Mageazon 1.0 Ok, this is my first attempt at creating a strategy guide, so bear with me. Mageazons: Fire and Ice A guide for the rest of us. Table of Contents: - Why Mageazons? - You mean I can build this myself? - Donâ€™t you need all kinds of great equipment? - How do I build one of my very own? Why Mageazons? For me, creating the mageazon was something I chose to do because I was sick and tired of the usual builds. Lightning Fury amazons are too overpowered and tear through groups of non-Lightning Immune monsters with such speed that it puts even the best Whirlwinding barbarians to shame. Strafeazons and Multizons are both heavily equipment dependant, both in bow and their precious breakpoints. A mageazon is different. This is a girl you can take through the game pretty much untwinked. There are only a few really â€œgodlyâ€ items for this build and they are all VERY common. You mean I can build this myself? Certainly. Even if you have never touched a bow before in your life, you too can experience the ecstasy of firing bolts or arrows that explode, explode and burn, or freeze hoards of monsters with the click of a button. Yes, you can do the same thing with a sorceress, but even though you canâ€™t compete with their power, every shot you fire is dual damage: Fire/Cold AND physical. This gives you a distinct advantage that truly makes this build viable. Donâ€™t you need all kinds of great equipment? Certainly not! There are a few desirable items that would really enhance her greatly, but none that are vital to your survival. Unlike Strafeazons who are dependant of the damage listed on their bow to strike down their foes or Lightning Fury Javazons who I have never seen without a set of Titanâ€™s Revenge in their right hand, you could potentially go through the game with a Cracked Short Bow you found right out of the gate. Granted, itâ€™s not advisable to do that, it can be done. This is because your arrows serve as a means of travel for less powerful versions of sorceress spells more than damaging items. How do I build one of my very own? There are many schools of thought to building one. However, it all comes down to two skills: Immolation Arrow and Freezing Arrow. Personally, I prefer to use Immolation with Freezing as a back up, but you could reverse it. A pure Immolation mageazon would look something like this: 20 Immolation Arrow 20 Exploding Arrow 20 Fire Arrow 20 Valkyrie 6 Pierce 1 into all prerequisites Build finished at Lvl 80-85 There is one fundamental flaw in this build, though. There is no way to deal with fire immunes. Sure, you could potentially start pumping Freezing Arrow like mad and pray for the best, but itâ€™s not going to work that well. However, you can hybridize this build some. This opens up a whole world of customization to you. A sample of this would be: 20 Immolation Arrow 10 Exploding Arrow 10 Fire Arrow 10 Freezing Arrow 10 Cold Arrow 20 Valkyrie 6 Pierce 1 into all prerequisites Build finished at Lvl 80-85 Notice that, even though this build finishes out at the same time, the damage is more well-rounded. Now, I know what some of you veterans are saying: Why not pump into Ice Arrow to lengthen the freeze time on Freezing Arrow? Simple: cold length stacks. By filling your inventory with some small cold damage charms, you stand to lengthen the time much more efficiently than Ice Arrow ever could, leaving you more points to up the damage. Now, for the important stuff: stat/equipment suggestions. As far as Iâ€™m concerned, it boils down like this: Str: enough to use your gear Dex: Enough to use your gear, plus the occasional pump for an Attack Rating boost. Vit: Vitality is life. If you are getting smacked around, put more here. About 100-120 should be sufficient for most people. Energy: This is your most important stat, IMO. Just like any other spellcaster, you are worthless without mana. Everything you can spare goes here. As for equipment, I still think itâ€™s not that important. However, there are some things that will make your life easier. Bows: There are three bows a mageazon should look at seriously. These are Kuko Shakaku, Skystrike, and Lycanderâ€™s Aim. Letâ€™s examine these bows individually first. Kuko: Adds obscene fire damage. +6 to Immolation arrow. +3 to all other Bow and Crossbow skills. Low requirements. Skystrike: +1 to all Amazon skill levels. Very low requirements. Chance to cast Meteor on striking. 1-250 lightning damage. Lycanderâ€™s: +2 to all Amazon skills; +4 to Bow and Crossbow total. Leeches mana. Highest damage, but also highest requirements. Gloves are a different story. Some might say go for Mâ€™avinaâ€™s gloves for their bonus of more cold damage, but this isnâ€™t a Frost Maiden. The name mageazon means only one glove is truly the best: Frostburns. There are two really important reasons to choose these. They are both for the monstrous boost to your ever-important mana pool and the cold damage. On its own, it can double the length of time on your Freezing Arrow. Armor is another thing that takes a back seat in this build. There are many fine armors, even rare armors, that can be used to great effect. However, there is one stand out armor: Skin of the Vipermagi. As for the rest of your equipment, this is the order I believe you should look for it in rares: - + to mana - % Damage taken goes to mana - Resists - IAS - + to skills - Cold damage over X seconds. - Damage reduction For the actual building of the character, there are a few simple rules to follow: - Always keep the enemy in front of you (duh!) - Valkyrie is your greatest ally, but Decoy can save your life if the Valk isnâ€™t around. - A mercenary is all right for this build, but the choice is fairly limited due to the fact that none of them are as strong as the Valk. - Slow Missiles is your friend. Use it often. - Try to avoid recasting your Valkyrie if you can. The cast delay translates over to Immolation Arrow, rendering the skill useless for about 5 seconds. And there you have it. All you ever wanted to know about the basics of a mageazon, but were afraid to ask. Credits go here when there are some.