resistance against Conviction and Lower Resist.
  • Stormshield
  • Crown of Ages
  • Sandstorm Trek
  • Rare Ring
  • Shimmering Small Charm of Vita

Build Variants

Starter

Setup

The Poison Javelin Amazon aims to get as many + to Skills for Plague Javelin. Harpoonist's Sharkskin Gloves of Alacrity, Maiden Javelin of Swiftness from Vendors, and Peace 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 Cannot be Frozen and Pierce, 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. Critical Strike
2. Penetrate
3. Slow Missiles
4. Decoy
5. Valkyrie
6. Dodge
7. Avoid
8. Evade
9. Jab

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Pierce (enough Skill Points to hit 100% Pierce with Gear)
4. Charged Strike
5. PowerStrike
6. Lightning Strike

Attributes

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

Standard

Setup

The Poison Javelin Amazon uses +x% to Poison Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Poison Resistance, and +x to Javelin Skills for more damage. We also aim to hit 86% Faster Hit Recovery total with our gear. Though Increased Attack Speed is helpful, we don't aim for a specific Breakpoint here. The main goal is to stay at a range, attack occasionally while kiting mobs through the Poison clouds. Use Charged Strike to deal with Poison Immunes and deal Lightning Damage whenever necessary.

Mercenary

Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability and Damage. Equip him with Plague Phase Blade for a Cleansing Aura and a 20% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. This increases your Elemental and Poison Damage and breaks some Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze and Shaftstop for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist casts.

Skills

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Charged Strike
4. PowerStrike
5. Lightning Strike

Attributes

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

Hardcore

Setup

In this variant our main focus is to stack more survivability. We accomplish this by having Crown of Ages and Stormshield for both Resistances and Physical Damage Reduction. +x% to Poison Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Poison Resistance, and +x to Javelin Skills are still important for increased damage. We aim to hit 86% Faster Hit Recovery total with our gear. Though Increased Attack Speed is helpful, we don't aim for a specific Breakpoint here. The main goal is to stay at a range and attack while kiting mobs through the Poison clouds.

Use Charged Strike to deal with Poison Immunes and deal Lightning Damage. Use SlowMissiles for more Physical Damage Reduction and Crowd Control when needed.

Mercenary

Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability and Damage. Equip him with Plague Phase Blade for a Cleansing Aura and a 20% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. This increases your Elemental and Poison Damage and breaks some Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze and Shaftstop for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist casts.

Skills

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Charged Strike
4. PowerStrike
5. Lightning Strike

Attributes

Put enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear, Dexterity to reach 75% Chance to Block, and the remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Damage

Setup

The Poison Javelin Amazon uses +x% to Poison Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Poison Resistance, and Javelin Skills for more damage. We also aim to hit 86% Faster Hit Recovery total with our gear. Though Increased Attack Speed is helpful, we don't aim for a specific Breakpoint here. After casting Plague Javelin swap to death'sweb and Head Hunter's Glory for a massive damage increase. Call to Arms can be put in the cube if you don't want to lose your buffs. Use Charged Strike to deal with Poison Immunes and deal Lightning Damage whenever necessary.

Mercenary

Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability and Damage. Equip him with Plague Phase Blade for a Cleansing Aura and a 20% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. This increases your Elemental and Poison Damage and breaks some Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze and Shaftstop for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist casts.

Skills

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

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Charged Strike
4. PowerStrike
5. Lightning Strike

Attributes

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


Summary

  • Put enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to wear gear, and any remaining Stat Points into Vitality.
  • Keep your Battle Command, Battle Orders and Valkyrie up at all times.
  • Keep your distance during combat and pay attention to the enemy’s positioning and movements as they approach you.
  • Group up large quantities of monsters before casting Plague Javelin. Walk them through the Poison Cloud for maximum damage.
  • 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.
  • Use your Mercenary as an enticing piñata, making enemies group up and hit him to increase the chance of Lower Resist procs.
  • Use Charged Strike and your Mercenary against Poison Immunes.
  • Utilize Valkyrie, Decoy, and SlowMissiles in dangerous situations.
  • Insight Scythe Mercenary solves your Mana problems in early stages.
  • Have fun!

I hope you enjoy this build! This is a fast paced and engaging cow farmer. Enjoy making steak!

Good luck!


Credits

Written by BTNeandertha1
Reviewed by Macrobioboi

Changelog

Mar 18th 2022
Updated to Patch 2.4