Cutting down countless demons...bringing death from afar...the minigun of Sanctuary...announcing...the Strafe Amazon! Firing several arrows in the blink of an eye, this Amazon guns down dense monster packs with ease. Al Capone only wishes he had this kind of firepower! Easy to play, the Strafe Amazon primarily uses Strafe to eliminate enemies with an outpouring of Physical Damage. Strong in River of Flame, Chaos Sanctuary, Worldstone Keep, and The Pit, this build dominates Farming Spots with high monster density and narrower corridors.
Powerful Bows and Crossbows such as Faith, Windforce, Mist, and Buriza-Do Kyanon do the job. The Fanaticism, Might, and Concentration Aura trifecta takes this build to the next level. With Atma's Scarab providing a fairly reliable source of Amplify Damage, the Strafe Amazon can even destroy monsters in a High Player Count game (/7-8Players on Single Player). The combination of Bone Break and Atma's Scarab makes short work of Immune to Physical mobs as well. In Patch 2.6 you can dumpster absolutely everything with support from an Enchant Sorceress! At her full potential this lady is straight gangsta!
Safely Attacks From Afar ✔
Great In Narrow Corridors ✔
Easy To Learn And Master ✔
Destroys Dense Monster Packs ✔
❌ Inconsistent Damage Output
❌ Only 1 Primary Damage Type
❌ Cannot Move While Attacking
❌ 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 Bone Break, allowing you to farm anywhere you want.
To optimize this Sunder Charm you need as much -% Enemy Physical Resistance as possible. Equip Atma's Scarab for its Amplify Damage proc to accomplish this. Alternatively, you can use a Mercenary with Lawbringers or The Reaper's Toll for their Decrepify procs.
Counteract the negative effect of Bone Break with % Damage Reduction items such as Crown of Ages, Vampire Gaze, and Verdungo's Hearty Cord.
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.
✔ Travincal - Bosses, Quick Access, Breakable Immunities, Council Members
✔ Chaos Sanctuary - Boss, Many Elites, Breakable Immunities
✔ Underground Passage + Dark Wood - Many Elites, Quick Access, Easy Mobility, No Immunities
✔ Pit - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Easy Mobility, No Immunities
✔ Flayer Jungle ONLY - High Density, Quick Access, No Immunities
❌ Arcane Sanctuary - Trash Mobility, Immunities
❌ Blood Moor + Den of Evil - Low Density, Few Elite Groups
❌ Burial Grounds + Crypt + Mausoleum - Low Density, Trash Mobility, Slow Access
❌ Ancients' Way + Icy Cellar - High Elemental Damage, Immunities
❌ Crystalline Passage + Frozen River - High Physical Damage, High Elemental Damage, Immunities
Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
2. Slow Missiles
3. Magic Arrow
Put 3-5 Skill Points into each of the following Skills:
Max out the following Skills in this order:
2. Critical Strike (Almost Max Out)
3. Guided Arrow
4. Multiple Shot
Note: This section provides you with the standard Stat Point allocation. Build Variants may require different allocations!
Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Strength your gear provides when equipped.
Allocate the majority of Stat Points into Dexterity for additional Physical Damage on ranged attacks.
Allocate any remaining Stat Points into Vitality after meeting Strength, Dexterity, and Energy requirements.
Do not allocate any Stat Points into Energy. Mana costs are covered by “x% Mana stolen per hit” on your gear.
The Starter variant of the Strafe Amazon 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. An Upgraded Buriza-Do Kyanon is a strong, relatively easy to acquire weapon that provides this build with sufficient power. Insight, Harmony, or Edge in an Elite Bow are also solid options. Beyond a decently strong weapon, make sure to prioritize Attack Rating, Damage, Resistances, Faster Run/Walk, and Life stats on your gear. The Cannot Be Frozen stat, such as from 2-Piece Death's Set (Death's Guard + Death's Hand), Hearth, or Wisdom, can provide some additional quality of life. Use a Harmony on Weapon-Swap for faster travel. Follow the Amazon Leveling Guide to get your Amazon to Level 75.
The Starter Strafe Amazon employs an Act 2 Might Mercenary with Hustle for a solid Damage and Attack Rating boost. 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.
Since the Starter Strafe Amazon uses Buriza-Do Kyanon, no Skill Points into Pierce are necessary. However, it is necessary to max Penetrate to make up for a lack of Attack Rating. Also, Skill Points into Valkyrie are needed to improve its tankiness. Skill Points into Guided Arrow, Dodge, Avoid, and Evade are sacrificed as a result of these priorities on the Starter build.
Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear. Next, put the majority of the remaining Stat Points into Dexterity to increase your damage. Lastly put all remaining Stat Points into Vitality.
- In the late-game, the Fanaticism (Faith), Might (Act 2 Might Mercenary), Concentration (Pride) Triple Aura threat makes the Strafe Amazon a monster. Windforce can bring even more pain with the help of Hustle!
- On a budget, make use of Buriza-Do Kyanon's high damage when upgraded using the Horadric Cube Recipe. A Mist can also be used on either yourself or your Mercenary if you obtain a Cham Rune and a Gul Rune. Obtain an Atma's Scarab for that all important Amplify Damage proc if possible.
- Avoid becoming surrounded! Make use of your Harmony on Weapon-Swap and Valkyrie and/or Decoy to safely reposition away from dangerous situations.
- Farm high or Max Level Areas with high mob density and narrow(ish) corridors for maximum effect.
- Running Chaos Sanctuary is one of the Strafe Amazon's specialties. She is fully capable of carrying Chaos in a full game with the Standard Build. With Bone Break she can farm anything, including every Terror Zone.
We hope you enjoy this build! Run the streets of Sanctuary and gun 'em down like you are the Godmother. Say hello to her little friend!
Written by DarkHumility
Reviewed by Teo1904 and Lexyu