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Amazon Build Guide Diablo 2 Resurrected | Poison Javazon

Amazon Builds Guide Diablo 2 Resurrected Poison Javazon. This is a Beginner Amazon Leveling Build that will comfortably get you through Normal, which is the first difficulty of D2. If you are looking for a Beginner Amazon Build, and aren’t sure where to begin, then this Diablo 2 Leveling Guide is for you. Check out our Diablo 2 Best Builds for more builds for all classes.

Poison Javazon Amazon Leveling Build

  • Class: Amazon
  • Skill Line Focus: Javelin and Spear
  • Build Focus: DPS
  • Main Attribute: Vitality
  • Difficulty Level: Normal
  • Level: 1-40

Amazon Build Guide Diablo 2 Resurrected | Poison Javazon

The Poison Javazon uses the Plague Javelin skill to throw poisonous projectiles to infect and kill enemies. Poison damage is dealt over time, meaning that you’ll only need to connect one shot and then wait for your enemies to die in a second or two.

The Amazon Class can be a little tricky to play at first, as you’ll need to pay attention to the amount of Javelins at your disposal and kite enemies effectively, but don’t let this stop you from picking her, as you’ll get used to everything by around the end of Act I.

It’s important to note that this Build will only remain viable through the first difficulty (Normal) and up to around Lvl 40. You can still run through Nightmare difficulty if you insist, but I wouldn’t recommend it as you’ll find much better options at that point in the game.

If you are a new player I strongly recommend you save the respec that you get from completing the first mission Den of Evil. If you do, you’ll be able to talk to Akara and respect your character into a different build once you reach Nightmare difficulty.

Amazon Build Guide Stats | Poison Javazon

Most Builds in Diablo 2 Resurrected have a Stat distribution that focuses on assigning enough points into Strength to meet equipment requirements, enough Dexterity to reach max Block Chance, and then assigning everything else into Vitality to gain as much Life as possible. And while this is true for most Builds, it can be confusing to decide when you should assign these Attribute Points.



Strength: Strength is a requirement for most equipment pieces of the game. During your first play through, you’ll want to have enough points to slot the best equipment for each act.

  • Act I: 35 Strength
  • Act II: 45 Strength
  • Act III – V: 60 Strength

From here you should only assign points into Strength if you find an Item that is worth the investment. If not, just assign the points into Vitality.

Dexterity: For most Builds Dexterity is important to increase Block Chance when using a Shield, but, since Javelins have Dexterity requirements, you’ll need to assign some points here as well to make sure you keep up with equipment.

  • Act I: 35 Dexterity
  • Act II: 45 Dexterity
  • Act III – V: 65 Dexterity

After this point you should only assign points into Dexterity if you find an Item that is worth the investment. If not, just assign the points into Vitality.

Vitality: All remaining points should be spent here. Increasing Vitality will greatly increase your health pool, which is essential to stay alive against large groups of enemies. Vitality also increases your Stamina, allowing you to run much further without needing to rest.

Energy: You won’t have much Mana issues with this build, so no points need to be assigned here.

Amazon Build Guide Skills | Poison Javazon

The Poison Javazon focuses on the Javelin and Spear tree, but you’ll also be spending some points in the Passive and Magic tree.

Poison Javelin

This skill is unlocked at Lvl 6, and you’ll be using it as your main skill until you unlock Plague Javelin. When you throw a Javelin, it’ll leave a trail of poison which infects enemies and deals poison damage over a long period of time. Poison Javelin synergizes with Plague Javelin, increasing it’s damage by 10% for each point you assign into this skill.

Plague Javelin

This javelin does increased damage to enemies and will release a big poisonous cloud on impact, infecting enemies in a very large area. This skill deals more damage than Poison Javelin over a shorter period of time, so you’ll want to start using this as soon as you unlock it.

Plague Javelin has a 4 second cooldown between uses, so you’ll want to throw a javelin and run around or hide for those 4 seconds or until your enemies are dead.

Critical Strike

This passive skill gives your attacks a chance to deal double the damage on impact. You’ll want to spend your first points here as there’s nothing else you can unlock until lvl 6.


This ability passively increases your Attack Rating, greatly increasing your chance to hit. You can assign more points here if you feel like you are missing too many attacks.


This passive provides your attacks with a chance to pierce through enemies, allowing you to hit more targets. When combined with Plague Javelin, you’ll release a poisonous cloud for each target hit this way.

Skill Distribution

For the Skill distribution you’ll want to spend your first points into Critical Strike and focus on Poison Javelin until you unlock Plague Javelin. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to assign your stats early on:

  Level   Points Spent   Skill
 2-5 + Den of Evil Point  5  Critical Strike
 6-16 + Radament’s Lair Point  12  Poison Javelin
 17  1  Lightning Bolt (Prerequisite)
 18-25  8  Plague Javelin
 26  1  Penetrate
 27-29  2  Plague Javelin
 30  1  Pierce
 31-38 + The Fallen Angel 2 Points  10  Plague Javelin
 39-40  2  Poison Javelin


The idea here is that you use Poison Javelin until you can unlock Plague Javelin and then swap to that. Plague Javelin deals more poison damage over shorter periods of time, so it’s the best option.

Amazon Build Guide Runewords | Poison Javazon

Runes are a special type of socketed item that will not only provide unique properties, but that can also be combined with other Runes to create what’s called a Runeword. Runewords can be formed by inserting Runes in a specific order inside certain types of equipment. The Item must be Normal Rarity, able to support the Runeword, and it needs to have the same amount of sockets as Runes are required. Note that some magical items have sockets on them, but even if you put the Runes in the right order the Runeword will not be created and you’ll essentially lose your Runes, so be sure to use Normal Rarity items only.

While Runewords are often referred to as End Game equipment, some of them can be crafted very early into Diablo 2 Resurrected, and should not be so hard to come by. If you are lacking a base, you can check with the merchants as they often sell socketed items, but make sure that they are Normal in rarity.

Runewords are the most reliable way to gear up your character while you advance through the game, so I strongly suggest that you take a look at the complete list on our Wiki and periodically check the runes that you have and the Runewords that you can craft.

Runes can be farmed by doing Countess Runs. The Countess is a Super Unique Monster that can be found inside the Forgotten Tower in Act I. Each time you kill her she will always drop between 1 and 3 Runes and their level will depend on the difficulty setting.

What Equipment To Use

Elemental Resistances are key when trying to survive in Diablo 2 Resurrected. Most enemies deal elemental damage and having high resistances will mitigate a great percentage of this damage. For this reason, I strongly recommend that you focus on equipment pieces that provide +Resistances during the Normal difficulty of the game.

You can check your current resistances by opening the Stat menu and looking at the bottom of the menu. Resistances cap at +75%, and ideally you’ll want to max all of them when you are reaching the end of Normal difficulty. Make sure to periodically check your equipment to balance them out and get them as high as possible.

Since loot is random, you won’t have control over the equipment that you get during early and even mid-stage gameplay other than creating Runewords. Having said that, there are some general guidelines on the Stats that you should be looking for on your items to make sure that your character scales up with the increasing difficulty.


Nadir (Runeword): NefTir Runes – Lvl 13. This Helmet provides a good amount of defense as well as +2 mana after each kill.

Lore (Runeword): OrtSol Runes – Lvl 27. If you happen to come across a Sol rune then you can use it to craft this helmet which provides +1 to all Skills as well as +30% lightning resistance.


Javelins (All Rarities):

You’ll need to have a Javelin equipped in order to use your Skills, and Javelins come with a limited quantity that will reduce as you use them. Once you run out, you’ll need to restock them or you won’t be able to attack. This can be done by visiting a merchant, such as Charsi in the Rogue Encampment, and repairing your equipment.

Restocking Javelins can become very expensive, but the starter javelin has a repair cost of only 1 gold. For this reason, I highly recommend that you keep it even after finding a better Javelin and equip it into your secondary weapon slot. Remember that your damage comes from the poison and not from the Javelin, meaning that you can still use the starter Javelin without issues even at higher levels by just swapping to your secondary weapon slot on the battlefield.

When it comes to stats, you’ll want to search for any of the following. Keep in mind that these might be found even on magical Javelins, so keep on the lookout when you are visiting merchants:

  • Replenishes Quantity: This mod will periodically add Javelins as time passes, saving you a lot of money and trips to town
  • Increased Attack Speed (IAS): Increasing your attack speed will allow you to throw Javelins much faster. Even if you are tied to a cooldown, being able to quickly throw a Javelin and run allows you to kite enemies more effectively.
  • +Skills: Increasing your skill level will mean more damage on your poison attacks
  • Attack Rating: Having additional attack rating is very useful to avoid missing your attacks.


Ancient’s Pledge (Runeword): RalOrtTal Runes – Lvl 21. This shield provides a huge boost to resistances. If you can’t find an Ort Rune you can make one by combining 3 Ral Runes inside the Horadric Cube.

Spirit (Runeword): TalThulOrtAmn Runes – Lvl 25. If you find the Runes and four slot Shield then Spirit is a great option as well. This shield provides +2 to all skills greatly increasing your damage, and provides many defensive stats such as Elemental Resistances, Faster Hit Recovery and Vitality.


Stealth (Runeword): TalEth Runes – Lvl 17. This is by far the best armor that you can get early game. It allows you to move faster through the map, provides poison resistance and Faster Hit Recovery (FHR), which allows you to recover control of your character sooner after each hit. The FHR is very important, as it usually helps you avoid stun locks when surrounded by enemies.


When it comes to gloves you’ll want to focus on defensive stats such as Life or Resistances and for offensive stats on Attack Speed or Attack Rating. Some gloves may also have + Javelin and Spear skills which are great for increasing Plague Javelin damage.


Make sure to swap your belt as soon as you reach Act 2 for the maximum amount of potions. Regarding stats, you’ll want to focus on Life and Resistances. Some merchants might offer magical belts with a lot of life on them, which are a great option.


You’ll want to search for Faster Run/Walk speed on your boots as well as Resistances and Life. Run/Walk speed is important to quickly navigate through the map so make sure to get it.


You’ll want to search for rings that provide life or resistances as well as Attack Rating.


Similar to rings, you’ll want to find an amulet that provides Life or resistances. An amulet that provides +Amazon Skills is good as well.


You’ll find many Charms as you advance through the game. While having these in your inventory is great, they can easily occupy a lot of space limiting the amount of loot you pick up. Try to focus on +Life, +Resistances and +Magic Find as these are the more important ones for your build.

What Mercenary to Select & Gear to Use

Act 2 Mercenaries are the best choice for all Builds due to their Paladin Auras and the ability to equip Polearm Weapons. Being able to use Polearms is very important, because many powerful Runewords can be created on them providing various buffs or debuffing enemies. You can recruit this Mercenary from Greiz in Lut Gholein.

When it comes to selecting an Aura, you’ll want to select the Prayer Mercenary found on Normal difficulty. The Prayer Aura provides heal regeneration allowing you to survive longer without using Potions. Once you reach Nightmare difficulty, you can hire a Holy Freeze Aura Mercenary, which slows enemies around you providing great crowd control.

You won’t have a lot of spare equipment during the beginning of Diablo 2 Resurrected, however, you can equip him with any extra equipment you have or buy him a Polearm from a merchant. If you happen to spare some Runes, make sure to craft an Insight (Runeword) on a Polearm, as this Weapon will greatly increase your Mercenaries’ combat capabilities.

Final Tips

Doing a couple of Countess Runs will give you a lot of Runes that will not only be useful for this Build, but for any other character that you might make. Make sure to save all Runes that you find inside your Stash.

If you are having trouble finding a base for your Runewords, make sure to periodically check on merchants as they usually have good bases.

When you start the game and up to level 6 you’ll want to assign the “throw” attack command to the secondary attack button. Throwing Javelins deal a lot more damage than regular attacks.

When you are running out of Javelins, a double-spear icon will pop up on the right part of the screen. It’ll remain yellow while you are short on ammo and turn red when you run out.

If you happen to find a good Unique or Set item that you like don’t hesitate to swap it with your current gear. I excluded all unique and Set items from this guide because there’s no reliable way of acquiring them early on.

The Amazon has a very low Mana pool, so I personally like to run 1x Healing Potions columns and 3x Mana Potion columns. You can also add Antidote Potions or Thawing Potions. Using these potions will not only cure their respective status effect, but also provide a +50 resistance to their corresponding elemental resistance.

Once you equip an Insight Runeword on your Mercenary he will be your main way to recover Mana, so make sure to keep him alive by using potions on him. To do this, press and hold shift and then right click on the potion you wish to use. If you’re playing on controller, hold down the left trigger and press the appropriate button on the D-Pad.

Stay tuned for more Diablo 2 Build Guides, and be sure to check out our Diablo 2 Resurrected Wiki for more information about the game!

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