Lightning Fury Amazon Guide

Last Updated: September 26th 2023

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The Lightning Fury/Charged Strike Amazon, aka “Javazon, is the most powerful and versatile Amazon build from mid-Nightmare onwards. The Javazon effortlessly plows through densely packed mobs with Lightning Fury, while simultaneously boasting unrivaled single target Damage with Charged Strike. From Cow culling to Boss melting, this lady is a meat grinder. She really puts on a show with Lightning Bolts scattering across the screen!

The Javazon primarily deals Lightning Damage with some Physical Damage mixed in. Lightning Immunity tends to be the easiest Immunity to break with Conviction Aura from an Infinity-equipped Mercenary. Along with Crack of the Heavens, Infinity allows this build to destroy absolutely everything. This positions the Lightning Fury Amazon as an ultimate powerhouse in the late-game. However, because most Hell areas contain Lightning Immune monsters, farming options are limited without Crack of the Heavens or Infinity. In spite of this, this build is among the strongest starting options due to Lightning Fury's insane clear speed.

Ideal Standard Setup
Ideal Standard Setup


Lightning Fury


Charged Strike


Jab


Teleport

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. It follows the progression of our Amazon Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.

Top Boss Killer ✔
Easy To Learn And Master ✔
Top-Tier Density Destroyer ✔
Clears All Content In Late-Game ✔

❌ Repetitive Skill Usage
❌ Slow Cast Animations
❌ Lack Of Damage Type Diversity
❌ Requires GG Gear For Full Potential

Sunder Charm Setup

Patch 2.5 introduced a new way of breaking Immunities: Sunder Charms. Any enemy that would be Immune to your damage type is instead reduced to 95% Resistance, before any other Resistance reductions apply. The Charm also reduces YOUR Resistance against the sundered damage type! Check out our post on Sunder Charms to learn more about these new Charms. The following setup uses Crack of the Heavens, allowing you to farm anywhere you want.

Sunder Charm Setup
Sunder Charm Setup

Gear Changes

To optimize this Sunder Charm you need as much -% Enemy Lightning Resistance as possible. Equip Thunderstroke and Griffon's Eye to accomplish this. Infinity on your Mercenary makes this setup even more effective. Achieve the 99% Faster Cast Rate Breakpoint using the rest of your gear.

Counteract the negative effect of Crack of the Heavens with Lightning Resistance Charms, Gloves, Boots, or Jewelry.

Terror Zones

The new Terror Zone mechanic combined with Sunder Charms open up a wide range of farmable areas. The following list highlights the best and worst Terror Zones for this build. With the Sunder Charm Setup, more Terror Zones become accessible. Learn more about Terror Zones here and see how they stack up in our Terror Zone Tier List.

Best

The Secret Cow Level - High Density, No Immunities
Pit - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Quick Access, Breakable Immunities
Arcane Sanctuary - No Immunities, Quick Access, Super Chests
Halls of Anguish + Halls of Pain + Halls of Vaught - High Density, Quick Access, Breakable Immunities
Worldstone Keep + Throne of Destruction - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Quick Access, Breakable Immunities

Worst

Stony Field - Immunities, Low Density
Spider Forest + Spider Cavern - Immunities, Trash Mobility, Few Elite Groups
Rocky Waste + Stony Tomb - Immunities, Trash Mobility, Slow Access, High Elemental Damage
Cold Plains + The Cave - Immunities, Low Density, Trash Mobility
Burial Grounds + Crypt + Mausoleum - Immunities, Low Density, Trash Mobility, Slow Access

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Jab
2. Pierce
3. Dodge
4. Avoid
5. Evade
6. Slow Missiles
7. Decoy
8. Valkyrie

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Utility

Attributes

Note: This section provides you with the standard Stat Point allocation. Build Variants may require different allocations!

Strength

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Strength your gear provides when equipped.

Dexterity

Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Dexterity your gear provides when equipped.

Vitality

Allocate any remaining Stat Points into Vitality after meeting Strength, Dexterity and Energy requirements.

Energy

Do not allocate any Stat Points into Energy. Mana costs are covered by “x% Mana stolen per hit” and "Mana after each Kill" on your gear; they are also covered by Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, Mana Potions, and Redemption Aura provided by Phoenix on Weapon-Swap.

Essentials

Gear Options

Farming Spots

Mercenary

Playstyle

Breakpoints

Hardcore

Build Variants

Starter
Budget
Standard
Mobility/Magic Find
Boss Killing
Ubers
Hardcore

Setup

In almost every regard, the Starter variant of the Lightning Fury Amazon is what you end up with by following the Amazon Leveling Guide. This setup meets the minimum gear requirements for farming the Starter tagged areas in the "Farming Spots" section above. These areas can be Solo-farmed by this setup (/Players1 on Single Player) in both Nightmare and Hell difficulty. The Starter build can even farm The Secret Cow Level with 3 Players in the game (/Players3). Prioritize Increased Attack Speed, Resistances, Faster Run/Walk, + to Skills, Life, and the Cannot Be Frozen stat on your gear. Achieving the 52% Increased Attack Speed (IAS) Breakpoint for Lightning Fury is ideal, while 30% IAS is needed at minimum. Depending on the farm, use a Lower Resist Charge Wand, Teleport Charge Staff, or Harmony on Weapon-Swap (or a combination thereof).

Mercenary

The Starter Lightning Fury Amazon uses an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Insight for Mana Regeneration. This helps with Lightning Fury's high Mana cost. Mercenaries require Resistances, Life Leech, and/or Damage Reduction to stay alive. Smoke is a cheap Body Armor option for Resistances, while Bulwark is the cheapest Helmet that provides Life Leech and Damage Reduction.

Skills

Allocate enough Skill Points into Pierce to achieve 82% Chance to Pierce. The rest is the same as the Standard Build.

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Jab
2. Pierce
3. Dodge
4. Avoid
5. Evade
6. Slow Missiles
7. Decoy
8. Valkyrie

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Lightning Fury
2. Charged Strike
3. Lightning Strike
4. Power Strike
5. Lightning Bolt

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to wear your gear. Put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality. You can also choose to allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to achieve maximum Chance to Block (75%) with Rhyme.

Video Guide

Video Guide by DarkHumility

Mechanics

Teleport

Lightning Fury

Charged Strike

Jab

Summary

  • The Lightning Fury Amazon or Javazon is the overall strongest Amazon build in both the early and late-game, destroying both high-density mobs and Bosses alike. Take advantage of high mob density areas with Lightning Fury and evaporate Bosses with Charged Strike.
  • Hell can be obliterated with Lightning Damage after obtaining Crack of the Heavens and equipping Infinity on your Mercenary.
  • Building a Javazon requires a fine balance between Increased Attack Speed, Faster Cast Rate, +x to Skills, -x% to Enemy Lightning Resistance, Magic Find, Life/Mana sustain, and survivability stats.
  • The Lightning Fury Amazon is the #1 The Secret Cow Level farmer and one of the fastest Baal killers. Take advantage of these Farming Spots to get maximum value from this build.
  • Remember to Repair and/or swap out your Javelins!

We hope you enjoy this build! Get Cow tipping for Ber Runes. Dominate Terror Zones and Baal Runs alike! Nothing can stand between you and your loot on a Lightning Fury/Charged Strike Amazon.

Good luck!

Credits

Written by DarkHumility
Reviewed by Teo1904 and Lexyu

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