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Poison Javelin Amazon Guide

Last Updated: May 21st 2024

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The Poison Javelin Amazon primarily focuses on dealing Poison Damage as Damage Over Time (DOT). This is great for being able to attack and move on to other targets, adding a consistent flow of gameplay. This build specializes in farming The Secret Cow Level which is very dense, and cows are weak to Poison Damage. Ambitious players can even venture into the Chaos Sanctuary, but she really shines in wide open areas.

Poison Javelin Amazon uses Plague Javelin for mass Area Of Effect (AOE) Poison Damage, Charged Strike for any time you need Lightning Damage, and Jab for Physical Damage. Our Passive Skills Decoy and Valkyrie provide us with decent survivability allows us to keep a distance from our enemies. In addition to protection, the Mercenary also increases our Elemental and Poison Damage with his Lower Resistance proc from the Runeword Plague.

Ideal Standard Setup
Ideal Standard Setup

Plague Javelin

Charged Strike

Jab

Evade

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. Check out our Amazon Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.

Relatively Safe ✔
Beginner Friendly ✔
Excellent Cow Farmer ✔
Multiple Damage Types ✔

❌ Can Lack Mobility
❌ Repetitive Gameplay

❌ Limited Farming Areas
Expensive Top End Gear


Sunder Charm Setup

Patch 2.5 introduces 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. (e.g. Conviction, Lower Resist) 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 Rotting Fissure, 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 Poison Resistance as possible. Swap to Death's Web and Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting (Plain Gemmed Monarch works fine.) while monsters walk through the Poison cloud to increase your damage! Otherwise, use the Standard swap.

Counteract the negative effect of Rotting Fissure with an Antidote Potion or Emerald Small Charms. Poison isn't a major threat unless you remain poisoned for a while.

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 on the Starter or Budget setup. 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, Easy Mobility, No Immunities
Pit - Many Elite Groups, No Immunities
Kurast Bazaar + Ruined Temple + Disused Fane - Easy Mobility, Quick Access
Dry Hills - Easy Mobility, Quick Access
Cold Plains - Easy Mobility, No Immunities, Quick Access

Worst

Tal Rasha's Tombs - Trash Mobility, Tanky enemies
Stony Tomb - Slow Access, Trash Mobility, Tanky enemies
Claw Viper Temple - Slow Access, Trash Mobility
Durance of Hate - Trash Mobility, Tanky enemies
Catacombs - Trash Mobility

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade
4. impale

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Pierce (Total 100% with Gear)
4. penetrate
5. Lightningfury
6. Lightningbolt

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 can require a different allocation!

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 reach max Chance to Block (75%). More Dexterity is needed at higher character levels. In addition to Dexterity and character level, shield bases also affect Chance to Block.

Vitality

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

Energy

Don't allocate any Stat Points into Energy. This build gets enough Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, and Mana Potions.

Essentials

Gear Options

Farming Spots

Mercenary

Playstyle

Breakpoints

Hardcore

Build Variants

Starter
Standard
Damage
Hardcore

Setup

The Poison Javelin Amazon aims to get as many + to Skills for Plague Javelin. Harpoonist's Sharkskin Gloves of Alacrity, Maiden Javelin of Swiftness from Vendors, and Peace are easily obtainable sources of additional Skills.
The secondary goal is Increased Attack Speed to increase our Damage per Second (DPS) further. Other desirable Stats are Cannot be Frozen and Pierce, Faster Run/Walk, +x to Mana after each Kill, +x to Life, and x% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items.

Mercenary

Equip your Mercenary with a Body Armor and Helmet that provides Resistances and Life. Insight is an easy Runeword to make that gives a great amount of damage and Quality of Life with Meditation. Hire the prayer Aura Mercenary for extra healing. (His Meditation double dips and also heals for as much as prayer since it's a synergy.)

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Valkyrie
2. impale
3. dodge/evade/avoid
(~40% chance on each)

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Pierce (enough Skill Points to hit 100% Pierce with Gear)
4. penetrate

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to equip your gear. Put remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

The Poison Javelin Amazon uses +x% to Poison Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Poison Resistance, and +x to Javelin Skills for more damage. Though Increased Attack Speed is helpful, we don't aim for a specific Breakpoint here. The main goal is to stay at a range, attack occasionally while kiting mobs through the Poison clouds. Use lightningfury to deal with Poison Immunes and deal Lightning Damage whenever necessary. Use Rotting Fissure instead of Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Vita to enable farming in Terror Zones.

Mercenary

Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability and Damage. Equip him with Plague for a Cleansing Aura and a 40% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. This increases your Lightning and Poison Damage and breaks most Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze Grim Helm and [Shaftstop Mesh Armor for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist procs.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade
4. impale

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Pierce
4. penetrate
5. Lightningfury
6. Lightningbolt

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

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip your gear. Enough Dexterity to reach 50% Block Chance. Put the remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

The Poison Javelin Amazon uses +x% to Poison Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Poison Resistance to maximize our damage. We hit the fastest Increased Attack Speed Breakpoint thanks to Lancer's Maiden Javelin of Quickness. After casting Plague Javelin swap to death'sweb and Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting for a massive damage increase. Use lightningfury to deal with Poison Immunes clean up stragglers. Use Rotting Fissure instead of Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Vita to enable farming in Terror Zones.

Mercenary

Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability and Damage. Equip him with Plague for a Cleansing Aura and a 40% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. This increases your Lightning and Poison Damage and breaks most Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze Grim Helm and [Shaftstop Mesh Armor for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist procs.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Dodge
2. Avoid
3. Evade
4. impale

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Pierce
4. penetrate
5. Lightningfury
6. Lightningbolt

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

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip your gear. Enough Dexterity to reach 50% Block Chance. Put the remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

Setup

In this variant our main focus is to stack more survivability. We accomplish this by having Crown of Ages and Stormshield for Resistances and Physical Damage Reduction. +x% to Poison Skill Damage, -x% to Enemy Poison Resistance, and +x to Javelin Skills are still important for increased damage. We aim to hit 86% Faster Hit Recovery total with our gear. Though Increased Attack Speed is helpful, we don't aim for a specific Breakpoint here. The main goal is to stay at a range and attack while kiting mobs through the Poison clouds. Use Rotting Fissure instead of Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Vita to enable farming in Terror Zones.

Use lightningfury to deal with Poison Immunes and clear any stragglers. Use SlowMissiles for more Physical Damage Reduction and Crowd Control when needed.

Mercenary

Your Mercenary is a tank and a large source of your survivability and Damage. Equip him with Plague for a Cleansing Aura and a 40% Chance to cast Lower Resist when struck. This increases your Lightning and Poison Damage and breaks most Immunities. Use Vampire Gaze Grim Helm and [Shaftstop Mesh Armor for a total of 50% Physical Damage Reduction keeping him alive for more Lower Resist procs.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Dodge/Avoid/Evade
(~50% in each)
2. impale

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Plague Javelin
2. Poison Javelin
3. Pierce (enough Skill Points to hit 100% Pierce with Gear)
4. penetrate
5. Lightningfury
6. Lightningbolt

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

Attributes

Put enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear, Dexterity to reach 75% Chance to Block, and the remaining Stat Points into Vitality.

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Summary

  • Keep your Battle Command, Battle Orders and Valkyrie up at all times. Make sure to prebuff with Demon Limb to boost our Attack Rating.
  • Keep your distance during combat and pay attention to the enemy’s positioning and movements as they approach you.
  • Group up large quantities of monsters before casting Plague Javelin. Walk them through the Poison Cloud for maximum damage.
  • Use your Mercenary as an enticing piñata, making enemies group up and hit him to increase the chance of Lower Resist procs.
  • Use lightningfury, jab and your Mercenary against Poison Immunes.
  • Utilize Valkyrie, Decoy, and SlowMissiles in dangerous situations.
  • Insight + prayer Mercenary solves your Life and Mana problems in early stages.
  • Have fun!

I hope you enjoy this build! This is a fast paced and engaging cow farmer. Enjoy making steak!

Good luck! In bocca al lupo!

Credits

Updated and Maintained by MacroBioBoi
Originally Written by BTNeandertha1
Reviewed by Macrobioboi

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