Strafezon PvM Guide (1.10) I dont really have a good name yet or I would name this guide :grrr: . Anyway I would tell you some of my background with Amazons and some ideas about Strafezons. Strafezons have not been very popular because of multiple shot's nice wide range of targets and with pierce, it was a ideal cower. This is very unfortunate because the most killing power and funnest bowazon, in my opinion, is the Strafezon. My experience would be still considered low but I can tell you the main idea of this build and how it works. Aside from the deeper and more specifics in strafe, there are areas to provide general ideas on Amazons themselves. However, these are further catorgized to bowazon, and does not really apply to javazons. You may just take a browse of some of the ideas and please, feel free to correct me. This build have one thing that differs from guided arrow and multiple shot that makes this build viable and great. Guided arrows could not match this damage, speed, and the overall killing efficency of the strafe. Multiple shot does not even boost damage and cannot focus on smaller or less targets. With this idea of speed, damage and multiple targets, strafezon needs one more big boost to make it ultimate for pvm. Attack Rating. Small problem that can be easily solved by penetrate. The rest of this build is similar to other bowazons, 10-12+ evasion skills such as aviod, evade and dodge. Pierce and critical strike, slow missiles and the valkyrie. These are the foundations of a bowazon, which can be invested in according to user's preference. At level 74 with all skills quest done your skills should look like this with pre-req: 20 Strafe 20 Penetrate (the more the better) 10 Critical Strike (ideal, with some plus skills this would shine) 10-12 Dodge 10-12 Avoid 10-12 Evade 10 Pierce 1 Valk 1 Freezing arrows *Note* Most passive skills such as pierce, evasions, and critikal strike does not have big bonus after a certain level, usually around level 10-15 and with some plus skills it is effective enough. Valkyrie is not too much of a killer until you invest in it and even then you have better choices in summoner such as a Druid or Necromancer. For this build, it is tank only. Freezing arrows hold down big groups temporaily and can sometimes help with inumes. The stats depends on your equipment. With 2 ravens, you're pretty much set. However, dexazons, another under-rated build could be as viable in pvm. Vitazon, dexazon, its just another one of those damage vs life dilemas. Anyhow just switch between the dexerity and the vitality for different builds. However, you should take a browse in my strategy section to see which of the builds is suitable for you. Strenght - enough to use equipment after equipment (+strenghts) Dexerity - Enough for equipment or maxed Vitality - Maxed or base Energy - Base (leech) Equipments Weapons can be cheap or expensive, it is for you to decide. The efficency would still be rather comparable. -Goldstrike upgraded - fast speed and when upgraded, the 250% ed will give damage enough for this build. -Upgraded Lycander - slow but got fair damage and skills. Certainly a probable choice if including some Ias from gear. -Windforce - expensive but good for most cases. The range in damage is very big so resulting from one hit kills to 3 hits kill kind of perspective. I run on switch with Titans and shield which I will discuss below. Armor is basically everything else. Yes you can choose top notch armors that are basically gives no goldy bonuses or you can choose some cheaper ones which makes all the matter. -Lionheart - prime example. 20 Ed, stats, resist, who can complain? Make it on a Dusk Shroud for best looks, str/def ratio. Archon is too over rated, comparing 106 for 5XX and 77 for 4XX is just to the users eye, remember, 50% from evasion and you got tanks, decoy, valkyrie, and merc, what would defense do you? You get hit, dont cry, hit them back and leech it all. -60 IAS armor - I keep it in stash for when damage is of no importance, such as lower parts of the game or for rushing normal and nightmare. The speed helps make the process faster and definately more exciting. -Shaft - DR, medium life... meh, its not bad. Remember, this build is pvm - MF! Skulders, eth if you can afford. Helms -Andy's Visage - strenght, leech, you guys know the deal. -Tal Rasha - dont laugh because this is cheap helm can show up alot of the top end helms -Shako - MF, skill, life, mana, dr, did I miss anything? -Vampire Gaze - Pvm, leech matters. This with shaft gets you the 50% you need. If not go with a String or Verdungo. Belts -Strings of Ears - leech your way back to full in hits. -Verdungo - eh, same deal as Strings but if you feel like you got enough leech, go for the Vitality. Dexazons *hint hint* Gloves -Laying of hand - for start until you can craft a godly. -Souldrainer - is there gloves with more leech?! -Draculas - maybe this can compare with Soul but then the life tap is better for pvp and melee? -Godly crafted - should have 20 Ias, dual leech, knockback (this is important to keep enemies away), and optional passive or bow skills Boots -War Travelers - Mf, damage, life, strenght -IK or Aldurs - life, fast run -Waterwalk - sure, why not? -Sandstorm - hmmm... *Shields* Stormshield - out of the question because simply the stats are expensive and valuable. For the block, it isnt the best, DR, you have enough without it. Resist, dont kid me. Whistan - perfect block Mossers - everything about it is good Shields are totally optional. Sometimes my Amazon feel like running for a destination: quests, mf, that you want to run past some monster. To safely do that you would need it, otherwise it's not too important. Jewelery - I'll list them, you know why I mention them: -Cats Eye - best -Highlords - second -Ravens - best/second -Dual leech with resists - best/second The rings are for whatever floats your boat, both have their pros and cons. -Bul-Kathos - maybe... Sockets -Weapons - Shael, Ed/Ias, Ed -Armor - Ias, Ed/Ias, Ed -Shield - Shael/Perfect Diamond -Helm - Ias, Ed/Ias, Ed I prefer Ias over Ed because speed kills better than damage. Amazons to me is all about skills and speed. Big damage is for Barbarians. Ideal* Dexazon Setup Upgraded Lycanders - Shael Shaft Verdungo Vampire Gaze/Shako - Ias 1 Raven 1 Bul-Kathos Crafted gloves War Traveler Cats Eye Ideal* Vitazon Setup Upgraded Goldstrike/ Windforce - Shael Lion Heart Strings of Ears Gaze - Ed/Ias, Ed 2 Ravens Crafted gloves War Traveler Highlords/ Cats Eye Sets: I include the sets down here because there is only one and it is very hard to say how it works. In my opinion I would use Mavina for Vitazons because of the lack of DR, speed and life items. This set is quite crappy but hey, if someone out there have a great Amazon using this, tell me how to use it. I'm very tired, this would be my draft of the guide, I will include strategies tomorrow. Critical replies expected, positive comments, whatever is accepted. You got ideas? I will add them.