Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

BobTheWarrior

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Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

Matriarch Anaxilea

My 2nd Matriarch in my SP career, my 1st being my blizzard sorceress Luna, who never received a writeup. Luna is a pure utility character, meant to mf and run baal in mp games, so once she was mat’ed I moved straight into using her and never made a writeup.

The name Anaxilea means . . . . “I couldn’t think of a name and found one on the internet that looked interesting.†At least, that’s what it means to me.

The Story:
Sorry, I don’t write non-fiction. This is the story of how I decided to make this character.

I had had Luna around for a while, and was thinking of starting a few characters. I started SolMagus, the Fire Huntermentalist, but he’s stalled in Act 1 NM now, I want to find a few crucial pieces of equipment before continuing with him. I knew I wanted to make a Lightning Fury Amazon, but didn’t know what to do as a backup to Lightning. I was planning on making a Fishyzon, but then fate intervened.

As I was baaling with Thyiad, it just so happened that a Unique Hydra Bow dropped. As I was the one running, I picked it up, not knowing exactly what it was. Before the next run, I id’d it and to my delight, Windforce! (Luna has since found me a 2nd one, now if I could just get out of NTPP…) Now, I knew I needed to make a bowzon as well.

I tried to start an Amazon with the ‘beer’ MP group, but another person started an Amazon as well, so I decided to go with my CL/FO sorc who will very soon become the countess’s worst nightmare in hell.

So, time passed, and I continued to browse the forums. I got to wonder if I could do a Lightning/Physical hybrid using LF/CS and Strafe/Multi. I’d had a bit of experience with Strafe and Multi before, having made a bowzon on Bnet as an experiment. I liked the idea of Strafe and was willing to accept the strafe-lock drawback. I started planning to make this build, then stumbled into the Amazon forums to look for ideas for gear and such, when I ran into the Gunslinger guide by Kijya. All of my questions had just been answered. And so, she came to pass.

Stats
LCS Strafe damage 377-1899
LCS CS damage 629-1026 physical 1-1888 lightning
LCS LF damage 629-1220 physical 1-1537 lightning

Resists (Strafe)
Fire: 75
Cold: 67
Lightning: 71
Poison: 85

Resists (Lightning Fury)
Fire: 75
Cold: 75
Lightning: 85
Poison: 85

Attributes (Strafe) (at level 87)
Strength: 193
Dex: 179
Vit: 201
Energy: 30
Life: 826
Mana: 245

Attributes (Lightning Fury) (at level 87)
Strength: 203
Dex: 194
Vit: 223
Energy: 30
Life: 891
Mana: 343

Stat points unspent (at level 87): 79

Skills:
34 Lightning Fury
31 Charged Strike
24 Strafe

17 points unspent (at level 87)

Critical strike: 49%
Penetrate: 95%
Pierce: 73%

Gear
Charms:
Code:
Russet Small Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 10
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 75
Fingerprint: 0xc6177b88
Fire Resist +7%

5: Tangerine Small Charm of Flame
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 8
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 57
Fingerprint: 0xcf5dca6f
Lightning Resist +4%
Adds 1-2 fire damage

6: Toxic Small Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 55
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x8b53b378
+100 poison damage over 5 seconds

7: Toxic Small Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 55
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: **
Fingerprint: 0x2f23be03
+100 poison damage over 5 seconds

8: Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Strength
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0xd29711ae
+3 to Strength
+1 to Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)

9: Shimmering Grand Charm of Shock
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 27
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x5e59a588
All Resistances +15
Adds 1-2 lightning damage

10: Crimson Small Charm of Anthrax
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 36
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 73
Fingerprint: 0x7436075f
Fire Resist +5%
+50 poison damage over 6 seconds

11: Shimmering Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 27
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x7030dd2e
All Resistances +15

12: Shimmering Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 27
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0xf3ee4c20
All Resistances +15

13: Shimmering Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 27
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 99
Fingerprint: 0x92008919
All Resistances +14

Iron Small Charm of Good Luck
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 33
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 84
Fingerprint: 0x9ddad182
+19 to Attack Rating
7% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Small Charm of Fortune
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 18
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: **
Fingerprint: 0x35823779
4% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Small Charm of Fortune
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 18
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: **
Fingerprint: 0xc3fb1dd9
4% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Equipment:
Code:
Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
'Ral'
Defense: 381
Durability: 20 of 20
Required Strength: 102
Required Level: 83
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0xc39a96b7
+30 to Strength
+146% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +0%
Poison Resist +70%
+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
10% Life stolen per hit
20% Increased Attack Speed
+2 to All Skill Levels
15% Chance to cast Level 15 Poison Nova when struck
Level 3 Venom (20/20 Charges)
Socketed (1: 1 used)

Ral Rune
Inserted into a Demonhead

Fire Resist +30%

Required Level: 19
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

22: Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0xdd34039a
+5 to Strength
+5 to Energy
+5 to Dexterity
+5 to Vitality
All Resistances +28
+2 to All Skill Levels

23: Smoke
Wire Fleece
'NefLum'
Defense: 838
Durability: 32 of 32
Required Strength: 111
Required Level: 53
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 85
Fingerprint: 0xd84edcb1
+10 to Energy
+75% Enhanced Defense
+280 Defense vs. Missile
All Resistances +50
-1 to Light Radius
20% Faster Hit Recovery
Level 6 Weaken (18/18 Charges)
Socketed (2: 2 used)

Nef Rune
Inserted into a Wire Fleece

+30 Defense vs. Missile

Required Level: 13
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Lum Rune
Inserted into a Wire Fleece

+10 to Energy

Required Level: 37
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

24: Raven Frost
Ring
Required Level: 45
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 99
Fingerprint: 0xb262507
+19 to Dexterity
+40 to Mana
+227 to Attack Rating
Adds 15-45 cold damage over 4 seconds
20% Cold Absorb
Cannot Be Frozen

25: Blood Eye
Ring
Required Level: 74
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x74b7c016
+39 to Mana
+** to Attack Rating
+4 to Minimum Damage
Fire Resist +26%
6% Mana stolen per hit
Half Freeze Duration

26: Thundergod's Vigor
War Belt
Defense: 152
Durability: 24 of 24
Required Strength: 110
Required Level: 47
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0xede41144
+20 to Strength
+20 to Vitality
+187% Enhanced Defense
+10% to Maximum Lightning Resist
Adds 1-50 lightning damage
+3 to Lightning Fury (Amazon Only)
+3 to Lightning Strike (Amazon Only)
+20 Lightning Absorb
5% Chance to cast Level 7 Fist of the Heavens when struck

27: War Traveler
Battle Boots
Defense: 130
Durability: 48 of 48
Required Strength: 95
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x1ad2968a
+10 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
+172% Enhanced Defense
+15 to Minimum Damage
+25 to Maximum Damage
+30 Maximum Durability
Attacker Takes Damage of 5
46% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
25% Faster Run/Walk
40% Slower Stamina Drain

28: Lava Gout
Battle Gauntlets
Defense: 127
Durability: 38 of 38
Required Strength: **
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0xe4432f8b
+165% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +24%
Adds 13-46 fire damage
+20 Maximum Durability
20% Increased Attack Speed
Half Freeze Duration
2% Chance to cast Level 10 Enchant on striking

Titan's Revenge
Ceremonial Javelin
Throw Damage: 76 to 203
One-Hand Damage: 76 to 149
Quantity: 50
(Amazon Only)
Required Dexterity: 109
Required Strength: 25
Required Level: 42
Javelin Class - Fast Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 99
Fingerprint: 0x6ca8b4a1
+20 to Strength
+20 to Dexterity
+185% Enhanced Damage
+25 to Minimum Damage
+50 to Maximum Damage
6% Life stolen per hit
+2 to Amazon Skill Levels
30% Faster Run/Walk
+2 to Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)
Replenishes Quantity
Increased Stack Size

42: Spirit
Superior Monarch
'TalThulOrtAmn'
Defense: 169
Chance to Block:  47%
Durability: 96 of 96
Required Strength: 156
Required Level: 54
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 75
Fingerprint: 0xc6b209d3
+22 to Vitality
+98 to Mana
+14% Enhanced Defense
+250 Defense vs. Missile
Lightning Resist +35%
Cold Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
Increase Maximum Durability 12%
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
55% Faster Hit Recovery
25% Faster Cast Rate
+2 to All Skill Levels
+7 Magic Absorb
Socketed (4: 4 used)

Tal Rune
Inserted into a Monarch

Poison Resist +35%

Required Level: 17
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Thul Rune
Inserted into a Monarch

Cold Resist +35%

Required Level: 23
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Ort Rune
Inserted into a Monarch

Lightning Resist +35%

Required Level: 21
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Amn Rune
Inserted into a Monarch

Attacker Takes Damage of 14

Required Level: 25
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

43: Windforce
Hydra Bow
'Shael'
Two-Hand Damage: 35 to 509
Required Dexterity: 167
Required Strength: 134
Required Level: 73
Bow Class - Very Fast Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x563b6bd5
+10 to Strength
+5 to Dexterity
+250% Enhanced Damage
Heal Stamina Plus 30%
7% Mana stolen per hit
Knockback
40% Increased Attack Speed
+271 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
Socketed (1: 1 used)

Shael Rune
Inserted into a Hydra Bow

20% Increased Attack Speed

Required Level: 29
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Mercenary: Act 2 Might merc.
Code:
Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Death Mask
Defense: 113
Durability: 17 of 20
Required Strength: 55
Required Level: 66
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x56b2a5b
+60 to Life
+30 to Mana
+45 Defense
All Resistances +15
10% Life stolen per hit
10% Mana stolen per hit

2: Duriel's Shell
Cuirass
Defense: 714
Durability: 44 of 150
Required Strength: 65
Required Level: 41
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x58c8a67e
+15 to Strength
+199% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +20%
Lightning Resist +20%
Cold Resist +50%
Poison Resist +20%
+100 Maximum Durability
Cannot Be Frozen
+108 to Defense (Based on Character Level)
+87 to Life (Based on Character Level)

3: Insight
Thresher
'RalTirTalSol'
Two-Hand Damage: 50 to 482
Durability: 57 of 65
Required Dexterity: 118
Required Strength: 152
Required Level: 53
Polearm Class - Fast Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: **
Fingerprint: 0xbd19b919
+5 to Strength
+5 to Energy
+5 to Dexterity
+5 to Vitality
+242% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
Adds 5-30 fire damage
+75 poison damage over 5 seconds
23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+5 to Critical Strike
35% Faster Cast Rate
216% Bonus to Attack Rating
+2 to Mana After Each Kill
Level 14 Meditation Aura When Equipped
Socketed (4: 4 used)

Ral Rune
Inserted into a Thresher

Adds 5-30 fire damage

Required Level: 19
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Tir Rune
Inserted into a Thresher

+2 to Mana After Each Kill

Required Level: 13
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Tal Rune
Inserted into a Thresher

+75 poison damage over 5 seconds

Required Level: 17
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion

Sol Rune
Inserted into a Thresher

+9 to Minimum Damage

Required Level: 27
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Gameplay
I had a lot of help with this character, she started in an MP group which helps a lot in the early stages. I think she MP’d all the way through normal, and a little bit in Nightmare and Hell.

I leveled her in Normal, Nightmare, and Hell, at Eldrich. This is fast becoming my favorite place to level characters. Quick and easy.

Sailing was very smooth through Normal and Nightmare. Decent equipment and stats made things die very quickly. I don’t think I used Strafe at all until I finally reached Hell, as the physical component of Titans and Charged Strike along with the might merc was enough to take down any lightning immunes.

That all changed when I got to hell. I had a lot of difficulty switching to playing dual weapons. I would frequently find myself surrounded and still throwing javelins at lightning immunes. I cast Decoy too slowly, changed my tactics too slowly, and still didn’t have my end-game gear available due to level requirements, so I died a lot in the pits trying to level myself. Then, I realized that the Arcane Sanctuary has no naturally occurring lightning immues, and is relatively easy to run with a ranged character, so I level to 80 there. I could then equip all my my end-game helmet (Andariaels Visage, level 83) and pushed on.

I had help getting through Act 3, and once again got stuck. The durance has almost all lightning immunes, and my first attempt at it put me at the bottom of the stairs looking at an extra fast might enchanted (I think) stone skin blunderbore. I could do nothing against this fellow, so I ran. I tried to sprint through as much of the durance as I could, but narrow doorways and double-backs meant that I could not outrun everything. I gave up in frustration and yesterday called for aid. Thyiad generously obliged with her Amazon, bringing her Infinity along, and we were able to deal with getting through the durance. Thanks again, Thyiad.

I made it through most of Act IV alone, Thyiad helped me to the City of the Damned and gave me the waypoints I was missing. I went back and collected the hellforge (hel, and I think I got a Shael from the NM hellforge.) and made it through the Chaos Sanctuary with only one death to the Infector. I managed to kill him at the same moment I died, so collecting my body was easy.

Act V I solo’d until the Ancients. I could not separate them and rolled double lightning immunes twice, getting killed while trying to re-roll them a 3rd time. At this point, I just wanted to get her mat’ed, so I again called for reinforcements, and Thyiad showed up again :wink:. She helped me through the Ancients, then charged through a good chunk of the Worldstone Keep level 1 until she was called away. Others came to join my fight, and vanquishing Baal yesterday afternoon was of little difficulty, ending at level 84. I ran ball with narfman0 for a bit to level 87.

Her future
…Is uncertain at the moment. She will continue to be used in MP Baal games, as LF and CS are very valueable in that area. With Windforce being a suitable backup for heavy-hitters that won’t die (like lightning immune Bartuc or Fire/Cold immune Lister)

Overall, I am disappointed in her abilities. While LF is wonderful, using WF as a backup with Strafe just isn’t cutting it. And, the two pieces of gear need entirely different setups, with LF requiring investments in +skills items and WF needing IAS gear. Finding a balance for the two is a challenge. A few key pieces of gear could change that (something like Chains of Honor, or Fortitude, or Faith), but I don’t have them at the moment. Or, if I had more Javelin skillers, I could consider making a few changes, but I don’t.

I will certainly keep her around, and as my riches grow I may experiment with a few different setups.

One thing you may have noticed is the 17 unspent skill points. One thing that made this character unique, and probably more challenging than she could’ve been, is that I did not invest in Valkyrie. I had originally planned to use her to run the WSK, and heeded Nighfish’s warning against points in D/A/E, as ‘locking’ can occur. This being only my 2nd Amazon, and I didn’t really play the first one at all, I was unsure if the drawback from D/A/E would be a reasonable tradeoff for the ability to summon a Valkyrie. I considered putting hard points into Pierce, and did a few extra, but I was happy with the overall efficency that I had so I just held the points. I had considered putting the points into Decoy, but now that her quest is over, I will have to think on it some more.

If she becomes nothing more than an MP Baal’er, or I run cows with her, then I will invest in Valkyrie. I don’t know yet, time will tell, for now I’ll hold the points.

As for the 79 unspent stat points, Dex or Vita? I don’t know that either, it’s the same problem as the stat points. Dex if I will need to rely on Windforce to help me past the lightning immues, Vita if she’ll resign to MP Baal’ing and Cows…

Thanks
To the SPF, and you, the reader.
To those I MP’d with to get her here.
To Thyiad
To Bodis, for his giveaways. Three of my Shimmering GC’s came from him and really helped me out with this character.
To Nagisa, for trading me some essential gear for this character.
To Kijya, for the Gunslinger guide.
 

Thyiad

Moderator Single Player, D2 Assassin, Barbarian
Re: Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

Congratulations Bob. :thumbsup:

Have you considered swapping to a different bow?
 

BobTheWarrior

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

Congratulations Bob. :thumbsup:

Have you considered swapping to a different bow?
Not really. Do you have a suggestion? Kijya's guide lists either Windforce or Faith as the best bows, but I don't have a Faith or the means to acquire one (like there are a lot floating around :rolleyes:)

Unless I went elemental, I don't see a good alternative. A Lightning and Physical immune creature is rare, it's packs of lightning immunes that were giving me trouble. I may have been better of with Multi instead of Strafe...


 

Thyiad

Moderator Single Player, D2 Assassin, Barbarian
Re: Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

I was wondering about an up'd WWS actually. Or would Melody work?

(WARNING: I haven't looked at breakpoints!)

And what about Treachery and SS?
 

BobTheWarrior

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

Treachery would be an option. I didn't have a lem at the time, just a Lum, so Smoke got me by. SS = Stormshield? That would take +2 skills away from my LF, but would probably make me much safer while weidling the javelins. It was generally after I switched to the bow that I ran into trouble.

Up'd WWS would not be more damaging than WF, I believe. Plus, I don't have one or the Pul (I think) to up one. The Amp damage would be nice, but rarely used.
 

Gambitsreturn

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

Congrats Bob.

One way to improve your bow damage is to have your merc use Reaper's Toll. My WWS strafe zon uses Reaper's on her merc and the decrepify triggers more often than Amp dmg.

Again, congrats on the mat.
 

Jcakes

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Anaxilea - The Matriarch Gunslinger

I don't believe a treachery would be that beneficial, you are currently attacking at a 9/3 strafe, the additional speed would not take you 8/3. The 2 frame strafe has been proven elsewhere to be imaginary.
 
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