Amazon Overview

Table of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Attributes
  3. Breakpoints
  4. Skill Trees
  5. Skill Mechanics
  6. Build Guides
  7. Character Specific Gear
  8. Lore & In-Game dialogue

Introduction

Amazon

Amazons are known for their prowess wielding Throwing Spears, Javelins, and Bows, making them the Character of choice if you enjoy ranged combat. Don't underestimate her versatility in hand-to-hand combat though, as she can use Throwing Spears, Javelins, and Spears to become a fierce melee warrior.

The ultimate boss killing Skill, with no rival on any other Character, is the beloved Charged Strike. This Skill can smash Act bosses with a low budget. Fully geared, even the final boss,  Baal, falls within a couple of hits.

Plague Javelin and Lightning Fury are incredibly strong at decimating large quantities of enemies. These Skills excel at clearing out The Secret Cow Level, a frequently used farming spot.

While using a bow, Multiple Shot, Strafe, and Freezing Arrow are frequently used to destroy your enemies. They are a bit more item dependent, so starting with these options is not recommended!

Compared to other Characters, the Amazon is among the slowest. She doesn't have a native mobility Skill, therefore, she relies on Enigma to increase her speed. Her low Cast Rate makes the use of Teleport rather painful. In addition to that, not all builds can incorporate it, which makes running the only option for those.


Attributes

Every Character has the Attributes Strength, Dexterity, Vitality and Energy. At maximum Level, a Character has access to 505 Stat Points which can be allocated into the Attributes. While Vitality only affects the Life pool and Energy only affects the Mana pool of your Character, Strength and Dexterity have additional uses:

Strength:
Generally, Stat Points are only allocated to this Attribute to wear your gear, however, Strength has an additional use: it increases the Physical Damage portion of melee attacks.

Dexterity:
Generally, Stat Points are only allocated to this Attribute to wear your gear, however, Dexterity has 4 additional uses:

  • It increases the % Chance to Block up to 75 while using a Shield.
  • The Attack Rating of every attack is increased, improving the Chance to hit your target.
  • Every 4th Stat Point into Dexterity increases the base Defense of the Character by 1.
  • On ranged builds, Dexterity increased the Physical Damage portion of your attacks.

Starting Attributes of the Amazon

StrengthDexterityVitalityEnergy
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Baseper Levelper Stat Point
Life50+2+3 per Vitality
Stamina84+1+1 per Vitality
Mana15+1.5+1.5 per Energy

Breakpoints

Breakpoints are an integral way to improve your Character's performance. For in-depth explanations on them, please check out our article on Breakpoints.

Attack Rate

Due to her Skill set, Attack Speed is a Breakpoint the Amazon cares about. Due to the complexity, Attack Speed would go beyond the scope of this post. Check out the d2planner to simulate your Breakpoints.

Block Rate

When using a Shield, the Amazon has a % Chance to Block. When successfully blocking, she enters a block animation. Increasing your +% Faster Block Rate decreases the time your Amazon needs to execute it.

1-Handed Swinging Weapons (Axes, Clubs, Maces, Scepters, Swords, Throwing Axes, and Wands):

Faster Block Rate04611152329405680120
Block Frames1716151413121110987

Other Weapons:

Faster Block Rate0133286
Block Frames5432

Cast Rate

Your Cast Rate increases the rate at which you can use spells. Increasing your +% Faster Cast Rate decreases the time required for a cast. The Action Flag determines at which Frame the used Skill is actually triggered.

Using a Bow:

Faster Cast Rate07142232486899152
Cast Frames191817161514131211
Action Flags109876

Using a Crossbow or Two-Handed-Swords:

Faster Cast Rate07111422263248688699152180
Cast Frames191817161514131211
Action Flags121110987

Using no Weapon:

Faster Cast Rate07131422293248566899113152
Cast Frames191817161514131211
Action Flags1110987

Using a Two-Handed Staves, Hammers, Axes, Polearms, Spears, One-Handed Knives, or Javelins:

Faster Cast Rate0710142223324248687299133152
Cast Frames191817161514131211
Action Flags1312111098

Hit Recovery Rate

When being hit, there is a chance that you get stunned. Increasing your +% Faster Hit Recovery decreases the time your Amazon needs to recover from this stun.

Faster Hit Recovery061320325286174
Hit Recovery Frames1110987654

Skill Trees

Structure
Every Character has 3 Skill Trees in which they can allocate Skill Points to increase their power. Each Skill Tree consists of a total of 10 Skills, and you can assign a maximum of 20 points per Skill. These Skills are placed into 6 rows, which represent the 6 Skill tiers. While tier 1 is available at Character Level (clvl) 1, the other tiers get available at clvl 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30.

Skill Points
Every Character gains access to 110 Skill Points (98 from Level-Ups and 12 from quests).

Prerequisites
Not every Skill is available right away. The arrows on the Skill Tree show the prerequisites needed to obtain Skills further down the Tree.
Example: You have to put a Skill Point into Jab and Impale to gain access to Fend.

Synergies
A lot of Skills have Synergies, which are Skills that passively boost the strength of another Skill. The main Skill shows how much a Synergy increases its power per Skill Point allocated into it.
Example: The base Lightning Damage of Charged Strike is increased by a summed up multiplier which increases by 10% for each Skill Point allocated into Power Strike, Lightning Bolt, Lightning Strike, and Lightning Fury.


Build Guides

The Amazon has a variety of builds to choose from:

M'avina's Battle Hymn

M'avina's Battle Hymn is the Elite Set designed exclusively for Amazons. Aiming to make use of the Bow and Crossbow Skill Tree, this Set works well in lower player count farming situations. Long term, this Set gets obsoleted by setups that focus on a combination of Uniques and Runewords.


Character Specific Gear

Every Character has exclusive items that only it can use. For the Amazon, these are split into 3 different Weapon types. All the Amazon specific items spawn with "Auto Mods", giving +1-3 to their respective Skill Trees.

Base Items

Amazon Bows1

Normal:

  • Stag Bow
  • Reflex Bow

Exceptional:

  • Ashwood Bow
  • Ceremonial Bow

Elite:

  • Matriarchal Bow
  • Grand Matron Bow

Amazon Javelins2

Normal:

  • Maiden Javelin


Exceptional:

  • Ceremonial Javelin


Elite:

  • Matriarchal Javelin

Amazon Spears2

Normal:

  • Maiden Spear
  • Maiden Pike

Exceptional:

  • Ceremonial Spear
  • Ceremonial Pike

Elite:

  • Matriarchal Spear
  • Matriarchal Pike

1) Amazon Bows always have +1-3 to Bow and Crossbow Skills (Amazon only).
2) Amazon Javelins and Spears always have +1-3 to Spear and Javelin Skills (Amazon only).

Set and Unique Items

Amazon Bows

  • Lycander's Aim
  • Blood Raven's Charge
  • M'avina's Caster

Amazon Javelins

  • Titan's Revenge
  • Thunderstroke

Amazon Spears

  • Lycander's Flank
  • Stoneraven

Lore & In-Game dialogue

In this section you will find the lore of the Amazons as well as the in-game dialogue she uses while travelling through Sanctuary.

Lore

The Amazons are women warriors who hail from a group of islands in the Twin Seas, near the border of the Great Ocean. Only the permanently snow-covered peak of Mount Karcheus breaks the expanses of lush forests on the islands.

The Amazon people are a relatively isolated culture. Adapting over the centuries to their tropical milieu, they have built magnificent cities in the forest canopy. These cities are an architectural phenomenon and a source of great pride to the Amazon people. They do not follow the teachings of the Zakarum, but instead practice a polytheistic religion that adheres to the strict principles of Order. Their oracles long ago predicted the Dark Exile, and they have been preparing to combat it ever since. Amazons regard the destruction of the Three Prime Evils as their destiny, ushering in a new era when mortal men and women can at long last take their rightful place in the universe, no longer merely playthings for the beings of the Outer Realms.

The Amazons are a seafaring people, one of the first to have made trade contact with both the Kingdoms of the West and with Kejhistan in the East. Their prominence in the world's trade establishment has afforded their warriors the reputation they currently enjoy as cunning strategists and skilled combatants. They are much sought after as mercenaries, being both expert soldiers as well as extremely loyal - as long as the assignment does not conflict with their strict sense of ethics.

Their pantheon of gods consists of a well-defined hierarchy, each member upholding some segment of the balance of Order. It is this strong sense of order that drives the Amazon people to achieve greatness in even the smallest of their endeavors. Their prime deity is Athulua who, with her consort, Kethryes, rules over the seasons and the weather. Under these Goddesses are a wide assortment of lesser deities, each responsible for his or her own sphere of influence among the Amazon people's daily life. The Amazons believe this pantheon is the remnant of the original inhabitants that settled the islands centuries ago. According to ancient records, they share the same names as these gods, although aspects of their personalities seem to have evolved over the centuries.

In the Amazon culture, only the women serve as warriors, their intrinsic superior dexterity and lithe body structures are better suited to combat in the dense rainforest environs of the islands. Their society is far from stratified, however, as men are responsible for any number of positions in the community, government, and clergy, as well as merchant and agricultural occupations.

Act 1

Blood Moor (Entering)
Den of Evil (Entering)
Den of Evil (All monsters killed)
Burial Grounds (Entering)
Blood Raven (After Kill)
Cairn Stones (Clicking one)
Tree of Inifuss (Clicking it)
Tristram (Entering)
Deckard Cain (Saving in Tristram)
Forgotten Tower (Entering)
The Countess (After Kill)
Monastery Gate (Entering)
Horadric Malus (Picking up)
Jail (Entering)
Catacombs (Entering)
Andariel (After Kill)

"I shall purge this land of the shadow."
"I hear foul creatures about."
"Perhaps now the sisters will trust me."
"I sense great sorrow and misery."
"Rest in peace, sister."
"These stones serve some magical purpose."
"What a strange looking tree."
"It's as if a great war were fought here."
"Deckard Cain, go to the rogues' camp without delay""
"What's that smell?"
"Ahh, the Tower's trove for the taking!"
"So, this is the plight of Andariel's atrocities."
"The sisters will be glad to have this back.."
"What nightmarish tortures took place here?"
"This place is eerie."
"Hah, this maiden shall inflict no more anguish."

Act 2

Radament (After Kill)
Claw Viper Temple (Entering)
Tainted Sun Altar (Clicking it)
Arcane Sanctuary (Entering)
The Summoner (After Kill)
Tyrael (After talking to him)

"Atma has been avenged."
"I hope I know what I'm doing..."
"Let there be light."
"Am I the first to find this Arcane fortress?"
"Good riddance, freak!"
"This is not good. Will this madness ever end?"

Act 3

Jade Figurine (After picking up)
The Gidbinn (After picking up)
Lam Esen's Tome (After picking up)
High Council of Zakarum (After Kill)
Mephisto (After Kill)

"What would this bring from the right buyer?"
"This dagger will separate the faithful from the fallen."
"All this trouble over a tattered book."
"Ahh, Skatsim's reign is renewed."
"Haha, success. But still, there's something not right."

Act 4

Izual (After Kill)
Diablo (After Kill)

"Goodbye, Izual."
"Reign of Terror has ended."

Act 5

Bloody Foothills (Entering)
Shenk the Overseer (After Kill)
Frigid Highlands (Saved Soldiers)
Nihlathak's Temple (Entering)
Nihlathak (After Kill)
Arreat Summit (Entering)
Worldstone Chamber (Entering)
Baal (After Kill)

"The siege must be stopped."
"Oops... did I do that?"
"Follow me."
"Oh, Nihlathak's home away from home."
"Conspiring with Baal, what a tragic mistake."
"The fabled home of the Ancients."
"The Worldstone!"
"My work here is truly done."


Good Luck on your adventures in Sanctuary!

Post by Teo1904