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1.11 Javazon Guide by CLLi

Version: 1.60 | Updated: 01/12/08

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
 Indepth Guide

Lightning Javazon - 1.11b Patch

   Version 1.60

      Written by CLLi a.k.a. sunny_d2

Table of Contents
I. Introduction
   A. Basic
   B. Style

II. Stats

III. Skills
   A. Bow and Crossbow Skills
   B. Passive and Magic Skills
   C. Javelin and Spear Skills

IV. Equipment
   A. Best Equipment
   B. Average Equipment
   C. Inventory
   D. Mercenary
   E. Special Leech

V. Usage
   A. Normal
   B. Bosses
   C. Lightning Immunes / Conviction
   D. Pot


VII. Miscellaneous

I. Introduction

A. Basic
The reason I am making this guide is because there is a lack of javazon
guides. And because I've made a couple javazons that are pretty decent. They
aren't strength glitched with 5000 life, but they are well made.

Lightning javazons use a javelin (not spear) to inflict physical and
lightning damage on the target. Damage can be inflicted via close range
and far range causing the the javazon to be adaptable wherever. 

This build is your best bang-for-your-buck build. A naked javazon can
obtain massive damage just by herself. Same with every build, creating a
perfect javazon is very expensive.

The javazon is like a melee spellcastor. So she needs elements from both
a melee character and a spellcastor. That includes, +skills, faster hit
recovery, damage reduction and resists. 

B. Style
The equipment on the javazon is also very controversial, feel free to
email me responses.

I'm not sure where to put this, but here is the "best" place. Throughout
the guide, I will mention different focuses for the javazon. I'll have to
list some equipment, so it's kind of a spoiler.
-Lightning Damage: lots of +skills and IAS
-Tank: lots of +stats and resists and Phoenix
-Physical Damage: +stats, IAS, ED and Phoenix

II. Stats

Stats, believe it or not, is very important to the javazons. It also varies
depending on what equipment you are shooting for. I will elaborate in the
equipment section.

-Strength determines what armor you can where. Strength also adds to your 
physical damage, but it's not worth spending the points for it.

-Dexterity determines what weapon you use, your defense and your attack 
rating. Same with strength, the increase in physical damage due to more 
points in dexterity is negligible.

-Vitality determines health, stamina and stamina recovery. This is where
all your other points should go into.

-Energy determines mana and mana recovery. None

Unlike other characters, the javazon has two stat areas that need to be 
added to to use equipment. Dexterity is a requirement for the weapons you 
choose to use. More points into dexterity means less health. Be wary.

III. Skills

Skills are crucial to get right. You've heard that enough times. As for 
skills that are not even being used, I will just skip them.

A. [----Bow and Crossbow Skills----]
Total: 0 points spent

A javazon does not need bow skills. But a bowzon might need javelin skills.
That's a different story though.

B. [----Passive and Magic Skills----]
Total: 6-8 points spent

The passive skills are always a must, but the castable skills are dependent
on what you want. A note on the decoy and valkyrie, they are not needed
because javazons often fight up close. Plus the skills should be spent in
the javelin areas.

:Critical Strike:
                 1 point
With +skills, the percent is high enough. Besides, the damage is physical.

           1 point
Attack rating (AR) isn't important for the javazon. Charged strike doesn't 
require AR and lightning fury/strike... well I'll explain later.

        1 point
A must have skill. This allows your thrown javelin to pierce through the
initial target and hit targets behind it. Details in Lightning Fury.

       1 point
Always a skill any amazon should have. One point with +skills will be plenty
for dodging. Any more points will be wasted in the recessive gain.

       1 point
Same explanation as Dodge.

       1 point
Same explanation as Dodge.

:Inner Sight:
             0-1 point(s)
Useless for a javazon, good for party games. Prerequisite.

:Slow Missiles:
               0-1 point(s)
An underused spell that is very useful. It's great for slowing down arrows 
and lightning enchanted bolts. Also useful in PvP.

C. [----Javelin and Spear Skills----]
Total: 102-104 points spent

The build is based off this tree. You will, obviously, be spending your time
maxing out the lightning skills in this tree.

     1 point
Prerequisite. Also for lightning immunes.

:Power Strike:
              20 points
This skill adds lightning damage to your basic normal attack. Although
the damage looks way higher than the other skills, remember that it's only
a normal attack, attacking one target. Still, 10K lightning damage..

:Charged Strike:
                20 points
One of three main skills used by javazons. It releases charged bolts when
you attack. Not necessarily hitting the target. Each bolt does the damage
listed on your character screen. So at higher levels, 1-2000 damage per
bolt when 7 bolts are released is really impressive.
	Note: The "bolt release" is a spell. And the javelin damage is
              an attack. They both act simultaneously, but independently.
              Meaning you could do lightning damage without hitting the
              target with your javelin.

:Lightning Strike:
                  20 points
The other main skill. It releases chain lightning when you attack. The 
number of times the lightning bounces is insanely high. This is an excellent
spell to use over lightning fury. It does less damage, but still kills and
is very mana efficient.
	Note: Same as charged strike, the spell is independent of the 

:Poison Javelin:
                1 point

:Lightning Bolt:
                17-19 points
19? Well this is the last javelin skill to max, and it so happens you reach
level 99 before this is maxed.

:Plague Javelin:
                1 point

:Lightning Fury:
                20 points
This is your only long distance attack. You throw a lightning bolt, and upon
hitting something, it releases lightning "spears" toward nearby targets. 
The damage seems a tad low, but the "spears" pierce the enemy and many are
	Note: With the skill pierce, your thrown javelin has a chance to
              pierce the initial target and hit the ones behind it. This
              second, and potentially third, fourth, etc., hit releases even
              more bolts. So if you're lucky, you can wipe out a huge group
              of enemies with just one throw!
	Note2: Same as charged strike and lightning strike, the spell is 
               independent of the attack.
	Note3: Lightning "spears" are released even when the javelin hits
               an obstacle, e.g. wall, pillar, etc. 

Here's a summary of your javelin skills.
 20 Power Strike
 20 Charged Strike
 20 Lightning Strike
 20 Lightning Fury
 Leftovers go into Lightning Bolt

Now... maxing order.

Charged Strike - Lightning Fury - Lightning Strike - Power Strike

IV. Equipment

Equipment is always a controversy, especially with the javazon.
The main things that a javazon needs to focus on are..

   increased attack speed
   faster hit recovery
            faster run and walk
         damage reduction
      +lightning damage % / -enemy lightning resistance %

An odd organization chart, but the more important modifications are on the
left. Thus, +skills is more important than damage reduction.

Also, especially with the "best equipment" section, I am going to rate the
difficulty in obtaining these items. I will try to update these ratings
fairly regularly because the duped-filled, bot-filled economy is always

The rating is out of 6 +'s. One + being easy to get while six + means you 
need a lot of effort to find/trade one of these.

A. Best Equipment

The best equipment is always the most expensive. Happy hunting.


 Griffon's Eye

Defense: 150-260 
Required Level: 76
Durability: 20
+100-200 Defense 
+1 To All Skills
+25% Faster Cast Rate
-15-20% To Enemy Lightning Resistance 
+10-15% To Lightning Skill Damage 
(Ladder Only)

If possible, socket this baby with a 5/-5 lightning facet. Or if you're 
lacking resists, go for an Um Rune.
 Rainbow Facet

Required Level: 49
100% Chance To Cast Level 47 Chain Lightning When You Die
Adds 1-74 Lightning Damage
+3-5% To Lightning Skill Damage 
-(3-5)% To Enemy Lightning Resistance 

Getting Griffon's as a Ladder player is hard enough. As for Non-Ladder 
players, the Harlequin Crest Shako works well.

 Harlequin Crest

Defense: 98-141 
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 50
Durability: 12
+2 To All Skills
+1-148 To Life (Based On Character Level)
+1-148 To Mana (Based On Character Level)
Damage Reduced By 10%
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+2 To All Attributes

~~~~Body Armor~~~~

This is always a tricky piece of equipment. Enigma is the armor you want
to shoot for, but if you're going for an increase in physical damage and
life steal, Chains of Honor is the choice. 

The shield Phoenix provides the increase in physical damage. But it has
zero resists. That's why you need Chains of Honor instead of Enigma for the

 Enigma - Jah + Ith + Ber

+2 To All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 To Teleport
+750-775 Defense 
+0-74 To Strength (Based On Character Level)
Increase Maximum Life 5%
Damage Reduced By 8%
+14 Life After Each Kill
15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1-99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based On Character Level)

 Chains of Honor - Dol + Um + Ber + Ist

+2 To All Skills
+200% Damage To Demons
+100% Damage To Undead
8% Life Stolen Per Hit
+70% Enhanced Defense
+20 To Strength
Replenish Life +7
All Resistances +65
Damage Reduced By 8%
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


The obvious choice is Titan's Revenge. 

      +++ [Ethereal, ++++++]
 Titan's Revenge
Ceremonial Javelin

Throw Damage: (70-79) To (185-212) 
One-Hand Damage: (70-79) To (137-155) 
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 25
Required Dexterity: 109
(Amazon Only)
+150-200% Enhanced Damage 
Adds 25-50 Damage
+2 To Amazon Skill Levels
5-9% Life Stolen Per Hit 
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+20 To Strength
+20 To Dexterity
Replenishes Quantity 
Increased Stack Size 
+2 To Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)

Some people upgrade this to a matriarchal javelin. This increase in damage
allows for more life and mana steal. But the downside is that the dexterity 
requirement is 151.

Most people prefer an ethereal Titan's over a regular one. This lowers the
requirements and provides more physical damage. The downside is that.. you
can't throw 140+ javelins in succession. Ethereal Titan's are generally
hard to acquire.


Many shields are available for the javazon to use. It depends on what you 
are trying to focus on. 

For an immense increase in damage, use a socketed magic monarch with four 
lightning facets. This shield lacks what a usual shield provides: resists,
defense and +stats. 
 Jeweler's Monarch of Deflecting (with 4 Lightning Facets)

100% Chance To Cast Level 41 Nova When You Level-Up
300% Chance To Cast Level 47 Chain Lightning When You Die
Adds 4-296 Lightning Damage
-12-20% To Enemy Lightning Resistance
+12-20% To Lightning Skill Damage
+30% Faster Block Rate
20% Increased Chance Of Blocking

For excellent damage reduction and oddly chosen resists, go Stormshield. The 
+str, totally useless; nothing you will use will require 186+ strength. I
would only use this shield in melee PvP.  


Defense: (136-504) - (151-519) 
Required Level: 73
Required Strength: 156
+3-371 Defense (Based On Character Level)
+25% Increased Chance Of Blocking
35% Faster Block Rate
Damage Reduced By 35%
Cold Resist +60%
Lightning Resist +25%
+30 To Strength
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 10

For an increase in physical damage and a Redemption aura, the runeword
Phoenix is available. With redemption, every mass group you kill, you get a
full heal! And with the enhanced damage, your pokes will leech back more 
life and mana. This shield lacks resists, melee defense and a significant 

 Phoenix - Vex + Vex + Lo + Jah

100% Chance To Cast level 40 Blaze When You Level-up
40% Chance To Cast Level 22 Firestorm On Striking
Level 10-15 Redemption Aura When Equipped (varies)
+350-400 Defense Vs. Missile 
+350-400% Enhanced Damage 
-28% To Enemy Fire Resistance
+50 To Life
+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
+10% To Maximum Fire Resist
+15-21 Fire Absorb 

For a boost in dexterity, some fhr, great defense (in troll's nest) and an 
immense boost in resistance, a Sanctuary shield is for you. 

 Sanctuary - Ko + Ko + Mal

+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+20% Faster Block Rate
20% Increased Chance of Blocking
+130-160% Enhanced Defense 
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+20 To Dexterity
All Resistances +50-70 
Magic Damage Reduced By 7
Level 12 Slow Missiles (60 Charges)

For a +2 skills, great faster hit recovery, good resists and even faster
cast rate, go for a spirit. This shield lacks melee defense and fire resist.

 Spirit - Tal + Thul + Ort + Amn

+2 To All Skills
+25-35% Faster Cast Rate 
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense Vs. Missile
+22 To Vitality
+89-112 To Mana 
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+3-8 Magic Absorb 
Attacker Takes Damage of 14


Good gloves include +skills, increased attack speed, resist and +stats.

The best glove is a magic one.

 Lancer's ___________ of Alacrity
+3 To Javelin And Spear Skills (Amazon Only)
+20% Increased Attack Speed


The overall best boot is Sandstorm Trek. Great +stats, frw, fhr and monster
poison resist.

      +++ [Ethereal: +++++]
 Sandstorm Trek
Scarabshell Boots

Defense: 158-178 
Required Level: 64
Required Strength: 91
Durability: 14
+140-170% Enhanced Defense 
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+20% Faster Run/Walk
+1-99 Maximum Stamina (Based On Character Level)
+10-15 To Strength 
+10-15 To Vitality 
50% Slower Stamina Drain
Poison Resist +40-70% 
Repairs 1 Durability In 20 Seconds


There are three choices for the belt. One for a moderate increase in damage
and great +stats, one for a surprising boost in damage and a caster's mods 
and one for +life, fhr and damage reduction.

 Thundergod's Vigor
     War Belt

Defense: 137-159 
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 110
Durability: 24
+160-200% Enhanced Defense 
Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage
5% Chance To Cast Level 7 Fist Of The Heavens When Struck
+20 Lightning Absorb
10% To Maximum Lightning Resist
+20 To Strength
+20 To Vitality
+3 To Lightning Fury (Amazon Only)
+3 To Lightning Strike (Amazon Only)

 Arachnid Mesh
 Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 119-138 
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Durability: 12
+90-120% Enhanced Defense 
Slows Target By 10%
+1 To All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Increases Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11 Charges)

 Verdungo's Hearty Cord
      Mithril Coil

Defense: 125-158
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 106
Durability: 16
+90-140% Enhanced Defense
10% Faster Hit Recovery
+30-40 To Vitality 
Replenish Life +10-13 
+100-120 Maximum Stamina 
Damage Reduced By 10-15% 


Jewelry is often very expensive. Raven Frost for the +dex and Cannot Be
Frozen. Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band for.. everything on there. And the
famous, Mara's Kaleidoscope.

 Raven Frost

Required Level: 45
+150-250 To Attack Rating 
Adds 15-45 Cold Damage, 4 sec. Duration
Cannot Be Frozen
+15-20 To Dexterity 
+40 To Mana
Cold Absorb 20%

 Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band

Required Level: 58
+1 To All Skills
+0-49 To Life (Based On Character Level)
3-5% Life Stolen Per Hit 
+50 Maximum Stamina

        ++++ [High Resist: +++++]
 Mara's Kaleidoscope

Required Level: 67
+2 To All Skills
All Resistances +20-30
+5 To All Attributes


Prebuff refers to [usually] spells you cast before going into battle. e.g.
Burst of Speed, Bone Armor, Shout. For the javazon, two prebuffs are

The regular Call to Arms + Spirit is used.

     +++ [High BO: +++++]
 Call To Arms - Amn + Ral + Mal + Ist + Ohm

+1 To All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
+250-290% Enhanced Damage (varies)
Adds 5-30 Fire Damage
7% Life Stolen Per Hit
+2-6 To Battle Command (varies)
+1-6 To Battle Orders (varies)
+1-4 To Battle Cry (varies)
Prevent Monster Heal
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Now this next item helps the AR. AR only applies to physical damage. 
Remember what I said about the attack and spell being independent? But if
your javazon focuses on physical damage, then AR is definitely a help. The
weapon is Demon Limb; although it is quite expensive to repair. Cast the

 Demon Limb
 Tyrant Club

One-Hand Damage: (89-105) To (162-191)
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 133
Durability: 65
+180-230% Enhanced Damage 
+50% Damage To Undead
+123% Damage To Demons
Adds 222-333 Fire Damage
7-13% Life Stolen Per Hit 
Fire Resist +15-20% 
Level 23 Enchant (20 Charges)
Repairs 1 Durability in 20 Seconds

Whew, this'll be a little difficult, but here is the summary of most of the
combinations of equipment. Here goes, this might not be mistake-free.

      Modification Summary
This is a summary of most of the important item mods. I may have suggested 
some rare items, so those mods can't be catalogued accurately, so I kept those
mods to a minimum. I did not include items in the inventory nor optional
prebuff items. This list is also based on that the player is on Ladder or can
obtain Ladder items. All mods are at the maximum possible stat and with you
at level 99.

Since there are so many shield choices for the javazon, I will leave all of 
them out of the list and you can add them up yourself. Hum... body armor, too.

20% FHR
30% Run/Walk, 20% Run/Walk
25% FCR
20% IAS
+30 All Resist
70% Poison Resist
10% Max Light Resist
+5 All Attributes
+20 Str, +15 Str, +20 Str
+20 Dex, +20 Dex
+15 Vit, +20 Vit
+1 All Skills, +1 All Skills, +2 All Skills
+2 Amazon Skills
+2 JavelinSpear Skills, +3 JavelinSpear Skills
+3 Lightning Fury, +3 Lightning Strike
+49 Life
+40 Mana
20% Cold Absorb
20 Light Absorb
100% Level 47 Chain Lightning Death
5% Level 7 Fist of the Heavens Struck
9% Life Leech, 5% Life Leech
-20% Enemy Light Resist, -5% Enemy Light Resist
+15% Light Damage, +5% Light Damage
Cannot Be Frozen

B. Average Equipment

Not everyone can afford the best items. I will list some excellent 
replacements for the equipment. Whether or not you choose to get the best,
these items will allow you to solo nightmare with ease.

I won't go into detailed analysis. I'll just list some decent equipment
and you choose. Remember, these are just examples, you can use whatever
suits you.


      ++ [1.08: ++++++]
 Valkyrie Wing
  Winged Helm

Defense: 247-297 
Required Level: 44
Required Strength: 115
Durability: 40
+150-200% Defense 
+1-2 To Amazon Skill Levels 
20% Faster Run/Walk
20% Faster Hit Recovery
+2-4 To Mana After Each Kill 

 Peasant Crown
    War Hat

Defense: 108
Required Level: 28
Required Strength: 20
Durability: 12
+100% Enhanced Defense
+1 To All Skills
15% Faster Run/Walk
Replenish Life +6-12
+20 To Energy
+20 To Vitality

~~~~Body Armor~~~~

 Stealth - Tal + Eth

Magic Damage Reduced By 3
+6 To Dexterity
+15 To Maximum Stamina
Poison Resist +30%
Regenerate Mana 15%
25% Faster Run/Walk
25% Faster Cast Rate
25% Faster Hit Recovery

 Skin of the Vipermagi
   Serpentskin Armor

Defense: 279 
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 43
Durability: 24
+120% Enhanced Defense
+1 To All Skills
30% Faster Cast Rate
Magic Damage Reduced By 9-13 
All Resistances +20-35 


      +++ [Ethereal, ++++++]
 Titan's Revenge
Ceremonial Javelin

Throw Damage: (70-79) To (185-212) 
One-Hand Damage: (70-79) To (137-155) 
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 25
Required Dexterity: 109
(Amazon Only)
+150-200% Enhanced Damage 
Adds 25-50 Damage
+2 To Amazon Skill Levels
5-9% Life Stolen Per Hit 
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+20 To Strength
+20 To Dexterity
Replenishes Quantity 
Increased Stack Size 
+2 To Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)


 Tiamat's Rebuke
  Dragon Shield

Defense: 163-204
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 91
Durability: 116
+140-200% Enhanced Defense
Adds 27-53 Cold Damage - 6 Second Duration
Adds 35-95 Fire Damage
Adds 1-120 Lightning Damage
3% Chance To Cast Level 6 Hydra When Struck
5% Chance To Cast Level 7 Nova When Struck
5% Chance To Cast Level 9 Frost Nova When Struck
All Resistances +25-35% 

 Lidless Wall
 Grim Shield

Defense: 271-347 
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 58
Durability: 70
+80-130% Enhanced Defense 
+1 To All Skills
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
20% Faster Cast Rate
+3-5 To Mana After Each Kill 
+10 To Energy
+1 To Light Radius

 Rhyme - Shael + Eth

20% Increased Chance of Blocking
40% Faster Block Rate
All Resistances +25
Regenerate Mana 15%
Cannot Be Frozen
50% Extra Gold From Monsters
25% Better Chance Of Getting Magic Items


 Laying of Hands
  Bramble Mitts

Defense: 79-87 
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 50
Durability: 12
+25 Defense
+20% Increased Attack Speed
+350% Damage To Demons
Fire Resist +50%
10% Chance To Cast Level 3 Holy Bolt On Striking

Any rare or magic glove that adds to Javelin and Spear Skills.


Sharkskin Boots

Defense: 112-124 
Required Level: 32
Required Strength: 47
Durability: 14
+180-210% Enhanced Defense 
20% Faster Run/Walk
+100 Defense Vs. Missile
+15 To Dexterity
+5% Maximum Fire Resist
Heal Stamina Plus 50%
+40 Max Stamina
+45-65 To Life

 Sander's Riprap
   Heavy Boots 

Defense: 5-6 
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 18
Durability: 14
+40% Faster Run/Walk
+100 To Attack Rating
+10 To Dexterity
+5 To Strength


Thundergod's Vigor War Belt. 


 Raven Frost

Required Level: 45
+150-250 To Attack Rating 
Adds 15-45 Cold Damage, 4 sec. Duration
Cannot Be Frozen
+15-20 To Dexterity 
+40 To Mana
Cold Absorb 20%

Any other ring is fine.

Most amulets are tricky and expensive. So go for ones with +skills, +stats,
resists and believe it or not, poison length reduction.


This is the last thing to focus on. So try to get your main equipment first.

C. Inventory

Don't forget out charms and the like. Rule of thumb, don't keep you Horadric
Cube in your inventory; keep it in the stash. For almost all builds, charms
will be the last set of items you acquire. And usually the hardest. 

A.  Small Charms

x9 20 Life 5% All Resistance

Yeah, you already have a lot of resistances, but the more the merrier. These
ensure that you have 75 or more resistances to each element in Hell. The
surplus resistance comes in handy when you're matched against a conviction
aura monster.

   "+" depends on stats
Small Charm

Required Level: 70
+1 To All Skills
+10-20 To All Attributes 
All Resistances +10-20 
+5-10% To Experience Gained 

B.  Large Charms

     "+" depends on stats
 Hellfire Torch
  Large Charm

Required Level: 75
25% Chance To Cast level 10 Firestorm On Striking
+3 to Amazon skills
+10-20 To All Atributes
All Resistances +10-20
+8 to light radius
Level 30 Hydra (10 charges)

Your standard torch. 

C.  Grand Charms

x5 +1 Javelin & Spears Skill 12% Faster Hit Recovery 

Faster Hit Recovery is covered a little by some of your items, but getting
at least 60 is key. That halves your recovery time.
x5 +1 Javelin & Spears Skill 45 Life

Your standard skill-lifer Grand Charm. The higher the life, the harder it
is to get. I've personally never used a 45.

Of course having your entire inventory filled with charms isn't a good idea.
Unless you're explicitly dueling. Keep a 3x4 space open. That allows for
a Tome of Identify, Tome of Townportal and space to fit the largest item; 
that way you can still pick up drops. 

D. Mercenary

The mercenary is important for soloing hell. And to do that, it needs damage
and life leech. Since this is just a short list, I will mingle the best
equipment and average equipment.

The mercenary we will be using is an act 2 mercenary. His aura is entirely
dependent on your preference. Prayer is decent, but it takes away your mana
a lot. Defiance is great. Holy Freeze is always useful, but it may shatter
corpses used by Phoenix. Might is used when you want to focus on physical 
damage, but it's also great as a boost for the merc's damage.

As for equipment, these three will be used for any aura.


Andariel's Visage is great for a mercenary. Increased attack speed, life 
leech and strength. Although it does take away from fire resist - meaning 
hydras will be a lot more deadly - put a jewel with +fire resist/IAS 
otherwise put a +dmg/IAS in it.

 Andariel's Visage

Defense: 310-387 
Required Level: 83
Required Strength: 102
Durability: 20
+100-150% Enhanced Defense 
+2 To All Skills
20% Increased Attack Speed
8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit 
+25-30 To Strength 
+10% To Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist -30%
Poison Resist +70%
15% Chance To Cast Level 15 Poison Nova When Struck
Level 3 Venom (20 charges)
(Ladder Only)

For Non-Ladder people, Vampire Gaze is an amazing helm.

 Vampire Gaze
  Grim Helm

Defense: 252 
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 58
Durability: 40
+100% Enhanced Defense
Adds 6-22 Cold Damage - 4 Second Duration
15% Slower Stamina Drain
6-8% Life Stolen Per Hit
6-8% Mana Stolen Per Hit 
Damage Reduced By 15-20%
Magic Damage Reduced By 10-15

A decent replacement is Tal Rasha's mask. Good life leech, some resistance,
and some life.

 Tal Rasha's Horadric Creset
        Death Msk

Defense: 99-131 
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 55
Durability: 20
10% Life Stolen Per Hit
10% Mana Stolen Per Hit
All Resistances +15
+45 Defense
+30 To Mana
+60 To Life


Infinity is the castor's best friend. It provides the conviction aura, which
usually takes away whatever immunities a monster has. It is however, 
extremely expensive.

 Infinity - Ber + Mal + Ber + Ist

50% Chance To Cast Level 20 Chain Lightning When You Kill An Enemy
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Run/Walk
+255-325% Enhanced Damage 
-(45-55)% To Enemy Lightning Resistance 
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
0.5-49.5 To Vitality (Based on Character Level)
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30 Charges)

As for an alternative, any unique polearm/spear will work well.

~~~~Body Armor~~~~

The runeword Fortitude provides resistance, enhanced damage, life and great

 Fortitidue - El + Sol + Dol + Lo

20% Chance To Cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when Struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
+300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+1-148.5 To Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25-30 
Damage Reduced By 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 To Light Radius

An alternative would be Duriel's Shell. Good defense, life, strength, cannot
be frozen and resists.

 Duriel's Shell

Defense: (528-650) - (610-732)
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 65
Durability: 150
+160-200% Enhanced Defense 
+1-123 Defense (Based On Character Level)
+1-99 To Life (Based On Character Level)
Resist Fire +20%
Resist Lightning +20%
Resist Poison +20%
Resist Cold +50%
Cannot Be Frozen
+15 To Strength

E. Special Leech

An interesting theory presented itself to me recently. If you haven't already
read below, I talk about the mana issue. Now, how come Bowzons never seem to
have mana problems when their spells cost 10, 30 mana? Well each arrow that
they shoot out, leeches back a percent. They may get 15 mana from one monster
they hit, but they usually hit 20+ monsters, so mana is in abundence. Whereas
you throw one javelin or jab once, and leech back just 15 mana. That's not

So I have devised a plan to solve this mana problem. If you have a prebuff,
this might be a little complicated. But as a switch weapon, you have a bow.
And for skills, you only use 2 points in the bow area. You learn Multiple
Shot. And with +skills, you get ~10 arrows with ~12 mana per shot. Now with
a high IAS bow and good mana leech, a couple of shots of multi or magic arrow
will replenish your mana. 

Of course this setup is used to replenish mana only. Don't, I repeat, don't
waste any more than 2 skill points in the bow section. 

As for equipment, I found some that worked well.


 Rune Bow

Two-Hand Damage: (55-60) To (127-137) 
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 73
Required Dexterity: 103
+120-150% Enhanced Damage 
Adds 25-50 Damage
+200-250 To Attack Rating 
+1 To Amazon Skill Levels
Hit Blinds Target
15% Mana Stolen Per Hit
Magic Damage Reduced By 9-13 
+10 To Dexterity
+3 Guided Arrow (Amazon Only)

100% pierce with the Buriza will allow you to hit, everything.

 Buriza-Do Kyanon

Two-Hand Damage: (82-99) To (139-412) 
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 110
Required Dexterity: 80
+150-200% Enhanced Damage 
+2-247 To Maximum Damage (Based On Character Level)
Adds 32-196 Cold Damage - 8 Second Duration
Piercing Attack (100)
Freezes Target +3
+75-150 Defense
+35 to Dexterity
80% Increased Attack Speed

 Lycander's Aim
 Ceremonial Bow

Two-Hand Damage: (72-82) To (152-173) 
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 73
Required Dexterity: 110
(Amazon Only)
+150-200% Enhanced Damage 
Adds 25-50 Damage
+20% Increased Attack Speed
+2 To Amazon Skill Levels
5-8% Mana Stolen Per Hit 
+20 To Energy
+20 To Dexterity
+20% Enhanced Defense
+2 To Bow And Crossbow Skills (Amazon Only)

V. Usage

The javazon is fairly easy to use. Not a lot of spell switching, 
teleporting, or aura switching. It does however require you to position
yourself very carefully in every situation.

Of course, this section is written to help you out with whatever is 
difficult for you at your level. A level 80 playing in normal does not need
to worry about tactics.

An important note on lightning attacks. This applies to lightning 
sorceresses too. Just because your max damage is sky high, doesn't mean 
you'll do that much every time. You will never do 1 damage, but then you
have to think that for the max damage. You are never gonna do 18K damage
in one hit. 

A. Normal 

This isn't normal difficulty. I'm talking about just all the 
non-unique/minion monsters. Your majority of kills will be normal monsters.

For button layout, I found these efficient to use. 
 Left-Click - Charged Strike
 F1-F8 - [Somewhere in there] Lightning Fury, Lightning Strike, Jab

If you have single targets, charged strike works well. Especially when the
monster's big, many bolts will hit it, causing massive damage. 
If you have a medium group of targets, lightning strike works wonders. It's
damage bounces fairly quickly at only 9 mana cost!
If you have a large group of units, lightning fury kills. 

When fighting large groups, always give yourself some cushion space for
throwing the javelin. Unless you have insanely good faster hit recovery.

B. Bosses

Bosses are a joke for javazons. All are large in size. Andariel's a giant,
Duriel's wide, Mephisto's tall, Diablo's huge, and Baal's huge. With that
size, ALL your charged bolts will come on contact with them. So if you have
2000 damage average for 8 bolts. That's 16000 per attack, plus the 1000
javelin damage you do. 

For bosses, don't use Lightning Fury or Lightning Strike. Kinda obvious, but
for the oblivious, this isn't. 

To my knowledge, javazons are the quickest boss killers. A well made javazon
does 40K damage average per jab to a boss. 

C. Lightning Immunes / Conviction

Note: Immunity is when a monster has 100% or more resistance to that 

The only way you can take away the immunity is with Conviction and/or
Lower Resist. Here is a well written explanation and example of how the
resistance toggling system works.

"The monster X [is] 120 % resist to [lightning/]fire resist. To break the 
immunity you need to lower the resist to 99%, which means to lower 
120%-99%= 21% of resist. Since Conviction and Lower Resist work at 1/5 [when
breaking an immunity], you need 21%*5 = 105% of resist reduction from the 
skill. Suposing you have a lvl 25 Conviction equal to -150% of resist 
reduction you "spend" 105 % in break[ing] the immunity. The leftover (45%) 
is deducted normally which means that the monster [is] now 99% (after 
breaking the immunity) - 45% ( the leftover of Conviction)= 54 % resist to 
[lightning/]fire. Since conviction is capped to -150 % resist reduction 
(reached at lvl 25), you can break immunities to 129% resist. (150/5=30%; 
99%+30%=129%). Also Lower resist is worse than conviction in breaking 
immunities since the resist reduction of this skill is much lower than 
Conviction (lvl 20 LR=-6[2]% resist reduction)

-AMD aka Meandor"

In this case of the monster still retaining the immunity, jab it, or wait for
your merc or someone else to kill it.

There are some instances where the monster has both physical and lightning
immunities. Don't try it, unless you have massive elemental damage, which
you shouldn't have, by the way.

D. Pot

No, it's not marijuana. Looking at the mana costs of your spells vs. your
physical damage and leech, the mana costs far outweighs the leech. Charged
strike is at least 10 mana per jab; lightning fury is 25 mana per throw.
Now with your leech, that's about 10% off of your raw 800 physical damage.
And in hell, you can't leech off certain monsters.

Believe me, unless you focus on obtaining high physical damage and large 
amounts of mana leech, your mana WILL go down. The alternative? Mana pots.
Super works the best because.. well it's obvious. My high level javazon still
uses mana pots.

The Phoenix shield helps this problem a lot with the Redemption aura. But
necromancers and paladins and other Phoenix users will compete for your

Now some of you might be thinking giving your mercenary an Insight. No, this
means you are very limited in hell because of all the lightning immunes. 
And I got a dumb question asking me, "What if you were holding Infinity and
your merc holding Insight?" Think before asking, heh?


Why are you siding so heavily on Titans? Thunderstrokes are just as good, 
maybe even better than Titans.

Titan's is good at PvM and PvP which makes it highly versatile. 
Thunderstrokes are only good at PvP. It loses the 30% frw, but it has the 
enormous gain of -enemy lightning resistance. Of course, Thunderstrokes must
be at +4 to skills to even be comparable to Titan's. Also, an ethereal 
Strokes is near worthless; it would only be good for charged strike.

Matriarchal Javelin

Throw Damage: (87-105) To (165-198) 
One-Hand Damage: (75-90) To (135-162) 
Required Level: 69
Required Strength: 107
Required Dexterity: 151
(Amazon Only)
+150-200% Enhanced Damage 
Adds 1-511 Lightning Damage
+15% Increased Attack Speed
-15% To Enemy Lightning Resistance
20% Chance To Cast Level 14 Lightning On Striking
+2-4 To Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)
+3 To Lightning Bolt (Amazon Only)
(Ladder Only)

How do you "up" Titan's?

"Upping" is short for "upgrading"; upgrading improves the tier of the weapon.
In the case of the Titan's, the unique exceptional Ceremonial Javelin will 
become a unique elite Matriachal Javelin. To upgrade a weapon, you need a 
Lum rune, Pul rune, a perfect emerald, and the weapon inside the horadric 
cube. Transmute it to "Up" the weapon. This can only be done in single player
and on B.Net Ladder. 

VII. Miscellaneous

A. Credits
Thank you to Battle.net for the online service and the website. If someone 
decides to help, then I'll include you. 

B. Legal
The explanation of stats, skills, equipment and usage belongs to CLLi 
(Charles Li). This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise 
distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on
any other web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited,
and a violation of copyright.

Sites Allowed To Post My Guide
- GameFAQs.com
- Neoseeker.com
- 1up.com
- SuperCheats.com

All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their 
respective trademark and copyright holders.

© 2007 Charles Li

C. Version History

4/29/2007 Version 1.00   Written

5/1/2007 Version 1.10   Corrected some grammar
                        Added "Special Leech" section

5/17/2007 Version 1.20   Changed description of some equipment
                         Corrected Conviction Aura information
                         Added Inventory under Equipment

9/28/2007 Version 1.40   Corrected Conviction Aura information
                         Added FAQs

10/02/2007 Version 1.50   Added "Belt"
                          Added Modification Summary

9/8/2009 Version 1.60   Changed Legal Section
                        Corrected all "Pheonix"

D. Contact
I am available for questions, comments, criticism and suggestions. Feel free 
to email me, I will try and respond within the same week.

email: charlesli321@hotmail.com

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