What should i do with my bowazon?


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What should i do with my bowazon?

I want to make a Chaos runner.

Shes gonna be freezearrow/strafe.
Max Cold and Freeze arrow.
Max penetrate
Valk lvl 14(18 with + skills)
Strafe 1 point(6 with +skills)

Gloves Laying of hands
Armor Duress
Boots Gore rider
Amulet Highlords
Rings Raven and rare manaleech
Belt Razortail

I cant decide on the following things:
1.What bow should i use?
I think i have 3 options:
Upped Goldstrike(Will try to find a good one)

I dont know which will have the highest dam???
All monsters in Chaos are either demons or undead which is why i think Goldstrike is a good idea.
Wf is slower than Goldstrike, but it has manaleech, which would allow me to use another raven or a lifeleech ring.

2. What helm should i use?
If i decide to use WF i think i have the following choices:
Guillaume's Face DS/CB/str to reach the high Req of WF
Andys Face Skill/Ias/LL/str to reach the high Req of WF
Face of Horror 50% Dam to undead/All res/HCMTF/str to reach the high Req of WF.

Merc is act 2 might with Reapers/Gaze/Duriels

What should i put in the Bow and the helm? Shael in the bow no matter which of them i choose? Ias jewel in helm?

Please feel free to come with suggestions and recommendations:).

Last thing. Anyone knows what a WF costs on ScL these days?

Regards *Perverted-mind


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About Goldstrike:
50%ias is godly! Good damage.
ed% vs undead/demon only counts as off-weapon ed%. That on-hit-cast-FistOfHeaven mod will pause your attack every now and then, annoying.

About WF:
highest weapon damage of all bows. knockbak, mana-leech.
only 20%ias (we'll see later if this matters).

Physical damage (per hit) comparison:
A perfect Goldstrike with 250%ed on-weapon has 136.5 average weapon damage.
WF, at Lv88, has 274 average weapon damage, that's a little more than twice of a perfect Goldstrike.
Perfect Goldstrike has 200%ed vs undead/demon, if your off-weapon ed% (include DEX) is less than 200, Goldstrike wins. Otherwise, WF wins.

Take FA into account:
An FA zon replies more on elemental damage than physical damage (although a high phs dmg ensures enough mana-leech), piercing & fast attack speed are more important than raw phyical damage (as long as it doen't hurt mana-leech).

Normally, act1 rouge with a 'Faith' Hydra Bow more preferable than act2 Might. Without 'Faith', you cannot reach the last speed breakpoint (or even the 2nd last...).

Speed breakpoints:
Hydra Bow (10 WSM)
ias_____frames (normal/multi/GA)

ias_____frames (strafe)

Goldstrike builds:
50%ias from Goldstrike, 20% from LoH, 20% from Highlords, that's 90% already. You need another 30% to 9/2 strafe, yet another 30% to hit 8fpa.

Possible build-0 (Goldstrike 8fpa & 9/2 strafe):
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in bow
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in Andy
+10%___Goldwrap or Nosferatu's Coil (trade off piercing for speed)

Possible build-1 (Goldstrike 9fpa & 9/2 strafe)
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in Andy or bow

Possible build-2 (Goldstrike 9fpa & 9/2 strafe)
0%_____non-Andy helm
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in helm
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in bow

WF builds:
20%ias from WF, 20% from LoH, 20% from Highlords, that's 60% already. You need another 20% to 9/3 strafe, yet another 10% to hit 9fpa. fpa blow 9 is not recommended.

Possible build-3 (WF 9fpa & 9/3 strafe)
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in Andy or bow

Possible build-4 (WF 9fpa & 9/3 strafe)
0%_____non-Andy helm
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in helm
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in bow

IMO, trading piercing for speed is not a very good idea, especially for a FA zon and monsters in CS are tightly packed.
So, I'd choose WF builds (build-3 and build-4).
If you use 'Fortitude' instead of 'Duress', and have a 'Faith' act1 Rogue, WF builds rock!

Idea builds?
Possible build-5 (WF 9fpa & 9/3 strafe)
The same as build-3 & 4, equip act2 might with an 'Infinity' polearm/spear.
You'd better use a 'Faith' Grand Matron Bow yourself.
Quite expensive.

Possible build-6 (WF 7fpa & 8/2 strafe)
Hireling - act1 Rogue equipped with a 'Faith' Hydra Bow
Body Armor - 'Fortitude' runeword
55%ias is needed for 8/2 strafe, 95% (Lv13+ Fanatism) or 100% (Lv12 Fanatism) is need for 7fpa.
You have 60% (WF, LoH, Highlords) already.
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in helm
+15%___15/whatever Jewel in bow

Possible build-7 (WF 7fpa & 8/2 strafe)
Change Highlords to Atma's Scarab (for AmpDmg)
Change Andy to M'avina's True Sight


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I just got myself a WF and i think im gonna stick with it. The manaleech on it allows me to use another raven.
Too bad i dont have the wealth to get a Faith. Would love to try one of those:)
Again thx for the advice.

Regards Beltt